Some people argue that America never was a Christian nation, even if most of the colonists were very devout. After all, some of the Founders were Deists and devotees of the Enlightenment, which in its extreme form in France tried to replace God with Reason.
Still more argue that America is not a Christian nation now. Barack Obama said on June 28, 2006: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
To test whether this is true or not, we might consider what a Christian nation would look like. more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard planned to have a sizeable family but did not expect to get pregnant so soon.
"I was thinking that maybe we should take a pregnancy test," Jill told Us Weekly about her "mother's intuition." Knowing that her period was late, Jill decided to take a pregnancy test, then another, and both were negative. However, her sister convinced her to take a third one … and things came out a little differently.
"It was Jinger," the mom-to-be revealed for the first time. "She was like, 'You know, mama has a bunch of pregnancy test upstairs. You should take one of hers.'" She and Derick went upstairs – "that's where we took one of my mom's pregnancy tests, and it came back positive. He was thrilled." more >>
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald announced their engagement on Aug. 14 and have now announced their wedding date of Nov. 1 along with new photos of the engagement ring.
"I picked out my wedding dress a couple of days ago," Jessa told People. "I went with the second dress I tried on – I love it."
"We have most of our planning done," Ben added. "When you're planning a wedding, you can make it complicated, or make it simple and we are trying to make ours simple. There are some things that have to be done right before the wedding, but for the most part, we're ready." more >>
Pennsylvania mother Ann Whalen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving her 16-year-old daughter pills to cause a miscarriage.
Whalen's daughter became pregnant in 2012 and decided that she did not want the baby; Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion clinic and did not want to take her daughter out of the state to have the procedure, which would have been 74 miles away, according to Reuters. Instead, she went online and ordered the pills from a company abroad.
Unfortunately, after taking the pills, the girl (now 18), experienced extreme abdominal pain and bleeding and was hospitalized with an "incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection," records state. The hospital informed police of the situation, which led to Whalen's arrest. She was charged with giving her daughter pills to induce abortion – Pennsylvania law requires that a physician be present for the procedure. more >>
Duchess Kate Middleton is pregnant with her second child, Kensington Palace confirmed this morning and is again being treated for extreme morning sickness.
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," the palace statement said. "Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."
During her first pregnancy, Kate had to be hospitalized in order to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness. She and husband William had not even told the Queen that she was pregnant but were forced to with her hospitalization. This time around, the couple is more aware and Kate is being treated at their home, hopefully staving off another trip to the hospital. more >>
"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood will return for at least one more season of the hit reality series and spoke with The Christian Post about her decision to do so as well as her relationships with the other "Teen Moms."
"It's no secret – I was reluctant in the beginning – but MTV has been in my life for six years. They were there for me when I was in prison, with pictures and letters and most people don't know, but I have personal relationships with people behind the scenes. It made me comfortable to say 'yes,' to them again," Portwood told CP. "You have to think about life before and wonder 'Am I strong enough to do this again?' and I did some soul searching and realized that I am."
Portwood first appeared on "16 & Pregnant" and was later selected, along with Catelynn Lowell, Farrah Abraham, and Maci Bookout to be part of "Teen Mom." The show ran for four seasons before ending, but fans still wanted more. MTV began negotiations with each mom and finally announced this year that three of the four would be returning. Abraham would be left out of the series per requests from the girls who did not want to be associated with her other business ventures. more >>