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[COMMENT: Hurrah! Go you Baptists! Note how they undercut the objection: "But what about the poor???"
See also #2 - press release below.
And also see #3- School Audit program -- a way to test your school. E. Fox]
RESOLUTION ON DEVELOPING AN EXIT STRATEGY FROM THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS THAT WOULD GIVE PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF ORPHANS, SINGLE
AND THE DISADVANTAGED
April 24, 2006
Submitted by Roger Moran, and Dr. Bruce N. Shortt
Whereas, in June 2005 Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called for responsible Southern Baptists to develop an exit strategy from the government schools, stating further that there is no reason to believe that each year will not bring even more urgent concerns related to public education; and
Whereas, federal circuit court judges held in November 2005 in Fields v. Palmdale that "parents have no constitutional right ... to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual, or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so"; and
Whereas, in December 2005 a federal judge ruled in favor of government schools indoctrinating children with dogmatic Darwinism; and
Whereas, government schools continue to adopt and implement curricula and policies teaching that the homosexual lifestyle is acceptable; and
Whereas, Christian educational alternatives to government schools are desperately needed immediately by orphans, children of single parents, and the disadvantaged and can be an effective means for evangelistic outreach; and
Whereas, the Gospel of Luke instructs us that a student is not above his teacher and, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher; and
Whereas, the government schools are required by law to be humanistic and secular in their instruction; and
Whereas, children are our most important mission field, and the overwhelming majority of Christians have made the government school system their children’s teacher; and
Whereas, studies by Barna Research, Dr. Christian Smith, and The Nehemiah Institute have found that a large majority of children from Christian families do not have a Christian worldview; and
Whereas, an article by Dr. Thom Ranier published in the spring 2005 issue of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology reported, “nearly one half of all [Southern Baptist] church members may not be Christians”; and
Whereas, the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life reported
to the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention that 88 percent of
raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18, never to return; and
Whereas, the Messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2005 Annual Meeting urged parents in Resolution No. 1, On Educating Children, to embrace their responsibility to educate their children by choosing a means of education that would “…ensure their physical, moral, emotional, and spiritual well-being, with a goal of raising godly men and women who are thoroughly equipped to live as fully devoted followers of Christ”; and
Whereas, in light of government school curricula, court rulings, and the influence of the NEA, parents cannot satisfy the criteria for the education of Christian children set forth in Resolution 1 by educating Christian children in today’s government schools; and
Whereas, article XII of the Baptist Faith and Message states, “the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people”; and
Whereas, the next clause in article XII makes it clear that this education is to be provided through ‘Christian schools, colleges and seminaries’; and
Whereas, Southern Baptist congregations can draw upon many existing buildings and other resources to provide an alternative to educating children in government schools; and
Whereas, Southern Baptist congregations have many adults, including pastors, who can assist in the education of children as a ministry; and
Whereas, satellite, DVD, internet-enabled multi-media computer technology, and other more traditional forms of self-paced learning are effective ways of providing Christian education and are now very affordable; and
Whereas, churches can collaborate in providing alternatives to the government school system:
BE IT NOW RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention encourages each church associated with the Southern Baptist Convention to heed Dr. Mohler’s call to develop an exit strategy from the government’s schools; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention urges that particular attention be given in the development of such exit strategies to the needs of orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention urges that the agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention assist churches in the development of exit strategies from the government schools and help coordinate efforts, including partnerships with churches in low income areas, to provide a Christian educational alternative to orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention applauds the many adult members of our congregations who teach in government schools, and this resolution should be construed to encourage adult believers who are truly called to labor as missionaries to unbelieving colleagues and students to continue their missionary work in the government school system.
Roger Moran: 323 Liberty Church Road, Middletown, MO. 63359
Dr. Bruce N. Shortt: 17415 Moreton Lane, Spring, TX 77379
#2 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2006Features/Education/Religion
SBC Executive Committee Member, Roger Moran, and Dr. Bruce Shortt Offer Resolution For SBC Annual Meeting Urging Action on Dr. Albert Mohler’s Call for an Exit Strategy from Public Schools and Urging that Particular Attention be Given to Needs Of Orphans, Single Parents, and the Disadvantaged
Leading SBC Grassroots Activist, Dr. Rick Scarborough, and Dr. Voddie Baucham Strongly Endorse Resolution
Exodus Mandate/Columbia, SC - At the 2005 SBC Annual Meeting the messengers adopted a resolution urging churches and parents to investigate their public schools to determine, among other things, whether they are endangering children in their care by collaborating with homosexual activists. Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, weighed in on the controversy stating that “We have no reason to believe that next year will not bring even more urgent concerns related to public education” and declaring that it is time for responsible Southern Baptists to develop an exit strategy from the public schools. http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2005-06-17
Roger Moran, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee and a leader in the Missouri Baptist Convention, and Dr. Bruce N. Shortt, co-sponsor of the 2004 and 2005 Christian Education Resolutions and author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, have submitted a resolution for consideration at the 2006 SBC Annual Meeting urging churches to heed Dr. Mohler’s call to develop an exit strategy from the public schools that will give particular attention to the needs of orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged. The resolution also urges the agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention to assist churches as they develop their exit strategies and commends Christians working in government schools.
Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder of Vision America, the leading Southern Baptist grassroots activist, and author of the recently released Liberalism Kills Kids, strongly endorses the resolution and sees an urgent need for the SBC to plan an exit strategy:“Public Schools have long ceased to be a positive reinforcer of traditional values. In fact, they are not even neutral on many crucial issues which are important to people of faith. Unfortunately, public education has been hijacked by people who reject Biblical teachings on man's origin, the proper role of sex and the acceptability of homosexuality. These are non-compromising issues for Christians.” Dr. Scarborough also believes strongly that the messengers at the 2006 Annual meeting should have an opportunity to vote on the resolution: “Education in the public sector now aggressively undermines Biblical values. Our children deserve better and Southern Baptists should be given the opportunity to express their feelings about this.”
Roger Morannotes that the worldview promoted by the government’s schools is far from “neutral” and commends Dr. Mohler for his wisdom and courage:
“The last two decades have established beyond doubt that America’s public school system is the “golden calf” of the religious left. Religious and secular Left organizations like the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way, The Interfaith Alliance, the ACLU and the National Education Association have created a unified voice in support of the current course of public education. These far-left organizations understood with absolute clarity that if their version of “separation of church and state” could be implemented by the courts, they could universally prevent the views and values of a conservative Biblical worldview from competing in the public schools with the secular worldview of America’s religious / political far-left.
But not only are the public schools the golden calf of the religious left, they have also become their Trojan Horse, playing a major role in infiltrating and destroying the faith of those we have been commanded to train up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Dr. Al Mohler’s call for responsible Southern Baptists to develop an exit strategy from the public schools was not only wise, but courageous, for multitudes of our own people still don’t see the inherent dangers. The time has come for the debate to begin.”
Dr. Voddie Baucham endorses the resolution because he knows from personal experience how the government school monopoly fails millions of children every day:“I know what its like to be a poor kid trapped in underperforming schools. Being raised by a single mother in the inner city, I had no choice but to accept the inferior education my schools offered. Not to mention the drugs, sex, and violence that were all part of the package. The SBC needs to have a comprehensive plan to create a new system of Baptist education open to everyone, and that plan needs to take a clear stand on behalf of kids who find themselves in the same predicament I was in. If we stand together on this we can be true to article XII of the BF&M and use education as a missional outreach in Urban America. If we don’t, we will continue to tell poor kids in failing schools that we don’t care that their future is being stolen from them.”
Dr. Shortt argues that this is an issue that must be faced squarely:“The government’s schools haven’t merely failed; they are destroying our children spiritually and morally. Academically, the public school system is as dead as Elvis. Unfortunately, many Christian pastors and leaders still try to evade the cold, hard facts by talking about ‘school reform’ and ‘salt and light.’ Well, we’ve tried that strategy for forty years and more, and, after trillions of dollars of reform, anyone who takes a serious look at the consequences of our government school habit can see that the Church has been hemorrhaging children for more than a generation and that the public schools are stuck on stupid morally and academically. If you approve of a school system that is indoctrinating children with cultural Marxism and dogmatic Darwinism, devoting increasing time and resources to instructing children in the colorful folkways of homosexuality, and preparing them for a future as hewers of wood and drawers of water, by all means continue talking about ‘reform’ and children as missionaries. Responsible Christians, however, will plan so that no child is left behind.”
E. Ray Moore, Jr, USAR Ret CH(Lt.Col.) founder and Director of Exodus
Mandate commented:"The recovery of belief in the authority of Holy Scripture by the Southern Baptists in recent decades has inevitably led many of them also to the threshold of discovering K-12 Christian schooling and home schooling as a Biblical means for the discipling the next generation of Christian youth. Exodus Mandate hopes and prays that the SBC continues its long march to the promised land of K-12 Christian education. As goes the SBC so goes the larger Church in the USA and, as goes the Church, so goes the nation.”
This year’s SBC Annual Meeting will be held June 13-14 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Roger Moran: 636 668 8055 or 636 262 2066
Dr. Rick Scarborough:866 522 5582
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.: 803 714 1744
Dr. Bruce N. Shortt: 713 654 8881
Ray Moore: 803 714 1744
Additional information, including the text of the resolution, can be found at www.exodusmandate.org.
#3 - Audit YOUR School
Groups Endorse ‘School Risk Audit’
To Expose ‘Gay’ Agenda in Schools
CWA is part of coalition urging parents to use new survey to alert their communities.
By Robert Knight
Are your local schools promoting homosexuality?
There’s a new way to find out.
A coalition of pro-family groups is urging parents to do a “School Risk Audit” to determine whether and how the schools have become conduits for homosexual activism.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) has joined with Mission America, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Citizens for Community Values, Eagle Forum, Americans for Truth, Exodus Mandate, and several state-based organizations (see end of article) to recommend a “School Risk Audit” inspired by a resolution passed in 2005 by the Southern Baptist Convention and developed by Mission America President Linda Harvey.
Parents can download the audit form and use any portion they wish or the entire document. The Audit includes recommendations for parental action in the wake of the survey, such as how to alert school authorities and how to issue a press release.
The release of the School Risk Audit has been timed to counter homosexual activists’ promotion of the 10th annual occurrence of “The Day of Silence,” in which students in kindergarten through college are encouraged to stay silent all day in support of “gay kids.” The Day of Silence, which proponents claim will be observed in more than 4,000 schools nationwide, is slated for Wednesday, April 26.
On Thursday, April 27, Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) will stage its second annual “Day of Truth,” which encourages students to share the truth about homosexuality and its consequences, and why “gay activism” poses a threat to the freedoms of speech, assembly and religion.
According to the ADF Web site:
“Students are encouraged to wear T-shirts and pass out cards (not during class time) with the following message:
I am speaking the Truth
to break the silence.
Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint.
Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed.
By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.
Last year, students in 350 schools participated, and ADF said many more are expected to join the campaign this Thursday.
As for the School Risk Audit, parents are urged to share it with friends, neighbors and fellow churchgoers.
“It’s a good way to determine quickly if your school has knowingly or unknowingly let homosexual activists and materials in the door under the radar of ‘diversity’ or ‘anti-bullying’ or ‘AIDS education,’” said Patricia Phillips, CWA’s Virginia State Director.
“I’d go even further and ask our Bible-believing clergy to step up to the pulpit and clearly inform their congregations about the radical homosexual agenda, explain to them the Biblical sanctity of marriage, and have the risk assessment tool available to them,” said CWA of Illinois Acting Director Karen Hayes. “At such a time of uncertainty in our culture, I’m especially grateful to pastors, Bible teachers, and church officials who take the lead on the important Biblical issues of our day.”
The audit can be downloaded and used in its entirety, or people can use just the portions they are comfortable undertaking.
Last June, attendees at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution authored by Dr. Voddie Baucham and Bruce Shortt that warned of increased homosexual promotion in schools and urged parents and churches to examine their local school districts for evidence of this trend. The Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, have also provided a Sunday School lesson plan on homosexuality based on the Bible and current science.
Meanwhile, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is moving ahead with its Day of Silence and other pro-homosexual school programs, and is using the popular MySpace.com computer program to enlist kids by sending them e-mails telling how to spread the word about the Day of Silence.
“I’m glad we finally have a tool like the Risk Audit to help counter this onslaught,” said CWA of Illinois’ Mrs. Hayes.
Other organizations taking part in the audit promotion are Eagle Forum of Alabama, American Family Association of Pennsylvania, American Family Association of Michigan, Illinois Family Institute, Texas Eagle Forum and Ohio Eagle Forum.
Robert Knight is director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.
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