Quotes about Public Schools by The Religious Right

Perhaps you or others are unaware of the statements of the religious right which have a bearing on your freedom and mine. This series of quotations is meant to illustrate their attitude, their distortions, and the threat they pose.

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"There are 15,700 school districts in America. When we get an active Christian parents' committee in operation in all districts, we can take complete control of all local school boards. This would allow us to determine all local policy; select good textbooks; good curriculum programs; superintendents and principals. Our time has come!" --Robert Simonds, Citizens for Excellence in Education, undated fundraising letter, circa 1984

"I imagine every Christian would agree that we need to remove the humanism from the public schools. There is only one way to accomplish this: to abolish the public schools." -- the Rev. Robert L. Thoburn, The Children Trap, 1986

"I consider it a shameful disgrace that Catholic schools are generally deprived of government funds. But I call it an even more shameful disgrace that in those cases in which such funds are provided, the school is expected to refrain from teaching Catholic values, or may even be required to stop calling itself a Catholic school. I want no such interference in the Catholic school system of this archdiocese. We are Catholic or we shouldn't be in business at all." -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, Catholic New York, April 1988

"Our purpose must be to spread the gospel on the new mission field that the Lord has opened--public high schools....Yes, the so-called `wall of separation' between church and state has begun to crumble." -- Jay Alan Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice, CASEBulletin, July, 1990

"One day, I hope in the next ten years, I trust that we will have more Christian day schools than there are public schools. I hope I will live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken over them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!" -- Jerry Falwell, America Can Be Saved, 1979

"The Supreme Court of the supposedly Christian United States guaranteed the moral collapse of this nation when it forbade children in the public schools to pray to the God of Jacob, to learn of His moral law or even view in their classrooms the heart of the law, the Ten Commandments, which children must obey for their own good or disobey at their peril." -- Pat Robertson, The New World Order, 1991

"The public school system is damned. Let me tell you how radical I am. Christian students should be in Christian schools. If you have to sell your car, live in a smaller house, or work a night job, put your child in Christian schools. If you can't afford it homeschool." -- Jerry Falwell, "Trends in Christian Higher Education," Regent University, 9/22/93

"[I]f Christians are charged with exercising dominion in all spheres of life (Gen. 2:26-28), to abandon public education to Satan is to compromise our calling. The attitude and approach of Christians should be that they never expose their children to public education, but that they should work increasingly to expose public education to the claims of Christ. Certain specially suited Christians, in fact, should pray and work tirelessly to obtain teaching and school board and even administrative posts within public education. The penultimate goal of these Christians should be the privatization of these larcenous institutions, and the ultimate aim the bringing of them under the authority of Christ and His word." -- Rev. Andrew Sandlin, Chalcedon Report, March, 1994

"The Christian community has a golden opportunity to train an army of dedicated teachers who can invade the public school classrooms and use them to influence the nation for Christ." -- D. James Kennedy, "Education: Public Problems and Private Solutions," Coral Ridge Ministries, 1993

"We are a great threat to public schools. We may have to get rid of them." -- Robert Simonds, CEE, speech, 3/6/93, Glen Mills, PA

"Those who control the access to the minds of children will set the agenda for the future of the nation and the future of the western world." -- James Dobson, quoted in PFAW's FOF report 5/23/93

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