NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A panel on the Common Core educational standards has denounced the standards as being problematic for schools.
Held at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday afternoon, the panel grilled the ideas and content behind Common Core. Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at the Heritage Foundation, said that while Common Core has "well-intentioned advocates" who support "national standards" which would "raise the bar" for educational curriculum and be voluntary in nature, conservatives "are realists" when it comes to the promises of a more centralized educational system in the United States.
"After 50 years of failed federal initiatives in education conservatives aren't exactly sold on this notion that this time Washington will get it right," said Burke, who moderated the panel. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Gov. Mike Huckabee only had 10 minutes to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but in that time he described what could be a full platform for the 2016 presidential race.
His 10-minute CPAC speech tackled every issue one would expect from a Republican presidential candidate: healthcare, foreign policy, tax policy, abortion, Israel, parental rights, gun rights, religious liberty and the NSA, IRS and Benghazi scandals.
He also spoke about God. more >>
The Texas Workforce Commission issued a charge of discrimination Thursday against Fox Sports Southwest for firing college football analyst Craig James for his religious beliefs.
James was fired from his job as a college football analyst for the cable network due to comments he made about homosexuality during a February 2012 Republican candidate debate for the U.S. Senate.
During a Thursday "Washington Watch" interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, James and his attorney, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, discussed their thoughts about the TWC's decision and their next steps in this case. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Participants at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference see a political movement with "ascendency" and "energy."
Jim Lakely, communications director for The Heartland Institute, told The Christian that he felt the conservative movement was "in the ascendency."
"The presidency of Barack Obama has shown the country what liberalism is, the kind of stuff that conservatives have been warning about for a long time," Lakely commented. "I think conservatives are coming together more now than they ever have in the past thanks to what we all are trying to oppose, the public policy changes. So getting away from government-controlled liberalism and getting back to free markets." more >>
USA Today recently published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of "altar – bound" singles--many of who identify as "Christians"-- now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.
Recently the Pope made reference to cohabitation in a statement that is leaving some confused. Pope Francis stated, "matrimony is between a man and a woman but that moves to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care." Multitudes are uncertain regarding the extent of what he was suggesting or saying in this statement.
Add to the conversation on people "living together" are people making statements like the following: " Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st-century. We're older… more mature… been divorced… not ready financially… providing parents to a child… benefiting from tax incentives...have peace that God understands our unique situation...after all, look how many celebrities and even 'Christians' are doing it." more >>
"I was horrified," said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly growing scouting organization that doesn't allow openly gay members.
Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP's original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization's "creed" during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.
It took the AP several days to acknowledge their error. But by then, the unfortunate comparison to Nazi Germany had spread on the Internet faster than Hitler's invasion of Poland. more >>