The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor who've challenged the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that they cover birth control and abortifacients for their employees.
After arguments were heard by the Denver, Colorado-based 10th Circuit on Monday, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, said she and her order "are not seeking special privileges."
"The government exempts huge corporations, small businesses, and other religious ministries from what they are imposing on us — we are simply asking to carry on our mission to serve the elderly poor as we have always done for 175 years," Maguire said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Maybe the country that claims to have the "best healthcare system in the world" can get away with ignoring basic public health strategies that have worked for centuries. Perhaps we can say, "It can't happen here." After all, Ebola seems to have gone away, as epidemics do—sooner or later.
Some apparently even think that we can save the rest of the world by providing a safety valve for hot zones, right into American airports and schools.
Yet we may not be all powerful. Here is the word from top public health officials about some 400,000 cases of chikungunya, which is sweeping through the Caribbean and Latin America: "We can only keep our fingers crossed—painful as that might be for many people infected with chikungunya—that the Caribbean epidemic will decline and the virus will depart from the Western Hemisphere." So write David M. Morens, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., of the Arboviral Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Sept 14, 2014, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Fauci's name is familiar from his pronouncements on Ebola. more >>
The predicament of individual Christians faced with legal or organizational requirements to acquiesce in the sexual revolution and provide goods or services that contribute to sin, reviewed in a recent article by the present author, is mirrored in a similar requirement being made on Christian institutions. The difference is that whereas individuals are threatened with loss of job, fines, or imprisonment, organizations are threatened with loss of existence if they do not conform.
The drama of institutions struggling to maintain their Christian identity in a hostile legal and social environment is now being played out by two excellent Christian collegiate institutions in markedly liberal jurisdictions, Gordon College in Massachusetts, and Trinity Western University, in British Columbia.
Not content with dismantling laws and policies which made Judeo-Christian morality the moral framework of society at large, social liberals now seek to deny traditional Christians the right to maintain their own private, voluntary institutions in which Christian sexual morality is enforced. more >>
Hillary Clinton has plenty of White House experience. Unfortunately, it's experience at mucking things up. Or, as The New York Times puts it in today's long profile, "Clinton's History as First Lady: Powerful but Not Always Deft." There's lots of juicy material in the Times piece, yet very little that's new—the dramatic opening anecdote included. The Times profile is based on recently released oral histories of the Clinton presidency, but memoirs and investigative biographies have largely covered the same ground.
That is not to say that today's profile is unimportant. On the contrary, the public has never fully digested the uncomfortable truth about Hillary Clinton's disastrous time as First Lady. Both the extent of her power and her gross mishandling of it remain under-appreciated. The truth is hiding in plain sight; buried in an avalanche of books that no one has time to read.
Hillary's defense against revelations about the mess she made of her White House years is that she's a good learner and won't make those mistakes again. The Times makes this point today, yet it's unconvincing. In a public relations fiasco, Hillary once closed down the White House press corridor. Nowadays she has reporters followed to the bathroom. Where's the learning? more >>
"The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever." – 1 John 2:17
It's getting ugly out there.
Indeed, the world is dying. Not in a false-alarmist, "OMG-global-warming-is-going-to-kill-us-all!" sort of way. Rather, this world is passing away in a Romans 1, "The-wrath-of-God-is-being-revealed-from-heaven" sort of way. How very unsettling and confusing this must all be for those absent "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (see Philippians 4:7). more >>
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has lost to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in a runoff election that has given more strength to the Republican Party in the Senate.
Cassidy's win means Republicans will now have a nine-seat majority in the Senate next year with 54 seats, and Democrats will control 46 seats.
In results long predicted by most analysts and news outlets, Cassidy, who presently serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, soundly beat Landrieu with about 58 percent of the vote versus Landrieu's 42 percent with over 75 percent of precincts reporting Saturday, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's unofficial election results web page. more >>