Many parents and churches have long advocated that unwed couples avoid living together before marriage. Now even secular research has shown that it can have severe drawbacks. The New York Times chimed in on the subject April 14 with an opinion piece entitled, “The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage.”
On April 20, 1999, two all-American boys, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, born and bred in the greatest, freest, most prosperous nation on earth, perpetrated the greatest massacre in an American high school. They had intended to kill a thousand students by placing two bombs in the school cafeteria timed to go off during the height of the lunch period. They planned to sit in their cars in the parking lot, watch the building explode, and intended to kill any students who tried to flee from the inferno. But their plans went awry. The two bombs, hidden in two duffle bags, never went off, but the two teenage monsters managed to kill 12 students and a teacher.
As it has over the past 15 years, the aggressively pro-homosexual Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) rolled out its self-serving Day of Silence, supposedly meant to protest the oppression and “bullying” GLSEN insists “gay” young people face. By remaining silent the entire day, explained GLSEN’s director Eliza Byard, students in high schools across the nation are “calling attention to the silencing effects of anti-LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] bullying, discrimination, and harassment present in too many schools across the country.”
A new law in Arizona will allow public schools to teach the Bible as an elective course. On April 17 Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed H.B. 2563 into law, paving the way for the course that will explore the Bible’s profound influence on America’s history and culture.
A California group is attempting to overturn a law requiring state school social studies curriculums to include positive portrayals of homosexuals. Signed into law last year by Governor Jerry Brown, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (S.B. 48) requires that “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are included and recognized for their important historical contributions to the economic, political, and social development of California, and … that discriminatory bias and negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation are prohibited in school activities and instruction, and instructional materials,” read a synopsis of the legislation by its chief sponsor, State Senator Mark Leno.
An atheist group has targeted a memorial erected by U.S. Marines in honor of comrades killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, consisting of two 13-foot crosses, was placed by seven Marines in a remote part of California’s Camp Pendleton in 2003 to honor their fallen comrades. Three of those seven soldiers were later also killed in action, and after a wildfire destroyed their original memorial, other Marines, along with widows of some of the late soldiers, erected new crosses to replace those that were destroyed.
With Rick Santorum out of the presidential sweepstakes, many evangelicals who tenaciously supported the Catholic candidate seem reluctant to throw their support to Mitt Romney. According to Doug Wead, a senior adviser to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, many of those former Santorum supporters are now taking a hard look at the conservative Texas Congressman, not necessarily because they think he can win the nomination, but because the “longer that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich stay in the race, the more likely that Romney will be forced to take an evangelical conservative as his vice presidential nominee,” wrote Wead on NewsMax.com.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling on priests, parishes, and Church members to take a bold stand in resisting unjust and evil laws “as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.” In the twelve-page call to action, entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, the ad hoc committee of the U.S. bishops also encouraged Catholics around the nation to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” from June 21 to July 4, during which they would focus their attention on the crisis of liberty facing Americans.
President Obama has expressed his concern over allegations that Secret Service agents on duty in Colombia ahead of his appearance at an international summit cavorted with prostitutes at the beachfront resort where they were staying. “If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I’ll be angry,” said the President during the summit in Cartagena April 14, “because my attitude with respect to Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation sitting here.”
Had eight-year-old Stephen Nalepa not been shown a movie about suicide in his second-grade class on March 23, 1990, he would now be 22 years old and probably enjoying life as a young adult. But, apparently, the educators at his elementary school decided to show the film to these second-graders to see what would happen.