Featured in the September, 2010 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
School is open and it’s time for a book burning. This is a kindly word to those wimpy administrators, teachers, and gutless school board members who cower at the ACLU.
Because our public school educators are intimidated by the threat of law suits, Bibles have been removed, discussion of Christianity is forbidden, and any reference to the Almighty God is not tolerated. Attempting to be politically correct, Thanksgiving has now become turkey day, Christmas is nothing but Santa Claus, and Easter is a Spring festival with bunnies.
It’s appropriate to discuss witchcraft and new age theories, but Christianity is off limits in our schools.
However, if it is inappropriate to talk about Christianity and discuss Jesus Christ then our educators have some book burning to do!
Encyclopedia Americana must be removed from our schools because it has an 18 column article on Jesus Christ and 34 columns on Christianity.
Also, consign to the flames, World Book Encyclopedia, with 12 columns on Jesus Christ, and 18 more on Christmas.
Set fire to the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica with 36 columns on Jesus Christ and 232 on Christianity. If the discussion of the Christian faith is improper, then let’s be consistent!
The works of William Shakespeare should be removed from our classrooms and ignited because he has 800 Bible quotations. Also, it is clear that Dante, Milton, and Dostoevsky must be turned to ashes along with numerous other authors who had the bad taste to keep quoting Scripture.
It is not enough to remove the Ten Commandments from the classroom wall, but also the calendar needs to be taken out and set ablaze because this is 2010 A.D., Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of our Lord”. Surely such a reference to the forbidden faith cannot be allowed.
No longer can the student pledge allegiance to the flag because of the phrase “under God” which was adopted by Congress June 14, 1954.
The National Anthem must not be sung in our schools because of its reference to Deity, nor America the Beautiful, with its “God shed His grace on thee”, or My Country, ‘Tis of Thee with “Great God our King”.
Furthermore, the Declaration of Independence should go up in smoke and never again be seen in our public schools because it talks about “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and says that men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” and mentions the “Supreme Judge” and also says “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence”.
All social studies text books which make any reference to Christianity or Jesus Christ should be burned and teachers must be careful when discussing the founders of our country to carefully disguise that they believed in God.
When teaching about Abraham Lincoln, great care should be taken to avoid his farewell words in Springfield, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural with their numerous references to the Deity.
No picture of the Liberty Bell should ever be shown in our public schools because it is engraved with a Bible verse, “Proclaim liberty through all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10).
Consistency is a harsh taskmaster. The small minded elimination of Christmas songs; or great choral works from the school choir’s repertoire or the petty persecution of Christian students who choose to exercise their freedom of speech, of religion and of press is not adequate. Why not eliminate everything Christian? Western civilization is permeated with Christianity, its literature with Scripture quotations and its thought with Bible principles.
Have our history teachers forgotten that the massive 72 year Russian effort to eliminate Christianity was a failure. It did not work there, it will not work here.
And by the way, if God is to be eliminated from our public schools then it is only good sense and consistent that our school districts refuse to receive our tax dollars which are boldly adorned with the motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, which was adopted by Congress July 20, 1956.
(Reprinted from September 1998)