In a scene that could have been written by Rosie O’Donnell a school in Vermont ran a terrorist simulation that strikes me as a little out of sync with reality:
“Investigators described them (the psuedo-terrorists) as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the New Crusaders who don’t believe in separation of church and state. The mock gunmen went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.”
Yes that makes sense, Christians as terrorists. God forbid (oops there is that phrase) they should instead have the terrorists portrayed by religious fanatics that actually have a basis in reality (say a group that would fly planes of innocent civilians into a building full of innocent civilians) and not in TV shows.
In the race for the future occupancy of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (it’s one house at least whose market price is up), the media is atwitter about the amount of campaign cash the candidates have raked in to date. Several pundits have predicted that this will be “the most expensive campaign in history.” Yet few analysts seem to understand that money is not the ultimate measure of success. If it were, then Ross Perot and Steve Forbes would be counted among the former Commanders-in-Chief.
While these hopefuls seem adept at raising dollars, they have yet to raise the interest of voters to the point of congealing around their candidacy. Wayne Berman, a Washington lobbyist, argues in The Washington Post that large fundraising “is hugely important if you have to prove you are a credible candidate.” While money is no doubt extremely important, without a message you’re nothing more than an ATM for political consultants. Proving that you are a credible candidate with a sound vision for America should come first and fundraising will naturally follow. As pollster Kellyanne Conway suggests, “Excitement begets money.”
As it stands, values voters have yet to get excited. Obviously, the candidates have several months to develop their platforms, but we await the second quarter results in which the frontrunners are defined not by cash—but by conviction.
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.
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