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?” 


Calling good evil

Golgatha  shared an article with Us The Chill Discord, which highlights the rise of anti-natalist movements. While the doomsday book “The Population Bomb” has proven to be grossly mistaken in its prediction that great swathes of humanity would starve as the population exploded, Malthusian ideas have consequences. Today, though the reasons may be different, a strange confluence of modern ideas has produced a chorus of voices calling for less babies.

Feminism maintains that motherhood is overrated, with self-focus and career touted to be all the fulfilment a woman needs. Our therapeutic culture preaches that having children is not worth the disruption to your life. More recently, the climate a

larmists have made it easier to shame anyone who wants to have kids. Think of the planet! 
A recent article from Vogue UK has the author, Nell Frizell, wondering whether having baby is “pure environmental vandalism” or an investment in the future. She goes on in her piece to admit that she decided have a baby after all, yet still feels the need to justify her decision by vowing to raise him to be environmentally responsible. The fact that the white noise in Modernland has us second guessing whether having children might be a moral evil is quite a feat.

So Mad Christian, this is one of the doctrines of demons that we are up against. While the pagans continue to be ambivalent about whether life or death is better, we know what it is to be resurrected by the life-giving God. It is his design for this age that there are families, filling his church and stewarding the earth. Let’s pray for strength to defend life and comfort those crushed and confused by the spirit of the age.

In some good news, a  teenage Spanish influencer (yes that’s his job description) with 26 million followers, has taken a pro-life stance on his TikTok account, saying that abortion is “killing someone.” When asked what he would do if his girlfriend became pregnant unexpectedly, 19 year-old Naim Darrechi said “I would be a father without hesitation. You give me a child and I’ll fall in love with him.”

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.