Ken Connor

In today's classroom, however, the story is very different. Modern sensitivities decry the presumptuous suggestion that productivity, responsibility, and virtue are legitimate universal measures by which to evaluate a good citizen. The goals of education in today's postmodern, multicultural, post-religious, globally-oriented society have evolved past these antiquated ideals. Hence the rise in influence of the radical ideology mentioned earlier. Too many teachers today enter the classroom with an agenda far more ambitious than the simple desire to instill a love of learning; these teachers go into the education business to proselytize a religion. This religion is comprehensive in its scope. It will not tolerate dissent because it cannot withstand scrutiny. Ironically, the State is its staunchest advocate and most ardent defender.

This state-sponsored religion teaches the theory of evolution as an indisputable fact, singling out and eliminating from its ranks proponents of intelligent design theory?or, heaven forbid, actual Creationists?with Puritanical zeal. This religion mandates the normalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered lifestyles with no regard for parental consent while singling out traditionalists as ignorant bigots in need of reprogramming. Thus the classroom, once a forum for critical thought, analysis, and debate that allowed for many competing points of view, is now used to transform raw human material into homogenous batches of progressive, enlightened, politically correct, intellectually timid, and spiritually vacant progeny, ready to shape tomorrow's world.

We need not look far to see what happens when a rogue individual or group breaks ranks to speak out against this secular orthodoxy. It's happening all around us in ways large and small, and these acts of censorship will only get worse if our society continues in its attitude of complacency and apathy. Parents must ask themselves if they are really willing to stand idly by while their children are exploited as pawns in a campaign to render the Judeo-Christian worldview and all its precepts obsolete. They must ask themselves if they are comfortable exposing their unwitting offspring to this disordered agenda.

If the answer to these questions is "no," then the time for complacency must end and parents must stand up against the monolithic institution more commonly known as the U.S. Department of Education. Public schools, after all, exist to serve the people, but like most creatures of government they have been co-opted by a relatively small yet highly influential lobby of radicals that seeks to control the flow of information in order to secure its desired ends. As parents, we must educate ourselves about what is being taught in our classrooms. When our children are persecuted for expressing their constitutionally-protected religious beliefs in the public square, we must be ready to stand up for what's right despite the daunting odds. We must make our stand now before this new religion amasses so many converts that we find ourselves outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and ultimately, irrelevant.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.