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GOP Candidate: Christians Should Pull Their Kids Out Of Public School

One Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in South Carolina doesn’t seem to like public education:

A South Carolina candidate for lieutenant governor thinks Christian parents should pull their children out of the “godless” and “pagan” public school system.

Addressing a crowd at an April 12 rally in Charleston, Republican E. Ray Moore said Christians currently face a culture war caused by the non-religious teachings of public schools.

“We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” said Moore, after explaining that he had home-schooled his son.

He continued thus: “It cannot be fixed, the socialistic model, and we need to abandon that. As conservatives and Christians, if you think you’re going to win this war you’re in, and leave your children in those schools, it will not happen.”

Moore previously founded a project called the Exodus Mandate, which is described on its website as a “Christian ministry to encourage and assist Christian families to leave Pharaoh’s school system (i.e. government schools) for the Promised Land of Christian schools or home schooling.”

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At the end of his April 12 speech, Moore used Hillary Clinton as an example to demonstrate the dangers of public school. He compared her to a janissary, which was a soldier for the Ottoman Empire. According to Moore, janissaries had been Christian children who were captured by the Ottomans and trained to fight against other Christians.

“Hillary Clinton, who may be the next president, God forbid, was raised in a conservative, Republican family. … There’s an example of a janissary,” said Moore. “And we are turning many of our own children over to this system.”

As crazy as Moore sounds, his message is one you hear frequently from hard-right religious conservatives.

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Comments

  1. Tillman says:

    “We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate.”

    Comedy gold.

    You mean to tell me your faith can’t stand up to the horror that is modern science? You can’t entertain any doubt to your beliefs or the whole rotten edifice will come crashing down on you? You’re a great example to the children.

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  2. Mr. Replica says:

    “We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” said Moore, after explaining that he had home-schooled his son.

    He continued thus: “It cannot be fixed, the socialistic model, and we need to abandon that. As conservatives and Christians, if you think you’re going to win this war you’re in, and leave your children in those schools, it will not happen.”

    War? Enemy? That’s messed up.

    Reminds me of this.

    “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

    ― Barry M. Goldwater

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  3. al-Ameda says:

    Well okay then, leave.
    Adios, vaya con dios.

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  4. Mu says:

    He does realize that the GOP would lose the support of the big money people if they stop providing cheap qualified labor for businesses? Can’t make money with people who were homeschooled and can’t balance a checkbook. Can’t even make money off them if they can’t get a real job because they wouldn’t sell to an unbeliever.

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  5. Moosebreath says:

    @al-Ameda:

    “Well okay then, leave.”

    Just don’t request the rest of us to support your cultural preferences through vouchers.

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  6. Scott says:

    The public school system is one of the foundational elements of this country for over 100 years. It provides a common understanding of our country. These people basically want to destroy this country. It is time to call them out for what they are: anti-American and seditious.

    I normally try to be rationale but these people just piss me off.

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  7. gVOR08 says:

    @Scott: They’ll tell you public schools are doomed, the public sector can’t do anything right. If you tell them they worked great for a hundred years and more, they’ll look at you as though you said it in Greek. You have facts and reason, they have faith in mysticism and nonsense, otherwise known as conservative common sense.

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  8. Ron Beasley says:

    I knew an engineer at Intel who had “found Jesus.” He sent his children to a “christian” school where they learned all about the bible and nothing about science. He was shocked to learn that his two children could not get into a university because of their total ignorance of science.

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  9. Tillman says:

    @Scott: No, they’re not anti-American and seditious. They’re idiots. “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

    They don’t want to field questions from young’uns whose faith is questionable; they want the easy route of raising uninquisitive sheep. Little do they know (and I know it’s little because I deal with these people on a semi-monthly basis) that this reduces their faith to a series of talking points devoid of any depth or soul-searching. Of course abortion is murder. Of course homosexual marriage is a defilement of the sacrament. Of course Jesus conquered the Romans with his holy AK.

    In their minds, the faith of their fathers and mothers was something you learned in Sunday school and repeated ad nauseam for the rest of your life without question. That conception is entirely wrong, but hey, modern science is scary.

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  10. Scott says:

    @Tillman: They may be idiots but they are a danger to this country. Dismissing them as idiots does not get to the problem they represent.

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  11. Tillman says:

    @Scott: Oh, I’m not dismissing the danger. But calling them seditious misses the mark, and if we want to deal with problems it helps to have an accurate picture of them.

    I would deal with the ignorant differently than how I would deal with the treacherous. You have to assume the traitor has some sort of intelligence.

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  12. gVOR08 says:

    Again – where do Republicans find these people, and why?

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  13. stonetools says:

    @gVOR08:

    They aren’t hard to find. THere are millions of foilks across the South and Appalachia who believe as Moore does.
    Such folks were fine with public schools-until they started letting blacks in, teaching evolution, and banned official prayers and Bible reading in schools.

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  14. J-Dub says:

    Didn’t we go to war against these type of people in Afghanistan?

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  15. Woody says:

    @Mr. Replica:

    The Goldwater quote is doubly constructive: considering how Sen. Goldwater would be challenged from the right were he to run for office in 2014 Arizona, GOP Candidate E. Ray Moore might be espousing the Moderate Republican Position come 2020.

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  16. mantis says:

    A South Carolina candidate for lieutenant governor thinks Christian parents should pull their children out of the “godless” and “pagan” public school system.

    Pagan, huh? Like, say, celebrating the spring festival with bunnies and eggs or the winter festival by putting an evergreen in your house? Those crazy pagans…

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  17. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    Ironically enough, I was at a Christian schools convention a few years back where one of the publishers was promising that the use of their particular curriculum would help you raise children “who will never challenge authority.”

    Of course these were the days of Roger Ailes “permanent conservative/GOP majority” and before the Kenyan usurper came into office.

    Be careful what you wish for…

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  18. Franklin says:

    @mantis: I could have sworn my kids just stayed home for something called Good Friday. I don’t remember that being a pagan holiday, but whatever.

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  19. RGardner says:

    Meanwhile we just had the Earth Day worships. Local TV coverage of an elementary school had them saving the earth (according to the kids in front of the camera) with feel-good tasks. Hubris.

    OTOH, sent this article to a friend that is a 5th grade teacher and got this back, ” [I've had] parents that want their children pulled out of class when I teach Greek Mythology. You know, because their kids might want to start worshiping pagan gods?”

    I bet the folks bitching about Greek Mythology also read horoscopes.

    Anyway, pox of both their houses (and wishing them pax).

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  20. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @RGardner: Not being able to tell the fundamental difference between concern for one’s home planet and a belief in an omniscient and omnipotent being speaks to a certain amount of confusion on your part.

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  21. Barry says:

    @Mu: “He does realize that the GOP would lose the support of the big money people if they stop providing cheap qualified labor for businesses? ”

    They never will, because the big money people make so frikkin’ much off of GOP governments. They can directly receive tens or hundreds of billions of $$$$.

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  22. Barry says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: “Ironically enough, I was at a Christian schools convention a few years back where one of the publishers was promising that the use of their particular curriculum would help you raise children “who will never challenge authority.”

    Of course these were the days of Roger Ailes “permanent conservative/GOP majority” and before the Kenyan usurper came into office.

    Be careful what you wish for… ”

    It still works. ‘Authority’ always means ‘rightful authority’.

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  23. grumpy realist says:

    What’s even more hilarious is that the Catholic Virgin + Child iconography was swiped from ancient Egypt’s statues of Isis and Horus.

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  24. labman57 says:

    Another proponent of the American Taliban crawls out from under a rock.

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