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  1. The gist of the story - a young boy in Utah with an Ash Wednesday cross on his forehead was told by his public school teacher that face painting was against school policy and he would have to remove it. The boy unsuccessfully tried to explain what it was and was forced to wipe it off. I believe that the teacher was simply doing her job and following school policy. Only she and God know the intent of her heart, but I would be surprised if she had any intent to offend or discriminate against that kid. If the school policy did not have wording exempting religious reasons for face painting, then the school policy was wrong, but the teacher was not. School policy should have specifically excluded certain things such as the Ash Wednesday cross from the rules, but as far as I know it did not. She did nothing wrong that I can see unless not knowing about Ash Wednesday is somehow wrong. Unless you grew up around Catholics or are one, the odds are you didn't know about it either. I remember as an adult, telling a friend he had some "dirt" on his forehead only to learn what it really was. This event, to me is a prime example of how our society is too quick to judge, to quick find fault, too quick to run to the news or social media when we are offended by something, rather than talking to the person who offended us IN PRIVATE and working things out if we can. I think that whoever it was that broadcast this to the world was not justified in doing so. I feel they did something far worse than the innocent error on the part of the teacher, and yes, I realize that I am judging that persons actions. I would be very surprised if the 7 year old kid was the one who turned it into a national news event. What we should do if we are offended or mistreated by someone:
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    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    One of my ancestors experienced first hand what happens when you allow yourself to be disarmed. He was asked to surrender his gun to a colonel in the Missouri State Militia when he was told they would let him go free if he did. Immediately upon giving it to the officer in the militia, he was shot and killed by said officer with the surrendered gun, who then proceeded to chop up his body with a corn knife. I never really thought about self defense as a young man until I was robbed and knocked unconscious by some punks. Since that day I never go anywhere unarmed. My resolve to always carry became stronger once I had a wife and children.
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    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    I thought that churches were the same as businesses in Texas. Allowed unless the church prohibits it.
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    Hello all. I am new here. I am a member of the church, living in the USA, semi retired from my day job and I enjoy plein air and studio painting.
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    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    Aish HaTorah, your post brought to mind this article I read many years ago. I too find it hard to believe that so many Jews are anti gun after what happened to them when they were disarmed by the government in Germany.