Demoralization in America’s Universities

On October 15th, 2008 at 10:07 am, Flyoverman said:

I am looking at the schools these political criminals attend. Yesterday, I recall a post lambasting Sarah Palin for attending 5 “unknown” colleges.

I think we have learned a lot about the quality of ETHICS taught at the “elite” universities like Harvard and Dartmouth.

America’s “elite” universities, most of which were started as Christian universities, were taken over long ago by the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy (what Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov accurately called “the world Communist conspiracy”).

Harvard’s motto is today presented as “Veritas” (“Truth”). But the truth is that Harvard’s motto is “Christo et Ecclesiae” (”For Christ and the church“) which appears in impressions of the university’s seal.  (And Jesus Christ is the truth).

And it’s not just the Ivy League schools…

When the Duke family endowed Trinity College (yes, Trinity as in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to turn it into Duke University in 1903, the motto became “Eruditio et Religio” (“Knowlege and Religion”) and the founders expressed in writing in the first article in the bylaws of the University, their desire and intention that the affairs of Duke University always be administered in the following way:

The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; to advance learning in all lines of truth; to defend scholarship against all false notions and ideals; to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth; to promote a sincere spirit of tolerance; to discourage all partisan and sectarian strife; and to render the largest permanent service to the individual, the state, the nation, and the church. Unto these ends shall the affairs of this University always be administered.

In subsequent decades, people who don’t understand the meaning of the word “always” have tried to supersede the above aims with their own “mission statement”. The Mission of Duke University, approved by the Duke University Board of Trustees October 1, 1994, and revised February 23, 2001, reads as follows:

The mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.

So, in less than a century (from 1903 to 2001), the leadership of a great university changed from putting Jesus Christ first to putting “liberal education” first.

Demoralization is step 1 of 4.

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11 Responses to Demoralization in America’s Universities

  1. Chavez says:

    No surprise. Jesus could never make the faculty at Duke. Too backward in his biblical literalism; too puritanical about marriage; and a Jew, to boot (he even had the appalling narrowness to declare that “salvation comes from the Jews”; I mean, where’s diversity here?)

    What would the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (a regular on the Duke campus) say?

    And then there’s the Chairman of Duke’s Board of Trustees–a man who evidently took Pontius Pilate for his role model. In the current lawsuits against the university, he is alleged (alleged only, not convicted yet!) of having known that the lately-accused lacrosse players were innocent,
    but deciding that

    453. “. . .it would be “best for Duke” if Plaintiffs were tried and convicted on Mangum’s false accusations.”

    454. “In response to a plea for Duke to show some measure of support for the students who were being framed in plain view of the University’s leadership, the Chairman explained, ‘sometimes individuals have to be sacrificed for the good of the Organization.'”

    (Sounds like that came right out of the Pilate playbook.)

    Lux, Veritas, Religio, et. al., in the 21st century…

  2. Chavez,

    Thank you for your comment.

    the Chairman explained,
    sometimes individuals have to be sacrificed for the good of the Organization.’

    Wow. How utterly Stalinist.

    I searched for that quote and found this…(also here)…

    “Moreover, my memories of Duke will forever be defined by the incompetent, disloyal and unapologetic handling of the lacrosse case.”

    Sad to say, but true. See for example the latest assertions in the lawsuits :

    ALLEGED :

    XVII. THE CHAIRMAN’S DIRECTIVE
    (Robert Steel)

    452. To the Chairman, Plaintiffs’ innocence was irrelevant: what was “best for Duke” turned upon perception.

    453. Aware of these things, the Chairman announced that it would be “best for Duke” if Plaintiffs were tried and convicted on Mangum’s false accusations.

    454. In response to a plea for Duke to show some measure of support for the students who were being framed in plain view of the University’s leadership, the Chairman explained, “sometimes individuals have to be sacrificed for the good of the Organization.”

    455. The Chairman’s Directive, as it was understood by one who received it, was straightforward: “Steel is going to f**k those lacrosse players.”

    XVIII. THE CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL THE DUKE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO INTERVENE AND INVESTIGATE

    456. To that end, the Chairman directed the Duke Police Department to act in furtherance of that objective. For example, the Chairman, through Brodhead, Trask, Burness, and Graves, directed the Duke Police Department:

    A. To cease all efforts to find evidence of the truth, particularly evidence that contradicted the accuser’s account;

    B. To conceal evidence of Duke Police Officers’ prior investigative role in the investigation;

    (snip)

    D. To fabricate false and misleading police reports, disguise them as bystander
    “witness” statements, that covered-up the Duke Police witnesses’ personal knowledge of Mangum’s psychosis, her radically changing story, the overwhelming consensus among her doctors and nurses at DUMC that she was lying, and the inability of any doctor, nurse, or police officer to find even a spider-web of evidence that she was raped or sexually assaulted; and

    E. To direct those who were at the hospital on March 14th to give “not-for attribution” false reports about Mangum’s appearance at DUMC in order to lend credibility to Mangum’s false claims in the eyes of the public.

    457. At all times subsequent to the Chairman’s Directive to force a trial and convictions, the Duke Police Department had the power to revoke its delegated authority and/or to intervene to prevent or aid in preventing the unlawful conspiracies and violations of Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights as alleged herein, and, yet, refused to do so.

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  4. Update: I just found this…

    Order of services at the Centennial celebration of Harvard University, on the 8th of September, 1836.

    An excerpt:

    From all that dwell below the skies,
    Let the Creator’s praise arise;
    Let the Redeemer’s name be sung
    Through every land, by every tongue.

    Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
    Eternal truth attends thy word:
    Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
    Till suns shall rise and set no more.

  5. DESI says:

    ”When the Duke family endowed Trinity College (yes, Trinity as in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)”

    How about Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva?

    LOL

    Seriously. If there is anyone here who would like to see University Life in general in the United States co-opted by Christianity again, my question is – do you envision all of the students as being Christians and taking Christian theology courses as a pre-requisite, OR would those Universities be open to students of other religions (or no religion) who could opt of Christian theology courses.

    Of course other religions can have their own private religious universities as well, nobody can stop that, and that might even be ideal, but because you are specifically talking about already famous and elite Universities that are household names in this blog, I was just wondering what you would see as the ideal situation for them, or the ideal situation in general in the United States regarding education?

    Do you think it’s best to have religious colleges that cater to various religions, like convent schools and madrassas?

    Perhaps both religious Universities and secular ones?

    Is the landscape better dotted with Buddhist, Vedantic, Muslim, Christian, etc schools or better dotted with “secular” schools where all of the above AND atheists can attend without getting indoctrinated with any particular religion?

    In India there are Catholic schools where many Hindus and Indians of other faiths send their kids but those schools agree to not indoctrinate and it works out pretty good for all involved.

    Anyway, these are all questions I’m asking myself as well and mulling over so just wanted to get some other opinions.

  6. ”When the Duke family endowed Trinity College (yes, Trinity as in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)”

    How about Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva?

    LOL

    Seriously.

    No, it was never “Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva”.

    Follow the link in the post and read:
    UPDATE: Link is now http://library.duke.edu/uarchives/history/histnotes/charterlink.html

    …”The Aims of Duke University,” is the first article in the bylaws of the institution, and dates from 1903

    Duke University was created in 1924 around Trinity College, a school that the Duke family had been supporting since the late 1880s. John C. Kilgo, our president from 1894 to 1910, is the likely author. In 1902, Trinity’s Board of Trustees asked him to prepare a major revision of the College’s bylaws. Of course, the statement then started out “The aims of Trinity College…” The wording was changed in 1924 when the University was organized. Here is the text :

    The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; to advance learning in all lines of truth; to defend scholarship against all false notions and ideals; to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth; to promote a sincere spirit of tolerance; to discourage all partisan and sectarian strife; and to render the largest permanent service to the individual, the state, the nation, and the church. Unto these ends shall the affairs of this University always be administered.

    You can go back through the North Carolina Secretary of State archives for Duke University and find that 24 of the 36 trustees for Trinity College were to be from the Methodist Episcopal church. So yes, Trinity meant “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”, not “Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva”.

    I have no issue with anyone creating any religious or secular school that they want.

    I do have an issue with people hijacking a university that was clearly Christian, and whose founders clearly wanted the affairs of this University to always be administered with the aim to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

    Do you understand the concept of “always“?

    The founders would be disgusted with the secularization of the University they founded.

  7. Om Shalom says:

    Do you understand the concept of “always“?

    Doesn’t existence.

    Impermanance is the basis of material existence.

  8. Om Shalom says:

    Do you understand the concept of “always“?

    Doesn’t exist.

    Impermanance is the basis of material existence.

  9. Muslim Call to Prayer to be Chanted Every Friday at Duke University

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    I repeat:

    The statement on the plaque in the main quad of West Campus, “The Aims of Duke University,” is the first article in the bylaws of the institution, and dates from 1903.

    Despite the plaque’s position in line with James B. Duke’s statue, the “Aims” statement was not written by Mr. Duke. Duke University was created in 1924 around Trinity College, a school that the Duke family had been supporting since the late 1880s. John C. Kilgo, our president from 1894 to 1910, is the likely author. In 1902, Trinity’s Board of Trustees asked him to prepare a major revision of the College’s bylaws. Of course, the statement then started out “The aims of Trinity College…” The wording was changed in 1924 when the University was organized. Here is the text :

    The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; to advance learning in all lines of truth; to defend scholarship against all false notions and ideals; to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth; to promote a sincere spirit of tolerance; to discourage all partisan and sectarian strife; and to render the largest permanent service to the individual, the state, the nation, and the church. Unto these ends shall the affairs of this University always be administered.

    So a college (Trinity College) and later university (Duke University) with aims which:

    1) clearly identify Jesus Christ as the Son of God

    2) state that the aims of the school are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion (“eruditio et religio”, Duke University’s motto) set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God

    3) seek to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth

    4) state that “Unto these ends shall the affairs of this University always be administered.”

    Now will turn the Duke Chapel tower into a minaret broadcasting the adhan which states (in Arabic) the Muslim confession of faith:

    I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.
    I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

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