College challenges critical race / gender theory and ‘awakening’ – Times News Online
Posted on April 26, 2021 2:45 PM
Fifty years ago, the Wall Street Journal dubbed the College of the Ozarks, a private, Christian and liberal arts school in southwest Missouri, “Hard Work University” because of the school’s emphasis. on the education of “character”.
Due to a student work program, it does not charge any tuition fees for full-time students. The school is still known by that name and last week strengthened its place against other schools by taking on President Biden and the awakened culture that permeates our society.
Last January, Biden signed a decree titled “Preventing and Combating Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation”. Violators of the administration’s new rules on “reinterpreting sex” face fines of up to six figures.
The Conservatives’ flashback was immediate.
To defend their Christian beliefs, the College of the Ozarks took legal action to challenge the directive, declaring that opening female dormitories to biological men and vice versa forces religious schools to violate their beliefs. The school adheres to the Christian belief that biological sex is not changeable. Its dormitory policies prohibit male students from living in female residences, and vice versa.
“The government cannot and should not force schools to open up girls’ dormitories to men on the basis of its politically motivated and inappropriate redefinition of ‘sex’? said Julie Marie Blake, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the college.
“Women should not be forced to share private spaces – including showers and dormitories – with men, and religious schools should not be punished simply for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex,” she added. “The excessive government action by the Biden administration continues to victimize women, girls and believers by destroying their legal protections, and it must be stopped.”
Last year, British political commentator Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, expressed his opinion on how ‘revival’ – a term obscured by concerns about social justice and racial justice – is winning. Across the country. He said Critical Race / Gender Theory – or CRT – has become the foundational and underlying philosophy of the majority of cultural institutions, academia, media, business, liberal churches, philanthropies and society. mainstream journalism.
Some schools and colleges are even dropping SATs so they can create racial equity and abolish the idea of merit. The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, has supported the idea that working hard, showing up on time, and perfecting a task are functions of “whiteness.”
As another example, Sullivan explained that the Black Lives Matter movement is rooted in critical race theory and its activists don’t just support police reform, they want it to be abolished entirely. The BLM movement, says Sullivan, demonizes all cops and justifies violence and exonerates crime as legitimate resistance to the far greater crime of white oppression.
Sullivan says critical race theory requires nothing more than tribal instinct to thrive. By offering hope that you are on the “right side of history,” Sullivan says that “awakened” culture fills a spiritual void for a person, without involving God. One can stop the isolation and emptiness of living in a lonely age by simply turning to awakened ideologies, as with unholy communist dogma.
Fortunately, some schools – like the College of the Ozarks – defend their own beliefs. Its president, Dr Jerry C. Davis, believes religious freedom is under attack in America, and has said his school will not sit on the sidelines and watch.
“To threaten religious freedom is to threaten America itself,” said Dr. Davis. “The College of the Ozarks will not allow politicians to erode this essential American law or the ideals that shaped the founding of America.”
By Jim Zbick | [email protected]
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