The University of the Free State has now officially substituted the name “God” in its motto with “truth”. The motto, In Deo Sapientiae Lux (In God is the light of wisdom) was changed to In Veritate Sapientiae Lux (In truth is the light of wisdom). The decision was apparently taken without proper consultation involving student representatives.
Incidentally, I noticed that the New New Age Online has incorrectly used the Latin word Vertitate in their report dealing with this issue. Veritate means “truth”, while Vertitate has connotations related to verto: to flee/ interpret, understand/ upset, overthrow, or to turn, turn around, turn up / to put to flight, rout. Source
University spokesperson Lacea Loader said the motto had been amended as part of the process to “reposition the university so that it corresponds with the country’s vision of a democratic, inclusive and transformed society.” -- (Yeah sure!)
Was this the kind of “transformation” the ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, had in mind when he said: “The University of the Free State will be transformed….” ? Malema was apparently upset because the university was, according to him, run by white Afrikaners. Click here for more details.
On Wednesday this week (26 Jan 2011) AfriForum Youth conducted an opinion poll in the form of a blitz referendum at the university to establish how many students actually agreed with the changing of the university’s slogan. Measures were taken to ensure impartiality and the reliability of the referendum results. More than 300 students took part in the poll.
The result, which was made known yesterday (27 Jan 2011) showed that 93.2 % of the students were unhappy that the name “God” had been omitted. However, the results of the referendum will sadly not be taken into account by the university’s management, because the representative student council of AfriForum Youth were disbanded by the institution in 2010. The disbanding-process took place under rather dubious circumstances during the holiday season last year. Source. (This is further proof that the intellectual liberal mind has been hijacked by the communists in this country, and are now serving their satanic masters well!)
According to a report on www.ofm.co.za, AfriForum could face disciplinary action for organizing the opinion poll. (The Communists just don’t stop with their terrorization, do they?)
On the 7 o’clock SABC news on Wednesday evening (26 Jan 2011) a spokesman for the university announced that most students do not know the meaning of the motto. The words “In Deo Sapientiae Lux” flashed across the screen at that exact same moment! The trickery and deceit is blatantly obvious, as most people do not understand Latin, and neither do they know the meaning of the new substituted word “Veritate”.
This is how the liberal intellectuals con the masses! Most people viewing the news will agree wholeheartedly, and there will thus be no chorus of disapproval from the general public. What these liberal intellectuals do not want South Africans to know, is that the University of the Free State was the last major university in South Africa that has lost the name of God in their motto.
THERE ARE NO MORE UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA THAT USE THE NAME “GOD” IN THEIR MOTTO.
The following is a list of universities in the world who still feature the name “God” in their motto:
- Mount Saint Vincent University (Canada) - Veritas ad Deum ducit (Truth leads to God)
- Trinity Western University (Canada) - Turris Fortis Deus Noster (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God)
- Université Laval (Canada) - Deo favente haud pluribus impar (By the grace of God, to no one equal)
- University of King's College (Canada) - Deo Legi Regi Gregi (For God, Law, King, People)
- University of Ottawa (Canada) - Deus Scientiarum Dominus Est (God is the Lord of Knowledge)
- University of Saskatchewan (Canada) - Deo et Patriae (For God and Country)
- Rikkyo University (Japan) - Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country)
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia) - Kerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia (By the Name of God for the Mankind)
- Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) - In Dei Nomine Feliciter (May we proceed with happiness in God's name)
- Adamson University (Philippines) - My Faith in God Almighty
- Ateneo de Naga University (Philippines) - Primum Regnum Dei (First, The Kingdom Of God)
- Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Philippines) - Pro Deo et Patria (For God And Country)
- Arellano University (Philippines) - Pro Deo et Patria (For God And Country)
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Philippines) - Patria, Deus, Letran (Country, God, Letran)
- New Era University (Philippines) - Godliness is the Foundation of Knowledge.
- University of Uppsala (Sweden) - Gratiae veritas naturae (Truth through God's mercy and nature)
- Keele University (United Kingdom) - Thanke God for All
- American University (United States) - Pro deo et patria (For God and Country)
- Belmont Abbey College (United States) - That in all things God may be glorified.
- Brown University (United States) - In deo speramus (In God we hope)
- The Catholic University of America (United States) - Deus Lux Mea Est (God Is My Light)
- Gardner-Webb University (United States) Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity)
- George Washington University (United States) - Deus Nobis Fiducia (In God Our Trust)
- Loyola Marymount University (United States) - Ad maiorem Dei gloriam - Tua Luce Dirige (For the greater glory of God. - Direct us by thy light)
- Loyola University Chicago (United States) - Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (For the greater glory of God)
- Princeton University (United States) - Dei sub numine viget (Under God's power she flourishes)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States) - Numen Lumen (God, our light OR The divine within the universe, however manifested, is my light.) I quite like this motto
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
(Proverbs 1:7 - KJV)
(Proverbs 1:7 - KJV)