Jonah Goldberg thinks young people are "so frickin' stupid"
Goldberg pulls no punches in this clip.
I agree, and disagree with him.
I agree that there is a knowledge issue with youth, 21st century Western youth in particular. Yet I disagree that this "frickin' stupid" issue is inherent to being young. While youth, by its very nature, brings with it inexperience and, as a result, a lack of wisdom, it's also free from the excess baggage of constricted paradigms and narrow thinking born from years of repetitiveness. This point is eloquently detailed in Robert Epstein's book The Case Against Adolescence.
However, I think that we (you know - the older and "wiser" ones) have created the mess we now face with a generation desiring perpetual adolescence. In providing a safe and entertainment-filled environment for our children have we inadvertently prevented them from acting their age - in essence - from being the young-adults they physiologically are?
Hoplophobia gone wild
It seems that Australian swimming authorities consider it offensive for Australian swimmers to pose for photographs while holding (not "brandishing") firearms while in a gunstore in the United States.
And the graves of countless Australians, who transformed the land from a penal colony to a thriving nation, are rumbling.
And a Happy Belated Memorial Day to you as well.
The Juvenilization of American Christianity
From the article,
As early as the 1950s, youth ministry was low on content and high on emotional fulfillment. The best youth ministries did provide individualized spiritual formation and even intense discipleship. But even otherwise exemplary youth ministries could unintentionally send the message that the church or even God exists to help me on my journey of self-development. Most youth ministries since the 1960s have followed the club model pioneered by Young Life and YFC. Songs, games, skits, and other youth-culture entertainments are followed by talks or discussions that feature simple truths packaged with humor, stories, and personal testimonies. As they listen to years of simplified messages that emphasize an emotional relationship with Jesus over intellectual content, teenagers learn that a well-articulated belief system is unimportant and might even become an obstacle to authentic faith. This feel-good faith works because it appeals to teenage desires for fun and belonging. It casts a wide net by dumbing down Christianity to the lowest common denominator of adolescent cognitive development and religious motivation.
And about how Christians keep apologizing for the Crusades
Another zinger from Jonah Goldberg,
The word "crusader" has been completely captured by the forces political correctness. Whatever their sins, the Crusaders weren't conquerors or the first invading shock troops of Western imperialism. They were warriors sent to reclaim lands taken by Islamic invaders. The great irony is that both Western progressives and Islamic fundamentalists have unwittingly bought into the same propaganda.