Well...this one truly scares me folks, because the implications are that a little home-grown, "bible-believing" Schutzstaffel is being created before our very eyes, if this article from the United Kingdom's Guardian is to be believed(and, having moved in evangelical circles - though never identifying with it - earlier in my life, I, for one, can believe it):
(Double take): Say what? Did I just read that?
The story of the Amalekites, as the article indeed points out, has been used to justify genocide. But here's what made me do the double take, to read, and then re-read, and then re-re-read, this:
The first thing the curriculum makes clear is that if God gives instructions to kill a group of people, you must kill every last one:"You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) – people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left.""That was pretty clear, wasn't it?" the manual tells the teachers to say to the kids.Even more important, the Good News Club wants the children to know, the Amalakites were targeted for destruction on account of their religion, or lack of it. The instruction manual reads:"The Amalekites had heard about Israel's true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in him. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment."The instruction manual goes on to champion obedience in all things. In fact, pretty much every lesson that the Good News Club gives involves reminding children that they must, at all costs, obey. If God tells you to kill nonbelievers, he really wants you to kill them all. No questions asked, no exceptions allowed.