Monthly Archives: October 2010

Reed inspires students for political and spiritual leadership

(CCU Student) This past Tuesday evening, Ralph Reed, a conservative political activist, delivered a speech in a crowded room on the Campus of Colorado Christian University. Reed spoke masterfully of the relationship between Christianity and politics, stressing the importance of the knowledge and involvement of the citizenry in both arenas. Hearing Reed’s speech greatly reinforced an excitement I hold for the future of Colorado Christian University and its alumni. Continue reading

Why the left won’t resist jihad and sharia

(CCU Faculty) Nick Cohen of The Guardian bemoans the “seduction” of left-wing academics by Islamic radicalism. Professors who disparage, ridicule, and condemn every Jewish and Christian expression of spirituality can’t find it in their hearts or heads to utter a single word of criticism of jihadists who use their religion to justify suicide bombers, the murder of children, and death sentences for all who disagree with them, observes Cohen with some puzzlement.

My modesty fails me so I will explain to Mr. Cohen European and American academic hypocrisy when it comes to radical Islam. Why won’t they stand up to the jihadists? Continue reading

Is tolerance the highest value?

(CCU Faculty) As a professor of European history, I often travel to where tolerance supposedly reigns supreme. Many Europeans consider Americans to be very intolerant. During my last visit to Britain, while in the social hall of an Anglican parish, I endured over an hour long tirade on how ignorant and intolerant Americans were. The speaker was Laurence, a leftwing intellectual and lay leader of the parish, who decried Americans protesting against the mosque at ground zero. I found his arrogance extremely hard to tolerate, as he lumped all Americans together as ignorant bigoted tea partiers, who supported Sarah Palin, whom he equated with Adolph Hitler.

How much should we tolerate? Should I have tolerated Laurence’s tirade? I did. Should we tolerate the mosque at ground zero? I would. But how much do those supposedly tolerant people tolerate me? Do they tolerate those who smoke, those who wear fur, or those who voice their opinions on whether a mosque should be built at ground zero? Continue reading

Have the Colorado Republicans come undone?

(Denver Post, Oct. 10) “Not so fast,” warns the movie hero. He’ll make sure the cad or the con man doesn’t get away with it. One side in American politics has always been the party of “not so fast,” putting the brakes on expansive government power. Today that’s the Republican Party, and they serve the common good in doing it, even when unsuccessful.

But I’m concerned that in the governor’s race this year, Colorado Republicans may be so unsuccessful that their restraining influence on political overreach is lost for a long time. Even the most fervent Democrats, if they remember the corruption of power, shouldn’t relish that prospect – though one can see why they’re keeping gleefully silent as Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes rip each other. Continue reading

Higher ed consumers amply protected by existing regs

A story in today’s Denver Post about the vigilant yet balanced regulatory monitoring of Westwood College by both federal and state authorities perfectly illustrates the point made by Krista Kafer’s recent policy brief and Bill Armstrong’s nationally-noted opinion commentary: There is already plenty of government oversight for institutions of higher education as far consumer protection goes.

No purpose for the latter goal would be served by the pending federal mandate for intrusive state-by-state “authorization” of all colleges and universities, due to take effect Nov. 1. Continue reading

Krannawitter’s primer can help students exercise citizenship

(CCU Student) I would suggest that every student of Colorado Christian University should read a copy of Dr. Thomas Krannawitter’s Introduction to Citizenship for New Americans. Regardless of a student’s stance on politics, Dr. Krannawitter’s book delivers a vital education on the basic facts every American should know as he calls himself a citizens. Perhaps the greatest part of being an American lies in the freedoms and rights enjoyed in this country, but greater still is, citizenship, the provision that allows the enjoyment and maintenance of American freedoms and rights.

[Editor’s Note: Krannawitter is a professor of politics here at CCU. His small but potent book on citizenship is available as Centennial Institute’s gift to you. Inquire at 235 Beckman Center, or write JAndrews@ccu.edu.] Continue reading

TEA parties key to conservative resurgence

(Centenial Fellow) The Republican Party wasn’t always a conservative party. Waves of conservative insurgency and resurgency during the past 50 years have transformed the Grand Old Party into the only major party with a core constituency that desires individual freedom and limited government.

The emergence of TEA (for “taxed enough already”) parties and the 912 Project — often referred to jointly as the Liberty Movement — is the newest chapter in this resurgence. Continue reading

Better Colorado schools at 70 cents on the dollar

(Denver Post, Oct. 3) The 18th century English lexicographer Samuel Johnson famously discovered virtue in the prospect of being hanged in the morning because said circumstance “concentrated the mind wonderfully.” Similarly, public officials all across Colorado will be having their minds concentrated wonderfully as they commence what one described as the “budget year from hell.”

[Editor’s Note: Moloney is heading the School Finance 2.0 study group to provide state legislators with Centennial Institute’s recommendations for implementing the concepts in this article when next year’s budget is written. Details here.] Continue reading

Before you vote on those Colorado ballot issues

(’76 Editor) Coloradans will begin voting by mail in mid-October, and a month from now the election will be over. In addition to candidate races for local, state, and federal offices, there is a typically crowded ballot for statutes and constitutional amendments to enacted or turned down by “we the people.”

The official state voter guide, or Colorado Bluebook, prepared according to law by nonpartisan legislative staff under the supervision of a state House and Senate committee, is online here. The Bluebook provides full text of each proposal and a layman’s explanation of what it does, along with arguments for and against each measure. Continue reading