Call for Christians to consider Evangelical statement opposing 'social justice'
TO THE EDITOR
On Sept. 4, a small but prominent group of Evangelical leaders published The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, which is available at StatementOnSocialJustice.com. The statement offers a dissenting view to the theologically incorrect and congregationally divisive social justice movement that is now ubiquitous among many heretofore orthodox denominations and churches across America.
Rather than acquiescing to the mantra of "unity in diversity" that is increasingly proclaimed within Reformed Christian circles, the signers of this document instead call for unity in Christ alone. The authors state, "Specifically, we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality. The Bible's teaching on each of these subjects is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for 'social justice.'"
The authors correctly reason that, should the doctrines of God's Word not be reclaimed and reasserted without compromise, corruptions far greater than social justice will take hold in our churches. A cursory review of history shows this is exactly what happened in the prior century, when numerous well-intentioned churches and denominations pursued a works-based "social gospel" that enslaved them to popular movements. Ultimately, many of these churches followed a path that led them to adopt heretical views on human origins, gender distinctions, abortion, sexuality, salvation and hell.
Accordingly, the authors affirm the singular authority of the Bible as God's Word, and "deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching."
It is my prayer that every Christian believer and leader in the Hudson area will study this statement in full, test it against a plain reading of Scripture, and consider endorsing and sharing this timely message with other believers in our community.
Will it ever end?
TO THE EDITOR
The headlines 20 years from now: Sept. 14, 2038, Anbar Province, Afghanistan, 3 killed in Action
Gen. Louis McBane, lead general of the war in Afghanistan, decried the loss of three soldiers killed in action yesterday. McBane, however, noted progress seems to have been made towards ending the war, now in its 37th year.
The death toll stands at 45,237 American and 29,314 allied soldiers killed since 2001. McBane again pleaded for more troops to augment the 1,515,000 now in the country. He said "100,000 more troops and we can win this thing! Then those who died will not have died in vain."
Marvin L. Nelson
Supporting diversity in Hudson public schools: Your conversations matter
TO THE EDITOR
Most of us can name some pretty great teachers in the Hudson school system. Teachers that go far beyond the call of duty who work hard to be fair when faced with challenges. Most of our teachers have taken steps to help kids with unique differences and provide individual support through careful understanding and occasional advocacy.
When you ask our teachers, you'll find they clearly care about students with diverse backgrounds. Our teachers are culturally astute and have big hearts. Our teachers work with the very best intentions, but they need also the support of consistent equity standards, clear policies, inclusionary training, and public statements that support diversity as a core value.
The Hudson school system is once again challenged by the Citizens For the St. Croix Valley.
C4SCV have been identified as an official Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of dissemination of hate-based propaganda against a range of diverse groups. On
Sept. 13, the C4SCV will present another anti-Muslim speaker, this time creating fear of Muslim influence in our public schools. The C4SCV have attacked our schools on matters like this before and successfully created an atmosphere of intimidation amidst our school leadership and for those who work to advance inclusion as an embedded educational value.
Your conversations and questions matter a great deal. When you talk to a Hudson teacher, ask them what kind of school policies would help them support diversity? Ask a school official what the diversity goals are for the district? Talk to other parents and find out what other schools are doing to address diversity issues and equity policies?
Our public school system is the target of western Wisconsin's only hate group. Your commitment to learning more about how schools respond to diversity will empower our community and lead our educators to make substantive decisions. Our schools need your focused concern to stand up to hate. Our teachers need more support than what their individual intentions can provide. Perhaps our school board will consider a diversity-based task force; one that is able to examine all questions and help determine the merits of inclusionary policies. We need committed attention to consider the best course of action that will impact the changing nature of our student body and help our teachers.
Our 1st Amendment rights allow hate groups to teach bigotry. It's up to us to access those same rights, to call it out and clean it up. Our continued questioning will help Hudson schools become strategically proactive and develop a solid welcoming environment that can stand up to hate. Let's all keep the conversation going.
TO THE EDITOR
Though in practice partisanship has always played a real-world role in how any given president would execute policy decisions, most presidents have adhered to a public show of respect for the "loyal opposition."
Now all of that seem quaintly old-fashioned, ancient history.
Trump is our first president to openly conduct a never-ending re-election campaign, intent on whipping his base into a frenzy of anger and resentment instead of promoting national unity for the common good.
So much has Trump made his stock in trade inflaming partisan hostility that on Sept. 6 in Billings, Montana, he told a crowd of the faithful that if a Democrat wins the 2020 presidential election, "We will impeach that Democrat, right?"
In an even more egregious instance of putting the interests of party over country, Trump recently attacked his own Department of Justice for prosecuting two corruption cases targeting GOP Congressmen, Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California, on the grounds that "Two easy wins [are] now in doubt because there is not enough time."
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has called Trump on his appalling hyper-partisanship: "Shamelessly complaining that DOJ should protect his political allies to maintain his majority in the midterms is nothing short of an all-out assault on the rule of law."
Instead of acting in good faith to represent all Americans, including those who didn't vote for him, this President speaks only for the minority who constitute his base.
In June the Rasmussen Poll revealed that 73 percent of Americans see the possibility of a coming civil war. Given the civic ill health of our nation, politicians who stoke discord for partisan advantage are playing with fire while sitting on a powder keg.
As Americans we're better than this. Aren't we?
Thomas R. Smith
Parents: Be watchful and diligent!
TO THE EDITOR
The public is cordially invited to a special speaking event Sept. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Hudson House in Hudson. Usama Dakdok, specialist in Islam and Evangelism to Muslims, will be speaking regarding "Lies in Textbooks-Islam in Schools."
Parents, so many times you have felt helpless when your voice wasn't heard regarding what you would consider inappropriate exposure to things which only parents should have the right to explain to their children. Now is your chance to find out what may be taking place in your children's schools. Don't wait for someone else to do what is right. Exercise your responsibility to protect your children and other parents' children.
Creeping Sharia is real, and it is creeping around in the Hudson School District and throughout the country under the guise of "tolerance" and "inclusion." Now is the time to make your voices heard locally and in your school district.
As was recently discovered, the Establishment Clause may have been violated in the Hudson School District. It appears that issue has been resolved, but the superintendent never publicly confirmed the procedure for correction nor acknowledged the true issue.
You must remain watchful and diligent. This event is sponsored by the Citizens for the St. Croix Valley (www.citizensforthestcroixvalley.com), Lovers of Truth and unafraid to proclaim Truth with Love!
Town of St. Joseph