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Social Justice

I’ve been studying this issue and I’ll post a summary of a Bible study lesson I presented on the topic.

White House Columnist Helen Thomas Resigns After Telling Jews ‘Go Home’

In one sense, her attitude is understandable. On the other hand, it’s an example of the typically absurd political ideals of liberals. Vox’s column gives an appropriately satirical response.

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe

This is the most interesting article on this topic because it contains the following quotes:

“Hillary Clinton, and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” Manning wrote. . . .

The Bureau was particularly interested in information that Manning gave Lamo about an apparently-sensitive military cybersecurity matter, Lamo said.

That seemed to be the least interesting information to Manning, however. What seemed to excite him most in his chats was his supposed leaking of the embassy cables. He anticipated returning to the states after his early discharge, and watching from the sidelines as his action bared the secret history of U.S. diplomacy around the world.

“Everywhere there’s a U.S. post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed,” Manning wrote. “It’s open diplomacy. World-wide anarchy in CSV format. It’s Climategate with a global scope, and breathtaking depth. It’s beautiful, and horrifying.”

Storming the School Barricades

A journalist wakes up to the corruption and incompetency in public schools:

“We drove by that protest,” Ms. Sackler recalls. “We were on our way to another interview and we jumped out of the van and started filming.” There she discovered that the majority of those protesting the proliferation of charter schools were not even from the neighborhood. They’d come from the Bronx and Queens.

“They all said ‘We’re not allowed to talk to you. We’re just here to support the parents.'” But there were only two parents there, says Ms. Sackler, and both were members of Acorn. And so, “after not a lot of digging,” she discovered that the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) had paid Acorn, the controversial community organizing group, “half a million dollars for the year.” (It cost less to make the film.)

Finding out that the teachers union had hired a rent-a-mob to protest on its behalf was “the turn for us in the process.” That story—of self-interested adults trying to deny poor parents choice for their children—provided an answer to Ms. Sackler’s fundamental question: “If there are these high-performing schools that are closing the achievement gap, why aren’t there more of them?”

The reason is what Eva Moskowitz, founder of the Harlem Success Academy network and a key character in the film, calls the “union-political-educational complex.” That’s a fancy term for the web of unions and politicians who defend the status quo in order to protect their jobs.

A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING

Gatto has the rest of the story.

THE FOURTH PURPOSE

Someday this documentary might get finished.

Stephen Hawking on Religion: ‘Science Will Win’

Hawking is absolutely correct. Scientific rationalism is the idol of the age, and it will win the hearts and minds of the ignorant, superstitious, illiterate general populace. Congratulations will be due upon achieving the Enlightenment dream of enslaving the masses in a scientific utopia that surpasses the dreams of Stalin and Mao.

Hawking is unintentionally ironic in these quotes:

“What could define God [is thinking of God] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God,” Hawking told Sawyer. “They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”

When Sawyer asked if there was a way to reconcile religion and science, Hawking said, “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

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