Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Talismans In Textbooks



Homestead Heritage not only writes their own homeschool curriculum, they've also selected books and other materials that they deem somewhat appropriate for their members' use. These books and materials are then sold by Homestead, with caveats, to the members with school aged children. Edit sheets are provided with books for parents to alter pictures or text that Homestead finds objectionable.

If the children who grow up under Homestead's tutelage avoid becoming neo-Nazis, they can be eternally grateful to Homestead leadership for shielding them from its influence. In the edit sheet for Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series: Book C we learn that there are "ancient Celtic spiral design[s]" which are capable of "evok[ing] powerful emotional and mental responses from people who had no idea what these visual symbols meant." In fact, this image "still inspires savage behavior among rising gangs of neo-Nazis in Europe and America in the 1990's." Whew! I guess they dodged a bullet there. Now if they could only figure out what edits would prevent the sexual abuse of children.






If you were wondering, here are the pages with the symbols in question:








Of course, the Apostle Paul tells us, in reference to food offered to idols, that "we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one." (Source)  In fact, Paul says that those concerned about idols do not "possess this knowledge" and that "their conscience is weak."  Personally, I think it may do more harm than good to even hint to children that such symbols hold such mystical power; that they can perhaps have more influence than even God can.

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