- SPLC: Father of the Bribe
They say you can't buy love, but that won't stop SPLC from trying! Money may be no object for the anti-Christian group, but mainstream support certainly is. Facing growing scrutiny for their tainted and biased "research" from the military to the media, Southern Poverty Law Center is resorting to bribing teachers to force their agenda into the public schools where unsuspecting children reside.
In Hawaii, eyebrows shot up at the news that SPLC was giving teachers a $250 kickback just for attending a local training session on "Teaching Tolerance." The cash incentive struck a lot of people as odd, including state Representative Bob McDermott. In academia, where educators are used to paying for trainings -- not profiting from them -- McDermott thought something smelled fishy with SPLC's offer. In a letter to Hawaii State Department of Education District Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, he asked the office to put the brakes on the session. Matayoshi refused and instead gave the department's blessing to the workshop, which SPLC held the first weekend of March.
Frustrated by the Superintendent's carelessness, McDermott filed an ethics complaint demanding to know what part of the law justifies this kind of activity, because, he insists, "there is none." "Are Hawaii teachers being bribed to promote a specific point of view in these ... (more)
- On the Free Exercise of Government...Legal scholar and novelist Garrett Epps opens his recent piece in The Atlantic with the following statement: “If the conservative justices uses [sic] the same logic they have in the past, Hobby Lobby’s case against the contraceptive mandate doesn’t stand a chance.” Mr. Epps conveniently finds praise for Supreme Court precedent, a position often either used or discarded as best serves the cultural assault on Christian ethics. Indeed, one can scarcely find lamentations ... (more)
- Friendship, Feelings, and Homosexuality: Thoughts on Truth and LoveIn an arresting piece about his denomination's struggles in dealing with homosexuality, United Methodist Pastor Talbot Davis writes: When therapy turns into theology ... our experience and our empathy determine our doctrine. I've been in those counseling sessions. Asked to officiate a same-gender wedding. Invited to bless a same-gender union. And the pastor in me longs to tell folks what they want to hear, yearns to affirm the narrative I'm privileged to be part of. And yet over against that ... (more)
"Remember the Arizona" was the rallying cry of American forces in the Pacific during World War II. The fall of the U.S.S. Arizona, along with other ships and sailors at Pearl Harbor, became emblematic of the freedom for which Americans were fighting.
Recent events have ensured that "Remember Arizona" will now become a rallying cry for religious freedom. Last week, amid a massive national misinformation campaign by the Left, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB1062 -- a bill that ensured the government couldn't force individual business owners to violate their religious beliefs. This bill improved the state's already existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is like the Federal law, that prevents individuals and family owned businesses from being forced to trade their religious freedom for entrance into the public sphere. In other words, whether it's a wedding vendor, whose orthodox Christian faith will not allow her to affirm same-sex "marriage," or a business like Hobby Lobby or Conestoga Wood, whose faith bars them from providing drugs that have the potential to end a pregnancy, the provisions of RFRA would prevent discrimination against people of faith whether by the government or private parties using government laws and regulations.
That's all the bill did -- ensure protection of the First Amendment rights of ... (more)
The Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) has released the 4th Annual Index of Family Belonging & Rejection. The index charts the present intactness of U.S. families by examining the proportion of 17 year olds who live in an intact married family.
In it the study concludes that:
- Only 46% of American 15-17 year olds were raised with both their biological parents married to one another (belonging to each other) since before or around the time of their birth
- Family Belonging is strongest among Asians (65%) & weakest among Blacks (17%)
- Regionally, the Northeast (50%) has the highest Family Belonging Index & the South (42%) has the lowest
Click here to view the entire report.