River Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California, claims to “value parent choice and involvement, using the community as the classroom, fostering a child’s innate creativity, collaborating to achieve goals, building relationships, and personalizing learning.”
That’s part of its published “Vision and Mission” statement.
The part that wasn’t clear until recently, however, is that all that stuff about choice, fostering creativity, collaborating, building relationships and personalizing learning is off the table when it comes to Christians.
Just forget it. Christians are verboten.
According to the Pacific Justice Institute, library personnel informed at least one parent that they were instructed to remove all books deemed Christian, written by Christian authors or distributed by Christian publishers.
The PJI sent the school a cease and desist letter, but Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer ignored the legal warning and wrote back, “We . . . do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”
At least not non-atheist sectarian materials.
Hermsmeyer may have a doctorate, but like the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” (presumably non-Christian enough to remain on library shelves), she doesn’t seem to have a brain.
If she did, she would realize that “sectarian materials” compose most of the art, literature, music and science of Western civilization.
If her edict about “sectarian materials” is fairly applied, it will include not just Christian and Jewish books, but Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. And it most certainly would include books by atheists, some of the most sectarian people around.
Just eliminating Christian and Jewish works would mean eliminating most of Western art, particularly Renaissance and Medieval but up to modern art. The world of music would be gutted, from classical to country to rock ‘n’ roll. Gospel, part of the black cultural experience, would be completely eliminated. In the world of literature, most of the great classics would be gone, from King Arthur through The Chronicles of Narnia.
More importantly, science would be virtually eliminated. The scientific method itself is the culmination of work by people like Copernicus, Galileo, Bacon and other Christian thinkers. Pasteur, Volta, Coulomb, Pascal, Einstein and countless other world-renowned scientists were Christians or Jews whose worldview informed their beliefs about science.
It’s only atheistic arrogance that makes people think religion and science are in conflict and can be completely separated from each other. If not for Judeo-Christian contributions to modern thought, atheists would be touting the truth of sympathetic magic and feng shui.
Once again, “open-minded” liberals are trying to turn children into mindless, prejudiced, uneducated drones.
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