For many years, psychologists and educators have recognized the processes by which thought and behavioral patterns acquired in youth become the basis for adult motivation. In modern times, thoughtful observers have become progressively aware that moral, social, and political concepts implanted during the time of mental immaturity not only participate in the conduct later in life, but, once acquired, become dominant and often unalterable in the adult. Thus, captive audiences of immature minds provide powerful and much prized forums for anti-Judeo-Christian, anti-American indoctrination.
Educational environments, left unguarded [by politically active citizens and wise legislators], can easily be captured by alien militants and, in due course, transformed into climates of unquestioned social and political opinion.
Dr. I. L. Kandell (1881–1965), a refugee from Romania and professor at Columbia University, aptly lamented education devoid of established knowledge, calling it “the most Communist feature of the Communist Revolution and the most Nazi expression of the National Socialist Revolution.”
A modern term for the atheistic-secular worldview is “political correctness.” Opposing points of view, namely morality, religious liberty, traditional marriage, and the political principles upon which America has prospered, are censored from textbooks and teacher presentations.
Control over the use of government power has always been a test of wills. The Judeo-Christian approach to government was vehemently opposed by atheists during the writing of the Iowa Constitution. The following quotations are from the Constitution of the State of Iowa, which is similar to many other state constitutions.
- Preamble: “We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the STATE OF IOWA.”
- Article I, Section 2: “Government is instituted [by the people] for the protection, security and benefit of the people.”
- Article I, Section 1: “All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights–among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.”
- Article I, Section 2: “All political power is inherent in the people.”
- Article I, Section 2: “They [the people] have the right at all times, to alter or reform the government, whenever the public good may require it.”
- Provision for unrestricted exchange of ideas for education and government policy, no matter how radical, is provided through frequent elections: candidates for office must go before the public and be chosen by mature citizens at the ballot box.
- Article IX, Section 3: “The General Assembly shall encourage by all suitable means the intellectual, scientific, moral and agricultural improvement.”
The above was taken from portions of the Presentment of the Grand Jury for the Eleventh Judicial District of Iowa, with words added for clarification in brackets. Supplemental ideas are italicized.
~ D. Norris