I am so far past being disgusted with our society’s fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of the separation of church and state. At this point, I can’t do much but watch with amusement the stunning, and voluminous stupidity coming from those who believe that all things Christian must be purged from every public institution. The Ten Commandments on a plaque outside a courthouse? Abhorrent! “One nation under God?” Vile! Even more disturbing, Christianity seems to be the singular target of these separationist zealots.
The intended objective behind the idea of a separation of church and state was to protect American citizens from an oppressive state. The founders knew very well that one of the main reasons the English left England for the new world was so that they could practice their faith freely. Given that, the idea of a necessary protection was formed. The United States is a nation in which one can practice whatever religion one chooses to practice, so long as it doesn’t harm others, or interfere with the God given rights of other Americans. The intention behind the idea of separation was not to prohibit any religious activity in the state, but to prohibit the state from imposing religious philosophies on its citizens, or establishing a state religion.
According to Town Hall, Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California are purging their libraries of any, and all books that have Christian themes, were written by Christian authors, or published by a Christian publisher.
A parent is pursuing legal action against the schools, and has sought representation by the Pacific Justice Institute. In a reply to PJI attorneys, Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer had this to say:
“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.“
For just a moment, let’s go with the Hermsmeyer’s logic, and see where it takes us. If “sectarian” educational materials are not allowed, why is it just Christian material being purged? It follows that if there are to be no “sectarian” materials allowed in public charter school libraries, all material would be prohibited, for every author believes something, and many fictional stories have Christian, if not wholly biblical themes. Is The Lord of The Rings banned due to its author being a Christian, and its story being laced with biblical themes? Moreover, what defines “Christian themes?” Does there have to be identifiable links to biblical stories, or is it more diffuse? If a story contains a character making a sacrifice similar in nature to Christ’s sacrifice, would it be banned? What about true stories? Would a non-fiction book be purged if it contained references to Christianity?
Working back to the religious practices of the author, I have further questions. If a Christian author wrote a book which contained no overt Christian themes, would that book be banned, simply by virtue of its author? Are authors of other faiths being targeted? Are the schools purging books with Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, and atheist themes? Are they banning the books of authors who practice those faiths as well? If no “sectarian” materials are allowed in state-authorized lending shelves, 99% of books would have to be purged, if the argument is consistent.
Of course, the argument is not consistent, as anyone with a functioning brain can see. And anyone who denies that this is the case is either intellectually dishonest, or an outright moron. The argument is a front for a more insidious agenda: the specific elimination of Christianity from public schools. They don’t care about sectarian materials, they don’t care about what goes on state-authorized lending shelves, all they want is for anything related to Christ to be banned. Because Christian themes bring up uncomfortable questions that may lead to—gasp!—Christianity being discussed in a public institution!
This is an outrageous overreach by the Springs charter schools. More than that, it’s just obscene that the Superintendent thinks she can pull this off without a row.