By Amy Zewe—-
Suppose you were teaching a middle school class a science lesson on gravity. You explain how it works; you even show its consequences by dropping an apple on the floor. Do you think the lesson warrants an examination of an opposing perspective of gravity? Maybe, a lesson from Hindu swamis who practice levitation?
Or what about a history lesson on the 1985 tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, for which we have eyewitnesses, video footage, and relics? Do teachers need to also present a lesson on an opposing perspective? Maybe the explosion didn’t happen? Maybe it was not an accident. Maybe the astronauts did something to warrant the horror we all witnessed?
Ridiculous propositions, right? Events and concepts that have a plethora of convincing evidence from artifacts, to witnesses, to images, are not debatable. Add to that events and concepts that channel an evil that anyone from any or no religious conviction would like to agree is simply “bad.”
Yet, in a Dallas Texas school district, teachers are being told that if they present the Holocaust, they must present an opposing, debatable view to it.
What could possibly be the opposing view to the most documented act of systemic evil recorded in all of history that still has many eyewitnesses alive to talk about it?
You’d be surprised…
It didn’t happen.
It wasn’t really 6 million (it wasn’t that bad).
The Jews deserved it.
But, in the academic community, a historical event that demonstrated the greatest evils humanity is capable of, is now debatable and has opposing perspectives!
All this in an era when we are supposed to have the greatest awareness of human rights issues—you know, we are “woke”!
Does slavery have an opposing perspective? It sure does! And most moral people would absolutely dismiss it as evil and inappropriate to present to school children as a valid perspective.
Yet so many professors and newly developed curriculums for K-12 are making up a new history and a new narrative about Israel and Jews (and Jewish history) and peddling evil for good and good for evil:
According to an article (in the College Fix) that pinpointed the top 10 craziest things Middle East Studies Professors have said (without impunity), near the top of the list at Number 2:
“I don’t think you can talk about slavery in Islam until you realize that there is no such thing as slavery. . . . Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself. I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us. And we’re owned by people.”
-Jonathan Brown, Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University. From a lecture at the Islamist-run International Institute of Islamic Thought, in IPT News, February 13, 2017.
You see, there are debatable and various perspectives on what slavery is, and apparently it is not always evil…so let’s weave that into a study of civil war era America?
I am being sarcastic….
Clear thinking people with any sense of decency will decry any form of slavery as evil. And no amount of repackaging can make it acceptable—unless you are a professor at an elite university.
So too this trend of lies for truth about the Holocaust (and antisemitism) is on the rise as completely acceptable and even scholarly!
But let us have hope and perseverance when we live in a society that is just reflecting what God has been telling us in Scripture for millennia.
-Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
– Everyone deceives and flatters and lies. There is no sincerity left. But the Lord will not deal gently with people who act like that; he will destroy those proud liars who say, “We will lie to our heart’s content. Our lips are our own; who can stop us? The Lord replies, “I will arise and defend the oppressed, the poor, the needy. I will rescue them as they have longed for me to do.” The Lord’s promise is sure. He speaks no careless word; all he says is purest truth, like silver seven times refined.
We have truth and light on our side. When God is with us, who can be against us? But this does not mean we do not act. Please. Write your local school systems and voice your concern for what is taught in classrooms—go to the meetings if you are able. Pray constantly. Write your local and national elected officials. Do not let the schools slip away to the enemy without your voice on record—and with enough voices, the tide can and will turn. You don’t have to have school or college-aged children to be concerned. Even if appears that you have lost a battle, you are laying seeds of insight to those around you. You are demonstrating your faith. And that will have lasting effects. Pray, participate as much as you can, and pray some more.
One effort we The Jerusalem Connection have to this goal of fostering truth-seeking students who grow into adults who continue to seek and espouse the truth about Israel and the Jewish people is our Hebrew University Scholarship fund. Stay tuned in November we are announcing our first recipient. Go to our webpage and learn how to donate to this cause, so we can send more students to Israel for a full semester to study and learn and return to be active in shining lights on lies within their own communities.
Shavua Tov, have a great week.
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