Dodgeball Defiance in the Day of Obama Scandals

Written by Steve Pauwels on May 22, 2013

USMC-100312-M-4913M-092Barack Obama’s “Scandals Three” have broken – tsunami-like — over his administration. We’re talking potential Def-Con 4 stuff,  accusations and revelations which could demolish, or at least irreparably kneecap, what remains of his second term. 

It’s refreshing — terrifically heartening, point of fact — to see all-too-characteristically flinching Republicans stepping up to this worm-eaten regime over these bombshell developments. 

But know this: it’s only a start. And these arenas of conflict, albeit prominent,  are merely a handful among all those in which the never-drooping war against  secular-liberal statism must be waged. 

No mistake, political battles of the high-drama variety are vital. We need to see the comparatively few good guys in DC, the fellows that turn up regularly on news broadcasts and in headlines,  throwing down against Machiavellian relativism’s cancerous forces, against rules-don’t-apply-to-us progressivism.

St. George has to ostentatiously take on the dragons, for all the little people to see.

Crucially significant and far less saluted, though, are the countless,  localized acts of push-back popping up across America’s neighborhoods, towns and cities — under-the-radar folks taking meaningful stands against small-ball encroachments on sanity and decency. 

When it comes to “under-the-radar”, it’d be a challenge to get more “under” than the (not so) great dodgeball controversy of Windham, NH.

Not aware of that one? Well, that’s my point. 

When the Windham School Board announced in March that dodgeball had to go because of one parent’s complaint about bullying during matches, other mothers/fathers and students made known their displeasure. Petitions were circulated, handmade “Live Free or Dodgeball” signs posted in school hallways,  manifold  statements declaimed demanding officials reconsider their dodgeball-dashing diktat. 

And … tentative victory: Union Leader correspondent April Guilmet reports, “considering the passion demonstrated by parents and petitioners” the board is agreeing to “revisit” the issue. 

Cheers for one modest, potential shuffle back toward common sense. 

Then there are other hopeful indicators from around the country:

—  Community reaction when, a month ago, Logan, West Virginia eighth grader Jared Marcum was suspended and arrested for refusing to remove an NRA T-shirt while attending classes. Returning to school — sporting the same décor that sparked the initial hub-bub — Jared was met outside the building by supporters, many donning the same NRA-wear. 

Marcum’s father affirmed returning his son to school was priority one; followed by ongoing efforts to see his name cleared. 

Miles north of the fourteen-year-old West Virginian,  a Wisconsin teen designed an internet petition for those who agree “Logan Middle School and the town are acting like bullies”, violating Jared’s free-speech rights. “I’m in 8th grade just like Jared Marcum”, explains Aaron L, “and when I read … he was being punished for wearing an NRA shirt to school, I felt this was an injustice.” 

—  State District Judge Steven Thomas sided with a  Kountze, Texas high school that simply wanted to maintain its tradition of cheerleaders’ painting Bible verses on their football signs. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) griped these sentiments were unconstitutional. Howcum? (God-hating drumroll, please): they express a Christian viewpoint!

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Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and host of Striker Radio with Steve Pauwels on the Red State Talk Radio Network. He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.