Author Archives: William Watson

Marijuana Day at CU Boulder

(CCU Faculty) Thursday upon arriving on the CU Boulder campus, where I moonlight from CCU history professor job, I had a hard time finding a parking place to teach my 3pm Western Civilization class. Earlier that day I had received several emails from some of my Boulder students telling me that they would be missing class due to an event in the quad. What that was, I now learned. Continue reading

Citizen of the world? Yes I am

(CCU Faculty) Last week at the Centennial Institute’s debate on Immigration State Senator Lucia Guzman encouraged the audience to be “citizens of the world.” The response from the overwhelming conservative crowd was a chorus of boos, followed by a reproof by John Andrews for their incivility. Afterwards I personally apologized to Senator Guzman and expressed my agreement with her. Although I am a conservative Republican, I am also a citizen of the world.

As a young man I attended the Defense Language Institute then served as a linguist in Military Intelligence during the Cold War in Berlin. While most soldiers hung out with each other at bars frequented primarily by Americans, I joined a German speaking church and befriended many Germans. Continue reading

Students liken White House 2010 to Kremlin 1920

As professor of European History at Colorado Christian University, I regularly teach courses on Communism. Last week my students turned in their book reports on History of the Russian Revolution by Harvard professor Richard Pipes. While grading their papers, I noticed that my students drew many comparisons between Lenin and Obama.

The Bolshevik government: 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

A month in Londonistan: Whirlpool of cultures

I spent most of May 2010 in predominately Muslim neighborhoods in the UK. As I walked the streets, I had often had the feeling that I was in the Middle East. I took a group of CCU students over to England to build relationships with Muslims, and to share Jesus with them. We set up book tables offering free New Testaments, the Jesus film with subtitles, and other literature in English as well as several other Middle Eastern languages. I implored my students to never say anything which could be construed as anti-Muslim, but only to promote Jesus, whom Muslims consider an important prophet. I was amazed at how open most Muslims were to reading the words of Jesus. Although a few wanted to argue, we avoided doing so, merely challenging them to better inform themselves of what Jesus taught. Continue reading

Thought control, Hollywood–style

The actor Sean Penn, speaking on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, defended Venezuelan Communist dictator Hugo Chavez, accusing the American media of being biased against left-wing causes. He complained, that “every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it! And accept it. And this is the mainstream media…there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”

Lecturing in Modern Global History daily at Colorado Christian University, I often refer to Chavez as a dictator, but Sean Penn thinks that should be a felony. However, our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, so I am free to call a dictator a dictator without fear of prosecution. That isn’t true in any current Communist country, among them Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, or Zimbabwe, and won’t be true here, if the left continues to solidify its control of our country and continues to reinterpret our Constitution any way they want. Continue reading

Contrasting the way of Jesus and the way of Islam

(CCU Faculty) How do you know if a prophet is from God? By his fruit! If his fruit is love and joy he is from God. If his fruit is hate and terror, he is not from God. “By this is my Father glorified,” said Jesus, “that you bear much fruit, and prove to be my disciples. Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:9,11) Paul elaborated on this, writing that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading

Fiscal folly humbles Calif. as it did USSR; who’s next?

I was able to get a high powered, expensive education courtesy of the taxpayers of the state of California. For only pennies on the dollar I got a BA from a Cal State and an MA and a PhD from the University of California. Unfortunately, taxpayers revolted and put a limit on how much the state can tax their property (Proposition 13), so the state now has to rely on other sources of revenue, like income and business taxes. For that reason taxpayers and businesses have fled California for states with lower taxes, as I did by moving to Colorado and not paying back the state for that education though a lifetime of heavy taxation. Continue reading

Dear Vitalie: We fear Obama, and here’s why

I recently got an email from a university professor in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. He was my colleague, when I was a visiting Fulbright professor to his country five years ago, and he visited CCU in 1998, debating me publically on whether Vladimir Putin was responsible for the decline in personal freedom in Russia and a threat to the United States. So the other day he wrote me to ask, “How is the current US President viewed in Colorado, specifically knowing your state’s political view. You know I was always interested in U.S. politics, elections.” Since my friend is a leading expert in his country on western politics and often serves as an advisor to his government, I felt compelled to respond: Continue reading

Totalitarian roots of political correctness

(CCU Faculty) In a graduate seminar at the University of California 30 years ago, I made the mistake of using the word ‘gals’ instead of ‘women’. The feminists in the class verbally assaulted me at being insensitive to their gender issues. It seems that wherever we go now, we must be careful not offend the hyper-sensitive feelings of those who wish to limit our speech, and force us to use the words they prefer. Continue reading