I was alerted to the Deace-Minnery interview by E. Ray Moore—founder of the South Carolina-based Exodus Mandate, an initiative to encourage Christian education and home schooling. Moore, who considers himself a member of the Christian right, thinks the movement is imploding.
“It’s hard to admit defeat, but this one was self-inflicted,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Yes, Dr. Dobson and the pro-family or Christian right political movement is a failure; it would have made me sad to say this in the past, but they have done it to themselves.”
I know and respect Mr. Moore, and his criticism of James Dobson, et al., is dead on target. In 1999, I interviewed Mr. Moore after he published a book called Let My Children Go, in which he argued forcefully—based on sound Bible teaching—that Christian parents should get their children out of government schools. Having pulled our oldest child out of public school after kindergarten (our five youngest have never attended government schools), I was of course sympathetic to Mr. Moore’s argument, which he summarized in a simple phrase, “Every church a school, every parent a teacher.”
But Dobson and other Christian Right leaders had spent decades pushing a different argument, which might be summarized, “Let’s take back our schools!” To which the obvious response is, “How?” If Christians can’t be persuaded to teach their own children, where are you going to find this Christian army of government-certified teachers who will “take back” those schools from the secularists? Dobson & Co. never had an answer to that, and it is thus scarcely surprising to see the recent declining level of faith among young people who spent 180 days a year for 13 years being indoctrinated in the secularist cult taught in modern American public schools..
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