by Jack Hyles
would not preach like I am going to preach tonight if I did not love
you. I know a lot of folks tonight will not agree with me, but you
never heard a more honest sermon. Now I know our church has dozens of
public school teachers. If we asked for a show of hands tonight, I am
sure that we would have 35 to 40 people in this room tonight who teach
in the public school. I would not hurt you purposely for the world, but
tonight I am going to do one thing–I am going to tear what is going on
in our schools apart, let me forewarn you. I am going to try to help
you save your kids.
The truth is, parents do not know what
is going on. I am going to be very frank tonight. No punches barred
tonight. If I have superintendents of schools and principals and
teachers calling me by the thousands tomorrow, it does not matter. I am
going to try to save your kids if it makes the whole town mad. Tonight
I am going to spend myself to save your kids. I am going to risk your
devotion, your love, your fellowship, maybe your friendship, but I am
going to do it because, with all my heart I want to save your kids.
A lady said to me yesterday, “I went
over here to a middle school to work in the lunchroom at the lunch
hour. Pastor, it never dawned on me the condition of that place. I
never realized before what is happening in our schools.”
Parents, you really do not know what
is going on. No, you do not. I have in my hand a teenage questionnaire.
By the say, one of the reasons I am starting off slow tonight, I do not
know what time it is and could not care less. You just forget your
clock and your hopes of getting to bed at all tonight, because this is
one night when I am going to stand before you and plead for your
There are people in this room tonight
who care more about your dog than you do your kids. You care more about
driving a Cadillac car, or new car. A lot of you ought to sell your car
and ride a bicycle if you have to, to get your kids in a decent school.
I plead with you tonight for your kids. I hold before me a copy of a
survey that our high school students took this morning. Two hundred
thirty of our students took this survey, and here are the questions:
1. Have you ever heard one of your school teachers use vulgar language in class?
2. Have you ever heard a school teacher take the name of the Lord in vain in class?
3. Do you ever hear students cursing aloud in class?
4. Have you ever been approached by someone who wanted to sell or give you marijuana or any other narcotic?
5. Have any of your school friends used narcotics?
6. Have you ever used drugs?
7. Have you ever given away or sold drugs yourself?
8. Do you know of any teacher who uses drugs?
9. Have you ever been taught evolution?
10. Do any of your teachers wear mini-skirts?
11. Do any of your teachers wear pant dresses?
12. Do any of your school friends drink?
13. Have you ever taken a drink or any alcoholic beverage, such as beer, wine, etc.?
14. Has there ever been in your school any disturbances, such as revolts, riots, student disorders, boycotts, etc.?
15. Have you ever heard the American way of life, the establishment, and capitalism criticized by a teacher?
16. Have you ever worn slacks to school?
17. Have you ever worn shorts to school?
18. Have you ever been taught that premarital sex is all right?
Have you been asked to read such books as, Of Mice and Men, Soul On
Ice, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, or any other book that
20. Have you read any of these books?
this questionnaire was handed to each of our high school students this
morning. Before you leave tonight, I am going to give you what your
kids said this morning, plus a lot of other things along with it. I
will give you through the message tonight, the result of this survey.
The average parent in this room does
not have any idea what is going on when your child goes to school. How
many of you, if you saw your child’s teacher walking down the street,
would recognize him or her? Raise your hand, please. You see, you are
living under the illusion that it is like us when you were a kid.
Brother, it is not near like it was when you were a kid. Not near like
it was. Now, you do not care enough to even know. How many of you have
ever read at least one book that was required reading for your child at
school? Would you lift your hand, please? You just do not much care, do
You see, you do not know what is going
on, and like the ostrich, you do not want to know what is going on
because you do not want to get in a fight, or spend some of your money
to save your child. You want to keep on riding high, living it up,
enjoying life without facing the fact that we have got a battle on our
hands, and that battle is not just to save the country, it is to save
If we so not rise up and do something,
everything decent that we know about our way of life is about to
crumble. I am sick and tired of a bunch of sex, demonized, demented
people standing behind the school, behind the cloak of scholarship, and
destroying those whom we call our own children. I am tired of it! I
have ceased, a long time ago, to keep my mouth shut about it. Not only
that, but since you will not check yourself on what is going on
tonight, I am going to open the door to the public schools for you and
invite you in.
I challenge anybody to disprove what I
say tonight. There is not one way any person can disprove what I am
going to give you in this sermon tonight. You say, “Preacher, you are a
rabble-rouser.” You better know I am, but I am not near as big a
rabble-rouser as these people trying to destroy the minds of our
children, destroy the patriotism, decency, honor, character and
chastity of our boys and girls. I am going to do some rabble-rousing,
but that is not all I am going to do. I am going to do some
school-building, too, and I am going to give our kids a choice in so
Satan is after your child like he has
never been after anybody’s child in the history of this world. Satan
has pointed every gun in his arsenal at the soul and body and life of
your child, and he is doing it, basically, through the schoolroom.
You see, people do not like to hear
what I am going to say tonight, because we have some things that we
have deified. We have some institutions that we do not like to see
anybody attack. We have deified the schoolroom and the public school
until we think they can say no evil, speak no evil, and while we have
built a canopy of protection over them they are destroying and stealing
our boys and girls. Now the truth is, ant this is the sad thing, you
ought to be pleading with me for your children instead of me pleading
with you. Isn’t that something? I stand up here and take a chance on
making you mad, pleading with you to save your child. The truth is, you
ought to be on your knees, saying, “Brother Hyles, please do something
for us so we can save our children.”
I could have parents stand up all over
this house tonight as living testimony to what I am going to say. I
could have parents parade across this platform by the dozens, they are
here now, to stand up here in bodies and lives and dreams that are
broken and say, “My boy or my girl was ruined by a university or a high
school or a teacher.”
Your kids may go to the Devil and your
kids may not go to a Christian school and they may not turn out right,
but I will tell you one thing, it is not going to be because Brother
Hyles did not warn you and do the best he could to help you. If anybody
gets mad at me tonight, it is because you just do not understand. I
love you and I love your children, and I love you so much I am going to
do my best to beat some sense in your head.
I am weary of this kind of talk,
“Well, everything will be out in the world when they get older. Why
shelter and protect them now?” If that is the case, when your kid is
born, why don’t you kick him out in the street and say, “Ride a
You know that old dog will not hunt,
never did shoo a bird or coon, never did. The truth is, there is always
a time of preparation before you go out to fight. The man who is
drafted in the Army goes and prepares with other soldiers before he
goes to battle. The child must be undergirded with truth, character,
strength, honor, discipline and right before we send him out to a
I am going to give you tonight several things the Devil is doing to attack your child.
The first part of the hippie program is to kill your parents. I mean
that quite seriously, because until you are prepared to kill your
parents, you are not really prepared to change the country. “Our
parents are our first oppressors.” Who said that? Jerry Rubin, one of
the notorious Chicago Seven. Where did he say it? On the campus of Kent
State University. It was said on the Kent State University campus, “You
must be prepared to kill your parents because they are your first
oppressors.” This was said only one week before the rioting which
resulted in the deaths of four students.
Our socialist-minded professors and
teachers, with their leftist-slanted textbooks, have dedicated
themselves to changing the American way of life through the
indoctrinating of the minds of students. There came, in 1932, a booklet
by George Counts, entitled, Dare the School Build a New Social Order.
In 1933 Dr. Harold Rugg wrote a book entitled, The Great Technology, in
which he declared that through the schools of the world, we shall
dissimulate a concept of government. Now that is far back as 1932. The
Socialist, the communist and the Leftist dedicated themselves to
bringing about a new social order in America. What tool would they use?
The schools! They said they would use the schools. That is almost forty
Louis Budenz, former editor of “The
Daily Worker”, who defected from communism in 1945, mentioned the early
days of this communist effort in his 1954 book, The Techniques of
Communism. In part he wrote, “As early as 1924, in lecture delivered at
the Sperlite University in Moscow, Stalin specified cultural and
educational organizations as valuable allies of the communist battle
for world dictatorship. It was in 1933, however, that extensive
infiltration began in the schools and colleges of this country
encouraged by American recognition of Soviet Russia.” By the way, one
of the greatest mistakes we ever made in our nation was recognizing
Soviet Russia in the first place.
During the years of this extensive
effort to use our educational system to help change the American way of
thinking, a key propaganda gimmick used to keep Communist, Socialist,
and other undesirables on teaching staffs was under the cry of
“academic freedom.” I am so sick of academic freedom I could croak.
Academic freedom! You find me a nation where the Communists are in
charge, and then you let them talk about academic freedom. They
suddenly hush their talk about academic freedom once they are in charge
of the academic program.
On our colleges and universities, and
yes, on our high school campuses, there is coming a great parade of
Leftists and Communists and Black Panthers and SDS crowd, and people
dedicated to revolution, with their sandals and their blue jeans and
their long, hippie-like hair.
God pity you people who call
yourselves Christians and wear your long hair, beard and sideburns like
a bunch of heathens. God, clean you up! Go to the barber shop tomorrow
morning, and I am not kidding. It is time God’s people looked like
God’s people. Good night, let folks know you are saved! There are about
a dozen of you fellows here tonight who look like you belong to a
Communist-front organization. You say, “I do not.” Then look like you
do not. You say, “I do not like that kind of preaching.” You can always
lump anything you do not like here.
So they dedicated themselves to
destroying our nation. In his testimony before the House Subcommittee
on Appropriations on February 23, 1968, J. Edgar Hoover, and by the
way, thank God that there has been a J Edgar Hoover in America, I hope
he lives forever. J. Edgar Hoover made the following remarks in
relation to the reason why Communists are so anxious to get their
speakers on college campuses. “The basic purpose…behind the speaking
campaign which has been pursued with vigor since the early 1960′s, is
to gain recognition for, and acceptance of, the Communist Party USA as
a legitimate political party on the American scene. The party considers
that college campuses offer an excellent opportunity to reach the youth
who will be leaders of tomorrow…”
In the May 26, 1970, issue of The
Daily World, which said that the academic senate of the University of
California adopted by a vote of 209 to 5, a resolution expressing
outrage at the University of California regents for attempts to fire
Angela Davis, a philosophy teacher and a member of the Communist Party.
Now UCLA voted 209 to 5 that they were outraged at the firing of Angela
Davis. Earlier, in defending her right to pollute the minds of college
students, Angela Davis claimed that her teaching was not
indoctrination. However, she said, “I cannot and I will not keep my
political ideas out of the classroom, and only some form of Communism
will solve our human problems.” (The San Francisco Examiner, October 9,
During the summer of 1969, freshmen
preparing to enter the University of Maryland were furnished a booklet
regarding orientation and registration which listed three steps to be
taken. The fist one was to fill out four enclosed cards, the second one
was to send a check for $13,00 to the University. The third called for
the new freshmen to read at least one of a list of books which
included: The autobiography of Malcolm X, Black Power, The Politics of
Liberation in America, by Stokley Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton,
Concerning Civil Disobedience, by Abe Fortas, The Other American, by
Michael Harrington, a long-time Socialist leader in the United States,
and books containing a leftist slant. (Human Events, July 19, 1969)
That was required reading for those being admitted to the university,
but that is not all.
In a report to the National Committee
of Communist Party on April 26, 1959, Hymen Lumer, National Educational
Director of the party at that time, told fellow conspirators that
success was not possible unless they could “win a solid base among the
Ladies and gentlemen, the truth is,
our country is being destroyed by our young people. It is being
destroyed by our young people because we have driven our boys and girls
up to a beautiful building, let them off in the morning time, let them
walk through some doors through which we have seldom ever walked, to be
taught by people we do not know, from books we have not read, about
subjects we do not agree with, but we do not want to find out what is
going on. Behind those doors we hold sacred, where you let your child
out Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, Thursday
morning, and Friday morning, all Hell is breaking loose, and our
country is being destroyed while we deify that building where it is all
Say what you want to say, this is what
is happening since the Communists decided forty years ago to ruin
America, and they decided to do it through our schools. And they are
doing it. But you say, “Brother Hyles, it is the colleges where they
are doing it.” That is what you think. And if it is the colleges that
they are corrupting, where do you think the high schools and elementary
schools get their teachers?
The October 10, 1969 issue of Time
Magazine observed, “It has become a truism that each new class of
college freshmen is more radical, more tuned in, turned on and dropped
out than the last….”
The Tulsa Tribune on December 27,
1968, contained an interview with six graduates of Harlan High School,
attending six different colleges and they reported, “None of the six
were willing to reject the radical SDS or the Black Students Union
flatly, but all said their causes and actions must be judged
individually on their merits.”
The Communists published, in February
8, 1969, issue of The Daily World an article that was headlined,
“Battleground Report from the Nation’s Colleges”.
Now what success are they having in
our area? You say, “Preacher, that is UCLA, that is the University of
California. That is New York City.” Hold it. I have in my hand a survey
taken this morning. One of the questions on that survey is to see how
they are doing with their revolution, how they are affecting our own
children. One of the questions on that survey was this: Question 15.
“Have you ever heard the American way of life, the establishment and
capitalism criticized by a teacher in your school?” Of 230 students,
over 150 of them said they had heart America condemned from the
classroom. That means that over 63% of our young people here in this
room, our Sunday school kids, are having to sit in classrooms where
some teacher stands up and tries to destroy the American way of life.
That is treason!
You can go ahead and send your kids
there if you want to, and let some Communist teach them. You
say,”Brother Hyles, I do not believe that.” Listen it is about time you
admit the fact that we have Communists all through our school systems.
Here is the tragic thing: It would be a bit different if the school
system was not compulsory, but our kids have to go to school. The law
says they have to sit and listen to somebody trying to destroy
capitalism, the establishment, and the American way of life. If there
is such a teacher here tonight, your Hell will not be too hot for your.
The amazing thing is somebody preaching
like I am preaching is called a bigot, but your Stokley Carmichaels and
your Jesse Jacksons and your Left-wingers can get up and holler, scream
and rabble-rouse all they want to, and that is “academic freedom.” You
let a right-winger or conservative stand up and speak what he believes,
and he is a rabble-rouser. We need some old-fashioned, Hell-fire and
damnation rabble-rousers. America is being destroyed, burning while we
fiddle, and your own child is at stake.
What else is being launched at your child?
Here are some samples of profanity. Now I am sorry, I am not going to
use these words, but I am going to spell some bad words. I may as well
just come out and tell you what your kids are reading. You have not
checked on it, you have no idea, so I am going to have to tell you. I
have got to invite you. I am going to open a few of the books. New
Worlds Ahead is used for the seventh grade. The seventh grade uses
this: “The Stray Kitten”, by Richard Wright, Page 54. “Kill that
d-a-m-n thing.” That is seventh grade. Page 55: “I had my first triumph
over my father. I had made him believe that I had taken his words
literally; he could not punish me without risking his authority. I was
happy because I had at last found a way to throw my criticism of him
into his face.” That is a quote from a seventh-grade book.
Another story in the book called “The
Blue Serge Suit”, Page 414, says, “D-a-m-n asthma.” Page 416, “That
d-a-m-n asthma is getting worse.” “I’ll be d-a-m-n-e-d if I see what
you are getting at.” That is seventh grade reading!
A ninth grade book, Voices in
Literature (1). “Shoe Shine”, by Jerome Weidman, Page 21: “My God!”
Page 23:”D-A-M-N it.” Page 23 again: “D-a-m-n it! My God!” The Long
Night”, by Lowell Blanton, Page 84: “Well, d-a-m-n it, man.” Page 209:
“D-a-m-n-e-d-e-s-t thing.” Page 235 questions parental authority. “The
Sissy from Anaconda”, Page 352: The d-a-m-n-e-d-e-s-t rattle snake.”
“Hell.” That is ninth-grade reading. Not only is that not good English,
that is not even cultural. That is not even refined. That is not even
scholarly–that is heathen-like.
You parents who won’t send your sons
and daughters to our school, you say “I am afraid that the Hammond
Baptist High School will not be properly accredited.” We are a little
above this kind of accreditation. We are too scholarly for this kind of
garbage. We are too cultural for this kind of talk. Not only has it
pricked our religious and spiritual convictions, it pricks our
We are just getting started. Say you
will not read this. I have got to read it to you and for you. It is
called Themes in Literature, the tenth grade. “The Colt” by Willis
Stegner, Page 127: “G-o-d-d-a-m-n you. G-o-d-d-a-m-n your wild hearts.”
Now before you start criticizing me and
say that our kids are not having to read suff like this, I have got the
poll this morning I am going to read you in a minute. Before some of
you school teachers say, “I teach school and that is not going on.” You
just go to one school, teacher. I have the poll–I am going to give you
the goods in one minute, so do not shut your ears yet. I am trying to
help you and help your kids.
Tenth grade: In “The Mateo Falcon”, by
Merimee, the father kills his own son. In Western Literature: Themes
and writers, “The Out Station”, by W. Somerset Maugham, page 83: “Go to
Hell, you d-a-m-n fool. You D-a-m-n-e-d snob, by God.” And 15 counts of
profanity in this one story on Page 83, and also a murder.
Voices in literature III, an article
“On the Sidewalk Bleeding”, by Evan Hunter, page 105-111, a gang member
is stabbed. The whole story tells how he lays on the sidewalk and
bleeds to death.
In the book Of Mice and Men, that has
been required reading in numbers of schools in this area, by John
Steinbeck, page 24: “He is sure a Hell of a good worker. He is a
G-o-d-d-a-m-n good worker.” My Bible says you are not to take the name
of our Lord God in vain. And I will tell you another thing, too. I got
fed up with my boy and girl having to sit in a classroom and listen to
a bunch of dirty-minded people stand up and use God’s name in vain. Not
one time in the life of my children anymore are they going to sit and
hear anybody curse my God! You do not have to let your children do that
either. Of Mice and Men, by the way, Steinbeck is a Nobel Prize winner.
The Devil is proud of him. Page 48, “Them G-o-d-d-a-m-n turnips, give
it to me.” Page 56, If that crazy b-a-s-t-a-r-d is foolin’ around too
much, just kick him out, Slim.” Page 83: “In many times.” Page 94:
“This here G-o-d-d-a-m-n son of a ______(female dog) wasn’t nothin’ to
Soul On Ice, By Elridge Cleaver, here
is another book that is suggested reading, page 159: “I’d jump over ten
nigger________(female dogs) just to get one white woman.”
Now you just sit there and swell up
like a toadstool, but brother, I am trying to help your kids, and I am
doing it at the risk of a lot of folks getting mad. Listen, if I lose
half the deacon board and two-thirds of the members, there is one thing
I am going to do: Try to save your kids for Jesus’s sake before I have
to take off. I am not mad at anybody, but the Devil, and I am weary of
this crowd of left-wingers that are taking over our schools and ruining
our kids. I am weary of these sex perverts, these people of loose
morals, these Sweden-oriented teachers, and if you are not one of
those, I am not talking about you, but there are thousands of them, and
it is getting worse and worse all the time. This kind of garbage is
what they are requiring and asking our kids to read. Now I have not
even started yet, really. I wish I had time to do the whole thing. Let
us go further.
Soul On Ice, Page 160: “I will not be
free until the day I can have a white woman in my bed, and a white man
minds his own business.” Page 170, I cannot even read this, “During
_______, and at the moment of her_______, the black woman in the first
throes of her_________.” I cannot even read it! It tells about a black
woman and a white man, the entire story.
Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck,
published by Viking Press, Page 27, and this book is considered
suggested reading. Page 27: “You ain’t too d-a-m-n holy to take a
drink, are you?” “And I hear she’s a s-o-n of a ______(female dog).”
That is the Grapes of Wrath. You thought that was a good book, didn’t
you? You are not checking, are you? Well now you know. You ought to
say, “My child is not going to be subjected to stuff like this
“Well”, you say, “Brother Hyles, that
is not here.” Oh? Well, maybe I have the goods on you. I asked this
question of our teenagers this morning when the poll was taken. Two
hundred thirty of them were asked this question: Have you been asked to
read such books such as, Of Mice and Men, Soul On Ice, The Grapes of
Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, or any other book that includes cursing?
Thirty-five percent of our young people said they had been asked to do
so, and 51 of our Sunday school children have read one of these books
that I quoted from awhile ago.
You did not know that did you?
Fifty-one of First Baptist kids! Here is one of the sad things:
Seventy-eight of our kids said they had been asked to read such
literature, and 51 did, which means two out of three of our best kids
did not have the courage to say no. Do you know why they did not?
Because they have, in many cases, moms and dads who would not back them
up all the way to the hilt. There are teenagers in this room tonight
who come to me weeping because they want to do what is right, but their
parents want them to be “accepted” in the public high school or junior
What else is the Devil launching at your child?
I was on an airplane the other day and there was a little newspaper
beside me, and I picked it up. The astounding news in the “Midnight”
May 24, 1971, issue is a result of a study by Illinois attorney, Lionel
Baker, which he carried out for the juvenile court system in Illinois.
Questionnaires were given to 7,000 youthful drug offenders during the
past year, and the young people were asked who first introduced them to
drugs. Four out of ten said a school teacher! Think of it—kids on
dope, offenders, and 40% said, “A school teacher first introduced me to
dope.” God pity that kind of heathen teaching.
He interviewed over 100 students from
various high schools who have been charged with drug abuse and found
that 37 had first been “turned on” by their teachers, verifying his
original findings. “One girl told me that she knew some of her friends
used drugs, but she refused the drugs. Then she attended a party where
several young teachers, recent college graduates, were chaperoning, and
the teachers passed around several marijuana cigarettes. When she saw
her teachers smoking, she thought, ‘Why not?’ Now she’s a regular
user,” said Baker.
“In many cases the student has heard
his or her teacher talk favorably about drugs in class,” said Baker.
“The teacher will make a funny comment about the last time he or she
was high. Several students said they had often smelled marijuana smoke
in the student rest rooms, but one day after school they walked in the
teachers’ lounge and smelled Marijuana. They told me, ‘If it is all
right for the teachers, it must be all right for us.’”
Another 10,000 teachers from 28 states
were surveyed, and it was found that over 50% of them had used drugs,
and that 24% had used drugs regularly. Now that is 8,000 teachers from
28 states. Over half of them used drugs. Over one out of four use them
regularly. I think it is because these young teachers got used to
sneaking drug trips from when they were college students, and not they
are working and have apartments, so they can use drugs openly at their
dinners, get-togethers and parties. Drugs are a part of their life.
Baker goes on. “Naturally, when
students get together with their teachers for after-school work, at
school dances, etc., they see many of their teachers indulging in their
favorite past-time, which is smoking dope. Students who would never
have dreamed of touching marijuana or other narcotics, even if they
knew some students used it, have picked it up easily, many times to
prove to their teacher they are hip. We even interviewed students who
were scared to death of LSD, but they used it because their teachers
told them all about their trips. Of course, in every case, we talked
with students who had been caught using drugs while their teachers went
free, since no one ever suspected them of being the real culprits.”
Lionel Baker points out that as the
average age of teachers drops, the rate of drug use among them climbs.
Many young people who were part of the drug generation of the mid and
late 1960′s are not teachers, so it is logical that much information
about drug use will be passed down to the next generation by today’s
Here is a sad thing. The educators
said, “We cannot fire the teachers who use drugs because we would have
only half of our teachers left. And we cannot tell the kids to stay
home–I guess we will just have to live with it.” No we will not!
You say, “Preacher, I am glad our
students do not do it.” You want some statistics about that from this
morning? All right. Now hold on to your hat. This is our group of
Hammond First Baptist kids. “Have you ever been approached by someone
who wanted to sell you marijuana or any other narcotic in school?” Over
20% of our children said somebody had approached them at school trying
to sell them or give them marijuana or narcotics.
Next question, now this will scald
you! “Have any of your school friends used narcotics?” Over 50% of our
high school young people this morning run with somebody who uses
You take the Hammond Baptist High
School kids out of this, and you reckon any of our kids that do not go
to a Christian school have a crowd completely free of narcotics?
That is not all. “Have you ever used
drugs?” Twenty-seven of our children said “Yes.” Right over there in
our Sunday school this morning! Twenty-seven out of 230, or 10% of our
boys and girls have used drugs. There are parents in this room tonight
who are a little peeved at me right now, but I know your child has
smoked marijuana. I will not tell you. Do not come to me and ask me,
because I will not tell you. If you do not have enough faith in me to
believe me, or to put some trust and confidence in somebody who sees
what is going on and who is trying to help your kids, don’t you come! I
am not going to tattle on your kids! I am trying to help the, and that
is more than you are trying to do in many cases.
Practically every parent in this
church, since I have been pastor of this church, who has defended their
child saying, “I trust my child. My child would not lie.” In
practically every case I know, the child has lied. That kind of parent
rears a child that plays around. “Well I trust my child.” You better
know where your child is every moment of every day. You had better see
to it your child is in the right crowd all the time. There is not a
child in this building, my kids included, who could not be lured into
some of this garbage if they were at the wrong place at the wrong time
with the wrong crowd.
I am not through with that, now hang
on to your seats. “Have you ever sold any drugs?” We had ten pushers in
our high school departments this morning! I could call five names here
tonight. In many cases they are from homes that would not defend what I
am saying right now. I could call five names in this building, right
now, who have been caught pushing marijuana! I know who they are.
That is not all. “Do any of your
teachers use drugs, or do you know any teachers in your school that use
drugs?” Twenty percent of our children this morning said they had
teachers that they know are on drugs.
Folks, it is time you took your head
out of the sand. It is time you stopped and realized that the Devil is
trying to get your child, and you are his best advocate. I am not
trying to build a school. Good night, I have enough to build, but I am
trying to help your kids. Our Hammond Baptist High School is not out
there because Jack Hyles wants to run any thing. It is out there
because I want these kids to turn out to be decent people. That is not
all. Narcotics, yes. Revolution, yes. Dirty books, yes, but there is
something else the Devil is shooting at your child.
4. Sex. Coming into our schools
are books, slides and filmstrips are not how babies are made. Now this
is for our little children, little children in school. “How Babies Are
Made” shows chickens and dogs in the act. It shows Mom and Dad in bed.
It is climaxed with a few pictures of a nude mother giving birth to a
baby who was conceived several pages earlier. That is being taught in
our schools to little children. A coloring book of animals “in the act”
is also available for the kiddies, as is a teacher’s guide which
explains how babies are made. It “hopes to create an atmosphere of
honesty and freedom of discussion concerning matters of reproduction,
and to promote understanding and correct usage of the names of body
parts.” This is for little children.
The teacher’s guide lists the
following questions which are typical of those asked during a
presentation of the story, “How Babies Are Made.” “When people lie down
and face each other, does the woman become pregnant?” I cannot even
read the rest of it, and I can’t believe they print this for little
Sexology Magazine, which by the way,
twenty, fifteen, ten years ago was a dirty, lewd magazine, sold between
the covers of Life, Time and Newsweek, now has been elevated into a
so-called “respectable” magazine that is sold on top of the counter.
The crowd that sells Sexology Magazine, the editor of Sexology
Magazine, is on the Cooperating Board of SIECUS. Mary Calderone is the
head of the SIECUS group that is spreading sex education in our
schools, and is a cooperating member of the Board of Sexology Magazine.
I have a copy in my office–I sent somebody down to buy a copy; I would
not go myself.
There are all kinds of dirty articles
such as “Can a Woman and a Beast Enjoy Each Other?” Now listen to this:
Sexology Magazine fills an urgent need in its awareness of people and
because of this qualification, it is being slightly revised with a
different cover and title for use in the high schools. SIECUS, and is
this sex education crowd, helps promote and organize seminars and
special training courses for teachers in sex education.
During 1967, at least 16 summer
institutes for teachers were held across the country. In 1968 it more
than doubled, and the ultimate purpose is “to meet youngsters with
frankness and honesty.” They begin with dramatic visual aids such as
Little Brother Doll at $17.00 each, and a lovely set of slides called,
“How Babies Are Made.” This set of colored slides, largely designed by
Dr. Mary S. Calderone, Executive Director of SIECUS, presents an
animalistic viewpoint of sex, which is shocking and completely
inappropriate for children THREE TO EIGHT YEARS OF AGE.
You say, “Brother Hyles, when my kid
gets old enough to go to junior high school, I am going to put him in a
Christian School.” Let me tell you something. You had better get him in
a Christian school when he gets four years old, and keep him there
until he graduates. This is three to eight years old. “The slides,
which are cleverly, realistically executed in paper sculpture, depict
animals and human beings in the act of the physical relationship.” I am
using words that are not as blunt as the ones used here.
“While children watch the slides, the
teacher reads the narrative, which describes the action in adult,
medically-accurate terms.” Children three through eight! “Children must
discover their sexuality (Get this!) No later than KINDERGARTEN. We
must give them the whole story as quickly as possible. By the age of
ten at the latest, both boys and girls should have mastered the factual
aspects of reproduction.”
They are suggesting, and at many
cities it is going on now, that traveling sexologists carry their wares
in large canvas bags from school to school. They display their formerly
taboo materials in unemotional succession to the sex-liberated
I cannot even read these words.
Homosexuality. Self-gratification. (There is another word for that!)
Abortion. Pre-marital relationships, in films such as “The Game”, which
depicts “a boy’s feelings after*****with a pure girl.” These are but a
sampling of what students are exposed to. “The Game” purports to warn
thirteen and fourteen year old girls of the game of love and its many
traps. They also learn about sex deviation, illegitimacy and venereal
diseases at thirteen and fourteen.
If your child is in Palo Alto,
California, he may well have the opportunity of bathing a little boy.
If she is in kindergarten in Evanston, Illinois, she is exposed to the
full details of the birth process. Perhaps she would listen to the
heartbeat of a baby inside a visiting expectant mother.
In the Chicago area, a few blocks away
for example, parents of only 16 our of 3,200 students refused to
consent to this. They were called, by the Saturday Evening Post,
“Fundamentalists from the Appalachian hills.” Brother I would be proud
to be called that. At this point, the ten-year old students are given a
detailed description of human sexual relationships. This is followed
with the step-by-step film showing the growth of a baby inside the
mother, a woman in labor, and the baby’s birth. Would all the children
ten years old stand up, please? Look, folks, this is the crowd they
want to teach this stuff to. Thank you, kids, you may be seated.
Well, you say, “Brother Hyles, how
about our kids?” I am glad you brought that up. Here is the question we
asked this morning: “Have you ever been taught that premarital sex is
right?” Now wait a minute, I did not say taught this stuff, I said have
your teachers ever taught you that premarital sex is right? Of our
Sunday school kids this morning, 48% said, “Yes!” You are an idiot if
you are going to let your kid keep going to that kind of garbage. Kids
idolize teachers, and you know that is the truth. Half of our kids have
been taught in the classroom that premarital sex is all right, and you
wonder why some of them are turning out so heathen?
I went through the questionnaires one
at a time and wept! I thought, if this is true about our kids, I just
wonder what kind of shape the Methodists, Episcopalians, most Baptists
and all the others are in! I scream, holler and kick about stuff like
this all the time. If our kids are in this kind of shape, how about the
others? I will tell you about the others. They have swallowed this
garbage about loose sex and loose love, narcotic living and free love.
They have swallowed it hook, line and sinker, and our country is about
to go under unless we have a moral revolution. We have had it.
What else is the devil shooting at your child?
5. Profane living.
Do not get restless, we are here for awhile yet. You wait until I get
on the sensitivity training. That is the worst–I am saving the worst
Profane living. “Have you ever heard
one of your school teachers use vulgar language in class?” Eighty-seven
percent said, “Yes.” “Have you ever heard a school teacher take the
name of the Lord God in vain in class?” Ninety-three percent said,
Now hang on to your seats. “Do any of
your school friends drink?” Eighty-five percent said, “Yes.” “Have you
ever taken a drink?” Of the 230 high school students that filled out
this form this morning in our high school departments, 69 of them said
“Yes.” That is nearly a third of them! First Baptist kids–they are
seated over here tonight. Yeah, yours, the ones you trust. The ones you
say, “It could not happen to my child. If he is going to have to go out
in the world, let him go now.” Yeah, yours. Can you think of that?
Sixty-nine teenagers, not even in junior high, high schoolers only, 69
out of 230, our own kids! They have already taken a drink of beer or
whiskey. I wonder what it is like down at the liberal church. One
hundred percent? I wonder why they did it? Because of the wrong crowd!
Eighty-five percent were in a crowd that did, 33% went ahead and took
What else is Satan doing to get your child?
6. Sensitivity training.
Now listen carefully! John Guernsey, education writer for the Portland
Oregonian, recently witnessed a group of school administrators having
their first experience playing sensitivity games. Now I want you to
listen to this–this is the ultimate in beastly living. This
sensitivity training junk, by the say, it is not foreign to this area,
either. John Guernsey said, “About 50 of the top Portland school
district wheels, both men and women, recently took part in a
sensitivity session, conducted by a University of Portland
psychologist. Not wishing to go all out, they removed only their shoes.
In another exercise, the school administrators formed a circle, and
then took turns standing in the center letting themselves fall
backward. Someone was not paying close enough attention, and one
participant landed on the floor. The school officials’ sensitivity
session also called for everyone to close his eyes, wander about in
bare feet with arms outstretched and try to identify when their hands
touched someone.” Faculty.
You say “That is in Oregon.” It also
happened at Morton High School. Did you hear what I said? It happened
at Morton High School! I would dare you tonight! How many will vouch
for that? There you are, dozens of hands are up. It happened at Morton
High School. Teachers from the Hammond school system men and women,
closed their eyes, blind-folded themselves took off their shoes and
felt each other, and tried to identify by feeling each other who they
were. That is heathenism! It is going on all over this nation tonight.
Sensitivity training is sex education
encouraging students to express all points of vies freely. They use
four-letter words, they get together and say, “Okay, express yourself.”
And if anybody wants to use a dirty, four-letter word, he just screams
it out. And do you know what they say? “That is expressing yourself.
Removing all the guilt feeling, removing all the inhibitions.”
In 1946, Dr. Leland Bradford, and
executive of the National Education Association and a number of social
psychologists worked with pioneer behavioral scientist Kurt Lewin in
researching how science could change man’s behavior. They surveyed the
work of numbers of behaviorists and sought out new methods of
re-educating human behavior and social relationships. A technique was
developed which they called “sensitivity training” and Dr. Bradford and
his associates then decided to open shop in a large, rambling Victorian
estate in Bethel, Maine.
Another view of man held by
sensitivity theorists is that an individual is actually many persons.
He is continually faced with deciding what he is. Now follow me, here
is what happens. Here is an example of what sensitivity training is.
They have some nude marathons lasting twenty to forty-eight hours. Some
of these are in California under the direction of a psychotherapist,
Paul Bindrim. Bindrim maintains that man’s clothes are both a safeguard
for his privacy and a self-imposed constraint to keep people out whom
You do not realize this, but nudity is
coming to your child’s schoolroom. There is a high school in Gary that
has already had a play with a nude man acting.
For example, marathons are held in
which no words are spoken, only nonsense noises. In addition, gestures
are permitted, as well as looks, stances, caresses, and slapping each
other. Finally, they collapse on the floor in a giant tangle of
sublimely relaxed bodies. Sometimes people emerge from these
sensitivity encounters virtually shouting, “I am changed! I am
What is it? It is a group of people
getting together. Up in Evanston, Illinois, for example, they have had
some real awful experiences with the children. For example, take a
crowd about the size of the choir and say, “Take off your shoes,
clothes. Blind-fold yourself. Walk around feeling each other. If you
want to say a dirty, four-letter word, scream it. And whenever you can,
identify somebody by feeling him, then you holler his name. Then you
fall back and hope somebody catches you. Walk around blind-folded, then
collapse in a big quagmire of human flesh. Feel your way around, feel
everybody’s body while you are blind-folded.” That is so-called
It is coming to America. Now get this:
The sensitivity-oriented worship services are demonstrated at the World
Council of Churches. But you want to know “Why are you against the
World Council?” I do not have enough time tonight to tell you why. If
you belong to a church that belongs to a denomination that belongs to
the National Council of Churches, God pity your soul when you face your
maker. It is a leftist, Communist-oriented, pacifist, lewd kind of
immoral union to destroy everything that is decent about Christianity
in America, unless we expose it and fight it.
I was on the Moody Institute station
one time, and they said, “You cannot mention the National Council of
Churches.” I said, “I cannot preach then.” Nobody tells me what I
cannot mention anywhere. It is time the Moody Institute station
hollered against the National Council of Churches. It is time that all
the Christian stations did. You say, “You are fighting Moody.” No, I am
not. I am fighting the dirty, leftist crowd that is trying to destroy
At the World Council of Churches, in
August, 1968, at Uppsala, Sweden, Mr. McGaw of WBSI at LaJolla,
California, said, “We find ourselves a put-put church in a go-go
world.” So they had a touch-and-tell service. The service opened with
everyone holding hands in a circle during silent prayer. Physical
contact supposedly stimulates prayer. (I say, it stimulates the need of
it!) The worshipers stand in the center of the circle, one at a time,
and close their eyes. (This is church, now.) The person then falls
backward, and is passed from one member of the group to another.
Huh? Suppose Brother Fisk just falls
over into Bob Billings, and Billings throws him down on the altar.
Billings hands Fisk to me. I hand him to John Colsten. John Colsten
hands him to Wally Beebe. We just pass him around. Boy, that sounds
like a real high. Elijah would love that, wouldn’t he?
One of the preachers had a
predominantly black congregation, the other was white. Part of the
section was non-verbal, and they danced and hugged each other. Most of
the participants said they had a good time. I can imagine.
Let us go further. Some of the liberal
churches are making every effort to have this sensitivity training, as
demonstrated by the World Council of Churches film, “Another Pilgrim.”
In the final scene of this film, the preacher stands before his
congregation nude. Listen carefully, because some of you are supporting
this garbage. Nude! Why? To demonstrate complete honesty to his flock.
That is a church?
This however, has been a feeble
gesture when compared with the primitive nude orgy recently staged by
the Living Theatre at a suburban Madison, Wisconsin, Unitarian church.
United Press International Report points out the new directions the
Church is taking. Orgiastic nudity and sensitivity training have moved
up to the godless temple, which now frantically seeks something or
someone to worship. The newspaper account tells us that seven members
of the audience stripped naked at a church in Wisconsin. There was
swearing, spitting, arguing and a flesh pile. The general scene made
Dante’s Inferno look like a temperance union meeting. The pastor said
he allowed the performance simply on terms of civil liberties.
You see what you get in the guise of
freedom? The mixed cast, in loin cloths, and halters, was upstaged at
one point when five men and two women, members of the audience,
disrobed down to the altogether. That is up on the platform in the
church. A naked man and woman leaped over a wall in the back of the
church in the arms of the audience. “I love them.”, a girl said when
asked why she was naked. A couple from the audience and two cast
members spit at each other. (If I had been there, I would spit at the
whole bunch.) There were no arrests.
Isn’t that strange? If one of the
fellows on this platform walked down the street in his underwear
tonight, he would be put in jail. These folks got naked at church and
under the guise of worship, there were no arrests.
The effect of these college seminars
on sex and sensitivity training has been nationwide in scope. A random
survey reveals that in Washington, for example, the Stat Superintendent
of Public Instruction last year recommended in-service sensitivity
training for all teachers. ARE YOU LISTENING? The government recommends
this kind of training for ALL teachers! That includes YOUR CHILD’S
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER.
You say, “Brother Hyles, you should
not mention all this in public.” I would not have to if YOU would look
into it. The Ford Foundation has sponsored sensitivity sessions. As we
survey the American school system, we find that even in Hawaii, a
sensitivity training program has been in effect for administrators and
faculty, according to the Honolulu Star Bulletin, December 20, 1968.
Also, teachers in a Chicago suburban high school (Hey, that is near
home!) Have volunteered to undergo sensitivity training during
after-school hours. The superintendent hopes the sessions for teachers
will open an expanding program, which will eventually qualify teachers
to offer sensitivity training to students.
It is on the way, folks. A case in
point was the experience of teenagers in Evanston, Illinois, involved
in a sensitivity session. According to the Chicago Tribune, Wednesday,
January 22, 1969, several high school seniors took part. In students’
homes, Thomas Klien, a 27 year-old high school teacher, had them crawl
around on the floor, wrapped in blankets, and identify each other by
touch. One girl had hysteria and later engaged in a shouting match with
her mother. One boy reportedly found himself wandering along Dodge
Avenue in Evanston, several blocks from his home at 3 o’clock in the
morning. He had no recollection of getting out of bed and leaving home.
Of course, nudity is the main thing. At
a Michigan university recently, a traveling drama company performed a
play in which the actors stripped naked for 15 minutes after the play
got underway. A lot of your children have teachers that graduated from
there. For 20 minutes they were nude at the end of the play. It is
interesting to note that the enticed billing proclaimed that the actors
would kiss and fondle each other from head to toe. That is culture?
LISTEN TO ME! If every deacon in this
church walks out on me, and if every member of this church gets mad and
quits, or this church rises up tonight and says “Don’t you preach what
you are preaching or we will fire you,” you can have your church and I
will be on my way. I am going to fight this dastardly attempt by the
Devil and his crowd to wreck our children and destroy our boys and
girls. Brother, don’t you think this is a one-time-only sermon; you
will be getting it right along.
Now what can you do?
1. Get in a good church.
You say, “I will pray about it.” You do not have to pray about that;
just get in a good church. You say, “I will do what the Lord leads.” He
is leading you out of that liberal church now. Get in a good church.
You say, “Where is a good one?” Well, see me after the service and I
will recommend one to you.
If this kind of preaching, and I do it
constantly,–if this kind of preaching and pleading and begging and
counseling and trying to help our kids–if this turns out the answers
we got on that questionnaire this morning, you know as well as I do,
you do not have a chance in this heathen society, unless you get your
child under this kind of preaching.
Now students, hear me. God pity your
lack of courage not to read these dirty books. You stand for right! If
you have to be a Daniel, be one! Don’t you participate in this garbage;
don’t you participate in the high school dances (which, by the way, is
just the early stage of sensitivity training), and don’t you take that
drink of liquor, and don’t you take that narcotic, and DO GET OUT OF
THE CROWD THAT DOES! Get in a good church!
You say, “When my children get to be
teenagers, I am going to get in a church like this.” You had better get
them here when they are in the nursery. This morning I was walking down
the alley after I preached. I saw a girl and a boy walking down the
alley. I did not know who they were, but the girl’s legs were long and
her coat was about four inches above her knee, and that was her coat! I
do not know what her dress was like. Thank God she had on a coat! I
said to myself, “I guess you cannot win them all. It is embarrassing,
but I am glad she came. She needs the preaching.” Then she turned
around; she was a deacon’s daughter!
2. Get your child in all the activities of the church.
All of them! When the doors open, get him here. Get Junior in the
choir. “But he is thirteen; his voice is changing.” Okay, let him get
up and sing sourly. That is how I sing all the time. Get him in the
choir. You say, “He cannot sing.” Then let him hum. If he cannot hum,
just let him move his mouth and pray nothing will come out. But you
say, “Brother Hyles, Junior will not go.” Oh, brother. What in the
world kind of parent are you? I dare my boy not to go when I say go. He
is seventeen years old now and thinks he might be able to whip his dad,
but I have some holds he does not know about. I will wring his neck if
he does not obey me.
That is like that fellow that called
back to the General. “I have captured a prisoner.” The General said,
“Good, bring him back.” He answered, “He sill not come.” “Then come
back yourself.” “The prisoner will not let me.”
Get your child in the activities.
Every time I stand up here and read the announcements concerning an
activity at 6:30 or 7:00 on Friday night, you go home and say, “We are
going.” You say, “What if they balk?” You say “We are going balking.”
You say, “How can you assure that?” When they are five and six years
old and there is an Easter egg hunt at the church, make them go. See
that they do not miss, so they will build their lives around the
It’s the same old story, ladies and
gentlemen. The kids go wrong because of two words: wrong crowd. Same
old story, except the wrong crowd is more wrong than it used to be. You
know what the wrong crowd used to be? It was the guy that smoked
grapevine behind the barn. You ignorant city folks to not know what
grapevine is. Has anybody ever smoked grapevine? Sure, some of you
have. I want you to hit the altar tonight. Somebody asked a new
Christian, “did the Lord cure your smoking?” He said “No, one cigarette
I can recall when a kid took one
regular old cigarette. Boy, you were in the wrong crowd! I can recall
when a kid did not behave in school. If he just got a bad grade in
conduct, the mother said, “You cannot play with him after school
anymore.” Nowadays if a kid smokes marijuana and takes LSD, we just
say, “Well, it is a free country.” Get them in the church activities.
3. Get your child in the Christian school.
I mean it folks. Do I have to get on my knees and talk to you? Do I
have to beg you? I know, I sit in my office. I know what happens.
I am going to say this if it harelips
every dog in this county. I am going to make somebody mad, but I am
going to say it. I am going to take a chance on making all of you mad
tonight to save your kids. When our kids come home from college, they
do not have to tell me which ones are coming home from state
universities. I can spot them. Now if that be treason, make the most of
it. I am trying to help you. I have tried the best I could to keep your
kids from going to those state colleges. I have preached and preached
and screamed and pleaded and begged and hollered and cried and made
folks mad and chased folks off, trying to keep your kids from going
there. I am doing it again tonight.
Get your kids in the Christian school.
We have here, on this platform, a man who has to take second place to
no principal when it comes to scholarship and education. None at all.
We have a faculty at our school that does not have to bow to anybody’s
Ladies and gentlemen, your children do
not have to go to the Devil anymore. Furthermore, we are opening a
college in September of 1972. That means not that a child can start at
our schools when he is four years of age and stay there for 16 years.
They do not have to go to the Devil.
But you say, “Brother Hyles, I cannot
afford it.” Then afford it. “Well, I just have too many bills.” Then
sell your car. “I cannot do it this year.” Do not say cannot. If your
child were burning in a house tonight and they said, “There is only one
chance for the child to live,” you would not know the words, “I
cannot.” It would be better for some of those kids in the nursery to
burn up than for you to say, “I cannot send them to a Christian
Somebody says, “I grew up in this
church and I did not go to Christian school.” You are one of the
reasons we feel bad. That kind of arrogant spirit is the very thing I
am talking about. Send your kids to the Christian school. “Brother
Hyles, I cannot afford it.” Eat beans for breakfast, mashed potatoes
for lunch, and fried potato peelings for supper and potato soup the
next day. We used to go down to the store and ask for a bone for the
dog. After you have eaten the bone, then eat the dog. Seriously, get
your kid in a Christian school.
You say, “I do not make enough money.”
Get your kid in a Christian school. You say, “I cannot afford it.” Get
your kid in a Christian school. You say, “Brother Hyles, I just do not
see my way through.” Get your kid in a Christian school. “I cannot.”
Yes, you can. Get your kid in a Christian school.
4. Give. It is going to take a
lot of money for us to do what we are going to do. I mean some of you
ought to give some property. You say, “Brother Hyles, what would you do
with it?” We may start a school on it. Or we may trade it for some
property where we can start a school. Somebody who owns fifty acres
ought to just give ten acres to the church, just give it. You say,
“Brother Hyles, it is a long way off.” You ought to just give it
anyway. Give it to the church. How we will use it, I do not know, but
we will use it. Just give it to the church. Somebody ought to give
enough land for a school in some neighborhood, and when the time comes,
we will develop it and have a school there. Give.
Somebody ought to give a thousand or
ten thousand dollars. Listen, it is the best money you have ever spent,
investing in this kind of money for our children. Also, you ought to
put First Baptist Church in your Will. I do not mean nest month, I mean
this week. I mean now. Go down to your lawyer and say, “Put First
Baptist Church in my Will so when I die, I will still be helping to
carry on the program of First Baptist Church and what it is trying to
The thing that every person ought to
do is tithe. I am calling on every member of this church to give ten
percent of his income from now on. Everyone–every child, every man,
every woman, every boy, every girl, every couple–everybody! We cannot
rise up and build and do what God wants us to do, unless we give. We
have to do it! It is time we called a national emergency on the Devil.
Let us save our children.
Of course, many of you have closed
minds. You do not want to be confused with the facts; your mind is made
up. You are too scholarly. Your mind is closed. If you could have
interviewed the kids in our school before they went to school here, and
if you knew them now, you would be a believer.
Kids, be honest now. How many of you
kids here at Hammond Baptist High school were pretty backslidden a year
ago? Maybe you did not want to go to this school, or maybe you were on
the verge of not being what you ought to be, you were a little
troublemaker. How many of you kids will be honest about it and say a
year ago that was your situation? God has blessed you and changed you.
Would you be honest about it? It will take a lot of courage, but you
will help a lot of people. Would you lift your hands please kids? Yes,
thank you, young people.
A girl came to my office and sneered
and said, “I do not want to go to that old religious school.” The
mother said, “You are going!” She went. She came to my office a few
days ago with culture and refinement, sitting properly and gracefully
with a skirt long enough, she said, “Brother Hyles, I thank God for
having gone to Hammond Baptist High School. I just wish I were not a
senior. I do not want to leave.”
If you knew what I know, you would
heed what I am preaching tonight. I do not have a thing to gain!
Really! The truth is, we do not need too many students, do we? We have
many already, but we will make a place for them. I am getting in
trouble, Dr. Billings has already closed some of the grades. We will
make a place for them. If you want your child to get a Christian
education, I assure you we will see to it that he does. Now, if he does
not keep the rules, he may get kicked out, but we will see he gets a
chance. Let us save our kids from sensitivity training, sex education,
indecent morals, dirty books, and revolution!
I will close with this. “Have you ever
heard one of your school teachers use vulgar language in class?”
Eighty-seven percent of our kids said, “Yes.” “Have you ever been
approached by some-one who wanted to sell or give you marijuana?”
Fifty-four of our kids said “Yes.” “Have any of your school friends
used narcotics?” Fifty percent, 115, said “Yes.” “Have you ever used
drugs?” Twenty-seven said, “Yes.” “Have you ever given, sold or peddled
drugs?” Ten teenagers said, “Yes.” “Do you know of any teacher who uses
drugs?” Twenty percent said, “Yes.” “Have you been taught evolution?”
Nearly all said, “Yes.”
“Do any of your teachers wear
mini-skirts?” Nearly all said, “Yes.” By the way, one student said
“Yes, but he looks terrible in it.” By the way, that kind of spirit
ought to be cured too, I think the statement is cheap. As cute as any
other statement that smart alecks make on tests like this.
“Do any of your teachers wear
pant-dresses?” Many, many said, “Yes.” “Do any of your friends drink?”
Eighty-five said, “Yes.” “Have you ever taken a drink of any alcoholic
beverage?” Sixty-nine said, “Yes.” “Have there been in your school any
disturbances such as revolts, riots, etc.?” Seventy-one percent said,
“Yes.” “Have you ever heard the American way of life, the
establishment, and capitalism criticized by a teacher?” Sixty-three
percent said, “Yes.” “Have you ever worn slacks to school?” Dozens of
the girls said, “Yes.” “Have you ever worn shorts to school?” Dozens
“Have you ever been taught that
pre-marital sex is all right?” Almost one-half of our young people
said, “Yes.” “Have you been asked to read such books as Of Mice and
Men, Soul On Ice, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, or any other
book that includes cursing?” Seventy-eight of our high schoolers said,
“Yes.” “Have you read any of these books?” Fifty-one of our young
people said, “Yes.”
They are your kids! I have tried for
years, and I’ll keep on trying to help them. I am not against anything
or anyone except wrong, but I am against wrong wherever it is! I know
what I’m called. I hear what gangs of boys say when they drive by the
church and see me getting into my car. I know what is said on the
radio, the newscasts, and the call-in programs. I am a fanatic. They
said that I am a bigot (Do you know what the word “bigot” is? Bigot is
a word used by bigots to describe decent people.) Yes, I know! I was
walking in a shopping center the other day, and three boys spit at me.
I get the phone calls. I get the letters. I’m a fool, but I’m glad to
be one if I can help save your kids! We have dedicated ourselves to try
to do it! Won’t you let us?
Let us pray.