HUMANISM AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
- HUMANISM AND PUBLIC EDUCATION By Samuel Blumenfeld
2000 WorldNetDaily.com SATURDAY JANUARY 15 2000
Back in 1849, when the organized Protestants of Massachusetts debated
whether or not to support the public school movement, which was then being
strongly promoted by the Unitarians, they decided in favor of support,
some very thoughtful reservations.
"The benefits of this system, in offering instruction to all, are so
many and so
great that its religious deficiencies -- especially since they can be
supplied -- do rot seem to be a sufficient reason for abandoning it, and
in place of it a system of denominational parochial schools," they wrote.
"If after a full and faithful experiment, it should at last be seen
to the religious interests of our children forbids a further patronage
system, we can unite with the Evangelical Christians in the
private schools, in which more full doctrinal religious instruction may be
No one can doubt that for the last 150 years the public schools have
full and faithful experiment, and that the spiritual effect on Christian
has been disastrous. In several schools around the country, Christian
have even been murdered by fellow students possessed by satanic beliefs.
much worse can it get?
In fact, during the last 20 years, thousands of Christian parents,
knowledge of the debates that took place in 1849, have removed their
from the public schools and have either placed them in private Christian
schools or are home-schooling them. They have done this despite the fact
many well-known Christian leaders have not yet sounded the alarm and, in
many instances, have urged Christians to stay in the public schools and
But the simple fact is that the present government education system
its foundation an anti-Christian philosophy known as Secular Humanism.
has to do to confirm this is read the two Humanist Manifestos. The
in 1933 by young Unitarian ministers, asserted that the spiritual power of
orthodox religion was in decline and that it should be replaced by a
man-centered, non-theistic religion.
"Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modem
science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human
values," they wrote. "Religious humanism considers the complete
human personality to be the end of man's life and seeks its development and
fulfillment in the here and now. ...
"Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions
the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation,
control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view
enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly
religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods,
communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience
order to function effectively in the modem world." In other words,
the only religion in America that has as its purpose and program the
reconstitution of the institutions, rituals, and ecclesiastical methods
religions. This is an overt declaration of war against biblical religion.
Forty years later, Humanist Manifesto 11 stated, "As non-theists, we
with humans not God, nature not deity. We can discover no divine purpose or
providence for the human species. ... No deity will save us, we must save
In the January/February 1983 issue of The Humanist magazine, a young
scholar by the name of John J. Dunphy expressed the aim of humanists in
education with these very blunt words:
"I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and
in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their
the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes
respects that spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.
These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid
fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort,
classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject
they teach, regardless of educational level -- preschool day care or
university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between
the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with
adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in
promise of a world in which the never realized Christian ideal of "love thy
neighbor" will finally be achieved."
Mr. Dunphy did Christian parents a great service by telling them
what humanists want to accomplish in the public schools. Humanists are
forever paying lip service in asserting the separation of church and
it comes to keeping Christianity out of the schools. But when it comes to
humanism, they are strangely silent. As a result, humanism has become the
establishment religion in our schools, and no one in the federal
the Congress has seen fit to do anything about it.
Obviously, from a Christian point of view, the experiment of government
education has been a colossal failure. In plate of God, the public
evolution, multiculturalism, transcendental meditation, situational
education, death education, sex education, sensitivity training, gay
condoms, whole language, behaviorism, magic circles, and other humanist
These programs are creating the new nihilists, the amoral barbarians
the followers of Satan that are devastating the lives of thousands of
There is hardly a Christian family that has not had to cope with a child
drugs, promiscuity, abortion, venereal disease, and pure unadulterated
What will it take for the majority of Christian parents to realize
public schools have become a spiritual danger for their children? Those
Christian children who are strong in their faith still have to contend
Satanists among the student body who may wish to harm them. The parents at
Columbine could not conceive of the notion that perfectly normal
could become murderers, killing for the sake of pleasing Satan. That
stuff is supposed to belong in horror movies, not in middle-class, suburban
This is something that has never happened before in America, and it
result of a spiritual disease called moral relativism, which teaches that
everyone is entitled to their beliefs, no matter how weird or
that no one can judge anyone or anything else. That is why no one at
Columbine High felt morally obligated to stop the future killers from
their views as wildly and openly as they wished. No one at Columbine took
them seriously, because no one there believed that the pure power of evil
could take hold of the lives of normal kids.
The lesson is painfully simple: When a nation abandons moral
opens the door to unbridled evil.