The Federal Communications Commission has received over 56,000 comments in opposition to their proposal to loosen their standards regarding graphic content on television and radio.
According to the American Family Association, the large number of comments given to the FCC took place over the span of only one week.
"It is apparent that Americans have an extremely high interest in what is allowed over the airwaves and what their children and grandchildren are watching and listening to on television and radio," the group said. more >>
Last week, I wrote a column entitled "Brutality in the Brave New World" discussing an appalling movement within the scientific community in which researchers are exploring the "therapeutic" potential of the eggs of aborted baby girls. In a similar vein, a bioethicist writing for the Huffington Post in 2009 famously suggested that pregnant women wanting abortions be paid to remain pregnant longer so that their aborted babies yield more "useful" body parts. In the face of such moral depravity, the only conclusion to be drawn was that mankind has given itself over utterly to the appetites of ambition and avarice, and Heaven help those who find themselves the object of these appetites unchecked by moral standards.
As if to emphasize the point, the nation is currently bearing witness to one of the most horrifying cases of slaughterhouse medicine in recent memory. Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been charged with the murder of seven newborn babies and one young woman after law enforcement raided his "clinic" on a hunt for illegal prescription drugs. The chamber of horrors they discovered is almost too gruesome for words, yet an excruciating account of Gosnell's butchery is exactly what the grand jury in this case had to produce. The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf featured some of the testimony in his article "Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story":
"Public health officials inspected the surgery rooms. 'Instruments were not sterile,' the grand jury states. 'Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected. The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed. There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff.' Upon further inspection, 'the search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic - in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers.' and 'Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation - even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls.'" more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Every Man Ministries founder Kenny Luck launched a nationwide set of conferences addressing the need for Christian men to engage more actively in society and impact culture in a positive way at Saddleback Church.
More than 700 men attended the IGNITE conference Saturday hosted at the megachurch that is led by Pastor Rick Warren in Orange County. At the outset of the event, Luck led the men in prayer for Warren and his family, whose son, Matthew, took his own life a little more than a week ago after a lifelong battle with mental illness.
"If you didn't believe we were in a battle with evil before, we are in a bare knuckle brawl with evil now," said Luck before praying. "The lines are being drawn and you can see it in culture." more >>
If you look up the word "extremist" in the dictionary, you will find it defined as 'one who goes to extremes or advocates extreme doctrines or practices.' If I were to ask you to name a group of extremists, who would come to mind?
A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity briefing was held in Pennsylvania recently, titled "Extremism and Extremist Organizations." At first blush, such training makes perfect sense, given the reality that we are a nation at war with Muslim extremists. (I realize that is definitely not politically correct speech –despite the fact that it is true.)
However, a review of the brief used for training quickly reveals how some in the military define extremists in a very odd and controversial way. In the power point presentation used for the Army reserve unit training, a slide titled "Religious Extremism" lists the usual suspects like the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Hamas and the Ku Klux Klan. more >>
Over the past two weeks, I have paid particular attention to four news stories.
First, United States District Judge Edward Korman rendered a decision pursuant to which the emergency contraceptive drug "Plan B" will now be made available over the counter to girls under the age of 18.
There was yet another tragic story about a teen suicide: Audrie Pott, a high school sophomore in California, who hung herself in September of last year following what appears to have been an unchaperoned party, excessive consumption of alcohol, alleged sexual assaults by multiple boys while Audrie was unconscious, all witnessed and captured on film, and then cruelly posted and commented on – online - by other classmates. more >>
It's an incredible tragedy that mega-pastor Rick Warren's son committed suicide recently. Our prayers are with the family through this difficult time. His son was 27 and struggled for years with mental illness.
While many well-wishers have tried to give solace to the grieving family, others have heaped scorn---especially through the means of social media.
One person from Cincinnati posted this: "Either there is no God, or God doesn't listen to Rick Warren, despite all the money Rick has made off of selling false hope to desperate people." That same person told Warren he should "abandon primitive superstitions and accept the universe for what it is-a place that is utterly indifferent to us." Talk about kicking a man when he's down. more >>