A Gutsy Girl

American Vision celebrates the refusal of Gabby Douglas to conform:

I’m going to chalk this one up to homeschooling: independence, individuality, bravery, fortitude, and class. Go, Gabby!

A couple days ago it became national news when American gymnast Gabby Douglas neglected to put her hand over her heart for the national anthem. More accurately, it was national news that social media blew up with outrage over this omission.

Well, yeah! How dare a national representative not fall in lock-step with the mandated national liturgy! How dare she act like an individual! How dare she swim upstream! How dare she have independent thoughts or actions! How dare she not bleat with the herd! How dare she act like she’s . . . free!


No. She’s a Christian, she’s homeschooled, and her parents taught her to work hard and achieve.

And she did it. And when she won her first gold medal in 2012, the first thing she did was give glory to God.

She says, “Being homeschooled also helps build my self-discipline and time management.”

Would that the knee-jerk critics from the herd would learn more self-discipline.

Not to mention history. There is ample reason Christians should avoid the automatic “hand-over-heart” mentality. I suspect Gabby’s reason may not have been ideological. She was simply standing respectfully and just neglected the nationalistic pose. I could be wrong. If so, she is perfectly warranted in exercising her freedom according to Christian conscience.

Poor girl has, in fact, probably never experienced the collectively-enforced ritual of a class mandated to place hand over heart and recite a national pledge or anthem. And good for her, and her parents. We need more of these.

If homeschooled Christians achieve excellence like this… and if there are more and more of them… then we will certainly win the battle for the nation and the world.

Without the bloodshed, destruction, and oppression of the various secular ideologies and pagan lunacies have to offer.

May God indeed be glorified!

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