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Promoting Critical Thinking Is Dangerous

What is that feeling you get when you come across a problem you have to solve, fear?  Some think so and will use the lack of discernment by others to push an agenda proven to be detrimental to a country’s well-being. 

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After a legal battle lasting nearly two years, a conservative college professor reprimanded by his school for having “dangerous” views on marriage has won the fight.

The Pacific Justice Institute stated that an arbitrator ruled in favor of Moreno Valley College sociology professor Eric Thompson. According to WND.com the lengthy legal battle entailed a series of depositions and administrative hearings, as well as an arbitration that lasted for several days.

Thompson was reprimanded by the institution several years ago for discussing topics that included marriage, homosexuality, and gender roles with his students.

During the course of his class the professor reportedly “also circulated the film ‘Understanding Same-Sex Attraction’ which suggested homosexuality might be a choice rather than hard-wired,” the institute stated.

According to PJI, the sociology professor introduced conservative thought regarding controversial matters as a way to challenge his students to defend their assumptions.

Numerous students and colleagues viewed the way in which Thompson seemingly endorsed non-liberal beliefs to be a form of “harassment,” come even calling it “dangerous,” PJI mentioned.

“Instead of promoting academic freedom and critical thinking skills, the community college swiftly terminated Thompson’s employment due to the ‘immoral’ nature of his discussions,” said the group.

PJI President Brad Dacus said the “atrocious silencing of this professor, who merely offered a well-balanced presentation of conservative and Bible-based thoughts with prevalent social science teachings, had to be challenged.”

He asked, “How many other voices of reason are being squelched in academic institutions by the far-left?”


Isa 5:17-24
18 Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood,
And sin as if with cart ropes;
19 Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it;
And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near
And come to pass, that we may know it!”
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble
And dry grass collapses into the flame,
So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust;
For they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

How We Can Stop School Shootings

A father talks about the murder of his daughter that day and how to prevent more of the same. Very heart rending. Did you know this girl took 4 bullets, crawled back to the classroom which by then had been locked, covered a freshman to protect her and then took 5 more bullets?  I agree with her Dad.

Normalization and the Demise of our Civilization

Normalization is the process of making some new norm. One generation’s values may not be the same as the next. An adoption process takes place very subtly. Evidence of this creeps into society in various ways. Dictionaries are one way. I came across this interesting difference looking up the word “transition” in a couple of dictionaries. Look at the first 60+ words of each.

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – TRANSITION
Passage from one place or state to another; change; as the transition of the weather form hot to cold. Sudden transitions are sometimes attended with evil effects. The spots are of the same color throughout, there being an immediate transition from white to black.

Google Dictionary 2018 – TRANSITION the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. the process by which a person permanently adopts the outward or physical characteristics of the gender with which they identify, as opposed to those associated with their birth sex. The process may or may not involve measures such as hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.

It will not take one long to find out that Webster’s Dictionary is filled with examples taken from Scripture. I’ve never really paid attention to Google’s bent until now. I wonder how those behind each dictionary would answer the following questions.

  1. Which is more important, sexual freedom or religious freedom?
  2. What is the value system we are trying to build civilization upon now?
  3. Will it work?

Mission – FIRE

Good resource if you are in college and feeling suppressed in mind and spirit.

Quotes:

Mission – FIRE

    • The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
      • FIRE was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate after the overwhelming response to their 1998 book The Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America’s Campuses.

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        Word for the Day: Transcendentals

          • The transcendentals (Latin: transcendentalia) are the properties of being and are connected with three main human abilities; to think, wish and feel. They correspond to three aspects of the human field of interest and are their ideals; science (truth), the arts (beauty) and religion (goodness). Philosophical disciplines that study them are logic, aesthetics and ethics.
          • Jesus of Nazareth alludes to them when he mentions a person’s capacities in mind, soul and heart in the Greatest Commandment. Vices can mislead one towards egoism (might/success), materialism (wealth/money) and hedonism (pleasure/satisfaction). Jesus was tempted by them and rejected them before He started public life.  In Christianity, believers are called to seek virtues of faith, hope and love that relate directly to God who Himself is Truth, Beauty and Goodness.
          • History
          • Parmenides first inquired of the properties co-extensive with being.[2] Socrates, spoken through Plato, then followed (see Form of the Good). However, it is in Aristotle that we first see the term transcendentals used. They were so called as they transcended (ὑπερβαίνειν huperbainein) each of his ten categories.
          • The transcendentals are ontologically one and thus they are convertible: e.g., where there is truth, there is beauty and goodness also.
          • In Christian theology the transcendentals are treated in relation to Theology Proper, the doctrine of God. The transcendentals, according to Christian doctrine, can be described as the ultimate desires of man. Man ultimately strives for perfection, which takes form through the desire for perfect attainment of the transcendentals.

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        John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

        And a reason why some people cannot come to the truth according to Jesus.

        “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.    “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:16-21