Christians called to abandon public education
You've heard all about the disputes: "Silent Night" banned at the "holiday" program, artistic references to the Bible censored and faith-inclusive children's programs facing discrimination.
Now some people are fed up with public school treatment of Christianity and have launched a campaign calling for a rescue of kids from government education programs - a "Call to Dunkirk".
The name Dunkirk is famous for the hundreds of thousands of World War II allies saved in May 1940 when a flotilla of pleasure boats, fishing craft and others rescued the soldiers from the beaches near Dunkirk, France, where they were trapped by an advancing German army.
Author David J. Knowles, who wrote a book on the rescue that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called a miracle, said volunteers including boat owners, fishermen - ordinary people instead of trained soldiers and sailors -crossed the English Channel to effect the rescue of about 340,000 people.
Now, officials with Exodus Mandate have launched their "Call to Dunkirk" to advocate a departure from public schools.
Several officials have created a YouTube video on their plan, and it is embedded here:
Organization chief Chaplain E. Ray Moore, a retired military officer, said that at Dunkirk, "total disaster (was) averted by bold leadership and ordinary citizens answering the call".
But he said in America, three-quarters or more of the Christian children, "are trapped in the state-run public schools".
Bruce Shortt, the author of "The Harsh Truth about Public Schools", said, "culture is shaped by how we're educated".
"Why should we be surprised we're losing culturally and politically when we continue to offer up our children as living sacrifices to the Molech of government schools?" he said.
Voddie Baucham, Jr., author of "Family Driven Faith", noted children spend about 14,000 hours in public schools.
"Whoever controls those 14,000 hours controls our children's worldview", he said, citing Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto. He wrote, "What can theistic Sunday school meeting for an hour once a week do to stem the tide of a five day program of humanist teaching?"
"The left knows that whoever controls the children owns the future. That's why so many '60s radicals like Bill Ayers went into education. Now they effectively control the government school system and its curriculum. But worse, we give them our children", Shortt said.
Moore said his plan is simple:
"That all families, churches, pastors, major Christian ministries and organizations, concentrate for one year on extracting Christian children from the pagan, godless public schools".
"State-run public schools have become destructive to our children's Christian faith. They no longer educate but rather indoctrinate. Not only morally corrupt, public schools are unsafe because of the violence and crime that occurs in them on a regular basis", the campaign says.
Note sent in by Jana Graham on 1/01/09:
I just have a comment I wanted to share with your team about the above article. I truly believe they are not "public schools" but rather "secular", or more accurately, "government schools". They are government-run institutions and my thought is if they cannot control what is going on in our country, how can we trust they will do well by our children? The government fails miserably with everything it does; the school system is no different.
What I did, my story on how I handled a situation, which might be helpful to others if you so choose to tell people:
My oldest is in the 12th grade at a "public school" (he has a different father and I was forced to put him in public school when he was 14 by the court system; our other five are homeschooled and are ahead of their contemporaries by almost a year at this point). Last year he had a teacher who had the young people do questionable assignments. Things we have never allowed in our home such as magic, sex, ghost stories, etc. My son came home one day and said, "Mom, Mrs. So-and-so wants us to write a ghost story. I told her I am not allowed to do that". I said, "Ok, let's see how we can still do the paper but go by our standards. Why don't you do a story on the Holy Ghost?!" Well, that would not do, says the teacher to him; it needed to be about a particular city and an associated ghost story. I spoke with the teacher and the principle. I told them that this was a PUBLIC school and not a SECULAR school! And as a PUBLIC school, it needs to represent the PUBLIC, of which we are. There needed to be an alternate assignment for him, or I would take it higher. Well, they could not argue with the "public" concept. Throughout the year we had several instances, about six in all, that needed to be addressed with the teacher/principle. Another instance was the same teacher wanted to show the movie "Juno", about teen pregnancy, to the class and have them do a paper on it. That was it, I flipped my lid and talked to/emailed and chewed out any and everyone in authority at Grand Blanc High. The result was the movie was still shown but the principle had the teacher send home a notice that this was going to be shown and the parents had to sign to accept it or decline it for their young person. The other problems were similar, but you get the point.
Now I know that these aren't big things, but they are little steps that if each Christian parent would step up, things could change a bit. I am thankful this is my last year of fighting the system; it will be no more for me. For others who need to have their child in school, this might be an encouragement.