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Indoctrination and Child Abuse

STOP childhood INDOCTRINATION!
It’s CHILD ABUSE!
~Ned in an email to my website

Indoctrinate: : to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs

Child Abuse has been defined as an act, or failure to act, on the part of a parent or caretaker that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, S*xual Abuse, or exploitation of a child, or which places the child in an imminent risk of serious harm.

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Every parent teaches their children by example, word, and default environment the ideas, opinions, and beliefs. This is universal, even those who try to let their children choose freely can’t avoid exposing their children to their beliefs. It only becomes indoctrination when the second half of the equation is added. Refusal to expose them to differing opinions and beliefs is what takes the ordinary education of the next generation into the realm of indoctrination.

The facts would contest this is far more true of atheistic humanists and their constant fight to prevent children from hearing any other viewpoint than their own. How many humanists take their children to the Creation Museum or even borrow an intelligent design book from the library?

Sure, in years past there was a school of thought recommending Christian parents to only expose their kids to the Bible and believers’ materials. But this no longer the case. Very few parents I’ve interacted with hold this position. Certainly not me!

As a conscientious parent I educate my children in the area of religion fully. They know the basic tenets of Animism, Buddhism, Islam, Atheism, and Hinduism as well as Christianity. It is important for Jesus’ little ones to know the ideas held by others so they can be wise and harmless.

We read, watch, and visit many examples of alternate view points. By the time my kids are grown, they will understand the foundational principles of evolutionary thought better than the vast majority of evolutionists.

The truth has nothing to fear from the lie. The lie has much to fear from exposure to truth.

Tihamér Margitay: Boys reading an exciting story

As for the charge of abuse (which I receive regularly), I find this particular accusation so out of proportion to reality as to revolting. Some of my family members have endured many forms of child abuse from which they suffer to this day. I’ve worked with many more childhood abuse survivors as they seek to establish a healthy life for themselves decades later.

To put this in the same class as what I teach my children is irresponsibly demeaning to true victims of abuse.

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Parents, this kind of accusation is becoming more common. At this point the accusers have no power to do more than insult us, but that doesn’t mean it will remain that way.

You can also expect your children to hear they were abused by you as they enter the secular world. It will be wise to give them answers.

 
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Much prayer is needed

For more information you can check these articles:

Answers in Genesis: Is It Child Abuse to Teach Christianity to Your Children? Dawkins Thinks So

Christianity: Child Abuse? A Virus? Ken Ham

Creation Today: Is Teaching Children Creation “Child Abuse”? Eric Hovind

A whole series of videos from Creation Ministries International

I found these by using Search Creation. Answers in Genesis has been particularly vocal on this issue. Kudos!

What Would Neutral Science Ed Look Like?

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photo credit: ARM Climate Research Facility

The American education system claims to teach as fact only things which aren’t part of any religion. But they refuse to admit Evolution is a form of religion without a central “god” but with all the other parts any religion has. Every area of evolution is based on reasoned guesses and belief about things no one observed or experimented on as it happened.

Creationism has more observational science on its side (chickens have chicks, beans grow beans, rapid deposits of sediment can be observed in real time, etc.), but is still rooted in faith.

In this case, what would science class look like if the teaching was truly neutral?

  • Astronomy would discuss what we see and detect with our telescopes. No mention would be made of how anything got there or of “star formationsince no human being has ever seen these things happen.eColi image: Wiki Commons
  • Biology would discuss systems, cellular processes, and interactions without guessing how any organism came to be the way it is.
  • Animal and plant studies would sort things by form, function, and location, never stating that one type developed into another beyond what can be observed (like breeding, interbreeding and rapid adaptation).
  • Geology would look at rocks and layers based on depth, layering, and composition without guessing how they formed or how old they could be.
  • Anthropology would begin with the first artifacts without assuming the makers of those objects lacked intelligence and would acknowledge the sudden jump from survival-living to high civilization.

In other words, you can’t touch on any origins without touching on faith in something.

Does this seem like an impossible dream? Well, it probably is for governmental schools. But, it is a present reality in homeschooling circles. Many curriculums have decided it would turn too many people away to go beyond observable facts to worldview based conclusions.

 

Now, many of these curriculums are authored and published by Christians (I would list them by name, but want one of them to publish my book). You don’t have to look too far to find books happy to say “God did it”. But it is far more rare to find ones willing to say, “and this is how God told us He did it” with the natural conclusions that must follow (there are plenty of differing theories in Creationism. You could mention all of them, or just leave the details vague).

So, what’s a parent or caring adult to do? Just recognizing this reality is a good step. My parents were and are firm young earth creationists but didn’t realize the low level of instruction we were being given by our homeschooling curriculae. Turns out, my brother fell for Evolution the first time he read a cool, popular level magazine article for himself. There are no guarantees as parents, but preparing our kids gives them a fighting chance.

 

If you’re homeschooling, take the extra time to search around my site, creation.com, answersingenesis.org, and Dr. Wile’s blog for direct responses to common Evolutionary claims. The facts ARE on the Creator’s side, but the media surely aren’t.

For public school kids, the same holds true. They will also benefit from training in how to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in their classrooms. Creation Ministries International has a good article on what this would look like.

Basically, no caring, God-fearing adult can afford to let their kids just slide through life. Not that this has been ever true, but we now know how serious the consequences are for the upcoming generation!

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:3,4

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Should You Teach Lies to Protect Your Beliefs?

I have not written unto you because you don’t know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. I John 2:21 

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Some time ago I wrote about a kindergarten teacher’s guide to introducing Evolution to little kids. She had no problem using resources she knew didn’t match the truth because it still gave the general idea she wanted the kids to know. In the past few days I’ve run into some more articles which show just how big a problem fudging the truth is.

First, a shout out to my facebook champion, Cowboy Bob, the founder of The Question Evolution Project. I didn’t find out about his work until last Spring, but someone else shared one of his posts from earlier which was a share from a Creation Ministries International article from 2008! Here’s the direct link to their article:

Evolutionist: it’s OK to deceive students to believe evolution

Here are some highlights:

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Bora Zivkovic, Online Community Manager at PLoS-ONE [one of the top evolutionary journals] said, ‘You cannot bludgeon kids with truth (or insult their religion, i.e., their parents and friends) and hope they will smile and believe you. Yes, NOMA is wrong, but is a good first tool for gaining trust. You have to bring them over to your side, gain their trust, and then hold their hands and help them step by step. And on that slow journey, which will be painful for many of them, it is OK to use some inaccuracies temporarily if they help you reach the students.’

That first bit in English means, if you insult Jesus outright, kids are smart enough to figure out what’s going on. “NOMA” stands for the idea that science talks about completely different things than “religion” does. The whole point of early introductions to evolution is to get kids to believe you even when you tell them they are the sons of stupid animals.

Here’s the conclusion:

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Many Christians expect evolutionists to be honest and fair. Indeed many are. But we should not be too surprised whenever someone who denies an absolute moral Lawgiver chooses to transgress moral/ethical bounds deliberately, and what’s more, proclaims it as a worthy act.

We do rely on evolutionists to be honest in their journals. Creation scientists don’t have nearly enough research money to find out all the things we need to know. Thank God, a number of areas we’re interested in are considered worthwhile by the Evolutionary community as well. At least in jargon filled papers adults have a hard time following they will put enough facts in for us to work with.

But such information isn’t allowed to get out to kids. Check it out for yourself by asking them if they’ve heard of all the soft tissue we’ve found in dinosaur fossils. Be sure you have plenty of facts for them to learn about!

The other example of this kind of deceitful thinking was on an article about how to fit organisms into Darwin’s Evolutionary tree of life.

Creation Evolution Headlines: Darwin’s Tree of Life is a Tangled Bramble Bush

All they do is quote a press release from Vanderbilt University summarizing a paper in Nature from May, 2013. It’s chock full of of science speak, but here are some of the best bits:

In broad terms, Rokas and Salichos found that genetic data is less reliable during periods of rapid radiation, when new species were formed rapidly.

The researchers found the genetic information we are collecting isn’t trustworthy when trying to describe a time when bunches of creatures changed from one to another quickly.

Do they tell kids this?

A case in point is the Cambrian explosion, the sudden appearance about 540 million years ago of a remarkable diversity of animal species, without apparent predecessors.

Complex fossils make a “sudden appearance” at a certain point in the sedimentary layers with no sign of a simpler organism to have evolved from.

Do they tell kids this?

Here’s the part kids and parents need to really get:

CEH editors say, “The authors not only advised throwing out some standard practices of tree-building, but (amazingly) proposed evolutionists throw out the “uninformative” conflicting data and only use data that seems to support the Darwinian tree: “the subset of genes with strong phylogenetic signal is more informative than the full set of genes, suggesting that phylogenomic analyses using conditional combination approaches, rather than approaches based on total evidence, may be more powerful.”” (emphasis added)

They’ve already had to throw out “conflicting data” to get people to look genetically close to chimps. Why stop there? To keep Evolution from looking as impossible as it is, they will have to do this more and more.

We expect no less from people whose worldview requires them to be blind to any evidence of the Creator God. But, all of us, and especially young people, need to know what is really going on before intrusting our eternal souls into people’s hands.

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:18-20 NLT

A New Blogroll Link!

I recently ran into a page called The Home School Scientist on facebook and started following. I don’t mind admitting, if you are looking for practical science projects for your kids, my site is NOT the place to look. But Marci Goodwin has her kids making clay models of hearts and sharks, plus lots more!

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That was enough to “like” her on facebook by itself. Now she’s joined Creation Conversations, which tells you where she stands on the age of the earth and whether we have slime for grandparents. So, be sure to check out her blog as well.

The Home School Scientist

Between the two blogs, your kids should get a well-rounded science education!

Plastic Theories: how Gobekli Tepe fits into our Worldviews

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We are used to thinking of plastic as the stuff our cups, storage containers and toys are made out of.  But there is a much larger meaning for this word that is good to have in your word treasury (vocabulary) because it helps us think in new ways.

From BrainyQuote: Plastic, adjective:

Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; — used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child.

Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of, molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if produced by, molding or modeling; — said of sculpture and the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the graphic arts.

The Great Plastic Dino Census

Take some time to think about this.  The plastics we usually think about were made into the shapes we use by being molded and formed.  Then they were cooled, released and packaged for us to buy.  To be plastic means to be changeable.

Here’s the quote that reminded me of why this is important to us as Creationists:

Archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, lead researcher of the excavations, has suggested that perhaps religious worship evolved first, and this development triggered the need for agriculture. But this reversal of the standard evolutionary story only shows that man-made histories are subjective, plastic, and unreliable.

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Göbekli Tepe

The Institute for Creation Research did an article on Gobekli Tepe, a temple we’ve uncovered in Turkey.  Guess what? Surprise, surprise, the very ancient people from the area just southwest of the mountains of Ararat were really great stone carvers and very religious.

The crazy thing about their advanced skills is that archeologists put this in the “Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Period (c. 9600–7300 BC).  They could carve amazing figures and smooth stonework, but they hadn’t figured out how to throw a pot yet?  Go figure!

Somehow I knew I should search around to see if these people left signs that they liked to study the heavens.  A quick search found this book: Turkish Stonehenge: Gobekli Tepe.

[The author] discovered that Gobekli Tepe was used as a solar calendar, some 7,000 years before Stonehenge was built.

Would you look at that?  The oldest archeological evidences we have show smart, knowledgeable people doing the same things they do all over the world.

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Does this make the Evolutionary anthropologists throw in the towel and admit they were wrong about us slowly developing from stupid ancestors? Not a chance.  As ICR points out Evolution is “plastic.”  When the evidence proves them wrong, they figure out another way to have what they already believe still make sense (to them).  No evidence will ever change their mind unless their heart become plastic to God’s truth.

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BTW, your parents, teachers, TVs and everyone else is working hard to mold your “plastic mind.”  Adults have the power to mold children’s thinking in good or bad ways, to give you a foundation of truth or lies.  When people hit puberty (you’ll know what that means when it happens to you), people’s brains stop being so plastic and start to consider all the things we’ve been taught.  Some teachings you will reject and others you will cling to.  Be careful who you choose to trust and why!

Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.  Romans 12:2 NCV

PS I wanted to find out why they are so sure Gobekli Tepe dates to 10,000 BC and I found it.  Earthfiles.com has a great page about visiting the site this past Summer.  Halfway down it says, “But not until 1994 did German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, Ph.D., begin excavating layer-by-layer, carefully dating and studying the surrounding soils as he dug.”

They did Carbon-14 tests on charcoal found in the dirt that gave dates of “11th–6th millennia cal BC.”  They sure didn’t date it so far back because they were expecting really early people to be so talented! To find out what can go wrong with Carbon-14 check out THIS POST.

Update: The Genius of Ancient Man blog has written a great post on Gobekli Tepe. Don’t miss it!