24 January, 2008

Episcopal Church Discourages Home-Schooling; Kids Know Too Much Bible

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.

7 comments:

Darrin said...

The things of God can only be properly interpreted by the church leaders and their husbands.

Jeff said...

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.


THIS explains the decline in the Episcopal church... we are raising infidels and heresy-illiterates!

AspiringTheologian said...

At first I laughed at this. Then I realized this is really how most people view homeschoolers.

Why is it that people hate so much that Christian parents want to bring up godly children? Why do they want to influence the children instead? (Rhetorical Questions)

Very funny post.

In Christ,
The Aspiring Theologian

Knight of the Living God

rckeys88 said...

I read an article about a public school that has been forced to stop showing "Facing the Giants". One of the major reasons cited was that the film indoctrinates children regarding Christianity and public schools are no place for indoctrination...

kauf0162 said...

Having been homeschooled up through high school, I can only say how grateful I am that my parents (especially my mother) took the time and effort to homeschool me, and that I was sheltered from some of the things that I have heard go on in public schools, as well as getting an education in the Bible that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. Thanks for your post!

Jim Pemberton said...

I'm a homeschool dad. One observation I have is that ecclesiological systems that produce faithless children as a subversive principle on the whole lose those children as parishioners when they get old enough to leave the nest. Thus they generate their own demise. Unfortunately, these children ore often effectively inoculated against the gospel and are typically difficult to evangelize later by real Christians.

Anonymous said...

And you know what's such a pity? At first reading, it came across as a "legit" news release..... how sad. Truly the word "Ichabod" applies to the TEC as we know it now....