Little Folks Like Me and You

It’s no secret that the way to handle a feudalistic society of the sort America’s ruling class wants to return us to is to keep the public voting against their own economic interests.  And you do that by designing a social and educational system that keeps them pig-ignorant.  But the question is, what kind of pig?  Louisiana, which has recently agreed to point the way to our neo-feudalist future by privatizing their educational system, is about to find out.  Future generations of children from the Pelican State will have the choice of attending a public school that Bobby Jindal and his ideological co-conspirators intend to abandon to nature, with snakes and black mold as their instructors and subjects, or vouchering their way into one of the state’s emergent private schools which, flush with money, will be teaching a uniquely American form of Lysenkoism, with Jesus Christ playing the part of Stalin.

The privatized schools, overwhelmingly Christian (having driven from their midst an upstart Muslim school that dared to presume that the opening up of the public educational system to religious education might mean all religions were welcome to put their mouths on the taxpayer spigot), will be drawing the majority of their curricula from such publishers as A Beka Books, a Floridian concern whose religious extremity was considered too extreme even for Texas, and Bob Jones University Press, the educational book imprint of a college that forbade interracial fraternization amongst its student body up until the year 2000.

Herewith a precis of what the students of the state of union, justice and confidence may expect to learn forthwith; it is worth paying attention to, as if the Louisiana schools experiment succeeds, it will be widely copied by conservatives nationwide.  (Keep in mind, also, that many — in some parishes, a large majority — of students being taught this racialist nonsense will be African-American.)

*  “Africa is a continent with many needs.  It is still in need of the gospel.  Many people have gone there as missionaries but the continent is so vast, and spirit worship and the Muslim religion so strong, that only a small percentage of Africans claim to be Christians. Only about ten percent of Africans can read and write.  In some areas the mission schools have been shut down by Communists who have taken over the government.” (Old World History and Geography in Christian Perspective, v. 3; A Beka, 2004)

*  “Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation.  Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.” (Life Science with Student Activities, v. 3; Bob Jones University Press, 2007)

*  “A few slaveholders were undeniably cruel.  Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common; neither were they unknown.  The majority of slaveholders treated their slaves well.” (United States History for Christian Schools, vol. 2; A Beka, 1991)

*  “Global warming is a theory that is simply not supported by scientific evidence.  Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world’s richest nations.”  (Economics:  Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective, vol. 2; A Beka, 1999)

*  “God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.” (America:  Land That I Love; A Beka, 1994)

*  “God’s original purpose for government was to punish the evil and reward the good.  All governments are ordained by God, but none compare to government by God — theocracy.” (American Government in Christian Perspective, vol. 2; A Beka, 1997)

*  “Hinduism has been devastating to India’s history.” (World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, vol. 2; A Beka, 1997)

*  “(Homosexuals) have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists.” (Teacher’s Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools; Bob Jones University Press, 1999)

*  “Ignoring 3,500 years of Judeo-Christian civilization, religion, morality, and law, the Burger court held that an unborn child was not a living person, but the ‘property’ of the mother (much like slaves were considered property in the 1857 case of Dred Scott vs. Sandford).” (American Government in Christian Perspective, vol. 2; A Beka, 1997)

*  “It is no wonder that Satan hates the family and has hurled his venom against it in the form of Communism.” (ibid.)

*  “The Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross to target bootleggers, wife beaters and immoral movies.” (United States History for Christian Schools, vol. 2; A Beka, 1991)

* “Modern liberalism has had many tragic consequences — war, tyranny and despair — for mankind.”  (World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, vol. 3; A Beka, 1995)

*  “Perhaps the best known work of propaganda to come from the Depression was John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other forms of propaganda included rumors of mortgage foreclosures, mass evictions, and hunger riots and exaggerated statistics representing the number of unemployed and homeless people in America.” (United States History:  Heritage of Freedom, vol. 2; A Beka, 1996)

* “The purpose of the Taft-Hartley Act was to remove certain labor abuses and to curb the growing power of labor unions over individuals and employers.” (ibid.)

* “The Supreme Court made several liberal decisions in the 1970s, indicating the moral decline of the nation as a whole.”(America:  Land That I Love; A Beka, 1994)

* “To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise.  Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin.” (United States History:  Heritage of Freedom, vol. 2; A Beka, 1996)

*  “Today the Jews of Israel and those living in other countries need to learn that they must have Christ’s righteousness through faith.” (Heritage Studies for Christian Schools 6:  Eastern Hemisphere Nations; Bob Jones University Press, 1986)

*  “(Mark) Twain’s outlook was both self-centered and ultimately hopeless.  Twain’s skepticism was clearly not the honest questioning of a seeker of truth but the deliberate defiance of a confessed rebel.” (Elements of Literature for Christian Schools; Bob Jones University Press, 2001)

*  “Unlike the ‘modern math’ theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, A Beka teaches that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute.  A Beka provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory.” (A Beka marketing materials, 2012)

* “While the end was a noble one — ending discrimination in schools — the means were troublesome.  Liberals were not willing to wait for a political solution.”  (Teacher’s Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools; Bob Jones University Press, 1998)

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a pig trying to solve a quadratic equation — forever.

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