The philosophies of tolerance and sharing the wealth are hallmarks of today’s liberal community in America.  They want everyone to get along and tolerate each other’s sexual and religious preferences,   According to them; none of us should treat anyone else differently than we ourselves want to be treated.  That may be good in principle but rarely works in the real world.

When you look closely at these same liberals, what they really practice is only tolerance for those that believe as they do.  For those that believe differently, extreme intolerance often rules their actions, regardless of what they say.  The latest example of such intolerance involves Pell Grants and a prominent University that teaches a young earth literal interpretation of the Bible.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson as part of his Great Society agenda.  One of the provisions of this Act was the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant.  The grant is a post-secondary educational federal grant given to students from low income families.  Over time the grant has come to be called the Pell Grant, named after former Rhode Island Democratic Senator Claiborne Pell.

The requirements to receive a Pell Grant rely on the financial status of the student and their family and the participation of an accredited college or university.  There is nothing in the application process that limits a Pell Grant to students or colleges with certain religious preferences.  In fact to do so would be in violation of anti-discriminatory laws.  Pell Grant monies are given to the educational institution where the student attends.  The school either pays the student directly or can put the money towards the student’s tuition or a combination of the two.  None of the money goes directly to the institution unless the student uses it to pay for tuition and other educational fees.  2006 figures show that Pell Grants only pay about 30% of the tuition fees for that year.  For the 2010-11 school year 8,873,000 Pell Grants were awarded to students throughout the country for a total of $32.9B.

Among the participating colleges in the Pell Grant program is Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia.  According to their current chancellor:

Liberty University is the largest and fastest growing Christian Evangelical university in the world. Founded in 1971 by my father, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr., Liberty started with his vision to train young Champions for Christ. We’re now the largest private university in Virginia, offering more than 60 accredited programs of study. Our campus boasts top-notch facilities and state-of-the-art technology, but our original mission and purpose remains strong as we continue to grow.

Regardless of the fact that Liberty University fully qualifies as a participating institution of higher learning and that a number of students attending Liberty University qualify to receive Pell Grants for their education, a number of liberals are up in arms because these students are using government grants to receive a conservative Christian education.  What goads them even more is that students attending Liberty University amassed more money in Pell Grants than the government gives to National Public Radio (NPR).  Please note that NPR is often used as a federally funded media that attacks Christianity and biblical creation.

Some of the attacks against Liberty University go as far as to refer to the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. as a dead apartheid-supporting bigot. Another report charges that government money is being used to fund religious fanaticism because the biology department teaches young earth creationism.

Are you familiar with the old adages: the pot calling the kettle black; or don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house?

Evolution is a religious belief in a godless naturalistic theory of origins.  The vast majority of colleges and universities that participate in the Pell Grant program are producing graduates who are fanatical about defending evolution and destroying anything to do with young earth creationism or intelligent design.  I know of a number of participating colleges that will openly fail or even reject a student who believes in creationism or intelligent design.  The University of Kentucky’s geology department makes it perfectly clear to students how much they despise young earth creationists.  Aren’t these institutions also using government money to fund religious fanaticism?

You see, it’s okay to be fanatical if you are on the same evolutionary side of the fence as those that preach tolerance.  But if you dare step foot on the other side of the fence where Bible believing Christians roam, tolerance flies out the window and out comes the attacks.

I believe that Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:5:

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

References

Falwell, Jerry Jr., Message From the Chancellor, About LU, Liberty.edu.

Johnson, Charles, Fundamentalist Liberty University Gets More Federal Money Than NPR, LittleGreenFootballs.com, April 6, 2011.

Pareene, Alex, Evangelical Liberty University Received Half a Billion Dollars in Federal Aid Money, Salon.com, April 5, 2011.

Pell Grant, Wikipedia.com

Additional Resources

Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs

by James A. Herrick
What does science have to do with science fiction? What does science fiction have to do with scientists? What does religion have to do with science and science fiction?

In the spiritual vacuum of our post-Christian West, new mythologies continually arise. The sources of much religious speculation, however, may be surprising. Author James Herrick directs our attention to a wide range of scientists, filmmakers, science fiction writers and religious philosophers and discovers there the role that science and science fiction have played in such mythmaking.

From scientists such as Francis Bacon, Francis Crick, Carl Sagan and Freeman Dyson, to filmmakers such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to science fiction writers such as Olaf Stapledon, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, Herrick finds a curious collusion of science with science fiction for promoting and justifying alternative spiritualities. The rise of these new mythologies, he argues, is no longer a curiosity at the edge of Western culture. This alchemy is catalyzing a religious vision of new gods, a new humanity, and alien races with superior intelligence and secret knowledge. This new mythology overshadows the realms of politics, science and religion.

Should we follow such visions? Does science endorse these mythologies? Are we being offered a spirituality superior to the Judeo-Christian tradition? This book will help you decide.

Endorsements:
“Scientific Mythologies is a well-researched and well-written analysis of the role of science in science fiction. Both master scientists and tellers of tall tales are here. From Francis Bacon to Carl Sagan, from Mary Shelley to Steven Spielberg, Herrick moves from fact to myth and myth to fact. Fascinating from beginning to end.” James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door

“With a remarkable array of carefully assembled documentation, James Herrick demonstrates how the porous boundary between science fiction and ‘speculative science’ has produced a new guiding myth in the West, allegedly capable of reenchanting the cosmos. Coming in the wake of numerous books that have snidely dismissed Christian belief as a lot of wishful thinking and superstitious hooey, Scientific Mythologies is a refreshing and revealing reminder of the odd forms a longing for transcendence can take when the God who actually did come down from the heavens is rejected. Christopher Hitchens, phone home!” Ken Myers, host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal

“Dr. Herrick gives us a fascinating, detailed, well-written and well-documented account of the alien worldviews that have emerged through the genre of science fiction. I know of no other work that addresses this counterfeit ideology from a deeply informed Christian perspective.” Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, Denver Seminary

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