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September 20, 2019

Slate: Trump Administration Orders Changes to Duke, UNC Curriculum Because It’s Not “Positive” Enough About Judaism and Christianity

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 11:40

Trump Administration Orders Changes to Duke, UNC Curriculum Because It’s Not “Positive” Enough About Judaism and Christianity
The Department of Education threatened to withdraw federal funding for a Middle East studies course.

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  1. Hi Scottie;
    Ok, I think I am going to comment in the minority here, but I agree with the government on this one. Believe me when I say that no one is more surprised than me at that!!! But, when you look at a course in comparative religion, especially regional, it is incredibly important to be balanced. In truth, religion in the area was strife with abuse on a scale truly beyond belief. What’s more, when we look into how one religion influenced another, the Egyptians polytheistic religions and pharaohs, Ancient Hebrew, Zoroastrian, Caananite, Judaism, Christianity and the various forms of Islamic, then include the fact that the mid-east was well traveled and traded so you had the influences of the Romans and other developed city-states and empires, you begin to see a twisted patchwork of what it means to be a human being in the now and in the then. To focus on one single belief truly defeats the stated purpose of the course and truly cheats the students.
    The irony, at least in the way that this was titled, is that a course produced fairly and thoroughly will force students to really examine what they were raised to believe. There is a lot to be understood in a comparative religions course. It can help the student understand how people believe different things but also some very similar things, how those differences that seem to spark the greatest conflict seem to develop from fairly insignificant differences of opinion and tradition, how those traditions and beliefs change over time and how those changes influence the advancement of the people, and perhaps most importantly that people have been held by the necks of the religion leaders for 1000’s of years and seem happy to keep their head in the noose.


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    Comment by Randy — September 20, 2019 @ 16:22

    • Hello Brother. I think you missed a large part of why this was a problem. We have a government right now which are determined to enshrine Christianity in US laws. We have a government that has a lot of Christian dominionist including the Vice President and the Secretary of State. Randy this was not a case of one religion being unfair taught, it was a case of the government of Christians demanding their religion be put forward in a more favorable light. It was a demand by the US government that they change the course as it was being taught to give greater favor, greater positive attention to Christianity or lose their funding. They hated the idea that Islam was being taught in any positive light. I am sure you can see why this is a problem. I think people in this country have two blind spots. How dangerous religion can be. How much privilege Christianity had and now that they are losing it , how vicious they are willing to be to regain it. As always brother I enjoy your intelligence and reasoning power, but this time I think you may have slipped a few hot peppers into the the matrix. Regardless I enjoy talking with you so if you disagree ( or agree ) let me know your reasoning. You know I love how you reason. 😁😀😃😄😋😋😎 Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — September 20, 2019 @ 18:43

      • Hi Scottie;
        There are many hot peppers, and more than a bit of other stuff, in the matrix, but that’s a whole different topic. lol. I think often about this in terms of not what is right now, but what preceded it. And, I agree, the Dpt.o’Ed under our great idiot leader and his band of bad portents has advanced this idea of Christianity over all others. But, much like our involvement in the affairs of the happenings south of the Texas border have created unstable regions and drug lords, and just as the west’s influence in the middle east has created these oil economies and unstable governments who hate us, so has this college failed to live up to the expectations I would expect of any comparative religions course and opened the door for the problems it is now experiencing. So, while I agree with everything you say above, I think the college/prof’s have made themselves vulnerable. That was my point. Had they taught the syllabus, they could have easily told the government to go take a leap because the course is being taught without regard to any religion, and that if the government wants religion taught to go to one of the many religious colleges.

        And, as I mentioned above, I do agree that the powers that be are very concerned about losing power.


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        Comment by Randy — September 20, 2019 @ 19:18

        • Hello Randy. I just read the article again. These jump out at me.

          “The inquiry was part of a far-reaching investigation into the program by the department, which under Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, has become increasingly aggressive in going after perceived anti-Israel bias in higher education.”
          “In the UNC-Duke case, the department’s findings did not directly address any bias against Israel but instead evaluated whether the consortium’s proposed activities met the goals of the National Resource Center program…

          Now we know Betsy Devos is a someone who has tried to put her Christian faith first and foremost in schools and in the Education Department she runs. So I guess I see this differently than you do brother, I see this as someone who looked it over and did not see enough bad stuff about Islam and felt they did not praise Christianity enough to suit them. The question always asked of the many times Christians try to put Christian prayers or symbols into schools, would they be as supportive if it was Islam or Hindu? Never, it is the white Jesus only. Hugs


          Comment by Scottie — September 21, 2019 @ 05:19

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