Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) expressed his support for a Christian retail company suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate.
The former Republican presidential hopeful wrote in a column published on his Institute's website Sunday that Hobby Lobby Inc. has the right to not pay for contraceptives and abortifacients for its employees.
"Much of the discussion has focused on whether a corporation such as Hobby Lobby can even have First Amendment rights. But the issue of 'corporate personhood' is a smokescreen," wrote Paul. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church has been named TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2013.
In an announcement made by TIME on Wednesday morning, the Pontiff was given the honor for his impact on the global stage, stated TIME's managing editor Nancy Gibbs.
Like Obama, I got my colonoscopy when I turned 50. The President got his done as a "virtual colonoscopy" at Walter Reed Hospital, where they simulated a full colon exam without actually doing one. It was the same way the media simulated examining The Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010.
"Proctologist" is a word a man never likes to hear, along with a few others like "testicular," "ingrown," "listen," "ask for directions," and "let's cuddle." But a colonoscopy was something I knew had to do, and you should, too.
My procedure went well, but now I know how those sock puppets in the media feel. For MSNBC's Chris Matthews' sake, I hope Jay Carney has small hands. I don't listen to instructions well, so I really didn't know what to expect. I felt like it would be best to treat it like French marriage: asking a lot of questions might take the fun out of it. more >>
Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin met up with the Robertson clan from the hit A&E reality television series "Duck Dynasty" over to weekend while promoting her new holiday-themed book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas in West Monroe, La.
Palin, who was also on the 2012 vice presidential ticket for the GOP nomination, posted a photo of her with most of the Robertson family in West Monroe, Louisiana on Saturday. Several of the family members in the picture, including Kori Robertson, Miss Kay and John Luke Robertson can be seen holding Palin's new book, which discusses the importance of protecting the religious significance behind Christmas.
Alan Robertson, the only "beardless" member of the "Duck Dynasty" family who joined the show this season, tweeted his joy after meeting the Palin family. "The Robertson's and the Palin's together. Alaska and Louisiana hunters unite!" more >>
The Festivus pole, a relic from the 1990s NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," made an appearance in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, after a self-described "militant atheist" received permission to set it up near a Nativity scene.
"A Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole is a symbol of ridiculousness," Chaz Stephens, editor in chief of South Florida advocacy blog MAOS (My Acts of Sedition), told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He set up the pole, not to celebrate a 1990s holiday, but to protest the Nativity scene and other religious monuments set up in public spaces.
"It's a made up holiday from the 1990s, but it's a symbol of separation of church and state, in my mind," Stephens explained. more >>
For those who believe that life begins at conception, abortion hangs over society like a dark cloud. So long as the culture and the courts continue to embrace this barbaric practice as simply a matter of "women's health care," there remains a need for pro-life advocacy and activism. According to the most recent statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, the pro-life community has reason to feel hopeful. As of 2010 abortion was at its lowest level in 30 years, and rates continue to fall.
One possible influence on the falling abortion rate lies in the twin realms of science and technology. As reproductive science has advanced, the humanity of an unborn child has become increasingly apparent. We now know that unborn children begin interacting with their uterine environment at a very early point in the pregnancy. They respond to physical stimuli. They can feel pain. With each progressing week in the pregnancy an unborn baby acquires new capacities and abilities. The antiquated notion that an unborn baby is merely an extension of the mother's body has been proven false. Since the baby is a separate and genetically distinct person, the argument that abortion is simply a matter of "my body, my choice" has less resonance. Even if that argument were true (never mind the fact that the law places all sorts of limitations on what we can do with our bodies, e.g. cannot smoke before 18 or drink before 21, can't ingest illegal drugs, etc.), the argument doesn't apply to another individual. A person's right to swing his fist ends where another's nose begins. Increasingly, society is recognizing that a pregnant woman is bound by certain moral – and perhaps one day soon, legal – obligations to the person residing within her womb.
The increasing sophistication of ultrasound imaging might also be a factor in abortion's falling rates. For year's pro-lifers maintained that if only we could put a window on the womb, the rate of abortions would decline. Why? Because people would see that the subject of the potential abortion really is a baby and not just a blob of tissue. They would see just how vulnerable and precious an unborn child is, and the monstrosity of abortion would be cast into stark relief. A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and since an unborn child is unable to speak up for himself and incapable of defending himself from the abortionist's instruments of destruction, the images conveyed via ultrasound are crucial. For too long the "rights" rhetoric deployed by the Left has obscured the reality of what we are dealing with in the womb. Anecdotally, I can say that when I served on the Board of Directors for Care Net, an organization dedicating to supporting and educating pregnant women with life affirming alternatives to abortion, I was told that the reversal rate for abortion minded women was as high as 90 percent at crisis pregnancy centers where ultrasound imaging was available. more >>