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A Valentine's Day Goodbye

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It's Valentine's Day, so what better day to give a present to my fans (you in the balcony, I see you) and my critics.

The gift is one that will no longer keep giving in this space: After seven years of syndicating — 370 columns, every week since January 2001 — this is my last Creators piece. I feel a little sad, because it's part of the American Dream to become either a syndicated columnist or a game-show host. But I'm mostly glad because I'll save some time in the evenings to devote to two Christian organizations that have grabbed my heart, WORLD and The King's College.

WORLD (now with a new electronic sister, WorldontheWeb.com) is where most of my writing has appeared for the past 15 years. The gift to my fans — you on the right, don't sneak out the door — is that I write a column for each issue and do an author interview, plus book reviews, in almost every issue. I also write historical pieces (this month on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington) and journalistic stories, often about what I've seen in strange places such as Namibia, Nagoya, or New York City.

But the real reason for conservatives to check out WORLD is that in it we cover all kinds of stories, as do Time or The New Republic, but without their liberal bias. Our current issue, for example, has stories about Democratic super delegates and some not-so-super movies; articles about Israel, Kenya, and Trinidad; reporting about sports, charities, lifestyles and technology; and more. (If you're interested, visit www.worldmag.com.)

The King's College, New York City, is a Christian liberal arts college with classrooms and offices in the Empire State Building. I became provost there last year and am delighting in our 220 (soon to be 300) smart and gutsy students. It's an intellectually rigorous school where students typically study politics, philosophy, and economics, and equip themselves to lead our most strategic institutions.

If you are despairing about America's future — yes, I see you cowering down there — come visit King's.

Instead of the propaganda-laced entertainment that many colleges present, you'll see true education that expands hearts and minds. And there's more: Ever since the early 1900s evangelicals have tended to disparage cities, and one result has been the growth in urban culture of attitudes that disparage Christianity. Evangelical organizations that engage cities can be a blessing to their neighbors and the whole country — and King's is. (Take a look yourself at www.tkc.edu.)

To those outlets that have run my columns — websites like Townhall, Drudge, and Human Events; newspapers like The Fayette Citizen, the Petersburg Press-Dispatch, the Conservative Chronicle, and a bunch of others — I give my thanks. To those opponents who have tried to run me out: thank you as well, because I've learned a lot. (As Mahalia Jackson sang, "Lord, don't move that mountain. Give me strength to climb it.")

I also teach journalism students at the University of Texas, and explain to them that this is a golden age of American journalism, for technological advances have made it possible for a wide variety of ideas to be heard. We can see with our own eyes the truth of what Puritan poet John Milton wrote in the 1640s, "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"

I plan to continue to have fun in these free and open encounters. I hope you'll join me at WORLD or at King's. Thanks for reading.

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of World, provost of The King's College, New York City, and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky throughout the week, go to www.worldontheweb.com. To find out more about Marvin Olasky and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.



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Sir;...The reason people who preach morality disparage the cities has an illustration in the past... The words pagan, and heathen come respectively from Italy and England, as insults to the country people who were the last to give up their religion, because their religion worked for them... The religion of the countryside, the heartland, still works... In small communities people can still guide and correct their own, and if necessary, drive out the scapegoats... All the rest of us have to get along living meaningless lives piling up wealth for others, and getting little enjoyment out of the wealth we can put aside... The Christians of this age are the pagans of the next... It is because they do not recognize the common morality, which has nothing what ever to do with religion, and justly so, because it touches on all human needs for a larger community delivering justice and Liberty to all mankind. No one reading the gospels can see Jesus as an activist, and no activist Christianity should be accepted.. If Christians followed Jesus they would keep to themselves and concentrate on perfection... Just as the establishment Jews of Jesus's day sheparded wealth and power into their own hands, so they weakened their society and encouraged divisions and poverty...Today it is Christians doing this devils work... Out of poverty comes faith, but it is the people who do not put religion first who pay to support the organization and power of religion, -with the taxes they pay which religions refuse... Now, there are still pagans after two thousand years of Christianity and no small number of them infest the churches of this land... They bribe their God with the sacrifices of others to have wealth and power for themselves... Two thousand years from now there will still be Christians, but then, there were Christians two thousand years before Christ... I say this knowing that Christ was a human God recognizing the human needs of human beings, and if one can do but that, -recognize that human needs bind us one to another, then God becomes a quaint reminder of past predjudice... All of us know that if Jesus returned today, Christians would have him dead tomorrow. ..Until they can do justice, they should not claim rights, but having rights, they should do justice...Thanks...Sweeney
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Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:32 AM
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