Msg # 6
Date: 07 May 91 01:39:45
From: Christopher Baker
Subj: How You Can Help Keep the Public Schools Secular
1. Every school district in the United States has a procedure through
which parents, or other concerned citizens who are paying taxes to
support our public schools, can review the books which are being
used in the public schools. Also, a similar review of the video
lessons used by schools is open to you.
All you will need to do is to call the office of your local primary
or secondary school and state that you would appreciate being
accomodated with time and the materials which you want to inspect.
We would suggest that you first ask to review the science, the
history, and the social science books. Ask to see those which are
required in the classroom as text and those which are in the library
Then go to the school, get the books, and flip through them. You
will be astonished at what you find.
2. The schools will not alone make an appointment for you and provide
the books you desire to review, but if you find them objectionable,
the school will furnish to you forms on which you may register your
complaint about either curriculum or instructional matter.
3. At your request the form you have filled out is given to the
principal or the superintendent of the school. These persons are
required to review your complaint. It will then be passed on to
the person responsible for the selection of the material in the
4. If you do not like the result of this review, you may then appeal
any decision made on it to the school board.
5. American Atheists requests that you specifically check with your
local public schools to see if they are utilizing "Moody Institute
of Science films and videos." All of this is really a branch of
"Moody Bible Institute," operating out of Whittier, California,
and pumping its films into the public school systems across the
Typically, films being used will have innocent titles, such as
"Spider Engineers," "Mathematics of the Honeycomb," or "Language
of the Bee." You will be surprised to find objectionable religious
references in such "science" films. For example, in describing
spiders, one video shows that a spider works "...without any tool
except those which God has fashioned as a part of her body." Later,
the spider, "reflects not its own wisdom but that of God, the great
planner and engineer who created the spider."
6. Please report the results of your efforts to American Atheists (P.O.
Box 140195, Austin, TX, 78714-0195) so that a national overview of
the religious intrusion into the schools can be made.
Source: American Atheist [magazine], Volume 31, No. 4, April 1989, pg. 21.
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* Origin: Rights On! - Free of Religion! - Titusville_FL_USA (1:374/14)