A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Book Banning: More Stupidity from the Highly Educated

It seems that for some, the more education they get, the more stupid they become.
A California charter school has decided to pull Corrie ten Boom's Holocaust memoir, The Hiding Place, from its library because the content was deemed too religious. Where to begin? It's impossible to separate remembrance of the Holocaust from matters of faith; only a modern educator would try.

According to the report of a parent at the school, library staff were told to "remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers."

When the Pacific Justice Institute, a Christian legal defense group, sent a cease-and-desist notice, the school superintendent responded, "We . . . do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves."

Three matters I will only state briefly: First, where does the school superintendent stand morally that he gets to label Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, as sectarian? Second, this book banning is one more demonstration that secularism is not neutral toward religion, it is by default biased against it. Third, God forbid our children should be exposed to the exploits of a heroic family who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust because of their Christian convictions. Our children can't know that one's faith can really make a difference in the world and in the lives of others-- after all, it must be kept completely private and to oneself. I wonder if the ten Boom family risked their lives to save Palestinians if the book would be removed from the shelves? Oh, wait, I forgot.... only conservatives can be racist... silly me.

By the way, if they want to remove Christian books from their shelves, so be it; it's just comical to read the nonsensical illogic in doing so. To quote Mark Twain, "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

Even education can't fix stupid.
Joel Miller's entire post can be read here.

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