Dr. Cornel West is a leading liberal public intellectual. He gave an interview to NewsOne immediately following the 2012 Election that was nothing if not provocative. Dr. West said he was happy Romney didn't win, but far from satisfied with the Obama record and especially with the just-ended presidential campaign:
So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems-ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it's very sad. I mean, I'm glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
Say that again? If one of my conservative colleagues had dared to say anything remotely like that, he (or she) would have been charged with racism of the worst sort. Still, it is worth considering the merits of Cornel West's argument. more >>
Following the release of undercover videos exposing a Planned Parenthood counselor giving sex advice to an under-age girl by telling her to experiment with BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism) and look at porn sites, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, announced Thursday that the employee continues to work at the clinic, despite official claims that she was fired.
During a Thursday phone call to the Planned Parenthood Midtown Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rose was told that Megan, the employee who facilitated the teen sex counseling session, is still employed by the clinic.
Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum, however, told the IndyStar that the counselor is no longer employed at PPINK. She also insisted that the sex advice given to the 15-year-old girl "is not indicative of the type of counseling and information clients are provided." more >>
Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's new president during the denomination's annual meeting held in Baltimore this week, has been instrumental in encouraging members to take a leadership role in addressing an array of mental health concerns.
Last year, Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, spoke boldly and passionately at the convention about passing a resolution on "Mental Health Concerns and the Heart of God," and the need for Southern Baptist churches to care for and bring healing to all who feel isolated and stigmatized by mental health concerns.
"We can no longer be silent about this issue," Floyd said on the convention floor in Houston on June 11, 2013. "It's time that the SBC be on the front lines of mental health challenges." more >>
Pro-life group Live Action released an undercover video Tuesday titled, "Sexed: Planned Parenthood's Dangerous Advice for Kids," which exposes counselors talking to a 15-year-old girl about bondage and sadism, circumventing statutory rape laws, and recommending a clinic that will perform illegal abortions on sex trafficked girls age 14 and younger.
"As viewers can see in our preview, Planned Parenthood has an institutional policy of endorsing and recommending dangerous sexual behaviors to underage girls. These include whipping, beating, breaking the skin, and asphyxiation. Remember, the counselors in these videos believe that they are talking to a 15-year-old girl," Drew Belsky of Live Action told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
The trailer for Live Action's video not only shows Planned Parenthood counselors telling a young girl to go to a sex shop with her lover, it also exposes clinic workers in Indiana covering up statutory rape, as well as a counselor in New Jersey recommending an abortion clinic that will perform illegal abortions on girls age 14 and younger who are being trafficked for sex. more >>
The VA has many truly dedicated doctors, nurses, and health professionals who do their best to genuinely serve America's veterans. I salute their conscientious work and commitment under difficult conditions, often in a culture of fear and intimidation if they identify problems.
News headlines since the Phoenix scandal first broke in late April, however, clearly show a dark underbelly in the VA that is the antithesis of dedication to patients. It speaks of a "Code of Corruption," not the Military's Code of Honor that America's veterans have upheld.
The U.S. military has an admirable code of ethics: duty, honor, and sacrifice. Their Code is to protect the vulnerable, shield civilians when possible, watch their fellow soldier's back, and leave no one behind in combat. Our soldiers, holding themselves to these standards, trusted that the country they served would also honor its commitment to them for medical care when needed. more >>
After nine girls got pregnant this school year, Oregon's Gervais School District unanimously decided to start issuing condoms to students starting in the sixth grade, but parents are divided over the new policy.
District Superintendent Rick Hensel told the Statesman Journal that he had been weighing the decision for about a year now after a group of nursing interns from Oregon Health & Science University presented a study highlighting that 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12 had become pregnant in the last school year.
"The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student," said Hensel, who pointed out that nine girls got pregnant in the school district this year. more >>