“I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign, that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christiand and atheistic unbelief, and of antisocial nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.”
– A.A. Hodge 1869
“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
– Charles F. Potter in Humanist magazine 1930
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity. The teacher must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of Humanism.”
– John Dunphy in Humanist magazine 1983
We’ve been warned. Our clergy told us how this would end. Then the humanists told us their intentions. Why do we not believe?