By Jon Christian Ryter
December 31, 2005
In July, 2002, the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan filed a 1st Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Jonas and Tiffany Eklund and their children, Chase and Samantha who attended the Excelsior Middle School in the Byron Union School District for its "Islamic simulation" program when Christian children were forced to dress like Muslims and memorize Islamic scriptures.
The program, designed by Shabbir Mansuri, the Fountain View, California businessman who founded the Council on Islamic Education, was centered on a textbook, "Across the Centuries."
The text was published by Houghton-Mifflin in 1999�but only after Mansuri assured the publisher that the textbook would withstand any court challenge since Houghton-Mifflin did not want to incur the cost of printing hundreds of thousands of textbooks only to have the courts rule they could not be sold to the school systems for distribution as textbooks to the students.
How does a political activist accomplish that? Work close enough with the bureaucrats within the government and enlist the support of big oil to run interference for you. Mansuri, who describes himself as nothing more than a "...K-12 resource organization," has done something else that no theological educational organization has ever done�or constitutionally should have been able to do. The offices of the Council on Islamic Education�which promotes a religion, Islam�are housed in an unused classroom in Carden Hall Elementary School in Fountain Valley, California. CIE's use of office space within the California public school system is sanctioned by the State of California which actually supports the distribution of the textbook, "Across the Centuries" not only to classrooms throughout the State, but to public school systems all over the United States.
This is probably the most constitutional example of a State-sponsored religion that could be found. Yet, when middle school students in Excelsior were forced to wear Islamic garb, pretend they were Muslim, memorize verses from the Qu'ran and play "jihad" games, US District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton decided in a 22-page ruling that the school system was not indoctrinating students about Islam when it required them to adopt Islamic names, dress in Islamic garb and memorize and recite Islamic prayers and Qu'ranic scriptures. Yet, students in almost every public school system in America are banned from using the word Christmas because the name "Christ" is included in the word. Am I missing something here?
Judge Hamilton argued in her ruling that the school system, in forcing Christian and Jewish children to pray to Allah, was merely teaching them about Islam, not forcing them to practice the Muslim faith. Yet, children in public schools may not use the word "Christmas" because within it is the name of the Christian deity. Judge Hamilton, who was an administrative law judge in the Clinton bureaucracy with no trial experience, was placed on the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 2000.
As the Thomas More Law Center petitioned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Judge Hamilton's decision, the advocacy organization's chief Counsel, Richard Thompson commented: "This ruling is evidence of a double standard when it comes to religion in public schools. If students had been instructed on Christianity.." (as a history or geography project) "...as they had on Islam, a Constitutional violation would have most likely been found. The appeals court should clarify in a published opinion just how far public schools can go in teaching about religion. Christians want to know." Christians already know. Thompson was merely trying to force the courts to admit the biased truth. There are absolutely no judicial restrictions to the "teaching" of Islam in the public school systems. Nor is there any about Wiccam. Nor about Buddhism. Just about Christianity and, perhaps, Judaism.
On Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit issued a brief, unpublished opinion that public school students could be compelled to "become" Muslims for their study. The appellate court also ruled that students could be forced to learn the prayer "Remember Allah always so that you may prosper," in Arabic. The court also saw nothing wrong with forcing children to assume Muslim names, or force them to wear crescent-shaped ID tags containing their Muslim name. Furthermore, the court said the students could be compelled to learn the Islamic Five Pillars of Faith�including fasting.
Imagine for a moment what would happen to a Christian school teacher who forced Muslim students to learn and recite the Lord's Prayer or the Ten Commandments. The teacher would be summarily fired. The ACLU and a half dozen Islamic advocacy groups would file multimillion dollar lawsuits not only against the teacher and the school, but also against the principal and the school board for the contamination of the minds of the Islamic children who were forced to "play Christian." Because the ruling of the 9th Circuit interferes with parental rights based on the view of the court that the school could compel the children in its care to do things�such as fast, recite Muslim prayers, or anything else that be counter to that family's theological practices�the Thomas More Law Center asked the court to reconsider its ruling, and to rule separately on the free exercise and parental rights claims.
It is important for the American people to realize that the "separation of Church and State" created by the Establishment Clause, applies only to Christians. It does not apply to any other religion�including atheism and Wicca�both of which of which are religions. Nothing brings that reality home to roost more clearly than US District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton's ruling in Eklund v Byron Union School District since the bias and lack of judicial consistency�both at the district and appellate court levels�is obvious. The State of California, in Eklund, actually violated the 1st Amendment by promoting a "state-sponsored" religion�Islam. The State did this by providing the Council on Islamic Education office space within a public school, and by helping to insulate the CIE against court challenges in that State. If the State did nothing else, it violated the Constitution. However, the State went beyond the veil by compelling school children to learn and recite Islamic prayers, assume Islamic names and pretend to be Muslim. The court saw nothing wrong with that, yet just the mention of the word "Christmas," causes the ACLU and the ABA to froth at the mouth.
Never in this nation's history has its Christian foundation and moral compass come, so openly�and so successfully�under attack from the secular utopians who are determined to erase Christianity from the world's "acceptable" religions. Why that is happening should be obvious if you study the recent past. At the turn of the 20th century, the international businessmen, bankers and industrialists tried to carve up Europe. To achieve their goal, they started a world war that was supposed to lead to a borderless, stateless Europe. The globalists in the ivory towers of industry and finance and the transnationalist barons of business worked in secret to achieve their lofty objective.
When the League of Nations and its world legislature in the Hague failed, an encore�called World War II�was needed. Three months before Pearl Harbor, the USS Augusta rendezvoused with the HMS Prince of Wales in Placentia Bay off the coast of Newfoundland on Sunday, August 10, 1941. In the ocean around the two ships was a virtual armada of warships. On board the American heavy cruiser was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Aboard the HMS Prince of Wales was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. They met, according to banner headlines in America's newspapers on Friday, August 15, to sign a resolution called the Atlantic Charter, which expressed the mutual goals of the historic allies in the postwar world�even though America would not be at war for another 107 days. What FDR and Churchill were actually doing was renovating the League of Nations and fitting it with a red, white and blue suit of clothes to make world government more acceptable to the American people who refused to surrender their sovereignty to Europe in 1920.
In 1920 the globalists, working with Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, Mellon and Morgan money, formed the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. The purpose of the CFR was to change America's mind about world government. From 1920 until their agenda was revealed by the Congressman Carroll Reece and Senator Joe McCarthy in 1955, the globalist agenda was a virtual secret that only the John Birch Society seemed to know about even though it was never a closely guarded secret. In 1941, CFR members Frank Aydelotte and William Yandell Elliott wrote "The City of Man," in which they argued that "...universal peace can be founded on on the unity of man under one law and one government under the law of the world-state...when the heresy of nationalism is conquered and the absurd architecture of the present world is finally dismantled." Elliott and Aydelotte were both Rhodes Scholars.
In 1942, during the dark days of World War II, P.E. Corbett of the Institute of Pacific Relations wrote an "Inquiry Series" article entitled "Post War World" in which he reiterated that "...a world association [of] States may evolve towards one universal federal government...[the process of which]...will have to be assisted by the deletion of the nationalistic material employed in educational textbooks and is replacement by material explaining the benefits of a wider association...World government is the ultimate aim, but there is more chance of attaining it by gradual development...[through]...common economic agencies for advise and control...An economic and financial organization, embracing trade, development and migration...and a central bank. The functions of these organizations...would be to regulate the production and distribution of raw material and food, [and to] control the flow of inter-regional investment and migration."
But even though scholarly magazines and journals were openly discussing world government at the end of the war, the American people were completely oblivious of the plans of their national leaders and the barons of banking and industry who, from behind the seats of government, manipulate the politicians they had purchased with millions of dollars in political contributions.
Had America been paying attention at the end of World War II, or even in the 1950s and 1960s, they might have been able to stop Congress. Had America listened to Reece and McCarthy and demanded an investigation of the nation's wealthiest foundations that are owned by the world's wealthiest families�and had the American people refused and believed the media's savage attack on Senator Joe McCarthy, or questioned the hit-and-run accident that killed Reece as he crossed Pennsylvania Avenue, hurrying back to the House floor to vote on a measure�we might stopped America's participation in the global experiment. Today, there would be no NAFTA. No CAFTA. No jobs drains to China, Mexico and Pakistan. And Christianity would not be under attack.
But we didn't listen. That's why Christianity is under attack. The globalists must destroy the taproot of liberty in the United States before world government can be achieved because the American people will not willingly surrender their sovereignty to a world government dominated by those who wish to destroy us. This can only be achieved by destroying the bedrock of faith�Christianity�in America. It is important to the globalists for several reasons. First, the Declaration of Independence affirms that our rights are inalienable.
If our rights come from God, people cannot take what God gave�at least, not without a second revolution. If, however, that Deity does not exist, then the Declaration of Independence is just so much poetic rhetoric and our rights are conditional on the whims of government. Tragically, a nation whose strength comes from its faith in Jesus Christ loses more than faith when it destroys the tethers of faith that binds them to the God who made them strong. In the end, that nation will die with its lost faith.
To achieve world unity�something that is absolutely essential to create a workable world government devoid of prejudice, hate and war�theological, political and economic parity must exist. That can happen only if my God is not superior to your god; or if my God can't send you to Hell for worshipping your god. That is why the secularists and globalists have joined forces. And that is why an army of over a thousand anti-Christian lawyers have entered the fray. And, conversely, that's why hundreds of municipalities and thousands of businesses have decided this year to erase Christ from Christmas this year. It's easier to deal with a handful of irate Christian customers than a handful of irate litigious lawyers. Due to the steady increase of ACLU lawsuits over Christmas manger scenes and the use of the word "Christmas" which contains the name of the Christian Messiah, civil rights lawyers all but forced mainstream America to erase religion from the most religious holiday in the world�the date that Christians traditionally celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
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Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website.
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The globalists must destroy the taproot of liberty in the United States before world government can be achieved because the American people will not willingly surrender their sovereignty to a world government...