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6 March 2010
Today there is an unbelievable article by the Associated Press floating around the major news Web sites. On MSNBC.com it was titled Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin with a subtitle "One book's lesson: 'Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality'".
In the article it reports, "Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S.". Wow! Is this supposed to be news? Has it taken our "top-notch" news industry this long to catch a clue?
Of course it's old news! In the very same paragraph they also report: "Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children 'religious or moral instruction.'" That was three years ago!
Most parents choose to homeschool their children because they want to spare them the social immorality and the intellectual immorality that have come to define the public school system.
Why would any parent want to send their kids off to a place that teaches that being homosexual is OK; that sex is just a bodily function that has no moral or spiritual ramifications and the earlier you can start the better; that Islam is a great way of life and Christians are just narrow-minded intolerant bigots?
Why would any parent want to send their kids off to a place where kids kill other kids with real weapons; where kids have sex in their classrooms while their classmates cheer them on; where gang rape is a sport; where kids are bullied until they commit suicide; where school administrators facilitate abortions while doing their upmost to hide this crime from the kids' parents?
Why would any parent want to send their kids off to a school where the standards are brought down to ridiculous lows so that the poorest performing students won't feel bad about themselves, and even then large percentages of the students are failing; where the THEORY of evolution is presented as fact and as the ONLY reality even though it has lots of gaps and missing pieces, while Christians who believe what the Bible says are called ignorant fanatics from the Middle Ages; where kids are taught that they are insignificant and meaningless packages of chemicals whose ancestors slimed out of the primordial soup and then magically transformed themselves into apes over millions of years?
Call me an extremist if you must, but I think sending your kids off to such a place is tantamount to child abuse! It would never enter my mind to treat my children so horribly by subjecting them to such filth and immorality on a regular basis over a period of twelve years. If YOU could do such a thing, how could you possibly justify it?
OF COURSE parents homeschool their kids for religious reasons! OF COURSE they are going to use textbooks that reflect and uphold their religious values! Such parents would be idiots if they DIDN'T use such textbooks!
OF COURSE Christian parents believe, as the article's subtitle stated, that the "'Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality'". That is what EVERYONE on this planet believes about their worldview — that's part of the intrinsic meaning of the word 'worldview'. Is this supposed to be news? A reporter figures out what the word 'worldview' means?!
Evolution is NOT primarily science, but it is an atheistic worldview. Evolution is the faith of the atheist. And from what I can see, it takes a lot more faith to believe in Evolution than it does to believe in the God of the Bible! But Evolutionist get so offended when we don't share their faith, and when we tell them that there is another equally valid, or more valid, worldview.
Regarding Christian-based science textbooks that don't toe the line on Evolution, the article goes on: "'I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,' said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago."
Of course he feels strongly about it. Christians aren't swallowing the Evolution theory, so he calls belief in a Creator "lies". Well Jerry, I feel VERY strongly about this. These books that teach Evolution as the only truth are promulgating LIES to kids. So there! What are you going to do about it?!
The article goes on to whine that those homeschool parents who are not Christians "often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs." Then it quotes one such parent, "'We're not religious home-schoolers, and there's somewhat of a feeling of being outnumbered'"
Aw, shucks! The poor outnumbered non-religious homeschoolers! I guess the Christian curriculum publishers should water down their books and make them just like the public school textbooks so that the non-religious homeschoolers won't feel so left out! COME ON GUYS! Give me a break! Get real! What kind of nonsense is this "news" article?! You call that journalism?!
I have a brilliant idea! Why don't the poor outnumbered non-religous homeschoolers get together and create their own textbooks that reflect their own worldview, just as the Christian publishers have been doing for years now? Why should we feel sorry for them because they don't want to use Christian textbooks?
The article also refers to a university biology professor who took a look at some leading Christian biology books. He said "he would give the books an F."
Well, I would give an F to the public school biology textbooks that promote as fact the lie that humans are just a meaningless bunch of chemicals with no value to God. And I would definitely give a big fat zero to the entire public school system, for the reasons I have listed above.
This "news" article is another poor excuse for journalism which tries to portray Christians and homeschoolers in a bad light. Accusing Christian publishers of bias because they make Christian books for Christian homeschoolers. What a bunch of rubbish! Why even write about it? Maybe the author should go back to journalism school — or better yet, go back to homeschool and get a real education!
Parents, if you care about your kids' intellectual and moral future, do them and yourselves a big favor and pull them out of the institutional cesspool called the public school system, and homeschool them instead. It's never too late to start! The benefits are truly eternal!
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