In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

Mar 23, 2015 by

By Judith Shulevitz, New York Times: KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown Universityand a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma. So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term...

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The new normless: the toll of relativism on our kids

Mar 18, 2015 by

by Eric Metaxas, Breakpoint: There really is such a thing as right and wrong. And denying that fact has real consequences for society. During a recent visit to Swarthmore College, political scientist Robert Putnam of Harvard asked everyone in the room whose parents had graduated from college to raise their hands. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone raised their hands. As it turns out, the ability to get into elite colleges isn’t the only thing that separates the children of the college-educated...

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British values are rooted in British soil

Mar 9, 2015 by

From Grassroots Conservatives: Grassroots conservatives have released a discussion paper on British values, following the Birmingham trojan horse extremism affair, and a new Ofsted inspection regime.  ‘A major cultural divide has emerged between vocal secular liberals and the silent, and somewhat intimidated, majority,’ says the Grassroots movement. ‘People are now afraid to even express deeply held beliefs which were mainstream just a number of years ago.  A national debate...

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The Rich Roots and Spoiled Fruits of Liberal Toleration

Mar 6, 2015 by

By Jeremy Niell, Public Discourse: After decades of efforts to be emancipated from religious influences, the toleration of political liberals is still only an impoverished relative of its classical cousin. Toleration as it was understood by early modern philosophers like John Locke was richer and fuller than toleration as political liberals understand it today. Political liberals today think of toleration in a methodologically secular way: they try to replicate the two-kingdom infrastructure...

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Britain Funding Separateness, Not Integration

Mar 5, 2015 by

By Samuel Westrop, Gatestone Institute: Increasingly, segregated religious communities receive state funds in order to remain separate. That extremists would gain a foothold seems inevitable. “We believe that single faith schools will mean more discrimination and a greater stranglehold of the most conservative, anti-women and communal individuals over our children’s education and our communities as a whole.” — Spokesperson for South Asian Women in London, 2002. “Instead...

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VALUES – The characteristics of our British national identity

Feb 27, 2015 by

From The Maranatha Community: What kind of society are we passing on to our children? What are the core values which determine the British way of life? A nationwide debate is emerging. Today (27th January 2015)  a statement was presented at a meeting in the House of Commons chaired by Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool and convened by Fiona Bruce MP. It will be given to hundreds of people in leadership positions throughout the country. Immediately following the meeting it was presented at 10...

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