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    HUMANISM AND PUBLIC EDUCATION By Samuel Blumenfeld 2000 WorldNetDaily.com SATURDAY JANUARY 15 2000 Back in 1849, when the organized Protestants of
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      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,
      but with
      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
      otherwise
      supplied -- do rot seem to be a sufficient reason for abandoning it, and
      adopting
      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
      that fidelity
      to the religious interests of our children forbids a further patronage
      of the
      system, we can unite with the Evangelical Christians in the
      establishment of
      private schools, in which more full doctrinal religious instruction may be
      possible."

      No one can doubt that for the last 150 years the public schools have
      had that
      full and faithful experiment, and that the spiritual effect on Christian
      children
      has been disastrous. In several schools around the country, Christian
      children
      have even been murdered by fellow students possessed by satanic beliefs.
      How
      much worse can it get?

      In fact, during the last 20 years, thousands of Christian parents,
      without
      knowledge of the debates that took place in 1849, have removed their
      children
      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
      that
      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
      work to
      reform them.

      But the simple fact is that the present government education system
      has as
      its foundation an anti-Christian philosophy known as Secular Humanism.
      All one
      has to do to confirm this is read the two Humanist Manifestos. The
      first, written
      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
      rational,
      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
      realization of
      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
      exist for
      the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation,
      control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view
      to the
      enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly
      religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods,
      and
      communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience
      allows, in
      order to function effectively in the modem world." In other words,
      humanism is
      the only religion in America that has as its purpose and program the
      reconstitution of the institutions, rituals, and ecclesiastical methods
      of other
      religions. This is an overt declaration of war against biblical religion.

      Forty years later, Humanist Manifesto 11 stated, "As non-theists, we
      begin
      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
      ourselves."

      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
      won
      in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their
      role as
      the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes
      and
      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,
      utilizing a
      classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject
      they teach, regardless of educational level -- preschool day care or
      large state
      university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between
      the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with
      its
      adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in
      its
      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
      exactly
      what humanists want to accomplish in the public schools. Humanists are
      forever paying lip service in asserting the separation of church and
      state when
      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
      government or
      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
      schools offer
      evolution, multiculturalism, transcendental meditation, situational
      ethics, drug
      education, death education, sex education, sensitivity training, gay
      studies,
      condoms, whole language, behaviorism, magic circles, and other humanist
      teachings.

      These programs are creating the new nihilists, the amoral barbarians
      and
      the followers of Satan that are devastating the lives of thousands of
      families.
      There is hardly a Christian family that has not had to cope with a child
      lost to
      drugs, promiscuity, abortion, venereal disease, and pure unadulterated
      devil
      worship.

      What will it take for the majority of Christian parents to realize
      that the
      public schools have become a spiritual danger for their children? Those
      Christian children who are strong in their faith still have to contend
      with the
      Satanists among the student body who may wish to harm them. The parents at
      Columbine could not conceive of the notion that perfectly normal
      American kids
      could become murderers, killing for the sake of pleasing Satan. That
      sort of
      stuff is supposed to belong in horror movies, not in middle-class, suburban
      families.

      This is something that has never happened before in America, and it
      is the
      result of a spiritual disease called moral relativism, which teaches that
      everyone is entitled to their beliefs, no matter how weird or
      anti-social, and
      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
      expressing
      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
      absolutes, it
      opens the door to unbridled evil.
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