What would you say if I told you there is a movement under way, endorsed by groups as diverse as People for the American Way and the Christian Legal Society, to bring the Bible back into government schools?
You’d probably say I was nuts. But it’s true.
Even more bizarre, perhaps, now I’m going to tell you why this plan is a bad thing – a ruse, a sop to Christian flight from the government-controlled education system, a conspiracy designed to fool you into keeping your kids in that crumbling, decaying, corrupt institution.
Here are the facts:
Two years ago, the National Bible Association, a longtime advocate of teaching about the Bible in government schools, got together with the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, a charity well-endowed by the Gannett Corp., to create an organization called, “Teach About the Bible.”
This new group came up with guidelines for teaching about the Bible in government schools in the context of history and literature lessons. Amazingly, it got agreement on these principles from the American Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, the Christian Educators Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Council on Islamic Education, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the National School Boards Association, People for the American Way and even the National Education Association.
Now what could possibly bring such a diverse coalition together?
Well, if you read the guide to “The Bible and Public Schools” produced by Teach About the Bible, you find it is pretty innocuous. The program outlined in the guide is designed that way – to avoid opposition.
Yet, a story found on WorldNetDaily recently shows the plan is not without some opposition. The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting a plan in Louisiana to study implementation of this kind of program in the schools.
Those are the undisputed facts. Now I’m going to tell you what’s behind the facts. You may not believe it now, but I suspect you will as events begin to unfold over the next year or two. Remember where you read it first.
To understand what I’m about to tell you, you have to have some knowledge of Marxist principles – particularly the Hegelian dialectic. An idea or event generates its opposite leading to a reconciliation of opposites, or a synthesis. That is how progress is achieved – through conflict, whether it’s real conflict or phony conflict manufactured by two or more conspirators.
When you see a schism between groups like the NEA and the ACLU, understand what is at work. There is no schism. It’s not real. They are play-acting. They are reading off the same page. It’s the dialectic at work. The fix is in.
Here is my prediction about the way this will all play out in the next year or two. You will see more test cases such as the one in Louisiana. One of these cases will make it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. I’ll even predict that the ACLU will be opposed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a group founded by Pat Robertson. The ACLU will lose this case. It’s been predetermined. The ACLJ will win. You’ll no doubt see Robertson smiling about this as he interviews Jay Sekulow on “The 700 Club.” It will be a “great victory for Christians, for truth, justice and the American Way.”
But it will all be an illusion.
It’s all part of the dialectic.
What’s the goal? It’s about saving the government schools. It’s about staving off the exodus by Christian students. It’s about reassuring those who are considering home-schooling or parochial schools that the government-run system is really OK – it’s really safe for you, your children and your values.
It’s two steps forward and one step back. This is the step back. It’s planned. It’s meant to hook you and your kids in the system. It’s designed to make you believe America is not really going to hell in a handbasket. It’s a plot to get you to let down your guard.
Am I suggesting all these groups and individuals are plotting together? No. Many of them are well-intentioned. They will be duped – just as many Christian groups now are being duped into participating and supporting President Bush’s “faith-based initiative,” another plan to extend government control – not limit it.
I told you you’d be skeptical. But mark my words.
If you think I’m exaggerating, make sure you get the upcoming October issue of Whistleblower magazine, WorldNetDaily’s offline monthly. In that issue, we will explore the way the dialectic has been used to corrupt the schools in the past, to turn your kids into “change agents,” and we’ll tell you what you can do about it. You won’t want to miss this one – especially if you think I’m overstating the case in this column.