Anti-Christianity: A Textbook Case

It’s amazing how people can spend hours in debate about what should and should not be taught in public schools, all the while ignoring a fundamental point: what gives any of these people the right to decide what OUR kids should be taught?  Isn’t that ultimately the parent’s right to decide? It certainly USED to be, before government got involved!

If we had a truly free market system of schools that honored the rights of parents and children to determine their own futures, this wouldn’t even be an issue. 

Parents could choose schools based on how well they met their children’s needs and honored the values that the parents were trying to teach at home.   A great variety of schools and programs would emerge to meet the different niches of demand, and the parents would truly have the freedom to choose.

This is what we’ve been robbed of, by allowing government to confiscate our tax dollars in exchange for a crappy government school monopoly that pleases no one (and barely educates, either).

[T]he attitude of secular hatred, or just plain old everyday contempt, for Christian viewpoints, right ones or wrong ones, is the explosive matter in fusses such as the New York Times Magazine starts over…over not very much, really.

The people — liberals chiefly — who invoked the power of government to oust religion from public places found two could play at that little game. So it goes, on a parallel track, with abortion. Supreme Court arrogance in snatching a complex question from the jurisdiction of popularly elected legislators caused resentments to grow and tempers to flare and the controversy over unborn human life to drag on, world without end, Amen.

Main thing to remember, maybe, is what happens when, by political hook or crook, you try to pry sensitive, complex questions, and the means of resolving those questions, from the hands of those who don’t automatically acknowledge your intellectual superiority. The folks tend to resent it. They find ways of going around you.

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One Response to “Anti-Christianity: A Textbook Case”

  • Jones says:

    If your child is receiving an education that you don’t approve of, there isn’t anything that says that you can’t provide your child with schooling from an alternate source. How is it that you think that we do not have a free market system of schools? You have the right, and option, to make whatever choice you want regarding your child’s education. Send your child to another school. If you feel something is missing, supplement your child’s education with whatever subjects (or… ideals) you wish to see them receive. There is also the option of home-schooling as well. There are camps, conservatories, classes, online study and retreats. The options are many and plentiful.

    Regarding public education, there is a larger, global, inclusive standard that must be met and adhered to when defining curricula. While parents have a degree of voice, it is society as a whole that defines what does or doesn’t get taught in schools. It is a democracy, and American society is composed of an extremely diverse collection of all kinds of people, with all kinds of values and beliefs, from many cultures, places and walks of life. Failing to recognize this and be respectful of this is unbecoming, selfish short-sighted.

    Religion may be something that the public is free to express or be interested in, but it is not the collective voice of the public, nor should it ever be considered as such, most particularly in the United States. While “God” is mentioned in our constitution, “Freedom of Religion” is as well. And religion is essentially whatever your belief is that explains the existence of (and meaning) of the universe. If your beliefs are rooted in science and not in mysticism, then that is fair game. To have freedom of religion is also to have the freedom to not have religion forced upon you.

    I don’t want my children to be taught religion in school. I don’t care if it is Christianity, or Islam, or Taoism, or whatever. I don’t want it, ever. Beliefs are personal, and personal matters should be kept personal. Keep it at the dinner table. Keep it in your church. Keep it in the bedroom.

    Jones, your argument is flawed. Obviously, we have the freedom (at present) to take our kids out of government schools if we don’t like what they teach. But our taxes are still confiscated in order to force us to pay for a crappy product that we don’t use (and often runs seriously contrary to our beliefs). THAT is not freedom. That is tyranny.

    Secondly, you say that you don’t want your kids taught religion and that “beliefs are personal”. But that’s not entirely true. You can’t educate in a vacuum. If you remove the traditional American Judeo-Christian God and worldview from the classroom, you have to fill the void with something else, and we have – with Atheism and Humanism. We tell the kids “all beliefs are equally valid.” That’s a Humanist teaching. We tell them “religion is a private matter to be kept out of schools and the public square.” But again, that’s a Secular Humanist belief. What you really mean is that every religion/belief system EXCEPT SECULAR HUMANISM and Moral Relativism is to be kept private and out of the public square. Your belief system takes precedence, while others are marginalized. It’s a hypocritical argument.

    I agree that you should not be forced to pay for my child to be taught religion. But you’re being hypocritical if you argue that I should be forced to pay for YOUR child (and everyone else’s) to be educated from a Humanist perspectve.

    In a truly free market, nobody will be forced to pay for anyone else’s view points. THAT is true freedom.

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