NEW YORK, NY – TBNN and other news outlets received the following statement from the Episcopal Church in America earlier this week:
“We in the Episcopal Church have always put a strong emphasis upon the education of our children. We believe that without education, our children will not be able to keep up in our fast-changing, technological society.
Most of our children are excelling in either public schools or private schools in America. They are learning all they need to achieve great status in the careers of their choice. Episcopal kids have, over the years, routinely out-performed their non-Episcopal counterparts.
We are concerned, however, about the education of a very small sub-segment of our Episcopal body. This small group is our home-schooled children. We have discovered that our children who are ‘educated’ in their homes are not receiving the same curriculum as other children their age in public or private school.
For example, children taught at home are not learning enough about evolution (the process by which God brought about creation; all smart people know this). They are not being instructed in how to ‘say no to drugs.’ They are not being exposed to the various sexual options available to them in society.
Of great concern also is what these home-schooled kids are being taught. We have learned that they simply know too much of the bible. They understand not only the content of the bible, but also how to properly interpret it. Furthermore, they believe that the scriptures actually mean what they say, and do not change in meaning over time. An alarming number hold to Reformed Theology.
We, the leadership of the Episcopal Church, are greatly concerned by the threat that the home-schooled children could bring against the church in the upcoming years. If these children bring their fundamentalist ideas into the church, they will only cause division and stir up strife within the Episcopal body.
We, therefore, strongly encourage all home-schooling parents to cease their current practices. We encourage all parents (who can afford it) to place their children in Episcopal private schools. If this is not possible, please enroll your kids in any of our excellent public schools. This should take care of any threats to the security of the Episcopal Church in the future.”
TBNN attempted to contact Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (pictured here), but she was unavailable for comment.