The Left is in a fevered tizzy once again, scrambling to find their anti-anxiety medications, nausea pills, and therapeutic Essential Oils after Donald Trump gave them tummy aches. You might be asking what on earth could have induced such mass panic, hysteria, and physical discomfort. Surely Trump didn’t threaten a foreign nation with nuclear war. Surely, he didn’t insult Queen Elizabeth II. And — for the love of all that his holy — surely he did not issue an executive order cancelling the production of “Stranger Things.”
No, as it turns out, it wasn’t anything that drastic or unimaginable. In fact, all he did was tweet this apocalyptic little gem the other day:
But, that was enough to trigger liberals across the nation, many of who instantly fired back with arguments about “the separation of church and state,” declaring that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
In case you’re unaware, the president’s tweet is referencing a recently enacted law which would allow for schools to implement an elective class on the History of the Bible, specifically how it shaped western civilization and the founding of America. The law is already being promoted in some states like Kentucky. To be clear: the law does not allow for the teaching of the doctrines of the Christian faith found within the Bible, but only for the literary aspects of the text. Of course, this has been deemed “questionable” and “controversial” and “unconstitutional” by the Left.
Now, even in temporarily ignoring the fact that the class is an elective — and therefore not a mandatory requirement to graduate — the entire liberal argument against Bible Literacy education is still utterly asinine and stupid from the beginning for this singular reason: You simply cannot achieve a definitive education without eventually being exposed to Christianity and/or the Bible in some way, shape, or form. Whether it happens through the works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, or some great philosopher, or in a Western Civilization history class, an art class, a science class, or whatever, it’s bound to be — and should be — in there somewhere, despite modern education’s attempts to constantly suppress it. After all, we’re talking about the greatest and most influential book ever to exist on the planet. It’s been read, translated, and disseminated around the globe more than any other literary work in history.
Speaking of influence, the Bible had a tremendous impact not only on the religious beliefs of America’s Founding Fathers, but on the specific ways in which they established our nation’s laws, Constitution, and entire governmental system and structure (much of which we have tragically abandoned or destroyed today.) Hello, History 101.
But, seriously, think about it. Why is it illegal for you to pick up a baseball bat, casually stroll next door, beat your neighbor senseless, leave him for dead, take all of his fancy possessions, and move his stuff into your home? And why can he not do the same to you? Well, a really long time ago, there were a handful of men in this nation who happened to be familiar with biblical commands like “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13) and “Thou shalt not covet…” (Exodus 20:17) and “Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:15) Even if you’ve never read a Bible or been to a church in your life — and even if you’ve never heard of those passages — you are still benefitting from the fact that men like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and others did read them and did understand morality and did know what would be necessary to maintain peace, civility and lawfulness in a democratic system.
An understanding of these historical facts and truths, and the role they played in shaping our nation, does not automatically convert one into a radically-saved, Bible-thumping, hymn-singing, church-going Christian. It simply provides a more accurate and more educated understanding of the literal and historical effect of the Bible upon Western Civilization and the world. Hence the term: “Bible Literacy.” And what’s wrong with that? Isn't education the whole point of what we're trying to achieve here? In all actuality, this should be the least controversial subject ever implemented into America’s public schools.
Unfortunately, a bunch of liberal halfwits are terrified that reading sections of the Bible in a classroom purely to study it as a work of literature or history would somehow magically transform a room full of 9th or 10th graders into sermon-preaching Jesus freaks. Or, even worse, sermon-preaching , Donald Trump-loving, Republican Jesus freaks. (Dear God.)
The entire discussion is somewhat meaningless, though, considering that most public schools and colleges these days continue to teach progressively liberalized versions of the aforementioned subjects: history, art, literature, and the like. They are bastions of indoctrination. Naturally, there’s no room for the Bible or Christianity — even from a purely historical context — in a room where the entire mission is to indoctrinate, rather than educate. That will have to change before something like Bible Literacy could ever be successfully implemented.
And, frankly, I don’t see that happening any time soon.