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The Easter bunny sitting beneath a portrait of Alexander Hamilton.
The Easter bunny in the Red Room.
The Easter Bunny meets legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal.
The two guests compare the size of their feet!
Even if you don’t like Bill Mahar or Donald Trump, it’s easy to see why people in this nation are sick and tired of political correctness run amok. On college campuses across America, “chalkings” on the ground advertise parties, events, and social causes. Well, someone at Emory University chalked “Trump 2016,” and everyone went nuts.
Here’s the student government’s statement on the chalking:
“[To a] significant portion of our student population, the messages represent particularly bigoted opinions, policies, and rhetoric directed at populations represented at Emory University […] we would like to express our […] sympathy for the pain experienced by members of our community.
It is clear to us that these statements are triggering for many of you. As a result, both College Council and the Student Government Association pledge to stand in solidarity with those communities who feel threatened by this incident.
To that end, Emergency Funds within the College Council monetary policy were created to provide time-sensitive funds during circumstances involving discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion…”
Bill Mahar said, ““I so badly want to dropkick these kids into a place where there is actual pain and suffering. What happened in this country?!”
He also went on to say that everything takes backseat to the students’ feelings, that they don’t care about free speech or even democracy.
As Americans struggle to figure out how they feel about the 2016 race, one thing is for sure. The fact that Donald Trump makes liberals break out into hives is at least one good side effect.
Watch Mahar’s clip here.
We are writing not to highlight the absurdity of those who believe they are physically harmed by encountering political speech with which they disagree, as this is, or should be, clear to any observer. Instead, we are writing to express our disappointment with the recent actions of the Emory administration. For the first time, we are embarrassed to call ourselves Emory graduates. . . .
No longer does Emory University serve as a beacon of intellectual diversity attracting some of the best and brightest young adults from across the world, much as it attracted us. Instead, Emory has become just another school in the well-documented pattern of universities that have surrendered to the demands of a vocal few that emotional comfort, ideological conformity and yes, “safe environments” trump fundamental notions of free speech. Critical thinking and exposure to other opinions are unwanted. But this does not have to be how the story ends. It is vitally important that we respond to this trend by reaffirming our foundational notions of freedom. Unfortunately, President Wagner and Emory University have thus far failed to rise to the challenge.
We call for President Wagner and the full administrative body of Emory University to publicly acknowledge the intrinsic value of free speech and the right of all to engage in spirited political debate. By letting a small cadre of overly sensitive students affect a heckler’s veto on a universal right, President Wagner and Emory University have contributed to the erosion of fundamental freedom in this country. It is incumbent on all to fight to protect free speech, especially speech that might be unpopular or viewed by some as “dangerous”. And fight we will.
Americans, we have to be made of tougher stuff!
March 27th — tomorrow — is Easter Sunday in case you haven’t noticed all the pastel bunnies at the grocery store. Instead of sleeping in with the kids and finding plastic eggs filled with melted candy, try something different: go to church even if you don’t like going to church. Here’s why.
- Easter is at the very heart of Christianity. Ever feel like you’ve walked into a movie that’s already halfway over when you go to church? The preacher might be using words that you’ve never heard in regular life – like “sovereignty” and “sanctification?” Well, Easter is so “at the heart” of the gospel message, it’s more likely than ever that the preacher will start from the beginning and things might begin to make sense.
- It’s great to have traditions with your spouse and family. According to the Art of Manliness, “Researchers have consistently found that families that engage in frequent traditions report stronger connection and unity than families that haven’t established rituals together. Traditions provide an all-too-rare chance for face-to-face interaction, help family members get to know and trust each other more intimately, and create a bond that comes from feeling that one is part of something unique and special.”
- How you respond to the Easter message will determine the rest of your life. Okay, so it is a matter of life and death. As Warren Mainard wrote, “Your response to the resurrection of Jesus will literally define every aspect of your life, death and eternity.” Unlike at Christmas, where the service might get bogged down in sentimentality, the message of Easter — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus — will “determine your hope for your future, define your perspective of your past, deliver peace for your present, and even defy death in your eternity.”
Here are some tips for the actual service:
- People usually “dress up” for the service, but don’t let your lack of a frilly dress stop you from going. On “Easter Sunday,” people usually take the opportunity to dress is bold, bright colors to symbolize new life. If you feel like you don’t have something appropriate to wear, just pick something out that is nice, modest, and clean — Jesus won’t care, as he was not “dressed to the nines” at the Resurrection either.
- Get there early. There are many people out there right now making Easter plans as well. In addition to the regular people who go to church every Sunday, you’ll have newcomers checking out the scene as well. Get there at least fifteen minutes early so you don’t end up sitting on the awkward first row.
- Realize that the church will be full of people who feel as odd as you do being in a church. Sometimes on “holy days,” people judge the church too harshly. “Well, I went to the Christmas Eve Service, but no one talked to me at all.” This might be due to the fact that there are so many visitors that it’s hard to tell whom to greet and who’s “regular.” (Also you might be seated next to people who seem like uninterested church goers, who are also just visitors.) Just don’t go expecting to have the full “Dale Carnegie” hospitality extended. But, on the other hand…
- People might be excessively friendly. On “holy days,” regular church goers are super excited to see visitors. If you are hoping to go in unnoticed, it might be the case that people surround you asking where you live and what you do. Just relax, accept the hospitality, and try to find a seat in the back.
As you think about what kind of church to attend, you’ll probably select one based on whether you know someone at that church, or if it’s close to your house. No matter if you choose a casual, megachurch or a traditional throw back, the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one you need to hear.
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Well, parents, get ready. [Read more…]