Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Crackpots Are Still Hard At It

One of my first posts was Crackpots Against Public Education which responded to an article by Dr. Bruce Shortt, who is a leader of a group called "Exodus Mandate" that encourages parents to pull their kids out of public schools. Well, they are still at it. Yesterday, USA Today ran an article about that organization and the movement they are pushing.

Public schools take a lot of criticism, but a growing, loosely organized
movement is now moving from harsh words to action — with parents taking their
own children out of public schools and exhorting other families to do the
same. Led mainly by evangelical Christians, the movement depicts public
education as hostile to religious faith and claims to be behind a surge in the
number of students being schooled at home.

"The courts say no creationism, no prayer in public schools," said Roger
Moran, a Winfield, Mo., businessman and member of the Southern Baptist
Convention executive committee. "Humanism and evolution can be taught, but
everything I believe is disallowed."
The father of nine homeschooled children, Moran co-sponsored a resolution at the Southern Baptists' annual meeting in June that urged the denomination to endorse a public school pullout. It failed, as did a similar proposal before the conservative Presbyterian Church in America for members to shift their children into homeschooling or private Christian schools. Still, the movement is very much alive, led by such groups as Exodus Mandate and the Alliance for Separation of School and State.

Another leader of this movement, Rev. James D. Kennedy had this to say:
"The infusion of an atheistic, amoral, evolutionary, socialistic,
one-world, anti-American system of education in our public schools has indeed
become such that if it had been done by an enemy, it would be considered an act
of war."

Kennedy and his followers believe that God is not allowed in public school, and I find no anti-public education position more offensive than that one. I dealt with that in an earlier post, so I won't beat that dead horse again here.

The USA article indicated that the views of this group are a tad extreme, but they didn't make it clear just how extreme they really are. In Dr. Bruce Shortt's article, he says that public education is actually part of a plot to indoctrinate children to communism. If that's what we've been trying to do, then people like KDeRosa are right--we really are doing a poor job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz here from I Speak of Dreams. Background on Exodus Mandate from 2004. I have some more stuff on dominionist theology but when I looked at the post it was garbled and I don't have the time just now to fix it.

Knowledge is power. If you know the shape of your opponent's arguments, you are prepared.

I don't think these groups have much power outside of the bible belt, but they have caused problems in some districts in California.

9/06/2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger Dennis Fermoyle said...

Liz, thank you for this comment, and especially for the link to your 2004 post. What a couple of great quotes at the end of your post by Jim West and Robert Parham!

9/06/2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger rory said...

Get ready Dennis... but I agree with you 110%. The right to public education was one of the key components of our nation’s success. Its such a simple concept, to keep government and religion separate, that I am always amazed by the idiots that don't get it. Can you imagine the uproar if the state tried to go into the local Sunday school class and teach evolution? I respect anyone who wants to debate how public schools operate, but for those who would turn them into nothing more than are reflection of their own viewpoints... well let them move to Iran... I hear they teach religion in their schools.

9/06/2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Dennis Fermoyle said...

Wonders never cease! It's nice to finally be on the same side of an argument as you, Rory.

9/07/2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger the anonymous teacher said...

Oh. Our job isn't to turn students into little Communists...well, shoot!! Back to the lesson book. I might need to re-plan my year.

9/07/2006 7:14 PM  
Blogger Deb S. said...

I, too, saw an article on this recently. Such people give me headaches. They don't listen. Typically, they are not well-informed when it comes to the issues.

9/09/2006 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Steven said...


I don't see why you take such offense at these homeschoolers. What are they doing that infringes on your rights? So long as they are not trying to force God into the public schools then you shouldn't have a problem. That is, unless you want to force them to send their children to your schools. Is that it?

9/12/2006 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

I'm sure though, that if you send the great Dr. Kennedy (or even the organization mentioned for that matter) a hefty check, they will use that money for their Godly service in ridding public education of those pesky critical thinkers, and any kind of curriculum that would promote that God-less, anti-American notion of science education.

6/01/2007 3:14 AM  

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