Next week, the Lower Manhattan Community Middle School will separate kids in grades seven and eight into five racial groups for a two-day program
The two-day exercise is meant to explore ‘How do our racial identities influence our experiences?’ Principal Shanna Douglas told parents in an email
Students will be divided into five groups: whites, Asians, mixed-race students will each have a group; African American and Hispanic students will be in one
The fifth group will be for those who want to opt out of the exercise
According to principal Douglas, the middle school is 44 percent Asian, 29 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic and 8 percent black
Douglas said in the email that the school has failed to adequately address race issues in the past
Department of Education spokesman Nathaniel Styer said this exercise will be entirely optional and student participation is not mandatory
Some parents have shared mixed reactions to the practice, which is known as ‘affinity groups,’ but say they trust school staff to navigate the discussions
Other parents have objected to the practice and think separating kids by race goes too far; someone on Twitter called it ‘woke racism’
A Manhattan middle school will racially separate students during a controversial social justice exercise officials say is meant to ‘undo the legacy of racism and oppression.’
Next week, the Lower Manhattan Community Middle School will reportedly separate kids in grades seven and eight into five racial groups for a two-day program meant to explore ‘How do our racial identities influence our experiences?’ Principal Shanna Douglas wrote in an email to parents.
The students will be divided into five racial groups: whites, Asians and mixed-race students will each get their own groups, African American and Hispanic students will be combined into one group, and there will be an additional group for those who are uncomfortable with the format, the New York Post reported.
Following the groupings, the students will enter into a discussion that ponders ‘why are we even talking about racial identity?’ according to the email.
Douglas told parents that the school – which is 44 percent Asian, 29 percent white 15 percent Hispanic and 8 percent black – has failed to adequately address race issues in the past, the Post reported.
She said part of the reason this program has come about is because of student’s interest in the topic of race. Source
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Nov. 23, 2021, carrying NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Mission spacecraft. Liftoff was at 10:21 p.m. PST. Photo credit: NASA
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, launched Wednesday at 1:21 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Just one part of NASA’s larger planetary defense strategy, DART – built and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland – will impact a known asteroid that is not a threat to Earth. Its goal is to slightly change the asteroid’s motion in a way that can be accurately measured using ground-based telescopes.
DART will show that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a target asteroid and intentionally collide with it – a method of deflection called kinetic impact. The test will provide important data to help better prepare for an asteroid that might pose an impact hazard to Earth, should one ever be discovered. LICIACube, a CubeSat riding with DART provided by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), will be released prior to DART’s impact to capture images of the impact and the resulting cloud of ejected matter. Roughly four years after DART’s impact, ESA’s (European Space Agency) Hera project will conduct detailed surveys of both asteroids, with particular focus on the crater left by DART’s collision and a precise determination of Dimorphos’ mass.
“DART is turning science fiction into science fact and is a testament to NASA’s proactivity and innovation for the benefit of all,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “In addition to all the ways NASA studies our universe and our home planet, we’re also working to protect that home, and this test will help prove out one viable way to protect our planet from a hazardous asteroid should one ever be discovered that is headed toward Earth.”
At 2:17 a.m., DART separated from the second stage of the rocket. Minutes later, mission operators received the first spacecraft telemetry data and started the process of orienting the spacecraft to a safe position for deploying its solar arrays. About two hours later, the spacecraft completed the successful unfurling of its two, 28-foot-long, roll-out solar arrays. They will power both the spacecraft and NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster – Commercial ion engine, one of several technologies being tested on DART for future application on space missions.
“At its core, DART is a mission of preparedness, and it is also a mission of unity,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This international collaboration involves DART, ASI’s LICIACube, and ESA’s Hera investigations and science teams, which will follow up on this groundbreaking space mission.”
DART’s one-way trip is to the Didymos asteroid system, which comprises a pair of asteroids. DART’s target is the moonlet, Dimorphos, which is approximately 530 feet (160 meters) in diameter. The moonlet orbits Didymos, which is approximately 2,560 feet (780 meters) in diameter.
Since Dimorphos orbits Didymos at much a slower relative speed than the pair orbits the Sun, the result of DART’s kinetic impact within the binary system can be measured much more easily than a change in the orbit of a single asteroid around the Sun.
“We have not yet found any significant asteroid impact threat to Earth, but we continue to search for that sizable population we know is still to be found. Our goal is to find any possible impact, years to decades in advance, so it can be deflected with a capability like DART that is possible with the technology we currently have,” said Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer at NASA Headquarters. “DART is one aspect of NASA’s work to prepare Earth should we ever be faced with an asteroid hazard. In tandem with this test, we are preparing the Near-Earth Object Surveyor Mission, a space-based infrared telescope scheduled for launch later this decade and designed to expedite our ability to discover and characterize the potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit.”
The spacecraft will intercept the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, intentionally slamming into Dimorphos at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Scientists estimate the kinetic impact will shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by several minutes. Researchers will precisely measure that change using telescopes on Earth. Their results will validate and improve scientific computer models critical to predicting the effectiveness of the kinetic impact as a reliable method for asteroid deflection.
“It is an indescribable feeling to see something you’ve been involved with since the ‘words on paper’ stage become real and launched into space,” said Andy Cheng, one of the DART investigation leads at Johns Hopkins APL and the individual who came up with the idea of DART. “This is just the end of the first act, and the DART investigation and engineering teams have much work to do over the next year preparing for the main event ─ DART’s kinetic impact on Dimorphos. But tonight we celebrate!”
DART’s single instrument, the Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical navigation (DRACO), will turn on a week from now and provide first images from the spacecraft. DART will continue to travel just outside of Earth’s orbit around the Sun for the next 10 months until Didymos and Dimorphos will be a relatively close 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers) from Earth.
A sophisticated guidance, navigation, and control system, working together with algorithms called Small-body Maneuvering Autonomous Real Time Navigation (SMART Nav), will enable the DART spacecraft to identify and distinguish between the two asteroids. The system will then direct the spacecraft toward Dimorphos. This process will all occur within roughly an hour of impact.
Johns Hopkins APL manages the DART mission for NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office as a project of the agency’s Planetary Missions Program Office. NASA provides support for the mission from several centers, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The launch is managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX is the launch services provider for the DART mission.
Perhaps this is a key. Maybe one little sentence tells us much of what we need to know. The key to what, you may ask? The falling away of the church into apostasy.
We know that after years of solid faith, the church began a leftward slant. That devolved into a downhill slope. It resulted in a liberal interpretation of Scripture that questioned just about everything regarding its legitimacy. Today we have whole denominations pretending they’re Christian, whereas they are anything but that given their beliefs. Churches on the entire political spectrum have taken up the banner of the world, following its dictates and not the commands of God. It’s a sad state of affairs, but foretold in Scripture. The Lord showed His prophets this would happen, yet the church, through its various institutions of learning, i.e. seminaries and Bible colleges, ignored this truth. These schools turned out pastors who disregarded many Biblical passages because they “weren’t relevant,” they were simply “too hard,” or these church leaders were fearful that hearing certain declarations of God might drive away large donors. In other words, they weren’t faithful to the entire Word of God as Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…
Obviously, in the minds of all these “men of God,” this wasn’t true. There were portions of God’s Word that they had no use for. And what is this? It should come as no surprise: it’s Bible prophecy.
The prophetic Word has always been inconvenient. Israel viewed it as such when the prophets declared her need to reject the allure of pagan gods and the immoral practices they advocated. But, as the Bible tells us, Israel was a stiff-necked people. They would do what they would do and not let anyone, even their God, tell them it was wrong, and that they would regret their poor choices.
In the Church Age, we’ve not been any different. We’ve picked and chosen Scripture passages we liked and ignored those we didn’t. How wonderful it is to have a God of love! It’s not so great that this God is also a righteous judge of sin. Better to ignore those passages that warn of its consequences.
In all these warnings there is a future that comes with them. It’s disturbing, and since we don’t want to turn off people who might be seeking the Lord, it’s better not to discuss such things. We can attract so many more seekers by telling them that God has a wonderful plan for their lives. He wants to bless everyone regardless of who they are and what they do. No one has to change because that’s hard, and conveying that message might hurt people’s feelings, which would cause them to leave the church and stop their donations. We simply can’t have that. And so it goes.
The church has become the world, a place to have preconceived notions reinforced, where God’s truth no longer matters.
What is it that has turned people sour on God through the ages? It’s future foretellings, which warn that the present path people are taking is fraught with danger. In other words, again, it’s Bible prophecy.
Could this be the reason Paul includes this one little admonition in his letter in 1 Thessalonians 5:20?
Do not despise prophecies…
It’s the despising of prophecy that has led to incorrect interpretations of Scripture regarding whether or not there is a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church. Perhaps this idea was too outlandish. Maybe people didn’t like that a small segment of believers would be whisked away from earth, while those who didn’t practice righteousness as God commanded would be left behind. The idea certainly became a stumbling block for many, as they convinced themselves it was too deep and mysterious to pursue. Then, of course, there’s the issue about money. If believers actually thought Jesus might return soon, what was the point of giving to the church and the work of the Kingdom?
But here’s what it always comes down to: God does intend to punish the earth in righteous judgment. And, Paul assures us in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (just as he did in 1 Thessalonians 1:10):
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…
The implication here – just as it’s explicitly declared elsewhere – is that we must be in Christ to be “worthy” of His deliverance from this world that will soon suffer much for its unbelief.
This is no small thing. It’s also why Paul repeats himself in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (like he also said 1 Thessalonians 4:18):
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
The prophecy of the coming of the Lord before the Tribulation is both warning and encouragement. Without conviction of the pre-Trib Rapture in the hearts of believers, I maintain that they are, by and large, more fearful and less joyful. After all, if you have no hope of deliverance from the horrible things happening in the world and expect to go through the even worse period of the Tribulation, wouldn’t that depress you?
But, the dire future for believers that they must endure the most horrible time ever in the history of the planet isn’t what God’s Word promises.
I, for one, am grateful that He has said that very soon we’ll be out of here. That brings me peace and joy in anticipation of this marvelous event.
As I’ve mentioned in the Author Note of previous articles, the Lord put it on my heart this year to write a daily essay relating to my practice of Reading Through the Bible in a Year. Last year, that resulted in my producing the Awaken Bible Study Notes, a 4-volume set correlating with each quarter’s readings. This year in my writings, truly through the grace of God, I’m producing the 4-volume Awaken Bible Commentary and Reflections series. Volume 1, which covers January – March (Genesis 1 – Judges 5; Matthew 1 – Luke 7), is now available on Amazon in both paper and Kindle e-book formats at this link:
If these daily writings have been a blessing to you, I hope that you’ll acquire this first book and the subsequent ones as I finish editing them. My intent in all I write is to bring God the glory and to make His people think. As in the Study Notes from last year, the Commentary and Reflections delve into the prophetic and supernatural nature of God’s Word, a combination you simply won’t find elsewhere. They attempt to show the parallels to our times and the peril from the past when God’s people turn away from Him and His commands. Scripture is very much a blueprint for today.
Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author. His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind,Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is a Time. These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus. Gary has written many other Christian thrillers that will challenge you, and which you can learn about at his website:www.GaryRitter.com. Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse. This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD. You can also watch Gary’s video Bible teachings on Rumble at his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.