By Al Benson Jr.
Years ago the John Birch Society had a project called “Get Us Out of the United Nations.” It was an excellent project and I supported it. They may still have it and if so I would still support it. Whether they realized it or not, it was based on the biblical principle of separation from evil—something Christians should support and work toward.
So I borrowed part of their project’s title and applied it to the public school system—something else that should be separated from.
Recently Pastor Steve Wilkins of the Auburn Ave. Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana gave a series of sermons on parenting and in one of them he listed bad parental assumptions. One of those bad assumptions was that Christian education is a luxury instead of a necessity. Pastor Wilkins noted, quite accurately, that: “All education is religious. The only issue is, which religion is your child being taught? Public education is education in polytheism and statism. It is extreme and intolerant in its religious convictions. It’s goal is to indoctrinate, not educate.” Anyone who has taken the trouble to read the history of the public school system in this country with an open mind must surely realize the truth of that statement. Unfortunately, most Christians are bad with history. They don’t have or want to take the time to check anything out and so they grasp at what the “experts” tell them as gospel. To even ask where the “experts” are coming from (usually the left) is something that never occurs to them.
I’ve run across Christian parents that fit exactly what Pastor Wilkins is talking about. To them Christian education is a luxury they can’t afford. Were they to engage themselves in that needful endeavor they might have to part with the family’s third car, or learn to sacrifice by doing without that 65” television screen in the living room. And that’s just too much to ask, so they never even consider it. After all the local public school has a Christian teacher or two and a great music program. What else do you need? Right? Wrong!
Pastor Wilkins quoted Paul Blanchard, who wrote an article for The Humanist way back in the prehistorical days of 1976 in which he said: “Our schools may not teach Johnny to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends to lead toward the elimination of religious superstition…” He was talking about the elimination of Christianity, folks—not other religions. They are all accepted to a large degree in public schools. It is only Christianity that is forbidden. Six year olds can get arrested if they write “Jesus” on the covers of their textbooks. When was the last time you heard of a Muslim student getting arrested for writing “Allah” on the front of his book? That would “offend” the Muslim community and possibly cause riots, so it doesn’t happen. Christians don’t tend to fight back so they are fair game—and it’s their faith the schools are really against—and have been from the beginning. The founders of public education in this country, Unitarians and socialists, freely admitted as much well over a century ago.
In the past few days I read an article on http://freedomoutpost.com entitled: “Floridians Outraged Over Islamic Bias And Indoctrination In School Textbooks.” The article mentioned a textbook published by Prentice Hall entitled World History. The article, quoting Florida Today, noted: “Two Brevard School Board members are reviewing a world history textbook used in ninth grade Advance Placement classes amid concerns that it is biased in favor is Islam—at the expense of Christianity and Judaism. House Representative Ritch Workman and individuals from two citizens groups spoke against the textbook, Prentice Hall, World History at the Brevard School Board meeting Tuesday, citing examples of phrases and passages they believe show bias. ‘Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not history being revised for our own failure or desire not to offend one culture or another’ said Workman, a Republican from Melbourne…Workman also expressed concern about how historic events are portrayed and what phrases are used. For example, he said the textbook reads Jesus proclaims himself to be the Messiah but declares Muhammed becomes a prophet.”
Workman is right in saying that kids deserve accurate history, but that is something they have not had in this country since “reconstruction” started. The problem is lots worse and lots older than he thinks it is. I wonder if he ever heard of the textbook protest in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the 1970s. I’d be willing to bet he has no clue. He and lots of other folks should read Karl Priest’s book Protester Voices–the 1974 Textbook Tea Party. It’s a real eye-opener as to what has gone on in public schools for decades in this country.
Christians need to begin to realize that Christian education, whether in a sound Christian school or at home, is not a luxury it is a necessity. A sound Christian worldview teaches Christian young people to resist the culture around them and to work toward a Christian alternative—and there is one. Public schools teach them to abandon their faith as “religious superstition.” Oh, it’s alright to embrace other religions—just not Christianity and the kids have to be taught to put that John 14:6 stuff behind them and to learn to march toward that “brave new world” being prepared for us all by the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and all those other God-hating groups and individuals. Ultimately, the question is one of which theology you will follow and which theology you will have your kids follow.