1. borut says

    God punished the whole of humanity for a sin Adam and Eve, the first humans, had committed. So, yes, punishing children for the sins of their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents … is perfectly moral according to the Bible.

  2. tomkitten says

    God even went one better – he KILLED his own son for the sins of others. Sins that he himself had ascribed to those others because of the something that Adam and Eve had allegedly done. If you’re looking for morality (or even logic) the bible is not going to be much help.

  3. borut says

    “All these disasters will come on you, and they will be with you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and keep all the laws that he gave you. They will be the evidence of God’s judgment on you and your descendants forever.« (Deuteronomy 28, 45 -46)

    What Bible has Towleroad been reading?

  4. Wavin' Dave says

    Oh, boy! Please don’t let TOWLEROAD become a forum for Scripture-quoting commentators. It’s been one of the few sites of sanity over the years.
    And, not for nuthin’, Maria Montessori had zero inclusion of religion in her philosophies and practices for early childhood education. The zealous owner betrays the brand by insinuating her faith into what are very strict and specific ways of teaching and learning. Shame!

  5. Zell says

    Actually, those quotes were spot on. And since when has towleroad been one of the few “sites of sanity?” I hope you’re not talking about the comments, which are usually horrible.

    For what it’s worth, my ex-boyfriend’s sister went to a Montessori school and ended up very badly socialized when she switched to a public high school. Purely anecdotal, I realize, but still, there it is.

  6. Chrislam says

    Obviously the “school” needs to learn a bit about the Bible.

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (NIV Romans 5:8-11)

    We’re all good.

  7. Howard says

    Maria Montessori is rolling in her graving. Her mission was to teach children basic living skills…like getting along with others, sharing knowledge and not being judgmental. This school should be ashamed by abusing the Montessori name.

  8. Dan Cobb says

    I think it’s great that these women discovered BEFORE their kid was inculcated by these haters that the Montessori school is a bigoted organization! Imagine if their kid had been indoctrinated with hatred for gays!
    Ugh! That would have been really sad!

  9. Dan Cobb says

    Sadly, ignorant people continue to place value on the odd and silly writings contained in the Bible. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE who places any degree of belief or faith in that book is simply a moron… demonstrably so!

  10. Dan Cobb says

    WAVIN’ DAVE: this is the problem with the current case before the Supreme Court. If the ACA allows churches, or companies or individuals to do whatever they want because their religion tells them to do so, then state laws cease to exist… if the state (Supreme Court) says that a person’s religious beliefs trump even the laws of the state –which is seems the Supreme Court is ready to rule– then no state law is operative against anyone who claims a religious reason for doing what they do. This could actually vitiate any laws against killing people so long as you have a sincerely held religious belief for killing someone. Yes, there is a law against murder, but if a individual who believes in the Bible and believes that a gay person should be stoned to death (which is in the Bible), then they could not be prosecuted for murder because acting on their religious beliefs trumps a state criminal charge for murder. That’s what’s going to happen once the Supreme Court invalidates the mandate that religious organizations provide contraceptives under the ACA.

  11. Elsewhere1010 says

    The term “Montessori School” has no legal or educational meaning when applied to an actual school; any school can call themselves a Montessori School without adhering to any of the principles of Maria Montessori. There’s no central board, there’s no Montessori accreditation, non one ever comes to check to see if the Montessori techniques are used.

    How many parents, do you think, are aware of this? Than I could set up a “Montessori” school that teaches children by rote and repetition and not be breaking any law or even accused of false advertising?

  12. borut says


    It is the article that suggests the director should study the Bible more carefully and act according to its teachings. I don’t see how quoting Scripture in a comment to such an article should be inapproriate.

  13. rjinva says

    A Montessori school??? Oh, wait, a TEXAS Montessori school, now I get it. Sorry, I have to grasp on to things from the few states that make me feel a little less bad about living in Virginia (yep looking at you Florida and you too South Carolina).

  14. says

    “Is it [Montessori] oriented to a particular religion?

    No. A true Montessori school offers a religiously neutral environment, that is, it is not associated with any particular religious persuasion. However, it is important to stress that it does not have any conflict with any religion, either. In fact, schools have been sponsored by groups representing non-sectarian interests as well as by the Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Hindu and other faiths. ”

  15. WTF21 says

    DAN COBB, you are spot on. This SCOTUS ruling is a very scary and real thing. We should pay very close attention to this. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until June until there is a ruling.

  16. JJ says

    @Dan Cobb, the ACA ruling will no doubt be limited to property rights like Arizona’s SB 1062. Just as with Citizens United, where they said regulating property is regulating speech, they’ll say regulating property is regulating religion. Still detestable, but not the carte blanche immunity you suppose.

  17. parkrunner says

    G.W. was born in Connecticut. He just festered in Texas before his boil erupted all over US.
    But, why did she have to ask if it was OK that their kid had lesbian parents? It implies there is something wrong with being gay. Subbing Jewish, Black or even being left handed doesn’t make sense either. Wouldn’t it have been better to have been judged as a parent first?
    Am I living in a dream world?

  18. Wavin' Dave says

    Hey, thanks for the responses, reassuring me that TOWLEROAD still has balance. When I began my morning with pull quotes from The Bible, I had a moment of despair. The follow-ups, varied as they are, seem literate and informed and collegial. Montessori would approve!

  19. Howard B says

    This could be a blessing in disguise. Imagine the horrible indoctrination this child would receive from a school run by such a bigoted administrator.

  20. Marco Luxe says

    I question the reporter’s conclusion that as a private business, the school has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion. Widely enacted public accommodation laws specifically deny private businesses froom doing just that. Do they exist in TX?

    I’ve read and watched too many journeyman reporters assert such false claims. Is this misinformation part of a right wing propaganda campaign?

  21. says

    the toddler is better off. a lot of Montessori kids fail spectacularly in university, as they’re used to being coddled by teachers who hover over their shoulders to make sure they’re doing A-OK. that, of course, doesn’t happen with profs in most universities.

    many a Montessori grad gets out into the real world and is faced, in university, with students who actually had to work and compete hard to get to where they are, as opposed to having specialized teachers guiding their every move – parents that pay montessori fees don’t expect to have their kids fail classes; so they get many a leg-up. that simply doesn’t help students when they need to stand on their own two feet.

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