Fwd: A WorldNetDaily.com article from william.e.hamiltonjr@gm.com

From: William Hamilton <whamilton51@comcast.net>
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 20:51:04 EDT

This popped up on World Net Daily today. I certainly agree that the
public schools leave much to be desired. For one thing, in their
desire to not favor one religion over another or none, they are giving
a good many students the impression that religion is irrelevant.
But I also suspect a part of the motive is to "rescue" Christian kids
from the teaching of evolution. In addition it will remove a source of
Christian witness from the public schools.

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> Tuesday, May 4, 2004
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> Baptist activists: Pull kids out of school
> By Ron Strom
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> Posted: May 4, 2004
> 1:00 a.m. Eastern
> A resolution that will be considered by the Southern Baptist
> Convention next month calls on the millions of members of the
> denomination to pull their kids out of government schools and either
> homeschool them or send them to Christian schools.
> Introduced by a well-known leader of the SBC and a Baptist attorney,
> the resolution asks "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."
> The authors use Scripture in the resolution to argue those Baptists
> who trust the public-school system with their children are being
> disobedient to God.
> "Government schools are by their own confession humanistic and secular
> in their instruction, [and] the education offered by the government
> schools is officially Godless," the measure states.
> Noting that "the millions of children in government schools spend
> seven hours a day, 180 days a year being taught that God is irrelevant
> to every area of life," the resolution says, "Many Christian children
> in government schools are converted to an anti-Christian worldview
> rather than evangelizing their schoolmates."
> The measure is sponsored by T.C. Pinckney, a retired brigadier general
> who has been active in SBC leadership for several years, and Bruce N.
> Shortt, a homeschooing dad and attorney who holds advanced degrees
> from both Harvard and Stanford.
> Shortt says the biggest problem he faces in pushing the resolution is
> that Christian parents are in denial about the dangers of government
> schools.
> "At this point, there are many, many pastors and parents who need to
> be educated about our obligation to provide a Christian education to
> our children," Shortt told WND. "In time, most [SBC members] are going
> to understand better that the little red schoolhouse has really become
> the little white sepulcher, and it's a seething cauldron of spiritual,
> moral and academic mythologies."
> Shortt says he when he talks to parents, he frames the issue very
> quickly.
> "The issue is this," he said, "the government schools are killing our
> children morally, spiritually and academically. The question we
> confront as Christian parents is, how dead do we want our children to
> be?"
> He says he views the issue as one of "spiritual blindness," noting
> that roughly 85 percent of Christians send their children to
> government schools.
> "If you had a congregation where 85 percent of the people had a drug
> problem or an adultery problem, you'd hear about it from the pulpit,"
> he said, "and yet in most churches right now, this is an issue that's
> not discussed."
> The activist says he considers sending children to government schools
> as "the grossest kind of sin," saying Christians don't want to be
> confronted with the issue because it would be inconvenient and
> financially challenging to kick the public-school habit.
> Both Pinckney and Shortt are involved in a ministry called Exodus
> Mandate, which seeks to educate Christians about the nature of public
> schools and encourages them to take their children out of that
> environment.
> The resolution went to the SBC Resolutions Committee on April 29. That
> panel typically makes recommendations to the full convention.
> Shortt says he hopes to get an up-or-down vote on the floor of the
> convention in Indianapolis during the event, which is slated for the
> second week of June.
> "Whether it's voted up or down this time is really not the issue," he
> said. "What we have to do is simply get a hearing for the issue and
> begin the debate."
> Shortt says a "liberal element" got control of the SBC in the '60s and
> '70s, but that conservatives began taking control in the 1980s. He
> says the new leadership repaired what he called the "theological
> damage that was done to the SBC," and now he is working to repair the
> "cultural damage." Part of that mission includes exhorting members to
> educate their children in a Christian manner.
> "Much of the SBC leadership understands this issue now," Shortt said.
> "Jack Graham, who is the current president, is very supportive of
> Christian education."
> Part of Shortt's goal, he says, is to see more Baptist schools started
> around the country to which members could send their children.
> "It's a big job," he comment, "because we have roughly 42,000 churches
> affiliated with the convention and only 650 schools."
> Though some homschooling advocates also shun age-segregated Christian
> schools, which they don't see as much different from government
> schools, the resolution includes the option of sending children to
> private, Christian institutions.
> "There are people who feel called to homeschool," Short said, "and I
> think it's a wonderful thing if they do. I also think there are some
> parents who for one reason or another believe that they can't
> [homeschool] or would prefer not to."
> Both Pinckney and Shortt plan to be at the annual meeting of the
> convention next month to argue for their resolution.
> Shortt predicts if 10-15 percent of children are pulled from
> government schools, the "$500 billion behemoth" will be delegitimized
> and will collapse financially both results he welcomes.
> If the resolution were to pass, the attorney says, it would not only
> "send shockwaves through the Southern Baptist Convention," but other
> conservatives in other denominations would take up the issue and push
> similar measures.
> Shortt says he hopes the resolution impresses on Christians the need
> "to focus on rescuing our children from Pharaoh's schools."
> 2004

> Ron Strom is a news editor for WorldNetDaily.com.
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Bill Hamilton Rochester, MI 248 652 4148
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