The Republican Party’s platform for 2012 is taking shape this week, and according to National Journal, it calls for a guest-worker program, a plank that mirrors one adopted by Republicans in Texas early this summer.  The platform is also pro-life and anti-homosexual marriage, which has angered the pro-abortion left.

 Individuals suffering from gender identity issues will no longer be required to undergo psychological evaluation in order to qualify for a pilot's license, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided. The change, reported the UK's MailOnline news site, came after a “transgender” individual identifying himself as Tamsyn Waterhouse campaigned to have the long-time safety policy dropped.

 Even as Mitt Romney and a host of other Republicans leaders were urging Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, the national party's platform committee approved a pro-life plank August 21 that more closely resembled Akin's position than Romney's on the controversial issue of abortion.

Two of the nation's predominant conservative Christian advocacy groups have released a report documenting the growing hostility toward religious liberty in the United States. In The Survey of Religious Hostility in America, the Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute have compiled more than 600 documented incidents of hostility to religious faith that have occurred in the U.S. over the past ten years.

 Prominent so-called “ethicist” and Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu claimed that humanity has a “moral obligation” to genetically engineer children — essentially creating “designer babies” — to make them into better people, sparking an outcry among critics who claim such morally repugnant practices would be akin to playing God. Embryos that do not qualify for life in his view, such as those whose genetic make-up is perceived to indicate potential future “personality flaws,” would presumably be destroyed.

 Todd Akin, the Missouri congressman who caused a furor Sunday with a comment about "legitimate rape" and abortion, was facing calls from fellow Republicans to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Clair McCaskill on Monday.

 A story from CNSNews reveals that the U.S. Department of State has once again undertaken the dubious task of trying to reform Islam to fit the department’s international agenda. According to an August 10 report released by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 450 imams were the target of the most recent effort, which aimed to combat “gender-based violence” that has been linked to Islam.

 I am writing you and your colleagues this open letter in order to help you achieve your stated goal of improving American public education so that Americans can face the future with confidence and creativity.

 The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has gained its reputation (and a tidy living for its employees) by suing school districts and municipalities over public prayer, has chosen schools in Mississippi and Tennessee as its latest targets. According to the Mississippi Press website, the Wisconsin-based atheist group has threatened all 151 Mississippi school superintendents with lawsuits if they allow prayer over public address systems during school football games. Last September the FFRF targeted Mississippi's Jackson County school district over its inclusion of prayer at athletic and other school events, prompting the district to redouble its efforts to protect the free-speech guarantees of its students.

The Romney-Ryan campaign moved quickly Sunday to distance the presumptive Republican ticket from a comment by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, who said that when pregnancy results from rape, the law should punish the rapist and not the unborn child.

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