I Stand with Martin Luther King

Tim

Stratton

(The FreeThinking Theist)

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May 7, 2021

Today I had the opportunity to speak directly to the Nebraska State Board of Education (NSBE) along with the Protect Nebraska Children Coalition. Dangerous curriculum is being considered which proposes radical Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) along with Critical Race Theory (CRT). I felt an objective obligation to inform the NSBE as to why their first proposed draft was out of touch with ultimate reality, because, as Adrian Boykin recently said to me: “Critical Race Theory radicalizes the diversity we ought to celebrate!” 

Hundreds of Nebraskans showed up to express their opposition. Indeed, I would venture to guess that 90 percent of those in attendance were against what was being proposed to be taught to our children. Since so many people were in attendance, the NSBE was clear that each of us only had two minutes to make a case. That was quite a challenge for me because I had so much I wanted to communicate. Be that as it may, I made my case in under the time limit (“at the buzzer”). Please consider my short speech (and many more) explaining why Nebraska Public Schools should not allow CSE and CRT to infect our classrooms and the minds of our children. 

Stratton’s Two-Minute Presentation to the Nebraska Board of Education:

My name is Dr. Tim Stratton. I represent over 10,000 members of the Protect Nebraska Children Coalition, and I stand in opposition to Draft 1 of the proposed health standards which includes comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and the controversial political ideology of critical race theory (CRT).

CRT is promoted with descriptions of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. That sounds great, but in reality, CRT is completely opposite. CRT is sold as ethnically responsive teaching. However, the very roots of CRT are racist, repressive, discriminatory, and divisive.

CRT is heavily influenced by hate promoters such as Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. The main dogmas of CRT are as follows: You are not a free or responsible individual. You are ONLY the color of your skin, and by your level of pigment . . . you will be judged.

According to CRT, all blacks are oppressed and all whites are racist oppressors.

If a white person disagrees — and won’t admit her racism — well then that proves her guilt and provides evidence of systemic racism! This “heads I win, tails you lose” approach is simply unreasonable, illogical, and irrational . . . the same circular reasoning wielded in the Salem Witch Trials.

CRT seeks to destroy the philosophical foundations of America: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” These are objective and unalienable rights that man or government ought not violate (no matter how much pigment one has in their epidermis).

As James Lindsay (author of Cynical Theories)[1] notes

“[According] to Critical Race Theorists, Martin Luther King was both wrong and naive. White Americans can never judge blacks by the content of their character; they can only judge them . . . by the color of their skin.”

You are either for Martin Luther King or against him.

I stand with Martin Luther King. I encourage Nebraska Schools to stand with Martin Luther King.

Oppose Critical Race Theory!

Thank you.

Cross Examination

I was surprised to have a couple of the board members ask me some follow-up questions. I was also shocked as it seemed that not only were they unaware of what CRT entails, they failed to see how it was implemented within the first draft of the proposed health standards. They asked me to point out specifically where CRT is found in the proposed draft. I told them that I would be happy to get that information to them and several minutes later our team had compiled the data they were asking for. In fact, we highlighted words such as “systemic racism” and provided this material to each board member in a bright red folder. 

Sadly, it seems to me that the NSBE had already made up their minds before anyone spoke today (I hope I’m wrong). Although Nebraskans are overwhelmingly opposed to CSE and CRT, I will be surprised if these dangerous ideas are not allowed into your child’s classroom and into their young impressionable minds. 

To learn more about the evils of CRT watch my interview with Monique Duson (a former advocate of CRT) as she shares her lived experience (click here). 

Conclusion 

If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that Christians must run for office at the local level In fact, it seems to be a great way to love one’s neighbor by protecting the minds of their children. Think about it. Pray about it. Make a difference. 

Stay reasonable (Isaiah 1:18).

Dr. Tim Stratton


Notes

[1] Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay, Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody, Pitchstone Publishing; None edition (August 25, 2020)

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Tim

Stratton

(The FreeThinking Theist)

Timothy A. Stratton (PhD, North-West University) is a professor at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. As a former youth pastor, he is now devoted to answering deep theological and philosophical questions he first encountered from inquisitive teens in his church youth group. Stratton is founder and president of FreeThinking Ministries, a web-based apologetics ministry. Stratton speaks on church and college campuses around the country and offers regular videos on FreeThinking Ministries’ YouTube channel.

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