those promulgating such movements the least bit objective or unbiased in their goals. For all its declarations of defining ethics based upon scientific method, pragmatic evidence, intellectual reason and such, let us not forget how easy it is to twist, abuse and misinterpret science, reason or any other ever-shifting human deduction by those with the money, influence and cunning to shape public opinion. This is precisely what was done with tremendous effect in Nazi Germany. It has been occurring in much more subtle fashion in America for over 60 years.
One of the original 34 signatories and co-author of the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933 was John Dewey. He also happens to be heralded as The Father of Modern (Public) Education.
“John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology. He was a major representative of progressive education and liberalism.” 7
Through the philosophical, social and academic high-level placement and promotion of John Dewey (and men like him), the federal Department of Education was formed and national standardized academic testing was implemented. This resulted in a gradual but steady infiltration of secular humanist ideals within all levels of public school curricula – which in turn determined the standards that state and local public schools have been required to adopt.
President Ezra Taft Benson had some choice words of warning about this pervasive influence in public educational institutions in his October 1970 General Conference address (emphasis added):
“As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children; and if they have become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others.
“Today there are much worse things that can happen to a child than not getting a full college education. In fact, some of the worst things have happened to our children while attending colleges led by administrators who wink at subversion and amorality.