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Children Taught to Obey Genocide Orders in US Schools

Children Taught to Obey Genocide Orders in US Schools

An after-school program which the Supreme Court has ordered that public schools have to resource is teaching children that they must obey genocide orders.

The lesson is contained in the second week of the Bible study course from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.

The 3,200 clubs reach more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, and uses public school classrooms because CEF know that young children associate the public schools with authority and are unable to distinguish between activities that take place in a school and those that are sponsored by the school.

The genocide instruction is based on the story of Saul and the Amalekites, from 1 Samuel (15:3), in which God said to Saul:

Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.

This has been used through the ages to justify genocide, including by the Puritans when they wanted to get rid of Native American tribes.

The Bible study course had previously said merely that “the Amalekites were completely defeated.” But this has been revised to make it clear that if God gives instructions to kill a group of people, you must kill every last one:

You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) — people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left.

“That was pretty clear, wasn’t it?” the manual tells the teachers to say.

It now says that a teacher is to make clear that the Amalakites were targeted for destruction on account of their lack of religion:

The Amalekites had heard about Israel’s true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in him. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment.

The instruction is drilled home: if God tells you to kill nonbelievers, he really wants you to kill them all, no exceptions allowed.

If you are asked to do something, how much of it do you need to do before you can say, ‘I did it!’?

Mainstream Bible teaching, as exemplified by bible.org, says something different:

The test is how well that person has pleased God by obeying His Word, and by challenging others to follow him as he obeys. This is not said to justify autocratic leadership, which merely claims to speak for God. This is said of biblical leadership, which is based upon, and tested by, the Word of God.

According to the majority Supreme Court opinion which allows the Clubs to operate in public schools, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, they could be characterized, for legal purposes, “as the teaching of morals and character development from a particular viewpoint.”

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12:14PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild....look upon this helpless child."

What WONDERFUL people!

12:11PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

All in the name of freedom of religion.

8:53AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Terrifying.

2:31PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

New Testament ethics are totally different from Old Testament ethics. See Matthew Chapter 5 for proof of this. NT ethics do not call for violence. Another example: the woman caught in the act of adultery (John chap. 8). OT ethics called for stoning her. Jesus saved her from that, and sent her away, telling her to "sin no more." The Puritans were heretics. (from: an Orthodox Christian)

2:31PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

New Testament ethics are totally different from Old Testament ethics. See Matthew Chapter 5 for proof of this. NT ethics do not call for violence. Another example: the woman caught in the act of adultery (John chap. 8). OT ethics called for stoning her. Jesus saved her from that, and sent her away, telling her to "sin no more." The Puritans were heretics. (from: an Orthodox Christian)

1:09AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Um. God giving direct orders vs. our own discriminations are two totally different things, and the supreme court is condoning this?

What happened to we are all equal under the constitution?

9:00PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

The Supreme Court members are nuts! Do they not realize what they are voting for/against when cases are brought before them? Do they even CARE what they are doing to this country?

2:50PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

OH MY GOD!! How in the hell did this ever get to the Supreme Court? and how in the hell did they ever allow this in school??? I have always said Clarence Thomas is a boil on the behind of the Supreme Court and now after sitting silent for years THIS is what he puts his name to??? OH MY GOD??? Our schools are being infiltrated by frightening loonies now.

8:47AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

And then people wonder about the rise of hate crimes...


And I thought that being a Christian meant acceptance toward others. Oops, guess I was wrong.

11:03AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

This Public Service Announcement was Brought to you by the Government of the United States.

I, George Dubya Bush endorse this message, along with Kock Bros, Carl Rove, Dick Cheney and the rest of the Evil Doers

And all the while, the devil is over there in the corner, just laughing.

I am curious, what right does SCOTUS have to order American children view such objectionable material.

Now if it were, "Thou shall not KILL." I could get on board with that.

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