By now if you aren't living in a cave in Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden you've probably heard that a great army of homeschoolers are quite royally peeved with the Subway sandwich chain for sponsoring a writing contest that excludes home schools. This issue has surfaced all over the Internet, including such unlikely places as a needlework message board I frequent.
People are calling for a boycott of Subway, writing emails and letters to Subway management, and even attempting to phone the CEO of Subway to complain to him directly. Home School Legal Defense Association has even thrown its considerable weight into the fray and has posted an open letter to Subway asking the company to allow homeschoolers to enter the contest.
Hey...homeschoolers...people...YOU!!! GET A GRIP!!! Since when did we become a flock of boycotting sheep, bleating "Discrimination, discrimination!!" when we don't get asked to play with the cool kids?
Aren't we the same ones who used to speak out against this kind of affirmative action stance? Aren't we the ones teaching our children about free enterprise and capitalism? Aren't we the ones standing against the status quo by choosing to home school in the first place?
Do we realize how ridiculous and petty and shrill this makes us look? For those of us who homeschool because we believe it is God's will for our families, does this kind of boycott help our testimony to the world? "You won't let my little Bufert send in his wonderful story about sandwiches, so I'm going to take my money over to Quiznos instead!" Well, that'll teach 'em. I'm sure the next time Subway execs think about having a contest they'll remember us homeschoolers with great fondness and go out of their way to come up with nice prizes for us.
Who wants to join me in boycotting the boycott? Oh wait, that's more sheep talk. Who wants to join me in getting on with our lives and not worrying about silly contests we weren't invited to participate in? Eat wherever you want to eat! You don't have to eat at Subway (I don't particularly like their food myself) but if you want to...go right ahead!
To the rest of you who think this kind of boycott is the proper response when things don't go your way...I can only say "Baaaaaaaa!!!!"