Colleges: Accepting Federal funds, breed Bolsheviks

 Colleges: Accepting Federal funds, breed Bolsheviks

College. The word “college” derives its meaning from the Latin word, collegium, meaning, “body of associates.”

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Each year, millions of students in America pack up the family vehicles and head off to college campuses around the nation to continue their “formal” education.

While packing essentials for the next semester, these new collegiates leave behind much memorabilia from their childhood days. Dorm rooms, and apartment living, have a way of prioritizing what will be most needed for this “first extended flight” from the comfy nest.

Moms ask for prayer regarding roommates; dads ask regarding flights of stairs and moving furnishings; both parents ask that the values they have labored to transmit will not be “left behind” with the stuffed animals in the closet.

This request is with valid concern.

Woodrow Wilson, who prior to the White House presided over Princeton, wrote, “The use of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible.”

Nobel laureate Dr. Steven Weinberg writes: “Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be the greatest contribution to civilization.” A recent poll of the National Academy of Science reveals that only 7% of this body of associates consider themselves to believe in God.

Gary Bauer recently posted, “Most of you have probably never heard of Anthea Butler, an associate professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania……

Here’s what Professor Butler wrote about the Zimmerman trial: “As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history.”

How disappointing and disgusting. Of course, America has its faults. No individual or nation is perfect.

But as a historian, surely Professor Butler must know that many of America’s Founding Fathers were deeply offended by slavery. Surely she recognizes the uniqueness of our Declaration of Independence, with its radical recognition that “All men are created equal” and that our rights come from our Creator, not government or any man.

Surely she must know that the Abolitionist movement was started by Christians and that many white Christians died in the Civil War so that blacks would no longer be treated like property. Surely she must recognize America’s role as a force for good in the world.

Then again, I’m reminded of that great Ronald Reagan quote, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

(Gary continues,)

As the countdown to the new academic year begins, Professor Butler serves as a timely reminder of why it is so important for parents to pay very close attention to the schools their children are attending, who is teaching them and what they are learning. Prepare your children for the left-wing indoctrination they will undoubtedly face in many of our institutions of higher learning.”  

Parents should be praying about their children attending college; And not just about public colleges. The left-wing indoctrination is happening at Christian colleges across the nation as well.

In their 2011 book entitled “Already Compromised”, Greg Hall, president of Warner College, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, and Britt Beemer of “America’s Research Group” reveal the shocking results of surveying over 200 Christian college: presidents, academic deans, and the heads of both the science and theology departments.

Every Christian should read this book, especially those parents who had envisioned trusting the minds of their young adults to a “Christian” college. Darwin evolution is the standard fare on Christian campuses; only a handful of college faculty believe in the inerrancy of Scripture and yes, even Christian colleges have faculty that are atheist, are not of biblical marriage or advocates of sanctity of life.

The Mindsight crew must ask, “Do Christian parents know this? How did this happen?”

The increasingly faithful saying is: “Follow the money, the unelected and who is in “control.”

The Nihilist movement in Russia in the 1860’s, 70’s and 80’s used the university-trained intelligentsia to promote a revolt of the younger generation against established authorities, parental, religious and civil. Recall the character “Perchik” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

What began as an intellectual “social justice” reform, to free the Russian people from draconian autocratic rule, resulted in paving the way for the Marxist Bolshevik revolution in 1917. The Bolshevik’s went on to create the world’s first Communist state. One century and 240 million lives later, the Red revolution is still paving the road to the Progressive’s Utopian Anarchy.

It is not that the “Ism Family” does not know history; it is that the Ism Family does know History. The Isms have chosen to learn from history and apply their worldview of Progressive Humanism to revise the “history” that is now presented in much of the public and private education sectors. All the while, moving forward their agenda to vent their revenge against any form of Godly Authority. This is their concept of “social justice.”

The majority of the signers of the Original Humanist Manifesto of 1933 were college and university faculty. The remainder were Unitarian ministers, authors, editors or leaders of “ethical, science and philosophy” societies. Several signers filled multiple roles of influence.

Noted “American Education Reformer”, John Dewey, was one of these signers of the Humanist Manifesto. Such notable names as: Current Common Core Next Generation Science Standards were signers of the Humanist Manifesto III.

The majority of students in America are being educated, generation after generation, by Progressives. Progressives, who now control much of higher education, continue to produce students with certificates, degrees, credentials that prove their mastery of the philosophical dominance pervasive throughout the nation.

To many parents, these costly degrees provide the false impression that their children have been taught the Truth of History, Literature, Biology, Science, Mathematics, Inductive and Deductive Reasoning, political science etc. Sadly, many parents have saved and sacrificed to equip their heirs via a college education, only to lament that now their enlightened children have left behind the Judeo-Christian values of their parents.

But how did these Humanists end up pushing their Progressive agenda on Christian campuses?

 “Congress Has the Power to Use Spending Conditions to Achieve Policy Objectives That Go Beyond Its Enumerated Constitutional Powers.

The Supreme Court has long held that when Congress attaches conditions to funds, it creates something akin to a contract.

When the federal government gives money through grants, loans, spending legislation or contracts, it has the right, just like any other person or business, to ask for almost anything in return.

Spending conditions can be used to achieve policy objectives that are outside the enumerated powers specifically granted to Congress in the Constitution.

Congress Continues to Expand Its Use of Spending Conditions.”

To date the Mindsight crew is aware of only four (4) colleges in the United States that do not accept federal or state funding of any type.

These four bastions of Christian Liberty are:

Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan

Grove City College in Grove City Pennsylvania

Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia

Patrick Henry College in Purceville Virginia

This is it folks: Four colleges that are not in the yoke with the Federal government.

All other colleges that accept federal and state monies, are subject to Federal mandates of employment diversity quotas, propagation of consensus science, ideologies of the “isms” and the Progressive agenda.

And all, while YOU pay the bill. Progressives aren’t ignorant of History, in fact they are shaping History and the future through your heirs.

Best get off the pew, and on the campuses reclaiming America’s Christian colleges and student bodies for Christendom. Dump the government subsidies and the chains of progress.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:39-40 

Also included below are the statements from the 4 Colleges that do not accept government funding.

*Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, End of Day report 7-18-2013

Hillsdale’s educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence.  The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.

Grove City College

In order to preserve and protect its independence, Grove City College refused federal student aid beginning in the mid-1980s. As a result, Grove City College successfully argued its case in the landmark Supreme Court Case, Grove City College v. Bell. Today, the College remains a beacon of laissez-faire economic freedom in the United States.

Central to the College’s identity is a spirit of independence. That spirit extends into every area of Grove City College life, including academic and financial independence. Against federal government oversight of our academic programs and finances, Grove City College is only one of a handful of institutions in the the United States to refuse all federal funding.

Why Christendom College Rejects Federal Funding

From its very beginning, Christendom College made a prudential decision never to accept federal funding.  Christendom’s stance as the only accredited Catholic higher education institution that is not dependent on federal student aid means that it is uniquely free to teach the Catholic Faith without government interference.  

The College’s decisions have proven prophetic given the federal government’s current assault on religious freedom and its expanding use of funding conditions to promote policy preferences.  But, the College’s courageous stance means that it must rely on its generous donors to provide the financial support that students at other institutions receive from the federal government.

Federal Funding Opens the Door to Massive Government Intrusion

Congress Has the Power to Use Spending Conditions to Achieve Policy Objectives That Go Beyond Its Enumerated Constitutional Powers

The Supreme Court has long held that when Congress attaches conditions to funds, it creates something akin to a contract.

When the federal government gives money through grants, loans, spending legislation or contracts, it has the right, just like any other person or business, to ask for almost anything in return.

Spending conditions can be used to achieve policy objectives that are outside the enumerated powers specifically granted to Congress in the Constitution.

Congress Continues to Expand Its Use of Spending Conditions

Since the 1920s, Congress has repeatedly used spending conditions to accomplish policy objectives that are often unrelated to the spending programs.

Amendments to the Hatch Act, for example, broadly restrict the political activity of employees of state and local entities that receive federal funds, including grants to law enforcement agencies or detention centers.

Today, Congress likely controls more behavior through federal funding administrative requirements and conditions than through its legislative power.

The majority of the federal budget is now taken up with spending programs, including social security, economic assistance, and education aid programs.

Congress Has Shown Its Willingness to Tie Policy Objectives to Higher Education Funding

Congress has issued several broad mandates tying rules barring race, sex, and handicap discrimination to federal higher education funding.

In the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Congress extended those mandates to cover an entire college or university if even one student or any part of the university accepts a federal student loan.

The Act was passed over a veto by Ronald Reagan who declared that it would “vastly and unjustifiably expand the power of the Federal government over the decisions and affairs of private organizations . . . [and] place at risk such cherished values as religious liberty.”

Federal spending mandates often grant administrative agencies enforcement authority.

Thus, federal spending mandates often give rise to extensive administrative requirements.  Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination, for example, lead to a host of administrative regulations enforcing sex equivalency in intercollegiate athletics.

Congress can also give private citizens broad rights to sue funding recipients to enforce funding conditions.

History Has Shown Federal Government Funding Has a Corrupting Influence on Catholic Higher Education

In 1965, the Omnibus Education Act made millions of dollars available to Catholic Colleges.

In the decades that followed, many Catholic Colleges and universities cited the need to qualify for federal funding as a reason to secularize their colleges and justify their rejection of ecclesiastical supervision.

Federal Funding Is Costly and Ineffective

Federal Student Loan Programs Require Costly Administrative Structures

Federal student aid regulations require large administrative and bureaucratic structures that increase educations costs and can degrade the quality of student services at institutions which accept federal funds.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators reports that “[f]inancial aid offices and the student services they provide are being strained by increasing regulatory and administrative burdens.”

“The sheer size and scope of federal regulations and other administrative burden has pushed financial aid offices to the breaking point,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger.

Federal Student Loan Programs Do Not Work

There is no evidence to suggest that the billions of dollars of federal student aid given each year has increased the quality of education, enhanced economic growth, or resulted in greater income equality.

Instead, the evidence suggests that federal student aid results increases education costs by supporting increased spending.  The real beneficiaries of student loan programs may be the colleges rather than the students.

Christendom College Remains Uniquely Free to Say NO

Catholic Colleges must be free to transmit the faith through their institution

The Church has always taught that She must be free to transmit the Faith, including through educational institutions

In Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council stated that “the social nature of man and the very nature of religion afford the foundation of the right of men freely to hold meetings and to establish educational, cultural, charitable and social organizations, under the impulse of their own religious sense.”

Catholic Higher Education Faces Threats from an Intrusive, Increasingly Secular [anti-Christian] Federal Government The federal government takeover of the student loan industry as part of the recent health-care reform is a stark warning sign that the government is seeking broader control of higher education.

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, writes of the Obamacare’s “Direct Lending” loan program that it “may well be a cure that is worse than the disease….It will make American higher education extraordinarily vulnerable to political interference.  Will Congress, presidential administrations, and the Department of Education resist the temptation to misuse their new power? …. Creating barriers to religion and other dis-favored topics is one way that Direct Lending could be harnessed by political forces. Another way is to impose content that an interest group favors.  Typically this involves the rhetoric of ‘academic standards.’”

Christendom Remains Uniquely Free to Reject Federal Funding

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly made it clear that there is one simple way to escape federal funding mandates – say NO to federal funding.     

Christendom and the few other institutions of higher learning that have rejected federal funding are uniquely capable to escape federal funding conditions because they are not financially dependent on the federal government or bound to the large administrative structures created by other colleges to administer federal aid programs.

PHC does not accept government funds of any kind.




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