Friday Five: Wokeism, canceled NC professors, and more

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1. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Wokeism Ended His Father’s Teaching Career. Now, This Teacher Has a Warning for Other Educators.

"Albert Paulsson says that for his father, teaching was far more than a job. 'What mattered most to my dad was helping other kids, especially those who were from disadvantaged backgrounds,' he told me. His father taught high school students for about 40 years and gravitated toward the children 'who really needed to be uplifted,' he said. . . . After Martin Paulsson retired from teaching high school in 1998, he continued teaching history at a local New Jersey college. That’s where the veteran teacher first experienced the effects of woke cancel culture."

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2. LIFE NEWS: Prenatal Tests Wrong 85% of the Time, But They’re Used to Kill “Disabled” Babies in Abortions

"Early prenatal tests for rare disorders often lead to thoughts about abortion for expecting parents.

Sometimes, doctors and genetic counselors pressure parents to abort their unborn babies after a positive test, and both healthy and unhealthy unborn babies are killed in abortions as a result.

Now, a new analysis by the New York Times has found that some of the most common prenatal screening tests are not as reliable as parents often are led to believe and many healthy unborn babies may be being aborted as a result of false positives.

Examining five non-invasive prenatal tests, which involve drawing blood in the first trimester, the Times found an average false positive rate of 85 percent."

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3. THE DAILY SIGNAL: 8 College Professors Canceled by Left

"It’s common knowledge that the radical left dominates academia. The left routinely purges those who go against its orthodoxy on college campuses, and in so doing solidifies its grip on education.

The following are eight victims of the left’s crusade to silence anyone who diverges from the approved points of view."

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4. WNG: Taking a stand against critical theory

"Parents from diverse racial and religious backgrounds have sued Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia to stop the indoctrination of their children into a divisive and racially discriminatory curriculum rooted in critical theory. And they are on firm ground to do so."

" . . . indoctrination of students into critical theory not only violates the law, but it compels students to adopt a counterfeit gospel of collective guilt and endless penance."

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5. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Transgender Activists Strategize to Overcome GOP Wins With ‘Race Class Gender Narrative’

"Transgender activists plan to combat conservative messaging and sway American sentiment on gender issues by 'weaving together' race, gender, and class in a 'Race Class Gender Narrative,' according to a new report.

The 'Transgender Youth and the Freedom to Be Ourselves' messaging guide comes as Democratic activists scramble to counter the efforts of Republicans and conservative groups who increasingly combat liberal ideology through messaging and legislation."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE

LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility! LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more.

LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can.

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'" (Matthew 18:1-6)

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