Posted in Op-ed on March 20, 2010 – 12:13 pm
By Bill Koenig
Graduates from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton and other Ivy League schools have accelerated our nation and the world toward the final-day battle of Armageddon.
These schools with a Christian history (more below) are now bastions of secular humanism. They have produced leaders who are directly responsible for the debacles that we are facing — and which are threatening the very survival of America and the world, as we know it. These very bright and gifted people have left us with accelerating problems on many fronts.
Ellis Washington, in his article “Harvard, the Ivy League and the forgotten Puritans,” wrote:
“How did the eight so-called ‘’Ivy League’ schools — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Dartmouth — go from being training grounds for Christian missionaries and ministers and respected citadels of higher education to what they are now — propaganda factories for every leftist, perverted, radical, tyrannical, failed ideology known to mankind? — Marxism, Darwinism, Freudianism, Higher Criticism, communism, multiculturalism, relativism, naturalism, positivism, socialism, liberalism, egalitarianism, feminist studies, gay studies, transgender studies, transvestite studies, outcome-based education, radical environmentalism, etc.”
Unbeknownst to them, all of these schools are rapidly producing leaders in our country that are leading us to the final days and Jesus Christ’s return to Jerusalem. America may not be predominant in final-day Scriptures, but no nation is a more significant catalyst to the final days than the United States of America under the leadership of academic elites whose god is secular humanism.
Ivy League colleges
Many Ivy League schools were opened as seminaries to train Christian pastors and missionaries to share Jesus Christ with the world. Today, these secular humanist schools of thought are behind the rapid movement of our nation away from God.
The following are excerpts directly from the Ivy League universities websites that show their Christian heritage:
Harvard University: Harvard, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. During its early years, the College offered a classic academic course based on the English university model but consistent with the prevailing Puritan philosophy of the first colonists.
Although many of its early graduates became ministers in Puritan congregations throughout New England, the College was never formally affiliated with a specific religious denomination. An early brochure, published in 1643, justified the College’s existence: “To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches.”
Yale University: Incorporated as the Collegiate School, the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a college to train clergy and political leaders for the colony. Yale was founded in 1701 nearby Saybrook as the Collegiate School to educate students for “Public employment both in Church & Civil State.”
In the over 300 years since its founding, Yale has worked to educate those who would become leaders and contributors to every sector of society. Yale graduates include five Presidents of the United States (including four of the last six), 45 Cabinet members, over 500 members of Congress, and too many other senior officials, judges, diplomats and military officers to name. (Yale Charter)
University of Pennsylvania: “It has long been regretted as a misfortune to the youth of this province that we have no academy in which they might receive the accomplishment of a regular education,” observed Benjamin Franklin in 1749.
Franklin’s associates in this college-creating endeavor included ten patriots who would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence and seven signers of the Constitution. The Academy of Philadelphia opened in 1751 in the building, which once housed George Whitfield’s charity tabernacle on Philadelphia’s Fourth Street, near Arch.
Princeton University: The College of New Jersey (as Princeton University was known until 1896) was a child of the Great Awakening, an institution born in opposition to the religious tenets that had ruled the colonial era. The principles on which Princeton University was founded may be traced to the Log College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, founded by William Tennent in 1726.
Tennent was a Presbyterian minister who, along with fellow evangelists Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Davies and George Whitefield of England, preached and taught an approach to religion and life that was the very essence of the Great Awakening period.
The seven founders of the College of New Jersey were all Presbyterians, with Ebenezer Pemberton, a minister and a graduate of Harvard, the only one of the seven who did not graduate from Yale. The remaining six included Jonathan Dickinson, Aaron Burr Sr. and John Pierson, who were ministers; William Smith, a lawyer; Peter Van Brugh Livingston, a merchant; and William Peartree Smith.
The aforementioned seven approached Gov. Lewis Morris in late 1745 or early 1746 seeking a charter for a college that would, in time, become Princeton University. Gov. Morris, an Anglican and a Loyalist, refused the charter because of the applicants’ anti-Anglican views and beliefs. Soon afterwards, Gov. Morris died and John Hamilton became Acting Governor of New Jersey. Hamilton was also an Anglican but more liberal-minded than his predecessor.
Columbia University: Controversy preceded the founding of the College, with various groups competing to determine its location and religious affiliation. Advocates of New York City met with success on the first point, while the Anglicans prevailed on the latter. However, all constituencies agreed to commit themselves to principles of religious liberty in establishing the policies of the College.
In July 1754, Samuel Johnson held the first classes in a new schoolhouse adjoining Trinity Church, located on what is now lower Broadway in Manhattan. There were eight students in the class. At King’s College, the future leaders of colonial society could receive an education designed to “enlarge the Mind, improve the Understanding, polish the whole Man, and qualify them to support the brightest Characters in all the elevated stations in life.”
The college reopened in 1784 with a new name — Columbia — that embodied the patriotic fervor that had inspired the nation’s quest for independence. The revitalized institution was recognizable as the descendant of its colonial ancestor, thanks to its inclination toward Anglicanism and the needs of an urban population, but there were important differences:
Brown University: As the third oldest college in New England and the seventh oldest in America, Brown was the Baptist answer to Congregationalist Yale and Harvard; Presbyterian Princeton; and Episcopalian Penn and Columbia. At the time, it was the only one that welcomed students of all religious persuasions (following the example of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island in 1636 on the same principle).
Brown has long since shed its Baptist affiliation, but it remains dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom.
Dartmouth College: The Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, founded Dartmouth College in 1769. He had earlier established Moor’s Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut, principally for the education of Native Americans.
Middle East affair — CFR members
The United States Middle East policy legacy has been 40 years of miscalculations and missed opportunities. American diplomats and presidents refuse to acknowledge that Arabs and members of Islam are like no other people in the world and must be handled differently.
Moreover, the CFR’s pressuring of Israel to divide her land has empowered the terror organizations that are threats to the world. The $1 trillion-and-climbing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to take a major toll.
President Barack Obama (Columbia and Harvard) was the first president to endorse the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender agenda through proclamations, posting of his LGBT agenda and legislation.
Here’s how Harvard grads implemented the LGBT campaign:
Putting strategies to work: the homosexual propaganda campaign in America’s media:
Click here for the article.
If you think that the radical changes in the minds of Americans — and in your own mind — about homosexuality in the last decade are an accident, you must read the section below. It’s taken from the 1989 book, After the Ball: How America will conquer its fear and hatred of gays in the 90s (Penguin Books) — which immediately became a beacon for the then-emerging homosexual movement.
Building on the basic strategies outlined in Marshall Kirk’s groundbreaking 1987 article, “The Overhauling of Straight America,” this book puts forth the very sophisticated psychological persuasion and propaganda mass media techniques that we’ve all seen and been affected by over the years — without understanding their purpose and impact.
Kirk is a researcher in neuropsychiatry. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1980, majoring in psychology, and writing his honors thesis on the testing of gifted children.
The book describes his co-author Hunter Madsen as having received a doctorate in politics from Harvard in 1985 and as an expert on public persuasion tactics and social marketing who has designed commercial advertising on Madison Avenue, served as a consultant to gay media campaigns across the country, and appears frequently on national media as an advocate for gay rights.
Of particular note is their tactical device throughout the book of referring to religious dissenters and other critics of homosexual behavior as “bigots.” Their language is purposefully crude to enhance that idea. Much like the “big lie” theory developed in the 1920s and 1930s by the Nazis, the constant repetition of this eventually has the desired psychological effect on masses of people.
As you read this, keep in mind that it was written in 1989 — and look around to see how far the homosexual movement has gotten using these techniques.
David Kupelian of WND.com wrote:
Kirk and Madsen’s “war goal,” explains marketing expert Paul E. Rondeau of Regent University, was to “force acceptance of homosexual culture into the mainstream, to silence opposition, and ultimately to convert American society.” Rondeau presented a comprehensive study in his book, Selling Homosexuality to America.
“Under our proposal, the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered or recognized by any level of government,” argues Sunstein. He continues, “The only legal status states would confer on couples would be a civil union, which would be a domestic partnership agreement between any two people.”
The law “is inconsistent with our most important national values and diminishes our military readiness,” one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters.
“The record is now clear that the application of the current ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy has diminished America’s military readiness,” he said.
Financial derivatives – Financial collapse
The financial derivatives model was established at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It has cost American taxpayers $1 trillion and climbing. It was a major vehicle in the subprime fiasco and all other excesses on Wall Street.
Myron Scholes met Fischer Black (Harvard), and Robert C. Merton (Columbia), who joined MIT in 1970. For the following years, Scholes, Black and Merton undertook groundbreaking research in asset pricing, including the work on their famous option-pricing model.
The term Black–Scholes refers to three closely related concepts: The Black–Scholes model is a mathematical model of the market for an equity, in which the equity’s price is a stochastic process.
The Black–Scholes PDE is a partial differential equation which (in the model) must be satisfied by the price of a derivative on the equity. The Black–Scholes formula is the result obtained by solving the Black–Scholes PDE for a European
The Guardian’s Julia Flinch: The worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression is not a natural phenomenon but a man-made disaster in which we all played a part.
The following is from “25 people at the heart of the meltdown”:
Click here for the article.
Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, 1987- 2006 (Columbia). He is viewed as one of those most culpable for the crisis. He is blamed for allowing the housing bubble to develop as a result of his low interest rates and lack of regulation in mortgage lending. He backed subprime lending and urged homebuyers to swap fixed-rate mortgages for variable rate deals, which left borrowers unable to pay when interest rates rose.
For many years, Greenspan also defended the booming derivatives business, which barely existed when he took over the Fed, but which mushroomed from $100 trillion in 2002 to more than $500 trillion five years later.
William Jefferson Clinton (Yale). President Clinton’s tenure was characterized by economic prosperity and financial deregulation, which in many ways set the stage for the excesses of recent years. Among his biggest strokes of free-wheeling capitalism was the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, a cornerstone of Depression-era regulation. He also signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which exempted credit-default swaps from regulation.
In 1995, Clinton loosened housing rules by rewriting the Community Reinvestment Act, which put added pressure on banks to lend in low-income neighborhoods. It is the subject of heated political and scholarly debate whether any of these moves are to blame for our troubles, but they certainly played a role in creating a permissive lending environment.
G.W. Bush, U.S. President (Yale and Harvard). From the start, Bush embraced a governing philosophy of deregulation. That trickled down to federal oversight agencies, which in turn eased off on banks and mortgage brokers. Bush did push early on for tighter controls over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but he failed to move Congress.
Stan O’Neil, Merrill Lynch (Harvard). Merrill Lynch CEO for nearly six years (ending in 2007), O’Neil guided the firm from its familiar turf — fee businesses like asset management — into the lucrative game of creating collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), which were largely made of subprime mortgage bonds. To provide a steady supply of the bonds — the raw pork for his booming sausage business — O’Neal allowed Merrill to load up on the bonds and keep them on its books.
By June 2006, Merrill had amassed $41 billion in subprime CDOs and mortgage bonds, according to Fortune. As the subprime market unwound, Merrill went into crisis, and Bank of America swooped in to buy it.
Sandy Weil, Citicorp (Cornell). Who decided banks had to be all things to all customers? Weill did. Starting with a low-end lender in Baltimore, he cobbled together the first great financial supermarket, Citigroup Click here for the article. . Along the way, Weill’s acquisitions (Smith Barney, Travelers, etc.) and persistent lobbying shattered Glass-Steagall — the law that limited the investing risks banks could take. Rivals followed Citi.
The swollen banks are now one of the country’s major economic problems. Every major financial firm seems too big to fail, leading the government to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to keep them afloat. The biggest problem bank is Weill’s Citigroup. The government has already spent $45 billion trying to fix it.
Frank Raines, Fannie Mae (Harvard). Raines, who was at the helm when things really went off course. A former Clinton Administration budget director, Raines was the first African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company when he took the helm in 1999. He left in 2004 with the company embroiled in an accounting scandal just as it was beginning to make big investments in subprime mortgage securities that would later sour.
Fannie and rival Freddie Mac became wards of the U.S. government.
Robert Rubin (Harvard). In 1997, together with then-Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, Rubin strongly opposed the regulation of derivatives, when such regulation was proposed by then-head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Brooksley Born.
Overexposure to credit derivatives of mortgage-backed securities was a key reason for the failure of U.S. financial institutions Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, American International Group, and Washington Mutual in 2008. Rubin was highlighted in a Public Broadcasting Service “Frontline” report, “The Warning.”
Arthur Levitt Jr., a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has said in explaining Rubin’s strong opposition to the regulations proposed by Born that Greenspan and Rubin were “joined at the hip on this.” “They were certainly very fiercely opposed to this and persuaded me that this would cause chaos,” said Levitt.
Humanist Manifesto II — Excerpt from the Preface
by Paul Kurtz (Columbia) and Edwin H. Wilson (1973)
As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith.
Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival.
New statements should be developed to supersede this, but for today it is our conviction that humanism offers an alternative that can serve present-day needs and guide humankind toward the future.
Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics and justice, and specifically rejects the supernatural and the spiritual as warrants of moral reflection and decision-making. Like other types of humanism, secular humanism is a life-stance focusing on the way human beings can lead good and happy lives.
From Harvard Magazine, December 2005, p. 33:
Paul Kurtz received his Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Columbia University. Many of his contemporaries attend Ivy League Schools.
Global warming hoax (Harvard)
Al Gore (Harvard) — Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy as Mr. Gore.
Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming skeptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in. (The Telegraph, UK)
Sharia finance (Harvard-sponsored meeting)
Islamic Finance Project. Through their Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, Harvard sponsored a Treasury Department seminar last week entitled ‘Islamic Finance 101.” The advertised purpose of the closed meeting was to provide Treasury regulators with objective information on Islamic Finance, a rapidly growing sector also known as Sharia-Compliant Finance (SCF). In reality, the seminar was little more than a government-sponsored promotion of the subversive Islamist agenda carried out under the guise of Sharia Finance. (Frank Gaffney Jr.)
Constitution (Yale Law School dean)
According to the past writings of Harold Koh, the former Yale Law School dean who is now the U.S. government’s top authority on international law and its application domestically, “norms” like the new Human Rights Council resolution should supersede U.S. laws and even the Constitution.
The ACLU’s Crystal Eastman and Roger Baldwin. Baldwin received his bachelor’s and master’s from Harvard. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 by a group of people who were concerned that the Bill of Rights was nothing but a “parchment barrier” to governmental misdeeds. The ACLU is a legal organization that provides attorneys and legal expertise in cases where Civil Rights are allegedly being violated.
(Note: Many religious groups oppose the ACLU because it actively works to over-indulge in “separation of church and state” issues. A majority of the members are far-left liberals. Jay Sekulow’s ACLJ opposes them continuously.)
One-world order (Princeton and Yale)
Princeton graduate John Foster Dulles, responsible for the convergence of one-world political order and one-world religious order.
George Herbert Walker Bush (Yale) said in the January 29, 1991 State of the Union: What is at stake is more than one small country, it is a big idea—a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind: peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle, and worthy of our children’s future.
The community of nations has resolutely gathered to condemn and repel lawless aggression. Saddam Hussein’s unprovoked invasion—his ruthless, systematic rape of a peaceful neighbor—violated everything the community of nations holds dear. The world has said this aggression would not stand, and it will not stand.
World leaders gathered in New York to resolve global problems with former President Bill Clinton (Yale) as he opened the fifth annual session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
Obama gave the keynote speech, saying, “Bill Clinton has helped improve and save the lives of millions.” In the audience sat another 60 current and former heads of state along with the chief executives of Coca-Cola, Nissan, ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs and some Hollywood stars.
Among its accomplishments, the CGI says, are commitments to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60 million tons, treat 34 million people for tropical diseases, give 10 million children better education, and provide safe drinking water to three million people in Asia. (Agence France-Presse)
One-world religious order (Yale Divinity School)
Yale theology declaration that God and Allah are the same
An eight-day conference at Yale University that drew scores of prominent Muslim, Christian Protestant and Catholic leaders from around the world ended with a unanimously accepted declaration for mutual respect, understanding and further interfaith discussions.
“Let us learn to love each other. Let us learn to love all neighbors. And let us do that in the name of our common future and in the name of our one God,” Yale Divinity School professor Miroslav Volf, who co-hosted the event, told about 150 participants on the final day of the July 24-31 conference.
In the name of the Infinitely Good God whom we should love with all our Being …