This past April, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative targeting U.S. college campuses called “Interfaith and Community Service Challenge.” Since the announcement he has wasted no time getting it off the ground through the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. One of the stars of the initiative is Chicagoan Eboo Patel, 35, of the nonprofit organization Interfaith Youth Core, which was started by him in 2002.
Patel, a Muslim (surprise! surprise) and a Rhodes scholar, boasts degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Oxford University where he received his doctorate in sociology of religion. The White House got wind of Patel’s concern that religious conflict were increasing in our society. He came to the conclusion that if religious extremists from the different religions could recruit teens and college kids, then those who favor religious tolerance should do the same.
While Patel attended UIUC and for a few years after his UIUC days, he went on a spiritual journey that took him through Catholic Worker houses, Buddhist meditation, a homeless shelter started by evangelicals, and a visit to the Dalai Lama in India. In the end he came to the conclusion that “his own tradition [the Ismaili Shiite sect] offered the ethic of service and humanitarianism he had been looking for all along.”
He believes “[y]ou need a critical mass of interfaith leaders who know how to build relationships across religious divides, and see it as a lifelong endeavor.” Armed with the slogan “Better Together” he and his staff trained 18 college students who recruited 40 other college students to help their initiative on their campuses by the end of the 2009-2010 school year. They now have trained college students on 97 campuses with 10,000 individuals on board with their interfaith goals.
Considering the anti-Bible, anti-Christian, pro-socialist leanings of secular college campuses and the fact that Obama and his wife taught at the bastion of socialism known as the University of Chicago, don’t be surprised if this new initiative is used as a tool to brainwash college students even more.
Usually when initiatives are started that call for “religious tolerance,” one of their first goals is to get evangelicals to compromise the gospel. They try to discourage any talk about Jesus Christ being the only way to God and promote the false doctrine that all roads lead to God so we should all just try to accept what other religions teach. Then, of course, they tend to promote the contradictory idea that there is no absolute truth. Proselytizing will undoubtedly be discouraged. And any questions raised about falsehoods taught by other religions will be deemed as hate speech.
Since there are so many young people raised in evangelical homes that aren’t rooted and grounded in the faith because their parents have neglected to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they will most likely fall prey to such nonsense if they aren’t prayed for.
And what will be the ultimate goal of the “Interfaith and Community Service Challenge?” The push for the New World Order’s one world religion, of course. Can we really expect anything different from a President who favors Muslims, openly takes shots at Israel, and fights social issues that evangelicals stand for?
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–