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Providence College English professor, Anthony Esolen, has done it again. He’s written another must-read piece, this time an impassioned plea to Christian parents to pull their children out of public schools.

Esolen importunes parents to fulfill our God-given obligation to train up our children in the way they should go, which means removing our children from what Esolen describes as the “poisonous fog” of public schools where “pornogogues” hold our children’s minds in their depraved ideological grip.

The fact that we continue to place our most precious gifts in toxic public schools for seven hours a day, five days a week for their most crucial formative years is testament to our own lack of wisdom.

For several decades, there have been a relatively small number of Christians warning the church about the cultural degradation and oppression that is coming, and most Christians sashayed on about their worldly business with at best a momentary furrowed brow and at worst  embarrassment to be associated with contemporary prophets and embrace of worldly beliefs.

The intellectual laziness, selfishness, pride, ignorance, and cowardice of many Christians have coalesced into an anemic, effete faith. We are women and men without chests or spines. We practice a faith fed by watered down milk and then send our children to public schools that feed them tainted crumbs. And then we wonder why our youth are rejecting biblical orthodoxy in large numbers.

No more sashaying, people. No more private brow-furrowing. And definitely relinquish your profligate embrace of the harlot.

The fact that we continue to place our most precious gifts in toxic public schools seven hours a day, five days a week for their most crucial formative years is testament to our own lack of wisdom. Christians need to wake up now. We need to pull our kids out of public schools, and churches need to help make this possible.

Here’s your splash of cold water from the inestimable Anthony Esolen:

Readers of LifeSiteNews are aware of the lawsuit brought by Dr. Steve Tourloukis of Hamilton, Ontario, against the Hamilton-Wentworth school board. He is a devout member of the Orthodox Church, and he wants to be told when the school plans to introduce to his children sexual material that he finds objectionable. The school board does not want to yield. They are standing on principles, such as those are. They believe they are “co-parents,” and that “children have a right to an inclusive education,” which means, simply, they have a “right” to be educated into complete sexual indifference and chaos. For the inclusivity is notably rigid and uniform.

We should step back from the specifics of this case to consider just what is going on, and what we should do about it.

Suppose your child returns from visiting his friend next door, and tells you that the father has been showing the boys some interesting films involving, well, boys and girls doing things. What do you do? You call the police. If Mr. Pornogogue the neighbor says, “I believe that we are all co-parents of one another’s children,” and “Every child has a right to a full view of human sexuality,” I doubt that his sententiousness would hold up in court. You might express your rebuttal against his teeth, in the form of a firm fist and knuckles. But here is what you would not do. You would not say, “Mr. Pornogogue, whenever you are going to show those films again, I want you to give me a call beforehand, so that I can make sure that Timmy stays home.”

I mean no disrespect for Dr. Tourloukis, but the point is that the pornogogue is going to do what the pornogogue is going to do. Yes, we should do all we can to palliate conditions in the open sewer; but the main thing is to get out of the sewer. Anyone who desires to subject children to a sexually charged curriculum, from kindergarten through grade twelve, is a pornogogue – maybe a nice pornogogue, a deluded pornogogue, a daft pornogogue – and that person with a depraved imagination is going to do what he or she is going to do. Supposing you could make sure that your child is absent for the five days on the year when the offenses are most rank and smell to heaven. What about all the other days? You are leaving your child’s mind and imagination in the care of someone depraved, in the old sense of that word: bent, crooked, out of kilter. Do you really believe that the stories the teacher chooses, the things the teacher talks about, the casual remarks the teacher makes, the coloring that the teacher gives to Christianity and Christendom, will not be crooked likewise?

Or, suppose you are dealing with a panel of politicians who want to require all children, whether their parents like it or not, to spend one day a year talking to pimps and harlots. Sure, you should labor to exempt as many children as possible from the requirement. But the real problem is that you have such a panel of rogues to begin with. If they say, “We are co-parents, we will determine what is best for your child,” then you have a panel of rogues with a taste for tyranny too – boundless in their assumption of authority. You are no longer the employer of your children’s teachers. You are the serf on the manor, and if you don’t want trouble you will keep your mouth shut.

Someone will have to palliate the harm that the panel does. But once you have arrived at such a pass, it is time to face facts. The thing as a whole is irremediable. You are not going to get anything but harm from Mr. Pornogogue, even if you win a small battle once in a while. You are not going to wrest sanity for children from the totalitarians…. If you have school boards celebrating fornication and sodomy and all the rest of the sexual chaos, you are dealing with something far more brutish than the pagan schools of old. The schools are pagan and worse than pagan. The mildew has penetrated clean through. The termites have chewed the studs into sawdust. The hollow walls are filled with rats’ nests.

It is time to get out.

Do not believe that you’ll save your children by talking to them occasionally at home. A few gulps of good air will not undo the harm of a whole day of poisonous fog. Their classmates, their teachers, their textbooks, the banners on the school’s walls, and the daily announcements will all be against you.

So it’s long past time when people who believe in the holiness of sexuality, marriage, and human life should build new schools, a hundred a year. Yes, it is expensive. But there’s no alternative.

Christians, be courageous and creative. Use church funds and facilities to create schools for those who aren’t able to homeschool. Entreat your members, including retirees, to volunteer their time, knowledge, skills, and wisdom in the establishment of schools dedicated to training up women and men with chests and spines who honor God in word and deed.

As you think more deeply about education, remember that our public schools undermine the capacity of children to think rationally. Instead they teach children to feel sympathy for sin and embarrassment of holiness. Public school teachers hold the one true God in disdain and teach children to worship the self. And then remember that Paul taught the Corinthians to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

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  • thisoldspouse

    I hear it all the time from conservatives: “Well, MY kids’ public school isn’t bad like the rest of them. I know the teachers and am involved in their education at home as well.”

    Oh, really? Do they go through the school day in class with their kids? Do they have lunch with them, go to every school wide program event, and review every textbook that your kid is handed?

    I think most of these conservatives have their heads in the sand.

    • Magnus Elric-William

      Amen brother, as much as we hate the analogy regarding the village raising the child, we can no longer believe that we can entrust our most precious commodity, our young, to an educational system that has been taken over by the nieave that believe everything this country has accomplished is evil, and must be changed to some rainbow fantasy land.

      • Michex

        Teachers and principals think they own the children under their authority.

      • thisoldspouse

        It was borderline unacceptable back in the 70’s, when major inroads were already being made by Leftists into schools (when I was in the system.) Besides the subtle Marxist propaganda (who didn’t sing “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” in the 70’s?), I had a sever alcoholic teacher who did little more than baby sit us for 3 periods, a flaming homosexual teacher who was extremely violent with students who were unfortunate enough to cross him (we’re talking about ruler beatings,) and the ridiculous, socialist busing was in full swing, which helped NOTHING in the way of race relations.

        It’s 10x worse now.

        • helligusvart

          I had a teacher who was eventually fired for repeatedly smashing a kid against the wall. Amazing she wasn’t arrested.

  • Michex

    Part of the problem now is homosexual groups introducing homosexual books like King and King into elementary schools under the guise of “gay families are families too, and kids should know about them”.
    Really? Should kids know about sado-masochistic families and alcoholic families? How about polygamous families? How about crime families and families who use heroin?
    Homosexual reasoning is defective.

    • MarcoZandrini

      Homosexual reasoning is defective. Link?

      • Azrael

        No need for that, it’s bloody damn obvious: it’s based on the wrong idea that a person of the same sex is a biologically viable sexual partner.

  • stage9

    So long as we don’t abandon (reaching) the culture in the process, I have no problem with pulling my kids out of public schools.

    • thisoldspouse

      You don’t “reach” the culture with your own kids out of your earshot and control. They are too impressionable and pliable, despite what you think you are capable of instilling in them at home. As this piece reiterates, the long days immersed in this satanic fog will trump what you teach at home.

    • thisoldspouse

      And, to be clear, I wasn’t using “you” in the personal sense, but merely in the collective sense.

  • helligusvart

    We send our daughter (age 7) to a Catholic school for this very reason. We wish we could send her to a conservative Christian school nearby but we can’t afford it. By the way, she is our daughter and ours only!

    • Michex

      Since the 1960s leftists have taught each generation to become teachers and brainwash kids.
      So now the teachers are brainwashing yet more generations of kids, many of whom will become teachers. It’s endless. I don’t think conservatives become teachers very often.
      The left essentially teaches hate and revolution from pre-K thru 16 and beyond.

      • jillybean

        Actually, I’ve known plenty of conservative public school teachers, especially in fields like math and physics. English and the social sciences maybe not so much! I was pretty liberal at the start of my teaching career, but I did my level best not to import my politics into the classroom. That is simply wrong no matter who does it.

    • Russell Sayce

      First let me say that I really enjoy reading all of your comments, right up until this one. A Catholic school? Yikes !! Okay I guess, as long as you can overlook little things like, all governments are for profit corporation that stem from the Vatican, priest sex scandals, the fact that the Romans crucified Jesus, and my favorite, the Georgia Guide Stones, authored by RC Christian, put another way, RCC.
      Home schooling of some sort is the answer…May God help you find a way.

      • David Thompson

        Do you hate the SBC too?

        • Russell Sayce

          It’s not hate that prompts me to steer people away from trouble, it’s Love. I think people should re-examine their lives as a whole right now, and community education should be a main area of concern for parents.

      • helligusvart

        Okay. Let’s see if we can tackle this. “All governments are for profit corporation that stem from the Vatican…” Whatever this means, it smells a lot like a conspiracy theory. The Roman Catholic Church is not involved in conspiracy theories. The ones I’ve heard are either radical leftist or fundamentalist nonsense. “…priest sex scandals…” Yes, this is a MAJOR problem; but, it happens in every denomination in the country. We don’t reject an entire denomination because a few sickos manage to get in. “…the fact that the Romans crucified Jesus…” The Roman Catholic Church didn’t exist as such back then, so what has this got to do with anything? The Nazis slaughtered 6 million Jews. Does this make Lutherans evil, since both came out of Germany? Finally, what the heck are Georgia Guide Stones?

        The Roman Catholic Church is far from perfect. It is, however, the only mainline denomination that continues to stand against the brutal murder of unborn children. It also has not compromised on homosexuality, despite the actions of a few priests. Catholic schools do not bring Planned Parenthood and GLSEN into the classroom.

        Finally, we don’t have the money to send our daughter to an evangelical Christian school, and since both of us work, we can not homeschool (although I suppose you’d like my wife, who makes four times as much as I do, to stay at home like a “good Christian woman.”)

        • jillybean

          If you ever find out what the Georgia Guide Stones are, please let me know!!

          • Russell Sayce

            Google it….Or do you need someone to do it for you?

          • jillybean

            Well, yes, I try to avoid unnecessary effort as much as possible! It must be the Catholic in me!

          • Russell Sayce

            Did you hear that Francis is telling the mafia to find a new church? That guy has gonads…..

        • Russell Sayce

          Poor child….

          Everything I said is verifiable with Google, check out “pope’s letter July 2013″, where he stipped away immunity from all lawyers, gov. officials and corporate officers.

          If you don’t like the fact that your wife is the man of the house, just wait until your teenage daughter oppesses you, because you didn’t stand up for her when you had the chance…

      • Magnus Elric-William

        The donor who contracted the Georgia Guidestones wished to remain anonymous only identifying him/her self as ‘R C Christian’ now if one reads the inscriptions and also has any knowledge of Catholicism at all, even the most rudimentary familiarity with catholic catchesis, one would automatically realize that the message engraved is antithesis to Catholicism. ‘R C Christian, was someone’s idea of a joke.

        • Russell Sayce

          Well there……Thanks for making it crystal clear for us…..

          Why do you suppose this “joke” has gov. protection?

          • jillybean

            I googled the Georgia Stones, and they seemed pretty dopey in a New-Agey hipster kind of way. They didn’t strike me as Catholic or Christian of any kind. The art is too lousy, and the Catholic bishops don’t seem to worry about population growth. The astronomical details and so on suggested to be a bunch of aging hipsters with beliefs that space aliens are going to come and visit our culture. I am glad the pope is cracking down on the Mafia. I like him a lot, and I will like him even more when he cracks down on pro-abort Catholic politicians.

          • Russell Sayce

            Could it be that pro-abortion Catholic politicians = Georgia Guide Stones ??

            Hmmm…..I don’t know if I’m smart enough to put 2+2 together like that, and come up with 4 as an answer…..

          • Magnus Elric-William

            Those that are proponents of all things leaning towards the extreme left, and who troll conservative or Christian forums, constantly make demands of us to cite sources. Upon ‘googleing’ this topic we find Wikipedia history and we all know that source is not always 100% accurate, other cites reveled by Google appear decidedly new agey, but none seem to provide any credible evidence that any main stream christian denomination was involved–wild speculation maybe but no credible evidence. As far

  • Kelly Hansen

    We made it to the 10th grade in Catholic schools until our son was subjected to non-Catholic students who were recruited despite problems they had at previous schools. Desperate for numbers to keep the doors open, many schools are becoming more concerned about the almighty buck than the souls of our children. His Catholic school music teacher boasted about her openly gay husband, the Theology teacher taught that there are many more than four Gospels, he was called an idiot on numerous occasions, favoritism was shown to wealthier students, need I go on? Our hearts were broken when we pulled him to send him to the local public school, but the public school teachers have proven to be more conservative and helpful than the ones he had in his Catholic high school.

  • Ray – Jesus is the Son of God.

    The signs of the end times are everywhere…

    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy…

    The devil is the god of this world, and his handiwork is evident everywhere, but he is not God and he is not in control of the times and the seasons….

    “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Dan. 2:20-21).

    We should stand in the confidence that the present evil is exceedingly temporary and will soon be cut down.

    Please visit my Bible prophecy website at: itshallcometopass.org

    • Azima Khan

      People have been proclaiming that there are signs of the end times for more than 2000 years. It ain’t happening unless we run ruin this planet

  • tomd

    Pornogogue? Sure. Apparently we’re short of words in the English language?

    • Russell Sayce

      Seems that way…..It’s like we’re playing a game of “Name that Obomination”

  • helligusvart

    Catholic schools are also ahead of the public schools in terms of education. I found that out when I transferred to a Catholic high school. Let’s face it, it’s hard to concentrate on true learning when the schools are primarily interested in teaching kids to engage in immoral sex.

  • jillybean

    A blanket statement that public school teachers hold the true God in disdain is simply wrong and unfair. No doubt many do. But there are also many who attend Christian churches with the people who post here, who pray for the children they teach, who lead lives of piety and devotion, and who do not deserve this condemnation. Public school teachers don’t select the curriculum. Elected politicians at both the state and school board level have much more authority than the classroom teacher who wants to be left alone so he or she can focus on teaching kids to read and do math. Teachers are not responsible for the sewer that constitutes American mass culture. Can you imagine how much worse public schools would be without the service of people who love God even though they may not explicitly teach religion?
    I taught for many years with devout Christians in public schools. I watched them pay for children’s lunches, do children’s laundry, visit sick children in their homes so they wouldn’t fall behind, and help parents deal with the landlord, enroll in medical care, and write resumes for jobs. I did some of these things myself. I taught in a very remote northern area on the Alaska Highway where we took in children when parents took off on alcoholidays. Do not tell me that I and my fellow teachers held God in disdain and taught the children He entrusted to us to worship only self.

    • helligusvart

      Certainly there are godly Christian teachers. Unfortunately, they are so hamstrung by the teachers’ unions and left-wing politicians that they cannot teach the way they should. The things you mentioned teachers doing in your last paragraph would nowadays probably get those teachers fired and sued. We need to remove every liberal politician from power and replace them with solid conservatives who will be committed to solid educations for children. We also need to abolish the teachers’ unions. Yes, that’s right. ABOLISH THEM! They’re worthless!

    • tomd

      Well said. I’d like to add that there are also non-Christian teachers who willingly do the same services for the children in their care.

      • jillybean

        Yes, I agree!

    • Laurie Higgins

      Jillybean, I agree that there are teachers in public schools who honor the one true God, though few of them dare to oppose the corrosive ideas their colleagues bring into the classroom.

    • Laurie Higgins

      Sorry, Jillybean, I wasn’t finished responding when a wayward finger hit “post.”

      I agree with other points you made. I know many public school teachers–both Christian and non-Christian–who sacrifice both time and money to help children in need. But my indictment of teachers has nothing to do with their philanthropic or charitable deeds. My indictiment of teachers has to do with the corrosive God-dishonoring ideas and images to which they expose children and teens and which they affirm. Those teachers who don’t do these things and who challenge their colleagues who do are not the teachers whose actions I condemn.
      I would disagree with your regarding curricula. Teachers of English, theater, social studies and even world languages, particularly in high schools, have great latitude regarding their curricular and supplementary resource choices. When it comes to supplementary resources, teachers don’t have to run them by even their department chairs, let alone curriculum review committees, state boards, or local school boards.

    • Azrael

      See, that’s where you’re wrong: you not only baselessly believe that there is a one true god, but that you believe that it’s yours.

  • Notinonecategory

    Yes fundamentalists, the world in reality doesn’t exist as the black & white tv shows of the 1950s. There really are homosexual families (1/3 of states have legalized gay marriage) so yes it is time for children to learn about them, and to be tolerant and loving of them.

    • Azrael

      Learn ? Yes, they should learn about them and how to recognize those participating in them.
      Tolerant? Of course not, why would you tolerate some person that knows he has a sever mental disease and refuses treatment? Would you think the same about a violent schizophrenic?
      Loving? That’s not going to happen, ever.

      • Azima Khan

        Love is violence, classic doublespeak right there.

      • Notinonecategory

        So when you won’t tolerate them does that mean you’re going to harm them? It’s been more than 40 years since homosexuality was considered a mental disease by the scientific community. That would be around the time computers were using punch cards and before digital watches and cassette tapes. Science evolves and changes with more information; hatred from people who refuse to accept science does not.

        • Azrael

          Yes, science evolves, but biology doesn’t and a mental disease remains a mental disease even if the way we categorize and treat it changes for political reasons.

    • thisoldspouse

      One third of states HAVE NOT “legalized” counterfeit marriage, but most have had it shoved down their throats through irrational judicial edicts. No, not even Massachusetts, which STILL hasn’t legally, constitutionally legalized it.

      Homosexual activists and their sycophants still fight every marriage amendment proposed by states. I wonder why that is, unless they’re afraid that their campaign to reorder reality is exposed as not as popular as they think?

      • Notinonecategory

        “Shoved down their throats” did you mean straight people were being forced to marry people of their same sex? Seems like you get to choose who you want to marry, and now thankfully in 1/3 of states that can be someone of the same sex if you want to do that.

  • Azrael

    The author of this article has forgot one simple, basic thing – there is no sin. So her entire article is nothing more than an exposition on her prejudices.

    • thisoldspouse

      There is no sin? Really? You are about as deluded as it gets.

      • Azrael

        Yea? Them please tell me, what sin have they committed ? And don’t forget to show me how you determine what a sin is.
        While you’re trying to do that remember this: sin is a made up disease designed to sell you an imaginary cure.

        • Matthew T. Mason

          No, you are the disease. You come in here glorifying and endorsing a complete lack of morals and boundaries…

          • Azrael

            No, i just reject your evil ones. But i don’t expect you to realize that, you’re evil after all, it’s all normal to you.

  • Pithecanthropus

    Fine, pull your kids out of public schools, then maybe you can shut up about what’s being taught there. And good riddance.

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