Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will reportedly decide on a 2016 presidential bid in coming weeks and a close ally says the idea of a third run is being driven by his Mormon faith.
Despite having lost the 2008 Republican nomination to Arizona Senator John McCain and the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama, Romney remains hopeful about his future in politics. Veteran journalist Larry King confirmed over the weekend that the former Mormon pastor is seriously considering another bid at the presidency.
"The fossil fuel industry should be dismantled because it is as bad as human slavery."
That's exactly what Kathleen Henry, president of a non-profit environmental law firm argued in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She went on:
Continuing to use fossil fuels will, in fact, lead to economic collapse from the consequences of climate change. But people continue to listen to the harmful rhetoric of the fossil fuel industry... ...They must rise above this and actively support the dismantling of the fossil fuel industry just as our forebears dismantled the slavery industry. more >>
John Whitehead once wrote, "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." Christian parents understand that their children's education helps frame the "living message" they become, so many of them—like my wife and I some 25 years ago—decide to homeschool them. Homeschooling has now gone "mainstream," with celebrities like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith joining millions of Americans who choose homeschool over public education. Surprising to many is the high rate of minority homeschooling and that 70 percent of survey respondents cite a nonreligious reason as the top motivator in their decision to home school.
One of the hallmarks of the homeschooling movement has been the high level of student outcomes, with homeschoolers consistently scoring higher on standardized tests and college graduation rates about 10% higher than their public school peers. Yet, one of the questions that often perplexes homeschooling parents is whether or not the program of study they have chosen meets or exceeds the academic standards of their local school district. The latest academic standards' issue that homeschooling families face relates to the newly adopted Common Core State Standards. More than 40 states are currently using the standards; setting a higher academic bar than most states had in place, and homeschoolers now must respond to these standards, as standardized tests like the SAT and ACT will likely align to them.
The standards have become contentious in some Christian circles, and homeschoolers have often been at the center of the controversy. Homeschooling mom Jenni White led the charge against Common Core in Oklahoma, and her group, "Restore Oklahoma Public Education," was at the forefront of the repeal of Common Core recently signed by Governor Mary Fallin. Megan King of Lawrence, Kansas pulled two of her three sons out of their public elementary school, in part, because of the math standards, and she co-founded Kansans Against Common Core. Other parents see the standards as real progress. Physicist Chad Orzel, in a blog entitled "Thanks, Common Core," was grateful to report that his daughter was now "actually understanding the meaning of the process," and not just learning rote problems. John Tuma, a board member of the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators writes that, "The 5th grade (Common Core) standard that says, 'Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text' is not the problem." He goes on to write that: "The fact that the curriculum is tied to the Common Core Standards is not the problem either, but rather it is what worldview the curriculum is tied to that we should be concerned about." Tuma concludes, "Frankly, obsessing about public-school standards is just a bad idea for homeschoolers." more >>
Churches in the United Kingdom will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by focusing on the Christian influence of the document.
Both the Church of England's General Synod and other church officials have called on England to remember the church's involvement in the Magna Carta's creation.
The Right Rev. Alan Smith, the bishop of the Diocese of St Albans, sent a letter in January about his concern over the church's role being minimized in popular memory of the 1215 political milestone. more >>
I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven — in some capacity, anyway. I don't think it's physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender – and drawing that was more than what some would say is "natural" or "normal."
As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified — sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life of a church during my adolescence, I was raised in close enough proximity to religious things – and religious people – that I knew the Bible referenced to homosexuality as an abominable thing.
The Bible referenced to me as an abominable thing. That was my understanding anyway. And not only did the Bible paint people like me in the light of all that is grotesque, but so did the people around me. Family, friends, football coaches. Everyone. To be gay was to be gross. To be gay was to be wicked. To be gay was to be scum. more >>
It was a stunning sight. President Obama was in London for a summit meeting in early 2009. He bowed low before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. President Obama had apparently never learned that Americans do not bow and the American President, especially, should never bow to a King.
Now, with the death of King Abdullah, President Obama has issued a statement that is, to put it charitably, about as far from the truth as the East is from the West. The White House issued a warm statement of appreciation of Abdullah's legacy.
To Mr. Obama, King Abdullah was "a candid leader who had the courage of his convictions, including his passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East." more >>