The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

May 6, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, May 6, 2014

— In colonial America, in addition to the Bible and the Bay Psalm Book, the first textbook for schoolchildren, The New England Primer, taught the ABCs by children memorizing basic biblical truths and lessons about life: A - In Adam’s fall, we sinned all. B - Heaven to find, the Bible Mind. C - Christ crucified for sinners died, and so on.

Included in the Primer were the names of the Old and New Testament books, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, The Ten Commandments, the Westminster Assembly Shorter Catechism and John Cotton’s “Spiritual Milk for American Babes.”

The Primer was the second best-selling book in the American colonies (the Bible was No. 1).

Let’s also remind everyone of how most of America’s oldest universities were started by preachers and churches upon biblical standards. Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, King’s College, Brown, Rutgers and Dartmouth were all founded by Christian preachers and church affiliations.

All students deserve the right to know the whole truth about America’s history. Our society may change from day to day, but our history does not. History is what it is and there is absolutely no changing that, like it or not.

Why is this not known by the vast majority of our students? Why did the current education system in America see the need to abolish our nation’s founding textbook outlawing it altogether? Why did we trade in the breath of God for a monkey? Why is this biblically-based portion of our nation’s history all too often covered up?

I can answer these questions according to what I’ve learned from that precious old textbook: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” — Romans 1:22.

Pastor Scott A. Lester

Crab Orchard

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