Review of the new Saxon Algebra 2 DVD Series: On 3/12/2008 I received the following e-mail: "To read an independent review of the new Saxon DVD series for the Saxon algebra 2 math book, please click on the following link: http://www.thesaxonteacher.com/newsletterpage.php . If you know of a friend or colleague using Saxon math books, please forward a copy of this email to them."
University of Virginia newspaper mocks Christ and Christians: On 3/17/08, Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman American Family Association, reported, "Last week, the University of Virginia’s student paper, The Cavalier Daily, ran a cartoon depicting a naked man smoking a cigarette in bed. Standing beside the bed, a woman in her underwear buttons up her shirt and asks, ‘Come on God, be honest – Did you really get a vasectomy? I can’t let Joseph find out about this.’ The man replies, ‘Well, Mary, you’re f***ed.’ The editors used the week before Holy Week to run this bigoted cartoon belittling Christ and Christians. Just a day earlier, the paper ran a cartoon portraying a crucified Jesus telling jokes onstage." Wildmon then asked people to "Take Action! Send an e-mail to Gov. Kaine and the members of the state college board asking that the university’s newspaper show more class, intelligence and tolerance in the cartoons they run, and to stop their anti-Christian bias. Forward this alert to friends and family and urge them to send an e-mail." The e-mail that AFA prepared to send the Virginia Governor read: "Dear Governor Kaine: It is sad to see students at the University of Virginia’s newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, use such a low level of intelligence to express their anti-Christian bigotry. It leaves one wondering what the taxpayers of Virginia get in return for the millions of dollars the state uses to educate the students. The paper has posted on its website that it "regrets any offense readers may have taken to two recent comics in the strip…" So, no apology is offered. In other words, they regret the fact that Christians are taking offense at the blasphemous cartoons. Unfortunately, this bigotry is more of a reflection on the newspaper and university than the Christians the paper is belittling. It appears that a public apology is in order. Or do the views of the editorial staff at The Cavalier Daily represent the views of the administration at UVA?" I added the following comment: If African Americans, Muslims, or even homosexuals were the subject of such prejudicial bigotry, everyone would be up in arms. However, a lot of people seem fine with making fun of the sincerely held convictions of Bible believers.
Homeschooling in the Country: We love Country Magazine and its companion County Extra. Both of them have always presented a positive picture of homeschooling. The April/May, 2008, issue of Country, pp. 54-55, has pictures of "No. 1 Country Schoolteachers." Seven teachers are pictured, and one of them has the caption, "Mother knows best. ‘All the siblings in our family have the same favorite teacher–our mom, Kathy White,’ says her kids from Cato, New York. ‘She’s home-schooled us for 13 years." What a lovely tribute!
Christian Film Group Makes 1st Movie: Scott Esk wrote, "I found this story recently, and thought I’d pass it along. Home schoolers have already been heard from deafeningly in the spelling bees, math and science competitions, debates, geography bees, etc. Why not start hearing them in the movie industry with powerful, wholesome, and adventure-packed themes? I also pray that more colleges like Patrick Henry University that caters to home schoolers will arise across this great nation." Then he submitted the following information. Advent Film Group (AFG), based on Purcellville, Va., is training a new generation of Christian filmmakers drawn from the homeschooling community to make socially relevant stories with moral integrity and fidelity to a Biblical worldview. It recently completed "Come What May," the story of two Patrick Henry College students who battle to overturn Roe v. Wade at the National Moot Court Championship. Dr. Michael Farris, the real-life founder and Chancellor of PHC, plays the "debate coach." Patrick Henry College is a true-to-life national powerhouse in debate and moot court competition. Advent’s filmmakers tackle tough moral and social issues head-on. It also seeks to address the lack of Christian filmmakers in big-budget movies. For example, "Amazing Grace" and "The Chronicles of Narnia," two successful Christian-themed movies, were both directed by secular filmmakers. (— from http://www.thecronline.com/news_article.php?nid=3384&ndate=18/03/2008 .)
Creation Museum Employs Security to Guard against Threats: The president of the Creation Museum says its message — that God created the universe and Adam and Eve less than 10,000 years ago — has aroused opposition that requires security. Ken Ham says the museum near Cincinnati has hidden cameras, uniformed and plain-clothes officers and dogs that can sniff out explosives and sense dangerous visitors. He says the museum’s security team also monitors threatening email and anti-Creationist Web sites — steps he considers prudent in a time of terrorism, militant atheism and church shootings. While skeptics are welcome, Ham says there have been a few arrests and incidents of vandalism at the Creation Museum, which has attracted 330,000 visitors since it opened last May. (—http://www.thecronline.com/news_article.php?nid=3394&ndate=19/03/2008 .)
Parents, Americans, Beware: A joint project by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) is giving parents 16,000 new reasons to question the agenda of national teachers’ union leaders. The NEA and APA have partnered to produce a booklet titled "Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth," which they plan to distribute to every superintendent in America’s 16,000 school districts. Among the so-called "facts" in the 24-page document is the opinion that homosexuality is "a normal expression of human sexuality." The booklet also warns teachers not to discuss "transformational ministries" that suggest homosexuality is a condition that can be changed [editor’s note: talk about CENSORSHIP! WSW]. Religious-based views are regarded as harmful, if not dangerous. This is no surprise to those who have followed the leftward drift of the NEA leadership. For years, the organization has used teachers’ dues to subsidize its top officials’ left-wing fanaticism, which includes everything from promoting homosexuality and abortion in schools to pushing birth control. The APA is not better. In the past few decades, the group has gone from listing homosexuality as a mental disorder to becoming one of its biggest champions in the public square. Now both groups are using their influence to transform public schools into incubators for their radical social agendas. These lessons in political correctness must stop! Log onto http://www.frc.org and download the real facts about "Homosexuality in Your Child’s School." (—from Mark McWhorter, Pell City, AL, a preacher associated with churches of Christ and a homeschooling father; in Seek the Old Paths, Mar., 2008, Vol. 19, No. 3, p. 22. Editor’s note: While I do not suggest that Christians withdraw from the public arena but be ready to oppose all evil publicly, we do have a responsibility to protect our children, and for that reason I am SO THANKFUL for homeschooling! WSW.]