Before the Islamic State dreamed of taking over the world, Osama Bin Laden planned it, prayed for it, promoted it, and finally—he impacted.
A key part of his plan focused on funding—funding for training.
By promoting violence as a holy duty, Bin Laden recruited young men to training camps, graduating more than 11,000 Al Qaeda warriors.
Funding is the key to training all aspiring terrorists, and American universities are now accepting funds to send our next generation to be educated, mentored, and enlightened alongside these would-be Jihadists.
Before we get to that development, consider some textbooks produced with funds for terror training. Military Studies in the Jihad against the Tyrants includes instruction on hiding in “godless” nations without raising suspicion, acquiring and using fake IDs, and using violence. There are guidelines on how to beat and kill hostages, how to gather information on an assassination target, how to assassinate, and where to strike a target with a sharp object.
The Al Qaeda Handbook adds information on how to thwart an investigation, how to set up a cell, etc. More comprehensive and technical material is found in the eleven-volume Manual of the Afghan Jihad. This manual includes rules of sabotage, how to take over an airplane, how to spy on a military base, and it gives detailed instruction on mixing chemicals for explosives or harmful gasses. Alumni are technologically competent. But they are barbarians.
Bin Laden’s dream developed into ISIS’ dream and the dream of whole nations.
Graduates of these terrorist training camps are a curse to the world.
Graduates of Christian schools are a gift to humanity.
The Need for Funding Christian Higher Education
The difference is not a matter of competence. The difference is worldview. Students in Christian schools make life decisions under the guidance of godly mentors, and are encouraged to serve God and man according to biblical ideals of loving even our enemies and upholding the sanctity of life—two opposing values to terror groups.
Sadly, we are seeing secular schools increasingly becoming allied with schools and nations that support terrorist organizations.
They even send students to study in Qatar, the top financier of Jihadi groups.
Even more tragic, the Daily Caller reports that “Cornell and Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth each accepted millions of dollars from the non-profit group the Qatar Foundation For Education, Science and Community Development to build satellite campuses in Qatar’s capital city of Doha.”
Saudi Arabia has been funding faculty positions at major universities in the United States for awhile.
What would provoke these respected institutions to allow such a thing?
Perhaps they recognize that funding is important and they need the money—even at the expense of teaching our American students values that emanate from Islamic radicalism. Perhaps, also, there are administrators and faculty who are sympathetic to the terrorist cause.
The students who are taught on these campuses will become America’s teachers and parents who will instill their anti-American and anti-Judeo/Christian values into our American children. We have already seen this happen with domestic culture warriors.
For many years, teachers sympathetic to anti-American rhetoric, such as disciples of Howard Zinn, Bill Ayers and Ward Churchill, have increasingly become instructors with influence. They may not teach terrorist strategies, but they certainly do not promote fundamental Judeo/Christian American values.
Terrorist leaders are correct: funding training is an effective method of changing the world.
In America, who is funding colleges and what are their values?
Do we want to leave the shaping of students’ aspirations only to schools funded by the government or to the private, largely liberal schools of secular academia?
By funding Christian higher education, let’s make sure that the future is shaped by better values than those promoted by our government and by universities where every viewpoint is freely expressed—except the Christian viewpoint.
That is why I contribute to Christian colleges. I want my contributions to cancel out the contributions of Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and ISIS, but I don’t have the money they do. Perhaps you will join me in contributing to Christian schools, colleges, universities, or seminaries.
Dr. Agron is the president of a firm with a mission of raising up Christian colleges in quality, quantity and reputation. The main activities of the firm are to help Christian colleges achieve initial accreditation and to produce Christian Academia Magazine.