Thomas Kinkade, whose sentimental paintings of country churches, cottages on snowy evenings, and peaceful glowing villages hearkened back to the goodness of an improbable America past, died April 6 at age 54. The devoutly Christian artist, whose mass-produced works were particularly popular with evangelical Christians and Americans committed to traditional values, “once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell,” noted an Associated Press obituary: “He wanted to make people happy.”

 

A Massachusetts elementary school that got in over its head when it censored religious language from a song planned for a student concert, has reversed its politically correct decision after an uproar from parents.
 
 

A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that a man who “transitioned” to the female gender through a “sex change” procedure is eligible to be carried under the health insurance of the man he “married” in 2005. As reported by the American Independent, “The judge said that because one person is male and the other legally transitioned to female, the couple qualifies as legally married under the state’s Defense of Marriage Act.

The mastermind, or architect, behind the humanistic reorganization of the American school curriculum, by dividing it into the “cognitive” and “affective” domains, was educational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Bloom (1913-1999), who got his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1942. His famous book Taxonomy of Educational Objectives outlined everything teachers must know and do in their classrooms if they are to convert their pupils into humanists. He wrote (pp. 10, 12):

 

With Islamist extremists facing opposition as they consolidate their power within Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is looking abroad in the hope of gaining some unlikely allies. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party may have reneged on its promise to stay out of Egypt’s presidential election, and has driven Coptic Christians off the commission charged with drafting their nation’s new constitution, but promises of business opportunities may win the support of foreign businesses that see an opportunity to make a profit.

 

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men — George Orwell.
 
 

In trying to find out about your child’s school, the most important thing is to ask the right questions. But first you must understand that teachers and principals don’t like to be questioned by parents. Of course, if your questions are about school hours or bussing schedules they will gladly answer them. But if you ask questions about the credentials of the teachers or what goes on in the classrooms, you will be considered a troublemaker. But whether you get the answers or not, this is what you should try to find out.
 

As concern grows within Egypt and abroad that the Muslim Brotherhood is seeking for itself the same concentration of power which it once denounced when it was wielded by former President Hosni Mubarak, the handful of dissident voices within the new constitutional committee are resigning in protest.

 

The decision to become a cultural commentator or pundit, like any other decision, comes at a cost. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, scarcely any commentator has thought to comment on the danger to one’s moral character that this decision imposes.

 

The Gallup pollsters have released their most recent report on which parts of the United States can boast the most religious residents, and predictably, those living in the Bible belt once again scored “above average” on questions of church attendance, importance of faith in their daily life, and the like, while those living in both northeastern and northwestern states scored “below average” in their emphasis on religious observance.

 

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