The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked state and local budgets. Moreover, it’s looking more likely that school operations will not return to normal this fall. Social distancing guidelines will demand smaller class sizes. The days of 25-30 students per classroom are over for the foreseeable future. There is simply not enough space in our brick-and-mortar schools.
Some distancing can be achieved by staggering instruction across days or weeks. However, these arrangements will create scheduling havoc for families trying to return to work, especially for families with multiple children spanning several grades or schools.
We can also achieve the required social distancing by encouraging alternatives to existing brick-and-mortar schools. For example, online public charter schools have a long history of successful education outcomes while achieving social distancing. Many private schools had digital learning plans in place prior to the pandemic and were able to quickly adjust to Governor Kate Brown’s March 23 “stay home, save lives” order. For example, St. Mary’s Academy in Portland switched to digital learning the day after the order was issued. In contrast, Portland Public Schools took nearly a month to get its distance learning plans in place.
Education savings accounts are a readily available option to foster school choice and downsize public school enrollment to achieve class sizes consistent with social distancing guidelines. Moreover, a carefully crafted ESA program would reduce state spending on education while improving options and opportunities for thousands of Oregon students. Continue reading
You’ve heard of kids turning 180 degrees away from the values of their parents? Well, this is one of those situations. Hezekiah was a good leader of his country. He began his reign at 25 and was king of Judah for 29 years. But after he died, his son, Manasseh, became king. Manasseh was only twelve years old when he inherited carte-blanche authority in his country (how many of you would want to see a twelve-year old be your mayor or governor or president?). He reigned for 55 years.
The summation of his life is given us in 2 Chronicles 33:2, “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” Some of the detestable practices he engaged in were astrology, witchcraft, and seances. He also corrupted the Temple and sought to turn his country away from the Lord to worship other gods.
The worst thing he did, though, was he “sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom…” (2 Chronicles 33:6) He actually threw his screaming, terrified young children into burning trash dumps as WORSHIP of the gods he followed! Can you believe how heartless this maniac was? Continue reading
A new FX documentary, AKA Jane Roe, raises many questions about the real Jane Roe.
Jane Roe, who pseudonymously sought an abortion in Texas, was at the heart of the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. She claimed she had been impregnated in a gang-rape. In the mid-1980s, Roe was revealed to be Norma McCorvey. In the mid-1990s, she stunned the world by professing to have become a Christian and an opponent of abortion. She then claimed she had never been raped at all. And now comes a documentary in which she, in the final year of her life, apparently claims that her switch to the pro-life position was all an act, for which she was paid.
It should be noted she was paid to appear in the FX documentary. Nick Sweeney, the documentary producer, has made movies about sex robots and girls becoming “boys.”
The Daily Beast reports on perhaps the most critical scene in the FX documentary: “This is my deathbed confession,” [McCorvey] chuckles, sitting in a chair in her nursing home room, on oxygen. Sweeney asks McCorvey, “Did [the evangelicals] use you as a trophy?” “Of course,” she replies. “I was the Big Fish.” “Do you think you would say that you used them?” Sweeney responds. “Well,” says McCorvey, “I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they took me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. That’s what I’d say.” She even gives an example of her scripted anti-abortion lines. “I’m a good actress,” she points out. “Of course, I’m not acting now.” Continue reading
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1. This study examines three entities to which faith is attributed: 1) as the name of a Gospel, which is a body of truth, i.e., “The Faith;” 2) Jesus Christ’s faith, thus it is referred to as “the faith of Jesus Christ;” 3) as the faith of individual members of the Body of Christ.
1 – The Faith:
The term “the faith” is never found in the four Gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, faith is usually attributed to individual people and the word faith does not appear in John. “The faith” first appears in the book of Acts where it refers to the belief of the Jews in the Pentecostal church in Jerusalem. They believed the Gospel of the Kingdom, which was simply, that Jesus was their promised Messiah. Peter and the other 11 apostles, along with the Jewish believers were waiting for the Tribulation, after which they anticipated Christ’s return to establish His Kingdom on earth, Acts 1:6 – 8. They followed the Law of Moses and worshiped in Jerusalem at the Temple, Acts 2:42 – 47. The Old Testament (OT) had prophesied the Tribulation and the Messianic Kingdom. Jesus Christ Himself foretold the Tribulation, Matthew 24:4 – 14 and His subsequent return to establish His Kingdom, Matthew 24:29 – 31. That was the Gospel or “the faith” to which they were obedient: “… the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7. However, they soon had to flee Jerusalem or be killed when Israel’s leaders rejected the Apostle’s offer of the Kingdom, climaxing with the stoning of Stephen, Acts 7:54 – 60. Continue reading
May 27, 2020 It’s a tiny slip of an island, just 110 miles off the coast of China. But a narrow stretch of water isn’t the only thing separating Taiwan from its communist neighbors. There, floating in the Formosa Strait, is a surprising patch of democracy. To most people, the thought is astounding. A boat ride away from one of the most oppressive regimes in human history, 23 million people go about their days free. And China can’t stand it.
Most Americans probably don’t give a second thought to Taiwan — except maybe to marvel at how a country with a Florida-sized population managed to stave off the coronavirus so effectively. But otherwise, the average person doesn’t pay the area much attention. That, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) argues, is where they’re wrong. Taiwan is one of the most important pieces of land in the Pacific — and if the West wants to teach China a lesson, it had better wrap its head around that — and fast.
For years, the island nation has been threatened by China with “reunification,” which is just a euphemism, former State Department envoy Christian Whiton points out, “for military invasion and conquest.” A violent end, he warns, of the 71 years of virtual independence from China. But why should Americans care? Apart from the fact that China is in everyone’s doghouse over the coronavirus — does losing Taiwan to the communists really matter? Continue reading
While news reports have said we are still a year to a year and a half away from the release of the coronavirus vaccine, we know that they are working hard to roll one out. Once it is released, the CDC, Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates have said they want to make it mandatory for everyone living in America and around the world.
Why is that a problem?
First, the vaccine is untried and untested. We have no idea the long-term consequences, if any, of the new COVID19 pharmaceutical cocktail.
We also do not know what is really in it.
We know that the majority of vaccines contain aluminum and formaldehyde, both which are toxic to the human body. Also aborted fetal tissue–both male (MRC-5) and female (WI-38) DNA is in Hep A and B, Shingles, Varicella, MMR and MMRV vaccines. (Could that be in part the cause of all the gender identity confusion as DNA from both genders has been injected into us and our children?) A new cell line from a 3-month old aborted fetus (Walvax-2), has been developed in Wuhan, China to create new vaccines. Will any of these cells be included in the vaccine?
And what else? Continue reading
This morning I received the following note from a childhood friend who experienced some hellacious ground combat in Vietnam.
Upon returning home from the Vietnam War, I had this feeling. It was a feeling that I could not put my finger on. It finally came to me. It was Love. It was Love of Country and Love of Freedom. I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. God Bless all who gave the ultimate sacrifice and their families for Love of Freedom and Love of Country. — Mikey
My friend’s simple message, addressed to a number of friends including several other veterans of the Vietnam War, moved me to respond with a commentary that has lain dormant in the recesses of my heart for many years.
Mikey, this may be hard to understand, but I had exactly that same feeling when I returned from Canada. While in Canada I quickly learned that nearly all the other draft dodgers were leftists who hated America. I found their presence distasteful and began to associate only with Canadians, who were, by and large, wonderful people. By the time my exile had ended and the charges against me had been dropped, I had a much deeper appreciation for America than before, and when I got home I literally kissed the ground. Continue reading
My wonderful Helen,
I am so grateful to God that He sent you to me to be my wife for all eternity: from 1957 and onward and upward.
Helen, we have seen what Evil has transpired since our God denying culture has turned the Lord against our sinful nation.
Thank God for such courageous persons as Ravi Zacharias who strove to rid our culture of Evil…who worked himself to death to convince our citizenry that only by going to the Root of Christianity can we turn the culture away from Satan and back to God’s Truth.
Your grateful, loving, husband,
The eagerness with which Gov. Kate Brown imposed a creeping lockdown on the State is astonishing. While initial decision to introduce a degree of social isolation to slow down the spread of the virus seemed justified, at least in the light of what we knew at the time, there is no scientific or legal basis for extending the lockdown beyond 28 days, without involving the Legislature, as is required by Oregon Statutes. Political motives seem to be behind this move; across the Nation, a number of allegations of foul play to slow down the economy and hurt Trump’s reelection chances have been made. I do not claim to read the Governor’s mind or know her motives. But I can see with a naked eye the damage to our economy.
Did the Governor act in good faith, addressing what she perceived as a dangerous emergency, to the best of her ability? Hardly. 28 days seems enough to convene a legislative session and consult medical experts. I cannot imagine the Oregon Legislature being so unreasonable as to deny the Governor necessary help in the effort to stop a dangerous epidemic. Regardless of her motives, the Governor inflicted lasting damage on our economy and demonstrated contempt of the Statutes and the Legislature.
The following is a letter I sent to the Oregon Supreme Court as amicus curiae in support of Judge Shirtcliff’s decision declaring the lockdown null and void. Now it is an open letter to the Court. Continue reading
None of the people locking us in our homes and out of our churches have to wonder where their next paycheck is coming from. Yet without batting an eye or showing an ounce of compassion, they have thrown 36.8 million Americans out of work. And they seem determined to keep us unemployed. They are already stoking panic over a possible resurgence of the Chinese virus in the fall, to keep schools locked down and people in a state of hysterical fear.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York is determined to send his shock troops into the breach by physically pulling folks out of the water who just want to take a dip at the beach. Meanwhile, Gov. Pritzker of Illinois is incarcerating his citizens in place while his wife gallivants off to their $2.3 million equestrian ranch in Florida. After returning from Florida, she gallivanted off to their third home in Wisconsin. “Leavenworth for you but not for me” seems to be the motto.
When churches have done their Lexington and Concord thing and defied tyrannical, anti-Christ edicts from their regressive governors they have won virtually every showdown in court. They have been granted victory after victory by judges who have a working familiarity with the First Amendment of the Constitution, a document of which our governors seem to have an abysmal ignorance. Continue reading