Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Proverbs 1:8 (NIV)
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(09/23/2020) Am I imagining a change in children’s books? I don't think so. I think that children's books have become much more politically correct. They often promote things that just are not so, such as women (and girls) can do anything a man (or boy) can do, and probably better. That is pretty benign compared to some of the stuff. The Left has been indoctrinating our kids, often without our even being aware. I hope and pray that the China virus restrictions cause many, many more people to homeschool their kids. There are positive signs that this is happening.
(09/07/2020) BYU student starts petition to bring back 'Christ-centered education.' Well, they are probably talking Mormonism, but practically, that is better than secularism. And perhaps some students at supposedly Christian colleges and universities could start doing the same. It would be wonderful if a lot more Christians became activists. And really, are we not called to do so, albeit in a constructive manner rather than the destructive tactics of the Left?
(08/29/2020) “It’s a Good Life” — the left is narcissism in action. That is an accurate assessment.
(08/29/2020) The Homicide of the Truth. Truth is certainly taking a big hit right now.
(08/29/2020) Why Biblical Truth is Especially Relevant for Modern Culture. It isn't just biblical truth that is important (but largely ignored), but simple facts. How many lies are running around now, posing as truth? Police targeting blacks is one of the biggies. To be blunt, Satan is hard at work and using the Democrats to start a race war. The 2020 election is critical.
(08/28/2020) Do You Know What Evil Is? There has been a trend in recent decades to avoid talking about sin and to avoid talking about evil. Or we trivialize evil. The Left does this a lot, calling pretty much everyone who disagrees with them evil. But there is a lot of genuine evil going on and we would do well to recognize it for what it is.
(08/22/2020) Texas School District Caught Teaching Children the Police are Just Like the KKK and Slave Owners. No wonder some of our public schools and teachers don't want parents to know what is going on in the classroom!
(08/21/2020) If Your School District Pulls What One Tennessee District Did, Know Your Rights. Gee, why sould a school district want parents to sign a paper agreeing not to watch their kid's virtual classroom? They claim it is to protect privacy, but any sensible person knows they don't want parents to know all the social justoce BS being taught.
(08/20/2020) Should America Be Guided by ‘Narratives’ or Truth? Alas, while the answer is obvious, a huge portion of our country, possibly a majority, feel otherwise. I say "feel" rather than "think" for good reason.
(08/19/2020) Progressives' Empathy Hypocrisy. I cannot help but associate the Democrats with the Pharisee praying in the temple, proclaiming how good he was, especially compared to the rubes. Except the Pharisee was probably a lot better than the Democrats. At least he probably did some of the good deeds he proclaimed. He had some good deeds, even if he heart was way out of whack and his motivations were all wrong. The Democrats' heart is in the wrong place, their motivations are wrong, their good deeds are minimal to non-existance, but they surely think they are better than everyone else.
(08/18/2020) Everything the Left Touches It Ruins. Now Add Science. That is because the politicize everything.
(08/15/2020) Christians beware of left's attack on Western values. Indeed, it isn't just the future of America that is at stake this election, it is Western Civilization.
(08/05/2020) The Collapse of the Traditional American Family. While the reasons are multiple, one factor is the unwillingness of Christians to strongly defend the traditional family, which is, after all, the biblical family. Most problems in America today can be traced back to cultural issues, and most cultural issues can be traced back to the collapse of the family.
(08/04/2020) Woke Tyranny. Note the comments. The two absurd ones claim to be ex or liberal evangelicals. It is pretty clear that they have discarded biblical truth for the progressive (nonsensical) narrative.
(08/01/2020) 4 French Revolution Trends That Have Started In The United States. What is remarkable is that quite a few of our "opinion-makers" and "experts" consider this to be desirable.
(08/01/2020) The Satanic Left. I suppose it is possible to push an agenda based totally on lies, deceit, misrepresentation and selective "facts" without being a tool of Satan. But those are all Satan's tools and the best that can be said for the Left is that they are Satan's allies.
(07/30/2020) Study: Victim-Signaling Plus Virtue-Signaling Can Mean Very Bad People. I am unimpressed by people who do either, so I am pretty sure that I'm even less impressed by people who do both. It doesn't take a study to back this up.
(07/25/2020) The Road to Hell is Paved With Virtue Signaling. If SJWs actually focused on helping those that they claim need justice, perhaps they would be doing some good. But instead, their focus is tearing others down, in the name of "justice," and promoting the undeserving, in the name of "justice." Related: WNBA teams walk off the court as the national anthem is played as part of their ‘social justice initiative.’ I'm sure they feel very good about themselves, but truth be told, they are making race relations worse, not better. Anyone who thinksthat unfounded charges of racism against half (or more) of the population will improve race relations is delusional.
(07/15/2020) 2020 is the showdown between good and evil. I can go with this characterization. Given his clear dementia, I don't know if Joe Biden qualifies as evil, but his policy proposals certainly do. I rather think Jill Biden does qualify as evil. She has dreams of being Edith Wilson, running the country on behalf of her incapacitated husband - using a sick, old man to achieve that which she could never achieve on her own.
(07/11/2020) Three Churches Have Burned in Just Over 24 Hours, But You Wouldn’t Know It If You Watch National News. Of course not. These counter the narrrative rather than support it. But this is what is truly endangering our country - the MSM only presents that which supports the progressive narrative, and if they have no such facts, they are perfectly willing to lie.
(07/09/2020) Thomas Sowell’s Vision was Right. This refers to a book Sowell published many years ago. What it boils down to is that the Left views man as somehow perfectable, so they propose all sorts of programs and policies bases on their notion of perfectable man. Conservatives tend to take a biblical view - man is naturally sinful, selfish, etc., and that we need programs and policies that take this into considertion. But read the article (and the book!).
(07/06/2020) An Industry of Untruth. Another great article by Victor Davis Hanson. The opening line includes: "The current revolution is based on a series of lies, misrepresentations, and distortions." Hanson believe that will destroy it. What is the first thought that comes to mind when reading that? For me, it is Satan. I believe that Satan is hard at work in America. He has plenty of accomplices, both witting and unwitting. It is going to take an extremely big dose of truth to deal with it. Do not fall prey to the lies and distortions.
(07/06/2020) Leftist Strategy: Rip US Apart by Destroying Our Pride in Our Past. This strategy has the full cooperation of the Democrat party, our media and our education establishment. For them, the this narrative is far, far more important than the truth.
(07/02/2020) Here are a couple good articles from The Federalist. 5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War and Even In Trump Era, Republicans Prioritize Pandering Over Pushing Back. Regarding fighting back, even little things add up to something big if enough people do them. Start doing something! Don't imagine that it is okay to do nothing because you can't do something big. Don't forget to boycott the NFL. NFL to play the black national anthem before the (white?) national anthem before games this season.
(07/02/2020) Why We Need History. The saying that those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it is certainly true. But it is important for Americans to know American History for additional reasons. America really is exceptional and really is the greatest country on God's green earth (still, for now). But do you know why? Do you know why most people who want to leave their home country want to come to the USA? Do you know why quite a few celebrities and the like claim to want to leave the USA, but never do? Do you know why protesters against authoritarian regimes abroad typically carry America flags and use the Statue of Liberty as a symbol? One thing is for sure: our schools - especially our colleges - are dominated by Leftists who genuinely hate America as it was founded and as it mostly still is. Two generations of students have been indoctrinated with "America is the source of all evil in this world."
(07/02/2020) Leftist Education Created This Moment. Yes, they did.
(07/02/2020) Survey: College Makes Young Americans Less Patriotic. Of course. It also reduces their critical thinking skills. The reason? Many departments focus on indoctrinating their students with "America is Bad" and with shouting down any and all opinions that conflict with the current progressive narrative. Our colleges are a disgrace - administrations and faculties, both.
(06/29/2020) We Need to be More Intolerant. Yes, we do. What is the biggest reason for our cultural and societal decay? Tolerance of that which should not be tolerated. If that sounds too strong, then tolerance and "live and let live" regarding all sorts of behaviors and thinking that are genuinely detrimental to our society.
(06/26/2020) We’re In A Cultural Civil War. It’s Time For Conservatives To Fight Back. Darn tooting. But most of us are followers, sadly, and the leaders are few and far between. I have to confess that I tried being a leader and no matter how much I tried to recruit people to do this or that, virtually no one responded. I tried again just a few weeks ago regarding signing a petition to get a pro-life item on the ballot. The only response I got was from a couple that had already signed. The other 40 or so people I contacted (with all the info about where and when to go)? Silence.
(06/26/2020) Instagram Brands Christian Worship ‘Harmful.’ This is not an exaggeration.
(06/26/2020) California Legislature Votes to Allow Discrimination by Race, Gender, National Origin. It still has to go before the voters since they are modifying the state constitution. Of course, we've always known that the Democrats are big fans of discriminating. They just want to be in charge of who gets discriminated against and who get preferential treatment.
(06/21/2020) It’s Now Clearer Than Ever Before, Science Bends Itself To Fit Left Wing Politics. Of course. the Left brings their politics into everything they touch, and hence ruin it once they reach a critical mass. There are no exceptions. Find a single area where progressives let their expertise override their politics. There are none.
(06/21/2020) 5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in This Cultural Moment. The SBC is starting to allow itself to be so swept and we ought to be resisting this with great vigor. Critical Race Theory (and other fads) is just another branch of postmodernism. Not only is it of no value in interpreting Scripture, it invariably results in false interpretation and false teaching.
(06/21/2020) New York Times: Don’t Talk to Your Conservative Relatives Until They Become “Woke” Liberals. Just who is trying to divide our country? Is it conservatives who are quite will to let those on the Left be (as long as they obey the law)? Or is it the Left who want conservatives to be shunned, silenced, shamed and to lose their jobs and livelihood unless they concorm to leftist ideology? Has any conservative advocated destroying families over politics? This is commonplace from the Left. The worst I have seen advocated by conservatives is to avoid discussing politics with liberal family members.
(06/21/2020) Woke leftists seek to oust economist for opposing defunding police. What is both shocking and sad is that some people have already lost their jobs for not being "woke" enough. This, despite the fact that their views reflect the views of a majority of the country.
(06/13/2020) 55% Of Democrats Support Defunding The Police. What is amazing is how fast Democrats (progressives) latch on to the latest fad. Just a few weeks ago, that 55% would have been a tiny number. You can use whatever public restroom you feel like? A decade ago almost no one was in favor of that. The obvious conclusion? The Left is ruled by feelings, the Right by thinking. The left will favor pretty much anything if it makes them feel good about themselves - morally superior and all that. Conservatives believe in conserving. You do not replace something until you know you have something better to replace it with. That involves trying it out on a limited basis, first. That is why conservatives are fans of federalism and why progressives always want to impose their latest fad nationwide.
(06/12/2020) The Road to Hell is Paved With Virtue Signaling. That and other stuff.
(06/12/2020) Children’s Books that Bother Me. A lot of children's books should bother us. Be sure to read the comments.
(06/12/2020) Berklee College: 'Deeply Sorry' for 'Perpetuating Feelings of Oppression' by Allowing Police to Use Restrooms. Did you ever think cultural insanity could reach these levels? Yet here we are. Evil is promoted as good, Good condemned as evil. Satan is thrilled iwth his handiwork.
(06/08/2020) NYT Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones On Riots: ‘Destroying Property Which Can Be Replaced Is Not Violence.’ According to the Left, saying things they don't like qualifies as violence, but destroying property does not. I hate to say it, but the Left is winning the battle of words simply because facts and truth mean absolutely nothing. The are willing to say anything, no matter how absurd. With a straight face.
(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)