As the global battle over parental rights heats up, Republicans in Congress responded on Tuesday by introducing a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution enshrining the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. Activists and lawmakers say the move is needed to permanently and explicitly guarantee what has long been recognized as a fundamental freedom.

Judge Timothy Garcia of the state’s court of appeals upheld a ruling by New Mexico’s Civil Rights Commission that fined the owners of Elane Photography nearly $7,000 when the photographer refused to photograph two lesbians at their “commitment ceremony.”

The city council of Anaheim, California is taking the U.S. House of Representatives up on its admonition that America’s national motto, “In God We Trust,” ought to be proudly displayed in public schools and government buildings across America. On May 29, the southern California community’s governing body voted unanimously to include the motto, set in four-inch brushed-gold letters on a black background, in the City Council Chambers.

 Following the success of a similar effort last March, tens of thousands of pro-life and Christian activists will gather at public venues in cities across the nation June 8 to voice the overwhelming opposition Americans have toward President Obama’s contraception mandate, which will require that all employers — including religious institutions — provide free birth control to their employees.

 The communist dictatorship ruling mainland China, responsible for the blood of more innocent victims and for more abuses than any other single regime in world history, released a scathing so-called “human rights” report suggesting that America’s Second Amendment protection of the right to keep and bear arms represented a violation of human rights. Apparently a response to the yearly U.S. State Department report on abuses worldwide, the Chinese regime’s document also criticized more broadly what it called the “woeful” human-rights record of the U.S. government. 


 

The movie For Greater Glory depicts the story of Mexico's Cristero War in the 1920s, when a peasant army fought bravely for their religious freedom against a militantly secular, anti-Catholic regime. The film version, like the actual history, provides an inspiring example of what heroic virtue in action looks like.

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.

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