I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.
These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subjects they teach, regardless of the education level—preschool day care or a large university.
The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of Humanism, resplendent in its premise of a world in which the never-realized Christian idea of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved. [all emphasis added]
This is what is at stake if we allow private, religious and home school education to receive tax money AND if we allow public education to be charterized, with NO elected school boards! ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE TEACHING THE PHILOSOPHY OF DUNPHY! As Chester Finn wrote in describing charter schools, "he who pays the piper calls the tune."
The Dunphy quote appears on Wikpedia, under the entry Humanist Manifesto (he signed the Humanist Manifesto II):