The cavalcade of extremist candidates running as Republicans around the country continues to roll down the street. Ray Moore, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of South Carolina, says he wants to eliminate public schools entirely. Why? Because they’re not in the Bible.
Ray Moore, a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries, sketched out his plan for dismantling public education in the U.S. on Wednesday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show.
He has encouraged Christian families to withdraw their children from public schools and educate them at home or enroll them in religious schools, and he believes the tipping point would occur at about 25 percent to 35 percent of the total K-12 population.
“Then the states would then negotiate, perhaps taking out of their constitution platform, or the provision, that says the state had to provide education, and it would gradually be handed over to churches, families, and private associations,” Moore said. “That’s the way it was for the first 200 years of American history.”…
“We’ve got to go back to the original biblical model, which is Christian education and home education, and go back to the original American model. I think we do that, it would follow my theme of my campaign, which is: What once was, can be again” Moore said, rhyming the last word with “rain.”…“The scriptures teach this model, this is a biblical model, we don’t see anything in the Bible about state education, and it’s done as an outreach of the Christian community,” Moore said.
Oi. Such ignorance. No, that is not the way it was for the first 200 years of American history. In fact, most states began creating public schools immediately after the revolution. In 1785, John Adams encouraged the creation of public schools across the country:
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”
And it’s true that public schools are not mentioned in the Bible. You know what else isn’t mentioned? Computers. Or lt. governors. Or vaccination. Or antibiotics. Or running water. Or South Carolina, for that matter. In fact, the list of things we have today that are not mentioned in the Bible is virtually limitless.