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The Harsh Truth About Public Schools Paperback – November 1, 2004
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There is one thing that bothered me though. The first chapter is about how Public school systems are "Pagan". He uses the word Pagan, Satanic, New Age, and Humanist almost interchangeably when they are not the same at all. I picked up this book because I am a homeschooling Pagan mother. I started homeschooling because I saw schools as being too socialist in nature, dismissive of religious ideals including Pagan ones, and generally not helpful for proper child development.
Bruce Shortt asserts that "Pagan" include Buddhism, which may have been true 100 years ago, today that would not be acceptable. If it were, my teacher at the Methodist college I attended would have accepted my own definition of Pagan. Buddhists are considered Eastern religions or spiritualities. Pagans are not among them.
Additionally, Satanists are very different than your garden variety Wiccan or New Ager. Satanist are either atheistic, seeing Satan as a symbol of enlightenment or even rebellion against the mainstream. Or they are traditionalists who believe there is an evil being named Satan that is "misunderstood". Satanists of all stripes are honest enough though to know they are not Pagans. They want nothing to do with us most of the time and we want nothing to do with them most of the time.
Then Mr. Shortt goes off the rails about Catholicism. I have no idea why as it is the original Christianity before any American Baptists came to be. It came off as extremist and anti-anything but his brand of Jesus worship. For someone that was raised Christian, this rhetoric is concerning.
Getting through the first chapter was very difficult due to Mr. Shortt's apparent ignorance between Humanist, Pagan, Buddhist, and Satanist. A thought to ponder, without Christianity there can be no Satanist. At any rate, the book is HEAVILY Christian and extremist too. You can not say that it isn't too Godish when the first chapter is accusing people of sending their children to Pagan seminaries when they send their children to public school.
I'm a Pagan and I wouldn't send my kids to public school. In fact many of the Pagan parents I know, wouldn't send their children to public school if they knew how to get them out. It is ignorant to assume this is a seminary for our beliefs.
I will give him something though. The schools do appear to be Humanist in nature. I have no problem with Humanists, except that they dismiss other religions and philosophies on life.
-Pastor Bob Enyart, Denver Bible Church
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