Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, allowed Planned Parenthood employees to teach freshmen students sex education last month using a gingerbread man-like diagram of transgender expression and pamphlets asking students if they are ready for sex, according to the nonprofit law firm Pacific Justice League.
PJL said it has received complaints from parents who say their children felt "pressured to have sex" after Planned Parenthood distributed handouts about gender and preparing for sexual intercourse.
One of the three handouts in question, "The Genderbread Person" worksheet taken from a book titled The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook: A Guide to Gender by comedian and social justice advocate Sam Killerman, teaches that "gender isn't binary." more >>
Although a federal funding bill the House passed on Thursday includes language urging the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure Obamacare's federal health exchange provides consumers with transparency on which plans include a separate elective abortion surcharge, pro-life advocates are skeptical that HHS will actually listen to Congress.
Pro-lifers in the House sought to include in the CRomnibus appropriations bill, which would keep the federal government funded through next September if it passes the Senate, two concrete amendments that would have forced greater abortion transparency on the exchanges and created a legal course of action for those individuals and institutions discriminated against because they do not cover abortions for their employees.
But to the ire of pro-life advocates, neither the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act nor the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act were included in the base bill. Instead, pro-lifers had to settle for non-binding language, which is seen as just a slap on the wrist to HHS for not providing consumers with enough detail about which plans on the exchange cover elective abortions. more >>
As somebody who was raised in multiple divorce/remarriage situations, the phrase "blended family" has always reminded me of a blender. Yes, a literal blender, like this.
A blender is a machine that takes various soft tissues and liquefies, chops, cuts, etc., with the intent of creating a unique new, whole, thing. It isn't a pleasant process if you happen to be in the role of the blendee. I know that the intent behind "blended family" is to convey something far milder than being put through a blender. It's supposed to serve as a replacement for "step family," which some feel is more harsh or stark.
There is a certain presupposition to the phrase, isn't there? It goes like this: that the blending process will proceed rapidly and smoothly, and will yield a consistent, predictable result. To continue with the cooking analogy, if something can't be blended in a blender we don't even try. Similarly, we don't refer to a smoothie as "blended smoothie." It's the same with other food items. We don't say, "blended bean dip." Either the process works, and therefore "blended" is implied in description, or it doesn't work, and we don't even try it. Isn't "blended" only widely used as an adjective with the word "family?" Can you think of other widely used phrases that use the word "blended" as an adjective? I cannot. more >>
Texas pastor Matt Chandler and his wife, Lauren, advised Christian singles in their weekly video series to be honest as they date and trust God to help find the balance between covering up the past and revealing too much, too soon.
The Village Church leader told singles it is a "good, right desire" to "guard your heart" in dating relationships, noting that the phrase comes from scripture. However he warned there is a fine line between taking it slow and being deceptive in order to win a person.
Chandler explained, "There's a legitimacy to guarding our hearts but I think we can guard too much and we can guard to the place where then we almost become used car salesmen … what I'm trying to say is all we want to do is point to the best things and we don't want to go, 'now this has been an issue historically, or this.' So we can guard our heart to the point where we're not known and we're not known in a way that increases intimacy and increases (one's ability to tell) is this moving towards marriage or is it not." more >>
The youngest star of "19 Kids & Counting" celebrated her fifth birthday on Wednesday, which is a miracle given that she was born at 25 weeks prematurity and not expected to live.
"Fun birthday lunch for Josie at a place she loves with Golden Arches!" the Duggar family posted on their official Facebook page. "This girl puts the 'Happy' in the Meal!' Today this precious girl is 5 years old! Time does fly. We love you, Josie and are so thankful the Lord brought you to us!"
Jim Bob and Michelle, parents to 19 children, nearly lost Josie when she was born. Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia and gave birth to the premature girl, who weighed only 1 lb., 6 oz. Just eight days later, Josie's bowel perforated, leaving her extremely vulnerable to infection and illness. more >>
Catholic professors and other faculty members at a prominent Wisconsin Catholic university are now being trained to report any school employees who voice their opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of harassment to the university's human resources office.
Marquette University has begun requiring its employees to attend workplace anti-harassment training, where they are taught that it is imperative for them to quickly report faculty members who discuss openly their opposing view of same-sex marriage.
As the Catholic News Agency reports, Marquette's anti-harassment training includes a comic-style story presentation where a fictional character named "Harassed Hans," who overhears his co-workers, Becky and Maria, talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage all week long. Hans is split on whether or not to report his two co-workers although he is offended by the speech. more >>