Bush Bashing for a College Degree
by Jen Shroder 8/1/04
permission to repost at will
Have you checked the requirements for a college degree? Our choices
are narrowing while categories of "Analytical Thinking", "Arts and
Humanities" and "Social and Behavioral Studies" are rapidly advancing.
Searching for a class that doesn’t attack religious belief is like
stepping through a MINDfield. Even History classes with a "cultural"
pretense are actually a dissection of religious beliefs.
Psychology and Philosophy are now featured in four out of six
categories to choose from at Cuesta College, California. With the
current liberal claims of the APA such as "child sexual abuse could be
harmless and beneficial," I wouldn’t go near a psychology class with a
ten-foot pole. So what about philosophy?
In the article,
Bush Bashing disguised as Philosophy Class, a student explained
how her philosophy teacher began class with, "If you like Bush or Rush
Limbaugh, LEAVE NOW!" The student’s anti-Bush claims were confirmed as
the class website contained Dean campaign pictures and slogans along
with required reading of Bush bashing like MoveOn.org.
The article created an uproar. Administrators asked the teacher, J.
Marcus, to remove Cuesta’s logo from her website. Marcus wrote in a
local liberal paper the administrators were in fact very supportive of
her, and the logo is back. As of August 1, her website lists
"recommended reading" of TruthOut.org (which has Kerry campaigns and
donations) and "The Onion" which contains President Bush’s campaign
costs next to a cartoon of a woman with spinning disks over her
breasts. Another title at The Onion reads, "What the f___…" with the
word written out. Is this where taxpayers or parents want college
instructors to refer their children?
Marcus’ website currently includes pictures of wounded soldiers
with the blocked heading:
No Justification for the Invasion of Iraq
This does not seem open to discussion. Dare a student bring up the
network of terrorists that expands beyond borders? Of our brave heroes
fighting terrorists away from our homeland before another World Trade
Center attack? Dare a student ask how liberal propaganda relates to an
introduction of philosophy?
So what else is taught as "Philosophy"? Marcus describes it on her
"To use a traditional metaphor, philosophy (the love of wisdom)
is the tree of Knowledge, with its corresponding disciplines:
science and art, religion and ethics.
"Our discussions will involve a critical and comparative analysis
of how, for example, Plato, as well as modern and contemporary
philosophers, Augustine, Kant, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Kafka and J.S.
Mill would attempt to evaluate and resolve current ethical
This class is on the "Degree Requirement" list to choose from. So
if I want a degree at Cuesta College, I need to choose from classes
exploring the beliefs of Nietzsche, who claimed there is no God or
moral compass. A man who at age 44, witnessed a horse being whipped,
threw his arms around the horse’s neck and had a mental breakdown,
never to return to full sanity or be able to take care of himself
again, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
For a degree, I should analyze Kant, famous for his criticism of
religion and favoring agnosticism.
Or how about J.S. Mill, said to be the chief founder of secular
Tolstoy? He believed that all Christian churches were
corrupt institutions that had thoroughly falsified true Christianity
and wrote his own religion.
Plato: "All these women shall be wives in common to all the
men...the children too should be held in common so that no parent
shall know which is his own, and no child shall know his parent"
(Plato 119) ...lovely
Augustine is named, but textbooks have twisted his words out of
context so that he appears New Age.
Kafka: a self declared atheist that referred to Judaism as
"insufficient scrap...a mere nothing, a joke—not even a joke."
It’s a shame that we cannot brush off the liberal attacks on
religion at college campuses as "a mere joke."
Marcus wrote in a full front-page article for a local liberal
paper, "If I’m to be charged like Socrates, of ‘corrupting the youth,’
then let’s examine the accusation in light of Russia’s history." It is
ironic that Marcus then compared herself to the famous Russian poet,
Anna Akhmatova, who was condemned for her "narrow preoccupation with
love and God" and later extolled Stalin to save her son from Siberia.
Who must we extol to save our sons and daughters from the liberal
tyranny in public education? The jailer is claiming to be the victim
as she requires students to buy her book in which she writes, "And our
submissiveness, those prison gates, stark and helpless as our God."
Newtopia magazine has posted some of the poetry of Marcus, who
describes President Bush as "smirking absentmindedly," that he has a
"learning disability," a "fourth grade level of history," and that in
2004 the Bush family will return to the "vastly polluted state of
Texas where they belong." Laura Bush is also mocked for her Christmas
ornaments of birds as Marcus lashes out about Bush’s timber
initiative, which Marcus describes as given "for no good reason."
(shock) Forestry officials blamed the policy of no logging for the
2002 wildfire season that torched 6.9 million acres nationwide. In
2003, California fires killed 22 people, ravaged 3,300 homes and
consumed over 750,000 acres in little over a week. Is that "no good
reason?" Should we thank "environmentalists?"
As a student, I have a question. If actual religious belief is to
be censored, how is it that actual hatred of said religious belief is
being forced upon us in public education? How is it we are forced to
view Bush bashing propaganda? In the separation of church and state
case, the Supreme Court ruled that the "best interest of a society
required that the minds of men always be wholly free."
Is this freedom?
Source: Marcus' Website: