Saturday, August 20, 2011

Episcopalians to mark 9/11 with Qur'an readings, events with Hamas-linked ISNA chief

Jihad Watch
posted August 20, 2011

"Meditations for a Time of Crisis" indeed. "The greatest memorial to those who died 10 years ago will be a world more inclined toward peace." Indeed, indeed. I don't see how such a world can be brought about without understanding why 9/11 happened. As long as they're having Qur'an readings in Newark, I suggest these as meditations on why they're having any special ceremonies on September 11 in the first place:  the rest

Excerpt:
"Episcopal Church to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks," by Matthew Davies for the Episcopal News Service, August 18:

In the Diocese of Newark, Bishop Mark Beckwith will be joined by Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz of Temple B'Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills and Imam W. Deen Shareef of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington to lead an interfaith service, titled "Compassion in Action," at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark.

The service will blend scripture and reflections based on the Old and New Testaments and the Qur'an, music from the Jewish and Christian traditions and the Al-Adhaan, the Islamic call to worship.

On Sept. 10, the Los Angeles city hall will host OneLight, a vigil for peace, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Under the leadership of Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno, representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – have partnered with the Los Angeles city council to hold the vigil at 7:15 p.m. "People of all faiths are invited and people of no faith are invited," said Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool. Saturday evening coincides with the end of the Sabbath for Muslims and Jews and the beginning of the Sabbath for Christians.
"We proactively wanted to say 'one light, one peace, one world' to have a visible sign of unity for peace to preempt any kind of terror or fear," said Glasspool.... 

Asia's lonely hearts

Women are rejecting marriage in Asia. The social implications are serious
Aug 20th 2011
The Economist

TWENTY years ago a debate erupted about whether there were specific “Asian values”. Most attention focused on dubious claims by autocrats that democracy was not among them. But a more intriguing, if less noticed, argument was that traditional family values were stronger in Asia than in America and Europe, and that this partly accounted for Asia’s economic success. In the words of Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore and a keen advocate of Asian values, the Chinese family encouraged “scholarship and hard work and thrift and deferment of present enjoyment for future gain”.

On the face of it his claim appears persuasive still. In most of Asia, marriage is widespread and illegitimacy almost unknown. In contrast, half of marriages in some Western countries end in divorce, and half of all children are born outside wedlock. The recent riots across Britain, whose origins many believe lie in an absence of either parental guidance or filial respect, seem to underline a profound difference between East and West.

Yet marriage is changing fast in East, South-East and South Asia, even though each region has different traditions. The changes are different from those that took place in the West in the second half of the 20th century. Divorce, though rising in some countries, remains comparatively rare. What’s happening in Asia is a flight from marriage (see article). the rest

Anglican Unscripted



August 19th, 2011

Islam Overtaking Catholicism in France

by Soeren Kern
August 18, 2011

Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics.

Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. The mosque-building projects are at various stages of completion, according to Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the Muslim Council of France (CFCM), who provided the data in an August 2 interview with the French radio station RTL.

The total number of mosques in France has already doubled to more than 2,000 during just the past ten years, according to a research report "Constructing Mosques: The Governance of Islam in France and the Netherlands." France's most prominent Muslim leader, Dalil Boubakeur, who is rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, recently called for the number of mosques in the country to be doubled again – to 4,000 – to meet growing demand. the rest
Every Friday, thousands of Muslims in Paris and other French cities close off streets and sidewalks (and by extension, close down local businesses and trap non-Muslim residents in their homes and offices) to accommodate overflowing crowds for midday prayers. Some mosques have also begun broadcasting sermons and chants of "Allah Akbar" via loudspeakers in the streets.

UK: U-turn over funding for gay group

Thu, 18 Aug 2011

The organisers of a homosexual arts festival that featured “free lap dances” and “unspeakable live participation” have been awarded £210,000 of public money.

Homotopia’s application for Arts Council England funding was initially rejected because, according to The Guardian, the group did not have a business plan.

But Homotopia complained, saying it would have business structures in place by 2012. The Arts Council reversed its decision and awarded the group £70,000 per year for a three year period. the rest

Last year Homotopia ran an arts festival with acts including an interactive performance called Peaches Christ presents All About Evil.

Son of Evangelical Royalty Turns His Back, and Tells the Tale

By MARK OPPENHEIMER
August 19, 2011

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — In every line of work, there are family businesses. But no business is more defined by dynasties and nepotism than evangelical preaching. Lyman Beecher, Bob Jones, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Robert H. Schuller, Jim Bakker: all had sons who became ministers.

It is never easy stepping into Dad’s shoes, of course. But when the family business is religion, it is especially perilous. That is one of the central laments, anyway, of “Sex, Mom, & God,” a new memoir by Frank Schaeffer. To secular Americans, the name Frank Schaeffer means nothing. But to millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime is not financial profligacy, like some pastors’ sons, but turning his back on Christian conservatives. the rest

Friday, August 19, 2011

Missionary Kids Silent No More about Abuse

Friday, August 19, 2011
Heather Sells

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- U.S. missionaries have been spreading the gospel overseas since The Great Awakening. But now, a dark chapter in U.S. missions history is unfolding.

In recent years, four mission agencies have investigated their own employees for charges of child abuse in the field. Two more investigations are pending and more may be on the way.

MK Safety Net, a clearinghouse of information and support for missionary kids who were abused, says it's received reports from former missionary kids representing more than 20 denominations. the rest

Anglican Mission in Fort Worth Hosts First Spanish-Language Faith Alive Weekend

Holy Spirit “Abundantly Present” during Worship in a Converted Garage
 Diocese of Fort Worth
posted August 19, 2011

Tom Kay can sum up the first Spanish-language Faith Alive weekend in five words: “The Lord was with us!”

Kay, a Faith Alive team leader based east of Dallas, Texas, says the June 10-12 event at Iglesia San Miguel, a burgeoning Anglican mission in the Diocese of Fort Worth, was the best he ever has attended, despite the fact that he does not speak Spanish.

From Kay’s first meeting with San Miguel’s vicar, Fr. Sergio Diaz, “the Spirit of the Lord was abundantly present ... and intensified through the planning process.  the rest
 “It was true. Their sanctuary is a converted garage, with a capacity of about 110 that has been remodeled to accommodate their three and sometimes four services each weekend. I thought it might present some logistical problems, but the Lord was there to assist with three tents erected on their grounds.

Former Anglican Priests: What About the Families?

With many married clergymen coming into the Church, logistical problems arise.
by CHARLOTTE HAYS
08/19/2011

When Father Ian Hellyer, a Catholic priest in England, figures his personal budget, he faces concerns that are unusual for a Catholic priest: He must consider the needs of his wife, Margaret, and their nine children.

A former Anglican clergyman, Father Hellyer was ordained in June into a Church that by and large has not had to provide for men with families. He is a priest of the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a newly erected diocese for former Anglicans. It was created under the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI’s Anglicanorum Coetibus, which made it possible for former Anglicans to come into the Catholic Church in groups.

A similar ordinariate is expected to be up and running soon in the United States, perhaps by the end of the year.  the rest

College with the most/least religious students

posted August 19, 2011

Top 5 Colleges for “Most Religious Students”
1- Brigham Young University (Provo UT)
2 -Hillsdale College (Hillsdale MI)
3-Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula CA)
4-Wheaton College (Wheaton IL)
5-Grove City College (Grove City PA)

Top 5 Colleges for “Least Religious Students”
1-Bennington College (Bennington VT)
2-Reed College (Portland OR)
3-Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson NY)
4-Vassar College (Poughkeepsie NY)
5-Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville NY)

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Pope: Young people want to hear Word of God

Friday, August 19, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI has said young people desire to know God in a world filled with superficiality, consumerism, and the “widespread banalisation of sexuality”.

Speaking at the start of his four-day visit to Madrid on Wednesday, the Pope said the reason so many young people had gathered in the Spanish capital was because they “wish to hear the Word of God” and “manifest the strength of their faith”.

Up to one million Catholic youths are in the city for World Youth Day, the Catholic Church’s international youth festival which takes place every three years.

“Many of them have heard the voice of God, perhaps only as a little whisper, which has led them to search for him more diligently and to share with others the experience of the force which he has in their lives," he said. the rest

Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions at Seven Arizona Locations

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
8/18/11

Thanks to a comprehensive pro-life law a court recently upheld, the Planned Parenthood abortion business will be stopping abortion at seven locations throughout the state, the abortion agency announced today.

As LifeNews.com reported earlier this month, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding a pro-life law that protects the health and safety of women and their unborn children by giving them information they don’t normally receive.

The Arizona Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in June in Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Horne, a case the abortion business filed which challenges key aspects of the 2009 Abortion Consent Act. The law is a pro-life measure Governor Jan Brewer signed which tells women of the risks associated with and alternatives to abortion. Planned Parenthood sued the state soon after its signing and a Superior Court judge blocked the law from taking effect while the case moves forward.

The law will now go into effect and it makes it so Arizona will require a notarized parental signature before an abortion can be performed on a minor child, women will be provided with full and accurate information by a doctor in person at least 24 hours before an abortion, medical professionals cannot be forced to perform abortions if it contradicts their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs and non-doctors will not be permitted by law to perform surgical abortions. the rest

‘Human One’ replaces ‘Son of man’ in new ecumenical Bible translation

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The "Human One"
August 18, 2011

Twelve Catholic biblical scholars have joined nearly 200 scholars from two dozen Protestant denominations in translating the newly published Common English Bible (CEB). “It's an honor and a pleasure to be associated with this good project,” said Father Daniel Harrington, SJ, professor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The CEB eschews the word “man” in several passages: Christ is referred to as the “Human One” rather than the “Son of man” (Mt. 10:23), and “the human” replaces “the man” in Genesis 2 (“with the rib taken from the human, the Lord God fashioned a woman and brought her to the human being”). “Happy” replaces “blessed” in the Beatitudes. the rest image

(Reminds me of the time about 20 yrs. ago when I attended mass at a local Catholic church where they were in the middle of a big push for "inclusive" language.  The Gospel passage "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." became "I will make you fishers of homo sapiens."  I kid you not and I literally had to stop myself from laughing out loud at the absurdity of it. -PD)

Guardian: Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

A scene from Mars Attacks!
Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report
Thursday 18 August 2011

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.
the rest-HAHAHAHAHA!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Devotional: Fear not because your prayer is stammering...

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. Just as a mother understands the first lispings of her infant, so does the blessed Saviour understand sinners. He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan. ...JC Ryle image

Sea Change in the Anglican Communion

August 17, 2011
By The Rev. Prof. Stephen Noll
for the American Anglican Council

Over the years, my family has welcomed a summer vacation on the Atlantic coast. The sun, the sea, the sand, the shrimp combine for some deep-down rest and enjoyment. We have also encountered occasional storms and even a hurricane or two. Usually storms pass quickly, with a return to sunny beach weather. However, for several days thereafter the sea is roiled with dangerous currents and breakers far up the shoreline before returning to almost lake-like placidity.

I thought about this natural cycle in reviewing the Minutes of “The Standing Committee” of the Anglican Communion. Let’s begin with the storm. The decade following the 1998 Lambeth Conference was quite tumultuous, as I have documented elsewhere. The Episcopal Church (TEC) willfully rejected the biblical and traditional understanding of sex and marriage, as affirmed in Lambeth Resolution I.10 on Human Sexuality and advanced its agenda of promoting same-sex “blessings” and marriage and ordaining practicing homosexuals to the priesthood and episcopate, leading most notably to the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson in 2003. This violation in turn led to a flurry of crisis meetings, forced by the Primates of the Global South, climaxing in 2007 at Dar es Salaam with an ultimatum threatening its exclusion from the Communion. the rest image by Les Chatfield
The sea is calm, but the topography of the Communion is permanently changed. In the most severe storms, the surge breaks through the barrier islands and divides them permanently. The complacent, business-as-usual tone of the latest Standing Committee conceals the fact that it now speaks for only a portion of the Anglican Communion. From 2007 on, provinces like Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Southern Cone have stopped participating in the so-called Instruments of the Communion. They are not reading the Minutes of the Standing Committee, nor are they participating in the various Communion networks. They have broken communion with the official Anglican Provinces in North America and recognized an alternative authority. They judge that the breach of biblical faith and practice initiated by the North Americans and condoned by the Lambeth establishment is intolerable and irrevocable. Much as they may have looked to the Church of England as their spiritual and missionary mother, they have concluded that she has broken faith with her own heritage and fostered the current division.

Anglican Perspective: Salt & Light



Week of August 18, 2011

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

NYT
By JOHN TIERNEY
August 17, 2011

Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one:

Case 1 (heard at 8:50 a.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.

Case 2 (heard at 3:10 p.m.): A Jewish Israeli serving a 16-month sentence for assault.

Case 3 (heard at 4:25 p.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud

There was a pattern to the parole board’s decisions, but it wasn’t related to the men’s ethnic backgrounds, crimes or sentences. It was all about timing, as researchers discovered by analyzing more than 1,100 decisions over the course of a year. Judges, who would hear the prisoners’ appeals and then get advice from the other members of the board, approved parole in about a third of the cases, but the probability of being paroled fluctuated wildly throughout the day. Prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70 percent of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10 percent of the time. the rest

Sex Ed Mandates and Children’s Innocence

by Greg Pfundstein
August 17, 2011

New York’s new sex education mandate excludes abstinence-only options and forces all city school children to learn about “safe sex” in the sixth and seventh grades.

Imagine your 9th-grade daughter coming home from school one day and announcing that she has to go to a local reproductive health clinic: Planned Parenthood, say, or Choices Women’s Medical Center. She has to fill out a form indicating the clinic’s address, phone number, and hours, and noting whether the clinic offers birth control, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, prenatal care, and sterilization. She will have to find out what it costs to have a consultation about birth control and write down the clinic’s confidentiality policy. Finally, she will have to map out the bus, train, or walking route she would use to get to the clinic. Not the route from home, mind you, but the route from school. This is your daughter’s homework.

This dystopian future is now. Many New York City children are already completing this outrageous assignment every year as part of the Reducing the Risk sex education program recommended by the NYC Department of Education. The program, currently offered at the discretion of the principal of each school, is in use in somewhere between 60% and 80% of schools. But starting next year, it will become even more common, thanks to a new mandate from the Bloomberg administration that every school teach a semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade and another in 9th or 10th grade.

The new mandate requires that the curriculum teach kids how to use condoms. But the recommended Reducing the Risk program does much more than that: another homework activity involves a shopping trip to a local condom vendor to list the brand names of the condoms sold there and to indicate whether they are lubricated or not, reservoir or plain. The program mocks common sense and the wishes of the majority of parents by asking these fourteen-year-old students to decide which method of preventing pregnancy “seems best for you.” Here we find abstinence listed along with condoms; foam, jelly, cream; condoms plus another method; birth control pill; birth control patch or ring; Depo Provera; Implanon; and IUD. Most parents have a pretty clear idea of what “seems best” for their 9th-grade children. the rest

Seven killed in series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, Revital Levy-Stein, Yanir Yagna and HaaretzAugust 18, 2011

Seven people were killed and at least 26 people were wounded Thursday in a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets approximately 20 kilometers north of the southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt. the rest

Hamas leader praises attacks on Israel
The Islamist Hamas movement welcomed Thursday's series of attacks on Israeli vehicles in southern Israel, near the border with Egypt, but refused to take responsibility for them.

"I don't think Hamas is behind these attacks, but we praise them since they were against soldiers," senior Hamas official Ahmed Yousef told the German Press Agency DPA.

More Christians murdered in Nigeria

August 17th, 2011

After a recent lull, there has been a fresh outbreak of violence in Nigeria which has resulted in the deaths of at least 15 Christians.

Last week Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, was subjected to a series of attacks. After allegations of an animal theft, Ferom was attacked twice on 4 August with eight members of one family killed in the first attack and a further three people killed in the second. On 14th August, Muslim rioters took to the streets in north Jos and killed three Christians by machetes. The Residents of Jwol community reported an attack on Friday in which one person was killed. There was another slaughter at Hiepand leaving at least 8 dead, some with gunshot wounds. the rest

Wiccan days included on Tenn. university calendar

By Michael Cass, The Tennessean
posted August 18, 2011

Wiccan and pagan students at Vanderbilt University might get to take an excused day off from class to dance around the maypole.

Vanderbilt's Office of Religious Life recently sent professors a calendar of 2011-12 "religious holy days and observances" and a related policy on student absences. The faith listed next to four of the days on the calendar is "Wicca/Pagan." the rest

Dean of VTS thinks the denomination's future is bright

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Despite a sharp drop in national membership and much-publicized controversies, the dean of the Episcopal Church's Virginia Theological Seminary thinks the denomination's future is bright.

"It's a good, healthy robust church," said the Very. Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of the 193-year-old seminary in Alexandria, Va. "I think the future of the (American) Episcopal Church is the future of Anglicanism," the communion of churches with historical connections to the Church of England. the rest
In the past three decades, the American Episcopal church has seen its baptized membership shrink from 3.6 million baptized members to slightly more than 2 million members. The church has been riven by controversies over the ordination of women and gays as priests and bishops. many members, and some whole parishes, have left the denomination.

Markham thinks the withdrawal of "the conservative provinces" has left the remaining church stronger, with its factions more willing to work together.

The Debt Crisis at American Colleges

By Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
Aug 17 2011

Borrowing looms large in American life from homes to cars. But the explosion of student debt in the last decade is a pernicious trend that the colleges themselves are encouraging.

How do colleges manage it? Kenyon has erected a $70 million sports palace featuring a 20-lane olympic pool. Stanford's professors now get paid sabbaticals every fourth year, handing them $115,000 for not teaching. Vanderbilt pays its president $2.4 million. Alumni gifts and endowment earnings help with the costs. But a major source is tuition payments, which at private schools are breaking the $40,000 barrier, more than many families earn. Sadly, there's more to the story. Most students have to take out loans to remit what colleges demand. At colleges lacking rich endowments, budgeting is based on turning a generation of young people into debtors.

As this semester begins, college loans are nearing the $1 trillion mark, more than what all households owe on their credit cards. Fully two-thirds of our undergraduates have gone into debt, many from middle class families, who in the past paid for much of college from savings. The College Board likes to say that the average debt is "only" $27,650. What the Board doesn't say is that when personal circumstances go wrong, as can happen in a recession, interest, late payment penalties, and other charges can bring the tab up to $100,000. Those going on to graduate school, as upwards of half will, can end up facing twice that.

Students are now more than $1 trillion in debt to their college educations, yet schools are encouraging the cycle. the rest 
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Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters

By Max Hastings
10th August 2011

Excerpt:
So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable. They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.

They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.

They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.

Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.

Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.

They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human being...the rest

Anglican Liturgical group rejects American push for gay blessings

August 18th, 2011
by George Conger

A push by the Episcopal Church to bring same-sex marriage into the theological mainstream was repulsed last week by delegates attending the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) in Canterbury.

The IALC was not persuaded by the theological or liturgical arguments—including a mock same-sex blessing ceremony–offered by the Episcopal Church delegation on the merits of same-sex blessings and declined to include the US’s views in its final report on marriage.

Gathered at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge 56 delegates representing 19 of the Anglican Communion’s provinces met from Aug 1-6 to continue work on “Rites Relating to Marriage: A Working Interim Document”.

According to a statement released on behalf of the IALC by the Anglican Communion News Service, the marriage studies examined the “theology of marriage,” the “cultural contexts of marriage,” and the “shape and elements of the ritual.” the rest

Canada: Breakaway Anglicans unhappy with court decision

Hunt on for new site
By Dave Battagello
The Windsor Star
August 18, 2011

A leader of a breakaway Anglican group expressed disappointment Wednesday with a Superior Court ruling which rejected the group's bid to take over St. Aidan's Church.

But the former parishioners are already looking for a new site to continue services, said Cathy Knight.

Ontario Superior Court Justice T.D. Little ruled the church and a financial trust belonging to the parish must remain with the Anglican diocese of Huron.

More than 100 parishioners at the east-end church voted in 2008 to break away from the Anglican Church of Canada and join the more conservative Anglican Network in Canada. A battle over scriptural interpretation, including disagreements about same-sex marriage, was at the heart of the rift. the rest

New DHS video ignores previous controversy over deliberate racial overtones

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
August 17, 2011

Despite causing controversy last month with a video that portrayed white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists, the Department of Homeland Security has released yet another PSA that depicts an attempt to bomb a subway station not by Al-Qaeda Muslims, but well-dressed white people...

...The story, first featured on Infowars.com, went viral and prompted a furious response from many, appearing on the Drudge Report, Fox News, Breitbart.tv, the Daily Mail as well as featuring highly amongst the most read articles on the entire Internet during that 24 hour period. The Fox Nation version of the story received well over 2000 comments.

Despite the DHS’ claims to the contrary, many saw the ad as being deliberately racially motivated. Some concluded that this was merely a nod to political correctness while others viewed it as part of a pattern of demonizing white middle class Americans – many of whom are furious with the federal government for all manner of different reasons - as the DHS increasingly targets its anti-terror apparatus against politically motivated citizens.

Of the numerous different scenarios shown in the video, no less than 12 of them depict white people as terrorists whereas only three are non-whites. In addition, of the people depicted as patriotic Americans for reporting the terrorists, only one of them is white, while seven are non-white.

As Pajamas Media highlighted, “The DHS video goes out of its way to avoid showing any terrorist who fits the profile of the actual terrorists who have been waging war on us for more than a decade: Young men primarily from the Middle East. Instead, it tends to show them as middle aged white men. And it doesn’t really show them doing much of what actual terrorists do. It’s as if DHS is trying to make a completely useless anti-terrorism video.”  the rest/videos

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?

by Jennifer Ludden
August 16, 2011

As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.

In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.

The study is put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, groups whose missions include strengthening marriage and family life. It suggests a shift in focus is needed away from the children of divorce, which has long been a preoccupying concern for such scholars.

Brad Wilcox, a report co-author and head of the National Marriage Project, says divorce rates have steadily dropped since their peak in 1979-80, while rates of out-of-wedlock childbearing have soared. Forty-one percent of all births are now to unwed mothers, many of them living with — but not married to — the child's father. the rest
"Both in externalizing disorders, more aggression," Gottman says, "and internalizing disorders, more depression. Children of cohabiting couples are at greater risk than children of married couples."

Thomas Sowell: Social Degeneration

8/16/11

Someone at long last has had the courage to tell the plain, honest truth about race.

After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence -- as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places -- Philadelphia's black mayor, Michael A. Nutter, ordered a police crackdown and lashed out at the whole lifestyle of those who did such things.

"Pull up your pants and buy a belt 'cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt," he said. "If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you? They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy," the mayor said. He added: "You have damaged your own race."

While this might seem like it is just plain common sense, what Mayor Nutter said undermines a whole vision of the world that has brought fame, fortune and power to race hustlers in politics, the media and academia. Any racial disparities in hiring can only be due to racism and discrimination, according to the prevailing vision, which reaches from street corner demagogues to the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. the rest

Social Degeneration Part 2

UK Riots: A tipping point for the family?

Britain's families need to be reformed, says the Prime Minister. Are his politicians up to the job?
Michael Cook
Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Do the London riots signal the end of the welfare state and a turnaround for the family? The shock waves around the world suggest that Western countries have peered into the abyss and realised how weak the walls protecting civil society are if they can pushed over so quickly, with so little provocation. This was not a case of political protest, but “greed, selfishness, immorality. and above all, gross irresponsibility” – to quote the Labor leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband.

The looters and rioters were not the wretched of the earth. They even included a man with a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. This was a 9/11 for civil society, a reminder of how fragile is the foundation on which rest public discipline, respect for property, and respect for human rights.

So the response of British prime minister David Cameron is significant as far away as the United States, Canada and Australia – wherever the welfare state has gone hand in hand with family breakdown. He says that his government is determined to mend the UK's "broken society". In a landmark speech he described Britain as a country teetering on the brink of moral collapse:

"Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations? Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences. Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort. the rest

Sexualizing Our Children

Dr. Grace Vuoto
RightBias.com
August 12, 2011

Excerpt:
Hence, images of a child model in lewd poses in a French mainstream magazine are cause for alarm: the underground of pedophilia is coming to the foreground; the pedophiles are becoming more brazen and shameless. The first reaction among the general public is usually shock, horror, followed by widespread controversy, then boredom and acceptance. Such is the pattern of the permissive society. Yesterday, it was Ingrid Bergman with an-out-of-wedlock pregnancy; today it is ten-year-old Thylane. Tomorrow, this controversy will look tame in comparison to the next perversion to make national headlines.

When the sexual revolution erupted, liberals said sexual fulfillment was the key to individual happiness. Fifty years later, adults are given license to have pre-marital sex, explore same-sex relations and are encouraged to use objects, toys, visual stimulation and even drugs to enhance their pleasure. Maximum pleasure is the goal: maximize and enlarge all sexual organs; maximize and enlarge the amount of sex; maximize and enlarge the years one can have sex; maximize the genders to pursue and positions to engage in. And still, it is not enough.


Therefore, children must be attacked. The sexual revolution has produced a society of all against all. The last bulwark of innocence, the child too must be devoured in the all-consuming drive to bolster sexual pleasure. By the logic of the sexual revolution it must be so: children are the only humans left who still exist largely outside the clutches of our sex-obsessed culture. Their purity is now the forbidden fruit; it is the ultimate object of desire. Their purity too must be devoured, as it is the only reminder that there is another way to live. the rest

Academic conference seeks to normalize pedophilia
Researchers from several prominent U.S. universities will participate tomorrow in a Baltimore conference reportedly aiming to normalize pedophilia. According to the sponsoring organization’s website, the event will examine ways in which “minor-attracted persons” can be involved in a revision of the American Psychological Association (APA) classification of pedophilia... 

Life, the Great Non-Negotiable

By: Chuck Colson
August 11, 2011

Excerpt:
The demonic “logic” behind targeting people with Down Syndrome can be applied to anyone with disabilities. A combination of fear, concern over the costs of caring for these kids, desires for a “perfect” child can prove irresistible. Medical technology may never enable us to “cure” things like autism, but it may enable us to identify — and target — autistic people in the womb.

If you’re thinking “this can’t happen here,” it already has. As Dr. Christopher Hook of the Mayo Clinic warns, “Eugenics is back in America.” Eugenics is the belief that we can improve the human race by eliminating undesirable genetic traits, usually, that is, the people who carry those traits. In fact, the modern eugenics movement began here in the United States. Among its proponents were people like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Margaret Sanger.

Eugenics is so dangerous and pernicious because it represents a radical disrespect for every human life, not just the life of the unborn. Adolf Hitler, an open admirer of the American and German eugenics movements, began eliminating the mentally and physically handicapped years before he started killing Jews.

The re-birth of eugenics in this country doesn’t require Nazi brown-shirts or even new laws. In fact, all it requires is for Christians not to pay attention. Then a combination of medical rationing and other economic and cultural forces will enable the forces of death to follow the demonic “logic” to its deadly conclusion.

So, how do we prevent this? We stand up for life, from conception to natural death. We make it clear to both our “leaders” and the chattering classes that respect for life is the great non-negotiable. the rest

Albert Mohler: This Isn’t Meddling — It’s Murder
In the name of personal preference and for social reasons, some women now demand that their multiple babies be aborted so that they will have only the one baby they want.

Scrambling for cancer drugs

Shortages are agonizing for patients, frustrating for doctors
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / August 17, 2011

Ellen McCarthy was scheduled to receive her monthly dose of an ovarian cancer drug at Massachusetts General Hospital last month when she got distressing news: The hospital had run out.

There was a nationwide shortage of the drug, Doxil, but her medical team scrambled and after a few days of uncertainty located an extra vial at a clinic in suburban New York. The 60-year-old retiree drove with her husband and dog to Mount Kisco, N.Y., received the intravenous treatment, then headed back home to Martha’s Vineyard - a 10-hour round trip.

This week, McCarthy received Doxil at Mass. General. But with the manufacturer writing letters to physicians warning that the drug will be intermittently available in the months ahead, McCarthy doesn’t know what to expect. “And my life depends on it,’’ she said. “It never occurred to me in the course of treating my cancer, I was going to deal with a lack of supply.’’ the rest
“The biggest anxiety we have is [that] this the tip of an iceberg - and is this going to be a trend for the future?’’ said Dr. Michael Birrer, director of medical gynecologic oncology at Mass. General, who has sent patients to clinics in Maine, New York, and Western Massachusetts for Doxil, and also used an alternative form of the drug that carries side effects that have to be carefully managed.

UK hospital backs down after forcing Christian nurses to commit abortions

by Patrick B. Craine
Mon Aug 15, 2011

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A hospital in London that recently attempted to force two Christian nurses to commit abortions has backed down after legal threats.

The Roman Catholic nurses were assigned to work at an abortion facility run by the hospital that commits medical abortions with the drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol on a weekly basis.

The nurses, who wish to remain unidentified, objected when they became aware that they were participating in abortions, but were told they had no choice. “What would happen if we allowed all the Christian nurses to refuse?” said one of the hospital managers, according to the nurses. the rest

Same-sex marriage and religious liberty

Thomas C. Berg, Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas, discusses potential conflicts between same-sex marriage and religious liberty, and why legislatures may do a better job than courts of balancing these two rights.
Thomas C. Berg
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Excerpt:
For all of Judge Walker’s lengthy fact-finding in Perry, he utterly fails to take religious-liberty issues seriously. He notes that “[p]rior to Proposition 8, no religious group was required to recognize marriage for same-sex couples.” That is true about the church wedding, but there are many other potential conflicts (detailed, for example, here). Antidiscrimination and public-accommodation laws in California and other states could force many religious non-profits to give direct assistance to marriages or ceremonies that violate their tenets. Catholic Charities ceased providing adoptions in Massachusetts and, to a large extent, San Francisco because it faced being compelled to place children in same-sex households. A religious college that provides married-student housing might violate state law if it refused to house same-sex married couples. These groups can face civil liability or the loss of generally available government benefits such as tax exemptions or licenses.

Marriage ceremonies also affect small businesses – wedding planners, caterers – in which individuals directly lend their personal skills to facilitate marriages. An Albuquerque, New Mexico, wedding photographer had to pay more than $6600 in legal fees for declining to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. In short, religious liberty is a context where gay marriage may affect others directly. the rest

Married priest: 'Single clergy better placed to serve God'

17 August 2011
By Joe Wilson

A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes.

Father Paul Blackburn is the most recently ordained priest into the Salford Diocese.

He is married with three children.

A former Anglican minister, Father Paul embraced Catholicism after growing dissatisfied with the direction the Church of England was taking on some moral issues.

He said single priests are better placed to serve God by giving their entire life to his ministry.

"Whatever the church decides about the future shape of ministry there will always be a need for celibate priests," Father Paul told BBC Radio Lancashire. the rest

ACNA Church service livens up funeral home

8/16/11 By Ashley Whittingham
Telegraph Staff Writer

Members of a new church in Folsom gather every Sunday in a location that many may consider unconventional. Since April, the Holy Spirit Anglican Church has been holding services in the chapel inside Miller Funeral Home on Scott Street.

The Rev. Carl Johnson, a Folsom Police chaplain, established the new site for the church because the next closest Anglican parish is located in Elk Grove, a considerably far drive for many Sacramento County residents.

“Folsom is somewhat centralized in the Sacramento area. It’s about 15 minutes from surrounding cities,” said Johnson.

The Anglican Church of North America’s Archbishop Robert Duncan has established a goal to plant 1,000 new churches in the United States within five years, according to David Trautman, communications director for the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

“Due to the small time frame, there won’t be enough church buildings available. The Folsom service at the funeral home is an example of how Anglicans are thinking creatively to reach out to the community,” said Duncan. the rest

After Rembrandt heist, mystery thief finds religion

The pen and ink drawing stolen from a Marina del Rey hotel turns up at an Episcopal church in Encino, in the priest's office. The priest is as puzzled as detectives about how it ended up there.
By Richard Winton and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2011

An assistant priest at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino strolled into his boss' office Monday night and noticed a new framed drawing placed just inside the door.

For a moment, it appeared to be a donation from a parishioner or a new piece of art for the office.

But when he went to admire the drawing more closely, he realized he'd seen it before. This, he was sure, was "The Judgment," the 1655 pen and ink work by Rembrandt that had been all over the news since it was stolen two days earlier from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey.

Within hours, officials had confirmed that the drawing was indeed the missing Rembrandt, which had been the subject of a high-profile hunt. Detectives expressed relief that the artwork had been recovered but were surprised that a theft that initially appeared so well-orchestrated ended with someone sneaking into a suburban church and leaving the drawing, which is valued at more than $250,000.  the rest

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

American girls abandoning Girl Scouts

August 15, 2011

‘I felt misled, betrayed, offended, and hurt’

WASHINGTON – More and more Christian parents are having their daughters bid good-bye to Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Girl Scouts because of the organization’s relationship with Planned Parenthood, the largest player in America’s abortion industry.

Proof of the strong links can be found by looking no further than the statements of Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger, who told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview in 2004: “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”

There’s additional documentation in printed materials provided by the Girl Scouts, although the statement from Cloninger remains sufficient for many parents. It comes on the heels of WND’s exposure of Girl Scouts’ promotion of lesbian causes.  the rest image

Albert Mohler: The Culture of Death grows desperate: war declared on crisis pregnancy centers

August 15, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration of war upon the unborn in its infamous 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, caught most conservative Christians unprepared and unaware. This shock to the nation’s conscience required Christians and other pro-life activists to develop arguments, strategies, and organizations in order to confront the Culture of Death and the legalized killing of the unborn.

The Roe v. Wade decision was quickly repackaged by pro-abortion forces into a “pro-choice” argument that was intended to avoid the scandal of being pro-abortion. Nevertheless, the pro-choice mantra never really worked as a public relations strategy for pro-abortion forces for one simple reason: the only “choice” the pro-abortion forces would accept or respect is the choice to abort.

If that sounds extreme, just consider recent developments in cities like Baltimore, New York, and San Francisco. First in Baltimore and then in New York City, municipal governments passed laws intended to shut down or curtail the work of crisis pregnancy centers in their cities. The crisis pregnancy centers have been among the most important platforms for saving unborn human lives and reasserting human dignity. This is especially true in more recent years, as many of these centers have begun using sophisticated ultrasound imaging technologies in order to show pregnant women the unborn babies within them. the rest
Note the reference to anti-abortion arguments as “propaganda,” as if there could only be one side to the issue. Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco city attorney who is running for mayor, called the crisis pregnancy centers “right wing” and “politically motivated.” There was no acknowledgment of the fact that pro-abortion groups, such as Planned Parenthood, are “left wing” and “politically motivated.” Furthermore, given the millions of dollars of income made by Planned Parenthood and other major components of the abortion industry, the phrase “financially motivated” should be added as well. Where are the calls for honesty from Planned Parenthood?

Study Confirms Abortion Not Needed to Halt Maternal Mortality


Eight New Abortion Tapes Reveal Causalities, Callousness, and Cover-up
...The latest tapes obtained under an open records act request made by Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life, who forwarded the recordings to Operation Rescue. They show women ranging in ages from 18 to 34 who were between 8 weeks and approximately 24 weeks pregnant.

Complications included:
•Uterine rupture with heavy bleeding.

•A panic-stricken 18-yer old patient with chest pains, numbness, and a severe headache after a late-term abortion.

•Cervical laceration with hemorrhaging.

•Uncontrolled bleeding after first and second trimester abortions.

•Multiple seizures.

•Abortion on a woman with an undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

Cal Thomas: Explanations and excuses for English rioters

Examiner Columnist
08/15/11

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Some of those caught looting stores last week in Britain were asked why they did it. Four teenagers explained to Sky News that they viewed it as "a shopping spree."

One teen blamed the government: "They say [they] are going to help us but I don't see any of it. There has to be more opportunities and jobs. Help us at least and then maybe everyone will settle down."

This is the triumph of the entitlement mentality and the welfare state. Conservative Member of Parliament Eric Pickles wasn't buying it: "I think that is them trying to justify being thieves, robbers and burglars."

While a few of the teen looters sounded repentant, judges were shocked to find just one parent showing up in court to accompany an accused child. One couple said they were "too busy." Anyone else see a connection between their lack of concern and their child's rebellious behavior? the rest
During previous periods of cultural decline when most other political, legal and economic prescriptions were tried and failed, it was left to the churches to remind the public of the consequences for individuals and nations that depart from the source of virtue.

Today's British churches too often lack the power to do this. That's because they are competing to see who can bless culture the quickest.

Legacy of a society that believes in nothing

9th Circuit rules for pro-life counselor

Aug 15, 2011
by Andy Lewis
OAKLAND, Calif.

(BP)--The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled the city of Oakland, Calif., violated the freedom of speech of a Baptist man who does sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, which is widely considered the most liberal of the federal appeals courts, decided unanimously the city was discriminatory in its enforcement of a 2008 ordinance. The measure established an eight-foot "bubble" around women who were seeking to enter abortion clinics and required her permission before a person could step into the zone to speak to her or provide her with written information, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Oakland "has enforced the ordinance against anti-abortion speakers but not pro-abortion speakers," judge Marsha Berzon said in the panel's 3-0 opinion. Oakland's policy "unconstitutionally suppresses speech based on the content of its message," Berzon wrote. the rest

Monday, August 15, 2011

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

By Brian Womack and Zachary Tracer
Aug 15, 2011

Google Inc. (GOOG), maker of the Android mobile-phone software, agreed to buy smartphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in its biggest deal, gaining mobile patents and expanding in the hardware business.

Motorola shareholders will get $40 a share in cash, the companies said in a statement today. That’s 63 percent more than Motorola Mobility’s closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 12. Both boards have approved the takeover.  the rest

Court rejects health-law mandate

Split decision a blow to Obama; U.S. Supreme Court appeal likely
By AP, McClatchy News Service, Journal Sentinel staff
Aug. 12, 2011

Atlanta - A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the so-called individual mandate, the first such decision by a federal appeals court. It is a stinging blow to Obama's signature legislative achievement, as most experts agree that the requirement that Americans carry health insurance - or face tax penalties - is the foundation for other parts of the law.

Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Circuit Judge Frank Hull found in a 207-page opinion that lawmakers cannot require residents to "enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die." the rest

For liberals, some womens' choices more equal than others

By Noemie Emery
Examiner Columnist
  07/12/11

Excerpt:
But the embrace of "choice" presented a quandary, which was not all that clear at the time. "Choice" as a value meant that all choices were equal in terms of morality: not only the choice to give life or take it, but all the reasons for which the choice of abortion were made.

Reasons of hardship or health or convenience were accepted as equal, and all were defended. All women's choices were regarded as wise, since women had made them. Objecting to this was out of the question, as it gave an opening to all of those evil and retrograde social conservatives. It was also, of course, "insulting to women" -- than which no more damaging charge can be made.

Then came the news that women were using this wisdom in order to end female lives. Scientists believe that, world-over, around 160 million women are "missing," dispatched (that is, aborted) by their parents, who prefer male children and don't want superfluous females to clutter their lives...

...Abortion as a tool to dispose of unwanted girl children? Now, this is a problem, but liberals have surrendered the right and the standing to make moral judgments. They have found now a choice they despise, and they can't rail against it. Who would listen to them holding forth on this issue? What in the world would they say?

Ready to fight over a word, wink or whistle, they have no words at all for all those dead females. They are strangled and silenced by "choice." the rest

Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men


In a “Choice Revolution” There Are No “Ethical Boundaries”
I first heard the euphemistic term “selective reduction,” at a bioethics conference at which I was speaking in Banff, Alberta. I don’t remember the year, probably about a decade ago. I was speaking on assisted suicide, and as I awaited my turn, the speaker before me extolled the virtue of “reducing triplets into twins,” after IVF resulted in too many embryos implanting.

I hate euphemisms, particularly regarding crucial ethical issues, and the guy really had me seeing red. So, when my turn came, I went off script. “Selective reduction doesn’t turn triplets into ‘twins,’” I said. “It kills one of the three siblings. The remaining two are still triplets, only one is dead. And if they ever find out, they will know that but for the luck of where the abortionist chose to put his tools, they might never have been born.”...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why the Gender Gap Won’t Go Away. Ever.

Women prefer the mommy track.
posted August 14, 2011
Kay S. Hymowitz

Excerpt:
So why do women work fewer hours, choose less demanding jobs, and then earn less than men do? The answer is obvious: kids. A number of researchers have found that if you consider only childless women, the wage gap disappears. June O’Neill, an economist who has probably studied wage gaps as much as anyone alive, has found that single, childless women make about 8 percent more than single, childless men do (though the advantage vanishes when you factor in education). Using Census Bureau data of pay levels in 147 of the nation’s 150 largest cities, the research firm Reach Advisors recently showed that single, childless working women under 30 earned 8 percent more than their male counterparts did.

That’s likely to change as soon as the children arrive. Mothers, particularly those with young children, take more time off from work; even when they are working, they’re on the job less. Behind the Pay Gap found that “among women who graduated from college in 1992–93, more than one-fifth (23 percent) of mothers were out of the work force in 2003, and another 17 percent were working part time,” compared with under 2 percent of fathers in each case. Other studies show consistently that the first child significantly reduces a woman’s earnings and that the second child cuts them even further...

...Here’s what the authors found: right after graduation, men and women had nearly identical earnings and working hours. Over the next ten years, however, women fell way behind. Survey questions revealed three reasons for this. First and least important, men had taken more finance courses and received better grades in those courses, while women had taken more marketing classes. Second, women had more career interruptions. Third and most important, mothers worked fewer hours. “The careers of MBA mothers slow down substantially within a few years of first birth,” the authors wrote. Though 90 percent of women were employed full-time and year-round immediately following graduation, that was the case with only 80 percent five years out, 70 percent nine years out, and 62 percent ten or more years out—and only about half of women with children were working full-time ten years after graduation. By contrast, almost all the male grads were working full-time and year-round. Furthermore, MBA mothers, especially those with higher-earning spouses, “actively chose” family-friendly workplaces that would allow them to avoid long hours, even if it meant lowering their chances to climb the greasy pole. the rest
So it makes no sense to think of either the mommy track or the resulting wage differential as an injustice to women. Less time at work, whether in the form of part-time jobs or fewer full-time hours, is what many women want and what those who can afford it tend to choose.

10 Reasons to Skip the Expensive Colleges

by Reader's Digest MagazineMon Aug 1, 2011


If you’re the parent of a high-achieving high school student prepared to spend whatever it takes to send your kid to an Ivy League college, authors Claudia Dreifus and Andrew Hacker have some unlikely advice: Don’t do it.

Dreifus, a New York Times writer and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Hacker, a veteran political science professor at Queens College in New York, spent three years interviewing faculty, students, and administrators and crunching statistics for their book, Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — And What We Can Do About It. Their finding? That many of America’s colleges and universities — especially the elite — aren’t worth their tuition and serve faculty over their undergrads.

More outrageous, they say, is that tuition nationwide has jumped at more than twice the rate of inflation since 1982, so many kids graduate deeply in debt. “Tuition is probably the second-largest item you’ll buy in your lifetime, after your home,” Dreifus says. Given that, the authors suggest you consider the following as you bear down on the decision of where your child will spend the next four (or more) years.  Here