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Secular Humanism…the stuff public education is built on!

Posted by Scott on September 8, 2009

*Very good article written about the plight of todays public education system. No wonder is struggles to educate the kids. A godless institution will not be blessed by the God of this universe and its success will always be a dream, but never a reality. 

A side note here:  After a recent testing was done based on the same testing system from public schools, private schools, and homeschoolers the results were astonishing. Homeschool kids ranked in all catagories at about the 85% level. Private School kids ranked at the 81% level. Public School kids ranked at the 50% level. To see the complete article on the Home-School testing result go to Home-Schooling.

Now, read this article written by the Hamilton-Wentworth Family Action Council in Canada:

“If our education system is to be secular, we need to understand what secular means and identify the foundational principles guiding the decisions being made in our education system. How does a secular system co-exist with the values and worldviews of the communities of the larger society that it serves? There are two common types of secularism – ‘secular humanism’ and ‘secular pluralism’.

Secular Humanism

Secular humanism is a secular philosophy based upon humanistic principles. Secular Humanists became a significant force in public education after the original Humanist Manifesto I was published in 1933. John Dewey, ” father of progressive education, ” is reputed to have been the author. Public education often reflects secular humanistic worldview. Secular humanism was founded upon humanistic and atheistic philosophies and is often identified as ‘without religion’. A secular humanistic worldview is based upon the beliefs outlined in the Humanist Manifesto l (1933), Humanist Manifesto ll. (1972), and The Secular Humanist Declaration (1980).

The fundamental proclaimed beliefs are:

-That the nature of the universe, as depicted by science, makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values;

-Morals are rooted in the human experience and that supernatural beliefs are, at best an irrelevant diversion;

-The universe is regarded as self-existing and not created;

-Man is part of nature and has emerged as part of a continuous process (evolution);

-As there is no life after death, man will take the path of mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking;

-Religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as possible as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world;

-This is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and we owe it to ourselves and others to make the best life possible for ourselves and all those whom share this fragile planet;

-We find the traditional views of the existence of God either are meaningless, have not yet been demonstrated to be true, or are tyrannically exploitive.

-We reject the divinity of Jesus… Secular Humanism places trust in human intelligence rather than in divine guidance. Humanist Manifesto II

There is a broader task that all those who believe in democratic secular humanist values will recognize, namely the need to embark upon a long-term program of public education and enlightenment concerning the relevance of the secular outlook to the human condition. Further, the Secular Humanist Declaration (1980) states:

” The authors of the first two manifestos declare that humanism is a religion and the manifestos are their ‘theses of religious humanism “.

In other words… their doctrine. The Supreme Court of the United States in Torches vs. Watkins, 1961, upheld the view that secular humanism is a religion. When other religious guidelines (that were used to help us make decisions about curriculum) were removed, the default value system was secular humanism where decisions are made strictly upon rational human thought. If public education is operating, intentionally or by default, upon secular humanistic principles, and this philosophy is singularly imposed upon all families from the various culture and belief systems, it could be legally argued that such a system is discriminatory. This is not inclusive and/or accommodating of people who possess other value systems and worldviews.”

**I will post the new Secular Pluralism article next!

Scott Bailey 2009

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The “Seeker-Sensitive Gospel” Leads Men Straight to Hell!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Paul washer addressing this disease sweeping through our churches today in this great video.

 

 

Mark Kielar-FBC Boyton Beach Florida makes a great case against the “Seeker Sensitive” church movement.

“Ah, we’re just reaching the culture… Don’t be so legalistic!” – It’s the cry from those who believe that being conformed to the world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our mind actually helps God.

Many of the proponents of “seeker” friendly mentality hold this issue to be a little matter of dispute between those who hold to sound doctrine and those who would rather tickle ears for a season than have men’s souls saved for eternity. The apostle Paul, himself, disagreed with these people, though. He said if anyone including angels from Heaven presents any other Gospel than the one you’ve initially received from the apostles of God and Jesus Christ, let him be anathema (the strongest curse one could give)! Mark Kielar explains why the message will never be able to cater to unbelief because the very message of the Gospel is “Repent AND Believe.”

 

 

 

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Regeneration and Self-Denial!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Well spoken words by Paul Washer.

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Parental Rights in Education…by Al Mohler Jr.

Posted by Scott on October 18, 2007

Parental Rights in Education — Constant Vigilance Needed

Who makes the crucial decisions about the education of your children? The rights of parents to make these essential decisions must be asserted and defended in every generation. There are others who would wish to make those decisions concerning your children.

Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe begins a recent column with these words, drawn from a national party platform:

“Freedom of education, being an essential of civil and religious liberty . . . must not be interfered with under any pretext whatever. . . . We are opposed to state interference with parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children as an infringement of the fundamental . . . doctrine that the largest individual liberty consistent with the rights of others insures the highest type of American citizenship and the best government.”

Those impressive words are taken from a resolution adopted by the 1892 Democratic National Convention. Can you imagine the Democratic Party adopting similar language today? Not hardly.

In the years since 1892, teacher unions have grown in membership and influence, now representing one of the most powerful political forces in Washington and state capitals. The teacher unions and the educational establishment continually press for more government control of education and against innovations such as charter schools. Both national parties are, at least in part, captive to the educational establishment. The teacher unions are one of the most powerful forces within the Democratic Party, but the educational bureaucracies also hold at least some sway over Republicans. President Ronald Reagan ran for office in 1980 calling for the abolition of the U.S. Department of Education. Nevertheless, even after the so-called “Reagan Revolution,” the department grew larger than ever.

With reference to the 2008 race for the presidency, Jacoby notes:

Today, on education as on so much else, the Democrats sing from a different hymnal. When the party’s presidential candidates debated at Dartmouth College recently, they were asked about a controversial incident in Lexington, Mass., where a second-grade teacher, to the dismay of several parents, had read her young students a story celebrating same-sex marriage. Were the candidates “comfortable” with that?

“Yes, absolutely,” former senator John Edwards promptly replied. “I want my children . . . to be exposed to all the information . . . even in second grade . . . because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God. I don’t get to decide on behalf of my family or my children. . . . I don’t get to impose on them what it is that I believe is right.” None of the other candidates disagreed, even though most of them say they oppose same-sex marriage.

Then:

Thus in a little over 100 years, the Democratic Party – and much of the Republican Party – has been transformed from a champion of “parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children” to a party whose leaders believe that parents “don’t get to impose” their views and values on what their kids are taught in school. Do American parents see anything wrong with that? Apparently not: The majority of them dutifully enroll their children in government-operated schools, where the only views and values permitted are the ones prescribed by the state.

As Jacoby rightly observes, no one would want government to control 90% of housing or 90% of entertainment, but the government does control 90% of primary and secondary education.  Furthermore, most parents seem unconcerned about this. 

Jacoby responds:

But we should be concerned. Not just because the quality of government schooling is so often poor or its costs so high. Not just because public schools are constantly roiled by political storms. Not just because schools backed by the power of the state are not accountable to parents and can ride roughshod over their concerns. And not just because the public-school monopoly, like most monopolies, resists change, innovation, and excellence.

In several states, forces including the teacher unions are pushing for universal preschool programs reaching down as young as 3-year-olds.  Most of the candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination are fully supportive of these proposals. The government will, if allowed, extend its reach and control into younger and younger ages — and will include additional millions and millions of children.

Parents do have choices, and parental choice in education is a necessary precondition for a free society.  Beyond this, parents bear a responsibility before God to make wise and responsible decisions concerning the education of their children.  Indeed, parents cannot evade this responsibility.

Jeff Jacoby’s column is a timely reminder of the fact that the rights of parents must be protected in every generation.  Otherwise, other forces with other agendas will run roughshod over the convictions and worldviews of parents.  It is happening all around us even now.

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READ ON:  Evidence of the governmental subversion of parental rights over children in public schools comes just last night as a Maine school district voted to provide contraceptives to students ages 11-13 in a Portland-area middle school — without parental notification.  As The Associated Press reported late on Wednesday:

Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening.

The plan, offered by city health officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to students in grades 6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Further:

At King Middle School, birth control prescriptions will be given after a student undergoes a physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner, said Lisa Belanger, who oversees Portland’s student health centers.

Students treated at the centers must first get written parental permission, but under state law such treatment is confidential, and students decide for themselves whether to tell their parents about the services they receive.

This is a post by Al Mohler Jr. 10-18-2007  visit his site at www.AlbertMohler.com

-Scott Bailey 2007

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