Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Evangelicals Seen As A "Burden" To Public Education

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A public school district responded with a collective gasp when a lone conservative evangelical school board member publicly questioned a classroom assignment.

While evangelical citizens are becoming a burden to our government-run schools---the silence of too many evangelical pastors is becoming deafening and should be concerning to all biblical believers.

Jeanette Ward sits on the board of her school district in Elgin, Illinois.

She recently reacted publicly to an assignment given to 6th graders---one of which was her daughter-- requiring them to read and answer questions regarding the three largest world religions.

One News Now says "the sixth graders were handed an essay written by a history of religion professor who states that the three major religions 'believe in the same God; claims the God of the Old Testament can be both good and evil'; and claims that 'the three world religions and their disagreements have led to violence and hatred', and other controversial claims."

Ward says she voted against using the materials because they are "utterly incorrect and false on many levels."

First elected in 2015, Ward has become a burden because of her so-called "right-wing beliefs," and is becoming an increasing burden to her fellow school board members.

She has addressed her concern that schools are teaching kids to become "global citizens" at the expense of being responsible US citizens.

She also became a "burden" in 2016.

Parents were concerned about a transgender policy in school locker rooms. The school's CEO claimed that parents don't need to be informed if their teenage girls share a locker room with an opposite-sex person.

More lately, Laurie Higgins, with the Illinois Family Institute says so-called "faith leaders" are now complaining about board member Ward's criticism of the "utterly incorrect" presentation regarding the "three world religions."

She posted a rebuttal to the "all religions serve the same god" lie on Facebook.

The problem is that 18 "faith leaders" who have a problem with Ward all represent the progressive religious Left. The 18 presented a letter they had written to the school board meeting in December. The letter defines Ward as an "uncivil" problem and burden.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Ward pushed back hard at the "faith leaders" in the December board meeting when they complained about her "uncivil" position, which she has now also posted to Facebook.

She asked the modern day Pharisees, "Which part of my Facebook post offended you? The part where I ask if Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews? Or the excerpt I posted from my daughter's assignment that was utterly incorrect and false on many levels?"

Higgins told One News Now the central problem with the article presented to the class was not lack of "nuance," "generosity" or "fullness" as claimed--"The central problem was theological errors taught to children as facts."

This is not isolated to a school, or schools in Illinois. It is endemic in public, government-run schools in our nation. There are a few exceptions---but they are just that--- exceptions. This episode, unfortunately, is more the rule than the exception.

And it isn't only an effort to subvert parental authority or undermine the most foundational beliefs of Christianity. There are also efforts to breed and advance lawlessness.

The College Fix reports that a political science professor at Diablo Valley College near San Francisco is telling students that "violating" the country's laws to combat white supremacy" is okay. Required.

Professor Albert Ponce says, “And that’s the beauty of the law. If you can write it, you can convince all others to follow it, just like all of us do today — when we shouldn’t. Many of the laws existing, we should be violating those laws.”

As part of his lecture, Ponce stood in front of a photo of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a portrait of President Andrew Jackson behind the politicians and told the students: "It is fitting that a white supremacist of old and a white supremacist of today exist and sit---they're smiling---in the White House."

"So what can we do?" Ponce asks---then answers-- "the solution lies in practicing abolition."

He says, "Abolition means we must destroy it, not reform it. No votings going to help. No writing your congressperson. We need to smash white supremacy at every institutional level in this country, beginning at the local space, at the state, at the federal system, and build something new. And that is frightening. Because we don't know what is to come."

And he says, "Those who are willing, not only to take a knee, that's just the beginning, that's just a symbolic, peaceful gesture. It's going to take a lot more work."

The public college promoted this class and offered extra credit to those who took it.

This is kin to Evergreen State College in Olympia. I have found no push back by anyone on the Diablo Valley College issue.

Several WA State lawmakers have attempted to disrupt funding for Evergreen State in Olympia, but have been met with strong resistance.

They continue their insanity, with taxpayers footing the bill. And the next generation paying the price of being misled.

These and other, similar incidents beg the question school board member Jeanette Ward and Family advocate Laurie Higgins are asking:

Where are the evangelical pastors? Why were there not 18 to 20 evangelical pastors at last month's board meeting with their own letter of explanation regarding the difference between Judaism and Christianity's God of the Bible, and that of the Muslim religion?

Why was there not even 1 pastor there to stand and say, "Islam's god is not our God---let me explain?"

Are those on the religious Left simply more passionate about their religious beliefs than Bible-believing evangelicals are about the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Are we evangelicals so needy for social affirmation that we are avoiding any conflict regarding the education of our kids? Regardless of how our children are being indoctrinated?

I hope not. May God help us to rise, not cower in the face of growing opposition toward conservatism and biblical Christianity.

Be Bold. Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Discerning.