Faith Without Action Is Dead!

No matter what or who you place your faith in, without action nothing changes!

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:14-17,26 – NIV)

Most parents in years past have always placed a great deal of faith in America’s school systems and school teachers to educate our children well and to properly prepare them for the challenges of life in an imperfect world.

With the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory curricula taking center stage in many of today’s schools and universities, a real battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children and grandchildren is raging whether we believe it or not!

Many parents are beginning to wake up to this fact and are slowly starting to push back, as well they should. More parents MUST WAKE UP and TAKE ACTION for the sake of their children’s futures!

Hopefully, Dennis Prager’s article below, will begin to open more eyes to what must happen if American schools are going to hear a loud a clear message of the changes parents are demanding.


The Single Best Thing Americans Can Do To Retake America

Rear view of elementary age boy waiting to get on school bus. His classmates are loading the bus in the background.SDI Productions via Getty Images

The most frequent question people pose to me is: What can I/we do to fight back against the nihilistic anti-American destruction of virtually all the country’s major institutions?

There is an answer.

The single best thing Americans can do to counter the left-wing attack on America — against its freedoms, its schools, its families, its children, its governmental institutions, its sports, its news and entertainment media, its medical establishment, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and the military — is to take their children out of America’s schools.

Other than in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the vast majority of America’s elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities teach your child or grandchild almost nothing important; prematurely sexualize them, thereby robbing them of their innocence; and harm them intellectually and morally. They rarely teach them, for example, art or music because they are too busy teaching them race-centered hatred of whites, of America and of America’s values. Sending your child(ren) to most American schools is playing Russian roulette with their values — but unlike the gun in Russian roulette, which has a bullet in only one of its six chambers, the schools’ guns hold four or five bullets.

In many elementary schools, your child is taught that gender is chosen and that there is no difference between boys and girls (in a growing number of schools, the teachers are told not to call their students “boys and girls”); they are taught about masturbation; and many children from first grade on attend “Drag Queen Story Hour,” wherein an obvious man wearing women’s clothing, garish makeup, and a wig entertains them.

Given that all this is well-known, why do any nonleft — meaning, liberal or conservative — parents send their children to an American school?

One reason is they are in denial. Many parents do not want to know what their children are being taught and the consequent damage done to them. They don’t really believe school(s) will ruin their child, let alone their child’s relationship with them.

These parents should speak to any of the millions — yes, millions — of Americans whose children have contempt for America, for free speech and for their parents as a result of attending an American college or even high school. I meet such people at every speech I give, and I speak to them regularly on my radio show. Ask these parents, if they could redo their lives, whether they would keep their child in school.

A second reason is they feel they have no choice. If they remove their child from the local public or private school (most private schools are just as committed to anti-American indoctrination over education as public schools), what will they do with their child? They often cannot find a local school that does not harm their child. They cannot necessarily even rely on Christian or Jewish schools. Most of them are as “woke” as most secular schools. And if they do find a school that teaches rather than poisons, they may not be able to afford the tuition.

The only other option, then, is to home-school one’s child. The problem is that many parents assume this is essentially impossible. For one thing, they assume that one of the parents would have to leave his or her work, which would mean a serious reduction in the family’s income. In addition, home-schooling strikes most people as simply too daunting a task, even if they could afford to take it on.

Neither fear is entirely justified. It is true that, at least at the outset, a working parent may have to cut back from full-time work, and it is true that no matter what the family’s financial condition, there are challenges to taking one’s children out of school and home-schooling them.

But given the low intellectual state of most American schools, the damage they do to young children’s innocence and the anti-American, anti-white, anti-Western indoctrination in most schools, if you are a parent of school-age children, what is your choice?

Other than a) finding a good school that b) you can afford, you have no other choice. You are fooling yourself if you think the odds are that after attending American schools from kindergarten through college (not to mention through graduate school), your child will turn out well-educated, intellectually alive, rational, kind, happy, well-adjusted, grateful to be American, and respectful of you and your values.

While there are some wonderful young Americans who recently attended American schools, and there are some lost souls who were home-schooled, American schools are largely producing the following:

Poorly educated students. Ask your college son or daughter to diagram a sentence; identify Joseph Stalin, “The Gulag Archipelago” or the Soviet Union; name the branches of the American government; identify — or just spell — Beethoven; date the Civil War; identify the Holocaust; and name which sentence is correct — “He gave the book to my friend and me” or, “He gave the book to my friend and I.”

Angry young people. Why wouldn’t they be? First, they graduate college with a huge load of debt, having received almost nothing useful for their money. Second, if they are anything other than a white heterosexual Christian male, they have been taught to regard themselves as victims of oppression. Third, their future is so bleak they may not even have one: They are threatened with extinction by climate change.

The single best thing Americans can do to fight the left-wing destruction of the country is to withdraw from the “educational” system that is actively, deliberately miseducating them by the tens of millions. If millions of American parents did so, the country would turn around as fast as you could say “teachers unions.” If they don’t, their children will continue being used as guinea pigs in the Left’s sick and dystopian experiment.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.


I’ll close with a quote from Albert Einstein that should send chills down all of our spines: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

What God Has In Mind For The Future Of Israel And Its Enemies

Picking up where I ended with my last post, A News Flash For The World: Israel Will NEVER Be Defeated, here is what we know and can expect based on the Truth of God’s Word in the Holy Bible.


The Future Of Israel’s Enemies and All Non-Christians: Eternal Pain and Suffering

“They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14,16)

“Armageddon” is a transliteration of the Hebrew for “mount of Megiddo. In ancient Israel, Megiddo was a key city overlooking a major travel route between the great kingdoms of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Huge armies could assemble in the neighboring Plain of Esdraelon. Thus it is a fitting name of the location for the climactic end times battle between Israel and all the nations who will gather together against her to annihilate Israel once and for all!

I had the privilege of visiting Israel for ten days in 1997. One of our many stops was in Megiddo and I can tell you it is the perfect place for huge armies to assemble for that final battle between the forces of good and evil!

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16:17-21)

And I (the Apostle John) saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city (Jerusalem) He loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:1-3,7-10)

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

The Future Of Israel and All Christians: Eternal Life With a New Heaven and New Earth

Then I (the Apostle John) saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” (Revelation 21:1-4)

This is extremely GREAT news for Israel and all Christians! Consequently, it is horrifically bad news for Israel’s enemies and the enemies of Christianity!

No one knows how long God’s Holy Land of Israel and all Christians around the world will have to endure persecution and death at the hands of evil forces. However, the one thing we absolutely know for sure is in the end, WE WIN! “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 15:57)


I’ll end with these words of biblical wisdom for all who care to seriously consider your eternal future: “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

A News Flash For The World: Israel Will NEVER Be Defeated!

In light of the Israeli-Palestinian/Hamas conflict we have been witnessing over the past few weeks, and the fact that a number of the followers of this blog have been reviewing a couple of blogs I posted almost two years ago, I felt it necessary and timely to re-post for those who may  have missed my original post.


If it’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way over the years, it’s NEVER say NEVER! However, I’ve also learned the hard way in some instances, that when God speaks through His Holy Word in the Bible, He means it and it will come to pass. So when God makes a promise, it can NEVER be broken!

God’s Chosen Land For His Chosen People

“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; . . . He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), and they arrived there. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land. . .'” (Genesis 12:1-7)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, ‘As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’

God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.’

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael (father of the Arab nations) might live under Your blessing!’

Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.’” (Genesis 17:1-21)

“Therefore, (Moses) say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as My own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’ ” (Exodus 6:6-8)

On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into Canaan (modern-day Israel), drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. . . Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’ ” (Numbers 33:50-56)

Unfortunately, Israel did not drive out all the inhabitants of Caanan (modern-day Israel) as God had commanded them to do and to this very day the Arab Muslim nations living in and around Israel continue to be barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides!

God’s Blessing to Jacob (Israel) Through His Father, Isaac:

“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you (Jacob and his descendants – the nation of Israel) and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” (Genesis 27:28,29)

God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So He named him Israel.” (Genesis 35:10)

God’s Blessing to Esau (the Arab Nations) Through His Father, Isaac:

“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You (Esau and his descendants – the Arab nations) will live by the sword and you will serve your brother (Jacob and his descendants – Israel). But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” (Genesis 27:40)

God’s Reminder To His Chosen People

“‘When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following Me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. . . For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.

The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. But those who hate Him He will repay to their face by destruction; He will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate Him.'” (Deuteronomy 7:1-10)

God’s Hand Of Protection On Israel

Throughout Israel’s long history, tensions between Jews and Arab Muslims have existed. Since Muslims do not, or will not, acknowledge the Sovereign God of the Holy Bible, the complex hostility between the two groups dates all the way back to ancient times when they both populated the area and deemed it holy.

In May 1948, Israel was officially declared an independent state. While this historic event seemed to be a victory for Jews, it also marked the beginning of more violence with the Arabs.

Since Israel’s independence in 1948, numerous wars and acts of violence between Arabs and Jews have ensued. Israel’s enemies have tried every terrorist tactic possible and God has always been faithful to protect His chosen people and the land He gave them thousands of years ago. And, over the course of the many wars waged against Israel, God has chosen to minimize Israel’s casualties in comparison to the lives lost by enemy forces.

Here are just two examples of the despicable tactics Israel’s enemies have used and the final outcome of those wars:

  • Six-Day War: In what started as a surprise attack, Israel in 1967 defeated Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq in just six days. The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,010,000 while Israel had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 18,000 lives while Israel lost 776 lives.
  • Yom Kippur War: Hoping to catch the Israeli army off guard, in 1973 Egypt and Syria launched air strikes against Israel on their holiest of Holy Days, Yom Kippur. Another despicable “surprise” attack that didn’t surprise God’s chosen people! The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,210,000 while Israel again had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 19,000 lives while Israel lost 2688 lives.

God’s Hand of protection has always been on Israel and it will always be that way!

Israel’s Enemies Are Fighting A Losing Battle

Why are Israel’s enemies fighting a losing battle? Because they are either blind to the truth, or more than likely, they are choosing to ignore the truth!

I believe they are both blind to the truth and are choosing to ignore the historical truth that is clearly documented by Moses in the first five books (Torah) of the Holy Bible.

Don’t kid yourself, the enemies of Israel know full well what is written in the Bible about Israel and the “promised land” God clearly gave to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants thousands of years ago. A land that was not their own, but a land that was promised to them by the One who owns it all! A promise that will NEVER be broken, reversed or overridden by human hands or war machines.


I’ll re-post part two of this discussion next week. See you then for more Wisdom Matters!

This Is No Way To Foster Racial Reconciliation!

If you care about what our children and grandchildren are being taught in many public schools nationwide, the article below is a MUST READ!


Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It

Christopher F. Rufo
Founder and Director, Battlefront


Christopher F. Rufo is founder and director of Battlefront, a public policy research center. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and a former Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. As executive director at the Documentary Foundation, he has directed four films for PBS, including most recently America Lost, which explores life in Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California. He is also a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers topics including critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, and crime.


The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on March 30, 2021.

Critical race theory is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy. Yet most Americans have never heard of it—and of those who have, many don’t understand it. It’s time for this to change. We need to know what it is so we can know how to fight it.

In explaining critical race theory, it helps to begin with a brief history of Marxism. Originally, the Marxist Left built its political program on the theory of class conflict. Marx believed that the primary characteristic of industrial societies was the imbalance of power between capitalists and workers. The solution to that imbalance, according to Marx, was revolution: the workers would eventually gain consciousness of their plight, seize the means of production, overthrow the capitalist class, and usher in a new socialist society.

During the 20th century, a number of regimes underwent Marxist-style revolutions, and each ended in disaster. Socialist governments in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Cuba, and elsewhere racked up a body count of nearly 100 million of their own people. They are remembered for their gulags, show trials, executions, and mass starvations. In practice, Marx’s ideas unleashed man’s darkest brutalities.

By the mid-1960s, Marxist intellectuals in the West had begun to acknowledge these failures. They recoiled at revelations of Soviet atrocities and came to realize that workers’ revolutions would never occur in Western Europe or the United States, where there were large middle classes and rapidly improving standards of living. Americans in particular had never developed a sense of class consciousness or class division. Most Americans believed in the American dream—the idea that they could transcend their origins through education, hard work, and good citizenship.

But rather than abandon their Leftist political project, Marxist scholars in the West simply adapted their revolutionary theory to the social and racial unrest of the 1960s. Abandoning Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers, they substituted race for class and sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories.

Fortunately, the early proponents of this revolutionary coalition in the U.S. lost out in the 1960s to the civil rights movement, which sought instead the fulfillment of the American promise of freedom and equality under the law. Americans preferred the idea of improving their country to that of overthrowing it. The vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., President Johnson’s pursuit of the Great Society, and the restoration of law and order promised by President Nixon in his 1968 campaign defined the post-1960s American political consensus.

But the radical Left has proved resilient and enduring—which is where critical race theory comes in.

WHAT IT IS

Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade it has increasingly become the default ideology in our public institutions. It has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the form of diversity training programs, human resources modules, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.

There are a series of euphemisms deployed by its supporters to describe critical race theory, including “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion,” and “culturally responsive teaching.” Critical race theorists, masters of language construction, realize that “neo-Marxism” would be a hard sell. Equity, on the other hand, sounds non-threatening and is easily confused with the American principle of equality. But the distinction is vast and important. Indeed, equality—the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War, and codified into law with the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965—is explicitly rejected by critical race theorists. To them, equality represents “mere nondiscrimination” and provides “camouflage” for white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression.

In contrast to equality, equity as defined and promoted by critical race theorists is little more than reformulated Marxism. In the name of equity, UCLA Law Professor and critical race theorist Cheryl Harris has proposed suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth and redistributing them along racial lines. Critical race guru Ibram X. Kendi, who directs the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, has proposed the creation of a federal Department of Antiracism. This department would be independent of (i.e., unaccountable to) the elected branches of government, and would have the power to nullify, veto, or abolish any law at any level of government and curtail the speech of political leaders and others who are deemed insufficiently “antiracist.”

One practical result of the creation of such a department would be the overthrow of capitalism, since according to Kendi, “In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist.” In other words, identity is the means and Marxism is the end.

An equity-based form of government would mean the end not only of private property, but also of individual rights, equality under the law, federalism, and freedom of speech. These would be replaced by race-based redistribution of wealth, group-based rights, active discrimination, and omnipotent bureaucratic authority. Historically, the accusation of “anti-Americanism” has been overused. But in this case, it’s not a matter of interpretation—critical race theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution.

HOW IT WORKS

What does critical race theory look like in practice? Last year, I authored a series of reports focused on critical race theory in the federal government. The FBI was holding workshops on intersectionality theory. The Department of Homeland Security was telling white employees they were committing “microinequities” and had been “socialized into oppressor roles.” The Treasury Department held a training session telling staff members that “virtually all white people contribute to racism” and that they must convert “everyone in the federal government” to the ideology of “antiracism.” And the Sandia National Laboratories, which designs America’s nuclear arsenal, sent white male executives to a three-day reeducation camp, where they were told that “white male culture” was analogous to the “KKK,” “white supremacists,” and “mass killings.” The executives were then forced to renounce their “white male privilege” and write letters of apology to fictitious women and people of color.

This year, I produced another series of reports focused on critical race theory in education. In Cupertino, California, an elementary school forced first-graders to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, and rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” In Springfield, Missouri, a middle school forced teachers to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix,” based on the idea that straight, white, English-speaking, Christian males are members of the oppressor class and must atone for their privilege and “covert white supremacy.” In Philadelphia, an elementary school forced fifth-graders to celebrate “Black communism” and simulate a Black Power rally to free 1960s radical Angela Davis from prison, where she had once been held on charges of murder. And in Seattle, the school district told white teachers that they are guilty of “spirit murder” against black children and must “bankrupt [their] privilege in acknowledgement of [their] thieved inheritance.”

I’m just one investigative journalist, but I’ve developed a database of more than 1,000 of these stories. When I say that critical race theory is becoming the operating ideology of our public institutions, it is not an exaggeration—from the universities to bureaucracies to k-12 school systems, critical race theory has permeated the collective intelligence and decision-making process of American government, with no sign of slowing down.

This is a revolutionary change. When originally established, these government institutions were presented as neutral, technocratic, and oriented towards broadly-held perceptions of the public good. Today, under the increasing sway of critical race theory and related ideologies, they are being turned against the American people. This isn’t limited to the permanent bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., but is true as well of institutions in the states, even in red states, and it is spreading to county public health departments, small Midwestern school districts, and more. This ideology will not stop until it has devoured all of our institutions.

FUTILE RESISTANCE

Thus far, attempts to halt the encroachment of critical race theory have been ineffective. There are a number of reasons for this.

First, too many Americans have developed an acute fear of speaking up about social and political issues, especially those involving race. According to a recent Gallup poll, 77 percent of conservatives are afraid to share their political beliefs publicly. Worried about getting mobbed on social media, fired from their jobs, or worse, they remain quiet, largely ceding the public debate to those pushing these anti-American ideologies. Consequently, the institutions themselves become monocultures: dogmatic, suspicious, and hostile to a diversity of opinion. Conservatives in both the federal government and public school systems have told me that their “equity and inclusion” departments serve as political offices, searching for and stamping out any dissent from the official orthodoxy.

Second, critical race theorists have constructed their argument like a mousetrap. Disagreement with their program becomes irrefutable evidence of a dissenter’s “white fragility,” “unconscious bias,” or “internalized white supremacy.” I’ve seen this projection of false consciousness on their opponents play out dozens of times in my reporting. Diversity trainers will make an outrageous claim—such as “all whites are intrinsically oppressors” or “white teachers are guilty of spirit murdering black children”—and then when confronted with disagreement, they adopt a patronizing tone and explain that participants who feel “defensiveness” or “anger” are reacting out of guilt and shame. Dissenters are instructed to remain silent, “lean into the discomfort,” and accept their “complicity in white supremacy.”

Third, Americans across the political spectrum have failed to separate the premise of critical race theory from its conclusion. Its premise—that American history includes slavery and other injustices, and that we should examine and learn from that history—is undeniable. But its revolutionary conclusion—that America was founded on and defined by racism and that our founding principles, our Constitution, and our way of life should be overthrown—does not rightly, much less necessarily, follow.

Fourth and finally, the writers and activists who have had the courage to speak out against critical race theory have tended to address it on the theoretical level, pointing out the theory’s logical contradictions and dishonest account of history. These criticisms are worthy and good, but they move the debate into the academic realm, which is friendly terrain for proponents of critical race theory. They fail to force defenders of this revolutionary ideology to defend the practical consequences of their ideas in the realm of politics.

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

No longer simply an academic matter, critical race theory has become a tool of political power. To borrow a phrase from the Marxist theoretician Antonio Gramsci, it is fast achieving “cultural hegemony” in America’s public institutions. More and more, it is driving the vast machinery of the state and society. If we want to succeed in opposing it, we must address it politically at every level.

Critical race theorists must be confronted with and forced to speak to the facts. Do they support public schools separating first-graders into groups of “oppressors” and “oppressed”? Do they support mandatory curricula teaching that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism”? Do they support public schools instructing white parents to become “white traitors” and advocate for “white abolition”? Do they want those who work in government to be required to undergo this kind of reeducation? How about managers and workers in corporate America? How about the men and women in our military? How about every one of us?

There are three parts to a successful strategy to defeat the forces of critical race theory: governmental action, grassroots mobilization, and an appeal to principle.

We already see examples of governmental action. Last year, one of my reports led President Trump to issue an executive order banning critical race theory-based training programs in the federal government. President Biden rescinded this order on his first day in office, but it provides a model for governors and municipal leaders to follow. This year, several state legislatures have introduced bills to achieve the same goal: preventing public institutions from conducting programs that stereotype, scapegoat, or demean people on the basis of race. And I have organized a coalition of attorneys to file lawsuits against schools and government agencies that impose critical race theory-based programs on grounds of the First Amendment (which protects citizens from compelled speech), the Fourteenth Amendment (which provides equal protection under the law), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race).

On the grassroots level, a multiracial and bipartisan coalition is emerging to do battle against critical race theory. Parents are mobilizing against racially divisive curricula in public schools and employees are increasingly speaking out against Orwellian reeducation in the workplace. When they see what is happening, Americans are naturally outraged that critical race theory promotes three ideas—race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation—which violate the basic principles of equality and justice. Anecdotally, many Chinese-Americans have told me that having survived the Cultural Revolution in their former country, they refuse to let the same thing happen here. 

In terms of principles, we need to employ our own moral language rather than allow ourselves to be confined by the categories of critical race theory. For example, we often find ourselves debating “diversity.” Diversity as most of us understand it is generally good, all things being equal, but it is of secondary value. We should be talking about and aiming at excellence, a common standard that challenges people of all backgrounds to achieve their potential. On the scale of desirable ends, excellence beats diversity every time.

Similarly, in addition to pointing out the dishonesty of the historical narrative on which critical race theory is predicated, we must promote the true story of America—a story that is honest about injustices in American history, but that places them in the context of our nation’s high ideals and the progress we have made towards realizing them. Genuine American history is rich with stories of achievements and sacrifices that will move the hearts of Americans—in stark contrast to the grim and pessimistic narrative pressed by critical race theorists.

Above all, we must have courage—the fundamental virtue required in our time. Courage to stand and speak the truth. Courage to withstand epithets. Courage to face the mob. Courage to shrug off the scorn of the elites. When enough of us overcome the fear that currently prevents so many from speaking out, the hold of critical race theory will begin to slip. And courage begets courage. It’s easy to stop a lone dissenter; it’s much harder to stop 10, 20, 100, 1,000, 1,000,000, or more who stand up together for the principles of America.

Truth and justice are on our side. If we can muster the courage, we will win.


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

America Is At A Crossroads!

The article below by Dennis Prager is both very timely, and very critical for gaining a better understanding of the values America was founded on and where America is heading if God-fearing Americans don’t continue to speak up and push back against those who want a different set of values for America, Godless values!


The American Civil War Is Over Judeo-Christian Values

A man reads scripture from the Bible as members of the public wait in line to view the casket of Christian evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham as he lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Conservatives often speak of Judeo-Christian values and how the current civil war in the United States and the rest of the West is essentially a battle between those values and the Left, which rejects Judeo-Christian values.

They are right.

But they rarely explain what Judeo-Christian values are. Yet, without an explanation, mentioning Judeo-Christian values is useless.

So, let me do that now.

First, a word about the term. Some Jews and Christians find the term confusing, if not objectionable, since Judaism and Christianity have different theologies. But no one speaks of Judeo-Christian theology, only of Judeo-Christian values.

Judeo-Christian values are essentially another term for biblical values. Judaism and Christianity are both based on the Old Testament — its God, its Ten Commandments, its admonition to love one’s neighbor as oneself, to love God, to lead a holy life, etc. Christians also believe in the New Testament, but only an opponent of Christianity would argue that the New Testament negates the values of the Old.

Here they are:

1. Objective moral standards come from God. As I have written and spoken about in a PragerU video and elsewhere, if there is no God who declares murder wrong, murder can be subjectively wrong, but not objectively wrong. So, while there can certainly be nonbelievers who hold murder, stealing, and other actions wrong, without God, those are opinions, not moral facts. Without the God of the Bible, there are no moral facts.

2. God judges our behavior, and we are therefore accountable to God for our behavior. Outside of a religious worldview, there is no higher being to whom we are morally accountable.

3. Just as morality derives from God, so do rights. All men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” declares the Declaration of Independence.

4. The human being is uniquely precious. While the Bible repeatedly forbids cruel behavior to animals (cutting or tearing off the limb of a living animal to eat it as a means of preserving the rest of the animal, not allowing an animal a day of rest, not allowing an animal to eat while working in the field), only human beings are created in God’s image.

5. The world is based on a divine order, meaning divinely ordained distinctions. Among these divine distinctions are: God and man, man and woman, human and animal, good and evil, and nature and God.

6. Human beings are not basically good. Therefore, the most important moral endeavor is making good people. Religious Jews and Christians understand that the greatest battle in life is with one’s nature. For the opponents of Judeo-Christian values, the greatest moral battle is not with one’s nature; it is with society (specifically, American society).

7. Precisely because we are not basically good, we must not trust our hearts to lead us to proper behavior. The road to hell is paved with good hearts. Feelings make us human, but they cannot direct our lives. This alone divides the Bible-based from those on the Left.

8. All human beings are created in God’s image. Therefore, race is of no significance. We all emanate from Adam and Eve, whose race is never mentioned. That many religious people held racist views only testifies to the almost infinite ability of people to distort what is good.

9. Fear God, not man. Fear of God is a foundation of morality. In the Book of Exodus, Egyptian midwives were ordered by the Pharaoh to kill all newborn Hebrew boys. They disobeyed the divine king of Egypt. Why? Because “the midwives feared God.” In America today, more people fear the print, electronic, and social media than fear God.

10. Human beings have free will. In the secular world, there is no free will because all human behavior is attributed to genes and environment. Only a religious worldview, which posits the existence of a divine soul — something independent of genes and environment — allows for free will.

11. Liberty. America was founded on the belief that God wants us to be free. On the Liberty Bell is inscribed just one thing (aside from the name of the company that manufactured the bell). It is a verse from the Bible: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” The current assaults on personal liberty — unprecedented in American history — emanate from those who reject the Bible as their moral guide (including more than a few Jews and Christians who have joined the assault, having been indoctrinated with anti-religious views in high school and college).

When Judeo-Christian principles are abandoned, evil eventually ensues. One doesn’t have to be a believer to acknowledge this. Many secular conservatives recognize that the end of religion in the West leads to moral chaos — which is exactly what we are witnessing today and exactly what we witnessed in Europe last century. When Christianity died in Europe, we got communism, fascism, and Nazism.

What will we get in America if Christianity and Judeo-Christian values die?


I believe any common sense-thinker already knows the answer to Prager’s last question!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

A Palm Sunday Lesson

It’s Time To Refocus!

What can we learn from the historical account of the first Palm Sunday celebration found in the Holy Bible that took place over 2000 years ago?

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the entire world upside down and instilled various degrees of fear in most everyone. Additionally, it didn’t help that there were all kinds of mandates and commands that seemed to conflict with each other in many instances. It seemed like we never knew who or what to believe or trust!

Next, here in the U.S.A., we had a controversial presidential election that tarnished the trust in our electoral process for tens of millions of voters .

Through all of this turmoil going on, and like the Hebrews living during Jesus’ time on earth, I think it’s fair to say that conservatives, and especially Christians all around the world, are feeling a great deal of mistrust and persecution these days as well.

If we aren’t careful, like the Hebrews in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, our natural tendency will be to look and hope for someone to come on the scene and save us from all our trials and tribulations.


The Triumphal Entry Of Jesus

When He (Jesus) had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. (Luke 19:28-35)

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12,13)


The ancient Hebrews, instructed by the prophets, had clear notions of the Messiah (God’s Anointed One who would be their King and Savior); but these notions became gradually depraved, so that when Jesus appeared in Judea, the Jews entertained a false conception of the Messiah, expecting a temporal monarch and conqueror, a King who would remove the Roman yoke on the world once and for all. Hence they were appalled at the outward appearance, the humility, and seeming weakness of our Savior.

They were looking for a natural common sense solution and totally missed the fact that God had sent a supernatural eternal solution to  those who would believe and put their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

May we too, who have a tendency to put our faith in what imperfect men and women can do to save us from our problems and persecutions, remember to keep our focus on and put our faith in the only One who can save us and offer us eternal life. To God be the glory!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

“Cancel Culture” Done The Right Way!

You Now Have The Power To Skip The Unacceptable In Movies And TV!

By now most everyone has heard of “Cancel Culture”, and sadly, some have personally experienced the reality of being cancelled simply for speaking or posting an opposing point of view.

From the censorship of books online and in bookstores, to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and others closing accounts on individuals whose content they don’t agree with, to the main stream media doing the same and worse by either ignoring news-worthy stories, or flat out not telling the truth!

It’s not only a distortion of our constitutional rights but it’s flat out criminal to deny any American their right to freedom of speech! When the so-called “Fact Checkers” decide to play God, a BIG red line has been crossed.

My daughter and her husband introduced my wife and I to a new outlet for viewing quality TV and movies on our terms without trampling on the freedom of speech of others.

Below is the story of some brothers from Idaho who are doing “Cancel Culture” the right way, without attempting to deny others their right to the freedom of speech or harming those they disagree with.

Here is their story in a message to their followers:


Friends of VidAngel,

Shortly after the founding of America, John Quincy Adams truthfully quipped, “Whoever tells the best story wins.”

In the early 1900s, a small group of filmmakers, frustrated at the oppressive restrictions imposed by the then movie cartel, fled West and started making movies in Hollywood, California. They were sued and pushed out of the mainstream movie business.

The creators voted with their feet and left New Jersey for California.

They then made a hundred years of movies that helped the world navigate the great depression, two world wars, the civil rights movement, and more. Hollywood not only captured our hearts and imaginations, it shaped how we saw ourselves and what we consider right and wrong. It has become the #1 export of the world’s largest economy. We are grateful for much of what those pioneers created.

Most people don’t even know the movie business ever resided in New Jersey because Hollywood won in telling the best story. They locked down production, distribution, and copyright so you had to come through their door to reach the audience. But the best story to the Hollywood elite and best story to normal people, in their homes, slowly drifted apart.

One hundred years later, a family of Idaho farm boys protested what Hollywood has become by making a video about the decline of values in content published by Hollywood and launching a new service, VidAngel.

Those like us thought to solve the problem with a bandaid: skipping the offensive Hollywood bits in our homes. As a community, we used CleanFlicks and a dozen other companies who were sued out of existence.

We brothers started VidAngel to solve the problem for streaming, believing we could attract an audience who wanted better stories for their homes. We tried every way we could conceive to pay Hollywood: Chromecast, YouTube, Google Play, DVDs, Streaming, and DVR.

We were shut down, pulled, rejected, sued, treated like pirates, and even opposed in bankruptcy. What was our crime in trying to figure out how to pay Hollywood while giving the individual homes the ability to skip stuff they found offensive?

When we lost the lawsuit in Los Angeles, we even tried to pay off the entire judgment with interest. “Not so fast,” said the studios. They didn’t want to be paid. They wanted control.

The studios know, like Adams, that: “Whoever tells the best story wins.” And they want complete control of how their story is told.

Faced with continuing the legal battle to the supreme court or settling with the studios, we recently held a vote with the 8,000 homes who invested in VidAngel, and in a landslide we investors decided it’s time to tell a better story.

We are done trying to make money for studios who abhor that we’re doing it. Those who mock us for doing it. Those who sue us for doing it. Talk about a lose-lose proposition.

Instead, we, meaning you and I, are going to tell the best story. And as we do, we win.

Case in point, since the launch of The Chosen last November, season 1 has over 8 million app downloads in more than 180 countries and 50 languages. With 55 million views and counting, it’s a phenomenal success and by season seven, we believe we’ll reach over a billion people with its message.

For its audience (19,000 of whom funded season one), The Chosen is the best story. There are many more best stories to be told for countless communities who are underserved by the Hollywood elite.

We believe these principles, which we’ve followed to make The Chosen, will continue to produce the best stories for their audiences over time:

  1. Audiences choose the best story. The crowd will pick winners more often than the elites in Hollywood. The audience is far more important than the executive producer. If the crowd funds the story, it should be made.
  2. You should interact with the creators. When the creators have a direct connection with the audience, they will tell the best stories for their audience.
  3. Feedback loops > Rules based systems. MPAA ratings and Disney mandated standards are yesterday’s system of accountability. Data from skips (applied by individual homes) give the creators the information they need to make the best stories.

We know, like Adams, that “Whoever tells the best story wins.”

A little imagination went a long way for Roy and Walt’s little company, Disney Brothers (later Disney). How far can it go for over 8,000 homes backing a few farm boys from Idaho and the creators of the future?

Be part of a story that matters:

  1. Back stories you want made by investing.
  2. Support creators you want to see more from by paying it forward.

And may the best stories win!

Sincerely,

Neal and Jeffrey Harmon, VidAngel Co-founders


Just a side note: If you are looking for a life-changing movie you can watch with your children and/or grandchildren without the fear of hearing inappropriate language, or viewing inappropriate scenes, I highly recommend The Chosen.

The best filming and acting I’ve witnessed in a long, long time, and in my humble opinion, still the greatest story ever told!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

AMERICA . . . WAKE UP!

America Needs More Concerned Citizens With The Courage To Boldly Speak Up In Defense Of Our Judeo-Christian Values!

The heartfelt message below was sent to me by one of my high school classmates who is very concerned about the direction America is heading under the Biden/Harris administration, and I was given permission to share it.

I would also like to unashamedly acknowledge that we are both Christians. We are imperfect sinners just like everyone else living in this broken imperfect sinful world.

I say this upfront because as you read the message, and information I’ve inserted below, it would be absolutely wrong to conclude it is a message spewing hate at a specific people group, namely the LBGTQ community, including the elected officials who have just voted to pass a bill in the House of Representatives named H.R.5, the “Equality Act”.

As Christians we are taught and commanded to hate sin of any kind, just as Jesus did, but not to hate the sinner because we all fall short of God’s perfect standards and are in desperate need of a Savior. Jesus also commanded us to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and that’s exactly what we endeavor to do every day in spite of our differences.


This is CRITICAL information for every parent and citizen of the United States to know. I hope that you will read this, or listen to the message, which you can do by scrolling down the page to the video link.

The message is from Dutch Sheets, a pastor in South Carolina. If you believe in religious rights and freedoms as defined in the FIRST AMENDMENT of our Constitution, I hope you will be moved to call your Senators and send this message on to others.

This is a very critical time in our nation. The text and video are about the “Equality Act” that the extreme left is trying to pass. In fact, it has already passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate. This bill, if passed into law, will alter all of our lives, and more importantly, the lives of our children and grandchildren for years to come. It is NOT about being “kinder” and “more tolerant”. The agenda they are trying to push is about dramatic change that continues to erode our constitutionally protected religious rights as well as our freedom of speech.

Again, this is not being pushed by moderate Democrats, although many of them will most likely “go along” if we don’t speak up because of the pressure mounting on them by the extremists in their party.

The reality is this is a new Democratic Party led by the extreme left who are not really just “liberals” anymore. They want to override all that this country stands for and the values our constitution was founded upon. The reality, whether we want to believe it or not, is that we are on our way to all of the “isms” we have heard mentioned and that dominate countries that we would consider adversaries.

Please read and think about what this is going to mean to our families, our children, and our grandchildren as they grow up. This will be a much different place to live, and will cause even more CONTROLS to be placed on our lives, and our freedoms.

If you disagree with me, I still urge you to read/view the link below and follow up with more investigation. Our faith-based rights to stand on biblical principles will no longer be held up in our churches, schools, or in our courts.

Jesus loves all people, but that does not mean He loves every action and every ‘belief’ or ‘feeling’ we may want to grab hold of. When someone was wrong Jesus did not hesitate to point that out, even to the most religious, the Pharisees, who were eroding the biblical teachings with their own set of commandments. That is exactly what some in our government are trying to do right now by pushing very immoral behavior on all of us as a moral “right”. It is NOT!

I have certainly learned, through my own mistakes, the necessity of building my belief system on the Word of God, NOT the word of man. Men are fallible, God’s Word is infallible (incapable of error), and many would lead us in directions for the sake of their own greed, power, and agendas.

These days we have to search for TRUTH because it is certainly not broadcast on the venues that are most accepted. This is pretty evident as we watch the attempts to crush and eliminate voices expressing their first amendment rights with a different point of view.

Again, I hope you will take the time to read or listen to this message or turn to the additional sites that are mentioned (Intercessors for America and FRC Action) for more information.  Then, if you are so moved, please pass this information on as a concerned parent and citizen.  If you disagree, I welcome discussion.

Please read and/or listen to Pastor Sheets’ message HERE.


Additionally, John Stonestreet, who writes on BreakPoint for the Colson Center, gave a concise and breathtaking overview of H.R.5:

“To be clear, you should only care about the Equality Act if you are a Christian, or a person of faith, or a woman, or own a business, or run a non-profit, or go to school, or teach at a school, or if you are a medical or mental-health professional, or (especially) if you are a female athlete, or under the age of 18, or ever use a public restroom. That’s not an exaggeration. In fact, here is the exact wording from the Equality Act:

‘An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.’

This applies to . . .

‘any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care,accounting or legal services,” along with any organization that receives any federal funding.’

As Ryan Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center described in an op ed this week:

‘Medical doctors, secular and religious, whose expert judgment is that sex-reassignment procedures are misguided would now run afoul of our civil-rights laws. If you perform a mastectomy in the case of breast cancer, you will have to perform one on the teenage girl identifying as a boy. All in the name of equality.’

Shelters for battered women would be forced to admit biological males. Prisons would not be able to protect female inmates from predatory males who claim to be females. Biological males will be given the opportunities, scholarships, and championships of female athletes.

It’s not clear that women’s sports would survive. More religious adoption and foster-care agencies would be forced to compromise their convictions about marriage and the family or shut down. School bathrooms and locker rooms would be open to both sexes.

In addition to these effects, the Equality Act would bring with it three broad, sweeping changes. First, specific conscience protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which have long been legal priorities, would be circumvented in cases deemed discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Effectively, conscience rights considered religiously-based would be tossed aside.

Second, anyone who affirms the biological reality of the sexes would be, in law, relegated to the same status as the racists whose oppression of African Americans made the 1964 Civil Rights Act necessary.

Finally, The Equality Act would have a dramatic impact on education, public or private. According to a new coalition called Promise to America’s Children, a coalition I’m proud to be a part of, the Equality Act greases the skids for even more graphic curricula “about sex, abortion, and politicized ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity ideology . . .” Not only that, but as federal legislation, this would affect every state, not just progressive ones, “overriding efforts by concerned parents and community members at the local level.”

It’s not over, however. The Equality Act still faces significant obstacles in the Senate. Here are three things you can do:

  • Contact your Representatives and your Senators and let them know to oppose the Equality Act.
  • Share widely the resources and articles on the Equality Act found at BreakPoint.org.
  • Go to promisetoamericaschildren.org and sign the statement committing to prioritize children’s rights over adult happiness and share the resources found there with your pastor, church, and community.”

I totally agree that we need more conservatives, and especially Christians, speaking with the boldness and courage to push back against those who roam around like roaring lions seeking to devour and destroy all that is good and righteous in God’s eyes. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8,9). “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I also believe every church that stands on the Word of God should pray Pastor Sheets’ prayer corporately during every worship service until H.R.5 is defeated. Then, continue to pray unceasingly for the leadership of our nation, and for God’s grace and mercy on this great nation He has so richly blessed since its founding.

May all who view the Word of God (the Holy Bible) as absolute infallible Truth continue to stand strong in our Lord remembering to “not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21) so one day, like the Apostle Paul, all Christians can say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

God’s perfect will be done through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, AMEN!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

PARENTS . . . WAKE UP!

We Are In A War For The Minds Of Our Children!

Whether you are conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between, when the final answer to 2+2 doesn’t equal 4 anymore, something has seriously gone wrong somewhere!

The information below, which I can’t take credit for writing, gives us a sneak preview into the new math curriculum the state of Oregon is rolling out which, truth be known, isn’t really about racism and white supremacy at all.

This is a convenient, indefensible, and covert smoke screen for the continued indoctrination of our children in many of our public schools blatantly working to rewrite history every way possible (the 1619 Project, etc.) and to control the minds of our youth with an undeniable communist agenda!

Coming To A School Near You?


The state of Oregon is encouraging teachers to take a course called “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction” in which teachers are encouraged to “come up with at least two answers” that might solve a math problem.

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Making math explicitly racist, one student at a time:

Oregon warns math is racist, promotes program for teachers to dismantle its “white supremacy”

Oregon’s Department of Education sent out an online pamphlet last week advertising a new course designed for teachers entitled, “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” with a section focused on removing racism from math.

https://disrn.com/news/oregon-promotes-a-pathway-to-equitable-math-instruction-pamphlet-with-section-on-dismantling-racism-in-math

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This “micro-course” is being promoted to Oregon middle-school teachers as a way to “dismantle racism in mathematics instruction,” and “the toxic characteristics of white supremacy,” which may sound awful, and it is, and I’ll get to that in great detail in a moment, but there’s something else going on here that is getting lost in the hot takes and insta-outrage you typically see.

If you dig down into the course (it is available), you find something really interesting:

But for the first unit, or “Stride” as they put it, it’s not particularly objectionable.

There are five Strides in all. The latter four, “Stride 2: Fostering Deep Understanding,” “Stride 3: Creating Conditions to Thrive,” “Stride 4: Connecting Critical Intersections,” and “Stride 5: Sustaining Equitable Practice,” are, with the exception of the last one, pretty run-of-the-mill explanations of various teaching strategies as applied to the instruction of mathematics.

In Stride 2, the words “race,” “racism,” “ethnic,” “ethnicity,” and “supremacy” don’t appear once, it’s just basic learning strategies.

In Stride 3, the word “race,” appears three times, “racism,” none, “ethnic,” twice, “ethnicity” twice, and “supremacy,” none.

The discussion of race and ethnicity are pretty vanilla notions that people’s sense of belonging can be a product of their group identity that can be defined by, among other things, race and ethnicity. While I don’t like group identities, particularly defined by immutable characteristics, it’s pretty benign by today’s standards. The other mentions of race and ethnicity appear in this quote:

“The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program defines educational equity as every student having access to full and equal opportunity to succeed in life. To achieve this outcome, all students deserve access to the right resources, academic rigor, and rich opportunities to develop their agency and identity, all of which are essential to prepare for college and career—irrespective of their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, tribal status, language, nationality/immigration status, disability, family background, or family income.” —Aspen Institute

Well, that’s pretty refreshing. Yes, to all of that.

In Stride 4, the word “race,” appears 0 times, “racism” twice, “ethnic” 0, “ethnicity” once, and “supremacy” once.

This unit dips its toe into wokism, but the references to “racism” (including “systemic racism,” “ethnicity,” and “supremacy,”) are confined to a couple of paragraphs in a discussion about people for whom English is not a native language.

In Stride 5, “Race” appears 10 times, mostly as self-assessments and bibliographical references, “racism” or “racist” 23 times, including “antiracist” 17 times, “ethnic” and its various derivatives just four times, mostly in a bibliography, and “white supremacy” 3 times, twice in the bibliography.

This Stride definitely ramps up the wokeness factor, and its references to Covid suggest it was written, or at least edited, in the past year or so.

It is also one of the more painful Strides to read purely for the language. They all make prodigious use of educator jargon, but this one really takes it up a notch with “positionality,” “intellective,” “dialogical,” and others.

To review, Strides 2 through 4 were fairly anodyne, mostly a recitation of basic teaching tools. And while Stride 5, which was written more recently, gets into “antiracist” thinking, it doesn’t quite dial up the insanity, not compared to Stride 1.

However, all five strides do have some pictures of individuals in them, and not a single one is a white male. One might be a white female, but it’s not clear.

As we’ve been seeing lately, when it comes to “anti-racism,” no whites need apply.

I get it was done to blacks and others in the past. That was wrong, but it’s always wrong to exclude people because of their immutable characteristics, and it’s still wrong. Calling it out is not racist. Doing it is racist.

On to Stride 1. This is the real problem, not just for the content, but for what it foretells. I’m guessing this was written much more recently. There’s an arms race going on, a race to see who can be the most woke, and Stride 1 was likely added to up the ante.

And I don’t think the competition is even close to being over, although it is hard to imagine it getting much more insane than this.

(I’m probably going to regret saying that.)

The word “racist” appears 151 times, “racism” 98 times, “ethnic,” only twice, “ethnicity” not at all, and “white supremacy” 47 times.

Buckle up.

The framework for deconstructing racism in mathematics offers essential characteristics of antiracist math educators and critical approaches to dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms by visibilizing the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture (Jones and Okun 2001; dismantling Racism 2016) with respect to math.

Visibilizing,” in case you didn’t know (and why would you?) is:

To make visible something that was previously intangible or invisible to the naked eye.

In other words:

Let’s make stuff up!

Real racism is clear, it’s obvious, it’s identifiable. As a society we have rightly denounced it and decided to make its practice illegal in most public spheres, and so there are extensive laws on the books, various legal remedies available, and entire governmental departments and agencies dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting those kind of abuses.

But you can’t make a buck off that so instead we need to go after super-secret racism that is both intangible and invisible, the better to conjure up racism out of thin air and accuse anyone who suggests that maybe we should hesitate to believe in magical thinking of being racists.

Visibilize it!

Incidentally, I’ve read the “Jones and Okun, 2001” paper they cite and have written about it before. Its the one that racializes “individuality” and “objectivity” as symbols of white supremacy.

While we’re talking about objectivity, permit me to skip ahead a bit in the document. This is something a purportedly thinking human being wrote:

The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict

I guess we have to stop believing that mathematics is at its core probably one of the few things that truly is objective.

Don’t like it? As the document notes up front:

Administrators should examine programs and policies and how white supremacy impacts student outcomes (e.g., tracking, course selection, intervention rosters). In addition, they can hold teachers accountable for completing the activities in this workbook.

When persuasion doesn’t work, there’s always threats!

You’ll be happy to know we haven’t yet gotten to the really crazy parts.

We see white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom can show up when:

I’ll pick out the worst offenders. Keep in mind, this is how they believe “white supremacy” shows up in the mathematics classroom:

The focus is on getting the “right” answer.

White supremacy can show up when the focus is on getting the “right” answer.

I wonder if Elon Musk hires white supremacists for his engineering department.

Expectations are not met.

I would like the people designing the bridges I drive over to meet expectations. At a minimum.

Students are required to show their work.

Maybe the teacher can visibilize it.

Grading practices are focused on lack of knowledge.

And so on like that.

In order to embody antiracist math education, teachers must engage in critical praxis that interrogates the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy culture in their own classrooms, and develop a plan toward antiracist math education to address issues of equity for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students.

Let’s stop and consider this for a moment.

In order to embody antiracist math education, teachers should not expect Black, Latinx, and multilingual students to get the “right” answer, meet expectations, show their work, or demonstrate they are not lacking the knowledge they were expected to understand.

To be an antiracist math educator, you must adopt the underlying philosophy of a KKK clansman.

They believe that in order to “design a culturally sustaining math space” you should:

• Use culturally relevant, antiracist pedagogy, practices, and curriculum.

• Cultivate mathematical identity so that everyone can see themselves as mathematicians.

Adapt homework policies to fit the needs of students of color.

• Recognize and name the mathematical successes of students of color, and teach them to recognize successes in themselves and others.

Intentionally integrate physical movement in math classes.

There are two problems with this.

First, while there are some good suggestions, there’s no need to racialize them. A couple of the other “Strides” have similar suggestions to accommodate the different ways people learn, but by assuming certain attributes are held because of a person’s race is racist. Explicitly so.

Second, WHAT?!

“Integrate physical movement in math classes?” Because white people don’t move? Because black people do, or must, or what?

Again, drop that into a KKK pamphlet, “black students can’t sit still,” and you’d be right at home.

Oh, and yes, this is training for middle-school math teachers. Oregon officials want their teachers doing this. They want them to teach their kids like this.

There is plenty of good advice, general advice that has nothing, or should have nothing, to do with race, like this one:

• Use mistakes as opportunities for learning.

Of course, that’s pretty standard.

And then they follow that up with this:

• Recognize mistakes as miscommunicated knowledge.

Why is this part of a list of “Characteristics of Antiracist Math Educators?” It’s as if they are suggesting that you’re some kind of China Doll if you’re not white.

It may be racist, but at least it’s condescending.

And then there’s this favorite:

White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when…

 

The focus is on getting the “right” answer. Instead…

The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict. Choose problems that have complex, competing, or multiple answers.

 

• Verbal Example: Come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem.

Again, I would prefer to drive over the bridge where there was only one right answer regarding its load bearing maximums.

Of course, this brings us back to the silly 2+2=5 “controversy.”

Often when people say that, they are referring to practical problems of design, say, “how many lanes should a particular bridge have?” While the ultimate design of the bridge is eventually settled using math, there are more subjective judgments that precede that such as expected traffic, the impact on nearby neighborhoods and the like.

But at the end of the day, when it’s a math problem, there’s one right answer.

Regardless of that argument, it is and always will be racist to assume that because you have African heritage, you should somehow have some genetic predisposition to the “Yoruba of Nigeria who used base 20,” or if you are an indigenous person of South America the fact that “the Mayans conceptualized the number 0 before the first recording of it” will resonate with you in particular.

Those things are interesting, they are interesting to me and I am not of African or Mayan ancestry.

If it’s interesting and useful to non-whites, it’s interesting or useful to everyone.

Further, it is not only racist but condescending to assume that non-whites will have extra difficulty learning traditional Western European mathematical concepts and methods of instruction. Of course they don’t, otherwise we wouldn’t be asked to celebrate their accomplishments (and we should, the movie “Hidden Figures” as one example, is highly recommended).

We should also not forget that “traditional” mathematics as practiced in the United States by all races built the aerospace industry, landed a man on the moon, created nuclear power and the bomb that ended WWII.

Those are human accomplishments, human achievements, and should be celebrated by all humans.

And I’m the crazy one. Well, crazy and racist.


SAD, SAD, SAD, AND VERY DANGEROUS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN!

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Decide For Yourself

The Truth Please!

If you ask anyone in the news media today, and most liberals in general, “Was the 2020 Presidential election stolen from Donald Trump through widespread voter fraud?”, the answer you’ll get is a resounding NO! They believe no factual evidence exists to back up any voter fraud claims. Consequently, we also now know that anyone who does make claims of voter fraud, or anyone who attempts to defend Trump, is attacked by the “Cancel Culture” and have had their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts terminated. Some have even had their products removed from large retail stores. To date, at least one popular conservative TV commentator has also had his program terminated. So much for our constitutional right of free speech!

However, the results of a recent Quinnipiac poll begs for another question to be asked, “Why do 77%  of Republican voters still think the election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud?” That equates to approximately 60,000,000 Americans!

Do those 60,000,000 Americans know something everyone else doesn’t, are they just a bunch of conspiracy nuts, or are most liberals, along with the main street media, concealing or suppressing information they don’t want their followers to ever know exists?

There seems to be a great deal of credible evidence circulating that virtually no one in the news media is talking about! I have provided two links below for your viewing and reading pleasure. No matter your political ideology, you owe it to yourself to consider the validity of the evidence presented.

I have kept this post very brief on purpose since the first link includes two videos which in total will take about two hours and fifteen minutes to view. That may sound way too long to hold your interest, however, if you are keeping an open mind on where the “truth” may lie, you seriously owe it to yourself to take the time and view them. Then, share them with everyone you know if it makes any sense to you.

The second link is a report that basically supports much of the information in the video.

Was the 2020 Presidential election stolen from Donald Trump? Decide For Yourself.

Read the report supporting much of the video HERE.


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