James Dobson encouraging Christians to withdraw kids from public schools

Christian author, psychologist, and Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson is once again calling on believers to flee from public schools, citing growing anti-Christian sentiments and influences.

Teacher Elizabeth Moguel poses for a photograph with her seventh grade Latin class at Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts September 17, 2015. | REUTERS / Brian Snyder

In a recent series of Family Talk episodes featuring E. Ray Moore of the Exodus Mandate, Dr. Dobson revived his call for Christian parents to opt for either homeschool or the enrollment of their kids in Christians schools that teach morality. He said this encouragement stems from the Bible's command for parents to "train up a child in the way he should go," World Net Daily reports.

When Dobson first made the encouragement more than 30 years ago, it resulted in the rise of homeschooling in the U.S., Moore noted. At present, the Christian psychologist said there is more need of it than before and warned that Christians are losing their influence on the next generation.

"They been propagandized and given a philosophy that in many cases is contrary to Scripture and what we believe," Dobson remarked.

Dobson pointed out that there is rampant anti-Christian influences in public schools. Students there are reportedly exposed to teachings about the LGBT community, evolution, Islam, and other controversial issues.

"We believe you can make a case with data that the main reason the culture and the next generation are turning away from traditional values, from the Gospel, from Christianity, is primarily because of the indoctrination of the public-school system," said Moore.

For Moore, the 2016 presidential election has given Christians time to shift to homeschooling or to Christian schools. If the education system is not going to change, he said Christians will "lose the country."

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone called the appointment of billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos as the new education minister as the "crowning achievement of the Christian right's campaign to infiltrate" schools in America. The magazine noted that DeVos has deep ties with Republican conservatives and that she had previously highlighted the importance of Christians' involvement "in public life."

Despite the criticism, the magazine acknowledged that DeVos and her family stand out from among the world of the rich and the powerful because of their conservative Christian views. They have helped support a network of Christian churches and ministries in the last four decades, empowered by the belief that God has mandated the rights and freedoms provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

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