For a number of years, the urge to share this experience has been restrained. No longer.
While dabbling in the Ethereal Library (internet, to most), an interesting discussion forum popped up. That forum was populated by fellows who claimed to be current or former public school educators. A certain topic was being discussed, and Old Bill offered the following suggestion.
“American history teachers should inform their students that every step by which the people of the British colonies became an independent nation seems to have been enabled by an invisible supernatural hand. No people can be bound to acknowledge and love the power of God more than the people of the United States. Of all things which support a successful government, religion and morality are indispensable. We must be very cautious when we are tempted to believe that morality can be maintained without religion. Both reason and experience forbid the expectation that there can be national morality without religious principle.”
That post incited a number of responses of a disapproving nature. A few examples of those disparaging opinions will suffice.
- “That would be a clear violation of separation of church and state.”
- “You do not know anything about the US Constitution.”
- “There is no place in public school classrooms or textbooks for those statements.”
Following the ensuing expressions of attacks and defenses of an old man’s opinion, a confession was made. The suggested remarks were not originally my own. The truth was that minor grammatical modifications were employed to give the appearance of emanating from an old coach who had been raised in southeast Texas. The opinions had been lifted from George Washington’s first inaugural address and his farewell address to the nation. If the critics be correct, our young people must not be allowed to read or view those documents.
It is foreboding to know that there are those who claim to be public school educators who believe that certain authentic historical records should be banned from classrooms. Perhaps some have never been exposed to the truth themselves. Perhaps others have been intimidated or persuaded by a long train of insidious measures designed to fundamentally change of our country. Regardless of reasons, this example and others appear to have now delivered us to a time when everyone will have to choose a side.
I submit a couple of opinions for the reader’s contemplation. These have been attributed to two gentlemen of widely acclaimed secular intellect and one snippet from a spiritual source.
“A long habit of not knowing a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine
“A nation that expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of society, expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” – Hosea, 4:6