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“We are not concerned about the draft law just because it opposes our Christian worldview, but because it threatens democratic freedoms, restricts freedom of conscience and freedom of speech, and invades the competences of civil society and the family”, pointed out Quintana.Read More
High School Lesson Plans Tell California Students They’re Inherently Privileged If Male, Cisgender, White, Christian
A school district in La Quinta, California, is taking “corrective action” over ideological lecture materials telling high school students they are inherently privileged if they are Christian, straight, or male. The “Check Your Privilege” campaign defines privilege as “unearned access to social power…If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege.”Read More
Arguments from International Human Rights Law in the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Abortion Case
The State of Mississippi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center. Legal experts believe the Supreme Court may side with Mississippi and overturn the 1973 decision that read a right to abortion into the U.S. Constitution, returning the prerogative to legislate on abortion to state legislatures. Oral arguments for the Dobbs case will be heard on December 1, 2021. One of the issues that may be raised is whether abortion is an international human right. It is a question of primary importance. If abortion is an international right, then, whether Roe v. Wade was correctly decided is arguably irrelevant because the issue will have been entirely removed from the hands of the American People.Read More
Last week, the organization Parents Defending Education pressured Panorama, an education company that provides curricular materials and professional development to 1,500 districts, to remove a controversial training on its site. Called ‘Social-Emotional Learning as a Guide to Equity,” the course is replete with concepts such as privilege, anti-racism, equity, intersectionality, and other progressive buzzwords. In recent months several school boards have succumbed to controversy over the implementation of similar SEL programs.Read More
Religious practice seems to effectively connect men to families by encouraging marriage, discouraging divorce, and promoting norms of involved husbands and fathers. An increase in disengaged men portends negative consequences for families and communities, but religious faith, and particularly religious practice, seems to be a powerful counterforce. Active participation in religion by men leads to greater engagement and commitment to family, which in turn is likely to foster those norms in children and communities.Read More
More Radical Than Roe: House Abortion Bill Would Repeal Existing Laws, Prohibit Future Pro-Life Laws
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her congressional allies—as well as the media—have characterized the Women’s Health Protection Act as simply “codifying Roe v. Wade.”
That’s an egregious mischaracterization that understates just how radical the proposal actually is. The Act goes far beyond the already permissive regime permitted under America’s existing abortion jurisprudence.
Buried in this massive proposal for federal spending are two line items under the heading “Universal preschool.” They call for spending $139,158,000,000 over the next 10 years on “universal preschool grants” to states and $25,684,000,000 for a “Head Start educator fund.” That’s a total of $164,842,000,000 in federal subsidies to help states take daytime custody of preschool children.
In his budget, Biden said that a part of his plan “would provide universal access to high-quality preschool to all three- and four-year olds, led by a well-trained and well-compensated workforce.”
The question here is fundamental: Who should care for and nurture a 36-month-old child? Should it be the government? Or should it be the child’s parents?
Here are the powers granted to a 13-year-old child by the state of Washington. Minors age 13 and up are entitled to admit themselves for inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent. Health insurers are forbidden from disclosing to the insured parents’ sensitive medical information of minor children—such as that regarding “gender dysphoria [and] gender affirming care.” Minors aged 13 to 18 can withhold mental health records from parents for “sensitive” conditions, which include both “gender dysphoria” and “gender-affirming care.” Insurers in Washington must cover a wide array of “gender-affirming treatments” from tracheal shaves to double mastectomies.
Lest you wonder whether there is some madcap elixir polluting the groundwater of Washington State alone, in 2015, Oregon passed a law permitting minors 15 and older to obtain puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries at taxpayers’ expense—all without parental consent. In 2018, California passed a similar bill for all children in foster care, age 12 and up. The California state senate is now considering an amendment to the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act that would bar health insurers from disclosing medical information to parents about their dependents, on pain of criminal liability.Read More
Much of the Equality Act impacts religious faith that values gender empowerment, sexual integrity, and the sanctity of opposite sex marriage. While establishing historical protections for the LGBTQ community, the Equality Act threatens protections awarded to women, to religious liberty and to freedom of speech and conscience.Read More