Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Liberal Clergy Praise 'Compassionate Abortions'

Seminarian Rev. Harry Knox, appointed by President Obama to lead "people of faith," and Rev. Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers, leader of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), wrote yesterday in the Washington Post that most Christian Americans support abortion because it's "compassionate" to murder unborn children.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Liberal Clergy Tell Obama: U.S. Must Pay for Abortions

Liberal 'Christians' Want Taxpayer-funded Abortion

Liberal 'Churches' Conforming to Decadent Culture

Liberal 'Church' Sues North Carolina to Overturn God's Decree

New Episcopal Divinity President: Abortion a Blessing

Mississippi Abortionist: God Called Me to Kill Babies

President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

-- From "Reverends like us should never oppose access to abortion or sex ed" by Harry Knox and Alethea Smith-Withers, Washington Post 9/29/14

For too long, the shouting of a few strident voices has closed off the space for nuanced and empathetic conversation. There is no monolithic religious opinion about contraception, abortion, or sex education. Decisions about reproduction are morally complex. And clergy do not always use Bible verses as political weapons — a misrepresentation too often promoted in the media. The wisdom found in our faith traditions is rich, nuanced, and rarely absolute. Here is the good news: Most people of faith in the United States support access to compassionate abortion care.

Our faith is what compels us today to speak out for access to comprehensive sexuality education in schools so that young people are provided with information and tools to make informed decisions and protect their sexual health. It is why we push for affordable access to contraception — because we know that it is better for children and families when a woman can plan and space her pregnancies. And it is why we absolutely believe that every woman should have the ability to make her own decision on whether and when to raise a child. Her health insurance should honor the full spectrum of care that she might need, including abortion.

There are some politicians who do not want abortion to be legal and use the mantle of religion to demand legislation that would close clinics or withhold insurance coverage, making care unaffordable. This is wrong. It is not our place to impose our religious beliefs on others, and it is certainly not the place of a politician. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pro-Abortion Pastors: Christians Shouldn’t Oppose Abortion" by Sarah Zagorski, LifeNews.com 9/29/14

. . . these reverends are saying that there isn’t a large body within the religious community that opposes abortion. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, the Catholic Church, which is comprised of over 1.1 billion people, has always been adamantly pro-life.

In 2013, Pope Francis reiterated the fact that the Catholic Church will never compromise on their opposition against abortion. He said, “I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”

Additionally, according to a 2013 Washington Post/ABC Poll, 59% of born again evangelical Christians agree that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. And only eight percent of evangelical Protestants believe abortion should be legal in all cases.

Now, with that said, it’s important to mention that within mainstream Christian denominations, especially United Presbyterians, Methodists, and Episcopalians, there are some who support abortion rights. But the fact of the matter is, they are in the minority.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also click headlines below for other previous articles:

America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

President Obama's National Cathedral is the Seat of Apostasy

President Obama, Hypocrite in Chief, Holds Prayer Breakfast

ObamaNation = 'Fake Church' Says Catholic Cardinal

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pediatricians Push IUDs, Implants on Teen Girls

The liberals' war on the birth rate has expanded as the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy urging doctors to convince their teenage female patients to accept intrauterine devices or hormone implants to enable a childhood of carefree sex with their teen lovers, and avoid pregnancy from the all-too-common occurrences of statutory rape.

"All methods of hormonal birth control are safer than pregnancy."
-- Dr. Mary Ott, Indiana University (lead author for Academy policy)

Thus, the pediatricians are saying that it's better NOT to become pregnant, at any age, apparently.

For background, read Teenage Girls Need More Risk-free Sex, Doctors Say

Also read President Obama Wants an End to Abstinence, Favors Anal Sex

-- From "What's the best birth control for teens?" by NBC NEWS - WFLA-TV8 (Tampa, FL) 9/29/14

The best birth control to offer teenage girls is an implantable rod, followed by an IUD, pediatricians say in new guidance. It may seem odd to think of a pediatrician prescribing birth control, but it makes perfect sense, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in new guidance. “Adolescents consider pediatricians and other health care providers a highly trusted source of sexual health information,” the new guidance reads. Pediatricians typically see their patients well into their teens and often into their early 20s, by which time most people have had sex at least once.

. . . data also show that teenagers almost always ignore abstinence advice and their own promises.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pediatricians Urge IUDs or Implants for Teen Girls" by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press 9/29/14

Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

IUDs and hormonal implants cost more, usually hundreds of dollars, because inserting them involves a medical procedure typically done in doctors' offices. But they're less expensive in the long run than over-the-counter condoms or prescription birth control pills, said Dr. Mary Ott, an adolescent medicine specialist and associate pediatrics professor at Indiana University. She is the policy statement's lead author.

Teens have to remember to use pills and condoms consistently. By contrast, IUDs typically work for three to 10 years after insertion, while implants typically last three years.

. . . hormonal patches may be less effective in girls weighing more than 198 pounds, the policy says.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Word To Pediatricians: IUDs And Implants Top Choices For Teen Birth Control" by Veronica Thomas, WBUR-FM NPR (Boston, Mass.) 9/29/14

Because IUDs and implants don’t rely on any action from the user, they’re a particularly good fit for teens, says Heather Boonstra, Director of Public Policy at the Guttmacher Institute.

“It’s sort of a set-and-forget method,” she says. Once inserted by a trained professional, an implant or IUD can last from three to ten years, and will be over 99 percent effective. The implant is a matchstick-sized rod inserted in the upper arm; the IUD is a small, T-shaped device placed into the uterus.

Their use has been rising for years in the general population. From 2002 to 2009, implant and IUD use nearly doubled among women overall. But while use of these long-acting methods has also been increasing among teens, less than five percent of all teen contraceptive users currently choose them.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

And read Where Liberalism Flourishes, Population Diminishes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Refusing Sex is 'Sexual Violence:' Univ. Michigan

Institutions of "higher learning" across America are scrambling to climb onboard President Obama's election-season declaration of war against unwanted sex on college campuses.  These are the same institutions that advance every imaginable kind of sexual immorality (a.k.a. sexual freedom) that is rampant among teens and young adults — a result of the public education industry's sexual training programs from kindergarten through college.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

To Avoid Rape, Must Videotape — New Law on California Campuses

Sex Training Sweeps Campuses on Taxpayers' Dime

Orgasm Live Demo in Chicago College Classroom

Bondage-S&M-Sex Student Group OK'd by Harvard

Gay Savage Sells Sex App for Univ. of Oregon to Students

Also read ObamaNation: Rating Colleges Based on Immorality as well as President Obama Wants an End to Abstinence, Favors Anal Sex

-- From "University of Michigan Declares ‘WITHHOLDING SEX’ Is ‘Sexual Violence’" by Eric Owens, Education Editor, The Daily Caller 9/26/14

Last week, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stood side by side to announce a new administration initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

The Obama administration’s anti-sexual assault campaign, dubbed “It’s On Us,” is being conducted in collaboration with over 200 universities around the country, as well as groups such as the NCAA and even the video game company Electronic Arts.

Students who take an “It’s On Us” pledge are asked to change their profile pictures on social media outlets to the campaign’s logo and to supply their emails and ZIP codes to the campaign. Those who participate will have their information forwarded to the Center for American Progress, a leftwing think tank with significant ties to the Obama administration.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "‘Withholding Sex’ Now Considered ‘Sexual Violence’ at U of M" by Katherine Timpf, National Review Online 9/26/14

The University of Michigan has released a list of relationship behaviors that it considers violent and abusive — including “withholding sex.”

“Discounting the partner’s feelings regarding sex,” “criticizing the partner sexually,” and “having sex with other people” are also examples of “sexual violence,” according to the list.

The school also offers definitions of domestic abuse. Under the section for “verbal or psychological abuse,” it states that not only is “insulting the partner” considered “abuse,” so is “ignoring the partner’s feelings.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "University of Michigan: Withholding Sex, Discounting Feelings are ‘Sexual Violence’" by Derek Draplin, The College Fix 9/25/14

The terms, found under the heading “definitions,” also suggest verbal or psychological abuse include: “insulting the partner; ignoring the partner’s feelings; withholding approval as a form of punishment; yelling at the partner; labeling the partner with terms like crazy [and] stupid.”

Janet Bloomfield, social media director for “A Voice For Men,” an activist group that counters feminist extremism and misandry, took aim at these University of Michigan examples, first on her Twitter account over the summer and more recently in an email to The College Fix.tweet

“These kinds of policies contribute to an increasing level of sexual misconduct hysteria and essentially create a chilling climate for young men,” Bloomfield said. “When things like ‘withholding sex’ and ‘ignoring a partner’s feelings’ are framed as a pattern of behavior that is abusive, they are not only pathologizing normal relationship behaviors, but they are opening the door for vindictive or spurned partners to make allegations that can have profound effects for the accused. . . . I am unaware of a single case in which the accused student is a woman and the victim is a man.”

The University of Chicago, on its website, defines an abuser as someone who “has a strong belief in extreme gender roles” and “is jealous and possessive” among more typical forms of abuse listed.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below for more background:

California School Pushes College-level Porn Sex Ed, Parents Outraged

Education Experts Say Use Porn in Teaching Sex Ed

Relax Parents, Sexting Simply How Kids Flirt Today

University of Chicago Teaches Students How to Get Abortion

Also read how Planned Parenthood teams up with schools by providing "kinky sex trainers" for kids.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Most Americans Support Prayer in School: Poll

According to a new Gallup poll, a solid 61% of Americans support daily, spoken prayer in public schools, and fully three-quarters of Americans support prayer at graduation ceremonies.  77% say they favor after-hours school usage for religious activities.

For background, read Public Prayer: Vast Majority of Americans Want it as well as Most States Tell Supreme Court: We Pray in Jesus' Name

Also read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools in response to the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

In addition, read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.

-- From "Poll: Public Broadly Supportive Of School Prayer" by Blake Neff, Daily Caller 9/25/14

. . . Those numbers have only dipped slightly since 1999, when 70 percent of adults supported school prayer, 83 percent supported religious components of graduations, and 78 percent wanted school facilities to be open to religious groups.

Unsurprisingly support varied based on respondents’ personal religious activities, though many of the non-religious favored allowing religious expression in school. For example, 89 percent of Protestant Christians supported allowing official prayers at graduation, but so did 44 percent of those with no religion and 35 percent of those with no religion supported daily classroom prayer.

Significant gaps existed not just between Christians and the non-religious, but also among different Christian groups, with Catholics much less likely to support religious expression in public schools. In fact, Catholics were less likely than the non-religious to support opening public school facilities to religious groups after school, with 66 percent backing such a policy compared to 69 percent of the non-religious.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "In U.S., Support for Daily Prayer in Schools Dips Slightly" by Rebecca Riffkin, Gallup 9/25/14

Republicans in the U.S. are significantly more religious than other Americans, so it follows that Republicans are considerably more likely to favor each proposal on religion in schools than are independents or, in particular, Democrats. A large majority of Republicans favor these proposals, with at least 80% supporting all three. Independents also support the various proposals on religion in schools, but to a lesser extent than Republicans do. A majority of Democrats do not support daily school prayers (45%), but a majority do support graduation prayers (65%) and using school facilities for student religious groups (76%).

The decline in Americans' overall support for daily prayer in school over time is driven, in part, by a dip in support among Democrats. In 2000, 67% of Democrats supported this idea. This dropped to 59% in 2001 and fell to 45% by 2014. Meanwhile, support among Republicans has stayed consistent, and independents' support increased slightly.

Religion continues to be important to many Americans. The vast majority of Americans identify with a religion, a majority of Americans say religion can solve today's problems, and three in four Americans see the Bible as the actual or inspired word of God.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

While schools ban prayer and even ban Christians, click headlines below to read the Christian response:

Thousands of Citizens vs. Atheists: Prayer at Florida Football

Tennessee Cheerleaders Defy Atheist-forced Prayer Ban

North Carolinians Pray at School, Defying Wisconsin Atheists

Georgia Citizens & School Team Up vs. Anti-Prayer Atheists

Friday, September 26, 2014

Arizona Schools Ban Christian Football Coaches

Public school districts in Arizona have fired and suspended football coaches for allowing and/or encouraging students to initiate prayer, and the schools subsequently forbid them entrance to school grounds. Gary Weiss was fired by Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ for refusing to tell football players to stop praying, and Tom Brittain was suspended for two games for being present while football players prayed at Tempe Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Tempe, AZ.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Jesus & Chaplains Banned from Florida Schools Football

Oklahoma School Assures Wisconsin Atheists: No Praying Coaches Here

Tennessee Cheerleaders Defy Atheist-forced Prayer Ban

Thousands of Citizens vs. Atheists: Prayer at Florida Football

Virginity Advocacy Banned at Arkansas School

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

Satanic Book Distribution in Florida Schools

-- From "High School Football Coach Claims He Was Fired For Letting His Players Pray" posted at (CBS News Las Vegas) 9/17/14

[Gary Weiss said] he was instructed before a game to tell his players to stop praying.

He said the reason he is out of a job is because he refused.

He showed up to practice today but was asked to leave.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Football coach claims he was fired for not stopping players from praying before games" posted at Sun News 9/17/14

District superintendent Dr. Mary Kamerzell told KVOA, "nothing limits the authority of the school/district to maintain order and discipline on school premises, to protect the well-being of students, and to assure that participation in such an activity is voluntary on the part of student."

On defense, Weiss said, "no other adult in the freshmen program led the kids in prayer. The prayers of the freshmen team have been recited by Muslim kids, Jewish kids, and Christian kids."

Students on Twitter stood up for their former coach. Ryan Penny tweeted, "Wow, can't believe a school would do this. My prayers go out to one of my former coaches, Gary Weiss."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Arizona high school football coach suspended for praying with team" posted at KPHO-TV5 CBS (Phoenix, AZ) 9/20/14

A Valley football coach was ordered to stay away from the field on Friday night while his team played their homecoming game, and he won't be at next week's game either.

The headmaster said it all boils down to protecting separation of church and state.

"He is a man who likes to pray and I don't object to that," said TPA headmaster Dr. David Baum. "Just, he can't do that with our students. That's the only prohibition."

"He (Brittain) directed students to lead a prayer and he joined the students in that prayer and did so in view of everyone," said Baum. "I think I preserved the religious freedom of our students, who have to have the liberty to be able to practice or not practice their religion on our campus, without interference by adults."

But, some students and parents disagree.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "High-school coach gets suspended for praying?" by Paul Eppinger, The Arizona Republic 9/24/14

Any coach who joins his players in the fervor and excitement of a victory and joins them in prayer is leading them to these higher values. And now, coach Tommy Brittain is being suspended for seeking to lead his boys to these higher values.

Is this real?

Yes, he had signed a contract not to promote a specific religion, but is praying promoting a specific religion?

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools in response to the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

In addition, read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

The superintendent of Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, CA has confirmed that this public school's library will not include any book written by a Christian.
“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors. Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith. Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?”
-- Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI)
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

California Boots Christian Clubs Across the State

California Univ. Fires Scientist for Being Christian

California School Lawyers Strip Student's Jesus Speech

California School Pushes Porn Sex Ed, Parents Outraged

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

Satanic Book Distribution in Florida Schools

Jesus Slammed in New Hampshire School Required Reading

Child Pornography Allowed by Illinois Library Vote

Librarians Hail Kids' Homosexual Indoctrination Books

Illinois School Board OKs Kids' Demands for Dirty Book

Also read Education Experts Say: Relax Parents, Sexting Simply How Kids Flirt Today

-- From "California charter school pulls Christian books, authors from their shelves" by Kaye Wonderhouse, The Global Dispatch 9/23/14

The superintendent of Springs Charter School Kathleen Hermsmeyer replied to a cease-and-desist letter from PJI lawyer Michael Peffer: “We do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”

The school, which is stated to be “created and operated by parents” according to its “Vision and Mission” page on its website, also outlines, “We value parent choice and involvement, using the community as the classroom, fostering a child’s innate creativity, collaborating to achieve goals, building relationships, and personalizing learning.”

PJI says that they were contacted by a concerned parent whose children attend the school, who noted that books such as The Hiding Place, written by Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, were being removed from the shelves.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "School accused of 'purging' Christian books" by Todd Starnes, FoxNews.com 9/23/14

“[The parent] was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company,” read a letter PJI sent to the public charter school. “The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books. Indeed, our client was told that the library was giving those books away, and she actually took some.”

Dacus said the charter school must reverse “their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.” If they fail to do so, he said, PJI is prepared to take further legal action.

Pacific Justice Institute said the charter school has violated the First Amendment. They cited a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that said “local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books and seek by their removal to ‘prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.’” If you’d like to read the entire case – it’s “Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read latest California news:

California Forces Catholics to Fund Abortion Insurance

California School Rejects 'Anti-Gay' Food Donation from Christian

California City Official Yanked: Caught Reading Bible

To Avoid Rape, Must Videotape — New California Law

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Americans NOT For 'Gay Marriage' or Anal Sex: Poll

The latest survey by Pew Research shows that fewer Americans, less than half, are in favor of same-sex marriage — apparently because so many Americans believe that homosexual sex is sinful behavior.  The same poll also finds a backlash by the public against President Obama's limits on freedom of religion in his war on Christianity.

UPDATE 4/29/15: Gallup Poll Finds Almost No Americans Want a 'Homosexual Marriage'

For background, read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

Also read about states passing religious liberty laws to protect citizens and their businesses from lawsuits by homosexualists and/or fines by courts, and to ensure the free practice of religion without government interference.

So what is this ObamaNation?  It's a 'Fake Church,' Says Catholic Cardinal

-- From "Survey: Just Under Half of Americans Back Gay Marriage" posted at NBC News 9/22/14

The Pew Research Center survey conducted in early September found 49 percent of Americans say they are in favor of allowing gays to marry — a five-point drop from a February survey. . . . The poll, which measured views on religion and public life, also found that half the public sees homosexuality as a sin, a slight increase from a year ago. That opinion was highest among white evangelicals. Americans are split on whether businesses such as caterers and florists should be allowed to opt out of same-sex events for religious reasons.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Poll: Support for Gay Marriage May Be Leveling Off" by Rachel Zoll, Associated Press 9/22/14

[The Pew poll showed the] percentage of those opposed [to same-sex marriage] increased during that same period, from 39 percent in February to 41 percent last month.

Nearly half of all the respondents said businesses that provide services for weddings, such as florists, should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples if the owners have religious objections. The Pew survey also found the percentage of people who consider gay relationships sinful had increased from 45 percent a year ago to 50 percent last month . . .

[A researcher with the Pew Religion and Public Life Project, Jessica] Martinez said the drop in support in the Pew poll was not driven by any particular religious or political group in the sample, but was a change across the board. Pew used similar groups of respondents in terms of political and religious views for both surveys, she said. The number of Americans who told Pew they were undecided on gay marriage increased from 7 percent in February to 10 percent last month.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Half the Country Still Believes Gay Sex Is a Sin" by Ellis E. Conklin, Seattle Weekly 9/23/14

According to a new Pew poll on religion in public life, exactly half of the respondents said they consider “homosexual behavior” sinful, a five-percentage-point increase since May 2013. White evangelicals and black protestants are particularly down on gay sex, with more than 75 percent of each group viewing a sexual encounter among homosexuals as a sin.

Also, on the question of whether businesses such as caterers and florists should be forced to provide their services at same-sex weddings, again Americans were split, with 49 percent saying vendors should be required to serve at gay ceremonies, while 47 percent said they should be allowed to refuse.

The recent Pew poll was based on telephone inquires conducted Sept. 2 to Sept. 9 with 2,002 adults over the age of 18.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "More Americans see religion’s influence waning, want bigger role in politics: Pew poll" by Mary Wisniewski, Reuters 9/23/14

Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.

. . . a growing minority of Americans, up to 32 percent from 22 percent in 2002, think churches should endorse candidates for political office, the poll found.

The poll also found that a declining share of Americans see the Obama administration as friendly toward religion, to 30 percent from 37 percent in 2009.

The belief that the administration is unfriendly to religion rose by 19 percentage points since 2009 among both white evangelical Christians and white Catholics, the poll found. Leaders from both these groups have been vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which they say restricts religious liberty.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning" by Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project 9/22/14

About a third of evangelical Christians (34%), including 42% of white evangelical Protestants, and one-in-five Catholics (18%) say it has become more difficult to be a member of their religious group in recent years. Roughly one-in-ten religious “nones” (8%) say it has become harder to be a person with no religion in the U.S. in recent years, while 31% say it has become easier. About half or more in each of these groups say the ease or difficulty of being a member of their group hasn’t changed much either way.

A larger share of the general public sees the Republican Party as friendly toward religion (47%) than sees the Democratic Party that way (29%).

[Overall, the Pew survey] findings reflect a widening divide between religiously affiliated Americans and the rising share of the population that is not affiliated with any religion (sometimes called the “nones”). The public’s appetite for religious influence in politics is increasing in part because those who continue to identify with a religion (e.g., Protestants, Catholics and others) have become significantly more supportive of churches and other houses of worship speaking out about political issues and political leaders talking more often about religion. The “nones” are much more likely to oppose the intermingling of religion and politics.

Heading into the 2014 elections, recent Pew Research polls find a great deal of stability in the partisan preferences of religious groups. For example, large majorities of black Protestants, Jews and religiously unaffiliated voters continue to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party. At the other end of the spectrum, white evangelical Protestant voters continue to be staunchly supportive of the GOP. Nearly three-quarters of white evangelicals identify with or lean toward the Republican Party . . .

But the new poll also finds some signs of discontent within the GOP among its supporters . . . Evangelical Republicans who express discontent with the GOP would like to see it move in a more conservative direction on abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration, but non-evangelicals within the GOP are more conflicted over whether the party should move in a more conservative or a more liberal direction on these matters.

To read the entire Pew Research report above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Republicans Going Gay, to be 'Moderate' & Likeable

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians

In addition, read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Virginity Advocacy Banned at Arkansas School

When 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano arrived at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas she was pulled from class and told by administrators to change clothes because the words "Virginity Rocks" on her T-shirt might evoke religious discussions at her school where condoms are routinely distributed.
"Even positive messages can be disruptive and our schools must be fair and consistent in dealing with all our students."
-- Paul Hewitt, Fayetteville School District Superintendent
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Missouri School Bans T-shirt with Bible Terminology

California School Loses Lawsuit Banning Pro-life T-shirt

Minnesota School Forced to Allow Pro-life T-shirts

Colorado School OKs Same-sex Marriage T-shirt

Federal Judge Overrules Ohio School's Ban on Homosexual Advocacy T-shirt

-- From "Teen told to change out of 'Virginity Rocks' T-shirt" by Sarah LeTrent, CNN 9/17/14

Eighth-grader Chloe Rubiano of Ramay Junior High said she got the tee at a Christian festival last year; on the back, it continues its abstinence message: "I'm loving my Husband and I haven't even Married Him."

After the incident, Rubiano's mother, Bambi Crozier, took to Facebook to write a lengthy post defending her daughter's wardrobe choice, stating she has always encouraged her children to stand up for what they believe in.

As for concerns over free speech, [Supt.] Hewitt said Rubiano's message has come through loud and clear.

"Just the attention this incident has been given has certainly given the student and her mother the attention they sought. This is not a major free speech issue," according to Hewitt.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Fayetteville Student Required To Change Out Of 'Virginity Rocks' T-Shirt" by Dillon Thomas, KFSM-TV5 (Fort Smith, AR) 9/12/14

Rubiano told 5NEWS she got the shirt at a Christian-based festival.

“I just really like the shirt because I was always raised that way,” Rubiano said. “I didn’t really think anyone would make a big deal out of it.”

Rubiano said her vice principal told her that the shirt could distract the classroom environment, with the possibility that it “opens up too many doors for conversations.”

Rubiano said she will still wear the “Virginity Rocks” T- shirt in public.

However, she said she has decided to not wear it at school again.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Public School: Girl Can't Wear T-Shirt That Promotes Virginity" by Zoey DiMauro, CNSNews.com 9/22/14

[Rubiano's mother, Bambi Crozier] added that she has never spoken to [Supt.] Hewitt, and denied his accusation that she and her daughter sought out the media spotlight.

Crozier also says that she and her daughter did not reach out to the news media after the incident.

“When my daughter made me aware of the situation, I made a simple remark on my Facebook [page] to all my friends,” she explained. “The next thing I know, I have a friend that called me at work telling me she shared my story with her reporter friend and he would be calling me. I didn't care if they wanted to run a story about it.”

“No distraction was caused when the Vice Principal requested Chloe remove it.  She was instructed to remove it for FEAR of starting conversations,” Crozier said. “Chloe told me no student said anything about the shirt last week until she was pulled from class to change it. THEN there was plenty of distraction because all the students wanted to know WHY Chloe had to change it.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Virginity Rocks" by Karen Farris, Christian Post 9/18/14

This same school openly discusses all aspects of sex in their health classes and distributes condoms to those seeking to have “safer” sex. Yet, Chloe Rubiano cannot wear a shirt proclaiming her views on premarital sex. In Chloe’s opinion, virginity isn’t offensive; it’s totally appropriate. . . .

Students are continually asked to be tolerant of gender identity and sexual choices. In health classes across America, young students are provided comprehensive sex education. But isn’t it interesting how the idea of virginity is just a bit too much of a distraction? The one thing students need to hear is that more than half of all high school students are delaying sexual activity—so Chloe isn’t alone in believing that Virginity Rocks.

To read the entire opinion column article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Most Teens Want to be Virgins at Marriage

And read Abstinence Education Effective, Fed Study Shows and another study shows Abstinent Teens the Norm, Moral Sex-Ed Works, but nonetheless, President Obama Wants an End to Abstinence Education, Favoring Anal Sex

Monday, September 22, 2014

Republicans Going Gay, to be 'Moderate' & Likeable

Because the goal of the Republican Party, like all political parties, is to gain power, GOP strategists are weighing the prospects of adopting more planks of the Democrat party platform — believing such position shifts would garner more votes.
To win, Republican candidates must offer “common-sense ideas” that demonstrate compassion and expand their support beyond base Republican voters, said Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), who has played a major role this year raising money for and advising the GOP’s top Senate recruits.
For background, read The Culture War is Over! Liberal Media Declare Democrat Victory

UPDATE 11/13/15: Republican Gov. Decrees 'Gay Rights' for Contractors

Also click headlines below to read previous articles:

Republican Party Platform OKs Abortion and 'Gay Marriage'

GOP Funds Pro-abortion Homosexual Candidates

More GOP Leaders Shun Moral Values to Win Elections

GOP Strategy: Dump Old Uneducated Christian Voters

Will GOP Go Pro-abortion in Addition to Pro-Gay?

Also read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

-- From "In heated midterm contests, GOP candidates explore a move to the middle" by Philip Rucker and Reid Wilson, Washington Post 9/21/14

In a midterm election year in which the political climate and map of battleground states clearly favors Republicans, many GOP candidates are nevertheless embracing some Democratic priorities in an effort to win over skeptical voters.

Even on social issues, an area where the GOP traditionally has hewed to the wishes of its evangelical Christian base, many Senate hopefuls have backed same-sex marriage or over-the-counter access to birth-control pills.

In the face of sustained attacks from Democrats on issues of reproductive health, Republican Senate challengers in Colorado, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia have said they support over-the-counter ­access to birth-control pills.

Social conservative leaders cautioned that candidates who move to the middle on social issues risk alienating their conservative base.

“Those in the Republican Party who have stepped away [from conservative positions] thinking that’s an answer to beat the Democrats are going to put themselves in some unnecessary danger in losing some people going to the polls,” said Connie Mackey, president of FRC Action PAC, the Family Research Council’s political arm.

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From "Efforts underway to change the GOP on same sex marriage" by Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN 9/20/14

Gay conservatives are undertaking the most coordinated effort yet to change the Republican Party's position on same-sex marriage. Their approach: one state and one Republican activist at a time.

Tyler Deaton, campaign manager at Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry, . . . thinks that momentum is on its side. More Republicans are announcing their support for same-sex marriage. Three openly gay Republicans ran for Congress this year (one lost in the primaries) and Republican lawmakers are slowly announcing their support.

Their campaign is targeted and funded. They have launched in the first four and arguably most influential of the presidential nominating states: New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. And the national organization Freedom to Marry has committed $1 million to the effort.

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From "Young conservatives stump for a gay-friendly GOP" by Laura Myers, Las Vegas Review-Journal 9/16/14

. . . a group of young conservatives traveling the country — visiting battleground states such as Nevada first — as part of a $1 million campaign to get the national Republican Party to support gay marriage in its party platform in 2016. The group has been to Iowa and New Hampshire. South Carolina is the next stop.

Deaton said the campaign is encouraging young conservatives to become delegates to the Republican National Convention, where the platform language will be set in 2016 as the GOP meeting votes on its presidential nominee. The convention will be held in Cleveland.

He said the national GOP platform has five sections with anti-gay or anti-gay marriage language. The young conservatives want the language replaced with statements backing same-sex marriage.

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From "[Republican] Monica Wehby backs gay marriage in TV ad" by James Hohmann, Politico 9/9/14

A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon . . . Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, has been attacked by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley as just another cookie-cutter conservative. The first-time candidate supports abortion rights and gay marriage, and she’s looking for ways to show voters in the blue state that she’s different.

Republicans in blue states endorsing gay marriage is not totally new. Three openly gay GOP House candidates have featured their partners in campaign materials, including Richard Tisei in Massachusetts, Dan Innis in New Hampshire and Carl DeMaio in California.

If Wehby won, she would join four Republican senators who support same-sex marriage: Illinois’ Mark Kirk, Ohio’s Rob Portman, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.

On the issue of abortion, she said: “As Republicans, we believe in limited government. Why would we want [the feds] to have any reach into our personal and private lives?”

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From "Michigan Republicans may pair gay rights amendment with 'religious freedom' act" by Jonathan Oosting, MLive.com (Booth Newspapers, Grand Rapids, MI) 9/19/14

[House Speaker Jase] Bolger is exploring the possibility of pairing an Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act [Gay Agenda] amendment with a Michigan version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which aims to limit laws that would substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion.

Updating Elliott-Larsen would allow Michigan residents to file a civil rights complaint or lawsuit if they were the target of discrimination in the workplace, housing market or place of public accommodation because they are gay.

Bolger's goal, according to sources familiar with his thinking, is a legal framework that would prevent a Michigan business from firing someone who is gay or denying them service, unless that service involves a form of religious expression.

A business coalition of large employers and civil rights advocates began pushing the Republican-led Legislature to add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to Michigan law in May, and momentum continued to build when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he’d like lawmakers to consider the issue this fall.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians as well as America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tenn. Cheerleaders Defy Atheist-forced Prayer Ban

After the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) complained to the Oneida, Tennessee school district about public Christian prayers, administrators terminated an 80-year tradition by banning prayers over the loudspeaker on the football field, but the cheerleaders wouldn't bow to political correctness and led the stadium in the Lord's Prayer at game time. Now, the cheerleaders are being bullied by atheists via social media from across the country and beyond.
“In that moment the atmosphere was kind of great because it was nothing but heads bowed, and you heard the Lord's Prayer ring over the football field.”
-- Kayla King, Student at Oneida High School
For background, read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

Also read Tennessee Democrats & Republicans Pass Religious Liberty for Schools

UPDATE 12/7/14: Ohio School Supt. & Citizens vs. Complaining Atheists

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

'Bless You' After Sneeze Gets Tenn. Student Suspended

Thousands vs. Atheists, Prayer at Florida Football

North Carolinians Pray at School, Defying Wisconsin Atheists

Georgia Citizens & School Team Up vs. Anti-Prayer Atheists

Saginaw, Michigan Ignores Atheist Threats Against Prayer

-- From "Tennessee Cheerleaders Sidestep Prayer Ban By Breaking Out The Lord's Prayer" by Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post 9/18/14

It was pressure from groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, that compelled the district to put a plug on prayers said over the loudspeaker.

“The majority of people in this area want to have prayer before a ball game, and I don't think its right for a minority out away from here dictates what we do here,” [said Kevin Acres, game announcer].

But now that the cheerleaders are taking charge, Acres sees a silver lining.

“Where you had one person saying a prayer over the PA, now you've got hundreds maybe a thousand people saying it together,” Acres said.

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From "High school cheerleaders defy prayer ban at football games" posted at WBTW-TV13 (Myrtle Beach, SC) 9/18/14

Oneida's director of school's Ann Sexton says they received a letter last fall from the ACLU reminding them it is unconstitutional to hold school sanctioned prayer at football games.

“We were advised to stop the practice,” Sexton said. Instead, they instated a moment of silence before games.

On Friday night's game against Watertown, the cheerleaders from both teams joined hands and recited the prayer, and they weren't alone.

Because while prayer can no longer be said over the loud speaker, the Oneida cheerleaders hope to make sure it's still heard loud and clear.

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From "Pregame prayer is back in Oneida" by Mike Blackerby, Knoxville News Sentinel 9/18/14

Rather than face a possible costly and protracted legal battle with the ACLU, [Oneida High School principal Kevin] Byrd said Oneida schools officials reluctantly relented and adopted a policy of offering a moment of silence before games instead of holding a public prayer.

“It’s a situation you see, especially in small-town USA, where we’ve come under attack and people are rallying around each other,” said Oneida coach Tony Lambert, a devout Christian who fervently wears his religion on his sleeve.

“This makes you conscious and aware of the direction we’re headed in this country. I believe in prayer and know that God hears us.”

“We went to the cheerleaders and said ‘would you consider leading the Lord’s Prayer during the moment of silence for anyone that would want to join in?’ It was at their discretion and they organized it.”

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From "Oneida cheerleaders bullied for pregame prayer" by Kelsey Pape WBIR-TV10 (Knoxville, TN) 9/20/14

"They have really seen a lot of negative, hateful comments. It's really just breaking their hearts," said Misty Rhey, mother of a cheerleader. "They are getting messages to their Facebooks, their names are being brought up."

Mothers said the girls have received threats, they are being called names, and a lot of people are taking it to another level.

"We grow up telling our children not to bully other children and now these children are being bullied by adults. It's not fair to them," Rhey said.

"It's really disappointing to see the way the adults are acting, especially toward teenage girls. It's really heartbreaking to see it and the only thing I know to do is to pray for them," SuJon Fry, mother of a cheerleader, added.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools in response to the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

In addition, read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Census: 'Gay Marriage' Official, but Fewer Marry

Despite the fact that most states do not recognize same-sex "marriage," President Obama's Census Bureau now classifies such "marriages" the same as natural marriages.  The latest Census report shows that the percentage of Americans married is less than ever recorded — in fact, many studies find that the majority of Americans are single.  According to the Census, less than five marriages out of one-thousand are so-called "gay marriages."

For background, read about the low marriage rates among the millennial generation and high divorce rates among seniors.

Also click headlines below to read previous articles:

Same-sex Household Count Tiny: U.S. Census

President Obama Favors the One Percenters (Homosexuals)

One-third of Households are People Living Alone

Marriage Trend: Confined within Church

Marriage Obsolete: American Poll

Cohabitation Soars, Children Suffer: Study

ObamaNation: Perpetual Poor Barred from Marriage

-- From "Census Bureau now categorizes same-sex married couples as ‘families’" by Adam Bell, Charlotte Observer 9/18/14

In prior years, the U.S. Census Bureau counted such couples as “unmarried partners,” even if they were legally married. But now, starting with the new annual American Community Survey, they are in among the family totals.

The change, however, won’t have a big effect on overall family statistics given how small the same-sex totals are . . .

Same-sex couples who live together but are not married are still counted as “unmarried partners,” the same designation for unmarried opposite-sex couples. The Census Bureau has counted same-sex couples since 1990.

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From "For first time, census data on married couples includes same-sex spouses" by D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center 9/18/14

The Census Bureau estimates there were nearly 252,000 households headed by same-sex married couples in 2013, a notable increase from the 182,000 estimated in 2012, but still a small fraction of the 56 million total U.S. married couples. . . .

The overall decline in marriage among adults in part reflects the rising age when people first get married. Although the median age at which Americans first marry was once in the low 20s, it’s now is in the late 20s for both men and women. But other factors may also be in play: Marriage is declining most sharply for less-educated adults.

In part because marriage is so uncommon at younger ages, the Pew Research Center analyzes marriage trends for adults ages 18 and older. A recent widely cited analysis by the Martin Prosperity Institute concluding that single people make up more than half the U.S. adult population based its numbers on ages 16 and older.

In the newly released data, same-sex cohabiting partners appear to make up a smaller share of 2013 households than in 2012. . . .

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Friday, September 19, 2014

4 Abortionists Charged in Indiana: Rape, Murder

The Indiana Attorney General is taking action against abortionists regarding hundreds of serious violations of incomplete records that could be hiding a variety of crimes including cases of possible statutory rape and "abortions" of babies born alive being murdered.
“The pending criminal charges brought by county prosecutors along with the sheer volume of unexplained violations by this licenseholder merits review by the Medical Licensing Board to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted for the noncompliance.”
-- Greg Zoeller, Attorney General
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Planned Parenthood Conceals Serial Rapist in Arizona

Texas Yanks Abortionist's License for 268 Killed

More Abortionists Admit Killing Kids After Birth

More Abortionists Linked to Murder Cases

In addition, read how states are cracking down on the murderous abortionists.

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-- From "Abortion-related complaints filed against 4 doctors" by The Associated Press 9/17/14

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed licensing complaints Wednesday against an Illinois doctor facing misdemeanor charges for improperly reporting abortions he performed for 13-year-olds in Indiana and against three physicians who perform abortions in Indianapolis.

The complaints ask the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to consider disciplinary action against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer of Crete, Illinois, and the others for violating abortion record-keeping and advice-and-consent laws.

Indiana law requires physicians performing abortions to submit terminated pregnancy reports to the Indiana State Department of Health for statistical purposes and to comply with the other requirements. It also requires that abortions on patients under age 14 be reported within three days to the Health Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services because sex with a girl under 14 is recognized as child molestation in Indiana.

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From "Abortion-related complaints filed against Indiana doctors" by Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star 9/18/14

Three of the doctors -- Dr. Kathleen Glover, Dr. Resad Pasic, and Dr. Raymond Robinson -- practice at the Clinic for Women on West 16th Street. The fourth, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, performed abortions in South Bend and Gary and previously in Fort Wayne.

The complaint documents Klopfer's more than 1,800 violations for submitting incomplete termination reports, failing to obtain proper consent from patients, and failing to submit terminated pregnancy reports for several months for procedures he performed on two 13-year-old patients.

The Medical Licensing Board will next hold a hearing at which they will decide whether any violations occurred and if so what disciplinary action, from a reprimand to revoking the physician's license is warranted. The hearing has not been scheduled.

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From "Attorney General seeks review of Klopfer's medical license" by Madeline Buckley, South Bend Tribune 9/18/14

A press release from the [AG] office said Ulrich’s reports had an average of four errors each. . . .

Klopfer faces a misdemeanor criminal charge in both Lake and St. Joseph county in connection with those allegations.

The doctor, who has performed abortions throughout northern Indiana, told The Tribune last year those late reports were “an honest mistake.”

The attorney general’s office is also accusing Klopfer of violations of state law that requires abortion providers to give women certain information before the abortion, such as showing them a fetal ultrasound.

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From "4 abortionists hit with charges in Indiana" by Michael Carl, World Net Daily 9/18/14

The charges allege that the four doctors have consistently failed to keep accurate records for the age of the patient seeking an abortion, the name and the age of the father and whether or not the baby was born alive.

In total, there are 1,833 alleged violations which include:
1,818 counts of submitting incomplete and incorrect terminated pregnancy reports in violation of Indiana Code 16-34-2-5(b).

Two counts of failure to timely submit a terminated pregnancy report for 13-year-old patients within three days of the abortion procedure, a violation of Indiana Code 16-34-2-5(b).

Six counts of failure to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained through properly credentialed counselors, a violation of Indiana Code 16-34-2-1.1.

Seven counts of failure to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained 18 hours prior to performing procedures, a violation of Indiana Code 16-34-2-1.1(a)(1).
To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Abortion Advocates No Longer 'Pro-choice'

And read Abortionists Battle to Kill Without Clinics

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Culture War is Over! Liberals Declare Victory

As American public opinion shifts to the right, the liberal media has launched its latest battle tactic in the Culture War: Announce loudly that the Democrats have won the war!  Such propaganda could be effective because the Republicans are pretending that there is no Culture War, withdrawing from the conflict.

For background, read how Republican Party platforms now support abortion and "gay marriage," and read about GOP leaders who shun moral values to win elections.  This is the GOP Strategy: Dump Old Uneducated Christian Voters

Also read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

-- From "Democrats Put Cultural Issues in Their Quiver" by Jonathan Martin, New York Times 9/15/14

After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.

Democrats see social issues as potent for the same reasons Republicans once did, using them as a tool to both stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.

. . . there is little indication so far that the Democrats’ push on social issues is motivating cultural conservatives to respond.

Some Republicans believe that the Democrats’ reliance on cultural issues in politically moderate states underlines the structural challenges that Republicans face with voters.

An electorate reshaped by a growing presence of liberal millennials, minorities, and a secular, unmarried and educated white voting bloc will most likely force Republicans to recalibrate.

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From "Why Democrats Are So Confident" by Ronald Brownstein, posted at National Journal 7/2/14

While Republicans took the offense on most cultural arguments through the late 20th century, now Democrats from Obama on down are mostly pressing these issues, confident that they represent an expanding majority of public opinion.

Beyond contraception and immigration, the parties are escalating their conflicts over a broad suite of issues that divide the electorate along cultural lines, including gun control, gay rights, abortion, and climate change (which politically pivots on trust in science). Combined, these confrontations are stamping the GOP as what I've called a "Coalition of Restoration" primarily representing older, white, religiously devout, and nonurban voters who fear that hurtling change is undermining traditional American values. Democrats in turn are championing a younger, more urbanized, diverse, and secular "Coalition of Transformation" that welcomes the evolution in America's racial composition and cultural mores.

Reversing their frequent ambivalence after the 1960s, Democrats are now following their president [Obama] into an unswerving embrace of cultural and demographic change. That shift reverberates through Obama's defiant recent pledges to act unilaterally if necessary to ensure equal workplace treatment of gays, protect undocumented immigrants, confront climate change, and overcome the Hobby Lobby decision allowing religious-based private companies to exclude contraception from their health insurance plans.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Morning Plum: Are Dems now winning the culture wars?" by Greg Sargent, Washington Post 9/16/14

In multiple Senate races, Democrats are hammering Republican candidates over contraception and “Personhood,” a development that many observers interpret as a sign that Dems are now the ones on offense in the culture wars.

A new ad blitz from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS nicely captures the emerging dynamic. Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner has been treated to the most direct and sustained assault over Personhood of any GOP candidate, and a new Crossroads ad appears designed to defend Gardner against it with an appeal to female voters.

Yet the ad does this only by changing the subject. . . . The ad never mentions Personhood or contraception. Instead, it obliquely refers to Dem attacks as “political scare tactics,” even as the featured women declare they want “a real conversation about issues that matter,” such as the economy. But, as Rebecca Berg writes, this ad actually “underscores the challenge Republicans have faced this year appealing to women voters.”

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From "Oral Contraceptive Republicans" by George Neumayr, The American Spectator 9/10/14

The Left’s relentless “war on women” campaign is producing some odd results, one of which is the emergence of Republicans who champion over-the-counter contraceptives. . . .

It is a measure of the Left’s progress in the culture war that the architect of Republican support for over-the-counter contraceptives is a Catholic, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who in 2012 wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed in favor it. According to Time, “Jindal’s political aides, and many GOP operatives, believe birth control is a gateway issue for women voters. While the politics of abortion have remained consistently split, Republicans fear being cast as anti-birth control could cost them a generation of women voters. ‘It’s often an immediate shutdown,’ said one Jindal aide.”

The Left should rejoice that “socially conservative” Catholics like Jindal have become enthusiasts for a position Catholic teaching regards as sinful. This will make it even easier for the Left to dismiss the Church’s stance as too “irrational” to warrant religious-freedom protection. It is hard to imagine Republicans who favor over-the-counter contraceptives serving as reliable defenders of the Church’s religious freedom over time. If Obama’s original contraceptive mandate became overwhelmingly popular, wouldn’t they end up supporting that too in the name of retaining women voters?

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From "The Culture Wars, Then and Now" by Daniel J. Solomon, The Harvard Crimson 9/15/14

How did the left win the culture wars? That answer depends on how much thoughtfulness we impute to the American electorate. Often, when voters sour on the specific policies of Republicans or Democrats, they move away from the party as a whole. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, for example, turned on economic questions, but he gained his initial following thanks to his timely denunciations of the Iraq war. The polling data suggests as much. Between 2005 and 2008, the decline in President Bush’s approval rating—which fell as the news from Iraq grew grimmer—was correlated with a rise in public support for the social acceptance of homosexuality.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians as well as America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions