Remember the King’s College?

This and that:

1. Those who have been around for a while might remember when the King’s College — an evangelical school — was located in Briarcliff Manor. The college shut down in 1994 because of financial problems, leading to a long stalemate over how the campus should be used (it’s now a luxury senior housing development).

The King’s College reopened a few years later in the Empire State Building of all places.

New York magazine recently caught up with the school and its new president, the conservative political and social commentator Dinesh D’Souza. The article covers the college’s mission to engage its secular opponents and to train Christians for careers in politics, finance, the media, etc.

It focuses, though, on D’Souza and whether his “pointed” views may be too much even for the King’s College.

The writer, Andrew Marantz, describes how D’Souza tells a group of students and others about the “unique villainy of Barack Obama.” D’Souza offers this: “For Obama, the radical Muslims are on the right side of history—that’s why he is so unnaturally solicitous toward them.”

One can only wonder which radical Muslims the college president is referring to. Must not be those who have been the targets of all those drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

2. The NYTimes writes today about plans slowly moving ahead for that Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero.

Remember the Islamic center? I think it was a pretty big story just about a year ago.

Anyway, the main developer is moving much slower to build networks of support and decide what to do with the place. This is how the planning should have been done to start with.

If you remember, opponents of the “Ground Zero mosque” were attacking the place last year before there was any staff, money or plans. The few people involved were caught totally off-guard and essentially froze instead of explaining themselves and their intentions.

3. The Times also writes today about an Islamist insurgent group blocking aid to starving people in Somalia.

When I was reading the article, it struck me that this would be a good time for American Muslim groups to condemn what these people are doing, supposedly in the name of Islam.

When Americans call on Muslims to denounce terrorism, this is what they mean.

The King’s College, still kicking, has a new president

Remember The King’s College?

The evangelical Christian college was based in Briarcliff Manor from 1955 until the state ordered it to close in 1994.

At that point, the school was $20 million in the red, enrollment had plummeted from 870 to 170 students and the state determined that the college’s faculty was not up to snuff.

In 1992, the college began the process for selling its Westchester property to Tara Circle, an Irish-American organization that wanted to create an athletics and cultural center. If you were around at the time, you remember that the town of Briarcliff Manor had something of a civil war over the Tara Circle plans.

The opponents eventually won out. Then it took a decade for the town to decide what to do with the property.

Early this year, ground was broken for a $350 million senior housing community, The Club at Briarcliff Manor, which is set to open in 2013.

Why do I bring up The King’s College?

The college shut down in 1994, but was revived in 1998 with the assistance of Bill Bright, the late founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

It reopened in, of all places, the Empire State Building. According to the college’s website: “We exist to influence the world’s most strategic institutions. After a century in which many Christians have disengaged from the public square, we seek to enter it, declaring truth in a civil and persuasive manner.

New York City, the most critical city in the world, is our campus.”

Now The King’s College has a new president, the much noted and quoted conservative thinker Dinesh J. D’Souza. He is such a media force these days that The King’s College is bound to get a higher profile in the months to come.

In fact, D’Souza has just written an article in Forbes magazine about President Obama, in which he writes that “The President’s actions are so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike.”

He concludes that Obama is an “anticolonialist,” shaped by his father: “But to his son, the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism.”

D’Souza writes:

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It may seem incredible to suggest that the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is espoused by his son, the President of the United States. That is what I am saying. From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet.

For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West.

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So there is your update on The King’s College.