Evening Edition - November 21

November 21, 2018

Christian universities MORE tolerant of diverse viewpoints

A piece by Graham Hillard that originally appeared in National Review dares to offer a solution to the hijacking of universities by leftists, “one of the most grievous flaws in contemporary American life,” and he makes a great case for it.  Who would’ve anticipated that Christian colleges –- not secular schools –- would turn out to be the places that tolerated a variety of viewpoints and actually created an environment in which young people could learn how to think? (Well, frankly, I would have.)  

 

Hillard, who teaches English and creative writing at Trevecca Nazarene University, begins by reminiscing about the first college-level class he ever sat in on (this was when he was still in high school), which happened to be a political science class.  “It is no exaggeration to say that what I saw in the classroom that morning helped set the course for my life,” he says.  What he saw was a professor dismantling “false certitudes” on both the left and the right –- the issue under discussion that day was capital punishment –-  and making the students examine their own assumptions and beliefs.  This was done so skillfully that at the end of the class, Hillary still had no clue as to the professor's own views on the death penalty.  Hillard laments that this way of teaching seems to be “going the way of cursive handwriting and the slate chalkboard.”  

 

I would add that this type of teaching is, in fact, actively discouraged or prohibited outright at most universities, lest a student be “triggered” by having his assumptions questioned and need to run to his or her “safe space,” pull on some flannel pajamas and drink warm cocoa with little marshmallows.  Made with sustainable, organic chocolate, of course.

 

It’s not our imagination that universities are progressive “bubbles”; studies show conclusively that university faculty and administrators are overwhelmingly leftist.  This lack of diversity when it comes to political ideology is so blatant that many education reformers on the right have talked about ditching the whole system.  But Hillard sees another strategy.  “Colleges will have to change, to be sure,” he says, “but in the meantime conservatives would be wise not only to celebrate but also to actively advance the interest of those institutions that are educating students properly right now.”

 

And which institutions are those?  Hillard says that many Christian universities already have what conservatives say they want:  an intellectually diverse faculty that provides the opportunity for students “to freely debate the ideas that have formed human existence.”  Apparently, those who believe Christian schools simply fill students’ brains with religious dogma are wrong.  “The liberal arts thrive on our Christian campuses,” he says.  It’s there that the humanities and sciences have not been replaced by political indoctrination.

 

At secular universities, students are being taught what to think, not how to think, and that may explain a lot of the mindless acting-out we’re seeing today.  Hillard quotes Thomas Jefferson, who said that a ‘liberal’ education [‘liberal’ in the classical sense, not the modern political sense] makes people “worthy to receive and able to guard the sacred rights and liberties of their fellow citizens.”

 

Yes, students will learn about the Gospel –- but that’s part of anyone’s well-rounded education in the humanities, or should be.  Hillard says that while most campuses have been corrupted by relativism, Christian schools emphasize the active search for truth, the reason being that, in Christianity, the truth is real and it matters.  He allows that there might be a few unfortunate exceptions among Christian educators, but in general, he sees that it comes down to a choice between “the foibles of believers and the willful malice of our secular colleagues.”  Given that choice, he would certainly take the former.

 

Hillard makes a great case for supporting Christian universities.  Here’s the entire piece…

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/11/18/demonstrabely-liberal-industry-academia-christian-colleges-offer-moderate-course

 

Obama judge blocks President Trump

As reported yesterday, an Obama-appointed federal judge in San Francisco has blocked President Trump (I should set up a macro to type that part of the sentence in one keystroke, it would save a lot of time) from preventing asylum from being granted to people who enter the country illegally.  Trump vowed to continue fighting these efforts by federal judges to usurp his Constitutional power to protect national security at our borders, and officials from the Justice Department and Homeland Security issued a joint statement rebuking the judge.  They called it “absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.”  There’s more on this developing story here:

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-administration-vows-to-continue-fight-after-judge-blocks-asylum-ban

 

As an aside, I find it amazing that so many on the left constantly accuse Trump of being a power-mad dictator, a tyrant, or “literally Hitler.”  Yet in some ways, he has been one of the most restricted and constrained Presidents in history.  A few examples: despite having unquestionable authority to fire the head of the FBI or DOJ officials for any reason, when he fired James Comey (a richly-deserved canning that even Democrats had been clamoring for), he found himself accused of “obstructing justice” and having to deal with an endless investigation – and no matter how stunningly compromised the official overseeing the investigation (Rod Rosenstein) may be, imagine the nuclear reaction if Trump exercised his power to replace him, even though he should have had the integrity to step aside himself by now. 

 

And despite having the sole Constitutional authority to take emergency measures to secure our borders, Trump is repeatedly blocked by unelected federal judges waving their gavels like Harry Potter’s magic wand.  This latest ban on Trump doing his job will last at least until a second hearing on December 19th, and how many dangerous invaders will illegally enter the US between now and then?  That’s precisely why the Founders put that power into the hands of one national executive who can act quickly, and not a crowd of bickering legislators or a legal system that moves slower than a turtle with arthritis.  Yet Trump actually respects the legal procedure. Other Presidents, including some greatly admired by historians, might have told such overreaching judges to go whistle up a rope.  And some of the same people denouncing Trump would have cheered them for their "strong stand." 

 

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate petulantly refuse to confirm necessary staff positions at agencies such as HUD after nearly two years.  They assail Dr. Ben Carson for not getting enough done while they block the appointments of the very people he needs to do it. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/senate-democrats-block-trumps-nominees-key-posts/

 

And let’s not even mention the White House press conferences, where reporters think they have the right to act like drunken hecklers on dollar beer night at the Chuckle Hut.  When one of them finally crosses the line and gets thrown out, he begs a federal judge to force our “tyrant” President to let him back in again.  And Trump actually does! 

 

Considering the bullheadedness of his opposition, Trump has been amazingly effective at getting his agenda enacted.  But the idea that he’s some kind of “tyrant” or “dictator” is laughable.  He’s more like Gulliver in “Gulliver’s Travels”: a regular guy trying to do what needs to be done, but mischaracterized as a giant monster and hamstrung by a thousand strings placed on him by Lilliputians. 

 

 

 

And while we’re talking about federal judges overstepping their powers, after this ruling, maybe even some on the left will now understand why putting all your faith in the hands of one unelected official is a horrible idea.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/federal-judge-rules-law-banning-female-genital-mutilation-is-unconstitutional-dismisses-charges-again-michigan-doctors

 

Headline of the Day!

From the Washington Free Beacon: “Georgia Democrats Seek Repeal of ‘Undemocratic’ Voter Purge Law Passed by Georgia Democrats”

 

Of course, this is about the election in Georgia, where losing gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has been showing all she’s learned at the feet of the Yoda of Sore Losers, Hillary Clinton.  It’s funny how whenever Republicans lose a close election, it’s called “democracy,” but when Democrats lose a close election, it’s called “voter suppression.”  And whenever Democrats lose, they never blame their own unpopular policies or uninspiring candidates.  No, there’s always some unfair aspect of the system that’s to blame and that must be done away with.  Like the Electoral College or the Senate or the gerrymandering that inexplicably costs them statewide elections. 

 

In this latest case, they’re blaming a law that has been upheld by the Supreme Court and is actually required of states: that they insure that the voter rolls are accurate so that everyone can have faith in the election results.  Georgia’s “Use It or Lose It” law takes years to remove someone from the voter rolls, and voters are given multiple chances to let the state know that they still live where the records say they live – or that they are alive at all.  Democrats are now protesting that the law is voter suppression, even though the vast majority of names removed were those of dead people (granted, I’ve always heard that is one of the most loyal Democratic voting blocs.)

 

Making their righteous indignation even more hilarious is the fact that the law they’re now denouncing as “undemocratic” was actually passed in 1997 by a then-Democratic legislature and signed by a Democratic Governor.  Of course, today, Georgia has a GOP legislature and Governor. If they want to claim that’s because fewer dead people are voting, I won’t argue with them.

 

https://freebeacon.com/politics/georgia-democrats-seek-repeal-of-undemocratic-voter-purge-law-passed-by-georgia-democrats/

 

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  • Ellie Lane

    11/25/2018 11:50 PM

    I concur with most of your comments, especially regarding Christian education and voter fraud as a democrat entitlement. However, I am becoming concerned that our President seemingly can do no wrong. I see few Christian conservatives commenting on the egregious choice made by the President concerning the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This seems to be no justice at all, just more despicable horror as the President thanks Saudi Arabia for cheaper oil, and the crown Prince vows to execute five people for doing his bidding. What have we come to? Doesn't the scripture teach that we become partakers with evil doers if we don't rebuke them forthrightly? How can we do this and not jeopardize our future? I think those Christian conservatives close to he President should be saying something about this!

  • Tamara R. Kastanas

    11/24/2018 10:10 AM

    Good morning!

    I love reading your newsletter every evening when I get home from work, superb writing!
    However, I haven't received a newsletter since 11/21/18....not sure if you are taking a well deserved break for the holidays or if my computer is being messed with (being a Conservative, all options are considered).
    If you are taking a break, good for you! Enjoy your holiday and wonderful family and I will look forward to your newsletter next week.
    Sincerely,
    Tamara Kastanas

  • David Colonna

    11/24/2018 09:38 AM

    Mike,
    Thank you so much for the excellent article about our Georgia Govenor race. This election honestly should not have been this close and I think Stacey is crying foul because she knew deep down her campaign was able to get enough illegal votes from non-voters and dead people to allow her the win, basically cheating to win. I am going to send your writing to Stacey Abrams directly which i Hope you dont mind.

  • Rebecca Gerson

    11/23/2018 06:33 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I so enjoy your Evening Editions, thanks for setting it right, the left has lost their mind. It is now up to us, the sane people (truth-tellers )to tell it like it is. I hope the truth -tellers are waking up to do all we can to stop this dangerous normalisy as it seems to have become, this daily poisoning of the minds of those who hate every thing (including Trump )
    that is good for our Country & all Americans. Thanks & keep it coming.

  • Donald H Forbes

    11/23/2018 02:27 PM

    Instead of issuing executive orders to address illegal immigration problems and having them contramanded and delayed by the ninth circus, how about challenging the original obama DACA orders on constitutionality in one of the other, more friendly (nonpartisan according to Justice Roberts) federal courts?

  • Dollene

    11/23/2018 02:35 AM

    I, along with many others, am beyond weary with election fraud. There has to be a method to eliminate, or seriously reduce this canker on our country. Picture ID, coupled with a fingerprint, is the only option I see as viable. I live in Oregon where we have the ease of mail in ballots. As convenient as this is to vote at my kitchen table, I'd trade it in a second to assure a legitimate election result. When someone is arrested fingerprints are mandatory. When someone wants to work at a school, fingerprints are required for a background check. In lieu of mentioning every organization which requires fingerprinting, let's just say it is far from uncommon. Our great country is facing detrimental consequences if a solution is not implemented yesterday! Unfortunately there will always be dishonest people amount us, but it should never ever be with those we entrust to tally our elections. Too much blood as been spilled by our brave Veteran's to assure that we have this basic right as Americans. Those tampering with elections should lose the privledge to ever vote again when they finish their long prison term in a general population cell block!

  • Deb Bertrand

    11/22/2018 11:57 PM

    I'm worn out, Mike. After 30 years of being an Air Force public affairs officer, and 10 years more now of being an opinion leader and ardent educator of my circle of influence, speaking out and speaking up, defending and supporting President Trump, praying and praying and praying daily for him, for our country and for God's mercy on us all...I'm worn out. It was sudden, unexpected. The election ended, the Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Utah messes started, and...I just turned off the TV, Twitter and FoxNews App. I haven't tuned in for weeks. For the first time in 40 years. I'm overwhelmed by the evil that propels democrats, and the vicious methods they use. Maybe it's age; I'm 64.

  • Doris Hall

    11/22/2018 10:34 PM

    Love this: "Turtle with Arthritis"....God bless you Governor Huckabee! Love your show on TBN! Wish it was 2-hours long. "Happy Thanksgiving"...Doris Hall

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    11/22/2018 10:03 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I have a far fetched but possible fix for the Ninth Circuit and California Judges from affecting the invasion at our southern border. Because California is a Sanctuary State and the majority of the people really prefer to allow them all in, why don't we just move our troops from the California southern border and station them all along the eastern California border. Additionally we could say we are not following the judges order for any state east of there (and possibly north of there) and we will not provide any federal funds to the state that permits the invaders in. That way the loving people of California would feel good about protecting all those additional workers and we could continue to believe that we have borders that define our great country and the Executive/Legislative Branches are responsible to make and enforce laws that are meant to protect the sanctity of that border and who is and is not allowed in.

  • Paul Russ

    11/22/2018 06:05 PM

    November 22, 2018

    I think that President Trump has every right to be critical of the judiciary. This country is being run by judicial fiat. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is an appalling travesty.

    The country is being controlled by a few political and judicial oligarchs in California.

    Considered judicial decisions and judicial restraint will become critical as the migrant crisis at the U.S. southern borders escalates. The judiciary must allow the rest of the government to function properly.

    Unfortunately, Chief Justice John Roberts has absolutely no credibility. In deciding in favor of ObamaCare, he made one of the poorest and politically biased decisions in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Judges should be judicious and not make public comment. This destroys their objectivity. It is time for the members of the Supreme Court to hold themselves accountable to a professional standard of practice. It is more than time to discipline the freewheeling district and circuit court judges who are now in control of our national policy.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Russ

  • Geoffrey max mordecai spiro

    11/22/2018 12:59 PM

    It is not only in America the judges are preventing prosecution of illegals, but in all western countries.
    This is not a reaction to the US President he is just one of the only ones doing anything about this.

  • Rodney Burke

    11/22/2018 12:21 PM

    Justice Roberts, apparently doesn't live in the real world. There ARE such judges as Obama and Bus, and Trump. And there are far too many who legislate from the bench including the infamous 9th circuit. He needs to get out of the SC and take a look around.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    11/22/2018 10:10 AM

    Just wanted to say I think the Christian Universities are the best place for your kids to learn! We had a Grand-daughter graduate from Lipscomb University in Nashville this past May. No problems there what so ever that went on in other schools around the Country. Her sister is in her 2nd year at Belmont University in Nashville now and it is the same way. They are wonderful schools. We live over here in the Knoxville area and UT is always having problems with rapes it seems and who knows what else.
    Also, I do have to say that I am so disappointed in Justice John Roberts. For me he blew it when he stood up for the Obamacare mess back in Obama's day. We did not vote for ANY Judge to tell us how to run Our Country, WE THE PEOPLE voted for President Trump! Things here definitely need to change or they are going to change OUR Constitution and take OUR Country down into a 3rd World Country!
    BLESSINGS FOR A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

  • Lee Marcum

    11/22/2018 10:01 AM

    I hate to say this...but I hope Ivonka is found guilty of using a "personal email blah blah" Why? BECAUSE HILLARY WILL HAVE NO DEFENSE from being found guilty of a LOT more severe crimes including transmission of classified information over a NONE secure personal email server, and this should put these DEOMCRATES in their place by using their OWN REVENGE actions against them...IF there is any justice still left in America>>>>>

  • Pat McRedmond

    11/22/2018 09:43 AM

    We don't need a 2000 mile long wall along the border. We need a 2 mile long wall around a hell hole prison for people who enter
    illegally to spend a few years.

  • Beverly Nolan

    11/22/2018 09:19 AM

    I still do not understand why any judge even has the authority to undermine the safety and sovereignty of our Country. Why do their dunce meat decisions even have to be appealed? By what authority are they able to undermine our elected President? Please educate me because I am really confused.

  • Joan Chambers

    11/22/2018 08:25 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    God Bless,
    Joan

  • Kathleen O'Neal

    11/22/2018 07:35 AM

    Thank you for all you do....Happy Thanksgiving to you and family

  • Rafael A Salaz

    11/21/2018 11:33 PM

    It has alway been, my thought .That the President of the United States is the superiem comander. He is not questioned or restricted on his decisions for the safety of the country. No Judge of any level can over ride him just because he feels like it , on a whim. There can not be an endless wasted of money and time on obstructing the presidents work with useless investigations and just plain nonsense.

  • Jackie Cain

    11/21/2018 11:21 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Brother Huckabee. Hope you and your family have a great holiday season and you are a fine man.. God bless.

  • Ralph T. Bailes

    11/21/2018 10:45 PM

    Saw you speak once in Mountain Home at Twin Lakes Baptist with Brother Sam Bailey. I’m so glad to get your daily views and astute observations, Mike. Warm regards, Ralph (CDR USN Ret.)

  • Sandra Jane Miller

    11/21/2018 10:40 PM

    Just when I think I have heard and seen it all from the dumbs, I listen to that idiot Cortez and shake in my boots that this example of a no-nothing is the future! Oh Lord, take me home before she rises to the higher echelons of our government!

  • Anne Turner

    11/21/2018 10:40 PM

    The reason Christian Schools allow diverse discussion is because they are not afraid of the truth. When I was in college, a state school, by the way, in the early sities, I took a political science class as one of my electives. The professor took pride in never allowing anyone to know his political leanings. I was a science major so stRted put just checking the box, but he was a great and interesting teacher, and I was one of the few to ace the class. Exams were written blue books. Boy did I write. To this day I remember him by name. My science mentor was a lesbian, or so we thought, but never a word about it. She was kind, a great teacher. It was no big deal, just an unadvertised fact and not an issue to her students, other faculty, or administration. There was no nasty gossip or harassment. Her personal life was just that and all respected that. This was also the good old days when we actually had proffesores, hardly any TAs.

    Yes there were bad and wrong things in the good old days. Like segregation and there were definitely cultural limitations on women’s choice of profession but I think we threw the baby our with the bather when those things were addressed.

    It seems that society now expects decisions to be based on emotion not the intellect. I would like to see the Saudi prince punished but I know the resulting divisions would negatively impact this country. What would we get if he was removed from the succession? We would have made our point and been oh so self righteous, it what about the progress of the Saudi people, particularly the women.
    It’s funnny about the double standard. Let’s say Ivanka runs for president in the future and has some legal issues come up. Her dad has a little talk before the election with the sitting AG on the tarmac about “ golf And grandchildren”. Can you imagine the blowback on that one?

  • Maria Luchero

    11/21/2018 10:26 PM

    Brilliantly said and hilarious! I am thankful for your great insights that are always right on target. God bless you!

  • mary haugarth

    11/21/2018 10:16 PM

    The anti gun group needs to take a look at all the deaths caused by drugs and car accidents as the result of such. Would like to see a report on how many drug related deaths we have a year. Connect that with illegal entry and I think it should be a point well taken.