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Ron Paul's homeschool curriculum director claims that Bible is infallible; education must assert the authority of the Bible

Ron Paul's homeschool curriculum director claims that Bible is infallible; education must assert the authority of the Bible

On April 8, The Christian Post published an article with the headline, "Ron Paul Launches Homeschool Curriculum to Teach Biblical Principles to K-12 Students."

We speculated that such a development would occur, noting in January that in his farewell address to the House of Representatives, Paul declared that homeschooling would play "a 'revolutionary' role in restoring limited government to the United States — a sentiment expressed around the same time by Christian Reconstructionists who appeared to be linked with Paul. The Christian Reconstructionism movement, attributed to the late R. J. Rushdoony, favors an authoritarian government based on "Biblical standards" because civil government, church government and family government have been "ordained by God." Nowadays, its popular spokesmen are Gary DeMar and Gary North.

In our January article, we quoted DeMar:  "Christians don't have an option. They are either going to implement a Christian worldview or a competing worldview is going to come in and be implemented on them. You know, Christians tomorrow could change this country. It would be very, very simple. They could pull their kids out of government schools." DeMar's remarks echo the sentiments of Paul and others who think that homeschooling will fuel a liberty movement.

Rushdoony has claimed that both democracy and the theory of evolution have led society "against Biblical morality."  Paul himself appears to be a creationist, mischaracterizing why evolution is called a theory.  "I think it's a theory…the theory of evolution and I don't accept it as a theory," he said in 2011.  "But I think the Creator that I know, you know created us, every one of us and created the universe and the precise time and manner and all. I just don't think we're at the point where anybody has absolute proof on either side."

The director of curriculum development in Paul's homeschooling program is Gary North, Rushdoony's son-in-law. "A leading architect of a Reconstructionist view of economics – and a former congressional staffer to Paul – North says in an introductory video on the Ron Paul curriculum website that it will 'teach the biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility,'" religion writer Sarah Posner writes at the UK's Guardian, adding:

Paul's advocacy of home-schooling is not just about getting kids out of what home-schoolers disparagingly call "government schools". It's not just about teaching them that government should be small and largely inconsequential. It's based on the idea that the government is largely illegitimate, and that one must create a society in which the populace will follow "moral" (that is, biblical) laws, rather than the laws created by an overzealous, tyrannical government.

When they talk about government tyranny, they're not just talking about statutes and regulations: they're talking about supreme court case law, too. Paul, for example, believes that Roe v Wade is illegitimate, and that states should be able to criminalize abortion, regardless of what the supreme court has to say.

North, along with Franklin Graham and Ray Moore, appears in a Christian film called "IndoctriNation, the trailer of which indicates that Christians should either take their children out of public schools or demand that "the Word of God" and "the authority of scripture" be included in virtually every aspect of public education. Without God in them, public schools are "a criminal enterprise," a commentator in IndoctriNation trailer claims.  The IndoctriNation movie features Colin Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker, actor, and homeschool father of seven children, who — in the words of the movie's promotional website — "… is on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system. What he discovers is a masterful design that sought to replace God’s recipe for training up the next generation with a humanistic, man-centered program that fragmented the family and undermined the influence of the Church and its Great Commission."

In the IndoctriNation movie, Ron Paul's curriculum development director Gary North warns against "The Religion of Humanism." He says:

All education means to 'draw out.' That's the whole meaning of education, what you draw out of the student into something. You draw him out to something else, and it's either an extension of the original Kingdom Mandate that the parent has when he brought the child out into the world or it's an extension of the humanist mandate.

The public schools by law, by Supreme Court decisions beginning in the early 1960s, have been prohibited from teaching anything which is called sectarian. What is prohibited is anything that relies upon the Bible as an infallible document. That by law cannot be taught in the public schools and so the system from a legal standpoint is closed to anything that asserts the authority of the Bible.

To say that any area of life is not under the authority of God is to say that there are whole areas of life that are not under the burden of sin. If you look at the number of hours that your child spends in his day, you would be unwise to have the child spending a great deal of time, allocating that time, to the kingdom of man.

The child is drawn out into service and the question is, 'Choose this day whom you will serve,' and you only have two choices: It's either autonomous man; that is, under Adam, under the fallen covenant of Adam, or you're under the covenant of Christ. There's no third covenant. Jesus made it clear when He said, "He who is not with me is against me."

Paul is something of an enigma, with his appointment of North to direct his homeschooling curriculum contrasted with statements that have delighted his secular supporters, such as when he quoted Sinclair Lewis' "When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag carrying a cross," to Fox & Friends.  The rift between libertarian "separation of church and state" principles and the "Biblical worldview" has not gone unnoticed.  According to Jason Charles of Wake The Church, Paul's curriculum is "under attack" because of writers like Sarah Posner and even Paul's supporters who like Paul's message but "hate" Biblical values. Charles writes,

The homeschooling curriculum can be lauded as a masterstroke against the New World Order. There can be no question that internationalist bankers have taken over the minds of our children in this country through the co-opting of finance, government, and the public education system. They know that the vast majority of adults and students that make up the Ron Paul Revolution have gone through the public education system. A system that has absolutely rejected and even mocks the principles of the Constitution and the moral instruction found in the Bible.

Now the majority of these young libertarian/constitutionalists that have been inspired by Ron Paul’s message have un-indoctrinated themselves towards liberty, but they sure have retained their hate for anything resembling Biblical values.

... even though libertarians everywhere have totally grasped and embodied the finest principles enshrined in the Constitution they refuse to talk about, recognize or even admit that these principles exist because of the Bible and the Reformation.

There simply would never have been an enlightment {sic-enlightenment} period with out the Reformation, the two go hand in hand. We would of never had a Lexington Green, Concrod Bridge, American Revolution, Bill of Rights, or Constitution. None of it would exist without a profoundly logical expression of our God given natural rights by that founding generation. See for yourself our founding fathers in their own words time and time again reiterated that Biblical Christianity and moral instruction is foundational to our form of government.

Biblical Christianity is not foundational to our form of government, as the World Union of Deists points out, quoting numerous founders. Rob Boston, the assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, simplifies things in an article published on Alternet that says that "the myth that America is a 'Christian nation' is not only untrue, but promotes the pernicious idea that non-Christians are second-class citizens." In 5 Reasons America Is Not — And Has Never Been — a Christian Nation, Boston remarks that "eighteenth- and nineteenth-century pastors knew that the Constitution was secular and granted no preferences to Christianity," and concludes, "That the Christian-nation myth has many supporters among the religious Right doesn’t mean it has validity. It is, in fact, a form of 'historical creationism' that mainstream scholars have repeatedly shown to be fallacious. But, like 'scientific creationism,' the Christian-nation myth still has great power and wide acceptance. Humanists must confront—and debunk—the myth wherever it appears."

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Johnson/578763485 Robert Johnson

    Thanks for an important article! It's interesting to know that both the Christian Reconstructionists and the neoconservatives work hard to bring about a world and society based on the Bible. The only difference between them is the Christian Reconstructionists want it based on both the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as well as the New Testament and the neocons want it based only on the Hebrew Bible/OT ( http://www.deism.com/neoconsbible.htm )

    One last point, the Christian Reconstructionists as quoted in this article make a big deal out of "sin" which is a powerful tool Christianity uses to control people. The World Union of Deists is striking the root of this problem with our Declaration of Sinlessness and our Certification of Sinlessness! Here's a link for both:http://www.deism.com/doscos.htm

    Progress! Bob Johnson
    http://www.deism.com

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    The Bile is fallible. It was written and inspired by tribal people, who originally passed these stories down to their children orally, until someone wrote them down. All these world views around the world, are just human concepts, including Xianity. They think it is criminal to have an abortion, while their god kills millions of babies every day. I think it's criminal to force one's views on others. These people totally do not understand why our founding fathers put the Supreme Court in place. Either that, or they prefer to rebel against authority and put their own authority in it's place, imposing their god concepts on others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seekerak John Troutman

    The Bible has been shown to be very inaccurate. The book: "The Bible Unearthed" gives concrete archeological evidence that the stories in the Bible are just stories, fables, political propaganda, and myths form many different cultures. It seems that religions have been afforded an undeserved validity. There is no concrete evidence to support any of them, and much solid evidence to refute all of them. I think religion needs to be held to the same standard as any belief system, and the entire history needs to be presented. The real history, not the sanitized version we've been fed.

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