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News

Posted by Godefroi on July 28, 2008

Not really “News”, as in something new…rather old news with a slight twist.

You may recall that last year a Pew study found that up to 25% of young male American Muslims support “Martyrdom Operations” in some cases, based on their religion.

This year, another study, this one by the Centre for Social Cohesion, has turned the sights on to British Muslim students.  Some of what they found: 

  • 32 percent said killing in the name of religion could be justified. However, almost double that number, 60 percent of those who are active members of Islamic student organizations, supported the idea.
  • 15 percent of respondents said that Islam as a religion and Islamism as a political ideology were part of the same thing
  • 43 percent of Muslim students said they felt that Islam was compatible with secularism [Muhammad would be pissed]
  • 40 percent of the students supported introduction of Islamic Sharia law (Islamic religious law) in Britain
  • A third were in favor of a worldwide caliphate based on Sharia law, as opposed to the 58 percent of active members of Islamic student organizations, who supported the idea.

Items to note (from the INN article, not the study):

  1. there was a striking difference between the average Muslim and those who join on-campus Islamic groups
  2. University authorities need to urgently take steps to reduce Islamist influence on campus
  3. significant numbers of students “appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal, democratic values

It should be fairly plain that campus-oriented Muslim advocacy and activist groups (MSA anyone?) are detrimental to the health of the University society and society in general.

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Scary Trend

Posted by Godefroi on April 9, 2008

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. —  George Washington

At Townhall I read an article exposing the growing antipathy toward Christianity (or at least Evangelical Christians) in our Universities.  The story goes:

Two Jewish researchers went on campus (this is not a joke) last year to see just how anti-Semitic the faculty were. Their findings? In a survey of over 6,600 college professors across the country, they found virtually no anti-Semitism. Instead, they found a distinct bias against evangelical students: More than half (53%) of college faculty view evangelical students unfavorably. Mormons are next at 33%, followed by Muslims at 22%.

Let me put this in proper perspective: In the United States of America, professors are two and a half times more likely to view evangelical Christian students unfavorably than Muslim students.

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. —  Abraham Lincoln.

The study also found that: Professors are five times more likely to be atheists than the general public: 19% vs. 4%; There are far fewer Evangelicals among the faculty than the general public: 11% vs. 33%…


If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.  — Ronald Reagan

Nod:  Cao

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Reminder

Posted by Godefroi on February 1, 2008

 The VAST majority of the foreign funding for Middle East Studies programs in the Universities in American comes from Saudi Arabia.  Our great friend and ally in the WOT, Saudi Arabia.

This is just a reminder of what the official education ministry there teaches their children (all taken from official Saudi textbooks).

FIRST GRADE
” Every religion other than Islam is false.”

“Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words (Islam, hellfire): Every religion other than ______________ is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters ____________.”

FOURTH GRADE
True belief means . . . that you hate the polytheists and infidels but do not treat them unjustly.”

“Unjustly”, of course, would anything that is not sanctioned by Sharia – GdB

FIFTH GRADE
“Whoever obeys the Prophet and accepts the oneness of God cannot maintain a loyal friendship with those who oppose God and His Prophet, even if they are his closest relatives.”

It is forbidden for a Muslim to be a loyal friend to someone who does not believe in God and His Prophet, or someone who fights the religion of Islam.”

“A Muslim, even if he lives far away, is your brother in religion. Someone who opposes God, even if he is your brother by family tie, is your enemy in religion.”

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The Death of the University

Posted by Godefroi on January 24, 2008

An update on this story.

Last week, in an article published here on FrontPageMag, I told this story of how the high priests of diversity rejected truth and God at what is billed as the “Largest Catholic University in America.” My article was published as the Task Force released its Guiding Principles of Free Speech and Expression, now scrubbed clean of anything “offensive.” In a university-wide email, the Task Force told students, faculty, and staff that it was “actively gathering input on the draft Guiding Principles from the broadest possible spectrum of voices within the university community.” I chose to publish my input on FrontPageMag.com.

As soon as my article appeared, the Diversity Council held a meeting with the president of the University and the Task Force. They demanded that something be done about the troublemaker, namely me. I pointed out that there had been no confidentiality agreement and the Guiding Principles had already been released. But they argued that members would no longer feel comfortable participating out of fear that whatever they say may be published. It was apparently inappropriate for me to hold these individuals accountable for their ideas. I could have been given a warning not to publish anything in the future without consent of the Task Force, which would have protected their sensibilities. But just as the race card helped to derail the Guiding Principles themselves, so now it sealed my fate. I ought to be ashamed, they told me, because the members of the Task Force named in my article were people of color. In other words, people of color are above criticism and my concern for free speech and the betrayal of its principles was essentially racist.

For President Holtschneider this was all he needed to hear. Each and every time an incident like this occurs, the administration buckles to the pressure of the diversity agenda; this time was no exception. Under apparent duress from the Diversity Council, I was informed that I would no longer be welcome on the Free Speech and Expression Task Force. So much for free speech.

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More on Higher “Education”

Posted by Godefroi on January 17, 2008

Providentially, another article appeared today at Front Page Magazine illuminating just how intellectually and morally dangerous the college classroom is becoming.

 

Aaron, son of a Lutheran Pastor, is a devoted Christian himself, and a serious student of history aiming to teach on the high school level. Professor Gronowicz’s class was one of the requirements. But according to Aaron, instead of teaching a survey course on Modern Western History, he spent an entire semester teaching secret societies and conspiracy theories as fact, and other topics that had no relation to the publicized course content. The course essentially surveyed secret societies emphasizing the Order of Skull and Bones, claiming that this Yale University fraternity boasting such notable past members as George W. Bush, John Kerry and other government figures, is a secret order that rules the world. Another student remarked that he hadn’t learned a thing because the entire course was an endless diatribe against Bush.


Aaron expressed his opinions during classroom discussions in defense of America. He argued that these secret organizations and conspiracy theories are based upon fabrications and lies to justify calumny against our great country. Raising his voice to a shout, Gronowicz asserted that it’s not possible for anyone to find explanations to justify America and it’s immoral actions. He singled out Aaron’s religious faith making such statements as, “it is impossible to be a free thinking educated person and believe in a God.” Aaron responded to the slanderous innuendo that all religious people are ignorant by offering good examples of highly educated God-fearing men and women, in order to argue against the crude insults directed at him, but Gronowicz would shrug them off as exceptions to the rule. This professor’s classroom manner conveyed pure religious discrimination that violates professional academic standards of conduct as well as First Amendment rights.

Regarding 9/11 conspiracy theories, Professor Gronowicz stated that the destruction of the World Trade Towers was an inside job the Bush administration knew about way ahead of time because of the close family ties between Bush and the Bin Laden families. As proof that the government orchestrated 9/11, he stated that Tower Seven was not directly hit, but it came down nonetheless, by planned implosion because the government was trying to cover up secret documents concealed within its vaults. He also asserted that first responders where not given the proper safety equipment. However Aaron was a union tradesman working as a first responder at Ground Zero and went about overturning the nutty professor’s erroneous statements and false premises one by one.

As Aaron argued his points in the classroom discussions, his saw his grades gradually plummet to an “F”. Another student who had a complaint about his grade, who never received lower than a B+ in other classes, said that he received a C- in the course because Gronowicz lost his midterm, which hurt his GPA and forced him to repeat the class. Still other students mentioned various complaints about this professor’s conduct and strange grading system.

Aaron feels that no student should have to go through the lengthy process he endured merely to get a fair grade based upon his course work, not upon political opinions or religious beliefs.

 

I agree.

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Education?

Posted by Godefroi on January 16, 2008

My wife and I have four children, all of them being brought up in a (GASP) Fundamental Christian manner. Oh, and did I mention that we home-school them all (for a partial look at why, check out this post over at Doc Bulldog & Ronin’s, and this site as well.)? Well, excepting the youngest since he’s only 2.5 months old. 🙂

My 12-year-old daughter has decided that she doesn’t want to go to college. While I suspect that she’ll change her mind by the time she’s 17-18, I’m starting to think maybe it’s actually a good idea. Why? While it’s true that college graduates tend to make significantly more money over their lifetimes than non-graduates, I have to wonder if they’re really any more successful – looking at that term as a measure of happiness and positive societal impact on a daily basis. And along with that, the corruption in academia (especially in Universities) has me very concerned. I’m not worried that she’ll abandon her faith. I am worried that she’ll be ridiculed because of it, especially as this tendency keeps moving forward.

Today at Front Page I got yet another reminder of why the University setting has me apprehensive about throwing my daughter to those wolves.

DePaul University, which bills itself as “the Largest Catholic University in America” was described as a “basket case” on a Hannity and Colmes segment because of its questionable “commitment” to free speech. In the past couple of years DePaul has suspended, without due process, a professor who defended Israel. It has created de facto policies to prevent students from posting flyers opposing an on-campus event featuring the plagiarist professor Ward Churchill. It has also shut down a student-run Affirmative Action Bake Sale in which cookies were sold at different prices depending on the customer’s skin color because the campus left was offended. It later condemned the student group sponsoring the bake sale in a university-wide email.

The Task Force has finally produced a document: Guiding Principles of Free Speech and Expression.[1] The Task Force chose a wise path in deciding against adopting speech codes against “hate speech,” a term which does not appear in the Principles. In fact, the language of the document seems to open the doors of the University to all ideas––as it should. It respects “open discourse and robust debate” and at the same time remains “open to a broad range of ideas and opinions” as a way to “create the best conditions for discovering the truth.” Most importantly, it’s not patronizing and it respects the “right of listeners to respond with their own expression, or choose to turn away.”

It’s also eloquent in its commitment to “ennoble the God-given dignity of each person”––wait just a minute, I’m sorry. Scratch that whole part about dignity being “God-given.” Such a reference would alienate members of our community who do not believe in God.

“What?” a concerned friend asked me when I informed him of what had happened.

“Yes,” I said, “the Task Force voted to remove ‘God-given’ from the Guiding Principles before making it an official statement of the largest Catholic University in America. That’s not all. The Task Force also voted to remove the phrase ‘create the best conditions for discovering the truth.’ ‘Truth’ was too ‘strong’ and too ‘offensive’ a word for a free speech document.”

Is that ridiculous to anyone other than me? What could drive such stupidity?

[Task Force members] Manley and Cho told us our Principles were fundamentally invalid because we lacked a diverse racial make-up in membership. Isn’t it important to note the ideological diversity on this Task Force? “No,” Manley said, and pointing to the back of his hand added, “it is about this: skin color.” Cho then highlighted words and phrases in the Principles she considered to be “hegemonic.” Hegemonic phrases allegedly exclude the marginalized and oppressed. Among the highlighted phrases were: “free speech and expression,” “exercise of reason,” “competing arguments,” and “immeasurably enriched by exposure to differing points of view.” According to Cho, free speech should provide “an environment that encourages enfranchising the disenfranchised” and discontinues “the practice of exclusion and marginalization.” According to Cho, “hegemonic free speech” (her term) does the opposite.

Bowing to the Manley and Cho, the Task Force added some new members who met their diversity standard. Our newly assembled Task Force took up the concerns they raised. Not surprisingly, the new members were not only diverse by skin color, they were ideologically in tune with Manley and Cho. The Task Force now agreed that some speech does “threaten the community.” Some speech does silence, because it “wounds” and is “so hurtful.” Some people simply don’t have a voice. And so, students who are offended should be given a special “safe space” where they feel “comfortable” speaking publicly with potential offenders silenced.

Now the Task Force removed the phrase “discovery of the truth,” because the idea that there is “truth” can be harmful and excluding to the oppressed. So can “God-given dignity.” These are “right-wing buzzwords” in any case – at least according to the leftists on the Task Force. Sonia Soltero, a President’s Diversity Council appointee, was baffled by the concept that a university was founded on the pursuit of truth. She had never heard that before. She would rather understand the university as a place for “exploration” and “seeking knowledge.” And one of our new members, Theatre School professor Phyllis Griffin, even went so far as to say that whenever she reads “God-given dignity” she feels the “heavy, historical foot of the Catholic Church on her neck.” Really? At the largest Catholic University in America?

There are more details in the original (go read it), but this is more than enough to make my point. Academia is rife, even rank, with activist “professors” who are more interested in furthering the damnably dangerous and suicidal PC-Leftist agenda than in actually educating.

Do not disagree. Do not debate. Above all, do not offend.

This is not what America was supposed to be about, and it’s absolutely not what I want the wonderful curious mind of my daughter poisoned with.

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