Like so many of America's universities, North Carolina's Duke University began with a strong Judeo-Christian foundation. But, also like many of those universities, Duke has strayed from its original values.
In 2004 Duke raised eyebrows for sponsoring a Palestinian Solidarity Movement conference. As one might imagine, the movement promoted divestment from Israel and supported the outrageous claim that "Zionism is racism." The conference sold T-shirts calling for the destruction of Israel.
Little mention has been made in the media about John Kerry’s attempt to smooth over Obama’s political blunder when he failed to participate, or send a representative to participate, in France’s massive anti-terror march a little more than a week ago in Paris.
In an interview with Watchman Broadcasting Television network in Augusta, Georgia, international Christian broadcaster and journalist Earl Cox said, “Israel’s Prime Minister is correct to stand up for what is right rather than cowering to those who are more concerned with what they consider political correctness.” Cox is referring to the invitation extended by U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a full session of the U.S.
Have we in the West lost our way? Do we even know anymore who we are as Americans? Do we still hold ourselves as solid allies of Israel--the only true democracy in the Middle East? Do we not understand that Muslims do not embrace our Western values no matter how ‘moderate’ they claim to be?
Most of the world possesses only a media-fed and therefore shallow, surface understanding, of the Middle East and the true nature of Islam. Because of this ignorance we lack clear conviction. This makes it impossible for us to take a strong stand. It’s time for a deep system scan and thorough cleansing.