August 25, 2016

UCO to Host 'Gender and Sexuality Studies' Conference

The City Sentinel has the story.

Mixing Religion and Politics?

Clinton confidant James Carville is in the news suggesting that "somebody is going to hell" over attacks on the Clinton Foundation.

Now conservatives are sometimes accused of mixing religion and politics, of trying to impose our version of morality via the political process. But this statement from the Ragin' Cajun serves as a helpful reminder that sometimes our friends on the left have no qualms about using moral and religious language to support their positions on matters of politics and policy.

In a column published in the Tulsa World, for example, two Tulsa rabbis argued that "when we do not make public education a priority in our state we sin against our children and our future."

University of Oklahoma president David Boren says reducing government spending on higher education is "morally wrong." He even seemed to express agreement with the notion that it is a "sin."

Former Oklahoma Gov. David Walters says it's "immoral" not to embrace the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

A homosexual rabbi suggests that perhaps Planned Parenthood is "doing God's work."

Oklahoma journalist Arnold Hamilton pronounces it "a moral imperative" to do things like expand medical welfare.

A liberal think tank says the Obamacare Medicaid expansion is the "morally responsible" choice for Oklahoma. The organization also promotes the pro-abortion Obamacare law, defends the Oklahoma branches of the nation’s largest abortion business, and laments that there isn't more accessibility to what it calls (in a devilishly Orwellian turn of phrase) "abortion care."

Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. executive Don Millican makes a biblical case for a 30 percent tax rate and an expansive welfare state.

State Rep. Emily Virgin pronounces it "sinful that many Oklahomans are unable to receive affordable and quality health care." (She likely does not deem sinful her vote against banning abortions on children who can feel intense pain or her vote against banning the practice of tearing babies apart as they bleed to death.)

What's going on here? Are liberals trying to legislate morality?

Not, I hasten to add, that there's anything wrong with that.

August 22, 2016

Tulsa Community College Allows Men in the Ladies' Restrooms

"Ten days before the start of the fall semester, the entire student body received an email on behalf of student affairs informing us that the campuses are providing 'all-gender restroom facilities for students, staff, faculty and college visitors,'" writes Colleen Shorrock, a student at Tulsa Community College, in a letter to the editor published August 20 in the Tulsa World.
Not fully understanding the intent of the email, I visited with the student affairs director to get clarification. Apologizing for the confusing wording, he explained that the bathrooms remained gender specific, only that anyone can choose which to use according to their personal gender identity, not birth identity.

This poses a huge threat to the safety of women, children, and elderly or disabled. Prior to this notice, if campus police observed a male entering a woman’s restroom, he/she would investigate the suspicious behavior. Now there are no safeguards. This creates a high risk for victimization. 
I am requesting the college to recant this policy on grounds that it greatly elevates the threat risk to students and visitors. As for the few who do not feel comfortable using the restroom of their birth gender, there is a solution already in place, it is called the family restroom. It is open to anyone and locks from within. They only need to be made aware of it.
The University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma also allow men to use the ladies' restrooms.

August 19, 2016

July 21, 2016

OU Ignores Safety Concerns of Sexual-Abuse Survivors

With a nod to "diversity," OU is now encouraging students to use the restroom "in which they feel safest." Well, some students. It's basically telling other students, "tough luck."

July 16, 2016

State Lawmakers Should 'Refuse to Pay the Salaries of Professorial Propagandists'

"For a long time Christians and conservatives could say the leftism of most college professors doesn’t matter: Students weren’t paying attention," Marvin Olasky writes in his current WORLD magazine column. "This year we’ve found that many have paid attention. The evidence: Socialist Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the votes of millennial college graduates."
While the Sanders success is fresh in our minds, this summer is the time for Christian or conservative alumni of just about every state and secular private college or university to make a firm resolution: I will not donate to the general fund, no matter how good a season the football team has this fall. It’s also the time for state legislators to refuse to pay the salaries of professorial propagandists. ... 
We need Christian professors like Mike Adams, a University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor who became a Christian in 2000 and didn’t hide it: Turned down for a well-deserved promotion in 2006, he fought and won a seven-year legal battle. We need alumni who donate only to support particular professors. We need legislators to fund scholarships for excellent students to use at any college or university. Those who believe in Christ specifically or liberty generally should not support the enemies of both.

July 07, 2016

'Word Usage Reflects Worldview'

Since words reflect reality and shape our thinking, Marvin Olasky writes in a recent WORLD magazine column, it's important that we keep our terms straight. Take the word "gender," for example—"originally a grammatical term but now a common way of referring to maleness or femaleness without using the word sex." 
The World Health Organization offers a good distinction: “What do we mean by sex and gender? … Sex refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women. Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.” 
Using gender when we mean sex reflects the non-Christian view that the difference between males and females is essentially a human construct rather than one ordained by God, as Genesis 1:27 states: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” 
Thinking of gender as something constructed by man leads into the current headlines about “transgenderism”—but subjective assertions do not change the objective fact that God created humans male and female. If we accept the now-conventional practice of changing pronouns as soon as someone says, “I feel I’m a man trapped in a woman’s body,” we’re signing on to an unbiblical anthropology/physiology, because the difference between males and females is not just sex organs. 
At WORLD we can sympathize with the unease and dissatisfaction of those who feel trapped, but we should not twist words, and ourselves, into pretzels.