Is Humanism Molesting YOUR Child?

by Caleb Reading

This is the title of a pamphlet written in 1999 and distributed by a Texas fundamentalist parents’ group. I kid you not: Is Humanism Molesting Your Child?  When I first read it I couldn’t believe it was written in 1999. Change the word “Humanism” to “Communism” and it’s straight out of the McCarthy Era.

Anyway, I can no longer find a copy on worldmissions.org, where it used to be, but some wonderful person saw fit to copy it onto E2 when this thing first started:
http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=165175

It’s hilarious, and the funniest (but also saddest) part is that the fundamentalist group actually meant all its claims in earnest.

Here’s some choice quotes from the pamplet:

It was declared by the U. S. Supreme Court to be a religion. Does this religion have effective Sunday Schools? Not exactly. It has effective Monday through Friday schools. That’s right! Our public schools. Doesn’t the Constitution require separation of church and state? Yes, indeed! However, schools are rapidly changing from their traditional education to “change agents” for Humanism. Who pays for it? You do!

HOW IS IT INDOCTRINATED?

How could such complex issues of Humanism possibly be indoctrinated into your child in elementary or high school? NOT BY ACCIDENT. Under Lenin and Stalin, Pavlov developed the technique of conditioning dogs to bring about the desired results; and from this beginning, Humanist psychologists and behavioural scientists successfully developed techniques which can GRADUALLY CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S CONSCIENCE, PERSONALITY, VALUES, AND BEHAVIOR.

An extensively used technique is Values Clarification which can be used to convince the child that he has the right to develop HIS OWN personal values, free from parental influence and authority, free from religious influences.

Oh my god! The child might develop HIS OWN values! This is NOT BY ACCIDENT, people. And I liked the completely unnecessary addition of the phrase “Under Lenin and Stalin”. Lenin!? Stalin!? Oh my god hold me I’m so scared; scientists like Pavlov are clearly evil!

Values education frequently incorporates the above techniques and strategies with these issues:

Premarital sex
Racial equality
Anger
Extramarital sex
Drugs
Fear
Homosexuality
Death
Hate
Lesbianism
Mercy killing
Love
Incest
War
Marriage
Women’s lib
Ecology
Divorce
Abortion
Communism
Family conflicts
Contraceptives
Free enterprise
Parental values
Poverty
Disarmament
Interdependence
Police brutality
Church
(one world government)
Are these issues on which you want your child to choose his values, free from your influence, and free from any standard of RIGHT AND WRONG ?

Oh lord what ever would happen if little Timmy actually thought out an issue like racial equality or poverty? He might actually employ reason and compassion in this thought process. The HORROR!

More and more teachers are being trained with our tax dollars to be effective “change agents” and to sneak Humanism into the classroom.

That’s a lovely tin-foil hat you have there. It goes with your wild eyes.

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