Sessions Challenges Government Grant to Study “Meaning of Life”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Apparently all the big problems have been solved. And these days, government is focusing on the big questions. Like the meaning of life. (Stop saying 42.)

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions wants to know why thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent by the National Endowment for the Humanities on research projects and grants probing seemingly impossible-to-answer questions like, “What is the meaning of life?”

In his letter, he calls out seven specific grants totaling $172,445 including “What is the meaning of life?” ($24,953), “Why are bad people bad?” ($23,390),  “What is a monster?” ($24,999) and “Why do humans write?” ($24,774).

I can answer that last one. Obviously it’s to get money from the government. More seriously, Sessions challenged some of the Islamic propaganda being funded by the NEH.

He also asked Watson about a project by NEH’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Administration that distributed books about Islam to 900 libraries across the country.

“One would think that NEH takes a fair and balanced approach to promoting culture” by using its funding to promote other major religions, he said.

Sessions asked for a list of materials about Islam distributed under the program, as well as “an itemized list, over the last five years, of all spending related to Christianity […] or Judaism where books or forums promoting one point of view were provided to libraries, etc.”

 

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Daniel, I propose to you that we attempt to get an NEH grant by writing a treatise on “Why?” Since our investigation into this serious question would take decades, and there would be multiple volumes in our work … and there are two of us involved in the project, after all … I think we should receive about $200k per year, for about thirty years.

    Are you game, for this project?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It works for me.

      But which one of us will pretend to be a gay black Muslim woman?

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        I’ve already chosen to be a half-Comanche transgender Muslim he/she. Since there’s two of us, the choice is obvious …

      • Biff Henderson

        If you’re trapped in a white man’s body you don’t have to pretend. That alone should boost the grant by another 50K.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    ““Why are bad people bad?” ($23,390)
    I think we should spend more money on this. We need to understand why liberals do what they do, and solve the problem once and for all.

    • pupsncats

      Money doesn’t need to be wasted on understanding why liberals do what they do because we already know why. It is a disease that closes down the mind.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “What is the meaning of life?” These days, it is what the government says it is. If you have a rebuttal with 1,000 footnotes and a 20-page bibliography, you may submit it to the NEH for review and vetting, and possibly a $100,000 grant. No guarantees, however.