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They (God Haters) Understand the Value of Education

Compiled by Karl C. Priest (Updated 9-18-22)

God-haters clearly understand where the battle front is located. Our side foolishly sacrifices our children for convenience. We MUST rescue our children or America will be lost.

“The 45 goals of communism”
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

American Humanist Association (See the definition of humanism below.)

"In order to capture this nation, one has to totally remove moral and spiritual values and absolutes from the thinking of the child. The child has to think that there is no standard of right and wrong, that truth is relative, and that diversity is the only absolute to be gained." (We are Losing Our Children by T.C. Pinckney quoting from The Reconstruction of Religion by Charles A. Ellwood, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Missouri,1923)

Paul Blanshard (socialist, humanist, and Christian apostate)

"I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends to lead toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education, and this militates against Adam and Eve and all the other myths of alleged history." (The Humanist, March/April 1976, p. 17)

Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education  under BObama)

“Education: The Most Powerful Weapon for Changing the World” is the title of an article (the quote is from Nelson Mandela) ( In the article he states, “The UN’s Millennium Development Goals (Where you will find the usual One World Government propaganda including “Climate Change” hysteria) of providing universal primary education to all and eliminating gender inequities, has propelled many nations and multi-governmental organizations to boost educational spending.” The article also praises the One World “ Global Education First Initiative” ( See more about the UN’s plans at The Common Thread.

Brock Chisholm (Unitarian Humanist of the Year for 1959)

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” (September 11, 1954 in an address to the Conference on Education in Asilomar, California.

“Children must be free to think in all directions irrespective of the peculiar ideas of parents who often seal their children's minds with preconceived prejudices and false concepts of past generations. ” [Quoted in: Minteer, Catherine. "What We Observed in Teaching General Semantics." ET CETERA 61 (2004): 482-486.]

Wilhelm von Humboldt (A German humanist and architect of the Prussian education system.)

“Whatever we wish to see introduced into the life of a nation must first be introduced into the life of its schools.” (The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Forum b y National Conference on Social Welfare, pg. 221)

G. Richard Bozarth (Former press operator for Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s American Atheist Center.)

“And how does god die? Quite simply because all his religionists have been converted to another religion, and there is no one left to make children believe they need him. Finally, it is irresistible — we must ask how can we kill the god of Christianity. We need only insure that our schools teach only secular knowledge…. If we achieve this, God would indeed be shortly due for a funeral service” (“On Keeping God Alive” cited in Legislating Morality by Geisler, N. & Turek, F., p.92, 2003, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Oregon)

“We must ask how we can kill the God of Christianity. We need only to insure that our schools teach only secular knowledge. If we could achieve this, God would indeed be shortly due for a funeral service.”
(On Keeping God Alive, American Atheist, November 1977)

John Dewey (signed the Humanist Manifesto.)

"I believe that...[public] education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform ... this conception has due regard for...socialistic ideals." and "There is no God and there is no soul. ...There is no room for fixed...or moral absolutes." (My Pedagogic Creed Article 5. "The School and Social Progress")

“Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.” (

John J. Dunphy (atheist activist)

"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 the educational level—preschool, daycare, 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 all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved." (“A Religion for a New Age.” The Humanist. January-February, 1983)

Dunphy also said, “I steadfastly maintain that only with the complete, irrevocable rejection of God and the supernatural will humankind truly begin to live…Only the atheist is truly free” and “ If the previous paragraphs [of 'A Religion For A New Age'] prove anything, it is that the Bible is not merely another book, an outmoded and archaic book, or even an extremely influential book; it has been and remains an incredibly dangerous book.” (

H. L. Mencken (“As a nationally syndicated columnist and book author, he famously spoke out against...religious belief (and as a fervent nonbeliever the very notion of a Deity.” Wikipedia)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else." (The American Mercury, April 1924)

H. L. Mencken, famous for his scathing attacks on creationists during the Scopes Trial, also said:

“What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer: he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an imaginary hell.” (Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebook)

"The act of worship, as carried on by Christians, seems to me to be debasing rather than ennobling. It involves groveling before a being who, if he really exists, deserves to be denounced instead of respected." (Quoted in On the Meaning of Life, Will Durant.)

John Stuart Mill (an atheist who attended a Unitarian Church)

"A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation, in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body." (On Liberty)

John Stuart Mill also said, “A large proportion of the noblest and most valuable teaching has been the work, not only of men who did not know, but of men who knew and rejected the Christian faith.” (On Liberty

Johann Gottlieb (German philosopher Fichte, the father of German nationalism.)

“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.” (

New Age “leader Marilyn Ferguson wrote a sociology textbook in 1980, The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980’s, in which she interviewed many of her New Age colleagues who were leaders and influencers in the various areas of our culture. After they shared their goals, strategies and accomplishments, Mrs. Ferguson wrote,

Of the [New Agers] surveyed, more were involved in education than in any other single category of work. They were teachers, administrators, policy makers, educational psychologists. Their consensus: education [must be transformed] ....Subtle forces are at work, factors you are not likely to see in banner headlines. For example, tens of thousands of classroom teachers, educational consultants and psychologists, counselors, administrators, researchers, and faculty members in colleges of education have been among the millions engaged in personal transformation. They have only recently begun to link regionally and nationally, to share strategies, to conspire for the teaching of all they most value.”
Public Schools: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice

For more on the New Age Religion in government schools see "The Common Thread", especially #19 of the Addendum.

Chester Pierce (Harvard University Professor, Humanist, New World Order Guru--See ”The Common Thread Addendum”)

"Every child in America entering schools at the age of 5 is insane because he comes to schools with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you, teachers, to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future." (1972 keynote address to the Association for Childhood Education International)

Malcolm X (Black radical)

“Only a fool would let the enemy educate his children.”

Charles F. Potter (founded the First Humanist Society of New York)

"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" (Humanism: A New Religion. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1930, p. 128)

"Humanism is not the abolition of religion, but the beginning of real religion. By freeing religion of supernaturalism, it will release tremendous reserves of hitherto thwarted power. Man has waited too long for God to do what man ought to do himself and is fully capable of doing….a religion of common sense; and the chief end of man is to improve himself, both as an individual and as a race." (

Charles Potter signed the Humanist Manifesto and was a Unitarian minister that erected a statue in his church showing a human being coming out of the skin of an ape. (Evolution Encyclopedia, Vol. III, Chapt. 30, “The Scopes Trial”)

The religion of Unitarians has guided government schools since their founding. Dr. Potter (in 1925) advised Clarence Darrow on the Bible during the Scopes Trial.. Also see The Evolution Resolution.

Richard Rorty (a disciple of John Dewey and a professor of philosophy at Princeton University for 21 years.)

"I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own. ...The fundamentalist parents of our fundamentalist students think that the entire ‘American liberal establishment’ is engaged in a conspiracy. The parents have a point…When we American college teachers encounter religious fundamentalists, we do not consider the possibility of reformulating our own practices of justification so as to give more weight to the authority of the Christian scriptures. Instead, we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization. ...So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable." ("Universality and Truth," in Robert B. Brandom (ed.), Rorty and is Critics, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, pp. 21-2)

Bertrand Russell (perhaps best known for his essay “Why I am not a Christian.”)

“It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.”

“Where all children go to school, and all schools are controlled by the government, the authorities can close the minds of the young to everything contrary to official orthodoxy.”

“Fichte laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished."

“The nations which at present increase [their populations] rapidly should be encouraged to adopt the methods by which, in the West, the increase of population has been checked. Educational propaganda, with government help, could achieve this result in a generation.”

"The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at. First, that the influence of home is obstructive. Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten. Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective. Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity... It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark grey. Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.” (The Impact of Science on Society, 1952. Quotes are not chronological.)

Harold Rugg (president of the American Educational Research Association and author of 14 Social Studies textbooks)

"A new public mind is to be created. How? Only by creating tens of millions of new individual minds and welding them into a new social mind...Old stereotypes must be broken up and new climates of opinion formed in the neighborhoods of America. But that is the task of the building of a science of society for the schools.....Basic problems confront us:...the development of a new philosophy of life...appropriate to the new social order...Through the schools of the world we shall disseminate a new conception of government.” The Great Technology (quoted at

Benjamin Bloom (educational psychologist and humanist)

"(T)he purpose of education is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students." (All Our Children Learning, page 180.)

J. Elmer Morgan (editor of NEA Journal of the teacher union National Education Association)

"In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher... can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children.... At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession." ["The Teacher and World Government”, NEA Journal (January 1946); 1.]

Julian Huxley (evolutionary biologist , internationalist, and a chief founder of the American Humanist Association)

Referring to UNESCO*: “(I)n its educational programme it can stress the ultimate need for world political unity and familiarise all peoples with the implications of the transfer of full sovereignty from separate nations to a world organization." [UNESCO: Its Purpose and Its Philosophy, (Washington, DC: Public Affairs Press, 1947) p.13.]

*UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. See ”The Common Thread Addendum”.

The United Nations and its cohorts understand that children must be their AGENTS of CHANGE.

Harold Shane (education futurist)

“As young people mature, we must help them develop... a service ethic which is geared toward the real world... the global servant concept in which we will educate our young for planetary service and eventually for some form of world citizenship.” ["America's Next 25 Years: Some Implications for Education," Phi Delta Kappan (September 1976).]

Todd Gitlin (president of radical and violent leftist SDS in 1965)

"My generation of the New Left — a generation that grew as the [Vietnam] war went on — relinquished any title to patriotism without much sense of loss. All that was left to the Left was to unearth righteous traditions and cultivate them in universities. The much-mocked political correctness of the next academic generations was a consolation prize. We lost — we squandered the politics — but won the textbooks." (Varieties of Patriotic Experience)

William Z. Foster (former general secretary of the Communist Party USA)

“The proletarian revolution in the United States will at once make a devastating slash…[Education] will be revolu­tionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic and other features of the bourgeois ideology.  The students will be taught on the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society.”

Karl Marx (the father of Communism and co-author of the Communist Manifesto.)

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (first Leader of the Soviet Union)

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”    (,9171,957700,00.html)

Joseph Stalin (General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union)

"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." (Interview with H. G. Wells. September, 1937)

Stalin also said, “You know, they are fooling us, there is no God.” (Landmarks in the Life of Stalin, 1940)

Adolf Hitler

"Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state." (Quoted in William L. Shirer, Education in the Third Reich," ch. 8, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich).

“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already.... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” November 6, 1939 (

“The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” Quoted in Duane Lester, “The Threats to Homeschooling: From Hitler to the NEA,” August 11, 2008. (

Steve Biko

“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” ( Biko’s opinion of God is unknown, but the South African Communist Party admired him. (

Manly Palmer Hall

“(N)o postwar program can be successful unless at least three and probably five generations of social conditioning goes with it. The way of that conditioning would be the one used in Central Europe to condition Nazi Minds. There the circulation of an ideology began in the public schools, began with the small child; which is where we will have to begin, and educate not only our own people but the peoples of the world… It has to be done. It could start with a postwar international planning commission devising a world concept of education, a world concept of internal relationships. Teaching it would have to start in the first grade of the public schools.” ("Asia in the Balance of the Scales" by Manly Palmer Hall, in Horizon: The Magazine of Useful and Intelligent Living, Spring, Volume 4, No. 1, April 1944.)  Manly Palmer Hall was into mysticism, and the occult.


“As the leader of the Nazi Teacher's League, Hans Schemm, put it: 'Those who have the youth on their side control the future.' (416) ‘the regime endeavored to assert its control over the education system through reorganization and centralization...’ (433) ‘ addition to controlling and indoctrinating the teaching profession, reorganizing the education system and establishing new elite schools, the regime sought to influence youth through the content of what was taught in schools."
Nazism: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts , 1919-1945, edited by J. Noakes and G. Pridham in cooperation with the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Exeter.

John I. Goodlad

(1) "Most youth still hold the same values of their parents…if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay." (2) "Enlightened social engineering is required to face situations that demand global action now." (3) "Public education has served as a check on the power of parents, and this is another powerful reason for maintaining it."(4) "The curriculum of the future will be what one might call the humanistic curriculum." ( Goodlad was "Influenced by John Dewey's concepts of progressivism.

H. G. Wells

"The organization of this that I call the Open Conspiracy....which will ultimately supply teaching, coercive and directive public services to the whole world, is the immediate task before all rationale people...A planned world-state is appearing at a thousand points....Plans for political synthesis seem to grow bolder and more extensive....There must be a common faith and law for mankind....The main battle is an educational battle. 1934 - Experiment in Autobiography (
(Wells was a socialist.

Communist Party Education Workers Congress

“We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists. … We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children’s nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists.”

Radicals, like Bill Ayers, who advocate destruction of the America way of life as we know it understand.
1. Total Destruction
2. Common Core Roots

Deborah Menkart (Executive Director for Teaching for Change which seeks to use classrooms for social justice.)

"Parents and teachers are realizing that what students read and learn affects how they see the world." (

Orestes Brownson (Universalist preacher at the time)

“The great object was to get rid of Christianity, and to convert our churches into halls of science…The plan was not to make open attacks on religion…but to establish a system of state–we said national–schools, from which all religion was to be excluded, in which nothing was to be taught but such knowledge as is verifiable by the senses, and to which all parents were to be compelled by law to send their children.”

Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Party leader)

“It’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school.”

Leon Trotsky (Russian Marxist)

“If our generation happens to be too weak to establish Socialism over the earth, we will hand the spotless banner down to our children. … It is the struggle for the future of all mankind.”

Antonio Gramsci (Marxist and communist)

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity…In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

From the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America:

1. Education in the New Socialist Republic in North America shall be based in accordance with, and contribute to, the principles and objectives set forth in this Constitution. All education shall be public education, provided for financially through the allocation of funds from the central government and other levels of government, under the overall direction of the Executive Council of the central government.


(After touring the Creation Museum a secularist blogged: “For me, the most frightening part was the children’s section. It was at this moment that I learned the deepest lesson of my visit to the Museum: It is in the minds and hearts of our children that the battle will be fought.”

Evolutionism is the main weapon used to attack our children. Unfortunately, Answers in Genesis**, and most major evangelical ministries still think we can make children into miniature apologists and send them into the war zones of government schools to fight people like that blogger. That is simply sending the children on suicide missions.

A related article is “Evolution Is Religion--Not Science.”

Evolutionism is the religious dogma of liberalism and liberalism is evil!


"Humanism holds that the universe exists for no purpose…Obviously, if no moral absolutes exist, you can't demonstrate that anything is wrong or evil…Humanism is fostered by the teaching of evolutionary science, materialism and moral relativism in our popular media and public school system…We are nothing more than bugs struggling with survival until we die." (



As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Conservative leaders either will not admit the battle is for the hearts and minds of children, or (like Rush Limbaugh) they will admit it and fail to call for rescuing children.

In hour two of his April 10, 2019 program Rush Limbaugh said, "In one sense, folks, it’s really pathetic what we have done to younger generations in this country, the absolute gunk that we have filled their heads with, just the crap that they have been taught, the fear that it has created. And of course all of this is done to make them Democrat voters. And that’s the entire reason for it. The entire reason for public education is to turn them into Democrat voters."

**Answers in Genesis started to see the light in 2012. See the note at the bottom of “ANSWERS” DOES NOT HAVE THE ANSWER.

Also see: Why Christian Education Is Important and Liberalism is Evil.