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Bible Study in Public Schools Should Include All of the Bible

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Fort Atkinson School District in Wisconsin has planned a training course for its public school teachers. One of the sessions being offered in the course is Happiness Is - A Biblical Perspective on True Joy.

It's obvious that to offer a class to public school teachers that promotes the Bible, as this class clearly does, is a direct violation of the Jeffersonian principle found in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights prohibiting the mixing of government with religion. Legally the Fort Atkinson School District is in violation of the US Constitution.

It's important that this effort to mix religion and government be opposed legally. However, a much more fundamental aspect of this case, and of countless other cases in which efforts are being made to mix religion with government in order to turn the US into a Bible-based theocracy, is the lack of knowledge of the vast majority of people of the evil teachings in the Bible. If people had been made aware of these evil teachings in the Bible, this current issue would never have existed because no one would want anything to do with the Bible. Ignorance of these evil Bible teachings is essential to the success of the Bible-promoting theocrats.

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In the case of the Christian course Happiness Is - A Biblical Perspective on True Joy, there is one Bible verse that directly addresses the issue of both happiness and children. Its ungodly and heartless brutality is enough to make any sincere person to, at a minimum, question the claim that the Bible is the word of God, and, hopefully, to make a person realize that not only is the Bible NOT the word of God, but that it is evil and should not be used as a guide on how to live our lives. That Bible verse is Psalm 137:9, which states, "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."

Many Christians will object that this is from the Old Testament, and that since the arrival of Jesus, the Old Testament and its harsh teachings, laws and commands have been replaced by the grace of Jesus. Based on their own Christian Bible, they are factually wrong.

According to whoever wrote the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus made it clear that he did not come to do away with or replace the ungodly and cruel teachings and commands of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. At Matthew 5:17-18 the unknown author of Matthew wrote that Jesus said:

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Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The mystery author of Matthew has Jesus saying he came to fulfill Hebrew Bible law and the Jewish prophets. This is because the unknown authors of the Gospels believed Jesus would come back from the dead and reign over the Earth, at which time all would be fulfilled. That never happened. Since heaven and Earth have not passed, based on the above verses, the ungodly and cruel Hebrew Bible/Old Testament laws are still in effect.

One of the many ungodly and repulsive commands found in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is Exodus 21:17, which claims God commanded, "And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death."

The unknown author who wrote the Gospel of Mark claims that Jesus defended this disgusting and unnatural command from Exodus. Mark 7:1-13 tells the story of Jesus being upset with the Pharisees for not following the Hebrew Bible command to kill their children if their children curse their parents. In his tirade against the Pharisees, Jesus claims that by not following the Hebrew Bible command to kill their children who curse their parents, they are making "the word of God of none effect".

The American revolutionary and Deist, Thomas Paine, provided much invaluable teaching material on the Bible. All of Paine's writings on God, Deism, the Bible and religion are found in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition. I strongly suggest that this book should be used as a study guide in any and all Bible classes in public schools. Since Thomas Paine is one of America's indispensable founders, the religious right should not have any problem with Paine's objective and powerful book.

Deists, and all free thinkers, who want to help people free themselves from the ungodly and harmful teachings of the Bible, and thus remove the threat from the religious right of turning the US into a Bible-based theocracy, need to become familiar with these too-often-overlooked evil teachings from the Bible, so they can then educate sincere people who are currently Bible believers. Our page Protect Children From the Bible is a good source of information to do this. For much more in-depth Deism tools of knowledge about the harmful and evil Bible teachings that need to become common knowledge, we have Deist Reality Cards and our Deism eBooklet series of 50 eBooklets Defending God From the "Holy" Books. Empower yourself with knowledge so you can then empower others. Knowledge truly is power!

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Bob Johnson is a paralegal and a freelance writer in Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, he became a Deist. In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists and in 1996 he launched the first web (more...)
 
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The Bible is full of evil and ungodly teachings. These evil and ungodly teachings need to become common knowledge if we are to be successful in combating the religious right and their efforts to turn the US into a Bible-based theocracy.

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Far more importantly, we need bible burning classes.

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The best way to render the Bible harmless is through openly and objectively discussing its contents and teachings. This allows people to see it for what it really is - ancient superstitious nonsense that violates our innate God-given reason. This plants seeds of thought and doubt in the minds of people currently under the influence of the Bible. Some of them will respond by breaking free of it. As Thomas Paine pointed out, "The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark."


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I do agree. Sorry for the knee-jerk response. I was going to suggest Thomas Paine and the Age of Reason, upon reflection, but I see you have that covered.

Here's a link to my deceased friend's exemplary article (booklet) that I promised to try to keep alive, as I have under different titles on Kindle and Create Space click here

I regret that I didn't to talk more with her about nature, which she had great respect for, as do I.

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Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it and will read it as soon as I'm able. That's great you're keeping it alive!


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Wonderful website, Bob Johnson. Lots to read and learn. Thank you.

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Thanks Janet, your kind words mean a lot! I wish I had known about Deism when I was a child. That way I never would have fallen for the ungodly and irrational Christian nonsense.


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Love your knee-jerk reaction, Friend. My knees jump too.

Here's a good one and beautifully sung: Thought of you when Scott sent it to me.


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"Canons Of Christianity"

Christian cannons have fired at my days
With the warning beneath the holy blaze
And bow to our authority
Say the cannons of christianity

Oh the children will be sent to schools
Minds of clay are molded to their rules
Learn to fear all of eternity
Warn the cannons of christianity

Holy hands will count the money raised
Like a king the lord is richly praised
On a cross of diamond majesty
Say the cannons of christianity

Missionaries will travel on crusades
The word is given, the heathen souls are saved
Conversions to our morality
Sigh the cannons of christianity

Come the wars and turn the rules around
To bend your soul on the battle ground
And the lord will march beside me
Drone the cannons of christianity

Cathedral walls will glitter with their gold
And the sermons speak through silver robes
Building castles amidst the poverty
Say the cannons of christianity

Worship now and wash your sins away
Drop the coins, fall to your knees and pray
Cleanse the world of all hypocrisy
Smile the cannons of christianity

Christian cannons have fired at my days
With the warning beneath the holy blaze
And bow to our authority
Say the cannons of christianity

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Thanks, Janet. I will check Bob's site as I already planned to do.


P.S. I hope yr doing well. Thinking of you often.

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I hope you like it, Daniel, and that you find it thought provoking, inspiring and useful.


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WOW! Thank you Janet! This is an amazing and thought provoking song. It's so true! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and posting the link. I'm going to promote the best I can.


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Bob, I have never met Janet. But when she speaks, I listen. Janet, and Daniel too, have taught me a lot about religion and Catholicism. I have never met Daniel either. But when he speaks, I listen. I am not religious, I know virtually nothing about the Bible. But one thing I have learned from both is ...

Oh the children will be sent to schools
Minds of clay are molded to their rules
Learn to fear all of eternity
Warn the cannons of christianity


Beware, the cannons of Christianity...

By the by, my name is David Watts. I wonder why Janet referred to me as Scott. I wonder if she knows something I don't know. Let me check the name on my driver's license... :)

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