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by Rusty Pugh and Jody Brown
(AgapePress) – A leading family issues expert says crackpot ideas from politically correct universities are making their way into mainstream thinking.
Princeton University is home to Dr. Peter Singer, who made headlines last year with his controversial views, including the belief that parents should have the right to kill their own children weeks after birth. Bob Knight, who heads the Culture and Family Institute of Concerned Women for America, says Singer is also an outspoken proponent of bestiality the practice of sex between humans and animals.
Knight says bestiality was smiled on by the pedophile sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, but it is now being promoted at a major American university.
“So you had Alfred Kinsey in the 40s and now we're up here in 2001 with Peter Singer at Princeton University giving academic support to something that has been condemned by the Bible severely,” Knight says. “In fact, it's right near child sacrifice in the list in Leviticus … and has been condemned by every society since man came upon the scene.”
“There are nuts waiting to take up any cause, but very few of them hold a distinguished chair at Princeton University, and that's what's so alarming.”
Knight says people like Singer are first seen as a curiosity. Then their views are taken seriously and enter the mainstream if not enough people raise protests. The pro-family proponent says America needs to wake up to the fact that these ideas are becoming more acceptable on college campuses.
“A lot of us use the expression, 'What an animal!' to say that someone has lowered himself to something that's not even human,” he says. “And yet to Peter Singer, I guess that wouldn't be an insult because he sees no difference between a baby chimpanzee and a human baby.”
For these views, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute recently honored Princeton and the Australian-born Singer as the most politically correct campus in America. ISI recognizes Princeton as a trend-setting university with a hallowed history, “but when its top ethicist [Singer] smiles on bestiality, we vote no confidence in its leadership or moral vision.”
Florida's 'Prayer Bill' Would Place Limits on Christian Students
by Allie Martin
(AgapePress) – The recent decision by a panel of lawmakers in Florida to allow student-led prayer at graduations and other non-sporting-related events may face constitutional hurdles, according to a Christian attorney.
The measure would allow prayers that are non-sectarian and non-proselytizing, provided the prayers are led by students. But Mat Staver, President of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, says the proposal actually limits free speech for Christians.
“Under that criteria [that any prayer must be non-sectarian and non-proselytizing], the Lord's Prayer would be reduced to a few words because you couldn't say such things as 'Our Father,' in that that would be sectarian,” Staver says. “You couldn't say 'Thy kingdom come' or some other words of the Lord's Prayer because that might be considered proselytizing.” He also says students would not be allowed to mention either God or Jesus.
According to Staver, it is difficult to get legislators to vote against even a bad “prayer bill.”
“The problem that we have encountered in the past, when we have talked to legislators about voting against this kind of bill that has this limitation-of-secularization aspect to it, is they have said, once it gets out on the House … or Senate floor, they will vote for it, even though they know in the long run it is a bad bill,” he says. “They don't know how to address the general public and explain why they voted against a quote-unquote 'prayer bill.'”
Staver says Liberty Counsel will challenge the measure in court if it is passed through the legislature. A similar bill passed in the Sunshine State in 1996, but it was vetoed by then-Governor Lawton Chiles.
(This update courtesy of Agape Press.)