Things that are different [peach milkshakes and orange milkshakes; or Islamic terrorists and Christian fundamentalists] are not the same. However, things that are different only by degrees [socialists and communists; or Republicans and Democrats] are essentially the same.
These concepts sound simple enough, but some folks don't understand them. Bible scholars have duped millions of sincere Christians into believing that modern bibles are the same as the King James Version Bible, despite their thousands of deletions and word substitutions. Having cast doubt on the inerrancy of the Scriptures, these scholars make themselves our moral authority, rather than the Bible. Do you trust them?
Likewise, education scholars have mesmerized millions of parents into believing that public schools offer an equal education to all students, despite their different expectations that require different academic [and grading] standards supported by different teaching strategies, which result in different achievement levels for those students they've labeled "diverse learners." Moreover, we're told to believe their Different but Equal policy is not the same as the old Separate but Equal policy ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1954. Do you believe them?
Do you remember the transitive property from your junior high days? If A equals B and B equals C then A equals C. Evidence suggests they don't teach the transitive property in middle school anymore. If so, there's a good reason for it.
Dr. Mickey Carter, president of Landmark Baptist Bible College, wrote a book called Things That Are Different Are Not The Same. The book's title is simpler than its subject - comparing modern bibles with the KJV. Despite what the Balaamites say, they're not the same, but I won't take this time to talk about the KJV controversy. Let the experts do that. If you'd like more information, read Dr. Carter's book or Dr. Doug Stauffer's One Book Stands Alone or Dr. G.A. Riplinger's New Age Bible Versions.
A point I make throughout my own book [Legally STUPiD] is that someone wants to control knowledge, all knowledge - academic and biblical knowledge. Modern bibles first slithered their way into our pulpits then our homes in the 19th century, the same century in which Owen, Marx and Hegel preached the infernal blessings of the socialist state, when Darwin claimed we're not created in the image of God but evolved from scholars, I mean, lower animals, when Wundt said we're just complex machines and can thus be programmed and when Freud told us we're all motivated by unconscious, perverted desires. The 19th century also gave us compulsory public education. Do you see a pattern here?
This essay centers on the Separate but Equal policy declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court through Brown v. Board of Education (1954). But before we go there, let's look at the so-called "Reconstruction" of the South following the Civil War.
With as much objectivity as can be expected from a Southerner, let me assert that the War of Northern Aggression was never about ending slavery. It was about changing and expanding slavery. If you believe otherwise, you need to remember that only one-third of Southerners owned any slaves. Common sense suggests the other two-thirds would not give up life and limb to defend somebody else's "property." Nonetheless, with one fell swoop called the Emancipation Proclamation, Mr. Lincoln labeled one million Confederate soldiers as supporters of slavery, forever villainizing Southerners in the eyes of the world. The great irony of it all is that the proclamation was issued by a white supremacist!
Likewise, if you believe the nearly three-million man Yankee army was the instrument of that beneficent emancipation, you need to study up on General Sherman's march through Georgia and South Carolina. Uncle Billy was a consummate racist who had no love for the black man. His white supremacist attitude was absorbed by his general staff all the way down to his marauding men, who committed unspeakable crimes against whites and blacks as justifiable retribution for starting the war. My Peach State grandparents bequeathed to me their disgust for Sherman and "Radical Republicans" with venomous contempt. With absolute certainty, my grandmother told me it was a "sin" to vote Republican and the man who said "war is hell" is spending eternity "at war."
The federal government really had no great affection for the freedmen although it maintained absolute control over the conquered South with an occupying army. After the war, the voices of Northern abolitionists were mostly patronized. Stronger, more powerful, wealthy voices controlled the federal government, and they had bigger concerns than what to do with four million supposedly freed slaves. The Confederate army was no more, but the Union army was as big as ever, with the bulk of it stationed in the states it ravaged during four bloody years of war. Remnants of their occupation force are still active in every former Confederate state, where the largest bases in the U.S. military still make their permanent home.
Just to name a few:
Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Galveston NS, Fort Polk, Barksdale AFB, New Orleans NAS, Fort Shelby, Columbus AFB, Keesler AFB, Meridian NAS, Pascagoula NS, Fort McClellan, Fort Rucker, Fort Benning, Moody AFB, Fort McPherson, Robbins AFB, Fort Stewart, Eglin AFB w/Army Ranger School, MacDill AFB, Jacksonville NAS, Key West NAS, Pensacola NAS, Fort Jackson, Shaw AFB, Charleston AFB, Parris Island Marine Base, Goose Creek NWS, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point MAS, Seymour Johnson AFB, Fort Lee, Fort Belvoir, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Story, Fort Picket, Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, Fort Myer, Langley AFB, Fort Campbell, Little Rock AFB and Pine Bluff Arsenal. We're not talking about swamp or desert land but prime real estate.
Do you really think the feds needed that much military muscle to enforce an end to plantation-style slavery? All those troops were part of bigger plans for a new South, and those plans were centered on compulsory public schooling. Reconstruction of the South was the prototype for the re-education of all Americans. As surely as slavery didn't really end in 1865, Reconstruction didn't end in 1877. The Union victory not only failed to save our Constitutional Republic, Reconstruction ensured government by the people had ceased to exist.
There is a counter-intuitive myth purported by historical revisionists that claims the South needed public schools because Southerners were for the most part illiterate prior to the war. That's an absolute lie but one that fits well into the scheme of all the other lies Americans have been conditioned to believe. The radicals planned to re-educate the South, using Horace Mann's Prussian school model, claiming they were only looking out for the best interests of Southerners. Do you really believe that? They hated the South, every man, woman and child, white or black. Although the war was fought primarily in the South on the South, nearly 60% of the 620,000 casualties were Northern, something they were not willing to forgive or forget.
So why the public school systems? Yes, systems, for it was actually Northerners who established the separate school systems for white and freedmen's children.
They claimed this strategy provided jobs for black educators and a safer, separate environment for black children. But a mountain of evidence suggests the South's new benefactors deliberately incited racial tension by denying former Confederates the right to vote while supporting freedmen, carpetbaggers and scalawag candidates for local and state offices. Then they stepped back and watched the sparks fly. They did this to distract Southerners from what they were really doing to both blacks and whites. [Some modern distraction strategies include Asian bird flu, global warming, energy crisis and the war on terror.] Despite marshal law and an occupying army to enforce it, the federal forces did little to quell Klan violence against black freedmen although they provided special protection for white carpetbaggers and scalawags. They wanted Southerners to fight among themselves, so they wouldn't focus their wrath on them [again].
In a previous article [Principals of Newspeak], I said prior to the Civil War, Americans were 95% literate. That figure included mostly free Americans, North and South. Most slaves were kept illiterate because, as Frederick Douglass eloquently explains in his autobiography, education and slavery are incompatible. Most white Southerners and free blacks were taught at home, though some in one-room, church-affiliated school houses. And they were quite literate by today's low standards. Read a few letters by Confederate soldiers, and you'll see what I mean.
When historical revisionists claim the South needed this public school concept, a concept that was found in a few Unitarian-dominated New England states, they not only lie, they manipulate the public to believe one lie in order to get them to believe an even bigger lie, that public schools help all children learn.
As noted, Unitarians were the initial force behind the public school movement. In case you didn't know, Unitarians don't believe Jesus, the Son of God, is equal to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit or that either is equal to God the Father. Remember the transitive property.
Horace Mann was an Unitarian who received his indoctrination from German Rationalists [neo-Gnostic Humanists] in Prussia. The Prussian school model divided schools into three levels in which 1% were taught to think [upper class], 5% were partially taught to think [middle class] and 94% were taught just enough to follow simple instructions [slaves]. This mind-controlling, slave-producing school model was struggling to survive in New England, but now it was implemented full-scale on the South by Mann's sister-in-law, Elizabeth Peabody. Soon, it would become the model for the nation. Why?! Since America was 95% literate, why did we need public education?
The answer is that America didn't need public education! The forces behind what Theodore Roosevelt would later call the "invisible government" are the ones who needed it. Their reason is obvious. Education and slavery are incompatible! Americans were too literate, too independent. That had to change. The South was a great place to start the re-education process, if only because the South was dominated by those independent-minded Baptists that North Carolina's colonial Governor William Tryon had tried to annihilate 100 years earlier.
you doubt the Baptist influence on the South, please read James Beller's
America in Crimson Red
or William Lumpkin's Baptist
History in the South. Aside from the distinctive that gives us
our name [baptism of believers, not infants], Baptists are known for
our belief in local church autonomy, liberty of conscience
and especially our stand on the Bible as our only moral authority.
That's why the South was called the Bible
Belt. When Southern mothers taught their kids to read, it was
primarily so they could read the Bible. In fact, the Bible was taught
in nearly every Southern home, white or black, free or slave. From
the neo-Gnostic viewpoint of Unitarians and other elitists, the South
was just too literate, academically and biblically. This had
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R.C. Murray is a disabled veteran and former public school teacher. He left a good job as a technical writer for a satellite manufacturer in order to teach high school English, only to immediately be told he could not expect, much less require his students to read their literature assignments. After four years of fighting The System and having a stroke then a mini-stroke, he decided he was safer in the airborne infantry and returned to being a technical writer for a military contractor.
He has also dedicated the rest of his life to exhorting parents about what�s really going on in their local public school, the one they think is a good school. R.C. Murray is the author of two books, Golden Knights: History of the U.S. Army Parachute Team and most recently, Legally STUPiD: Why Johnny doesn�t have to read.
Likewise, education scholars have mesmerized millions of parents into believing that public schools offer an equal education to all students...