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Rather than laughing at college students who object to free speech in the name of free speech, Doug Payton muses on why people misuse free speech. He makes some good points.

Semi-related (because it might help explain why so many college students are so touchy and self-centered): A Focus on the Family broadcast this week addressed (among other things) how ‘parenting experts’ have been pulling parents off track for a couple of generations or so, by stressing achievement and self-esteem, instead of respect for others, responsibility and resourcefulness. See Parenting Concepts That Work (Part 1 of 2), November 4, 2010.

I missed today’s broadcast and haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet online, but here’s the link: Parenting Concepts That Work (Part 2 of 2).

In the first broadcast, the panel agreed that it’s not just the children who suffer, but the parents, when the parents try to meet contemporary standards of supposedly good parenting.

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gave a pretty good commencement speech.

I haven’t watched it yet, but here it is at YouTube.

Hmmm. I didn’t know there was a Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation YouTube channel… This could be fun.

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Two posts over at Mere Comments are on unrelated subjects, but somehow struck me as two parts of a larger picture.

First (simply because I read it first): Scots Warned Against Looking at Big Picture with Intelligence in Mind. This looks at reaction to the opening of Glasgow’s Centre for Intelligent Design, and its supposed dangers to Scottish children. Must not let the bairns be exposed to the idea that the world might not be entirely purposeless, you know… It might confuse them?

Please note, if you will, that the president and vice-president of the new center come from the realms of genetics and medicine. If you have not had a chance to look into what’s been discovered in microbiology lately, please dig up a good DVD or online source or something. When you see that a single cell is about as complex as a megacity, it tends to make you wonder if that widely-booted-about theory about mud glopping together in just the right way under just the right circumstances and presto-being-a-functioning-live-thing just might, possibly, be a bit behindtimes – good enough for the less-knowing of the nineteenth century, perhaps, but no longer necessarily the best explanation given the evidence, now that we can see into cells, and better understand blood clotting (what a procedure that is!), now that more fossils have been collected, etc., etc.

And then, from Anthony Esolen: I Confess, I Paid Attention to the Election. Esolen talks about the collapse of our political thinking, and how although gains were made, all too often political battles still seem to be between radical worship of materialism and softer worship of materialism, and… oh, go read it. I’m making it sound dull, and it isn’t.

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In Beyond a House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street & the Media (released today), Carl A. Anderson argues that Americans are far more in agreement on social issues than pundits, the media, and politicians like to think. Book website here.

Anderson is supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a New York Times bestselling author.

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Because there is more at stake on any given day than political matters, how about a (re)conversion story in three parts (parental discretion advised):

Running on Empty

The Incline

Life Without Parole.

Especially recommended for men, especially the tough guys out there. Also recommended for intellectual types. I realize that it sounds odd to recommend something simultaneously to cerebral sorts and macho men, but, well, there it is.

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