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    Filed at 4:34 am under by dcobranchi

    Is the Alliance for the Separation of School and State being taken over by right-wing Christians?

    Opponents of public schools are meeting in the nation’s capital to advocate what they call the “extinction of government schools.” Those in attendance heard a Christian journalist and radio talk-show host tell them that home-schooling families are the vanguard of the new social revolution.

    …WorldNetDaily founder and editor Joseph Farah delivered the keynote address at the tenth annual Conference of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State. Farah urged those in attendance to “just say no” to government-run schools. Saying no, he says, is pulling one’s children out of what he calls “brainwashing centers.”

    …”Basically what it means is letting the atheists have the government schools, letting the homosexual activists have them, letting the socialists have them. Let them fight out the curriculum issues among their multicultural, tolerant friends,” he suggests. “Jews and Christians should get out. What will they have when we leave? Not much.”

    And what are we homosexual-supporting, multicultural, tolerant home educators supposed to do? Put our kids back in the g-schools? But, I’m Christian so we should stay out. I’m so confused!

    3 Responses to “A HIJACKING IN PROGRESS?”

    Comment by
    November 24th, 2004
    at 8:51 am

    Daryl, the answer to your question is “yes.” It has been a department of the religious right wing since its inception. But so long as they don’t change their name to “Alliance for the Propagation of the Faith,” we atheists can make common cause with them on the education independence front.

    Comment by
    November 24th, 2004
    at 12:04 pm

    Speedwell, I’m confused too, American Atheists used to have as their official policy that everyone ought to attend public school. Presumably to get the proper indoctrination into of the theory of evolution. (Recently, they have changed their stance on that and their website no longer relflects the original position.) As a non-believer are you supposed to send your kids to public school because they teach evolution or are you supposed to stay away because of the pledge and Boy Scouts? Ow, this makes me head hurt.

    Comment by
    November 25th, 2004
    at 10:55 am

    CED, as a atheist/libertarian/supporter of homeschooling, I’m fully aware that I can teach my children at home. The fact that some organization that purports to speak for me but doesn’t has a position doesn’t affect me in any particular way except to put me in the path of snide remarks like yours.