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Perhaps Your School is Like the Good Biscuit Found in a Garbage Can

Sometimes you can find a good biscuit in a garbage can, but it is not a good place to look for a good biscuit.
Sometimes you can find a good biscuit in a garbage can, but it is not a good place to look for a good biscuit.

The world is in a mess, America is in rapid decline, including politics, government, the culture and most certainly the public (government run) school system. Those who are strong advocates for Christian schooling of our nation’s children have heard different reasons from parents as to why they don’t take their children out of public schools to place them in a Christian environment. One such reason is, “But our children attend a good public school.”

My response is this; Occasionally you will find a good biscuit in a garbage can, but that’s not the place to go looking for a good biscuit.  I don’t intend to be overly critical of their opinion, but a larger picture is being ignored

Before we consider the big picture, let me ask some questions.  Did you attend a public school?  If you work, or did work, outside the home, were some of your classmates working at the same place?  Did you, in fact, work with other people who went to some school other than the public school you attended?

My point in asking these questions is to amplify the absurdity of defending your local public school, when in fact, the entire nation, if not the world, knows that the public school system in America is horrible.  It is bad enough that students in America have poor test scores, especially in math and the sciences, but the cultural rot such as gender confusion training, is beyond the pale.  Never forget that much of what is learned in a public school comes from peers who have been feasting on the cultural rot found in songs, TV and movies.  To put it mildly, it is a far cry from the loving, nurturing influence the parents or some other Christians can provide where Jesus Christ is the head, and is welcome, rather than from a system lead by non-believers, and in an environment where God is not welcome, and in fact, rejected.

Therefore if our children and grandchildren attend a school that is deemed to be “good,” will they not be in contact, and work with many people who did not attend that “good” school?  Furthermore, government schools are on record as rejecting God, Jesus Christ, prayer in school, and at school events.  Government does not want students to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, or His death, burial, and His RESURRECTION, or any daily acknowledgement that He even exists.  Also remember that a Christian teacher in a public school is not given legal authority (man’s law, not God’s Law) to even talk to a child about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Christian parents have a tremendous challenge, even if most circumstances seem to favor their situation.  They should not be expected to bear the entire responsibility.  Personally, in our current environment, I think,  so-called leaders among Christian ministries and congregations should get off their collective religious duffs, and start supporting the idea of Christian schooling.  We often hear men say, “God called me to preach the Gospel.”  Did you ever hear one say he was called to encourage his congregation to home school?  Where is the discernment? The discipleship?  And, the dedication to train the next generation 30 hours a week rather than giving them a lick and a promise with only two or three hours per week in God’s house, as they say?  BTW, does the Bible not say God does not dwell in temples made by man?  My take is this: Preaching is much easier and brings in more money than the study of God’s Word, praying for discernment, or spending the effort to train a bunch of kids who don’t carry wallets with lots of cash in them… oh, the LOVE OF MONEY.  There, I said it.

Kids who spend 30 hours a week in a public school environment in America today will no doubt absorb much of the stench in that environment in much the same way that a lonely biscuit in a garbage pail will take on the rotting odor found there.

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Beware of Feds Overreach – Part 2, Rebuttal of the Rebuttal

I’ve heard that you should never get in a letter-writing battle with a man who buys ink by the barrel, meaning that you should not do battle in writing with a man who owns and/or edits a newspaper. Of course country boys might say never get into a urinating contest with a skunk. The editor and owner of the Monroe Watchman is Craig Mohler, a very amiable man who I happen to like on a personal level. When he was fresh out of veterinarian school, I took my vet business to him. I have enjoyed visiting with him on several occasions where we have common interests.

Our Enemy the State

However, having said that, from a worldview standpoint, I see Craig in the enemy camp. I’ve written several letters to him as editor of The Monroe Watchman over a period of several years. His handling of those letters falls into three categories, (1) he prints them (2) he doesn’t print them, but usually sends me an e-mail with a lame excuse as to why he did not put my letter in his paper. I became so aggravated with this action that I finally put a special category on another website called “Censored by the Monroe Watchman.” (3) He prints and then writes a rebuttal. He did that this past week. His rebuttal with intent to discredit me was so intense, I consider it a censorship of sorts.

Although I felt a little bit bad because my letter was so long, he wrote a rebuttal, printed immediately following my letter, that was LONGER than my letter. While reading his rebuttal, I laughed out loud more than once. I no doubt destroyed one of his buttons when I pushed it. My immediate comment to my wife after reading his response was, “That sounded like an infomercial for big government.” It was typical pollyanna liberal-speak about how great our government has been and will certainly remain that way in spite of right-wing critics.

Let me point out what is wrong with a newspaper editor who writes such a response to one who sends a letter to that editor. (1) it shows his bias, not kosher for a editor. (2) it can intimidate anyone else who dares write something that is contrary to that editor’s obvious bias. It would essentially shut down free speech, especially for anyone who never wrote a letter to the editor, but was thinking about writing their first one. In fact, because of his censorship in the past, I have been intimidated enough to refrain from naming any Democrat I criticize, because I have been afraid he would not likely print such. In fact, in my letter last week I put in a quote by Obama, but didn’t say who made that statement. I heavily criticized Harry Reid, but made no mention that he is a Democrat.

Here are other conclusions I have made. Mohler didn’t have the confidence that one of the Watchman’s readers would write a rebuttal to my letter, so he took it upon himself to make sure there was a rebuttal, and it is safe to say I would come out second best if I chose to battle the guy who buys ink by the barrel. It would be a no-win situation for me. He knows that, I know that, and he knows that I know. Incidentally, I have had feedback from some people who expressed their disapproval of his writing that rebuttal. One came indirectly from a man I have never met.

Briefly, here are the key take-aways from my letter last week. (1) I don’t trust the Feds to tell the truth, (2) I don’t want to give the Feds anymore claim on my life and property than they already have, (3) Since the Feds have put our country so far in debt, I think “we the people” should refrain from seeking money (piling up more debt) via grants to fund some local project like the Gap Valley Historic District, and (4) Our enemy is the State.  Of course we all know we can add one more enemy, any media that spews State propaganda.

Here are some tidbits. (1)Mohler never addressed the fact that the BLM was armed but made a point that protesters were. He never countered my claim that Senator Harry Reid is a crook, and likely a major player in the actions of the BLM. (2) He said nothing about the $17 trillion of debt the Feds have placed at the feet (or wallets) of taxpayers, their children and grandchildren. Of course we expect a pollyanna liberal to ignore such insignificant, bothersome facts. Facts should never get in the way of an otherwise perfectly good theory of a big government liberal. (3) And that is my rebuttal to the editor’s rebuttal. This post and the Part 1 post will go in the censored file, and appear later at The reason is simple. Not printing a letter is censorship. Likewise, an editor’s deliberate attempt to torpedo one’s letter is also censorship.

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Beware of Feds Overreach

The following is a copy of a letter I wrote to the editor of the Monroe Watchman, Union, WV on May 10, 2014. While this letter was printed, the editor then proceeded to write a rebuttal, which  is essence was censorship.  While I do not have a copy of his rebuttal, if you read Part 2, which is my rebuttal of his rebuttal, then you can get some idea of what he said.

I admire all who spend their own time, effort and money to highlight and preserve the history of Monroe County, or of any other area for that matter. What I do not like are attempts to obtain grants from any form of civil government to fund such endeavors. I also think it unwise to sign up for anything that has the Federal government attached in any way.

As a property owner in the Gap Valley, I received a letter from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History explaining that the area is being considered for listing in the National Register. Here is a quote from that letter, “Listing in the National Register does not mean that limitations will be placed on the properties by the Federal government.” I literally laughed out loud after reading that sentence. My first thought was, “Since when have politicians and bureaucrats in the Federal government been known for their excellence at truth-telling?” Anyone who believes that statement about no limitations by the government should check out the 500-acre watermelon patch sitting on top of Peters Mountain that is up for sale.
The second thought I had after reading the letter about the National Register, and no Federal government control, was that, now famous quote, “If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan.”

Our Enemy the State

A recent incident in Nevada warrants our review. An armed swat team of about 200 BLM bureaucrats descended on the Clive Bundy cattle ranch. In addition to using a taser gun on one rancher, they shot and killed several of the Bundy cattle. As truth began to unfold in Nevada, it seems that U.S. Senator Harry Reid has been working on behalf of a group from China to confiscate the ranchland for that foreign government. His lawyer son also works with the Chinese. The head of the BLM use to work for Harry. So Harry was elected to serve residents of Nevada, while he and his minions work behind the scenes for China. Harry is a part of the 66% of U.S. Senators who are millionaires. I wonder, do dots in this picture connect?  Oh yeah, your tax dollars at work. One other fact; Harry is Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, voted to that position by his peers…. Lord, help us!

The U.S. government has put us in debt to the tune of $17 trillion, which is $148,000 per taxpayer in the U.S. Knowing that, why would we EVER want to apply for a grant that asks a governing body to take money  by force from other people in order to fund our project, and then hand the bill to our children and grandchildren?
Here’s a quote for you. “If you want to keep control of property you own, you can keep control of your property.” For those who believe that, the rocky top melon patch is waiting for you.

In 1935 Albert Jay Nock wrote a book, “Our Enemy, the State.” More of us should read that prophetic account.

Dennis Rowan
Gap Mills

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