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‘Unplanned’ Movie Review

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Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz has reviewed what is surely going to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year: Unplanned.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/unplanned-movie-review

It’s the story of a woman who went from abortion receiver, to Planned Parenthood volunteer, then Planned Parenthood officer–and finally, pro-life activist.

I wonder if the movie-makers knew that at roughly the same time as their movie would come out, Democrats in several state would be moving beyond abortion into actual infanticide.

O Lord our God! Remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


‘Public Schools’ “Social Justice Education” Cloaks Marxist Teaching’

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It’s not just a scary movie

Chalcedon’s editors re-ran this article today: “Although written 12 years ago, this piece by Lee Duigon lays out what has been in progress for a long time.”

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/public-schools-social-justice-education-cloaks-marxist-teaching

Far Left Crazy has had twelve years, since I wrote this, to continue their work of turning America’s public schools into left-wing indoctrination mills, complete with “teachers’ collectives,” ideologically-saturated lesson plans, and “social justice academies” within the schools. And students at more than a few teachers’ colleges have to prove they’re on board the socialist express if they want to get certified.

Our whole country should be certified, for putting up with this. And paying for it!

I hardly dare speculate as to how far this folly was advanced during the eight years Obama & Co. owned the government.

Nothing has done our country more harm than its public education system.

Get your kids out now.

 


“No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper”

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Esther and the Persian king

One of the hardest lessons for us to learn, in such an evil and confusing age as this, is how to walk by faith and not by sight: because if we walk only by sight, most of what we see is bad. Mark Rushdoony discussed this in his blog post yesterday.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/no-weapon-that-is-formed-against-thee-shall-prosper

The Book of Esther, in which the name of God does not appear, shows how God governs history, intervening at need. Our God created us with free will and respects it, even when our will is bent to evil: but he will not let evil prosper in the long run. As Isaiah said, “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper” (Is. 54:17).

How many times would God’s people have been wiped off the face of the earth, had He not intervened? As history, the Bible offers many examples of this truth.

And we do well to learn them.


‘The Modern Selling of Indulgences’

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Andrea Schwartz, Chalcedon’s resident homeschooling analyst, has likened today’s college admissions scandal to the old, corrupt practice of “indulgences” sold by the Church to get the buyer out of being punished for his sins.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-modern-selling-of-indulgences

In either case, you got what you wanted–as long as you could pay for it. So kids who have no business being in college can go to the top prestige schools in the land, once their parents ante up.

“It is wrong to feed the godless propaganda machine that the university has become,” Andrea says. To which I would add, not only wrong, but actively dangerous to the health and survival of our nation.


‘Humanist Doomsday Myth Scares Children’ (2009)

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See? They’ve been doing it for years–scaring children (and adults) with their global warming gloom and doom. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t invent it.

In 2009 a poll found “one in three children” aged six to eleven “fear the demise of the planet.” I interviewed the head honcho of “Habitat Heroes,” who tried very hard to distance himself from the scare merchants. Judge for yourselves whether he succeeded.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/humanist-doomsday-myth-scares-children

What we have with the Climate Change scam is a humanist, no-God-involved, End Times scenario. And if there’s any God in it at all, it’s a weak, pitiful God who can only wring His hands as we destroy His creation by driving cars, having air conditioners, and using toilet paper.

It’s ten years later and they’re still at it. Shame on us for allowing them to scare us with it.


Book Review: ‘Crimes of the Educators’

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Chalcedon has published my review of Crimes of the Educators, by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/book-review-crimes-of-the-educators

Sam Blumenfeld was one of the pioneers of homeschooling in America, and he worked his heart out teaching phonics and trying to undo the havoc wrought on young minds by the faddish “whole language” method, which left so many of its victims illiterate. But that–which some of the education theorists who pushed it now admit has been a “disaster”–is only one of public education’s multitude of crimes.

It would be hard to name another institution which has done more harm to our country than public education–although our nooze media are doing their utmost to catch up.

Anyhow, it’s all in the book review. Happy landings.


‘Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids’

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John Stossel produced this documentary in 2006 for ABC television. Thirteen years later, our public education system still [naughty verb deleted]… Shall we say “under-performs”?

I interviewed him after viewing his documentary.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/a-review-of-stupid-in-america-how-we-cheat-our-kids

Among the highlights of the documentary was the story of an 18-year-old high school student in South Carolina who, after having been in public school for almost all his life, still couldn’t read. At all. But when his mother sent him to a Sylvan Learning Center, he learned to read in only 72 hours. He wasn’t stupid, but his schooling was.

Another eye-opener was an under-performing high school in Kansas City, where the school board tried to solve its problem by throwing more money at it. Lots more: they had to add onto the building to accommodate an indoor swimming pool. Millions of dollars later, the high school lost its accreditation.

Stossel had only an hour of air time, so he concentrated on the academics and let the rest of it go. By “the rest” I mean the increasing prevalence of crime and violence in the schools, the political indoctrination of the students, and the bored tolerance of school administrators for all sorts of bad behavior. I’ve seen it for myself, and it isn’t pretty.

Public schooling can’t be fixed. It’s too far gone for that. Homeschooling or Christian schooling are the best alternatives.

If America goes down the pipe, what we’ve long called “education” will be a big part of the reason for it.


‘Lands without Justice’

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In the months to come, it will be increasingly necessary to explain why socialism is immoral, and not an option for the Christian. Democrats have all but tattooed socialism on their skins from head to to; and in 2020 they must be defeated.

So what’s morally wrong with socialism? R.J. Rushdoony explained it in his book, Law and Liberty, published posthumously in 2009. The essay is an excerpt from Chapter 20.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/lands-without-justice

Cut off from its moorings to God, the state is nothing but a crime family writ large.

Learn these arguments, everybody. We’re going to need them.


‘When You Hear the Bell, Come Out Writing’

If only for what is probably the best headline I’ve ever written in my life, I hope you’ll click the link and read this: requested by my editors at Chalcedon, here’s me telling you all about what goes into the writing of my Bell Mountain books.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/when-you-hear-the-bell-come-out-writing

Somewhere we also have a brief interview with cover artist Kirk DouPonce, complete with photos of the models he used to create the covers of my books–mostly local kids from around his neighborhood. Must be a kick for them!

Anyway, the article above is a must–if you like my books and this blog.


‘A Rising Tide of Faithful Believers’

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Pastor Wang Yi… in bonds for Christ

In this recent Chalcedon Blog post, Mark Rushdoony introduces us to a modern-day hero of the Church–Pastor Wang Yi, imprisoned in China since Dec. 9 for his stand against rampant statism.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/a-rising-tide-of-faithful-believers

Pastor Wang is different because he refuses to criticize other Christians, or even to defend himself against their jabs at him. The battle, Rev. Rushdoony reminds us, is against “forces of ungodliness, not other believers.”

Not always easy to remember, is it?


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