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Does Your Son Have White Skin? – Identity Politics

If you have a son, and his skin is white, he is probably in trouble in today’s world. Ohio State University has a new course titled “Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation.” To say the least, it teaches that being a white, heterosexual male is chancy and complicated. It’s Identity Politics!

That course’s required textbook is titled Dude, You’re a Fag! Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America posted a review of that book on Amazon that states:

We know that schools are a central site for the construction of gender identity, but until C. J. Pascoe’s careful and compassionate ethnography, we haven’t known exactly how gender conformity is extracted from a slurry of humiliations, fears, and anxieties. Boys will not be boys unless they are made to be, by violence, real or implied. A troubling, thoughtful work.”— (Emphasis added.)

So, are you teaching your white son to grow up to be a man by teaching him through violence?!? Remember this is the required textbook of this course! I have not read the book, but I have not found any comments refuting the statement by Pascoe.

The following was reported by Bill Korach of The Report Card:

Other assigned reading excerpts include: “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel; “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity” by Jackson Katz; “Dude Sex: Dudes Who Have Sex with Dudes” by Jane Ward; “Looking for My Penis” by Richard Fung; “Sodomy in the New World” by Jonathan Goldberg; and “Teaching Men’s Anal Pleasure” by Susan Stiritz.

Don’t rely on checking the qualifications of professors to determine the classes your student signs up for. “Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation” was created and is taught by Jonathan Branfman who is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State and received a 2017-2018 Presidential Fellowship award.

Not content to poison the minds of college students, Branfman has also written a children’s book titled You Be You! It’s intended for kids seven to twelve years old, and according to an article in The Lantern, “Jonathan Branfman didn’t just want parents to know it’s never too early to expose their children to topics of gender identity, romantic orientation and diversity. He wanted to create an easy way to do it.” (Emphasis added.)

Branfman may have read my cautionary statements about parents starting to teach their kids not only God’s paths, but what they will hear in the secular world at an early age. (No, I don’t really think he did that!) Branfman is quoted as saying:

I often found myself thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone got really clear, unstigmatized information about gender and sexual diversity at a young age instead of them having to unlearn all kinds of harmful false ideas when they’re 12 instead of when they’re 20 . . .

So my goal for this book is for kid of all different identities to understand and accept themselves and each other from a really early age, (All emphases added.)

There are a couple of issues that need addressing here. God made, through Adam and Eve, all humans of every skin color. His laws, love, and forgiveness extends to all regardless of sex and ethnicity. However, he does not in any place in the Bible that I know of tell us to understand and accept deliberately living in sin. In the incident of the woman accused of adultery (John 8:11), Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” So often the last part of Jesus’ sentence is neglected. He does not tell the woman he understands her actions and accepts them; he tells her to “sin no more.” That’s not what some want to hear.

Texas State University is apologizing after coming under fire for running an opinion column in its student newspaper called “Your DNA is an abomination” that accuses white people of being oppressors who “shouldn’t exist.” In addressing this ideology, Paul Craig Roberts of the Institute for Political Economy wrote:

The idea that power resides in the white heterosexual male is obviously erroneous. Imagine if the Texas college student had written that black DNA is an abomination or homosexual DNA is an abomination. The article would not have been published. But it is perfectly OK to denigrate whites. Indeed, white males have no protection against abuse, because they are not protected by quotas, political correctness, and hate speech prohibitions. . . .

Americans, especially white people who are the target of the deadly ideology of Identity Politics and are placed by the ideology in the same position as Jews in Nazi Germany and capitalists in Soviet Russia, are unaware of the extent to which Identity Politics is now the dominant force in American culture.

Bill Korach says,

For Identity Politics the only acceptable white heterosexual males are those who admit their gender and sexual preference guilt and accept their punishment for being the victimizers of women, blacks, and homosexuals.

Do you think those statements of Roberts and Korach go too far, or have you seen Identity Politics affecting your white male child, either in school or personal relations? Are your kids being taught to understand and accept sinful lives?

Evolution v. Intelligent Design: Putting Your Life on the Line

Michael Behe uses the example of a mousetrap to illustrate “irreducible complexity”

What can changing your belief in the theory of evolution to intelligent design cost you? For Günter Bechly it cost a lot.

Even the highly educated can learn
It all began when German paleo-entomologist and museum curator at the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History, Günter Bechly, arranged for an exhibit to honor Charles Darwin. One of his displays was a balance scale. He put books offering scientific evidence against evolution on one side, and a copy of Darwin’s The Origin of Species on the other. Using a little “manipulation,” the single Darwin volume seemed to outweigh all those in opposition to it. A little heavy-handed perhaps, but the manipulation was obvious so no one was really fooled into believing that the preponderance of evidence was actually that one-sided.

Bechly’s problems started when he decided to read some of the books of the opposition. What could it hurt? He might find out what was driving these believers in intelligent design. One he chose was Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe; he sat down to begin tearing it apart. Surprised, he found that what he read actually made sense. He realized that building a flagellum using evolutionary principles is (his words) “completely ridiculous.”

He decided to talk to some of the authors with compelling ideas about intelligent design (known often as ID), such as Behe and William Dembski. He says, “They are much different from what I expected. They are open-minded. They are not religious fanatics who try to push a kind of theocratic system on society under the label of intelligent design. They are really interested—is this neo-Darwinism story really true or is there scientific reason to doubt it.”

Dumped by Wikipedia
Enlightenment sometimes comes with repercussions. It did for Professor Bechly—in of all places, Wikipedia. When Bechly began to make his newly-acquired views on intelligent design public, Wikipedia erased him!

An article from pjmedia.com, “Wikipedia Erases Record of Accomplished Scientist — ‘Censored’ for His Intelligent Design Position” states that Bechly was not considered sufficiently “notable” to warrant his page. His credentials were not sufficient (although they had been in the past.) Credentials not sufficient for Wikipedia? Well, let’s see. In response to Wikipedia, Paleontologist Günter Bechly

. . . provided links to press, TV, and radio segments mentioning his work, exhibitions he designed, and a few articles from the BBC and Scientific American.

“Add to that three described new insect orders, more than 160 described species, and insect family Bechlyidae, a genus and 8 species named after me, 2 edited books and numerous book chapters, 1 book in German about me, and a ResearchGate score that is higher than 85% of ResearchGate members.”

I just checked to be certain. I did a Wikipedia search and received the response, “The page ‘Günter Bechly’ does not exist.”

Persona non grata
At the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History, gossip and cold looks were the least of Günter’s problems. The museum began blocking his applications to purchase new fossils; a person working under him retired and wasn’t replaced even though that position was very important to his work; Bechly’s amber collection was moved from its convenient location near his office; he was asked to resign from a position he held in a research-funding group; and finally, the museum told him he was “a big threat to the credibility and reputation of the museum” and it would be best for him to resign.

Big questions for parents
So, ask yourself some questions: If you believe God (we could call him our Intelligent Designer) created all things through his Word alone, are you teaching that regularly and often to your children? In school they will be taught that it all arose through the process of a Big Bang and evolution.

Do you consider it important that your children believe the Scripture is true and trustworthy? If they do not believe Genesis, why would they believe anything else in the Bible? (That’s a pretty major question, because that’s where we learn about salvation through the perfect life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.)

Counting the cost
However, as demonstrated in the life and career of Günter Bechly and many others, your children’s life on this earth might be considerably more difficult if they believe in God. They may be teased about denying the theory of evolution. Teachers may lower their grades. I’ve heard of at least one college who refused admission to a science program because the student professed his belief in God as creator.

In Luke 14:27 Jesus tells us, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” He reemphasizes the cost of following him in verse 33: “. . . those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” That sounds like some pretty tough love.

Which would you prefer for your children: an easier professional life or eternal life in heaven?

I’ll be interested in hearing whether your schools are permitting teaching the theory of intelligent design. And let me know how you talk to your children about the differences in evolution and creation by God.

Christians and K-12 education: A Comment on the Post of November 6, 2017 by Werner (Guest Writer)

The following was a comment made by one of this blog’s readers. It is so long and thoughtful I felt it deserved more attention than it might get just showing up as a comment. Both Werner and I welcome your responses.

A comment that I made on it [post of November 6, 2017 on this blog], got me to thinking that it would be really desirable for Christians to reflect seriously, and to engage in serious conversation with each other, about our role in K-12 education in our world, how we cam impact it, and how it impacts us and our children and grandchildren. I’m sure that many Christians are already thinking seriously about this, and that conversation about it takes place between believers now; but I’d like to add this thread as another venue (where all Christian viewpoints are welcome) where that conversation can take place.

Below, I’ve copied and pasted the comment I mentioned above, just to start the discussion. When time permits, I’d like to add some more thoughts to build on these; but since it’s already a long comment, I’ll stop with this for now. (My apologies to non-U.S. group members for the U.S.-centered focus of what follows; the original blog post was written in a U.S. context!)

The 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifies that the people “retain” the rights, recognized in common law, which are not enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution itself. This would include the right to procreate, and to direct the upbringing of one’s own children. This provides a sufficient Constitutional safeguard (to the extent that a written Constitution, which is not self-enforcing, can provide any safeguard) for protection of legitimate parental rights vis a vis both the state and Federal governments.

The problem doesn’t arise from any lack of Constitutional protection for parental rights. Rather, it arises from the creation (with the support of both establishment parties) of a legal culture which rejects the idea that written laws, including the Constitution, actually have any fixed lexical meaning that’s binding on either courts or other public officials. In this view, the Constitution and laws currently “mean” whatever judges and officials, with their august wisdom and virtue, determine that they properly “should” mean for the current situation. This legal culture is enabled to exercise jack-booted dominance over the judicial system and over law school education because the vast majority of the populace accepts it. And they accept it because their government school “education” left them both totally clueless about what the Constitution says and convinced that they could never possibly understand it and that it doesn’t matter anyway.

IMO, as long as this state of affairs prevails (and no, I don’t think we should supinely accept it as permanent!), a push for a constitutional amendment to protect parental rights more explicitly would be an unnecessary distraction. It’s important to realize that the process of amending the written Constitution is deliberately designed to require a broad social consensus that it’s a good idea. The Bill of Rights could be passed in the first place because, at that time, there was such a consensus that human beings do have inherent rights, and that these are important. No such consensus exists today. If they weren’t already in place, not one of the first ten amendments could be passed today.

What, then, should be the strategy of Christian and other parents who want to see their children brought up in a wholesome fashion? To the extent that we can contribute to public discourse and influence public policy, I think our long-term strategy should be to educate our fellow citizens in what the Constitution says and the beliefs about human rights that underlie it, and why these matter; and to promote the election and appointment of judges and other public officials who are committed in principle to the rule of written law and the protection of its safeguards.

In the immediate situation, though, I personally feel very strongly that the short-term strategy that would serve us best would be for every Christian parent who can afford to do so to enroll their kids in a Christian school, and for all of the rest to homeschool their kids. I’m painfully aware of the cost of this (my wife and I wound up homeschooling our three girls, starting back in the 90s). I’m also aware of the fundamental unfairness of having to do this while we’re at the same taxed to support the education of other kids in a de facto state religion of atheistic humanism that we don’t share. But that particular “establishment of religion” isn’t going to be dethroned without a long, hard fight, which won’t be won in time to make any difference for the kids who are of school age now; and God never gave us any promise that we could expect the heathen world to treat us fairly or decently. If it’s a fight that’s to be won at all, in time to make a difference in later generations, the education of the present rising generation in a context where they can actually be taught, among other things, about the U.S. Constitution and the tradition of democracy and human rights might contribute significantly to that victory.

Promiscuity or Promised?

 

The name Harvey Weinstein has become as familiar as Winnie the Pooh, but be assured the similarity stops there! He is called a sex addict and predator. He is not alone. We have also heard allegations of what is being called “inappropriate behavior” brought against Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Moore, and a long list of others. People are asking “why?” Why is this happening?

If you really want an answer, make it easy on yourself. Go to Chapter Four of my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? I report there how our kids are introduced to all kinds of sexual immorality as early as preschool. While some sex education classes require abstinence be taught, it is often no more than, “We know the only way to absolutely prevent pregnancy is abstinence; we also know you are going to do it anyway, so here’s how.” Middle school not only teaches a variety of approaches to having sex, but often gives graphic how-to lessons, along with how to safely engage in high-risk sex.

I recommend you take the time right now to jump to the article “Franklin Graham Warns Parents Public Schools are Part of ‘Agenda to Pervert Minds of Children.’” I think you’ll be amazed if you aren’t already aware of how pervasive this kind of sex education material is.

In the article “Sex Ed Pervasive on Campus, K-12” by Bill Korach, he states:

There has been an explosion of graphic sex education classes in colleges and K-12 across America. The classes at all levels of education are both graphic and explicit. And they generally tend to promote sexual experimentation. Pubic school is where official “grooming” of children – preparing them to accept molestation when it happens – is becoming business as usual.

The term “promiscuity” has become old-fashioned—your kids most probably will not hear it in school. If you use thesaurus.com you will find only three synonyms: lewdness, looseness, and indiscrimination. Rather innocuous-sounding descriptions of that behavior. Of course, if you dig deeper by clicking on lewdness, you will find carnality, depravity, dirtiness, erotism, evilness, grossness, impurity, lustfulness, obscenity, smut, vulgarity, wickedness, unchasitity, and so on. You get the picture. Those words put promiscuity into a different frame to hang on your kids’ wall of most-unwanted character traits. Fortunately, many of the young women enticed by the sexual predators of cinema, music, art, and other professions recognize the trap and do an immediate about-face. Some are more naïve, and their lives may be changed forever. Some consent because the enticement of advancement of their careers takes precedence over any other consideration. And, as I am sure you have learned, the sexual predators do not limit themselves to females. Young boys and men are also part of the prey. God addresses this challenge in 1 John 2:15-16:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

So how do you protect your daughter or son from falling into the trap of what God lumps into one commandment: Adultery? What is classed as “sexual impurity” falls into that category: Lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes, whether sexual acts, viewing porn, or dressing seductively are adultery. Advancing your career through adultery because of a hunger to be successful—pride of life—comes to the forefront in the commandments about coveting.

Start with making certain that your kids don’t think adultery refers only to married people. It includes every sexual impurity known, no matter what your age or marital status. But as long as marriage has entered the conversation, teach your kids that from birth their lives have been promised to the man or woman they will at some time in the future meet and marry. They should learn how very precious the union between them and their mate-to-be is. To be able to give oneself to husband or wife at marriage untouched, virtuous, and chaste, fulfills the life-long mindfulness of the idea of “promised.”

If this post sounds too “preachy,” remember the question asked in the first paragraph: Why? Before your kids fall into the trap society and culture set out for them, tell them why this is all happening and then give them good, solid, doable ways to turn their back on it. If your kids go to public school start there with their sex education classes. Make sure there are advance notices of what will be taught, fight for an opt-in form, but if you can’t get that insist on receiving an opt-out form. Let me know what kind of sex education is presented to your kids in your schools.

 

Congratulations to Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA)

 

Champions in academics with almost 100% of graduates attending college, winners in sports, and a fantastic music program. Can’t wait to see what expansion follows your purchase of new land. CONGRATULATIONS ON 40 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN TRAINING OF YOUR STUDENTS!