Why the Bible Should Not be Taught In the Public Schools

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EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 140 books. Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

Teaching the Bible in public schools is important for students because, without knowledge of the Bible, students can’t fully understand the English language, English literature, history, art, music or culture. For example, there are over 1,200 documented references to the Bible in Shakespeare’s 36 plays. If you don’t know the Bible, you really can’t understand Shakespeare. You can’t get past the first sentence of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick – “Call me Ishmael” – if you don’t understand who Ishmael was in the Bible. Further, Essentials in Education, which has the only First Amendment Safe textbook for teaching the Bible in public schools, did a national survey of high school English teachers. The results revealed that 96 percent of English teachers believe that young people were disadvantaged when studying English literature if they didn’t know the Bible. At the college level, 39 university English professors supplied an aggregate of 72 books they collectively teach in freshman year that require a knowledge of the Bible.- FOX NEWS

We need to shift the conversation on teaching the Bible in public schools to what the students need to learn to better understand the world around them. – FOX NEWS

The only way the Bible and God should be in our schools is that Christian children go to school and they are permitted to say silent prayers if they wish at appropriate times. At best, world history books cover the Israelite people, the Bible, and the history of Christianity. Teaching about the Bible and God in schools would be more hazardous than not having the Bible and God in school at all.

Let’s use American history as an example of how teaching the Bible and God in the schools is a bad idea. Most of the young persons in America today (16-28 years of age) believe that socialism is better than capitalism. They believe that Capitalistic America has been an abusive nation on the world scene. They do not like America and think that it has an oppressive nature that has brought about the conquering and subjugation of other nations. Every statement above is historically inaccurate or at least taken out of context. These young ones are so ardent about these views that they are radically minded, in that, they will go out and riot, as we see today, or at least condone or even applaud the rioters if they do not join the anarchist chaos. They are seeking to make America into a socialist nation. Where did they learn they misrepresentation and outright lies of American history? In their textbooks and from radical teachers and professors. Many teachers and professors have a liberal bias and anti-American values. What are the worldviews of the teachers and professors who would teach your child about the Bible and God? Let’s look at just a few from a new website by Charlie Kirk, called Professor Watchlist.

Dr. Adam Kotsko is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College. Dr. Kotsko took to Twitter to justify the Charlie Hebdo shootings over what he called “hate speech.” When Kotsko received backlash for his tweets, he blamed “right-wing nut-jobs” for the negative responses. He also wrote that all white people were responsible for slavery..

Another

Alba Lamar is a graduate student and instructor at Michigan State University. In a class prior to Thanksgiving 2016, Lamar taught students how to argue with conservative relatives about issues such as illegal immigration, refugees, and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Lamar also mocked Christians for not supporting taking in Middle Eastern refugees and said conservatives often come to their views through fear.

Another

Alicia Chavez is a lecturer at the University of Southern California and banned students from using the phrase “illegal immigrant” on their final exam.

Another

Carol Christine Fair is an Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. 

Fair was the subject of a complaint filed by a colleague for “harassment, abuse, hate, and cyberbullying.”  After Asra Nomani, who is Muslim, said she voted for Trump because of her problems with Obamacare, Fair went on a month-long rant against Nomani, including calling her various insulting names in her native Urdu, claiming Nomani had “pimped” herself out, as well as saying “F*** you”.

Fair is also known for her vulgar and carnal tweets directed at conservatives. During the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the fall of 2018, Fair launched into a racially tinged tirade on her Twitter account, accusing Republicans of enabling a rapist and calling for their castration in a series of tweets, 

Another

Margo Kaplan is a Professor of Law at Rutgers University. According to her University biography, she teaches courses on “Criminal Law, Health Law and Policy, and Sex Crimes” and explores the “legal limitations on intimate decisions.”

Kaplan has spent her recent career attempting to normalize pedophilia. In a paper for the Washington and Lee Law Reviewshe advocates for the reclassification of pedophilia as a mental disorder so that pedophiles may be awarded more civil rights:

“…we should not categorically deny pedophilia the civil rights protections afforded to other mental disorders without a convincing normative justification supported by cogent scientific evidence. Strengthening civil rights protections for those with pedophilia also increases access to treatment and support that helps prevent child abuse.”

In a subsequent piece for the New York Times, Kaplan attempts a sickening effort to lure readers into sympathizing with pedophiles by eschewing the obvious and violent rape of a minor as a simple childhood crush:

“THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not. By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse.”

Her intellectual sleight of hand is prevalent in both pieces that she authored. Kaplan blames the abuse of children partially on what she views as the severity in which society treats pedophiles.

So, again, who is going to teach our children about the Bible and God? The liberal progressive socialist teachers? What denomination is going to be represented as doing so? The United Methodist Church that advocates for homosexuality as being just another lifestyle? What history book are they going to use? What Bible translation? If we teach about the Bible and God; then, there will be a push to teach about the Quran and Allah. Be careful as to what you wish for and especially what you pray for because you just might get it. It is already quite difficult for Christian parents to undo the brainwashing and indoctrination that goes on in schools, colleges, and universities now. Little John begins high school and by the 12th grade, he is an atheist. Jane goes away to a four-year university, and in her fourth year she comes home for Christmas and tells the parents that she is now a Muslim, and here is her new husband, Abdullah.

The Bible and God can be in our schools in passing in that the history of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and the Israelite people are covered the same as others, as well as the historical Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the birth of Christianity. Even this will not be accurate and faithful to the Word of God. Thus, conservative Christian parents will have much to undo. God belongs in the life of a Christian wherever he or she is but the teaching of God is up to parents, the church, and the person themselves.

Prayer in the Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer in public schools in a 1962 decision, saying that it violated the First Amendment. … Trump said the government must “never stand between the people and God” and said public schools too often stop students from praying and sharing their faith. – NPR.

Both Trump and the U.S. Supreme Court are correct. The U.S. Supreme Court merely banned school-sponsored prayer in public schools. This does not ban personal prayers offered by the students. If the school bans such prayers, they should be sued. However, students should not pray at inappropriate times and inappropriate ways. For example, prayer should not in any way disrupt the learning process of other students, such as praying aloud in class. Nor should school paid coaches have players praying to God during a sporting event, especially on the school field before the game. If any player chooses to do so on thor own, silently on in an undertone, this is fine. Does God Attend Sports Events? Is God an Oakland Raiders Fan? Is God a Chicago Bulls Fan? Is God a Cincinnati Reds Fan, Is God an Ohio State Football Fan? It says a lot about the state of Christianity that I have to even ask these questions.

Football players have long prayed after scoring a touchdown. These same players huddle in prayer after a game as well. However, some of these same players can also be seen cursing out reporters in the locker room. In addition, these same players have been seen trying to hurt opposing players on the field. The idea that God favors one team over another would seem to be silly and mundane, only serving to demean our Creator.

Trump is also correct, in that government must “never stand between the people and God.” When they go beyond the court ruling of banning school-sponsored prayer and infringe on the right of personal private prayer; then, they have goon too far and need to be reigned in for violating our freedom of religion. The same holds true in evangelizing in the schools. It should be allowed only if the Christian is not infringing on the learning experience of other students. And really, if the student can talk with other students outside of school, this would be the preferred avenue. School should be a place for learning math, science, history, not being pummeled by Christian evangelists. If a good opportunity presents itself, like the cafeteria at lunchtime, or some kind of break between classes; then, evangelism will not cause any harm.

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  1. Its the Parent’s JOB . BUT today’s Parent’s are God haters .Children should have many Bible’s they can check out of the school library .

    The God of Israel Is Real
    Believe in His SON +

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