Back in 1849, when the organized Protestants of Massachusetts
debated whether or not to support the public school movement, which was
then being heavily promoted by the Unitarians, they decided in favor of
support, but with well-expressed conditions. They wrote:
The benefits of this system, in offering instruction to all, are so many and so great
that its religious deficiencies,–especially since they can be otherwise supplied, do not
seem to be a sufficient reason for abandoning it, and adopting in place of it, a system
of denominational parochial schools ….
It is however a great evil to withdraw from the established system of common
schools, the interest and influence of the religious part of the community. On the
whole, it seems to be the wisest course, at least for the present, to do all in our power
to perfect as far as it can be done, not only its intellectual, but also its moral and
” If after a full and faithful experiment, it should at last be seen that fidelity to the
religious interests of our children forbids a further patronage of the system, we can
unite with the Evangelical Christians in the establishment of private schools, in which
more full doctrinal religious instruction may be possible.
“But, until we are forced to this result, it seems to us desirable that the religious
community do all in their power to give an opportunity for a full and fair experiment of
the existing system, including not only the common schools, but also the Normal
Schools and the Board of Education.”
I don’t believe that any Christian can doubt that there has been a “full
and fair experiment” of public education for the last 150 years and that its
fidelity to the religious interests of Christian children has been proven to be
decidedly negative. In fact, thousands of Christian parents, without
knowledge of what was written in 1849, have already taken their children
out of the public schools and either decided to homeschool them or place
them in Christian schools. Their responsibilities as Christian parents have
led them to make the necessary decision for the sake of their children’s
But what is disturbing is that most Christians still patronize a system
that is undermining the religious beliefs of their children. One wonders what
must happen before these parents realize the harm they are doing to their
children by keeping them in the public schools.
The simple fact is that the present government education system has
as its foundation an anti-Christian philosophy known as secular humanism.
All one has to do is read the Humanist Manifestos I and II to confirm the
truth of this assertion. Humanist Manifesto I was written in 1933 by young
Unitarian ministers who believed that the spiritual power of orthodox
religion was in decline and should be replaced by a rational, man-centered,
nontheistic religion. They wrote:
Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science
makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values ….
Religious humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the
end of man’s life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now. .. .
Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the
fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and
direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of
human life is the purpose and program of humanism. 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
Humanism is the only religion in America that has as its purpose and
program the reconstitution of the institutions, rituals, and ecclesiastical
methods of other religions. This is an overt declaration of war against
Biblical religion. Forty years later, Humanist Manifesto II states:
As non-theists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity. [W]e can
discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species …. No deity will save
us; we must save ourselves.
In the January/February 1983 issue of The Humanist magazine, a
young scholar by the name of John J. Dunphy expressed exactly what the
aim of humanists is in education:
” I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in
the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the
proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the
spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must
embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for
they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey
humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of educational level-
preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an
arena of conflict between the old and the new–the rotting corpse of Christianity,
together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent
in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy
neighbor” will finally be achieved.”
The humanist war against Christianity is going on everyday in the
classrooms of America. But the real battle is being fought in the courtrooms
of the nation. In March 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand ruled in
Smith v. Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County. Alabama that
the public school curriculum was based on the tenets of secular humanism,
and he thereby ordered that humanist textbooks to be removed from the
schools. Five months later this ruling was overturned by the Eleventh
Circuit Court which stated that “none of these books convey a message of
government approval of secular humanism.”
In other words, humanists are free to teach their dogma in the public
schools as long as the government does not convey a message of
approval. But that is the argument used to keep Christianity out. It is said
that the mere inclusion of anything Christian in a public school curriculum
automatically implies government approval.
The notion that public schools are neutral when it comes to religion is
belied by the strong prejudice against Christianity as openly expressed by
such humanists as John Dunphy. What we have is not neutrality but
warfare. Until Christians recognize that the government schools are
establishments of religion, and that education is fundamentally a religious
activity, we shall not be able to deal realistically with our educational crisis.
The message for Christian parents must be loud and clear: putting a
child in a public school violates God’s commandment as given in
Deuteronomy 6 to educate a child in the love and admonition of the Lord.
There is no substitute for a godly education. In place of God, the public
schools offer evolution, sex education, death education, multiculturalism,
transcendental meditation, situational ethics, drug education, and other
forms of humanist teachings. These are the programs that are creating the
new nihilist, amoral barbarians that are devastating the lives of thousands
of parents. There is hardly a Christian family that has not lost a child to the
satanic culture that grows in the public school environment.
If Christians wish to restore America as a nation under God, they shall
have to educate their children in schools that revere Him .
The above article was from the Sam Blumenfeld Archives. Please visit, subscribe, and share Sam’s works: /http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/
Back in November of 2018, several left-wing media outlets ran a story about Professor Willie Soon and Lord Monckton teaching at our 2018 family camp. One of the them, “Climate Crocks” wrote: “Lord” Monckton gets my vote for Creepiest Counselor ever.”
We addressed this during our closing ceremonies:
The article was entitled “Camp Nightmare: Where Climate Denial gets a Merit Badge.” Of course, our wholesome family camp where campers learn about our Godly heritage, and love of liberty is indeed a nightmare to those who hate God and liberty. A link to the article: https://climatecrocks.com/2018/11/14/camp-nightmare-where-climate-denial-gets-a-merit-badge/
We plan on continuing to be a nightmare to the enemies of freedom and liberty.
Please consider donating to Camp Constitution so we can give the Left more nightmares. Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our homepage http://www.campconstitution.net
In this short essay from the early 1990s, Sam Blumenfeld gives us a history of “sex education” in the government schools:
The Sam Blumenfeld Archive is an excellent free resource. Please subscribe: http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net
Fifty years ago today, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, and left his young passenger Mary Jo Kopecchne to die. We have uploaded an interview of the man who found her body, John Farrar. This interview took place during a speaking tour several years after the incident on the Mayor Yorty Show on WCOP Los Angeles. A link to the interview on our Podomatic page https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2017-10-04T06_07_43-07_00
Mr, Farrar was promoting one of the first books written on the subject Teddy Bare. We have copies available from our camp bookstore: http://campconstitution.net/product/teddy-bare-the-last-of-the-kennedy-clan-the-real-story-of-chappaquiddick/
Back in September of 2017, Camp Constitution was denied a permit by the City of Boston to fly the Christian flag on a public access flagpole where flags of Communist China, Cuba, and the Rainbow flag among others are allowed to fly. Camp Constitution contacted Liberty Counsel, and within a day, the good folks at Liberty Counsel agreed to take the case. Since then, there has been several courtroom appearances, and international media coverage, but over the past few days, the story has gone viral. Dozens of media outlets including World Net Daily, Fox News, Fox TV, Breitbart, The Blaze, the Daily Caller, Lifesite News. Today, Hal Shurtleff, Director of Camp Constitution, appeared on the Jeff Kuhner Show, a popular Boston-area talk show host: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/658-the-kuhner-report-28754718/episode/camp-constitution-is-suing-boston-for-46968211/?cmp=web_share&pname=fb&campid=s&keyid=29008946&fbclid=IwAR1R2jI9KykAXdHr8M8EUolQZVj7I-GFrHT3eYz0WQVsVla9Pq_M5-6AnMk
Camp Constitution’s goal was to hold an event on Boston’s City Hall Plaza on or close to Constitution Day September 17 where it planned to have Rev. Steve Craft, Pastor William Levi, and Richard Howell give speeches on the need for racial reconciliation, the blessings of liberty, and Boston’s Christian heritage. The raising of the Christian flag would have concluded the ceremony. Hal Shurtleff, the staff at Camp Constitution, and the legal team at Liberty Counsel are optimistic that they will win the suit.
Sam Blumenfeld was a regular guest on Christian talk radio shows around the United States. Here is an interview of Sam by Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Rindge Ministries from 1987. Sam and Dr. Kennedy discuss Sam’s book The New Illiterates.
A few months ago, Jeanette Kraynak, Director of Operations of Constituting America contacted Camp Constitution after hearing about us at a homeschool convention. Constituting America was founded by Janine Turner, an actress who starred in the popular TV series Northern Exposure, and played a powerful role in Gosnell America’s Biggest Serial Killer. Jeanette asked if Janine could teach a few classes at our 2019 family camp. We happily agreed. Janine will be teaching two classes most likely via Google Hangouts.
Yesterday, Monday July 8, I was a guest host for the Dianna Ploss Show which airs on WSMN AM 1590 Nashua, NH and had the opportunity to interview Janine.
The link to the show on our Podomatic Page: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2019-07-09T15_33_20-07_00
And on our YouTube Channel
Educating kids to debate alarming climate claims
Important new project provides videos and short non-technical issue briefs for students
It’s time to challenge the steady diet of bias, false information and alarmism on climate change that students are fed in and outside of their classrooms. Science and public policy analyst Dr. David Wojick has launched an important new project to do exactly that.
From kindergarten onward, our young people are repeatedly told that they, our wildlife and our planet face unprecedented cataclysms from manmade climate change, resulting from our fossil fuel use. The science is settled, they are constantly hoodwinked, and little or no discussion is allowed in classrooms.
They thus hear virtually nothing about the growing gap between computer model predictions and satellite temperature measurements; the epidemic of deliberate data manipulation by scientists advocating the dangerous manmade climate change narrative; the hundreds of scientists who do not agree with the supposed “consensus” on manmade climate chaos; or the absence of any real-world evidence to support claims of carbon dioxide-driven coral bleaching, species extinctions, or the seemingly endless litany of ever more absurd assertions that fossil fuel emissions are making sharks right-handed, arctic plants too tall, pigs skinnier and salmon unable to detect danger, to cite just a few crazy examples.
Students are rarely told that the United States enjoyed a record 12-year absence of category 3-5 hurricanes making landfall between 2005 and 2017, or that 1944-1950 was the worst period in history for monster hurricanes hitting Florida. They’re not told the U.S. had 40% fewer “violent” (F4-5) tornadoes per year in 1986 to 2018 than in 1954 to 1985 – or that America did not have a single violent tornado in 2018, for the first time in history. Instead, they are misinformed that storms are becoming more frequent and intense.
They are rarely even told about the Little Ice Age, Roman and medieval warm periods, prolonged droughts throughout history, or the critical roles of fluctuating solar energy, periodic oscillations in Pacific and Atlantic temperatures and currents, and other major natural forces that have driven climate changes throughout Earth and human history.
It’s therefore hardly surprising that we are now seeing children marching in the streets and calling for “climate action” and “climate justice.” Worse, their teachers do not only excuse their truancy. They encourage it, giving course credit for these actions, or even saying student activism on climate and fossil fuels is more important than their reading, mathematics, history and other course work.
It’s ridiculous. But it’s real, ongoing – and often paid directly by our tax dollars or by tax-exempt foundations and activist groups whose views dominate and permeate our education and media systems.
In addition to what students are learning in their classrooms, they also receive “guidance” and “information” from “educational” websites that promote climate alarmism. Incredibly, many have been federally funded for years, and some are still funded by Trump Administration federal agencies!
For example, the “Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network” (CLEAN, as in “clean energy”) operates the CLEAN website, which is funded jointly by NOAA, NSF and DOE: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy.
It supposedly advances “climate literacy” – which is really code for the false belief that humans are causing dangerous climate change. CLEAN says it has over 600 free, ready to use resources suitable for use in secondary and higher education classrooms. It also boasts that it is the core of the “Teaching Climate” part of the Climate.gov website. This is Federal Government bias targeting children.
One of the key principles of CLEAN’s version of climate literacy is explained thus: “A great challenge of the 21st century will be to prepare communities to adapt to climate change while reducing human impacts on the climate system (known as mitigation).” CLEAN also says “Because the primary cause of recent global climate change is human, the solutions are also within the human domain.” In other words, we can now control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate, by adjusting its carbon dioxide thermostat control knob. In our dreams.
All of CLEAN’s biased teaching materials are based on this false premise. The reality is that dangerous human influence on climate is completely unproven and the subject of intense scientific debate. That only the scary side is being presented as settled science is a severe and intolerable lack of balance.
Dr. Wojick recently launched a crowd-funding project to provide alternative educational materials. His materials reflect the profound and well-documented debate that actually flourishes worldwide about nonsensical climate alarmism, the real (natural) causes of climate changes and weather events, the ways increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are helping plants to grow better and faster, and the actual causes of the sometimes crazy phenomena and creatures we encounter on this planet of ours.
At this point, Dr. Wojick’s CCDE project provides two primary kinds of educational materials. One is skeptical videos by leading scientists. As of now there are 193 videos, by eminent scientists like William Happer, Patrick Michaels, Fred Singer, Roy Spencer and Richard Lindzen. Wojick says his goal is to list 1000 skeptical scientific videos, clearly proving that the scientific debate is real.
Dr. Wojick and his project are also developing what he calls “gate breakers.” These are one-page, nontechnical summaries that explain a particular issue in the scientific debate about climate change. They are designed to be used to confront, challenge or question “gatekeeping” alarmists – such as teachers, speakers or politicians – who refuse to admit the scientific debate even exists.
Thus far, there are three gate breakers on the website, addressing hurricanes, the Little Ice Age and the sun’s role in global warming and climate change. But many more are on their way.
One interesting feature is that each gate breaker has a version that includes a Google Scholar search for more of the massive scientific literature on its topic. Dr. Wojick says the point of these searches is not that students can read all this technical stuff, but that they can see the debate truly exists. In each case, there are thousands of scientific journal articles that challenge the groupthink and borderline hysteria that dominates classroom and media discussions of climate issues.
The Climate Change Debate Education project is an ambitious and important undertaking.
It deserves the support of anyone who believes in the scientific method, integrity in scientific research – and having open, robust debates on dangerous manmade climate change claims that are being used to justify a rapid and complete switch from fossil fuels that provide over 80% of America’s and the world’s energy … regardless of the tremendously harmful impacts that switch would have on our economy, jobs, living standards, health, productivity, housing, transportation and personal freedoms.
Companies that could and should support this vital educational program are too intimidated by the Antifa mobs arm of the $2-trillion-a-year Climate Industrial Complex to do so. That means citizens need to step forward. The future of American and global science, energy and prosperity hang in the balance.
Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of many articles on the environment.
Most Americans celebrate Independence Day or the Fourth of July, but thanks in part to our nation’s government schools, many of them know little if anything about our Declaration of Independence and would have trouble naming more than a one or two, if any of its signers. We often hear” Have a Happy 4th” from folks bedecked in red white and blue outfits as if we are celebrating a summer day set aside to have barbecues, go to the beach, and set off fireworks. While there is nothing wrong with a day at the beach, a good barbecue and a fireworks display, it is tragic that to some Americans that’s what the “4th of July” is about. However, Camp Constitution attendees, young and old, come away with a keen appreciation of the Declaration of Independence and the signers of the Declaration who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Our 2017 family camp was held during Independence Day. We celebrated the birth of our great nation with a parade by our Junior Campers, fireworks down by the Lake, special entertainment by Mr. Belanger who dressed up as Uncle Sam, a class entitled “The Lives of Some of the Signers” by Mrs. Catherine White, the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mr. Richard Howell and this excellent class which we hope readers of this blog will share far and wide: