They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth…. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
Dr. William Jeynes is a Professor of Education at California State University (LB). He was first in his class at Harvard (M. Ed.) and “most outstanding student” in his cohort at the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). His writings include 145 published articles, 12 books and more. He has spoken before and counseled U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders on 5 continents. His official bio does not tell of his strong Christian faith and ministry. From his article, “Defactualization” is Causing American Schools to Become Bastions of Anti-Intellectualism are these edited excerpts:
Truth has been relegated to a secondary position in the nation’s public schools, universities, political forums, and public squares. In the classic television show, Dragnet, Sergeant Joe Friday would often say, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” In today’s public schools, many teachers ask the opposite: “Just your opinion, child, just your opinion.” When schools emphasize the subjective over the objective and opinion over fact, it is no wonder that so many American students lack basic knowledge and yet have opinions galore….
Jesus declared, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Ivy League universities were founded on this principle. The Puritans, who founded Harvard in 1636, believed that the quest for truth did not end in the spiritual realm… but applied to all of life, demanding both intellectual and academic vigor… reflected in the mottos of seven of the eight Ivy League universities… Harvard University’s motto is “truth (veritas)” … Yale University’s motto is “light and truth,” Columbia’s is “In Thy light shall we see light” and Penn’s is “Laws without morals are useless.”
The most dangerous people on earth are those who are educated or intelligent, but are not virtuous. In contemporary American society, truth has been relegated to a secondary position in our public schools, universities, political forums, and public squares. Diversity and subjective opinion have been elevated to greater prominence… Consensus is attainable only in a nation that pursues truth.
Truth and Facts – for many, truth is only of value if it is convenient and supports one’s ideology. Over a decade ago, I coined the term “defactualization” to describe societies in which facts are either habitually denied or ignored due to an emphasis on subjectivity. In my view, defactualization is quickly becoming one of the greatest crises of modern times.
Many Westerners are increasingly denying biological and historical facts. Many Americans call life in the womb not life. Laws in some states assert that it does not matter what sex you are; what matters is the gender that you say you are… Whatever one’s moral view of abortion, a child is not an extension of his or her mother’s flesh. The child has his or her own unique DNA. That is a fact. Any debate about abortion that denies that reality succumbs to the quagmire of defactualization. Facts have to be an important component of any intelligible debate. Opinions do not negate facts.
The Danger of Education without Facts -In thousands of public schools in the United States and Western Europe, defactualization is expanding exponentially. This trend should be called what it is: a modern form of anti-intellectualism. Those with the facts behind them often do not prevail. Instead, debates are won by those with the loudest mouths and the ability to manipulate the emotions of others. As a result, the vast majority of high school and university students hold views based on a dearth of evidence and a plethora of biased opinions.
Truth sets both individuals and nations free, because basing one’s life on truth and facts creates unity and agreement… Opinions count, because people and their experiences count, but they do not change facts. The temptation to be politically correct at the expense of accuracy is nothing new, but it is a temptation that must be resisted if we hope to give our children a strong education(Dr. Wm. Jeynes, July 2015, edited for space. See Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse; see Dr. Jeynes Lecture: Bible & Prayer Back in Public Schools; More from Dr. Jeynes’ at FRC.org)
Planned Parenthood Defunding – The Senate vote failed to reach the 60 vote threshold Monday night: 53-46. Two Democrats, Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN) and Joe Manchin (WV), voted to defund; while two Republicans, Sen. Mark Kirk (IL) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), voted no. Majority Leader McConnell switched his vote from yes to no to preserve his parliamentary option under the Senate Rules to take up the bill in the fall as an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) budget bill. The press has been slow to point out that there were 12 more votes to defund than when last the bill was taken up. Had Sen. Graham been present, there would have been another yes vote. Just five more votes are needed.
With the release yesterday of a fifth, even more devastating undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress, more and more Americans are awakening to the deeply disturbing and evil practices of Planned Parenthood. At least 7 more such videos are yet to be released. So far Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minorities for abortion, deceptive and illegal practices regarding underage girls, support for the sex slavery industry, etc. have not been raised. On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that all state Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood would be rerouted to community health centers that do not perform abortion. Ten states and three congressional committees are currently investigating Planned Parenthood (view Senate debate: Defund Planned Parenthood; GOP Thwarted?; Jindal; the latest video).
Pray for those conducting investigations. May those who exposed these horrors receive God’s full protection! May taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood be ended forever! (Pr 24:11-12; Is 59:15; Lk 10:19; 11:2-5; Rom 1:28-32; 1 Cor 4:5; Eph 5:11-14)
Presidential Races – The 2016 Presidential Race is underway in earnest. Our task in prayer is to ask for discernment to see the ones who best meet God’s standards and to pray fervently for them.
Republican Candidates are former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), Gov. John Kasich (Ohio), former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), former Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn.), business entrepreneur Donald Trump, and Gov. Scott Walker (Wisc.).
Democratic Candidates are Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.), former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.). See link below for future GOP and Democratic Primary debates (see the Union Leader Report; C-Span video: 2016 Republican Candidates “Voters First Forum.”Republican Presidential Primary Debate Schedule; Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Schedule.
Lord, our hope is you! We have seen the devastation that comes from ignoring your commands about choosing leaders. Let 2016 be a year of revival and awakening. Help us to repent of our sin of making alliances with those who oppose your principles and guide us to choose leaders after your own heart. Have mercy upon your people and our nation. Draw America back to you. May our returning be reflected in the people we choose to lead us in this pivotal election! (Ex 18:21; 2 Sam 23:3; 2 Chron. 19:2; Ps 85:5-7; Mal 3:7; Jn 6:44; Acts 13:22; 1 Cor 15:33-34; 1Tim 1:1)
Finally, please pray for Doug Stringer, and Taechin (T.C.) Kim, leaders in the national prayer movement. Both men, mightily used of the Lord, are presently fighting life-threatening cancers: Doug, stage four B-Cell lymphoma, and T.C., stage four colon cancer spread to his lymph system. Both men are undergoing heavy chemotherapy. Please pray for God’s healing touch and that both will be enabled to resume their desperately needed ministries. Thank you for praying!