The other day, a story in the UK Daily Mail caught my eye that flashed me back to "Piercing the Darkness". (And, yes, I know the Daily Mail is a "trash rag", but it does reflect current society.)
Via Wikipedia, here is a summary of the novel:
It follows the journey of Sally Beth Roe as she tries to escape her past and slowly overcomes her constant struggle to discern the Truth. Also told is the story of another small town, similar to that of This Present Darkness and called Bacon's Corner, and a resident named Tom Harris. His kids are ripped from his home by Child Services. Seeming to have no connection with other events at first, a young police officer, Ben Cole, is convinced what is being brushed off as a suicide is actually a murder, and ends up losing his job over the issue... which brings him to the side of the embattled Christian school. Caught in the crossfire is a little girl who's been forced into a curriculum of "meditation techniques" and "inner spiritual guides" that control her moods, attitudes, and actions, the little Amber Brandon, and her mother Lucy who realizes this lawsuit and the people who are "helping" her may be much, much more than she bargained for. Before the paths that Sally Roe and Tom Harris [and the others] are on collide, the Ashton Clarion editor and his wife, Marshall and Kate Hogan (from This Present Darkness), make a return appearance as veteran fighters in this war against the powers of darkness that threaten freedom of religion everywhere. As the story unfolds, the lawsuit and its participants are soon locked in a struggle of ethics versus non-ethics, absolutes versus relativism, right versus wrong, and those with interest in this battle are shown to be even in the highest places of government.Here is a piecemeal-summary of what Daily Mail, USA Today, NY Daily News, and CBS (local) says about what allegedly happened to some girls in Connecticut:
That this kind of thing happened doesn't really surprise me. This instance is just a more blatant form of what's been going on in schools (and even some churches) as people accept anything but Christianity.
While I was reading the new stories, I kept thinking to myself that all this is going on while most schools are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that Christian activities are kept out of schools.
- High school teachers recruited students into a "cult". The students "started acting differently while attending the school, becoming "secretive," "reclusive," and "distant"; having "fantasies of suicidal ideation and martyrdom"; speaking in a strange language; and gathering at Wellesley College in Massachusetts with other girls to perform religious "whirling dervish" dances through the night.
- There is a lawsuit ongoing which claims that Mastoloni (one of the teachers) and her peers taught: “… students religion and pseudoscience. Specifically, she taught her students to believe in superstition, magic, and a non-scientific, anti-intellectual worldview. She would discuss spirituality, numerology, astrology, dreams, mysticism, looking for ‘signs,’ angels, symbols, ‘synchronicity,’ ‘negativity,’ ‘seeking the truth’ and death. All of those topics are religious in nature, and none of those topics are included in the Avon School District curriculum.”
Yoga (which I posted about the other day) is one way that some of this dangerous religious doctrine is sliding into the educational system and churches. Christians get soothed and lulled by the dangerous and seemingly rational persuasion of things like this article on Yoga in public schools posted on "Teaching Tolerance". Anyone arguing against wanting the "benefits" of Yoga listed there would look like a crazy, raving, intolerant maniac instead of what they really are: a Christian who has been commanded not to dabble in other religions.
And do please notice that that "Teaching Tolerance" is a project under the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is historically linked with poor people and minorities. I have come to notice how society often tries to link the issues of the poor and/or minority to any other group fighting for acceptance. For instance, whenever Christians who are poor or of a racial minority speak out against homosexuality, we are reminded of how we suffered under intolerance. I have two things to say to that: 1) The God I serve is not intolerant of color or race, He is intolerant to sin; and 2) As a Christian, I am suffer under as much intolerance now for my religion as my ancestors did for their color and race.
At any rate, this story of what went on in this one case is only news because of the lawsuit. Yoga, meditation, and other "religious" practices are going on in public schools everywhere. Except for Christian religious practices because, well, that just won't be tolerated.
I need to find out whatever happened in the case of this case in California dealing with Yoga being taught in schools. Maybe this is what happened. Someone at the LA Times had this viewpoint about it.
Mr. Peretti's books were fiction novels (written a while back) but, in my opinion, they are based on what really is happening all around us today.
I happened to see a graphic that is fitting to end this post with: