The parents are revolting

A perfect storm of Critical Race Theory, identity politics, masking, and falling standards has turned school board meeting parents into a battleground. As parents are becoming aware of what their children are being taught (or not taught) they have been taking the floor and speaking their minds. In response, the National School Boards Association suggested that parents are really “domestic terrorists.”

While some incidents have definitely turned ugly, the government’s commitment seems to be guarding the teaching of CRT, not the concerns of parents. Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed the FBI to help curb harrassment and threats of violence against school administrators. Rumors that the “Patriot Act” would be used to investigate or surveil parents were not dismissed by Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

It is fairly clear now that those on the Progressive side of politics have no interest in giving quarter to anything less than complete control of the education of our kids. The Education Secretary recently said that parents are not the main stakeholders in their children’s education. So just leave it to the experts already! But while the Attorney General has a vested interest in Critical Race Theory being taught and schools have a financial incentive to implement pandemic restrictions, the battle will go on.

In some good news on the education scene, parents in Colorado decided to make their own school and got it off the ground in just one year.

Some lies have legs

President Biden made a curious speech at an Illinois town hall, saying that vaccinated people cannot spread COVID.  While the President is known for checking out from reality on occasion, this is contrary to what the CDC has found. With the unvaccinated providing a scapegoat for everything, including the President’s low approval ratings, it’s possible this gaffe was deliberate. Using data from 68 countries, Harvard researchers recently concluded that numbers of COVID cases are unaffected by vaccination rates, Given that the facts are clear, it would seem the government would rather ask forgiveness than permission. 

The push to get children vaccinated was helped by a New York Times piece which exaggerated COVID deaths in children by almost 15 times! But it was crickets from the factcheckers.

Pfizer has asked for emergency authorization to use its vaccines on children aged 5 to 11. But Sweden and Denmark have paused the use of Moderna vax for young people. The family of Henrietta Lacks is suing a biotech firm, saying cells were taken from her in 1951 without her consent. Mrs. Lacks’ cells were the first to be cloned, into an “immortal cell line” which is still used today. In our culture of death, the weak are preyed upon and it’s a strangely telling that babies can’t give consent to use their cells either. 

Speaking of the unborn.. As expected Texas’ heartbeat bill was suspended by a circuit judge, but was reinstated soon after. The law is to go back and forth, but will likely make it up to the Supreme Court in the future.

Rules are made to be broken

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Facebook has a fresh set of fires to put out, with news coming last week that the social media company has separate rules for several million VIPs. A leaked document says that many celebrities, politicians and “influencers” are on Facebook’s special whitelist, XCheck, meaning their posts are not subjected to moderation. Digital content moderation is a booming industry but is notoriously damaging to the humans who protect us from the most vile of content.

In another big story last week, a report concluded that Facebook has been aware of Instagram’s harmful affect on teenage girls, but has seemingly ignored it.

Bloomberg has reported about new details in a mysterious hack on Juniper, a company which develops and sells networking products. In 2015, suspected Chinese hackers gained access to data flowing through Juniper’s network. In details uncovered by Bloomberg, the hackers gained access through an algorithm, installed as a “backdoor” by the NSA. The case is an interesting study in how government’s desire to keep ahead of the bad guys often hurts the citizens they are trying to protect. In other news, IBM has found a booming “dark” market for cloud credentials.

For those playing along at home, the legal tussle between Apple and gaming company Epic seems to be drawing to a conclusion, with Forbes breaking down the outcomes of the latest ruling.

Let’s see who’s REALLY behind the mask

Fox has reported on leaked emails, showing that pressure from teachers’ unions caused the CDC to change its guidelines on masking in schools. Follow the science, indeed. The CDC has released data on the COVID death rate for kids and it’s really low. God be praised!

Dr. Fauci is in trouble, after a new report added weight to the accusation that under his directorship, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was given US funding for “gain of function” research.  Senator Josh Hawley has called for Dr. Fauci to resign. Stranger things have happened..

A study on the COVID vaccine’s effect on women’s menstrual cycles has been ordered by the NIH. You may rightly ask why this is happening now, months into the vaccination rollout? It’s hard to say, but The New York Post  provides some insight in its report. An FDA spokeswoman said “We were worried this was contributing to vaccine hesitancy.”

For the win

You could hardly have missed the news this week that Texas signed into law a “heartbeat bill,” effectively banning abortion in that state. Well, it went over as you might expect, with pro-abortion advocates losing their minds

Some said the quiet bit out loud— if you ban abortions, there will be more Downs Syndrome babies born, not to mention more black and brown babies too. Some linked to articles about Ceaușescu’s Romania, suggesting the incentive for citizens to report illegal abortions was the same thing as the securitate. In a macabre admission, abortion clinics in Texas said they were “racing” to get as many abortions completed before the law goes into effect in six weeks. ‘Cause nothing says “We care about women’s health” like a rushed abortion…

The Supreme Court of the USA voted to let the ruling stand, but President Biden vowed to bring a “whole-of-government” effort against it.Depending on who you poll, it would seem that most Americans support some restrictions on abortion, yet this shows how broken our moral compass is. Some who fancy themselves “moderate” on the issue found the Texas ruling a bridge too far. This is not an issue with any middle ground – a human is a human no matter how small, or how dependent and we have no business taking that life. 

While most of the chatter is around the rights of the mother and the responsibility of the father, the gaping hole in the heart of a society which views some lives as dispensable is ignored. Pray that leaders who have a heart to save lives can continue to stand in the face of fierce opposition. We give thanks to our Father for his mercy and remember that with him, there is always help and hope. 

There are many organizations continuing to fight against the culture of death, including Lutherans for Life. Check them out for inspiration about how you can get involved. 

Not in My Backyard

We know that the devil is a liar and a murderer and his works attest to that. But it is always troubling when you hear of the wickedness on your own doorstep. According to a new report, a grant of almost $3M has been given to the University of Pittsburgh, to build “pipeline for the acquisition” of fetal tissue to experiment on. According to the BaptistPress, this macabre research has been going on for many years, with the latest grant containing quotas for samples taken from babies of racial minorities. Lord, have mercy!

A sprint and a marathon

Like it or not, Critical Race Theory is not going away any time soon. James Lindsay ofNew Discourses has been publishing “translations” of “Woke” terminology for a while. Last week, he co-wrote a handy cheat sheet for understanding CRT

While the push for CRT curriculum in public schools may not seem a threat to those who are in private school or homeschooling, it is important for all of us to know the lay of the land. A panelist at a recent CPAC discussion on the subject said, “You cannot live in a country where the public schools are actively anti-Americanizing children and expect that you’ll be able to keep your homeschooling and your private schools. So we have to care about what’s happening in the public schools.”

For those who want to join the fray, Joy Pullman has written about practical ways to fight CRT.

Steeling our kids

An interesting piece of news came to our attention last week, with the editor of a German newspaper apologizing to children for his publication’s coverage of the pandemic. Julian Reichelt, editor of Bild, said he was sorry for causing children to be fearful, telling them they would “murder their grandma” if they met with friends or family. 

The Progressive Left has made no secret of its desire to affect wholesale change in society by targeting kids. Before the burden of making sure you’re woke enough was put on youngsters, “eco-anxiety” was reported in children, with the coverage of child climate activist, Greta Thunberg, painting a very bleak future for the planet.

Abigail Shrier recently wrote an essay on the hopeful tone being set by the political campaign of JD Vance. Noting that children are being taught that there is nothing good about America, she says that we could all stand to hear something positive. In a thought provoking line, she writes “Is there any more damning indicator of a culture than that it produces hopeless children?” 

Mad Christians are familiar with the ways that the white noise can break down our hope, making every news cycle feel urgent, every corruption of morality inevitable, and the undermining of truth with confusion, ubiquitous. This is true for us; it’s also true for our children. 

Yet our hope is real, guaranteed by Christ himself. Teaching children that the world is not all roses can be a daunting task, but we can pray for wisdom. Rev. Fisk’s advice on this subject (around the 41 minute mark) is the same for children as for adults who find their hope is fading: turn to the Psalter, learn the Creeds and hear the red-letter promises of Jesus. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of Christ’s words to his people “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?” 

Alleluia.

Three’s a crowd

How much barrenness do you want? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (AKA Harry and Meghan) have been awarded for their “enlightened decision” to only have two children. UK-based Malthusian/environmentalist organization, Population Matters said the royal couple are an “example” to other families. They might be disappointed to know that a Texas hospital has broken its record, with more than 100 babies delivered in the space of 91 hours! One OBGYN is quoted as saying he doesn’t think this is an isolated incident. “Seven or eight months from now, we’re going to see lots of … population growth.” Maybe there will be a pandemic baby boom, after all!

cuddlefish shared a helpful article with Us the Chill, outlining the awful side-affects of the contraceptive pill for women. 

The Biden administration has begun rolling out Child Tax Credits as part of the “American Rescue Plan” bill, which passed weeks ago. While the extra money may help families, just be aware that it’s not exactly “extra money.” It is a partial advance on the tax credit you would be paid after filing tax. If you are paid too much now, you will need to repay it then. CNet has advice for those wising to opt out of the payments.

Hide yo’ kids

Not the Bee broke the news that the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Choir had released what it called a “satirical” song titled “A Message from the Gay Community.” The lyrics say: “We’re coming for your children, it happens bit by bit, we’ll convert your children and you won’t even notice it.” The video was ratio’d and also pulled from a number of sites, as commenters piled on and commentators responded (Andy Ngo and Ben Shapiro).

But we know this is not a new idea for every ideology that goes against reality must continually distract using propaganda. Breaking down the family and indoctrinating children is a standard M.O. for any regime. The Sexual Revolution may be a slow one, but the infiltration of LGBT content into children’s TV programs has been deliberate and slyRealClearInvestigations also noted the way anti-racist messaging is being pushed on kids by corporations and media. 

So, Mad Christians, know what your little ones are being exposed to and do your duty in teaching them the truth of God’s Word. Praise God, he will strengthen you for this important task!