Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm baaaaaaaaack!

The Way I see it is back and re-open for business, and my latest post after a year in self-exile is on Rick Santorum and his fear of college kids, like yours truly, learning. Please read and feel free to comment. the Count is also free to cut and paste my work on BAD if he wishes.


Rick Santorum Doesn't Like Kids Going to College

I know, I know: it's been almost a full year since i've written anything for my own blog. To be fair, I haven't written much over at Banned and Dangerous, but all of that is going to change. I'm back, and I've got some things I want to talk about in my absence. Right now, the reason why i'm back: Republican presidential candidate, Jesus freak, gay-bashing, contraception-hater Rick Santorum.

Now, you know my stance on religion: I have no problem with one's religious beliefs, but when someone tries to shove his beliefs down my throat, or impose their warped view onto the country, I take great offense to that, and i'm going to call people out. While candidate Santorum was speaking at the First Baptist Church of Naples in Florida yesterday, he had a new target in his sights for his latest Two Minutes of Hate rant: College.
"We've lost, unfortunately, our entertainment industry," the candidate explained. "We've lost our higher education. That was the first to go a long time ago. It's no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college. The indoctrination that occurs at American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America -- and it is indoctrination."
Since when is higher education equivalent to indoctrination? And isn't challenging one's beliefs, the way a person thinks and looks at the world a good thing and almost a given when you go to a university? Lastly when Rick added Hollywood into the numerous things good, noble Christ-lovin' folk have lost because of us godless liberals: how can you claim you've lost something you've never fully had control of in the first place?
"If they taught Judeo-Christian ideology, they would be stripped of every dollar. If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly get. As you know, 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it. And I bet you there are people in this room who give money to colleges and universities who are undermining the very principles of our country every single day by indoctrinating kids in left-wing ideology. And you continue to give to these colleges and universities. Let me have a suggestion: Stop it!"
Rick, colleges and universities across the nation do, in fact, teach Judeo-Christian ideology, the beliefs, it's origins and the like. It's called a World Religions course. Oh, and to say that "they" would strip said school of every dollar for teaching religion is bull. First, let's get to the root of what Rick meant when he said, "they". "They," means the ACLU, the non-profit organization that's on the conservatives and evangelical Christian's shit list for, what they see as trying to eradicate Christianity from the United States. Of course, that notion is further from the truth, as the ACLU has helped Christians on numerous occasions when their right to practice their faith was threatened. Even if the government or the state tried to take away funding from said university, the ACLU would probably come to the aid of the faculty and the students.


Anonymous said...

Nice to see you again, Jonathan!


et said...

Well said, Jonathan, and welcome back! I'd add a couple of things...

If this huge percentage of kids enter with a "faith conviction," and leave without it, then what that suggests to me is that they are in fact throwing off an indoctrination rather than necessarily succumbing a new one. Projection, Rick - classic projection. Funny thing about smart kids (and adults). They actually ask questions and think instead of swallowing whole what you tell them.

Second, it seems to escape Santorum's notice that "universe" and "university" derive from the same source: Latin univers, meaning "whole" or "entire." So, by definition, institutions of higher learning should be institutions of open and free inquiry into everything. That includes matters of faith. This might be why a doctrinaire place like Bob Jones University ranks 2,695th among US universities, or someplace like Ave Maria University offers a whopping selection of TEN possible majors. It's all about shutting minds down, not opening them up.

And if you'll forgive a moment of bragging, ET Daughter is going to attend the third-best University in the UK in that country's latest-released rankings...and it's been named the 15th best in the world. So, Santorum, you're really, really going to like her in a few years... I think she could knock you down to size in about five minutes, smiling the whole time...

Count Istvan said...

This is great stuff Jonathan. You know your contributions only improve this blog. You needn't ask if you can post your work here. In fact I want very much for you to do so.

Count Istvan said...

And ET It's worth bragging about! Congratulations.

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