Last week, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis (N.C.) bragged to The Washington Post that he doesn't "vote for anything" that he thinks "will have a serious political consequence." They were glib words for a man who'd just put his name behind a bill rewriting marriage for every American. Like the 11 other Republican senators whose moral courage collapsed before the nation's eyes, Senator Tillis would have you believe there's no fallout from his vote for same-sex marriage. But a young Georgia policeman who's out of a job over his beliefs would beg to disagree.
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The U.S. economy is currently mimicking the snoring old man who wouldn't get out of bed in the morning. U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the standard measure for total economic activity, grew by an annualized 2.9% in the fourth quarter, according to the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released Thursday morning. According to the report, the U.S. economy is a mixed bag right now.
A Washington Post column on Monday highlighted the fact that assisted suicide in Canada is moving closer and closer to being considered a "right" for anyone, for virtually any reason. While assisted suicide laws in the U.S. are not as freewheeling as Canada's, more and more states are legalizing the intensely controversial practice, despite the outcry from human rights advocates who point to the inherent value of every human life.
Virginia's public school system has been at the forefront of a great awakening among parents across America. Beginning with the government school shutdowns largely at the behest of teachers' unions during the 2020-21 height of the coronavirus, parents got a peek behind the curtains of public school classrooms - and they didn't like what they saw.
To be on the Intelligence Committee requires a high level of discretion and exceptional good judgment. When these things are not present, the suitability of any given member to serve on the Committee has to be called into question. This is why Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has removed two Democrats from the committee. He is also seeking to remove a third.
Today, the headlines you read on your local news site do not necessarily portray our current nation as being in good condition, aligned with the will of God. Like the disobedience of the Israelites, we too have stepped outside of God's original design. So, what is the solution for a nation that violates His law? Return to the Father through repentance and pray.
It's National School Choice Week, but serious work on school choice has been happening for a while now. Indeed, school choice programs of various kinds have existed for decades, but most of them have been limited in scope and contained eligibility requirements that made them inaccessible for most students. The bills being debated and passed now will change the landscape of education permanently.
The Biden administration has "abdicated its Constitutional responsibility" and must begin "prosecuting those in the abortion industry" who violate a federal law against mailing abortion-inducing drugs, according to a coalition of 41 Members of Congress.
If you've been in the conservative movement long enough, getting canceled is almost inevitable. At some point, your beliefs about faith, the climate, marriage, abortion, or transgenderism will put you crosswise with America's woke CEOs, and a notice will arrive in your inbox: You've been dropped. For some, that's a badge of honor. For others, it's a monumental headache. Either way, finding a vendor who won't take their radical politics out on clients has never been harder. Fortunately for today's counter-culturists, there's help.
A Pew Research Center study released on Tuesday has found that four out of 10 American parents of children under 18 are "very" or "extremely" worried that their child "might struggle with anxiety or depression at some point." The survey found that mental health concerns topped the list of the biggest worries that parents say they have about their kids, beating fears over drug or alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and getting into trouble with police.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into pro-abortion attacks on churches and pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) accelerated Tuesday from motionless to glacial. Nearly nine months after the Dobbs opinion leak on May 2, 2022, which triggered a wave of pro-abortion violence, the DOJ finally announced the first two grand jury indictments against Caleb Freestone and Amber Smith-Stewart.
When we find ourselves encountering education professionals who sincerely believe and defend concepts like Queer Theory and believe they have a moral obligation to teach those concepts to children for the good of society, it is long past time for parents and concerned citizens to act. Gender ideology is a dangerous force in education and our culture. Parents can take several important steps to safeguard our own children and our communities from this evil influence.
The transgender movement promises its adherents a new and fulfilling life, but a powerful new documentary shows that, for many, gender transitioning brings depression, strife, and separation within families - and in some cases, death.
An online streaming platform has removed the documentary "Dead Name," claiming the movie documenting the harms caused by the gender-transition industry amounts to "hateful content." The decision comes as one of the major television providers chose to drop conservative network Newsmax from its line-up after intense pressure from lobbyists, including Democratic members of Congress.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland strongly downplayed the rights of states to establish their own pro-life legislation, saying that the Department of Justice is "monitor[ing] state laws and enforcement actions to ensure that states do not infringe on federal protections of reproductive rights." Experts are pointing out the brazen nature of Garland's comments in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision last June, which overturned Roe v. Wade.
The Science and Security Board at The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists released their annual Doomsday Clock report on Tuesday, advancing the time to an "unprecedented" 90 seconds from midnight. Maintained since 1947, the Doomsday Clock quantifies how close the world is to utter disaster, in the opinion of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. They chose to move the clock closer to midnight "largely (though not exclusively) because of the mounting dangers of the war in Ukraine." The new rating is intended to indicate that the world is "the closest to global catastrophe it has ever been."
Zero percent of black voters in Georgia rated their personal voting experience as "poor" in the 2022 midterm election, according to a University of Georgia Post-Election Survey released last week. The results of this survey (should) drive the final nail in the coffin to the progressive narrative that Georgia's Election Integrity Bill of 2021 was a racist conspiracy to undermine democracy.
His old boss told him to "shut up" about China, but former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has done anything but that in his two years out of government service. Xi Jinping's country has constantly been on the radar of the one-time CIA director, who said in a new interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that China is the "one external threat that can change the way we live in America."
A Christian charity worker in Malta faces prosecution for sharing his personal testimony about rejecting homosexual activity on the radio.
Former President Bill Clinton tried to soften the Democratic Party's image as extreme liberals by insisting, "I am not pro-abortion." Over the weekend, Kamala Harris opened a widely panned speech on abortion by saying she and President Joe Biden "love" abortionists, before concluding her speech, "God bless America."
Following Arizona's successful rollout of its groundbreaking school choice law last October, an increasing number of states are moving forward with bills that allow students and their families to utilize taxpayer dollars to fund the schooling options of their choice.
As the scandal over Joe Biden's classified documents widens, Democrats may finally be jumping ship. After weeks of holding their fire, party leaders showed the first signs of turning on the president after Friday's revelations that a fifth batch of documents had been found at the Bidens' Delaware home. In a string of interviews across the Sunday shows, the White House's support seemed to crumble, as one Democrat after another blasted the president for his carelessness.
Will Rogers used to joke, "Alexander Hamilton started the Treasury Department with nothing - and sometimes I think that's the closest we've been to breaking even." Not many people saw the humor in that Thursday when the U.S. bumped its head on the debt ceiling, setting the stage for a titanic showdown over America's spending. While Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards for years, the government has never owed anything close to $31 trillion - a failure the new conservative House majority has zero intention of repeating.
On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled discuss "the fight for women across America to have access to reproductive care and make their own healthcare decisions." Well, three cheers - who could disagree with this? I trust every decent person supports sound reproductive care (i.e., prenatal care for mothers and their babies) and the right of women to "make their own healthcare decisions." But that's not what Harris means.
President Joe Biden's White House had uncharacteristically positive things to say about pro-life advocates, stating that the peaceful, prayerful activity of the March for Life exercises "a critical pillar of democracy."
Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday as speakers at the 50th annual March for Life outlined "the next steps to building a culture of life in a post-Roe America." The comprehensive vision includes national and state legislation, changing a dark and life-denying entertainment culture, and personally serving needy mothers and vulnerable children with no one to care for them.
In light of CVS and Walgreens's intentions to dispense the abortion pill after the Biden administration's January 3 unilateral decision to drastically expand access to the controversial drug to pharmacies and mail-order companies nationwide, a coalition of pro-life organizations led by Family Research Council (FRC) sent a letter to both chains Friday urging them to reverse course.
As pro-lifers from across the nation gather in Washington, D.C. to March for Life - the first march since Roe v. Wade was overturned - former NFL coach Tony Dungy announced Thursday that he and his wife would be attending the March for the first time (he is scheduled to speak). But one left-wing commentator found that innocuous tweet "nauseating."
House Republicans have discussed launching an independent investigation into who leaked the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade after the court concluded its inquiry on Thursday without uncovering the leaker's identity.
Turns out, time doesn't heal all wounds - a lesson that Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is learning from a growing wave of home-state critics. While the two-term Tar Heel probably thought the outrage over his vote for same-sex marriage would evaporate over Christmas and the chaos of the speakership race, local party chairs are making it quite clear that the repercussions are just beginning.
A Nebraska bill introduced Tuesday would protect minors from gender transition procedures. Nebraska Senator Kathleen Kauth (R) introduced LB574, the Let Them Grow Act, along with 22 Senate cosponsors. Nebraska is unique among the 50 states for its unicameral (one-chamber) legislature. While elections to the Nebraska Senate are technically nonpartisan, Republicans hold a non-official 32-17 majority.
On Tuesday, attorneys for the Biden administration's Department of Justice argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that the mandate the administration put in place in January 2021 for all passengers on planes and other forms of mass transit to wear masks should be reinstated. Experts are pointing out that the government has failed to demonstrate that reestablishing a mask mandate is an urgent matter of public health and that the original mandate infringed on personal freedoms.
A bill to protect minors from gender transition procedures was introduced in the South Dakota legislature on Tuesday. South Dakota Representative Bethany Soye (R) and South Dakota Senator Al Novstrup (R) filed H.B. 1080, nicknamed the "Help Not Harm" legislation, along with 23 House cosponsors and six Senate cosponsors. Republicans hold supermajorities in both chambers: 63-7 in the state House and 31-4 in the state Senate.
Back in the '80s, I used to watch a quirky PBS show with my dad on woodworking called "The Woodwright's Shop." In one episode, host Roy Underhill introduced an old wooden folk toy called a "smoke grinder," or "do-nothing-machine." It consisted of a block of wood with dovetails cut into the top, with a handle attached that would spin along the grooves in an elliptical pattern. Just for fun, my dad built one, and it did exactly what its name implied: nothing.
A strong majority of Americans support stronger pro-life laws, according to a new poll released just days before the annual March for Life. More than two-thirds of Americans (69%) would support ending all abortion no later than the first trimester, including nearly three out of four women (72%) and nearly half (49%) of all surveyed Democrats.
Nine federal agencies announced a proposed rule on Friday that would roll back Trump-era protections for faith-based organizations against discrimination by the federal government. The agencies cloak their discrimination in seemingly neutral language, but the changes could roll "back the way in which organizations can participate with the federal government and remain free to their faith," Family Research Council's Travis Weber warned.
Whether babies with serious medical conditions end up tragically passing away like Roona did - or in my case, end up living a productive and independent life, each of us have value; because Roona and countless other babies like me with medical issues are worth the fight.
On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced that a city-run clinic in the Bronx will begin to offer free abortion pills to women starting Wednesday, with plans to expand the program to three more clinics by the end of the year in order to dispense the drug to up to 10,000 women. Experts say that the plan poses dangerous health risks for women.
As someone who's been a season ticket holder of the Washington Capitals since before Alex Ovechkin could drive, the idea of sitting through another NHL Pride Night - when everything we love about hockey is drenched in politics and phony rainbow pageantry - was a non-starter. So we sold our tickets for Tuesday's game. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to sit out the league's pandering can make such an easy choice. But for Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman Ivan Provorov, easy isn't what mattered. Staying true to his convictions was.
Facing mounting backlash from parents over decades of pressuring public school administrators to mainstream explicit sexuality and transgender ideology in the classroom, the LGBT lobby is increasingly turning to a new tactic: blaming the victim. Parents who would rather discuss sensitive topics such as sex, the definition of the family, and the number of genders with their children personally are "launching a culture war," said the leader of the nation's largest LGBTQ lobbying group, which encourages schools to begin teaching gender fluidity in preschool.
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear Groff v. DeJoy, a case involving a former postal carrier who lost his job after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) refused to grant him a religious accommodation to observe the Christian Sabbath on Sunday.
Amidst the negative news surrounding the state of marriage and the family in the U.S., a bright spot is beginning to emerge: the number of children being raised by their married mothers and fathers is slowly rising.
"The United States is the most permissive country when it comes to the legal and medical gender transition of children," according to a 12-country policy review by medical advocacy group Do No Harm. The group compared "different legal requirements for gender change-related treatments and actions" among the U.S. and the 11 countries of Northern and Western Europe.
"Whoever succeeds in telling the stories to the children gets to control the future." That was Kirk Cameron's answer to people wondering why he's joined the debate over America's libraries. As parents everywhere fight to keep graphic content out of their children's hands, Texas officials are warning the battle is taking an ominous turn. It's not just the forces of the Left that communities will have to contend with. It's the federal government, whose new investigation into a local school district could upend every grassroots effort to protect kids.
In all of the reporting on the classified documents being found in President Biden's Delaware homes, there's one particularly baffling and underreported aspect of this issue that deserves a close look. There was no visitor log kept at either of his Delaware residences on any of the nearly 200 days Mr. Biden was there over the past two years.
For a man who ran for president to save the soul of America from racism, former segregationists' buddy Joe Biden resembles few people more than the infamously abusive police chief Bull Connor. Both allowed domestic terrorists aligned with the Democratic Party to vandalize, bomb, and set fire to their opponents' churches with impunity while using maximum force to arrest peaceful, Christian, protesters.
The Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President Joe Biden took the civil rights leader's former pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - now filled by pro-abortion Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.). There, Biden preached a gospel of works, of civil religion, and of social progress towards an earthly paradise.
Judge Prevents Florida Universities from Squirming out of Governor’s Order to Publish DEI, CRT Funding
The Florida governor's office may require state-funded colleges and universities to itemize their "expenditures and resources utilized for campus activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] and critical race theory [CRT]," a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Did you know that assaults, harassment, and vandalism against Jews take place in the United States seven times a day? Are you aware that lies and distortions about religious Jews and their educational institutions are being published in prestigious news publications, including The New York Times? Have you heard that Jews are targeted for more hate crimes in the U.S. than any other group?
An increasing number of parents and researchers are sounding the alarm about the potential harms that the social media app TikTok inflicts on impressionable adolescents. At the same time, national security and law enforcement experts as well as lawmakers are expressing escalating concerns over the Chinese-owned app's security flaws and its unauthorized use of personal data.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the LGBTQ-sponsored "Religious Exemption Accountability Project" (REAP) asserting that "young and vulnerable" LGBTQ+ persons are "at the mercy of religiously affiliated, taxpayer-funded social service and educational institutions that often turn them away or force them into the closet."
Even the frigid temperatures couldn't keep angry South Dakotans away. Despite the blistering, nine-degree cold, as many as 150 people gathered in the snow outside the 2023 Midwest Gender Identity Summit in Sioux Falls Friday morning to protest Sanford Health's unwelcome presence in their state. Standing by snow drifts, with a long convoy of cars heading to join them, organizer Adam Broin insisted, "This is NOT South Dakota!" But according to a bombshell report by NRO reporter Nate Hochman, it may already be South Dakota, thanks to the transgender movement's unlikely ally: Republican Governor Kristi Noem.
Allegedly inadvertent "oversights" and "drafting errors" by Democratic lawmakers over the last year alone would have decriminalized infanticide, legalized polygamy, and suppressed sacred religious liberty rights enshrined in the First Amendment.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate classified documents dating from the Obama administration that were recently discovered at President Joe Biden's home and office. First reported Monday, revelations about Biden's illegal possession of classified documents have gradually unraveled all week long, with classified information discovered in a third location on Thursday. The most widely debated angle to the story is over the similarities and differences with former President Trump's illegal possession of classified documents, which the FBI recovered from Mar-a-Lago in August.
This week, House Republicans used their new majority to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would require health care practitioners to provide the same life-saving medical care to babies born alive after surviving an abortion as they would any other baby born at the same gestational age. This represents the first time the House has voted in favor of providing protections for unborn children since 2018.
The new year began on a grim note for the Biden administration. On the first day back in the office after the New Year's holiday, news broke that almost 80% of Americans projected 2023 to be a "year of economic difficulty." Things haven't gotten much better since then for the White House. It has indeed been a particularly rough week for the Biden administration. Here are five of their biggest fails.
Although the midterm elections are long over, the U.S. Senate has a new pro-life, pro-family Republican: Former Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will take the seat formerly held by Ben Sasse (R), who resigned from the chamber this week.
With inflation cleaning out the fridge, one Biden administration official fixed his scope on another kitchen appliance - gas stoves. "This is a hidden hazard," U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg News in an article published Monday.
In the eyes of abortionists, every "successful" abortion ends in the death of a child - but, thankfully, not every abortion goes according to their plans. Countless abortion survivors, each one condemned to death as an innocent baby in the womb, walk among us every day. For pro-life advocates like Melissa Ohden and members of the Abortion Survivors Network, legislation that ensures protection for infants born alive after abortions holds deep personal significance.
From the headlines after the Born-Alive debate, one gets the sense that the GOP is engaging in a ruthless effort to destroy something noble and lovely. For example, the phrase, "use new majority" sounds almost sinister. Missing from these headlines is any acknowledgment that sustaining the baby who somehow survived the surgeon's knife might be the most obviously decent thing imaginable.
In the wee morning hours of Saturday, January 7, the 434 members of the House of Representatives swore an oath to "bear true faith and allegiance" to the Constitution. After 15 votes, they had finally chosen a House speaker and could all take the oath of office. A short time earlier, seven of their number had acted out their true faith and allegiance to a different, higher governmental authority.
A congressional Democrat stated that a Bible verse declaring that God forms unborn human life inside the womb actually supports abortion-on-demand before voting against a law that would protect newborn children from the threat of infanticide.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives followed through with its pro-life campaign promises on Wednesday by passing two life-affirming bills, including legislation to protect babies born alive during botched abortions that Nancy Pelosi had prevented members from voting on more than 80 times. House Republicans also advanced a congressional resolution condemning the nationwide epidemic of assaults, arsons, and fire-bombings against pro-life churches and pregnancy resource centers, likening the attacks to "the KKK's burning cross on the lawn."
Attacks against pro-life churches and pregnancy resource centers bear the eerie "echo of the KKK's burning cross on the lawn" of churches that supported civil rights, a Republican congressman said as the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning 100 such attacks nationwide on Wednesday.
As newly elected Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) is sworn into office with an increased supermajority in both chambers of the state legislature after November's midterm elections, Arkansas lawmakers are seeing 2023 as a prime opportunity to pass a bill protecting minors from sexually explicit drag shows by defining them as "adult-oriented businesses."
The U.S. House voted 221-211 along party lines Tuesday to establish a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government under the auspices of the House Judiciary Committee. The committee will investigate the Biden administration for improper investigations, collusion, data collection, and other civil liberty violations, so naturally all the Democrats voted against it.
For all of the false starts, the House's new leadership team is more than making up for lost time. With last week's drama in his rearview mirror, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is hitting the ground running with an armload of bills - all thanks, Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) says, to the Republicans' decision to stand up and fix the process.
Americans who are young, single, or self-identified liberals have long experienced declines in religious membership, practice, and identity. But the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated those declines, pushing out those who had maintained the weakest commitments to regular religious attendance, according to a new study.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), a member of the far-left "Squad," celebrated the Biden administration's unilateral decision to let retail pharmacies carry abortion pills - on the grounds that abortion has historically been "pushed out of reach" for minorities and the disabled. Pressley's comments stand as a living testament that every fact can be inverted when touched by Woke ideology.
The U.S. House enacted a rules package Monday night by a vote of 220-213, with one Republican siding with the Democrats and another not voting. The rules, which will govern the chamber throughout the 118th Congress, incorporate changes negotiated by GOP holdouts during last week's historic, 15-round marathon vote to choose a House speaker.
Citing Supreme Court precedent and economic benefits, many states have legalized sports betting over the last four years. But economic and legal experts are pointing out the questionable monetary and legal reasoning that undergirds pro-gambling arguments, as well as an abundance of societal ills that surround gambling culture.
The new Republican Congress is working to get its house - actually, the House - in order, putting new rules in place to better ensure honesty and coherence in the way it conducts its business. However, holding defense hostage as part of the effort to rein in spending is, at best, a very risky gamble.
As the Biden administration opens the spigots to flood the United States with abortion pills, state pro-life laws against distributing chemical abortion drugs hold the power to save babies' lives, limit the most serious injuries to expectant mothers, and jail the profiteers of the abortion industry.
Now that the "who" question has been answered in the U.S. House, new Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is turning Republicans' attention to the "what." In the first full week of the GOP's majority, there are plenty of priorities clamoring for attention, but conservatives have already made it quite clear what's at the top: life.
Catholic Hospital Must Perform Gender Transition Surgeries, May Not Claim Religious Exemption, Judge Rules
St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore violated Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (the anti-discrimination provision of Obamacare) by refusing to perform a gender transition surgery in 2020, ruled a federal judge in the District Court of Maryland on Friday.
On December 3, President Biden was asked by a reporter why he was visiting the border state of Arizona without visiting the border itself, which is in the midst of experiencing an all-time high in immigrant encounters. "Because there's more important things going on," Biden responded.
The Biden administration's recent push to allow retail pharmacies to carry abortion-inducing pills harms women and adds to the president's "shameful" record of trampling on pro-life conscience rights, a former Trump official has said. The FDA's January 3 announcement left Christians, and others who believe in the sanctity of the unborn, uneasy about the regulation's impact on pro-life pharmacists.
As retail pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens announced they plan to carry abortion pills - and may soon be joined by Rite Aid - thousands of Christians have signed a petition pleading with them not to facilitate the fastest-growing form of abortion, which also inflicts the greatest harms on women.
Unlike human organizations, the body of Christ is not composed of people with common backgrounds, professions, aptitudes, educations, or heritages. "For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and all were made to drink of one Spirit," Paul continues. What makes the body of Christ unique is our common regeneration and common Lord. This uniqueness is seen most vividly in the capacity of such disparate people, those of "all tribes and peoples and languages" (Revelation 7:9), to love one another.
A lot will be said and written about the last 100 hours in Washington - a historic four days that not only gave Americans a new Speaker of the House, but more importantly, a fresh start. Nothing about the process to transfer power to former Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been easy, but at the end of the day, nothing worth pursuing ever is. When the smoke clears and Republicans get to work, one thing will be obvious - the pain of this past week was trivial compared to what was gained: a chance to move forward, united.
After a week of turmoil, former House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) finally won the speaker's gavel just after midnight Saturday morning. The victory capped off a marathon week of negotiating with the Republicans' staunchest conservatives, which, even late Friday night, threatened to stretch into next week. "I'm glad it's over," McCarthy told reporters.
A new grant competition will award up to $1.5 million for projects to promote LGBT communities and agendas overseas, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announced last week. These projects would "(1) empower local movements and communities; (2) prevent, mitigate, and recover from violence, discrimination, stigma, and human rights abuses; (3) promote full social inclusion; or (4) address critical issues of justice" in foreign countries whose governments have not caved to the LGBT agenda.
Six and a half months after the FBI announced the opening of an investigation into a series of violent attacks against pregnancy resource centers and pro-life organizations, the Bureau has yet to disclose any progress or whether any arrests have been made in the probe. As a result, at least one pregnancy resource center that was targeted is now hiring a private investigator to conduct its own inquiries into the unsolved attacks.
In the latest episode of "How the Speakership Turns," the two sides of the Republican feud over Nancy Pelosi's (R-Calif.) successor seem to be inching closer to a deal. Early Friday, reporters were buzzing with news that the holdouts had exacted even more from their list of demands - leading the former House minority leader to sound slightly more optimistic heading into what could be a long, working weekend.
Gullibility is dangerous. It creates disappointment and grief, lost income, and lost marriages. For followers of Jesus, unthinking faith can collapse as difficulties intrude upon immature bliss.
Despite a provision in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that rescinded the Department of Defense's COVID vaccine mandate for all military personnel, the Army issued guidance in December saying that the directive does not apply to National Guard and Reserve troops. Experts and lawmakers say that the guidance is in direct violation of the law.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) required all state university and college systems to "report expenditures and resources utilized for campus activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] and critical race theory [CRT]," announced his press secretary, Brian Griffin, on Wednesday. DeSantis made the request in a December 28 memo "to provide a comprehensive list of all staff, programs, and campus activities" related to the woke topics.
While the chaos over the next House speaker roared into its third day, the band of conservative holdouts have managed to accomplish one thing: exposing the flaws they believe are destroying the current system. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), who's helped lead the counter-movement to former Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), insists the chamber is broken - and this is the best chance Republicans have to fix it.
Just before Christmas, a stunning video showing the arrest of one U.K. citizen who was silently praying near an abortion facility in Birmingham, England went viral on social media.
Shortly after the Biden administration issued a rule allowing most pharmacies to dispense the abortion-inducing pill mifepristone, representatives from the retail pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens confirmed that they plan to stock the substance - a move that will put more women's lives in danger and "transform pharmacies from centers of healing into centers of death," pro-life advocates say.
A publicly funded university hospital's department of surgery publicly boasted Saturday about expanding gender transition surgeries, which will likely target children.
Starting on January 1, a new law took effect in Louisiana that requires internet users to prove their age via a government-provided form of identification before being able to access pornographic websites. Experts say the law could provide a model for other states to follow in order to discourage minors from viewing websites that feature sexually obscene material, which often includes violence, abuse, and rape, even of children.
This moment demonstrates that Christianity still maintains incredible cultural influence in America, despite decades of routine mockery and secular infiltration. When unexpected, unexplained tragedy strikes, ordinary citizens and influential people across America's institutions alike turn to prayer.
Without a growing population we will not have enough people to produce the goods and services, ranging from high-tech equipment to the food on our tables, to sustain a robust economy. Even liberal economists recognize this.
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives plan to ring in the new year with a conservative, pro-life agenda that proves elections have consequences. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced that "in the first two weeks of the Republican majority," Congress will vote on 11 "commonsense measures" focused on protecting life, border security, U.S. energy, and China.
As the 118th Congress was officially gaveled in Tuesday, the first order of business in the House of Representatives to elect a speaker became anything but routine. For the first time in 100 years, the House failed to elect a speaker in the initial vote, as Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) came up well short of the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership.
Former President Donald Trump attempted to blame the disappointing outcome of the 2022 midterm elections on pro-life advocates who refuse to compromise their principles, a move critics called opportunistic, factually challenged, and "very dumb."
Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball published on Tuesday a list of 11 financial companies with anti-energy policies. Kentucky state governmental entities are restricted from investing any public funds with corporations on this list.
"Separating school bathrooms based on biological sex passes constitutional muster and comports with Title IX," held the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Friday. Their decision upheld the policy of the school board in St. Johns County, Florida (St. Augustine), which was challenged by a student who identifies as transgender.
Most North Carolinians stand for the timeless values of life, family, and religious freedom that have made our state one of the greatest places to live and raise a family since we joined the Union in 1789. Newly elected Senator Ted Budd will uphold those values.
According to a 2020 poll, 68% of Americans report giving up on their resolutions by February 1. So, how do we get our well-intentioned resolutions to stick around beyond a month? Here are a few tips that can help.
Our goal is not an America that will never be. Nor can it be only a society where we feel at ease and unthreatened, luxuriating in the friendliness of our cultural surroundings. Such a place is inherently deceptive. It urges us to forget the crouching presence of sin and softens the sense of urgency compelled by the gospel.
Loss needs comfort. But death deserves, from the Christian, a sneer. It has no victory, and its sting is the prick of an instant. The warm spring morning of heaven is forever.
North Korea is not a land of hopeless suffering. It is a land filled with the blood of martyrs that God has used to water the seeds of revival. Like the dry bones of Israel in Ezekiel, God is bringing resurrection life to the nation of North Korea.
Mary would have understood the social consequences of her conceiving prior to her impending marriage to Joseph. Nevertheless, Mary readily accepted the Lord's charge for her, telling Gabriel, "I am the Lord's servant. ... May your word to me be fulfilled" (Luke 1:38).
Despite immense persecution from the Chinese Communist Party, some experts believe there are 130 to 150 million Christians growing at a rate of 30,000 new believers a day in China.
The story of Bathsheba reminds us that Jesus Christ came to free mankind from captivity to sin and demonstrates the loving character of God in bringing beauty even from the depravity of human actions.
Beauty Will Save the World (Part 3): How N.C. Wyeth’s ‘Nightfall’ Reveals a Father’s Innate Role in the Family
The family is indeed needful, but God has provided a protector. The father's task is formidable, but it is dignifying. It is a call to heroism.
Ruth displayed her noble character by acting based on her love for her family and trust in God, rather than allowing the pain of loss to overshadow her hope for the future. Her story reminds us to turn to the Lord in every sorrow and trust that He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).
"Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile," said God through the prophet Jeremiah, "and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare" (Jeremiah 29:7). This is an intrinsic part of our calling as exiles living in the kingdom of man. In 2023, we need to keep fulfilling it.
Rahab's story shows that being strong and courageous can take many different forms - sometimes, it is simply choosing to trust the Lord and serve one's family that can produce the greatest fruit.
In order for our children to recognize the truth and not fall away from the faith, we need to help them grow in their Bible knowledge and develop a biblical worldview (Romans 12:2).
The story of Tamar reveals God's enduring faithfulness to Abraham in allowing the line of Judah to continue so that Jesus could be born from it. Tamar gave birth to twin boys - Perez and Zerah. From the line of Perez came King David, and later, Jesus Christ - the Son of God.
Many of us know today that, in a deep way, we need the refreshment of a good theological reset. Praise God, that's exactly what Christmas provides. Let's consider four truths related to the coming of Christ that yield encouragement for weary people like you and me.
Whether or not the producers intended, "It's a Wonderful Life" teaches a powerful biblical lesson - every life matters. Each human being was uniquely created by God in His image for a distinct purpose that only that one person can accomplish.
Somewhere between the haze of unlimited abortion and the advent of trans mania, western society began to wage war on children - both their existence, and their innocence. As we approach the celebration of Christmas, there is no better time to reflect on the value that each unique child brings to the world.
The challenge is not to shun the world around us with its material goods and traditions but to experience it as pointing to a fundamental spiritual reality. Commerce, material goods, and business are not bad in themselves, but they become dangerous for Christians if they distract us from Christ.
We need the war we've declared upon God to be interrupted. The truce he offers is a permanent one. We need not fear the army of heaven, because its commanding officer is himself bringing us peace.
Congress has passed, and President Biden has now signed, a sweeping $1.65 trillion omnibus spending bill that gives millions of taxpayers' dollars to LGBT pressure groups, causes veterans' hospitals to commit abortions, and could compel the U.S. military and pro-life business people to facilitate abortion-on-demand.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Washington, D.C. this week to plead for U.S. support. Some are warning, however, that the Biden administration's objectives for Ukraine are less clear than Russian President Vladimir Putin's.
In city governments across the United States, officials are seeking to use federal COVID-19 funds intended to preserve life to fund abortion and benefit the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, an outcome pro-life leaders call a "tragic" and foreseeable misuse of funds.
The long march of God's work in the world is unstoppable. Followers of Jesus can rejoice in partnering with Him in advancing "the good of the city" (Jeremiah 29:7) in our beloved country and in heralding the word that an eternal King offers light and life to all who come to Him.
While churches are preparing to celebrate Christmas this year, a new report from Family Research Council suggests that they face increasing risks of vandalism and other physical attacks against church buildings.
As an impending snowstorm in the Washington, D.C. area and Senate Democrats put mounting pressure on Congress to push through a last-minute 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill before the Friday deadline and Christmas recess, conservative lawmakers are voicing strong opposition to the measure, citing irresponsible delays and reckless spending on progressive special interest projects.
The issue of assisted suicide has gained extensive media attention in recent weeks as Americans learned with shock of Canada's increasingly draconian Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) policies. As those in the United States grapple with the dystopian reality of a nation seeking to kill its citizens who are homeless or have a disability, there is no better time to draw attention to the euthanasia crisis being perpetuated within our own borders. A new lawsuit in New Mexico highlights just how far the culture of death has spread within the health care system - and points the way to reversing course.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by four female athletes who were forced to compete against biological males and lost positions, awards, and scholarships as a result.
In 2022, much of the world's attention has been focused on the horrific warfare in Ukraine, along with Iran's courageous demonstrators, who are being violently assaulted for rejecting their country's radically brutal regime. However, while these shocking abuses have carried on, the West African country of Nigeria continues to experience what has often been described as a "silent slaughter." In recent years, tens of thousands of Christian believers have been killed in relentless assaults on their villages, homes, churches, and families.
The federal government made an "apparent violation of the law" by pressuring social media outlets to ban or suppress American citizens' accounts, or to ban the Hunter Biden laptop story as a foreign intelligence operation, an expert has said. Meanwhile, the federal government exploited the same online platforms to spread U.S. government propaganda, new disclosures from Twitter have revealed.
Prior to June 24, 2022, the United States was one of only six countries in the world that offered no protection for unborn children at any point in pregnancy. Today, because of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, over half of the 50 states protect life in the womb. The United States has shown the world that it is possible to reverse a culture of death; now, countries like South Korea must follow suit, removing themselves from the worst offenders list where they currently reside alongside the likes of China and North Korea.
Hours before the Supreme Court paused the end of Title 42 (scheduled for Wednesday) until the Tuesday after Christmas, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre achieved new levels of Orwellian Newspeak on Monday for insisting, repeatedly, that the southern border was not "open." And further, she argued that anyone claiming the border was open was actually aiding the Mexican cartels who commit human trafficking.
Congressional Democrats unveiled an over 4,000-page, $1.7 trillion government funding package early Tuesday morning, leaving lawmakers little time to review the text and vote on it before a looming government shutdown on Friday at midnight. Experts point out that the omnibus bill's earmarks include over $11 million in LGBT-themed projects, and GOP lawmakers say the special interest spending could be avoided if the omnibus was delayed until January when the newly elected Republican-led House would be in power.
The Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT group, hosted their "Spirit of Lincoln" gala Thursday night at Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former president Donald Trump. The event was a "joyous celebration of gay rights and - in a case of ironic timing - the historic same-sex marriage law signed by President Joe Biden days earlier." Said Trump, "We are fighting for the gay community, and we are fighting and fighting hard."
Although left-wing activists often say they represent "the right side of history," a well-regarded poll finds that support for a key item of the LGBTQ agenda has collapsed faster than virtually any other issue: Significantly fewer Americans support allowing men to use women's restrooms in 2022 than in 2016.
The top education official in a heavily Republican state is cleaning house, demanding that all public school districts and charter school have policies respecting the privacy of female students, after a male who identifies as female allegedly beat up two teenage girls in a high school restroom.
As a young law student wrote many years ago, "progressives" need to quit talking about their love of democracy and, instead, make their arguments and live with the consequences. Even if they mean that their proprietary claim on the federal courts is weighed in the balance and found wanting.
Rachel Levine, a biologically male senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who identifies as a transgender woman, recently stated publicly that he was happy to have undergone gender transition procedures later in life because it allowed him to have children. Experts, however, are pointing out that the policies promoted by Levine favor allowing minors to undergo gender transition procedures despite the fact that such procedures can lead to permanent sterility.
Stephanie Carter, a Texas nurse practitioner who has worked for the VA for 23 years, is standing up to the Biden administration's Department of Veterans Affairs rule that mandates VA medical facilities provide abortion counseling and abortions. She says that both the requirement to participate in abortions, directly or indirectly, and the VA's refusal to facilitate religious accommodations, violates her sincerely held religious beliefs.
It was a catastrophe as predictable as a comet on collision course, although far easier to dodge. The Trump-era Title 42 policy has topped the Biden administration's hit list for two years and, after a judge ordered its end, will finally expire on December 21. The only problem is, once the program for expediting migrant removal ends, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has no idea how to stem the inevitable flood of border crossings.
Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo felt the arm of a soldier around his neck, slowly strangling him, while he was moved to a police car. It happened on July 11, 2022 (also known as "11J"), in the city of Palma Soriano, in the eastern part of Cuba. On that date, thousands of Cubans took to the streets demanding freedom, and they ended in the largest protests against socialism in 60 years.
Our worry is not the fabled singularity, where machines become self-sustaining and can think for themselves. Our caution should be a familiar one - that we're not putting our hope in the created. The created will fail us. God's enduring word provides us with an intelligence that creates out of nothing, needs no programming, and can lead us through any contingency.
Some folks can dish it out, but they can't take it. These declared themselves Thursday evening after Elon Musk suspended several mainstream journalists for retweeting the location of his private airplane in real time. Among the suspended accounts were those of CNN's Donie O'Sullivan, The New York Times' Ryan Mac, The Washington Post's Drew Harwell, former Vox reporter Aaron Rupar, The Intercept's Micah Lee, and former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.
As the U.S. Senate passed a short-term government spending bill Thursday to extend the deadline for a year-long omnibus bill into next week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill continued to debate the measure. On Thursday evening, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that Republicans must persist in delaying the approval of the omnibus into the new year in order for the newly elected House GOP majority to set spending priorities.
Pluralism doesn't mean cultural anarchy or moral chaos. It means freedom within the bounds of agreement about some essential things.
A Christian leader has blasted the Biden administration for "creating an atmosphere of lawlessness" by ignoring attacks on churches and houses of worship nationwide, which have nearly tripled over the last four years according to a startling new report. These assaults ranged from deadly to defacing, covered every region of the country and denominational background, and often sprang from pro-abortion domestic terrorism or other forms of left-wing enmity against biblical morality.
Days after the vote, it's still a musical hot seat for the 12 Senate Republicans who bucked their base on marriage. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and others are facing fiercer-than-expected pushback for their traitorous decisions from back home. As the senators scramble to explain the inexplicable - their outrageous departure from core values - local Republicans are taking matters into their own hands. For Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), that means a very uncomfortable holiday with the Hawkeyes, where GOP leaders are a united front of disgust.
The recent, lamentable vote over the so-called Respect for Marriage Act revealed a new breed of Republican: The "personally pro-marriage, but" Republican. Like their spiritual forebears, the "personally pro-life, but" Democrats, they strenuously present themselves as people of deep moral conviction, who have equally compelling reasons to lay aside their views and act on other people's convictions for political reasons. Here are six such explanations offered by Republican senators who supported the Disrespect for Marriage Act, and the reason their rationales fall short.
A large group of Republican lawmakers are voicing strong opposition to Democrats' efforts to force a vote on a year-long federal omnibus spending bill before the Christmas recess. They argue that spending priorities should not be set by an outgoing Democrat-controlled Congress when control of the House will shift to Republicans in a matter of weeks.
A Democratic witness at a Wednesday House Oversight hearing made shocking admissions calculated to goad into action all mama bears everywhere. She described a startling scenario, where the state granted LGBT activists open season on adolescents, while slamming the door in the face of parents. The admission by Jessie Pocock, CEO and director of Inside Out Youth Services Advocacy Organization in Colorado Springs, came during an exchange with Representative Michael Cloud (R-Texas), who asked her, "Do parents have a right? Should they be informed about what's going on ... in their kids' lives?"
Since its founding, the abortion industry has always targeted minority and economically disadvantaged women as its prime sources of profit. Today, this anti-life narrative often takes the form of arguing that protecting life in the womb will exacerbate the nation's maternal mortality crisis - a lie that a bogus new study from Boston University and the Commonwealth Fund attempts to perpetuate.
Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) recently attempted to justify his vote for the Respect for Marriage Act. Here's what's wrong with his defense.
With the explosive phenomenon of gender dysphoria continuing to ripple across America's youth, a related but much less highlighted trend is simultaneously occurring - a movement almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. New studies are now emerging showing that the "detransitioner" movement is far larger than what is commonly acknowledged, with detransition rates nearing 30% in some instances.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board members took a beating from parents during an especially fiery public meeting Tuesday night. The meeting was parents' first opportunity to express their displeasure since a 92-page special grand jury report released On December 5 described how the school district egregiously mishandled two cases of sexual assault which threatened to disrupt the implementation of transgender bathroom policy.
After 813 years, the second-oldest English-speaking university has reinvented itself as an institution devoted to un-learning. Users of the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary awoke this week to find that the dictionary had added strange definitions of "man" and "woman" to appease transgender ideologues.
Images of brave, death-defying protestors have flooded the highways and byways of Iran, and the world has been amazed by the courage of these fearless women and men. They have stirred the hearts of liberty-loving westerners with their angry chants against the mullahs of the Iranian dictatorship. And in the process, they also managed to silence - at least for the moment - the voice of U.S. special representative for Iran, Robert Malley.
‘I Would Have Wanted It’: 10,000 Forced Abortions Committed by Nigerian Military, According to Reports
"If they had left me with the baby, I would have wanted it." This is what Bintu Ibrahim told Reuters' reporters, after she was given injections without her consent by the Nigerian army officers who were supposed to be helping her. It resulted in a forced abortion. Ibrahim is one of approximately 10,000 Nigerian women and girls who are believed to have undergone forced abortions at the hands of the Nigerian military after the women were rescued from Boko Haram or other militants.
Mormons mixed with drag queens in a teeming crowd that came to celebrate President Joe Biden's signing of the "Respect for Marriage" Act at an elaborate ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Democrats alternately praised a pedophile and yelled "praise God!" over the passage of the law that conservatives warn will hamper religious liberty and drive Christians from the public square. And, the president promised, they were just getting started.
Facing intense backlash back home, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) recently attempted to justify her vote for the Respect for Marriage Act. Here's what's wrong with her defense.
If Elon Musk won't suppress the news, CBS, ABC, and NBC News are more than happy to. While the Twitter files continue to drip out damning evidence of the company's pre-Musk bias, three of America's biggest outlets refuse to cover the story that's riveting people the world over. In an ironic twist, the media is so beholden to Big Tech that it is suppressing a story about suppression. But don't think the truth won't get out, Congressman Pat Fallon (R-Texas) warns. The GOP is weeks away from House control, and no amount of coordinated media blackouts will protect Silicon Valley then.
Two Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) officials have been indicted in Virginia on charges related to attempts to cover up two sexual assaults in a girls' bathroom and in an empty classroom perpetrated against female students by a male student who identified as a transgender female. After the indictments were handed down, the parents of one of the victims spoke out about the "staggering" ineptitude of the actions taken by school administrators. The family's statement highlights a growing movement of parent-led activism that is leading to the transformation of school boards and policies.
Migrants crossing the border in El Paso, Texas Sunday night lined up single-file "as far as the eye can see" for processing by U.S. border agents. A veteran immigration reporter called the migrant caravan of more than 1,500 people "the biggest single group we have ever seen." At the same time, multiple caravans of 500, 600, and 700 migrants crossed the border at Eagle Pass, Texas. These vast migrant waves come only days before the main policy enabling the U.S. government to quickly deport migrants back to their home countries is set to expire on December 21.
Things change so rapidly in politics, particularly in our volatile era, that to make anything like a bold prediction is unwise. With that said, the past year has provided some interesting fodder for speculation as we consider the 2024 election.
The Biden administration has fired Sam Brinton, the gender-fluid official in charge of disposing of the nation's spent nuclear fuel, after allegations he stole two women's suitcases. Brinton's lipstick-laden penchant for teaching "kink" sessions raised public alarm, and his "ever-changing story about abuse" played a key role in the ban of reparative therapy.
An Indiana judge has ruled a law that would protect nearly all children from abortion cannot take effect, on the grounds that it would violate the religious beliefs of non-Christians, including pagans.
As the public continues to digest "the Twitter files," a series of past internal Twitter documents released to journalists by new Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk, lawmakers and public figures are expressing outrage at what they call an unjust concentration of power that fell into the hands of overtly partisan actors.
Biden Admin Can’t Force Religious Hospitals to Perform Gender Transition Surgeries, Another Court Rules
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may not enforce a rule against religious entities that interprets "antidiscrimination laws in a way that compels them to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions," a panel of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday. The decision comes only months after the Fifth Circuit upheld a permanent injunction against the HHS rule for different group of Catholic health care providers.
As far as dramas go, America's library wars have all the makings of a good Hollywood script. But unfortunately for actor Kirk Cameron, there's nothing fictional about it. The "Growing Pains" star is the latest parent to do battle with the country's woke book lenders after 50 locations opened their doors to drag queens - only to slam them in the face of Christians. If the libraries he contacted about a book reading won't reconsider, Cameron has a message for them: welcome me to your library or see you in court.
Britney Griner has hit the basketball court once again, completing her first workout after 10 months of detainment in a Russian prison and transportation to a Russian penal colony last month. This is a feel-good story for many, yet the full ramifications of the controversial prisoner swap that freed her remain unknown. For President Biden, this is good politics. But is it good for the American people?
The God who made his dwelling among us prefaced his coming with prophecies and types in the Old Testament book of First Samuel. Just as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John describe, the unknown author of 1 Samuel tells his readers about the marvelous news of salvation and instructs believers about how to live.
Most in the Democratic Party only refer to the Bible when it suits their purposes, like "Judge not lest you also be judged" or loving everyone regardless of their lifestyle. But Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) has taken this a step further. In a recent interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid, Warnock responded that "it's exactly what Jesus would do," in addressing his opposition to Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, which would ban abortions after 15 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, we now must listen to Warnock's heresies for another six years.
In this article adapted from Andrew Brunson's "Prepare to Stand" video series, Brunson discusses some of the blessings that can come when we are faithful in spite of persecution. The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins, and that Christ's followers will suffer persecution as well. Looking back on his two-year imprisonment in Turkey, Brunson sees that even during the darkest times, God was at work.
Twitter kept secret blacklists of conservatives, according to new information published as part of "The Twitter Files," confirming longstanding conservative complaints. The detail and organization of Twitter's blacklist system went far beyond what anyone had imagined, with individualized blacklist profiles for a wide array of public voices, specifying whether the figure was on the "Trends Blacklist," "Search Blacklist," or on the "Do Not Amplify" list, among others.
The rumors that Congress might be working right up to Christmas might come as a relief to the 12 Senate Republicans who voted for the radical Respect for Marriage Act. Facing constituents can't seem like a very enticing prospect, not after the heat they've already been taking from national groups. Back home, the knives are out for the dozen senators who helped the Left take a hammer to religious freedom. And in some local GOP chapters, that means throwing a counterpunch.
News of a Satanic temple attempting to start an after-school club for children on school property in Virginia is the latest in a rising pattern of public activity by groups that openly identify as followers of Satan.
Demonstrations on the scale of the anti-lockdown protests perhaps have not been seen since the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when Chinese citizens learned just how far the communist government would go to secure its own power and crush peaceful protests. Yet the Biden administration's reaction to the protests has been muted.
Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen and Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions related to a proposed merger between two of the nation's largest grocery chains. During the hearing, Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ranking Member Mike Lee (R-Utah) both expressed skepticism about the deal. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) cautioned Kroger against expecting "Republican senators to carry the water for them" while pursuing corporate policies that promote abortion and the LGBT agenda at the expense of families and people of faith.
As one of her last acts as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared a bill foisting same-sex marriage on all 50 states reflects "the divinity" inside every human being, then praised the memory of a homosexual-identifying pedophile. She and her fellow Democratic colleagues then derided "the forces of hate" that oppose same-sex marriage.
The House of Representatives passed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act on Thursday, threatening the religious liberty of Americans who believe marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman. All House Democrats were joined by 39 Republicans in the 258-169 vote. One congressman voted present.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) defended himself to a constituent by insisting that the Respect for Marriage Act protects religious liberty. Here's why he is wrong.
A federal judge has ordered Southwest Airlines to rehire a flight attendant and award her damages, back pay, and interest after she was fired in 2017 for stating her pro-life views on social media. The ruling marks a victory for the religious freedom rights of Christians in the workplace at the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with the issue in 303 Creative v. Elenis.
After the passage of Title IX in 1972, women who had matriculated from college into the workforce soon learned that they were at least semi-welcome - as long as they weren't pregnant. In fact, in 1976, the Supreme Court ruled in General Electric v. Gilbert that refusing benefits to pregnant women did not constitute sex discrimination under Title VII. By 1977, only 25% of insurance plans allowed sick leave to be used for pregnancy. Unwilling to accept a workplace that only valued men, those who believed pregnant mothers made critical contributions working outside the home labored tirelessly to pass the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).
Asset management firm Vanguard announced Wednesday the corporation will withdraw from the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative (NZAM) "so that we can provide the clarity our investors desire ... and to make clear that Vanguard speaks independently on matters of importance." Vanguard's announcement came only a week after 13 state attorneys general had filed to block the green giant's application to purchase more than $10 million worth of shares in publicly traded utility companies in their states.
After a historically bad showing in this year's midterm elections, Republican finger-pointing has become almost a contact sport. One of the biggest targets of GOP ire is the Republican National Committee (RNC), where some critics think shaking up the leadership could put conservatives back on a winning path.
The transgender-identifying individual who serves as the Biden administration's assistant secretary for health has warned that "medicine and science are being politically perverted" by those who oppose transgender procedures for minors, telling medical professionals to question whether parents are truly motivated by "care and compassion" when they seek to protect their children from the transgender industry.
On Monday, a Loudoun County special grand jury dropped a scathing report following a governor-ordered investigation of the school administration's handling of two sexual assault incidents from last year. The details were condemning, finding that those in leadership had concealed the horrific misconduct in hope of managing public perception.
After-election analysis is often pretentious and, worse, boring. So, in the interest of avoiding the temptation to wax wise, here are a few simple things to consider for the 2024 elections.
A simple question provoked an astonishing answer during President Joe Biden's Tuesday visit to a new computer chip manufacturing plant in Phoenix, Arizona. When asked whether he planned to visit the border, only minutes away on Air Force One, Biden responded in the negative. "There's a more important thing going on," he said. Really, asked a cacophony of conservative commentary, what's more important than the border crisis?
With thousands of America's men and women in uniform expelled from the military due to the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Republican lawmakers are urging Congress to reinstate discharged servicemembers as the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) inches closer to passage. On Wednesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) signaled his support for restoring discharged troops, tweeting, "We owe it to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces to reinstate members dismissed for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine WITH backpay."
If there's one thing Republicans are anxious to wrap up this Christmas, it's Democratic control. But there's plenty to do first, as both sides make a mad scramble to tie up dozens of legislative loose ends. Government funding tops the list, thanks to procrastinating Democrats who refused to make their most important constitutional obligation - passing a federal budget - a priority. Now, with time ticking down to a government shutdown this month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are hoping Republicans will just roll over and let them set all of the spending priorities for next year. Not so fast, conservatives say.
Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia's runoff election Tuesday night, giving the Democratic Party an outright majority that eases their ability to pass legislation and confirm judges to the nation's bench.
The liberal morality police want to enact an entire body of law to curtail the God-given right of religious liberty and compress it into the narrowest of venues. Maybe within the walls of churches and perhaps in private homes, people will be able to uphold the tenets of Scripture. But step into the wide world and announce that sexual intimacy is reserved for one-man, one-woman marriage, let alone bring this belief into the marketplace, and watch out.
As Congress closes in on approving the next iteration of the defense authorization bill to fund the military for the next year, Republican lawmakers are threatening to withhold support for the measure until the Biden administration rescinds its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all military personnel. Critics of Biden's mandate point to how the policy has led to low recruitment numbers, lowering standards for new recruits, and unjust denial of benefits, among other issues.
The chances of a Democratic-led House lifting a finger to protect religious freedom were always slim. This is, after all, the same chamber that sent a sweeping same-sex marriage bill to the Senate without so much as a nod to the First Amendment. Their message to non-conformists was simple: the government is coming for you. And despite the urgent pleas of House and Senate conservatives, that hasn't changed.
As the Respect for Marriage Act moves through Congress, there have been a variety of attempts to defend the religious freedom protections in the bill. These attempts all fail for one reason or another. Many of them are silly, foolish, and dangerous. Here we take a look at one recent opinion piece in Deseret News, which makes certain claims about the Respect for Marriage Act - followed by specific rebuttals to those claims.
A substantial majority of American likely voters say that "the transgender movement has gone too far by encouraging underage minors to use drugs and surgery to transition to the oppose sex," according to a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, in conjunction with Summit Ministries.
As Georgia voters go to the polls in Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff election, the overwhelmingly Christian state could again be represented by a pastor who will use the Senate to promote his "rejection of the Bible's teachings" on issues ranging from abortion to the importance of the resurrection of Christ. Warnock has supported legislation to authorize abortion-on-demand until birth, strip Christians of conscience and religious liberty rights, and claimed Christians who oppose socialism need to "read the Bible" - claiming he holds a biblical position on each topic.
Another one of the 47 House Republicans who voted for the so-called Respect for Marriage Act has withdrawn his support, charging Democrats with "failing to provide legitimate safeguards for faith-based organizations" that hold "deeply-held religious beliefs" about natural marriage.
A new poll released Monday revealed that public trust in mainstream media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, CBS News, etc. is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, a number of legacy outlets have recently announced that they will be slashing hundreds of jobs in an effort to cut costs.
In the December chill of Monday morning, a small crowd gathered outside the Supreme Court as the justices listened to the oral arguments for 303 Creative v. Elenis. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) President and General Counsel Kristen Waggoner represents graphic designer Lorie Smith in her battle to defend her First Amendment rights as an artist.
"We can all agree that a pacifist painter shouldn't be forced to paint a pro-war mural, and a Democratic speechwriter shouldn't be forced to write speeches for President Trump." Or can we? The state of Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would have you believe that people of faith should not be allowed to open businesses if they plan to live out their convictions while running them. Time will tell whether that view prevails at the Supreme Court.
As the Senate voted 61-36 to pass the "(Dis)Respect for Marriage" Act last Tuesday, an editor for The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart, wrote in its pages under the headline, "Gee, thanks for this tiny step to protect my same-sex marriage." Despite his self-description "as an institutionalist who recognizes the power of incrementalism," the act "offend[ed] my sense of fairness and justice" for including religious freedom protections. He urged the Senate to pass the misleadingly titled Equality Act "if the Senate really wanted to take a big step."
"Have you ever been denied a meal because of your beliefs?" Victoria Cobb asked. Because she has. The head of the Virginia Family Foundation spent the weekend grappling with the news that a local Richmond restaurant, Metzger Bar and Butchery, refused to serve her organization because of its conservative views. And if the Democrats' get their way with the bill to redefine marriage, guess what? A lot more Americans might have to go hungry.
Through the rallying of outraged moms and dads, who formed coalitions and voted for parental power in the classroom, the midterms are bringing even more victories for parents in education. Families across America are reaping the fruits of their labor as various school districts make headlines for their education reforms in favor of parental involvement.
For Christians, Nigeria has long been one of most violently abusive countries in the world. At the same time, the country also persists in mistreating atheists and other religious groups as well as non-radicalized Muslims. But Christians, in particular, continue to suffer brutal abuses, massacres, and terrorism. Genocide Watch has reported that in Nigeria, more than 6,000 Christians were killed in 15 months (January 2021-March 2022), while 45,644 died in the course of 13 years.
This past week, 61 U.S. senators voted for a bill that would abolish from federal law the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman - instead conferring the name, rights, and privileges of marriage on the union of any two adults, including same-sex couples. How could such a situation arise? And what should the people of God do when they find themselves in such a depraved culture? The book of Judges can help inform American Christians' response to our own cultural moment.
Each year, December 3 marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities -- a holiday facilitated by the United Nations with the intention to "promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities." Ironically, however, some of the most influential global actors at work in the United Nations consistently demonstrate that they have zero regard for persons with disabilities if there is still time to prevent them from being born.
The American family is in dire straits. And despite what conservative political pundits may think, the root cause is not because the Senate just passed a bill to codify same-sex marriage or because California is paying for women to fly there for abortions.
Let's hope the 12 Republicans who voted to redefine marriage enjoyed the back-slapping of their Democratic colleagues, because they're about to settle in to the next (and longest) chapter of the Senate aftermath: the reckoning. While Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) basked in the praise of Senate radicals Tuesday, she and the other 11 GOP imposters now have the unenviable task of owning the votes they cast. And as reassuring as the Left's applause may have been, it was fleeting. The damage they have done to America and their reputations is not.
Atheism and humanism are on the rise, as the number of elected members filling state and federal seats who profess no belief in God increases from only five before 2016, to upward of 70 after the most recent election cycle - a sharp shift from the Judeo-Christian values that have defined America since its founding.
Recently, Human Rights Watch released an article titled, "US: Anti-Trans Bills Also Harm Intersex Children." It tried to explain why state legislation aimed at limiting irreversible gender transition procedures to adults over age 18 not only harms so-called "transgender children," but actually harms intersex kids, too, because they are "subjected" to "'normalizing' surgeries that are irreversible, risky, and medically unnecessary" before the age at which they can consent.
Republican National Council Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has named Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to a selective, newly formed panel that will chart the future course of the Republican Party. Conservative leaders say Perkins's appointment demonstrates his role as "a true leader and lamplighter in the conservative movement" - and the GOP's understanding that pro-life, pro-family voters will make up a critical mass of its voters for many election cycles to come.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a longtime critic of Elon Musk, has recently shared her opinion on the new CEO's changes to Twitter that allowed conservative voices to be heard again on the platform. On Wednesday, when a reporter from Fox Business asked Warren if users should have a right to free speech even if the content was wrong or offensive, she evaded the question and criticized Musk instead. "I think that one human being should not decide how millions of people communicate with each other, and it doesn't make any difference who that human being is. One human being should not be able to go into a dark room by himself and decide, 'Oh, that person gets heard from, that person doesn't.' That's not how it should work."
This week has been a difficult one, as we watch our nation be shamelessly compromised by our Congress in the lame duck session of 2022. After watching the Senate vote Tuesday to reject marriage as an institution uniquely between one man and one woman, I was reminded of one of my first experiences as a 4th grade religious education teacher.
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis announced on Thursday that the state would pull over $2 billion worth of assets invested by woke asset manager BlackRock, Inc. The Florida Treasury would immediately remove $600 million in short-term investments and freeze $1.43 billion in longer-term investments, which will also be removed by the beginning of 2023. Patronis and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced plans to divest state funds from woke investments this summer, before both convincingly won reelection by nearly 20 percentage points.
As the U.S. Senate burned precious legislative days dealing with the Respect for Marriage Act, which senators like Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted was a "stupid waste of time" back in July because the 2015 Obergefell Supreme Court decision had already guaranteed same-sex couples a right to marry, observers are pointing to a logjam of critical priorities that must be dealt with during the final 15 legislative days before the lame duck session expires, including an omnibus bill to fund the federal government and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military.
Before casting a vote for same-sex marriage on Tuesday, Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) spoke from the floor to enumerate all the reasons she shouldn't. "So, why have I strayed with such anguish from a path that conforms to my beliefs, my instruction, my faith to vote for the Respect for Marriage Act?" That's a great question to which many people want an answer, especially in Wyoming.
The attempt to cast doubt on the impartiality of Justice Amy Coney Barrett is not new. For years, those leading the moral revolution and pushing the panoply of LGBTQ+ issues have sought to caricature anyone who believes in a biblical sexual ethic as outdated or bigoted. But the argument that she ought to sit out a case due to her faith merits further consideration.
To be pro-life means to cherish life at all its stages, from the earliest moments in the womb to the final moments before eternity. This is one reason to celebrate that there are now eight billion people on the planet. Some estimates say that total population could reach as high as 10.4 billion or even higher by 2100. Yet the numbers don't tell the whole story.
In a provocative article published by The Guardian last week, former members of a Christian community, People of Praise, to which Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett belongs, argued that Barrett should recuse herself from the upcoming 303 Creative v. Elenis case. In some ways, this should be a wake-up call for Christians.
Attorneys General for 13 states filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to block capital asset manager Vanguard from purchasing more than $10 million worth of shares in publicly traded utility companies. They accused the firm of "engaging in environmental activism and using its financial influence to manipulate the activities of the utility companies in its portfolio."
In all the hullabaloo over the Senate vote on the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act, there is one argument that may have gone overlooked that gets at the heart of God's design for framing marriage to be between a man and a woman.
The Biden administration has declined to appeal a federal court ruling that blocked their proposed federal mandate that would have required medical staff to perform gender transition procedures, including the removal of healthy organs, regardless of religious objections. The move could signal a recognition from the White House that a cultural shift away from widespread acceptance of gender transition procedures for minors is occurring.
For conservatives, who've spent the better part of six months in the trenches for an institution Republicans have always stood for, there were plenty of sad storylines from Tuesday night's marriage vote. Perhaps the saddest, at least to the movement's veterans, was watching men and women they trusted try to justify the abandonment of their longtime principles. Some didn't bother. Others, like Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), took to the pages of their state's newspapers to mitigate the damage back home. And then there was Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), whose tragic and flawed thought process was laid bare for everyone to see - and lament.
China's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission promised Tuesday to "resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces" as protests against the communist regime's "zero COVID" policy lingered for a fifth day. In implementing the likely brutal lockdown, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will have an ally that might surprise many Westerners: California-based Apple, Inc.
Many Christians rightly possess a positive perspective of adoption as a means of growing a family - proven by the fact that Christians are twice as likely to adopt a child as other Americans. However, even among Christians, the rate of families that adopt is around a dismally low 5% despite 38% of practicing Christians having seriously considered adopting. There is perhaps no greater encouragement for someone considering adoption than to hear the wisdom of parents who have walked that road themselves - and who would make the same decision again in a heartbeat.
Despite the constantly shifting sands of the culture war, one could hope that there is still moral territory where common ground between conservatives and liberals can be found; namely, protecting children from the likes of pedophiles and child sexual abuse material (CSAM) producers. If the lack of shared public concern about harbingers of pedophilia is any indication, however, the complete moral desolation of western society may have already arrived on our doorstep.
On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the so-called "Respect for Marriage" Act which critics say invites "predatory lawsuits" against people of faith, stigmatizes biblical values, and drives Christians from the public square. Although nearly all Senate Republicans voted for amendments demanding greater respect for religious liberty, 12 Republicans voted for the unamended bill - and against the interests of their own voters, according to pro-family organizations.
On Saturday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury gave American energy company Chevron the green light to drill for oil again in Venezuela. Previously, the United States had targeted sanctions on the country due to the communist regime under President Nicolas Maduro. According to the Treasury Department's press release, this move towards natural resource extraction will help "alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people and support the restoration of democracy."
A school board in the Portland, Ore. area walked out during a meeting in October after parents brought up concerns over content in school libraries featuring "gender-affirming care" and sexually explicit material. Meanwhile, a medical doctor testified in an Arkansas court on Monday that gender-affirming care fails to take into account underlying psychological disorders.
The Chinese regime is gradually escalating a nationwide crackdown after a fatal apartment fire in the city of Urumqi flared up into widespread demonstrations against the central government. But the regime's tolerance of protests is nearly gone.
With Congress set to vote on the Democrat-led Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would redefine marriage, there is ample cause for concern about the many consequences that might arise. The potential repercussions - both anticipated and not yet seen - make way for a longstanding argument: that we should not be quick to burn down the institutional structures passed down to us through the ages.
When the Senate floor came to a screeching halt Monday evening, there was hope that the Republicans' 12 marriage defectors were on the verge of making things right. For two and a half hours, the chamber was at a virtual standstill - crawling toward the 60 votes needed to move the so-called Respect for Marriage Act forward. A little before 8:00 p.m., the spell was broken, along with any confidence that the GOP's dozen Democrat enablers would have a change of heart.
As the United States grapples with the reality of a future without Roe v. Wade, the topic of adoption has surfaced as a surprising source of controversy. The abortion industry and its supporters have been quick to demonize adoption as a viable alternative to abortion - often citing concerns about transracial adoptions as causing a lifetime of trauma for a child. For countless adoptees like Jaelyn Morgan, however, adoption is characterized primarily by immense love.
In their newly released Abortion Surveillance report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a victory for life. In 2020, the year that gave us the COVID-19 pandemic, reported abortions decreased overall by 1.5% in the United States.
In a blow to religious freedom, the U.S. Senate voted to overcome a Republican filibuster against an amendment to the so-called "Respect for Marriage" Act, clearing the way for the passage of a bill that critics say is "dangerous," "deceptive," and "harmful" to Christian businesspeople and nonprofits soon to face legal harassment.
As senators prepare to take a series of votes on the deceptively titled "Respect for Marriage Act" (H.R. 8404) this week, one focal point of concern is the inadequate - perhaps even stillborn - protections that the bill to codify same-sex marriage provides for religious freedom.
I encourage you to immediately embark on a healthy change. Not in your diet, although that might be valuable. And not in your spiritual regimen, although that might also be life-changing. It is time for each of us to reconsider how we think about and engage in electoral politics.
Rare protests across China were sparked on Saturday against the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ongoing draconian COVID-lockdowns. The Chinese people have endured exceedingly tight restrictions affecting daily life since the beginning of the pandemic. One incident in the city of Urumqi seemed to be the final straw - igniting pushback after 10 people were killed in a fire when rescue efforts were hampered by the government's "zero-COVID" policy.
A birthday is a celebration of life - but unfortunately, not everyone leaves behind a legacy that makes theirs worth celebrating. Friedrich Engels, co-father of Marxist theory, born 202 years ago today on November 28, 1820, is one such individual. Engels dedicated his life to an ideology that, in its every iteration, has destroyed lives - including by preventing the birthdays of millions of unborn children.
During this summer's monkeypox outbreak, one man who caught the virus casually told an interviewer something that would have seemed impossible to most readers: "I have a boyfriend and my boyfriend has a husband and we all live together." To most Americans, the combination - of words or relationships - would seem shocking. Yet some do not see the lack of monogamy in same-sex marriages as a problem: LGBT activists privately hope to break the "heteronormativity" of having only two partners in a marriage, "to infect the straight world" with polyamory, and to "radically alter" or abolish marriage altogether.
This year for Thanksgiving, I joined extended family for a Thursday feast and introduced them to my wife and son for the first time. Right there, I have a lot to be thankful for. Perhaps you, too, counted your many blessings this past week. Or perhaps you feel that your reasons to give thanks are few and far between. Either way, the Bible exhorts us to primarily give thanks for God's unalienable gifts that are immune to the circumstances of this life. "Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken" (Hebrews 12:28). In reinforcing our hope in our future reward, few books outshine that of Joshua.
Some people seem to make a career of attacking America's heroes. This is not to say anyone is above criticism or that our admiration for exceptional people should go from respect to reverence. Instead, there is a difference between dealing honestly with the flaws of the great and using those flaws to justify degrading them.
The Western world has been admirably united in opposing Russia's war in Ukraine. A new report, however, indicates that Christians may have more of a stake in the conflict than previously realized.
After any election, the true winners and losers are reflected not merely by the tally of votes received but how they are perceived by the public. Here is a brief guide now that the dust has settled on this month's midterm elections.
Without a doubt, 2022 has been a year of monumental victories for the unborn. This year brought with it unimaginable joy as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade - the white whale of the pro-life movement - and over half of the country began protecting unborn lives at some point in gestation. The recent midterm elections, however, have left some Republicans blaming the half-hearted "red wave" on the Dobbs decision.
While the Biden administration has been spinning the border crisis as a natural disaster - after months of refusing to even acknowledge the existence of a crisis - House Republicans have argued otherwise, calling the crisis a man-made disaster that is the result of the Biden administration rescinding proven border security measures and implementing catch-and-release policies.
After every national election, the parties represented by an elephant and a donkey desperately seek a third mascot: a scapegoat. This year, both parties have selected a most appropriate sacrifice: the unborn. The Big Business-uber-alles wing of the GOP has made Lindsey Graham's bill, which would protect most (but not all) unborn children at 15 weeks, the unique object of its hatred.
Thanksgiving is a time we take to express our gratitude towards God. Families travel to see each other and maybe play a football game in the yard with friends and neighbors. That is, until last year, when experts and government officials warned us that if we celebrated, we risked death - to ourselves and our loved ones. Especially Grandma. So, stay home! That was the same advice given to the Pilgrims.
The fourth Thursday in November isn't quite as musically-inclined as the older, more internationally-known holidays. Maybe that's because it's a uniquely American holiday (I hear, you Canada...), or maybe it's because our mouths are too filled with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie to sing effectively. , But we Christians don't have to settle for a songless Thanksgiving Day. After all, we have a whole book of songs, many of which focus on gratitude.
Shortly after Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his final public statement as a government official, one of the doctors Fauci tried to drive from public view gave his own assessment of Fauci's tenure: "His advice turned out very badly," said Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor of medicine and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. In his career overall, "He has not succeeded."
The president of the second largest teacher's union in the country described conservative arguments against transgender ideology as "demonic" in a recent interview. But experts say that this rhetorical tactic is a way of dismissing unfavored arguments without ever addressing them.
While Americans are running last minute errands for a weekend of feasting and football, conservatives are frantically working to stop what's awaiting everyone on Monday: the end of religious freedom as we know it. With just days until the next big hurdle on the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, House and Senate Republicans are working around the clock to peel off three of the 60 votes Democrats need to keep the bill alive. Target number one? The party's 12 defectors.
With the 24/7 news cycle rapidly providing reasons to be deeply concerned for the state of our country, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for us to reexamine our circumstances in life. President George Washington, who led under-supplied rag-tag American patriots in poor conditions against the mighty British army, was no stranger to hardship nor was he naive regarding the immense challenges faced by the new country he fought to establish. Instead of dwelling on the difficulties surrounding him - including internal divisions in his administration and even the fear that the burgeoning political system might fail - he pointed the American people to express gratitude to Almighty God.
According to new post-midterm polling, American voters under 30 are gradually becoming less liberal. On Monday, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted about Morning Consult survey numbers indicating a 13-point drop in young voters voting liberal in the last five years.
While both parties sift through the midterm results, trying to decipher what messages resonated with voters, Republicans won't have to look far. One of the biggest takeaways for the GOP ought to be just how fed up Americans are with woke capital. Whatever dam broke when conservative governors started doing battle with corporate bullies is opening the political floodgates. And the results of November 8 prove it.
America has increasingly defined itself as a land that lives by fictions. One of the most pervasive lies insists that Americans support same-sex marriage by ever-increasing margins. But occasionally, one of the media's myths runs into a contradictory reality that people know is true in their bones. The belief that married people should not have sex with anyone except their spouse comes as close to a universally accepted truth as this country can muster. That sets public support for same-sex marriage on a collision course with itself.
When Disney CEO Bob Chapek sent a memo to senior leaders Friday explaining that the company was "going to have to make tough and uncomfortable decisions," he had no idea just how uncomfortable they were about to become. Less than two days later, the ax fell in his own office, ending one of the most tumultuous chapters in Disney history. Chapek, who'd been a polarizing figure from the get-go, was out - and no one was more surprised than him.
With Obergefell, the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land and mandated that government institutions and processes could make no legal distinctions between adult romantic relationships. Two married men cannot be treated any differently than a married man and woman. Indeed, from the perspective of adult emotional fulfillment, there may be no distinction. But from the child's perspective, these two couplings are polar opposites.
As the World Cup soccer tournament kicks off this week - the most watched sporting event in the world - host country Qatar has come under increasing scrutiny because of its restrictions on religious freedom and the human rights violations committed there in order to prepare for the tournament.
In a feel-good story of local generosity, Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Feed the Fridge, is doing its part to provide Thanksgiving meals for seniors and military families in need. The charity, founded by the co-owner of Medium Rare restaurant, Mark Bucher, started the initiative during the pandemic to feed the hungry and keep small, local restaurants in business. Now, Bucher taking that same goodwill and changing families' holiday for the better.
Last week, Americans witnessed a disturbing vote in the United States Senate as 12 Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting for the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. One of the most interesting storylines is Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who was eager to vote for the bill and quickly dismissed religious liberty concerns in his floor speech. But we need only look back 10 years ago to find a very different Thom Tillis.
Former "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure is taking the heat for telling The Wall Street Journal that her new television channel will keep Christianity, including "traditional marriage," central in their family-oriented films.
As pressure ramps up on the Democrats' same-sex marriage bill, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is teaming up with 20 of his colleagues to demand that the party's 12 deserters reconsider their position before the next vote. "The free exercise of religion is absolutely essential to the health of our Republic," Lee wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter first obtained by The Daily Signal. "We must have the courage to protect it."
"Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here," wrote John J. Ray III of cryptocurrency exchange FTX on Thursday. \rThe sudden rise and spectacular fall of FTX is a cautionary tale for everyone, but believers, in particular, can benefit by applying the wisdom of Scripture to this case study.
For the second time in a week, a woman who has detransitioned from a gender-nonconforming lifestyle is suing the health care professionals who advised her to undergo gender transition procedures, including the surgical removal of both breasts. The lawsuit highlights a growing trend of formerly gender-confused individuals who are suing the health care industry over what they say is medical malpractice for leaving them with disfigured bodies because of medical misdiagnosis.
If the 12 Republican senators who voted for the Democrats' same-sex marriage bill don't have buyer's remorse, they will. Take it from Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). Ever since his "yea" vote in July, the House Freedom Caucus chair has been squarely in the blast zone of movement conservatives. Now, as his Senate colleagues flirt dangerously with the same mistake, he has one word for them: Don't.
Addressing the declining U.S. birthrate and its economic consequences on the nation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is betting on 11 million illegal immigrants and "Dreamers" from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to do the heavy lifting.
Recent Gallup polling shows that most Americans aren't worrying about COVID like they used to. Mandatory masks, proof of vaccination, six-foot social distancing, and quarantine seem to be buzzwords of the recent past for 78% of respondents who reported that they have completely returned to their normal cadences of life.
In the ever-expanding "Now I've Heard Everything" file, we must today place the latest dictum from Hillary Clinton. "Voters didn't just choose Democrats in these midterm elections," she has written of last week's election. "They chose democracy."
If you're waiting for the Georgia runoff to decide what the Republicans' margins are, don't bother. Thanks to Wednesday's marriage vote, we know exactly where the lines are drawn. Heading into this week, a lot of people said that America was about to find out what the Senate GOP is made of. Now we know. Republicans may be down one seat in the Senate, but they're 12 short where it matters - on principle.
The state of Arkansas is currently on trial in federal court for attempting to protect children from mutilation and sterilization. The Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act would prohibit irreversible gender transition procedures on minors, but it's been blocked from taking effect while it makes its way through the litigation process.
Instead of a war on Christmas, this year features a war on the retailers who sell Christmas gifts. Target reported earnings per share of $1.54, 49.3% lower than the anticipated $3.04. The lackluster profits were partly due to declines in consumer spending, but another, less expected factor was organized retail crime.
A new program run by the city of San Francisco was announced Wednesday that will give a guaranteed monthly income to people who identify as transgender. The program will focus on giving the free money to transgender-identifying individuals who are homeless. City officials made no mention of a similar program for homeless individuals who do not identify as transgender.
A publicly funded state teachers union hosted a drag queen story hour for children at its convention last week. The New Jersey Educators Association (NJEA), which skims millions of dollars directly from property taxes and "is by far the biggest political spender in New Jersey," directly promoted woke political topics for the classroom at its 2022 convention.
Eight days after Election Day, when American voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the midterm elections, the U.S. is still waiting to know the final results. Seven races in the House of Representatives have still not been called by election officials because ballots are still being counted. Many are asking: in perhaps the most technologically advanced nation on earth, why is it taking so long?
A bill supported by President Biden that would legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, threaten Christians who object to participating in LGBT ceremonies, and create a bonanza for trial lawyers to sue believers in natural marriage cleared a key Senate hurdle Wednesday afternoon - with the assistance of 12 Republicans.
A Georgia lower court on Tuesday struck down Sections 4 and 11 in the state's heartbeat bill, provisions that prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which typically occurs around six weeks gestation. Superior Court of Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney wrote, "those provisions exist on paper only; they have never had legal effect in Georgia. They were and are void and must be re-enacted in our post-Roe world if they are to become the law of Georgia."
At the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) exchanged their crest's red, white, and blue team colors for rainbow stripes in an attempt to bring LGBT activism to the forefront of the Middle Eastern country's mind where homosexuality is outlawed. Though the crest won't be seen on the playing field, the message will be loud and clear off the field.
The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) released a new study revealing that major media companies such as HBO, Netflix, and Hulu are targeting children with adult content on social media. In their report, "A TikTok-ing Time Bomb," PTC found that despite their TV-MA ratings, children were being exposed to dangerous, violent, and sexual adult television shows via popular TikTok and Instagram hashtags.
"America's comeback starts right now," former President Donald Trump told hundreds of cheering supporters at his Mar-a-Lago residence Tuesday night, as he announced he will run for a second term as president of the United States. Trump asked for prayer as he vowed to protect parental rights, prevent males from competing in women's sports, and "defend life" in an hour-long speech that proved light on specific policies on social issues.
"We've all heard of people being cancelled, thrown off social media, even fired from jobs ... But how many years before a Christian minister [who speaks] on marriage and sexual orientation is reported [to] a government anti-terrorism program?" For Reverend Dr. Bernard Randall, that time has already come. The chaplain of a Church of England School was suspended, fired for gross misconduct, and reported to child protective services simply for restating what the Church of England believes. If his story sounds like a distant outlier, it's not. Randall's nightmare will be every Christian's nightmare if our Senate passes the Respect for Marriage Act.
The abortion industry has garnered both financial profit and political support by marketing itself as an essential component of women's rights - but the evidence proves that legal abortion has concealed the crimes of abusers for generations. Now, as states increasingly embrace pro-life laws that protect the unborn from abortion, abusers are finding it more difficult to manipulate women behind closed doors.
One Republican senator who is considering supporting the so-called Respect for Marriage Act is Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah). "I'd like to get onto the bill," he told The Hill. Romney hopes to attach a flimsy religious freedom amendment to the bill. "If that amendment is attached to the bill, I'll vote for it." Romney sang a much different tune in 2006, when as governor of Massachusetts he joined a Family Research Council simulcast in Boston.
Many have commented that this election was a referendum on abortion. With two pro-life ballot initiatives going down in flames, and radical amendments in California, Michigan, and Vermont passing by large margins, it is hard to make the case that a majority of Americans value life in the womb. Sadly, abortion is not the only example of a time when the collective conscience of the American people has been beaten into submission. There was another point in American history when the question of personhood of a human being was put to a vote.
An 18-year-old advocate for the rights of children who struggle with gender dysphoria is filing a lawsuit against a California-based health care company for "breaching the standard of care" when it recommended and performed puberty blocking drugs, hormone therapy, and surgical transition procedures on her as a minor. The news comes as legacy media outlets are beginning to acknowledge the significant health risks that puberty blocking drugs and gender transition surgeries pose to minors.
Andrew Thorburn had no idea the whirlwind he was in for when he accepted the job of chief executive of Australian Football League club Essendon. He would be pressured to resign just over 24 hours after taking the job. At the center of this controversy was not a personal scandal nor an accusation of being unqualified - rather, it was his association with City on a Hill Church, where he served as chairman.
In an otherwise deflating election for Republicans, one of the few areas where conservatives did make hay was America's school boards. From Florida to Loudoun County, the parents' rebellion rode a red wave of upsets from coast to coast. For all of the chatter about what the GOP could have done differently in these midterms, education stands alone as one of the most powerful issues connecting the party with voters. So why would Republicans support a bill that strips away parents' say in the classroom? Good question - one that every American should be asking their U.S. senators before Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the case Monday on MSNBC for why it will be "a lot easier to get things done" for Senate Democrats if their party wins the Georgia runoff election. Having that one additional vote enables the party to confirm more progressive nominees, pass legislation more quickly, and exercise subpoena power, he said.
Trust is a wonderful thing. It enables friendships and business investment, marriages and simple purchases at the grocery store. Yet trust, when misplaced, is also a dangerous thing. It emboldens the deceptive and destroys the naÏve. It is my fear that our president might well be in this last category.
Even as officials continue to count the ballots in midterm races, President Joe Biden admitted voters should not "expect much of anything" on his signature campaign promise to codify Roe v. Wade into law, admitting he lacks the votes. At the same time, two federal courts have blocked Biden's student loan bailout, effectively hamstringing two issues that fueled his unexpectedly successful showing last Tuesday.
Though a week has passed since Tuesday's midterm elections, more than a dozen races for the U.S. House seats have yet to be called, according to Fox News, keeping a slim but anticipated Republican majority for the House at bay from the 218-seat target.
In February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, most western Christians didn't express immediate concern about threats to religious freedom. Everyone knew the fighting would be ugly, and a general sense of dread was stirred up by reports of Russia's notorious ruthlessness in other conflicts. Yet specific fears of what might happen to religious believers in Ukraine were not clear in our minds. In retrospect, we should have been paying closer attention.
When Republicans secure a narrow House majority, which appears likely as vote counting continues, it will mean an aggressive oversight agenda in the new year, something the Biden administration largely has avoided from Congress in its first two years. Here are eight investigations to expect under GOP leadership of the House in the coming year.
Dawn broke crisp and clear over Mount Sinai on Sunday morning, as half a dozen climate activists gathered to adorn their cause with religious overtones. They chose the site based on its proximity to COP27, a global climate summit now underway at Sinai coastal resort Sharm El-Sheikh, but once chosen they couldn't resist conscious parallels to Moses receiving the Old Covenant.
While the country's attention flits between the slow drip of election results and Bali's G20 summit, Democrats continue to bask in their softer-than-expected midterm landing. The president, who's taken America's five-million vote shift toward the House GOP as a mandate to change nothing, insisted after his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the divided results prove that "America is back."
Since the earliest days of the church, false teachers have preyed upon the ill-informed, the impressionable, and the immature. Whether for financial gain or the intoxication of power or because of their own spiritual blindness, those who misrepresent the true Gospel of Jesus Christ are legion. Examples abound.
Every November, the United States celebrates National Adoption Month - a tradition that began in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan first instituted National Adoption Week. For generations, American adoption activists have worked to destigmatize and celebrate the beauty of growing a family through adoption. As more birth mothers consider placing their child for adoption in an increasingly abortion-free America, it is more important than ever to recognize the beauty and hope that characterize stories of adoption.
Republicans may have controlled the redistricting process in more states following the 2020 census, but that hasn't translated into a huge increase of seats in Congress. An analysis by The Washington Stand reveals that Republicans will gain only 1-5 seats in Congress due to redistricting, even though they controlled the redistricting process in 19 states (with 184 seats in Congress), compared to eight states controlled by the Democrats (with 75 seats in Congress).
Republicans haven't won the House yet, but the media is already salivating over the next election - for GOP leadership. While a handful of districts are still up for grabs, the headlines are full of juicy gossip that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is in for a rocky road to the speakership if his party wins back the gavel. Will there be a messy dogfight over key posts - or is the Left just trying to splinter a narrow majority into unworkable GOP pieces?
On Wednesday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) made headlines when he posted a comment on Twitter stating that he thought the idea of parents being in charge of their children's education was "stupid." The controversial statement comes in light of a sweeping movement across the nation of parents getting more involved in public education, particularly through running for and winning school board seats.
On Veterans Day, we honor these brave individuals for their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice and offer their country the very best that they had to give. Every citizen owes a debt of gratitude to the veterans who have made our freedom possible. For President Biden, however, America's veterans appear to have only one purpose: advancing his personal radical abortion agenda.
The man behind the Supreme Court case that redefined marriage nationwide lost his bid to enter the lowest rung of state politics by a landslide on Tuesday. Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case, ran as a Democrat for the Ohio House of Representatives, losing by 23 percentage points in a district that is 57% Republican. Republican State Rep. D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) vastly outperformed that metric while burying Obergefell in a 61% to 38% electoral blowout.
CNN exit polling from Tuesday's midterm elections shows that the unmarried woman's vote has become a force for the Democratic party, with 68% voting blue at the ballot box. Some, such as Fox News's Jesse Watters, have gone so far as to say that single women were what stood between Republicans and their anticipated red wave.
Democrats faced a rude awakening in the 2016 election when Donald Trump's surprise upset victory was propelled, in part, by his major inroads into the Left's "Blue Wall." This shock evidently awoke the Democrat's political machine to lock down the voting base in the big three: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Republicans underperformed expectations of a red wave on Tuesday, striking out in dozens of races for governor's mansions, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House which were rated as "toss-ups." But a state where Republicans did surprisingly well is New York.
Only days after a plurality of voters (31%) selected inflation as the top issue in exit polls, another month of bad news proved them right. Inflation rose 7.7% over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Thursday release of Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for October. Every dollar in your pocket has lost that much purchasing power without ever exchanging hands.
For the first six months after Jane's Revenge began a domestic terrorism campaign, pro-life pregnancy resource centers asked the federal government to stop the violence. Now, they're asking an expected pro-life majority in Congress to protect the unborn.
Family Research Council didn't view my son's birth as the end of my career. Instead, they viewed it as an opportunity to utilize the unique gifts moms bring to the workplace. In a country where women are often presented with a choice - children or a career - FRC's willingness to try something different is the envy of every mom I talk to at the park.
As the two sides try to make sense of Tuesday's surprises, Americans can agree on one thing: there were plenty of successes and disappointments to go around. Republicans and Democrats will both walk away discouraged about certain assumptions they carried into this week - and they are equal parts proud and reassured by other obstacles they overcame. By the end of the night, the GOP's sky-high expectations were the drag on what should have been a triumphant moment - stopping President Joe Biden's unchecked radicalism in its tracks.
One might expect the waning of a globe-altering pandemic would bring a sense of relief among the global community. Instead, we've seen the opposite. Relief isn't here.
Riding a nearly 20-point win in his gubernatorial race Tuesday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) had six more reasons to celebrate: all six of the school board candidates that he endorsed also won their races. The victories served as a stark reminder of how important the issue of education and parental rights has become, as DeSantis made the issues central to his campaign.
While Republicans underwhelmed expectations of a red wave, the party did extend their gains among a key demographic: Hispanic voters. While the trend is not new to the 2022 election - indeed, the mainstream mediahas warnedextensivelyabout it - the results cement and extend previous gains. Indeed, the GOP outperformed its 2018 performance in 29 out of 33 Hispanic-majority congressional districts, and its 2020 performance in 25 districts, according to an analysis of preliminary results by The Washington Stand. In 13 districts, Republicans bested their 2018 performance by more than 20 percentage points.
Though the wall of Roe v. Wade has fallen, injustice and evil have remained unchecked or been strengthened in multiple states across the country. After the election, it is just as dangerous to be an unborn baby in Michigan as it is to be one in North Korea. Roe is gone - but the hearts of Americans have been infected with the culture of death that was permitted to fester for nearly 50 years. Though the necessity to win hearts and minds for life is an intimidating prospect, it is not an impossible one.
Tuesday night's midterm election results brought in victories for several staunchly pro-life governors across America. While voters remain concerned over the economy, the border, and education, strong pro-life policy turned out to be a winning issue for many incumbent Republican governors.
As states continue counting the final ballots, the race for control of the Senate is taking shape. As of Wednesday afternoon, The Associated Press had unofficially called a winner in all but three races, with control of the Senate still undetermined. Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada continue to hold the keys to the next party majority.
The marijuana industry suffered a blistering setback in the 2022 midterm election, as voters in three states turned back a well-financed campaign to expand recreational marijuana use. The David vs. Goliath contests pitted marijuana companies against a broad-based coalition of civic and faith leaders, which prevailed in the most hotly contested showdown.
Republicans do not appear to have been able to bring the "big red wave" to the shoreline. Multiple elections remain too close to call, leaving control of both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate uncertain. "There is no red wave. I don't even know if you call it a red ripple tonight," former Rep. Michele Bachmann told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins during a special election night coverage.
While other states were urging patience, the ballots didn't take long to count in Florida, where Republican Ron DeSantis kicked off the night by mopping the floor with Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. His near 20-point landslide set the tone for a remarkable evening in Florida, where Senator Marco Rubio (R) also cruised to his third term - proof that the Sunshine State is not the swing state it once was.
A recent Wall Street Journal story highlighted how the median net worth for cohabitating couples is significantly lower (at $17,372) than it is for married couples ($68,210). This data is the latest in a string of reports that continue to come out exhibiting the benefits of marriage, even as the rates of cohabitation rise and marriages fall.
Dr. George Barna, a senior fellow with Family Research Council's Center for Biblical Worldview, conducted research through the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University exploring what Americans believe about morality. From a sampling of 2,275 respondents, Barna aimed to answer this question: How do people decide what is right versus what is wrong?
Abortion activists unfurled a creative new campaign medium in Philadelphia, in the final push before the 2022 midterm election. Dozens of tiny drones lit up the night sky, bat signal-style. Like a marching band at halftime, they spelled out the Democrats' all-important, closing message of the election: "Protect Abortion. Our Lives, Our Bodies, Our Futures."
Free speech advocate Elon Musk is ready to crack the whip on U.S. Twitter advertisers who give into progressive activist pressure and leave the platform. On November 4 he tweeted, "Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists. Extremely messed up! They're trying to destroy free speech in America."
One of the most legendary soccer players of his time received a jail sentence and a fine for posting "transphobic" social media messages citing the Bible's creation account. "God created Adam and Eve," wrote retired Greek football legend Vassilis Tsiartas in the second of two Facebook posts opposing a 2017 law that would have lowered the age to legally change one's gender to 15 and removed other legal barriers.
Wafting through Biden's speech last week was the Democrats' aroma of desperation as they struggle to find any winning issue to stump through Election Day. Since July, Democrats have piled all their chips on abortion, hoping voters would punish Republicans for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, overriding usual midterm trends. But when Democrats leaned into abortion, the issue proved to be a paper wall. Without abortion, Democrats don't have much to campaign on.
November 8 will mark the first Election Day in a post-Roe v. Wade America, where elected representatives are free to determine the protections that our nation will afford to babies in the womb. To create a culture of life in the United States where all humans receive their God-given rights, voters must use this opportunity to cast their ballot in favor of candidates and policies that will protect the unborn. Here are eight reminders to consider as you prepare for Election Day.
It goes without saying that our democracy only works if every American has confidence in our elections. That's why the RNC has been on the frontlines fighting relentlessly to hold Democrats accountable and protect the vote.
A global "news" outlet has accused a black female Republican candidate of spouting "incendiary Christian nationalist statements" for encouraging Christians to share the gospel. Vice News claimed that Kristina Karamo, Republican candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, has a "history of transphobic, homophobic, and incendiary Christian nationalist statements." To define the term Christian nationalism, the reporter twice linked to an apolitical statement that does not mention nations, government, or politics.
Every year, thousands of young people attend colleges and universities that profess a strong commitment to the Bible and the historic teachings of the Christian faith. Yet today many schools that profess Evangelical Protestant beliefs are straddling an ever-widening chasm between the convictions they claim and the policies they practice. Calvin University is the latest example.
As we enter the final stretches of the midterm election season, summer feels like it was ages ago. But some of you might remember that blistering hot July day just before Congress departed for their August recess when the Pelosi-led House of Representatives passed the so-called "Respect for Marriage Act."
As recently as a decade ago, our military establishment was the most trusted and honorable of all government organizations. However, things began to change during the Obama administration with worrisome surveys telling a different story. Today's Americans are telling pollsters that their level of trust in America's leadership and confidence in our military services are steadily declining. There are some disturbing reasons for this.
Words have meaning and a weight to the meaning, regardless of the language. Words, whether spoke or not, can also have consequences, justified or not. Words that someone is compelled to speak by the powers that be, such as the government, goes against every fiber of the First Amendment. After all, that is not free speech. Former West Point, Va. public school teacher Peter Vlaming knows all this first-hand.
Say the guy next door doesn't like your spouse, your house, your children, your profession, etc. In all likelihood, you would say, in as many words, "Who cares?" You're comfortable with the choices you've made and are unconcerned with whether they meet a cranky neighbor's approval. Why is it, then, that so many people who now identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender insist not only that society accepts them but also affirms and even celebrates their lifestyle choices? Why do they care so much?
It's fall, and we're once again falling back into the dark ages. Not really, of course. It's simply the end of the charade we've all played for the past eight months called Daylight Saving Time (DST). Every first Sunday in November, we all pretend that we get an extra hour of sleep, move whichever ancient non-resetting clocks we still own back one hour, and begrudgingly welcome the dinnertime darkness. While our internal circadian rhythms won't change immediately, we'll instantly alter our external daily schedules to align with the new norm. And everybody does it because, well, because it's the law.
The Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday adopted standards of care regarding the treatment of individuals suffering from gender dysphoria. During a joint board meeting, the boards each voted to adopt new Practice Standards for the Treatment of Gender Dysphoria that prevent doctors from performing experimental gender transition procedures on minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender transition surgeries.
In recent years, the individuals responsible for leading our nation have often been marked by either immense fame or a lifetime of name recognition based on holding prior offices. Perhaps it is time for Americans to raise our standards and place greater value on a key indicator of integrity for political leaders: respect for human life.
This past summer, when Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) signed legislation outlawing abortion almost completely in the state, Eli Lilly and Company, a major pharmaceutical company, stated that "given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more employment growth outside our home state," and that the law "will hinder Lilly's - and Indiana's - ability to attract diverse scientific, engineering and business talent from around the world." But after a series of mixed messaging that tried to target the overturning of Roe v. Wade, CEO David Ricks quickly changed his mind.
A year into his dumpster fire of a presidency, Joe Biden's team must have already assumed the midterms were lost. By January, when the president had collected more failures than most presidents do in two terms, a tiny seed was being planted. Asked if America would have "free and fair" elections in 2022, Biden replied, "Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be illegitimate. ... I'm not going to say it's going to be legit." Not a single ballot had been cast, and the president was already declaring the whole thing rigged.
A few years ago, controversy struck the Miss United States Of America (USOA) franchise when Anita Green, a biological male who, after transitioning, now identifies as a transwoman, sued the organization for discrimination. While Green had competed in beauty pageants before, such as Miss Montana USA, Miss USOA only allows for "natural born females" to enter their pageants. Upon trying to compete in Oregon, Green argued that the organization had violated the state's public accommodation law. The Ninth Circuit Court disagreed.
On Friday, House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee released a 1,050-page report detailing the testimonies of whistleblowers as well as other documents that point to the growing politicization of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. The report quoted the descriptions of whistleblowers characterizing the FBI bureaucracy as "rotted at its core" and full of "rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse."
Penguin Random House rejected a demand to cancel a book deal with Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Over 700 employees in the publishing world have signed an open letter urging the publishing giant to cancel the book deal, first reported in 2021, for her decision this summer to overturn Roe v. Wade. But, in another sign that the woke mob is losing its leverage, Penguin Random House refused to cave.
Only days before the midterm elections in which control of the U.S. House and Senate will be decided, every race matters. One race that could determine control of the Senate is in Pennsylvania where voters will choose between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz to replace retiring Republican Pat Toomey. While this race contains the usual fights over the minimum wage, abortion, and energy policy, discussions over Mr. Fetterman's health have taken center stage following a stroke he suffered around the same time he became the Democrat's nominee.
After multiple federal intelligence agencies warned of a "heightened threat" of violent attacks against people involved in abortion or family issues, the CEO of a firebombed pregnancy center is asking Christians to hold a prayerful vigil outside pro-life institutions on election night and the next evening.
Given the fall of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, much of the mainstream media's focus this election cycle has been on abortion, including the many abortion-related, state-level ballot initiatives being considered by voters. Understandably so. But there is another important issue that will be voted on directly by the people this November - marijuana legalization. A total of five states - Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota - are considering ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana this year.
On Election Day, November 8, Kentuckians - for the first time ever - will have the opportunity to directly vote to protect the sanctity of preborn human life and safeguard our tax dollars from paying for the horrors of abortion by voting Yes on Amendment 2.
"Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty," begged a Monday headline in The Atlantic. Author Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University, explained underneath, "We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID." Since then, conservative rebuttals have flown thick and fast - including, doubtless, many who never read her piece - ranging from respectful to vengeful. A week out from the midterm elections, many on the right are in no forgiving mood.
A prominent pediatric neurosurgeon has publicly spoken out against performing gender transition procedures on minors in a recent Federalist podcast, adding to the growing number of doctors around the country voicing strong objections to the controversial practice as well as a strong majority of voters heading into next week's midterm elections.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that since the August primary election, over 80,000 Floridians have registered as Republicans, nine for every one newly registered Democrat, whose numbers have not significantly increased. Recent polling has DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio (R) taking considerable leads in their respective races, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
President Joe Biden re-engaged the issue of drug legalization with his recent announcement of a blanket pardon for anyone who had committed the federal offense of simple possession of marijuana - around 6,500 individuals. This executive action intensified discussion over whether Congress should take further steps to legalize the drug - and where it might lead.
Although the DHS has dissolved their controversial Disinformation Governance Board (nicknamed the "ministry of truth" by critics) earlier this year, word broke this week that the organization has continued monitoring "misinformation" on social media platforms. Facebook even granted direct access to the DHS and government partners to report alleged disinformation.
During a caustic speech in Washington's crime-ridden Union Station Wednesday night, President Joe Biden declared all people of goodwill "must unite to make it absolutely clear that violence and intimidation have no place in America." He could begin by protecting pro-life advocates, who are 22 times more likely to suffer violent attacks than abortion facilities, a new study has found.
This week on "The View," Anne Hathaway, star of "The Devil Wears Prada," used the anniversary of the film to further perpetuate two lies. The first lie is that women need abortion to succeed, and the second is that women should be satisfied with a world where this is true.
Since the pandemic, the traffic seems to only run one way in California: out. "For Sale" signs dot the lawns up and down the state, as the mass exodus continues. Los Angeles and San Francisco have been hardest hit, racking up top honors as the two cities Americans are fleeing most. For some, it's the expensive housing and high prices. For others, it's the crime and dangerous streets. But that violence is about to get a whole lot worse if Proposition 1 passes. Pretty soon, the most unsafe place to be in California could be the womb.
As news surfaced that almost 60% of CEOs plan to move away from a controversial investment strategy known as "environmental, social, and governance" (ESG) investing in the next six months, Oklahoma became the first state to put into effect a law requiring the state to no longer conduct business with financial firms that use ESG strategies to shun fossil fuel companies.
Pennsylvania taxpayers have paid more than $16.7 million since 2015 on gender transition procedures for minors, according to public records obtained by the Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI). The news comes at the same time that the U.K.'s National Health Service concluded that, for many adolescents who identify as transgender, doing so is just a "transient phase."
The Supreme Court's decision to return the issue of abortion to the states has resulted in two new firsts: Many states held their first-ever marches for life, and the legacy media had their first opportunity to lie about them. One of the most egregious examples of media bias involved the Ohio March for Life. Thankfully, pro-life advocates can stave off this common media attack by using one word.
Maybe a recession wouldn't be the worst thing in the world after all. According to the woke CEOs of America, conservatives would at least have one thing to look forward to: a "pause" in ESG investing. That's one of the stunning takeaways from KPMG's latest survey of hundreds of top executives. "In an uncertain economic environment, CEOs are adjusting their business strategies ..." Chair Paul Knopp explained. And one of those "adjustments" is to reconsider their radical activism - a shift red states are speeding up with every painful divestment.
Big cities, small cities, suburban areas - the uptick in juvenile crime does not discriminate. From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, children are ganging up to commit crimes like robbery and carjacking. In Washington, D.C., one 13-year-old has already filled out his rap sheet with 11 counts of armed robbery, carjacking, and assault. "I've been in law enforcement for nearly 23 years now, and I will honestly say, within the last year or two, it has been the worst I've ever seen it regarding our youth," said Tyree Jones, sheriff of Hinds County, Mississippi, home to the state's capital in Jackson.
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), joined Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch" this week to discuss the legal action the RNC is taking against Google's purported censorship of their account. She claimed that their emails would go from 90% deliverability to 0% in the last four days of every month for the past ten months.
On Monday, Politico reported that around $57 million has been spent in support of Michigan's Proposition 3 ahead of next week's midterm elections, a ballot proposal that would codify abortion into a fundamental right in the Michigan Constitution. Experts say the large sum highlights the vast funds available to the abortion industry, while also warning of how the referendum could negatively impact parental rights and the health of minors.
It is no secret that the U.S. military is struggling to maintain its dominance at the international level. A recent annual report from the Heritage Foundation ranked the U.S. military as "weak" for the first time since reporting started. With threats looming from hostile actors regarding strategic U.S. interests on the Korean Peninsula, the Taiwan Strait, and in the Middle East, military leadership has its hands full. Instead of taking these concerns seriously, President Biden's Department of Defense is busy playing politics.
After months of COVID postponements, fall of 2021 saw most schools re-open nationally. Would all be forgiven and forgotten with this "return to normal?" Were kids as resilient as we were promised, could they bounce back? It seems not.
Just nine days before the 2022 midterm elections, a widely touted media outlet has accused the Biden administration of not cracking down hard enough on churches. Yet critics say the law the story endorses violates the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty.
This past summer, Macy Petty, a college junior interning at Family Research Council's headquarters in Washington, D.C., stood outside the court in anticipation of the release of the Dobbs decision. When it finally dropped, Petty fell to her knees and sobbed tears of joy. A few weeks ago, Petty discovered that the clip of her falling to her knees in tears was being used in a pro-abortion advertisement paid for by the California Democratic Party.
Don't ask the man who sings "Most People Are Good" what he thinks about those lyrics this week. Country music star Luke Bryan is probably wondering if people are even rational after spending the weekend as a social media punching bag. Bryan, who's also a celebrity judge on "American Idol," became the object of the Left's fury after his Jacksonville concert on Friday, when he invited Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on stage to help him raise money for the state's hurricane victims. Within hours, Luke was trying to clean up from another storm - his own.
Americans would be hard-pressed to name a president in U.S. history who has taken a more radically anti-life stance on abortion than President Joe Biden - but even #46 can't seem to appease the increasingly dangerous ideas of the abortion industry and the bloodthirsty lobby that supports it.
Independent voters are increasingly shifting to favor a Republican candidates for the U.S. House, according to two CBS News/YouGov polls conducted over the course of October. In a poll conducted October 12-14, 40% of independent registered voters said they would vote for a Democrat for the House of Representatives, while 38% said they would vote for a Republican (D+2). In an October 26-28 poll, 33% of independents said they would vote for a Democrat, while 49% said they would vote for Republican (R+16). Interactive Polls first noticed the 18-point swing in the GOP's favor over a mere two weeks.
The people of Canada have earned a pop-culture stereotype of being polite, kind, and respectful - a reputation that, recently, the nation seems hellbent on dispelling. In March of 2023, Canada will begin allowing individuals to receive assisted suicide based upon mental illness. Given the nation's atrocious record on protecting life in the womb, however, it is actually unsurprising that Canada's disrespect for human dignity targets the innocent at any age.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Victory Bible Academy, located in Thailand near the border with Burma. Operated by Christian Freedom International (CFI), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians, this school's student body is comprised of Karen Christian refugees from Myanmar (also known as Burma). Most of the student's families were forced to flee Myanmar and its tyrannical military that has long been at odds with ethnic and religious minorities.
One million pregnancies end in miscarriage in the United States each year. It is shocking to realize that pregnancy loss numbers are even higher than this, because this excludes other losses like stillbirth, infertility, and non-viable pregnancies. often there is profound grief. Women's grief is downplayed and underestimated; men's grief is completely ignored and considered nonexistent.
The Presbyterian Church in the USA has decided to add a "nonbinary/genderqueer category" to the form it uses to collect information about its membership. "We've always asked how many female members there are in the church," says Kris Valerius, who manages denominational roles and statistics. We're now asking how many men, women, and nonbinary/genderqueer members there are. We've never asked that question so we don't know how many people will fill it out."
As polls show the 2022 midterms trending back toward Republican candidates, the legacy media have fixated on a purported rise in "Christian nationalism" - but an expert says state churches in other countries have often diluted the gospel, the last thing Christian conservatives want.
In the last century, America mistakenly theorized that the promotion of a free market economy in countries like China would naturally lead to political freedom and the fall of dictatorial world powers. Perhaps blindsided by the success of the free market in the Western hemisphere, the U.S. couldn't fathom the rise of a communist state with a booming economy that would one day fight to establish a new global order.
As a study from the Netherlands revealed that the vast majority of minors who took puberty blocking drugs continued taking treatments to advance gender transition, another highly publicized study purporting to show improved mental health outcomes for minors who undergo transition treatments has been "appended."
Get ready for another unnecessary economic crisis created by the hapless economic policies of the Biden administration. U.S. diesel reserves have reached critically low levels, fuel supplier Mansfield Energy warned its clients. After steadily dwindling for months, diesel stores have now reached their lowest level since 2008, and America only has supply for 25 days. On Wednesday, inventories were 20% below the seasonal average of the last 10 years.
In a recent interview with VladTV, NBA champion Matt Barnes spoke out against male athletes who identify as women participating in women's sports. "I'm pro-make-your-choice ... but sports is different. It's a different beast. If you're born a woman, you should play women's sports, and if you're born a man, you should play men's sports," Barnes said.
Christians who reject transgender ideology could virtually be barred from serving as police officers in the nation's largest state, thanks to a series of laws and guidelines rolled out under California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) - policies that experts say may lead officers to make more dangerous decisions and would chill free speech. State officials have said police departments should scour applicants' social media profiles for "disqualifying bias," such as calling a man who identifies as female a male.
If the marriage debate was supposed to happen after the election, no one told South Carolina. Wednesday night's showdown between Governor Henry McMaster (R) and challenger Joe Cunningham devoted a good chunk of time to the subject, which Democrats desperately want to believe is a winning issue for them. Since the end of Roe v. Wade, the president's party has been deliberately stoking fears that Obergefell is the next to fall - a prospect that didn't seem to bother McMaster one bit.
In the wake of historic declines in math and reading scores in schools and polls showing concerns over controversial material in classrooms on the top of midterm voters' minds, Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled a plan to spend $5 billion on electric school buses.
A failing football team might come out of halftime and score a fluke touchdown based on their opponents' successive penalties, but that doesn't mean they've figured out how to generate effective offense. Just so, a positive result for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) advance estimate for the Third Quarter (July-September) of 2022 doesn't mean the U.S. economy is gaining strength.
Throughout the midterm campaign cycle, the only policy topic that Democrats have been eager to discuss is abortion. Recent debates have demonstrated, however, that the Democrats' goal of appealing to the average American falls flat when their abortion extremism is exposed.
This year's midterm elections have the highest combined total of abortion-related ballot measures in a single year ever recorded in the United States. While most states are moving to either promote abortion or protect unborn life, Montana has opted to go in a slightly different direction, turning its attention to infants who are born alive after failed abortion attempts.
Please, take seriously the danger of the offended heart when you experience difficulties. You must not allow offense to take root in your heart. Decide: "I will turn my eyes toward Jesus and not away." Lean into the leadership of Jesus. Lean into your Beloved. He is committed to bringing you safely through to His Kingdom.
As abortion activists see voters rejecting their message, they have conspicuously reframed their views to say they support some restrictions on abortion: the ones allowed under Roe v. Wade. But what pro-life protections did that 1973 Supreme Court opinion actually allow? Is Roe v. Wade a standard most Americans support? And how should Christians view the controversial ruling?
"It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody." On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito addressed the Dobbs draft leak from the stage of a Heritage Foundation lecture. He asserted that whoever leaked his initial draft decision to Politico in May, previewing the overturning of Roe v. Wade, had endangered the lives of the five justices in the conservative court majority.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana on Friday affirmed a trial court decision removing a 17-year-old minor from the custody of his parents for their refusal to affirm him in a female gender identity. The case displays the messy, personal qualities in a gender identity crisis, as well as the disastrous implications of permitting the transgender ideology to gain a foothold in law.
‘The Wall Is Beginning to Crumble’: Europe Is Dismantling the Left’s Trans Facade, Says Pediatrician
As news broke that the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) will increase restrictions on the use of puberty blockers for minors experiencing gender dysphoria, a leading pediatrician observed that multiple European countries and the American public have moved away from the Left's insistence on giving gender-confused children puberty blocking drugs and undergoing irreversible surgeries to remove healthy organs.
With less than two weeks remaining before the 2022 midterm elections, Americans are deciding which candidates and causes to support. Christian voters should remember that straight-line issues are those where we can draw a straight line from biblical principle to public policy. Abortion is an obvious example of a straight-line issue.
President Joe Biden called laws aimed at preventing minors from undergoing transgender injections, mutilation, or castration "outrageous" and "immoral" - a position that critics tell The Washington Stand is itself immoral, hypocritical, and guilty of inflicting greater moral damage than America's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.
While everyone's attention is locked on November 8, there are plenty of ominous things barreling down the track as soon as the elections are over. Regardless of who takes control of Congress, the Democrats are already plotting to spend their last two months doing as much damage with their majority as possible. Everything from military spending to marriage is on the table, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insists. "Members should be prepared for an extremely - underline 'extremely,'" he said, "busy agenda heading into the last two months of Congress." And the busier senators are, the more concerned Americans should be.
Christopher Monzon, a campaign volunteer for Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), was assaulted on Sunday night in his Rubio for Senate shirt and Ron DeSantis ball cap. He was canvassing a neighborhood in the Hialeah area for the Republican senator as he is up for reelection against his Democratic challenger, Orlando's former chief of police, Rep. Val Demings.
The House Progressive Caucus has now retracted the letter it sent to President Biden in which they call on him to negotiate with the war criminal Vladimir Putin. The Progressive Caucus, composed of the Democratic party's 100 most liberal House members, urged Biden to "engage in a proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire."
Two weeks out from the pivotal midterm elections, The New York Times published an article claiming that Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-Ill.) and other Republicans use "inflammatory" and "hostile" language to "vilify" their political opponents at a higher rate than Democrats. Miller countered by saying the "extreme" policies of the Left warrant strong pushback.
President Biden on Sunday declared his executive order forgiving student loans was "a law" from Congress, which he signed, and which is now "being challenged by my Republican colleagues." "I got it passed by a vote or two," the president explained. There's only one problem: Congress never voted on student loan forgiveness; President Biden assumed that power unilaterally.
As the midterm elections approach, voters in every state are already witnessing the desperate scramble of candidates pursuing the last few percentage points to move them out of the margin of error in their race. Amid this political chaos, however, voters in several states must also prepare to cast their vote on more subtly significant measures - namely, ballot referendums centered on abortion.
In light of the looming midterm elections only two weeks away, NowThis News released a one-hour special featuring conversations between six young Democratic activists and President Joe Biden. The presidential forum included interviews on an array of hot-button policy issues: gun violence, student loan forgiveness, transgender laws, abortion, criminal reform, and climate change.
When The New Yorker's Susan Glasser ran into Donna Brazile this month, the former DNC chair didn't exactly share Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) enthusiasm over the Democrats' prospects November 8. Unlike the speaker - who said that America could "take it to the bank" that her party would win the midterms - Brazile was openly skeptical that the Left could "defy history." If there is one thing keeping Democrats in the game, she insisted, it's this strategy: "Roe, Roe, Roe to Vote." But is abortion really the election godsend the president's party thinks it is?
The U.S. State Department will kick off a "10-Day Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Interagency Equity Pursuit Challenge," with a 9 a.m. rally on Tuesday morning, November 1. Lunchtime addresses, articles, teleconferences, and even feature-length documentaries will educate employees about "four cultural groups" - "Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and LGBTQIA+."
Newly released data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed that almost three million illegal immigrants crossed America's southern border in the fiscal year ending in September 2022, obliterating the previous record by over a million. On Sunday, a Democrat congressman from Texas said the border is "not secure" and that there must be "repercussions" for illegally crossing.
We are pro-life because the Bible is pro-life. That is the animating conviction of the evangelical pro-life movement. We are not pro-life because it is a winning issue. We are not pro-life because we like the issue. We are not pro-life because we like the reputation it gives us. We are pro-life because the timeless and perfect Word of God compels us to be pro-life.
There are dozens of actions that Americans under the age of 18 are not allowed to engage in - including voting, joining the military, having sex with someone over 18, applying for credit cards, and adopting a child, to name a few. And according to a new poll, nearly 80% of Americans believe that using puberty blockers or undergoing procedures to permanently change their sexual characteristics should be among them.
Earlier this month, President Biden pardoned 6,500 people across the nation who had been convicted in federal court of simple marijuana possession. Though the move didn't free any of the 2,700 federal inmates convicted of marijuana possession, it did bring to the forefront a bill before Congress that may come to a vote in the upcoming lame duck session.
When President Biden spoke the other day about making abortion-on-demand the law of the land, the news media - probably without much thought, of course - used religious language to describe the president's proposal. For the Left, abortion has become a kind of rite, something to be "enshrined."
In a recent interview, Virginia State Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D) stirred up controversy by indicating she planned to reintroduce a bill that would criminalize a parent not affirming their child in an LGBTQ identity as child abuse or neglect. In response, WJLA published the full, 19-minute interview. That interview sheds some insight into the beliefs and assumptions of progressives like Guzman, and it's worth examining in more detail.
The Democrats' hopes of riding abortion advocacy into a big blue wave in the midterm elections are washing out to sea, as Republicans' proactive attacks on Democrats' support for abortion until the moment of birth has turned the tide.
On Wednesday, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the recommended immunization schedule for children as young as six months of age. Several Republican leaders, however, are leaning into parents' concerns about their children being vaccinated and have announced their intent to ignore the CDC's recommended guidance.
In April, the American Bible Society began releasing its 12th annual State of the Bible report in stages. While the first chapter of the study revealed that the American public's overall engagement with the Bible is at a historic low of 19%, the latest chapter of the study found that almost 40% of non-Bible users say "the message found in Scripture has transformed their lives."
Following the monumental pro-life victory of overturning Roe v. Wade, the abortion lobby has taken to a conspicuous new strategy to convince women that abortion is necessary: changing its definition. And who better to do the abortion industry's dirty work than its loyal mouthpiece? In a recent article, The New York Times asks, "What does 'abortion' mean?" and claims that, "Even the word itself is up for debate." Is it, though?
"Young men aren't having sex!" A Twitter thread that has been gaining traction resurfaced a 2019 Washington Post study, which found that young men are not having as much sex as they used to. It has puzzled experts and sent several looking for answers.
Taxpayers will underwrite the travel costs of pregnant members of the armed services who want to travel to another state to have an abortion, a policy President Joe Biden has said he would like to expand to all women nationwide. The Biden administration will "establish travel and transportation allowances for Service members ... to facilitate official travel to access" abortion, a memo signed Thursday by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced.
"Let's be clear. Having children is why you're worried about your price for gas. It's why you're concerned about how much food costs," Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told "Morning Joe" viewers on Wednesday. The question: "What could you do as governor to alleviate the concerns of Georgia voters about those livability - daily, hourly - issues that they're confronted with?" Her answer: more abortion, obviously. Oh, if only Christians were so creative and persistent in sharing the gospel!
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted unanimously to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the schedule of recommended vaccines for children. While the decision does not mandate the vaccine for schoolchildren, many are seeing the vote as a way of pressuring school administrations to require a shot that has become highly controversial due to its failure to protect against COVID transmission and serious side effects such as myocarditis.
As American families increasingly buckle under the weight of rising inflation, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (Ga.) thinks she has the solution: simply abort your children so you can afford food and gas! According to Abrams, "having children is why you're worried about your price for gas, it's why you're concerned about how much food costs."
In a blockbuster exclusive, The New York Times has revealed the president is following an obscure White House figure's three-word plan to help Democrats win the midterm elections. This official believes the president can overcome the fact that weary Americans say his policies worsened the economy - and overwhelmingly oppose his party's radical proposals to pack the Supreme Court or replace incumbent Democrats with more progressive challengers - with the one thing voters find irresistible: "free" money.
The softspoken elderly man sitting across from me in a small room in Bangkok, Thailand certainly didn't seem like someone who could provoke a raging violent mob against him. Yet, that is exactly what happened to Talib Masih, a Pakistani Christian who was forced to flee for his life.
It's no secret that California is one of the most pro-abortion states in the country. Yet, despite all the recent laws passed protecting access to abortion, it may shock voters to learn that a November ballot measure would further enshrine abortion into California state law.
As Schools Hide Trans Identities from and Fire Parents, Parental Rights Take Center Stage in Midterms
In recent days, a Vermont high school soccer coach and parent was fired for using male pronouns in reference to a biologically male trans-identifying student who watched his daughter change in the girls' locker room, and a Pennsylvania school was found to be instructing teachers to hide the preferred names and pronouns of trans-identifying students from their parents. The incidents are the latest in an escalating clash between school administrators and parents over the transgender issue that is spilling into the voting booth.
It's no picnic for anyone in the financial sector right now, but for Larry Fink, CEO of the woke bully BlackRock, times have never been tougher. His years-long joyride - using investors' money to advance his pet political causes - has come to a screeching halt. Red state conservatives are angry, they're motivated, and for the first time in this David and Goliath battle for corporate America, they're loading their slings.
Over 1,100 adolescents underwent gender transition surgery between 2016-2019, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics. No less shocking than the cumulative total is the accelerating rate from year to year.
For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, during the recent demonstrations over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, Iran's Christians have publicly spoken out against the regime.
Although National Public Radio (NPR) receives only a small percentage of its funding from federal grants, its name represents a claim that a study of its news coverage renders suspect.
Seventeen members of the House of Representatives urged the Biden administration on Monday to revise "the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) policy regarding religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination order." The letter, obtained by The Washington Stand, was led by Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and was addressed to President Joe Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and USCG Commandant Admiral Linda Fagan.
If the pandemic's over, nobody told the mainstream media. Just as the world returns to semi-normalcy, The Washington Post is ratcheting up its COVID warnings for winter, despite the country's vaccine fatigue. The latest "swarm" of variants - a stew of random letters, numbers, and decimals - has experts wringing their hands, reporters insist. They could even "inject chaos into your travel plans," the Post warns. But Americans aren't exactly racing to "supercharge their protection" with the latest shot. And after Pfizer's latest confession, it's no wonder.
Although numerous polls show a faltering economy and skyrocketing inflation top voters' concerns, President Joe Biden promised Tuesday to make signing a law legalizing late-term abortion nationwide his first priority next year - a vow one Republican congressman called "absolutely wicked" and agreed reflected a demonic agenda.
With the midterm elections 21 days away, President Biden and lawmakers in his party are using abortion as their primary talking point to convince voters to pull the lever for Democrats on November 8. At the same time, a swath of recent polls of likely voters indicate that most Americans are primarily concerned with economic uncertainty and inflation, immigration, and education and parental rights, with abortion ranking below numerous other issues.
Ulta's attempt to broaden the conventional definition of gender and beauty backfired, resulting in calls for consumers to ditch the company for making a "costume" or a "feeling" out of womanhood. By featuring a transgender-identifying person on their podcast to discuss "The Beauty of... Girlhood," many accused the beauty brand of being out of touch with its consumer base by choosing a biological male to represent women.
After intense national backlash, a Virginia Democrat has opted against introducing a bill that would remove children who identify as gay or transgender from parents whose lack of support allegedly causes "mental injury" - the latest sign that parents are "taking back their schools," a Republican congressman said Monday.
Trial hearings began Monday on the Arkansas SAFE (Save Adolescents from Experimentation) Act, which was blocked last year after the Republican-controlled legislature passed it into law over the governor's veto. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas filed suit in federal court immediately after its passage to block the law from taking effect. Judge James Moody, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, blocked the state from enforcing the law while the lawsuit proceeds, and he now presides over the trial.
Seventeen-year-old Shanti De Corte was waiting to board a plane headed to Italy for a school trip in 2016 when an explosion went off in the Brussels Zaventem Airport. Parts of the airport filled with smoke and panicked people started running before a second bomb went off a few minutes later. Thirty-two people were killed in the airport and the corresponding attack at a metro station that day, both claimed by ISIS. Earlier this year, the then-23-year-old chose to commit suicide through euthanasia. This controversial case in Belgium is sparking well-deserved increased scrutiny on the country's euthanasia law.
On a drive through Washington, D.C., you might come across an advertisement for Community of Hope - a charitable organization devoted to providing health care and housing for families experiencing poverty and homelessness, with a special emphasis on prenatal care. The city's commitment to supporting essential services for underserved pregnant mothers such as prenatal care and breastfeeding education is noble on its face - but does it accurately depict the District's wholistic treatment of unborn children?
Last week, Ulta Beauty sparked controversy by inviting transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, a biological male in the process of transitioning, as a podcast guest for the episode, "The Beauty of ... Girlhood." In a clip from the hour-long episode that has circulated the internet, Mulvaney tells the host of aspirations to become a mother and raise children.
Infertility caused by puberty blockers is "a big deal" and "something you must have a conversation about," said Dr. Jeremi Carswell, director of the Gender Multispeciality Service at Boston Children's Hospital, in a video obtained by Breitbart. Her comments seemingly conflict with the hospital's website, which claims puberty blockers are "temporary medicines that are completely reversible, [and] they do not cause any permanent changes."
There is a time and place for ending parental rights in the name of protecting children, but this isn't one of them. Indeed, Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman's proposal flips true parental authority on its head. Such ideologically-driven attempts to take children from their parents have no place in a free society.
As North Carolina becomes an increasingly critical battleground state three weeks before the midterm elections, Family Research Council hosted a Pray Vote Stand event on Sunday evening at Trinity Baptist Church in Mooresville, North Carolina. At the event, Chief Justice Paul Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court underscored that human rights are bestowed by God, that judges are not "elected to be kings," and that all Christians are called to the "public duty" of praying for their country and voting for biblical values.
If you asked Michigan voters what Proposal 3 is about, most of them would say "abortion." They'd be half right. Turns out, the state's extremists have buried something equally horrifying in the text: a complete abolition of parents' rights. Not only would moms and dads be powerless to stop their daughters' abortions under the radical language, they'd also have zero say in their children's gender transitions.
Yeshiva University is an Orthodox Jewish institution in New York City. Although admitting students who identify as LGBTQ, the school has been in a legal contest with a student group calling itself "the YU Pride Alliance," which has been demanding recognition as an official campus club. Yeshiva University is an Orthodox Jewish institution in New York City. Although admitting students who identify as LGBTQ, the school has been in a legal contest with a student group calling itself "the YU Pride Alliance," which has been demanding recognition as an official campus club. Yeshiva had refused to recognize the organization because "the club's proposed activities were at odds with Jewish religious principles." On September 14, the Supreme Court said, in essence, "So what?"
Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock faced off Friday night in their only debate, less than a month before Georgians elect one man to serve in the U.S. Senate. Candidate debates are most useful when they serve to clarify the candidates' positions or draw distinctions between the candidates. On abortion, Friday's debate did both.
This week, South Carolina faces the opportunity to join the ranks of states with laws on the books that protect life at conception - a move that would raise the total number of states to 20. Given that another 20 states in the U.S. currently allow legal abortions at any point in pregnancy, for any reason, the line in the sand between pro-life and pro-death states is quickly solidifying.
Could transgender activists be any more aggressive? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. A Virginia state delegate plans to introduce a bill next session that would make it a crime for parents to affirm their child's biological sex, if the child disagrees.
‘Their Priorities Are Completely Wrong’: Biden DOJ Backs Off Child Porn Cases to Prosecute Political Enemies
At a time when the internet has seen a massive increase in child pornography, FBI officials have been told child porn investigations are "no longer an FBI priority"; they should now focus on purported cases of domestic extremism, an agency source has revealed. And the Biden administration has seemingly stopped prosecuting obscenity cases altogether.
Today, there is a war being waged by "unknown warriors," men and women who put their actions and their treasure, their hearts, homes, and prayers, on the line for those in need. These are Christians who have been called by a loving God into fellowship with Him through His Son and whose deep conviction is that having been redeemed by the death of the Savior, they must do what He bids them.
Parents who do not affirm their children's transgender status or sexual preference could face criminal charges of "abuse or neglect" under a proposal being considered in a swing state. The idea's proponent, a liberal Democrat, claimed the Bible justifies removing children from the home of parents who do not obey their children's instructions about sex and gender identity.
When Matthew fled persecution in Vietnam, it wasn't the end of government harassment and threats for him and his family. Vietnamese authorities routinely direct message him on Facebook, telling him to stop advocating for religious freedom or else they will harm his family. The threats aren't fake.
October 15 marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States - a day set aside for the remembrance of little ones who died too soon. On this day, it is important to remember that the untimely death of any child is a tragedy - including the children whose lives were intentionally taken from them by the abortion industry.
While America's hands are full with domestic disputes, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been strategically infiltrating American universities with the aim to access national security information and to promote CCP propaganda where possible. Though there have been some attempts to uncover unethical U.S.-China partnerships on Ivy League college campuses, the severity of the issue has yet to receive the national attention it needs.
Pfizer never tested its COVID jab to ascertain whether it prevented transmission of the virus, admitted Janine Small, Pfizer president of International Developed Markets on Monday.
Last month, a North Carolina high school girls' volleyball team was forced to play against a team rostering a biological male on the girls' team. The trans-identifying player from Highlands High hit the ball directly into the face of one of the female players. Due to the athlete's male strength and ability, the swing caused severe head and neck injuries.
Persecuted Christians around the world find their lives threatened by secularists and intolerant faiths. U.S. religious liberty advocates now see their existence called into question by shadowy commands from Wall Street, as banks have canceled "dozens" of faith-based organizations' bank accounts for political reasons.
You hear it every two years, like clockwork: "This is the most important election of our lives." But is every election really so critical? Why does each subsequent election seem to be the most important? In a recent Decision interview, Tony Perkins, who has spent nearly 20 years in Washington as president of Family Research Council, explained why.
Think of it "along the lines of, you know, maybe a really ugly mole that you never really liked. And then, finally, it's gone." A mole. That's how the president-elect of one of the world's largest trans advocacy groups described a child's gender - a feature so inconsequential that it can be lopped off when the mood strikes. A birthmark. Dr. Marci Bowers, a father of three who transitioned mid-marriage, insists "medical and possibly surgical care for adolescents makes sense." Thousands of hurting survivors beg to disagree.
Students who reject their biological sex are skyrocketing in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), increasing almost 11-fold since the school introduced a gender support form in 2019, according to self-reported data. Here in this wealthy suburb of the nation's capital, it seems the Left's fixation on gender anarchy is troubling the youth.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have gathered in Washington, D.C. in the bitter cold of January for the national March for Life, marching toward the Supreme Court in commemoration of 63 million lives in the womb lost with energetic hope for the end of abortion. After the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, next year's annual March for Life will be different.
Like a page turner, inflation is easier to start than stop, as proved by Thursday's latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Despite the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates, inflation remained historically high. The Consumer Price Index, a key statistic, rose by 8.2% over the past 12 months (compared to 8.3% in August) and 0.4% over a month ago (compared to 0.2% in August).
‘They Want to Silence Us’: Experts Say ‘Christian Nationalism’ Label Being Used to Sideline Believers
As heavy use of the term "Christian nationalism" continues to circulate among legacy media outlets three weeks before the pivotal midterm elections, experts say the strategy follows the tactics used by Marxists in the past, which is to label political opponents with a controversial term in order to suppress the impact of an influential voting block deemed unfavorable by those in power.
‘Don’t Forget the North Korean Defectors Stuck in China’: Enduring Exploitation, They Long for Freedom
"Don't forget the North Korean defectors stuck in China." This was the plea that one North Korean defector wanted to convey to American Christians. Meeting at the offices of a small nonprofit called North Korean Refugees Human Rights (NKRHR) which operates a shelter in China for North Korean defectors, I sat down in September with founder Kim Yong-hwa and several defectors who volunteer their time to aid others who are traveling the same harrowing path they once did.
Despite a checkered and often unpopular record, President Joe Biden has succeeded in one pursuit where presidents have failed for the last 50 years: politicizing federal law enforcement agencies, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" on Wednesday.
Christian nationalism - a label for racist bigoted extremists or a loaded buzzword aimed at intimidating the church from boldly standing for biblical truth in the culture? With the trending term ever increasing in popularity and media presence, Family Research Council's president Tony Perkins hosted a Pray Vote Stand Townhall Wednesday night at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia.
With the midterm elections only 26 days away, data shows that voters are prepared to hit the polls and vote for candidates who prioritize the economy.
The Marriage Strengthening Research & Dissemination Center (or MAST Center) recently released a new report illustrating the vast scale of disillusionment regarding the institution of marriage in the eyes of America's young people. Among other findings, the study found that almost 80% of teenagers (categorized as 15 to 19-year-olds) expect to cohabit before marriage, with 95% saying that they expect to marry someday.
LGBT activists bullied a local news station into deleting a news-breaking story and reporting their version of events instead. On September 28, 2022, WCAX-TV interviewed a high school volleyball player at a high school in Randolph, Vermont, who along with her teammates was barred from using their own locker room because they felt uncomfortable changing in front of their male teammate, a boy who identifies as a girl. But if you try to locate their story today, you'll receive an error message.
Eleven pro-life advocates, scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning, became the latest in a "disturbing" series of armed raids by federal agents designed to stop Christians from sharing their "worldview," according to a leading congressional Republican. But those committed to peaceful, law-abiding outreach at abortion facilities tell The Washington Stand they plan to increase their efforts to reach abortion-minded women.
The "Parents versus School Boards" franchise got a reboot on Monday, as a Michigan school board meeting was prematurely shut down just before the public comment period because so many parents attended that it was "breaking the fire code." The school board in question wasn't in ruby-red farm country, nor was it in well-off suburbs. No, the school board was in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest Muslim population of any American city per capita and reliably progressive voting trends.
A Chinese house church that escaped together three years ago is in more danger now than ever. Chinese authorities ramped up persecution against Pastor Pan Yongguang and Shenzhen Reformed Holy Church for years, prompting them to hold a church vote in 2019 and decided to flee China, heading to South Korea's Jeju Island.
In post-Roe America, the establishment abortion industry has found itself up against state laws that show the will of the American people to protect unborn lives. In a bid to maintain relevance amid the growing culture of life, Planned Parenthood just announced its latest scheme: a mobile "clinic" that will roam the border of Illinois in hopes of raking in clients from neighbor states that legally protect unborn lives.
For someone who says she doesn't know what "wokeness" is, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth has certainly presided over her fair share of it. Desperate to change the conversation from the branch's pitiful recruiting numbers, Wormuth is frantically trying to defend the military's obsession with "equity, diversity, and inclusion" while the world is teetering on the brink of nuclear war. Her strategy, apparently, isn't to just ignore the services' extremism, but to deny it even exists - a doomed mission, if there ever was one.
Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the abortion issue's return to the states has sent ripples through both sides of the aisle. For many Republicans, the victorious celebration has been laced with the urgency to pass pro-life state legislation. For Democrats, all energy has been focused on turning out blue voters to the polls.
At the end of June, the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade and returned control of abortion to the political process. Ever since, appeals to Scripture, God, and explicitly religious themes seem to happen more frequently among abortion advocates. This is no accident; rather, it's a conscious or unconscious response to the changed political landscape. And it's particularly revealing.
Nevada is, in many ways, a key battleground state in the 2022 election. With a high-profile U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls the chamber in the 118th Congress to a competitive governor's race, voters in Nevada have a lot on the line. However, many voters in Nevada may not be aware of a ballot measure that could dramatically alter state laws on life and the family.
As President Joe Biden pardoned a few thousand people convicted of marijuana possession on October 6, he announced a process that could "expeditiously" remove all federal barriers to "medicinal" marijuana nationwide. Yet a voluminous and growing body of evidence proves that marijuana - especially marijuana containing high levels of THC - causes a host of psychological, physical, mental, and emotional harms, often to the most vulnerable and frail members of society.
There is perhaps no foot soldier more faithful to the abortion lobby than Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.). Bush uses her congressional platform to advocate for repealing the Hyde Amendment and codifying Roe v. Wade - in other words, she supports legalizing abortion on demand until the moment of birth, funded by taxpayer dollars. Yet, despite all of her persistent pro-abortion advocacy, Bush herself has been profoundly harmed by the exploitative and racist tendencies built into the very bones of the abortion industry.
At the end of September, popular online payment processor PayPal announced impending updates to their Acceptable Use Policies (AUP). The policy update stated that it would debit users up to $2,500 if they engaged in banned activity such as "promot[ing] misinformation" or "hate," effective November 3. As the headline spread across the media, the idea that PayPal's terms gave the company the right to withdraw several grand from bank accounts sparked a wave of outrage.
Disney might have escaped Hurricane Ian, but it can't say the same about the storm that blew through in March. Teams are still working around the clock to try to clean up the damage done by the company's clash with Florida Republicans - most of it, a new report suggests, behind the scenes. While CEO Bob Chapek brags that he "stood firm" during the showdown over the state's parental rights law, state officials say that privately, Disney is eating plenty of humble pie.
Less than 50% of Americans approve of President Biden's handling of 10 key policy issues, according to an Ipsos poll of 1,003 American adults conducted October 3-4. With Election Day four weeks from Tuesday, the sitting president's approval rating remains underwater by double digits in the Real Clear Politics average - hardly an encouraging sign for his party.
Following revelations that the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) may have punished workers who had conscientious objections against participating in transgender surgeries and is motivated to perform transition procedures on children for monetary gain, the hospital has announced they will temporarily halt transgender surgeries on minors.
On September 7, AP News reported the growing persecution of Chinese Christians in their homeland - and more recently abroad as well. The report highlighted Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church, led by Pastor Pan Yongguang, as a regular target of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). For the past three years, the church has sought refuge on Jeju Island in South Korea, but Chinese authorities have stalked, harassed, and threatened the 61 congregants who decided to flee their home country and "summoned, intimidated, and interrogated" their relatives, the report said.
Early Monday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a destructive missile barrage into Ukraine, firing 83 missiles into every major city. The strikes targeted critical infrastructure like power plants, knocking out electricity in western cities like Kyiv and Lviv. As a result, Ukrainian internet traffic decreased by 75%. "They are trying to wipe us off the face of the earth," responded President Vladimir Zelenskyy.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled last month that a Wisconsin prison could not force a Muslim inmate to submit to strip-searches by a guard who is biologically female, but who identifies as transgender and is employed as a male by the prison. "A prisoner's right to be free from highly invasive intrusions on bodily privacy by prison employees of the opposite sex - whether on religious or privacy grounds - does not change based on a guard's transgender status," explained the court.
If American politics teaches us anything, it is that voting patterns are unpredictable. While certain things remain generally true over time, in any given election, last-minute surprises can alter what had seemed to be an almost certain result. With that said, there are strong indications that a significant shift is underway in one segment of the American electorate: young women.
The Western world lost what should've been an obvious win: the battle of marriage. We fumbled because we took our eyes off the ball and got distracted by religious liberty questions, the self-interest of adults, and accusations of being on the wrong side of history.
Amazon is currently facing a lawsuit on behalf of the families of two young men who died by suicide after purchasing a substance on Amazon that has no household purpose in such a concentrated form - but has been linked to at least 50 deaths by suicide. It is ironic that Amazon refused to terminate its sale of a substance that has been linked to suicide while having banned other far less threatening items in previous years for the sake of ideological differences.
Following President Biden's pardon of thousands of individuals convicted of marijuana possession at the federal level, experts say the president is continuing a pattern of lawlessness stretching back to the beginning of his presidency.
The entertainment and legacy media present abortion as empowering, but that's not the feeling that impelled one mother to agree to a medication abortion. "I was scared to death," she told researchers. Even five later, the woman - who still describes herself as "pro-choice" - says she regrets her chemical abortion. "Now I wish I would've just faced it all and had my baby," she said. "I regret it still to this day and probably still will for the rest of my life."
An analysis of U.S. insurance claims shows a shocking rise in gender transition treatments for minors between 2017 and 2021. The study was performed by health technology company Komodo Health and commissioned by the left-leaning, international wire service Reuters. They reviewed "full or partial health insurance claims for about 330 million U.S. patients over the five years from 2017 to 2021," including "roughly 40 million patients annually, ages six through 17." They reported statistics for gender dysphoria diagnoses, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender transition surgeries.
Kanye West may not be the first name that comes to mind when people think of the 2024 presidential race, but the rapper (who now goes by Ye) proudly declared "I'm pro-life" and that he lives his life to serve God alone before making a fleeting reference to a possible presidential campaign in two years' time.
For a billionaire, Larry Fink hasn't had an especially good year. The CEO of BlackRock, who ushered in this age of corporate wokeness, has been used to operating in the shadows. Those days, Republicans insist, are over. After years of having his way with investors, Fink is now in an unfamiliar position: playing defense. And thanks to the state of Louisiana, he'll be playing it with $800 million less dollars.
In the space of a week, two teachers and a reporter have been fired from their jobs over stances they took because of their religious beliefs. Notably, all the firings happened in conservative parts of the country.
A new law passed last week by the California legislature and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom (D) would make the state a sanctuary location for children who wish to obtain gender transition procedures. But according to a new report, California has enough problems caring for children already.
Despite the American public's disagreement and backlash against the politicization of sports events, the "gender inclusive" train shows no signs of slowing down. Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced a nonbinary heat at their upcoming October 9 race. While the runners who identify as neither male nor female won't receive prize money, Chicago Marathon is working on a more "inclusive" environment for the minority group. (Out of 40,000 registered attendees, less than 100 entered under the nonbinary division.) In a similar measure, both Boston and London Marathons are planning to add the nonbinary division to their 2023 races.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday voted 12-1 for a bill that would allow non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to vote in local elections. Under the bill, the only requirements to vote in the District of Columbia are residency (30 days) and age (18 years on general election day) requirements. The initial vote came after the seven-member Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety unanimously approved the measure the same day.
Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, new research suggests that young people, and those in the lower income bracket, shouldn't worry about saving money for retirement, Marketwatch reports. The (lack of) financial planning advice originates from the "life-cycle model" which describes the spending habits of early, mid, and late career professionals.
It was a March for Life like no other: For one thing, it took place on a beautiful fall afternoon. For another, it took place outside Washington, D.C., in the quintessential middle American city of Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of people from every corner of the Buckeye state stood outside the statehouse before pouring into the streets of the state capital Wednesday for the first-ever Ohio March for Life.
After a three month summer recess, the nine justices of the Supreme Court reconvened for the new October 2022 term on Monday at 10 in the morning. For the first time in months, the fence around the building has come down. And, for the first time in years, since the onset of the pandemic, the court has opened its doors again to the public to listen in on oral arguments - masks optional.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill on Tuesday "to prevent gender transition services for minors at Oklahoma Children's Hospital at OU Health." The move could serve as a harbinger of legislative intervention, as state lawmakers become aware of the pervasive gender transition activities performed on minors at hospitals across the nation.
A GOP senator has introduced legislation to curtail the potential overreach of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the wake of the Democrats' vast expansion of the tax collection bureau's budget and their plan to hire tens of thousands more agents. The news comes as a report surfaced of five IRS agents embezzling $400,000 of funds meant for COVID relief and spending the money on vacations and luxury items.
Tuesday, during a meeting of the Biden administration's Task Force on Reproductive Health Care Access, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona remarked, "Students need access to health care to thrive in school and in life, and that includes reproductive health care ..." Cardona's message was clear - women can choose to abort either their child or their future.
A strange development is taking place in the American political landscape. At precisely the moment the Left is sounding the alarm about the growing threat of "Christian nationalism" (see here, here, here, and here), they are increasingly employing religious arguments in support of their policy preferences.
On September 30, Russia's President Vladimir Putin declared once again that he would use "all available means" to defend Russian territory. Putin has continued to use such words as "escalating" and "provocative" to describe Ukraine's military operations, intentionally triggering fears of his own potentially deadly responses. And while many observers have implied that Putin is bluffing about nukes, or that he would not dare to use the weapons he has at his disposal - both strategic and tactical - Putin's threats should be taken seriously.
‘They Want Political Opponents Jailed’: Congressman on DOJ Investigating Foes of Children’s Trans Surgeries
If the Justice Department investigates journalists exposing those who profit from performing double mastectomies and sterilizations of healthy children, it will compound the Biden administration's "threats to democracy and to the rule of law," a Republican congressman said Monday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week upheld a Texas judge's practice of recognizing volunteer chaplains at start of his court sessions, rejecting an anti-religion group's claim that the practice is "coercive."
Even as the Army reported a 25% shortage in recruitment numbers, Biden administration officials are refusing to relinquish policies that require troops to receive the COVID-19 shot, which lawmakers on Capitol Hill say is exacerbating the recruiting problem, decreasing operation readiness, and ignoring litigation challenges and legitimate exemption requests.
As the death toll from Hurricane Ian soars past 100, heroes like U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch are one reason it isn't higher. Loesch kicked through a wall to rescue a 94-year-old disabled woman and her husband, hoisting them - and her wheelchair - into a helicopter amid high winds. You know, the sort of feats they choreograph in a Marvel movie.
Putin now insists that certain parts of Ukraine now belong to Russia. He claimed Friday that Russia would officially annex four Ukrainian regions, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk (from south to east), creating a "land bridge" to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. When Putin threatens to employ nuclear force to defend Russia's "territorial integrity," he includes the Ukrainian territory he now claims belongs to Russia - including territory Russian forces have never captured from Ukrainian forces.
Amidst a violent crime surge plaguing urban hubs across the country, many voters think the issue of crime is "highly important," per a recent poll, and their responses show that the majority don't trust Democrats to manage or pay serious attention to it.
A group of "social justice warriors" intent on subjecting the U.S. military to extreme left-wing ideology has come perilously close to "taking down" military institutions, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday.
A funny thing happened to the Democrats' same-sex marriage bill on its trip from the House to the Senate: people actually started reading the legislation. When they did, an uncomfortable reality set in - nothing in the text explicitly outlawed polygamy. It was just a "drafting error," the more liberal senators claimed. But it wasn't a "drafting error" when a New York judge recognized polyamory late last month. How much longer until the party who wants "love" to be the legal basis for every relationship follows suit?
The recent firing of a substitute teacher in Georgia for voicing concerns over an elementary-level book featuring same-sex couples highlights the ongoing clash between parents and school administrators over the kinds of sexual content that children are exposed to in school.
A Vermont high school announced last week that the girls' volleyball team was barred from the locker room until further notice. The whole volleyball team - except, apparently, for the biological male who plays on the girl's team. The closure was not due to a health hazard, routine maintenance, or legitimate reason; rather, the school kicked the girls out of the girl's locker room for asking their male teammate to leave while they changed. "We do not make this decision lightly, but we believe it is the right decision at this time," wrote the co-principals and athletic director in an email to parents.
Director Andrew Dominik's adaption of Joyce Carol Oats' "Blonde," a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe's tumultuous life and career, has led to widespread criticism from mainstream sources because the movie posits that the sex symbol's true desire, motherhood, never came to fruition partly due to the forced abortions she allegedly suffered at the hand of a male dominated Hollywood agenda.
Much is being made of the recent Pew Research study showing a decreasing number of self-identified Christians in the United States. The study indicates that by 2070, people professing Christian faith will be under 50% of the population. This would be a century-long shift. In 1970, more than 90% of Americans affirmed some form of Christian faith.
Several weeks ago, Chrissy Teigen - model, television personality, and wife of singer John Legend - announced that what she had thought to be a miscarriage back in September of 2020 was actually an abortion.
State Rep. Scott Wiener's (D) SB 107 - a bill proposing to make California a "refuge" state for performing transgender surgeries on minors - successfully made its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) desk and received his signature Thursday. Now signed into law, California doctors can perform gender transition procedures (such as surgeries and hormone therapy) on children, even those traveling from states who have prohibited such actions on minors.
As Hurricane Ian continues to make its way up the east coast, leaving destruction in its wake, the tragic loss of life, home, and treasured possessions has devastated the nation. Even when circumstances are bleak, however, the gift of new life can always provide a source of hope. For labor and delivery nurses in states like Florida, the arrival of a hurricane has long been thought to bring with it the arrival of many new little ones who will need care.
Fox News has been the top-rated cable news network for 20 consecutive years on the strength of its appeal to conservative viewers - so it's baffling that the network would choose to mimic CNN and MSNBC in its coverage of abortion. Yet that's precisely what it did in a recent story that parroted the laden language used by the legacy media, the abortion industry, and the Democratic Party (but then, I repeat myself).
As pro-life organizations and churches face a crescendo of physical attacks, cyberattacks have become an emerging threat, and it's getting the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in California, penned an open letter to Democrat Gavin Newsom calling the California governor to repentance over a series of recent decisions. Describing what he called the "diabolical effects" of the governor's worldview, MacArthur specifically mentioned Newsom's policies on abortion, transgenderism, homelessness, and crime. However, MacArthur's strongest words were reserved for the governor's recent billboard campaign that used Scripture to promote California's permissive abortion laws.
The Liberty University football team thinks they are coming to the University of Massachusetts to play football on October 8, but it appears that the home team has organized another type of confrontation for that day.
As far as relationships go, it was a surprisingly durable one. Big Business and the Republican Party were like the D.C. power couple we never expected to break up. Until they did. Now, in the messy aftermath, new battlelines have been drawn. But what happens if the GOP retakes Congress in November? What will conservatives do if corporate America comes crawling back, talking sweet economic nothings? The chairman of CPAC has a suggestion: slam the door in their faces.
Six state attorneys general on Thursday filed a legal challenge to the Biden administration's move to cancel student loan debt for millions of Americans across the country.
If you can read this, thank a Pilgrim. Today, we take many things for granted, like our ability to read. Had the Pilgrims not risked their lives to come here, we might not possess that ability. We might also be subjects of a monarchy. What does this have to do with public schools? Let's investigate.
Radical activists have so politicized America's public school system that few people would be surprised to hear of teachers who believe they should hide children's gender identity from their parents, who think elementary school is the "perfect time" to teach children transgender ideology, or who say they should exploit word problems in math to "normalize" the use of non-binary pronouns. Yet even cynics may not expect to encounter these far-left views in schools that serve the children of U.S. soldiers.
Though the initial Category 4 hurricane sweeping the southwestern coast has been downgraded to a Category 1 as of Thursday morning, Ian is still wreaking havoc in the lives of Floridians, with rainy repercussions expected to ripple out to neighboring states and along the east coast.
As the midterm elections loom just six weeks away, a new study has found that a strong majority of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, want political leaders strongly rooted in constitutional principles that emphasize "personal character, traditional values, and basic democracy."
As legislators try to get answers about why the FBI reportedly dispatched dozens of armed agents to raid the home of a pro-life advocate, the man's wife says she and their seven children are seeking healing and closure. While the Houck family and the authorities dispute the details of the case, pro-life legislators say the reaction demonstrates that the Biden administration has weaponized the government against his political opponents while turning a blind eye to his supporters' misdeeds.
On Tuesday, over a thousand students across six northern Virginia counties walked out of their high school and middle school classrooms in protest of Governor Glenn Youngkin's (R) newly released "2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia's Public Schools." Inviting parents back into education, the draft defers to mothers and fathers to make the best decisions for students, particularly when it comes to issue of transgenderism.
Washington, D.C., the sanctuary city turned "border town," has 99 problems among which homelessness remains a top contender. D.C.'s homeless population is twice the national average with nine persons out of 1,000 experiencing homelessness, according to Central Union Mission. While District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser's (D) Office of Migrant Services is busy accommodating migrants, are the homeless receiving the care that they need?
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill and military experts are raising alarm bells over the purchase of farmland near Grand Forks Air Force Base by a Chinese Communist Party-linked company, which they say jeopardizes national security.
When Oklahoma leaders descended on the state capitol this morning, there were plenty of things on their special session to-do list. But none got more attention than the bullseye Republicans are painting on the University of Oklahoma health system.
Taxpayers have given $234 million to an early childhood development organization that promotes introducing infants to transgender ideology by the age of three. It also held a special "Drag Bingo" event for educators and interventionists who attended its most recent conference.
Urbanites across the country are double bolting their doors and watching their backs as the violent crime wave continues to sweep through many major American cities. Leading the pack with historic criminal highs are Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City, though many others have experienced the uptick in brazen lawlessness on their streets.
As furious as Democrats are about the end of Roe v. Wade, they certainly can't complain about the timing. Months away from a midterm bloodbath, the Supreme Court's decision was - in many ways - a political gift. While the issue of abortion may not have the power to upend the November elections, it's certainly given the president's party something to talk about other than his monumental failures. And talk they have - about everything but their radical position of abortion until birth.
On Monday, the New York Times published a story highlighting the growing trend among adolescent girls who identify as transgender and voluntarily undergo surgical breast removal, popularly known as "top surgery." The report comes as experts and lawmakers express increasing concern about the institutional and cultural influences that push transgender ideology on minors and the infringement of parental rights.
"Authentic" and "true self" are the shibboleths of the postmodern age. Being "real" is what counts even if to be real one must deny physical and visible reality. What, though, do these mandatory axioms actually mean?
News of newly elected right-wing Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's victory rippled across the pond Sunday night, marking a historic turn for Italian politics. Though her critics were quick to tie Meloni's alleged political history with a neo-fascist agenda, her straightforward approach to Italy, and by extension, Europe's issues has garnered whole-hearted support from other conservative EU party leaders like Viktor Orban.
Although President Joe Biden declared that "the pandemic is over" last Sunday on "60 Minutes," the Biden administration seems to hold the vaccination mandate more sacred than religious liberty - and America's national security is paying the price.
A large contingent of FBI agents arrested a pro-life activist at his home on September 23 over an almost year-old and highly disputed incident with a pro-abortion supporter outside an abortion facility in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in the FBI's now three-month long investigation of attacks on dozens of pregnancy resource centers and pro-life organizations since May.
The whole concept behind Salesforce is to help companies connect with customers. So it's more than a little ironic that the CEO behind the effort is intent on driving a political wedge between his own business and half of America. For Marc Benioff, who's spent years turning Salesforce into a woke social force, it's no surprise that he'd threaten to yank his company from pro-life states. The real surprise - at least for Benioff - may be how little those conservative states care.
"Every two hours a Christian is killed," said Gia Chacon, founder of For the Martyrs at the third annual March for the Martyrs that took place this past Saturday in Washington, D.C. In 2021 alone, more than 360 million Christians have suffered persecution and discrimination, 5,898 Christians were killed for their faith, 5,110 churches and Christian buildings were attacked, and 4,765 believers were detained without trials, arrested, sentenced, or imprisoned.
"By land, by air, or by sea!" Suzanne Scholte, an American activist, proclaimed. These are the means through which she and others are working to get information to people in the world's most closed country, North Korea. It's a daunting task - one that's become increasingly difficult.
So is abortion now illegal in America? Is the battle to protect life won at long last? Far from it! Although the June 24 Supreme Court decision in Dobbs clearly states that its 1973 decision was in error, and that there is no constitutional right to abortion, the fight for the right to life now moves to the states ... and to you!
After the Supreme Court handed down its historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization in June of this year, overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing states to enact laws that protect the unborn, the pro-life movement was united in celebration for the lives to be saved. But with the celebration came questions. Many in the pro-life movement may be wondering exactly where we go from here. Now that a key battle in the war has been won, what's next for the pro-life movement?
Voters pleaded with Republican leaders to protect parental rights, children's modesty, and religious liberty as the GOP unveiled its "Commitment to America" midterm agenda on Friday morning - asking would-be Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to make America "godly" and become "the party of parents."
Earlier this week, Great Britain and indeed all of the world mourned as Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Philip. The last two weeks have been a time of tremendous change for Great Britain as they received both a new head of government and a new head of state within a matter of days.
While the Left often circumvents real issues that concern Americans, a recent poll highlighted the ideology most are afraid of: socialism. National Review reported on Monday that 55% of Americans are more worried about the "Socialist Left" than "MAGA Republicans."
On Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) offered her thoughts on Twitter regarding the human rights protests currently happening in Iran. Ocasio-Cortez's take? She wrote, "Mahsa Amini was senselessly murdered by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces repressing women the world over. The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care." In other words, AOC sees the recent wave of American pro-life legislation protecting unborn lives across the nation after the overturn of Roe v. Wade as being comparable to the oppression of women living under radical Islam.
SB 107 is sitting on California Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) desk right now awaiting his anticipated signature, and many American parents are disturbed by what this could mean for their families. The bill would allow minors to obtain procedures such as puberty blockers, hormones, and gender transition surgeries, which several states are restricting or banning altogether.
In the space of just 33 words, Biden uttered two outright lies. The first is that Graham's bill does not include exceptions in the cases of rape and incest. The second lie is the contention that the Catholic Church has somehow changed its position recently with regard to abortion.
We're being watched, and it's not just paranoia. How should Christians view privacy in a state of surveillance?
Jesus commanded His disciples to say what they mean and mean what they say. "Let your yes be 'yes' and your no be 'no,'" He told them (Matthew 5:37). Being clear and firm is a matter not only of integrity but of courage. Backtracking and rationalizing clear, definitive statements signals weakness and, sometimes, cowardice.
Republican leaders prepared to unveil the "Commitment to America" plan, their 2022 midterm pledge that they believe will draw a sharp contrast between themselves and congressional Democrats on core issues including abortion, the right of parents to a successful public education that respects their values, economic prosperity, and constitutional rights.
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, denied that unborn children have a heartbeat at six weeks and that the ultrasound is part of a grand conspiracy to give men control over women's bodies - statements that run contrary to well-established facts and medical standards of fetal development.
The military is struggling mightily to meet their recruitment goals. In August, reports came in that the Army had only "recruited about 52% of its goal for fiscal year 2022 and is likely to wind up short by as many as 15,000 recruits." Significant shortages in personnel are also being reported by the Air Force and Navy. Meanwhile, Biden's military leaders continue to flounder in woke ideologies that are being pushed on servicemembers.
College football season is back - and so is the politicization of a fall pastime that used to unite Americans across the aisle. This year's game day rivalries on the University of Massachusetts's home field consist of a little more than fans with opposing school spirit. With plans to host the Liberty University Flames on their territory for their October 8 home game, UMass announced that the game day will also be "Pride Day."
On Monday, the steps of the Harrisburg Capitol Building were packed with pro-life supporters who traveled from every corner of Pennsylvania to march for life. This event marked the first state March for Life in a post-Roe America - and offered fascinating insight into the dichotomy of enthusiasm between pro-lifers and abortion supporters.
"Since the students had done nothing wrong, I never thought that they would be brutally shot by machine guns," one woman in northern Burma, also called Myanmar, told The Guardian. It started as a normal day for the woman, who has asked to remain anonymous for her safety. She was not concerned when she first saw government helicopters pass by because they had flown over the remote village before without incident. But the helicopters returned, and with them, terror.
On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced a proposed tax relief package that would provide $1.1 billion in tax relief to Florida families, including provisions to make necessary baby items like diapers, cribs, and strollers permanently tax exempt. Due to a record budget surplus, DeSantis is seeking to "allow families to purchase items for their children at a lower cost and help families keep more money in their pockets."
When governors started bussing migrants to sanctuary cities, not everyone was pleased. A sheriff in San Antonio launched a criminal investigation into Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), and others have referred to the tactic as "human trafficking." Others have taken a theological approach claiming that those who call themselves Christians (both DeSantis and Abbott do) should know better than to use immigrants as political pawns. Is it unbiblical to relocate immigrants to make a point?
Dozens of congressmen have introduced a bill accusing the Biden administration of "dereliction of duty" after its nearly three-month-long investigation into abortion extremists' crime spree against pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) has yet to yield a single known arrest.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has renewed her heated campaign against pregnancy resource centers by implying that the crisis pregnancy center "industry" lures "pregnant people" into its offices - not to help expectant mothers - but to conduct "surveillance" that could help politicians prosecute women who obtain illegal abortions. Pro-life health care providers call the allegations ludicrous, and a former human trafficking victim replied to Warren's incendiary rhetoric by saying, "I wish she'd be quiet."
As the flood of illegal immigrants at America's southern border crests to an all-time high, a Texas sheriff has called out the Biden administration's immigration policies as creating a "class of slaves," while also asserting that the real numbers of illegal immigrant crossings are far higher than what is generally understood. In his opinion, the administration is also "aiding and abetting" the flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S.
One of the best ways to fight cultural absurdity is to make fun of it. Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip "Dilbert," has spent 33 years leaning into that philosophy - poking fun at the woke mob, the cancel culture, and the outlandish social policies of the Left. After all, G.K. Chesterton once said, "Humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle." But for Adams, getting under the door isn't the problem. Having the door slammed in his face by 77 newspapers is.
The much-watched trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen, a widely respected Catholic cardinal from Hong Kong, was delayed from its scheduled start this week. He and five others were charged with failing to apply for a local society registration for their former nonprofit, the 612 Humanitarian Fund between July 16, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2021. The fund offered financial and legal aid to pro-democracy protesters who protested a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China in 2019.
As polls show Democrats threatening to dam up the GOP's big red wave, former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee revealed the three issues that he thinks will chart the path to his fellow Republicans' victory in November - including a firm commitment to life. "Keep it simple," the former governor says.
KathyGrace Duncan, who once lived as a man, is now an advocate for women who identify as transgender at Portland Fellowship in Oregon. Recently, she gave her testimony as part of a panel discussion on the transgender movement at Family Research Council's annual Pray Vote Stand Summit.
"Every year, one million Hispanic youth turn 18 and become eligible to vote. Since 2016 voter registration numbers among Hispanic Americans have swelled 24% compared to 9% for all other ethnic groups in America. Recently, we've seen evidence that Hispanic Americans, whether they be Mexicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, etc., are changing their voting behavior, and leaving the Democratic Party in favor of the Republican Party."
If Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) hadn't done anything since his shock win last November, he'd probably still be an improvement over his radical predecessor. For one, the Commonwealth wouldn't have a leader who openly embraced infanticide. For another, voters would at least have someone on the record who believes that parents - not schools - know best.
On September 16, reports surfaced that the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), a leading organization that advocates for transgender medical procedures, had removed all age guidelines regarding the appropriate time to start puberty blocking drugs and undergo surgeries to remove healthy organs. The revelations come as news emerged Monday that a South Carolina clinic may have dispensed cross-sex hormones to children as young as four.
My name is Geng He, and I am the wife of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. My two children and I have not seen my husband in 14 years. To this day, we do not even know if he is still alive. In our endless longing to see him again, we helped create this incredible art piece, "Relief Sculpture of Gao Zhisheng."
The recent ceremonies surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II communicated solemnity, sadness, honor, and dignity. Not only a nation, but much of the world mourned the death of the Queen, who for decades symbolized the solidity of the British monarchy. And yet, earthly ceremonies come and go, reminding us palpably of greater realities. But they will not last long in our memories. The triumphal march of Christ to the New Jerusalem, however, is no such occasion. It is not a ceremony to recall only occasionally. It is the very destiny of our days.
Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish university in New York City, is refusing to back down following their temporary setback at the Supreme Court last week. In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the Supreme Court reinstated a New York trial court decision that required Yeshiva University to approve an LGBT club on campus despite school officials saying it violated their religious beliefs.
A documentary, released Monday, unveils the stories of three women who previously identified as transgender in a futile attempt to escape depression and suicidal thoughts.
At the beginning of this year, Wendell Perez got a call that no father ever wants to receive - his elementary-aged daughter had attempted to hang herself in the school bathroom. It was only until the child's second suicide attempt in a matter of two days that Perez and his wife found out that the school was secretly transitioning the young girl into a male identity, without the parents' knowledge or consent.
The Biden administration has set another national record on illegal immigration: For the first time in U.S. history, more than two million illegal border crossings took place in one year at the southern border, according to new government statistics released Monday afternoon.
In the eyes of the Biden administration, the summer of 2022 has been going so well that it merited a concert: a performance by James Taylor on the South Lawn of the White House last week. But someone at the White House forgot to send the celebratory memo to the American people. In a "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, President Biden yet again displayed just how out of touch he is with reality.
Queen Elizabeth II is being mourned around the world for bringing dignity, warmth, and discretion to her role as monarch and international role model. But the mourning is not universal.
Vladimir Putin is in trouble. His unwarranted but massive invasion of Ukraine has been repudiated by all but the world's most repulsive governments and, more immediately, on the battlefield. The recent defeat of Russian forces across a wide front has demonstrated the weakness of the Russian military and the ineptitude of its commanders.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday cited the words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 in support of abortion, "Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these." The billboard campaign advertises California abortion in seven pro-life states - Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.
What is the first word of the United States Constitution? "We." People will say: "You work for me. You need to do what I say to do. You work for me." And I try to smile at them and say: "Actually, I work for we." Because this selfish attitude has become more and more prevalent, that the whole world is about me. But the power of our Constitution began with this very simple principle of "we."
Ambassador Sam Brownback discusses religious freedom with TWS - both internationally and what's at stake in America. He emphasizes its importance and how Americans can and must stand up for the nation's most crucial right.
Libby Emmons, Editor-in-Chief of the Post Millennial, talks to TWS about sifting through media bias and misinformation. She gives readers advice on how to navigate finding good news outlets.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) overhauled the state's transgender policy for public schools, preventing administrators from hiding children's gender transition from their own parents and affirming parents' right to "nurture values and beliefs for their own children."
Adianis Morales shares with The Washington Stand how she has used FRC Action's resources to rally conservative voters for the polls. She explains the importance of voting according to Christian values and reveals the response she has received in Florida.
Wisconsin parents asked a federal court last week for a permanent injunction against the Eau Claire Area School District's (ECASD) gender identity policy "to vindicate parents' fundamental rights to care for and raise their children, and to religious freedom." The unincorporated group Parents Protecting Our Children explain that the gender identity policy "mandates that schools and teachers hide critical information regarding a child's health from his or her parents."
Rob Bluey, Executive Editor of The Daily Signal, gives TWS the scoop on why alternative media sources are necessary. He advises conservatives to have a balanced media diet and healthy skepticism of social media.
Key midterm elections are intensifying in battleground states like Pennsylvania, with the abortion issue taking center stage in the campaign strategies of candidates like John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro. Given that inflation has hit 40-year highs under the Biden administration and violent crime is on the rise in Democratic-run cities after their push to defund police departments, it is little wonder that Democrats are scrambling for a leg to run on in November.
A woman facing an unexpected pregnancy may experience complex and conflicting emotions surrounding the best path forward for both her unborn child and herself. When mothers hear messages about placing their child for adoption that deliberately paint the process in a negative light, it becomes more difficult for them to believe that choosing adoption when necessary is an act of love.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Ga., brings a word of hope to Christians, charging young Americans to "turn on the light" in the world around them in an interview with TWS. He reminds Christians of the biblical mandate to pray for leaders on every side of the aisle.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee charges Christians to get off the sidelines and engage with the culture in an interview with TWS. He encourages them not to pay attention to criticism and remember that even Jesus was unpopular during his time on earth.
Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin lamented that the Afghanistan withdrawal "will go down in history as the worst foreign policy failure in U.S. history. And every decision that was made was wrong." Setting aside the catastrophic ramifications for religious freedom, it also broadcast a global image of America as weak and hapless.
Apparently signaling a lack of support, Senate Democrats on Thursday postponed voting on a bill that would officially declare same-sex marriage the law in all 50 states.
The West Virginia legislature passed a new abortion ban on Tuesday, the second state to do so after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade. The state House of Representatives passed H.B. 302 by a three-to-one margin (69-23) on July 27. The state Senate approved (22-7) an amended version on Tuesday, and the House passed (77-17) the bill with the Senate's amendments the same day. Governor Jim Justice (R) is expected to sign the bill.
Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, explains to TWS how America has strayed from Judeo-Christian values. From his perspective as a prominent neurosurgeon, Carson also unpacks how science affirms that a baby in the womb is a complete human being.
Congressional Republicans have introduced the first national pro-life protection since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, aiming to safeguard children capable of feeling pain from abortion - a proposal favored by a lopsided majority of Americans, including nearly two-thirds of Democrats.
Ryan Bomberger, cofounder of the Radiance Foundation, debunks the commonly used exception that abortion is moral in cases of rape and incest, from his own personal testimony of being "conceived in rape, but adopted in love."
Katy Faust, founder and leader of the child advocacy group Them Before Us, gives TWS a preview of her upcoming main stage talk where she explains how the "Respect for Marriage Act" would infringe upon children's rights.
Allie Beth Stuckey, host of BlazeTV's "Relatable," shares some ways that young women and moms can "raise a respectful ruckus" against evil in their lives and at the polls. "Politics is not the only way or even often the primary way to love your neighbor, but it is a necessary way to love your neighbor," she told TWS in a preview of her main stage talk.\r
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and popular podcast host, unpacks the significance of the upcoming Senate vote on the "Respect for Marriage Act" and the implications it could have if passed. He gives a sneak peek to TWS on his Pray Vote Stand Summit main stage address.
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) has sustained so many serious attacks over the past few years that it could use a little comic relief. In a new lawsuit filed Monday in Washington Superior Court, that's exactly what its critics provide. Founded by the Free Methodist Church USA (FMC) as Seattle Seminary, SPU has come under fire for expecting of employees a lifestyle consistent with biblical standards, as set forth in a detailed, nuanced Statement on Human Sexuality, which says that sex should be limited to "the context of the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman."
After a slew of states passed laws aimed at strengthening election integrity in 2021 in the wake of voting irregularities that surfaced in the 2020 election, Democrats spent months attacking the bills, saying they would lead to "voter suppression." But data from recent primary elections indicate that voter turnout increased following the passage of the new laws, and experts say that these laws aimed at securing elections lead to increased voter confidence in the election system.
FRC Public Comments Highlight ‘Dangers’ to Women and Children in Proposed Title IX Redefinition of ‘Sex’
On September 12, in response to the U.S. Department of Education's proposed Title IX ruling which redefines "sex" to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," Family Research Council (FRC) submitted a public comment addressing both the legal and social ramifications of this controversial ruling.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has declared his intention to push through a bill to codify same-sex marriage "in the coming weeks." The measure, called the Respect for Marriage Act, would override a 1996 law defining marriage as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and reinforce the Supreme Court's controversial Obergefell decision with the force of federal statute.
Since the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs, the abortion industry has worked to conflate the cultural and medical definitions of abortion. Their attempts to blur the lines between the intentional killing of a child in an abortion and the tragic unintended death of a child in a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy are hurtful, insulting, and dangerous.
How quickly free speech has deteriorated in our current age of "misinformation." In public policy we've gone from the Lincoln-Douglas debates to, "We have to pass the bill so that we can find out what is in it." Making an argument is seldom permitted, and when you do, it's only when approved by the "Fact Checkers." This point may be debatable, but debate itself is now a lost concept.
The U.S. military has suffered a string of humiliating defeats over the past 18 months, second only to the humiliation of surrendering Afghanistan to the Taliban. These defeats have not come from the hands of a foreign foe (although that may happen soon), nor even at the hands of an invasive species of ideology (although they have tried their hardest to embarrass themselves). Rather, I mean the string of defeats that the U.S. Constitution has handed to various branches of the military in the U.S. judicial system.
June's Dobbs Supreme Court decision put abortion at the epicenter of public forum debate, paving a platform on mass media for advocates to lay out a case for life. Last night, an episode of "Dr. Phil" aired on the topic of abortion, featuring president and founder of the pro-life organization Live Action, Lila Rose, along with a number of individuals representing the pro-abortion side.
As the Senate considers the "Respect for Marriage Act," a bill that would codify the right to same-sex marriage into federal law, dozens of conservative groups representing millions of Americans have expressed grave concerns that the legislation will imperil the religious freedom rights of Christians and those of other faiths who believe that marriage is a sacred bond established by God that is reserved for one man and one woman. Ordinary business owners like Donald Vander Boon have already experienced what life can be like when their beliefs about marriage run afoul with the federal government's view.
If your stride recently became lopsided, it's likely because your wallet is unusually light. Your hard-earned money may have fallen through an imaginary hole at the supermarket cash register. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, rose 8.3% over the last 12 months, with August numbers increasing 0.1% from July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Tuesday. The increase came despite gasoline prices declining 12.2% (not seasonally adjusted) from July, as most other prices continued to rise.
Crime Against Pro-Life Centers ‘Will Become Routine’ Without Prosecution: Fmr. Counterintelligence Expert
Attacks on pro-life churches and pregnancy resource centers could become a daily occurrence if liberal district attorneys and a complacent Justice Department refuse to prosecute the perpetrators, according to a former FBI counterterrorism and intelligence expert.
Vice President Kamala Harris was "gaslighting" the American people when she likened those who question the integrity of the 2020 election to the perpetrators of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, lobbing a "gross insult" at those who perished on 9/11 and presenting "the picture of extreme" thinking, a Republican congressman has said. The actions of the Democratic Party - including those of Harris - could not survive the judgment she has passed on Republicans, he said.
At a press conference, Officer Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida, reported that the department's recent "Fall Haul" sting operation was a rousing success, arresting 160 individuals connected to human trafficking. Cumulatively, the convicts racked up 52 felonies, including Offering to Engage in Lewdness, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, and Negligent Child Abuse.
On Friday, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough excoriated Christians who oppose abortion on the grounds that Jesus "never once mentioned it." Reducing the gospel to a single issue is "heresy," he said, and those who do so "are using Jesus as a shield to make 10-year-old, raped girls go through a living and breathing hell here on earth."
Despite having hundreds of thousands of fewer customers, Planned Parenthood committed a record-breaking number of abortions and received an historic amount of funding from U.S. taxpayers in 2021, according to its newly released report.
On September 9, attorneys representing the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit asking the full court to consider the college's case that it cannot be legally forced to allow biological men in women's private spaces, including dorms, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
Organizers of the September 9-11 Boise Pride Festival cancelled a "Drag Kids" performance after public pressure prompted multiple sponsors to pull their support. The event advertised drag performances by children "from ages 11-18," which conservative sleuther Christopher Rufo uncovered on the Tuesday before the event.
Sex education debates - or shall we better call them battles? - in the states and in local schools are in the news every day. In the chaos, confusion, and controversy of sex education, a clearer understanding of the two opposing approaches is needed. They are defined as "comprehensive sex education" (CSE) and "abstinence" (or "abstinence-only"). Both are misnomers.
A left-leaning New York think tank sounded a familiar warning about Arizona's "voter suppression bills" being "dangerously close to becoming law." Little more than a year later, in August 2022, Arizona notched a record for high turnout in a primary election as 1.45 million voters participated, or 35.1% of those registered, surpassing the previous record in a 2000 primary by 7,000 ballots.
Dr. Maya Angelou famously said, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." Likewise, when elected Republican legislators show us their anti-life cowardice, we should believe them.
Each year on September 11, the families of the victims gather at the site of the Twin Towers for a memorial service where the names of the 2,983 victims are read aloud. Alongside 10 of the names, the words, "and her unborn child" are read. These names, which are inscribed on the 9/11 memorial, as well as Monica Rodriguez Smith and her unborn child who were killed in the 1993 terrorist bombing at the World Trade Center, remind Americans of the impact of every life.
While the Biden administration is working overtime to dispel fears that it is weaponizing government power to target political enemies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is weaponizing government power to target political enemies. And, just like a bully, it's picking on those smaller than itself.
On Thursday, the District of Columbia's Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) declared a public state of emergency over the nearly 10,000 migrants that have continued to arrive by the busload at Union Station since April. In a statement, Bowser announced that she will be devoting $10 million of the city's funds for her new Office of Migrant Services to support the humanitarian efforts by both the city government and charity organizations meeting the migrants upon their arrival.
On August 31, the California State Senate passed a bill that would allow courts in California to take custody of minors from out of state who come to the Golden State seeking gender transition surgeries and cross-sex hormones, even if these actions go against the wishes of the minors' parents. Legal experts and children's advocates warn that the measure, which awaits Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) signature to become law, is almost certainly unconstitutional, would cause severe harm to the health and wellbeing of children, and would egregiously violate parental custody rights.
Queen Elizabeth II often showed a deeply held faith, especially in her ceremonial role in delivering her annual Christmas broadcasts - messages that were often more orthodox, and more substantive, than the sermons delivered by the clergy of her Anglican Communion. Here are five faith-inspired examples of royal rhetoric that show her sincere, and well-articulated faith.
For all his professed concern over threats to "our democracy," President Joe Biden's recent actions to expand abortion for active-duty and retired soldiers - which a Biden administration official says is "what our nation owes them" - is "running rogue over our Constitution," a Republican congressman has said.
Over the weekend, Instagram delivered a hit to the pornography industry by deplatforming Pornhub from its audience of over 13 million followers. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) claims the Meta-owned company's action is a result of their lobbying against the organization. In a press release, CEO Dawn Hawkins applauds Instagram's stand against sexual exploitation. "Instagram is courageously choosing to stop partnering with Pornhub, and it is time for all corporate entities to follow its example," Hawkins said.
A lot has and will be written about Queen Elizabeth II. But what must not be forgotten in the many tributes to the late queen is her faith in Jesus Christ.
On Wednesday, the Miami-Dade School Board, which represents the nation's fourth-largest school district, voted against a measure that would have recognized October as "LGBTQ history month." The vote follows an August 23 school board election in which Miami-Dade was flipped to a conservative majority.
Passing a bill enshrining same-sex marriage in national law would put the existence of religious nonprofit ministries at risk and send "a pretty strong message that religious beliefs don't matter," a Republican senator has said.Some Republicans "just want to get this thing behind us, and the faster we can do that, the better. And the best way to do that is to simply give them the votes they need to pass the bill," Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch" Wednesday "That would be a terrible mistake," he said.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday extended emergency measures implemented in late August to mitigate an extraordinary heat wave's effect on the state's energy grid. The National Weather Service forecasts "dangerously hot conditions" with temperatures into the triple digits likely to persist through Friday. "Many state buildings will power down lights and air conditioning beginning at 4:00 p.m. to save energy." The emergency declaration "will allow power plants to generate additional electricity" and "permits use of backup generators."
The advent of a Supreme Court populated by jurists who believe the Constitution is not legal putty but a text with definite meanings has created angst, heartache, and deep anger among those on the Left. Perhaps the most vivid case in point is a new book by legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, "Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism." Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Berkeley law school, argues that "the Framers likely did not want their views to control constitutional interpretation."
Students across the nation are returning to school this fall. Many are still a year or more behind where they should be, due to the learning loss triggered by the panicky shutdowns and inexcusable "virtual" learning inflicted upon them over the past three years. But for some students, going back to school looks much different than what they were expecting, for one simple reason: it hasn't happened yet.
In the name of saving the planet and re-defining social equity, ESG standards are being rapidly adopted and enforced across the world. There are billionaires, political figures, Big Tech moguls, and educational elites who promote this new philosophy - and they are not only pushing America toward ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) laws, but they are pushing the unquestioning acceptance of things like Synthetic Sex Identity, Social Emotional Learning curricula, and critical race theory in our schools and universities, diversity mandates in our businesses, and a new branch of gender health care practices across the world.
With November's midterm elections just eight weeks away, Democrats are seeing President Biden's recent sharply-worded rhetoric and abortion rights as rallying points to make the midterm elections close, which have been expected for months to go the GOP's way. Meanwhile, warnings are emerging that conservative voters cannot afford to rest easy on predictions of a comfortable victory in November.
U.N. Human Rights Official: Christians ‘Misuse Religious Narratives’ to Deny Minors Transgender Surgeries
A United Nations expert has accused Christians in the U.S. of "the misuse of religious narratives" and the "deliberate exploitation" of believers to oppose extreme gender ideology and transgender surgeries for minors - among other "egregious abuses" of LGBT people's human rights. The U.N. figure says permanently sterilizing teens represents "the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health," recommends U.S. schools adopt sex education that teach homosexuality and gender fluidity, and refers to women as "persons with gestational faculties."
Senate Democrats have crammed a bill to codify same-sex marriage into a continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30. "We need the federal government to pass funding authorizations by the end of September," explained Travis Weber, FRC's vice president for Policy and Government Affairs, on "Washington Watch." But codifying same-sex marriage is "still obviously unacceptable, whether a standalone vote or attached to funding bills."
On Wednesday, USA Today featured an article detailing the "major panic" across women's college sports as coaches and athletic administrators encounter state laws protecting unborn children from the evil of abortion. The article quotes one Power Five coach from a pro-life state as saying, "If a young woman is in a moment of crisis, that is when they need to know they can rely on us. The ruling doesn't change that it's our job to support and serve these young women - it's just made it a lot more challenging."
This week, the state senate in South Carolina is discussing a bill that would protect the lives of unborn babies beginning at conception. While the bill is not perfect - given that it fails to protect unborn children conceived in rape or incest from abortion - it is succeeding at finally correcting the misleading language of other pro-life protections that feature the "life of the mother" exception.
As the states continue to pass pro-life protections that defend the unborn from abortion, it is important to consider the necessity for these laws to protect all unborn lives. Sadly, the importance of protecting unborn children who are prenatally diagnosed with disabilities has fallen to the wayside in the national conversation about abortion. Some states protecting unborn lives from conception are failing to include babies with a prenatal diagnosis under that protection.
Disney-owned FX is releasing a new adult cartoon series, "Little Demon," about a woman who has a fling with Satan (voiced by popular actor Danny DeVito) and bears his child. With the animation coming soon to Disney+, Star+, and Hulu, the parents of Disney's primary audience are not happy about this release.
In a speech brimming with dehumanizing and erroneous statements, President Joe Biden hit upon a truth: "I believe we were in a battle for the soul of this nation." His insight is true, if unoriginal. Unfortunately, Biden's fighting on the wrong side.
As negative mental health outcomes for young people continue to reach unprecedented levels, many are pointing to the increased use of social media as a main culprit. Experts say that a two-pronged approach of more parental guidance and new laws governing Big Tech companies are needed to combat the problem.
It was a dark and angry sight. Motionless soldiers flanked the grizzled head of state as he angrily condemned his political opponents in front of a black-and-red background. Worthy of a Hollywood portrayal for a third-world Hitler wannabe, the setting appropriately transformed the iconic Independence Hall into a dystopian hellscape for a presidential address that presented a "dangerous escalation in rhetoric," according to a majority of Americans (56.8%) and independents (62.4%).
The Biden administration remains manically committed to weaponizing the U.S. government and civil rights law to advance the LGBTQ+ agenda. The Department of Education's newly proposed Title IX rule uses the federal rulemaking process to destabilize students with gender ideology, roll back rights for women and girls, and undermine parental rights, just to name a few - all in order to force the LGBTQ+ political agenda on every public school student in America.
Though cases of incest are unquestionably tragedies, failing to protect the innocent babies conceived in these difficult circumstances is punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty. Unfortunately, in several pro-life states that have legally protected their unborn citizens from abortion, children conceived by incest are not receiving the same protection.
It is always impressive when a national political leader unapologetically speaks the truth. That's what Liz Truss, the Tory (conservative) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and the new Prime Minister of Great Britain, did during an interview on September 4. She told the BBC that the economics of redistribution - taking money from one segment of the population and giving it to another - don't work.
As the states continue to pass pro-life protections that defend the unborn from abortion, it is important to consider the necessity for these laws to protect all unborn lives. Sadly, the importance of protecting unborn children who are prenatally diagnosed with disabilities has fallen to the wayside in the national conversation about abortion.
White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre declared at the August 31 press briefing: "When you are not with what majority of Americans are, then, you know, that is extreme. That is an extreme way of thinking." By his own criteria, Joe Biden sits atop the most extremist administration in decades. The disconnect between his actions and those of mainstream Americans could hardly be more profound. How? Let us count the ways.
A representative of the United Nations has instructed U.S. officials to better implement a treaty against racism and that they must make it easier to abort minority children. Promoting abortion under the guise of fighting discrimination proves that the global body's aggressive drive to undermine pro-life laws around the world "has reached a dangerous new level," a U.N. watchdog has told The Washington Stand.
The Christian life is described as warfare, a boxing match, or a race. We have opponents that make our journey more difficult - the world, the flesh, and the devil. So, we need to keep the end in view. To help us remember how to obey God rightly, and to encourage us in our Christian walk, we can hardly do better than study the book of Deuteronomy.
Though cases of rape and incest are unquestionably tragedies, failing to protect the innocent babies conceived in these difficult circumstances is punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty. Unfortunately, in several pro-life states that have legally protected their unborn citizens from abortion, children conceived by rape and incest are not receiving the same protection.
Last week, country music wife Brittany Aldean made ripples online when she took a strong social media stance against allowing children to go through gender transitioning. In the openly conservative influencer's words, her comments that were "taken out of context" were labeled "transphobic" by multiple mainstream media outlets and progressive country music counterparts.
Unfortunately, like many other educational places in the U.S., the Smithsonian has fallen privy to critical theory and is propagating a radical cultural agenda. In the National Museum of American History, an exhibit called "Girlhood: It's Complicated," looks at the political impact of women from a young age - girlhood.
In the weeks following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the abortion industry has ruthlessly sought to sell the lie that treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is the same thing as abortion. When combatting this deception with the truth, it can be helpful to know the story of a couple who experienced the heartbreak of ectopic pregnancy, so that it is not hypothetical, but concrete. This is the story of Sean and Emily's ectopic pregnancy - a tragedy that will impact the rest of their lives.
On Tuesday, Biden introduced his "Safer America Plan," his newly unveiled solution to fund policing, prevent crime, and ban assault weapons. "It's based on a simple notion," he said. "When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not 'defund the police,' it's 'fund the police.'" This comes in contrast to the Democrats' strategy to defund the police during the riots of 2020.
In his speech, Biden essentially dehumanizes a whole segment of the American people. In doing so, he divorces them from the country for which many of them have served and fought, worked and prayed. He does not appeal to what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" but castigates millions of Americans as virtual demons.
In a nationally televised speech Thursday night, President Joe Biden warned that "MAGA Republicans" have "fanned the flames of political violence" and constitute a "threat to American democracy," charges a conservative congressman says aim only to "dehumanize" his political opponents.
On Wednesday, nurse practitioner Paige Casey sued her former employer, CVS, for firing her simply based on her religious beliefs regarding abortion-causing drugs. Since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, tensions - and corporate political activism - regarding abortion have been at an all-time high. Casey's case could be an important indicator of what might happen to corporations that discriminate against employees with a religious conviction that life begins at conception.
As the states continue to pass pro-life protections that defend the unborn from abortion, it is important to consider the necessity for these laws to protect all unborn lives. Sadly, the importance of protecting unborn children who are prenatally diagnosed with disabilities has fallen to the wayside in the national conversation about abortion.
National Review's Nate Hochman "spent the last couple of weeks digging into exactly what kinds of LGBT activist groups and medical clinics MLB franchises and teams were funding under the auspices of these LGBT-themed pride nights." What he found makes a drag queen story hour seem like Sesame Street. For 20 out of the 29 teams, these pride nights were "funding groups that were either promoting sex changes for children as young as 12 years old, or ... actually providing them themselves."
COVID Shutdown Repercussions, Teacher Vacancies, and Ideologies among Problems Plaguing Education, Experts Say
National test results released on Thursday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed that the math and reading scores of elementary school students reached historic lows in 2022, with an unprecedented drop in math and the largest drop in 32 years in reading among nine-year-olds. Experts say that the drops can be attributed to a variety of factors, including repercussions from school shutdowns, discipline issues, open borders, classroom time spent on controversial ideologies, and other factors.
Attorney General Merrick Garland distributed a memo Tuesday to all Department of Justice (DOJ) staff, to "reaffirm and remind all Department personnel of our existing policies regarding communications between the Justice Department and Congress." According to those policies, "no Department employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval by OLA [Office of Legislative Affairs]." If you believe Garland, the memo was purely routine.
‘That’s How You Get away with It’: Liberal Principal Admits Discriminating against Religious Teachers
An undercover video has captured a public school administrator admitting that he quietly refuses to hire "brainwashed" religious teachers and older people, so he can impose his own liberal views on the district's schoolchildren. His comments touched off a torrent of criticism from Catholic officials, education experts, and Democratic elected officials.
Madrigal-Borloz is the "SOGI czar" at the United Nations. Or, more precisely, he is the U.N.'s so-called independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI. The Costa Rican lawyer just concluded an official visit to the United States intended to "assess" the "human rights of LGBT persons" here.
In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade's overturn, disinformation and fearmongering have been the only tools left in the abortion industry's kit to convince the nation that life-affirming laws are somehow dangerous for women. The abortion industry has shown that they will stop at nothing to continue profiting from their evil work, whether it is spreading ableist narratives about fetal anomalies or falsely equating ectopic pregnancy treatment with abortion.
It's only been a few months since Disney was humiliated at the hands of Florida Republicans - and already, the Left is declaring the war against woke capital dead. The wet blankets at USA Today, in an attempt to dishearten conservatives, announced that none of the party's plans to infiltrate Big Business are working. This strategy "isn't winning over shareholders of the nation's largest companies," the paper claims. But as this month's polls remind us, hardly anyone in America trusts the media. And based on this story, now is no time to start.
Sometimes, when having a hard conversation about a sensitive topic like abortion, it can help to be armed with the true stories, experiences, and words of those who have personally faced what it means to protect life without exceptions. In the coming days, The Washington Stand will be featuring the lived experiences and wisdom of strong individuals who have carried their babies to term after receiving a prenatal diagnosis, survived an ectopic pregnancy, and been conceived through rape and incest.
It has now been over seven years since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision mandated that all 50 states recognize same-sex marriage. As the current court case of Yeshiva University illustrates, there appears to be no end in sight to the legal battle between LGBT rights activists and religious institutions who maintain belief in biblical sexuality.
On August 30, 2021, the last American troops left Afghanistan, entrusting hundreds of American civilians and thousands of Afghan allies left behind to the brutal mercy of the Taliban. This was to meet President Biden's deadline to withdraw all U.S. military personnel by August 31, 2021, one year from Wednesday. The arbitrary withdrawal timeline was not modified to conditions on the ground. Over the advice of his generals, President Biden insisted that American troops would leave by the end of August, no matter who was left behind. And that was the end of the conversation.
Mass lockdowns, the West's preferred response to COVID-19, cost millions of years of lost lives and "harmed nearly every single poor person on the face of the Earth," concluded a leading scientist. "The lockdowns harmed nearly every single poor person on the face of the Earth, and it did it in a myriad of ways," Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, told "Washington Watch" guest host Joseph Backholm on Tuesday.
Mikhail Gorbachev has died, but the effusions of sentimental goo emanating from his champions in the world of diplomacy are very much alive. While there is evidence that Gorbachev realized that a nuclear "exchange" between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. would have been devastating and had to be avoided, he does not deserve the credit he is being given. That belongs to the Left's once-favorite target, Ronald Reagan.
I am a senior at a private Christian university, and most of my peers are dishing out tens of thousands of dollars to pay for loans every semester. On many occasions, I find my friends making (not so ironic) jokes about how Uncle Sam owns their college degree. When I tell my friends I am graduating debt-free, they look back at me with astonishment. Most of my friends attribute my lack of financial bondage to being "smart" or just pure "lucky." However, there is a lot more to my story than a few fortunate college scholarships.
"It's wrong that [people] would be able to say to women what they think women should be doing with their lives and their bodies. But it's sinful, the injustice of it all." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remarked on the "sinfulness" of restricting abortion last Friday when she joined Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.), a House Pro-Choice Caucus member, for a "reproductive health" roundtable discussion with several doctors at the University of California in San Francisco.
Few places embody America's pluralistic ideal better than Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Amish heartland, where the religious sect known for its uncompromising way of life coexists side-by-side with a broad spectrum of modern American beliefs and sentiments. Yet, in a strange twist, this richly tolerant farm country is the setting for the latest case of the federal government's persistent incomprehension of Christianity.
On August 26, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that a ballot measure intended to roll back Arizona's recently enacted election integrity law will not be on the upcoming November ballot. The bill that was targeted by the initiative was signed into law in March and required that prospective voters show proof of citizenship before being allowed to vote.
‘Not Business as Usual’: Former FBI Investigator Says Facebook Censoring Hunter Biden Story Highly Unusual
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed his platform censored stories about Hunter Biden's laptop after a warning from the FBI - a practice that a former FBI investigator says violates the norms and standard operating procedure of that department. That act of misguided, Big Tech censorship meaningfully impacted the outcome of the 2020 election.
Disney has made it quite clear that it no longer clings to its founder's belief that "the most important thing is family." Quite on the contrary - for Disney, the most important thing is money, even if that means dictating the size of someone else's family.
Celebrities are fighting about politics again - this time, a country music artist's wife is in the epicenter of the drama. Brittany Aldean, wife of CMA Award-winning Jason Aldean, mother, and beauty influencer, posted a makeup video on Instagram last week to her audience of 2.2 million followers. "I'd really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life," her tongue-in-cheek caption read. Some stars didn't appreciate the humor.
Twelve years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, we're still finding out what's in it. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a permanent injunction preventing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from enforcing a requirement that hospitals "perform gender-reassignment surgeries or abortions" against Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic hospital network of nearly 19,000 health care professionals, because doing so would be "in violation of its sincerely held religious beliefs."
After years of litigation, California and the state's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) were unwilling to budge on forcing churches and other religious entities to pay for abortion against their deeply held beliefs. So ADF filed the lawsuit against the DMHC. Earlier this month, that case was finally resolved.
Mississippi Report on Fatherlessness Highlights Need for Increased Emphasis on Marriage, Experts Say
A recently released report from the state government of Mississippi underscored that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are being squandered on government programs that could have been avoided if more fathers were present in their children's lives. The report reflects a decades-long pattern of social science data that points to how closely marriage and religious practice are to positive social outcomes for their children, experts say.
A coalition of left-leaning politicians and Big Tech executives plan to limit, label, and stigmatize pro-life pregnancy resource centers - a move the director of a recently firebombed clinic says will "foment violence" against the already embattled women's charities. Last Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) issued a statewide consumer alert about "so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)," and Big Tech is piling on.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview released Thursday that Facebook suppressed the New York Post's report about Hunter Biden's laptop after the FBI warned the tech giant about misinformation.
The eagerness of abortion advocates to dehumanize the unborn speaks of something sad and desperate. Unable to deny the personhood of the little one in the womb, they speak in a sort of muted code. By using terms that attempt to sanitize something evil, we assuage our consciences and gradually create a thick callous over the tender flesh of our basic moral impulses.
There's an old saying that some people's purpose in life is to serve as an example to others. That's certainly true of the Israelite generation who perished during the 40 years in the wilderness. "Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience" (Hebrews. 4:11). It's worth considering the wilderness wanderings of those unfaithful Israelites, to learn from their bad examples. Moses records most of those wilderness years in the book of Numbers.
After Tuesday's primaries, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised the Democratic voter turnout, saying, "Republicans should be very, very, very scared this morning about their prospects. I have never believed that we would not hold the House. That's my mission. And that's what I hope to accomplish, and I plan to do it." While predictions and hopes for a red wave in November have been high, are conservatives and Republicans right to heed Pelosi's victory cry?
The war in Ukraine continues to escalate despite declining media coverage. Cities are still being bombed, families are still fleeing, and men - both young and old - are still fighting for their country. Recently, I visited Gut Elim, a community hidden in the green German countryside within the small town of Bad Wildungen that is helping refugees. "When you're coming to Gut Elim," one of the coordinators said, "you're coming to God's move on the earth." She was right.
Renowned Christian Leader: Culture Trying to Make Christians ‘Comfortable in a Society That’s Living by Lies’
Far from a "distraction," much-derided "culture war" issues as the reality of gender, the definition of marriage, and "systemic racism" are flashpoints in the war to transform America into a collectivist nation, a renowned Bible expositor and commentator has said. "Make no mistake, that which is canceled today will be criminalized tomorrow," wrote Dr. Erwin Lutzer, author of the new book "No Reason to Hide: Standing for Christ in a Collapsing Culture."
Heavily Redacted Trump Affidavit Shows FBI ‘Very Likely’ Had ‘Political Motivations’ for Mar-a-Lago Raid: Congressman
Facing intense public backlash, the Biden administration on Friday released a heavily redacted version of the affidavit justifying the unprecedented raid on President Donald Trump's home. The amount of material blacked out has convinced a leading congressman "there were very likely political motivations" behind the action, a concern shared by a former high-level Justice Department official.
Have you ever imagined a lion that's scared of its own roar? It petrifies its prey, but instead capturing the moment - and its dinner - it turns tail and runs. That's the position the Republican Party finds itself in, only weeks away from the beginning of early voting in the 2022 midterm elections.
School boards have been the center of a lot of controversy in recent years. The National School Board Association labeled parents "domestic terrorists," children are being given books that can't be read aloud in public, and drag queens are being invited to school assemblies. As a result, many parents and concerned citizens have concluded it's time for new leadership and have chosen to run for school board. Is that a bad idea? Christianity Today ran an article titled "Don't Run for School Board" that made this very argument.
Late Thursday night, the White House admitted that its bailout of student loans will cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 10 years - but a former congressman said Democrats' claims that the action will not deepen the national debt would "embarrass George Orwell." Touting a lower deficit is like standing "at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but then a few rocks fall down, and you get to stand on those little tiny rocks," Dave Brat said. "You're still at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. ... Only in D.C. can you get away with that kind of logic."
Earlier this year, Israel's Tel Aviv University published "The Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2021." It reveals that the most serious increases in anti-Semitic activity occurred in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, France, Germany, and Australia. Why this rise in acts of vicious, irrational hatred toward the Jewish people?
When we call abortion a "women's" issue, we do a grave disservice to men. Abortion harms them too. It causes real psychological injury. Studies indicate that the fathers of aborted children often experience grief, shame, and despair for many years after the abortion.
Around the country, the headlines have been plagued with stories of mothers who wanted to give birth to their child but received a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis and now, often out of a deeply misguided attempt at compassion, are franticly searching for a way to abort their child. While these tragic narratives are heartbreaking - full of the mother's shattered hopes and dreams for her unborn child - they also fail to accurately depict what it means to love someone with a disability.
"We like to think we're masters of our own destiny," Grove City College's Carl Trueman insists, "but there's a lot of evidence that points in the other direction." He expl