Thursday, December 01, 2005

Op-Ed: Bible Curriculum Demonstrates Public Schools Are End Time Battleground

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is an Op- Ed by Bill Wilson, KIN senior analyst:
Bible Curriculum Demonstrates Public Schools Are End Time Battleground
By Bill Wilson, KIN senior analyst
Some say it's the start of teaching a one world religion, others say it's a harmless elective for high school students, but beginning next year, public schools will be offered a Bible curriculum developed under the influence of people who believe the needs of the citizenry should be subservient to the state, and whose standards are endorsed by such liberal organizations as the National Education Association and the National Association of Evangelicals.
According to the Supreme Court, the public schools cannot endorse religion by teaching it, but the Bible can be taught as a literary or historic curriculum as an elective. And the conservative National Council on Bible Curriculum In Public Schools has been offering a King James Based-based curriculum, used in some 1,100 high schools in 37 states.
The National Council on Bible Curriculum, however, is now challenged by The Bible Literacy Project, who will offer a textbook-based curriculum in schools next year. Its standards are endorsed by the National Education Association, and the liberal National Association of Evangelicals. These standards were developed in part by Charles Haynes, who once worked for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was on the advisory board of The Pluralism Project, comprised also of people like Wicca priestess Margot Adler. Haynes and others involved with the project are "communitarians", who believe individual needs and rights are secondary to the interests of the state.
Dr. Dennis Cuddy, a former Education Department official and currently a commentator on education issues, reviewed both curriculums. He describes the Bible Literacy Project's textbook as the liberal's answer to the Bible-based approach of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. He said the Bible Literacy Project's textbook could lead children to believe that parts of the Bible are mythology and cause them to question whether God is good. He said there are problems he has with the Bible Literacy Projects program that he does not have with that of the Council's.
First, Cuddy says, the BLP's textbook does not have a complete curriculum; second, he believes there are factual errors in the presentation of the Bible; and he strongly believes that the BLP's textbook does not teach the Bible as the inerrant word of God.
Sheila Weber, Vice President of Communications for the Bible Literacy Project, says the curriculum was developed with a broad based of ecumenical support. She said the textbook encourages children to read their own Bible and to use the Bible as a source. Weber said, "So we've built our textbook to satisfy the standards needed for public schools."
In the past generation since the Supreme Court erroneously ruled against prayer in public schools, there has been a precipitous decline in the moral culture within the schools and the children of America. Gang violence, teen pregnancy, abortion, drug abuse and homosexuality have permeated society, often originating in the public school system. America has seen the impact of the secular humanist manifesto and its resulting attack on "God and Country." There are so many, even those who proclaim Christianity, who have bought in to the concept that children should be taught at an early age about sex, drugs and violence so they are able to do these things "responsibly."
What has been lacking, however, for nearly a generation is the companion textbook that would teach children the best way to live their lives, drug free and happy without the threat of unwanted pregnancy, the hate of gang violence, or the abomination of homosexuality-the Bible. The Bible, the very first textbook for the public school system under Thomas Jefferson, has been absent from school under a virtual ban until recent court systems clarifying that the "Good Book" can be taught as an elective from a historic and literary perspective.
You have heard the saying, "the devil is in the details.' Such is the case with this public school Bible curriculum. The Bible Literacy Project does not use a Bible, but rather a textbook to teach the Bible. It calls into question whether God is good and it appears to be the liberal answer to getting god back into the public schools-a forerunner to a one-world religion being taught here in the United States to our children. Jesus said in Luke 21:8, "Take heed that you not be deceived, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near; therefore, do not go after them." These are days of great deception. Stay close to Christ that you may discern the times.
/© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/


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