Some of you may remember the great post last November by “Cop’s Wife,” the mom who blogs at Nerdy Apple Bottom. She wrote about her five-year-old son, who wanted to be Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween, and the intolerant comments from other moms at the son’s preschool.
The son’s church preschool. Now, it turns out the church is upset. In a follow-up post, Cop’s Wife writes, “I was told that some members were worried that I was ‘promoting gayness.’ I don’t even know what that means. The words I had written were not promoting anything other than unconditional love and tolerance.”
She was also told she had broken the 8th Commandment for bearing false witness, and needed to do penance or would be forbidden from taking Communion. At no point was she asked about her son’s well being. “My blog post was calling out the actions of a few people that said some unkind things in front of my son,” she explained. “I asked for love and tolerance. Was I angry? Yes. I feel I had a right to be. Did I bear false witness? No. I spoke out against bullying. Now I am getting bullied from church.”
As she wrote, though, her experience is not meant to be an indictment of religion in general or Christianity in particular. What it does show, however, is that bullies may hide behind religion (among other things) to try and justify their actions. As one commenter on her latest post said, though, they’ve messed with the wrong mom this time. Please read her story and share.