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Monday, October 23, 2017

Camille Paglia Attacks Public Schools For Producing Students Ignorant of History


Liberal Professor says Dumbing Down of America Began in Public Education

Liberal, feminist (in the classic sense), college professor Camille Paglia is at it again, triggering America’s leftwing crybabies with her blunt honesty and her perceptive commentary about the ills in modern America.
In a recent conversation with conservative philosopher (and educator) Christina Hoff Sommers, Paglia reveals that many of our current problems on the college campus really began in public elementary and secondary schools.
“It’s really started at the level of public school education. I’ve been teaching now for 46 years as a classroom teacher, and I have felt the slow devolution of the quality of public school education in the classroom.”
Paglia argues that the vase majority of today’s college students have no sense of history, no sense of geography, and no understanding of how things work or why they are the way they are.
What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history – of any kind! No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of the destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on – and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization. They now have been taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!”
This really explains, not just our current college crisis, but a much wider swath of problems that we face in our culture. From the NFL protests, to Antifa, to BlackLivesMatter, to the Democrats rage against religious values and traditional societal norms. These groups have no sense of history and instead of recognizing that our nation has miraculously developed into the freest and most welcoming society the world has ever known… all they see is negatives. They only see the problems we still face, and they focus all of their time and energy on these things, blinding themselves to the reality of the world around them.
It seems that Paglia has discovered something that God explained long ago, in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…”
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NOTE:  This article published in today's online Constitution.com.  
Several decades ago, when Paglia published her Sexual Personae , I wrote and published (in the Journal of Christian Reconstruction and article (about and beginning with the term Demasculinization)  based on quotes from her book.  I had not heard much about her until recently when she began appearing on C-SPAN.  It is good to see she still is providing us with ammo in our war against bad stuff going on in our culture.
Forrest 


Friday, October 20, 2017

Old-Fashioned Fireside Tale of Wonder and Providence -- Review of Andrew M. Seddon's "Tales From The Brackenwood Ghost Club"

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Reviewer: Forrest Schultz schultz_forrest@yahoo.com 770-583-3258
 
October 20, 2017
A Breath Of Fresh Air From Days Of Yore:  Old-Fashioned Fireside Tales of Wonder and Providence

A Review of

Andrew M Seddon  Tales From The Brackenwood Ghost Club (Create Space, 2017)
                                196 pp   $9.99   ISBN: 978-1975720575

Reviewed By:  Forrest W. Schultz

     Unlike the typical anthology, this is a collection of tales which were delivered -- by the persons to whom they happened -- in a informal setting:  the living room of the host of the meetings of a local ghost club in Britain.  This fireside chat atmosphere and the tales themselves remind me of my campfire experiences many years ago at Camp Delmont and Camp Sankanac in eastern Pennsylvania.  And, as noted in an appended essay at the back of the book and on the book's back cover, these tales are classic ghost stories manifesting the uncanny and Providential qualities of the Christian world-view, in which  God sometimes does strange things which are beyond our ken.  There is a great variety among the eleven tales in this book, which is to be expected because God likes variety!  These tales, however, are alike in that each one is short, well-told, memorable and edifying.  For these reasons I highly recommend this book, and I wish to thank the author for sharing these tales with us.

For information on the author, you can visit his website at http://www.andrewmseddon.com/ . 

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Review of Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains Of The Day" -- winner of Nobel Prize For Literature

Musings On The Ideal Lord and The Ideal Butler

A Review of

Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains Of The Day  (Vintage Books, 1989)
                          $11.00   ISBN: 0-679-73172-5

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

     This is one of the most interesting and most unusual and best written books I have ever read -- and I have read over a thousand books!  It is a narration by a British butler about his life and about the discussions he and other butlers had concerning the qualities which a butler and a lord should have.  It is no wonder that this book has earned so many awards, the most recent being of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Polish People Pray for Protection from Islamic Invasion By Dr. Jerry Newcombe October 12, 2017

Polish People Pray for Protection from Islamic Invasion

Monday, October 09, 2017

Our Flag Stands for American IDEALS !!! (NOT The Sins of Americans!!!)

Our Flag Stands for American IDEALS !!!  (NOT The Sins of Americans!!!)

1. The answer to what is going on in re our flag at today's NFL Games is simply this, namely that our flag stands for American IDEALS, NOT the sins committed by Americans and American institutions.

2. Ironically,one of these sins is the tackling and collision in NFL Football games!!  THAT is what we should protest against at football games!!  The answer to that is very simple -- eliminate tackling and collision from football.  Replace tackle/collision football with touch football.

Forrest W. Schultz


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

5OOTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 95 THESES CELEBRATED: GRAPHIC NOVEL DEPICTS THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO MARTIN LUTHER

   5OOTH  ANNIVERSARY  OF  THE  95  THESES  CELEBRATED:

GRAPHIC  NOVEL  DEPICTS  THE  ADVENTURES  OF  SUPERHERO  MARTIN  LUTHER

Andrea Grosso Ciponte & Dacia Palmerino Renegade -- Martin Luther: The Graphic Biography (Plough Publishing, 2017)
                                                                           155 pp   $19.95   ISBN: 978-0874862072

Translator:  Michael G. Parker

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

    When I was a boy Superman was my favorite comic book super-hero.   Since then the greatness of Superman has been recognized in  Superman:  The Movie starring Christopher Reeve and in today's "graphic novels" of Superman.  Martin Luther has long been regarded as one of the greatest of history's "movers and shakers" (as we used to say back in the 1980s) and now, with the publication of the book under review he is rightly regarded as one of its super-heroes.  Now, if super-heroes are appropriate as characters in graphic novels, and if Luther is a super-hero, then it logically follows that it is permissible and reasonable to tell us his biography by means of the graphic novel format.  Q.E.D.  Having said that, it must be admitted that it certainly seems very far-out to use the graphic novel for talking about Luther, but that very seeming strangeness is what makes this book so interesting and attractive AND lots of fun to read and look at!!  It is its very unexpectedness that makes it so funny and yet also a striking way of communicating what Luther and his time was like.  AND, because October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the famous (or is it infamous?) 95 Theses, this year there are (and will be) lots of books about Luther, the book under review here has a great advantage because, unlike the others, this one presents such a strange and interesting format!!  If you are tired of reading same-old-same-old theology and history books about Luther, I recommend reading Renegade !!   The book's very format is a renegade type! 

    But what about historical accuracy??  Aha!  Glad you asked.  Listen, this innovative graphic novel format is very appropriate because Luther himself was very innovative in HIS time in using the then newly invented printing press to publicize his teachings.  And some of his writings included what we now call cartoons!  AND, Luther not only was up to date but he also was a pace-SETTER in that his excellent German translation of the Bible greatly influenced the very future of the German language just as a century later the excellence of the King James translation of the Bible greatly influenced the future of the English language.  Luther was not only "with it", he also established what later became regarded as "with it"!!  As a famous verse in the Bible puts it, he was "the head" not "the tail" -- an innovator not a copycat. 

     Back in the 60s there was a lot of discussion about "medium" and "message" due to the provocative ideas of a man named Marshall  McLuhan.  My conclusion on that matter is that the medium influences or becomes part of the message.  As I hope I have established above, the graphic novel medium is appropriately used in communicating the message we need to know about Luther.

     I wish to thank Maureen Swinger from Plough Publishing for sending me a copy of this very interesting book.  It will be published next week.  

October 3, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

HUGH HEFNER VS. R. J. RUSHDOONY: THE CHALCDON FOUNDATION SPEAKS OUT !!


THE  CHALCEDON  FOUNDATION  ON  HUGH  HEFNER VS. R. J. RUSHDOONY
Chalcedon is Equipping You to Advance God's Kingdom...

Hugh Hefner Dies, and the World Celebrates His Legacy. We are Seeing His Legacy in an Era of Greater Perversion with Greater Accessibility.

Rushdoony exposed the worldview of pornagraphers and their war against Christian civilization.
With his recent passing, the world is celebrating the life of Hugh Hefner, but what’s not realized is that Hefner was but one part of a larger war against Christian civilization that has its roots in the liberation theology of the French pervert, the Marquis de Sade. This war is still with us.
This $57 billion dollar industry is swallowing peoples worldwide as its revenues exceed that of professional football, baseball, and basketball combined. Statistics reveal that upwards of 40 million American adults regularly visit over 372 million published pornographic web pages. How did we get here?
In the “free love” decade of the 1960s, the New Left refashioned pornography into a new image—the symbol of moral freedom. What was once sold “under the counter” as filth was now celebrated as the literary symbol of liberation from God and His law-word. This refashioning was nothing new. It was but an echo of the liberation theology of the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814).
In 1974, R. J. Rushdoony, wrote, “[T]his new pornography, first conceived by Sade - will not be eliminated by moral indignation or by legislation.”
Rushdoony recognized that the roots of pornography are religious, and it must be resisted religiously.
In this powerful book Noble Savages (formerly The Politics of Pornography) Rushdoony demonstrates that in order for modern man to justify his perversion he must reject the Biblical doctrine of the fall of man. If there is no fall, the Marquis de Sade argued, then all that man does is normative. Rushdoony concluded, “[T]he world will soon catch up with Sade, unless it abandons its humanistic foundations.”
In his conclusion Rushdoony wrote, “Symptoms are important and sometimes very serious, but it is very wrong and dangerous to treat symptoms rather than the underlying disease. Pornography is a symptom; it is not the problem.” What is the problem? It’s the philosophy behind pornography—the rejection of the fall of man that makes normative all that man does. Learn it all in this timeless classic.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RUSHDOONY ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY



WHAT  R.  J.  RUSHDOONY  THOUGHT  OF  THE  REPUBLICAN  PARTY

HIS  SON  MARK  TELLS  US  VIA  THE  CHALCEDON  REPORT:


The Gospel of Salvation & the Obedience of Faith
Mark Rushdoony
If I can be so bold as to suggest there was a blessing from the Obama years, it would be to note that the assertion my father was the godfather of the “religious right” did seem to fade away.  You see, once they had power, the left viewed the opposition as irrelevant and largely ignored them. (That is a constant difference between the left and the right in the U.S. When the left is in power, it ignores the right and forces the agenda. When the “conservatives” are in power, they seek bi-partisan consensus.) 
I knew it would reappear after the Republicans embarrassed the Democrats last November. The old rhetoric was bound to re-surface. The left would accuse the right of trying to establish a theocratic state. Of course, the sinister mastermind of the plan is always held to be my father, R. J. Rushdoony. 
In reality, my father was disgusted with American politics, right as well as left. He quit voting for the Republican presidential candidate long before I did. When Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976, he only briefly noted it in his journal: 
Listened briefly to election returns and apparent defeat of Gerald Ford. I detest Carter, but am not unhappy at Ford’s defeat. Any man who has so little contact with reality as to say Poland is a free country is as dangerous as Carter.
My father’s only political interest was in reclaiming power from the political arena and returning it to the spheres of family, church, and the free enterprises of individuals. His political involvement was to fight statism, not use it as a mechanism of Christian action.
Too much thought in theonomy centers around what the state would look like and do in a Christian social order. That makes theonomy an academic subject when it should be a very practical one when God’s Law is brought to bear on our family, businesses, and church life. A theocratic order cannot be imposed by state action and that is not what my father suggested, advocated, or taught.Theonomy means “God’s law” and can only come about when it is embraced by a repentant people. The gospel of salvation must be followed by the obedience of faith. Faith must be followed by faithfulness. Our message is that of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey.”