Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The War of the Worlds

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Mary, the virgin mother of  Jesus, was not the first parent to be mocked by those who held different views than her own---and particularly different views than her son would hold---but she is the most well known.

That same spirit continues to this day, and has become evident in Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington---an eastside suburb of Seattle.

In fact, some are suggesting that to criticize teachers' political bias is "violence."

Both "peace" and "goodwill" appear to be absent in the halls of government-run education.

While the war of two worlds rages, we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. 

Be informed, not misled.

Local chaos.

Jason Rantz, a talk show host on KTTH 710 AM in Seattle says, "Shila Hodgins is a humanities teacher at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. In a podcast, Hodgins admits that she and fellow educators bring political bias into the classroom. She just doesn't see anything wrong with it because, she argues, 'There's no neutral spaces, right?'"

When Rantz publicly called out the fact that teachers are indoctrinating children in the classroom with their own political views, he raised the ire of not only the administration, but of some parent activists who are married to the idea that their indoctrination is permissible because they don't see anything wrong with their analysis.

Rantz says, "It prompted the superintendent into a second email" about Rantz's comments. He says the superintendent is "desperately trying to keep his woke staff and area parents from revolting."

The social media attack has now turned on Rantz, with Hodgins emailing staff with a "heads up," claiming this "follows Rantz's trend of targeting schools and teachers for talking about wearing masks or social justice."

He notes that the left is doing what they always do: "mobilize in support of their ideological comrade and try to silence any opposition."

She ties the criticisms to "the trend seen nationwide" of threatening behavior made towards educators.

In other words, the educators have become the victims of those who hold conservative views and do not want their children indoctrinated by people who hold an opposing, humanistic worldview.

There's much more, but you get the point.

About the "trend seen nationwide."

This past July more than 5000 teachers signed onto a pledge at the Zinn Education Project that states they vow to teach their students the concepts of Critical Race Theory (CRT), even where it's banned by law.

Make no mistake, far-left teachers' unions and activist teachers are prepared to ram Critical Race Theory propaganda into the minds of students while targeting those who oppose it---particularly parents.

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University after serving in the Air Force during World War II. He taught at Spelman College, but was fired for his extreme activism.

Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist."

He wrote dozens of books, but the most impactful was "A People's History of the United States" in which he, long before the name Ibram X. Kendi's name surfaced with Critical Race Theory, wrote the official, revised history book for the radical left. It is still used in classrooms across the country.

For the most part, it's a lie. Much like Critical Race Theory. More on Kendi in a moment.

A part of the Zinn Education pledge teachers are signing says, "Lawmakers in at least 26 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, hetrosexism, and oppression throughout US history.

The Zinn project claims "the laws" aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country, claiming our country was founded on dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.

Zinn claimed "the truth will set you free"---yet when faced with the Truth---he did not recognize Him.

Unlike Kendi who advocates for Critical Race Theory, Zinn was articulate and well educated. 

The false prophet.

A few months ago the New York Post published a feature article titled, "Ibram X. Kendi is a False Prophet of a Dangerous and Lucrative Faith."

The Post begins: 

"Ibram X. Kendi's name appears everywhere: In school curricula, corporate training programs, even the Navy's official reading list. The Boston University prof is a blazing supernova in the constellation of radical-chic race activism. But be warned: His philosophy would jeopardize the bedrock American ideal of individual dignity and equality under law."

It continues: 

"But Kendi, like his counterpart Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, is a prolific capitalist in his personal life. He charges $20,000 an hour for virtual presentations and has merchandised his entire line of ideas, releasing self-help products and even an 'antiracist' baby book. He gratefully accepts millions from tech and pharmaceutical companies on behalf of his Antiracism Center. Fighting Big Capital, it turns out, is a lucrative enterprise."

Ibram---born Henry Rogers---presents himself as a radical subversive. But in reality, he is an ideologist of elite opinion, buoyed by government and corporate patronage. Kendi's work has been endorsed by Fortune 100 companies, the federal bureaucracy and the US military---the very power establishments he claims to oppose.

He teaches that "In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist."

At $20,000 per hour he speaks to the "elites" whom he opposes, while denouncing capitalism. And denouncing America itself.  

He is a fraud.

Howard Zinn is his forerunner--- the one who would come before him.

Zinn's agenda was to indoctrinate American students in identity politics and the organization of social justice movements, including the teaching of Critical Race Theory---which is Cultural Marxism, claiming that all social issues must be viewed through the lens of race---claiming that white people are the oppressors while black people are the oppressed.

Mary's choice.

The same spirit that drives the destructive ideologies of today, drove the destructive ideologies of the past.

The virgin birth of Jesus elicits more sarcastic reaction than any other miracle recorded in the Bible.

The earliest polemic against Christianity focused on the virgin birth of Jesus. In the book of John we see a hostile gathering to Jesus telling Him, "We have not been born of fornication." The implication being that He had been. 

The Greek writer Celsus wrote a book about how Jesus was the illegitimate low-birth offspring of a teenager called Mary and a Roman soldier named Panthera.

The story circulated in the local culture. It wasn't so much to destroy Mary, as it was to destroy Christianity itself.

Obviously the Son of God could not be illegitimately born and be "God"--- so the story went---therefore Jesus was not the Son of God.

Much can be learned from Mary's response, recorded in Luke 1: 

"And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. And his mercy is on them that from generation to generation."

Paul wrote (Eph. 6:12): "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickness in high places."

And, he wrote, "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."

Be Informed. Be Strong. Be Engaged. Be Prayer. Be Blessed.