Lovers of liberty know that the entire American nationwide system of compulsory government education is unconstitutional. Forcing parents and their children to participate by law in a lengthy compulsory government indoctrination scheme violates at a minimum the First, Fifth, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.
The United States Constitution does not provide our government with any authority to dictate to individuals in matters of education, just as it enjoys no authority to dictate to individuals in matters of religion, or politics, or any other aspect of our precious private personal individual liberty.
The federal Department of Education should therefore never have come into existence in the first place, but now that it has, it and the cabinet Secretary position that goes with it should be abolished forthwith from existence.
Of course, we all know that is not going to happen anytime soon; and just to make matters even worse, the new President of the United States has appointed a new Secretary of Education who will, if confirmed by the Senate, not only carry on the constitutional abomination of compulsory government education, but will attempt the make the matter of religion in public schools compulsory as well. The main problem with schools is their secularization, she maintains.
Betsy DeVos, the lady whom President Trump has chosen to lead the Department of Education, openly compares her work in education reform to a biblical battleground with the intent to “advance God’s Kingdom.” "Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God's kingdom," she says. She wants Christian prayers back in the public schools, and intends to implement public taxpayer funding of private religious schools.
In short, Betsy DeVos will seek to employ our federal government to force Christians and non-Christians alike; believers and non-believers alike, to pay the tab for all American children to be indoctrinated with her Christian beliefs in both public and private schools; and the doctrine of separation between church and state enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution may be damned.
"We could run away and just go back up in the hills and live very safely and very comfortably — or are we going to exist in the Shephelah and try to impact the view of the community around us with the ideas we believe are more powerful ideas of a better way to live one’s life and a more meaningful and a more rewarding way to live one’s life as a Christian,” declared her billionaire husband, Dick DeVos. "Our job is to figure out in the contemporary context — how do we get the pig bones out of our culture?"
The DeVoses candidly admit that they adhere to the Calvinist perspective of Christianity. They view it as the work of Christians to influence culture. They dream of turning the United States into a Christian theocracy subject to “biblical laws.” .That’s why, when Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the nation, turned down President Trump’s offer that he be appointed Secretary of Education, Trump offered the post to Betsy DeVos.
Now, of course, Betsy DeVos enjoys a fundamental constitutional right to her religious beliefs. No one argues that point; least of all me. But she certainly does not enjoy the right to impose those beliefs upon all Americans as Secretary of the Department of Education. If that is truly her intention, then she is not qualified for that job and should not be confirmed.
The last thing America needs is a religious fanatic boss of our heavenly Department of Indoctrination.