Imagine you send your kids to a public school.
One day, your kids come home and tell you, “You have it all wrong. The earth is flat! My teacher told me so.”
What’s your reaction as you pick yourself up off the floor?
Initially, you probably think to yourself, “They must have misunderstood something.”
But if you ask the kids and it’s clear they didn’t misunderstand, you probably make a beeline for the school, where you ask what the heck is going on.
And if you find that school leadership is telling people that the earth is flat, you likely have a heartfelt discussion with the school board. In fact, you might even pull your kids out and homeschool them or send them to a private school with a more rational worldview.
Now, let’s take things a step further.
Suppose the school in question is a private school, and you’re paying almost $15,000 annually for each of your kids.
What’s your reaction when the kids come home and tell you the earth is flat?
It’s probably one of rage. As in, “I am NOT spending that kind of money to have some knucklehead lying to my kids and making fools out of them. And by the way, give me my damned money back. NOW!”
Now, let’s go one step further and imagine that the private school in question is Grace Christian Academy (GCA).
The lie coming from the school isn’t that the earth is flat. Instead, the lie is that Gracie Solomon was never sexually abused by her father and that Grant Solomon’s pickup truck dragged him sixty feet across a parking lot without leaving a single scuff mark on him.
Moreover, while people love to babble on about what a great guy Aaron Solomon is — and what evil people those folks at Freedom for Gracie are — there’s that little matter of Aaron’s presence on hook-up websites, where he uses his daughter’s photo. Um, what kind of parent doesn’t think this is seriously creep-o-rama? (Not to mention enough to make most of us lose our breakfasts!)
So, when GCA administrators tell you not to believe the allegations involving Gracie and Grant, what do you do? Do you say, “Well, that settles it. Nothing to see here. Oh, and yeah, the earth is flat.”?
Or do you think for yourself and wonder how Grant supposedly got run over by a pickup truck that left no marks? One in perfect working condition?
Or why the school thinks it’s okay not to report allegations of child abuse? Do you really want your kids attending a school where the Amy Curles of the world can decide not to report child abuse, even though the law doesn’t give her that discretion? How are you going to feel if something happens to your child?
While we’re at it, let’s explore the school’s role in promoting faith.
Jesus says, “By their fruits you shall know them.”
In GCA’s case, this is a school that:
- Lies to parents and students.
- Steals from Grant Solomon’s funeral then plays games for three years over the return of these items.
- Tries to shun and abuse Gracie Solomon. In fact, Rob Rogers taught church members to say the Imprecatory Psalms over Gracie’s statements. That begs the question: Why would Gracie make these claims, knowing the problems coming forward would cause her, if they weren’t true?
- Thinks it’s okay for Grant’s baseball coach, Brad Myers, to ignore emails from his mother, Angie. What the hell kind of coach is that? He sure isn’t a role model, and he’s not like any coach we had in school.
Folks, lying, bullying, shunning, and hatred are not from God. Simple as that.
Jesus stood for the poor, the oppressed, the lonely, the outcast. He railed against religious oppression and corruption. But no one can validly claim he objected to sincere faith.
Thus, the school’s claims that Freedom for Gracie and those of us advocating for justice hate the church and school are hogwash. No one here at Anglican Watch hates either organization.
What we DO loathe is hypocrisy, bullying, and lack of accountability. GCA runs with a board that comprises Steve Berger’s buddies and minions; there is zero effective oversight. Go in to complain that your kids are being lied to and you’ll be told to find a new school for your little heathen.
Indeed, to this day, Rob Rogers hasn’t answered our emails. He’s supposed to be a servant leader, and he can’t be bothered? How does that work? Is the new $2 million crib taking up that much of his time?
Further, any school that tells your kids WHAT to think versus HOW to think is toxic. It’s straight out of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian regimes.
Parents, that’s a dangerous precedent. Life as an adult doesn’t work like that. It involves thinking for yourself, acting with integrity and compassion, and caring for others.
And don’t think, even for a minute, that your kids are stupid. Most can sniff out fraud and deception in record time and don’t appreciate adults telling them what to think. And those who knew Grant know he loathed his father and was terrified of him.
In short, if you are paying good money to immerse your kids in the toxic, dishonest, un-Christian mess that is GCA, you’re not doing yourself or your kids any favors. You’re placing them at risk, as Amy Curle could decide not to say anything if someone abuses your child. You’re teaching them to lie and bully others.
And when all is said and done, your kids will likely decide that the Christian faith is bogus and walk away just as soon as they get out on their own. Not a great return on investment, if you ask us.
So, what to do?
We recommend you find a school and a church where integrity is paramount. No flat earth nonsense. No nonsense about how Gracie and Grant are lying. Or claims that people who call out hypocrisy are fake Christians.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.