New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Our OpinionPope John Paul II an example for all
He dedicat- I r I I he news that Pope
ed his life to I I John Paul II passed
serving God I away Saturday was
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of all faiths I For nearly three
mourn and I decades, John Paul led
celebrate a \ the Catholic church. Dur-
man who I i°g his tenure as pope, he
touched so I oversaw good times and
many. I had. He was instrumental
in the downfall of Communism, was consistent in his belief that everyone had the right to life and worked diligently to spread a message of love and hope to the world.
The pope made history by reaching out to other religions. He prayed with Jews, Muslims and Hindus and with Christians from all denominations. He worked to overcome barriers that had been in place for thousands of years.
He also oversaw the Catholic church during a time of turmoil when a sex scandal shook the church. But he also helped the church overcome the scandal by providing consistent, honest leadership.
Pope John Paul II met with virtually every world leader, including every U.S. president during his tenure. His work with President Ronald Reagan changed the course of history in the world.
While he supported the United States in many ways, he was not afraid to criticize when he thought we were wrong. He did not support either war with Iraq and consistently criticized legalized abortion.
During his decades as pope, John Paul II brought about many changes in the Catholic church. But he did so by standing steadfast in his beliefs and by fighting for what he thought was right.
In his life, he set an example that all of us, regardless of religious belief, could follow. He dedicated his life to serving God and in his death, people of all faiths mourn and celebrate a man who touched so many.
Today in History
By The Associated Press Today's I lighlight in History:
On April 3, 1860, the legendary Pony Fxpress began service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.
On this date:
In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert ford, a member of James' gang.
In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J., for the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh child.
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Recent events makes us wonder who really are the monsters’
What separates us from the monsters? We read about people like Scott Peterson who killed his wife and his son and yet shows no remorse. News reports a student in Minnesota shooting nine people. He had been involved in a Nazi organization. It is said that he talked about how I litler was misunderstood. A woman is ordered by a judge to be starved to death.
We tell ourselves that these monsters are aberrations and hide behind terms of sociopaths or psychopaths, keeping us distanced from responsibility. We need to ask how we got to this point?
Maybe the young man in Minnesota was correct — we have misunderstood I litler. Hitler claimed his motives of power and conquest was to create the perfect race. Most of us have condemned I litler for the monster he was, though many have embraced his actions. We have reached the point that every life should be judged for its value to society by an arbitrary standard created by it.
If a pregnancy is deemed undesirable, it is ended. Some people believe that a child’s personal quality of life and his possible contributions to life should always be judged by the parents to decide if the child’s life should be terminated. The chief proponent of this belief has no age limit on when the parent would no longer have the right to terminate their child. Hitler made the same decision when he emptied the mental institutions and killed all those he thought contaminated his view of what was the ideal race.
Under I litter s guidance and encouragement, many captives were taken for “medical” experiments. One was the investigation of human limits to exposure to cold. I litler’s pilots were being shot down into the North Sea. These scientists wanted to find new ways to protect the pilots so many prisoners (Jewish, Gypsy, Hungarian, Pol-
ish and others) were subjected to the most barbaric experiments imagined resulting in physical torture, agonizing disfigurement and death. Many German pilots benefited from designs of flight suits and other gear discovered under these experiments.
All because scientists terrorized subjects who were deemed as inhuman, yet perfect candidates for experimentation for human uses. I cannot fathom how someone can Don Talley is a resident look at another and not of New Braunfels..
recognize them as humans with souls. Today we call this embryo/stem cell research. These life-forms are not real people, but promise so much for relief of our own illnesses and handicaps.
Now we deem ourselves sufficient to decide what is quality of life and their intended purpose. If someone doesn’t fit the parameters, then they should be encouraged to end their lives. If they cannot act for themselves, then we, as the state, should require it to be done. This is called euthanasia and has progressed to the Terri Schiavo case of denying the right to live. We have projected that all infirmed and handicapped are burdens on society and the individual families and have no right to exist. This comes right out of I litler’s beliefs.
America has fallen to I litler’s ideas. The hell that he envisioned for the world seems to have enveloped U.S. society. life is only deemed worthy for a select few and all others exist only to meet the needs of those chosen. Have we not become a race of socio/psychopaths and monsters?
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Term of Office: May 2002 until May 200Liberal bias in colleges bleeds into the classroom
ou'd better sit down and firmly grip your bowl of Com Flakes while reading this shocking news: College faculties are not only mostly liberal, but lean even further to the left than conservatives have imagined. According to a study by professors at Smith College, George Mason University and the University ofToronto (they surveyed 1,643 full-time facul-i v ty at 183 four-year schools), 72 per-
cent of professors at American uni-i 'UIW* Aav/ versifies labeled themselves liberal, while just 15 percent said they are conservative. 50 percent of faculty members identified themselves as Democrats and only 11 percent Republicans.
Political science professors Robert I achter of George Mason University, Neil Nevitte of the University of Toronto and Stanley Rothman of Smith College also found that 51 percent of those surveyed said they rarely or never attend church or synagogue. These liberal leanings translate into liberal political beliefs. 84 percent
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of those surveyed are strongly or somewhat in favor of abortion rights, 67 percent think homosexuality is acceptable, 88 percent want more environmental protection
even if it raises prices or costs jobs'' and 65 percent want file government to ensure full employment, which puts the professors to the left of the Democratic Party.
The study, appearing in the March issue of the online political journal the Forum, was funded by the Randolph Foundation, which donates to mostly conservative organizations.
Jonathan Knight, director of academic freedom and tenure for the American Association of University Professors, was asked about the study. He told The Washington Post, "The question is how this translates into what happens within the academic community on such issues as curriculum, admission of students, evaluation of students, evaluation of faculty for salary and promotion."
Knight added he is not aware of"any good evidence" linking the personal views of professors to what they teach.
I Ie must be living in an ivory tower without Internet access, or he believes surveys such as this one are'' bad evidence"
because they don’t conform to his views.
A quick Google search of'' liberalism on college campuses" brings a wealth of good evidence that what is being taught on many of them is anti-American, antireligious, anti-Israel, pro-gay rights and pro-abortion, often to the exclusion and ridicule of opposing views.
In December, Columbia University appointed a committee to look into charges of bias and intimidation by faculty, particularly in Middle East studies. The report, released Thursday (March 31), found no evidence that professors made anti-Semitic statements to intimidate students in classes. But examples abound on other campuses. Checkout www.cam-pus-watch.org for more instances.
Ward Churchill, a tenured professor at tile University of Colorado, is in tile news for his grotesque characterization of the 9/11 victims as'' little Eichmanns'' who were not casualties of terrorism, but legitimate' ‘ military' targets.’ ' His views are part of his teaching.
From' gay rights" courses, even majors, at an increasing number of colleges, to the usual anti-military and anti-free enterprise bilge that has been documented in numerous books and articles, only those who are
in complete denial would claim there is no link between the mostly liberal views of professors and how they shape their subject matter in the classroom, at numerous forums and in campus advocacy groups that constitute modern academic life.
Thomas Reeves of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has said "conservatives are discriminated again st routinely and deliberately" in faculty hiring, making some highly qualified teachers virtually unemployable because of their political and social views. This guarantees a perpetuation of a one-dimensional approach to most subjects.
In matters of race and gender, colleges practice affirmative action to employ more minority and female professors and attract more students with these characteristics. Why won t they do the same tor conservative professors and students in tile name of diversity, pluralism and academic freedom?
Why do so many conservative parents send their children to these colleges and often subsidize their tuition when so many undermine their beliefs and values? Stories are legion of young people who are sent to these schools and emerge with a far different worldview from when they entered.