This past weekend, I had the tremendous opportunity to speak and participate in a region wide homeschool convention in my home state of Minnesota. As I traveled to this convention, I pondered my own primary education and how drastically different my private and public education was. I never sensed being coerced, even when the crazy, mad biologist tried to tell me we evolved from fish; and we were never taught there is no God, men can be women, or that the government owed you a cell phone, a college degree, or a house. I know, I sound pretty old…

I later spent time with my extended family members at a first communion ceremony and I experienced 4 generations of wisdom, love, and unity. It seemed many of my family members carried a sense of anxiety at the looming secular, humanistic, and pluralistic philosophy our great country is adapting to at neck-breaking speed.

After participating in a convention with over 4,000 Christians who have not blindly allowed the state to do something it is incapable and unauthorized to do - educate their children - one thing became very clear to me: you can’t subjugate and enslave a biblically literate, Christian people. A Christian culture will recognize and reject tyranny before tyranny can get a foothold.

A Christian people, by virtue of their understanding of God’s creation, their knowledge of history, their comprehension of the divine origin of law, and their assurance of heavenly citizenship, will never suffer earthly leaders who allow those who mock law and justice to lead them.

In order, therefore, to subjugate a Christian people, you must first de-Christianize them. You must remove, from the culture that which prevents you from conquering them. Piece by piece, Christian beliefs must be removed - along with the memory of those beliefs - from the minds of the people. This will take time, and has, through successful, compulsory public education. This is the system of education we currently know as government schools.

Remember, having an education doesn’t mean anything if you are educated the wrong way.

Declaration signer and founding father Dr. Benjamin Rush, also known as the Father of Public Schools, said, “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

I agree with Dr. Rush; “Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

Unless and until education is done God’s way, under the influence, control, and jurisdiction of the family, there is no hope for any improvement.

This is Jake MacAulay with the Institute on the Constitution bringing you The American View from my state of Minnesota, where, in the words of native Minnesotan Garrison Keeler, “All the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average…and its true!”

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