Prayer Targets: Noah Webster; Common Core; 9/11 Anniversary; Benghazi; Vote to Curtail Free Speech
September 11, 2014
Except the LORD shall build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD shall keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain. Psalm 127:1, Webster Bible
Dear Praying Friends,
Noah Webster (1758-1843) believed American children should read American history and learn from American, not British books. His grammar-speller-reader, popularly called the "blue-backed speller" was used to teach American children for over 100 years. The book was selling a million copies per year, 20 years after his death. Royalties from that book afforded Webster time for public service; to produce the first New English Bible translation in 250 years; and, over 27 years, to expand his first American Dictionary to over 70,000 words. Webster, known as the "Father of American Education," helped create a common American language.
Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.
A selection of essays, respecting the settlement and geography of America; the history of the late revolution and of the most remarkable characters and events that distinguished it, and a compendium of the principles of the federal and provincial governments, should be the principal school book in the United States. These are interesting objects to every man; they call home the minds of youth and fix them upon the interests of their own country, and they assist in forming attachments to it, as well as in enlarging their understanding.
"Montesquieu observe, that the laws of education ought to be relative to the principles of the government." In despotic governments, the people should have little or no education, except what tends to inspire them with a servile fear. Information is fatal to despotism...
In our American republics, where (government) is in the hands of the people, knowledge should be universally diffused by means of public schools. Of such consequence is it to society, that the people who make laws, should be well informed... I do not mean merely a knowledge of spelling books, and the New Testament. An acquaintance with ethics, and with the general principles of law, commerce, money and government, is necessary for the yeomanry of a republican state...
This school should be kept by the most reputable and well informed man in the district... The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head... (Noah Webster, "On the Education of Youth in America," The Founders' Constitution).
Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) contains six thousand Bible references. He wrote, "Education is useless without the Bible" (Webster's Dictionary 1828)
With the exception of Ronald Reagan, every President since FDR has proposed sweeping federal reforms to fix public education, yet our children are farther behind and less prepared than any time in modern history. Morals, too, are at a low. Is it time, yet again, for new politically correct federally enforced standards and controls?
Common Core Curriculum Standards - On Tuesday evening, FRC produced a special one hour webcast, "Common Core, The Government's Classroom," to decipher the controversial "Common Core" program. Some parents are beginning to wake up to understand the dangers of Common Core, but a large majority are unfamiliar with this well-intentioned but dangerous national effort to control the training of our children. Forty-four states have already ceded their authority to those who enforce the Common Core standards from Washington. What began as a state initiative is now firmly national, in the hands of a private organization in Washington, D.C. that holds sole authority to amend them. As with Obamacare, federal funds and waivers are being used to reward and punish states that do, or do not, participate or comply with the standards. What about parents with Common Core in place? Will they still have the liberty to guide, direct and adjust the standards by which their children are taught and learn? The state's consent to Common Core is a declaration of faith that bureaucrats in Washington know better what our children need than do our state and local school boards, teachers and parents to whom they are accountable. The creators of Common Core may have had good intentions, but just as idealistic socialists believe government can control the economy better than the free market, history shows them to be wrong. President Ronald Reagan knew this and wanted to close Jimmy Carter's Department of Education, but Congress would not. Instead of exceptional, known and trusted local teachers who could equip children with the values Webster believed were at the core of education, most Americans have blindly entrusted the hearts, minds and futures of their children to distant, faceless and unaccountable "Common Core" bureaucrats (see webcast: Common Core: The Government's Classroom; read FRC's Position; Math, English & Literacy; Videos: Federal Power in Education, Uncommon Dilemma).
- May the American people be fully awakened! May parents have courage to stand fast in their God-given liberty, responsibility and authority to direct their children's education. May citizen activists persuade their state leaders to reverse course! (Pr 14:12; 18:17; Jer 10:2; Mt 18:6; 2 Cor 11:13-14; Eph 6:4; 5:13-14; 1 Tim 2:15; Rev 22:18-19)
Anniversary of September 11, 2001 - Benghazi - Few have given President George W. Bush credit for his leadership following the 9/11 attacks. But his quick action and determination to take the battle to our terrorist enemies rather than allow them to bring it to American soil has been proven wise. Explaining his rationale for a troop surge in Iraq in the summer of 2007, his words are haunting, given the rise of ISIS and the human disaster that has occurred since President Obama's withdrawal of American troops. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll shows 47 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is less safe now than before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In 2002, a year after the attacks, only 20 percent of Americans believed America was less safe despite the horror of 9/11. After the billions spent to revamp American security, including the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security; only 26 percent of Americans now feel the nation is safer than before 9/11. Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (USA-Ret.), FRC's Executive Vice President, says that the terrorist militia takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Libya last week, following the Obama Administration's quiet closing of the Embassy in the aftermath of the murder of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stephens at the Consulate in Benghazi, amounts to an invasion of the U.S. given the historic legal understanding of the American Embassy as sovereign, U.S. territory. Gen. Boykin held a press conference on Capitol Hill yesterday together with a broad coalition of conservative leaders, Congressmen, and family members of those slain in Benghazi pledging that the group would not be silent until the truth of what happened at Benghazi has been uncovered - that they will not allow this matter to fade away as some of the other administration scandals have seemed to do (see Pres. Bush: If U.S. Withdraws?," Americans Fear Attack;; Not Old; Open Hearings to Resume; Hear Gen Boykin & Coalition Pledge; Cry Out America).
- May God move our President to protect our people, no matter what it requires! May God uncover our past foreign policy and leadership failures, including Benghazi! May our leaders repent, and take aggressive action faithfully to fulfill their constitutional and God-given duty to protect the American people, May Christians cry out to Him who has been our help in ages past for mercy and protection over land and people. (Dt 20:8-9; 1 Sam 12:13-15; 2 Sam 3:18; 22:7; Ps 25:2; 18:32-42; Josh 22:20; Rom 13:3-4)
Finally, Sen. Harry Reid will move forward Sen. Tom Udall's (D-N.M.) amendment to the Constitution to give Congress and the states authority to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. This is the first time Congress has taken the extraordinary step of amending the Constitution to restrict First Amendment freedoms recognized by the Supreme Court. This is a huge effort that would overturn Court rulings and amend the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, especially religious and political speech. View and pray over Star Spangled Sunday! See what God and courageous Americans did in 1814 to defend our nation! Thank you for praying!