‘Tis But A Scratch!   Leave a comment

In “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a certain knight, while being slaughtered, is in stout denial. Each time he loses  a limb, he insists it’s nothing, no more than a scratch.  Soon limbless, still bouncing around, he’s full of confidence that he’s winning.

   King Arthur: Now, stand aside, worthy adversary! Black Knight: ‘Tis but a scratch! King Arthur: A scratch? Your arm’s off! Black Knight: No, it isn’t! King Arthur: Well, what’s that then? King Arthur: I’ve had worse. King Arthur: You liar! Black Knight: Come on, you pansy! […Arthur cuts off the Knight’s other arm] ..etc.

Many Americans, both liberals and conservatives, seem like this knight to me.  Many know that they are supposed to save the Constitution but they don’t get involved.  How do they think that it will happen without getting involved?  Joseph Smith said: “Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction.” (July 19, 1840, Church Historian’s Office, SLC).

   We are losing our freedoms in America so fast and with so little media coverage, that it’s almost impossible to follow it all.  This is due to not only the Obama Administration but also due to the push of the United Nations to minimize each country’s sovereignty in favor of global government.  If you talk about it or write about it, even showing indisputable evidence from the organizations themselves, most people hurry along their busy paths, or go back to sleep, or call you dismissive names rather than study it out and get involved.

   Ezra Taft Benson, in “The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner,” wrote that the issue of whether God’s children will have “untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow” or to “be coerced and forced to be obedient,is ongoing: “The war that began in heaven is not yet over. The conflict continues on the battlefield of mortality. And one of Lucifer’s primary strategies has been to restrict our agency through the power of earthly governments.”

  

 Some limbs from the great tree of freedom that we’ve lost or are in the process of losing right now:

1) Medical freedom (Obamacare)

2) Educational freedom (Common Core)

3) Privacy (FERPA regulations altered)

4) Property Rights (U.N.’s Law of the Sea allows the U.N. to tax our country and steal our land; see http://www.jbs.org/news/will-our-freedoms-be-lost-at-sea   and  http://www.un.org/Depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/closindx.htm )

None of these freedoms is less important than another.  But this blog is dedicated to freedom of education because education has been my life.  And education is the closest issue to our children.  President Benson warned:

As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children; and if they have become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others.Today there are much worse things that can happen to a child than not getting a full college education. In fact, some of the worst things have happened to our children while attending colleges led by administrators who wink at subversion and amorality. Said Karl G. Maeser, ‘I would rather have my child exposed to smallpox, typhus fever, cholera, or other malignant and deadly diseases than to the degrading influence of a corrupt teacher. It is infinitely better to take chances with an ignorant, but pure-minded teacher than with the greatest philosopher who is impure.’ Vocational education, correspondence courses, establishment in a family business are being considered for their children by an increasing number of parents.”

( Source: Ezra Taft Benson, “A Plea to Strengthen Our Families”, General conference address, October 1970 )
 
I hope we wake up, collectively, and get involved.  Whenever an idea for a new law, a new tax, a new regulation, or a new educational reform is proposed, ask whether is maximizes individual freedom and parental authority over children, or whether it takes away from individual freedom and maxmimizes governmental authority over children.  It’s not that complicated. 
 
Write your representatives, your senators, your governor and school boards.  It makes a difference.
 

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