Advancing the social justice agenda at Lewis-Clark State College

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) has joined the cult of race and gender victimology, otherwise known as social justice education. This poisonous ideology has penetrated many aspects of campus life at LCSC, from administration to general education requirements to where students live and sleep.

Administrators often introduce the poison into the university. LCSC’s 2021 Strategic Plan aims to increase faculty and staff participation in Diversity and Inclusion training. These sweet-sounding goals are really just the leading edge of the social justice agenda. Diversity means changing standards to attract minorities, while Inclusion means designing a new “institutional climate” to highlight the grievances of minorities and to blame the majority culture for achievement disparities.

Diversity and Inclusion training will make its way into the classroom through LCSC’s Center for Teaching and Learning. The center provides Anti-Racism training to faculty members. Anti-Racism training comes from the idea that racism is a white problem.  (Read More)

Police Raid, Shut Down Church for Violating Lockdown Order, But Abortion Clinics Can Keep Killing Babies

(LifeNews) Supposedly for the purpose of saving lives, authorities in Canada are erecting a fence around an Alberta church that held Easter services last week in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Leaders of GraceLife Church in Alberta said police raided the church early Wednesday morning and then set up roadblocks to prevent anyone from entering the property, The Post Millennial reports.

Church leaders also posted photos online showing a metal fence that authorities erected around the building to prevent people from coming to church.

Canada has been in strict lock-down for more than a year, even though coronavirus infections and deaths are dropping and vaccines are becoming widely available.  (Read More)

Majority of Americans say cancel culture is a threat to freedom and has made them afraid to share their political opinions

(Standing For Freedom Center) A recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll revealed that 64 percent of respondents say there is a “growing cancel culture” that threatens their freedom, with 54 percent saying that they are concerned that if they share their political views online, they could be banned from social media or fired from their jobs. Only 13 percent of respondents say that cancel culture is not a problem.

Mark Penn, director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, said, “It is a chilling finding that most people in the country now are afraid they would be fired if they expressed their real views on social media.”

Legal scholars are also concerned about the effect cancel culture is having on American society. Harvard constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz compared cancel culture to “McCarthyism,” a concerted campaign in the 1950s to identify and expose those with communist sympathies in government, Hollywood, academia, and business using aggressive investigative tactics that ended up destroying careers and lives.  (Read More)

Faithful Observations: “Train Up A Child….”

By Bob Shillingstad

“Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. – Psalm 34:11”

I need to start this column with full disclosure about experiences Jane and I had raising children and watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn and grow.  We have four children, 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  I know what you are thinking, what denomination is this?  We are just productive evangelical Christians that love a big family! Most of our grandchildren have been home-schooled and I have been a part of this teaching some by “Facetime” or Skype with American History, Government and Economics which was my background.  That has been a joy and having cousins online living often in four different states is a challenge but rewarding. I have had a lot of experience working with home schoolers!

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirm earlier polling results showing an unprecedented explosion in the number of families choosing to educated their children at home, free from government indoctrination, sexualization, forced masking, and dangerous dumbing down.  The local paper last Saturday put this in our face with letters to the editor from a local middle school.  This was a lesson organized by the teacher on expressing your opinion by letter writing. Out of ten letters one was supporting Black Lives Matter, others on “rights” including LGBTQ people and a few letters about animal rights with criticism of hunters.  Where did they get these ideas as middle school students? We know where and why the local school district had 8% fewer students enroll last fall.  The Chinese Virus lockdown woke up a lot of parents up about the education their children were receiving.

Homeschooling rates grew fastest among black Americans!  Self-described black Americans were far more likely to pull their children from government schools than any other group measured in the data. “In households where respondents identified as Black or African American, the proportion of homeschooling increased by five times. The shift has been enormous. By the fall of 2020, the overall number of homeschooling families doubled, Census data show. In the Spring of 2020, just over 5 percent of families were educating children at home. By the fall, homeschoolers grew to represent over 11 percent of all American households with school-age children.In some states the population of homeschoolers became almost 10 times larger. Massachusetts, for instance, went from having just 1.5 percent of children being homeschooled to more than 12 percent in that short period. In Alaska, the number went from 10 percent to almost 28 percent. And in Oklahoma, the numbers went from about 8 percent to over 20 percent. Florida’s numbers also grew to almost 20 percent of families choosing to educate at home.

Fortunately, in Idaho we have some Charter schools that do a better job of education with more being started all the time. Christian schools are growing, however many parents can’t afford the cost.  Legislation was introduced in Idaho to give vouchers to parents that they could use for home schooling or a private school. The education lobby, the most powerful in the state, stopped that from being passed. Let your legislators know that we need competition and to use our money.

For those that can home school we can recommend it without reservation. There are many home school support groups and wonderful curriculum materials. Our grandchildren have been involved in music, speech and debate, creating their own electives based on their interest and you realize how different each child is with their own abilities and personality.  Nearly all of our grandchildren started college at age 16, had their associates degree by 18 and then deciding about online degrees or going to a campus.  We have graduates from Hillsdale, Liberty University, Ohio State and others.

We have nearly a dozen graduates, some going on to post-graduate degrees in many areas.  But more than anything else, they have been taught about morality, manners, setting goals, knowing the Word and who created this world and why we are here in it.

They also know that this world is not their home and that their time have here needs to have purpose.  Someone said, “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.”  The only things we can take to eternity are our children, a tremendous responsibility.

Past time to fight back

(OneNewsNow) If the left is going to hijack the most powerful institutions in America and then weaponize them against voters in red states, the only alternative for conservatives is the formation of alternative companies in every industry.

This week, on the basis of whole-cloth lies, major corporations went to political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia’s new voter law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow.

These provisions are similar to the laws in a vast majority of states. That didn’t stop Democrats and the media from simply lying about the Georgia voting law. While some in the media did point out that Biden had lied about the law’s supposed crackdown on voting hours, nobody in the media treated his “Jim Crow” contentions with the sneering disrespect they so richly deserved.  (Read More)

Mask-Wearing Represents Fear and Blind Obedience, Not Science

(Townhall) When I see people walking outside, often alone with no one anywhere near them, wearing a mask, my primary reactions are disappointment and sadness.

I am disappointed because I expected better from my fellow Americans. I never thought most Americans would be governed by irrational fears and unquestioning obedience to authority. I have come to realize that I had a somewhat romanticized view of my countrymen.

Had you told me a year ago that nearly every American in nearly every metropolitan area would cover their faces for over a year because one man, one political party and the media told them to, I would have responded that you underestimate the strength of the American character.  (Read More)

The Gem State Heist Part 1: It’s Already Begun Like it Did in Colorado

(Greg Pruett) Years ago I came upon a documentary titled, “The Rocky Mountain Heist.”

The documentary forever changed the way I thought about our political efforts here in Idaho. You can view the full documentary here.

In short, the documentary hosted by Michelle Malkin details how the Republican state of Colorado was flipped to Democrat control in just 10 years from 2004 to 2014.

The Republicans lost the governorship, both U.S. Senate seats, and both chambers of their statehouse in just a decade!

Now, the radical left groups in Idaho, liberal politicians in Idaho, and weak-kneed Republicans in Idaho are going to create “The Gem State Heist” and many conservatives here have no idea it’s already happening.  (Read More)

The Time Has Come for Reasonable Americans to Stand up and Draw a Line in the Sand

(RedState) The time for “live and let live” has drawn to a close, at least temporarily. For too long, the Right has been satisfied to leave their voices to the ballot box. Sometimes the Right has been too satisfied to give their voice to a personality. Both strategies have left the conservative right looking around and wondering how we got to where we are today.

I have built a brand on reaching out to the other side, on giving people space to be wrong, the space to discuss, the space to tolerate. I sincerely believe that there are many reasonable people in America from all ideologies who are still willing to talk with each other, people who are quite happy to live and let live.

Unfortunately, none of those people are controlling the conversations right now. Trump’s presidency has burned away the niceties that tenuously held our political ecosystem together. We’ve had a front-row seat to the strategy of the Left. We’re seeing the lengths they will go to and the lies they let stand in service of winning and crushing 50% of this nation.  (Read More)

Arkansas Makes History with Veto Override

(FRC) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) had a say in the SAFE Act — but he won’t have the final one. This afternoon, barely 24 hours after the governor tried to sink a bill to protect children from life-altering transgender surgery and drugs, the state legislature voted to override him. By a 71-24 vote in the house and 28-7 vote in the senate, leaders like Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R) sent a resounding message that they won’t be deterred from doing what’s right for Arkansas kids.

Monday, after the governor refused to stand up and do the right thing, Robin — the SAFE Act’s House sponsor — told me on “Washington Watch” that it was tough to watch. “… [A]s soon as the governor’s letter explaining the veto arrives, which I suspect will be [Tuesday] at one o’clock, we will address it then. And I hope that we can override the veto and we can protect children in Arkansas now.”  (Read More)

It’s High Time We Make Woke Corporate America Feel Real Pain: Here’s How We Can Start

(The Federalist) Companies must be held accountable. When they carelessly and callously wield their power to strike out at the American people, they must be made to feel pain. Not simply nagging second thoughts or embarrassment, but real pain: pain in their wallets, in their boardrooms, and in the offices of their general counsels.

It’s a tactic the American left long ago mastered. Boycotts and sponsorship threats have been a hallmark of their activism, but with rare exceptions, conservatives have failed to catch on. If a company bucks them, the left won’t hesitate to use the power of government, from regulation to the Internal Revenue Service to the Environmental Protection Agency, to frighten them into subservience.

“Government is a gun!” the modern American right’s libertarian streak tells us. “Don’t aim it at your opponents,” the warning goes, “or it will soon be used on you.” Makes sense in theory, but of course nearly every chance the left gets it turns the power of government on the rest of us and pulls the trigger.  (Read More)

The Wicked When They Can Do Nothing Else Against The Righteous, Will Spit Falsehood on Them

(Charles Haddon Spurgeon) …[T]he devil has adopted the same plan in every period. He has always sought to slander any race of Christians who are the means of revival. I would not believe any minister to be eminently successful, if I were informed that everybody praised him. I am certain that such a case would be an exception, a glaring exception to all the rules of history. You remember what was said of Whitfield in his day. He was charged with crimes that Sodom never knew; and yet a more pure and heavenly man God never sent to tread this wicked earth. And it ever must be so. The Church struggling with sin and wickedness, must through the enmity of the evil one find herself bespattered and besmeared with slander. The wicked when they can do nothing else against the righteous, will spit falsehood on them.  (Read More)

This was written in 1857 and is still true today!

The American Civil War Is Over Judeo-Christian Values

(Creators) Conservatives often speak of Judeo-Christian values and how the current civil war in the United States and the rest of the West is essentially a battle between those values and the left, which rejects Judeo-Christian values.

They are right.

When Judeo-Christian principles are abandoned, evil eventually ensues. One doesn’t have to be a believer to acknowledge this. Many secular conservatives recognize that the end of religion in the West leads to moral chaos — which is exactly what we are witnessing today and exactly what we witnessed in Europe last century. When Christianity died in Europe, we got communism, fascism and Nazism. What will we get in America if Christianity and Judeo-Christian values die?  (Read More)

Faithful Observations: Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday

By Bob Shillingstad

This is Holy Week for Christians and the week of Passover for Jews, after the effects of COVID this last year we wonder how this has affected the church?  Of course we all remember last Easter when virtually every church and synagogue was closed and we were all consigned to staying home and none of us could imagine that this entire year would be similar. On top of all of that we look at the culture today and sometimes the news stories bring us to tears.  Jane and I watched a story about a commercial for shampoo that was put out by Proctor and Gamble.  It was about two lesbians raising a son who was about 11 years old and they were dressing him and treating him as a girl, this was who “he was inside”!  All we could do was weep.

We read stories about states passing legislation prohibiting boys from competing as girls at school athletic events.  We followed a lawsuit filed by a coffee shop at BSU that was kicked out of the Boise campus because they supported “Blue Lives” or law enforcement. The legislature in Idaho is wrestling with the funding of colleges in the midst of the “social justice/BLM” takeover.  We ask ourselves, “where is the moral authority of the Church and Christians?”

We also realize that as Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun”.  The church barely survived as the Roman Empire fell and the pagan hordes took over Europe, saved only by the establishment of monasteries, particularly in Ireland.  How the Irish saved Christianity is a fascinating study and puts St. Patricks day in a whole new light.  We look back at Great Britain in the 18th century and life was brutal and ungodly and yet John and Charles Wesley along with George Whitfield brought revival not only to Great Britain but also to the American Colonies.  Without that “great awakening” or revival there would not have been a successful revolution in America. This was the first of many revivals we have experienced in our history and as God brought the Jews out of Egypt we have seen our own miracles.

If you are old enough to remember the 1960’s you will recall terrible race riots in over sixty cities along with anti-war demonstrations.  It was the time of “free love, sex, drugs and rock and roll” and ground zero was San Francisco.  But we also remember the “Jesus Movement”  and thousands across the country coming to Christ.  We had images of scores being baptized at the California beaches and it became nation wide.  The Calvary Chapel denomination arose out of this and movies like “Woodlawn” give a picture of how the Holy Spirit moved on our land.

One of the very positive observances in the Jewish faith is the Passover ritual that is very carefully scripted.  The purpose is to remind the family and young people what God did in their history and saved them.  We also see in that ceremony, as Christians,  so much that points to Christ.  Perhaps we need  to do something similar in our homes this Easter, to remind ourselves of how faithful God has been.

This past year has put a strain on churches and pastors and many churches have closed. Alex McFarland had some interesting comments when he said, “Coupled with flat evangelism numbers, there’s just not the ethic of churchmanship that we’ve seen in previous generations,” McFarland tells OneNewsNow. “I do think that a number of churches that were just kind of on the brink anyway, regrettably, will have to close their doors.” And the financial strain of churches that were already living on the edge will only get worse, he says. “It’s going to get really scary really quickly for a lot of these churches that have really not had a viable financial plan or maybe even lived beyond their means,” the Christian apologist warns.

On the other hand, he says, this could be a pruning of the vine, as Jesus talked about in John 15. And if so, that pastors and congregations that want to “be timeless and always relevant” must focus on “the things that are eternal and never go out of date.”

Things like preaching the Word of God, the authority of scripture, praying and seeking the power of God – and being willing to call out sin.

The news can be discouraging, last October, Pew Research found that in the last ten years the percentage of Americans who identify as “Christian” had dropped 12 points to only 65%. During that same time, the unchurched – or “nones,” as some refer to them – has risen from 17% to 26%. The report rattled off several other markers … all heading down.  We are facing the spirit of the age, atheists, agnostics, secularists, cultural Marxists are openly bringing their worldview in, and Christians have been taught to very quiet and keep their views within the church walls.   Remember these are not enemies but lost souls.  They need to hear the word this Easter and beyond.  Christ lives and conquered the grave.  Pray for our country and our leaders and let your witness be bold. We wish all of you a blessed Easter.

When The Powerful Say Truth Is A Lie And Lies Are The Truth, No One Will Stand Up For America But You

(The Federalist) Open The New York Times’ politics page Thursday morning and the top headline reads, “Democrats Begin Push For Biggest Expansion In Voting Since 1960s.” It’s a story about the most important election power-grab in modern legislative history, with a slim, partisan majority of senators seeking to wrest control of elections away from state governments to ensure Democrat control for decades to come.

For starters, H.R. 1 will ban voter ID requirements, mandate early voting windows, allow outside activist groups to deliver votes for counting, do away with notarized absentee ballots, force states to accept absentees for 10 days after an election is over, narrow the Federal Election Commission by one member to allow for partisan control, mandate counting illegal aliens in voting districts, allow the IRS to investigate non-profits’ political ideas, and make it nearly impossible to sue over the new rules.  (Read More)

Joe Biden Puts Pro-Life Groups on Domestic Extremist List, Calls Pro-Life People “Violent”

(LifeNews) Joe Biden’s administration included pro-life activists on a list of “domestic violent extremists” in a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Christian Post reports the report, published March 1, warned that 2021 could be a bad year of violent extremism in America.

It pointed to racial issues, “perceived government overreach,” “narratives” of election fraud, the COVID-19 pandemic and “conspiracy theories promoting violence” as motivations for potential heightened violence.

The report did not name specific groups or individuals, but it did identify several “threat categories” of extremists, including pro-lifers and abortion activists, animal rights activists, anti-government groups and anarchists, and racist groups.  (Read More)

The global trace-and-track regime

(OneNewsNow) The Biden administration’s vaccine passport scheme is just the teeny-tiny tip of a massive privacy invasion iceberg.

A year ago this week, I began chronicling the worldwide weaponization of COVID-19 by big government and big business to trace and track the health data of untold hundreds of millions of human beings. Let’s review.

In March 2020, Singapore unleashed a Bluetooth app called “TraceTogether” on Google Play and the Apple Store to track people who tested positive for coronavirus and notify others through their cellphones. For those who argue that participation is completely “voluntary,” bear in mind that Singapore functions as a high-tech dictatorship where refusal to comply with stay-at-home orders and refusal to share GPS location data with health bureaucrats are criminal offenses subject to six months’ imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.  (Read More)

Oral Roberts University’s Faith Is Under Fire

(Faith & Freedom) Oral Roberts University’s run in the NCAA’s March Madness national championship tournament came to an end Saturday night with a narrow loss—72-70— to Arkansas who is ranked #3 in the nation.

The fact that Oral Roberts University even made the tournament surprised most sports fans across the country—particularly the enlightened sports press.

However, the bigger story that has emerged is that the team and their coach turned the attention toward Jesus Christ—while the secular left turned hell’s wrath on the team, their coach, and the institution itself.  (Read More)

Facebook Whistleblower Confirms Social Media Web Site Censors Conservatives

(LifeNews) Facebook whistleblower Cassandra Spencer wrote an exposé about the platform with damning claims of anti-conservative meddling.

The whistleblower who had contracted at Facebook had her life turned upside down after exposing Big Tech bias against conservatives at Facebook. Her tell-all book, “Impact: How I Went behind Enemy Lines in Our Struggle against the Far Left,” made some devastating allegations.

“[A]fter a few weeks on the job in Texas, she said she noticed that some profiles and pages were secretly marked in a way that would reduce the reach of their live videos,” Fox News reported. “She said in the following weeks she saw a pattern, and she only noticed such flags on pages belonging to conservatives, not to any liberals. And that they were hidden from the account holders.”  (Read More)

How The Equality Act Would Legalize Religious Bigotry

(The Federalist) The Founding Fathers recognized freedom of expression and religious liberty as core elements of diversity and tolerance. Now, nearly 250 years later, Congress is acting to stamp them out, ushering in a new era of government-sanctioned anti-religious bigotry.

While no one could argue this is motivated by anti-Jewish bias in particular, the disproportionate repression of Jewish religious practice — by a law unironically billed as an “Equality Act,” no less — is far too significant to ignore.

The reason is simple: not only prayer services, but family lifecycle events of all kinds — from circumcisions to bar mitzvahs to weddings to funerals — are commonly divided by biological sex in traditional Orthodox Judaism. This is true whether or not ceremonies are held in synagogues.  (Read More)

Idaho senators side with education special interests against parents and students

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Special interest groups including big labor unions like the Idaho Education Association seem to be winning the day at the state Legislature, thanks to liberal Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Education Committee.

First, members of the committee rejected a simple House-approved measure to let school boards opt-out of collective bargaining. House Bill 174 would have given locally-elected school boards the ability to decide whether they wanted to negotiate with labor unions. If a union behaves badly, as happened last year when the West Ada Education Association staged a sick-out, the school board would not be compelled to sit at the bargaining table with them, as they are presently under Idaho law.  (Read More)

New Report Shows Teen Abortion Rate Has Dropped a Whopping 82%

(LifeNews) …this new Guttmacher report provides interesting information for understanding U.S. abortion trends. In 2012, my Lozier Institute colleague Susan Wills analyzed CDC data and found that the largest abortion-rate declines were taking place among younger age demographics.

These new data suggest that the trend is continuing, as the report shows that between 1980 and 2017, the abortion rate for females between the ages of 15 and 19 fell by more than 82 percent. The abortion rate for 35-to-39-year-olds fell by only 8.5 percent during the same timespan.

The large reduction in the teen abortion rate is partly the result of a higher percentage of pregnant teenagers choosing life for their preborn children. According to these new statistics, the percentage of pregnancies carried to term by women ages 15 to 19 between 1980 and 2017 increased by more than 10 percent.  (Read More)

Faithful Observations: Standing For Truth

By Bob Shillingstad

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” -John 18:38   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” -John 14:6

The main source of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was the Bible and you see it over and over in the text.   The Declaration begins talking about the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and ends with “a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” They understood that our Creator had given us an understanding of right and wrong   There were absolutes of truth when it came to creation, our actions and divine Providence who we were accountable to.

We have abandoned these principles and absolutes and we see this every day as the governing authorities act as if these principles are now to be decided by a vote or dictated to by the “mob”.  If you think what is happening is insanity and we will, at some point, come to our senses you are wrong. Dr. Seuss is suddenly persona non grata because his books are racist. The author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) is now reviled because she claims boys are born male and girls born female. The Governor of South Dakota is reluctant to prohibit boys from competing as girls in school sports because of pressure from the NCAA and the Chamber of Commerce. It seems to be insanity. Actually it is not.

Wesley Smith, writing in the Epoch Times, stated that: “No. Actually, it’s not. “Canceling,” as it is called, is a coldly calculated strategy implemented with malice aforethought. The goal isn’t to persuade. Social excommunication, media deplatforming, and the trashing of venerable traditions don’t seek to reform institutions or promote societal improvement. Rather, the point is to destroy every traditional religious, social, and political institution judged guilty of constructing Western civilization, toward the end of rebuilding society in the image of Woke.”

Why do we seem to be so impotent in combating this movement?  Look at our state legislature in Idaho.  We allow the state colleges to indoctrinate the students with the most vile propaganda regarding “social justice”, socialism vs. capitalism and free markets, “white privilege” and a trashing of our history.   There is no push back on their budgets or restraints on their actions to remedy this.  Budgets are going to be fully funded.

We have a public tv and radio network (PBS and NPR) that dishes out a consistent, leftist bias about conservative values.  Worse than that their news is twisted, like most main stream media, from reporting the news to being opinion makers with a consistent bias also. We recognize the fact we have a 1st Amendment that protects the press, however, we allocate over $10 million of our tax dollars to support this.  This measure passed again in the house by ONE vote.  Two legislators in Kootenai County voted in favor of the funding.  Who is insane?  But vote against this and you hate Big Bird!  The politicians of both parties face the wrath of judges who will decide when life begins, what marriage is or what gender means. It is now media, corporations, the arts and the judicial system that will be the ultimate arbiters of right and wrong.

The COVID lockdowns have been an excellent example of “group think”.  There is to be no discussion of what works or why we have to give up our freedoms for something that is not a threat to most of the population. Instead, education is disrupted, businesses suffer, churches are impacted along with most of their ministry.  If you would dare to vote against a mask mandate you will have a headline in the local Coeur d’Alene newspaper calling you a liar. The issue was about the meaning of “teaching” at a University.  The cancel culture is not about dialogue it is about destroying dissenters.   We are living in difficult times when our freedoms are at risk.  When you listen to the testimonies of those who lived under communist, totalitarian regimes they point out the similarities to America today.  The threat was not always the government but your employer, teachers, neighbors who could make life difficult if you weren’t thinking correctly.  Are we being programmed for a future that looks more like 1984 or Brave New World?  Pray for our country and leaders.  Be involved and informed.

I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.”-Psalm 119:30

For the Left, bigotry is a tool

(OneNewsNow) Whether it comes from woke school administrators or street criminals, anti-Asian animus is anti-Asian animus – and to treat it differently based solely on the identity of the offender is to make obvious that you simply don’t care about anti-Asian animus.

This week, a white man shot to death eight people in Atlanta-area spas, six of them Asian American. According to Atlanta police, the man said he was targeting brothels and blamed the women for his alleged sex addiction. The gunman stated that he had visited two of the spas before and had planned to drive to Florida and target the pornography industry. So far, there is no evidence that the shooter was motivated by anti-Asian animus, making hate-crime charges unlikely at this point.  (Read More)

Will the Pandemic Break the Government School Monopoly? Data Says Homeschooling Is Skyrocketing

(PJ Media) Homeschooling rates increased significantly in the fall of 2020, according to a Household Pulse Survey from the Census Bureau. Previous estimates had shown that parents had selected this option at increasing rates between 1999 and 2012, when homeschooling plateaued and remained steady at about 3.3% of children. The pandemic, school closures nationwide, and some parents seeing the racialized and sexualized classroom curricula have changed this statistic significantly.

According to the Census Bureau:

In the first week (April 23-May 5) of Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling .

By fall, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (Sept. 30-Oct. 12). A clarification was added to the school enrollment question to make sure households were reporting true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school.  (Read More)

Facebook’s “Instant Addiction” Plan For Kids

(Faith & Freedom) Facebook is building an Instagram for kids under the age of 13.

In an internal memo, not intended for the public, executives at Instagram—which is owned by Facebook, said last week: “We have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list.”

In 2017 Facebook launched Messenger Kids, a product aimed at children 6 to 12 years of age who, supposedly, had permission from their parents.

However, in 2019 it was discovered that a design flaw allowed the kids to sidestep their parents and the protection through group chats with unapproved strangers. Thousands of kids exploited that flaw and were chatting with people who were completely unknown to the parents.  (Read More)