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.

June 30, 2016

'Abortion Care'

"Political language," George Orwell
observed, "is designed to make lies
sound truthful and murder respectable."

Does the phrase "abortion care" belong in a purportedly straight news story on the front page of The Oklahoman? The bloggers over at Get Religion take up the question here. For my part, I asked the relevant reporters and editor at The Oklahoman to ponder the matter:

More than a week later, I have not received a response. I will update this post if I hear from anyone at The Oklahoman.

Changing the Conversation on Higher-Education Costs

At a news conference yesterday in Oklahoma City, I teamed up with former Gov. Frank Keating and economist Byron Schlomach to make a case for lower-cost college. You can read some of our ideas here and read The Oklahoman's news coverage here.

June 25, 2016