Saturday, May 27, 2006

Other Voices in the Debate

As we continue to discuss / debate the role of Christian children in public education, here are some thoughts from those who have gone before us.

Martin Luther wrote in Appeal to the Ruling Classes (1520).
"Though our children live in the midst of a Christian world, they faint and perish in misery because they lack the Gospel in which we should be training and exercising them all the time. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Schools will become wide-open gates of hell if they do not diligently engrave the Holy Scriptures on young hearts. Every institution where men are not increasingly occupied with the word of God must become corrupt."
Thanks to Dana for sharing the quote in a comment. And thanks to D. R. Randle for helping me find the original source.

And here's one of my favorite quotes by Fisher Aimes,
We have trouble in the classrooms, we are putting in new text books. Nothing wrong with new books but we are spending more time on them than the Bible; it is drifting to the back of the classroom. We cannot tolerate this in American education. The Bible's morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble.
In case you are not familiar with Fisher Aimes, he was the author of the First Ammendment to the Consitution. So much for Christians who believe in the Separation of Church and State.

And moving to the present day, Izzy asks an excellent question, Why do the Baptists boycott Disney but not the public schools?

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