Every once in a while, my husband asks to guest post; addressing concerns which he feels are vital to both homeschooling and families. Today, he shares yet another reason we are thankful for the blessing of home education.
By now, many of you have heard about the 9th Circuit court’s decision to allow a California school to prevent students from wearing t-shirts with the American flag in order to favor other students’ celebration of a foreign holiday. Among these judges and school officials are likely some of the same bong-sucking hippies that were burning flags in the sixties and seventies. While their personal hygiene habits have likely improved since then, their ideas still stink.
Others have already pointed out the problem with U.S. judges and school officials giving special preference to foreign loyalties rather than to their own country, which is both unpatriotic and, as far as the judges are concerned, a violation of their oath to uphold our Constitution. There’s a good reason why the 9th Circuit is running either 1st or 2nd for most reversed rulings in the land. It’s also one more reason why village schools are dismal failures at doing their job.
As parents and Biblical theists, we understand that God expects us to exercise loyalty to certain persons and institutions. Where there is a conflict of interest, we are to have fidelity to one person or institution, and where we can have multiple loyalties, there is a hierarchy of priority where some persons and institutions are placed before others.
For example, since God is the very ground of objective ethics, the first two Commandments requires our loyalty to Him, the only true God. Intimate relations were created to take place within the context of monogamous man/woman marriage, and any relationship with anyone to whom we are not married is a conflict of interest with regard to our spouse, so the seventh commandment requires our loyalty to our spouse.
And then there are institutions in which our duties to them rationally imply fidelity. For example, parents and children have certain duties and responsibilities toward one another which requires that each side place a priority on their own parents or children over the parents and children of other people. So while I can be nice to my neighbor’s kid, my child takes priority and I will place his interests first.
The same goes for nations. We’re commanded to honor the government, because God instituted the principle of government to establish order. Because nations can and do go to war or have conflicted interests, citizens have a duty to exercise loyalty to their own country first. So, as Biblical theists, and to preserve order, we have a duty to teach our children to be patriotic, i.e., to place the interests of one’s own country over that of others. The state also has a duty to foster this national loyalty, if for no other reason than for self-preservation.
At this point, some knee-jerk liberal will be waving her arm like Arnold Horshack in an attempt to ask what she considers to be a clever question:
“Well what if you’re a citizen of a nazi Germany? Are you supposed to be loyal to that?”
As I already noted, where there is a conflict of interest, there is a hierarchy of priority. The scriptures are clear that, where the two conflict, we are to obey God rather than men. So, to answer Horshack, God does not obligate us to obey a command by one’s government (or anyone else) which instructs us to commit or approve of evil.
This brings us back to the California school and 9th Circuit’s decision to oppress students’ patriotism in favor of foreign loyalties. This is a gross dereliction of duty on the part of civil servants, and responsible parents ought to keep their child from being indoctrinated with such misplaced loyalties. Feel free to add this to the ever-expanding list of reasons to offer skeptics when they ask why you homeschool your children.