Teacher Harassed Viciously For Showing British TV Show "Who's Afraid of Opera" In Classroom
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Bennett, Colorado parents are persecuting a teacher who showed a video of Dame Sutherland and some puppets discussing Gounod's "Faust". They object to the fact that the opera has a devil in it. They think their kids will admire and love him. In opera, many basses sing roles of villians, devils and despots. Maybe they should feature only castratos? Heh.
From Associated Press:
Some parents in this prairie town are angry with an elementary school music teacher for showing pupils a video about the opera "Faust," whose title character sells his soul to the devil in exchange for being young again.The insanity here is multilevel.
"Any adult with common sense would not think that video was appropriate for a young person to see. I'm not sure it's appropriate for a high school student," Robby Warner said after two of her children saw the video.
Another parent, Casey Goodwin, said, "I think it glorifies Satan in some way."
Tresa Waggoner showed approximately 250 first-, second- and third-graders at Bennett Elementary portions of a 33-year-old series titled "Who's Afraid of Opera" a few weeks ago.
&spades This was by far, the most popular opera in the Victorian era, bar none.
&spades The devil in Gounod's Faust is the bad guy. This is made abundantly clear from the minute he steps on stage.
&spades Faust makes a deal with the Devil and it turns out very badly for him. He has to be saved by Marguerite.
&spades Marguerite doesn't have an abortion. But in despair, she drowns her baby when Faust abandons her.
&spades She goes to heaven after begging Jesus to forgive her.
OK, I do believe I found the real reason why the parents hate this great opera. Marguerite is forgiven her sins!!!! I happen to know the nut-case religious types out west, I grew up in the south and west and got to see them close up. The place is wall to wall hypocricy and lies. They all want to drive out the devil and then hop in their trucks to meet him on a back road to make a deal. This is why they are plagued by all sorts of unhappy circumstances.
Who is this devil, anyway?
Well, the Bush family knows, they worship him at Yale and love to make the Evil Eye sign, haha. They are satanists. Many people in the back hinterlands are satanists, too. The best way for Satan to function is to hold court in a church. Becoming a Pope is wonderful for the devil.
He makes deals. "Want to be rich? Kiss my ring and bow to me," he whispers. Many churches are all about becoming rich and the Pope lives in one of the biggest palaces on earth. "Jesus says, give to the poor and trust him and to not worship money but we know, money is God and just sign here on the dotted line and I will help you cheat your neighbors, steal, gamble and lie. OK?" And they all sign the dotted line.
Why is gambling roaring across the Great Plains, thriving best where the anti-devil Jesus lovers live? Why is speed ravaging them all? Why is our country spending much more than it earns? Aren't we in the grip of a very powerful devil, one that tempts us? Isn't this what temptation is all about? "Vote for me and we will pay no taxes while spending tons of money on ourselves" type temptations?
And gluttony. Jesus warned us to not stuff our faces but instead, share our bounty with the hungry. Are we doing this? Which politicians are voting this last month to cut foodstamps, healthcare to the poor? Bet you, the devil representing this town voted that way. Bet he votes for all the devil's programs.
Aside from that, the striking thing about American right wingers is their degraded cultural condition. They want to call driving in a moronic circle endlessly, a "sport" along side cock fighting and bull baiting. They hate anything even dimly resonant of higher culture. Painting, sculpture, music, history, science, the Muses bemuse them and they react by tying the fine arts ladies to the nearest stake and torching them.
These people want eternal gray mushiness. One of their favorite TV shows for their kiddies feature talking vegetables that are crosseyed and speak in goofy voices who comment on stories from the Bible. "Did you see that, Tomato(e)? God killed everyone but Noah! I am glad God asked him to save the vegetable garden too, yuck yuck yuck." This blasthmeous show mocks and belittles the Bible more than a million Muslims swinging swords and screaming "Death to Christians." Indeed, many entertainments these right wingers choose smack entirely of the Devil.
One teacher has been chased out of her classroom in a right wing community because she talked about "peace" and this offended war mongering, right wing, "Let's have a massive world war with the Mulsims" parents. This is the ultimate Devil at work. Jesus=man of peace and love. Devil=war and hate. So guess who these people really worship.
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