The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a gift for the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A (GSUSA) just in time for the organization’s one hundredth anniversary. The bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has launched an investigation into charges that the GSUSA partners with groups and individuals that promote abortion, contraception, and homosexuality.
George Washington once said, “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." But what do studies of the behavior of religious and secular people really show? Which group witnesses better for its world view?
A Catholic parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts, has been targeted by homosexual activists for a sign it posted taking a stand for traditional marriage. The sign, displayed on the outside message board at St. Francis Xavier Church in Acushnet, read, “Two men are friends not spouses” — a simple and direct confirmation that, in the eyes of the Church, only a man and a woman can be married.
There is no doubt where the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), one of the nation’s largest evangelical denominations, comes down on the issue of same-sex marriage. Throughout the years, its leaders at both the local and national levels have been at the forefront of graciously explaining the scriptural condemnation of homosexual behavior and the importance to the church and the culture at large of defending the traditional institution of marriage between a man and a woman. But recently, as the extreme comments of a pair of Independent Baptist pastors condemning homosexuals have gone viral on the Internet and beyond, the SBC has responded by condemning the hateful rhetoric and reinforcing the need for Christians to respond in biblical love to those caught in sinful lifestyles.
Pro-family groups are taking major U.S. merchandiser Target Corporation to task for its recently announced initiative to raise money for homosexual activism. Two years after getting into hot water with homosexual groups for backing Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who supported a state amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, the Minnesota-based Target Corp. is now “inching into the gay-pride market,” reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “offering 10 rainbow-themed T-shirts for sale online and promising to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council [FEC], a group for gay and lesbian families.”
“Duty, Honor, Country,” Douglas MacArthur solemnly intoned in 1962 to the cadets at West Point , invoking the three words that summed up the cadets’ calling. On that occasion, MacArthur shared his understanding of the West Point motto in language so moving and eloquent that, according to at least one observer, "there wasn't a dry eye in the place" and you could "visualize exactly what he was talking about" — and almost hear and feel it.
Senate lawmakers are continuing investigations over the infamous prostitution scandal that implicated 12 Secret Service agents during a presidential assignment in Cartagena, Colombia. So far, eight Secret Service employees have lost their jobs, while the agency plans to permanently revoke the security clearance for one other employee.
The book Endowed by Their Creator: A Collection of Historic American Military Prayers: 1774 – Present offers a powerfully compelling case for the importance of prayer to America’s past, present, and future military defense. The 240-page volume is published by First Principles Press, which is dedicated to producing works that reinforce America’s godly heritage.
President Obama has expressed his opposition to a Republican-authored amendment in the House defense authorization bill that would protect the conscience rights of chaplains who do not want to perform “marriage” ceremonies for homosexual military personnel. Written in part by U.S Representative Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Section 536 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act stipulates that no member of the armed forces may “direct, order, or require a chaplain to perform any duty, rite, ritual, ceremony, service, or function that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain, or contrary to the moral principles and religious beliefs of the endorsing faith group of the chaplain.”
With the publication in 2007 of Antony Flew’s momentous book,There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, the debate among scientists on the issue of the existence or nonexistence of God reached a new level of excitement. The fact that Flew became a theist has added a great deal of support to the belief that the universe is governed by an Intelligent Design, and that with such design there must be a designer: God.