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This article is specific to Germany, but could probably apply to most European countries currently. We have friends in Austria who report essentially the same story as the article.

  • More than 1.5 million Germans, many of them highly educated, left Germany during the past decade.Die Welt.
  • Germany is facing a spike in migrant crime, including an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults. Mass migration is also accelerating the Islamization of Germany. Many Germans appear to be losing hope about the future direction of their country.
  • “We refugees… do not want to live in the same country with you. You can, and I think you should, leave Germany. And please take Saxony and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) with you…. Why do you not go to another country? We are sick of you!” — Aras Bacho an 18-year-old Syrian migrant, inDer Freitag, October 2016.
  • A real estate agent in a town near Lake Balaton, a popular tourist destination in western Hungary, said that 80% of the Germans relocating there cite the migration crisis as the main reason for their desire to leave Germany.
  • “I believe that Islam does not belong to Germany. I regard it as a foreign entity which has brought the West more problems than benefits. In my opinion, many followers of this religion are rude, demanding and despise Germany.” — A German citizen who emigrated from Germany, in an “Open Letter to the German Government.”
  • “I believe that immigration is producing major and irreversible changes in German society. I am angry that this is happening without the direct approval of German citizens. … I believe that it is a shame that in Germany Jews must again be afraid to be Jews.” — A German citizen who emigrated from Germany, in an “Open Letter to the German Government.”
  • “My husband sometimes says he has the feeling that we are now the largest minority with no lobby. For each group there is an institution, a location, a public interest, but for us, a heterosexual married couple with two children, not unemployed, neither handicapped nor Islamic, for people like us there is no longer any interest.” — “Anna,” in a letter to the Mayor of Munich about her decision to move her family out of the city because migrants were making her life there impossible.

A growing number of Germans are abandoning neighborhoods in which they have lived all their lives, and others are leaving Germany for good, as mass immigration transforms parts of the country beyond recognition.

Data from the German statistics agency, Destatis, shows that 138,000 Germans left Germany in 2015. More are expected to emigrate in 2016. In a story on brain drain titled, “German talent is leaving the country in droves,”Die Welt reported that more than 1.5 million Germans, many of them highly educated, left Germany during the past decade.

The statistics do not give a reason why Germans are emigrating, but anecdotal evidence indicates that many are waking up to the true cost — financial, social and cultural — of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than one million mostly Muslim migrants to enter the country in 2015. At least 300,000 more migrants are expected to arrive in Germany in 2016, according to Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of the country’s migration office, BAMF.

Mass migration has — among many other problems — contributed to a growing sense of insecurity in Germany, which is facing a spike in migrant crime, including an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults. Mass migration is also accelerating the Islamization of Germany. Many Germans appear to be losing hope about the future direction of their country.

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Tennessee just passed a law protecting teachers who want to challenge evolution—and global warming. As one of the bill’s supporters stated, the teaching of evolution was “extremely unbalanced.” In other words, it was taught as true. The old battles are not over; indeed, the situation seems to be getting worse. For conservatives, conventional morality and religion are waning. Sexuality no longer seems contained or constrained. Men are marrying men. What’s next? Interspecies marriage?

America remains in the English speaking world at least, probably the most religious of all the countries. By that I mean, politically. Religion in politics is very important. In England, in New Zealand, two countries in which I have now lived for 30+yrs, religion is a non-issue as far as politics goes. We recently had an election in NZ, and while both the politicians vying for the premiership were pretty lame, religion was not, and never has been an issue.

In America, religion is a political hand-grenade. Put a step wrong, and your election, possibly your political career, are kaput. The Tennessee Law just passed is obviously political, as is all Statutory legislation, but it carries the religious overtones that so permeates American society, which, I suppose, is hardly surprising.

What is, or ought, to be the purpose of education. Notice reference to Hume’s Guillotine in that sentence, well, that is the issue with this new law. Education, in the past, the empirical data of past teaching styles/content can be referred to as the “is.” Education itself is always evolving to the changes in society, the political temperature and religious ideology.

Hume essentially stated that there was no logical basis for “ought” to exist. For an ought to exist, that is a “value” and is prescriptive, as contrasted with an “is” which is descriptive, then a universal truth would need to exist in ethics, which, applying to man, would be subjective, but still fulfill the “ought.”

Education is an economic good, and as such can be analysed in the same manner as any other economic action undertaken by man. What then is the desired “end” or outcome of education? The question can be answered in a number of ways. First, what is man’s critical advantage to survival in the world? It is his ability to reason. To think in a logical manner, whether that be a priori, or empirically. From this critical ability flows his ability to survive in nature, or society, the co-operation of many individuals through the division of labour. This first and foremost allows for survival. With survival ensured, the ability to think critically, to reason, allows for an expansion in topics and subjects.

The purpose of education therefore, must, “ought” to provide the ability of the individual to reason, to think critically, to weigh up in a world of scarcity, those actions that are likely to benefit, and those actions that are likely to harm, and choose, subjectively, on a diminishing marginal utility [ordinal scale] those actions [means] to achieve the desired ends.

Does this new Tennessee law add anything to the menu? The Washington Post is not impressed.

What, then, does the state’s new law accomplish? Not a thing, as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R), who allowed the bill to become law without his signature, admitted. Rather than removing some kind of official hostility to critical thought in Tennessee’s curriculum, it seems designed to encourage teachers who would introduce pseudo-scientific criticisms inspired by religion or ideology into descriptions of the current state of evolution or climate science.

Even if that wasn’t the intent of the law, that’s the most likely consequence, if any, of its passage. Merely emphasizing the existence of notable “scientific weaknesses” exaggerates the uncertainty among scientists about these theories. That the state legislature has gone out of its way to warn administrators not to touch teachers can only discourage them from pushing back against wayward instructors.

This example simply highlights the holes in the current educational system. Philosophy, even when I was at school, which was back in the early 1970’s, was not on the timetable. In fact, not until you get to University level, if you ever get that far, will you ever actually be offered the choice of taking it as an elective. I studied medicine, and only had brief references to philosophical ideas and thought, and quite honestly was so busy with other subjects, ignored those references. Only recently, in my own time, have I undertaken a reading program of philosophy, driven in part through reading economics.

If philosophy was still taught in schools, then this issue surrounding the new law would not really be an issue, or not as large as it potentially might be. Religion falls under metaphysics. An understanding of metaphysics places religion in the category of faith, not fact. Fact consisting of a priori synthetic statements deduced, or, empirical data, also known as the scientific method. Both of these methodologies in seeking truth contain some unknowns, but they are clearly labelled, and allowed for.

Simply then, individuals can learn how to identify, and evaluate new information: is it factual, universal, or historical, factual, or interpretative etc, from an ideology. Religion of course being an ideology. Ideologies seek to indoctrinate. Ideologies fear knowledge.

Government has monopolised education. Government wants to indoctrinate you into the current political ideology, which currently is socialism, hiding under democracy, itself an ideology. Add to the mix a religious ideology that espouses [I believe] an absolutist paradigm, and you are returning to the Machiavellian “absolutist” right of Royalty, as embodied increasingly in the Presidency.

I haven’t even yet touched on the Constitution and what it states with regard to education and religion. Possibly a later post.

Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about on this blog – the victim, feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, corruption, discrimination and all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic and it still gets worse.

Clearly it originates with the ‘State’ or the coercive power. However let’s not forget that historically, after the fall of Rome and the onset of the ‘Dark Ages’ it was the Church that emerged as the ‘State’. Tribal chiefs, who grew into minor Kings, and even later, still bent their knee to the Church. It was only much later that Kings threw off the constraints of the Church, in no small part due to Martin Luther and Henry VIII of England.

As we are sure you are aware there is a real concerted effort going on lately of worldwide attacks on Christian icons. Congress and the Administration must take more steps to protect religious freedom around the world, said a member of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. This notion is well-received by our staff but the rules apply here as they do anywhere and they are simply this –

Why? Religion has always sown the seeds of war. Intolerance, ignorance, all over a subject that is metaphysical. However private property should be protected by ‘law’. In countries that have no private property rights, there will always be problems, and not just for religions. The problem raised however is when under our current sovereign governments model, private property violations take place in different areas of monopoly control.

That matters that come under siege within the confines of the United States are always treated first and foremost. And our research has indicated that there is plenty of seizing going on right here in our own country, and whilst the government is part and party to some of it, we nonetheless feel the need to make all of us aware.

“Religious freedom is not solely freedom from coercion in matters of personal faith; it is also freedom to practice the faith individually and communally, in private and public,” said Bishop Ramirez. “Freedom of religion extends beyond freedom of worship. It includes the freedom of the Church and religious organizations to provide education, health and other social services, as well as to allow religiously-motivated individuals and communities to participate in public policy debates and thus contribute to the common good.”

Again, private property rights should be respected and protected by recourse to the law. Religious groups are no more, or no less special than any other individual. It is the failure of government to protect private property through law that is at the root of the problem. Government itself partakes in violating property rights constantly, but claims exemption, that governments violations are legal. This hypocrisy will of course rot from the inside out.

Unfortunately, recent events tragically show that religious freedom is under attack in many countries around the world. A Pew study showed that Christians, more than any other religious group, face some form of either governmental or societal harassment in 133 countries.

Tolerance of anti-Christian attitudes in the United States is escalating. Recently, a woman in Houston, Texas was ordered by local police to stop handing out gospel tracts to children who knocked on her door during Halloween. Officers informed her that such activity is illegal (not true), and that she would be arrested if she continued.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the Freedom from Religion Foundation distributes anti-Christian pamphlets to public school children entitled, “We Can Be Good without God.”

Its not simply religious freedom…it is ‘freedom’ in its entirety. All freedoms that fall under property rights are under constant attack from government.

The entertainment industry and syndicated media increasingly vilify Christians as sewer rats, vultures, and simple-minded social ingrates. The FBI and the Obama White House brand fundamentalist Christian groups as hate mongers and potential terrorists.

Even a casual observance of the facts reveals growing isolation of Christians as a people group, especially school age believers. Faculty and peer efforts to convince public school children that America was not founded on Christian ideals, and that our forefathers actually wanted a secular society, permeates public school interaction. History revisionists labor to eliminate any and all contradictory historical evidence from public school curriculum, and mockingly stereotype Christians as unenlightened fringe.

Entertainment industry, educational industry, take your pick, every industry which is subject to government regulations will find that areas, and possibly in the case of education, which is wholly controlled and regulated by government, will be subjected to the dumbing down process.

Is the Fabian process of gradualism taking modern America down a similar path? Perhaps. For the past five decades Americans have allowed the liberal Left to defend the use of public funds for pornography, explicit sex education, and anti-Christian curricula. The Hollywood elite have denigrated Christian values and mocked the virtues of purity. The highest courts in the land have ruled with contemptuous decree against God, against prayer, and against the free expression of religion. Is it any wonder we have become the most profane and violent society in the industrialized world?

Left, Right, it makes no difference. Government is predicated upon Socialism. Socialism is the control of the many by the few. The few do not want the many to actually have or possess the cognitive abilities to think and reason, to be exposed to any ideas that might stimulate them to actually question the status quo. Thus the grinding suppression of ideas.

Now I’m curious, where do the atheists rate? I laughed when I saw where the Jehovah’s came in. I would have to say, the ones I know, and it’s not that many, are morons. Periodically they knock on my door, I always invite them in for a coffee, you never know, one might actually have a coherent argument. The problem is of course, that few seem to have even read the Bible they are that clueless.