Bachmann’s Mentor: beware of public school ‘Brainwashing’
Her mentor John Eidsmoe in God & Caesar details the case against public schools that may have influenced Bachmann’s early activism in education issues. Eidsmoe discusses the supposed dangers of the public education system throughout God & Caesar, saying, ‘The power to educate is the power to control though and shape personality. The power to educate is the power to brainwash.’ He even said that America’s stalwart public school system is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, warning ‘exclusive state control of education is a blueprint for tyranny’ (p. 143).
Eidsmoe laments that instead of promoting Christianity, public schools endorse ‘secular humanism.’ He writes that ever since public schools embraced secular humanism, children have been ‘brainwashed’ into supporting evolution, sex education, and moral relativism instead of creationism and conservative Christian teachings.
He calls on Christians to ‘voice our objections when we see government funds or government facilities being used to promote humanism’ (p. 139), since he believes that secular humanism was created by the devil: ‘When Lucifer rebelled against God, he declared, ‘I will be like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14:14). And, having fallen from heaven, he seduced Eve with the same temptation: ‘Ye shall be as gods’ (Genesis 3:5). The modern humanists offer man the same promise’ (p. 132).