Bible in schools

Liberals and atheists are constantly trying to eliminate any references or public demonstration of Christianity from the public square.  They make the arrogant and intolerant assumption that their beliefs are all anyone should be exposed to.  This fascist attitude defies the western tradition of freedom of speech.  They hide behind the claim that church and state have to be separate.  The institutions should be, but Christianity’s ideas and principles should be as freely available and discussed in all spheres as any other idea, world view, culture or philosophy.  More often than not atheists have never read or studied Christianity in any text that comprehensively defends it.  When they do snatch at a Bible passage its is always simply to use it as a means of discrediting Christianity.  They love to listen to those who speak out or write against the faith, without any critical appraisal of the veracity of their arguments.  Ironically, they actually confirm the Bible which tells us people will gather around those telling them what they want to hear, while their hearts and minds are ‘seared’ against any contrary information of evidence – no matter how reasonable, logical or factual it may be.

Recently (2015)  a Truth Watch associate became embroiled in a debate with atheists trying to eliminate Bible teaching (to those voluntarily wanting to be there) in a school in the Rodney District of New Zealand.  Here are two of his letters in a debate conducted in a local newspaper

First letter:

The Editor,

In his letter to the Rodney Times, March 3, Ross Miller claims to be a Christian and yet believes that the Bible is mythological. I find this curious. Anyone who has actually read the gospels will know that Christ himself held the Scriptures to be inviolate (e.g., John 10:34-35; Matthew 5:17-20). In the words of John Wenham: “To Christ the Bible is true, authoritative, inspired, to him the God of the Bible is the living God, and the teaching of the Bible is the teaching of the living God. To him what Scripture says, God says.”

Ross Miller also perpetuates a common misunderstanding in using the label “fundamentalist” in an attempt to discredit those who believe the teachings of the Bible. By definition, a fundamentalist is simply someone who believes in the fundamental principles of something. It is not fundamentalism per se which is the issue, but rather it is the principles in which one believes that is important. Compare, for example, the teaching of Christ on loving your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44) with that of Muhammad on killing and torturing unbelievers (Sura 9:5; 5:43). Surely, the former principle is better than the latter.
In regard to the personal attack of Jeff McClintock on optional Bible teaching at Red Beach School (Rodney Times, February 24), I would like to offer the following quotes. From Woodrow Wilson (a Christian): “A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of a knowledge of the Bible”; and from Immanuel Kant (an atheist): “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”

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Second Letter:

The Editor,
As reported in “Bible fight escalates” (Rodney Times, February 24, 2015), Jeff McClintock ‘s attack on optional Bible education at xxxxx School is motivated by his allegiance to the “Secular Education Network which aims to remove religious instruction from New Zealand state primary schools.” In reality, this group is simply looking to remove all opposition to their own religion, namely, atheism. But their cause is ultimately self-defeating. G. K. Chesterton summed it up well: “When a man ceases to believe in God he does not believe in nothing, he believes almost in anything.”

On the face of it, this battle appears to be an attack on Christian teaching in state schools. But at a more fundamental level, I see it as an attack on the very heart of Western culture, founded as it is on the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is this very culture from which we derive our personal freedoms, values, and sense of justice. It is who we are as a people, and what distinguishes us from cultures founded on other religions. Well done to Red Beach School for standing up to these bullies.

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ISIS is Islam

Here are two letters written by two Christians intent on informing politicians and the general public about the realities behind the Islamic threat. Their latter’s ignorance about Islam is truly astounding. A Princeton Islamic scholar, Bernard Haykel, has recently ‘come out’ by acknowledging the jihadists in ISIS and other Islamic terror groups are acting in accord with the teachings of the Koran and the example set by their prophet, Mohammad. This will be a revelation to many who listen to silly rhetoric claiming the terrorists are not properly following their religion. They are, it is just that most Muslims don’t want to go around killing people. They don’t really understand their faith, preferring to sideline the teachings that tell them Islam is all about bringing the whole world into submission to their Allah – by persuasion or violence. They can’t live up to the full demands of their faith because they just want to live peaceful lives. It does not take much to radicalise elements within the Islamic world because, being zealous for their faith and because they want assurance of salvation they turn easily to violence when incited to do so. This is not about cultural differences and the need to ‘understand each other’. This is spiritual. Islam is, at its heart, a vicious theocratic world view and has demonstrated its thirst for violence ever since its inception.
Here are the letters. A quick note concerning the context for each precedes them:

 

Letter One: Sent to New Zealand politicians in response to their concerns over sending a small training team to Iraq to help prepare Iraqi troops in their fight against ISIS.

I am writing to you and other MP’s to say some things that seem to have been left out of the debate on the Islamic issue. I’ve been into Muslim no go zones in the UK, faced off against Islamists in London and been into Islamic countries:

1. When NZ faced the Nazi threat, along with its allies, it saw not just an ‘existential threat’, but genuine evil. Now when confronted with the manifest evil in ISIS and the existential threat posed by the possible emergence of an new caliphate, along side a possibly nuclear armed Iran, we prevaricate over sending a mere training unit. All I’m seeing here is self-serving weakness. Australia already has 600 troops in Iraq while we huff and puff. I was opposed to US action in Iraq but the wolves have now been let loose – like it or not

2. The constant statements that Islam is a religion of peace and the jihadists are an extremist aberration is nonsense. This is what their prophet said to his followers; “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” (Stark, 2009, God’s Battalions) Islam reveres its prophet who ordered over 60 violent jihads and led close to 30 of them personally. The so called extremists are only obeying their prophet and their ‘holy’ book. In the Koran there are 100+ calls to violence and jihad on an unrelenting basis until all are submitted to Allah.

3. Most of the ‘violent’ verses (e.g. in Surah 9) are in later surahs which under Muslim rules of exegesis abrogate earlier verses. So the ‘peaceful verses’ are abrogated. Thus the peaceful Muslims are in fact simply nominal Muslims. Their desire to live peaceful lives has nothing to do with Islam. What the violent Muslims are doing today is entirely in accord with Islam and consistent with the great swath of Islamic history from the 7th Century to 1683 when they were stopped at the gates of Vienna (not for the first time).

Its time you MPs grew a spine, woke up and spoke up. There is much more at stake here than your precious parliamentary careers. You need to put NZ, civilisation and humanity first.
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Letter two: Sent to a prominent national New Zealand radio host ho went on to read it on air:

Congratulations on your interview re Islam…a rare ray of light among dark clouds of apparently intentional misinformation. ISIS conforms exactly to the central authorities of Islam: the Koran, the Hadiths, and the example of Mohammad himself as portrayed in Islamic literature. The Islamic understanding of these was locked in over a 1000 years ago and any deviation from this understanding is apostasy. ‘Reformers’ are killed.

Mohammad authorised lying – Taqiyya – to further the Islamic cause, thus the deceptive claims by Muslims that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’. By ‘peace’ is meant the final state they envisage when Islam controls the world. Until then there is bloody war with all opposition to Islam, following the example of Mohammad. Some peace. Western leaders who recite this mantra are water carriers for Islam.

Mohammad oversaw and personally participated in the beheading of 700-900 Jewish men in Medina on one day, who had surrendered to him in good faith…and dispersed their women as sex slaves to his followers. Thus the contemporary mass beheading of those who oppose Islam and the taking of captured women as sex slaves.

Mohammad married his favourite wife Aisha when she was 6 and consummated the marriage when she was 9 and he over 50. This is confirmed by several Hadiths attributed to Aisha herself. Thus the legitimisation of child marriage by Muslims. It must be legitimate because the Islamic ‘perfect man’ did this.

Such behaviour has gone on consistently for the 1400 years of Islamic history with an estimated 270,000,000 people dying as a result of Jihad during that time.

ISIS is the authentic historic face of orthodox Islam.
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