Critical thinking: Decision Making, based on Emotions, or Absolutes of God?

Critical thinking:

Decision Making, based on Emotions, or  Absolutes of God?

Dr. Joe McKeever

The Lord is not asking for feelings or wishing for greater emotions.

I cannot find any place in Scripture that places a premium on emotional exuberance.  But it’s not a sign of anything permanent. But that doesn’t seem to be what the Lord is wanting. It’s the whole life, not the emotional outskirts. ~Dr. Joe McKeever American Family Association The Daily Stand

 

Skyler Gleue

American Family Association

The Daily Stand

Christ often presented hard, even difficult, teachings. Selective morality is not merely a contemporary conflict new to Christians, and due to that, Christ and His apostles frequently scolded secularized Christianity. Jesus did not have an identity crisis, and He does not expect us to have one either.

Absolutes of God

C.S. Lewis once said that “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

Philosopher Blaise Pascal once stated, “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Pascal’s comment suggests that we are more inclined to ‘reason’ based on emotions rather than logic, or at the most, let our deductions be clouded with our emotions.

There is tremendous truth behind this observation. However, whatever is most attractive is not always advantageous. Big businesses may benefit and capitalize on compulsive and emotion-based decision making, but when this mindset enters the church or a religious atmosphere it often conflicts with objective truth. Because of this mindset of arriving at beliefs based on what is attractive rather than absolute, many churches have become lukewarm in their teachings on difficult truths and adopted a secularized mindset.

Alongside this, many self-professing followers of Christ also tend to hold secular positions on important social issues of our day, such as abortion, separation of Church and State, and tolerance toward contradictory political views. Many Christians openly support these views on the basis of love, acceptance, and conformity. This causes an identity crisis for what Christianity absolutely stands for and against.

Christ often presented hard, even difficult, teachings. Selective morality is not merely a contemporary conflict new to Christians, and due to that, Christ and His apostles frequently scolded secularized Christianity.

Jesus did not have an identity crisis, and He does not expect us to have one either. To stress the importance of His message, Christ offers a caution. Immediately preceding the warning by Jesus where He said “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few,” He issue a secondary warning: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Jesus instructs us to recognize false teachers, those who are part of the Church and tolerant toward anti-Biblical social issues, by their character (Matthew 7). We are further instructed to “test all things” and “hold on to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

C.S. Lewis once said that “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” When we treat the Scriptures as a buffet and selectively choose what we accept and deny, we inadvertently reject Christianity as a whole. God calls such people “lukewarm” and “false prophets,” and this taints the mission of the Church, to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). God rejects secularized Christianity, and so should we.

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Biblical Worldview: Bible History supports Border Security

Biblical Worldview:

Bible History supports Border Security

The Bible: The U.S. Has Every Right to Shut Down Its Border

Bryan Fischer

American Family Association

The Daily Stand

Reading the Bible you will find that national borders are to be recognized and respected.

Regressive evangelicals can be fooled just like anyone when it comes to what the Bible teaches about illegal immigration. To hear many evangelical leaders tell it, God is all for open borders and anybody who thinks otherwise is a bad Christian. But that’s not what we discover when we take a closer look at what the Bible actually says rather than what we want it to say.

Congress refuses to address hopelessly outdated immigration policies that require illegals be released into the interior of the United States as soon as they are apprehended, in the vain hope that they will return for an asylum hearing one day, years in the future. Things are so bad that the governor of New Mexico loaded up a caravan of illegal aliens herself and dumped them in Colorado.

Deprived of every other option by a spineless Congress and a tyrannical judiciary, the president has resorted to the use of tariffs to get Mexico’s attention. What the president has realized is that there is simply no way to control illegal immigration without making it Mexico’s problem instead of ours.

At this point, the U.S. is carrying all the burden and Mexico is reaping all the benefits. Some of those we take in are the dregs of their society. We feed them, house them, clothe them, and educate them though they pay no taxes. At the same time, the remittances they send back to Mexico comprise the biggest single component of the Mexican economy, surpassing even oil revenue. The entire state of affairs is intolerable and unsustainable.

border wallRegressive evangelicals can be fooled just like anyone when it comes to what the Bible teaches about illegal immigration. To hear many evangelical leaders tell it, God is all for open borders and anybody who thinks otherwise is a bad Christian.

But that’s not what we discover when we take a closer look at what the Bible actually says rather than what we want it to say. When Israel approached the Promised Land in its journey through the wilderness, Moses asked the kings of Edom and Moab for permission to pass through their territory on the way to Canaan and was denied – twice.

The king of Edom “would not listen” and the king of Moab “would not consent” (Judges 11:17). What did Moses do? Did he invade their land or sneak across their borders?

NO – the Bible says in Judges 11:18 he “went around the land of Moab and the land of Edom.”  In other words, he honored their borders and would not enter their sovereign territory without their permission. 

The Bible teaches us here and in any many other places that borders around countries are God’s idea, not man’s, and must be respected. When we protect our sovereign borders from an invasion of illegal aliens who enter without our permission, we are simply following the template laid down by God himself in his Word.

There is nothing wrong and everything right about insisting that the people of other nations honor and respect our borders. And the sooner we do it the better.

 

The Bible: The U.S. Has Every Right to Shut Down Its Border

 

Parents as Teachers: Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Parents as Teachers:

Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Written, Not with Ink

C.A. Davidson

keyoldAnd we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26 )

 

Moses and 10 cropJochebed, mother of Moses, gently laid her infant son in a carefully crafted little ark, then watched over the short river journey of her precious cargo until he was safely in the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter. Even then, in the king’s court, she was there, nursing him and vigilant in his care.

Despite the opposition of those who would have killed him, Moses grew to manhood, delivered his people from bondage, and left to the world the priceless moral code known as the Ten Commandments. Moses went on to his reward, but opposition to his work continues.

In the New World, about 148 B.C., the prophet Abinadi was put to death by a king, for defending the plan of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

This revered code has been preserved, found today inscribed in stone or metal. The Ten Commandments have been ridiculed, forbidden, removed from public display. Yet within the calm eye of stormy hostility, this code remains serene, steadfast, and immovable.

After the children of Israel broke the Ten Commandments and other higher laws, Moses was instructed to create a complex structure of rules and regulations.

Today, many try to replace the Ten Commandments with gargantuan legal documents of government regulation.

10commandmentsLaws of men come and go. People have been killed or thrown in jail defending the Ten Commandments. But this moral code persists as a foundation for all civilized societies. Why? Because its Author is absolute— the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Ten Commandments are moral absolutes.

Those whose behavior is consistent with moral absolutes are guided by what is called “internal government.” These individuals can successfully govern themselves, but are accountable to a just God.

When internal government breaks down, external government takes over, with rules, regulation, and bureaucracy. Persons under external government are accountable to men, who may not be just.

lesmisbookIn Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, a timeless novel about justice and mercy, hero Jean Valjean served in prison for decades because he stole one loaf of bread. He learned about mercy when a compassionate priest bought his freedom with two valuable silver candle holders. Because of that gracious gift, Valjean lived out his life serving and bringing joy to others. But Javert, his jailer, refusing to accept the price paid for Jean’s deliverance, became obsessed with re-capturing him. Failing in his objective, Javert finally ended his own miserable life. Such is the state of man at the hands of human justice.

In a civilized society, however, justice must be served, or there would be nothing to deter evil and protect the innocent. But much as we may desire to be morally perfect, we all fall short. What is to be done?

Many today reject moral absolutes because, like Javert, they do not understand the plan of mercy. A loving Father in heaven knew that his children would fail to keep all the commandments that justice required. Only His perfect Son could meet the absolute demands of justice and pay the price for His children’s deliverance.

Gethsemane2Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards. The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance. Like Valjean, our children must forsake evil, or justice will have claims upon them.

If we as parents, like Jochebed, diligently train, nurture, and safeguard the internal government in our children, their souls will remain clean and whole when all around them are falling apart. Despite the fading ink of human doctrine, our children can remain true to eternal principles, written, not with ink, but in the fleshy tables of their hearts. (2Cor.3:3)

But remember, “It is easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Children prepared with strong internal government will always make honor and virtue their choice; they will triumph over evil, and rejoice.

 

Dinner Topics for Monday

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  1. Give examples in the world today of human injustice, in which the Ten Commandments have been perverted and the atonement of Christ is denied.
  2. If we do our very best to live high moral standards, but fall short, what must we do to receive the mercy of Christ?

 

Copyright © 2010 by Christine A. Davidson

 

True to the Faith

By Evan Stephens

 

truth1Shall the youth of Zion falter in defending truth and right?

While the enemy assaileth, shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!

While we know the powers of darkness seek to thwart the work of God,

Shall the children of the promise cease to grasp the iron rod? No!

 

We will work out our salvation; we will cleave unto the truth;

We will watch and pray and labor with the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!

We will strive to be found worthy of the kingdom of our Lord,

With the faithful ones redeemed who have loved and kept his word. Yes!

 

ShieldresizeTrue to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.

 

 

Christian Standards for Children and Youth

 

holyspiritI will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.

I will listen to the Holy Spirit.

I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake.

I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself.

I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.

girlmodesty_largeI will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

I will honor my parents and do my part to strengthen my family.

I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.

I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.

familyprayerI will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will seek good friends and treat others kindly.

I will do my part to strengthen my family.

 

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Judeo-Christian Worldview: Moral Character Education Theme Quotes

Judeo-Christian Worldview:

Moral Character Education Theme Quotes

It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and the bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children. As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. ~Oliver Wendell Homes

The Lord wants us to be peacemakers, but he doesn’t want peace at the cost of truth. ~Sarah Sundin

We need [men and] women who can detect deception in all of its forms. ~Russell M. Nelson

If we continue to teach about tolerance and intolerance instead of good and evil, we will end up with tolerance of evil. ~Dennis Prager

“The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness, and pain. … If your so-called friends urge you to do anything you know to be wrong, you be the one to make a stand for right, even if you stand alone.” ~Thomas S. Monson

We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball

Obedience to God is the habit of a free man. ~James Talmadge

Whether we recognize it or not, we are connected with our past . . . people who care nothing for the past usually have no thought for the future and are selfish in the way they use the present. (World Conference 1980)

Love people, not things; use things, not people. ~Spencer W. Kimball

Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith. ~Thomas S. Monson

Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be.

The secret to having it all is knowing that  you already do.

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” ― Alexander Pope

Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. ~Edmund Burke

It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny. ~Thomas S. Monson

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~Isaiah 5:20

The opposite of Courage: “Most of the world fears the raised fist while we in America fear the raised eyebrow.” ~Mack Stiles

National Security Success Stories: Hungary Border Wall vs. Illegal Immigration

National Security Success Stories:

Hungary Border Wall vs. Illegal Immigration

But you’d never know, thanks to Mainstream Media Censorship

‘They Don’t Even TRY’: Hungary’s New Border Fence called a ‘Spectacular Success’

hungary border wall

Hungary Border Wall

Skeptics who believe a border wall will not stop illegals from entering the United States may want to look at what’s happening in Hungary

On the day its border fence was completed, the influx of illegals entering Hungary went down from 6,353 per day to 870 the next. For the remainder of that month, illegal border crossings were steadily below 40 per day, officials said.

They don’t even try,” a local border guard told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We haven’t had a single Muslim migrant in six months.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s pledge to stop illegals from flowing into the country appears to be a spectacular success.

Hungary’s 96-mile long, 14-foot tall double-line fence includes several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks. The barrier features cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re about to breakHungarian law if they as much as touch the fence, the DC report said.

Nearly every police officer in Hungary is part of a rotation to monitor the border fence at all times. Temporary military bases house the police while they do their rotation.

Additionally, Hungary will train and pay more than 1,000 volunteers to deploy as “border hunters”.

Illegals who are caught are arrested and dropped off on the Serbian side of the fence. They don’t get a chance to apply for asylum unless they do so at a “transit zone” where they are held in housing containers while their cases get processed, the report said.

In September 2016, thousands of migrants streamed across the border every day as they made their way north to Austria, Germany and Scandinavia.

“It was an invasion,” Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of Asotthalom, told the Daily Caller. “Illegal immigration is a crime in a normal country. It’s not a normal thing to break into a country.”

By mid-year it was well beyond 100,000 people who came across,” said Zoltan Kovacs, a spokesman for the Hungarian government. “You should at least have the ability to handle what’s going on.”

Kovacs added: “You might not like it, it’s not a nice thing, but … the only way to stop illegal border crossings is [to] first build a fence, man it, equip it, and also, in parallel, build up your capabilities in terms of legal confines, legal circumstancesto be able to handle what is coming.”

It’s no surprise the mainstream U.S. media refuses to report this story to the American public. Can you imagine how support for a Southern border wall would spike?

Christian Ministry to Veterans: Assistance for PTSD Treatment

Christian Ministry to Veterans:

Assistance for PTSD Treatment

Why not us?

Matthew White

soldier prayingU.S. Marine Chad Robichaux struggled with that question as he considered the challenges combat veterans and military families face. Having completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, he was no stranger to those challenges.

After returning home from his eighth and final deployment, Chad began experiencing symptoms he wasn’t sure how to cope with – desperation, anxiety, arm and face numbness, the feeling that his throat was swelling shut, and panic attacks. Initially he kept these feelings to himself for fear that he would be perceived as weak.

Ironically, he found himself becoming a weak and broken man, not knowing what to do. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and removed from his
task force.

The dark side
At home, seemingly without purpose, his life began to spiral out of control as he pursued the things of the world to fill the voids – a professional mixed martial arts career, infidelity, and more. Kathy, his wife, held on as long as she could but eventually gave Chad an ultimatum – choose her and their three children or continue down his destructive path.

He chose the latter, and it only led him to an even darker place. He had tried to blame his problems on others, but now alone, he realized the true problem was the internal war that he hadn’t dealt with. Thinking the solution was to remove himself permanently so he could cause no further harm, he became suicidal, trying to talk himself into taking his own life.

While Chad was in the pit of despair, Kathy, in spite of their separation, continued to pray for Chad, and even forgave him. With divorce papers signed and ready, one final question from Kathy changed everything.

“How is it that everything you do, you accomplish, you achieve, you rise above and beyond,” she asked, “but when it comes to our family, you quit?”

The bright side
Stunned, Chad reevaluated everything.

Subsequently, their story of God’s transformational power is nothing short of amazing. Chad found what he’d been searching for – Jesus, and when he did, he said “the PTSD that was controlling my life, became a set of memories I had control over.”

After a mentorship process to help them overcome their struggles, their church commissioned them and sent them out to begin the Mighty Oaks ministry to America’s military warriors and families.

warrior bibleThe Mighty Oaks Foundation is a faith-based veteran service organization whose stated mission is, “to serve and restore our nation’s warriors and families, who have endured hardship through their service to America, and to help them find a new life purpose through hope in Christ.”

Re-entry into civilian life is difficult and sometimes devastating for combat veterans, often leaving their families to deal with the aftermath of broken homes and even suicide. Mighty Oaks cuts to the heart of the issue through a variety of programs that teach combat veterans victimized by PTSD how to get beyond combat trauma and live their lives in the manner God intended.

Their flagship programs are the Legacy Program For Men and The Legacy Program For Women. The men’s six-day intensive peer-to-peer program seeks to help them discover the answers to the big questions in life, bring to the surface deeply buried struggles, and teach men how to fight through these challenges.

The women’s five-day retreat, for both spouses and military women, hopes to give women a biblical blueprint of womanhood and help each one become the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31.

Mighty Oaks believes that by helping these heros align their lives to biblical principles, they will be better equipped to lead their families, their communities, and the nation.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs there are 20 veteran suicides in America every day. Learn more at mightyoaksprograms.org or email info@mightyoaksprograms.org.

 

Pro-Life News: Abortion numbers decline; Abortion funding cut

Pro-Life News:

Abortion numbers decline; Abortion funding cut

Abortions, clinic numbers continue decline

May 2019 – From 2012 to 2018, the total number of abortion clinics in the U.S. decreased by 159, leaving the total number of U.S. abortion clinics at 697. Of that 697, 467 are surgical clinics, and 230 are non-surgical clinics that provide the “abortion pill.” While total numbers sound positive, it is not a good sign that abortion-pill providers increased by 17 clinics (from 213 to 230) in 2018 alone.

From a longer perspective, in 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the country. The current number – 467 – represents a 79% decrease over the 27 years.

Incidentally, the number of abortions reported in 1991 was 1,388,937, compared to approximately 881,000 in 2017, a 37% decrease.

Though abortion numbers are down overall, and the total number of abortion clinics continues to decrease, the prevalence of non-surgical abortion-pill clinics is creeping up. (See Unplanned movie review here to learn more about abortion pill procedures and the reality of their use.)

New poll shows significant pro-life shift

May 2019 – A February Marist survey of over 1,000 adults revealed that Americans made a sudden and dramatic shift toward a pro-life position in the aftermath of publicized pushes toward late-term abortion in states such as New York and Virginia.

Founded in 1978, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has conducted the independent research on public priorities, elections, and a wide variety of social issues that reflect the pulse of the nation. The survey found that 47% of Americans now identify as pro-life. The same number are pro-abortion (survey used the word pro-choice). A month earlier, the same poll found that only 38% identified as pro-life.

Among subgroups (not reflected in the chart) Democrats and young adults led the shift. Previously, Democrats identified as 20% pro-life, compared to 34% in the most recent poll. The position of Americans under age 45 (regardless of political affiliation) moved from 28% pro-life to 47% pro-life.

kofc.org, 2/25/19

HHS cuts abortion funding

May 2019 – On February 22, the Trump administration finalized a rule cutting Title X family planning funds to clinics that provide or refer for abortions.

The HHS fact sheet concerning the rule, established in 1970, states, “From the start, Congress was clear that Title X funds cannot be used to support abortion.” However, Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the country, has been receiving $60 million of Title X funds annually.

Under the rule, known as the Protect Life Rule, no funds are provided without “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning.” In addition, the rule prohibits “referral for abortion as a method of family planning. [It] does not bar nondirective counseling on abortion, but eliminates the requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling
and referral.”

The new rule was set to take effect 60 days from the date published in the Federal Register.

According to Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, the Title X program, which disperses $286 million annually, will now offer a wider range of services, life-affirming options, and better regulatory oversight at federally qualified health centers, which outnumber abortion centers 20 to 1.

The new rule does not, however, affect Planned Parenthood’s and other abortion clinics’ ability to file claims and receive payment from Medicaid – also taxpayer funds.

cnsnews.com, 2/26/19

World’s smallest baby – 9.45 ounces – now 7 pounds

May 2019 – An infant in Tokyo, born in August 2018 via emergency C-section at just 24 weeks gestation, was finally released from Keio University Hospital on February 20. The baby’s official birthweight was 9.45 ounces, making him the smallest surviving baby boy in the world – a record previously held by a child born in Germany in 2009, weighing just 9.6 ounces.

Doctors determined the preterm birth was necessary when they discovered the baby was not gaining weight and his life was in danger. Since his birth he had been carefully monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit, where he had grown to just over seven pounds at the time of his discharge.

The physician who treated the tiny baby, Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu, said, “I want people to know that babies can return home vigorous even if they are
born small.”

stream.org, 3/1/19; foxnews.com, 2/27/19

Push Back: Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Push Back:

Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall

The money will come from funds already allocated for various military construction projects in the states.

By Rick Moran

The Pentagon has identified $12.8 billion in military construction spending that could be used to fund the building of a wall on the southern border.

The money has already been appropriated but not spent and is targeted for various stateside military facilities.  It’s unclear which projects would be affected.

Washington Examiner:

It’s a question of priorities.  Should building a new PX at a Georgia military base be given a higher priority than building a wall?  That’s the Pentagon’s reasoning, and, given the president’s declaration of a national emergency, it’s not a hard call.

Not all the projects will be scrapped.  Some may be delayed; other long-term projects could see reduced funding on a year-to-year basis.  The allocation of money is somewhat at the discretion of the secretary.

The point is, the money is there whenever Trump wants to use it.  There will no doubt be temporary court injunctions to prevent any construction immediately, but with the emergency declaration, the delay is not likely to be a long one.

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am

CNN Stunned to Find Pro-Trump Latinos: We Want ‘Longer and Taller’ Wall

 

Executive Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$

Donald Trump Demands Universities Comply with Free Speech Requirements to Receive Federal Grants

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday requiring universities receiving federal grants to certify that they follow free speech principles.

“The president strongly supports free speech,” a senior administration told reporters during a briefing on the upcoming order. “American institutions of higher education should support open intellectually engaging debate, which is critical to creating the next generation of successful leaders and thinkers.”

The order directs twelve federal grant-making agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that schools receiving federal research or education grants uphold the First Amendment and principles of free inquiry. The order will not apply to student aid, the official confirmed.

All universities already follow certain criteria to get federal aid, and the president’s order will include free speech on campus as one of the requirements.

“Agencies will enforce the order how they are already enforcing grant conditions,” the official said, who confirmed that the new requirements would take several weeks to implement.

The president signed his executive order on free speech on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Exec Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$…

Report: Trump Could Save Billions by Ending ‘Press 2 for Spanish’

 

Is Trump embracing Brazil to teach Germany a lesson?
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am
Are we about to have a new NATO member?

ADL: Extremist Killings DOWN 39% Under Trump

History Facts: World War 1 Heroes, American Exceptionalism in History honored by United States Congress

History Facts:

World War 1 Heroes, American Exceptionalism in History honored by United States Congress

Embracing the American’s Creed

By Paul S. Gardiner

It’s a safe bet that most Americans do not know that year 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the American’s Creed by the United States Congress (House of Representatives).  In April of 1918, the Congress accepted the words composed in 1917 by William Tyler Page during World War I as the official American’s Creed.

Referring to the Creed, Page said: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.”  His wording of the Creed includes passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.  The Creed reads as follows:

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

If today’s politicians, at all levels of government but especially members of the United States Congress, strongly embraced and let the American’s Creed guide their daily actions and decisions, this would certainly be in the best interest of America.  Such a lifestyle should help overcome, hopefully in a major way, the terribly bitter and divisive political environment that presently exists in America.  Americans of all backgrounds and situations need to unite under the banner of the American’s Creed!

Paul S. Gardiner is an avid lover of America living in Hoschton, Ga.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Alabama, and Army War College.