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Colleges Scramble to offer curriculum on Mormon religion (Boston Globe)

Ahhh, take a deep sigh of relief. Yes, folks, it’s true! Colleges and Universities across the U.S. are adding classes on Mormonism to their semester schedules.

Melissa Proctor is one such professor at Harvard who not only is teaching a class – she is a member of the Church as well.

“The interest is growing in Mormon studies generally, and it’s becoming something that other religious studies scholars have to take account of and pay greater attention to,” said Melissa Proctor, a visiting lecturer teaching the new class at Harvard.

“Some people believe we have entered a golden age of sorts in Mormon studies,” said Proctor, who grew up in the church and is working on a book about contemporary Mormon women.

Richard Bushman describes some reasons why this is happening:

“The study of religion in America is going away from the mainline Protestant establishment, to try to reconstruct a religious tradition that’s much more variegated and filled with dissent, and Mormonism gets caught up in that new range of interests,” he said.

Brian Birch of Utah Valley State college contributes:

“I think it’s safe to say that some combination of academic elitism and religious bigotry has delayed the development of Mormon studies,” said Brian D. Birch, the director of the religious studies program at Utah Valley State College, which offers four courses in Mormon studies. “Some of this is due to the categorization of Mormonism as a cult and hence not worthy of serious attention. This is not surprising given the historical connection between American religious studies and Christian divinity and theological schools.”

It’s nice to hear that tolerance might be extended to include my faith. Certainly, this is one great step in the right direction.

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Today, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) announced that he is endorsing Governor Mitt Romney and his campaign for President of the United States.  Congressman Rohrabacher joins a strong Romney for President California team that includes Congressmen Howard “Buck” McKeon, John Campbell and Wally Herger.


Making today’s announcement, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher issued the following statement:  “Our country is facing great challenges.  Among the most ominous is illegal immigration, which has been permitted to spin out of control for the last decade and a half.  The safety of our country and the prosperity of our people are at great risk because of the magnitude of this problem.  Mitt Romney is the candidate I trust most to take the steps necessary to secure our borders and protect the American people.

“Governor Romney can also be expected to provide strong economic leadership because he is the only candidate with private sector experience and a successful track record of creating jobs and managing a major corporation.

“I’m confident in Governor Romney’s character and commitment to the principals at the heart of the Republican party.  I cannot say that about the other candidates vying for the Republican nomination.  Mitt Romney is the best candidate available for our party’s nomination, and I’m going to vote for and support him.  I encourage my fellow conservatives to do the same.”

Welcoming Congressman Rohrabacher’s support, Governor Romney said, “Throughout his time in Washington, Congressman Rohrabacher has stood strong for our Republican, conservative values.  He has been a steadfast voice for fiscal responsibility, border security and limited government.  These are values that our leaders in Washington cannot abdicate.  I am grateful that Congressman Rohrabacher will be joining our campaign, and I look forward to seeing him in California.”

Background On Congressman Dana Rohrabacher:

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Is Serving His Ninth Term Representing California’s 46th Congressional District.  Representative Rohrabacher is the Ranking Member of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Committee on International Relations and is a senior member of the House Committee on Science.  He’s noted for his principled decision-making, commitment to issues on illegal immigration, national security and responsible economic policy.  Throughout his years in Congress, Representative Rohrabacher has been a strong voice for fiscal restraint and has earned the praise of the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Prior to his first election to Congress in 1988, Representative Rohrabacher served as Special Assistant to President Reagan and was one of the President’s senior speechwriters.  In Congress, he has been a strong advocate for the principles of President Reagan.   Prior to joining Ronald Reagan’s White House staff, he was an editorial writer for the Orange County Register.  He and his wife are the proud parents of triplets.

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First, I’d like to thank Glenn Beck for all that he’s doing to bring to light the ills of our health care system. We’re all really sorry for all the stuff you’ve had to go through (read all about it in “Hospitals Gone Bad”) in the last couple of weeks, but it was for a Divine reason, I can assure you of that. I experienced a very similar story going through a back surgery and I actually am facing another one – even bigger – and you can only imagine the trepidation one feels to actually submit to that process all over again. Thanks for all that you do.

Next, here is a fantastic interview with Gov Mitt Romney where things get a little “personal”:

GLENN: You know, Mitt, I alienate almost every person that is ever on this program that is running for office because I’m honest and in hopes that I don’t do that with you, let me ask an honest question. One of the things about Barack Obama that people like is that he admits mistakes, he has mistakes, people look at him and say he’s an awful lot like me. If I were running a company, I would want you to be the CEO, no questions asked because you are never going to make a mistake. You are so good and so well put together. I mean, look at your hair, man. You piss me off. What is it about Mitt Romney where there is a struggle? Where is the struggle in your life?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, you know, everybody has struggles and not everybody sees what they are. I think probably the greatest challenge that we’ve had in our life is of a personal nature when my wife and sweetheart got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and that continues to be something that we work with and that we battle. We don’t show that. We don’t describe that to voters.

GLENN: What is the thing, Mitt, that you have struggled with that you have overcome? What is the thing that you — what is the part of you that, you know, you’re like, if I could change one thing, it would be this?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Oh, gosh, Glenn. There’s so many things I’d like to change, you know, and I think everybody feels the same way. There are, without question there are folks, so many more people I’d like to be able to help that I’m not able to help. There are times when I’m more selfish than I ought to be. You know, I must admit I’d rather spend time with my family than anybody else and so a lot of friends wonder why I don’t spend more time with them. But look, and did I have challenges as a kid, yeah. Yeah, there are some things I did as a kid I’m not proud of. But I really don’t think it’s helpful if you are running for President to stand up and talk about those kind of problems because I think it opens up the door to kids to say, oh, if the guy who’s running for President or is President, if he did that, well, then I can do it, too.

GLENN: Right. I’m not looking to —

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I’m willing to say what George Bush said which is when I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible. And I got in trouble now and then and people have heard about some of those times and yet I don’t really dwell on those because I don’t think it’s a good thing for our kids to hear.

GLENN: I’m not asking you to come out with some skeleton in the closet. What I’m saying to you is you are so put together. People describe it as slick. I don’t. I think you’re well put together. You’re a guy who I want running my company, but what they don’t see is they don’t see the human side. They don’t see the struggle side. They don’t see, man, I have had to conquer these things. And I’m not asking for a revelation.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, Glenn, you’ll have to help me a bit but, you know, when I went to school, when I went to Brigham Young University, I went there and worked in school and then I moved back east and got into Harvard and I figured I’m going to flunk out of this place; I can’t possibly make it. And I worked harder, sitting down in the library studying than probably any other student in the school because I was afraid I was going to flunk out. And I worked real hard and I did well, but I did it by working hard and, you know, then I came out of school and I went, got my first job and I again worked really darn hard because I wanted to do well there and I was able to do well but, you know, you don’t do well and become the head of the company unless your daddy owns it, and my daddy didn’t own this company. I had no connection with the company. I didn’t inherit any money. I worked real hard and found myself able to get to the top of the company and then I started a business of my own and was able to build it to be successful. Then I went on to the Olympics and, boy, they were in trouble. I mean, talk about a struggle. I couldn’t sleep for the first couple of weeks there very well because I was just terrified. I got used to the terror as time went on and we were able to turn the games around. So I’ve been in a number of settings that have been in trouble and the only answer I’ve got is that I do my best to work hard, to put my faith in my family and my creator, work as hard as I can. And by the way, I don’t always succeed. I ran against Ted Kennedy. I got trounced by the big guy. And it wasn’t easy getting beat by Ted Kennedy. You know, for about six months Ann and I — well, we weren’t depressed clinically but we felt pretty darn low and, you know, it’s just the nature of life. You have some successes and failures. In business I had some failures.

GLENN: All right.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I had some things I did that didn’t work out and, you know, you learn from that and you move on. But I don’t know that there’s anybody who’s lived a particularly charmed life but I think you learn from your failures as much as anything and I’m planning on unfortunately more than a couple of failures in my future.

GLENN: Mitt Romney, always a great experience to talk to you, sir. I wish you the best of luck tomorrow in New Hampshire. I’d like to have you on again, talk a little bit about the economy but I know we’re out of time. And let me just end with this question. Do you support more cell towers in New Hampshire?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: (Laughing.) Absolutely.

GLENN: All right, good. Mitt Romney, thanks a lot. We’ll talk to you again.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks. Bye-bye.

You have to read the whole interview when you have the chance. Thanks Glenn for this great window of opportunity to get inside Mitt’s head. See, there’s lots of reasons why you are meant to be here to do the work you do. You are awesome and keep up the great work. Go to GlennBeck to read more fun stuff from Glenn.

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Time‘s Joe Klein: “I watched tonight’s debate with the Frank Luntz focus group at the famed Merrimack Diner… And they…Just. Loved. Romney.” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Klein: “Most of those who came in undecided had switched to Mitt by the end of the show. They just adored his position on illegal immigration (their dials plummeted when McCain said we had to be ‘humane.’)” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

Fox News’ Carl Cameron: “Romney was seated in the middle, and he was in the middle of every exchange. He stuck to his guns and fired several good shots of his own. He let almost no charge go un-rebutted and pivoted to offense effectively on many. As far as debating tactics, poise and execution are concerned he won.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Cameron: “He withstood withering condescension from his rivals, tough questions from Chris Wallace, all after a full campaign day. Romney has campaigned harder and for longer than all of them.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Cameron: “Mitt Romney scored spectacular numbers in Frank Luntz’s focus groups.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin: “Overall, Romney was much more effective at driving his message this evening, taking advantage of numerous opportunities to talk up his new theme of bringing change to Washington. He was able to discuss taxes and immigration – precisely the issues his campaign wants to spotlight here before the primary – and seemed at ease and relaxed the whole time.” (Jonathan Martin, “From Smackdown To Somnolent,” Politico, www.politico.com/jonathanmartin, Posted 1/6/08)

CBN’s David Brody: “Mitt Romney picked a great time to come up with a solid homerun debate performance.” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

  • Brody: “Billed as a ‘Presidential Forum’, Romney looked presidential and pretty much commanded the roundtable without coming across as petty and vindictive. This is called ‘coming through at crunch time.'” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

Race 4 2008’s Matthew E. Miller: “I really think Mitt Romney has come into his own over the last few days. In particular, I thought he was fantastic tonight.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Miller: “On just style alone, I think he’s bowled over even the usually engaging Huckabee, two nights in a row.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “But, beyond style, Romney has shown a staggering command of issues and details. He continually projects competence and seriousness, with well-thought out responses to tough questions.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “Last night, Romney bore a brutal assault amazingly well, but tonight he actually won, because he not only seemed like the grown-up in the room, but the other candidates took a respite from their vicious anti-Romney glee.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

RedState’s Leon Wolf: “Let’s be clear – for the purposes of New Hampshire, tonight was about who could win between McCain and Romney, and Romney was the clear winner.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Wolf: “Romney was clearly on his game.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Wolf: “Romney clearly impressed the focus groups, and spoke to issues that appeal to the folks of New Hampshire.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

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We are home schoolers. Nothing could be more important to us than the importance of protecting and encouraging competition with our monopolized school system. However, there is a great danger in just selling out to anyone or anything. My degree is in secondary education. Nothing can be more indoctrinating than the entire public school education, beginning with the buckets of socialist sludge that is dished up in teacher training in universities all across America. The NEA is on the same level as the ACLU as far as I’m concerned. Pandering to the NEA is utter bottom-feeding and reveals the complete lack of ethics and values of Mike Huckabee.

From World Net Daily,  Joseph Farah, Between the Lines

Homeschoolers beware!

I take a back seat to no one in my admiration of home schoolers.

I am a homeschooler myself.

As I have written in my book “Taking America Back,” I believe the homeschool movement is the vanguard of what could be a peaceful, social and cultural revolution that will restore morality, justice and freedom in our country.

That’s why I want to issue a warning to homeschoolers today: Don’t sell out to a presidential candidate too fast or too cheaply.

A Washington Post report suggests homeschoolers are throwing their support to Mike Huckabee in big numbers. While I think there is much to like about Huckabee, there are some major concerns as well.

One of those concerns is his education policy – specifically, the role of the federal government.One of those concerns is his education policy – specifically, the role of the federal government.

Read more at World Net Daily...

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Well, well, well, here we go. Another over-reaching of the big union-funded arm to sever the ties with American families. Parents shouldn’t be allowed to teach their children with a virtual school.

MADISON – Virtual schools that enroll thousands of Wisconsin students could be shut down after a court ordered the state to stop funding its largest one, an advocacy group warned Wednesday.

The ruling could result in school districts having to close their online charter schools in coming months and years, said Rose Fernandez, president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families.

The warning came after the District 2 Court of Appeals ruled the Wisconsin Virtual Academy was violating state law by allowing parents to assume the duties of state-licensed teachers.

The court said the school also has been violating a law requiring charter schools to be located in the district that operates them. It ordered the Department of Public Instruction to stop shifting funding to the school from other districts where students live.

The school will appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and ask for a stay so that it can remain open until the case is settled, principal Kurt Bergland said.

Visit the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families to see the latest.

“This is a terrible day for Wisconsin parents and we are deeply disappointed. The Court has decided to shut down a public school that is working well. And just think, WEAC is happy today. They have been relentless in their attack on the parents, kids and unionized teachers at the Wisconsin Virtual Academy,” said Rose Fernandez, President of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. “They file cases, lose and then appeal. They finally won a round, but even in ‘victory’ their actions show that they really don’t care about the people this is affecting most; the kids.”

The school is Wisconsin Virtual Academy a sister school to Ohio Virtual Academy here in Ohio which uses the incredible K12 curriculum.

The school will remain open under a “stay” of the ruling until appeals can be made to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. And frighteningly enough, this is a huge blow to the virtual schools around the U.S. Every effort is being made to force families to send their children to the government run, monopolized, public schools. The left has hijacked our public school system to further their socialist agenda.

More on that, have you seen the book being openly and freely distributed by Planned Parenthood in the public schools? Wait until you see this – It’s Perfectly Normal *****Please ask your children to leave the room when you view this******:

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