Published Monday, August 28, 2023
AT THE HISTORY CENTER
Last fall, Oklahoma voters chose Markwayne Mullin to represent our state in the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, he will participate with two groups meeting at the Oklahoma History Center.
In the morning, he will be discussing the issues swirling around McGirt with five tribal leaders in Oklahoma. While that meeting will go beyond our luncheon meeting's start time, Senator Mullin will join us for a few minutes to discuss a number of issues on the minds of members of Oklahoma's tribal leadership.
In addition, Senator Mullin is meeting with President Donald Trump today (Monday, August 28). Markwayne will have two days to reflect on that meeting and bring us the former President's thoughts about Oklahoma and the nation.
In addition to political comments from Markwayne, we will be treated to insights on the impact that life in Washington, D.C. has made on the Mullin family.
Lucia O'Connor will be on stage to have a conversation with Senator Mullin's wife, Christie.
GET TO KNOW
AND THE MULLIN FAMILY
Both John & Lucia O'Connor will be with us. John will say a few words and Lucia will be on stage with Christie to discuss how life in Washington has impacted the Mullin family.
A LUNCHEON BONUS ...
In addition to Christie, the founder of Professional Oklahoma Educators, Ginger Tinney will come to speak about the state of the teachers in Tulsa.
Founder, GINGER TINNEY
Membership in POE provides twice the insurance coverage for much less. We don't know what the current NEA/OEA rate is, but it has historically been double that of POE for half the coverage.
The price reduction is because POE is about professionalism not politics. The NEA/OEA represents a funding source for leftist candidates. That is why the leftist political agenda of the NEA/OEA have been pressed so forcefully into the classroom. They spend a lot of OEA/NEA money on far-left political candidates.
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TABLE of CONTENTS
The War on Our Children
TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Fourteen Years of Documented Pain & Suffering
MARK YOUR CALENDER
State Board of Education
September 28, 2023 Meeting
The War on Our Children
Video from the July 3, 2022 NEA convention in Chicago illustrates that NEA/OEA members represent political goals aligned with the extreme left. They have introduced those leftist politics into the classroom.
The political agenda of the NEA/OEA has introduced a war for the minds of our children with ideologies contrary to the civilized societies of Western Civilization. The unions have helped introduce to our children the transgender agenda* and anti-American political perspectives based on the falsified history of writers like Howard Zinn.
* Click on the NEA website here and find, under NEA Partners, the way in which they articulate the completely falsified claims regarding transgenderism.
Much of the left's anti-Americanism, along with its moral and academic misinformation, was introduced into the classroom quite peacefully until Oklahomans became aware of the subterfuge which had invaded the classroom.
Covid and the campaign for
State Superintendent of Public
Instruction in 2022 changed all of that.
The teachers’ unions and their fellow travelers from the political left have become quite vocal since Ryan Walters was elected. Oklahomans chose Ryan Walters for the purpose of returning educational authority to the parents, restoring moral and academic integrity to the classroom, and removing the far-left political agendas.
After more than 14 years of public news coverage of the failure of Tulsa’s schools, Ryan Walters has done what his role demands of him.
Because the Tulsa Public School District (TPS) is one of the highest-funded districts in the state, yet ranks well below even the Oklahoma average for academic performance (worst in the nation), he has stepped in to do what the TPS School Board has refused to do on its own. See 14 years of media reports here.
The Superintendent who has been responsible for the educational disaster has been removed. Secretary Walters has demanded of the TPS School Board a complete reversal of the practices which have led to its downward trajectory.
ANOTHER REASON FOR THE
NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE
OF THE WORK OF RYAN WALTERS
The State Board of Education responded positively to the recommendation of The Oklahoma Advisory Committee on Founding Principles that The Ten Commandments be prominently displayed in every Oklahoma classroom.
The Ten Commandments is a historic document which has guided the laws of nations for thousands of years and continues to be displayed on the front of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
In response to this recommended return to the heart of the American soul, far-left political activists, including members of the Republican Party in Oklahoma, have employed Communist phrases in their efforts to eviscerate the Christian elements of Western Civilization and the American Federation of states.
For example, the phrase, “separation of church and state” has been used often, from the Marxist activists on the ground, to Oklahoma’s own Attorney General.
Currents of secularity have overwhelmed academia in America. What passes for scholarship no longer represents the larger picture of Western Civilization and its point of maturation in America.
THIS BRINGS US TO LAST
WEEK'S STATE BOARD OF
I addressed the issue of “separation of church and state” when I spoke to the State Board of Education last Thursday morning about the appropriate use of the Bible in the classroom.
I sought to provide a more accurate perspective on who our founders were and their perspectives on the role of the church in American life.
NEITHER THOMAS JEFFERSON
NOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
The writings and policy of both Jefferson and Franklin make impossible the claim that either were deists in their fundamental theological perspectives.
Scholarship has fallen into the hands of those for whom the advancement of secularity trumps complete disclosure of historic truth.
For a brief, but scholarly look at American political and religious thought at the point of our founding, Dr. Mark David Hall, Ph.D. at George Fox University, has provided a balanced look in his book, Did America Have A Christian Founding?
The text is very accessible to the non-scholar and he makes his case in less than 200 pages.
THOMAS JEFFERSON DID NOT
BELIEVE IN SEPARATION
OF CHURCH AND STATE
There are many phrases which, taken out of context, can appear to be the polar opposite of their intent. When a parent raises his voice to his child in exasperation and says, "If you do that one more time, I will kill you!", we all understand that a grammatical superlative is being employed to make a point.
I might accuse someone of "spilling the beans" in a discussion which had nothing to do with food.
When, on January 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Connecticut's Danbury Baptist Church, it was in response to concerns expressed by church leadership that the Federal Government might forget the constitutional restriction on the U.S. Congress to enact laws which would dictate to American citizens the parameters of church life on American soil.
When Jefferson employed the phrase "wall of separation between Church & State," he was underlining the restrictions on the Congress of the United States to dictate the ecclesiastical policy of the citizens of the United States.
Jefferson meant nothing remotely close to what Vladimir Lenin meant when, on February 5, 1918, Lenin issued the Decree on Separation of Church and State, a decree which, among many other things, forbade the teaching of Christianity in any school public or private. Nor did he have in mind Lenin's Soviet Constitution (Article Four) which, among many other things, deprived church leadership from voting.
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were asked to propose a national seal for the United States.
Their proposal was an image of the events of Exodus Chapter 14. It is a passage from the Bible.
The image was of the ancient Church having passed through the Red Sea, watching the demise of the Egyptian Army behind them, and with the Shekinah Glory of Christ in a fiery representation above.
The writing proposed was, Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God, thus codifying the inseparability of the establishment of the Federal Government of the American Colonies with Christianity.
In 1801, Thomas Jefferson became President of the United States. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson presented to the U.S. Senate his budget for the Treaty between the United States and the Kaskaskia Indians. He asked that money in the Federal Treasury be used to pay the salary of a Catholic Priest and to build a Catholic Church.
So much for a "Deist" who advocated
for a Leninist-style concept of
separation of church and state.
The separation of Christianity from the public
soul of American culture has warped
the lens through which academia,
media, and statecraft are viewed.
Without exception, the constitution of every state in the union of American states, from Alabama to Wyoming, contains a reference to our dependence upon the God of the Bible.
The great literary works of Shakespeare, Milton, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and America’s own Samuel Clemens and Edgar Alan Poe all make references to the Bible. Our founders made reference to many of the great works of the past, but their use of the Biblical text overwhelmed their use of any other work.
Perhaps the greatest novel every written, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, quoted this Biblical text from Jesus Christ on its Title Page:
Verily, Verily, I say unto you, unless
a grain of wheat falls into
the ground and die,
it abideth alone:
But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
While the most culturally impactful text in world history is the Biblical text, the second most impactful text, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, should also be read.
Vladimir Lenin was the first national political leader to employ the text by Marx. He was followed by Stalin and many others including China’s Mao and the Stalinist Cultural Revolution.
Obviously, as these 20th century tyrants bore out for all to see, the materialism of the Manifesto's atheism failed to produce the soothing cultural balm known to those cultures which were instead impacted by the Biblical text.
Ignorance of either of these two major texts represents an education steeped in academic incompetence. The inability to be conversant on either Karl Marx or Jesus of Nazareth represents an incomprehensible level of ignorance.
We are, after all, training our children to be the nation's future leaders. Not useful idiots.
Our children are in school to
glean the wisdom of our past.
We are not educating.
We are indoctrinating.
A few thousand of you read this newsletter each week. I would challenge you to connect with us through our meetings, or by email and get involved in bolstering the Christian cultural foundations of Oklahoma that we may cast a light on our nation, the last bastion of freedom in the world.
Christianity is the very foundation of human thought.
It is the foundation of free and prosperous societies.
We are in desperate need of returning
our nation and our state to Biblical foundations.
Thank you for your activism.
This Wednesday's luncheon!
11:00 AM Doors open
11:00 AM Lunch Available
NOON to 1:15 PM Meeting
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC, OK 73105
Finally, a leader who will fix the
problems in Tulsa Public Schools
Three Minute Video here
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September 28, 2023
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ryan Walters, and the State Department of Education, invite you to attend their August 24th public meeting.
Your comments and presence are sought as the foundation of the future of Oklahoma's children is being established. The SDE offices are on the northeast lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND:
State Department of Education
Oliver Hodge Education Building
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd, OKC, OK
Thursday, August 24, 2023
8:30 a.m. Gather for fellowship and prayer.
9:00 a.m. Sign in for option to speak.
9:30 a.m. SDE meeting begins.
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