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Diversity and inclusion

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By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist

Governments, media and corporations are tripping over themselves today to promote “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” (DEI) to the point they are establishing Vice Presidents of DEI with abandon.

For instance, just this past spring, a person with this title showed up in the safety video on a major airline, right alongside the maintenance techs commended and highlighted for keeping the planes in the air. DEI has become very important to woke corporations.

“Equity” as defined in this context is nothing more than full blown socialism. Equality of opportunity is out, Equity is in: "We’ll just hand you that same amount of money as your neighbor has."

No wonder we need 87,000 new IRS agents. They will have to pry the money out of our hands to give to the freeloaders. I’ll set Equity aside for now.

I find Diversity and Inclusion far more interesting, for Diversity and Inclusion are words promoting tolerance and understanding. That is, unless in the Diversity and Inclusion envelope you want to talk about Christianity. Then, you are about as popular as cooties in the third grade.

We live in a marvelous universe. You can look with a magnifying glass at a jar full of earth or take a simple pair of binoculars outside at night, point them heavenward and see the most glorious objects.

Yet, the elite world accepts a theory postulated by a naturalist who said that everything we see came from a magical finger snap with no origin, no basis in foundation, guided by nothing but chance and happenstance thereafter.

I believe in a real devil, a demon of immeasurable cruelty with an ability to warp our feeble thoughts.

It is this powerful devil and his minions who seal the deal for me that, on top of all the real evidence (meticulously recorded Roman history, for instance), certifies the real Creator and his son, Jesus Christ.

Otherwise, why would our Creator be so vigorously denied by so many if the devil didn’t have a hand in their thinking? To me, creation is the reality and the epiphany of the evolution as evidenced by swallows of different shaped beaks off an island of South America is the laughable story.

Survival of the fittest is credible, creation of anything from foo foo dust without some being to light the match is a fairy tale. Survival of the fittest says I will drown in the middle of the ocean if left by myself and a whale will die in my backyard without truckloads of seawater. This is clear as a bell but has nothing to do with magically growing legs and walking out of a pond.

So, while Diversity and Inclusion can be very helpful to our human journey and obviously the right thing to do, the deliberate exclusion of Christianity from this movement is noteworthy and significant.

There is the story of the astrophysicist and the missionary sitting beside each other on a flight across the country. The astrophysicist asked the missionary her profession.

“I am a missionary,” she responded.

He smiled and said, “Oh, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know.’”

In turn, she asked him his profession, “And what do you do?”

“I am an astrophysicist.”

“Oh, ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star.'”

This captures the understanding that often exists when Christianity is the subject. The prevailing discourse in common society is that Christianity is a simplistic set of onerous rules, adopted by those with a child-like fascination with or fear of the world.

This is the prejudice Christians live with today, Diversity and Inclusion or not. There is no other group, sector or subset of the culture that society would allow to be treated as shabbily as the attitude often displayed toward Christians – brought to you by devil and his minions.

Don’t kid yourself, we live in a post-Christian America.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at

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