E. Ray Moore is in the primary running for Lt. Governor of South Carolina and has started a national debate on homeschooling and eliminating the government’s role in education. He has been quoted as calling Christians to remove their children from the public funded, government education system saying, “We are feeding their system.” Above the Moore has a biblical worldview, which he claims is the only way not only to save the Christian right, but also the civil government in our country and the State of South Carolina. Moore’s appeal to Scripture Alone is the reason that he advances an agenda of sound money, pro-life, pro-family and home education.
Moore told Freedom Outpost that he continues to stand against any intervention of the state to tie funds to education.
“I’m against the tax public voucher, primarily because it will bring control over the private and Christian school system,” he said. “What the government funds they will inevitably will control. In fact, that’s how we got public schools.”
“A lot of people don’t know that in the 1830s and ’40s, all the schools were private and the state started subsizing them,” Moore said. “Within a couple of decades, they had become state schools. So, that’s how they got the public school system, because there was no state run public schools for the first 200 years of American history. They were all community, private and Christian.”
Moore agreed with my assessment of R. L. Dabney, who wrote during the time of the War of Northern Aggression, that the North wanted to impose government education upon the South.
The Lt. Governor candidate commented, “After the Civil War, they imposed the right… or the opportunity, I don’t know what you would call it…. They had to put these planks in their state constitution… all 50 states have some sort of plank in their constitution that says that the state will provide a series of free public schools.”
Obviously, there are several problems with that as we can see clearly in hind sight. First, there is no “free” education. Someone is paying for it. I can attest to that as I not only pay for my ten children to be educated at home under their mother and me, but I also have an immoral property tax placed on my house and vehicles to pay for other children’s indoctrination; and that’s what it is, indoctrination. It is the religion of secular humanism that is taught in the government school system.
Second, the state has no business in dictating education or the standards of education. If you say, “Oh yes they do,” then I would ask you, who is qualified to determine the standards? Obama? Bush? Nikki Haley? Pick your favorite Republican or Democrat and I’ll guarantee you that most thinking adults would not want them determining education standards for their children, but they still allow it.
These constitutional amendments that Moore spoke about were introduced after the War of Northern Aggression as part of reconstruction. “Dabney fought that bitterly,” Moore told us. “You also had people like A. A. Hodge, who was at Princeton made a famous statement in a sermon…. called ‘The Engine of Atheism.'” He then quoted Hodge from 1887:
“I am as sure as I am of the fact 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-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social, nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.”
When asked about this issue going national, Moore told Freedom Outpost that he stepped up to attempt to do just that after Glenn McConnell decided not to run for re-election. “I decided to step in and try to elevate the debate in South Carolina over whether we were going to continue state sponsored government schools or begin to transition over to K-12 private, Christian and home schools. That was my purpose…trying to generate debate in our state in the hope that it might elevate nationally, and indeed it has.”
In fact, Moore said that he was pleased with the alleged attack from the Huffington Post, saying that it was “wonderful” because it showed that the debate over public and private education was coming into the national arena. “They are left of center,” he said. “So for them to take me on like that really was great publicity, and frankly conservative blogs like American Vision and others like yours are coming to my aid, defending me, and so we are getting a debate going.”
“After all, we’re the ones failing in the debate so far,” Moore said. “The Left, they follow their god; they obey their god. It’s Christians and conservatives who don’t obey their God. So we’re trying to get Christians and conservatives to wake up and realize they can’t win this war as long as the Left has our children.”
Indeed, we cannot win the war of the culture, claiming it for the Lord Jesus Christ, if we are allowing the government school system to babysit our children while we work for less trivial things. My prayer is that God will once again awaken His people to love their children enough to save them out of the hands of the statists who have their destruction in mind and do as the prophet foretold:
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”