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Baptists Should Support Public Schools?

May 20th, 2006 Visited 1358 times, 1 so far today

Vox Day quotes this letter from the Baptist Center for Ethics:

Baptist Center for Ethics
Nashville, TN
April 21, 2006Dear Fellow Baptists:

The time has come for Baptists to speak positively about public education and to take proactive initiatives that advance a constructive future for America’s public school system.

We recognize the need for reforms in public schools, as all organizations need reformation, including churches and corporations. Reforms to improve all facets of public education should be a constant goal of our nation.

While every family is free to decide the course of their children’s education, we believe it is wrong for Baptist leaders to urge Baptists to exit the nation’s public school system for homeschools and Christian academies and to equip that cause.

We decry the anti-public school statements that identify public schools as “the enemies of God,” that label the nation’s school system as “a dark and decaying government school system” and that claim public schools are converting Christian children “to an anti-Christian worldview.” We urge a halt to the demonization of public schools.

We believe Baptists should recommit themselves to public education, not as a means toward converting school children, but because it is the right thing to do.

We believe public school children are God’s children who deserve the nurture of a good society, the prospect for a good education and the equal opportunity for a good life.

We call on Baptists to recommit themselves to the separation of church and state, which will keep public schools free from coercive pressure to promote sectarian faith, such as state-written school prayers and the teaching of neo-creationism (intelligent design).

We call on Baptists to recommit themselves to a just society. A just society will ensure that every American child has an opportunity for a good education and that public schools have the resources necessary to provide such an opportunity, achieving the highest standards possible.

We call on Baptists to recommit themselves to the nation’s founding principle of
“E Pluribus Unum.” A society based on unity out of diversity will embrace every child and recognize the vital role public schools play in achieving national unity.
We, the undersigned, pledge therefore to pray for public schools;

show our support for public schools through worship services that affirm all school-related personnel;

advocate for a high wall of separation between church and state that is critical to good public education;

pursue a just society that benefits every child;

speak up for the role public education plays in democracy, especially the unity it creates in the midst of diversity so necessary in our society;

challenge religious voices who demonize public education; and share this letter with others.

Now, you know I’m on the homeschooling bandwagon. This is just ridiculous– all eduction has some coloring and what’s better, a humanistic coloring or (in this case) a Baptist coloring to Baptists.

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  • Mrs. Meg Logan says on: August 28, 2006 at 3:07 pm

     

    “We call on Baptists to recommit themselves to the separation of church and state, which will keep public schools free from coercive pressure to promote sectarian faith, such as state-written school prayers and the teaching of neo-creationism (intelligent design).”

    SAY WHAT?

    Hey Christians, let’s get involved in the worldly indoctrination of our youth, and NOT tell them about creationism, or prayer… that might make them think that we are JUST like the world, and then maybe they will want to be like us, that is a great way to win them to Christ…

    NOT, it is a great way to fool people into a false conversion.

    Mrs. Meg Logan

  • MInTheGap says on: August 28, 2006 at 3:47 pm

     

    I think you hit the nail on the hear there, Meg. These people want us to compromise who we are– and Jesus never did that!

  • Chris Naron says on: August 28, 2006 at 6:33 pm

     

    This sounds like a bunch of liberal Baptists, not the anti-secular fundies I grew up with. They had better be careful who they impersonate.

  • Mrs. Meg Logan says on: August 28, 2006 at 9:33 pm

     

    ROFL, they sure ought to Chris Naron, specially considering your frightening avatar!

    j/k
    Mrs Meg Logan

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