As Dr. Milton Friedman once said, public schools teach religion, too - including their own beliefs and values - just not a theistic one. Parents have a Natural Right - one which comes from God - to choose the education their child will receive. It says we do in the UN Declaration of Human Rights which was written in 1948 and signed by the United States (Article 26, paragraph 3). Is also says we have this right in 2229 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We have freedom of religion guaranteed by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Every school age child in the entire nation - no exceptions - should be given a voucher to be used by her parents to choose the school she will attend whether it be public, private, or religious. To not do this is in conflict with the Free Exercise Clause. To make people pay all of their adult lives for public schools which are atheistic or secular humanistic - two things which the Supreme Court has ruled are religions - is to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Why aren't we bringing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court so school vouchers will become the law of the land, will be mandated nationwide, and anything in a state constitution which conflicts with it, such as a Blaine Amendment, will be declared Unconstitutional and be removed?
The LDS Prophets have long stated that Socialism is the religion of Satan. It is specially Satan's counterfeit to the Gospel of Christ. This is the established religion of the USA today and has been since 1913. Free government schools were condemned by Brigham Young, John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. The members rejected the prophets and the LDS school program failed as members sent their children to government schools that were promoted in the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto. This is well documented in a Meridian article on this subject a few years ago. We are reaping what with sowed with our disobedience to the Prophets on the issue of schools. And the Socialist State Schools do not want any competition for the minds of our children. I guess we should have listen to the Prophets and eschew Socialism. But like Israel of old, Zion, today, is still demanding a king.
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