Contraception is now a human right, according to the United Nations. In its latest annual report, the United Nations Population Fund (formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and still labeled UNFPA) declares that “family planning is a human right,” and “must therefore be available to all who want it.”

A day originated for the purpose of giving thanks for what we have is now followed by one devoted to aggressively seeking what we do not. And while it’s fashionable to bemoan the commercialization of holidays, we ought to wonder how we got to this point. Because it didn’t happen overnight.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to hear an appeal the lower court had previously rejected in a suit filed by Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia against the health insurance mandate on employers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

If anyone needed a demonstration that America has lost its spiritual bearings, this year's “Black Friday holiday shopping kickoff provided ample proof. The Christmas shopping season, which used to causally begin the day after Thanksgiving, increasing its intensity over the next four weeks, has now become an end in itself for large segments of the population, not to mention the nation's retail sector.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for November 26 - December 2, 2012.

In the 1880s, Germany initiated government provision of healthcare. It was not long before doctors stopped serving patients and began serving the state — to the death.

Laity within the Church of England shocked the rest of the denomination November 20 by rejecting a proposal that would have allowed women to serve as bishops in the UK's official denomination.

A Minnesota teen who posted a photo on his Facebook page showing his support for same-sex marriage has been denied confirmation by the Catholic Church, according to his parents. Doug and Shana Cihak said that their 17-year-old son Lennon wasn't allowed to be confirmed at their parish, Assumption Church in Barnesville, Minnesota, after he posted the picture of himself with a Minnesota for Marriage sign that he had defaced to oppose the proposed state constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Christianity teaches that since we’re all sinners, we actually deserve damnation. Yet its message is also that we won’t get what we deserve because God sacrificed for our sins and is merciful. And there is that greatest gift of all He offers: salvation.

The impiety of many of our country's present leaders makes it easy to forget that the United States was once governed by devout men who acknowledged the one true God and their debt to Him in everything. These statesmen were courageously unafraid to give public thanks to God. It is refreshingly edifying to review the role our founders played in establishing Thanksgiving Day.

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