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  • Tim Lieber

How Public School Killed Jesus

Over the past 150 years, the most significant shift in education has involved the government's intentional endeavor to decimate the very bedrock of religious principles that laid the foundations of Western Civilization.

Prior to the introduction of public schools, education commonly came from families, religious figures, and modest private institutions. Formal education was limited and tailored to practical skills.

The Bible was frequently employed as the core textbook, serving as a wellspring of moral guidance, literacy enhancement, and a means to cultivate robust ethical values and responsibility in students. Family Bibles turned into cherished heirlooms, handed down through generations, while the local church stood as the epicenter of resilient and united communities.

It wasn't until the 1800s that the concept of public education emerged to provide standardized and accessible education for a broader range of students. One of the leading proponents for compulsory government-funded public schooling was Horace Mann, often called the "Father of the Common School Movement."

He emphasized the importance of separating religious instruction from public education, with families and religious leaders being replaced by teachers who had undergone specific training and professional development to ensure the quality of education provided in public schools.

Our country is founded on the idea of religious freedom. From the pilgrims who migrated to the new world to escape religious persecution to our constitution, which guarantees religious liberty with the Establishment Clause found in the first Amendment, which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Public schools are funded by tax dollars, which come from the government. This creates a massive issue when it comes to religion. The original intention was for government schools to uphold an attitude of religious neutrality, abstaining from taking sides. In its desire to maintain religious neutrality, public schools became saturated with secular humanism, essentially making Atheism the officially endorsed state-sponsored belief system imparted to students nationwide. Here is a quick history of how that happened.

As the public school system picked up steam in the latter half of the 1800s, schools were established with a solid connection to Christian beliefs and values, despite the wishes of Horace Mann. It was surprisingly common for the schools to include Bible readings, prayers, and other religious activities as part of their daily routine.

This religious cohesion was short-lived, as it was around this time that Charles Darwin published his famous book, "The Origin of Species," in which he proposed the theory of evolution through natural selection. His theory suggested that species evolved over time through gradual changes and adaptations in response to their environments rather than being created in their present form by God. These new beliefs set the stage for a lengthy debate over God's role in public schools, with many cases ending up in the supreme court.

The first major supreme court case was called the Scopes Trial, also known as the "Monkey Trial." In Tennessee, a high school teacher named John Scopes was charged with violating a state law that prohibited teaching evolution in public schools. The trial became a media sensation, pitting science against religious beliefs. Scopes lost his case, but the issue of creationism vs. evolution came up again in the 1968 case Epperson v. Arkansas, where the Supreme Court struck down a state law that prohibited the teaching of evolution, which eventually banned creationism in public schools nationwide.

This case set a precedent for courts to examine the motivations behind laws regarding the role Christianity was allowed to play in the classroom. Two other Supreme Court cases, Engel v. Vitale in 1962 and Abington School District v. Schempp in 1963, ruled that state-sponsored prayer and mandatory Bible reading in public schools violated the Establishment Clause.

These legal battles unfolded amidst the backdrop of the cultural upheavals during the 1960s and 70s, encompassing phenomena like the hippie movements, the sexual revolution, and third-wave feminism. For the first time in history, the established cornerstones of Western Civilization, which had been relied upon for centuries, were excluded from the educational landscape sanctioned by the government. No more prayers, no more Bibles; the public school system had officially killed Jesus. Not only did they kill him, they took everything he stood for and sealed it away in a tomb, far away from our students.

Following these judicial rulings, educators and school officials have engaged in discussions concerning the permissibility of the Bible as literature or historical significance within public schools. Courts have typically granted leeway for the scholarly examination of the Bible while discouraging overtly religious interpretations. To illustrate, in a history class, it is acceptable to discuss Jesus alongside Muhammad with "equitable" consideration, but it would be illegal to collect an offering or conduct an altar call.

Today, considerations such as this are rarely utilized. Let me give you an example.

During my time as a student teacher, I had the opportunity to observe a 9th-grade world history class. One of the prominent units covered ancient Rome, a pivotal era where the early Christian church played a significant role. At the forefront of this transformative movement stood Jesus, influencing profound changes within the early Roman Empire.

The spread of Christianity brought about a significant cultural shift in the Roman world. As Christianity gained followers, traditional Roman religious practices and beliefs began to decline. This shift in cultural and religious dynamics contributed to a weakening of the social beliefs that had previously been centered around Roman paganism.

During the horrendous PowerPoint presentation, I noticed that my "wonderful and talented" mentor teacher failed to mention any of this to the students. I couldn't believe it! Even worse, none of the students were curious enough to ask why the dates in the presentation switched from 1 bc to 1 ad.

So I asked him why the presentation didn't mention anything about early Christianity. Instead of offering guidance or perspective, he laughed and commented offhand about how dumb Christians are. He said he doesn't have to say anything about God, Christianity, Judaism, or any religion, an assertion in which he's actually not wrong.

In all the 150 pages of the Michigan state social studies standards, the word Christ is only mentioned 11 times, and those rare appearances are only concerning (3–G4.0.1) Christmas trees, (W3.2) how the world’s major faiths and ethical systems emerged, and (U 4.3) antebellum American reform movements.

This story from student teaching is an anecdotal example, but if you see a few thousand of these scenarios appear regularly across the country, you no longer have an antidote; you have a hypothesis. You don't have to look very long in our insane clown world culture to see how people are handling themselves after the desolation of Christianity and the adoption of secular humanism in our school system.

Secular humanism has become the leading religion in America today. Instead of worshipping God, our culture now worships the self. The self can be whatever it wants to be, any gender, any pronoun, and any identity. Instead of seeking the Kingdom of Heaven for answers to prayers, secular humanists look to the government to pass on plentiful bounties from on high. Instead of the family being the cornerstone of civilization, the secularists utilize free love, no-fault divorce, and abortion on demand to discover their true selves and inner peace. Self-esteem is valued over self-control, virtue signaling is valued over merit, and race, gender, victimhood status, and equity reign supreme as the new social currency.

Secular humanism brought forth by our public system has blown a God-sized hole in men's and women's hearts as they search for personal enlightenment through shallow self-expression rather than submit themselves (and their pride) to timeless and true biblical principles.

Devout parents who enroll their children in the public school system should not anticipate that their kids will retain their initial values without frequent and highly deliberate discussions addressing the beliefs and values imparted by the school. If you leave your kids alone at the mercy of the school system, they will almost always separate themselves from God.

It may seem hopeless, but just as governments of the past failed to permanently extinguish the message of Christ, our current homeschool movement is breathing life into the spiritual foundation that has been eroded by secularism.

And these kids are thriving!

Homeschool is the resurrection, reviving the teachings of Jesus and infusing them into the hearts and minds of a new generation. While the influence of secular humanism persists, the homeschooling movement stands as a testament to the enduring power of faith and the potential for a revival of values that transcend societal trends. Just as Jesus rose again after his crucifixion, his values and teachings are finding a resurgence within the realm of homeschooling, offering hope for those seeking an alternative path amidst the currents of modern culture.

Homeschooled kids embrace biblical values, allowing them to flourish in ways that resonate with their faith and convictions. Shielded from the excesses of secular culture and guided by the timeless teachings of the Bible, these students cultivate a solid moral compass, a sense of purpose, and a deep connection to the love of Christ. As they engage with subjects through the lens of faith, these children are empowered to navigate the complexities of the modern world with unwavering confidence and a steadfast commitment to values that have stood the test of time.

The transition from decentralized family and religious education to the establishment of government-funded public schools has been marked by profound shifts in ideology and values.

While the introduction of public schools aimed to provide accessible education for a wider population, it also triggered debates and legal battles surrounding the role of religion within the educational framework. The separation of religious instruction from public education gave rise to a secular humanist influence that reshaped our culture, impacting the way students perceive themselves, their values, and the world around them.

However, amidst these changes, the homeschooling movement emerges as a revival of Jesus' teachings. Homeschooling offers an education that empowers students to excel academically while staying true to their values. This movement is a beacon of hope in today's secular culture, nurturing a generation that embraces enduring principles and rises above societal norms.


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