Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 5/27/13 at 1:38 PM | Prayer Concerns
As Americans remember the troops that have died in war on this Memorial Day, let us not forget the family members and friends they left behind. According to iCasualties, America has lost 2,228 military personnel in Afghanistan and 4,486 in Iraq. Some of these families are still grieving.
Active duty soldiers are also struggling from the the results of war. Last week NBC News reported that the American military's high rate of suicide continues.
"Through April, the U.S. military has recorded 161 potential suicides in 2013 among active-duty troops, reservists and National Guard members — a pace of one suicide about every 18 hours."
Posted 5/27/13 at 9:45 AM | Karen Farris
A humanitarian group, No Greater Love, conducted a national survey, asking children why our nation celebrates Memorial Day. Sadly, as the results were tallied, most children thought it was just a long weekend of barbecues and parties. Some children were excited because many swimming pools would now be open for the hot summer days ahead.
All of those crosses mean more than picnics and parties.
As an American, I’ve always been free because of what our nation was willing to do….
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
As an American, I’ve never seen a real battle, but for many, they’ll never forget the ones they fought of their comrades who died fighting. FULL POST
Posted 5/25/13 at 8:14 AM | Michael Bresciani |
The ever increasing bullying of the gay agenda in America has now resulted in changes for the Boy Scouts of America that are devastating. Now openly gay boys will be allowed to become boy scouts because of the vote of some 1,400 BSA leaders.
The battle is far from over and dozens if not hundreds of lawsuits will be forthcoming in the days ahead. There are about 1.1 million scouts across the nation and many of them will be leaving the scout troops for several obvious reasons. Firstly many parents do not want their boys exposed to gay activity because of their personal and religious convictions.
According to NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals) a recent report says that there is no doubt that “homosexual youth are sexually active than their heterosexual peers.” The study was based on a sampling of teens in Massachusetts and the results are published in an article written by Michelle Cretella, MD and David C. Pruden, MS, entitled “Research Pertinent to the Boy Scouts of America Policy Change Debate.” May 20, 2013 FULL POST
Posted 5/25/13 at 3:07 AM | Trey Dimsdale, J.D. |
In 1803, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Marbury v. Madison that established the doctrine of judicial review. This is the doctrine that enables the courts to determine whether the actions of the other two branches (most commonly the actions of Congress) are consistent with the U.S. Constitution. The doctrine has not been without criticism, but has been an accepted part of the American system for the past 200 years. It is this doctrine that makes the two cases dealing with the redefinition of marriage (Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor) the two most important cases in American history.
There is a long list of important U.S. Supreme Court cases. The Court’s opinions have shaped the system, the culture, and the society in which we live in ways that are often far-reaching and complex. Opinions have two critical aspects. First, the holding is the way in which the controversy before the Court is resolved—the holding identifies the winner and the loser. Second, the reasoning is the way in which the Court reached its conclusion about who the winner and the loser should be. Almost always the reasoning is much more important and has many unintended consequences for future generations and it is not uncommon to see cases in which the Court has declared the right winner and the right loser, but have stumbled upon this in a way that future havoc is inevitable. It is quite probable that the no matter the holding, Hollingsworth and Windsor will prove to be complete disasters for this nation. FULL POST
Posted 5/24/13 at 12:04 PM | American Life League
By Judie Brown
These are confusing times in which we live. During confusing times, we need leaders who can bring us out of the darkness and offer understanding and leadership. We don’t need leaders who cannot teach or help us understand the difference between right and wrong. We need leaders who will stand up for God’s law and the law of the Church. If we don’t have these leaders, what will happen to the flock?
Recent headlines detail a rather confusing, but not surprising, situation involving Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York City, and New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo. FULL POST
Posted 5/24/13 at 11:07 AM | Alex Murashko
"Those promoting the agenda to change what the Boy Scouts have always been won't rest until there is complete acceptance of any sexual preference for both leaders and members. With its decision today, BSA has rejected its freedom to promote and practice the values that have served to shape our nation's boys into leaders for the last century." - David Cortman, Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel
Posted 5/23/13 at 12:28 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom
This opinion column originally appeared in americanthinker.com on 5/23/2013.
In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell prosecution and conviction, a number of abortion advocates have attempted to argue that state-created restrictions on abortion may actually be to blame.
Preposterously, NARAL Pro-Choice America said that "[a]nti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell."
Posted 5/22/13 at 5:04 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom
This opinion column originally appeared on townhall.com on 5/22/2013.
Guilty as charged. That was a Philadelphia jury’s verdict against abortionist Kermit Gosnell for multiple murders of babies in his Pennsylvania abortion facility. The jury also convicted Gosnell of hundreds of lesser criminal offenses. To avoid the death penalty, Gosnell agreed to serve the rest of his life in prison. This sordid chapter in the battle for the life on the unborn child is now over.
Virtually everyone who observed, participated in, or reported on the Gosnell trial was struck by Gosnell’s unspeakable acts—acts recounted by witnesses under oath during the trial. Those horrors were the most gruesome, but not the only “horrors” from this case.
Posted 5/22/13 at 2:22 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom |
Is the government obligated to control the way people pray in public? The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide this very question. You see, the Town of Greece, NY has been sued because, when they open their town council meetings, they refused to censor the prayers of citizens who volunteered to deliver the opening invocation. Rather, the Town allowed the volunteers to deliver the prayers in their own words and according to their faith tradition. Any resident of the town could volunteer and they were scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Although most of the people who volunteered to deliver the invocations were some flavor of Christianity, over the years a variety of faiths perspectives were offered, including Wiccan, Jewish, and Baha’i. However, this “open to all” policy didn’t satisfy the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and its clients. FULL POST
Posted 5/22/13 at 1:17 PM | American Life League
By Paul Rondeau
Just as the IRS, Benghazi, and Associated Press scandals seem to be spinning beyond the control of the White House, there is yet another revelation: Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen was named as a criminal co-conspirator by the FBI in 2009. Rosen, who is Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, had published a story about North Korea that year.
One can only wonder if the timing of this latest revelation is a warning shot to news media outlets that finally seem interested in providing some substantive coverage of these scandals. But no one should wonder whether the IRS targeting of conservative groups was merely a “rogue” operation.
As the Daily Caller reports, “[M]any prominent Democrats — including Montana Sen. Max Baucus, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the New York Times editorial board — had been publicly calling for tighter restrictions on 501(c)(4) groups affiliated with the [T]ea [P]arty and conservatives. FULL POST