Idolatry in Modern Education



For Immediate Release

April 8, 2024

Hamilton Strategies,, Beth Bogucki 610.584.1096, ext. 105

UCLA medical school prayers to ‘Mother Earth’ reveal the depths of idolatry in modern education, says Dr. Alex McFarland

‘Imagine how much better healthcare would be if doctors looked to the source of life rather than these fantastical spiritual whims’

GREENSBORO, N.C. Critics are horrified at reports of a “pagan prayer” taking place during a mandatory “structural racism” class at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine. With the invited class speaker leading the students through a prayer to “Mother Earth” and “the ancestors,” many students felt uncomfortable with the forced spirituality and complained to school officials. “I think even probably all the students who [participated]… felt unsettled regardless of their religious persuasion,” said one witness. “I think a lot of students have the sense that this is weird or out of place.”

G. K. Chesterton, an English writer and philosopher, is attributed with the quote, ‘When a man stops believing in God, he doesn’t then believe in nothing; he believes anything.’ This is the tragic case of what is happening here in UCLA’s medical school,” said Founder and President of Alex McFarland Ministries Dr. Alex McFarland. “Radicals have spent so much time and effort trying to remove God from the classroom that they never considered what might be worshipped in His place. This is idolatry, plain and simple. Rather than look to the Creator of the human body for guidance, these progressive educators are turning the classroom into an indoctrination center for unbiblical ideologies. Imagine how much better healthcare would be if doctors looked to the source of life rather than these fantastical spiritual whims.”

Alex McFarland currently co-hosts Exploring the Word on the American Family Radio Network, airing daily on nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S. He is also the host of the “Alex McFarland Show,” which airs weekly on NRB TV and YouTube. The “Alex McFarland Show” podcast is available here. Alex McFarland co-hosts the “Truth and Liberty Live Call-in Show,” along with Andrew Wommack, Mark Cowart and Richard Harris. The show airs each night, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET, and McFarland hosts Tuesday nights.

McFarland and theologian Bert Harper, veteran cohosts of the nationally syndicated broadcast Exploring the Word, are proud to announce the launch of their latest book, “100 Bible Questions and Answers for Families.” A follow-up to their previous work, “100 Bible Questions and Answers,” this powerful new book promises to guide through some of the most common challenges and queries people have about God, the Bible, and Christian living.

Alex McFarland has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, including the newly released “100 Bible Questions & Answers for Families,” “10 Issues that Divide Christians,” “The God You Thought You Knew,” “10 Answers for Skeptics,” “10 Answers for Atheists,” “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity,” published by Focus on the Family, and more. He directs Biblical Worldview and teaches in the School of Practical Government for Charis Bible College, located in Woodland Park, CO.

McFarland is a frequent guest on Fox News and has been interviewed by other media outlets including Fox and Friends, Focus On The Family radio, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, CBN, La Vie (France), and various news outlets including CBS, FOX, NBC, CSPAN, SRN, and the Associated Press (AP) wire service. He is a contributing writer in print and electronic media, including LA Times, Boston Herald, OK- Celebrity News Magazine, Christianity Today, Charisma, On Mission, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine and more.

Learn more about Alex McFarland Ministries at its website, Facebook and Instagram pages, or X feed.


To schedule interviews with Alex McFarland, contact, Beth Bogucki, 610.584.1096 ext. 105.

Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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