Anyone who thinks Ron Paul isn’t a lunatic religious conservative masquerading as a libertarian has been presented with fresh reason to reconsider as Ron Paul got together with Pat Robertson on the 700 Club to agree that progressives use the public school system to indoctrinate children.
Homeschoolers, after all, don’t’ get enough religion at home.
Of course, the Papacy was all about “self-government,” as was the theocratic regime of Old Testament Israel. Right? No…not so much.
Watch Courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
And it’s not just any religion for Paul, who spoke on 9/11 at conference sponsored by the Fatima Center, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls “the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.”
Nor is it just any religion to Robertson, who is as hard-core a Protestant as Paul is a Catholic, and just as anti-Semitic, as is CBN itself. It’s a shame Robertson didn’t use the occasion to tell Paul what he thinks about the Catholic Church and celibacy. That would have been some good TV.
And keep in mind that Robertson doesn’t like his fellow Protestants either, as a remark from 1991 shows:
You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don’t have to be nice to them.
And we don’t want to leave out what Robertson thinks about non-Christians. In 1986, New York Magazine quoted Robertson as saying,
It is interesting, that termites don’t build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into [our] institutions [today] are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have… The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation.
But back to Paul’s new curriculum. Here is Paul’s introductory video:
- It should teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility, which is also the foundation of the free market economy.
- It should be based on a detailed study of the history of liberty as well as liberty’s rivals, in Western civilization and the United States.
- It should provide a thorough understanding of Austrian school economics.
- It should be an academically rigorous curriculum that is tied to primary source documents — nottextbooks. Textbooks are screened by committees. They dumb down the material.
Dumbing down…we could ask: and who is screening Paul’s textbooks? Obviously, what sort of bigoted religion Paul wants to teach isn’t the only problem with this curriculum, and as David Barton has demonstrated, primary source documents in the hands of those who do not understand the context of those documents – or who want to invent a new context – is a disaster. See Warren Throckmorton’s book if you doubt this.
Robertson, who apparently thinks its biblical to swindle people with fake charity organizations, asked Paul,
Don’t the so-called progressives and whatever, don’t they really want education to indoctrinate children? It’s not just a question of education; they want to indoctrinate them in their philosophy, don’t they?
Right. Like the so-called Christians like Robertson and Paul don’t want to indoctrinate children in their philosophy. The problem is that people like Paula and Robertson think the world of facts is a philosophy. By refusing to participate in it themselves, conservatives like Paul and Robertson have only themselves to blame for giving reality a liberal bias.
But Paul, who teaches kids the joys of Austrian economics in his new program, agreed, saying,
I think that’s the whole purpose, it’s indoctrination, it’s compulsory, it’s conformity; destroy creativity, destroy individuality.
Hmmm, like in Church?
They don’t want kids to be curious, they have to conform and mold them and then they are obedient to the state.
As opposed, say, to obedient to the Pope and to the Church?
Paul isn’t happy because he says public education indoctrinates children “to say the government knows best; they’ll take care of it.”
Like saying the Church knows best; God will take care of it.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think we’ve seen this before in history. And millions of people died as a result in various pogroms, inquisitions, and crusades.
Yes, you can see how this works. Replace the government with the Church. And as I said above and as history repeatedly demonstrates, the Church doesn’t think highly of self-government. The Church is and always has been about rules you have to obey, even if it has to hound you into your bedroom to enforce them.
Not much freedom there or in Paul’s new curriculum. Just as there is no prosperity in Austrian economics.
But there is a whole lotta David Barton-inspired, anti-reality indoctrination.
Weep for those kids, because nobody else will.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.