Friday, July 06, 2012

SPLC's "Hatewatch" Plugs Sherman Institute

The following vitriol was published by the purveyors of "tolerance and diversity":
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School for Scoundrels: Online ‘Patriot’ University Opens Doors

Posted By Leah Nelson On June 8, 2012 @ 3:54 pm In patriot | 29 Comments

Attention, students and lovers of learning: If you’ve been seeking an education with a “moral and nationalist perspective,” unencumbered by government censorship and “political correctness,” your search is finally over. The Roger Sherman Institute (RSI), a new and unusual institute of higher learning that presents a “‘spin’ on America” that “is distinctly nationalist, patriotic, biblical, and constitutional,” this week marked its “inaugural semester,” opening its virtual doors to aspiring scholars everywhere.

Founded in 2012 by an encyclopedia salesman, a movie stuntman, and a building inspector, RSI doesn’t teach “theoretical physics, double-entry accounting, or Freudian voodoo.” Instead, it offers courses on conspiracy theories, farm science and aquaculture, and “the sociotheosphere, where you can learn about historical battles between dominant religions and government.”

RSI was named after Roger Sherman, a Connecticut lawyer who served in the U.S. Senate in the 1790s and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. According to the school’s website, Sherman was “a man of impeccable moral fibre” with an “absolute hatred of paper money,” who “walked to the beat of a vastly different drummer than those who occupy modern Wall Street and Washington, D.C.”

(Prospective theology students who fear the name of the institute is “some form of man-centric idolatry” are told to “take heart. He can be an example to others, in much the same way as any of the Apostles or Reformers now have Seminaries named for their achievements. We do not think him a ‘saint’ in any way. Those decisions are left to the Ultimate Judge of us all.”)  .  .  .  More .  .  . 

* * * The following "comment" was submitted by me to SPLC +/- Noon on 7/5/12 * * *

For whom - and from what - did the 56 educated men who signed the Declaration of Independence declare their "Independence"?

How is it there is no transitional word connecting the thought of the first paragraph with the thought in the second? Is not a new paragraph a new thought?

Knowing that they were dissolving their "political bands"; i.e., their corporate "charters" with their former potentates who "created" the colonies, shouldn't these learned English speaking men - men (and women) like you - have inserted a transitional word to show a logical connection between the "God" of the first paragraph and the "Creator" in the second?

Was this oversight deliberate?

Because there is to be "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind"; do you, the reader, have an opinion as to what the transitional word in this revered Declaration of Independence should be? If so, shouldn’t it be stated?

The following list of transitional words is from an Indiana University tutorial on "Writing" ( I offer this list to refresh the readers' memory about using " ... transition words or phrases between sentences and between paragraphs"; a skill (presumably) well developed in each of the learned English speaking signers of the founding documents of the several states as they became united. The following transition words (copied from the linked “” site) are recommended:

- To show addition: again, and, also, besides, equally important, first (second, etc.), further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, moreover, next, too
- To give examples: for example, for instance, in fact, specifically, that is, to illustrate
- To compare: also, in the same manner, likewise, similarly
- To contrast: although, and yet, at the same time, but, despite, even though, however, in contrast, in spite of, nevertheless, on the contrary, on the other hand, still, though, yet
- To summarize or conclude: all in all, in conclusion, in other words, in short, in summary, on the whole, that is, therefore, to sum up
- To show time: after, afterward, as, as long as, as soon as, at last, before, during, earlier, finally, formerly, immediately, later, meanwhile, next, since, shortly, subsequently, then, thereafter, until, when, while
- To show place or direction: above, below, beyond, close, elsewhere, farther on, here, nearby, opposite, to the left (north, etc.)
- To indicate logical relationship: accordingly, as a result, because, consequently, for this reason, hence, if, otherwise, since, so, then, therefore, thus

Perhaps it's time for positional name-calling to cease and this apparently clever (and I believe deliberate) oversight to include a transitional word at the beginning of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence be once-and-for-all corrected. Therefore, given the obvious return of our nation into the feudalistic Form of governance from whence many came; the transitional words "Because", "Therefore", "Although", or "While" seem (to me) most obvious. The former two transitional words (“Because” and “Therefore”) imply a government that secures the economic and property Rights that were endowed by the omniscient and omnipotent “God” of the first paragraph; the latter two (“Although” and “While”) imply a government that secures economic and property Rights only to those who have been contractually endowed by their oligarchic “Creator”. Because, in a democratic process, there is to be "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind", in this generation, what transition word accurately identifies the Form of government we believe ourselves to have been given? What transitional word accurately identifies the Form of government that has evolved?

 * * * First-hand information about Sherman Institute is at Sherman Institute. * * *