Tuesday, May 18, 2004

God Hates the Public Schools Speaking of the religious right, here's AgapePress columnist Rev. Mark Creech encouraging the destruction of the public school system:

I, for one, believe that Pickney and Shortt's leadership in this matter is not only heroic and courageous, but also a call from God. I see it as a breath of fresh air and something that actually gives hope for the restoration of education in America. Between 12 and 15 million evangelical Christian children attend public schools. If the mass majority of these students were to leave public education, it would cripple the one system that is doing more harm to our nation than any single thing except perhaps the popular media. Marshall Fritz, a Libertarian Party organizer and former computer programmer who started the Fresno, California-based Alliance for the Separation of School and State contends that should the public school system crumble, citizens would realize a $300 billion tax cut, which means two thirds of the population would be able to afford private school tuition. Fritz expects churches and charities might help pick up the tab for the rest. What is more, an exodus of the children of Christian parents from public schools would seriously diminish, if not destroy, the power that secularism now holds over our culture.

As Creech explains elsewhere in the column, Pickney and Shortt are planning to introduce a resolution at the summer meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention encouraging Baptist parents to remove their kids from “government-run schools”.

I've been staring at my screen for five minutes now trying to come up with some pithy comment on this.


At 8:12 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I will, then. Even if a $300 billion tax cut *were* realized, it's naive to assume that it would be distributed equally among citizens, so "two thirds of the population would be able to afford private school tuition." Bias alert: I'm a public-school teacher, and I agree that the system isn't ideal. But I'm not about to join A.S.S.S. (On the bright side: if all the fundies left public ed, we could stop worrying about ever having to teach Creationism Lite.)

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Bob Maurus said...

Just a quickie - don't you love their acronym? ASSS

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Is there any truth to the assertion that public schools would fall apart without the participation of 12 to 15 million students?

At 10:34 PM, Blogger RBH said...

Last year a leader of the ID forces of Ohio made a presentation to an ID conference (DDD4) in Minneapolis. During the Q&A, a member of the audience said, "If you can get rid of compulsory education, then you've solved the problem. Otherwise, as long as the power of the sword is sitting there, you know, you're ... this struggle ... I think you may have small wins, but you will eventually fail." He went on to say that "Abolition is the central issue. If you can get rid of compulsory education then you've solved the problem." There was audible agreement from the audience on the tape of the session.


At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Education is damned important; our public schools are often disappointing and too much concerned with test scores. This has worsened with the Bush No Child Left Behind legislation.
Prisons and race are our Achilles heel. We have too many people in prison, it's too expensive, and most prisoners are non-white. Some of the Iraq prison abusers came from US prison staff, who had enjoyed a dirty Harry role in our prisons. Many prisoners emerge as hate-filled masters of crime linked to violent organizations. This applies to all races. Whites join organizations like the Aryan brotherhood. The more people in prison, the harsher their treatment, the more racial hatred, the more crime and the sooner that The Turner Diaries become a work of non-fiction.
4. Education will determine the future of Islam. Much education in Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent comes from Saudi-funded madrassas preaching religious war. Madrassas are found around the Arab world and go back ten centuries. Most avoid politics or science. Pakistan’s madrassas increased in number and became more militaristic during the Afghan war. After the Soviets left, the Madrassas shifted their hatred from Russia to the West in general, and the US in particular. Wealthy Saudis and Kuwaitis used the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse to create Muslim fighters to restore Palestinian land and to restore Islam to its original state – the puritanical Wahabi version. Similar violent madrassas appeared in Indonesia. Unless these madrassas close or change their focus, Pakistan’s Islamic bomb will certainly be used, perhaps by free lance terrorists. Madrassas and Islamic education can’t be controlled by Westerners, only by moderate Muslims, who want Western science but not Western sleaze. The UN could help provide money for peaceful alternative schools.
5. American education and civility are our seed corn. Without better schools and a living wage, antagonism between the rich and poor will escalate, because of the disconnect between great corporate profits and fewer workers with benefits which has fueled rising coporate profits. Education is the only way out and religious education works for only a minority. Education will determine the future of America. The question is what kind of education?

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous zenegra said...

penis enlargement pill
buy viagra
Buy Viagra




mp3 players
buy mp3 players
cheap mp3 players
wholesale mp3 players
portable mp3 players


purchase viagra
buy Cialis
buy Cialis


Post a Comment

<< Home