Support for redefining marriage to include same-sex couples has reached a new high, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-nine percent of American adults answered that they support "allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally" while 34 percent said they oppose the change.
On both sides of the issue, those who strongly held their position outnumbered those who expressed ambivalence. Thirty-nine percent said they strongly support and 20 percent said they somewhat support, while 24 percent said they strongly oppose and only 10 percent said they somewhat oppose. more >>
One of the major reasons why moms are vigorously opposing schools adopting the much-ballyhooed Common Core standards is that they are tied to the gathering and storing of in-depth personal data about every child. The files are called longitudinal, which means they include information from birth and track the kids all through school and college.
This longitudinal system reminds us of the ominous practice of the Chinese Communists who, in pre-Internet days, stored every child's personal information (academic, medical, behavioral and home situation) in a manila folder that was ultimately turned over to employers upon the child finishing school.
The New York Times published a famous picture of a Chinese warehouse filled with a dangan (archival record) for millions of Chinese individuals. The collection and retention of voluminous personal information (academic from pre-K through university, behavioral, political and appraisals by others) is the way a totalitarian state keeps control of its people. more >>
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic denounced the Security Council, which includes the U.S., for failing to take action and allowing the ongoing slaughter in the Syria civil war to continue.
"States that exert influence on the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic must act to ensure that these parties comply with the rules of international humanitarian law," human rights investigators said in a report released Wednesday. "The Security Council bears responsibility for allowing the warring parties to violate these rules with impunity."
The U.N. Security Council, which has the responsibility to maintain international peace and security, is composed of five permanent members – the U.S., the U.K., China, France, and Russia – as well as 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year periods. more >>
As I lead a church and Christian daycare with multiple employees, I am looking carefully at the health benefits we should provide, including the impact of Obamacare. Most people are now willing to admit that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not a perfect law. Maybe any law with well over 11 million words is bound to have some problems. But while most of the attention has understandably gone to the millions of Americans who are losing their health coverage or their doctors, the problem of the ACA's assault on religious liberty still looms large.
From the very beginning, Catholic leaders raised concerns about the regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), charged with implementing the healthcare law. These require employers to pay for contraceptive services, including drugs that can potentially induce abortion. There is currently debate over whether both the birth control pill and the so-called "morning-after pill" should be classified as abortifacients. Some claim they merely prevent ovulation and/or fertilization, while others note that they also make the endometrial lining of the uterus hostile to a fertilized ovum.
Regardless, all contraceptive drugs are a violation of Catholic conscience. Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, written in 1968, clarified the Catholic view that children are a blessing and should be welcomed by married couples. Catholic leaders are not asking the federal government to ban contraception; they are simply asking to be exempt from paying for it or being complicit in its distribution. more >>
Mr. Matthew McConaughey was awarded the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar Sunday night for his performance in the AIDS-themed movie Dallas Buyer's Club. Almost immediately his acceptance speech sent social media ablaze with condemnation. Why? Because he talked about God too much. Or, he did not talk about God the right way. Or, the fact that he was thanking God for opportunities that may have included acting in raunchy movies.
I am no particular Matthew McConaughey fan. A Time To Kill was a decent turn, though Samuel L. Jackson carried that movie and the supporting cast was very strong. I will never see Magic Mike. I have only seen parts of Sahara, but–cards on the table here–McConaughey will never get my attention when sharing the screen with Penelope Cruz.
Just sayin'. more >>
An important and historically uncontroversial religious freedom bill died in the Georgia state legislature yesterday, the latest such bill from around the country to become a tragic victim of rush to judgment and colossal misunderstanding.
In an all-out effort to kill the legislation, opponents performed impressive feats of logical jujitsu to label Georgia's Preservation of Religious Freedom Act-and its supporters-as un-American, pro-discrimination and anti-gay: first, by suggesting that the bill was akin to controversial proposals levied in Kansas and Arizona (it's not); then, by peddling wild and unsubstantiated claims about the bill to any and all who would take them at face value.
Ardent voices in national media outlets declared the legislation would allow "restaurateurs and hoteliers [to] turn away same-sex couples" or permit pharmacists to deny therapy to HIV/AIDS patients. Others said it would "open the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians." Prominent Georgia businesses also played along, asserting that the law, if passed, would "cause significant harm to many people" and even "result in job losses." more >>