Christian parents sending their children to Statist Government schools are upset, not about Yoda or Yogurt, but Yoga:
“A small but vocal group of parents, spurred on by the head of a local conservative advocacy group, has likened these 30-minute yoga classes to religious indoctrination. They say the classes—part of a comprehensive program offered to all public school students in this affluent suburb north of San Diego—represent a violation of the First Amendment.”
I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. How absolutely idiotic is this? These parents are concerned about 30 minutes of yoga but not 6 hours each day, 5 days each week, 10 months each year for 12 years of State-sponsored, State loving, State-worshiping government education that is turning their children into lovers of Big Brother.
According to a 1914 bulletin of the U.S Bureau of Education, “The public schools exist primarily for the benefit of the State rather than for the benefit of the individual.” Nothing has changed in nearly 100 years.
Let me add these comments from “progressive” sociologist Edward Ross (1866–1951):
“To collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board, exhibits a faith in the power of suggestion which few people ever attain to. And so it happens that the role of the schoolmaster is just beginning.”
Americans can choose where they want to send their children to school. They can even educate them at home, something that is not allowed in Germany and Sweden. Instead of taking the freedom road, the majority of American parents opt to send their children to the government owned, government run, government controlled school (indoctrination center) down the street. Why? Because it’s free!
Free government-anything comes with a high cost. Government welfare has destroyed families and created three generations of dependency. The high school graduation rates in cities with large welfare rolls are abysmal. Washington D.C. has the worst graduation rate in the nation. “Only 59 percent of high school students who started as freshmen in the 2006–2007 school year graduated four years later from District of Columbia schools, according to the data, which details state four-year high school graduation rates in the 2010–11 school year.”
Control of education has been the goal of political anarchists, communists, and socialists for centuries. In his Principles of Communism of 1847, Friedrich Engels advocated the “education of all children, as soon as they are old enough to dispense with maternal care, in national institutions and at the charge of the nation.” To make it easier for parents to make the decision to turn the education of their children over to the State, they were offered “free education for all children in public schools” as well as food, clothing and school supplies. ((See Francis Nigel Lee, Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin (Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1974), 351.))
The Communists and Nazis weren’t the only ones who saw government-controlled education to be the final stepping stone to see their goal of a fully secularized society. John J. Dunphy’s essay “A Religion for a New Age,” published in the January-February 1983 issue The Humanist magazine, is bold in its declaration of what he and those like him want to do with your children:
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never‑realized Christian ideal of ‘love thy neighbor’ will be finally achieved.”
So don’t bother me with complaints about a 30-minute Yoga class in your precious government indoctrination center. It’s a diversion. If the class is stopped, you’ll declare victory and once again offer your children to the shapers of young minds who do not have the best interest of your children or this nation at heart. If the Yoga classes don’t stop, you’ll still send your children there “under protest.”
For those parents who have seen the light, good for you. You’ve made the right choice.