Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Christian teaching genocide via the "good news club"

You gotta love that name?! "Good news club"!
Good news club =  teaching it is ok to kill
Like collateral damage. R2P. "intervention". Regime change.
All the ways war, genocide, killing, imperialism, state sponsored terror are made palatable to a dumbed down audience. So why not a "good news club" promoting genocide?

"This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly "Bible study" course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.
There are now over 3,200 clubs in public elementary schools, up more than sevenfold since the 2001 supreme court decision, Good News Club v Milford Central School, effectively required schools to include such clubs in their after-school programing.
The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the bloodshed, saying simply that "the Amalekites were completely defeated." In the most recent version of the curriculum, however, the group is quite eager to drive the message home to its elementary school students. The first thing the curriculum makes clear is that if God gives instructions to kill a group of people, you must kill every last one:
"You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) - people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left."
"That was pretty clear, wasn't it?" the manual tells the teachers to say to the kids.
Even more important, the Good News Club wants the children to know, the Amalakites were targeted for destruction on account of their religion, or lack of it. The instruction manual reads:
"The Amalekites had heard about Israel's true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in him. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment."

The instruction manual goes on to champion obedience in all things. In fact, pretty much every lesson that the Good News Club gives involves reminding children that they must, at all costs, obey. If God tells you to kill nonbelievers, he really wants you to kill them all. No questions asked, no exceptions allowed.
Asking if Saul would "pass the test" of obedience, the text points to Saul's failure to annihilate every last Amalekite, posing the rhetorical question:
"If you are asked to do something, how much of it do you need to do before you can say, 'I did it!'?"
"If only Saul had been willing to seek God for strength to obey!" the lesson concludes.
A review question in the textbook seeks to drive the point home further:
"How did King Saul only partly obey God when he attacked the Amalekites? (He did not completely destroy as God had commanded, he kept the king and some of the animals alive.)"

When we hear, especially in the West, about our supposed Judeo-Christian values, is this what is being referenced? Seems it is. Given the penchant in theWest for war, killing, destruction, regime-change,  imperialism etc.,

10 comments:

  1. Short on time, so just a quick but interesting post

    Sounds like indoctrination or brainwashing??
    Mind Control?

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  2. This is truly shocking but it's interesting because it brings to mind that unit of soldiers who have been using 'Jesus Rifles' to kill in Afghanistan - its all indoctrination and it's very sick! I wouldn't be surprised if those soldiers where members of the CEF in schools, which makes their acceptance of 'killing in the name of Jesus' okay for them!

    Marie
    aka Marty

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    1. Hey Marie

      Killing in the name of Jesus?
      And yet this is what the West claims of Islam?
      There are times I just don't know what to say..

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  3. This made me think of Paideia (of the creepy Barbara Spectre fame). A brief search brought up a few, admittedly tenuous, links (all in pdfs):
    http://meadowfield.richlandone.org/download.axd?file=f368aa2d-d445-4c7a-b2d2-6ef918ad78a6&dnldType=Resource
    https://sic.ed.sc.edu/network/reports/925_SchoolRpt_112201112611.pdf
    http://www.sethsa.org/TPNewsArchives/TP2006/TheTeachingPioneer-Nov2006.pdf

    I'm thinking that 'Good News Club' is the right wing (Christian Zionist) anti-thesis of the left-wing (Jewish liberal) Paideia. Modern education seems to be virtually completely in the grips of the Paideia doctrine.

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    1. So we have the Good News Club to indoctrinate the 'Christian Soldier' caste and Paideia for the Sheeple caste. The elite will not be subjected to either the Good News Club or Paideia.

      Education for the masses is all about indoctrination.

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    2. "Education for the masses is all about indoctrination."

      worth repeating

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    3. Oh and thanks, just what I need. More to read ;)

      I downloaded a pdf on speed reading,which I will have to read, but maybe it will help?
      Aargh!!

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    4. These pdfs only need (deserve) a very light skim - basically marketing bullshit pushing Paideia, Good News Clubs are only mentioned in passing. I've a feeling that Paideia could be a huge story.

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  4. BTW: The Magnotta Newman post continues to gather responses

    don't miss them..

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  5. Freethinker, James et al

    Kaspi is leaving info in the Georgia post
    One in response to Freethinker
    I have to take the time to look at it
    Thought I would let you all know???

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