Humanism and public education
By Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Back in 1849, when the organized Protestants of Massachusetts debated whether
or not to support the public school movement, which was then being strongly promoted
by the Unitarians, they decided in favor of support, but with some very thoughtful
"The benefits of this system, in offering instruction to all, are so many and
so great that its religious deficiencies -- especially since they can be otherwise
supplied -- do not seem to be a sufficient reason for abandoning it, and adopting
in place of it a system of denominational parochial schools," they wrote.
"If after a full and faithful experiment, it should at last be seen that fidelity
to the religious interests of our children forbids a further patronage of the system,
we can unite with the Evangelical Christians in the establishment of private schools,
in which more full doctrinal religious instruction may be possible."
No one can doubt that for the last 150 years the public schools have had that
full and faithful experiment, and that the spiritual effect on Christian children
has been disastrous. In several schools around the country, Christian children have
even been murdered by fellow students possessed by satanic beliefs. How much worse
can it get?
In fact, during the last 20 years, thousands of Christian parents, without knowledge
of the debates that took place in 1849, have removed their children from the public
schools and have either placed them in private Christian schools or are home-schooling
them. They have done this despite the fact that many well-known Christian leaders
have not yet sounded the alarm and, in many instances, have urged Christians to
stay in the public schools and work to reform them.
But the simple fact is that the present government education system has as its
foundation an anti-Christian philosophy known as Secular Humanism. All one has to
do to confirm this is read the two Humanist Manifestos. The first, written in 1933
by young Unitarian ministers, asserted that the spiritual power of orthodox religion
was in decline and that it should be replaced by a rational, man-centered, non-theistic
"Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science
makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values," they
wrote. "Religious humanism considers the complete realization of human personality
to be the end of man's life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here
and now. ...
"Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for
the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control,
and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement
of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly religious institutions,
their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be
reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively
in the modern world."
In other words, humanism is the only religion in America that has as its purpose
and program the reconstitution of the institutions, rituals, and ecclesiastical
methods of other religions. This is an overt declaration of war against biblical
Forty years later, Humanist Manifesto II stated, "As non-theists, we begin with
humans not God, nature not deity. We can discover no divine purpose or providence
for the human species. ... No deity will save us, we must save ourselves."
In the January/February 1983 issue of The Humanist magazine, a young scholar
by the name of John J. Dunphy expressed the aim of humanists in education with these
very blunt words:
"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
that 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 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 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 finally be achieved."
Mr. Dunphy did Christian parents a great service by telling them exactly what
humanists want to accomplish in the public schools. Humanists are forever paying
lip service in asserting the separation of church and state when it comes to keeping
Christianity out of the schools. But when it comes to humanism, they are strangely
silent. As a result, humanism has become the establishment religion in our schools,
and no one in the federal government or the Congress has seen fit to do anything
Obviously, from a Christian point of view, the experiment of government education
has been a colossal failure. In place of God, the public schools offer evolution,
multiculturalism, transcendental meditation, situational ethics, drug education,
death education, sex education, sensitivity training, gay studies, condoms, whole
language, behaviorism, magic circles, and other humanist teachings.
These programs are creating the new nihilists, the amoral barbarians and the
followers of Satan that are devastating the lives of thousands of families. There
is hardly a Christian family that has not had to cope with a child lost to drugs,
promiscuity, abortion, venereal disease, and pure unadulterated devil worship.
What will it take for the majority of Christian parents to realize that the public
schools have become a spiritual danger for their children? Those Christian children
who are strong in their faith still have to contend with the Satanists among the
student body who may wish to harm them. The parents at Columbine could not conceive
of the notion that perfectly normal American kids could become murderers, killing
for the sake of pleasing Satan. That sort of stuff is supposed to belong in horror
movies, not in middleclass, suburban families.
This is something that has never happened before in America, and it is the result
of a spiritual disease called moral relativism which teaches that everyone is entitled
to their beliefs, no matter how weird or anti-social, and that no one can judge
anyone or anything else. That is why no one at Columbine High felt morally obligated
to stop the future killers from expressing their views as wildly and openly as they
wished. No one at Columbine took them seriously, because no one there believed that
the pure power of evil could take hold of the lives of normal kids.
The lesson is painfully simple: When a nation abandons moral absolutes, it opens
the door to unbridled evil.