WASHINGTON – In a speech stressing the importance of protecting America's religious liberties and other inalienable rights that so-called "radical" Democratic policies are trying to limit, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reflected on his own family's path toward the Christian faith, which included his father abandoning him and his mother when he was three years old before returning to them after finding Jesus.
Before Rev. Rafael Cruz became an evangelical Texas pastor and one of the nation's most notable and quotable congressional parents, he and his wife, with their toddler son, lived in Canada and worked in the oil and energy business. At the time, Cruz said neither of his parents held a relationship with Christ and both had serious drinking problems.
While speaking Friday to the crowd at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C., Cruz said that his father one day "decided he didn't want to be married anymore. He didn't want a three-year-old son. So, he got on a plane and left Calgary and went back to Texas in Houston." more >>
Corporal punishment has been in the headlines lately due to a high-profile incident with NFL player Adrian Peterson, but what do Christian pastors and parents think of this particular form of punishment?
The Minnesota Vikings running back made headlines after photos of his 4-year-old son's injuries following punishment involving a switch, went public. Peterson said that he was disciplined in the same manner and never meant to hurt his son, but the public immediately responded to the photographs with a mixture of support and disdain for the player and the idea of corporal punishment.
Peterson is a Christian and has tweeted several responses and verses of Scripture during his time in the public eye, especially following the publication of the photos. He has held fast to his faith and wrote that he is "not a perfect son … husband … parent," but is "without a doubt, not a child abuser." more >>
While most children enjoy Halloween, the Duggar children were raised with a different appreciation for the month of October and do not celebrate the traditional holiday.
"Magic, sorcery, witches, spell-casting and the like are all part of the demonic realm that God wants us to stay away from. One specific thing that our parents have always been careful about is magic, which often shows up in children's movies. As harmless as it may seem, it's not a joke in God's eyes," sisters Jill, Jessa, Jana and Jinger in their book, Growing Up Duggar.
Instead, the family goes to a fall harvest celebration at their church, where all members of the large family are included and can participate in harm-free fun. With 19 kids to raise, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar had their work cut out for them in finding events to keep the entire family entertained. more >>
Joran Van der Sloot's pregnant wife has broken her silence about marrying a convicted murderer, who she insists is "not a monster," but a loving man looking forward to the birth of his first child.
Leidy Figueroa fell in love with Van der Sloot during a trip to visit another inmate. The couple continued speaking and eventually got engaged, then married … all behind prison bars in Peru. Van der Sloot was convicted of murdering Stephany Flores in 2010 and is serving a 28-year sentence. He is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American high school student Natalee Holloway.
"Many people judge Joran and criticize him, saying he is a monster and an assassin, but when you get to know him, you know he is different," Figueroa told MailOnline. "I want to show he's not a monster. He's changed a lot—he's a gentle, sensitive, kind person and I love him. I know he has killed, but he is now paying for what he did. He is asking God for forgiveness and praying every day." more >>
Weeks have now passed since black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. That night, a candlelight vigil to honor Brown became violent, with looting and vandalizing of local businesses resulting in several arrests.
Over the next days, numerous outsiders, from national media organizations to groups such as the New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Ferguson. Chaos escalated, and Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore calm. The Justice Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the Ferguson police force for possible misconduct and discrimination in Brown's death.
Although we are still learning more about the events surrounding Brown's death, in the aftermath there is much we can learn about our country's health as it relates to the issue of race. more >>
Thirty-four years ago today, the communist regime in China enacted its "One-Child Policy," one of the most disastrous and immoral social policies ever imagined in human history. It was the communist regime's answer to curb the growth of the world's largest population.
The One-Child Policy banned most Chinese couples from having more than one child. When couples conceived a second child, the Chinese government forced them to eliminate him or her, by any means necessary. However, because of cultural norms that place a premium on boys, the policy's victims also included first-conceived children simply because they happened to be girls. In addition, Chinese women who gave birth to baby girls were also victims of this policy because many ended up being shunned by their husbands, families and society.
For over three decades, China's One-Child Policy has condemned approximately 37 million Chinese girls – who the policy helped deem unwanted or "surplus" – to abortion, infanticide, abandonment and human trafficking. In recent years, the Chinese government has relaxed this disastrous policy and ironically, China now faces demographic decline in the coming decades, in part due to the One-Child Policy. However, innocent Chinese parents are still forced to endure abortions and sterilizations in the parts of the country that are still subject to it. more >>