Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is set to join the conservative Witherspoon Institute in New Jersey following his departure from New York University, which he says forced him to leave because of pressure from the Chinese government.
"We are taking the responsibility for the financial side and a home really where he can do his work," Witherspoon President Luis Tellez said in a phone interview, according to Reuters.
"We're not asking him to do anything specific," he added. "The main point is he's a truth teller, he tries to tell the truth as he sees it." more >>
The steady decline in youth and adult participation in Girl Scouts is at least in part attributed to sex education decisions made by Girl Scout national leaders, according to Christians studying the trend and former Girl Scout local leaders who are Christians.
This week, Girl Scouts of the USA launched a campaign aimed at reversing the decline, featuring a video from First Lady Michelle Obama. Christian leaders and former girl scouts explained possible reasons behind it, including increasing ties with abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
"The Girl Scouts for a long time have been promoting an agenda that is contrary to what they were 10, 15 years ago," Janice Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. Girl Scout policy on sexual morality, which focuses on self-discovery and protection rather than abstention, proves the main cause, Crouse argued. She also listed the trend of mothers going to work (therefore losing time to volunteer) and controversy about where funds are allocated from the famous Girl Scout cookie sales. Only 15% of profits go to local groups. more >>
China made more than $2 billion from its "One Child Policy" in 2012, according to a Christian Chinese lawyer, with the huge sum of money being generated through fines imposed by regulators.
Suspicious that governments were using the one child policy fines or "social support fees" as a significant source of revenue in poorer parts of the country, Wu Youshui asked China's 31 provincial governments to disclose how much they had collected in fines.
"We want to shed light on how the current family planning policy works," Mr. Wu told The New York Times. "Many are debating reform of the family planning policy. Learning how it works may help with that debate." more >>
Abortion provider Planned Parenthood, along with two other major groups, filed a lawsuit in federal court late last week challenging Texas' new omnibus abortion law known as House Bill 2 that bans the practice after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires abortion clinics to meet the higher safety standards of surgical care centers, among other provisions.
Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and other state officials in Austin's federal court on Friday, arguing that two key provisions of the law make it far more difficult for women in rural areas of Texas to receive abortions, and therefore harm women's health instead of protect it.
The lawsuit challenges two provisions of the new law. The first challenge is against the law's restriction of the so-called "abortion pill" RU-486; the law requires direct doctor supervision when a woman takes the abortion pill. The second challenge is against the law's provision that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. more >>
Anita Perry, wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry, said in a recent interview that although abortion "could be" a woman's right, similar to an optional medical procedure for a man, she nonetheless does not support the practice. The comments come at a heated time for abortion in Texas, as Planned Parenthood and two other groups announced Friday they are suing the state for its recently-passed omnibus abortion bill that bans the practice at 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires abortion clinics to meet higher surgical center standards.
Texas' First Lady was speaking with journalist Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune at the newspaper's annual conference, the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, when the two began discussing the heated topic of abortion in the Lone Star state. The passing of the state's 20-week-abortion ban has caused uproar among pro-abortion activists and made the state the center of the national debate on abortion laws.
When Smith asked Mrs. Perry if she thinks it is right for Texas to pass laws restricting abortion, the state's First Lady replied: "Well, that's really difficult for me Evan, because I see it as a woman's right. If they want to do that, that is their decision. They have to live with that decision." more >>
A Christian academic institute based in South Carolina is hosting an apologetics conference that will feature Christian writers Eric Metaxas, Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell.
The annual Truth for a New Generation, presented by Alex McFarland and North Greenville University, is a two-day apologetics conference being held at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
Exhibitors for the conference checked in on Thursday and sessions at the conference began Friday and will continue through Saturday evening. more >>