AIG Says Public Education Is Anti-Christian

This is something you can’t learn anywhere else except at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Their article is titled Christian Education vs. Public School, and it was written by Brandon Clay, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

We’ve made it to Memorial Day and your child’s school year is likely done. But we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about the lasting impact of school — especially for your own child. Have you ever considered, how many days will your child be in school by the time they finish 12th grade? Literally, how many actual days do you have to formally educate your child? According to National Center for Education Statistics, the range of days that states mandate for in-class instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade is 160–180 days per year. Taking the average of the range, that gives us 170 days/year or 2,210 days for 13 years of K–12 education, not including preschool. That’s a lot of days — or is it?

Okay, it’s a lotta days. What’s Brandon getting at? He says:

What will your child learn in those 2,210 days? Your son or daughter will learn biology [Hee hee!], grammar, algebra, history, art, physical education, sports, social skills, geography, and many other useful things. But underlying whatever education your child receives is a worldview. [Worldview?] A worldview is a lens through which your children will look at the world. It addresses origin, morality, meaning, and destiny among other areas. The worldview in the education they absorb, either directly or subtly, becomes the foundation for the rest of their life. And this worldview, by its nature, is religious. [What?]

Shocking, huh? Brandon explains:

Every school is religious, including Christian schools, homeschools, charter schools, and public schools. Whether the school is funded by a denomination or is consciously “secular,” schools will ultimately address the foundational areas of origin, morality, meaning, and destiny.

Skipping his quote from someone named Doug Wilson, Brandon he tells us:

Wilson’s point is clear. Regardless of where your child goes to school, it will be religious. It will address fundamental concerns in life, such as whether there’s a God, what he communicates to people, and how we should treat others. Education can’t help being religious because that is its nature.

Okay, that settles it. We all went to religious school. Brandon knows some of you disagree, so he explains:

Public schools in the United States actively teach religion. [What?] One aspect of a religious worldview is origins: the question of where everything, and of course humans, came from. Public schools in America are commissioned, under threat of legal action, to teach evolution as the origin story. And evolution is not observational science since it’s not observable, repeatable, or testable. [Gasp!] Instead, evolution is a religious doctrine that is dependent upon naturalistic principles, yet it lacks unambiguous evidential support. But that doesn’t stop public schools from teaching it.

Your Curmudgeon is shocked — shocked! Brandon then mentions a bunch of court cases, including Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, and he informs us:

Every challenge a school district or teacher has brought against teaching evolution in public schools has failed in the courts. The religious origins narrative of evolution is protected by law. When public schools get out of line, lawyers straighten them out.

Jeepers, he’s right! What Brandon calls the “religious origins narrative of evolution” really is protected by law. We’re only about halfway through his article, but Brandon summarizes what he’s said so far:

Public schools cannot support biblical Christianity because they are founded on a different, naturalistic religion. At its core, public education is anti-Christian. Going back to your child and those 2,210 days in the classroom: if she attends a public school, those 2,210 days will indoctrinate her into an anti-Christian worldview. Even if that is not the intent, it will be the effect.

We’ll skip the second half of Brandon’s article, because it’s all about how — regardless of what goes on in public schools — parents can teach their children The Truth™. Go ahead, read the whole thing. Then let us know what you think.

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13 responses to “AIG Says Public Education Is Anti-Christian

  1. At least we know that along with his stellar evolution qualifications, Brandon is a school and education expert too.

  2. Derek Freyberg

    Doug Wilson, quoted by Brandon, wrote “Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education” back in 1991, according to a flattering review of the book on Goodreads from 2014, which helpfully points out that Part One is entitled “The Failure of Modern Secular Education” and Part Two “An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education”. Mr. Wilson has written quite a lot of this stuff, according to amazon.com, where his bio says: “Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).” He is quite the guy you’d want to quote if you want to argue against secular education; but hardly someone you’d quote for a disinterested point of view.

  3. @Derek Freyberg
    I’m sorry, but I can’t stop thinking of the joke by Emo Phillips (about the Great Lakes Convention of 1912, or something like that) when I hear of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Curches, or something like that.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    How many people, even christians, would agree that public schools actively teach religion? I think Brandon will write whatever his boss tells him; quietly reconsidering his schooling and considering a career adjustment waiting tables in an alcohol-free restaurant.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Everything is religion, says Ham. He can’t imagine a world without an Authority to lay down rules that must be followed. He simply cannot conceive of the idea that human beings could mutually come to an understanding that they owed each other rights – like to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and do it without Somebody giving them an order. There must always be an Authority. Must be. Can’t not be. Period.

    And it’s either Ham’s God, or it’s some other God. No other possibility exists. But there is only one True God, and all the others are aliases for The Enemy of God: Satan, Prince of Hell. It’s either God’s way or the Devil’s way, one or the other, absolute, black-or-white, completely bimodal.

    If you have not read Bob Altemeyer’s “The Authoritarians”, I recommend it most heartily. Neither Altemeyer nor anyone else can explain in exhaustive terms why some people come to so warped a view of the world, and such a violently false assessment of other human beings and their institutions. But he does explain and closely describes the salient characteristics of such a personality, and how its interaction with reality works. The single most telling conclusion he draws is that people with this set of characteristics are harbingers of utter disaster in any position of power. He describes experiments in which contestants in a game were carefully selected for authoritarian personalities. The game was a species of non-zero sum political roleplaying, in which the contestants led “countries”. The authoritarians invariably ended up in nuclear wars. Non-authoritarians were not perfect, but they didn’t.

    So in a sense, I am glad that Ham is partly a con-man, almost to the exact extent that he is one. He exists to extract money from people, and has no other real function. His crusades amount to requests for hand-outs, and he has shown no interest in political power for himself. So far, that is.

    But if that changes, and he succeeds, bury your silver.

  6. @Derek Freyberg
    Doug Wilson is also the author of “Southern Slavery: As It Was”. As it was, it was pretty darn cool according to Doug. Especially since it mostly was the awesome cool biblical type of slavery. Although there were a few bad apples that gave slavery a bad rep. (According to Doug.)

  7. Doug has also debated Hitchens several times. When watching the debates one gets the distinct impression that Hitchens was far too kind to him.

  8. Charley Horse X

    A Republican president said this: Let us labor for the security of free thought, free speech, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and equal rights and privileges for all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion;…. leave the matter of religious teaching to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contribution. Keep church and state forever separate.
    Ulysses S. Grant
    _______________________
    He also said this: If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.
    He correctly predicted Trump’s attempted coup and today’s Retaliban Party….once known as Republican Party.

  9. Well, the public schools are getting some things right!

    Imagine if the Christian nose gets under the edge of the tent! They will get their “instruction” integrated into the public schools, then the Muslims will be knocking at the door, and the Jews, Buddhists, Jains, Zoroastrians, Druids, Animists, Shamanists, Native religionists, etc.

    Let the religious wars begin . . . again!

  10. @Charley Horse X
    There has been a reappraisal, lately, of Grant as president. He was very popular in his days, and tried to get rights recognized for the freemen. Of course, this made him unpopular to a segment of the population throughout the 20th century.

  11. Charley Horse X

    TomS….Try to imagine a Republican pol today repeating those statements of Grant. I can’t…but if one did they would be drawn and quartered.

  12. What if Grant had been drinking at Appomattox?

    Click to access Thurber_Grant_Drinking.pdf

  13. Good education, public or otherwise, is totally anti-religion!!! anti-bigotry, anti-hate, and anti-stOOpid! please continue it!!