This is just bizarre–I didn’t attend the school in this report (my parents sent me here), but it’s just miles from where I grew up in South Jersey. And yet its worldview sounds like it’s in another galaxy from the conservative (and largely Christian) townfolk I knew, and still know, in the area:
The head of a national, Texas-based pro-family group says a recent hostage drill at a New Jersey high school, which portrayed conservative Christians as terrorists, is reflective of a dangerous philosophy that has become prevalent in many parts of America, where it is having negative effects on education.
A local paper reports that a drill at Burlington Township High School in New Jersey involved police portraying mock gunmen, described as “members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the ‘New Crusaders’ who don’t believe in the separation of church and state.” The fake gunmen were said to have been “seeking justice because the daughter of one [member] had been expelled for praying before class.”
Robert Spenser writes, “Why do the authorities involved here invent a fake threat instead of dealing with the real one? Because they know that no Crusaders’ Rights group will call them bigots on CNN. They know that no Christians will picket their offices or call them hatemongers.”