What is the foundation of education? A closed mind?
Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California thinks so. Or at least they think that they need to protect their students from… well, I’m not exactly sure what.
“”We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” said Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer in her letter to the Pacific Justice Institute which is fighting the case.
The bottom line is that the only two groups that would want to limit education by limiting access to certain material are fools and those who would wish to control the “educated.”
According to one of the library attendants, she was “instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company.”
Remove all books authored by Christians? Seriously? Some of the books they’ll need to ban include some of the greatest classics in literature:
- Paradise Lost – John Milton
- The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
What about Abraham Lincoln? Will they need to ban his speeches that contain Biblical references? His “House Divided” speech was one of his best known speeches behind the Gettysburg Address. And in case you did not know, comes from the words of Christ in Matthew 12 when he heals a man possessed by the devil.
And how about J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis? Will they ban The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and the Perelandra series? Both of these authors were Christian, and unapologetically so. And C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is full of Biblical allegory.
Of course, what about the Bible, itself? Up until the modern era, no education was considered complete without a study of this book. Noah Webster, who has been called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education,” produced his original dictionary to reinforce scripture as the basis of all knowledge. He considered education “useless without the Bible.”