Saint George may have slain the dragon, but it’s becoming painfully obvious that even he cannot conquer Great Britain’s wave of political correctness. As the country copes with an influx of Muslims, the church and government are finding it extremely difficult to maintain their British identity. As an example, the Church of England is considering removing the cross of St. George from its flag because of its association with the medieval crusades. The debate has enraged citizens who are concerned that the country may soon become unrecognizable in its pursuit of cultural pluralism.
This week, British papers are also reporting a growing problem with the public school curriculum. For fear of “offending” Muslim students, teachers have become increasingly hesitant to teach history lessons on the Holocaust because of the students’ predominantly anti-Semitic feelings. A government study found that educators are also afraid to tackle the 11th century crusades, in which Christians fought Islam for control of the Holy Land, or the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since the curriculum often conflicts with what some children are taught at the local mosques, some teachers are dropping the lessons altogether.
Sadly, it reflects the international trend to use history as a means, not for teaching the truth but promoting a value-free form of tolerance. As Chris McGovern, a government advisor, said, “Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable.” Until Britons rise up to defend the traditions that they hold dear, these P.C. policies will only facilitate their nation’s decline. Americans should take notice!
Since his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2001, Dr. Wade Horn has served admirably as the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. As he announces his departure, we commend him for his unwavering commitment to the intact family and abstinence.
Under his watch, ACF has promoted positive, life-changing programs for adolescents, parents, and married couples, including several new partnerships with faith-based organizations and abstinence educators. His principled leadership will be sorely missed. As the administration considers a replacement to fill the big shoes that Wade is leaving behind, we urge the White House to select a person who shares his commitment for putting the family first.
FRC Action, the legislative action arm of FRC, has put together a Video Voter Guide in which the Presidential candidates are interviewed on several issues related to faith, family, and freedom. Here is a clip of Mike Huckabee discussing President Bush’s tax cuts.
FRC Action, the legislative action arm of FRC, has put together a Video Voter Guide in which the Presidential candidates are interviewed on several issues related to faith, family, and freedom. Here is a clip of Rep. Tom Tancredo discussing President Bush’s tax cuts.
FRC Action, the legislative action arm of FRC, has put together a Video Voter Guide in which the Presidential candidates are interviewed on issues related to faith, family, and freedom. Here is a clip of Sen. Sam Brownback discussing President Bush’s tax cuts.
Also in the op/ed department, FRC’s Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, writes in today’s Christian Science Monitor about the recent overturning by the courts of the Child Online Protection Act:
Another federal judge has struck down the Child Online Protection Act. Had it taken effect, the 1998 law would have done one simple thing: require Internet pornographers to verify the age of customers through the use of adult-access codes or credit cards.
Last month, Judge Lowell Reed Jr ruled out even this basic measure of accountability as a violation of the free-speech rights of porn purveyors and their often addicted customers.
Chris Gacek, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs, writes at the Weekly Standard website today about the two year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death:
THISWEEKEND marked the second anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death. It is widely asserted by the mainstream press, liberal activists, and some in the Democratic party that those who argued for congressional action in her case were not only wrong to do so, but acted without any reasonable justification. Quite to the contrary: The circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo’s death demonstrate that reforms are needed to protect persons like her in the future.
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is a highly decorated former Marine and Vietnam veteran. He’s also the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and one of the most outspoken opponents of the Iraq conflict. Recently he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he supports reinstating the military draft and said that he believes “everyone ought to be obligated to serve”:
Before you would-be draft dodgers rush off to buy a one-way bus tickets to Canada, keep in mind that hardly anyone—including the military and Murtha’s fellow legislators—agrees that a draft is desirable.