Preventing Another Sandy Hook
by Becky Akers
by Becky Akers: When
a Pervert Calls the Sociopathsí†Bluff
and directed by Joaquin Fernandez and Colin Gunn. Studio: Gunn Productions
in association with Exodus
Mandate. Running time: 1hour and 42 minutes. Beckyís
short review: I wish I were an octopus so I could award this terrific
film 8 thumbs up!
make me the wrong audience for Colin Gunnís documentary, IndoctriNation:
Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America.
First, I dislike movies in general (Iíd much rather read Ė a problem
Mr. Gunn nicely resolves here).
Second, I donít have kids. So while the governmentís "educational"
gulag outrages my anarchist convictions, I have no personal stake
in the issue beyond the years Our Rulers stole from my childhood
and the taxes they pilfer to finance their scam.
But such is
Mr. Gunnís genius, charming Scottish accent, and devotion to his
Lord and Savior that his film riveted me nonetheless. I strongly
recommend IndoctriNation to everyone: Christian or non-Christian;
teacher, parent or student; and even the childless like me. But
beware: if you have sacrificed Junior to the public schools, IndoctriNationís
102 minutes will number among your most uncomfortable and damning.
Itís old news
by now that Leviathanís schools have miserably failed to educate
their victims in academic knowledge even as they wildly succeed
at training them to obey the State. (Intriguingly, though most Americans
understand this, they stubbornly insist that their school
is different and better, according to polls Indoctrination presents).
So the film only briefly rehearses the stats on illiteracy; American
studentsí plummeting rank in the world; schoolsí extreme, even lethal,
physical dangers; their immorality and sexual predation; the easy
access to alcohol and drugs, whether illicit, prescription, or Ė
most horrifying of all Ė administered by the school; etc.
Mr. Gunn then
moves quickly to his primary thesis: that devout Christians committed
to honoring the Bible will never entrust their kids to the
Stateís brainwashing, however innocent, necessary, or beneficial
Our Rulers claim that brainwashing is. Mr. Gunn and the scholars
he interviews, such as R.C. Sproul, Erwin Lutzer, Voddie Baucham,
Jr., and LRCís own Gary North, cite Scripture after Scripture while
contending that pious parents will shoulder their God-given responsibility
up [their children] in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
That means instructing kids at home.
IndoctriNation allow the dodge of "private" schools
(which the State heavily regulates nonetheless), even if those institutions
are Christian. The Bible charges parents alone with the duty of
teaching their children, and IndoctriNation unflinchingly
hews to that. (It unflinchingly hews to the Bible as a whole, in
fact. Thereís no "letís-make-eternal-truths-and-the-Almighty-relevant-to-temporal,-fallen-man"
squishiness here, thank God. If you like your religion pure and
undefiled, IndoctriNation is for you.)
I imagine homeschooling
is a daunting prospect, especially if you have several progeny.
(Mr. Gunn is no hypocrite: he and his wife teach all eight of their
kids themselves.) Perhaps thatís why so many Christians insist that
the Bible calls them Ė or, more accurately, their helpless offspring
Ė to be "salt and light" in the public schools; these
folks assume against all reason and Scripture that their children
will live a Godly life among the mocking, hateful heathen. Mr. Gunn
blows that rationalization sky-high with tragic figures on how many
graduates of the Stateís propaganda-mills abandon their faith. And
one young lady tells IndoctriNation that her school was so
intensely hostile she not only hid her beliefs, she overtly denied
being a Christian when so accused. Adults with many years of studying
the Bible under their belts would quake at confronting such an adverse
arena; what of a child who may have confessed Christ as Savior only
a year or two ago? Are parents who expect their children to withstand
the schools any kinder than the Romans who threw our spiritual fathers
to the lions? As R.C. Sproul poignantly puts it, "We donít
lose [our children], we give them away" to the government
when we refuse to teach them ourselves.
the "salt and light" crowd go those misguided evangelicals
who want to "reclaim" the schools for Christianity. Mr.
Gunn shows this for the foolís errand that it is as he explores
the history and philosophy of public schooling in America. Such
schooling was never a Christian endeavor; rather, it bitterly opposed
Christianity from the very beginning. Statists in the early 19th
century imported the system from Prussia, where the goal was to
produce compliant, passive cannon fodder for Frederick the Greatís
militarism. A bit later, American socialists such as Horace Mann
and John Dewey enthusiastically echoed Karl Marxís demand that the
State rip children from their families. IndoctriNation proves
that public schooling has always been a godless enterprise designed
to strip Americans of their literacy, independence, and faith while
inculcating reverence for Leviathan. Given this context, the evangelicalsí
dream of restoring prayer to the schools becomes utter blasphemy.
Mr. Gunn packages
this treasury of information in a cute gimmick that becomes a metaphor.
He bought an old school bus (which turned out to be as broken as
the governmentís schools and which he demolishes at the movieís
end Ė hint, hint). Into this dilapidated vehicle, he loaded his
family for "the field trip of a lifetime," as the blurb
on IndoctriNationís jewel case puts it. They toured the country
for 3 weeks, visiting such sites as Dayton, Tennessee (scene of
the "Scopes Monkey Trial") and New Harmony, Indiana (where
Robert Owen established his socialist paradise and schools). Along
the way, Mr. Gunn chats with several teachers and a principal who
tried to work as Christians in the public schoolsí Satanic milieu.
One of the teachers was fired; his colleague and the principal both
resigned after realizing they could bring about as much "salt
and light" to the schools as they could to a brothel.
Like the rest
of Mr. Gunnís award-winning oeuvre, IndoctriNation is an
exercise in excellence. Its imagination and gentle humor are as
endearing as the filmmakerís Scottish burr. But donít take my word
for it, given my lack of credentials on this subject. A professor
of communications whose passion is educational reform also watched
IndoctriNation at my request and was as enthusiastic as I;
her only criticism was that it doesnít mention churches as handmaidens
of parental teaching. Meanwhile, I canít wait to sample our heroís
other works, including Act
Like Men: A Titanic Lesson in Manliness ("In the face
of that disaster [the Titanicís sinking], courageous men
sprang into action to ensure that women and children would be saved.
Yet, in the 21st century, manhood seems to be dying") and The
Monstrous Regiment of Women ("Extolling Femininity,
Blasting Feminism" according to its trailer).
If you still
havenít resolved to rescue your child from Leviathanís fatal embrace,
I leave you with words of shattering wisdom from the father of a
student massacred at Columbine High School. This courageous and
heartbroken man admits to Mr. Gunn that he knew how demonic public
schooling is and that he had no business consigning his boy to it.
"I was a Christian, a believer," he says, "but very
weak, um, lukewarm. My son was in a public schoolÖ I knew how bad
the public schools were, and I knew that because I was in
the public schools. Ö It was my responsibility to make sure that
my son was safe, that he was educated properly. But I failed that.
I put him in a pagan school where they teach there is no God, there
is no creation, thereís evolution based on a cosmic accident, and
evolution breaks down to one simple belief, and that is that the
strong kill the weak as a form of survival, and that thereís nothing
wrong with that. Ö [The killers, one of whom wore a T-shirt reading
ĎSurvival of the Fittestí] had taken evolution much further than
most people do, but if you stop and think through it, their logic
was correct if evolution is true. And yet it is taught in the school,
and I put my son there even though Iím a Christian.
we talk about my sonís murder," he continues, obviously struggling
for composure, "yes, itís right to condemn these two murderers,
itís right to condemn the school system that taught these wicked
things. But you must remember, Iím the one who put him there.
the one whoís responsible for his death."
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