Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Proverbs 1:8 (NIV)
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(05/19/2020) Anti-Homeschooling Harvard Prof Doubles Down: ‘Right-Wing Christian Conservatives’ Became ‘Dominant’ and ‘Took Over.’ Took over? There are probably more Christian conservatives homeschooling and progressive activists, but here is what is interesting. Christian conservatives don't try to tell progressives how they must teach their children. But many progressive activists, starting with this Harvard professor, do just that regarding Christian conservatives.
(05/14/2020) Truth, Not Politics, is at the Root of the Left-Right Divide. Truth is not a value for the Left. They have long since politicized everything they touch. "Truth" is whatever supports their political and social agenda. Trivial example: it doesn't matter whether Tara Reade's accusations against Biden are true or not - her claims are to be rejected. Similarly, it didn't matter whether Christine Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh were true or not, they were to be accepted. What is important is not what is true, the only thing that counts is furthering their agenda.
(05/14/2020) The Theology the State Teaches When the State Says It’s Not Teaching Theology — And How You Can Answer It. The briefest summary is this: when the state, especially in schools, pretends to be neutral on religion, they are teaching secularism.
(05/12/2020) Beware of the “Togetherness” Message. Yes. "Togetherness" can be good and it can be bad.
(05/09/2020) What Neil Ferguson’s booty call tells us about modern politics. In a nutshell, those that create the rules don't think that they are obliged to follow them. They feel that they have done their job by forcing the other 99% to follow the rules. Why do so many celebrities espouse draconian "green" policies while their own carbon footprint approaches that of a small town? Because getting others to sacrifice atones for their own failure to sacrifice. Or they consider their preaching to qualify as sacrifice. There is an awful lot of "religion" going on in the circles of our "betters" even though they leave God on the sideline.
(05/07/2020) Academic Absurdity of All Time? So much absurdity is going on in academia that it is hard to declare a winner. But just remember that people are actually being paid to churn out this stuff. Most jobs involve being paid to do something that others consider beneficial and worth paying for. Within academia, much of the money is of great benefit to academics, but not only is what they do not beneficial to society as a whole (who is paying for much of it) but it is positively damaging. It would be of tremendous benefit if all government funding of higher education were to cease. They would then have to focus on doing that which other people actually considered to be of benefit and are willing to pay for.
(05/04/2020) Today's Americans and Yesteryear's Americans. To put it in a nutshell, we seem to be a bunch of wimps compared to Americans of the past.
(04/26/2020) Avoid the Drains. "Drains" are those kind of people who just suck the joy and life out of other people. Good column.
(04/23/2020) Harvard shows itself as grotesquely greedy, hostile to parents and faith. A Harvard professor thinks homeschooling is bad because, among other things, parents might include a religious component to their teaching. I'm sure this is a minority position, but so was SSM in the not distant past. Many on the Left really do believe that children "belong" to the government and not their parents.
(04/10/2020) Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family. One thing I'll say for progressives is that they keep their eye on the ball. The ball for them is the destruction of Christianity and Western Civilization and they pursue it relentlessly whatever the circumstances.
(02/22/2020) Wisconsin School District Abandons ‘A-F’ Grading Scale to Prevent Stress. A will become "exceeding" and F will become "emerging." The march to total insanity continues. One problem we have is that the Left is totally willing to impose their view and values with or (more likely) without consent, and we on the Right are reluctant to do so. But that doesn't mean we have to sit back and accept their imposition. We should be fighting back and fighting back hard.
(02/07/2020) Gallup: Democrats Much Less Satisfied with Their ‘Personal Life’ than Republicans. The biggest factor is religious belief.
(02/05/2020) Liberal Bias in Education Is Transforming America. Sadly, there is probably more indoctrinating than educating.
(01/13/2020) Academia's Leftism becomes more aggressive and more stupid. It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't teaching our kids. Their purpose is no to teach how to think, their objective is to teach what to think. And that "what" is very limited (and mostly wrong). They have been taught that by virtue of their degrees and credentials, they are superior to others. Find we a single left-wing academic who truly believes in "we the people" rather than "we the elite." They'll give lip service to the "poor and oppressed," but they would never give them power at their own expense. The poor and oppressed are simply tools to be used for the benefit of the elites.
(01/02/2020) Campus experiment: 18 of 31 college kids fail to recite Pledge of Allegiance correctly. We learned the pledge way back in kindergarten. Somehow, I doubt that our left-leaning educators consider the pledge to be of any importance.
(12/31/2019) Greta Thunberg: A Living Explanation of the Left. Good article. Those on the Left seek meaning - perhaps they are trying to fill that God-shaped void in their lives. And they seek it by trying to dismantle and tear down rather than by contributing and building up. Actually contributing is so hard and costs so much in time, talents and treasure! It is so much easier to tear down and demand that others contribute the time, talent and treasures to build back up. Or they just skip the building and settle for the tearing down. They actually are expending some time and effort. It is a shame they cannot bring themselves to do so constructively. Solution? Revival.
(12/30/2019) Kanye's new rules for 6-year-old daughter are a revolt against the modern world. It is sad that a celebrity has a hard time tryng to raise their kids right. Raise them to deny their biological sex and you will be lionized in the MSM. What is Kanye's rule for 6 year old daughter? No makeup and no revealing clothing.
(12/27/2019) Anti-Trump Christians, Would You Prefer a President Who Supports Secular Social Agenda? Good Question. I doubt there is a single example of an evangelical that says we should look at Trump as a moral example for our personal lives - except possibly that he stands up for and fights for that in which he believes. We evangelicals should follow that example!
(12/25/2019) Why the Left Doesn't Like Christmas. Spot on.
(12/25/2019) BuzzFeed Calls for People to Fight With Their Relatives Over Trump on Christmas Eve. It really should not be a surprise to discover that conservatives are much, much more tolerant than liberals.
(12/05/2019) Thou Shalt Not Covet. Covetousness is all the rage now. You are nothing if you can't declare victimhood and demand stuff from others. This commandment focuses on attitude, and or culture is working overtime to ensure that people have a very bad and very wrong attitude.
(11/28/2019) The Left Hates Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Coexistence. They do, but why?
(11/27/2019) Leftist students call Charlie Kirk, conservatives 'racist,' can't give any evidence. "Evidence" is no longer considered to be of any consequence, only feelings. And apparently our colleges and universities are actively promoting feelings over facts.
(11/24/2019) 'Let the baby die' signs target Ohio family with sick infant. It is always interesting to see people advocate that others do what they would be inclined to do in a similar situation. It both validates our view and makes us feel better if we were placed in the same situation: others do what I am inclined to do, therefore it is okay for me to do it.
(11/20/2019) INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN TO HATE: Leftist Activism Is Now Required in Elementary Schools in Eight States. This is a serious problem. The Left has no problem forging ahead and indoctrinating your children without your knowledge.
(11/19/2019) Does the Left Hate America? Yes. Next question.
(11/14/2019) NC State Silent After Fascists Spray Paint Pro-Trump Student. When progressives say "No Hate," what they really mean is that everyone who disagrees with them is "hateful" and it is OK for them (the progressives) to hate hateful people, though they don't admit that they are the ones doing the hating. More and more violence is being committed by the Left and since the associated authorities tend to be Left as well, almost nothing is being done about it.
(11/13/2019) When 29 Courses on Black Writing Isn’t Enough at Williams. When I look at the course list, it looks largely to be a list of complaints and victimhood. And I hate to be honest, but the list of good, black writers is pretty short - I'm thinking fiction here. Alexander Dumas would qualify as black - he had a black grandmother. I've always liked Frank Yerby. So good black writers exist. I doubt that these are the ones that are studied at Williams - or any other college, for that matter. Ta-Nehisi Coates is probably the most overrated writer in existence who no one would have ever heard of if he wasn't black writing about black. That said, I would be interested to see what he could do with fiction if he could leave his politics out of it.
(11/04/2019) Research Finds Conservatives Are More Happy, Generous, And Purposeful Than Liberals. This isn't new news, as it has been known for a long time. But his article is the most informative on the subject that I have seen. Note that social conservatives are the happiest of all.
(11/04/2019) The Source of the Media’s Post-Truth Analysis. The answer: postmodernism, which is predominant in our colleges and universities. It used to be the goal of academics to seek out the truth - objective truth. But it is so much easier to settle for "finding" one's own personal "truth." So much easier for students, as well. Is it not funny how for progressives, "truth" is always changing? Yet they claim to be part of the "party of science and reason."
(10/30/2019) Dennis Prager Comes to LIFE Today. Very interesting.
(10/29/2019) 'Your Past Is Terrible, And Your Future Is Terrible': What the Left Tells Young Americans. And almost everything they are telling our youth (and everyone else) is absolutely false. And it isn't just committed Leftists doing this, our public schools are largely following suit.
(10/21/2019) Moral Relativism Taking Over Everything: Sports, Politics, Libraries. True. But we do not have to play along. And we must not.
(10/19/2019) How to Win the War for America’s Soul. Long, but worth reading.
(10/18/2019) William Barr Is Right: Secularists Are Imposing Their Own Religion. Yes, they are. They worship the created, not the Creator. But it is still worship.
(10/15/2019) To the Humanist Who ‘Cannot Help But Seethe With Anger’: Please Let Reason Prevail. It amuses me that those that claim the mantle of "reason" tend to be some of the least reasonable folks out there.
(10/13/2019) Mayor Pete Continues Imaginary, One-Sided War with Mike Pence. Suffice it to say that Mayor Pete thinks you are a fanatic if you take the Bible seriously.
(10/05/2019) NFL Fines Player $7,000 for Wearing 'Man of God' Headband. It is a violation of their rules, but I do wonder whether there would have been a fine for a more secular violation.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)