Posts Tagged ‘education’

Genevieve S. Kineke, who handles alot of women’s issues for Catholic Exchange, looks into the history of rape within Islam post-Lara Logan assault in her article, “What Are We Missing in This Horrible Story?”.  Despite the silence of historians, the picture is grim:


In an interview with Jamie Glazov, Bill Warner explains how Muslims see non-Muslims:

All morality in Islam is patterned after the example of Mohammed. Everything that he did and said defines what is permitted or “good.” Mohammed repeatedly sanctioned forced sex (rape) with kafir females after they were captured. The Hadith clearly reports that he got first choice of the women. In one case, he repeatedly demanded one particular woman for himself and swapped two other kafir slave women for his choice. So if Mohammed was involved in the rape of kafirs, then rape is a virtue, not a sin or error…This is a continuous 1400-year history of jihad. In every detailed history that comes from the original documents from history, rape is a constant. You have to look in the original documents, since our historians refuse to report it in so-called history books.

Rape is Sunna. Rape is not a sin. Rape is permitted and encouraged by Mohammed and the Koran. Islam is the only political system in the world that includes rules for rape and war. Rape is jihad.

Read the whole article here:

What are we missing in this horrible story?.

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One of my favorite biblical scholars and an all-around good guy has been awarded (finally! *cough cough*) his doctorateMichael Barber of Reasons for Faith, The Sacred Page and JP the Great University is now Dr. Michael Barber

My heartiest (and real) congratulations and imaginary slaps on the back to Michael, his wife and his family! I raise a pretend glass of the finest French champagne (hey, it’s my daydream) to you!

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Of all the annual, year end lists, this might be my favorite.  Lake Superior State University (Go Lakers!) have released their list of words and phrases that should go away.

Tweets, sexting “unfriended” in U.S. banned word list

By Carey Gillam Carey Gillam 52 mins ago

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – If you recently tweeted about how you were chillaxin for the holiday, take note: Fifteen particularly over- or mis-used words and phrases have been declared “shovel-ready” to be “unfriended” by a U.S. university’s annual list of terms that deserve to be banned.

After thousands of nominations of words and phrases commonly used in marketing, media, technology and elsewhere, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University on Thursday issued their 35th annual list of words that they believe should be banned.

Tops on the Michigan university’s list of useless phrases was “shovel-ready.” The term refers to infrastructure projects that are ready to break ground and was popularly used to describe road, bridge and other construction projects fueled by stimulus funds from the Obama administration.

And speaking of stimulus, that word — which was applied to government spending aimed at boosting the economy — made the over-used category as well, along with an odd assortment of Obama-related constructions such as Obamacare and Obamanomics.

“We say Obamanough already,” the LSSU committee said.

Also ripe for exile is “sexting,” shorthand for sexy text messaging, a habit that has caused trouble this year for public figures from politicians to star athletes.

Similarly, list makers showed distaste for tweeting, retweeting and tweetaholics, lingo made popular by users of the popular Twitter networking website. And don’t even get them started on the use of friend as a verb, as in: “He made me mad so I unfriended him on Facebook,” an Internet social site.

Male acquaintances need to find another word than “bromance” for their friendships, and the combination of “chillin” and “relaxin'” into “chillaxin” was an easy pick for banishment.


Also making the list was “teachable moment.”

“This phrase is used to describe everything from potty-training to politics. It’s time to vote it out!” said one list contributor.

“Toxic assets,” referring to financial instruments that have plunged in value, sickened list makers so much the phrase was added to the list, along with the tiresome and poorly defined “too big to fail” which has often been invoked to describe wobbly U.S. banks.

Similarly, “in these economic times” was deemed overdue for banishment due.

Also making the list — “transparent/transparency,” typically used, contributors said, when the situation is anything but transparent.

One list contributor wanted to know if there was an “app,” short-hand for “application” popularized by the mobile iPhone’s growing array of software tools, for making that annoying word go away.

And rounding out the list — “czar” as in car czar, drug czar, housing czar or banished word czar.

“Purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail,'” said a university spokesman.

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

via Yahoo!

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Looks to be a fantastic school this year too.  Pray that it will work out and I will get to attend.

Here’s the promo on the Acton Institute‘s webpage:

2010 Acton University – June 15-18, 2010

Acton University is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate rigorous philosophy, Christian theology and sound economics.

At Acton University, you will:

Build your own curriculum. Choose from more than fifty courses ranging from the theological and philosophical, to the policy-oriented and practical.

Learn from world-class faculty. Meet leading authorities on economics, theology, public policy, globalization, the environment, and other disciplines.

Network. Interact with people from diverse backgrounds who share a concern about issues at the heart of faith and freedom.

Equip yourself to engage in the debate. Better articulate your understanding of the Judeo-Christian view of liberty and morality and its application in a free and virtuous society.

<!– Download a printable pdf fact sheet for the conference here.
–>Contact Kara Eagle at (616)454-3080 or keagle@acton.org

Lecturers will include Rev. Raymond de Souza, Dr. Samuel Gregg, Dr. Daniel Mahoney and Rev. Paul Hartmann. 

Visit the Acton Institute website for more information.

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Another update on the crucifix drawing / student suspension story.  This one is from Fox News.

No one disputes that the boy drew this, but the school district denies that this was the "disturbing" drawing that caused the teacher to have him suspended. Oh, and the school district denies that they had him suspended. Father stands by what was reported. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009  FC1

A Massachusetts father is standing by claims that his 8-year-old son was sent home from school after the boy drew a stick figure of Jesus on a crucifix.

Chester Johnson, 40, said his son did indeed draw the picture circulated to reporters and that Taunton School District officials later said was not the same drawing discovered by the second-grade student’s teacher earlier this month.

“I swear to God, on my grave, you could kill me if I’m lying,” Johnson, 40, told FoxNews.com. “I wouldn’t make nothing up. This is the holiday season — I don’t have time for that.”

Johnson, who said he works for the Taunton School District as a part-time custodian, told FoxNews.com that his hours have been cut since the controversy made headlines locally and nationally.

“It’s put a toll on me,” Johnson said. “Now I’m trying to get a transfer.”

Late Wednesday, The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Virginia, issued a statement on behalf of Johnson citing the “psychological damage” to the boy’s family.

“This is a case of overreaction by school officials,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “[The boy’s] drawing was simply a reflection of something he saw at a Christmas light show. The psychological damage to this family is appalling, and it is a clear-cut violation of their constitutional rights.”

Whitehead called on school officials to arrange for the boy to be transferred to an out-of-district school and for his parents to be compensated with associated transportation costs.

Taunton School District officials did not immediately respond on Wednesday to Johnson’s claims, including whether he was employed by the district.

In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday afternoon, Taunton School District Superintendent Julie Hackett said that Johnson and his wife were scheduled to meet with school officials at 9 a.m., but the couple did not show.

School officials said Tuesday that the boy was not suspended due to the sketch.

“This report is totally inaccurate, and the student was never suspended,” a statement read.

The school claims the incident took place nearly two weeks ago and says the incident was handled “appropriately.”

School officials also denied Johnson’s claim that students were asked to draw something that reminded them of Christmas or another holiday.

“Contrary to what has been reported, there was no request or assignment by the teacher for students to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas or any religious holiday,” the statement continued.

Johnson said his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday season.

Johnson, who is African-American, told WBZ-TV that he suspected racism was involved, but revised that assessment when asked by FoxNews.com.

“No, I want to take that out,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to use the race card. This is God we’re talking about, we’re past that.”

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UPDATE:  The AP reports this evening that the school district in Taunton is denying salient parts of this story, including the reported suspension, whether the drawing in question is the same one from the class that concerned the teacher and even that a Christmas-related drawing was done in school.  In other words, this is a big mess.   Stay tuned.

This is an appalling story.  These teachers and administrators canNOT be this dumb, can they?  It has to be some form of prejudice.  Sounds like Christian prejudice to me, although the article suggests that race may be involved.  This poor kid.   His dad is right: what the kid saw at the Shrine was a GOOD thing, not bad. 

And is the AP equating a stick figure drawing of a school shooting with a stick figure drawing of our Lord crucified?  Duh.  It’s the Associated Press;  of course they are.

Dec 15 02:50 PM US/Eastern
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) – An 8-year-old boy was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he was asked to make a Christmas drawing and came up with what appeared to be a stick figure of Jesus on a cross, the child’s father said Tuesday.Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday.

Johnson said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross. Johnson, who is black, told WBZ he suspects racism is involved. He said he thinks the school overreacted and wants an apology.

Johnson told the Taunton Daily Gazette, which first reported the story on Tuesday, that his son gets specialized reading and speech instruction and has never been violent in school.

An educational consultant working with the Johnson family said the teacher was also alarmed when the boy drew Xs for Jesus’ eyes.

A call to Johnson was not immediately returned.

The boy was cleared to return to school on Dec. 7 after the evaluation found nothing to indicate that he posed a threat to himself or others. But his father said the boy was traumatized by the incident and the school district has approved the family’s request to have the child transferred to another school.

“They owe my family an apology and the kid an apology and they need to work with my son (to) the best of their ability to get him back to where he was before all this happened,” Johnson told New England Cable News.

The father said in the days before the incident the family had gone to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, where there are crucifixion statues.

“That was fresh on his mind,” he told NECN. “And that was a good thing that he saw.”

Superintendent Julie Hackett said she could not discuss an individual student and did not address the drawing specifically or the teacher’s reaction to it, but did say the school has safety protocols in place that were followed.

Hackett did not return multiple calls from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

In June 2008, a Taunton fifth-grade student was suspended for a day for a stick figure drawing that appeared to depict him shooting his teacher and a classmate.

(emphasis mine)

See original story here:  Mass. 2nd-grader sent home for crucifix drawing.

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I want to pay tribute publicly to all those who in silence, in deeds not in words, strive to practice the Evangelical law of love which drives the world forward. There are so many of them even here in Rome. They do not make the headlines. They are men and women of all ages, who realise that it is not worth condemning, complaining or recriminating; that it is better to respond to evil doing good; to change things; or better, to change people, so to improve society.” — Pope Benedict at Rome’s Piazza di Spagna for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (quoted in Whisper in the Loggia)

The local free weekly Metro Times had this wonderful article from Detroitblogger John in its November 25th edition.  Although the reporter says that Dr. Walker is not religious, I wonder how that is being defined.  I think from the article it is clear that this man is at least living a life of Christian works, and he can teach all of us a few lessons.  He is truly “practicing the Evangelical law of love.”  May God bless him.

The two men sitting side by side couldn’t be more different.

One is a dignified former college professor who quit his university job so he could teach people how to read. The other is an animated ex-con fresh out of jail who visits the teacher every day just to be in his presence, as if some of his eloquence will rub off. 

“I needed something like him in my life for quite some time,” says Scott Hudgins, the 44-year-old unofficial student of Mike Walker, the man he’s made his mentor. His eyes fill with admiration when he looks at Walker, his body language is deferential.

“He gives me a lot of good insight.” Hudgins served 18 years for operating an auto chop shop while on parole for armed robbery. 

The two sit in a cramped little store owned by the former teacher, who’s known as “Doctor” around here by those who know of his academic past. The place is regally named the Snack and Gift Shop of the Michigan Academy of Reading Improvement. It’s in a little cove of a brick basement in the Detroit Boulevard Hotel at Second and Temple, which rents cheap rooms in the Cass Corridor’s south end. 

Walker, 67, is a tenant here. He gave up university life and moved to this area to teach the less fortunate, one at a time.

“I serve everyone,” he says. “Adults, kids in elementary school, everybody. I’ve had people as old as in their 90s who want to improve their reading.”

His gift shop provides for the hotel’s residents and those from the neighborhood who have no fixed address. He sells the essentials, the items that he has learned, over time, that they need — toilet paper, snack foods, candy, salt and pepper, soap.  

You can see his customers outside through the narrow basement window, sitting on the steps of the Masonic Temple across the street. They’re the ones who line up at the soup kitchen at dinner time. The ones buying and selling drugs and sex on the corners.  

“They really aren’t any different than other people,” Walker says, looking outside. “We think that we’re different when we get education or get money, but we’re not any different. You go out in the nice neighborhoods, they can camouflage what they’re doing, and have parties behind closed doors where they use dope and there’s prostitution and everything else. Here, they don’t have the sophistication or the money to camouflage what they’re doing, so it’s just in the open.”

Some of them, like Hudgins, have made themselves Walker’s informal students. Sometimes they come in just to hang out and talk awhile with the man they all look up to.

Please continue to read the rest of the article….Metro Times – Cass class.

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