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The Jesus Factor

By Ivan Saltz

MIAMI, FL - The White Orchard Theater Company decided to rent a theatre at Florida International University (FIU). FIU has a degree program in dramatic arts. They have a large stage in North Miami.

After weeks of rehearsals, the show opened. Then the University closed the show when it scheduled a church group into the space instead of the theatre. Evidently, the state-owned theatre is more useful as a state-owned church.

It is now clear what was really meant by Bushs' "faith-based initiative": YOUR tax-supported State "educational" institutions are being used to house evangelical missions. Theater? No. Church meeting? Yes.

Instead of analytical discourse by a recognized classical philosopher like Leo Tolstoy, we get a private church preaching on State property. That's your "faith-based initiative" under the Bush regime. The Republican's mission is to slowly but surely destroy the educational processes of our country. Ultimately, they want to make sure that our youth are uneducated and unable to think analytically, so that they, the Republicans, can raise a nation of dumb cows that can be milked to feed the machine.

Our colleges and universities were once the bastion of independent thought. Now, under State guidance, they toss out philosophy, controversy and discourse - and install the bible-thumpers. God help our children. They'll need it.

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