Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday took the rare step of rebuking his own party's left flank for anti-Semitism, criticizing them for believing that the principle, "Injustice against one oppressed group is injustice against all ... does not extend to the Jewish people." Schumer usually deploys his speeches to benefit Democrats at Republicans' expense, but an increasing tally of violent anti-Semitic incidents in progressive strongholds has grown too glaring to ignore. In a Thursday conversation on "Washington Watch," Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler said left-wing attacks on Jews ultimately boiled down to their "hatred of God."
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When I was in middle school, I had a flip phone meant exclusively to contact family members (and maybe a couple close friends). Half the time I didn't even want to text on it because it was one of those keyboards where you have to press the button two or three times to get the letter you want. I hardly used my phone at all, which I believe attributed to why I enjoyed middle school so much. Unlike an overwhelming number of kids and teenagers today, I was not glued to my screen.
The House of Representatives voted to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), a former drag queen accused of spending campaign funds on his honeymoon after his same-sex marriage, from Congress in a 311-114 bipartisan vote Friday morning. Santos, who stands accused of breaking 23 laws including spending campaign funds to finance his lavish personal lifestyle, has become the 21st person ever expelled from Congress - an action the House last took 21 years ago.
On Thursday, "Twitter Files" journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger detailed to the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government how the federal government pressured social media companies to suppress and censor the online speech of Americans in order to influence elections. The pair of reporters addressed the partisan, pro-Democrat nature of what they termed the "censorship-industrial complex." Taibbi said of political bias amongst organizations censoring Americans, "They all tend to drift in one direction."
On November 29 in New York, the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center Square was violently disrupted by hundreds of protestors, many in Islamic garb, chanting "From the River to the Sea..." - a call for the destruction of Israel. Unfortunately, far more than the Christmas holidays will be at risk as anti-Semitic, anti-Christian hatred continues to catch fire in the United States.
"Is it okay to have a child?" That question lay at the center of a book review titled, "The Morality of Having Kids in a Burning, Drowning World," which ran in Monday's print edition of The New Yorker magazine. By the title's framing, you might well guess that the question received remarkably serious treatment from the author, New Yorker editor Jessica Winter. The 3,000-word article pitted climate alarmism against the "private and primal" desire to bear offspring, with self-conscious philosophical ignorance framing the contest. Conspicuously absent was the Source of all truth and Standard of all morality, who has plenty to say on the ethics of childbearing.
There's no such thing as a drama-free December in D.C. - even without a government shutdown on the holiday horizon. Before Congress calls it quits on 2023, there are plenty of things for the parties to squabble over, including the mammoth National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a city where consensus is rarer than a Santa sighting, the troop bill is probably the only area of consistent compromise. In fact, the military's budget passes so reliably that it hasn't missed a year since "West Side Story" was in theaters and gas cost $.27 a gallon. But that six-decade streak is on the line right now, and there's no one to blame but radical Democrats.
One might think a college course on Taylor Swift is a good idea: an opportunity for aspiring musicians to hone their skills in the style of a top-selling star, a chance for artists to immerse themselves in the pop icon's own ever-evolving, chameleonic approach to image, perhaps an occasion for wannabe music producers to study the artist's domination of music sales over the past few years. Yet one would be wrong.
Americans are now taking their own lives at a rate never before observed in the United States. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report revealing that in 2022, the suicide rate reached 14.3 per 100,000 people, the highest rate ever recorded dating back to at least 1941. Experts and public policy leaders are ascribing the rise to a spiritual crisis brought on by increased secularization and the continued effort to rid the public square of God and biblical principles.
Since October 7, the war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas has steadily caused ruin and demise - even beyond the Middle East. In a recent development, Israel and the terror organization agreed to a temporary, four-day ceasefire, an agreement that demanded Israel release three Palestinian prisoners for each hostage released from the hands of Hamas. Major Doron Spielman, the international spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, explained on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" that this was not an easy exchange.
President Joe Biden's insistence that the military indoctrinate soldiers in left-wing orthodoxy by demanding a record-setting budget for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) proves he is "intent on destroying our military by dividing us further," a congressman says.
When Disney CEO Bob Iger sat down to talk with employees about his bumpy year at the helm Tuesday, he said, "I knew there were myriad challenges that I would face." What he didn't count on was those "myriad challenges" being millions of still-angry Americans. After management ran the brand into the ground over a popular parental rights' law last year, nothing seems to be rehabilitating the company's image. Even the second coming of Iger, who was behind the wheel for some of Disney's best chapters, hasn't brought back the magic for consumers. Now, staring down a holiday season with crashing stocks, box office losers, and even less goodwill, will Iger stop riding this polarized express?
In the wake of strong evidence pointing to the link between the declining mental health of young people and the rise of addictive social media sites, 41 state attorneys general have filed suit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, for manipulative business practices that they say intentionally target kids in order to ensnare them in social media addiction.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona should have stuck to his remarks as written while addressing the Western Governor Association in Jackson Hole, Wyo. earlier this month. Instead, he ad-libbed, "as - I think it was - President Reagan said, 'We're from the government; we're here to help.'" He said it earnestly. The quotation was nearly verbatim, yet totally mistaken.
Since the George Floyd riots of 2020, law enforcement in the U.S. has taken a hit, with resignations at an all-time high, and recruitment at a dangerous low. What's causing it and what can we do about it?
A new study is showing that Catholics have been abandoning the Democratic Party as the political faction increasingly embraces abortion extremism. According to data collected and analyzed by Ryan Burge, research director at Faith Counts, the past 50 years have seen white Catholics leaving the Democratic Party and beginning to coalesce around the GOP.
A new poll is showing that a majority of Americans support school policies requiring teachers to inform parents of students' social gender transition efforts. According to a recent Center Square Voter's Voice Poll conducted in conjunction with Noble Predictive Insights, 66% of Americans from across the political spectrum - including Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters - responded that teachers should "be obligated to inform parents if their child changes their gender identification or preferred pronouns at school." Surprisingly, nearly half of Democrats (49%) signaled support for such policies, while less than a third (30%) opposed them.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies have grown so diverse that they now include policies reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. A Chicago-area school district is attempting to boost academic achievement among black and Latino students by offering blacks-only and Latino-only classes. The segregated classes are called "affinity" classes, and they aim to reduce the so-called "academic achievement gap" by making black and Latino students feel more comfortable in class.
Former IDF Major: ‘I Can’t Even Imagine How Many Hamas and Hezbollah Cells Are in Your Country Right Now’
As more hostages walk out of their underground jail to freedom, the rosy picture of Hamas's "gentle" treatment is starting to unravel. While 85-year-old Yocheved Lifshitz praised her captors back in October for the regular food, medical care, and beds, others tell a different story. Twelve-year-old Eitan Yahalomi was "tortured during his confinement," his grandmother says - "beaten, forced at gunpoint to watch videos of Hamas atrocities, and threatened with death when he and other children cried." Left by himself in darkness for 16 days, Eitan has trouble speaking now.
As Congress kicked back into session following the Thanksgiving break, Republican lawmakers are making their position crystal clear regarding continued aid to Ukraine: if the Biden administration wants billions of additional dollars for Ukraine's war against Russia, it must include legislation to provide solutions for the spiraling crisis at America's southern border.
The Walt Disney Company has been at the forefront of culture wars in recent years. Many became aware of their left-wing political proclivities when they aggressively opposed legislation in Florida that would prohibit schools from giving lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through third grade. The bill, which enjoyed broad public support (even among Democrats), was dishonestly described by progressive activists as the "Don't Say Gay" bill simply because it prohibited activists from proselytizing young children.
Newly released government figures show that, in the year before the Dobbs decision, the number of abortions had climbed by thousands - including more than 1,200 abortions on girls under the age of 15 - and an expert tells The Washington Stand, "This number is undoubtedly an underreporting."
Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade was dismantled last summer, the fight against abortion has largely moved to the state level. Although many in the pro-life movement argue that there is a strong case to be made for the federal government's duty to protect the lives of unborn children, leftists have shifted their focus to campaigning for abortion on a state-by-state basis, with a particular emphasis on constitutional amendments declaring abortion a "right" under state law.
For Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the season of goodwill has its limits. As his chamber flies back to tie up loose ends before Christmas, the Democrat has one thing on his to-do list: stop Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). In his post-turkey Dear Colleague letter, the Senate leader outlined a number of December priorities, including combatting the supposedly "extreme and unprecedented obstruction by a single Republican Senator" - which he claims has "eroded centuries of Senate norms." Funny, critics argue, but isn't that what Schumer's party is threatening to do?
As the U.S. economy under the Biden administration continues to underperform, White House officials continue to trumpet its praises, claiming that the economy is "moving on the right track." But amid ballooning homeownership costs, nagging inflation, swelling federal debt, soaring credit card debt and delinquency, and a decline in full-time jobs, young men in particular are struggling to find their footing.
Israel and Hamas agreed to a four-day ceasefire which began Friday, during which Israel has agreed to release three Palestinian prisoners for every Israeli hostage freed. As of early Monday morning, Islamist terrorists based in Gaza had released 58 hostages, including 39 Israelis, while Israel had freed 117 Palestinians. Despite alleged and real violations of the ceasefire, the combatants agreed Monday to extend the ceasefire for two more days.
Moms for Liberty, a conservative parental rights group, received a surprise package from Jane Addams Middle School in Seattle. It consisted of letters that appeared to be written by the middle school students with phrases such as "Say Gay," "Gay is slay, stop being a rat," and a repeated use of "Stop bullying." The mothers' group posted pictures of the package on X, writing, "Seattle Public Schools are spending class time indoctrinating and weaponizing your children."
Americans who believe in God and those who are married have a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their lives than unbelievers and single people, a new national survey has found. national survey has found. "Overall, religious Americans tend to believe their life is meaningful more often than do those who are not religious," the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) Survey Center on American Life discovered.
Apparently, certain countries promote the freedom of religion, as long as it doesn't involve Christian beliefs. At least that's what two recent instances confirmed.
The people of the tiny nation of Israel have taken a historically underdeveloped region and built a thriving country. For Israel to invite people possessed by an acute hatred for the Jewish people to enter its territory would be little more than national suicide.
‘Awakening in the Cuban the Seed of Freedom’: Oscar Elías Biscet and the Opposition Struggle (Part 3)
On February 11, 2011, members of the European and Canadian parliaments, the British House of Lords, the United States Congress, and the government of Hungary nominated Oscar Elías Biscet for the Nobel Peace Prize. A month later he was released.
This month, news broke that the Army has sent letters to many of the troops who were ousted due to their refusal to receive the COVID vaccine, which explains that soldiers can correct their records and reenter the service. The reversal has been met with tremendous backlash.
‘Awakening in the Cuban the Seed of Freedom’: Oscar Elias Biscet and the Opposition Struggle (Part 2)
The official name of the fast led by Oscar Elías Biscet at 34 Tamarindo Street in Havana in 1999 was semantically very evangelical: "Undoing the bonds of impiety." It denoted a strong charge of what is known in the Christian world as spiritual warfare.
"No uterus, no opinion." This sentiment is common in conversations concerning abortion - the idea that men should sit down and shut up. Although it's crude and presents a fundamental misunderstanding of the pro-life issue, the demeaning argument has been effective in pushing some men to the sidelines. They don't want to appear controlling and do not see how abortion affects them, so they remain silent or even advocate for "choice." But it's all based on lies.
November is National Adoption Month, and there are millions of families all over the world that can testify to the amazing blessings that adoption brings. While my family's story is very personal, I am hoping that by telling it, I can encourage other couples who are thinking about adoption.
The legacy of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving extends to all Americans and especially to believers. In 1621, for three days, 53 English colonists entertained and feasted with 90 Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth, Massachusetts. According to Plymouth Diplomat Edward Winslow, this was to "rejoice together in a special manner after bringing in their harvest ... by the goodness of God." This feast occurred after a winter in which half of the Plymouth colonists died. For generations, American leaders looked back to and upheld the Pilgrims as a shining example of living out the American ideals of faith, freedom, and virtue.
‘Awakening in the Cuban the Seed of Freedom’: Oscar Elias Biscet and the Opposition Struggle (Part 1)
"No unjust law should have the honor of being fulfilled." This is how Oscar Elías Biscet began his podcast series "Lawton Libre" on Radio Martí on October 20, 2018, when Cuba remembered the 150th anniversary of the Bayamo fire by the mambises, who were determined to deliver ashes to the Spanish army rather than surrender the city standing.
Events of the past few months have reminded us that much of what we take for granted is not guaranteed - at least, not in this life. Yet there are things we can rely on, which are guaranteed, and which cannot be changed by our circumstances. They cannot be modified or imperiled by war, politics, the stock market, or even a cranky relative. While we thank God for his gifts, let's be sure to include the unchangeable ones.
A San Diego pastor is filing a lawsuit against the city's mayor, alleging discrimination against his biblical views on gender and sexuality. Dennis Hodges of the Church of Yeshua Ha Mashiach in Lemon Grove, California, has been a member of San Diego's Citizens Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations since 2017. After he abstained from a vote condemning "transphobia," citing his Christian faith, Hodges was pressured to resign from his position on the San Diego County Human Relations Commission by some of his fellow commissioners.
To say that we live in a time of crisis is a quantum understatement. Wars and religious persecution abroad threaten our security and vital national interests. At home, abortion, anti-Semitism, the LGBTQ agenda, and a host of other matters cloud the country's horizon. Yet gratitude, which is never out of season, should especially fill our minds and hearts as we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Social sororities encourage and value femininity and have conservative qualities that people who did not participate in Greek life sometimes don't know about. Here are five things I learned based on my experience in a social sorority.
Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. This was two years after the start of the Civil War, fought in large part to decide the question of whether it was ever right for one man to own another. Today we are in different kind of civil war. Mercifully, this war is being fought on the internet and in legislative chambers rather than on battlefields, but that does not diminish the gravity of the conflict.
My guess is less than 5% of Americans have an accurate understanding of the Pilgrims. Religious freedom is often given as their reason for coming in 1620. However, that is misleading for two reasons. First, their purpose in coming was to extend the gospel to a land where it had never been preached. They believed themselves to be stepping stones for others to follow in the gospel's expansion. In a lot of children's textbooks, there is no mention of religious freedom in our contemporary understanding of that term.
A new report is documenting a drastic rise in anti-Christian hate crimes across Europe. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDAC Europe) published its annual report last week, detailing a 44% increase over the course of 2022 in social hostility towards and violent attacks against Christians as well as acts of vandalism and desecration against churches.
One out of every three women who has an abortion develops full-blown depression because of her choice, according to a scholarly review of data tracking post-abortive women around the world. In some nations, the share of women who feel depressed after undergoing an abortion is as high as 85%, noted the meta-analysis.
A new law in Italy is blocking children from accessing pornography. On Tuesday, a new directive from the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (Agcom) went into effect, requiring all cell phone providers to install filtering software on SIM cards registered to minors.
Thanksgiving Day as we know it originated as a result of a big government initiative. How the government's view of Thanksgiving has changed over the years - as well as our own view - deserves a closer look.
Following Azerbaijan's assault and takeover of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that sits in the southern Caucasus mountain range between Armenia and Azerbaijan, fears are growing that Ilham Aliyev, the Islamist Azerbaijani president, may attempt a further incursion into Armenia.
Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." I'm sure you're familiar with this verse. After all, it's plastered on all sorts of things. We see it in the locker room as the players prepare to play in the championship game. They can do all things; they can win this game. Or on the lock screen on the phone of the mother of four. She can do all things; she can get these kids to bed. Now, I'm not here to say any of those applications of the verse are bad. However, I will say that they dramatically oversimplify the beautiful message the text proclaims.
Last week, TikTok videos about Osama bin Laden's "letter to America" went viral, with some on the platform suggesting bin Laden made some good points and was perhaps even justified in attacking the United States. Trying to process this bizarre development, some have argued that TikTokers praising the letter are simply stupid or uneducated. Yet, the problem runs deeper than ignorance and education. Too many Americans see reflected in bin Laden's words the same antipathy for the United States and the West that they have. This societal self-loathing is a grave threat.
Everyone who's witnessed the aftermath of Hamas - who's stepped inside the charred houses or walked the bloody streets of a kibbutz after October 7 - has been changed. Like so many people who've seen pictures of the destruction on news sites across America, nothing prepared Franklin Graham for the sight of real graves, of bullet-holed walls, and haunted survivors. "These communities are empty," he said somberly, but the echoes of their tragedies live on.
Our country can't keep living in a state of cognitive dissonance where we claim to support women who miscarry, acknowledging the tragic loss of their child's life, while simultaneously dehumanizing the unborn and calling them merely "a clump of cells" when they are not wanted by their mothers.
A Centennial State judge is rejecting a leftist-led attempt to bar former president Donald Trump from appearing on Republican primary ballots. Petitioners in Colorado argued last month that a Civil War-era clause in the 14th Amendment should be used to prohibit Trump from running for office.
Yonatan Lulu-Shamriz's daughter was celebrating her second birthday on Oct. 7 in Israel. Inside the safe room of their home one mile from the border of Gaza, Lulu-Shamriz's little girl was delighted that she was allowed to eat her birthday cake with her fingers as her parents had not had time to grab forks as they fled into the safe room. The child was unaware of the Hamas terrorists outside, and her parents did everything they could to ensure it stayed that way.
In many ways, it was a decision that launched a thousand boycotts. If people wanted to trace the surge of consumer activism back to its root, Georgia was probably the straw that broke the woke camel's back. When Major League Baseball decided to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over a 2021 law to safeguard elections, fans decided they'd had enough. Everyday Americans, who were already well past their boiling point on cancel culture, hit back. Now, in a delicious turn of events, Commissioner Rob Manfred has come crawling back to the city he shunned.
Recent elections have brought discouraging news for the pro-life, pro-family Christians. Ad campaigns, as well-financed as they were deceptive, led to a small run of destructive decisions on life and recreational marijuana use over the last few weeks. Red waves turned into puddles. And hostile politicos burrowed deep into the federal bureaucracy have come out of hiding to weaponize the federal government against the voters. But the media have magnified this relatively short string of setbacks into a narrative of secular progressivism's inevitable triumph, while muting stories that would encourage the pro-life movement.
'Tis the season to boycott. At least that's what 36,000 petitioners have signed up to do with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dating back to 1924, the parade has been a beloved kickoff to the holidays. As New York City streets are filled with floats, costumes, dancing, music, and all kinds of talent, the event has traditionally been designed for family fun. But One Million Moms (OMM), an organization of Christians, have launched a campaign against the parade for its "liberal nonsense."
President Joe Biden turned 81 years old on Monday, and he was greeted with the lowest approval rating ever recorded by NBC News at 40%. While a large part of the number is due to Democrats' disapproval of Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict, it's also likely a reflection of an economy that continues to struggle under the weight of persistent inflation, skyrocketing mortgage rates, a decline in full-time jobs, and ever-expanding federal debt.
Joe Biden was heralded in 2020 as a reasonable moderate Democrat, a shrewd D.C. veteran, and a return to "normalcy" after the "madness" of the Trump presidency. Three years later, with a presidential election looming and the potential return of Donald Trump on the horizon, Democrats and their media mouthpieces are suffering from buyers' remorse and, perhaps even more shockingly, no longer trying to hide it.
The holiday season is always hard for families that have endured the recent loss of a family member. But the parents of trans-identified young people have been enduring a prolonged, unrelenting loss, many times because their children have cut family ties as part of their new "gender identity." Some children have vanished entirely from their parents' lives. Some parents I know have labeled this experience an excruciating "living death." For most people, Thanksgiving is infused with goodwill and gratitude, but for these moms and dads, it's a heartache punctuated with piercing anguish.
Suffering holds the mind in anguish, in a tunnel that, hopelessly, seems without end. The reality is that this world is fallen, full of sin and depravity. To some degree or another, the effect of sin makes suffering inevitable. And a fallen world cannot be the cure for itself, nor the problems it births. The only thing that overcomes darkness is light. The world will always fall short because it lacks the only hope amid suffering: Christ.
The Catholic bishops of the U.S. are urging Americans to vote pro-life, reaffirming that abortion is the "preeminent" issue facing the nation. At their annual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted to strengthen pro-life language in its voting guide for Catholics, typically issued ahead of every presidential election.
On November 8, a biological male took first place in a high school girls' cross country championship meet in California. While the incident marked the latest example of a school allowing a gender confused male to compete against females and claim a title, a growing effort is underway across the country to keep the sexes separated for sports in order to foster fairness and safety.
Target's second quarter earnings report proved the company still hasn't rebounded from its Pride fallout this summer, showing a 5.4% decrease in sales - the first drop in roughly six years. The company's third quarter report was no better, revealing an additional 4.9% drop. Thanks to Target's partnership with a satanist designer and its highly controversial Pride line - which pushed transgender extremism on an audience largely of children - the backlash continues to hurt the stores' bottom line.
A Nashville suburb, under intense media fire for passing an ordinance banning sexual conduct during public marches, has exclusively told The Washington Stand it wanted to send a message that sexual activity in public is "inconsistent with contemporary community standards."
Following President Biden's and Chinese President Xi Jinping's summit on Wednesday, the communist dictator, whose government has perpetrated extensive, well-documented crimes against humanity, was warmly received with multiple standing ovations at a lavish dinner that evening in San Francisco attended by prominent U.S. business executives and government officials.
The Biden administration's "completely unfathomable" decision to free up $10 billion for the world's greatest state sponsor of terrorism even as Hamas viciously attacks Israel has congressmen perplexed, outraged, and demanding the president reverse course.
Professional sports have a way of testing the character, mental toughness, and, yes, faith of athletes and coaches alike. To the ones on the field giving it their all, the testing only intensifies when things out of their control, like a game ending injury or bad play, occur. Jobs are on the line as eager backups look on from the sidelines. A bad performance or an injury can cost a player their starting position or possibly even their career. In the world of sports, foundations are tested and character is revealed.
U.S. Capitol Police responded Wednesday night as "approximately 150 people" were "illegally and violently protesting" at the headquarters for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The group of left-wing demonstrators disrupted a Democratic campaign event by chanting pro-Hamas slogans such as "ceasefire now" outside the building, then refused police instructions to relocate away from the building. The incident continues a trend of left-wing, anti-Semitic protests expressing anger at Democratic support for Israel and crossing the line between protected speech and violence.
After last Tuesday's dismal GOP election results, everyone is looking for a Republican to blame. The usual target is not always the right one, as Vivek Ramaswamy's crusade against RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel shows. She's a "losing leader," he's insisted over the last several days, even starting a petition to oust the recently reelected party boss. "Where is the accountability for years of losing?" the young entrepreneur wanted to know. Frankly it belongs here: with conservatives who refuse to fight for conservative values.
The nation's top medical school is billing gender transition surgeries as "essential" for future doctors to learn. Harvard Medical School is offering a fall 2023 and spring 2024 elective course entitled "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery," which will offer students "an opportunity to participate in procedures that span the entire specialty including hand surgery, breast reconstruction, microsurgery, craniofacial surgery, lymphatic surgery, orthoplastic surgery, gender affirming surgery, and cosmetic surgery," according to a course description. The course allows medical students to practice gender transition surgeries on adult patients at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to California Wednesday to meet with President Biden amid the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, experts warned that Biden should limit direct engagement with the communist regime and should not expect Xi to keep any promises in the wake of repeated hostile actions China has taken against the U.S.
In football, you don't get to change the rules if you're losing. But in the Senate, Democrats (and sadly, some Republicans) have decided that's the only way to win against one coach: Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala). As usual, if the Left can't beat someone fair and square, they'll burn down whatever's standing in their way. In this case, it's more than 100 years of precedent.
Israeli forces have made steady progress since entering the Gaza Strip two weeks ago, but their task is complicated by efforts to minimize civilian casualties while fighting an enemy whose main strategy is to hide behind civilians.
In August, Virginia resident Angela Kilgore was barred from using the public comment portion of a Suffolk school board meeting to pray. The incident spiraled into weeks of pushback from other residents, the Founding Freedoms Law Center (FFLC), and First Liberty Institute, who argued that it constituted a violation of both free speech and religious freedom.
Gen Z is said to be the most LGBTQ generation in American history, but a new poll shows young people's support for a pillar of the sexual revolution has fallen precipitously. Gen Z's support for same-sex marriage has plummeted by 11 percentage points in two years, according to a new survey released last Thursday by the American Enterprise Institute's Survey Center on American Life.
Inflation remains elevated despite a brief dip, according to October's Consumer Price Index (CPI), released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The topline numbers - a 0.0% increase from September and a 3.2% increase from a year earlier - masks the true toll inflation has taken on American families. In fact, it's entirely possible that, due to rising coal prices, naughty children can now expect Santa to leave Bidenomics in their stockings this Christmas.
A Michigan judge is ruling against using an antiquated Civil War-era clause to keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 primary ballot. Court of Claims Judge James Redford ruled Tuesday against claims that a clause in the 14th Amendment barring Confederates from holding public office due to their prior rebellion applies to Trump due to his contesting the 2020 presidential election results.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in San Francisco on Wednesday to meet with President Biden. The event is designed to soothe relations between the two nations. And according to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, Biden is "coming into this meeting from a strong position." This is partly true.
That sound you hear in Washington, D.C. is every congressional staffer breathing a sigh of relief. For once, the Hill will be home at a reasonable time for Christmas - not staring down another government shutdown or stuffing an unread trillion-dollar omnibus down the Democrats' chimney. In the real first hurdle of Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-La.) young tenure, the House did as he asked: they passed a budget bridge to next year that spares America a whole lot of headaches.
All nine Supreme Court justices signed a Code of Conduct included in a 15-page statement the court released Monday. The statement responds to a well-funded, coordinated left-wing smear campaign that has aimed to discredit the court - or at least its most conservative members - by manufacturing apparent corruption scandals. The court's critics remain unmollified.
"I was told there was gonna be 90 people here," said a woman as she walked among the masses. On the National Mall Tuesday, hundreds of thousands gathered from across the U.S. to stand firm amid horrendous controversy and anti-Semitism. But despite those in opposition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) proclaimed boldly, "We are here united - Democrat and Republican - to say, 'We stand with Israel."
Law enforcement officials are exposing a sex-trafficking ring that allegedly counted politicians, military brass, Big Tech, and Big Pharma executives as "customers." According to the U.S. attorney's office for the district of Massachusetts, three men were arrested last week for reportedly operating a network of high-end, expensive, exclusive brothels, catering to the elite of Boston and Washington, D.C.
Since October 7, Israel has continuously been in our thoughts and prayers. The exposure of Hamas's brutal hatred for Israel's Jewish people continues to distress us. We've both spent considerable time in the Jewish State during different decades and for different reasons. And now, following Hamas's diabolical massacre in southern Israel and its military aftermath, we are reflecting on beloved Israeli friends - some who have passed on, and others who are still fighting today.
The current war between Israel and Hamas has created unlikely allies. On Friday, liberal journalist and founder of The Free Press, Bari Weiss, gave a remarkable speech at the conservative Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention. One attendee said it may have been the most enthusiastically received speech in the 20-year history of the annual Barbara Olson Memorial Lecture. In Weiss's speech, titled "You Are the Last Line of Defense," she pleaded with America - and the world - to stand up against the horrific barbarism of Hamas and other evil actors and fight for what's right.
Late Sunday night, three would-be criminals attempted to break into an unmarked, unoccupied SUV belonging to the Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Joe Biden's granddaughter, Naomi. They smashed a window but fled the scene in "a red vehicle" when one agent fired his service weapon.
A constitutional expert is warning that Democrats are using "lawfare" to persecute former President Donald Trump and keep him off the 2024 ballot. Mike Davis, founder of originalist constitutional think tank Article 3 Project, spoke Monday to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins about the threat posed by Democrats violating and selectively weaponizing the rule of law to target Trump. Davis began by explaining, "This is absolutely Democrat lawfare and election interference. It is unprecedented. It is very dangerous to democracy that the Democrats pretend like they are protecting."
A Finnish parliamentarian and a Protestant church leader have been acquitted over charges of "hate speech" and violating the nation's statute against "War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity" by sharing Bible verses and traditional Christian teachings about sexuality.
Proverbs 19:3 states, "When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord." In other words, sinners have a way of causing their own misfortune, then blaming it on God. Don't get me wrong, accidents do happen. Take soccer star Megan Rapinoe, for example. On Saturday, during the National Women's Soccer League championship game, she suffered an injury likely to be a torn Achilles tendon.
There's a danger for both parties of reading too much into last Tuesday's elections. That message may already be lost on Democrats, who seem determined to take 2023's results as a mandate to turn every meaningful policy discussion into a debate about abortion. But could they be overplaying their hand? Is the average voter so enamored with the killing of unborn babies that they'd be willing to stop the military's funding over it? Apparently, Joe Biden's party is willing to gamble everything to find out.
Amid a mainstream media narrative claiming that conservative school board candidates were "drubbed" at the ballot box last Tuesday, dozens of school board candidates endorsed by 1776 Project PAC and Moms for Liberty won their races.
New House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) inherited a mess. Conservative efforts to return the congressional budget process to regular order were months behind schedule. Then an intra-party power play derailed House efforts to complete the schedule necessary to turn the group project in late, with a generous, 45-day extension. With that extension deadline approaching - this Friday - life handed Johnson a sack full of lemons, and he chose to make lemonade.
Since regaining their homeland, the Jewish people have been a stalwart Middle Eastern ally of Americans. Israel remains a counterweight against radical forces in the Middle East, including radical Islam and violent extremism. Israel has also prevented the further proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region by thwarting Iran, Iraq, and Syria's nuclear programs. This makes Israel our greatest ally and friend. Israel and America work together to ensure peace throughout the Middle East.
Fresh off a lopsided victory in the 2023 election, the abortion industry has revealed its plans to pave the way for future electoral victories - which include taxpayer-subsidized abortion, expanding transgender surgeries, stigmatizing criticism, and shifting the blame for all post-abortion regret to the pro-life movement.
On Friday, "Washington Watch" guest host and former Congressman Jody Hice had a chance to sit down with Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the coalition for Jewish Values, about the dramatic rise of anti-Semitism across the country. To push back on that astonishing wave, thousands plan to descend on the National Mall on Tuesday for a pro-Israel rally. For more on that event and Menken's perspective, check out his interview below.
There's a reason Congress hasn't passed all 12 appropriations bills since 1997 - it's a messy, tedious, and time-consuming process. But more than that, it has the uncomfortable tendency to expose a party's deep ideological cracks. Those differences of opinion can be fatal for spending debates, especially when you're the party in charge. And while none of this is news to House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), it will be news if he can find a way to work through it.
You know the saying, "come as you are?" I think it's a great idea - perhaps even beautiful, as it portrays the truth of a loving and compassionate God who welcomes the broken, the poor, the hurt, the lost, and the desperate. Christianity is not for those who have it all together, it is for those who know how terribly they need a Savior. And I believe the phrase, "come as you are," portrays this well, because you don't have to fix yourself prior to coming to Jesus.
An Arlington, Virginia voter, later identified as a federal contractor, went viral on Tuesday for cursing out a Republican poll greeter outside a precinct. In video of the incident, which has been viewed nearly 12 million times as of Friday morning, the contractor cursed out Republicans as "Bible-beating bigots and freaks" and "rapists" for supporting pro-life, pro-family policies.
Even as public support for marijuana legalization reaches record levels and more states vote to enshrine recreational use, studies continue to come out showing that regular use of cannabis substantially increases the risk of serious health complications.
Despite Hecklers, Brave College Students Offer Testimonies about Lack of Free Speech and Safety on Campus
This past Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Free Speech on College Campuses," which examined the current state of the First Amendment on American college and university campuses. It also explored the rise in anti-Semitism, anti-Israel sentiment, and violence towards students supporting Israel.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, crime has precipitously skyrocketed in cities across the country, as demonstrated by a recent report published by Our America. One crime in particular, retail theft, has destroyed businesses across the country, hurting consumers and businesses alike.
The Left holds up abortion as its Holy Grail - or Unholy Grail, as the case may be. This has been made painfully clear over the past few decades, most recently in the series of elections that took place across the nation earlier this week. Democrats campaigned aggressively on abortion, while Republicans often backed away from the topic.
This past week's election results have been discouraging for the pro-life movement. The hard-fought victory in the Dobbs Supreme Court decision gave Americans the opportunity to defend the unborn at the ballot box. Yet, instead of protecting the most vulnerable among us, the 2022 and 2023 elections proved why the fundamental right to life should never be left to a vote.
Pro-choice Republicans in Congress are back. What had become a dying breed in the past couple of years, Republicans who consistently vote against basic pro-life protections have taken the House appropriations process hostage.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Thursday afternoon that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate, offering Republicans the opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in the deep-red state next year. Meanwhile, Manchin may further undermine President Joe Biden's reelection prospects by laying the groundwork for an independent bid for president in the 2024 elections.
As citizens who vote to protect life from conception until natural death, we weren't surprised to awaken Thursday morning to some buzz about the questions on abortion during the third (too many) Republican debate held in Miami, Florida. It is stating the brutally obvious to observe that Republican candidates and even avowed pro-life elected officials have been struggling to communicate a vision of life in the post-Dobbs world. They have struggled to live up to governing with life-saving moral clarity and struggle to articulate a message more descriptive than "I'm pro-life" or, if we're lucky, "I'm 100% pro-life."
An emerging stream of thought in American politics questions America's longstanding international commitments because it doesn't remember why we made them in the first place. Why is America supplying Ukraine with weapons in its war against Russia? What is America's interest - as distinct from a Jew's or Christian's interest - in securing Israel's victory over Hamas? Would America really put its own blood and treasure on the line to defend the sovereignty of faraway Taiwan?
Since President Joe Biden has been in office, over 10 million illegal immigrants have entered the U.S. through wide open borders. Yet, short of closing it, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Biden has done "everything that he can" to secure the border. And Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, when asked repeatedly if what's occurring at the border is a crisis, refused to say it is so. Additionally, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) asked Mayorkas, "So the situation at the border, you're saying, is not a disaster?" To which he responded, "That is correct."
On Wednesday, during a briefing on Capitol Hill addressing the World Health Organization's (WHO) efforts to establish a global governance plan for future pandemics, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) assured the audience that Republicans "are all about protecting U.S. sovereignty."
Exclusive: Speaker Mike Johnson on His Faith, the Media’s Attacks, and Congress’s Biggest Challenges
A month ago, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) never dreamed of the dramatic turn his career was about to take. Now, two weeks into what he calls a "whirlwind" promotion as House speaker, the Louisiana leader took time to sit down with longtime friend and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to talk about the challenges, changes, and commitments he's working through as a devout Christian in one of the most powerful jobs in the world.
The White House announced Thursday morning that Israel had agreed to observe daily, four-hour-long pauses in the fighting to allow civilians to flee the area. Israel committed to announcing each pause three hours in advance and opening a second corridor for evacuations.
A new report is revealing that the federal government partnered with universities and think tanks to censor conservative Americans. A document published Monday by the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government details how the government circumvented constitutional protections of free speech to censor alleged misinformation online, by collaborating with third-party organizations - mostly universities - to police and censor the online speech of American citizens. The report states, "What the federal government could not do directly, it effectively outsourced to the newly emerging censorship-industrial complex."
Unlike a lot of things in life, losing doesn't get any easier the more you do it. If anything, the sting turns to despair, as pro-lifers, who've slogged through seven bitter defeats since June of 2022, know well. Over the last several months, the jubilation of seeing Roe fall has been replaced by a sinking feeling that the cause of the unborn is doomed in the very place the justices have entrusted it: the states. But is that true - or are we just experiencing the pains of a battle we only just started fighting?
New evidence emerged Monday that employees at the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) publicly cheered Hamas's October 7 terrorist attack against Israel. The organization, which operates schools and humanitarian facilities in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere, receives a large portion of its funding from the U.S. government. For its anti-Israel sentiments, Senators Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) have introduced legislation to cut off funding to Hamas through UNRWA and other channels.
On Monday, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) released a report revealing that American colleges and universities have received approximately $13 billion in undisclosed funds from foreign governments, many of which are authoritarian regimes such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia. As the report and experts are noting, there appears to be a correlation between colleges that received money from Middle Eastern regimes and increased levels of anti-Semitic campus violence.
On Monday, news broke that a Jewish man died during an altercation with a pro-Palestinian protestor. Some media outlets have chosen to frame this as an uncontroversial incident, overlooking the troubling circumstances. Paul Kessler, a 69-year-old Jewish man, engaged in a pro-Israel counter-demonstration in Los Angeles with his wife when a supporter of Palestine came and struck Kessler in the head with a bullhorn. The elderly man fell backward, hit his head, and bled severely from both the back of his head and his mouth.
Pornography is one of the Left's favorite political tools. It can be used to cudgel, browbeat, castigate, and shame conservatives into silence - a potential that leftists capitalize on every chance they get. The best part about it - for leftists, at any rate - is that it's a double-edged sword, as the case of newly-minted speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) makes evident.
The pro-life cause suffered major setbacks in the 2023 off-year election, as voters in Ohio adopted a vaguely-worded constitutional amendment creating a "right" to abortion until birth and other "reproductive decisions." Ohioans also legalized recreational marijuana, while other national bellwether states defeated a rising pro-life candidate for governor of Kentucky, elected a pro-abortion Supreme Court justice in Pennsylvania, and handed full control of Virginia's state legislature to Democrats.
If there's one thing Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) probably misses from college football, it's a real team. A place where you win and lose together. Instead, the Auburn legend is in the United States Senate, where Republicans don't seem to know the first thing about having each other's backs - unless it's finding a soft spot to stick the knife in.
Nearly seven and a half months after a trans-identifying woman shot and killed three students and three staff at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tenn., leaked pages from her diary reveal that she was motivated by "wrath" toward the school and intersectional critical theory. Local news station FOX 17 confirmed the leak to be authentic on Monday.
Despite an ongoing war in the Middle East, open borders flooding in millions of illegal immigrants, a worsening drug crisis, and increased risk of terrorist attacks in the U.S., President Joe Biden apparently has other priorities. According to an Epoch Times investigation of government spending, in the last three fiscal years, $4.1 billion "in federal money from taxpayers" has been put towards LGBT initiatives both within the U.S. and across the globe.
A growing number of states, led by Oklahoma and Florida, are rejecting public school textbooks that they say contain "woke" concepts and ideologies like critical race theory (CRT) and are instead adopting materials that "focus on the basics."
Democrats in the Keystone State are relying on LGBT issues to take control of a school board. Pennsylvanians will vote today on whether to hand the Central Bucks School District - the state's third-largest, serving over 17,000 students - to Republicans campaigning on parental rights or Democrats campaigning on LGBT issues. Republicans currently hold six of the school board's nine seats; Democrats must take four of the five seats up for grabs to take control, while Republicans only need to keep two.
Some elections have a deeper significance than choosing the policies that will guide us. They are harbingers of a spiritual and moral change taking place among our people. The election over Ohio's Issue 1, where ads proclaim that followers of Jesus should be "pro-abortion," is one such election.
Anti-Semitic Protestors Attempt to Breach White House Fence, Deface Historic Statues with No Consequences
"Allahu Akbar" chanted the army-sized crowd at the White House on Saturday afternoon, who cursed the U.S. president, waved the flag of a foreign adversary, and endeavored to breach the White House compound. Despite ubiquitous defacement of public property, attempted intrusions onto White House Grounds, and calls for genocide, law enforcement made only one arrest.
How can we expect to build a society with delusional people? It's a fair question - one that rocker John Cooper is asking in his new book, "Wimpy, Weak, and Woke." The lead singer of Skillet, one of the few Christian crossover bands to thrive in mainstream music, has had a rare microphone for truth in his 27-year career. With success has come opportunity, and Cooper is using his platform in the metal universe to warn Americans - "We are in dire straits."
More horror stories continue to emerge of the Christian persecution taking place in countries across the globe. Jeff King, the president of International Christian Concern, is dedicated to spreading awareness of this intense persecution that is often overlooked. "[I]n the last 20 years, 400,000 Christians have been murdered and 18 million people kicked out of their homes," he shared on "Washington Watch."
A new report has revealed that American charter schools are outperforming traditional public schools on a variety of metrics. The news comes as an increasing amount of parents are opting to educate their children outside of the public school setting amid an avalanche of controversy over gender and race ideology, sexually explicit books and curriculums, males competing in girls' sports, and more.
Liberals and Democrats are slamming California's left-wing governor for allegedly running a "shadow campaign" to take the White House next year. On his HBO show "Real Time," liberal host and comedian Bill Maher mocked Governor Gavin Newsom (D) for supposedly running a secret campaign to earn the 2024 Democratic nomination for president.
If Issue 1 passes in Ohio, it will effectively deny parents the ability to protect their minor daughters from predatory neighbors, family members, or industries favored by the Democratic Party. But perhaps its greatest offense comes in its attempt to legally dismantle parents' rights to direct, guide, or even be aware of the most consequential decisions in their children's lives.
On Tuesday, Ohioans have a very important decision to make. Issue 1 on every Ohioans' ballot will enshrine one of the most vague - and thus up to extreme interpretations - rights to "reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion ..." into our state Constitution. As this is considered a self-executing constitutional amendment and not a proposed statute, the state legislature will have absolutely no ability to amend this later down the line, unless a second constitutional amendment is put on the ballot, revising the first. So, what does this mean in real life?
Over the last two weeks, one of the many attacks on new Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-La.) Christian faith has been the claim that he "believes in a religious litmus test for politicians." The media's exaggerations and distortions are about a seminar Mike and his wife, Kelly, taught. I know quite a bit about this - not only because I was a part of the seminar - but because the class Mike and his wife Kelly led was based on a God and government course I've taught for over 25 years.
Since Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-La.) unexpected election to lead the House of Representatives, progressives have busied themselves levying an array of brutal and sometimes slanderous attacks against Johnson. One of the top progressive talking points seems to be that Johnson allegedly has no respect for the "separation of church and state." Yet, when properly understood, the evidence for such allegations quickly unravels.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "American culture?" Do you have a positive reaction to the phrase or a negative one? Do you think about our culture in terms of our history or about the tendencies and values of the current generation? Whatever your reaction and whatever comes to mind, there are two facts about American culture that are undeniable: it is unique in the history of the world, and we are responsible for it.
Pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon once said, "When asked, 'What is more important: prayer or reading the Bible?' I ask, 'What is more important: breathing in or breathing out?'" I would propose that, for the Christian, time in the Word and in prayer is no different, as they are essential to faith.
If Hamas's actions raping women, decapitating babies, and burning children alive isn't enough reason for students to condemn them, then not being able to find a job after graduation just might change their minds. Twenty-seven of America's top law firms recently conveyed this message through a letter: "anti-Semitic activities [will] not be tolerated at any of our firms." This applies to both law students and any "outside groups" involved.
"Ah, thank God for Salon, the voice of reason," said no one ever, and former "senior White House correspondent for Playboy" Brian Karem's latest article there is demonstrative of why. In a piece published Thursday and subtly, tastefully entitled "MAGA and Christian nationalism: Bigger threat to America than Hamas could ever be," Karem argues that so-called Christian nationalists pose a greater threat to the U.S. than Islamist terrorists like Hamas.
By C-SPAN standards, Wednesday night's Senate proceedings were a telenovela. The Associated Press called it an "extraordinary showdown." NBC News nearly lapsed into poetry, "In a four-and-a-half-hour floor fight on Wednesday night ...." The knives were drawn, and Senate Republicans were out to get one of their own.
Border Patrol agents have found an improvised explosive device (IED) at the U.S. border with Mexico, as security experts warn lax enforcement of immigration laws will invite terrorist attacks on American soil in the near future.
Watching the horrors unfold in Israel would be hard for anyone, but it has to be especially difficult for leaders like Mike Pompeo, who, as a member of the Trump administration, worked to ensure nightmares like this never happened. Three years removed from the White House, the world is a different place than it was when the 45th president was in power - and Americans aren't the only ones who feel it.
The state of Florida in October joined a growing number of states that have cut ties with the American Library Association (ALA) over its promotion of Marxism and sexually explicit reading materials to children. Florida's Division of Library and Information Services, a division of the Florida Department of State, issued a new rule stipulating that it would "not allow grant project activities associated" with the American Library Association or its affiliates, Politico reported.
This Sunday marks the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted, a time to remember the Christians who are experiencing the threat of danger for their faith in Christ. Praying for the persecuted can feel like a daunting task when the situations facing Christians around the world seem very complex. Even so, prayer is one of the most powerful tools with which we can support the persecuted church, including those whose names we will never know - and it does not need to be complicated.
It was May 28, 2021, when a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Virginia public school restroom. Details revealed the girl was attacked by a boy wearing a skirt who was legally allowed to use the girl's restroom at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County because it "matched his gender identity." In response to incidents like these, which resulted from school policies allowing boys into girls' restrooms and locker rooms, a growing tide of high school across the country are walking out of class in protest.
"The Biden-Harris administration will develop our nation's first National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia," Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday. Yes, you read that correctly - the Biden administration is taking steps to protect the religion symbolized by a crescent, not a six-sided star. "Even as anti-Semitic rhetoric and threats of violence skyrocket throughout the United States, the Biden administration is developing a strategy to combat Islamophobia," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch."
What happens when Christian media looks ... exactly like secular media? Recent coverage of the election of U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson gave us a glimpse.
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the latest draft of its controversial International Health Regulations, with the purported aim to eventually establish a global accord on how to handle future pandemics. Expert observers are continuing to express concern with the regulations, saying that they are covertly designed to take away sovereignty from countries and push contentious issues such as abortion.
Senate Democrats are targeting private citizens in an effort to manipulate the Supreme Court. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, led by chairman Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), announced on Monday that they will vote to subpoena Harlan Crow and Robin Arkley, who have donated money to conservative Supreme Court justices and Leonard Leo.
U.S. taxpayers funded life-altering transgender surgeries, despite that fact that one of the global pioneers in the field says "gender transition has gotten out of hand" and likened it to the "recovered memory" craze that hurt vulnerable patients and tore families apart during the 1980s.
Since the 2017-2018 school year, the number of parents homeschooling has increased dramatically. With the rise has come pushback from state educators like Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray who said parents don't have "any understanding of education." As far as Gray is concerned, this increase in homeschooling is going to hurt society. In my view, homeschooling is not an easy choice, but it is often far more rewarding. This isn't coming from the perspective of a biased parent, but from a biased child who has experienced both homeschool and public school.
‘That’s Public Corruption’: Congressman Reveals New Evidence of Biden Family Influence-Peddling Scheme
Conservatives in Congress are revealing further evidence that President Joe Biden and his family have benefitted from influence-peddling while Biden was vice president. Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) announced on Wednesday that the House Oversight Committee had found another suspicious bank transfer from Biden's brother James into the president's bank account.
Before Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Middle Eastern Jews, the Biden administration had weakened Israeli defenses by diverting hundreds of thousands of artillery shells out of Israel to support the war in Ukraine. A Republican congressman says it is "unclear" Biden's actions fully complied with U.S. law.
As Israel's ground war to exterminate Hamas from the Gaza Strip begins in earnest, the world's only Jewish state faces a new enemy as the Yemen-based Houthi terror group, also funded and armed by Iran, took credit for "a large batch of ballistic and cruise missiles and a large number of drones on various Israeli enemy targets," launched Tuesday.
Ohio's Issue 1 referendum is a contentious proposal that will undoubtedly impact the future of abortion policy in Ohio for the foreseeable future. So far, groups inside and outside the state have dumped more than $40 million into debating the so-called abortion rights amendment. However, some major policies outside the realm of the abortion debate will be impacted if voters write the language of the Issue 1 referendum into the Ohio State Constitution.
Suddenly, the House speakership doesn't seem like such a great prize after all. In eight days on the job, Mike Johnson (R-La.) has been compared to mass shooters, the Iranian mullahs, even the Taliban for being a Bible-believing Christian. "Be afraid," one Washington Post headline read, almost hilariously. But maybe, given this level of hostility, we should be.
In the weeks following the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack against Israel that resulted in the deaths of over 1,400, along with over 5,400 who were injured, threats and violence directed at Jewish students on college campuses have soared across the country. In response, one Catholic university has decided to declare that it will welcome any Jewish student who does not feel safe on their own campus.
Marine Corps Commandant General Eric Smith suffered an apparent heart attack while jogging Sunday, and Senate Democrats have blamed the medical emergency on Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). "This scary incident involving General Smith shows why it's supremely risky to play politics with military appointments, as Sen. Tuberville is doing," orated U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Law enforcement and national security officials are sounding the alarm on increased terror threats to America, but conservatives are warning that the nation's open southern border is its greatest vulnerability. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified Tuesday before congressional committees on Homeland Security, noting that terrorism threats to the U.S. have been escalated to a "whole other level" due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
"Trans women are women," read a post from one of America's largest feminist advocacy groups. The National Organization for Women (NOW) puts on a front supporting women, and you would assume they do based on their title - but that couldn't be further from the truth. A group that explicitly labels itself "for women" supports the notion that biological men are, in fact, women. I don't know about you, but this screams oxymoron.
Justice in the conduct of war has been a moral concern for millennia. Paul the apostle warned the Roman Christians, "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord" (Romans 12:19). Although Paul's command dealt with personal relationships, its application to warfare is clear: Avenging a wrong is never right. On this basis, then, does Israel have a just cause in its war against Hamas?
Five days before the Iran-backed terror group Hamas invaded Israel and killed more than 1,400 Israelis, Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan claimed the Middle East was "quieter than it has been for decades," in part because the Biden administration had "de-escalated crises in Gaza" and "enhanced deterrence ... to discourage further [Iranian] aggression." Events quickly proved these statements wrong, indicating that the Biden administration had misread the situation in the Middle East. But they were proven wrong so dramatically and rapidly that it might signal a deeper problem within the Biden administration.
A majority of world governments voted Friday for a resolution calling for "an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities" in Gaza, during an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution passed with 120 nations in favor to 14 nations against and 45 abstentions. "After the horrific attacks of October 7, calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas," Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded.
When the House reconvenes from its Halloween sugar high, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will be staring down his first big test: persuading members to break up the multi-billion dollar funding package for Ukraine and Israel. In sit-downs with both President Joe Biden and the media, the new Republican leader made it clear that if the Democrats want to help our allies defeat Hamas and Russia, they'll have to take two separate votes. It's not about "political gamesmanship," Johnson insisted. It's about "stewardship."
A public school superintendent in Virginia is making it clear that his school district will be focusing on improving the literacy of its students while also protecting them from being exposed to sexually explicit material while in school.
"Witches are back, and they want academic credit," said Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a recent episode of his podcast "The Briefing." Mohler discussed the University of Exeter in England, which plans to offer a master's degree in witchcraft, magic, and occult science by fall of 2024. And they aren't alone. America's Rice University also has a Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism certificate from its Department of Religion involving magic, ritual, and witchcraft.
One of the foremost leaders seeking to expand abortion until birth has said every abortion is "essential," every city should have an abortion facility, and that "all barriers to abortion are racist" policies attacking minorities and people who identify as LGBTQ. She also seeks to legalize, normalize, and "uplift" prostitution.
Local school boards across the country have risen to prominence as they've found themselves at the center of national debates about parental rights, freedom of speech, and protecting children from pornographic material. Issues in public schools - and the school boards themselves - have led a wave of conservatives and Christians to run for positions on school boards across the country. Heather Rooks is one such Christian who earned a spot on the Peoria Unified School Board in Arizona this January. Now, that school board is at the center of a religious freedom case after prohibiting Rooks from referencing the Bible in her remarks.
At a congressional hearing about global religious persecution on October 25, some House Democrats hijacked the event to fearmonger about a small school of political thought that espouses a position its proponents call "Christian nationalism." This hearing was held by the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs. Yet, rather than remain focused on the many urgent crises facing religious believers around the world - in Armenia, Nigeria, North Korea, and China to name a few - House Democrats chose to highlight the contrived problem of Christian nationalism in the United States.
The Merchant Marine Academy has initiated a new policy that will allow individuals who are in the midst of undergoing gender transitions procedures to be admitted, even if the procedures render the individual undeployable. Lawmakers have written a letter to the academy decrying the policy, saying that it "creates a dangerous avenue for exploiting our nation's prestigious service academies."
Of the 469 members of Congress who call themselves Christians, the country has decided to pick on one: Mike Johnson. Apparently, it's not a crime to say you're a person of faith - it's a crime to act like one. Unfortunately, that irony is being driven home with ruthless clarity in a nation where a majority of the population (63%) not only identifies with the new speaker's faith but continues to elect leaders (87% of the House and Senate) just like him. So obviously, the issue isn't that Johnson loves Jesus. The issue is that Johnson brings Jesus to work.
Washington is bursting with varied reactions to House Republicans electing U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) as speaker - ranging from "hooray!" to "who?" - but the strangest might be allegations that Speaker Johnson will turn America into a theocracy. "Welcome to the Republican Era of not even pretending they aren't forcing their religion on Congress and the American people," tweeted U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, in reaction to a clip from Johnson's inaugural speech. "This is a slippery, dangerous slope to theocracy."
The Sooner State's governor is blasting his state's attorney general for suing a Catholic charter school. Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced a lawsuit earlier this month against the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board for approving what his office called "what would be the nation's first religious charter school funded by public tax dollars," citing religious liberty concerns.
As Israel began its ground invasion on the Gaza strip, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his team are negotiating hundreds of hostages held by Hamas. But in addition to this are the approximately 600 American citizens and foreign nationals who are trapped inside Israel's target. According to Sullivan, Egypt has "prepared to allow American citizens and foreign nationals to come through the Rafah gate into Egypt," and Israel is on board with this course of action, but Hamas is preventing their departure from Gaza due to a "series of demands."
The Groups behind Ohio’s Issue 1 Favor Child Trans Surgeries, Abortion, Prostitution, and Open Borders
A constitutional amendment that would guarantee abortion until birth is being supported by a coalition of abortionists, transgender activists, and left-wing radicals who believe in transgender surgeries for minors, legalizing prostitution, abolishing police and prisons, erasing the U.S. border, and returning Mount Rushmore to tribal activists who see the monument as "an international symbol of white supremacy." One of its key leaders boasts of "working on destigmatizing and uplifting sex work."
Italy is announcing a new initiative to raise the nation's flagging birthrate. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's government approved a new budget last week, setting aside ?1 billion (nearly $1.1 billion) in funding to support mothers and families, in an effort to boost the national birthrate.
With government funding set to expire on November 17, the clock is ticking for Republicans to pass spending bills before the next government shutdown. But newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) is already hard at work. Within 30 hours of being named speaker, Johnson managed to pass spending bill H.R. 4394, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act. This is just the fourth of 12 appropriations bills Republicans seek to pass to "better the American people" and "put pressure" on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats.
There's a new Republican leader on Capitol Hill, so as a dutiful, generic member of the mainstream press corps, I must come up with reasons why you should hate U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). After performing several Google searches, here's everything you need to know.
‘Hide in the Attic’: Jewish Students Locked in College Library While Pro-Palestine Protestors Banged on the Doors
Later Wednesday evening, The Cooper Union issued a response that National Review writer Jeffrey Blehar described as "wretched." The official response from university administration read: "The library was closed for approximately 20 minutes late this afternoon while student protestors moved through our building. Some students who were previously in the library remained there during this time."
Over the summer, the Thriving Center of Psychology published an explosive study that found a shift in marriage expectations among Gen Z and millennials. According to the study, two in five young adults (41% of men and 52% of women) think marriage is an outdated tradition. The study also found that 61% of unmarried couples live with their partners. Although these statistics are not altogether surprising for a post-Christian culture, the survey's findings demonstrate how modern sexual mores represent a significant challenge to the pro-life movement.
On Thursday, the U.S. launched multiple strikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria, which military officials say are in retaliation for drone attacks that targeted American military bases in the region. The actions come as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for the Biden administration to step up military actions against Iran, which has direct ties to the Hamas terrorist group that carried out the deadliest attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust on October 7.
Since October 7, many of us have been deeply impacted and heartbroken seeing images, hearing news, and realizing what has happened to thousands of individuals and families in Israel. In addition to sympathizing with our brothers and sisters, it has been eye-opening and tragic to see how many college students sympathize with - not the Israeli victims - but the Hamas terrorists who delighted in brutally attacking and murdering them. This reality brings to light the importance of teaching children accurate history, natural law, and, for Christians, a biblical worldview.
On Wednesday, after three weeks of dysfunction following the ouster of former-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana was elected as the 56th Speaker of the House. Johnson's elevation to the office caps a frenetic period in which Republicans considered multiple candidates before coalescing around the four-term congressman. Although Johnson's unexpected rise to the speakership was welcomed by conservatives, the Left has predictably been apoplectic in denouncing Speaker Johnson's long-standing social conservative views.
Division has only increased across the globe amid the war in the Middle East, and America is certainly no exception. Among multiple controversies, the question of whether the U.S. should accept migrants fleeing from Gaza is a burning topic. Based on the latest surveys, Americans are rather torn on the issue. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, 52% of Americans do not want Gaza refugees in America, 28% said America should accept migrants from Gaza, and 20% were unsure.
A federal judge is slamming elite colleges and universities as a threat to American principles. In an interview with the Washington Examiner published on Friday, U.S. Circuit Court judge James Ho faulted colleges and universities for allowing and promoting ideals that are "antithetical to America."
In an especially vicious attack, a Democratic member of Congress has attempted to tie Speaker of the House Mike Johnson to four mass shootings carried out by white supremacists around the globe. She also accused the pro-life speaker of "extremism" for stating that "everyone deserves a birthday" and opposing the "sexualization of children" under the age of 10.
While D.C. politicos scramble to figure out who House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is, here at Family Research Council, we needed no introduction. To most of us, the young-looking Louisiana lawyer represents the best the movement has to offer. "He's a social conservative's conservative," Politico pointed out in a lengthy piece about his relationship with FRC. But more than that, he's a man who deeply loves God and this country. So as senators like Susan Collins (R-Maine) turn to Google to find out who the new speaker is, we can tell you simply: he's the real deal.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack, which killed approximately 1,400 people, "did not happen in a vacuum." Although Guterres claimed his statement was "misinterpreted," Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan insisted, "Every person understands very well that the meaning of his words is that Israel has guilt for the actions of Hamas." He added, "[A]t the very least, it shows his understanding for the background leading up to the massacre."
Tale of Two Speeches: Speaker Johnson, Minority Leader Jeffries Articulate Different Visions for America
On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and newly-elected U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) spoke in succession on the House floor. Despite agreement on supporting Israel and quoting Lincoln, the speeches contrasted one another sharply in their themes, goals, and visions for America.
The stories and images out of Israel in recent weeks are nothing short of shocking. The initial invasion into Israel involved Hamas militants parachuting into a music festival to kill whoever they could. Those who were not immediately killed were sexually assaulted and then killed. In some cases, their bodies were desecrated and ceremonially paraded through the streets as a kind of trophy. As many as 5,000 rockets were fired indiscriminately into neighborhoods, schools, and parks.
A federal judge is blocking the Centennial State's unconstitutional ban on abortion drug reversals. U.S. District Court judge Daniel Domenico issued an order on Saturday halting Colorado's ban on performing abortion drug reversal procedures, citing religious freedom concerns.
For years, economic hardship has been the lot of those living in Gaza and the West Bank. Yet this hardship is not shared by their leaders. A Saudi Arabian publication quotes "a senior Palestinian Authority official" as saying that roughly "1,700 senior Hamas officials (are) millionaires." Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh holds an estimated personal fortune of roughly $4 billion. Another, Khaled Mashal, claims a cool $5 billion.
House Republicans have selected "a tremendous man of God," "a strong Christian," a "servant leader," and a "genuinely nice guy" by elevating Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) to the position of Speaker of the House, according to those closest to the legislator.
A month ago, the idea of U.S. troops doing live-fire exercises in Iraq would have seemed like something out of 2002. But almost three weeks removed from one of the bloodiest days in the modern Middle East, war is closer than it's ever been. With more than 18 separate attacks launched at American soldiers last week, it's clear: Israel is no longer the only target.
After weeks of silence from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Hamas's October 7 terror attack that killed more Jews than any event since the Holocaust, the SPLC employee's union released its own statement via X, formerly known as Twitter, claiming to stand "strongly in solidarity with the Palestinian people." The statement may cause the SPLC union to meet SPLC's own criteria for an anti-Semitic hate group.
On October 20, President Biden delivered a formal request to Congress for approval of a $105 billion emergency funding package for Ukraine and Israel, which includes $14 billion for "border operations." Lawmakers are warning that the funding request for the southern border does not address failures in the Biden administration's underlying border policies, which they say have contributed to "the worst border crisis in our history."
The Peach State's highest court is upholding a pro-life law. In a six-to-one ruling on Tuesday, the Georgia State Supreme Court determined that a 2019 heartbeat law could go into effect, outlawing abortions past six weeks. In July of last year, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and pro-abortion activist group SisterSong sued against the law in state court.
As the saying goes, "These are the times that try men's souls." And since Jerusalem was my home for more than 10 years, I'm immediately wide-awake when terror and war strike there once again. Attacks on Israel are a powerful blow to the soul of everyone who loves the Jewish state and its people. Since October 7, I've been in touch with several Israeli friends and their now-growing families to see how they are coping with their current circumstances. I'll share what they've written to me since the war began.
U.S. forces in the Middle East have come under attack 13 times in the past week, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Tuesday, and the attacks have injured at least two dozen military personnel. U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said the Pentagon held Iran responsible for the attacks and warned of "the prospect for more significant escalation against U.S. forces and personnel across the region in the very near-term."
The Biden administration's Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule at the end of last month that would act as a blanket ban on Christians from serving LGBT-identifying youth in foster care. In addition to posing serious religious freedom concerns, if enacted, the proposed rule could ultimately create further obstacles for children in foster care waiting to be placed in a loving home.
For centuries, truth, goodness, and beauty have been under attack, and never more aggressively, it would seem, than within the past few decades. Truth has been censored, deconstructed, and diluted. Goodness has been made subjective. And beauty has been eviscerated.
There are countless testimonies of women feeling a "deep emptiness" or "trauma" after an abortion. Others have experienced nightmares and depression. From mothers who've gone through the procedure, we know that it's painful emotionally, mentally, and physically. However, testimonies have also revealed how the difficulty and agony of abortion is compounded when it's done chemically, away from the doctor's office. Pop star Britney Spears drove that reality home in her recently released her memoir, "The Woman in Me," where she details her horrifying experience with a do-it-yourself abortion.
Modern-day anti-Semites complain about the existence of the nation of Israel, accusing it of "colonialism" or "apartheid." They insist that nothing would satisfy them except the total destruction of the state of Israel. Their accusations are false, of course, and they have been refuted many times. But it's worth making them answer the question, what then? If Israel's existence infuriates them, what would they prefer instead? The history of Israel's creation helps to underscore the significance of that question.
On October 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Missouri v. Biden, a case that could become a landmark in the area of free speech in America. The case centers around whether agencies within the federal government illegally colluded with social media companies to censor and suppress First Amendment-protected speech of American citizens.
Americans' trust in major media outlets is at an all-time low, according to a new poll. Gallup released a survey Thursday showing that a combined total of 32% of Americans have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in mass media, while 29% have "not very much" trust in media, and a record 39% of Americans say they have no trust in media "at all."
There are times when the Biden administration expresses categorical, unequivocal support for Israel's war of survival against the Iran-backed terror group Hamas. "Enough is enough should have been the case with Hamas two weeks ago," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday. "It would be good to hear the entire world speaking clearly and with one voice about the actions that Hamas took." But then there are times when the Biden administration demonstrates all the moral assurance of a blind man on a tightrope.
House Republicans have nominated Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) as the party's latest nominee for Speaker of the House. Emmer, the third-highest Republican in the House of Representatives, beat six more conservative candidates to become the third speaker nominee.
The Southern Poverty Law Center's labor union has taken a public stance on the war Hamas started by invading Israel, slaughtering civilians, and taking hostages - even while the SPLC itself has remained silent on the issue and on some Americans' apparent support for Hamas slaughtering Jews.
Since Hamas's October 7 terror attack, it seems another professor says something anti-Semitic every time you blink. Some have apologized, some have been suspended, but all expose a campus culture that prefers some worldviews, political stances, and identities while demonizing others.
After holding a House conference with the then-nine candidates for speaker on Monday night, the caucus proceeded to a closed-door vote early Tuesday morning to select a nominee. All seven remaining candidates have earned "pretty high" rankings on the FRC Action scorecard, which revealed how members voted "with particular focus of particular interest of concern to faith, family, and freedom."
On Sunday, Family Research Council hosted an event at Village Church to pray for and stand with Israel. FRC President Tony Perkins was joined by founding Pastor Erik Estep, FRC Board Chair Michele Bachmann, FRC Executive Vice President Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, and Chad Connelly, the founder of Faith Wins. The objective was to educate believers about what's happening in Israel with two overarching themes: staying persistent in prayer and standing firm on the word of God.
On October 18, Douglass Mackey, who mainstream media outlets have characterized as a "far-right influencer," was sentenced to seven months in federal prison by a Brooklyn, N.Y. jury for engaging in "election interference" by posting fake Hillary Clinton campaign advertisements on Twitter before the 2016 election. Legal experts are decrying the court decision as an example of the "weaponization" of the Biden administration's Justice Department (DOJ), which has shown a pattern of targeting conservatives.
You didn't have to be in the roomful of international journalists to understand the sheer horror of what they saw. For all of the grisly, stomach-turning images posted online, nothing compared to the 43 minutes of torture screened for reporters on an Israeli military base Monday. Afterward, many, including Breitbart's Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollack, could only lean against a wall and weep. Replaying the victims' terrified screams in his mind, he writes, "There is no moment of redemption in the footage. We do not see the end, when the good guys arrive and save the victims." The only comfort, Pollack admits, "is the knowledge that the footage, at least, was retrieved from the terrorists after they were killed or captured."
Pro-Palestine demonstrations are escalating across the globe, culminating in violence in some areas. In New York City, a pro-Palestine rally hosted on Saturday resulted in a clash with police when some 5,000 protestors reportedly refused to leave a street they were occupying. The New York City Police Department confirmed that at least 19 protestors were arrested, following 139 being arrested the day before.
At the beginning of this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed new guidance that would require virtually every employee in the United States to embrace his or her colleagues' self-described sexuality, gender identity, and "reproductive rights." Under this rule, anyone who does not conform to left-wing orthodoxy, as well as any employer who protects him or her, could be the target of a federal investigation and lawsuit.
Tabia Lee spent about two decades working in the field of education. However, it came to a halt after she was terminated from her two-year position as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) director at De Anza Community College in California. The role of DEI director, as stated by De Anza, is to provide "equity, social justice, and academic success for all members" on campus. But Lee's testimony, which is centered around witnessing "blatant" anti-Semitism, revealed De Anza doesn't really mean "all" students.
A major magazine is including a biological man on its list of the hottest women of 2023. Popular men's magazine Maxim Australia just published its list of 2023's 100 "hottest" women. Actress Margot Robbie topped the list for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall; other winners included actresses Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and Elizabeth Debicki, athletes Sam Kerr, Kaylee McKeown, and Ariarne Titmus, and signers Kylie Minogue and Georgia Clare Flipo (better known as G Flip). Alongside these winners, Maxim Australia listed Dani Laidley, a biological male who identifies as transgender. Born as Dean James, Laidley was an Australian football player and coach. His inclusion on the list has garnered criticism from conservatives.
I've found that our culture, and even many believers, never seem to want to linger too long thinking about innocence. We tend to see it as a childish, naïve, and pointless exercise, one that is overly aloof and not "real" enough. We live in a fallen world, after all, one in which Adam and Eve screw up a mere 56 verses into a 31,102-verse story. Most of us are painfully aware of our own guilt - we can't help but feel shame and regret when we think back on the sins we've committed in our lives, while still struggling to overcome habitual, daily failings. Why torture ourselves by thinking about innocence, something we have all lost forever?
Twenty years of research continually points to the "mental health crisis" worsening around the world. While there are many factors that tie into the increased levels of anxiety or depression we are seeing, Gallup and Radiant Foundation considered that religion (as it relates to mental health) has been "largely underexplored."
While the NHL seems to have embraced some sanity on LGBT extremism, Hockey Canada's goal seems to be making the sport so radical that it's uncomfortable for kids to even play. Under a new rule that went into effect this season, all under-18 players - girls and boys - have been ordered to stay clothed in their locker rooms for the purposes of trans "inclusion."
Investigations continue into the funding and support for a pro-Palestine rally that took place in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, before protestors took to the streets and entered a House Office building, illegally demonstrating in the Cannon Rotunda. Capitol Police arrested the demonstrators en masse, with a local NBC affiliate reporting that "close to 300" people were in police custody as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A televised debate on Ohio's Issue 1 about creating a constitutional "right" to abortion-on-demand until birth gave pro-life advocates ample opportunity to dispel misinformation about the controversial measure, as an abortion activist misled viewers more than a dozen times in less than an hour.
In the Middle East, thousands of innocent civilians are losing their lives in the crossfire between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group. Since October 7, men, women, the elderly, children, and infants have become victims of war - and the fighting only continues. Women have been raped in the streets, babies are found decapitated, protests are breaking out globally, and the Naval Academy has decided to put their effort - not into lethal combat training - but gender and sexuality studies.
After Hamas terrorists finished raining their first deadly volleys onto civilians on October 7, they took more than 200 Israelis hostage. Not to be outdone, President Joe Biden took the entire nation of Israel hostage on Thursday night, binding military aid for Israel to a far larger package fueling his unpopular war in Ukraine. In his short speech, Biden resurrected the "Axis of Evil" ideology that mired the U.S. into pointless wars, downplayed the terrorists' religious and genocidal motivation, and turned a speech about the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust into a scolding sermon against alleged U.S. "Islamicphobia."
How should we approach Israel's ongoing conflicts from a historical perspective? Dr. A.J. Nolte, chair of the Government Graduate Program and director of the International Development M.A. Program at Regent University, sat down to discuss this and more on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" on October 19.
A professor at a prominent Catholic university is claiming that teaching a course on drag shows is compatible with the school's Catholic mission and identity.
An Oklahoma law to protect minors from the harmful effects of gender transition procedures may go into effect, Federal District Judge John Heil, of the Northern District of Oklahoma, ruled on October 5 in Poe v. Drummond. Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond (R) had previously agreed not to enforce the law until the court ruled on its constitutionality, so Heil's decision essentially put the law into effect. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) said in a statement he was "pleased with the court's decision," adding, "Here in Oklahoma, we protect our kids. Plain and simple."
Early voting is already underway in Ohio, the nation's next abortion battleground. On November 7, as polls close, votes will be tallied to determine whether or not Ohioans decided to enshrine "an individual right to ... abortion" within their state constitution. If voters check "yes" on Issue 1, Ohio will become the fourth state in the country (joining California, Michigan, and Vermont) to elevate abortion as a constitutionally protected form of "reproductive freedom."
Congressional Democrats are offering to expand the powers of the interim Speaker of the House in exchange for more of their bills on the floor. Following Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) removal as speaker, four House Democrats from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus offered on Friday to back expanding the authority of pro tempore Speaker Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) if he allows the Democrats to present more bills on the House floor.
Missouri's attorney general is suing a school board for hiding a controversial transgender bathroom policy from parents. The Wentzville School District's Board of Education allegedly hid its deliberations on instituting a new transgender bathroom policy to avoid input and outrage from parents, according to Attorney General Andrew Bailey's (R) office.
On Wednesday, Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins met with Finnish Ambassador Mikko Hautala to discuss the high-profile court case of Finnish Member of Parliament Paivi Rasanen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola.
Amid the deadliest attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust, President Joe Biden has pledged to send Hamas-controlled areas of the Palestinian Authority the same amount of U.S. taxpayer funding that Iran sends to Hamas each year. The pledge constitutes another of Biden's "numerous idiocies" that imperils the Middle East, according to one U.S. senator.
When new NCAA President Charlie Baker came to D.C. to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, the topic wasn't girls' sports. But that didn't stop conservatives like Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) from putting the former Massachusetts governor on the hotseat about it.
Late on Tuesday, Western media reported that an Israeli airstrike had killed up to 500 people, mostly civilians, at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, based on reports from the Hamas-controlled Gazan Health Ministry. But details quickly emerged suggesting Israel had nothing to do with the attack.
Despite mainstream media outlet claims of "book banning," the movement to protect children from being exposed to pornographic material in classrooms and school libraries is growing with the help of an expanding number of advocates and resources.
Amid the prospect of a possible government shutdown over the fiscal 2024 budget, the Biden administration's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced $22 million in grants for organizations to "help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization." The announcement drew little attention. After all, helping legal immigrants become citizens hardly seems scandalous, compared with the crises Biden's Department of Homeland Security has created. However, several organizations receiving money from USCIS through these grants actively prioritize the push for further dismantling of American immigration law.
October 7 will be remembered for years as the day Palestine-based Hamas found a chink in Israel's nearly-impenetrable armor and wreaked havoc on the embattled nation. Days later, Palestinian Muslims sounded again the cry for a global jihad, a "holy" war against Israel, the West, and all whom the Muslim world derides as infidels. This battle cry has been heard many times before, and will probably be heard again, but in these days of turmoil and fear, it is well worthwhile for Christians to recall another October 7 nearly 500 years ago, when that terrific cry was silenced by Christian bravery and the power of prayer.
President Joe Biden spoke Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign's annual National Dinner. Biden said it was his fourth appearance at the annual event, which is billed as "a national gathering for champions of LGBTQ equality." Although the 80-year-old president rarely makes public appearances before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., he made an exception for his close allies, and he delivered a reasonably coherent address to boot.
It's taken a surprising amount of courage for U.S. celebrities to stand up and condemn Hamas's slaughter of innocent Israelis. For some, like Kylie Jenner, that courage was short-lived. But for others, only an atrocity the scale of October 7 could bring the country's out-of-touch stars into alignment with everyday American sentiment. It's just unfortunate that, in the case of big names like LeBron James, those sympathies don't extend to people suffering ISIS-like tortures every day.
In the wake of the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas terrorists that killed over 1,400 Israeli civilians on October 7, increased scrutiny is being centered on the ideology that fueled the barbarity that took place. Experts say that funds allocated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) have not only been funneled to terrorists in Gaza, but have also been used to fund educational materials for Palestinian youth that is rife with anti-Semitism.
Since the 2022 Dobbs Supreme Court decision, several colleges across the U.S. have been looking for ways to provide abortion access for students. Before Roe v. Wade was even overturned, California became the first state in 2019 to enact a law that required public universities to provide students with the abortion pill. Massachusetts passed a similar law in 2022. And in New York, laws requiring students to have access to these drugs through their campuses passed in May and went into effect in August - just weeks before students resumed their studies.
America's elite institutions are shuddering from the impact of the outbursts of anti-Semitism on their campuses. Their spasms of panic are animated less by the Israel-hatred and hostility to Jews emanating from their students than by something even atheist materialist postmoderns find terrifying: loss of income.
Even before anti-American ideologues held public rallies justifying terrorist violence in the name of "decolonization," Joe Biden sought to hammer out an agreement that could force American soldiers to fight and die for Saudi Arabia. The terms could also give the Saudis, the world's foremost funders of radical Islam, access to a "civilian" nuclear program and rein in Israel's response to terrorist attacks.
First Lady Jill Biden introduced her husband, President Joe Biden, as he spoke Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) annual National Dinner, billed as "a national gathering for champions of LGBTQ equality." Like a well-planned multi-course meal, Jill prepared the favorable audience for her husband's truth-lite entree - which will be analyzed elsewhere - with a complementary appetizer so fanciful it deserves scrutiny all on its own.
As officers stood outside the Texas Capitol Thursday evening, waves of people flooded the area for rallies. One group was clad in black, white, green, and red - the colors of Palestine - and the other with white and blue, standing for Israel. While no violence broke out between the two groups, it was a clear demonstration of the increasing division around the world caused by the ongoing war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group.
A growing number of conservatives are warning against accepting Palestinian refugees amid rising terrorism threats and an ongoing illegal immigration crisis. On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) told supporters at a rally in Iowa, "I don't know what Biden's gonna do, but we cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees. ... You don't fly people and import them into the United States of America. ... If you hate America, you should not come to this country."
While states have successfully expanded their school choice programs, left-wing critics argue that the programs are an "existential threat" to public education. But experts are pointing out that not only do school choice programs relieve pressure off of the public education sector and provide parents with more schooling options, they are also proving to help students thrive academically and are fueling academic competition and innovation.
"I can't describe such a moment in words where you watch your whole family get taken away from you," Yoni Asher tried to explain. Summoning the courage to keep talking, he looked around the room of diplomats, U.N. officials, and other suffering families, and put himself back in the moment where his world changed forever.
In Poland, leftist politicians are preparing to oust the ruling conservative party from power in the wake of a contentious national election. According to exit polls conducted by IPSOS and updated Monday morning, the ruling Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc or PiS) party won more votes on Sunday than other parliamentary parties, but not enough to earn a majority.
A pro-life Republican who has defended pro-life laws and scored a key victory over President Joe Biden's efforts to censor social media has won election as governor of Louisiana, replacing a Democrat who had opposed legislation protecting children from the transgender industry.
It was considered one of the most beautiful stretches of beaches along the Mediterranean, but it's all but unrecognizable now. "For those who don't know," former U.S. Ambassador David Friedman explained, the Gaza Strip has "exactly the same beach as you'll see in Tel Aviv," a stunning ocean-scape that's been reduced to hellish chaos, the setting of a bloody war that was inconceivable even a month ago. But this is what comes of appeasement, the Trump diplomat said - a brutal, indescribable mess.
On Friday, the Speaker of the House chair remained vacant while Israel continued its war with the terrorist group Hamas, a battle that is steadily escalating by the day. Over 1,200 Israeli civilians have been murdered, with dozens held hostage. Security has been heightened around the world, including in the U.S., as Islam called for a "Day of Jihad." Family Research Council hosted a call with its network of pastors across America to discuss this ongoing crisis in Israel and the leadership vacuum in the House.
Only slightly less well known than the maxim, "never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line," is this one: every group project has at least one slacker. Those slackers are paralyzing Congress at a time when congressional action is urgent. Despite technically holding a majority in the U.S. House, Republicans are unable to get anything done, and the country is taking notice.
Retired NFL player Rob Gronkowski, otherwise known as a New England Patriot legend after 11 seasons and four Super Bowl wins, was recognized this week in the U.S. Capitol by a Daily Caller reporter. Meeting the stride of the tight end, the reporter asked, "Mr. Gronkowski ... should men be allowed to play in women's sports?" Gronkowski remained silent, but with eyebrows raised, he emphatically shook his head no.
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would block Iran from accessing any of the $6 billion in Iranian assets it transferred to Qatar for humanitarian use, in light of the horrific terror strikes against Israel by Iranian proxy Hamas. "We don't know a lot," U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) said Thursday on "Washington Watch." "It's just a string of failures the Biden administration has had on a number of different fronts ... In my opinion, they really don't have any credibility."
Following Hamas's surprise attack on Israel last weekend, pro-Palestine rallies have erupted across the globe, heightening security and safety concerns in the wake of a former Hamas chief's call for a worldwide "Day of Jihad" to take place Friday.
Reports surfaced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had implemented a policy mandating that employees of the agency must use opposite sex pronouns when referring to individuals who identify as transgender. Experts are warning that the directive could be used to target Christian and other religious employees who affirm that there are only two created biological sexes.
House Republicans acknowledge "a lot of conflict" between its factions has driven the party into "disarray," as the leading candidate for Speaker of the House withdrew his candidacy on Thursday.
The sound of footsteps echoed down the halls of the U.S. Capitol as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tried to flee from a reporter confronting her about the acts committed by Hamas. "Congresswoman, Hamas terrorists have cut off babies heads and burned children alive," the journalist said. "Do you support Israel's right to defend themselves against this brutality?" With a heavy exhale, Tlaib gave no comment.
South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace has recently appeared on several television shows, portraying herself as a lone, sensible voice in the Republican Party when it comes to the issue of abortion. Meg Kilgannon, Family Research Council's senior fellow for Education Studies, discussed Mace's positions on a recent episode of "Washington Watch" with guest host and former Congressman Jody Hice. She addressed Mace's disingenuous comments one-by-one.
A day after murderous terrorists invaded Israel, critical infrastructure connecting frontline NATO allies was shut down as a "result of external activity" - possibly foreign sabotage - according to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. "Russia sympathizes with us," senior Hamas official Ali Baraka said in a Sunday interview on the government-controlled Russia Today TV. "One war eases the pressure in another war."
LGBT organizations are coalescing to endorse President Joe Biden's reelection campaign. Major LGBT groups the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the Equality PAC announced their joint endorsement of Biden for president in 2024 on Tuesday, marking the first time the groups agreed on a presidential candidate.
According to ABC News, "nobody knows" how a 6-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, obtained possession of his mom's gun and shot his first-grade teacher. This occurred in January, but court documents released in August brought this case back to the surface. Reportedly, the child "had extreme emotional issues for some time" that were passed over by the school leading up to the shooting. Incidents such as this have been on the rise since 2020. Recently released federal data revealed "the rate of murder committed by teenagers, ages 14-17, jumped a tragic 22 percent."
The Hamas invasion of Israel reminds us that while good fences may indeed make for good neighbors, but good fences don't always keep out bad ones.
Critics of Israel have been accusing the country of an "apartheid" system for years. They use this and related terms not to bring moral clarity to the confused but to confuse the clear morality of the State of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. So, Israel's Jews are an "occupying" people who "oppress" the Arabs in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank region. They are ethnic "bigots" who denigrate the Arabs' humanity and deny them liberty, hope, and opportunity. Now, some American politicians are getting into the act.
The puck dropped on the NHL season Tuesday, but the greatest win for fans came off the ice. Ten months after defenseman Ivan Provorov upended the sports world by refusing to wear a Pride jersey, the ripple effect has exploded across other players, teams, and even leagues. Major League Baseball was the next shoe to drop, quietly killing their rainbow gear after watching hockey officials painfully navigate player boycotts all spring. Now, to the surprise of a lot of people, Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league wasn't done. Before there could be any confusion, the front office banned something else: Pride tape.
Enough time has elapsed since Hamas's coordinated strike against Israeli civilians to uncover some of the horrific deeds they perpetrated. As of Wednesday morning, Israeli casualties exceeded 1,200 killed and 3,000 injured, most of which were civilians, according to Israel's U.S. embassy. While tragic, this gruesome carnage is not entirely unprecedented; parallels are recorded even in Israel's own history.
As Israel's government formed a unified war-time cabinet Wednesday to respond to the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists against hundreds of Israeli civilians over the weekend, questions continued to swirl about how the terrorists were able to launch a surprise attack that evaded detection from Israel's elite security services. But as an increasing chorus of Israeli officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are making clear, one key component of the attack is beyond question: the integral involvement of Iran.
"We're trying to pull ourselves together," a survivor said, looking around at the rubble, the charred and bullet-sprayed houses. What was once a buzzing kibbutz is now makeshift military base, where Israeli soldiers struggle to wade through the horrors left behind by Saturday's attack. The echoes of the massacre are all around them, in black body bags of all sizes, bloodstained walls, and the stunned look of the left behind. "We're all like zombies here," one young woman said.
As violence continues to surge amongst America's youth and both politicians and civilians hotly debate gun control, an Ohio school superintendent has decided to start arming his teachers. In a recent interview, he explained why he decided to arm teachers, even though he says he's "not a gun person."
Recently, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis wrote about the rising phenomenon of young men eschewing relationships with real women in favor of artificial intelligence (AI)-generated girlfriends. That's right, a "girlfriend" that only exists on a screen and is not a real person. It would be comical if it weren't so tragic.
Gun violence, kids in cages, sexual assault, religious extremism - Hamas's historic terror strike on innocent Israeli civilians hits all the left-wing triggers. But where is the left-wing outrage? Anti-Israel protestors even displayed the Nazi swastika in New York City's Times Square, demonstrating the historical amnesia and philosophical inconsistency of anti-Israel hatred.
Last month, Neeli Bendapudi, president of Pennsylvania State University, addressed the student body in a public video on free speech. "Without the First Amendment," she said, "your access to information would be threatened." She detailed how the university is "bound by the First Amendment," which allows "bigots" to occasionally speak on campus. Nonetheless, she made it very clear: "[R]estricting the speech of one group or individual jeopardizes everyone's rights." Four weeks later, she canceled an on-campus event featuring Riley Gaines. So much for free speech.
There's plenty of criticism being lobbed at Republicans this week by Democrats and the media (excuse the redundancy) that should stick. Overthrowing the House speaker at a time of global unrest seems like a particularly bad idea now that the Middle East is imploding. And while that decision by eight people to exact revenge on Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) does leave the world vulnerable, not everything conservatives have done is making the situation in Israel worse - including Senator Tommy Tuberville's (R-Ala.) hold on military promotions.
"This is Israel's 9/11." That simple declaration has become a repeated theme since October 7, 2023. And yes, 9/11 is a fair comparison, as news from the Middle East continues to provide details of the massive early-morning attack Hamas terrorists launched that Sabbath morning. Their targets included numerous towns, villages, and kibbutzim in the south of Israel. The vicious invaders murdered, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and tortured innumerable Israelis.
As violent conflict continues between Israel and Palestine-based Hamas, conservatives in the U.S. are warning that open-borders policies and the leftist weaponization of defense and law enforcement institutions are leaving America vulnerable to similar attacks. In an interview on Monday, former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) cautioned, "We should wake up ourselves. We could have the same thing happen next week to us."
The ongoing, deadly attack on Israel by Hamas could never have taken place without the active support of the last two Democratic administrations, which have supported radical Islam in order to correct the legacy of Western "colonialism," experts say.
One side is fighting for trans-identifying men to stay out of women's sports entirely. They cite the unfair disadvantage, as these are not women but biological men who are supremely stronger and faster than their female competitors. Yet, there is also the group of individuals who claim that keeping men out of women's sports is discrimination. "You are denying that trans people exist," you may hear them say. Who's right?
It's surreal to think that while eight congressmen were congratulating themselves for upending the House speakership, terrorists a half a world away were putting the finishing touches on a plot that would rock the whole world. As the rest of the globe watched America, weapons were being loaded onto trucks that would ultimately carry out the execution of hundreds of innocent Israelis and plunge the Middle East into a war that no one saw coming. Now, with half of Congress frozen in a crisis of the Republicans' own making, there's a new urgency: fill the leadership vacuum or watch helplessly as more innocents - including Americans - die.
As Israel continues to reel from the devastating attacks perpetrated by Hamas terrorists over the weekend, the latest casualty numbers from Israeli media report that at least 57 soldiers and 34 police have been killed, with more than 900 Israeli civilians killed and 2,600 wounded and dozens of hostages still unaccounted for. Meanwhile, experts remain concerned that additional attacks could come from Hezbollah terrorists along the country's northern border.
In a novel experiment, institutional pillars of American culture chose to gamble their credibility on reinterpreting American history through the lens of neo-Marxist ideology. Now we learn that the shelf-life of the scam is about three to four years. On Thursday, New York Times columnist Pamela Paul published a piece titled, "'Antiracism' Was Never the Right Answer."
For over 500 years, Christopher Columbus was recognized and hailed as an American hero. The Italian-born navigator and explorer was revered not just for discovering the New World, but for his courage, his perseverance, his innovation, and his devout Christian faith. Never content to adhere to (and certainly not admire) age-old traditions, men of virtue, or the furthering of Christian morality, leftists now revile and demonize Columbus and his achievements.
With a looming election that could overturn months of pro-life progress and legalize abortion until birth, thousands gathered at the Ohio state capitol in Columbus on Friday to hold the state's second annual March for Life. Although polls show most Ohioans - and most Americans - support limiting abortion well before the third trimester, Issue 1 currently appears poised to legally forbid the will of the people.
Eventbrite is a widely used event management and ticketing platform. Through it, the Palmetto Family Council (PFC), a South Carolina nonprofit Christian policy organization, was set to host a discussion featuring Chloe Cole, a teenage detransitioner, to warn about the dangers of transgender surgeries. However, Eventbrite canceled the event on the grounds of a corporate policy violation, claiming the event was "hateful, violent, and dangerous."
‘Bravery Is Always Rewarded’: Va. Women’s Swim Team Stands Against Trans-Identifying Man Joining Team
This season, the women's swim team at Roanoke College has shifted its energy from defending titles and winning trophies to defending the integrity of women's sports.
We are naturally wired by God to want men to be strong. From the start, God called Adam to "keep" or protect Eden (Genesis 2:15). Many modern movies reflect this truth. There is almost no more common trope than that of the heroic, self-sacrificial man. A community or a family or a woman is menaced; in response, a man steps forward and puts his life on the line. Today, however, this desire for masculine strength is powerfully challenged.
By now, most readers of the Stand have heard the news of the radical Palestinian group Hamas's attack on Israel. As of Saturday, about 450 people, both Israelis and Palestinians, have been killed and an estimated 1,700 injured. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "ordered a call-up of reservists after Palestinian militants fired thousands of rockets, invaded several Israeli towns and took hostages."
The Founders of our country believed the national legislature should be composed of the highest order of citizens, people whose maturity, character, good judgment, and life experience would enable them to make decisions beneficial to the whole country. This kind of thoughtful, nation-over-party attitude was missing from the vote against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Headlines right now are rife with variations of "Pope Francis opens door for blessing same-sex unions," leading many - even devout Catholics - to wonder what's going in Rome. The Catholic Church is beginning the final phase of its years-long project, the global Synod on Synodality. Delegates convened in Rome earlier this week to discuss, debate, and discern how the Church should respond to the ever-more-modern world and the exponential rise of liberal secularism in the West. Ahead of the meeting, a handful of Catholic cardinals submitted a series of questions to the Pope, asking for clarity on questions the Synod will be addressing.
As the deadline for the deportation of a Christian family from Germany draws near, dozens of state and federal lawmakers and tens of thousands of citizens are urging the Biden administration to reverse course and allow the family, who has sought asylum in the U.S. in order to homeschool their children according to their religious beliefs, to stay in America.
During the Trump administration, President Joe Biden made it clear he saw the border wall as a "waste of money" and "not a serious policy solution." Despite the ongoing crisis at the southern border, it was a prominent part of Biden's 2020 presidential campaign that "not ... another foot of wall" would be built. Almost immediately after Biden was sworn in, he signed an executive order to stop construction of the wall. But on Thursday, the Biden administration suddenly changed its tune, announcing the "immediate need" to add 20 or more miles to the border wall.
"Even on a good day," Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) said, "most Americans look at Washington, D.C., and they ask themselves, 'How did these people make it through the birth canal?' That's on a good day." But good days have been hard to come by lately, as the House devolves into chaos and the vacant speakership into an Emmy Award-winning soap. And while there's not much Senate Republicans can do to rescue their House counterparts, that doesn't mean they won't try.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives took the historic step of removing the Speaker of the House in 216-210 vote on a Motion to Vacate. Eight members of the Speaker's own party sided with the minority to vacate the chair. The move was historic, because it had never been done before, but how that move will go down in history remains an open question.
This week, the American Library Association (ALA), a taxpayer funded organization, is hosting "Banned Books Week" for children, which involves reading books like "Gender Queer," a title infamously known for its pornographic content and is banned in multiple school districts. Rather than reading sexual content to kids (which ALA is and will be doing this week), Moms for Liberty seeks to take the attention away from gender ideology to highlight the many children who do not know how to read.
For the second straight year, the Army announced that it has fallen well short of its recruiting goals. The shortfall this year reached 10,000 troops, which follows a 2022 shortfall of 15,000. Experts say that the lack of interest in the armed forces among otherwise military-minded young people stems largely from the Pentagon's recent shift toward embracing controversial ideologies and practices rooted in critical race theory (CRT) and gender identity confusion.
The U.S. House reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for one year and placed strong pro-life protections on the funding. It was included as part of the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill, which passed 216-212. "This critical legislation continues and strengthens PEPFAR for another year," said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), "ensuring that critically needed medicines - including anti-retroviral (ARVs) and other life-saving interventions - are available to those who need them in Africa and elsewhere."
So we all know Disney has gone woke, and some may even be aware of the subtle nods Disney has been giving to anti-Christianity of late. As an insular example, the adult-geared FXX subsidiary of Disney-owned FX aired a show called "Little Demon" last year, an animated comedy series following Satan's daughter, Chrissy, who also happens to be the Antichrist. The show was released on Disney+, the company's streaming platform, early this year.
Yet another Democratic official has called on President Joe Biden to divert the nation's surging illegal immigrant population to Republican states - something a Republican senator says Biden would be all-too happy to do, because the president sees an uncontrolled border as a means to "change the demographic constitution of the nation to elect more Democrats."
Family Research Council initiated Community Impact to build teams of SAGE Cons throughout the U.S. in order to incorporate a biblical worldview in the political and social landscape. But what are SAGE Cons? And how can Community Impact teams make a difference?
A Pennsylvania school board is reversing a prior decision and choosing now to ban boys from girls' bathrooms and locker rooms, following pressure from parents and students.
China's Belt and Road Initiative, a global infrastructure development strategy, is receiving renewed scrutiny as it enters its 10th year, with observers noting that the initiative appears to be faltering amid reports of incomplete bridges, roads to nowhere, and increasing debt. Despite the setbacks, experts remain concerned that China is nonetheless forging ahead with achieving "malicious" military and financial goals through the initiative.
A school district's policy "to enable and affirm a minor student's transition to a different gender identity at school without parental consent violates parents' constitutional right to determine the appropriate medical and healthcare for their children," a Wisconsin court ruled Tuesday. "This victory represents a major win for parental rights," said Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) Deputy Counsel Luke Berg. "The decision should be a warning to the many districts across the country with similar policies to exclude parents from gender transitions at school."
In President Joe Biden's America, if you disagree with transgender orthodoxy, you might not be able to run a business. Federal law prohibits harassment on the basis of sex in the workplace, and under Biden, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission aims to weaponize that law against employers who believe that biological sex can't be altered by mere identification.
There are currently 23 states with laws in effect that protect children from gender transition procedures (GTP) and protect parental rights. To support these 23 states, Dr. Quentin Van Meter, former president of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), commented on the organization's new initiative, Biological Integrity.
Golden State Republicans are rejecting calls from moderates to drop pro-life and pro-family platform positions. On Saturday, members of California's GOP convention voted against a proposal from self-described "moderate" Republicans to drop opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage from the party's platform, additionally reducing the platform from 14 pages to roughly four.
An expert observer of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that despite the organization's own internal failure to meet its deadlines on making controversial and disputed amendments to its International Health Regulations in light of the COVID pandemic, the WHO is forging ahead with an agenda that includes plans for a global vaccine passport.
It took a record two million illegals stampeding over the border this fiscal year, but Democrats seem to finally understand there's a crisis. While New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) literally flies to Mexico to plead with migrants to stay put, his governor, radical Kathy Hochul (D) finally complained about the mess on national television. And party powerbroker Bill Clinton says she's not wrong.
‘Fool’s Errand’: McCarthy Removed as Speaker, May Derail House Efforts to Pass Budget, Congressman Warns
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) filed a Motion to Vacate the chair on Monday, which would remove Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as House Speaker if successful. U.S. Rep. Mark Alford (R-Mo.) on "Washington Watch" called it "a fool's errand" that "is only going to delay us from doing ... what the taxpayers and our constituents sent us here to do. And that's to get these ... appropriations bills passed, to pay our bills, to fund our military, to make sure that we are solvent as a nation."
Although its abortion industry has killed dozens of women and permanently injured untold numbers more, a Democratic state has taken the first step to censuring pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) for refusing to carry out abortions, a pro-life leader tells The Washington Stand.
School Board Members Barred from Quoting Scripture in Meetings: ‘Threatens Those Who Are Not Christian’
Heather Rooks, an Arizona school board member, was elected to the Peoria School Board in January. Since the beginning of her term, Rooks has been opening her comments by quoting Scripture. "[I understand] the weight and significance of all of our decisions," she said, "and simply find quoting Scripture out loud to be encouraging to myself and to many in attendance." In August, however, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state, sent letters to the school board demanding Rooks put an end to her practice.
Amid the flurry of other political news, you might have missed President Joe Biden's visit to a picket line at a General Motors warehouse in Detroit last Tuesday, where striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members demanded higher pay. There, the president "grabbed a bullhorn" and inspired the union members to "stick with it," agreeing they "should be able to bargain" for a 40% raise.
Nebraska Regs Require 7-Day Waiting Period, 40 ‘Neutral’ Therapy Hours for Minor Gender Transition Drugs
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted emergency regulations Sunday to "govern the use of nonsurgical pharmaceutical gender altering treatments." The Let Them Grow Act, enacted in May, took effect on October 1 and directed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Timothy Tesmer to regulate the prescription of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for minors.
On September 22, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced that he was switching his political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, citing concerns over Democratic policies that he argues have "exacerbated crime and homelessness." Johnson is the latest in a surge of public office holders to disavow the Democratic Party over what they say is a continued pattern of extremism on an array of issues that defies common sense.
In the wake of Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) death on Thursday night, the Golden State's Democratic governor has selected a far-left abortion activist to fill her seat in Washington, D.C. News broke Sunday night that Governor Gavin Newsom has picked Laphonza Butler to fill the late senator's place in the U.S. Senate.
There's no doubt we are seeing an increase in progressivism in politics in the U.S. and across the globe. In recent decades, around the 2000s and onward, even casual observers have seen an increased divide in the political landscape. Those disagreements don't suggest that one party is evil and the other is not. For years, both sides shared common values on things like women's rights, a strong military, and growing economy. The term "progressivism" was a term largely absent in dialogue - but lately, something's different. The priorities between the two sides have noticeably changed.
A conservative-led stop-gap spending measure, which would have reduced discretionary government spending by 8% and partially addressed the crisis on our southern border, failed by a vote of 198-232 on Friday, with 21 Republicans voting against it. Faced with an unpopular government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fell back to a longer, 45-day status quo funding measure.
I can't say I've always known what it truly means to be a Christian. I can't say I have understood the gospel or salvation my whole life - its gravity or application. I certainly did not come out of the womb acknowledging sin, being a sinner, or my need of repentance and a savior. These truths were gradually revealed to me by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
South Carolina Pulls Out of Two Liberal Library Associations Over ‘Tone-Deaf’ Anti-Parent ‘Activism’
South Carolina has canceled its membership in two library associations that accuse parents who believe young children should not see pornography of launching "book bans." The South Carolina State Library pulled out of the American Library Association (ALA) over its "tone-deaf ... activism," while the state's public schools exited the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) for creating a "hostile environment" against parents.
As President Joe Biden skipped an event with families still grieving the loss of 9/11, the entire nation ignored, and is in danger of forgetting, the anniversary of another terrorist attack commemorated earlier this month. Labor Day weekend marked the 40th anniversary of an airline assault that exclusively killed innocent Americans, including a sitting U.S. congressman. That congressman's life, legacy, and endless exhortations call for Americans to continue standing against the anti-American, anti-family movements that still threaten us today, at home and abroad.
As House Republicans held the first hearing of an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on Thursday, mainstream media outlets are insisting that there is "no evidence" that Biden abused his office or accepted bribes in relation to his son Hunter's business dealings. But observers and lawmakers are pointing out that even though the evidence-building process is only just beginning, the media already appears to be covering for the president.
Heading into Wednesday's second presidential debate, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel had strong words for her party on abortion. They needed more fight, she argued, more backbone. Under the big lights of the Reagan Library, they delivered. From Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's (R) forceful rebuke of the Left's position to Chris Christie's surprise recitation of his New Jersey record, Republicans finally took the hint that ignoring the issue won't make it go away.
Twenty-five years ago, the Louisiana Family Forum was set in motion, founded by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. The Forum is a nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is dedicated to advancing life, liberty, and limited government within the state. Thursday evening, Perkins was honored at the Forum's Silver Anniversary Gala to reflect on what has been accomplished over the years.
6th Circuit Confirms Rulings, Reverses Preliminary Injunctions against Tennessee, Kentucky SAFE Acts
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday confirmed its earlier rulings and reversed preliminary injunctions against laws in Tennessee and Kentucky that protect minors from gender reassignment procedures. While neither injunction was still in effect, Thursday's ruling establishes the laws in both states on a surer legal footing.
Democratic senator and career bureaucrat Dianne Feinstein of California has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of leftism, abortion advocacy, and destruction of American ideals.
It's official: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has launched the transgender inquisition against non-"affirming" parents that I warned about earlier this month. Yet the Democrat found a cunning way to hide it: He made news by vetoing a horrible bill he was expected to sign.
He may have a degree in Biology from Harvard, but that doesn't mean the Left trusts Vivek Ramaswamy's opinion on the scientific realities of men and women. The young entrepreneur lit up social media Wednesday night for affirming the basic facts of the sexes and declaring transgenderism, "especially in kids" as "a mental health disorder." "We have to acknowledge the truth of that for what it is," Ramaswamy insisted in the second presidential debate. But based on the Democrats' reaction, some people simply aren't ready to.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a package of four bills this year establishing 18 as the minimum age of consent for marriage, affixing her signature to the fourth bill on September 19. Yet while the governor has taken action against child marriage, she has done nothing to protect children from the irreversible, lifelong harm of gender transition procedures - if anything, she has promoted these procedures.
Recent reports show how damaging the southern border crisis continues to be, as millions of migrants stream into the U.S. illegally. Even Barack Obama's Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, admitted, "[T]his needs to be, for the Biden administration, for the U.S. government, an all-hands-on-deck, whole-of-government effort to address this crisis." It's turning "cities upside down," he insisted. Ten years ago, Johnson shook his head, "[We] felt like the world was coming to an end" when the numbers were a fraction of what they are now.
Last week, the North Carolina state legislature gave final approval for a "universal" school choice program that allows all students in the state to receive tuition assistance to pay for private school tuition. Education experts are welcoming the news as a way to expand options for parents and force the public school system to enact reforms.
Veteran reporter and cultural-cum-political commentator Tucker Carlson is declaring that the fight against abortion is in fact a matter of spiritual warfare. Speaking at a gala hosted by The Center for Christian Virtue last week in Cleveland, Carlson stated that abortion is not a "political debate" but a "spiritual battle." The ex-Fox News host said that for most of his life and career "the debates that we had in the political sphere were over competing visions for how to improve people's lives." The prevalence of abortion as a political issue is, argued Carlson, a departure from the sort of debate he and much of America has long been accustomed to.
This week, members of Congress are working against the clock to pass appropriations bills to fund the federal government for the coming year. These bills play a central role in determining how Americans' taxpayer dollars are spent - both for good and for bad. While averting a government shutdown by Saturday has been the media's focus, conservatives in the House have been fighting hard to defend life, natural marriage, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion these past few months. They have recognized that appropriations legislation that would merely maintain the status quo simply isn't sufficient under the Biden administration and have taken bold steps to push back against the administration's radical agenda.
Republican presidential hopefuls upheld parental rights, dismissed gender ideology, and challenged Donald Trump to defend comments that pro-life laws were "terrible" during an often chaotic, two-hour long debate on Wednesday night.
When Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stood in the White House briefing room and called the issue of transgender sports "complicated," she wasn't kidding. For this administration, it's never been more so. With their candidate under water, and every decimal point of polling precious, Biden's team seems to have no choice but to backtrack on some of the president's most radioactive agendas. And as most Americans will tell you, nothing says "political loser" like setting fire to Title IX.
House conservatives aim to pass all 12 appropriations bills through the House and become "the first Congress to do that in some 20 years," said Good. According to Pew Research, Congress has not passed all of the appropriations bills since fiscal year 1997. Since then, Congress has never passed more than five, and in 11 of the past 13 fiscal years, it failed to pass a single one. The U.S. House adopted a rule to advance four appropriations bills this week, setting up votes to fund Defense, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and State-Foreign Operations before new fiscal year begins on Saturday. "This is progress," U.S. Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) argued.
As the 2024 presidential election season swings into full gear, the battle over election integrity measures also appears to be in full swing. In August, two state provisions (in Texas and in Georgia) designed to strengthen the verification process for mail-in ballots were both struck down by district courts. The rulings illustrate the latest skirmish in an ongoing partisan battle over state efforts to strengthen election integrity, which the Left characterizes as "voter suppression" and conservatives say is just common sense.
On September 26, the streets of Philadelphia became a stomping ground for rampant crime. Stores such as Apple, Lulu Lemon, and Foot Locker were ransacked. Akin to a passing tornado, there were shards of broken glass, dismembered mannequins, and whatever material goods were left lay scattered in the mess. Police were outnumbered, resulting in only a dozen arrests among the 100 looters.
Since the Supreme Court unilaterally legalized same-sex marriage in its 2015 Obergefell decision, transgender ideology has swept through America's institutions with bewildering rapidity, toppling nearly all opposition through sheer brazenness. But the pseudo-religion's weakness has always been biological reality - basic facts of human sexuality which have been understood for all of human history. Is reality finally catching up with the confidence game?
Americans removed from the U.S. military because they identified as lesbian or nonbinary have sued the U.S. military for "reparations now," saying it is wrong to deny less-than-honorably-discharged veterans the same benefits earned by those who served honorably - including college tuition, health care, restaurant discounts, and "society's admiration."
The Golden State is putting new legislation in place to penalize school boards and teachers that reject critical race theory (CRT) and LGBT materials in classrooms and school libraries. On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law a bill that bans school boards from removing or censoring books or instructional materials flagged as "diverse," particularly "topics related to race, ethnicity, gender, [and] sexual orientation."
"God's plan includes abortion." "Abortion is okay. You know what's right for you." "Abortion is okay. You are loved." The group called Shout Your Abortion posted these messages on six billboards along Interstate 55 which leads from southern states to Illinois. Supposedly, the organization's goal is to help women with unexpected pregnancies feel loved and "affirmed" as they drive to a state where it is legal to have an abortion.
The Pew Research Center shared survey results earlier this month on the structure of the "modern American family." The report stated, "The American family has undergone significant change in recent decades. There is no longer one predominant family form, and Americans are experiencing family life in increasingly diverse ways." Experts say this familial breakdown is connected to the breakdown of Christianity in the U.S.
The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital has stopped providing gender transition procedures for minors, it announced earlier this month, due to a provision in the Missouri SAFE Act which "creates unsustainable liability" for its operations. The law was passed earlier this year and became effective on August 28, 2023.
The Pentagon quietly implemented, then reversed, new gender-neutral language for military award citations. The new language described both male and female servicemembers with the pronoun "themself." However, that language lasted barely a month before the DOD scrubbed it amid conservative criticism.
As reported last week, the United Nations, with the full backing of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the "adoption" of a "landmark declaration" by member states that appeared to agree to a set of policies in order "prevent" future pandemics. But expert observers are pointing out that the declaration was not only fraudulently adopted, but also contains the blueprint for a future global governance plan that could require vaccine passports for international travel, among other highly controversial provisions.
John Fetterman should not be a United States Senator. Of course, his extreme leftism - for example, his unapologetic endorsement of abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy - and his (now typical for Democrats) allegiance to extra-constitutional governance should be enough to make his presence in the Senate a political impossibility. Sadly, of course, they have not. But there are other reasons why he should leave the office he now occupies.
Our nation is in crisis. It isn't a gun crisis. Or fentanyl crisis. It's not a border crisis - or even a government funding crisis. It is a moral and spiritual crisis. And a sickening video that went viral last weekend fully displays it.
A European politician is calling on his colleagues not to turn a blind eye to rising persecution of Christians. Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Bert-Jan Ruissen staged a display in the European Parliament last week highlighting the rising persecution of Christians worldwide and criticizing the European Union (EU) for remaining "silent."
This letter to the lead singer and frontman of the Irish rock band U2 was transmitted on February 12, 2023, with the hope that it would reach him and prompt a response. Now that September is here and no reply has appeared, and the Las Vegas concert series is imminent, it seems apt to publish it as an open letter. October 21, 2023 will be the third time the author has heard the band in person.
Despite a record-setting number of illegal entries across the southern border, the Biden administration has announced it will deport a Christian family that fled Europe for the right to homeschool their children - a family granted indefinite legal residency by the Obama administration.
After a turbulent week, the relationship between former President Donald Trump and pro-lifers took another testy turn on Saturday night. Days after calling Florida's six-week abortion limit "terrible," the 45th president launched into a lengthy post on Truth Social warning Republicans that it will "be very hard to win Elections" if the party insists on stronger protections for the unborn. No, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel pushed back on Fox News Sunday. What makes it hard to win elections is sitting back and letting Democrats control the conversation. It's time to go on offense, she insisted - and soon.
A new poll has revealed that almost half of Democratic voters think that free speech should be legal only "under certain circumstances," with three quarters of Democrats also saying that the government should restrict "hateful" social media posts. The poll results indicate a continued emphasis toward censorship on the part of left-leaning voters, even in the wake of intense controversy over recent revelations that government actors worked in tandem with social media companies to censor speech.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday vetoed a bill (AB 957) which would have required family courts to consider "a parent's affirmation of the child's gender identity or gender expression" when determining the best interests of the child. "This bill would effectively amend CA code to require family courts to award custody to parents who affirm a child's gender identity and deny custody to parents who do not affirm," explained Meg Kilgannon, Family Research Council's senior fellow for Education Studies. The move disappointed the governor's progressive allies.
"I respect differences of opinion," Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a recent interview. But he followed that statement by saying, "I don't have too much respect for people that are misbehaving in public and then acting as if they know what's right for kids." He added, "There's a team that's fighting for kids and there's a team that's fighting against kids."
In a world increasingly opposed to masculinity, actor, writer, and producer Kevin Sorbo has entered the fight in defending it. In his recently published children's book entitled, "The Test of Lionhood," Sorbo addresses the topic of gender identity while promoting biblical masculinity. "The attack today on masculinity is a call for us to stay vigilant right now," he told Fox News. "Let's let boys be boys and let girls be girls. And let's stop this whole thing about chopping down the men in the world."
In February, news broke that students in the Baltimore public school system were scoring poorly in math examinations, with zero students able to score at a proficient level. In the months since then, it appears that little has changed. On Thursday, Breitbart reported that 13 out of 33 schools in the Baltimore area have zero students with math proficiency, "meaning 40 percent of Baltimore City Schools did not produce a single student proficient in math."
During Thursday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre flatly refused to answer Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy when he pressed her on how the Biden administration is responding to 10,000 migrants crossing the border illegally per day. The moment was illustrative of the ongoing crisis on the U.S. southern border, which observers say is due to the Biden administration largely ignoring immigration laws and letting hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers settle and work in the U.S.
Have you ever wanted to be a political punching bag? Try opening a pro-life pregnancy resource center (PRC) in California. Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) announced a lawsuit Thursday against two faith-based organizations, Heartbeat International (HBI) and RealOptions Obria, which operate pro-life pregnancy resource centers in California and provide abortion pill reversal services. This is not the first time a California attorney general has targeted pro-life pregnancy centers.
On September 20, a beautiful sunny day in Canada, thousands of protestors and counter-protestors flooded the streets of various Canadian cities. Flags and signs clashed as some promoted "parental rights" and others promoted "trans rights." As tensions rose, the police presence grew heavy. Yelling and arguments ensued, with some participants leaving in handcuffs. Who are these "hateful" protestors? Reportedly, they are angry parents, trying to protect their children from being sexualized through LGBT indoctrination in local educational institutions.
After receiving no satisfaction from Attorney General Merrick Garland, a conservative congressman has introduced a bill to "stop giving authority to the Department of Justice to be able to go after people like Mark Houck," the pro-life activist and father of seven arrested by heavily-armed federal agents before being acquitted of all charges.
An explosive TikTok trend has caused many - both men and women - to ask why so many men think so often of the long-gone Roman empire. Countless answers have been proffered, including Hollywood portrayals of Rome as a masculine culture, the inventions the ancient Romans pioneered, and the majestic might the empire represented and exercised. I would suggest the answer may be far simpler, and may even be summarized in a single word: order.
During Family Research Council's Pray Vote Stand Summit last weekend, a panel of experts gathered to discuss "Parents and Policy: The Perfect Team to Stop the Sexualization of Our Children." The panel was composed of three experts representing different organizations within the network of state family councils who advocate for family values at the state capitals across the country. During the session, they shared the progress their organizations were making to ensure the protection of children and explored how parents and policymakers could join the fight.
New research from the United Kingdom is showing that over a third of children placed on puberty blockers and hormone drugs suffered severe mental health deterioration afterwards.
Even after decades of cultural and educational attempts to equate all households with the nuclear family, most Americans do not consider a same-sex couple raising children "completely acceptable" as a family, according to a new poll. The only family form Americans of all backgrounds unconditionally accept is a married father and mother.
"This year, I came into my school library, and there are rows and rows of empty shelves with absolutely no books," said Reina Takata, a 10th grader at Erindale Secondary School outside Toronto, Canada. The desolation appears to be the result of local librarians misinterpreting their instructions to conduct an "equitable" and "inclusive" weeding process. Yet their mistake was not that they deviated from the goal of woke library weeding, but that they reached the end goal a little too quickly.
President Joe Biden's decision to give billions of dollars to Iran and to tell the United Nations he has no intention of "containing" China proves "it is time for us to double-down on an America First foreign policy," a leading Republican senator has declared.
On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding declaration that purported to "strengthen" collaboration and coordination between nations in order to "better prevent, prepare for and respond to pandemics." But experts say that buried in the declaration are references that have nothing to do with preventing pandemics, including language to expand abortion, gender ideology, and speech censorship.
More than a few people scratched their heads when one of the most successful college football coaches in history took a run at the U.S. Senate. Two years later, Democrats are struggling to understand something else: how to shut the Auburn icon down. On Wednesday, deep into his seven-month goal-line stand, the Left learned a lesson that most of Tommy Tuberville's (R-Ala.) opponents already have. This coach doesn't quit.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was grilled by Congress on Wednesday over a wide range of issues, including the FBI's targeting of American Catholics as violent extremists and concerned parents as domestic terrorists, as well as the Justice Department's treatment of Hunter Biden's alleged crimes.
The House voted down a procedural vote to advance the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for the third time on Thursday, with six Republicans joining all Democrats to vote down the measure by a vote of 212-216. Five Republicans had joined Democrats to vote down the bill 212-214 on Tuesday.
To better equip saints for ministry, Richard Harris, executive director for the Truth and Liberty Coalition, laid out five myths that hinder our ability to fulfill the Great Commission at Family Research Council's 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit.
September 7, the day on which 19-year-old YouTuber Iván Daniel Calás Navarro was to celebrate his 20th birthday, was going to be an unforgettable day, and it was, but in a very different way. That day, he received a summons, delivered to his house in Havana, for September 8, 2023, to present himself at a police station known for imprisoning and punishing political dissidents.
The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. is commonly viewed as a place that reflects dignity and honor, a symbol of freedom, rights, faith, hope, and patriotism, the landmark where many important decisions are made that affect those aspirations. So when Senator John Fetterman (D-Pa.) recently made a habit of walking through the Capitol with shorts, sneakers, and a baggy shirt, it became "a point of focus."
U.S House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday delayed a vote on a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government from September 30 - the current deadline - until October 31. "I'm just recircling it; we have people talking together," McCarthy told reporters. "It's coming up." The delay signals a lack of agreement among Republicans, whose slim majority makes it necessary to gain the support of nearly every single member.
Education is a hot topic in the news these days, due in no small part to the blitzkrieg of gender ideology into classrooms, locker rooms, and students' bathrooms. But an oft-forgotten yet still-relevant topic for discussion and concern is the gradual disappearance of the liberal arts.
London Breed, the mayor of San Fransisco, declared the fentanyl crisis a "state of emergency" in 2020, and since then the problem has continued to worsen across the U.S. This week, in an at-home day care in New York City, a one-year-old boy, Nicholas Dominici, died due to drug exposure, with three other children hospitalized.
Even members of Congress need heroes - and those who stand for religious liberty, biological reality, and the right of Christians to have a voice in their own government recently earned the praise of numerous congressmen.
Frustration amongst the pro-life community continues to simmer following Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump's controversial comments on Sunday that questioned the value of federal protections for the unborn. But during Family Research Council's Pray Vote Stand Summit over the weekend, a panel of pro-life experts made it clear that a national consensus is growing to protect babies at a bare minimum of 15 weeks.
A federal judge on Thursday preliminarily enjoined Escondido Unified School District (USD) and other California officials from enforcing a policy requiring teachers to hide students' gender identity from parents against two Christian teachers. The ruling comes days after a state court temporarily blocked an opposite policy in the Chino Valley USD, which required teachers to inform parents if their student sought to change his or her gender identity.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins described Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and his wife Erin as a "D.C. power couple" in a conversation at FRC's 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit. "The Lord has positioned you both in very significant roles," Perkins said. And while he emphasized that they hold those roles with humility, they have also used their positions to bring faith to the forefront.
High school students in the Keystone State are protesting transgender ideology in their bathrooms. Hundreds of students in the Perkiomen Valley School District north of Philadelphia staged a walkout on Friday, in response to the school board allowing students who identify as transgender to use whichever bathroom they like.
As the battle over transgender identities and gender transition procedures for minors continues to rage across America, a panel discussion at Family Research Council's Pray Vote Stand Summit over the weekend explored the perspectives of four individuals firmly entrenched in the conflict, including the powerful witness of a mother whose daughter now identifies as male.
Pro-life advocates have called Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump's comments "disturbing" after the 45th president said he will "bring peace" on abortion by negotiating a plan that pleases "both" abortion foes and activists - and attacked some of his rivals' more comprehensive protections for life.
Pastor Jack Hibbs of Real Life ministry and Pastor Gary Hamrick from Cornerstone Chapel delivered two prominent speeches at the 2023 Family Research Council Pray Vote Stand Summit. The pastors gave two separate messages, yet they shared one common theme: "It's not political. It's biblical."
Hispanic voters are increasingly embracing conservative politics, according to participants in a Saturday panel at the 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit (PVSS). "We're seeing a shift of Hispanic voters towards the right," said Alfonzo Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. "It's growing to the right," agreed Nilsa Alvarez, Hispanic Division Director for Faith & Freedom Coalition. "And it's obvious that the conservative movement is on the go."
Both Jacob Kersey and Sophia Lorey, by standing firm on the Word of God, have lost friends, jobs, and been insulted continuously by those who hate truth. So, what did these two individuals have to share with the young crowd before them? What was their advice for how to stand firm when inevitable trials come?
U.S. senators on the Intelligence Committee are demanding the nation's top law enforcement agency explain why it was targeting Catholics. Eight members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence published a letter last week to FBI director Christopher Wray, giving him until September 29 to explain how the Richmond field office crafted a memo detailing plans to unconstitutionally spy on American Catholics and to report what measures he and other FBI leadership are putting in place to ensure religious liberty is never threatened in this way again.
While many pro-life organizations warn the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) needs more guardrails against abortion, some evangelicals who work on the AIDS issue deny the problem exists. Shepherd Smith, co-founder of Children's AIDS Fund International and one of PEPFAR's early evangelical advocates, called it "simply false" that PEPFAR dollars fund abortion.
Have you ever heard the prayer, or even prayed it yourself, "Lord, break my heart for what breaks Yours?" I know I have both heard it and prayed it. Maybe you have, too. But how often have we paused to consider what that prayer actually means? If we are praying for our hearts to break over the same things that would grieve our heavenly Father, then, first, we must think about what those things are.
Former President Donald Trump has promised he will pardon or commute the sentences of sidewalk counselors, pro-life advocates, and "every political prisoner who's been unjustly persecuted by the Biden administration" on the first day he returns to office, he told the 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit on Friday.
As president of the United States, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) will rely on God, empower parents, protect religious liberty, and stand up to the government and corporate forces waging a war on Christians, the governor told the 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit on Friday night.
Results from the 2024 presidential straw poll at the Pray Vote Stand Summit 2023.
At the Pray Vote Stand Summit (PVSS) in Washington, D.C. on Friday, venture capitalist Vivek Ramaswamy confronted what he described as a "national identity crisis." Said the 38-year-old Ohioan, "Faith, patriotism, hard work, family - these things have disappeared. And that leaves a moral vacuum in its wake."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former President Donald Trump has won Family Research Council Action's Pray Vote Stand Summit Straw Poll, receiving nearly 64 percent of the votes cast. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finished second with just over 27 percent of the vote.
As Mike Pence addressed the Pray Vote Stand Summit (PVSS) in Washington, D.C. Friday, the former vice president appeared to be a longshot candidate according to the latest Fox News GOP primary poll, which found him tied for fifth place, drawing the support of 3% of survey respondents. In a speech that zeroed in on painting Joe Biden's presidency as a failure, Pence outlined "a national pro-family strategy" that focused heavily on hot button issues, including gender transition procedures for minors, girls' sports, and abortion.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) will kick off a weekend of campaign events focused on faith with what sources have touted as a major policy speech on religious liberty at the Pray Vote Stand Summit (PVSS) Friday night - and he began by sharing his favorite Bible verse.
New Jersey's Sussex County Republican Party is circulating a billboard campaign that will alert residents to Governor Phil Murphy's (D) "Sex Ed Mandates." The Sussex County GOP is warning residents that "no family is safe" under the governor's mandates. The advertisements will run in more than 50 locations in northwest New Jersey and are scheduled to run throughout the election period - until November 2024.
Radical leftists are attacking more churches across the United States. The Second Baptist Church in Palermo, Maine was vandalized Saturday night with pro-abortion and pro-LGBT slogans. Graffitied phrases read, "Abortion is our human right" and "Queer love 4 eva." The church also had a sign stating, "Abortion is murder," which vandals covered with red paint. State Rep. Katrina Smith (R-Palermo) classified the vandalism as a "hate crime," saying, "This is an escalation of violence against the church."
On Thursday, Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) along with 29 other congressmen sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland expressing "grave concern" over the online spread of child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) that are generated by artificial intelligence (AI). The letter comes amid heightened alarm from a wide swath of governmental officials and family advocates over the issue.
It appears that attempts in some quarters of the GOP to rebrand the term "pro-life" to "pro-baby" is not settling well among many liberals and conservatives alike. Democrats, such as former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, are openly mocking this potential switch, comparing unborn babies to "a lump of coal." At the same time, conservatives claim this rebrand would not solve the "larger problem."
The White House's first priority after House Republicans launched an impeachment inquiry was to direct the media how to cover it. It's arrogant. It's a gamble. And it's exactly the sort of behavior that typifies this administration. "The letter has an uncomfortable feeling of marching orders to the media," suggested George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.
A federal judge is blocking New Mexico's restrictive new gun control measures. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Herrera Urias issued a temporary restraining order against a ban on lawful carrying of firearms ordered by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) last week.
Video of Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) went viral on X Tuesday when he read pornographic excerpts from "All Boys Aren't Blue" and "Gender Queer," which are intended for children, before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At the time of this writing, Ilham Aliyev, the Islamist President of Azerbaijan, continues to enforce a genocidal siege against Artsakh. With the encouragement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Aliyev is choosing death by starvation as his weapon of choice against Artsakh's Armenian Christian enclave. His intention is to reclaim the disputed territory of Artsakh and to relocate Azeri Muslims there.
The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) passed a resolution to "oppose medical and surgical gender transition treatment for minors" at its annual convention over the weekend. The state medical association is the first mainstream association to challenge the trans ideology promulgated by national medical associations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Endocrine Society.
On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it would unfreeze $6 billion in frozen Iranian money and release five Iranian citizens held in the U.S. in exchange for five U.S. citizens imprisoned in Iran. Lawmakers and foreign policy experts are sharply criticizing the deal, saying that it will encourage hostile foreign actors to continue to take American hostages and that the unfrozen money will likely be used to fund terrorism.
A high-ranking CIA officer has told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that members of the agency's COVID Discovery Team who believed the evidence pointed to a lab leak "were given a significant monetary incentive to change their position."
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on Tuesday has put Rep. Greg Steube's (R-Fla.) four articles of impeachment against Biden back into the spotlight, which were further discussed on Tuesday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins."
Kim Jong Un, once called the "Shining Sun" by his terrified and deluded subjects in North Korea, has arrived in Russia to conduct business with his fellow explorer of the depths of depravity, Vladimir Putin. Kim travels in a massive bullet-proof train so laden with metal plating that it can only move "at a glacial pace compared to most modern trains."
The staff responsible for carrying out the day-to-day administration of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have a strong partisan bias towards Democrats, according to an August report published by The Heritage Foundation. According to FEC filings for the 2019-2020 election cycle reviewed by Heritage, over 90% of staff who donated to political causes donated to Democrats - for both government agencies and top program partners.
America stepped closer to a legal reckoning for President Joe Biden, as the Speaker of the House announced he formally launched an impeachment inquiry into the president for "allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - FRC Action announced today that former Congressman and Family Research Council's Senior Vice President Jody Hice will serve as the new president of FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council. Hice previously represented the 10th congressional district of Georgia from 2015 to 2023. Tony Perkins, who continues to serve as president of Family Research Council, will become FRC Action's chairman.
As reported by The Hill, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the Biden administration is likely guilty of violating the First Amendment due to "pressuring social media companies to moderate their content on misinformation surrounding vaccines" during the initial wave of the virus.
As Senator Tommy Tuberville's (R-Ala.) military promotions standoff with the White House over its abortion policy in the armed forces enters its eighth month, members of the senator's own party are beginning to grumble that his refusal to relent is hurting military readiness. But Tuberville stood his ground during an interview Monday, making it clear that the ball is in the Biden administration's court to reverse course.
Far-left activists barged into House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office Monday, linking arms and chanting, "Pass PEPFAR now, McCarthy!" The protest briefly interrupted staffers' typically quiet Monday morning before Capitol police arrived and arrested seven protestors who refused to leave. The protest appears to be part of a larger media campaign by far-left groups, including abortion groups, to boost PEPFAR.
On the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, Joe Biden once again made history for all the wrong reasons - ignoring grieving families, lying to U.S. soldiers, and attempting to cut a plea bargain with terrorist masterminds while sending billions of dollars to the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Here are seven examples.
America needs allies, which means we need NATO and our other friends in places like South Korea, Japan, and Australia. But our resources are not infinite. The lamp of liberty needs more than one source of fuel. Nations that value their own independence, freedom, and security should remember that.
On Monday, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) along with 14 other senators and congressmen sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) demanding that it deny the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) request to reschedule marijuana as a lower-risk Schedule III drug. The letter comes as a growing chorus of lawmakers and experts warn of the manifold harms to society that could result from removing prohibitions on the drug.
Despite a strong majority of Americans supporting some form of limit on abortion, Democrats have repeatedly refused to draw a line in recent years.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Friday suspended the right to bear arms to send "a resounding message." The order apparently comes in response to the Wednesday shooting death of the third New Mexico child since July 28 - each an unspeakable tragedy, to be sure. But the "message" it sends is way off target.
On September 8, the California State Assembly passed a bill that requires judges presiding over child custody cases to consider a parent's willingness to support their child's chosen gender identity in deciding if that parent should be granted custody. The bill received swift condemnation from a wide swath of Americans, including parental rights advocates, detransitioners, lawmakers, and public figures.
The use of psychedelic drugs is becoming increasingly mainstream. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) co-sponsored a psychedelic therapy bill to advocate using psychedelics in treating depression and PTSD in military veterans. Many media outlets are promoting the use as well, claiming there are many benefits. However, despite the push to emphasize these supposed benefits, experts are bringing awareness to a host of concerns.
While pro-life advocates warn that the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) subsidizes non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform and advocate for abortion overseas, PEPFAR's controversial allocations are not confined to NGOs, nor to the abortion issue. "Everyone is pointing to abortion, but we should also be looking at the comprehensive sexuality education," Keystone Policy founder and CEO Bethany Kozma told The Washington Stand.
The end times is a mysterious, frightening, and controversial subject. Many have attempted to answer questions about the timing of Christ's return, the rapture, the Great Tribulation, and other biblical prophecies, and countless groups and apocalyptic prophets have spawned since Jesus's resurrection. Indeed, Christians have been wrestling with eschatology, particularly the book of Revelation, for centuries.
Preaching may not be the oldest profession, but it's an occupation that's been around since the days of Noah. And as long as there have been preachers, there have been sermons. And as long as there have been sermons, there have been long sermons. And with all sermons whether long or short, preachers must spend time in preparation (if they don't, you just hang on for dear life until the rambling is finished). Studying for sermons is hard work and help for the pastor is usually welcome. Enter the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) sermon aids. With drive-thru attendants already being replaced, it was only a matter of time before AI came for your pastor. Well, maybe not your entire pastor just yet, but his sermon is certainly in jeopardy.
The public school and the local library "needs to be a site of socialist organizing," said the head of the American Library Association (ALA) at a conference that advocated abolishing the family, replacing mothers and fathers with collective parenting, and forming a mass movement to protect children's "right" to engage in prostitution.
The Biden administration has awarded an anti-terrorism grant worth more than half-a-million dollars to an LGBTQ activist group, which distributes condoms and "sex education" material, to expand its "in-school support for LGBTQ+ youth" as young as age 6. The manifesto of its school-based group - which is based on the Black Panthers - calls for the "abolition" of the police, the erasure of the U.S. border, and the "reclamation" of all "stolen lands" by indigenous people.
On Tuesday, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) staff attorney Thomas Jergens was among 61 individuals indicted in Atlanta on racketeering charges, which include a mob attack on a public safety training facility near the city in March. Experts are noting that the violent, extremist tactics employed by Jergens are characteristic of the SPLC's efforts to target conservative organizations.
The legacy media, congressional Democrats, and left-wing foreign aid experts are accusing Republicans in Congress of making a mountain out of a molehill in demanding guardrails against abortion funding for "the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief," or PEPFAR, which is scheduled to expire on October 1, among a press of surging budget deadlines. But are they?
It's the central command of Great Commission, but for many Christians, making disciples seems to be an accessory to their walk with Jesus. In his new book "Raising Spiritual Champions: Nurturing Your Child's Heart, Mind and Soul," George Barna, a senior research fellow for Family Research Council's Center for Biblical Worldview, tackles the subject of discipling America's children. Following a significant body of research among the practices of churches in the United States, Barna identifies some of the shortcomings of children's ministry today, and offers some potential solutions based on that research.
A Medal of Honor ceremony spun sideways Tuesday after President Biden exited the White House East Room before the closing benediction. When asked about it, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden's actions were done "very purposefully."
One of the Senate's pro-life leaders has rebuffed claims that he is "aiding and abetting communism" by holding up promotions of top military brass until the Biden administration rescinds a policy forcing taxpayers to fund abortion-related travel for enlisted mothers. His office has also refuted the notion that his actions are "unprecedented" by furnishing The Washington Stand with a list of prior holds on military promotions - initiated by Democrats and Republicans alike - stretching back 31 years.
Twenty-three U.S. states have already set into motion laws that ban biological men from competing in women's sports. Considering the vast physiological differences between men and women, as many experts have emphasized, this is a huge win for advocates of girls' sports. After action by state officials, Alaska may be next in line to enact a similar ban.
As health experts downgraded the danger of the latest COVID variant, news broke Sunday that the Biden administration hid government data from the public in 2021 showing that COVID cases among vaccinated seniors was spiking. Medical experts and lawmakers say that the Biden administration is continuing its pattern of distorting and concealing scientific evidence and data surrounding the virus for political gain and societal control.
The Old Dominion state's governor is campaigning for Republican control of the Virginia legislature in an effort to pass pro-life legislation. Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) launched a bus tour on Labor Day, pushing for early and absentee voting among Republicans ahead of the state's General Assembly election in November later this year.
The online job search company Indeed has announced it will now cover up to $10,000 in expenses for employees who want to relocate for "gender-affirming care," a policy that went into effect in July of this year. The financial aid is for staff and their immediate family members who identify, according to Axios, as "gender non-conforming, transgender, or non-binary," and who live in a state where laws restrict access to medical transitions and cross-sex hormones.
Parental rights triumphed over the transgender agenda in the shadow of California's capital overnight, as the state's fifth school district adopted a policy requiring teachers to notify parents if their children begin to identify as a member of another sex.
The Republican conundrum with former President Donald Trump is now well documented. For whatever reason, every indictment makes him stronger and his nomination as the Republican candidate in 2024 seems likely, despite the fact that there hasn't been a single primary vote cast. Things can change, but history says it won't.
"Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL - missing from too many lives and too many homes." This was a statement by a presidential candidate. Was it former Vice President Mike Pence, who made this declaration? Senator Tim Scott? Vivek Ramaswamy? No, it actually wasn't said during the recent Republican presidential debate. It was said in 2008 by then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
On August 30, reports surfaced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will review a recommendation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reclassify marijuana as a lower-risk Schedule III drug. Experts warn that because of marijuana's proven track record of being used as a gateway drug to highly addictive narcotics such as fentanyl, the move could lead to increased drug addiction and abuse nationwide.
After several controversial moves by Disney that observers say are entrenching them in the culture wars, including partnering with a gender-fluid identifying influencer, promoting drag shows, and banning the use of "gender greetings," the entertainment giant has lost over half of its market capitalization - currently sitting at a nine-year low. This has resulted in declining theme park attendees, angry parents, a decreasing number of Disney+ subscribers, and upset shareholders.
A Georgia law protecting minors from irreversible cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgeries went back into effect on Tuesday as a result of the 11th Circuit's recent ruling in favor of a similar law in Alabama. A federal district judge stayed her own preliminary injunction against Georgia's law pending further action at the circuit court level. "It is undisputed that this Court's preliminary injunction rests on legal grounds that have been squarely rejected" by the 11th Circuit, she admitted.
The Biden administration is moving to shield one of its top transgenderism advocates in the midst of an Alabama lawsuit over protecting children from gender transition procedures. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed the Vulnerable Child Protection Act (VCAP) into law last year, making it a felony for doctors to prescribe hormones or puberty-blocking drugs for minors or perform gender transition surgeries on minors. The law was temporarily halted by a U.S. District Court after several plaintiffs, including the Department of Justice, filed a lawsuit.
Recently, I watched a video by a young former pastor who has renounced his Christian faith. This young man's issue was not the historical credibility of the resurrection of Jesus or the reliability of the Exodus narrative. Instead, he was offended by the idea that a God of mercy would not welcome into eternal life everyone who seemed to be earnest in whatever faith they have. Put simply, this former pastor decided to create a new god, one in his own image.
According to recent reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin are planning to meet in Russia to discuss weapons. Putin would like to receive more weaponry for the war happening between Russia and Ukraine. In exchange, Kim seeks from Russia advanced technology for satellites, nuclear-powered submarines, and food aid for his starving people. It is possible this deal between the countries could be solely transactional.
Since the beginning of 2020, when the COVID pandemic caused widespread and lengthy public school shutdowns and vaccine requirements that proved to be immensely controversial, a growing number of parents are removing their students from public schools and enrolling them in private ones. Among the private schools that have seen substantial growth are classical Christian schools, which focus on instilling students with a biblical worldview through the wisdom and traditions of Western civilization that have been established for centuries.
Former President Donald J. Trump is dominating the GOP primary field, according to several polls. A Wall Street Journal survey published Saturday shows that Trump is the top presidential pick for 59% of Republican voters, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in second place at 13%. None of the other Republican contenders polled higher than single digits.
An LGBT pressure group that advocates teaching transgender ideology to children in preschool has endorsed an abortion-related state constitutional amendment that could also create a constitutional "right" for minors to have transgender surgeries without their parents' knowledge or approval. In addition, the transgender activist group is joined by one of the nation's largest profiteers from injecting minors and young adults with cross-sex hormones.
It's a running joke that Ecclesiastes is one of the most depressing books in the Bible. That's not surprising when you read "all is vanity" throughout the chapters of the relatively short book. You read, "There's nothing new under the sun," this is vanity, and that is vanity. ALL is vanity! It's as though that's all you see saturating the pages. If that were true - if that was all there was - I'd be depressed, too. Indeed, I once was.
Marxism is a material philosophy that denies the existence of anything but the physically substantial. Thus, communism's hatred of religion, which proposes that there is an unseen world and that life beyond the grave should concern mortal men and women.
Labor Day has never made much sense to me. After all, it was a day off work that somehow was supposed to recognize... work. Add to that the fact that most people have no pointed celebration to the day's stated purpose. The grand finale of summer holidays - with Memorial Day marking summer's beginning and Independence Day the midpoint - has never seemed to have a purpose.
On Thursday's edition of "Washington Watch" with Tony Perkins and Jody Hice, Edward Graham, chief operating officer for the Christian international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, was invited on to discuss what is being done for the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. Graham is also operating a team to bring relief in Maui from the fires.
Amid growing fears that Americans could face more COVID-19 lockdowns or mandates, Republican candidates vying for the 2024 presidential nomination say they are firmly against such restrictive measures.
On Friday, reports surfaced that an all-time record was set in August for the most ever arrests of migrants who are part of a family group illegally crossing the U.S. southern border in one month. The news highlights an ongoing surge of migrants showing up at the border due to relaxed admittance policies put in place by the Biden administration, which is also attracting potential domestic terrorists, as reported by CNN this week.
As Democrats continue to attack a conservative Supreme Court justice, his former law clerks are coming to his defense. A total of 112 of Justice Clarence Thomas's former law clerks wrote a letter earlier this week defending his character, his integrity, and his jurisprudence.
California mom Jessica Konen won a $100,000 settlement from her daughter's school district, Spreckels Union School District, after Buena Vista Middle School had socially transitioned her 11-year-old daughter, Alicia, without her knowledge or consent. The school district still refuses to admit that it's at fault.
Only one roadway, the Lachin Corridor, provides a highway to and from Artsakh and Armenia. And for the past several months that road has been blockaded by the Azeris, cutting off the delivery of all provisions to Karabakh, including food, medication, and emergency services.
Parents in the Golden State are using ballot boxes to take a stand against state-imposed gender ideology. The Protect Kids California coalition launched three ballot initiatives Monday, designed to tackle gender ideology in the classroom, on the sports field, and in the doctor's office.
Finland seems eager to send the West spiraling back into a new and real Dark Ages of anti-Christian discrimination after putting Paivi Rasanen back on trial for simply articulating a Christian perspective on marriage and sexuality.
Literature, film, and even video games have all produced various visions of dictatorial dystopias and ruthless regimes, yet all have been, of necessity, outlandish - necessarily so because each tale of totalitarianism is meant to be a warning, and warnings must always be writ large and in brightly-colored letters, not whispered or scrawled on the corner of a notepad.
Family Research Council recently released a survey on adult churchgoers regarding worldview and various social issues. Within the survey, participants were asked, "Does the Bible address the question, 'Is transgenderism morally acceptable?'" According to the poll, 52% believe the Bible is clear and decisive about the matter, 19% say the Bible is unclear or ambiguous, 20% believe the Bible does not address it, and 9% claim they do not know.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that it would remove 27 previously "unverified" Chinese entities from an economic blacklist ahead of an official state visit to China by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Experts are noting that it is unclear what political victory the U.S. got in return for rewarding China with the blacklist removals, especially as the Chinese economy teeters on the edge of a downturn.
Pro-lifers are fighting to stay out of jail after being convicted of federal crimes by a Washington, D.C. jury. Five pro-life activists with the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) organization were convicted Tuesday of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and were immediately jailed.
‘On the Verge of a Banana Republic’: Biden Used Air Force Two, Pseudonyms to Enrich His Family, GOP Says
As Barack Obama's vice president, Joe Biden sent more than 5,000 emails under a host of false names and abused federal resources to facilitate his son, Hunter Biden's foreign influence-peddling businesses, Republicans say. The combination of corruption and federal agencies refusing to make the records public leaves America "on the verge of being a banana republic," according to one U.S. congressman.
This week, one of the leading retail firms in America was the latest casualty of San Francisco's collapse. Iconic retailer Nordstrom has announced that after 35 years, it is shutting down. As Fortune's Chris Morris writes, Nordstrom is "the latest retailer to capitulate to rising crime and lower foot traffic." The company owning the mall where Nordstrom had its building said the retailer's decision to shutter "underscores the deteriorating situation in downtown San Francisco."
According to Axios, "Colorado is a leading provider nationwide of abortions." A June report from the Society of Family Planning stated that "the share of abortion pills provided via telehealth in Colorado increased to 20 percent in March 2023, up from 14% in April 2022. ... The proportion of telehealth abortions in the state is three times the national average of 7.4 percent." As a result, abortions in Colorado have increased by an estimated 4,500.
The Naval Academy is actively seeking to hire a "specialist in Gender and Sexuality Studies" to bring midshipmen "up to date" with LGBT issues. Authors known for holding leftist, feminist, and sexually activist views such as Audre Lorde, Sarah Ahmed, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Gloria Anzaldua will be studied.
A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that 3,678 individuals between 12 and 18 years of age underwent reconstructive surgeries to resemble the opposite sex between 2016 and 2019. The study dramatically undercuts a common narrative among transgender activists that transgender surgeries on minors are "very rare."
The Democratic Party signaled it plans to stake the 2024 election on its role as the champions of unrestricted abortion-on-demand, spending tens of millions of dollars on a new, negative ads slinging mud at pro-life Republicans. The Biden-Harris campaign debuted a 60-second ad, titled "These Guys," after the first Republican presidential debate, held at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum arena last Wednesday.
The Golden State's attorney general is suing a school district for ensuring parents know when their children try to transition their genders. California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) filed a lawsuit Monday against Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), alleging the school district's policy requiring faculty and staff to notify parents of students' attempted gender transitions is a civil rights violation.
According to the Financial Times, mothers are re-entering the workforce at significantly high rates, with "more mothers in the workforce ... since the labour department began tracking them in 1948, according to an analysis of government labour market data." But what is causing this?
Despite NASCAR's claims about being an equal opportunity employer, their "Diversity Internship" has officially banned white people from applying. The job listing states, "We seek to attract and retain the best qualified people available. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race [or] color." Yet, according to The Daily Wire, "The first bullet point listed under the heading 'Program Requirements' reads: 'Be a member of one or more of the following races/ethnic minority classifications: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Latino or Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.'"
The city council of Waterloo, Iowa voted this week to repeal its ban on counseling therapy for minors seeking help with unwanted gender and sexual confusion. The move is the latest in a series of reversals of counseling bans that experts say is a welcome sign for the freedom of clients to choose their own counseling goals free from political ideology and censorship.
Earlier this summer, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin floated the idea of a constitutional amendment to block the state government from forcing church closures during health emergencies. Ultimately, the rise in interest for amendments of this nature, and the continued issue of state-ordered church closers, raises deeper questions that Christians ought to consider regarding their churches' purposes.
New reports are revealing that the owner of a major do-it-yourself pornography subscription website made over $1 million a day last year. According to financial statements, OnlyFans owner Leonid Radvinsky netted over $338 million in 2022, a little over $1 million per working day, in addition to his regular annual salary, which was not disclosed.
A growing number of Christians who believe in traditional morality are finding themselves without financial services, both in the U.S. and around the world, as Western leaders engage in "insufferable" actions that resemble secular "religious fundamentalists who are intolerant of other faiths."
President Joe Biden has announced his plans to request funding from Congress for a new vaccine - deeming it "necessary" and one he "recommends" everyone take. "I signed off this morning on a proposal ... for additional funding for a new vaccine that is necessary, that works," he said.
There aren't a lot of 19-year-olds who give up their birthdays to go to Congress and plead for kids' lives. But Chloe Cole isn't your average teenager. The face of the detransitioner movement has come into her own by walking a painful path she prays no one else follows. Now, after years of suffering, self-doubt, and irreversible surgery, Chloe is a living warning to parents that the scars of trying to be someone else never fully heal.
Across a wide age range, a record number of Americans are remaining single. Recent data shows that the average age for marriage for both men and women now hovers around 30, while a record amount of 40-year-olds have never been married. As a negative cultural view of marriage grows among younger generations, studies show that married individuals are not only happier, but also more financially stable than their single counterparts.
A rock and roll legend is taking on woke culture and the transgender agenda, despite the backlash. In an interview last week with Stereogum, shock-rocker Alice Cooper shared his thoughts on how ridiculous woke culture is. "The whole woke thing ... who's making the rules?" he asked. "Is there a building somewhere in New York where people sit down every day and say, 'Okay, we can't say 'mother' now. We have to say 'birthing person.' Get that out on the wire right now?' Who is this person that's making these rules?" The 75-year-old rock star clarified, "I'm not being old school about it. I'm being logical about it."
Small-town YMCAs in suburban Ohio have launched themselves headfirst into the transgender debate by allowing men who "identify" as women to access women's locker rooms. And women who have belonged to these supposedly family-friendly YMCAs for years are discovering, to their shock, that management considers their safety and privacy inferior to the feelings of men.
Economic weakness and radical policies are pushing nations away from the U.S. and into the arms of China and Russia, a well-known business school head stated Friday. "The U.S. is clearly losing our authority on the world stage," former Congressman Dave Brat said on August 25's "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins."
Wednesday's presidential debate has many voters thinking about which candidate they prefer. It's an important question, but we should remember that human leaders will always disappoint us. Only God is worthy of our complete and ultimate trust. That's one major theme flowing throughout the book of Isaiah.
On Wednesday, the Center for Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council released the results of a nationwide study analyzing the beliefs of American churchgoers. The FRC survey covered an area of theological and worldview issues. A portion of the study specifically looked at what churchgoers believe about abortion and the Bible's teaching on life. What follows are 10 survey findings related to abortion that merit our attention.
British neonatal nurse Lucy Letby will serve the rest of her life in prison for murdering seven infants and attempting to kill six more. It is unnecessary to review the details of her wicked acts; they are too painful to recite. The repugnance of Letby's actions is universal. Yet the coverage of her actions and trial demonstrates a moral blindness that is striking in its scope.
A report from January revealed that the state of Louisiana currently has the second highest homicide rate in the nation. Rising crime across the South has led pastors to become increasingly concerned, and Family Research Council led a gathering of pastors in Baton Rouge Friday to pray for a revival and plan for a renewed focus on reducing crime in the Bayou State.
A federal judge is denying parents in Maryland the opportunity to opt out of subjecting their children to LGBT grooming material in classrooms. On Thursday, U.S. District Court judge Deborah Boardman, a Biden appointee, rejected a petition brought by Old Line State parents requesting the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) district, the state's largest school district, restore a policy allowing parents to opt their children out of sexually-charged reading and classroom discussions.
As he departed an Atlanta-area jail Thursday night, former President Donald Trump derided his fourth indictment as a form of "election interference" designed to thwart his presidential campaign and stifle constitutionally protected free speech rights.
Democrats have long relied on lies in an effort to push the slaughter of the unborn, but Wednesday night's GOP primary debate saw even some Republicans muddy the waters. Here are the top three lies told about abortion in and around the debate.
A New York Times article title on Monday might have bested the stiff competition for Worst Headline of the Year if it weren't so unoriginal. "Elections Are Bad for Democracy," announced the bold print (since modified) above a think piece by guest writer Dr. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (the same Wharton School that predicted the Inflation Reduction Act would not reduce inflation).
Surveys show that Christian identity is in decline in America. A study conducted by Family Research Council suggests that only 6% of the adult population has an authentic biblical worldview. So how can believers more effectively spread the gospel and begin to reverse the trend? Sociologist and researcher George Barna has an answer: it starts with children and how they are raised.
It is not hard to claim, from one's own experience, that we live in strange and confusing times. But on occasion, you get demonstrable proof that we do. In June 2023, Family Research Council conducted a national survey of approximately 1,000 adults who attend church at least once a month, asking them questions on a range of social issues.
Parents in the Golden State are protesting new state measures that would strip parents of their right to raise their children. The California Family Council hosted a rally outside the state capitol in Sacramento on Monday to call attention to a spate of state bills that would stifle parental rights and give the state legislature, school boards, and social workers greater authority over children than parents have.
With Donald Trump absent, abortion took center stage at the first Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Wednesday night, as the next tier of presidential hopefuls ran the gamut from accusing the party of "demonizing" the issue to declaring it "a moral issue" worthy of federal protection.
Denmark has "initiated a more cautious approach to [gender transition] hormone therapy [for minors] until more evidence is available for its beneficial effect," according to a recent article in the journal of the Danish Medical Association, Ugeskrift for Laeger. The Danish-language article identified increasing reports of detransitioners, psychiatric comorbidities, and an "underexplained" prevalence of teen girls seeking to transition as reasons for caution.
Schools rooted in a biblical worldview are seeing increased enrollment in the Old Dominion, while public schools are faltering. According to a recent report, Catholic schools in northern Virginia have seen a 10% increase in enrollment since 2019. The Catholic diocese of Arlington covers the entirety of northern Virginia, including Loudoun County, which has been at the heart of the controversy over gender ideology in schools.
New Survey of Churchgoers Reveals Strong Political Engagement, Mixed Views on Social Issues and Doctrine
Family Research Council's Center for Biblical Worldview released the results of an extensive survey Wednesday on the views of adult churchgoers in America on social issues and worldview. While the vast majority of respondents said that it is important for Christians to have a biblical worldview, experts remain concerned about the mixed responses on social issues like abortion and basic doctrinal questions.
A new poll has revealed parents in a deep-blue state actually support schools notifying parents of students' gender transition efforts. According to a Monmouth University survey, 77% of adults (including 81% of parents of minors) in New Jersey want schools to require teachers to inform parents if students identify as a gender other than their biological sexes, and 59% of adults said teachers should inform parents even if there's no requirement. Among Republicans, 92% support the mandate, as do a majority (61%) of Democrats.
The Biden administration has issued federal regulations turning pro-life legislation into a guarantee of abortion-on-demand and forced every employer to become part of the "machinery of death," a former Trump administration official has warned. The Biden administration has issued two controversial federal rules that would further advance the interests of the abortion lobby.
A California library is taking flak for silencing an event speaker for supposedly "misgendering" biological men who identify as transgender.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Monday vacated a preliminary injunction against Alabama's Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which had blocked the section of the law protecting minors from puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. The unanimous decision denied that the law "amounts to a sex-based classification" and found no "constitutional right to 'treat [one's] children with transitioning medications subject to medically accepted standards."
President Joe Biden delivered the latest in a series of "Bidenomics" speeches in Milwaukee on August 15, following it up with yet another "victory lap" at the White House the next day. But a strong majority of the American public disapproves of the president's handling of the economy, with a leading expert stating that Biden has not put in place "a single policy ... that [has] help[ed] our economy."
With its population dwindling, the state of Michigan has taken out ads trying to lure businesses to relocate from pro-life states, because Michigan is "on the right side of history" on abortion and same-sex marriage - an action critics call "ignorant" or "evil."
Driving with friends along Israel's sun-drenched border with Lebanon was a fascinating way to begin my latest visit to the Jewish State. And, fortunately, on that bright mid-August day, it felt like a perfectly calm and serene outing. It was, for me, an opportunity to see that northernmost edge of Israel, which I had never visited during the decade I lived in Jerusalem. In fact, I had first moved to Jerusalem during the 2006 Lebanon War. And tensions and conflicts with that northern neighbor - and specifically with its Hezbollah terrorist organization - have never really subsided since.
A new report is sounding the alarm on the growing number of schools embracing transgender ideology and keeping parents in the dark. According to Parents Defending Education, at least 1,040 U.S. school districts have adopted policies instructing or encouraging faculty and staff to keep students' gender identities a secret from parents. Those districts include over 18,000 schools responsible for nearly 11 million students. The vast majority of those school districts (593) are in California.
Just as American patriots once agreed on what liberty is while sitting around their drinks in pubs, just as they once proclaimed what they knew to be true in the pages of their newspapers and gazettes, just as they once shouted their common beliefs in the streets, so too have today's American patriots, speaking in today's town square, agreed that conservatives must not condemn or denigrate Christianity but embrace it.
On the afternoon of Friday, August 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quietly released the latest U.S. southern border numbers, which indicate that the number of migrant apprehensions surged 33% in July over the previous month of June. At the same time, reports surfaced Sunday that the Biden administration is auctioning off unused border wall materials as a result of President Biden halting the wall's construction on his first day in office in January 2021.
The Biden DOJ's reputation for evenhanded justice just suffered another mortal blow from an unexpected assailant: The New York Times. The legacy outlet obtained "over 200 pages of confidential correspondence" between Hunter Biden's legal team and the Office of U.S. Attorney General for Delaware David Weiss (R), and the contents, published Saturday, were highly unflattering to the prosecutor.
As we are just days away from the first Republican Primary debate, undoubtedly the topic of fiscal conservatism versus social conservatism will come up in the conversation. There are some Republicans who will say that in order to beat Joe Biden next November, Republicans must stay away from social issues (i.e., LGBTQ agendas, abortion, etc.) and focus on economic issues. But is this a wise strategy?
Deepening the ongoing presidential corruption scandal, emails obtained from the federal government show that then-Vice President Joe Biden maintained email addresses under numerous false names, including "Robert L. Peters," which interacted with Hunter Biden about Ukraine and presidential appointments. The documents come to light as congressional Republicans edge closer to holding impeachment hearings - a step a leading congressman calls "long past" due and which a conservative leader says pro-family advocates should strongly support.
The headline in Christianity Today's analysis of the hit song "Rich Men North of Richmond" blares: "Oliver Anthony's Viral Hit Doesn't Love Its Neighbors." The sort of people who read Christianity Today, however, should be asking themselves if they love Virginia resident Oliver Anthony, who wrote and sang it.
Sage Steele was an 11-year-old girl watching the 1984 Olympics when she decided to become a sportscaster. Thirty-nine years later - 16 of them with ESPN - the mom of three is leaving the network that made her vision a reality. When people ask why, Sage is blunt: No one should have to choose between their dreams and free speech.
Do you feel world-weary? For 2,000 years, Christians have scanned our sin-steeped surroundings and concluded, "Surely God is about to pour out his judgment." There are solid biblical warrants for this: we know God's holiness, his promises to judge sin, and his past record of doing so. Yet, for reasons known only to himself, God has withheld the full measure of his judgment - for now. So, we wait for the end, not fully understanding, only waiting. It feels like our historical moment bears some similarities to the history of Israel and Judah in the book of 2 Kings.
King's College is what Harvard once was - a bastion of Christian orthodoxy, intellectual growth, and vocational preparation. Through its "commitment to the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview," the school is dedicated to "by preparing students for careers in which they help to shape and eventually to lead strategic public and private institutions." Although phrased a bit differently, Harvard's original purpose was not too different than today's King's.
A new report is exposing major teachers unions for training teachers to promote woke ideology in the classroom. On Wednesday, the Defense of Freedom Institute (DFI) published a follow-up to a report last year tracking and detailing leftist policy items promoted by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
A Christian ministry out of Ohio is seeing massive growth in a new Bible-based education program for public school students, spreading to over 300 schools across 11 states since its launch in 2019.
In a triumph for both the right-to-life movement and the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has unanimously ruled that the government cannot use "selective enforcement" of the law to favor left-wing protesters but punish pro-life advocates. Favoring one political message over another clearly violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech, according to a three-judge panel that included two Democratic appointees.
The Biden administration suffered a major setback, as a federal appeals court has ruled the abortion industry cannot send the abortion pill through the mail, nor ignore the life-threatening harms suffered by the women who take it. The unanimous decision, which pro-life advocates say could save tens of thousands of lives, likely places the pro-life movement and the abortion lobby on another collision course for the Supreme Court.
A new poll is showing Americans overwhelmingly support mandatory age verification to access pornographic websites. According to an RMG Research poll, 83% of registered American voters support a national mandate requiring age verification for pornographic websites.
The International Chess Federation, the world's top chess governing body, announced Monday that it would prohibit biological males who identify as women from competing in women's competitions until a "further ... decision is made." The announcement marks the latest in a series of moves by sports governing bodies to keep men's and women's competitions separated by biological sex, regardless of gender identity.
The North Carolina legislature held a veto override bonanza Wednesday, enacting at least five bills over the objections of Governor Roy Cooper (D). Among these were bills to protect minors from the harmful effects of irreversible gender reassignment procedures, guarantee parental rights in education, and clarify that women's sports are for women.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has soared to insurgent status in his Democratic primary challenge by shattering Beltway orthodoxies, but even he has a line he cannot cross: abortion. RFK Jr. has joined the long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls who reversed any professed support for pro-life legislation.
Conservatives in the Yellowhammer State are banning woke teachers' unions from donating to candidates in school-related elections. The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) recently voted to bar county and state school board and superintendent candidates from accepting donations from the National Education Association (NEA) and the Alabama Education Association (AEA), the state affiliate of the NEA.
"In case you haven't noticed, inflation is down, too, and it's going lower," President Joe Biden said Tuesday during a speech in Milwaukee to tout his economic agenda. But many Americans haven't noticed. In a CBS News/YouGov poll from late July, 69% of U.S. adults said prices had been going up in the last few weeks (versus 6% who said prices were going down), and 70% said their income was not keeping up with inflation.
Planned Parenthood Warns of ‘Devastating Consequences’ If It’s Forced to Pay $1.8 Billion in Medicaid Fraud
The state of Texas has asked a federal judge to fine Planned Parenthood more than $1 billion for filing "thousands" of fraudulent Medicaid claims over multiple years - allegations the same Planned Parenthood affiliate has settled in the past. With interest, fines, and penalties, Planned Parenthood has warned the total fine could be a whopping $1.8 billion, inflicting "devastating consequences" for the abortion chain and potentially causing it to close down its operations in the Lone Star State.
Retail giant Target has publicly admitted that boycotts resulting from outrage over their prominent Pride Month displays in stores and transgender merchandise designed for minors significantly affected the company's profits, which has caused the retailer to implement "modifications" to how they will promote LGBT-themed items in the future.
Tuesday night, a contentious debate over religious freedom broke out on Twitter between a Republican congressman and a former Trump campaign staffer. To make matters even more interesting, a Democratic congresswoman joined the fray, offering a strong defense of America's First Freedom. Although the congressman eventually apologized for his comments, the debate shed light on how the nature of religious freedom can be misunderstood.
A popular candy brand is being blasted for going woke and promoting LGBT ideology, sparking calls for boycotts. Although Pride Month is over, Skittles has introduced new packaging featuring LGBT Pride slogans and images.
Obama's public reprimand has since made it acceptable for many - mostly on the Left - to mock and excoriate those who believe in the power of prayer to offer hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
An FBI shootout two years ago has led to the uncovering of an international child pornography-sharing ring. Officials announced last week that a joint operation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has yielded 79 arrests in the U.S. and 19 in Australia.
In an astonishingly brazen heist that occurred in Woodland Hills, Calif. on August 12 in broad daylight, approximately 50 individuals mobbed a Nordstrom store, stealing about $300,000 worth of merchandise and destroying display cases in the process. Experts say "smash and grab" or "flash rob" crimes like these as well as grocery shoplifting have been steadily rising in Democrat-controlled states and cities across the country due to policies that reduced the penalties for committing crimes.
The man who's wanted to declare a state of emergency for everything from abortion access to climate change has had shockingly little to say about the very real devastation in Maui. "We're looking at it" was all he had to say pedaling past reporters Sunday. And that, pundits point out, was an improvement from his beach day "no comment" that outraged even his own party. "Is this the famous 'compassion' the media has told us about?" Congressman Bob Good (R-Va.) wondered.
For the Biden administration, pushing abortion and transgender ideology is a top priority at all levels of government. Sometimes, this priority even overshadows their commitment to the truth. And the Biden administration has told some real whoppers. But don't take my word for it; consider the facts for yourself. Here are the top five lies of the Biden administration regarding abortion and transgender ideology.
New College in Florida has been making news lately, for all the right reasons. The Board of Trustees, with six new members appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), charts a new course for New College.
Off-the-grid Virginia farmer Oliver Anthony released a simple folk song called "Rich Men North of Richmond," which has quickly become a sort of soulful anthem-turned-funeral-ballad for all Americans who are sick of being mistreated, abused, and ignored by those elected to represent them.
A new report reveals that while younger generations of Americans are less religious and engaged with the Bible than their older counterparts, roughly half of them credit the Bible's message for transforming their lives. The latest chapter of the American Bible Society's State of the Bible USA 2023 report, released Thursday, focuses on the spiritual practices of Generation Z, who were born in 1997 or later.
A Republican member of Congress has introduced a bill to impeach President Joe Biden for breaking four criminal statutes, constituting high crimes and misdemeanors that abuse his office.
Calif. AG Hints at Investigating 2nd School Board to Back Parents’ Rights on Kids’ Gender Transitions
Parental rights advanced in deep blue California, as another school district has required teachers to notify parents if their children begin to identify as transgender. The Murietta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) adopted a Parental Notification Policy by a 3-2 vote at its August 10 board of education meeting.
CNN wants you to take "neopronouns" seriously - so much so that on Saturday they published an 1,800-word-long "Guide to Neopronouns." The article promotes pronoun activist Dennis Baron's 2020 book, "What's My Gender?" If you've never heard of "neopronouns" before, that's because it's unlikely you've ever met anyone who uses them - or ever will.
A devastating wildfire that ripped through the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii last week has left 96 people dead so far, with the number of fatalities likely to climb significantly higher in the coming weeks. A local pastor is urging believers to pray for the specific needs of the local community.
The state of Massachusetts is barring a Christian couple from fostering children due to their biblical beliefs on sexuality and gender. Catholics Mike and Kitty Burke filed a lawsuit last week in federal court against state officials after they were denied the right to serve as foster parents. During the foster parents screening process, the couple were interrogated regarding their Catholic faith and the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality and transgenderism, with officials declaring Mike and Kitty "would not be affirming to a child who identified as LGBTQIA."
These days, it is not uncommon for Christian commentators to bemoan the state of the believing American church. There's much to bemoan, yet if we concentrate on the failures to the exclusion of the powerful work God is doing both in and through the church, we do great harm.
A divided nation, declining influence, and leaders who range from flawed to awful - that describes the state of ancient Israel in the book of 1 Kings - and the state of America today. Israel expectantly awaited a king from David's line who would establish an eternal kingdom, in fulfillment of God's promise (2 Samuel 7:13), but that king didn't come. Instead, the nation suffered decline and calamity as turned away from the Lord. America doesn't occupy Israel's special place in redemptive history, but we too await the return of the Son of David who reigns forever.
The appointment of a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden seems like a "Biden family coverup" designed to thwart genuine investigations, stonewall Congress, and "whitewash" the results before the 2024 presidential election, said outraged Republicans Friday. One Republican congressman said, "I don't trust him as far as I can throw the dome off the Capitol."
The Washington Stand recently had the opportunity to spend some time speaking to Leonard Leo, former vice president of the Federalist Society and now the chairman of the organization's board, as well as a leading figure in the conservative world. Mr. Leo is largely credited with helping U.S. presidents select strong conservative, textualist, and originalist thinkers for the Supreme Court, including Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
Scripture makes clear that sexual immorality is an offense to God and harmful to those who engage in it. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" asked Paul of the church in Corinth. "Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (I Cor. 6:9-10).
A top conservative is urging GOP politicians not to shy away from being pro-life but to go on the offensive instead. On Wednesday, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Republicans must advance the pro-life cause "head on." She urged pushing Democrats to admit the extremes of their pro-abortion positions and, in order to help pro-life candidates achieve this, laid out a three-point plan.
In the legacy media's ongoing effort to stigmatize modesty and human decency, a news story just accused concerned parents of politicizing the rape of a 15-year-old girl to promote their real agenda of advancing nefarious, hateful, bigoted views of transgenderism. The New York Times recently published a story titled "How a Sexual Assault in a School Bathroom Became a Political Weapon" - presumably because "Republicans pounce on rape!" was taken. Like most of the booming subgenre of stories designed to shift the blame for the "culture wars" to conservatives, it cannot withstand scrutiny.
For most collegiate athletes, graduating means leaving a long illustrative career behind. For Riley Gaines, it meant the start of one she never expected. What she's done out of the pool has rivaled what she ever did in it. And for a 12-time All-American, SEC champion, that's saying something.
Late last month in Watertown, Wisconsin, a drag queen event for families attracted attention for included the "opportunity" for children to dance with drag queens. Performers dressed in lingerie and danced sexually suggestive dances in front of little children, who were invited to give them one-dollar bills. Outside of the event, on a public sidewalk, a 19-year-old Christian, Marcus Schroeder, was reading from the Bible, and local police arrested him.
The year 2023 has been full of breaking news stories and madcap headlines. So far, it has entailed a bank collapse, four indictments of a former president, an AI revolution, investigations into the weaponization of the federal government, Hunter Biden's controversial business dealings, and the list goes on. In the midst of the political frenzy, one story continues to take the front page as more details are uncovered: the national boycott of several woke companies.
President Biden has "practically speaking" already declared a national emergency on climate change, the president said in an interview with The Weather Channel published Wednesday. "We've conserved more land. We rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, we passed a $368 billion climate control facility." At first, he said he had declared an emergency, but when pressed he said he had done so "practically speaking."
Southwest Airlines plans to fight an order from a federal judge in Texas requiring three of its attorneys to undergo "religious liberty training" after losing a lawsuit against a former employee fired for expressing pro-life religious views. The airline was recently ordered to reinstate former flight attendant Charlene Carter, a pro-life Christian, and to pay damages to her for having fired her for violating their "civility policy" in 2017.
In post-Roe America, Planned Parenthood is shifting gears. To make up for its lost abortion revenue, it's expanding its reach into what it calls "transgender hormone therapy." The recent spike in these services is telling.
Almost five billion social media users exist worldwide today - with the average person spending two hours and 25 minutes on social media per day. If a person lived to be the average age of 73 years old - with the previous statistic in mind - it would equate to 5.7 full years of their life spent on social media alone. Could this be an opportunity for Christians to engage in the Great Commission in a new way?
After enduring weeks of threats ranging from litigation to dismemberment, a pro-family school board member has two reasons to celebrate. Police have arrested a woman who left a death threat in a "demonic" voice after the board required teachers to tell parents if their children begin identifying as transgender. And a California assemblyman has asked the attorney general to explain whether his investigation of the school district was designed to punish officials who dare to "disagree with the narrative of the ruling political party."
The Washington Post ran an odd headline last week, "An abortion ban made them teen parents." The article, which exceeded 5,000 words, attempted to humanize an argument in favor of abortion but failed to demonstrate anything but abortion's inhumanity. It tells the story of Billy and Brooke High, a 19-year-old couple with one-year-old twin daughters. The High family is far from perfect - yet equally as far from an irredeemable fiasco.
New evidence is suggesting that the FBI's attempts to spy on American Catholics were more pervasive than originally stated and the agency's director may have lied under oath. According to a letter from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) to FBI director Christopher Wray, documents that the federal law enforcement agency provided to legislators show that an FBI memo detailing plans to spy on "radical traditionalist Catholics" did not originate solely with the Richmond field office, as Wray insisted under oath.
New research is showing COVID-19 and related church closures affected one generation more than others. According to the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University, Generation X stopped returning to church services at a higher rate than other generations between 2020 and 2023. In 2020, 41% of Gen. X attended Christian church services on a weekly basis; this dropped to 28% in 2023. Survey author George Barna, director of Research at the CRC, explained, "No generation endured greater spiritual turbulence than Gen X during ... the pandemic."
Violence might have returned with the pandemic, but it hasn't subsided with it. The nation's capital suffered 16 homicides in the first week of August, bringing the total to 161 homicides so far in 2023 (28% ahead of the same time last year). Residents are weary of the violence. "We live in a very wicked time," complained Northeast D.C. resident Kenny Jones. He feared that his three sons - aged 14, 12, and eight - might get mixed up in the violence. Much of it is driven by young adults or teenagers, and young people are often either targeted or caught in the crossfire.
At a forum hosted Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday, Gold Star families of the fallen servicemen in Afghanistan had a public platform to testify. Since the suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, killing 13 U.S. servicemembers, the families have sought accountability and clarity regarding the disorderly withdrawal of American troops from the Taliban-infested country.
If you haven't heard about "chosen families" yet, you will soon, and you should be prepared. Netflix recently released a film called "Chosen Family" at the same time Dan Savage and Ezra Klein were discussing the merits of chosen family - along with the benefits of polyamory - on a podcast at The New York Times. There is a Chosen Family wine label and Canada has designated February 22 as "Chosen Family Day." Legislation is likely to make it an official holiday in that country soon. Why should you care?
Abortion activists claimed a pivotal victory in a swing state Tuesday night, as Ohio voters rejected a measure making it more difficult to add a constitutional "right" to abortion to the state constitution. With nearly all votes reported, 57% of Ohioans voted against Issue 1 in the August special election, according to unofficial results reported by the Ohio Secretary of State's office.
A pop star is doubling down on comments blasting parents who allow their children to undergo gender transition procedures. In a Saturday night interview on VladTV, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo addressed the transgender agenda, explaining, "I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman, and there wasn't but two genders, and that's just how I rock. Now you could identify as a goldfish if you feel it." The pop singer continued, "I don't care, that ain't my business, it becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I'm not gonna call you a goldfish, but you wanna be a goldfish? You go be a goldfish."
The stories are not quite the same, but the similarities between these two incidents, 66 years apart, are too obvious to ignore. Both involve a mob so angry at the legal recognition of a civil right that they would scream at, threaten, and literally spit upon those they view as the enemy.
"I felt God's presence with me as I made the decision to end two pregnancies," said Rebecca Todd Peters, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), during a July 9 homily on Psalm 139. "And I felt no guilt, no shame, no sin." Psalm 139:13-14 says, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Yet in a message titled, "Reproductive Justice: Beyond the Abortion Imaginary," Peters - clad in an a Planned Parenthood stole - argued these verses do not condemn abortion.
As feminism remains a hot-button topic, The Washington Stand recently had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Carrie Gress about her upcoming book, "The End of Woman: How Smashing the Patriarchy Destroyed Us," which examines the history and ideology of the feminist movement from the late 1700s and figures like poet Percy Shelley to the 20th century and activists like Gloria Steinem to the present day. Dr. Gress is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a scholar at the Institute for Human Ecology at Catholic University of America. She is also the editor at the online women's magazine Theology of Home.
At an Orthodox Easter service in April, a "somber looking" Vladimir Putin joined with other worshippers in saying, "Christ is truly risen." He probably believes this. Mark Hollingsworth has detailed how Putin's religious allegiance has infused his life. He concludes that his Russian Orthodoxy is an essential part of his intense nationalism. For Putin, he writes, "promoting the mystical belief that Russia is the Third Rome, the next ruling empire of the earth, has been part of his appeal to the masses."
The most common question transgender activists use to bully parents into approving their daughter's lifelong dependency on experimental hormone injections is: "Would you rather have a living son or a dead daughter?" But the tragic story of Abigail Martinez's daughter, who took her own life after attempting to transition to life as a boy, proves what a false dichotomy that is.
I Will ‘Stand in the Gap’: Chino Valley School President Defies State AG, Death Threats over Parental Rights
If LGBTQ activists thought their threats - legal or illegal - would make Christian school board president Sonja Shaw back down, they guessed wrong. Shaw led the Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) in California to require that teachers inform parents within three days if their children begin to identify as transgender. Eerily specific death threats soon poured in. While many sources of these violent messages remain unsolved, the Democratic Attorney General of California announced he is investigating the school district.
If you think child brides are the stuff of faraway cultures, think again. In 2017, child marriage was legal in all 50 U.S. states. Only recently have survivors started chipping away at the practice, using their nightmarish stories to put a stop to the abuse of (mostly) young girls. California was next in line to outlaw the horror, until a shocking number of national groups swooped in to keep the under-18 unions legal. Who are they and how can they justify their crusade? Answer: social extremists with one goal - protecting teenage abortion and transgenderism.
Two of our daughters and I planned to see "Barbie" soon after its release. I was curious, and the girls were excited. Verdict: One loved the movie, one hated it, and I fell asleep. Twice. I guess I'm too old for a 9:10 p.m. Thursday night showing with 30 minutes of previews. So the daughter who loved it and I went back for another try, during daylight hours with a caffeinated beverage for insurance. This time, it was my turn to love it.
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) "authorized development of an expanded set of guidance for pediatricians based on a systematic review of the evidence" on gender reassignment procedures, the organization announced Friday. "I think that they're succumbing to a bit of pressure," said Dr. Jennifer Bauwens, director of Family Research Council's Center for Family Studies, on "Washington Watch." "We certainly are seeing a number of lawsuits that are coming out from brave young men and women who are saying that how much damage this has done."
Pennsylvania's governor is partnering with Planned Parenthood to defund pregnancy resource centers. Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) signed a new state budget on Thursday, which includes terminating a contract with Real Alternatives, a nonprofit organization responsible for running the state's Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services. Shapiro said of the targeted budget cut, "For decades, taxpayer dollars have gone to fund Real Alternatives. My administration will not continue that pattern - we will ensure women in this Commonwealth receive the reproductive health care they deserve."
Last Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - alongside inconvenienced and agitated drag queens - filed a lawsuit against a new Texas law (SB 12) that would prevent drag performers "from engaging in sexually explicit displays" in front of children under the age of 18.
While Democrats and the mainstream media painted the July 31 congressional testimony of Devon Archer, a former business partner of President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, as further evidence the president was not involved in his son's business dealings, many Americans who heard the Archer interview believe it connected even more dots between Joe Biden and his son's questionable business practices.
2 Samuel narrates David's reign. There is civil war, assassination, political maneuvering, violent crime, foreign wars, tragic death, diplomatic incidents, suicide, a coup d'etat, rebellion, famine, and plague. Some of these grievous circumstances resulted from David's own sin. Much resulted from the sin of others. This is the record of Israel's greatest king, which God so ordered so that even the best human ruler would leave us dissatisfied, wanting something better: God himself, who would take on flesh as David's Son.
The mismatched treatment President Biden and former President Trump continue to receive from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) highlights a department that has lost its sense of justice. That should come as no surprise because the DOJ has also lost its fear of God. Not only is God the source of justice, but the American legal tradition imported many of its legal principles from the Bible.
A 2019 poll found that only 27% of Americans under the age of 45 have a basic knowledge of American history. Sadly, the next generation is also struggling. According to NAEP standards in 2022, only 13% of the schoolchildren of America are proficient in the subject. This leads to the question: should Christians be concerned?
Over the past three months, the number of reporters with access to the White House dropped by 31%. There are now 442 fewer reporters with a coveted "hard pass" - the result of new rules announced in May that took effect Tuesday.
The Biden White House has repeatedly pressured Facebook to censor conservative news outlets, according to newly-released documents. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) published the third installment of the "Facebook files" on Thursday, containing information from subpoenaed documents relating to communications between the Biden administration and Facebook executives. Notably, the White House asked Facebook to change its news feed algorithm to amplify stories by legacy media outlets like The New York Times and bury stories from conservative news sources like the Daily Wire.
What actually happened as Jesus hung on the Roman cross? Why is it the centerpiece of history?
Sexuality is no longer a taboo topic in our culture, yet it still is within the church. This is detrimental to our society and needs to change. Abstinence until marriage teaching, the widely employed form of sex education within the church, will not suffice on its own without diving deeper into biblical sexuality that can stand against the modern sexual ethic.
Public school officials in a conservative, Bible Belt state had teachers attend a training session insisting that United States policy oppressed "nonbinary, genderqueer," "polyamorous," and "pagan" people and favored white, heterosexual Christians. Participants were expected to share their ideology with their students, underscoring how badly America's children need "the joy and the hope that comes from a Christian worldview," an expert analyst of U.S. public education declared.
A third felony indictment targeted former President Donald Trump Tuesday, as U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Special Counsel Jack Smith persuaded a D.C.-based grand jury to indict Trump on four felony counts for his actions to contest the results of the 2020 election. Trump already faces felony indictments from Smith in a Florida federal court for retaining classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for buying a former mistress's silence. Both the process of indicting a former president and the charges themselves savor more of Ukrainian-style corruption than they do of American-style peaceful transition of power.
Not everyone was surprised by the bombshell Fitch Ratings dropped on the U.S. credit score this week. This storm over America's mountains of loans had been brewing for a while, economists say. And Washington has no one to blame but itself.
Rev. John Peter Muhlenberg once concluded in 1776 that "in the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight." Throwing off his clerical robe to reveal a military uniform, he rallied his church members to fight for faith and freedom. Today, that battle cry echoes again: it is time. Our nation is searching for remnants of strength and people courageous enough to stand. So here are five ways for us to fight for our nation and bring it back to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
President Joe Biden has launched an administration-wide investigation to identify the undercover Republican operative he believes burrowed into his inner circle and forced him to begin the very "culture wars" he now condemns the GOP for resisting.
Fitch Ratings downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating from "AAA" to "AA+" on Tuesday, a signal that the agency no longer has complete confidence in the government's ability to avoid default. The rating "reflects the expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years, a high and growing general government debt burden, and the erosion of governance ... that has manifested in repeated debt limit standoffs and last-minute resolutions." The ratings downgrade will increase federal borrowing costs, and it undermines the narrative that the economy is currently flourishing.
You probably have no idea who federal prosecutor Jack Smith is, but you should. However, if you even casually follow American politics, you know that both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden are embroiled in legal scandals of various kinds.
A new report has revealed that at least 143 K-12 schools in the U.S. currently have or have had past ties to a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) program known as "Confucius Classrooms." Experts say the CCP effort to infiltrate schools with communist propaganda is part of a concerted effort to "subvert" the U.S. from the inside in order to weaken it, possibly paving the way for a future direct military confrontation.
Despite Bud Light's financial collapse, some CEOs don't seem to be learning from the beer brand's fatal partnership with Dylan Mulvaney. That, experts say, or they're choosing to be ignorant.
In the beginning, God made man and woman in His image, and it was good. Then Barbie stepped in and showed us what God did wrong.
In a move seen by both Democrat and Republican lawmakers as baldly partisan, Biden administration officials announced Monday that the U.S. Space Command headquarters would remain at its interim location in Colorado Springs, Colo. and would not be relocated to Huntsville, Ala., despite extensive prior government reviews that determined that Huntsville was the best strategic location for the headquarters.
In the frantic lead-up to next Tuesday's vote on Issue 1, the latest polling from Ohio Northern University shows both sides in a dead heat. Proponents are even up by a hair (42.4% to 41%) - shocking the radicals who've pumped millions of dollars into the state from outside groups. While the media rushes to discredit the numbers, Mike Conidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, is urging voters to get out and split the tie. "It's a neck-and-neck race," he said about the ballot initiative that will decide the fate of everything from late-term abortion to the gender mutilation of kids in Ohio.
The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Monday in favor of Kentucky's law protecting minors from gender reassignment procedures (SB 150), allowing it to remain in effect while a lawsuit against it proceeds. The Sixth Circuit allowed a Tennessee law protecting minors from gender reassignment procedures to remain in effect on July 8, and it found only minor differences between the cases.
America's top law enforcement agency is finally releasing documents pertaining to targeting American Catholics and parents. The FBI last week handed over internal documents to the House Judiciary Committee related to a January memo from the Richmond, Va. field office outlining plans to infiltrate and spy on "radical traditionalist Catholic" communities, further labeling such Catholics "racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists."
Katie McCoy's new book "To Be a Woman" is an important contribution to the conversation about how Christians can answer the day's toughest questions about sexuality and gender with love, compassion, grace, and wisdom.
Old dogs sometimes do learn new tricks. And President Joe Biden is so pleased with his latest attainment - criticizing Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) for delaying military promotions over the Pentagon's illegal abortion policy - that he is showing it off just about everywhere.
The 350 casualties of Bud Light's July layoffs may not have to look far for new employment. After the beer company was forced to slash its workforce over the ongoing boycott, conservative marketplace Public Sq. is stepping in to help the people who lost their jobs by connecting them with "non-woke businesses."
Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters recently said that kids would be a lot better off if they would just read the Bible instead of the woke ideology they're currently being indoctrinated with. On "Washington Watch" July 26, Walters highlighted some recommendations he received from the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Founding Principles.
A major conservative Christian university is preparing to celebrate its eighth consecutive year of growth. Located in Glendale, Arizona Christian University (ACU) is smashing its own enrollment records, for the eighth time in a row, skyrocketing from about 400 students in 2010 to 1,200 this fall. That steady growth has taken place under the leadership of Len Munsil, a constitutional lawyer who has served as ACU's president since 2010.
Over the weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested during an interview that climate change represented an "existential challenge" to humanity that is on par with the threat of nuclear war. Experts say Blinken's comments along with others by those on the Left regarding climate change are inaccurate and are causing undo harm by creating alarmism and fear among the public.
More than 6,000 United Methodist churches have left the denomination as of July 6 due to the UMC's stance on ordaining gay-identifying clergy. As the biblical role of LGBT-identifying people in the church continues to fracture protestant denominations, a website called GayChurch.org promotes churches solely on the basis of LGBT inclusion.
As President Joe Biden accuses pro-life Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) of undermining national security, one of Tuberville's colleagues shot back that it is Biden's social engineering and extreme abortion advocacy that have weakened the armed forces and "eviscerated" the law.
Ali Tate Cutler said she didn't expect to make headlines when she posted a video about her grandmother's decision to end her life. In the video, she asked "Bubbie" questions about her choice to be euthanized. Users later showed their appreciation for the Instagram influencer's post, with one commenting, "[I]t's so beautiful she gets to pass in a dignified way[.] I wish my mum had the same chance[.]" But is euthanasia beautiful? Is assisted suicide dignified? Is suffering a justifiable reason to end one's life?
During Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on gender transition procedures for minors, Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-Texas) created a food pyramid after asking his two- and four-year-old daughters what they would prefer to eat for every meal. The entire poster was full of ice cream, in every category. "If my children had their way, we would have ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner." The room erupted into laughter as the reality of that foolishness sunk in.
The Greek word for "hope" used in the New Testament is "elpo," directly meaning, "to look forward with pleasurable confidence and expectation." It is notable that the direct translation of the word "hope" in Greek has to do with our eyes, our vision, the direction that we look. Our eyes govern our perspective, and God governs our eyes - which is why I like to think of our God as a God of perspective-change.
A brutal video depicting the assaults of two women from the Kuki-Zo tribe - consisting largely of Christians - in the Manipur region of India made global headlines this month. The women were dragged around naked before being sexually assaulted by men from the Meitei community. The international attention forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who notoriously denies there is religious persecution in India - to finally break his silence about the ongoing violence in Manipur.
No irony is more delicious than when a progressive stumbles upon an old, discarded, but sensible idea and believes they have found something new. Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) provided the latest example of this when he suggested the University of Pennsylvania should have erected "barriers in the women's area of the locker room" to provide privacy from Lia Thomas for the female members of their swim team.
Widespread protests in Israel have now stretched into a seventh month over a judicial reform effort initiated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and observers are beginning to worry that the intensity of the divisions within Israeli society could be disastrous for the country.
Hundreds of House and Senate members are jetting out of town for August recess, leaving behind a messy trail of unfinished and half-finished business. Before they climbed in cars and checked their bags, they did manage to set up an interesting September, passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of the upper chamber and laying the groundwork for fall fireworks in the other. On both sides of the Capitol, there's a persistent, nagging theme: abortion and what to do about it.
An edited clip of former Vice President Mike Pence seemingly telling Tucker Carlson that decaying American cities are "not my concern" instantly went viral, but Pence's most controversial statements at the Family Leader Summit, about Ukraine's respect for "religious liberty," have passed without comment.
There is an issue that is more controversial than any political matter. It's more contentious than any election or candidate. It's more challenging than the most profound problems of nuclear physics and space exploration. It's the cause of more arguments than any other person, idea, or belief.
2016 Study: ‘Wild West’ Trans Surgery Regulated by ‘Subjective Criteria,’ ‘Personal Conviction,’ 55% Operate on Minors
Gender reassignment surgeries are the "Wild West," according to practitioners interviewed for a study from 2016 titled, "Age Is Just a Number." The study conducted lengthy interviews with 20 Americans who performed "vaginoplasty," an operation that amputates healthy male genitalia and refashions it into a dysfunctional imitation of female genitalia. Some of the surgeons "were alarmed at the absence of surgical standards and the ease of entering the subspecialty without any documented training."
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thursday addressing the dangers and due process violations of "gender-affirming care" for children. Dr. Blaire Peters, a "gender-affirming" surgeon, admitted that doctors in this field are just learning as they go. "We've maybe done a handful of pubertally suppressed adolescents as a field, and no one has published on it yet."
On July 19, reports surfaced that Chinese President Xi Jinping would be backing his country - the world's leading producer of greenhouse gas emissions - out of any former commitments to reducing emissions. Experts say the move is merely the latest in a string of failures by the Biden administration to successfully engage China, showcasing not only American weakness on the global stage but also an untrustworthy communist regime.
"It's time for the American consumer ... to start putting their money where their values are," Heidi St. John, founder of MomStrong International told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an interview on "Washington Watch," referring to the outrage sparked by Target's LGBT+ merchandising campaign.
One in every six Democrats believes that "force [is] justified to restore abortion rights," a new poll has found, underscoring the secular Left's growing support for political violence. The number of Democrats backing abortion-related terrorism has doubled, from 8% to 16% since January - a period when multiple states have enacted pro-life protections. In all, 31 million Americans support the use of violence to reinstate abortion in U.S. law, up from 22 million just three months ago, according to a survey from the University of Chicago's Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST).
A country singer is confronting continued controversy over his music video on small-town values. The music video for Jason Aldean's single "Try That In A Small Town" stirred the pot last week, with leftists smearing the song as an endorsement of racism and violence and conservatives defending it as an anthem to American values. Aldean himself addressed the controversy at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In Arizona, a middle school strictly geared around LGBT ideology has been established, put together by activist group one-n-ten. The development and marketing director, Clayton Davenport, described the school as a "safe place" where the children can have "education that pertains to their own identity." To exasperate the matter, the Daily Caller reported, "Those attending the school are able to pay for their tuition using taxpayer-funded vouchers provided through a state program."
"I can't even believe we're having to discuss this in polite company." That was Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) response to the basket of woke policies Republicans are trying to strip out of the latest military funding bill. To the average person, they're no-brainers: keeping men out of women's showers, refusing to pay for abortion travel, ending taxpayer-funded sex changes. But debating these things is unavoidable under this White House, Gaetz laments.
Scores of people lined up early to get a seat for today's UFO hearing in the House Oversight Committee's National Security Subcommittee. Lawmakers from both parties plied three former military officials, including whistleblower David Grusch, a former Air Force intelligence officer, on the nature of known UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena, the technical jargon for UFO) sightings and direction on how they could dig deeper. There was also bipartisan agreement on the "pressing demand for government transparency and accountability" regarding UAP reports.
As the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border reaches unprecedented highs, concerns are growing that the ongoing border crisis is fueling a rise in the abuse of minors through sex trafficking, forced labor, and other forms of exploitation. On Wednesday, during a House Oversight Committee hearing to address the issue, both Republicans and Democrats expressed alarm at the job performance of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and his agency in handling unaccompanied minors and how sponsors for the minors are vetted.
Most recently noted by the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System in the United States, there are roughly 400,000 children currently in foster care. Considering that there are roughly 210 million Christians in America, the math is simple. If every Christian household rescued a child and fostered them, there would be no children left in the foster care system.
In a desperate bid for the Chinese government's help fighting the fentanyl crisis, the Biden administration is discussing lifting sanctions on a Chinese police forensics institute suspected of human rights abuses, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee was seven hours into a marathon "markup" session - an ordinarily boring affair in which committees amend bills - when an unexpected request sent it spiraling out of control. The committee was debating whether a children's hospital funding bill should allow money to subsidize gender transition surgeries for minors, and Democrats on the committee absolutely refused to listen to a video from a leading gender transition surgeon describing the process.
The fight on Capitol Hill over government spending is heating up, as House Republicans have announced that they will be bringing two fiscal 2024 appropriations bills to the floor that include cuts in spending designed to reduce the federal deficit. But the Biden White House has already signaled that it will veto the measures over supposed "devastating consequences" they will have on abortion, those who identify as LGBT, and the climate.
Radical Islamists are continuing their lethal aggression across Africa, as we reported last week, often targeting individual Christians, their churches, and communities. Christians in Africa's largest nation, Nigeria, have fallen victim to jihadi terrorism since the early 2000s. Such attacks have ranged from individual murders of pastors and priests to widespread massacres of Christian towns and villages.
Hollywood isn't known as a breeding ground for healthy marriages, so it comes as a surprise when Hollywood films have anything good to say about marriage, especially as sexual degeneracy in films keeps increasing exponentially and marriage and monogamy become more and more marginalized. This is why it may come as a shock to filmgoers to see the blockbuster "Oppenheimer" portraying and lauding the strengths of marriage, as well as warning against the threats to it, though in unnecessarily graphic detail.
A local school board president has been inundated with threats that left-wing activists will dismember her, murder her children, and slaughter her pets. Her crime? Saying that teachers should not keep parents in the dark if their children begin to identify as transgender.
Since 2001, Gallup News has polled Americans on their belief in five prominent "religious entities" - God, angels, heaven, hell, and the devil. After their fifth poll, which took place in May of this year, Americans seem to be straying further from belief in religious entities, and thus, closer to uncertainty or even complete unbelief.
A young man is publicly sharing his testimony about how undergoing gender transition procedures as an adolescent rendered him a "patient for life" and amounts to "self-harm." The testimony is the latest example of a growing number of individuals who are detransitioning away from a transgender identity over physical and mental health concerns.
A Chinese provincial government published and then deleted public health information suggesting the nation's actual death toll from COVID is far higher than the country's official statistics. The Chinese Communist Party officially claims that only 83,700 inhabitants have died from COVID during the entire course of the pandemic, now approaching four years. But, according to epidemiologists interviewed by The New York Times (NYT), the accidentally published data was more consistent with an estimated 1.5 million COVID deaths in China over the first quarter of this year.
"I mean, what do you do living out here? You go armed everywhere you walk. You make sure that [your kids] don't walk off and go play where you can't see them, just in case. You never know what's going to happen. ... We picked the wrong place to raise a family." For Amanda Adame, the immigration crisis isn't just urgent; it's personal.
"Artificial intelligence is going to transform the lives of people around the world." That was the take from President Joe Biden in a briefing focused on AI and how "the Biden-Harris administration is encouraging this industry to uphold the highest standards to ensure that innovation doesn't come at the expense of Americans' rights and safety." Exactly one week before that briefing, Elon Musk announced a new venture called xAI, a company whose stated goal is "to understand the true nature of the universe."
This weekend saw the opening of one of the most highly-anticipated and cleverly-marketed films in recent memory: "Barbie," centered on the iconic eponymous doll. The film featured dazzling visuals, a solid (though by no means challenging) performance from star Margot Robbie, moments of clever humor and nearly-chuckleworthy irony, a plot so ludicrous and haphazard that its own ludicrousness and haphazardness excuse itself, and - oh right, arguably the heaviest-handed feminist screed Hollywood has ever produced.
Whistleblower testimony and newly uncovered documents prove President Joe Biden has been deeply "compromised" by multiple foreign nations, outlining the contours of a vast influence-peddling scandal that "warrants impeachment," two members of Congress told "Washington Watch" over the weekend.
With long, warm days and schools on break, summer can be a wonderful opportunity for some much-needed family down time from the hustle and bustle of the school year. But summer can also be a challenge for many families as young kids suddenly find themselves with loads of unstructured time on their hands, leaving their parents and grandparents to figure out how to fill it. Here are some practical, faith-building, and fun ways to enrich your family life this summer.
A teacher in Windsor, Ontario berated her students at Northwood Public School after many of them stayed home for Pride Day, according to audio published Wednesday. The school serves a community with a significant Muslim population (it is located only eight miles from Dearborn, Mich.) and reportedly saw 600 of its 800 students (75%) stay home for June 1 "Pride Day" events. The teacher called the walkout "disgusting" and "an incredible show of hatred" and said she was so hurt she didn't even want to be their teacher anymore.
Amidst growing concerns over censorship, the Biden White House is changing its rules on press credentials, potentially forcing conservative reporters out of the briefing room. According to the new rules, White House reporters must hold a press pass from the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, or Supreme Court to maintain access to the White House briefing room.
Newsom Imposes $1.5M Fine on California School District for Rejecting Textbook Discussing LGBT Activism
On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he would be levying a $1.5 million fine on the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) over the school board's recent decision to reject a state-endorsed textbook intended for elementary schoolchildren that discusses the infamous gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
Stanford Law School's (SLS) Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Tirien Steinbach, has left the school "to pursue another opportunity," SLS Dean Jenny Martinez informed students in a Friday email. Steinbach was suspended after public outcry in March for her role in heckling and derailing a March 9 event sponsored by The Federalist Society's campus chapter featuring U.S. Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan.
While transgender athlete Lia Thomas is infamous for stirring controversy and breaking biological female records, former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines is known for calling him out. Their recent spat came after the biological male swimmer was caught wearing the words "Antifa Super Soldier" in rainbow lettering plastered on the front of a t-shirt. Gaines hastily responded.
Moscow police arrested unresisting Christians as they sang psalms in a parking lot. That sentence might invoke memories of Soviet Russia, but it actually occurred in Moscow, Idaho on September 23, 2020. Police arrested Gabriel Rench and Sean and Rachel Bohnet for violating the city's extended public health emergency order as they and approximately 150 other members of Christ Church protested the order with a 15-minute Psalm Sing event outside of City Hall.
A fiery hearing held Thursday by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the "Weaponization of the Federal Government" unexpectedly became an opportunity for Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to reflect on civility and the seminal importance of free speech in the wake of Democratic committee members accusing him of being racist and anti-Semitic.
For all the talk that America "is stronger when it's inclusive," the real-world consequences of Joe Biden's transgender military policy have been deeply and painfully felt. In a force already ravaged by wokeness, overextension, and cratering recruitment, men and women on the ground are also being asked to do the impossible: function with deeply dysfunctional members - which, as one Coast Guard Chief explains, has never endangered America more.
"Sound of Freedom" exposes the truth about child sex trafficking that is happening all around us, hidden to the public eye. The film tells the account of a man named Tim Ballard, who served on a personal undercover mission in Columbia to rescue a stolen brother and sister.
A country music star is getting backlash after releasing a music video disparaging riots and rising crime rates. Jason Aldean released a music video last week for his single "Try That In A Small Town," a song praising the close-knit communities found in (as the title might suggest) small towns and rural areas while criticizing riots and rising crime rates common in more urban areas. Country Music Television (CMT) stopped airing the music video days after its release in the face of criticism accusing Aldean of encouraging violence and racism.
A black teenager says the side effects of the abortion drug mifepristone left her permanently "sick, sore, lame and disabled" and - since abortion staffers did not realize her child survived - caused her baby to be born with lifelong, "profound birth defects." The case shakes the foundations of the abortion debate in America, as the number of abortions using mifepristone skyrocket, and abortion advocates partner with Democratic governors to mail abortion drugs to pro-life states nationwide.
Tuberville: ‘The Democrat Socialist Party Is Throwing a Hissy Fit ... and I’m Looking Forward to the Fight’
The Biden team has spent an awful lot of time talking about Senator Tommy Tuberville - but barely any time talking to him. That changed briefly Tuesday when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin decided to carve out a few short minutes to address what Democrats would have you believe is the single greatest threat to military readiness: a few months' delay in flag officer promotions.
As the 2023 state legislative season winds toward a conclusion, it's time to analyze whether state efforts to protect minors from gender transition procedures were successful. The answer is a hearty "yes."
On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Education released finalized guidance for educators in the state that strengthens the rights of parents to direct the care of their children with respect to transgender identities, pronouns and names, counseling, and social transitioning while at school. Experts are hailing the policies as a further achievement by Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) in restoring parental rights in the Old Dominion.
Late last week, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) held a press conference on psychedelic drug research, requesting that funding for these studies be included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Ocasio-Cortez stated that it was unacceptable that old scientific conclusions hold back lifesaving treatments.
In the latest of a long litany of examples of leftist LGBT aggression, high school students in California are reportedly being disciplined for "misgendering" a teacher. According to reports, two students at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, part of the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD), were suspended for a period of five days after describing a teacher by her biological sex, when the teacher identified as transgender. The students were also put through a "restorative justice" program.
On June 24, a group of pro-family activists were arrested for peacefully protesting a "Transqueer" Pride Parade in Rome, Georgia. Brad Barnes, one of the members taken into custody, spoke about his experience in a recent podcast, describing his bruised wrists that still hurt from the police officers' aggression.
Louisiana has become the 20th state to protect minors from irreversible transgender procedures including surgeries and cross-sex hormone injections, over the veto of its Democratic governor. Members of the state legislature assembled in a special veto override session in Baton Rouge Tuesday to pass the Stop Harming Our Kids Act (H.B. 648), which prevents surgical or chemical conversion therapy to create an underage person's gender identity that is "inconsistent with the minor's sex."
Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby on Monday called paying for abortions a "foundational, sacred obligation of military leaders," throwing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies and paying for gender reassignment surgeries in the same category. The remarks were obviously rehearsed and formed part of a three-minute response to a reporter's question, "Why is the new DOD [Department of Defense] policy on abortion critical to military readiness?" Kirby's speech never answered that question, but it does provide insight into the worldview motivating the DOD to persist in illegally funding abortions against all common sense.
With a little over 20 days left on the board, both sides are burning up the Ohio airwaves, desperate to win over voters on the hottest election topic of 2023: Issue 1. For weeks, the Left has been blanketing the state with apocalyptic messages about the amendment that would make it harder to change the Buckeyes' constitution. One editorial writer, the only one to have a pro-Issue 1 story published this year in Cleveland's biggest newspaper (compared to 36 opposed), said he can't blame readers for "concluding that Issue 1's passage would mean the end of democracy in our state, the draining of Lake Erie, plagues of frogs, flies, and mosquitoes, and quite likely an unbroken string of Ohio States losses to Michigan ..."
As the state of universities continues to worsen with leftist ideology becoming entrenched in institutions of higher education, conservative parents are left wondering where they can send their children for education, not LGBT indoctrination. The Washington Stand reached out to a number of prominent conservative educators to ask for their recommendations on the best colleges and universities that educate, enrich, and produce virtuous Americans.
As they are with every other institution in the country, LGBTQ advocates are seeking to change how Christian colleges and universities address issues of human sexuality. Scripture condemns "double-mindedness" (James 1:7-8), and Jesus taught that no one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). No college or university, no church or ministry, can simultaneously uphold orthodox theology while supporting practices at odds with it. Light and darkness cannot coexist.
A 49-year-old man who identifies as a transgender woman won a women's medal in running at a competition intended to include women suffering from physical disabilities - an outcome one theologian called "morally unjust."
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not merely a threat to religious freedom. They are an active persecutor of the church of many religions - and the problem is far worse than many are aware, say a roundtable of experts.
State legislators switching parties in 2023 are at twice the 30-year average, according to Ballotpedia. The year 2023 is now tied for the sixth most party changes in state legislatures over the past 30 years, and it's only July. Overall, the party changes favor Republicans, with five Democrats switching to the Republican Party and only one Republican switching to the Democratic Party. The majority of party changes were motivated by policy differences on social issues such as education, as well as party intolerance.
This isn't your grandma's Republican Party. If anyone doubted it, the latest debate over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) should have made it abundantly clear: the new House majority is no pushover. After years of letting Democrats pound them into submission where military policy is concerned, the Left is coming to grips with an unfortunate reality. Without squishy Republicans to do their bidding, they have to find another way to keep good bills down. In this case, they've chosen a reliable friend - deception.
Today's Christian believers are facing an ever-darkening world. We are continuously confronted with shocking news reports, disturbing ideologies, and dangerous influences in our own country - outrageous stories vie for our attention. Still, at the same time, it's important for us to remain aware of the enormous struggles and threats our spiritual sisters and brothers are facing abroad - far beyond our national borders.
In an interview aired Sunday, former president Donald J. Trump discussed his previous presidential personnel choices and how a potential next term would be different. Speaking to Fox News's Maria Bartiromo, the 45th president addressed his plans not to participate in a Republican primary debate, his strong primary polling numbers, and the people he chose to both hire and fire while in office. Asked if he would do-over anything from his first term, Trump responded, "The mistake would be people."
Worldview: Refining the Lens Through Which We See Everything and Equipping Christians to Change the World
What do I really believe? What is my purpose? How do I explain what I believe to others, and how do I apply my beliefs to everyday life? More people are asking these questions as our society grapples with deep and difficult issues.
Last week, one Democrat in the California State Assembly made a rare public apology - not over a scandal, but over her position on a vote that had taken place the same week. Assembly member Liz Ortega had joined fellow Democrats just a few days earlier in blocking a bill aimed at cracking down on human trafficking of children. The move justifiably made national headlines and garnered widespread criticism. But it shouldn't take a national controversy for Democrats to vote the right way on something as blatantly evil as the human trafficking of children.
The Biden administration approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill - a drug associated with mental and physical harms including higher rates of breast cancer, depression, and life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. The FDA press release trumpeting the decision listed "[t]he most common side effects of Opill" as "irregular bleeding, headaches, dizziness, nausea, increased appetite, abdominal pain, cramps or bloating." But the progestin-only pill contributes to significantly worse side effects which the Biden administration left unmentioned.
As if intent on accelerating the growing distrust in U.S. institutions, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published new guidance for "health equity considerations" which essentially describes how to inject social justice objectives into your local hospital. Included in the guidance is the reminder that "an individual does not need to have given birth to breastfeed or 'chestfeed.'" If you're a normal person, you have no idea what the term "chestfeed" even means.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) quoted the Bible as she signed a bill protecting most unborn children from abortion beginning when doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, usually at six weeks. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) quoted the Bible as she signed a bill protecting most unborn children from abortion beginning when doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, usually at six weeks. "We read in Scripture that the Author of life wants to give a future and a hope to all his children," said Reynolds at the signing ceremony Friday afternoon, alluding to the Book of Jeremiah. "Who are we to stand in His way?"
I am the most uninteresting of people. There is nothing extraordinary about me - I am not brilliant, I am not beautiful, I am not talented - nothing I do or say has any value. In the world's eyes, I wouldn't be worth a dime. There was a time in my life when that was utterly overwhelming, and my internal dialogue was not much different from the above. I did not have the ability to differentiate between the perceived value I had assigned myself and the genuine worth that I knew, subconsciously, I had.
In our alone-but-together-all-the-time world, perhaps we can't help but anthropomorphize our devices because they really do seem to think and act like humans, and goodness knows we need community. Ours is a disenchanted world stripped of meaning - where all people are independent, isolated masters-of-their-fate. You can see how these (anything but) benign devices and all they offer could become our friends, even our mentors. We like to imagine ourselves in the image of our devices. But doesn't it seem ironic that the most glorious future we can contemplate as humans (or sapiens) doesn't have us in it?
The biggest story of this past week isn't that the House passed the military spending bill - or even that they passed it with language that beats back President Biden's woke policies. The biggest story is the one that won't be told: of House conservatives refusing to give an inch.
For the first time under totalitarianism, the majority of the Cuban population rejected (whether by abstention or negative vote) a state policy (the imposition of gender ideology). Knowing that in a dictatorship it is very easy to change the percentages of votes, it is very illustrative that the official figures continue to be so adverse.
"Good jobs and lower costs: That's Bidenomics in action," President Joe Biden said Wednesday, touting the June report on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that showed CPI inflation had declined to an annual rate of 3.0%. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized Biden's "victory lap," pointing out that "family are paying about a 15% increase when they go to the store" over what they paid before Biden took office.
House State and Foreign Ops Funding Bill Contains First-of-Its-Kind Pro-Life, Pro-Family Protections
Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs) Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill. The annual bill allocates funding to the subcommittee's numerous governmental programs, and it's a powerful tool to affect the direction of U.S. government agencies. During the markup period, committee Republicans voted down numerous amendments offered up by Democrats that could have directed American taxpayers to pay for abortions and LGBT activism abroad.
Once a hallmark of American integrity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is being criticized by Congress for political bias and religious discrimination. On Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray sat in the hot seat while the House Oversight Committee grilled him on the political weaponization of his office, particularly against American Catholics. Referring to a leaked memo detailing the Richmond FBI field office's plans to infiltrate and spy on "radical traditionalist" Catholic communities, committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked, "Any idea how many Catholics there are in America, director? There's a lot, over 60 million. What percentage of those are 'radical traditional' Catholics according to the Richmond field office of the FBI?"
A majority of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of national abortion policy, according to a recently released poll. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released a new poll Wednesday that asked U.S. adults about their opinions on current affairs. The poll, conducted by The AP and NORC Center between June 22-26, surveyed 1,220 adults, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.
Although it's been three and a half months since the downfall of the Anheuser-Busch partnership with trans-identifying activist Dylan Mulvaney, the "365 Days of Girlhood" star continues to capture the attention of American viewers on TikTok. In a recent video, Mulvaney claimed that he fled to Peru to seek safety from the "hate," and that the people there were treating him with kindness.
The comment was ordinary, but the speaker was surprising. "We cannot avoid the biological/evolutionary differences between men and women," said Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in a tweet thread posted earlier this month. Everyone knows that men and women are different, but, in recent years, saying so gets many people labeled as right-wing extremists. Perhaps that's beginning to change.
Montana State Library Commission Cuts Ties with American Library Association over New ‘Marxist Lesbian’ President
The Montana State Library Commission voted Tuesday to withdraw from the American Library Association (ALA) based on that organization's new president, who is a "Marxist lesbian" by her own description. The lopsided vote (5-1, with one abstention) represents the first time a state entity has withdrawn from the 147-year-old nonprofit. "Our oath of office and resulting duty to the Constitution forbids association with an organization led by a Marxist," the commission told the ALA.
What makes Cuba hellish is the socialist system, but the system is not possible without a legion of helpers, people who oscillate between cowardice and fanaticism. Circles of soldiers, officials, collaborators, and informers who distance the island from the West, tradition, and natural law.
An abortion activist professor at the University of Notre Dame is suing a conservative student newspaper for reporting on her promotion of abortion. Sociology professor Tamara Kay filed a lawsuit earlier this year against conservative Catholic student newspaper The Irish Rover after the paper published stories exposing Kay for helping or encouraging students to procure abortions and using her self-declared Catholic faith to justify her abortion advocacy.