Decades of Decadence
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 10, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
You might think culture began decaying in 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled 8 – 1 that school-sponsored Bible reading is unconstitutional, but school-sponsored prayer in public schools had already been tossed out in 1962. Both decisions cleared the way for atheism to take root and challenge the Christian fiber of students and their families. Those were monumentally tragic decisions, but things became increasingly worse as atheism replaced Christian influence in public schools.
To track the change in public schools, consider this: The National Education Association (NEA) has become the largest professional organization and largest labor union in the United States. In both those capacities, NEA is a powerful, maybe the most powerful, force in public schools and it does not peddle conservatism. From Jimmy Carter to Barak Obama, NEA has endorsed only Democrat presidential candidates, never a Republican.
During the 20 years before 2010, the NEA spent $36 million lobbying for its liberal agenda in Washington, D.C. and beyond the United States, through its global affiliation with Education International, the world-wide federation of teachers’ trade unions in 172 countries. The NEA not only supports Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, but also promotes the agendas of the National Council of La Raza, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Amnesty International.The NEA, whose resolutions get more radical every year, openly defies and denies family values, and, to minimize parental influence, NEA wants kids in compulsory education years before kindergarten. Delegates to NEA’s 2014 annual conference adopted New Business Item 48 to encourage the use of Respect For All Project films in classrooms at the earliest possible age. Why those films? The resolution says they promote “life-changing discussions” about LGBT and family diversity.
Also adopted last year was New Business Item 52, urging local NEA organizations, such as Georgia’s Association of Educators (GAE), to use the Global Alliance for LGBT Education and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network to radicalize educator attitudes about sexual orientation, gender identity and family diversity.
Among other things, NEA endorses secular humanism (which is atheism), national health insurance, strikes by teacher unions, federal control of education, amnesty for illegal aliens, and decriminalization of marijuana. During the Bicentennial, NEA showed disdain for American sovereignty by snubbing the Declaration of Independence and brazenly supporting global government by endorsing a Declaration of Interdependence. Over last week’s July 4th holidays, delegates in the annual NEA conference adopted even more resolutions. Soon, we’ll know their impact on education. For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.