The most malicious attacks on Christianity come from within our public schools and universities. The year 1963 was the beginning of the end for a Godly America. Madelyn Murray O’Hair, a left-wing atheist with close ties to the American Communist Party, filed a lawsuit against the school board of Baltimore. The suit became known as the “school prayer case” and made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The justices ruled 8 to 1 in favor of abolishing prayer and Bible reading in our schools.
Then, as one thing naturally led to another, we’ve come to witness the following developments: the Ten Commandments are no longer displayed on school walls; God has been replaced by the religion of “secular humanism” in our public schools and universities; Darwinian evolution, “social justice” curricula, “environmentalism,” and safe sex are part of lesson plans. Add to those a distorted version of American history now being imposed on our kids.
Ever since Colonial America, a biblical worldview had been taught in our public schools and colleges. The study of science, history, theology, and law all conformed to God’s standards. Even Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, wrote that “the foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
When government finances any kind of activity, it has the legal and “moral” right to control that activity.
The National Education Association (NEA) attracts thousands of delegates to its annual convention in Washington, D.C. Topics of conversation and debate generally have nothing to do with education, but instead concern matters such as socialized health care, global warming, and pro-choice rights. The NEA wants amnesty and free college tuition for illegal-immigrant students. They lobby against designating English as our official language and advocate diversity in the classroom — “diversity” being the code word for pro-gay indoctrination. In 2009, teachers at the convention even wore buttons proclaiming that “Gay rights are civil rights.”
The NEA says that they want “every child, regardless of age, to have direct and confidential access, without notification to parents, to comprehensive health education. This would include things such as learning how to use condoms for premarital sex, as well as social and psychological programs and services.” [Emphasis added.] They also want sex-education courses and textbooks to include warnings about “homophobia.”
Many teachers want to trap students in our failing public schools. While schoolchildren in other countries are outperforming our students, teachers unions are opposed to any competition from non-public and private schools. They oppose home schooling unless kids are taught by state-licensed teachers using state-approved curricula. Rather than allowing parents control over their children’s education with school choice vouchers, the teachers want even more taxpayer money for their broken-down monopoly.
A similar crisis exists in our colleges and universities. Schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were founded as Evangelical Christian colleges. These institutions were responsible for educating most of our Founding Fathers, preachers, and scientists.
The modern university emerged at about the same time as the Progressive Movement. The Social Gospel and Liberalism have since been intertwined in America with higher learning. Changes in one have inspired changes in the other. Education has formed an informal political pact with the other liberal institutions in our society. Hollywood, the public sector, labor unions, the mainstream news media, and the Democratic Party are all driven by the same ideologies.
By their own admission, about 82 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 18 percent are conservative. The disparity is even greater at the elite schools, where 91 percent of faculty identify as liberal and 9 percent as conservative. Examples of some major universities are Cornell (166 liberals to 6 conservatives), Stanford (151:17), Colorado (116:5), and UCLA (141:9). Political science and religious studies are two of the top five most left-leaning departments within American universities.
It was Winston Churchill who said, “Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains.” Churchill was fully aware of the fact that people who function primarily on logic generally are not susceptible to liberal indoctrination. To accept liberalism and socialism, a person must operate entirely on an emotional level. As people mature, and experience the trials of life, they begin to look at the cause-and-effect relationship of events and therefore tend to become less liberal and more conservative in their thinking.
Tragically, this means that our youth is the most vulnerable to liberal indoctrination. By design, this places educators exactly where they need to be in order to teach their ideology. This is exactly why the tenth plank of The Communist Manifesto states: “Free education for all children in public schools.” When government finances any kind of activity, it has the legal and “moral” right to control that activity. If the state finances the schools, it has the right to control the schools. Subsidy is a form of power. It is also a form of imprisonment.