WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued for libertarianism, saying it is compatible with Christianity and will help Republicans win elections and attract minorities, at the gala for The American Principles Project, a socially conservative group founded by Robert P. George.
"There are some issues that can move the party forward, and some of those issues I would call libertarian issues," Paul declared. He admitted that "to some that's a bad word, but to others I think it's a word that may expand the party."
Paul argued that these issues do not have to come at the expense of social issues, such as life and marriage. "Libertarian and liberty doesn't mean libertine," he argued. The Senator referred to Don Devine's book America's Way Back, explaining that liberty and tradition go hand in hand. more >>
A major crafts retail chain run by a devout Christian family has released a video online putting forth their argument against being compelled to adhere to the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate.
Hobby Lobby Inc., a crafts chain run by the Green family of Oklahoma, posted the video on YouTube on their "Hobby Lobby Case" account last Thursday.
Titled "Hobby Lobby: A Family Business," the four and a half minute video presents an overview of the company as well as interviews from Green family members about their lawsuit against the HHS. more >>
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, responded to the announcement this week that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will receive an award from Planned Parenthood, saying "almost no one has done more to promote the killing of innocent babies in the womb" than the 73-year-old Democrat.
"If Mrs. Pelosi wants finally to take her role as a public servant seriously, though, she will reject the award named after a racist woman who had no problem speaking to a Ku Klux Klan meeting," King said, referring to Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood in 1921 and once delivered a speech on birth control at a Ku Klux Klan meeting.
Planned Parenthood announced that it will honor Pelosi with the Sanger Award at their Annual Gala in Washington, D.C., on March 27, noting that the House Minority leader has shown "leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of her career." Pelosi is scheduled to deliver remarks at the gala. more >>
2 years ago, Lacey Buchanan created a video that told the story behind her decision on keeping her baby boy, Christian. This encouraging video has inspired millions of people all over the world. By leaving such wonderful comments, Lacey's fans let her know how much this video meant to them. Especially the people from her hometown in Nashville, who look up to her for inspiration.
Nashville's best musicians got on board and created something special for Lacey and Christian. After spending hours in the studio, they came up with a BEAUTIFUL song called "No Night." They included little Christian in the video because he was the inspiration behind the song. The lyrics below are from this touching song that was created:
"There is no night so dark that it could hide your precious light." more >>
Last fall, the Supreme Court agreed to review two religious liberty cases surrounding the Obama Administration's contraception mandate. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties maintain that the federal requirement is an unlawful infringement upon religious liberty, and this year we'll find out if the highest court in the land concurs. In support of the cases, a notable group of Christian pastors, theologians, activists, and intellectuals have filed an amicus brief in which they lay out the Christian conception of work and how this understanding makes compliance with the mandate an impossibility for faith-based organizations and other Christian-owned businesses.
At first blush, nothing in the brief should surprise anyone with a passing familiarity with the Christian faith, but in a nation that is fast losing touch with its Judeo-Christian moral heritage, such an explanation has sadly become necessary. First, the brief reminds the Court that Christian doctrine requires that faith govern every aspect of a Christian's life. President Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services have repeatedly insisted that their contraception mandate should have no impact on the conscience of Christian employers. This is because they view religious faith as an exclusively private matter, and they don't acknowledge any connection between a person's religious beliefs and their professional actions.
Christians know better. At the heart of Christ's gospel message is the idea that one's conduct should reflect one's beliefs. Jesus was critical of the religious elites of his day precisely because their everyday behavior didn't reflect the love and mercy of the God they claimed to serve. Christ set the counter-example by practicing exactly what he preached. In the Christian faith, belief involves more than mere intellectual assent. Belief must be translated into behavior. The Book of James reminds us that faith, without works, is dead. James exhorts Christians to "… prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (James 1: 22 NASB). It is no good to proclaim faith in the risen Christ if you are unwilling to live out the implications of that faith in your daily life. This is the principle at stake before the Supreme Court. more >>
Despite an Ohio Department of Health ruling that shut down an abortion clinic two weeks ago, because it failed to meet the state's medical standards, a judge has ruled that the late-term abortion facility can stay open.
On Jan. 17, the state ordered Lebanon Road Surgery Center (better known as Women's Medical Center), to close because the abortion clinic did not have an agreement that enabled it to send patients to area hospitals "in the event of medical complications, emergency situations, or for other needs as they arise."
But last Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz Jr. ruled that if the abortion clinic closed, it would pose a significant obstacle for potential patients. more >>