WND.com broke the story yesterday: a candidate is officially seeking the No. 2 spot in South Carolina, Lt. Governor, campaigning on a pro-family, pro-Christian and homeschool platform. A lifetime Christian educator, Ray Moore has no hesitation in pointing out the failure that is public schooling, the failure of conservatives who continue to support the socialistic institution, and pointing to the biblical model for society. It’s time for restoration, he says: “what once was can be again.”
Moore said he believes a “fresh obedience” by families providing Christian or homeschooling for their children can be a key to the revival of churches, families and culture.
His candidacy, announced here by WND, puts him up against Pat McKinney, a 64-year-old Republican from Charleston who is a retired real estate developer, and 29-year-old Democrat Bakari Sellers, a Columbia attorney. Mike Campbell, son of former Gov. Carroll Campbell, also is considering entering the GOP primary.
Moore is not just an expert on schools. He has served more than 35 years as a campus pastor, a congregational minister, an Army chaplain and director of a Christian ministry. . . .
He’s a graduate of The Citadel with a B.A. in political science and an M.Div. with honors from Grace Theological Seminary in 1974 as well as a master of theology in 1979.
For 19 years, he was an Army Reserve chaplain, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1999. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Gulf War I.
Moore is also a co-founder and member of the S.C. Sound Money committee.
Moore targets conservatives’ support of a liberal and failed institution:
“For example, Gov. Haley has adopted much of the Democrat program on K-12 public education reform and abandoned any sort of school choice model. … Someone needs to carry the banner statewide for educational freedom (or school choice) and [the] need to grow K-12 private, Christian and home education.” . . .
Moore asserts the typical public education model “has failed.” He said it needs to be replaced by an expansion of the free market, including Christian schools and homeschools.
As you know, my advice in Restoring America places top priority on Christians abandoning public schools and seeking—running—to private Christian alternatives. Moore has been an activist on this issue for years:
Moore is an expert in such matters, having served for more than 15 years with Exodus Mandate, which is part of Frontline Ministries. The group’s aim is to “encourage and assist Christian families to leave Pharoah’s school system (i.e. government schools) for the Promised Land of Christian schools or homeschooling.” . . .
He was also an executive producer of the documentary Indoctrination, an expose of the public school system’s damage to Christians and Christian influence in society:
Moore said that as executive producer of the nationally acclaimed “IndoctriNation” movie, he would be a good person to make the case for education alternatives.
“A sub-theme would be ‘every church a school, every parent a teacher, every pastor a headmaster,’” he said.
“IndoctriNation” takes a “hard look at the true state of public education” and notes that nearly 90 percent of Christian children attend a public school.
In the film, Colin Gunn, a homeschool father of seven, drives an old school bus across America, asking questions about the origins and social impact of America’s public education system.
While focused on education, Moore is not just a single-issue candidate. He has a much broader Christian worldview, extending to family in general, business, and sound money (gold standard):
“My candidacy would be a message and agenda-oriented one, focusing on the theme, ‘What once was can be again,’” Moore said. “We would focus on a restoration of pro-life, pro-family, pro-private, Christian and home education and pro-sound money (or a return to the gold standard) principles.
“What once was can be again.” That’s not mere sentimentalism or pining for the good ol’ days. When righteousness and biblical principle are involved, it is what Christians call repentance. Moore concludes:
If we go back to these principles and our Christian heritage, we may find with God’s mercy ‘what once was can be again.”