The combined population of the original thirteen colonies at the time of the break from England was about 3 million. Of those 3 million, approximately 2 million had grown up under the influence of Christian thought—primarily Reformed Protestantism. That isn’t to claim that all 2 million colonists were Christians, but they had nevertheless been raised in an atmosphere permeated by Biblical truth. Any careful reading of the wealth of documents penned by the Founders, the books then in use in schools (which bore no resemblance whatever to today’s public educational system), and the frequent quoting or allusion to the Bible that commonly appeared in newspapers and circulars of the time--just to name a few examples--attests to the validity of that statement.
That, however, is no longer true. The secularists have been consolidating their control of the public school system since at least the 1930s. John Dewey, known as the “Father of Modern Education”, was a psychologist and educational reformer who taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. A staunch proponent of the ideas promoted by Darwin in his On the Origin of Species, Dewey was also a signer of the first Humanist Manifesto. He was convinced that American society needed to be transformed, and he recognized that the way to accomplish that was by transforming the public education system. With the cooperation of the leadership of the National Education Association, Dewey and others labored to accomplish a complete restructuring of education to encourage what he called “experimental intelligence”, the freedom to discover one’s own truth, and the acceptance of pluralism, a philosophy that has multiple applications, including the idea that it is possible to have a variety of belief systems, all considered to be correct, but still in conflict with one another. (That has led to the ridiculous, uninformed notion that all religions recognize and worship the same god. Sorry, but the God of Christianity is not the same as Allah of Islam; nor is He the same as the Great Spirit worshiped under a variety of names by Native Americans. It has also resulted in the nonsensical claim that “Your truth may work for you, but it isn’t my truth.” Statements like that reveal a complete lack of understanding of what truth is.)
The plan to restructure public education has certainly worked: from elementary grades through the university level, it has largely become a government-sponsored indoctrination system where children and young people are taught, not to think independently, but to accept an increasingly unified public opinion—a real life incarnation of the “group think” of George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
Take a minute to think about where that has led us as a nation. We now have the freedom to kill an unborn child, giving the mother the ‘right’ of choice, which trumps the right of her child to live. (The Supreme Court even managed to find that ‘right’ in the U.S. Constitution!) Diversity means essentially that anything goes, be it sexual promiscuity (which the Bible names as ‘fornication’, from the Greek word porneia, a word that referred to any and all forms of sexual perversion); homosexuality (an ‘alternative lifestyle’); same-sex marriage; Bruce Jenner being praised for his ‘courage’ in claiming that he considers himself to be a woman; and the ludicrous idea that people should be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to the way they view their sexuality. (If nothing else had accomplished it, that last one alone would be enough to convince me that the inmates are now running the asylum.) Oh, and just this last week Bill DeBlasio, the off-the-wall mayor of New York City, called for a boycott of Chick-fil-a because of the Biblically-held position of the Cathy family, the founders of the company, with regard to the LGBT movement. (They name it as sin). It makes no difference that Chick-fil-a serves anyone who comes in; but under the new rules, you aren’t even allowed to voice your disagreement with the keepers of politically correct opinion. And if you do disagree with any of this new ‘group think’, then you are denounced as being prejudiced and a hater.
Part 2 of this article will appear next week.