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.

The only way to win is not to play

News came this week that Democrats want to prioritize grants to programs that will teach Critical Theory in schools. The Marxist ideology seeks to redress inequality by dividing society into arbitrary levels of victimhood. While the Trump administration highlighted the ways Critical Theory is dangerous, fomenting contempt for country and breeding distrust, Bari Weiss wrote recently that in elite schools, its power is almost total.

Mad Monday readers will be aware that our nation’s elites are quite fluent in Woke-ish, but Weiss’ article reveals that not everyone is happy about it. She recalls interviews with teachers and parents who say that children at the most expensive schools are being “educated in resentment and fear.” One parent worries that her children are being taught to “give up ambition and yield positions that they might earn through hard work to others who are more marginalized.” Surely this should not be tolerated?

Weiss writes that in the antiracist worldview, there is no room for difference. “Complexity itself is a kind of racism, nuance is a phobia, and skepticism merely a type of false consciousness.” As she points out, Ibram Kendi, the author of How to Be an Antiracist, summed up the dogmatic ideology in a tweet: “The heartbeat of racism is denial. And too often, the more powerful the racism, the more powerful the denial.” Behold, the Kafka Trap of Critical Race Theory— there are only racists and those who deny that they are.

While one student said he tried to avoid the ideological deluge by sticking to “the fact classes, not the identity classes,” he found that even hard science is tainted. “We don’t call them Newton’s laws anymore.. .we call them the three fundamental laws of physics. They say we need to ‘decenter whiteness.'” Teachers are also expected to toe the line with one teacher revealing that the antiracist curriculum he was expected to teach included a “pyramid” of white supremacy. “At the top was genocide. At the bottom was ‘two sides to every story.'”

No one who was interviewed for Weiss’ article would allow their names to be published. They admit to meeting secretly with like-minded parents and are aghast at what their children are learning, yet they continue to pay tens of thousands of dollars each year in fees. Why on earth? Weiss concludes that the desire to see their kids attend Ivy League universities is too strong. If you question the curriculum, you risk having a mark against your name.

It would be understandable if hearing the nonsense that the wealthy and privileged use to prop up their sense of worth makes you laugh. Jumping through every hoop to achieve what they see as a good life might seem ridiculous. But Weiss warns that these elite values trickle down. It is not just well-heeled parents who need to appease the identity police— she sees parents of public school children just as scared to speak against what their kids are being taught. They may not have as much to “lose” but they still fear retribution.

Here are the brass tacks: unless you live under a rock, this revolution is going to affect your world, one way or another. Whether your kids are homeschooled or not, it is important to realize how pervasive and far-reaching this ideology is. The long game that has been played by the Left means identity politics doesn’t stay in elite bubbles. It ripples out through government, media, Hollywood, education and everything else. What’s more, students at elite schools graduate to fill elite colleges and enter the workforce in elite institutions. It has become harder for conservatives to remain.

The fellas on A Word Fitly Spoken this week voiced similar concerns and argued that Critical Theory is not only affecting culture but is also impacting our churches. They made an excellent case for why Christians in general and pastors particularly, need to get educated about Critical Theory. They argue that we need to inoculate ourselves against it with truth and be willing to defend what God says about humanity.

Dr. Koontz once pointed out that regimes thrive on passivity and compliance and this regime is dividing and conquering, by shaming people into silence. You’re with us or you’re a bigot. Falsehood requires a constant stream of propaganda and heavy-handed tactics to keep people believing. But people are waking up to the Woke and the cracks are beginning to show. Educators are speaking up, even at the cost of their jobsThe Federalist‘s Joy Pullman interviewed a woman who organized parents to stand against Woke curriculum at her children’s school.

So be encouraged! As Mad Christians we can own our peculiarities — we are strangers in a strange land. Putting your confession on the shelf in order to hold onto prestige and status is a losing game. Rev. Fisk’s words are something we need to consider— “The time for being normal is over.” Game on.

Neo-marxist “critical race theory”

Who has time to explain that?

It means that if you live in Illinois and are not a member of a “protected class,” then expect to endure sanctioned public shaming as part of public schooling.

It’s, like, legit. They voted for it and everything. “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” will mandate teacher-led activism to “embrace” and “encourage” progressive viewpoints.

“Yes, you should become a member of a protected class if you can,” was my honest pastoral counsel out loud today.

I did not plan to have to say that.

To be wise is to be aware of otherwise unseen realities. The result of God-given wisdom is prayer.

There is not enough time for prayer.

But if we don’t use the church calendar to actually keep track of time, what good is it? It’s like a mod on someone else’s game.

Lent is a magical myth from another planet, a Disney-borified story after-remembered in between 8am and next Tuesday. In the dark winter, well after Christmas has past, Wednesday service is a lamppost indeed, a step through the wardrobe of these dystopic times. This year, more than ever, I feel its pull, like a portal, to another time, to a world before clockworks and steeple bells, to an ancient place where knights and castles were still a future dream but where Christians of the Roman Imperium marked their madness with the same first “Monday in Lent.”

Where there is no news, there are no troubles.
But the news is a tasty trifle;
over the lips it swiftly goes!

-Proverbs 26:20b, 22

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk