jump to navigation

Separation of Church and School February 22, 2010

Posted by Jamie Friedland in Election, Politics.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
trackback

***Much of this post is incited and informed by Russell Shorto’s excellent NYT Magazine article, “How Christian Were the Founders?”  It is long, but well worth the read.***

There are times when we are reminded that even a single, small election can matter.  No, this isn’t about Scott Brown.  I am speaking of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).  How many of you vote in your state’s BOE elections?  Do you even remember?  If it wasn’t on the straight party ticket I certainly didn’t.  But these elections can have sweeping consequences, especially in Texas.

I have written previously of Don McLeroy, the dentist on the Texas SBOE who last year decided he was more qualified to determine the science curriculum than the National Academy of Sciences.  Specifically about creationism.  Each year, the Texas SBOE reviews and rewrites that state’s public school curriculum standards for one subject, and this year is History.

Before we move any further, it is important to highlight the significance of these decisions and the broader implications of the public school curriculum in Texas.  With 4.7 million public school students, Texas is the second largest domestic market for textbooks.  Because the largest, California, is so specific, Texas essentially determines what is or isn’t included in textbooks for the rest of the country.  While publishers offer the decidedly weak defense that “It’s not a given that Texas’ curriculum translates into other states,” Professor James Kracht of Texas A&M, who has long been involved in the state’s textbook process, explains that “Texas governs 46 or 47 states.”  So a perversion of Texas’ curriculum is a national problem.

This situation is not lost on the members of the Texas SBOE.  In fact, for many, it’s the entire reason they’re there.  7 of the 15 members operate openly as a Christian conservative voting bloc and are quite frank about their objectives.  This causes some tension with the rational world.

Mr. Shorto offers samples of this year’s controversies:

“McLeroy moved that Margaret Sanger, the birth-control pioneer, be included because she “and her followers promoted eugenics,” that language be inserted about Ronald Reagan’s “leadership in restoring national confidence” following Jimmy Carter’s presidency and that students be instructed to “describe the causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.” The injection of partisan politics into education went so far that at one point another Republican board member burst out in seemingly embarrassed exasperation, “Guys, you’re rewriting history now!” Nevertheless, most of McLeroy’s proposed amendments passed by a show of hands.”

and

“The board considered an amendment to require students to evaluate the contributions of significant Americans. The names proposed included Thurgood Marshall, Billy Graham, Newt Gingrich, William F. Buckley Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy. All passed muster except Kennedy, who was voted down.”

Many of you may remember the beloved children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”  Its author, Bill Martin Jr., was recently removed from the Texas 3rd grade social studies curriculum on account of un-American “critiques of capitalism and the American system.”  The board members were concerned about a 2008 book entitled “Ethical Marxism” written by Bill Martin.  A different Bill Martin. By the time their mistake was pointed out, the board members had already struck Bill Martin Jr. from the curriculum.  This is a benign example of what happens when non-expert ideologues are allowed to decide what our kids should and shouldn’t learn.

The latest victim of McCarthyism. In textbooks for children no less.

Don McLeroy has long led this misguided charge, but he is not at all alone.

Another board member, Cynthia Dunbar, works at the new law school at Jerry Falwell’s conservative Liberty University.  The school’s stated objective is “to transform legislatures, courts, commerce and civil government at all levels.”  As a law professor, she teaches her students legal techniques to overturn rulings against conservative objectives such as prayer in schools.  In her book “One Nation Under God,” Dunbar described her work on the SBOE as a “battle for our nation’s children and who will control their education and training” and described it as crucial to our [Christians’] success for reclaiming our nation.

With such strong beliefs about education, it is not surprising to find Dunbar on a SBOE; indeed, concerned parents have every right to voice concern about their children’s education and even to get involved if they so choose.  But Dunbar does not have children in the Texas public school system.  She wrote in her book about “the inappropriateness of a state-created, taxpayer-supported school system” and compared sending kids to public schools to “throwing them into the enemy’s flames, even as the children of Israel threw their children to Moloch.” All of her kids were home-schooled or attended private Christian schools.  She is on the SBOE purely to indoctrinate America’s youth.

Fortunately, these abuses have not gone unnoticed.  Campaigns are in full swing ahead of the March 3rd election for these important positions, and Don McLeroy and his social conservative bloc have serious challengers running against them.  But stakeholders on both sides of the aisle are mobilizing their supporters; conservatives only need to pick up one more reliable vote to gain complete control of the Board.  Conservatives are typically much more active in small mid-term elections (which is how we found ourselves in this predicament to begin with), but rational people are fed up with these 7 zealots in unfortunate positions of outsized power.  It is time to end this perversion of our nation’s public education, and on March 3rd, Texans will have their chance to do it.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. Henry - March 13, 2010

Wolves in sheep clothing working from within the bowels of Public Education have succeeded in wresting the rights of Americans by withholding historical facts, such as the fact that the Founding Fathers had no intention of having in the Americas any particular Christian Denomination as the head of the State, since that was the main reason why they fled England in the first place. In England the Founders were constantly harassed and persecuted by the Anglican Church whose head is a mere human being, the present reigning monarch, or King George at that time. And that’s the reason why the Founders included in the First Amendment to the US Constitution the restrictive clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

At the same time, they wanted to have the God given freedom of worship by declaring into law “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” including in all branches of Governments. Since the Founding Fathers were Christians, they also firmly believed that Christianity and government must always be intertwined, as stated by Romans 13.

In 1873, US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story III on Commentaries on the Constitution said, “The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects (denominations) and to prevent any national ecclesiastical patronage of the national government.”

Seventy-four years after Justice Joseph Story III of the US Supreme Court wrote Commentaries on the Constitution, in 1947, the tyrannical Justices of the US Supreme Court enacted a fictitious wall of separation between Church and State upon the fifty states of the Union. Chief Justice Hugo Black who was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, fooled the spiritless American people together with the so-called Christian Leaders of America by forming an unholy union in order to silence the church of Jesus Christ, and succeeded in erecting a fictitious wall of separation between Church and State, contrary to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and Romans 13.

Jesus said, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? And that’s exactly what Senator Lyndon B. Johnson did in 1954. Johnson introduced in the U.S. Congress a devious amendment to the IRS 501c3 Tax-Exempt Code, and established the United States National Church of Secular Humanism, with the idea of binding, and gagging the Church of Jesus Christ, thus eliminating the significant influence it had up until that time in shaping sound public policy, in affecting legislation, and in addressing issues in opposition to ungodly legislation.

In 1963, the tyrannical Justices of U.S. Supreme Court bypassed the US Congress Legislative Branch in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and legislated from the bench in Abington v. Schempp by a majority vote of 8-1, declaring the Bible, and Prayer Recitation unconstitutional, after being a part of America’s public schools curriculum for over one hundred and fifty years. Consequently, America is now like a ship without a rudder, and without a compass. America is being tossed back and forth, and blown here and there by every wind of doctrine, and by the craftiness of scheming and deceitful men.

After erecting in 1947 a fictional wall of separation between Church and State, and after gagging the church of Jesus Christ in 1954 through the IRS 501c3 Tax-Exempt Code, and after removing the Bible from Public Education in 1963, again in 1973 the tyrannical Justices of the US Supreme Court imposed legalized premeditated murder on demand, or abortion on demand, consequently over 52 million children were slaughtered since 1973, and counting.

And in 1998, U.S. President William J. Clinton signed executive order 13087, which was nothing more than the glorification, and affirmation of homosexuals, lesbians, and transgender into Public Education, and into America’s workforce, and once more as predictable as the sun, the Christian Clergy of America compelled by greed, played out their blind, and dumb act one more time.

The church has been taken out of the political arena in 1954 through the IRS 501c3 Tax-Exempt Code by wolves in sheep clothing, which are not only residing inside the churches of America, but also in Washington DC as well, and contrary to God’s word found in Romans 13.

Romans 13:1-2, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves”

Which means that God has established both, the Church, and the Civil Government, therefore the secular ruling authorities such as the U.S. President, the entire U.S Congress, the Justice System, Governors, and Mayors, must all be in submission to Jesus Christ under the authority of the Church or the people, and the Church or the people must be in submission under the headship of Jesus Christ. Thus, according to Romans 13, and the US Constitution, and the will of the Founding Fathers, the church or the people must embody the moral guiding consciousness of the entire Nation.

The Government on the other hand has the authority to enforce all civil laws, Romans 13: 4, “For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer”

It is crystal clear, Romans 13 teaches that a wall of Separation between Church and State does not exist, but only inside the minds of deceivers and deceived alike, it is as phony as a three-dollar bill, and one of the biggest hoaxes perpetrated against the church or the people. The First Amendment to the US Constitution was drafted in part, to prohibit the establishment of any particular Christian Denomination from becoming the official national religion of the US, but that does not mean the government should be isolated from the holy, and perfect will of God.

Patrick Henry, Founding Father, and tireless champion of liberty, in a Speech to the House of Burgesses said, “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

The organizational structure or hierarchy of the United States America according to God’s will in Romans 13, the U.S. Constitution, and the will of the Founding Fathers is as follow, at the very top is Jesus Christ, under Christ is the church or the people, and at the bottom is the U. S. Government, which is subservient to the church or the people. Right now deceiving usurpers are misleading the people or the churches of America, in secret partnership with the political tyrants of Washington DC, who are not only lording over the church or the people one perversion after another, but they are also fleecing them as well, through exorbitant taxation.

Daniel Webster, leading American statesman said, “If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy, If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: