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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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On Being and Doing Good

INTRODUCTION

The juvenile level of our national conversation around moral development emerges anew with every high-profile act of violence. Bob Barr, then a congressman from Georgia, captured this in June 1999, after the Columbine High School shootings, when he declared to a House hearing on gun control that if high schools were allowed to post the Ten Commandments “we would not have the tragedies that bring us here today.”1 He apparently pictured Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris running down the halls of the school, guns blazing, until they spotted the Sixth Commandment and dropped their guns in horror at the realization ...

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