Myron Guiler wept.
I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion.
"It's heartbreaking," he said. "I can't stand to see these 120 children go. It's my heart. I've poured my life into it." more >>
Within education circles, like much of society, equality has become a buzzword. When exploring options for their children, parents today are likely to hear administrators and experts discuss issues like minority engagement rates, shrinking achievement gaps and classroom parity. But beyond the packaging, what does educational equality truly mean, and are we accomplishing it within our classrooms?
There is no denying that education reforms over the past several decades have helped create greater opportunity for students of every race, religion and gender. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found more women enrolling in college than men, particularly among Hispanics and Blacks. And over the past 30 years graduation rates among African American and Latino high school students have outpaced the national average, and they continue to grow.
Yet, at the same time, more and more students of color find themselves disenfranchised from the system entirely. Nearly one-third of African American students don't finish high school. One in three attends a "drop-out factory," a high school in which less than 60 percent of students graduate on time. Internationally, America ranks near the bottom in terms of minority enrollment in higher education, and only slightly more than half of Hispanic students that start college obtain a bachelor's degree in six years. more >>
Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information.
Following the Times' report last weekend that over 40 federal agencies use undercover agents disguised as attorneys, doctors, news media and other positions to gain access to privileged information, church leaders are appalled to find out that IRS agents are also allowed to pose as clergy, even though the agency doesn't have a crime-fighting function that warrants such a use of undercover tactics.
In a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said he thinks it's an "absolute disgrace" that the IRS is allowed use undercover agents disguised as clergy. He added that he couldn't think of any justifiable reasons as to why the agency should be allowed to disguise agents as clergy. more >>
A common theme arose throughout Gov. Mike Huckabee's Journey with Christian leaders in Poland. They heard firsthand how Poland's freedom from communist occupation was primarily possible because of Pope John Paul II. But equally important, was the Polish people's struggle to maintain their national identity, which was deeply rooted in their Christian faith.
When the Soviets occupied Poland after World War II, they systematically destroyed churches, removed crosses in public and private locations, and eliminated any expression of worship and faith, upon imprisonment. Every aspect of their lives had been stripped away to the point that they did not know who they were and felt complete despair.
Much of communism required destroying and taking away land. One such area, a few miles from Krakow, had long been significantly fertile agricultural ground. The Soviets destroyed it to build their "model communist city," Nowa Huta. Meaning "New Steelworks," after the newly created steel industry, Nowa Huta was a centrally planned "ideal urban" housing community specifically designed to exclude all things related to God. more >>
This is the second part in a series Mr. Perkins is writing on marriage from his trip with other faith and culture leaders to Rome. Part one can be read here.
Today, the Vatican's colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage moved from laying a theoretical groundwork to take on the tone of a half-time locker room pep talk for those advancing the cause of natural marriage. In message after message today, from Sikh, Muslim, Mormon, and others (including American evangelicals Rick Warren and Russell Moore), there was a clarion call to renew the effort to uphold marriage as God intended it to be.
The former Anglican Bishop of Rochester in England, Michael Nazir' Ali, kicked off the day by pointing to how public policies like no-fault divorce have undermined marriage, and called for civil authorities to offer pro-marriage policies that uphold St. Augustine's three core principle of marriage 1) the well-being of children, 2) the well-being of the husband and wife and 3) the well-being of the broader society.Bishop Nazir' Ali recited data from Britain which confirms what research in America has shown as well -- as the Christian Post noted in a validation of a statement I made recently on Fox News Sunday, that children really do thrive most when raised by their own, married mother and father, (even though the liberal media does not want to acknowledge it). more >>
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter." Jonathan Gruber on passing ObamaCare
The Obama legacy is not quite written. What we have so far is an arrogant administration contemptuous of the Constitution, transparency in government, and the American voter. Its members disdain our two-and-a-half century American experience and seek to "transform" our great country.
Recently surfaced lectures and videos of one of the architects of ObamaCare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, exemplify this administration's hubris. Caught in rare moments of honesty, he describes Obama's game plan of deception and premeditated lying to the American people in order to pass the Affordable Care Act. In short, Gruber brags to fellow academic libs how they snookered the poor, dumb American voter to push through ObamaCare. He admits that "bending the cost curve downward" was just talk. more >>