Mr. Obama should move back to Chicago; It’s his way of life.

Mr. Obama, along with his hand-picked former chief of staff Mr. Rahm Emanuel, helped to create Chicago’s current city environment.  Chicago is where Mr. Obama learned his philosophy of government becoming a top-notch community organizer. Seems only fair that He and his family should return to live there after he leaves the White House.

“President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out.” click here

“Chicago once again boiled over this weekend with gang violence driven by the Mexican cartels and their drug trade. Forty were shot and four killed, including an 11-year-old girl.” click here

 

 

 

 

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How about arguing for “amnesty” for northern Iraq Christians

“Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.” click here

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CDC study: LBGT population smaller than estimated?

“The Washington Post reports that a highly definitive study from 2013 has pegged the size of the gay population in the United States at far less than has sometimes been estimated. “

Click here for news article. Click here for the report.

 

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California breakup plan well worth considering

As a California resident I am becoming more convinced that this is a pretty good idea. It would certainly bring more representative government to the citizens.

“A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years.” click here

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National Governor’s brought Common Core “hell” on themselves

I don’t have a dog in this fight but it looks clear to me that the NGA brought this on themselves for supporting an ideologically driven program devoid of any relationship to education. The more they try to salvage “Common Core” the more problems will be created for themselves.

“The National Governors Association (NGA) owns the copyright – along with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – to the Common Core State Standards. When the nationalized standards are mentioned these days, however, many governors would rather change the subject.” click here

 

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Findings of the Australian study of children with same-sex parents has been distorted

“The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families has been getting copious positive press coverage. Unfortunately, it has some serious methodological weaknesses—it studies only the lives and experiences of the LGBT elite.” click here

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A response to Mr. Peter Conn. Let’s leave philosophy out of science.

In a commentary written in the June 2014 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mr. Peter Conn states: if a Christian college makes its faculty sign a statement of faith indicating that the professors believe in the historicity of Scripture, then that would be grounds for the school losing its academic accreditation in “respectable” society. The author also states,

Let me be clear. I have no particular objection to like-minded adherents of one or another religion banding together, calling their association a college, and charging students for the privilege of having their religious beliefs affirmed. However, I have a profound objection to legitimizing such an association through accreditation, and thereby conceding that the integrity of scholarship and teaching is merely negotiable. I also object to the expenditure of taxpayer dollars in support of religious ideology, in particular when that ideology has set itself in opposition to the findings of modern science.

The retrograde battle that religious fundamentalists are waging against science has become a melancholy fact of our contemporary cultural life. Legislators around the country conspire to find academic room for the oxymoronic charade called “creation science.”

Let me be clear. Mr. Conn’s bifurcation of accredited universities into those that are good for a “respectable society” and those that are not is nonsense. In particular, he is seriously confused about the origins and nature of modern science itself which developed and grew in the cradle of Christianity. Regardless of whether one is for or against what he calls “creation science”, or evolutionism, reductionism, materialism or whatever else, the focus of accreditation has and should be on science. Indeed, the interpretation of scientific evidence is not neutral, but depends on the scientist’s presuppositions. Here is where the difference lies between the Christian perspective and other perspectives.

Indeed, Mr. Conn’s critique itself is not based on science. He has simply smuggled in his philosophy along with an arbitrary moral standard to embark on an apparent crusade against Christians who simply disagree with him. Mr. Conn does not like and objects to certain interpretations of scientific evidence. This has nothing to do with the credibility of the science or the competence of the scientist who has a different point of view than Mr. Conn.

Unfortunately, Mr. Conn’s commentary simply poisons the well of an already disjointed academy. For the academy to move forward we must accept the fact that equally competent scientists will differ in their interpretations of scientific evidence. (Even scientists who adhere to Darwinian evolutionism as a metanarrative disagree with each other.)

Erecting such a hostile, artificial boundary via accreditation as he suggests is unnecessary and counterproductive. It is very easy for any academician to fall into this type of thinking when they become frustrated with the point of view of others with whom they disagree.

But the need now within the Academy is to build bridges of communication, collaboration, and mutual respect.

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