Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Idaho "Cancels" Critical Race Theory

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Idaho State lawmakers have said "no" to officials at an Idaho middle school who tried pressuring teachers to judge students by the color of their skin.

The lawmakers have rejected this deeply divisive application of Critical Race Theory, saying CRT is a biased belief that would violate any reasonable interpretation of the federal civil rights laws if students acted on it.

Idaho elected officials were very wise to be concerned. Everyone should be.

Here's why.

Be informed, not misled.

Here's what happened.

The Idaho lawmakers made the case that school officials should not force students to believe "any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, natural origin is inherently superior or inferior."

Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, approved the proposal this week. With the new provisions, "no public institution," including colleges and K-12 schools, "shall direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere" to the idea that "individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, religion, color, or national origin."

A conservative research foundation located in the state obtained a flyer posted by Meridian Middle School officials that says it is not enough for teachers to "treat ALL students the same." Instead, school officials say "educators must recognize students' multiple identities based on race, sex, religion, and other immutable traits."

Colorblindness, according to school officials, is a "myth," a rejection of this once cherished idea from the civil rights movement.

The message of the flyer.

The flyer says colorblindness "perpetuates the idea that 'white' is the norm and everything else is not."

It goes on to say that teachers are biased, whether they know it or not. That's why you should "be aware that you may experience privilege based on your gender, race, and sexual or gender identity" and "acknowledge your role as a social activist" even if you did not realize you had chosen to be one.

The flyer is a striking example of the woke mob's attempt to control how people think and act. It tries to manipulate guilt ("you may experience privilege") and rejects the idea that we are all created equal and that legal and cultural institutions should treat us accordingly. Colorblindness is not a myth. It's the path to a more perfect union.

Where did this nonsense come from?

The Heritage Foundation notes that "The Critical Race Theory dogma on display in this Idaho middle school is a philosophy that originated in Germany in the 1920s among a group of Marxist intellectuals. Originally termed 'critical theory,' it teaches that we must consider society as being inhabited only by oppressors and the oppressed."

This world view found its way into American law schools in the mid-20th century, inspiring a generation of lawyers, legislators, and legal scholars to apply the idea to the interpretation of the US Constitution and legal system, arguing that American law is systematically oppressive.

Joe Biden even used the term in his speech before Congress last week.

Other, so-called, intellectuals in the US expanded critical theory into what is now known as "critical race theory," which believes that racial discrimination causes the constant state of oppression in society.

This is not an isolated incident.

How would you feel if your child came home from school and said he or her school had said everything that happens in the world is "racist" and that she or he is a part of the problem because of the color of her or his skin?

Unfortunately, this is not isolated--- it's epidemic

In Michigan, an Education Advisory Council to Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, produced a report called "Social Justice and Anti-Racist Resources" that included an article in which the author says everything that happens today is racist and the only question teachers and students can ask is, "How much racism was in play?"

In Buffalo, New York, the school district's "Emancipation Curriculum" told children that "all white people play a part in perpetuation systemic racism. That statement was eliminated only after a Seattle conservative journalist, Chris Rufo, put it in a headline and embarrassed the school system.

There are similar examples in schools across the country.

Last year, then-President Trump, blocked federal agencies and contractors from training federal employees to think that America is irredeemably racist, but President Joe Biden rescinded the ban on his very first day in office.

God bless Idaho lawmakers for taking their job seriously because Karl Marx certainly took his seriously.

The takeaway.

This madness called Critical Race Theory is not isolated in a vacuum, it's a critical part of a destructive worldview based on Marxism.

A worldview that cancels religion---especially Christianity. Karl Marx said, "Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand."

More directly Marx said, "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of the heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."

Education was far more important than religion to Marx and his followers.

Marx said, "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions."

Some years later Vladimir Lenin said, "Give me a child for the first 5 years of his life and he will be mine forever."

President Biden is pushing for free education from pre-kindergarten through at least 2 years of college.

Marx said, "Keep people from their history and they are easily controlled." 

Does that bring clarity to the Project 1619 lie?

Marx taught, "Democracy is the road to socialism."

Lenin built upon that idea. He said, "The goal of socialism is communism."

Be informed. This Critical Race Theory material is not a passing interest that will soon give way to another fad in education.

It's a destructive lie meant to destroy America and what she stands for. It's well thought out, and it's more than mere "thoughts of man."

Paul wrote to the Corinthians to explain such things: 

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to the pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God" (II Corinthians 10: 3-5).

The Idaho state legislators have discerned the importance of addressing this insidious attack on our children and our culture. I prayer others will as well.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.