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mickiemcclain
Feb 27 2005
Schools in South Carolina

SC Group Pushes End to Public Schools

SC Group Pushes End to Public Schools

Robert Kittle

News Channel 7

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

As South Carolina works to improve its public schools, Ray Moore, Jr., takes a different approach: get rid of them. "We think the system has failed. It's not academically sound," he says.

He's director of Exodus Mandate, which urges Christian parents to pull their children out of public schools and either teach them at home or put them in private, Christian schools. "We think the Scriptures are very clear and unambiguous in teaching that Christian families and churches should be providing the education of the children," he explains.

His main goal is to get more churches to start Christian schools, but another goal is to get rid of government-run education for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. "It would be best for society if we didn't have state-run public schools," he says.

Why? "It's a Socialistic model. You don't try to fix Marxism or Socialism, you only abandon it. And we need to abandon that system, not try to repair it, 'cause it can't be fixed," he says.

"We call them officially Godless, neo-pagan, humanistic schools. And people take offense with that, but I mean we've got a dozen U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have expelled Christianity, so the system is Godless. And so that is harming Christian children."

Southern Baptist conventions in South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, California, New England, Illinois, Florida, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina will or have considered resolutions to endorse Exodus Mandate's call. Moore doesn't expect any to go along, but says every time the idea is brought up it wins converts.

He says the number of children in private schools and being home-schooled is going up every year, and eventually they'll make up 25 to 30 percent of all students.

"And we think at that point it will implode or begin to collapse. And then the state, and by that I mean the state of South Carolina, the state of North Carolina, Georgia, all the states and the federal government, would be forced to get out of the education business, turn it back over to families and churches where it belongs, 'cause they have no right, from a strict Scriptural, theological position to be educating children. They're doing a terrible job," Moore says.

Jim Foster, spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Education, says, "To advocate the destruction of the public school system sends the worst possible message at the worst possible time." He adds that he does not feel like most Christians think the public schools are hostile to them.

As for whether the system would collapse, he says if enough children left, it probably would.

So what would happen to non-Christian families and those who couldn't afford private school if the system collapsed, as Exodus Mandate advocates? Moore says non-Christian private schools would open, and churches and charity groups would provide tuition for families who couldn't afford it.

But he adds that, without public schools, everyone should get a tax break, and competition among private schools should drive down costs.

You can find out more about the group at its website, www.exodusmandate.org.

mickiemcclain
Feb 27 2005

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION RESOLUTION

Submitted Jointly by T.C. Pinckney and Bruce N. Shortt

To The 2004 Annual Meeting Of The Southern Baptist

Convention

April 26, 2004

Whereas, the Bible commands that fathers are to bring

up their children in the training and admonition of the

Lord (Eph. 6:4), and all parents have an obligation to

strive by all means to bring up their children in the

nurture and admonition of the Lord, and

Whereas, all authority in heaven and on earth belongs

to Jesus, and He has commanded us to make disciples of

our children and teach them to observe everything He

has commanded (Mt. 28:19-20), and

Whereas, teaching our children everything that Jesus

commanded involves their learning to think biblically

about all the spheres of human thought, activity, and

life (Dt. 6:4-9) so that they take every thought into

captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5), and

Whereas, our thinking is not to be conformed to this

world's way of thinking, but our minds are to be

renewed and sanctified by the truth of God's Word (Rom.

12:2; Jn. 17:17), and

Whereas, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of

knowledge (Pr. 1:7) and in Christ are hidden all the

treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), any

instruction that does not begin with the fear of the

Lord, teaching the centrality of Jesus Christ for

understanding all of life cannot properly be said to

impart wisdom or knowledge to children, and

Whereas, Jesus said, "He who is not with Me is against

Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters" (Lk.

11:23), the government school system that claims to be

"neutral" with regard to Christ is actually

anti-Christian, so that children taught in the

government schools are receiving an anti-Christian

education, and

Whereas, the government schools are by their own

confession humanistic and secular in their instruction,

the education offered by the government schools is

officially Godless, and

Whereas, the government schools are adopting curricula

and policies teaching that the homosexual lifestyle is

acceptable, and

Whereas, homosexual organizations are present as

approved student "clubs" in thousands of government

schools and are spreading rapidly, and

Whereas, the Bible says, children are like arrows in

the hand of a warrior (Ps. 127:3-5), we must understand

that children are weapons (arrows) to be aimed for the

greatest impact in the kingdom of God. Just as it would

be foolish for the warrior to give his arrows to his

enemies, it is foolish for Christians to give their

children to be trained in schools run by the enemies of

God, and

Whereas, training to be a faithful witness should be a

vital part of a Christian child's education, and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of parents who are

members of churches associated with the Southern

Baptist Convention send their children to the

government schools, and

Whereas, the children of those parents are receiving a

Godless, anti-Christian education, and

Whereas, the millions of children in government schools

spend 7 hours a day, 180 days a year being taught that

God is irrelevant to every area of life, and

Whereas, many Christian children in government schools

are converted to an anti-Christian worldview rather

than evangelizing their schoolmates, and

Whereas, the Nehemiah Institute has discovered through

its extensive surveys of student attitudes and beliefs

that acceptance of a secular humanist worldview by

Christian children attending government schools has

increased dramatically over the last fifteen years, and

Whereas, the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life

reported to the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Southern

Baptist Convention that 88 percent of the children

raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of

18, never to return; and

Whereas, it is anti-intellectual to artificially

divorce God from his creation, and many excellent

curricula are available that demonstrate the beauty and

working of God throughout His creation, and experience

has proven the superior intellectual accomplishments of

children educated in such curricula, and

Whereas, the Bible teaches that the companion of fools

will be destroyed (Pr. 13:20), and that people are

prone to be deceived into thinking that evil company

will not corrupt them (1Cor. 15:33), it is incumbent

upon ministers of the gospel to warn God's people that

their children are being corrupted by spending half of

their waking hours instructed by teachers who are

required by law to inculcate a Godless education, and

Whereas, many adult members of our congregations teach

in government schools, this resolution should not be

construed to discourage adult believers who labor as

missionaries to unbelieving colleagues and students;

rather, they should be commended and encouraged to be

salt and light in a dark and decaying government school

system:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the 2004 Annual

Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention encourages

all officers and members of the Southern Baptist

Convention and the churches associated with it to

remove their children from the government schools and

see to it that they receive a thoroughly Christian

education, for the glory of God, the good of Christ's

church, and the strength of their own commitment to

Jesus, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2004 Annual Meeting of

the Southern Baptist Convention encourages all churches

associated with the Southern Baptist Convention to work

energetically to counsel parents regarding their

obligation to provide their children with a Christian

education, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2004 Annual Meeting of

the Southern Baptist Convention encourages all churches

associated with the Southern Baptist Convention to

provide all of their children with Christian

alternatives to government school education, either

through home schooling or thoroughly Christian private

schools.

mickiemcclain
Feb 27 2005

Churches, families, and private day care centers should be left to raise kids, not the state.

By E. Ray Moore Jr.

The current $331 million budget crisis in South -Carolina presents the Republican Party an opportunity to accomplish two good works at the same time. They can balance the state budget, which is required in our Constitution, and they can eliminate a Democratic program, First Steps, that is harmful to children and usurps the role of the family. First Steps costs S.C. taxpayers $39 million per year.

With the First Steps program, South Carolina has moved into an arena historically left to the family, churches and private day care. In the past, 90 percent of all day care in South Carolina has been provided by private, associations and churches. The S.C. Association of Christian Schools, South Carolina's largest Christian' school association, opposed First Steps as did most of the private, nonreligious providers because they say First Steps could put them out of business through regulation and funding their competition.

The Republican Party depends upon the so-called Christian Right vote to maintain its hold on government. This group is made up of the approximately 40 percent of the South Carolina population with membership in an evangelical church. While many of these Christians would not wear the Christian Right label, they nevertheless are voting over 80 percent for GOP candidates.

For the first time in modern history, the GOP controls the. Governor's Office, most of the Constitutional offices es, and both the S.C. House and Senate. Their power is largely due to strong support from the evangelical Christian community.

Many GOP leaders are uncomfortable with this alliance and privately do not support the, pro-, family agenda. Republicans often get elected with Christian votes, then promptly abandon the profamily agenda upon which they were elected. Some Republicans say these issues are not popular or there's too much political risk.

GOP officials often say when they get into power that they will make the statist Democratic programs "more efficient." In the case of First Steps, it would be better if it were less efficient; then it could do less harm to the family and church-run childcare ministries.

The current budget crisis ' is, however, gives the GOP a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to , do the right thing and reward the Christian Right at the same time by defunding First Steps, and -using the budget crisis as the principal reason. This is the golden moment the Republicans, have been waiting for.

So what's wrong with First, Steps? Isn't it for the children? Aren't Christians for the children? Historically the family and the church have taken care of the raising of children. Raising children and childcare are not a legitimate function of the' state or government. Holy Scripture and Church Law have given this area to the family with assistance from the church. When government or any institution intrudes into the realm of another God-ordained institution, confusion and disorder are the result, not progress. This is a principal reason why the many government family and social programs have failed.

Church-run childcare centers are also Christ-centered, provide religious instruction and spiritual nurturing. We have had 12 major, Supreme Court cases since 1947 that do not allow Bible reading. and prayer in our government or' state-sponsored public schools., These same restrictions will' eventually apply to First Steps run childcare centers and any private or church-run day care centers that accept state or federal funds.

Further, Dr.' Karen Effrem, M.D., pediatrician and specialist in "Baby Ed Government Curriculum" with the Maple River Education Coalition, a pro-family education think-tank in St. Paul, Minn., describes these new government sponsored childcare programs as "the government takeover of parenting." She says the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the principal national organization setting standards for all preschool children, has an anti-bias curriculum and promotes "cultural and linguistic diversity." Govemment will determine family values, not the family, not the church.

First Steps is, indeed, a first step, towards total state-control of the important childcare industry and church ministries., The GOP can do the right thing by defunding funding First Steps, save. S.C. taxpayers $39 million and protect children and the family at the same time. This is the easiest political decision South Carolina GOP will ever get to make.

Nick_Wright
Feb 28 2005

I'm sorry Johnny. The correct answer was D, "God did it."

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