Robert Zubrin's previous books have compelled readers to think "outside the box," and his most recent title, Merchants of Despair, is likely to prove his most challenging work to date.

 

 Death educators are quite aware that they are dealing with a highly charged, taboo subject that many students can’t handle. But they are more concerned with making death education more “effective” than investigating the possibility that death education — effective or ineffective — is a contributing cause of teen suicide. The statistics alone should elicit some curiosity and interest, if not alarm. In 1960 there were about 1,000 teenage suicides; in 1984 about 5,000.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that 60 percent of high school students claim that they have thought about committing suicide, and around nine percent of them say that they have tried killing themselves at least once. Indeed, the CDC reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death for Americans aged 15 to 24. The only two phenomena that cause more death among teenagers are car accidents and homicide. 

As Pakistani Christians facing persecution at the hands of their Muslim neighbors, the nation's judicial process is allegedly being hijacked by Islamists to persecute those who do not share their religion.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled May 31 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which for federal purposes defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional because it denies the federal benefits of marriage to homosexual partners in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

 Actor Michael J. Fox has backed off his enthusiastic advocacy of embryonic stem-cell research as a cure for his Parkinson's disease, saying other treatments show more promise.

The Secular Humanists are committed to world government, which means ending the United States as a free and sovereign nation. To my mind that is an act of treason. There is no other word for it.

 

 Following the ouster last month of a lesbian Cub Scout leader in Ohio, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization is facing intense pressure to abandon its long-time policy of barring homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders.

Jennifer Tyrrell, a Cub Scout den leader from Bridgeport, Ohio, was removed from that position in early April after Boy Scout officials discovered that she was a lesbian. The Scout Oath emphasizes the importance of Boy Scouts being “morally straight,” and homosexual conduct violates that value, BSA officials explained.

Although the U.S. Constitution forbids the creation of a national establishment of religion, the closest we have come to the creation of such an establishment is that of secular humanism, the worldview philosophy which now governs the curriculum of our tax-funded public schools. Some humanists claim that secular humanism is a religion; other humanists claim that it isn’t.

After the North Carolina vote upholding marriage, the Left claimed that the state was on the wrong side of history. But what is the Left really on the side of? Could it just be on the left side of a losing battle?

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