Skip to comments.Get Enforced Atheism Out Of Our Schools
Posted on 12/06/2001 2:50:38 PM PST by Dr. Octagon
Christmas is a fantastic holiday. It celebrates not only the life of the Messiah, but more particularly the story of His birth, in all its miraculous splendor. Christ was born on a particularly clear night, under the glow of new starlight:
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night."
"And the angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them "
"The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you tidings of great joy that will be for all the people."
"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
"You shall find the babe in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger "
I first heard these words in kindergarten. They are paraphrased from The Bible itself, but I heard them as a five-year-old by way of The Charlie Brown Christmas Special. The basic theme of the special, a simply-drawn 25 minute cartoon, is that Christmas is a matter of faith and fellowship. Therein, beyond the tinsel and the toys, lies the spirit of the baby in the manger, who for thousands of years has blessed the world with his tiny hands.
The irony is that my kindergarten was in a public school. Two decades ago, the slow creep of militant atheists was less advanced than now, and some public schools were left untouched. So my teachers, plying their trade in an obscure small-town school district, were free to follow the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and actually permit the free exercise of religion within their taxpayer-funded walls.
God Bless them for that.
Christianity and Judaism were accorded equal respect, and had other religions been practiced by students/parents, the same would have gone for them. It was a very fair and balanced situation, to borrow a phrase from the Fox News Channel.
My how things have changed.
These days, our nation´s official motto, "God Bless America", is labeled divisive´. "One nation under God" is stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance, in the rare cases that the pledge is actually still said.
Teachers are told that any personal symbols of their faith, such as a Cross or a Star of David, must be hidden, obscured from view. Does State control of religious symbols evoke memories of any particular era?
I sincerely doubt that in 2001, when football players are told not to pray before games, a simple showing of The Charlie Brown Christmas Special, with its openly religious bent, would survive an ACLU challenge.
Do the morally relativistic and proactively atheistic opponents of all things Judeo-Christian truly fear Linus´ forty-second speech, reprised above?
Is that as ridiculous as it seems?
And enough is enough: it´s time for a change.
It´s time to recognize that parents are the true guardians of their own children, not the State.
It´s also time to diversify the school system. Every public school should, in effect, be a charter school, with local control over its curriculum, policies, and methods. Add to that parental control over which school their child attends, and presto, you have competition. The schools which are the most effective will draw the most business, and have the most student-dollars with which to pay teachers, buy supplies, and fund expansion. It´s your basic market-driven scenario, and is ultimately the salvation of the public schools.
I would recommend this be done with the following formula: take the entire K-12 Education Department budget, and divide it up on a per-student basis. Extend that per-student amount to parents via a tax credit, with the sole proviso that it go to each child´s education at a public, charter, or private school. No restrictions on the type of school, or the religious or secular nature thereof. Even as we need to trust parents to decide how to raise their own children, we need also to trust parents to decide how to educate their own children.
Some actually would seek out schools that focused on political correctness, and low standards, and enforced atheism. Not many, perhaps, but some.
Most would seek out schools which permitted free exercise of religion, and had high standards, good discipline, and caring-yet-structured teachers.
That latter model would do wonders for our nation.
And moreover, given his participation in a school-based Christmas play and penchant for quoting the Bible, I venture that Linus would agree.
govt. schools were made to protect/reward the losers---and punish/limit the winners---all backwards--forced subsidization of public education(monopoly) by private education is a tyranny and unfair restraint of trade--freedom!
is it any coincidence that our public schools started going south about the time that prayer was forced out?
It started long before that. Look at this:
1933 - "The first Humanist Manifesto is published. Co-author John Dewey, the noted philosopher and educator, calls for a synthesizing of all religions and "a socialized and cooperative economic order." Co-signer C.F. Potter said in 1930: "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?" -- A History of the New World OrderSee also the article at the top of this link for the four kinds of thinking that destroyed America: The U.S. -- A Modern Babylon?
So, if you don't like what's happening in the public schools, take them to private schools.
Am I missing something? Oh wait, you'll start whining about your taxes supporting something or the other. Tough.
Read it again: Tough.
You can't polish a turd. Government controlled public schools will stink no matter how you get them to sparkle. Since I can't flush the public school system away, I avoid the stench and the exposure of my own child to its contagion.
I think you knocked that strawman right over; nice job.
As you know, public schools are openly hostile to any hint of religious expression including the wearing of a tiny cross, Star of David or probably even a crescent moon pin. Secular Humanism is the 'new' religion and the teaching of evolution does not do much for most Christians. Not that creation was ever taught in public schools as far as I can recall. I do know that teachers have gotten into official hot water simply for reading a bible in an empty classroom during a scheduled lunch break. Enforced atheism? Not literally, but hostile and anti-religious might be an apt description. Even simple patriotism is frowned on in some school districts. The loony left has won via the NEA and the slightest whiff of religion is forbidden.
Absurd that parents/taxpayers have let this come to pass but they did and we're stuck with it for a long time to come. My hope is that the rise of private secular and religious schools and the big jump in homeschooling will have an effect that will eventually tamp down the loony left's stranglehold on our public schools and at least open them up to the acknowledgment of religion in American life as they once did. Teaching kids how to actually read, write and do math would be nice, too.
"While it is impossible to retain and recover by deliberate volition old sources of religion and art that have been discredited, it is possible to expedite the development of the vital sources of a religion and art that are yet to be... by the courage of intelligence to follow whither social and scientific changes direct us." (p. 212)
Yes, by "discredited" he was taking about Judaism and Christianity