Little boys like playing with toy cars. I have a model of a 1930’s postal delivery van. It was made by Matchbox, the toy company that specializes in detailed miniature replicas. This model is a 1-to-40 scale replica of a four-cylinder Ford truck built on a model-A chassis as used by the Post Office at the time. It is accurate in all its details. Except one.

The original models had a “G” and “R” flanking the royal coat of arms on the side of the van. That stood for George Rex, King George V who was the monarch at the time. But then, more recently, the Canadian government ordered 80,000 more of these models to be made to be sold exclusively in post offices. Now the G and R have been removed, and instead of saying “Royal Mail”, the banner “Postes Canada Post” flies across the crest.,

What happened here? The label Postes Canada Post was unheard of in the 1930’s. As Ted Byfield puts it, “The habit of uniting French and English into acronymic gibberish would not be invented for another 40 years” [Western Report; July 31, 1989]. But the Canadian Government wanted to brainwash modern young minds with the idea that Canada had always been a bi-lingual, bi-cultural nation without ties to the British monarchy.

We see here the philosophy that grips how history is viewed and taught, and which pervades our entire education system. In a biblical perspective, the past really happened and it shaped the present. The best way to truly understand the present is to know its roots. The past is valued. Today, however, only the present is valued. It is believed that what we say about the past should be shaped by whatever we want to happen in the present. Lie about the past if it will help you get what you want today.

The Matchbox toy is one such lie. The Canadian government wanted to advertize the Post Office, but did not want to advertize the fact that Canadian institutions grew out of British roots. That would not serve the current need for a united French-speaking / English-speaking tolerant, liberal nation that somehow had always been there. So the facts are changed and history is re-written.

Such deception occurs countless times throughout our entire education system, though it is not considered morally reprehensible. If the greatest good is the creation of a new tolerant society, then such techniques are viewed as ethically commendable. But that’s the difference between ethics and morality: morals have reference to absolute standards like “lying is wrong”.

This is just one more reason why Christian Education is vital. To send our children into the public school system is to expose them to a re-writing of history intended to shape their view of the present in ways that separate them from the past. It’s bad enough to be severed from the connectio to the reign of King George, but it’s even worse to have the reign of King Jesus replaced by secular humanist platitudes when in fact all of history is His Story.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clinging to British Roots is as bad as Prophet Jonah clinging to Jewish roots (in the Bible).

In Christ we are a new nation with no Hebrew or Greek claims.

Daniel said...

I am sorry but this post is troublesome in terms of its facts as well as being a poor argument that can easily be turned the other direction.

"The label Postes Canada Post was unheard of in the 1930’s. As Ted Byfield pu...ts it, “The habit of uniting French and English into acronymic gibberish would not be invented for another 40 years” [Western Report; July 31, 1989]." But the Canadian Government wanted to brainwash modern young minds with the idea that Canada had always been a bi-lingual, bi-cultural nation without ties to the British monarchy. "

While I am not sure what he means by acronymic gibberish, the fact remains that Quebec has been a majority french speaking province since its start as New France. It is insane to me that the author of this article appears to be doing the same thing that he is accusing the public school system of doing, albeit in the other direction by suggesting that Canada hasn't been a bi-lingual, bi-cultural country/entity for as long as European Settlers have been here. While control of Quebec went from French to English, the region has always spoken french and always had a very rich french culture. Unless of course you go Pre-European settlement.

Postes Canada Post is simply a space saving way of printing both the French and English names for the corporation using less space. Postes Canada is the direct french translation for Canada Post.

The reality is that even the authors original matchbox toy was a rewrite of history by monarchists as the history clearly shows that the British only ran the postal service until 1868 at the latest. In 1868 the Dominion of Canada created the Post Office Department. Which would have been the official name emblazoned onto its vehicles. The fact is that both toys were/are simply marketing tools for the post office and not intended to be historically accurate.

Using the rational and type of evidence used in this post I can more easily suggest that the British Foreign Bible Society is guilty of trying to 're-write the bible' by removing the apocrypha when they decreed in 1826 that no funds should be used to publish it. Restrictions that incidentally they only eased over 100 years later in the 1960s, but its a decision that most credit with the fact that the majority of bibles are published without these books included. It would be even less of a logical leap then one the author makes from a crown corporation to the public school system, for me to suggest that christian schools that choose not to include the apocrypha in their curriculum are actively part of this re-write.

Daniel said...

It appears that my original post of this comment got lost, here it is again.

"The label Postes Canada Post was unheard of in the 1930’s. As Ted Byfield pu...ts it, “The habit of uniting French and English into acronymic gibberish would not be invented for another 40 years” [Western Report; July 31, 1989...]." But the Canadian Government wanted to brainwash modern young minds with the idea that Canada had always been a bi-lingual, bi-cultural nation without ties to the British monarchy. "

While I am not sure what he means by acronymic gibberish, the fact remains that Quebec has been a majority french speaking province since its start as New France. It is insane to me that the author of this article appears to be doing the same thing that he is accusing the public school system of doing, albeit in the other direction by suggesting that Canada hasn't been a bi-lingual, bi-cultural country/entity for as long as European Settlers have been here. While control of Quebec went from French to English, the region has always spoken french and always had a very rich french culture. Unless of course you go Pre-European settlement.

Postes Canada Post is simply a space saving way of printing both the French and English names for the corporation using less space. Postes Canada is the direct french translation for Canada Post.

The reality is that even the authors original matchbox toy was a rewrite of history by monarchists as the history clearly shows that the British only ran the postal service until 1868 at the latest. In 1868 the Dominion of Canada created the Post Office Department. Which would have been the official name emblazoned onto its vehicles. The fact is that both toys were/are simply marketing tools for the post office and not intended to be historically accurate.

Using the rational and type of evidence used in this post I can more easily suggest that the British Foreign Bible Society is guilty of trying to 're-write the bible' by removing the apocrypha when they decreed in 1826 that no funds should be used to publish it. Restrictions that incidentally they only eased over 100 years later in the 1960s, but its a decision that most credit with the fact that the majority of bibles are published without these books included. It would be even less of a logical leap then one the author makes from a crown corporation to the public school system, for me to suggest that christian schools that choose not to include the apocrypha in their curriculum are actively part of this re-write.

Brian Watts said...

We are not suggesting that there is anything inherently good about British roots. But, pretending that the past did not happen the way that it did is not helpful in understanding the present. The failure to accurately portray the heritage of our western world, and in particular its Christian roots, is a serious issue in our time

Anonymous said...

Brian Watts wrote:
"But that’s the difference between ethics and morality: morals have reference to absolute standards like “lying is wrong”."

Sometimes a little lying is needed: telling your girl friend she looks great when she looks tired. Or, sometimes omitting the truth is good to: neglecting to tell young kids at Sunday school what good Christians did to heretics in 15th century France (it is their religion's history isn't it?).

This non-issue of a story is purely an example of history meets capitalism. When history enters the market as commodity accuracy and message are completely irrelevant, your way off base.

Additionally, if you honestly can say that a Christian education (which has nothing to do with a plastic truck) is an education without deception, where large amounts of 'suggestive' information are censored and morals are taught to be rooted in absolute standards, then there's not much hope for you, or your offspring, to understand much about contemporary society.
Just my thoughts on your post.

Clifford said...

I think we are getting side tracked on peripheral issues and missing the main point.