A New Jersey high school student and her family have entered the ongoing legal battle over a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, and her family filed an official response to a lawsuit by the American Humanist Association.
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided jail time and instead was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.
D'Souza, 53, admitted last May to exceeding donor limits in 2012 by arranging for others to give to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican. He illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to what turned out to be Long's unsuccessful campaign.
"I'm thankful and relieved that the judge refused all attempts by the government to lock up my friend Dinesh D'Souza," said Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of D'Souza's 2012 documentary, "2016: Obama's America," upon hearing the sentence. "Putting him behind bars would have served no useful purpose. I commend the judge for his action." more >>
A judge in Oklahoma ruled that a Ten Commandments display erected on the grounds of the state's capitol building is constitutional and may remain at the public location.
In his decision, Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince wrote that the Ten Commandments display was one of many present on the Capitol grounds, each having their own blend of historical and spiritual significance.
"Many of these monuments and plaques depict both the secular and spiritual history of Oklahoma," wrote Prince, who noted that multiple images of Native American spiritual imagery exists in the various monuments. more >>
Football is a great sport that brings friends and families together and teaches kids discipline and sportsmanship. We put our politics, problems, and pride aside to don face paint and jerseys, and spend four quarters living vicariously through our favorite players. This national obsession has made football the most prosperous sport in the country, raking in nearly 10 billion dollars a year.
It is partly for that reason that the recent NFL scandals have struck a chord among the American people. In some ways, we are part of the NFL family.
Sometimes the endless news cycle makes it seem as though professional athletes are disproportionately engaging in bad, even unlawful, behavior. However, according to a breakdown of USA Today NFL player arrests, that is not the case. Most players in the NFL are very disciplined; they put their bodies through extreme training regimens, are focused and dedicated, and often abstain from substances or practices that may harm their athletic performance. Many make a positive difference through charity work such as "NFL Gives Back." Players like RG3 are great role models for our boys. (Thank you, by the way.) more >>
The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.
Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers' money appropriated to "close the gap" between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage.
When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-19th century, he wrote: "There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous middle class that was the envy of the world. more >>
A 14-year-old student's family is suing Sparkman Middle School after she was allegedly used as bait to catch an accused sexual predator and raped in the school's bathroom.
"It has essentially devastated her life," attorney Eric Artrip, who represents the victim and her family, told CNN.
In 2010, the girl, who has special needs, told a teacher's aide that she had been approached repeatedly by the accused assailant for sex. June Simpson, the aide, decided to set a trap for the abuser, using the 14-year-old student as bait. She managed to convince her to "meet the boy in the bathroom where teachers could be positioned to 'catch him in the act' before anything happened," court documents stated. more >>