Sewing is evil!
Not really set in his ways, not really one to go against authority, twelve-year old Anthony was quite the dissenter now.
"Sewing is evil and of the devil and I wonít do it."
Had she not been teaching for so long, Mrs. Lenard might have lost her cool. Yet she often had young men come into her class with an attitude. None of them wanted to learn how to sew. Never had she heard it put quite the way young Anthony had put it though.
"Oh, do share," she encouraged. "Iím sure the entire class would love to know why you think sewing is evil."
Young Anthony looked confused. "You mean youíre going to let me talk about God in the classroom. I thought that was sort of likeóagainst the rules."
Her eyes narrowed a bit but she was too curious not to consider his proposal. "Are you suggesting God is evil? Because I asked you to explain why you thought sewing was of the devil. I didnít ask you to explain why you thought it was of God."
"Well how can anybody talk about evil and not talk about God?"
Mrs. Lenard was hard-pressed not to shut him down right there. But young Anthony was such a good student and smart as well. Sheíd never peg him as one of her "trouble-makers." So she decided to prod as the rest of her class listened closely especially the boys who were silently rooting for young Anthony.
"Iíll give you permission to make your case. How is sewing evil?"
Young Anthony considered her words. "Well first, of course, you have to believe in God."
Mrs. Lenard folded her arms. Just last week Victoria tried to get away with converting others in the classroom because a revival in her youth group at church had inspired her to fight the good fight. Now while Mrs. Lenard didnít consider this bad, she understood that her job was always on the line.
Young Anthony was walking that line
"Of course," she said of Young Anthonyís proclamation. "Just get on with it."
"Okay." Young Anthony cleared his throat. "Adam and Eve were naked in the garden--"
"This had better be going somewhere," Mrs. Lenard threatened.
"óthey were without sin and nakedóor unclothed if you donít like the "N" word."
Mrs. Lenard withheld further comment for the moment.
"So Satan comes to Eve, convinces her to eat the fruit off the tree God told them not to eat from, then she convinces Adam."
Mrs. Leanard began to worry a bit more about her job. "Iíll give you two more minutes to wrap this up."
Young Anthony kicked it into high gear. "Before they ate the fruit they were without sin and unclothed." He drew quotes in the air with his fingers for emphasis--and to show that he hadnít used the "N" word.
"After they ate the fruit, they knew what sin was and they sewed clothes made of fig leaves to cover themselves. Now, why didnít they just hold the fig leaves in front of them? Why didnít they use a vine to tie the fig leaves around their bodies? Why is the Bible specific that they sewed fig leaves together? Well, Iíll tell you why!" Young Anthony drew from deep inside himself. Announced without reservation, "because sewing is a sin! Adam and Eve were trying to hide the fact that they sinned from God and they did it by sewing. Sewing is evil and I wonít participate.Ē
Young Anthony was the only student in his class allowed to drop sewing. Inestead, he took two consecutive semesters of shop. If you look in his records, youíll see that young Anthony did not consider carpentry to be evil.
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