Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

The Weekly Sam: Portrait of a Young Hero-The Paul V Healey Story

Back in 1968, Sam interviewed Paul V Healey. a young soldier from Holbrook, MA who did one of the most heroic feats of courage in the Vietnam War.  It is too lengthy to publish as a blog, so we have a link to a PDF version from Sam’s archive:

http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Manuscripts/Portrait%20of%20A%20Young%20Hero-The%20Paul%20V.%20Healey%20Jr%20Story.pdf

 

The Blumenfeld Archives

Last Week, Wolf PAC’s Cenk Uygur and His “Conservative” Allies Handed Defeat in NH and this week they were handed a defeat in Maine

The odious Cenk Uygur, founder of Wolf  PAC, and his “conservative” allies at Convention of States and Term Limits USA were handed a defeat last week in New Hampshire when the New Hampshire House tabled HCR 8-a resolution calling for an application for an Article V Convention by a 247-99 vote, and today February 20,  Maine’s Senate voted 12-18 against  the Motion to Accept Majority Ought to pass report on SP 705 which was a joint collaboration between Wolf PAC and Term Limits USA, and its lobbyist Ken Quinn.

The well-funded pro-Article V Convention lobbyists have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in both states over the past ten years to no avail.  It appears that the more money they spend, the fewer votes they get.  This is due to the hard work of local activists who take the time to educate their elected officials on this issue.  However, we cannot rest on our laurels.  We need to rescind all extant applications in both states.  Thanks to all of those who helped make these victories for the U.S. Constitution possible.

Thanks to a friend in Maine who contacted me last night to let me know that lobbyist Ken Quinn was on a popular Maine radio show promoting an Article Convention, I immediately E-mailed the station and asked for some equal time. Within a few minutes Mr. Ric Tyler co-host of the George Hale-Ric Tyler Show on WVOM FM invited me to call in at 6:06 AM.  Here is a link to the interview:

(A link to an audio version of the interview:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2024-02-20T11_13_07-08_00

The Weekly Sam: Sam’s Offer to Mayor Cory Booker: Give me your worst school and I will turn it around in a year.

The following are a letter and a follow up letter to then Mayor of Newark Cory Booker offering to take the school with the worse scores and turn it around in a year using “Alpha-Phonics.”    Sam had a solid plan with a team willing to relocate to Newark:

 

S A M U E L L. B L U M E N F E L D
161 Great Road Littleton, MA 01460 781-354-2040

January 7, 2011
Hon. Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark
City Hall
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Dear Mayor Booker:

I recently became aware of your efforts to improve education in the city of Newark and
of Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to help you in that endeavor. As a writer of over ten
books on education, I’ve been aware of the problems that beset American public schools
for over forty years and have worked strenuously to find ways to improve the
performance of our children. But the greatest obstacle I have found is the educational
establishment that refuses to make the necessary changes that would guarantee academic
success for all students.

I first became aware of the reading problem back in the 1960s when I was an editor at
Grosset & Dunlap in New York. I was invited to become a member of the Reading
Reform Foundation’s National Advisory Council. It was then that I became aware of the
war among educators between advocates of phonics and advocates of look-say, the
whole-world or sight method that teaches children to read English as if it were Chinese.
I did an investigation of the reading problem and came to the conclusion that the sight
method could cause reading disability and dyslexia among many children. I put all of
this in my book, The New Illiterates, published in 1973. The Establishment response to
my findings was zero.

Determined to provide parents with a way of saving their children from such educational
malpractice, I created a simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use intensive phonics reading
program–Alpha-Phonics–that any parent could use to teach their children to read at
home. It has now been used very successfully by thousands of homeschooling parents
for over twenty years and has produced wonderfully literate children.

In your press release about Newark’s Education Opportunity, it states that “In 2008-2009,
only 40 percent of students could read and write at grade level by the end of the third
grade, only 54 percent of high school students graduated and just 38 percent enrolled in
college.”

I can show you how to get all of the children in Newark’s schools to become proficient
readers, dramatically increase the rate of graduation, and increase the percentage of
students enrolling in college. I recently received a testimonial from a teacher in Florida who has been using
Alpha-Phonics for the last ten years, and he has literally performed miracles with some of
the worst readers in his classes. I can state without any equivocation, that I can produce
a miracle in Newark if permitted by you to do so. I am enclosing this teacher’s
remarkable testimony of the power of this program.

The “miracle” that Alpha-Phonics performs is really no miracle at all. It is simply the
sensible and proper use of a primary program that puts the emphasis on the development
of the right side of the brain, the language faculty. Today’s schools force children to use
their right brains to perform the functions of the left brain, thereby actually deforming the
children’s brains. This phenomenon can be seen by extensive brain scans conducted by
neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, author of Reading in the Brain. In other words,
common teaching practices in our schools are actually deforming the brains of our
children. And that is why the children act out, knowing that something harmful, which
they can’t understand, is being done to them.

All children are born with a dominant language faculty in their left brains. When the
continued natural development of this faculty is thwarted by faulty teaching methods, you
get educational problems. You get ADD and ADHD. I would like to show you how it is
possible to reverse this process and get kids back into a positive learning mode. I propose
a pilot project whereby I am given the worst elementary school in Newark and allowed to
demonstrate how it can become the best school in the city in about eight months.

Although I have lived in New England since 1965, I know Newark well. My sister lived
there with her husband and children, and as a teenager I spent many pleasant summer
weeks on leafy Elwood Place. I know that Newark today is not what it once was: the
safest, most pleasant place to live in America. But I am more than willing to do
whatever I can to assist you in making Newark’s schools the best in the nation.
I hope you will take me up on my offer. This is an opportunity that Newark can’t afford
to miss.
Sincerely yours,

Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Cc: Governor Chris Christie, Mark Zuckerberg: Startup Education

 

S A M U E L L. B L U M E N F E L D
161 Great Road Littleton, MA 01460

February 12, 2011

Hon. Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark
City Hall
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Dear Mayor Booker:

I hope you have had a chance to consider my proposal of January 7th to take the worst
elementary school in Newark and transform it into the best school in the city. Here is an
outline of the plan to accomplish that academic miracle..

But first, I want to convince you why it should be done. Each year over a million black
children enter our public education system eager to learn, yet at the end of the process at
least half are functionally illiterate. You and your administration can stop that process of
failure, provided the will is there to do so.

Second, this country will not be able to compete with the Koreans, Chinese, Japanese,
and Indians who are all learning to read and speak English by methods greatly superior to
the ones being used in our schools to teach American children to read, write, and speak
their own language.

Forty years of experience as a writer and educator have gone into the plan I am
proposing. I hope you will be willing to give the “Newark Experiment,” as I call it, the
backing it will need from the Mayor’s office, the highest level of Newark’s government.

This is how the plan will be implemented:

1. Preliminary Conference: As Plan Designer I would like to confer with you and Dr.
Clifford B. Janey, the Superintendent of Schools, and others in your administration on the
need to implement the Newark Experiment. Agreement is needed so that the plan can be
implemented willingly by all concerned.

2. Selection of School: The selection of the elementary school for this pilot project
should be made on the basis of test scores. This should not be difficult to do since each
school has published its test scores. Let us select that school with the lowest test scores.

3. School Visit: I would like to visit that school and become acquainted with the
Principal and faculty, as well as the students. I would want to examine the materials
presently being used to teach the children their basics. It would be essential to bring on
board the faculty of the school and for me to explain why they should be willing to take
part in this historic experiment which will have its ramifications throughout the country.
Their enthusiastic cooperation would guarantee success.

4. Teacher Training: The summer would be used to train the faculty in the essentials of
the plan. A team of trainers would be brought to Newark to share their experiences and
practices in using Alpha-Phonics. Obviously, the faculty will have many questions
which the training team will be able to answer.

5. Budget Authorization: The Superintendent of Schools should authorize the purchase
of the necessary books for the experiment: Alpha-Phonics, the Little Readers, Flash
Cards, lined notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, etc. A budget can be provided outlining
the necessary expenditures. Compensation for Dr. Blumenfeld and the trainers, who will
be coming from Texas and Florida, should be included in the budget.

6. Parental Input: In September 2011, parents will be informed of the experiment in
their children’s school. Their cooperation is needed to make sure that their children do
their homework, which will help their children succeed.

7. School Testing: At the beginning of the school year, all third- to sixth-grade
students in the school should be tested with the Oral Reading Assessment Test in order to
create a Literacy Profile of the school. In that way, those students in need of strong
remedial programs will be identified. For example, in the third grade you will find some
students reading at a sixth grade level and others reading at a first grade level. In the
sixth grade you will find students reading at a second grade level and others reading
above their grade level. Testing the students will give the faculty the information they
need about each student’s reading level.

8. The Curriculum: All first and second graders will be taught to read and write with
Alpha-Phonics. We expect 100% success. Everyone in the rest of the school will be
brought up to grade level in reading and writing. Basic arithmetic will also be taught to
all students. We expect 100% success, with extra tutoring for those who are having a
more difficult time reaching the desired goal. Other subjects should include Local
Geography and History, Elementary Science, English Grammar, and other subjects
determined by the Superintendent of Schools. These students will be able to thrive in
high school and go on to college.

9. Final Testing: By June 2012, the entire school should be tested to see the results of
the experiment. By then the school will be the best in the city and able to celebrate its
achievement. Care should be taken to make sure that the school does not revert to its
past practices that made it the worst school in the city. The new curriculum should
become a permanent part of the school.

10, Final Report: The success of the program should be made public by way of a press
release and a news conference and the issuance of a Final Report. The city of Newark
should proudly proclaim its success in transforming its worst school into its best school
through a unique program that can be duplicated in any city in the country. The Report
should be sent to the nation’s leading media and the Mayor and Superintendent should be
available for interviews.

As you can see, Mayor Booker, this is an exciting plan that will bring credit to Newark
and your administration. Your willingness to try something that has not been tried
anywhere before will be seen as proof that the public schools can be reformed to do what
they were created to do: produce a literate, intelligent population. The plan is eminently
doable. All it requires is the will to carry it out. The Newark Experiment can become a
model for the entire country to emulate. It will prove that educational success is possible
in core-city environments.

But what it really requires is thinking out of the box. That is the real key to success.
I look forward to your response.

Sincerely yours,

Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Cc: Governor Chris Christie, Mark Zuckerberg

Sam would write letters to numerous mayors, and school supernatants with this proposal.  He seldom got a reply and when he did, it was a politely worded “Thank you but no thank you.”  Sam never got a reply from Mayor Booker who is now a member of the U.S. Senate.

Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Christie were sent copies and never responded to Sam.  In 2010, Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark School Department.

 

The Racist Roots of Planned Parenthood and Its Legacy of Death

 

For years people have urged me, including my wife, to write a book. I would usually respond with “Why write a book when I can promote books already in publication and better than anything I can do.”    Back in 2011, we started Camp Constitution Press and reprinted a chapter of a book titled “From Farm Boy to Financier” by Frank Vanderlip.  The chapter concerned the secret meeting at Jekyll Island Georgia where the plot to create the Federal Reserve was hatched.  Mr. Vanderlip was one of the attendees.  Since then, we have reprinted and published a number or books including Color, Communism and Common Sense, On the Supposed Change of Temperature in Winter by Noah Webster. (That’s right, Noah Webster refuted global warning back in 1810.) and First Scout for General Patton written by my late friend from Laconia Bob Kingsbury.  But since my visit the Harvard Medical School library in January of 2020, I need to publish what I discovered and uncovered.

It isn’t a massive tome-only 98 pages- and it consists mainly of transcribed letters  between Margaret Sanger and Dr. Clarence Gamble with pictures of the originals.  It also contains a little-known speech by Martin Luther King titled “Family Planning: A Special and Urgent Concern” which was read  by his wife Coretta in 1966 at Planned Parenthood’s First Annual Margaret Sanger Award Ceremony.  King was the first recipient of the award.  The Corporate media will not make any mention of how King and many other black leaders collaborated with avowed racist Sanger to promote birth control and later abortion in the black community.

Background to the book:

I had learned about Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project” in the book Grand Illusions:  The Legacy of Planned Parenthood by George Grant back in the late 1980s.   Some years later, while doing some research for an article on Planned Parenthood, I found a copy of the letter written by Sanger to Dr. Gamble dated December 10, 1939, which Sanger writes about the ‘Negro Project” and the need to elicit the support of black doctors and clergy.  She wrote:

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighter out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

 

(Page 2 of the three page “Negro Project” letter)

Her supporters, which are legion in the United States. tell us that this has been taken out of context.  But in her book The Pivot of Civilization Sanger advocated for “the elimination of human weeds” and for “the sterilization of genetically inferior races.”  The fact that she had white supremacist and KKK member Lothrop Stoddard and Dr Ernst Rudin, the Nazi in charge of Germany’s forced sterilization collaborating with her belies the claims of her apologists-one of which is Hillary Clinton.

In 2018, I noticed that the letter address of the letter to Gamble was Adams St in Milton, a mile or so from Lower Mills, in Boston’s Dorchester section.  In November of 2018, we sponsored some speaking engagements for Rev. Steve Craft, our camp chaplain in the Boston area.   I asked Rev Craft if he would like to be in a video across the street from Gamble’s former home read the letter with commentary from the both of us.  And, on Friday November 30, we did so.  While recording the video it dawned on me that George H. W. Bush was born a short distance from the Gamble residence.  Prescott Bush-H.W.’s father- was Planned Parenthood’s first treasurer.  Interestingly enough, we got word that H.W. died that same day. The video is available on Camp Constitution’s YouTube channel:  https://youtu.be/N3Hak6fw8CM?si=WR-dgmkQnPpdhi4D

I subsequently learned  that Dr. Gamble’s papers were housed at the- Countway Library-Harvard University’s School of Medicine’s Library, the largest medical school library in the world located in Boston.  I visited the library in January of 2020, and while I wasn’t able to find any letters between Bush and Gamble, I did find a batch of letters between Sanger and Gamble.

Who is Dr. Clarence Gamble?

Dr. Gamble was an heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune.  His grandfather was a co-founder of the company.  He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1920 He, like most of Sanger’s associates, was a supporter of eugenics and force sterilizations.  He was an integral part of both the Negro Project and the Puerto Rican Project-a program that used Puerto Rican women as guinea pigs to test the birth control pill.  In 1946, Gamble founded the North Carolina Human Betterment League. In 1957 he founded what is now known as Pathfinder International which gives “reproductive health” and services in Africa and Asia.

 

(Rev. Steve Craft with the former home of Dr. Gamble in the background.)

The book also has short biographies of people mentioned in the correspondence including Albert Lasker, the man who was the primary funder of the Negro Project. Lasker was known as “The Father of Modern Advertising.”  Lasker was a Republican and his wife Mary, a close colleague of Sanger, was a Democrat.  They both lobbied for socialized medicine and federal funding of medical research.   They created the Lasker Foundation.   If you go to the Lasker Foundation’s website, you will find glowing praise of its founders.  I contacted the foundation asking for a statement on its racist roots, but I never heard back.

 

We were pleased and honored to get many endorsements for the book including actress Stacy Dash who starred in the move “Roe v Wade,” former abortion nurse Julie Wilkinson who played the abortion nurse in the movie ‘UnPlanned:  The Abby Johnson Story, and Ed Martin of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles.

I dedicated the book to my late friend Dr Mildren Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School.  In the wake of the infamous but now repealed “Roe v Wade,” Dr. Jefferson said:  I am not willing to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to life.”

Sanger has been successful beyond her wildest dreams.  The black population in the United States is at a steady thirteen percent.  In New York City almost half of black pregnancies end in abortion, and every single black Democrat in Congress supports abortion. While the founders of the modern Pro-Life Movement were primarily Catholic Democrats, as of this writing, there is only one Pro-Life Democrat in Congress-Henry Cuellar.  There are many pro-abortion Republicans as well including Chris Sununu.  The first two states to decriminalize abortion were NY and CA-both led by Republican governors.  We hope that our book helps to shed some much-needed light on this dark chapter in our history.

Call to action:  Get involved with a local or national Right to Life group, and volunteer and/or support a local crisis pregnancy center.  And pray that God will change the hearts and minds of both those in the abortion industry and those who support it.

 

Dr. Jefferson with the author 1995

 

The book is available on Camp Constitution’s website https://campconstitution.net/product/the-racist-roots-of-planned-parenthood-and-its-legacy-of-death/ on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Yours To Give: A Timeless Lesson on the U.S. Constitution

 

While this story may be historic fiction, it is nevertheless a timeless lesson on the U.S. Constitution, and one that more Americans need to learn.  Congressman Davy Crockett is on his reelection campaign trial and meets a farmer who took Crockett to task for voting for a bill that was unconstitutional. Crockett publicly acknowledges the error of his ways, gets reelected, and returns to Washington to teach his colleagues the same lesson he learned.

One of Camp Constitution Press’ first reprints is available from our on-line shop:  https://campconstitution.net/product/sockdolager-book/

The Weekly Sam: Our Radio Spot For the Blumenfeld Archive

Camp Constitution will be running a radio spot to promote the Sam Blumenfeld Archives-the work of the late homeschool pioneer Samuel L, Blumenfeld.  They will start running on WRKO 6800 AM and WXKS FM from February 12 to February 25.   When Sam passed away in 2015, he left most of his library, papers, and recording to Camp Constitution.  We made a pledge to Sam on his deathbed that we will make sure that his rich legacy will influence future generations.  The archive was created by Mark Affleck, who serves as our camp newspaper editor and our webmaster Eric Conover.  Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people around the world but mainly in the United States have visited the site and made us of the archived material including his Alpha-Phonics

A link to an audio version of the spot:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2024-02-06T14_02_45-08_00

 

Camp Constitution’s 4th Annual Ladies Spring Fling April 12-14 at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center

Camp Constitution Ladies’ Fourth Annual “Spring Fling” will be held at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, Alton Bay, NH https://altonbay.org/ from Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14, 2024

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Felecia Nace. Dr. Nace is the author of several books including book: Top Down Confusion: Is Gray the New Pink in Education? Her presentation explores mixed messages in education that filters down from the government which leaves educators Dr. Nace is a former language arts teacher of the Montclair Public School District, NJ. She was also employed as an Education Specialist for 13 years at the New Jersey Department of Education, worked for five years as an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College, English Department and is currently the Executive Director of Partners 4 Educational Change, an education consulting firm.



 Activities include arts and crafts, Bible studies, optional marksmanship training, and an evening campfire. The cost for the weekend which includes two nights of lodging, five meals and materials will be $200. per person. Payments can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage https://www.campconstitution.net or by check payable to Camp Constitution and mailed C/O Hal Shurtleff146 Powder Mill Rd. Alton, NH 03809. To get an application, bring list, or have any questions, please E-mail or call Hal Shurtleff at campconstitution1@gmail.com Tel (857) 498-1309

The Weekly Sam: Is Humanism a Religion by Sam Blumenfeld

The question we ask is important. For humanism is the world view of our educational
leaders, of the textbooks they write, of the psychologists who counsel our youngsters on
values, sex and death. In short, it is the world view of the curricula used in the public
schools. In fact, humanism forms the philosophical basis of what passes for teacher
education in our state colleges and universities.

 Establishments of Religion

Thus, if humanism is indeed a religion, then what we have in our public schools and state
colleges and universities are government-supported establishments of religion, which are
patently unconstitutional and therefore illegal.
In fact, it should be pointed out that on March 4, 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard
Hand, in Smith v. Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County, Ala., ruled that
secular humanism is a religion. The 172-page ruling defines religion and concludes,
after reviewing the relevant aspects of humanism, that “For purposes of the First
Amendment, secular humanism is a religious belief system, entitled to the protections of,
and subject to the prohibitions of, the religious clauses.”

 Three Key Documents
Judge Hand wrote:
“The entire body of thought has three key documents that furnish the text upon which the
belief system rests as a platform: Humanist Manifesto I, Humanist Manifesto II, and the
Secular Humanist Declaration.
“These factors … demonstrate the institutional character of secular humanism. They are
evidence that this belief system is similar to groups traditionally afforded protection by
the First Amendment religion clauses.”
The judge then went on to demonstrate that 44 textbooks being used in the public schools
of Alabama were written from the humanist point of view and thereby constituted an
illegal establishment of religion. The judge ordered the books removed from the
schools.

 Judge Hand’s Order Reversed

On August 26, 1987, the 11th Circuit Court reversed Judge Hand’s order banning the 44
textbooks. The higher court did not address the question of whether secular humanism is
a religion for First Amendment purposes, but asserted that it was not being promoted in
the textbooks that were banned. Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. wrote:
“Use of the challenged textbooks has the primary effect of conveying information that is
essentially neutral in its religious content to the school children who utilize the books;
none of these books convey a message of government approval of secular humanism. …
“There simply is nothing in the record to indicate that omission of certain facts regarding
religion from these textbooks of itself constituted an advancement of secular humanism
or an active hostility towards theistic religion.”
And so the books were put back in the schools.

 The Wrong Question

But the question is not whether the textbooks were humanistic or not, but whether the
entire government education system is an establishment of the humanist religion. All of
the rationales used to remove Bibles and other manifestations of the Judeo-Christian
theistic world view from classrooms are based on the First Amendment’s prohibition
against government establishments of religion.
But if it can be shown that the entire government system of education — from elementary
schools to the state colleges and universities — are establishments of the humanist
religion, the courts would have no choice but to order the closing down of these
institutions.

There can be no government establishment of religion in the United States, whether it be
in the form of a house of worship or of a school system embracing a religious dogma.

 From Non sectarianism to Secularism
When the public schools were first established, the courts ruled that the schools had to be
nonsectarian, that is, not favoring any particular Protestant denomination. That they
were essentially Protestant in character was generally acknowledged. In fact, the reason
why Catholics established their own private parochial school system was because they
recognized the Protestant character of the government schools.
After the turn of the 19th century, however, as humanist progressives took control of the
government schools, no sectarianism gradually gave way to secularism. Secularists hold
that any government institution that promotes or supports belief in the existence of a
supernatural being is an establishment of religion.
As more and more judges adopted the secularist point of view, order after order was
handed down stripping the public schools of the last vestiges of nonsectarian Christianity.
Curricula were revised, new textbooks written, new programs instituted so that today’s
public schools not only no longer reflect the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage but now
constitute the most powerful educational machine for the propagation of humanism
among the American people.

 Filling the Vacuum

The secularists had no intention of creating a neutral, nontheistic vacuum in our schools.
Their plan always was to get rid of Judeo-Christian values and replace them with their
own. In this way, the government schools have become, beyond a shadow of a doubt,
establishments of the humanist religion.
Today, humanist beliefs are inculcated through such programs and concepts as values
clarification, sensitivity training, situational ethics, evolution, multiculturalism,
globalism, transcendental meditation, sex education, death education, humanistic and
behavioral psychology, etc. All of these programs are marbleized throughout the
curriculum — in reading, language arts, math, social studies, health education,
psychology, art, biology, and other subjects. It is impossible for a student in a
government school to avoid or escape the all-pervasive influence of humanist ideas and
beliefs which confront and accost him daily every which way he turns.
That the plan of the humanists was to supplant traditional theistic religion with a new
secular man-centered religion of their own can be proven by simply quoting the
humanists themselves. The best source of these quotes is The Humanist magazine.

 The Humanists Organize

The forerunner of The Humanist was The New Humanist which first appeared in 1928 as
a monthly bulletin of the Humanist Fellowship, an organization formed by Unitarian
students from the University of Chicago and its related theological schools. Its early
editors — Harold Buschman, Edwin H. Wilson, and Raymond B. Bragg — were young
Unitarian ministers. It was on the initiatives of Bragg that the drafting of A Humanist
Manifesto (1933) was begun. Professor Roy Wood Sellars wrote the first draft. The
Manifesto appeared in the April 1933 issue of The New Humanist.
The Manifesto was more than just an affirmation of the humanist world view, it was also
a declaration of war against orthodox, traditional religion. The Manifesto’s views
toward religion can be summed up as follows:

1. The purpose of man’s life is “the complete realization of human personality.”
“[T]he quest for the good life is … the central task for man.”
2. The humanist’s religious emotions are expressed in “social passion,” in a “heightened
sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being.”
3. Humanists believe that “all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of
human life.” Therefore, “the intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and
direction of such associations and institutions … is the purpose and program of
humanism.”

In other words, the humanist must take over society’s associations and institutions in
order to transform them into instruments of humanist purpose. This includes the
institutions of traditional religion.
The Manifesto states: “Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms,
ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as
experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.”

 A Messianic Mission

In other words, the messianic mission of the humanists is not to build new institutions of
their own, but to subvert and appropriate the institutions of others. This is not a new
idea among humanists. The Unitarians subverted Harvard and took it from the orthodox
followers of its Calvinist founders. Religious liberals have appropriated Yale, Princeton,
Dartmouth and other institutions founded by the orthodox.
The loss of these institutions, incidentally, has forced conservative Christians to create
new institutions of their own: Liberty University, Regent University, Bob Jones
University, Pensacola Christian College, Patrick Henry College, and others. The rise of
these new institutions has dismayed the humanists who believed that once the major
institutions of traditional religion were subverted and taken over, the influence of theistic
religion would fade forever. The hopeful demise of traditional theistic religion is a
theme frequently expressed by humanist writers.

 Humanism as Religion

Roy Wood Sellars, who drafted Humanist Manifesto I, wrote in The Humanist (Vol. I,
1941, p. 5), an article “Humanism as a Religion,” in which he stated:
“Undeniably there is something imaginative and daring in bringing together in one phrase
two such profoundly symbolic words as humanism and religion. An intimate union is
foreshadowed in which religion will become humanistic and humanism religious. And I
believe that such a synthesis is imperative if humanity is ever to achieve a firm and
adequate understanding of itself and its cosmic situation….
“Religious humanism rests upon the bedrock of a decision that it is, in the long run, saner
and wiser to face facts than to live in a world of fable.”

The Worship of Humanity

Oliver L. Reiser, a signer of the Manifesto, writing in the same issue of The Humanist,
states:
“The one great hope for democracy lies in the development of a non-supernaturalistic
religion which, unlike other intellectual movements, will be non-academic in its appeal to
all civilized individuals. This new foundation for a coming world-order must be the
emergent outcome of the thought-content of a universalized culture….
“The god of this coming world-religion, that is, the object of reverence of scientific
humanism, is the spirit of humanity in its upward striving.”
Another signer of the Manifesto, William Floyd, wrote in The Humanist (Vol. 2, 1942, p.
2):
“The religious philosophy of humanism as a substitute for metaphysical theology will
enable men to realize the highest value in life without surrendering their minds to any
final dogma or any alleged revelation of the supernatural….
“To fill the need for a modern conception of religious foundations the Humanist
Manifesto was issued in 1933.”
Another signer, E. Burdette Backus, wrote in Vol. VI, p. 6 of The Humanist:
“[Humanism] is indeed a religion, and the extent to which it is capable of eliciting the
emotions of men is limited only by a degree in which those who have made it their own
shall succeed in embodying its full riches.”
Natural vs. Supernatural Religion

In an article, “Religion Without God, (The Humanist, Vol. VII, 1947, p. 9), Kenneth L.
Patton wrote:
“A naturalistic religion is just as inclusive of all that is within the world we know as is the
supernaturalistic or theistic religion.
“Whereas the theist pins his faith and hope in his God, the humanist and naturalist pins
his faith in the natural world, and in man as a creature within it, and his faith is no less
magnificent, courageous and hopeful than that of the believer in God.”

 The Fourth Faith

In June 1951 The Humanist published an article by Manifesto signer Edwin H. Wilson,
“Humanism: The Fourth Faith.” He wrote:
“Today, I am suggesting that there is in the world as a present and potent faith, embraced
by vast numbers, yet seldom mentioned — a fourth faith — namely Humanism. This
fourth faith — with rare exceptions such as some Universalist or Unitarian churches, a
few independent Humanist Fellowships and the Ethical Societies — has no church to
embody it…. Theirs is a secular faith.”
According to Wilson, the other three faiths are Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism.
Since many of the signers of the Manifesto were Unitarians, it is not surprising that
Wilson identifies the Unitarian church as belonging to the fourth faith.
In 1952, The Humanist (Sept.-Oct.) published an article by Julian Huxley, “Evolutionary
Humanism: The World’s Next Great Religion.” Mr. Huxley wrote:
“Out of the needs of our time, through the evolutionary process, a new religion is rising.
By religion . . . I mean an organized system of ideas and emotions which relates man to
his destiny, over and above the practical affairs of every day, transcending the present
and the existing systems of law and social structure. . . . I believe we have nothing to lose
by using the word ‘religion’ in the broadest sense to include nontheistic formulations and
systems as well.”

In the next issue of The Humanist, Huxley wrote:
“The next phase of history could, and should, be a Humanist phase. Let us help toward
its emergence.”
The Glorification of man
In an article, “The Humanist Faith Today” (The Humanist, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1954, p. 180),
we read:
“Since humanism appears as a genuinely living option for many people, especially
among students, teachers, and intellectuals generally, it may be appropriately studied as a
religion. Indeed, it is not unfair to call it the fourth main religious option, along with
Judaism, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism, for thoughtful men in the contemporary
Western world….
“What remains of religion when the Humanist criticism has completed its work? The
Humanist replies that devotion to human and social values emerges as the essence of
religion. As [Corliss] Lamont has written, the Humanist postulates that ‘the chief end of
thought and action is to further earthly human interests in behalf of the greater happiness
and glory of man.’”
In 1959, George E. Axtelle, newly elected president of the American Humanist
Association, said:
“Ours is no revealed religion. It is a religion, an intellectual and moral outlook shaped
by the more sensitive and sympathetic souls of our time….Ours is a task, not a
doctrine….Our fundamental goal must be to make the Humanist Way of Life a reality in
our communities, our state and our nation.”

 The New Religion

In the January-February 1962 issue of The Humanist, Sir Julian Huxley wrote an article,
“The Coming New Religion of Humanism.” He said:
“The beliefs of this religion of evolutionary humanism are not based on revelation in the
supernatural sense, but on the revelations that science and learning have given us about
man and the universe. A humanist believes with full assurance that man is not alien to
nature, but a part of nature, albeit a unique one…. His true destiny is to guide the future
course of evolution on earth towards greater fulfilment, so as to realize more and higher
potentialities….
“A humanist religion will have the task of redefining the categories of good and evil in
terms of fulfilment and of desirable or undesirable realizations of potentiality, and setting
up new targets for its morality to aim at….
“Humanism also differs from all supernaturalist religions in centering its long-term aims
not on the next world but on this….The humanist goal must therefore be … The
Fulfilment Society.”

Secularists Object

Not all humanists agreed with Huxley. Harry Elmer Barnes and Herbert T. Rosenfeld
responded with an article of their own in the July-August 1962 issue. They wrote:
“In our opinion, Sir Julian has set forth not the Humanist ideology of today, but a truly
noble and eloquent Unitarian sermon. It is Unitarian doctrine, pure if not simple….
“It was, of course, frequently argued in earlier decades of our century that Humanism is a
secular religion, but in the light of the history of thought and culture, the terms ‘religion’
and ‘secular’ are, in our view, mutually exclusive….If there is any one thing which
characterizes and justifies Humanism it is complete and undeviating secularism….
“If Humanism is identical with the latter [Unitarianism] in its ideology, we see little basis
for a separate Humanist movement or organization.”

Unitarian minister Edwin H. Wilson, one of the founders of the humanist movement,
responded to the Barnes-Rosenfeld article in the Nov.-Dec. 1962 issue. He told of how
the magazine was founded by Unitarian theological students. He went on:
“The American Humanist Association itself was organized soon thereafter by a group
composed primarily of liberal ministers and professors who were predominantly
Unitarians and considered themselves as religious humanists. At the time of its
incorporation in 1941, the decision was made not to try to establish humanist churches
but to function as an educational movement among humanists wherever they were found.
“The early literature of the movement was devoted chiefly to the development of
Humanism as a distinctly religious position….
“Of the 34 persons who signed the Humanist Manifesto in 1933, all but four can be
readily identified as ’religious humanists’ who considered Humanism as the development
of a better and truer religion and as the next step ahead for those who sought it….
“My conviction is that a probe into what is actually believed would show that the ‘liberal
Unitarian position’ and what is generally presented as Humanism — whether as a religion
or as a philosophy — differ very little….
“One minister who belongs to the A.H.A. said: ‘We Unitarians in my church have no
ideological conflict with the American Humanist Association. Naturalistic Humanism is
our position.’
“Barnes and Rosenfeld question whether a secular religion is possible. Not to make any
one word too important, one could argue that today’s Unitarian Universalism is a secular
religion….
“Now for expediency. In the Torcaso case the court recognized Buddhism, Taoism,
Ethical Culture and Secular Humanism as religions existing in the United States which do
not teach what is traditionally considered belief in God. We should at least ask
ourselves whether there are not practical advantages to be had by accepting this
decision.”
And so, to Wilson, and many other humanists, “secular religion” was not a contradiction
in terms. The words defined a nontheistic faith. Comments by readers of the articles
appeared in the January-February 1963 issue. Opinion was divided. The hard-core
atheists objected to the use of the word “religion,” while the Unitarians agreed with
Wilson.

 Humanist Manifesto II

In 1973 the humanists produced Humanist Manifesto II, an affirmation of the earlier
document with updated views on the world’s social problems. The new Manifesto was
as hostile to traditional theistic religion as the earlier one. It said:
“As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the
prayer-hearing God, assumed to love and care for persons, to hear and understand their
prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith.
Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with
false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival….
“We believe…that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation,
God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human
species….We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of the supernatural; it
is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of the survival and fulfillment of the
human race. As nontheists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity….
“[We] can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. While there
is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will become. No
deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”

 Ethics and Sexuality

Manifesto II also spelled out the social and political agendas for humanists:
“We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is
autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction….We strive
for the good life, here and now….
“In the area of sexuality, we believe that intolerant attitudes, often cultivated by orthodox
religions and puritanical cultures, unduly repress sexual conduct. The right to birth
control, abortion, and divorce should be recognized….Short of harming others or
compelling them to do likewise, individuals should be permitted to express their sexual
proclivities and pursue their life-styles as they desire.”

 World Government
The humanists again committed themselves to the goal of World Government.
Manifesto II states:
“We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds. We have reached a
turning point in human history where the best option is to transcend the limits of national
sovereignty and to move toward the building of a world community in which all sectors
of the human family can participate. Thus we look to the development of a system of
world law and a world order based upon transnational federal government.”
Anyone who bothers to study the curriculum of American public education will find in
virtually every course and program the tremendous influence of humanist philosophy. It
almost seems as if the public schools have become the parochial schools of humanism
wherein American youngsters are aggressively indoctrinated in humanist values and
ideas.
In fact, humanist editor Joe R. Burnett suggested as much in the Nov.-Dec. 1961 issue of
The Humanist (p. 347) when arguing in favor of federal aid to education. He said:
“Humanists obviously have a vital interest in the passage of a strong bill for federal aid to
public education. Without wanting to push the analogy too far, one might say that public
education is the parochial education for scientific humanism.”
If that was the case in 1961, it is even moreso today. In short: Public education today is
a government-supported establishment of the humanist religion.

(This article was written by the late Sam Blumenfeld in the early 1990s, and is part of the Sam Blumenfeld Archives-a free on-line resource:  http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/main.htm

 

The Blumenfeld Archives

 

Camp Constitution Director On A New Hampshire Left-Wing Hate List

 

 Recently, The Granite Grok published a list of over 500 conservative activists from around New Hampshire created by former New Hampshire State Senator Jeanne Dietsch:  https://granitegrok.com/blog/2024/01/are-you-on-the-list-of-right-wing-extremists-in-new-hampshire-i-am   Dietsch labeled those on her list an “anti-Democratic extremists.”   She also has a link on her website where people can request additions to her “anti-Democrat extremists” list.
 
   Among the names on this hate list is your truly.   Dietsch has me listed as a “Christian Nationalist” who directs “a far right Evangelical camp.”   It appears that Ms. Dietch is following the lead of Congresswoman Maxine Waters who urged people to confront Trump supporters.   Her goal is to have those on the list, silenced, intimidated, canceled, fired, boycotted or worse. While I can’t speak on behalf of the other people on her hate list, many of whom I know personally and consider then friends, I think this list will only motivate those on the list to work harder to promote liberty and freedom.  While I am not concerned about my personal safety, and my son’s, I am worried about the safety of wife and daughters who may be targeted as a result of this list.  If, so, I will hold her legally responsible,

  Ms. Dietsch is certainly no moderate.   She supports open borders, opposed to fossil fuels, and thinks the Koch Brothers control New Hampshire.  In June of 2020, her elitism and anti-Democratic worldview was on display when she was quoted at a House Education Committe meeting:    “this idea of parental choice, that’s great if the parent is well-educated. There are some families that’s perfect for. But to make it available to everyone? No. I think you’re asking for a huge amount of trouble.”

Cenk Uygur and His Conservative Supporters

Meet Cenk Uygur host of the Young Turks which was named after a group of Muslims who committed genocide against the Christian Armenians from 1915-1923 where 600,000 to 1.5 million souls including women and children were murdered. Uygur has denied that the Armenian Holocaust happened.  He was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1970, and at the age of eight moved to the United States. As a young man, he was conservative but since then has become a hard leftist. He was raised in a secular Muslim home but now considers himself an agnostic.  He harbors a particular contempt for conservative Evangelical Christians.

This Progressive paragon of virtue supports the  legalization of bestiality “where the animal is being pleasured” which even surprised his self-loathing, foul-mouthed side-kick Ana Kasparian.  In 2019-2020, he ran twice-for California’s 25th  Congressional district.  The first election was  a special election to fill the vacant seat, and the second was the general election.  All the left-wing PAC money couldn’t get him a seat in Congress.  He initially was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, but ‘The Bern” withdrew his endorsement after learning of Uygur’s racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic comments he has made over the years.  He is a 2024  candidate for President of the United States knowing full well that he is Constitutionally unqualified.

 

(Uygur and Lessig at Harvard 2011)

In September of 2011, I encounter him at an event at Harvard University’s School of Law called A Conference on the Constitutional Convention that was co-hosted by Mark Meckler and leftist Harvard law professor Larry Lessig. Cenk was interviewing Lessig, and they both hoped for a “runaway” Article V convention. I videotaped the conversation. Readers can find that video on Camp Constitution’s YouTube channel.  In the wake of the Harvard event, Uygur formed Wolf PAC-a group that is lobbying for an Article V Convention.  Mark Meckler followed by forming Convention of States (COS), and Lessig founded the May Day PAC.

The goal of Wolf PAC ostensibly is to hold an Article V Convention to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would  end “corporate personhood” and   give the federal government more power over elections.  They were able to get five states pass Article V applications, but two of the states have wisely rescinded leaving only RI, VT, and CA with extant Wolf PAC resolutions. In the 2016, and 2018, election cycles, Wolf PAC used 80% of its funds for salaries and expenses.

 What is an Article V Convention?

    Our founders gave us two ways to amend the U.S. Constitution found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress…”

While the first method has been used a number of times, the second method where states apply for a convention has never happened and for good reason.

Since its inception, Wolf PAC lobbyists have tried unsuccessfully to get their Article V Resolutions passed in New Hampshire.  Convention of States and now Term Limits USA have been collaborating closely with Wolf PAC.  COS, which enjoys the support of many well-meaning conservatives, have vociferously denied working with Wolf PAC, but such an alliance was on full display on January 19 at the New Hampshire State House where the House Committee on State and Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs held hearing on HCR 8 and HCR 9.

HCR 8 is a vaguely written resolution, sponsored by Wolf PAC that calls for New Hampshire to pass an application for an Article V Convention to introduce amendments that would end corporate personhood and have free and fair elections-a euphemistic term that, in reality, would give more power to the federal government over elections.  The electoral college would also be on the chopping block.   HCR 9 is a resolution to rescind New Hampshire’s only application for an Article V–a resolution which I fully support. While an accurate number of extant applications depends on how they are counted, it appears that Congress is looking at those that are similarly worded.  We may be just a few states away from the 34 needed.

Despite the wording, a resolution applying for an Article V Convention cannot limit a convention.   Supporting amendments that would give the federal government more power over anything should be strongly rejected by conservatives, and any self-respecting person or organization on any side of the political spectrum should have nothing to do with Cenk Uygur.  But not in the Granite State where we witnessed the New Hampshire director of COS along with some of its supporters, as well as Mr. Ken Quinn, the out-of-state lobbyist for Term , testifying for the Wolf Pac resolution, and against the resolution to rescind.

Mr. Quinn, who spends a good portion of his time trashing conservatives who oppose his well-funded agenda, harbors a particular hatred of The John Birch Society (JBS), an organization that has done much to thwart his desire for an Article V Convention. He engages in childish antics like superimposing tin foil hats on pictures of JBS leaders. (As an aside, the late New Hampshire Governor Mel Thomson was not only a member of the JBS but served on its national council.)    Back in 2016 while Quinn was a lobbyist for COS, its New Hampshire group sent out an E-mail accusing the JBS of bribing State Senator Kevin Avard.  This was a bold-faced lie which was exposed by a friend who was receiving unsolicited E-mails from COS.  COS has been involved in other dirty tactics around the nation.  In South Dakota, State Senator Mark Willardsen returned a $1,000 donation to COS when he learned that COS was running attack ads against his opponent that were “full of half-truths, innuendos and outright lies.” This may explain why COS leadership have a cozy alliance with Cenk Uygur.

Quinn, ostensibly advocating for a limited convention, defended the idea of the need for structural change in the U.S. Constitution. John Adams once quipped that “facts are stubborn things.”  If he were around today, he may have added “And so are screen shots:

It is important to point out that the vast majority of the supporters of COS and Term Limits USA are decent and honorable people that would have no part in COS tactics nor ally themselves with Cenk Uygur.

An Article V Convention, which we have never held, cannot be limited to a single amendment or topic.  There are no laws guiding a convention, and rules and laws cannot be passed by state legislator.  It is the job of Congress under the necessary and proper clause of Article 1, Section 8 to make laws or rules that would guide a convention.  While I share many of the concerns that supporters of an Article V Convention, holding a convention and adding amendments to a constitution that is regularly ignored by Congress is not the solution.   Readers are asked to contact their state reps urging them to oppose HCR 8 and vote for HCR 9.  For those who would like more information on this critical issue, feel free to contact me.  My E-mail is campconstitution1@gmail.com