WHAT IF THE PILGRIMS HAD BEEN MUSLIMS?
�So, why is murder wrong?� I posited that question to a group of high school seniors in an affluent Columbus suburban school. I had been invited to speak to a class called �Poly Rad,� which is a course designed to give seniors a variety of different views across the political spectrum. It stimulates a great deal of debate and really exposes the crux of modern American education.
With all of the talk today about the lousy job our government schools are doing, you would think that someone would point out that, in fact, the schools are doing a marvelous job. Although most citizens, parents in particular, are dazzled by the spin put out by their local school system regarding the great job the schools are doing, the Truth remains that from an educational point of view our government school system is a dismal failure.
Yes, from an EDUCATIONAL standpoint the schools are doing poorly. But overall, the schools are doing a great job. In fact, I would say that they get an �A� for their efforts. You see, there is a misunderstanding between what the parents think the schools are supposed to do, and what the policy-makers think the schools are supposed to do.
Trust me, the schools are doing exactly what they have been designed to do, and they are doing it well. Most taxpayers have been hoodwinked into believing the job of their local schools have been to EDUCATE their children.
But in the ivory towers in Washington where the real decisions regarding education are made, they know that parents have been sold a bill of goods. The job of the modern American educational system is not EDUCATION but INDOCTRINATION.
Seven and one-half hours a day, five days a week, one hundred and eighty days a year, our children are not taught HOW to think, they are taught WHAT to think. �All religions, and cultures are the same,� goes the motto.
Isn�t it odd, that when we hear someone speak about the school systems in Muslim countries they often refer to the �brain-washing� that is done in those countries to train the children to hate Jews and infidels? �Indoctrination into hate,� I heard one commentator say.
Well the brainwashing is just as rampant in America, only we call it education. The �dirt� that needs �washed� out of the brains of American children is our Christian heritage. Multi-culturalism is the detergent they use, and intimidation is the starch. To steal a basketball term, the educational-elite have put on a full-court press to convince our children that all cultures are the same.
When the autopsy of America is completed, the cause of death will be listed as �suicide by multi-cultural indoctrination.� It is a suicide in which the church has played the role of Dr. Kervorkian, standing quietly by as the poison was administered.
�So, why is murder wrong?� I asked this group of future leaders in the classroom.
�Because it takes another person�s life,� a young girl responded.
�So,� I asked, �what makes that wrong?�
�Because no one has the right to take someone else�s life,� chimed in a round-faced self-impressed, know-it-all.
�Says who?� I pressed in on the increasingly agitated students.
�It is against the law, Buddy,� piped in a bored, overweight humanist with baggy pants.
�Let me get this straight.� I baited the hook. �The law determines murder is wrong, is that correct? You�re saying murder is wrong because the law says it is?�
�Yeah,� they chorused. �No one has the right to take another person�s life.�
�Really?� I began to set the hook. �How about suicide bombers?� You know, the folks who strap bombs on themselves and set them off to murder others in the name of their religion. They think they are doing a good thing. They think murder brings glory to their god. Are they wrong? Come on now, in America wouldn�t we condemn anyone who did such a despicable thing? In Iraq they think it is a good thing. Their religion, which is their government, teaches it is a good thing to kill certain people. Who is right? Why do we Americans think murder is wrong, yet suicide bombers think they will be honored in heaven for having murdered innocent people?�
�That�s because they follow the Koran,� offered a soft-spoken olive-skinned young man. �They get their idea of right and wrong from the Koran. The Koran teaches it is ok to kill the Jews and the Infidels."
�Yeah, but you all just told me murder is always wrong.� I reminded them. �Which is it? Can murder be right for one person and wrong for another? Why, in America, do we believe murder is wrong, but in other parts of the world it is ok?�
�Because we follow the Bible,� one jockish looking young man clad in a Ohio State Buckeye jersey spoke up. �The Bible teaches that murder is wrong. That is what America believes. Our laws were based on the Bible; other countries based their laws on whatever religion they believed. The Bible says thou shall not murder so that became one of our laws.�
�So who is right?� I eased in as the Truth was flushing over their faces. �In America do we allow one person to murder another because HIS religion says it is ok, or do we have one standard for all?�
�O.J. got away with it.� Came a cynical voice from the back.
�Maybe he was a Muslim,� chortled a classmate. The room chuckled nervously.
�Stay with me,� I drew them back in. In America would we allow someone to murder another person because his religion said it was ok, or would we hold him accountable? Would the excuse that it was legal in his native country get him off in America?
�Of course not!� exclaimed a couple of students simultaneously. �If a person is going to live in America then he must abide by our laws. Our Constitution says everyone has the right to life. If someone wants to live in America then he has to follow our laws. In America it is wrong to murder.�
�Actually the Constitution doesn�t say anything about the right to life,� I gently corrected, �that is found in the Declaration of Independence. But the premise is the same. In America we believe that no one has the right to take the life of another. Why?�
There was a pregnant pause, as no one wanted to say the obvious. The fruits of twelve years of indoctrination about separation of church and state, values clarification, no absolute right and wrong, moral relativism, and who-are-you-to-judge, lay naked and exposed. Finally a clean cut, captain-of-the-football-team-looking young man mustered the courage to say what our children had been brainwashed never to mention.
�Murder is wrong because God said it is and the Bible teaches it. Christians founded this nation on the principles of the Bible. They believed in the 10 Commandments and used it as the basis of all moral law. �Thou shall not murder was the Christian God�s idea. Our government wrote it into law.�
The teachable moment, that is what all teachers strive for. That moment in time when the opportunity arrives where Truth can imbed itself in the heart. The reality of the fraud of everything they had been taught oozed into their souls. America was different from other countries and they knew why. They understood that all cultures are not morally equal.
�I know that you have been taught that America is not a Christian nation, and it isn�t in the sense that Iran is a Muslim nation.� I broke the silence. �But let me ask you a question. If you had your choice would you rather live in Iran or America?�
Their resounding response was, �America!�
�Why?� I led them.
�Because America has freedom,� a student barked.
�Why?� I pressed.
�Because in America we follow the Bible while they follow the Koran?� he responded.
�Wow,� gasped a young man in wonderment. �I was just thinking�.how different would America be if the Pilgrims on the Mayflower were Muslim.�
The Mayflower Compact
"In the name of God, Amen.
We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620."
There followed the signatures of 41 of the 102 passengers, 37 of whom were Separatists fleeing religious persecution in Europe. This Compact established the first basis in the New World for written laws. Half of the colony failed to survive the first winter, but the remainder lived on and prospered.
How different indeed. If we lose the Christian culture we lose America.
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Well the brainwashing is just as rampant in America, only we call it education. The �dirt� that needs �washed� out of the brains of American children is our Christian heritage. Multi-culturalism is the detergent they use, and intimidation is the starch.