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Tuesday
Nov082011

Letter To Pastors To Fight Against Violation of Biblical Principles Coming Through Common Core Standards (Nationalization of Education)

 

This letter was written for Alabama Pastors to help Alabamians (know the truth of what will ultimately influence the minds of children) for an upcoming vote to rescind common core standards on Nov 10th 2011.  However it is applicable for almost all states have adopted common core standards.

 

Dear Pastor,


This may well be the most peculiar “political” letter you’ll ever receive. Why? Because I am not running for office, and I absolutely have no interest in your money. Nor am I angling to get your contact information for future marketing purposes. In fact, I don’t even live in your state, and I stand to gain NOTHING in writing this letter. I’m asking for you to help me help you. Specifically, what I’m searching for – what I’m appealing for you to give – is your fearless pastoral leadership on an issue of extraordinary importance that directly impacts the duties of your calling as a pastor.


As you well know, nearly 4000 years ago, the Bible tells us that out of all the men on this planet, God chose to intervene in the course of history by making a covenant with one particular man named Abram. Why him? Because God saw evidence that he had faithfully taken responsibility to educate his children. “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD…” Central to the criteria for anointing this man as the “Father of Nations” was his understanding of family sovereignty, and the fatherly responsibility to educate children (see Genesis 18:19).


It is said that when Karl Marx decided to revolutionize the world by spreading Atheism, one of the most important things he did was to subvert education by rewriting history to marginalize and de-emphasize the positive effects of Christianity in the world. In my church, we’ve come to realize that when our young people enter this world, they inherit the debits and credits of previous generations. The bad news is Alabama’s children are about to inherit something very corrupt if their shepherds and parents don’t stand side by side to stop the hungry wolves.


Indeed, something very dangerous is on its way to your state right now. I know because they used my state of Iowa as a proverbial “guinea-pig.” It’s called the “Core Curriculum,” and it is another federalized encroachment against the families and parents attending your church that must be stopped! Let me tell you what is hiding inside the public school curriculum now being used in my state of Iowa, and coming to a school near you.


Health: If you were to assume that good foundational teachings built upon old-fashioned biology lessons were going to be the primary purpose of the Core Curriculum’s goals in “health class,” you would be sorely mistaken. In Iowa, we have a section of our curriculum labeled “Health Literacy” where kids, as young as third grade, are taught about “sexual wellness” and encouraged to “seek professional help” if they are worried about their “sexual wellness.” I believe their pliable young minds are being prepared for the abortion mills.


Science: When I went to science class in the eighth grade, I looked forward to studying specimen jars filled with strange little animals preserved in formaldehyde. I expected to dissect a frog or two. Those simple days are now gone. In an Iowa public school, children are now taught principles of liberal environmentalism. They are encouraged to explore the advantages of owning a hybrid car, and they learn how to calculate their personal “carbon-footprint.” They are encouraged to share their “environmental concerns” with their city council. (Sounds more like lobbyist training than science class.)
Civics: Children are taught about “rights” as citizens, but at no point in the curriculum is the Declaration of Independence properly explained as the organic law of the United States. Most alarmingly, children are not taught where the Declaration plainly says their rights originate. Thus they are left to assume that human and civil rights come from…other people. This is pure anti-American humanism that defies our founding principles and endangers our future as a nation.


Economics: At no point that I am aware of in our Iowa curriculum does a student learn that free-market capitalism is a naturally occurring financial system within a democratic constitutional republic. At no point in the study are students shown how the American system of economics is tethered to our Declaration and Constitution. Instead, a bias in favor of labor unions (the invention of atheist Karl Marx), along with a bias in favor of centralized financial globalization remains dominant.
History: Instead of simply teaching what happened throughout history, a relativistic focus sort of analyzes culture, processes, and transitions. Children are taught to compare a “minority” with “dominant” groups, and the liberal-speak proves to be a political minefield.
Pastor, education has always been within the purview and jurisdiction of the local church. It is within the local church where families are taught the ways of the Lord. The danger is that from Monday through Friday, a very aggressive, hostile, and competitive worldview continues to chip away at what you taught last Sunday morning. Your teaching and instruction time is probably outmatched at a ratio of 35 to 1. The typical student receives training from the local educator for around thirty-five hours for every one hour of exposure to you. Some studies suggest that ratio is not much better for their parents.


What can a pastor do?


First, I’m asking for you to prayerfully consider addressing this threat from your pulpit. In case you do, I’ve offered some biblical texts that directly relate to the issue of education at the end of this letter. So few pastors today seem willing to broach a subject like that of education, despite the fact that church history is replete with the very opposite. Martin Luther once warned, “I’m afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of youth.”


Second, I’m asking you to provide contact information for the parents in your church, so they can know how to contact their state representatives who still have time to resist this federal takeover of American education across the country. It may be too late for my beloved state of Iowa, but it isn’t too late for Alabama!


Third, I’m asking you to use your influence in your community to personally warn state representatives that you won’t stand idly by and allow this kind of violation of Biblical principles to go on without a fight. You may not realize it, but your voice carries more great weight with elected officials than some of them might like to let on. In many congressional offices (state and federal), clerks are taught to count the number of “yeas” and “neas” that come in by phone from their constituents. When a “regular” citizen calls the tally changes by one number, but when a pastor calls to voice opposition against something, the tally changes by one hundred and fifty.


I pray you will do a better job of protecting your children in Alabama than we did here in Iowa.
Thank you for your courage and leadership as one of God’s shepherds in your local community.



Pastor Cary K. Gordon
Cornerstone World Outreach
Sioux City, Iowa

Family Government is Basis of Civil Government
Genesis 18:18-19
Genesis 35:11
I Kings 14:22
II Kings 15:9
Nehemiah 9:2
Daniel 9:16

Truth is Absolute and Should Be Taught as Such
John 14:6
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Galatians 1:8
Ephesians 6:4
I Corinthians 4:15
Deuteronomy 4:9
Hebrews 13:8-9
Malachi 3:6
James 1:17

Family Government is Sovereign
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Deuteronomy 4:9
Proverbs 1:7-9
Proverbs 13:24
Proverbs 22:6-7
Proverbs 27:10
Joshua 24:15
Matthew 22:21
Ephesians 6:4

Education Must Glorify God
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Proverbs 1:7-9
Hosea 4:6
Proverbs 9:10
Job 28:27-28
II Timothy 3:16
II Corinthians 10:5
Colossians 2:8

Virtue of Bridled Speech to Be Learned
II Timothy 3:16-17
James 3:1-2
Titus 1:10-11
II Kings 2:23
II Timothy 2:14-17, 23
Colossians 2:8
I Corinthians 1:10

Teacher Must Distinguish Truths and Deceptions for the Student
I Timothy 1:4
Colossians 2:8
II Timothy 3:6-9
Galatians 1:8
Proverbs 1:7
Hebrews 13:9

No Philosophy or Study of Nature has Merit Outside the Authority of God’s Word
II Timothy 3:16-17
Proverbs 1:7
Psalm 19:7
II Corinthians 10:5
Colossians 2:8

Decentralized Education is Wise
Proverbs 27:10
Psalm 74:17
Judges 2:1-3
Acts 17:26
II Corinthians 6:16-18

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Link to map--showing Al State Board Districts

Also more info on issue at :http://truthinamericaneducation.com/
and Eagle Forum at http://alabamaeagle.org/2011/11/08/top-education-consultants-say-alabama-should-keep-its-own-sound-standards

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Below is from e-mail received from CWA with important phone numbers in bottom--Please Call WED and Thurs.  Vote is set for morning of Thurs Nov 10, 2011.

Please ask the Alabama State Board of Education to reverse their decision to adopt the Common Core Standards!

What are Common Core Standards, and why should you be concerned?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) establishes national minimum educational standards for students in our schools. The State Board of Education adopted the CCSSI in November 2010.

Education has historically been the function of the local school district with some governance from the State Board of Education. Setting academic standards, writing curriculum, and developing methods of instruction have always been handled within the state.

The move to national standards is the latest move to nationalize education and take the authority and oversight of local education away from parents and local school boards. The role of the federal government in our local schools should be limited; parents, teachers and schools boards should be in control.

"These initiatives transfer authority away from local school officials, increase federal power, and place even more strings on federal funding," says Rep. Martha Roby (R-Alabama)

Your calls are needed to the following members of the Alabama State Board of Education before Thursday, November 10!

Ask them to reverse their decision to adopt the Common Core Standards.

Gov. Robert J. Bentley
(334) 242-7100

Joseph B. Morton
(334) 242-9700

Mr. Randy McKinney J.D.--District 1
(251) 967-2166

Yvette Richardson Ed.D.--District 4
(205) 923-7262

Mrs. Ella Bell--District 5
(334) 834-2811

Dr. Charles E Elliott M.D.--District 6
(256) 580-1705

Mr. Gary B. Warren--District 7
(205) 486-9696

Mary Scott Hunter J.D.--District 8
(888) 531-1312

(Board members Betty Peters and Stephanie Bell oppose Common Core Standards.)

Make your calls today and forward this on to a friend!

Sincerely,

Valerie Askew
State Director
director@alabama.cwfa.org

 

A large turn-out at the BOE meeting and a long list of those who want to speak on the issue of Common Core Standards would certainly get the attention of the Board members who are sitting on the fence and might be the deciding factor on getting their votes to rescind Common Core Standards. Please forward this on to others who might attend even if they don’t want to speak, as their presence will be noticed by the Board and is a statement in itself.

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

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