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MAY / JUNE 1999
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Cover Story
Does One Size Really Fit All?

Special Features
Hard Work and Prayer Make David Beihl the Best He Can Be

A New Strategy on RLPA

Strings Attached to Vouchers Weave an Entangling Web

National Center Reports
Ed Flex Act Passes Congress

Pending Matters: Your Call Counts

Light Within Congress

Weyrich Letter Makes Waves

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

Active Cases

Prayer and Praise

A Contrario Sensu

President’s Page

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Freedom Watch
Weyrich Letter Makes Waves

    In February, Paul Weyrich, President of the Free Congress Foundation, issued a controversial letter that has been widely circulated throughout the country. He notes that conservatives have been fighting for traditional values in the political arena based on the premise that a majority of Americans basically agree with these values.
    Although conservatives know how to get their candidates elected, their agenda has been rejected by society. “What we have been doing for thirty years hasn’t worked, . . . while we have been fighting and winning in politics, our culture has decayed into something approaching barbarism,” Weyrich says.
    He believes that “we probably have lost the cultural war,” and that the majority of Americans are no longer moral. While he acknowledges that “it is important to pursue politics, to be involved in government. . . . to re-take the cultural institutions that have been captured by the other side,” he advocates a strategy of separation. He recommends that conservatives
        . . . look for ways to separate ourselves from the institutions that have been captured by the ideology of Political Correctness . . . What I mean by separation is, for example, what the home schoolers have done. Faced with public school systems that no longer educate, but instead condition students with the attitudes demanded by political correctness, they have seceded. They have separated themselves from public schools and have created new institutions, new schools, in their homes.
        The same thing is happening in other areas. Some people are getting rid of their televisions. Others are setting up private courts, where they can hope to find justice instead of ideology and greed. . . .
        I am very concerned, as I go around the country and speak and talk to young people, when I find how much of the decadent culture they have absorbed without even understanding that they are a part of it. And while I’m not suggesting that we all become Amish or move to Idaho, I do think that we have to look at what we can do to separate ourselves from this hostile culture. What steps can we take to make sure that we and our children are not infected? . . .
        We are not in the dawn of a new civilization, but the twilight of an old one. . . .
        We need to drop out of this culture, and find places, even if it is where we physically are right now, where we can live godly, righteous, and sober lives.
    For the last 15 years, home schoolers have been seeking to live godly, righteous, and sober lives and to find a balance in the culture war. On the one hand, they recognize the importance of taking radical steps to separate their families from today’s decaying culture. On the other hand, they believe that concerned, informed citizens can make a difference and they remain one of the most politically active segments of our nation.
    Cherishing freedom and hope for the future, home schoolers have developed a clear understanding of the culture war, and its long term nature. They are equipping the next generation to win by mentoring their children in—not the vices of society—but the life changing, eternal truths found in the Word of God.
    The debate over the culture war is valuable in that it provides the opportunity to hear other perspectives and to sharpen our position. HSLDA is thankful the Lord is raising up a new generation to stand for righteousness.