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Thought Police: What Else Can We Expect?
We have moved from a morality guided by God to a new system of values that must be increasingly defined and imposed by external forces.

This is a letter submitted in response to Don Hutchinson’s weblog, Experimenting with Thought Police on Campus, 1984 in 2008.

I read Don’s article on university “Thought Police” without much surprise although I’m glad he wrote it. Thought police are simply part of the evolution of a secular system of education – that is, a system where the God of the Bible is no longer welcome. The problem is that when you remove the ultimate divine authority that defines right and wrong, good and evil someone or something else must take his place. We have moved from a morality that was once largely controlled by individual consciences under the guidance of the God of the Old and New Testament (remember the Judeo-Christian ethic cliché from the 70’s and 80’s?) to a brave new system of values that must be defined and imposed by an increasingly authoritarian external force. Our culture has tried to follow the myth of educational neutrality with disastrous consequences for our families, churches and society. Sorry Rodney, we can’t just all get along.

…the kingdom of God will be taken away from you…

Let me leave you with two thoughts – well maybe three.

1) “If a man does away with his traditional way of living and throws away his good customs he had better first make certain that he has something of value to replace them” (Old Basutu Proverb as quoted in Robert Ruark’s book Something of Value).

We know what we’ve thrown away in this country. But when it comes to the undefined replacement, like Robbie Burns in his poem “To a Mouse”: “though I canna see, I guess and fear.”

2) “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:42, 43).

In a society like ours that has been constructed upon the cornerstone of Christ, the removal of that cornerstone, whether from education, economics or government, will cause the structure to collapse. Its absence is now painfully obvious in all three of those Canadian institutions. Will it be any surprise if the free and just Canada we old timers remember joins Russian communism on the “ash heap of history”? Fortunately some developing nations are now starting to build their society upon a Christian cornerstone, the one we have rejected. And maybe some day they will come to our rescue.

3) There is at least one institution in this country where the cornerstone is still in place. And like the early Church, it is often reviled by the very people who should be supporting it. That is the institution of Christian schooling at the elementary, secondary and post secondary levels. I’m not sure how long our tolerant society will put up with them. But for now they deserve all the support that churches and individual believers can muster.

Mark Kennedy is the regional director of the Eastern Canada Association of Christian Schools International. He can be reached at




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