There's a new movement occurring in schools across the US, "opting out" of annual assessments in local schools.
As the Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and a Christian parent of two girls, I spend a great deal of time encouraging parents to "opt in" all year long. I invite parents to get involved, to support teachers, volunteer in classrooms, and to get to know school administrators so they can voice concerns in person.
So my concern was evoked this spring as well-meaning organizations began urging parents to "opt out" during annual assessments in local schools. As background, every state plans its own annual testing window, usually in the spring, to shed light on the progress students have made since the previous school year. As parents ask me about opting out of assessments, I ask them to consider the implications of such a choice. more >>
Pope Francis issued a subtle jab at the transgender movement in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, where he asserted that schools need to teach children to "accept" their natural bodies as they were "created," and to appreciate their bodies as "male and female."
As the fight to allow self-identifying transgender students into bathrooms and changing areas of the opposite sex spreads to school districts across the U.K. and the United States, the pontiff spoke out against encouraging students' who choose to identify with the opposite biological gender.
Last Saturday, I was elected as the youngest woman national delegate from Colorado. Since Colorado's voting results were released, Donald Trump and his supporters have released a firestorm of criticism, threats, and rage.
I've been called too many names to count, and have been accused of accepting bribes, being bought by the establishment, and being a traitor to our nation.
Trump tweeted: "The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!" more >>
A district court in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit against one of the largest Catholic hospital organizations in the country that would have forced them to perform abortions.
United States District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan granted Trinity Health Corporation's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In his 13-page Monday decision, Judge Drain argued that the ACLU and the plaintiffs it represented lacked the standing to sue Trinity Health over its policy of not performing emergency abortions. more >>
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We recognize that Christians take various positions on these issues.
Some Christians want carbon controls because of their admirable care for the world's poor, arguing that a rise in sea level and angry storms will wreak havoc among the most vulnerable. more >>
Christians can and must make a difference in the culture. But we never impose, we only propose. Here's a point or two of clarification.
"When you talk about Christians restoring the culture," I'm sometimes asked, "do you mean that we should take over the laws and run society? Because, you know, that's been tried before, and it didn't go so well."
I can understand the confusion. One source of the confusion is that there are some Christians who do propose something like this. Some of them are following the theological ideas of R. J. Rushdoony, who is considered to be a founder of what is known as Christian reconstructionism. Others just use language like "taking back America" or "conquering the seven mountains of culture." They seem to imply a sort of Christian takeover of the key segments of culture. more >>