Dr. Calvin Beisner
The Cornwall Alliance Dr. Beisner is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance; former Associate Professor of Historical Theology & Social Ethics, at Knox Theological Seminary, and of Interdisciplinary Studies, at Covenant College; and author of “Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry into the Environmental Debate” and “Prospects for Growth: A Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future.”
This morning we cover a provocative article from The Christian Post by a man who helped start the “Christian Right” movement in the 1980s, but who now says for all practical purposes, that movement is dead–that it has sold out to politics.
We also check in with Dr. Cal Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance to discuss legislation proposed in Washington D.C. to develop a “climate change curriculum” that would be mandated in all public schools.
Cal Beisner writes:
For a couple of decades I have asked, “Who in his right mind ever thought it made any sense whatever to entrust to the government the shaping of the minds of the people by whose consent it is supposed to govern?” I cannot imagine a question more suitably designed to lay bare the totalitarian tendency of government-run “education.”
The tenth point of the Communist Manifesto calls for “Free education for all children in public schools.”
Marx and Engels knew exactly why this was important: because it would undercut freedom of thought not, initially, by obviously draconian restrictions (such as the threat to prosecute those who question the magnitude, causes, risks and benefits of, and best responses to global warming) but rather by the subtle substitution of propaganda for free thought.
The founders of “public” schooling in America, working even before the 1848 release of the Communist Manifesto, knew precisely why they wanted to replace the private, locally controlled, mostly church-run schools that dominated education in America with government-run schools: to “socialize” American youth, that is, to make them fit to function as unquestioning cogs in the socialist machine…
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