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"The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.

Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population live in countries where ..."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has responded to a torrent of criticism, after his appearance in a video for the Christian organization Focus on the Family. Brees filmed a video in which he helped promote a Focus on the Family initiative called “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” In the video, Brees encouraged children to, “Live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day.”

However, an intensely critical article from Business Insider labeled Focus on the Family an “anti-LGBTQ group.” This, despite the fact that nowhere in Brees’ video did he mention LGBTQ people, or issues. In the BI piece, author Alexandra Licata blasts Focus on the Family for their support of ...

More than 6,300 adults have died from reactions to a drug that is used as a puberty blocker in gender-confused children, Food & Drug Administration data shows.

“Between 2012 and June 30 of this year, the FDA documented over 40,764 adverse reactions suffered by patients who took Leuprolide Acetate (Lupron), which is used as a hormone blocker. More than 25,500 reactions logged from 2014-2019 were considered ‘serious,’ including 6,370 deaths,” The Christian Post reported on Thursday.

“Lupron is being prescribed off-label for use in children who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria despite the lack of formal FDA approval for that purpose,” the outlet explained. “The drug is clinically approved for ..."

As the memories of the fateful day of September 11, 2001 fade, President Donald Trump has signaled he is determined to make sure prayer plays a role in its remembrance. The President signed a little-reported proclamation last week naming Friday, Sept. 6 thru Sunday, Sept. 8 as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance to honor the victims who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Prayer events continue this week in advance of Wednesday’s commemoration.

Almost 3,000 men, women, and children lost their lives when hijacked commercial aircraft crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The attacks led to ...

It all started when I was in kindergarten. There was a kid in my neighborhood named Carter. (He was a year older than I was.) I remember him kissing me one day while we were playing. Just a peck on the lips. It startled me, but we laughed it off and I didn't think anything of it. A few months went by and that lead to exploring other areas of our bodies.

... As I began to mature, I developed attraction to the same sex. This lead to me explore my sexuality and try things with other guys. Before I knew it, I had fully opened a door, walked through it and heard it lock behind me. I had allowed the devil to trap me into a mess.

... The last night of youth camp I found myself standing in the back of the room. A longtime friend named Mikayela came up next to me. She noticed that the Holy Spirit was doing something in my heart. She knew the struggles I had walked through. She asked me, "Grayson. Are you ready to leave this mess here?" I said, "Yes" ...

Could you even imagine a sports car with such a powerful, finely-tuned, rotary engine, whose rotor, drive shaft, and subunits work together so smoothly, that the engine can hit 42,000 rpm and achieve 100% energy efficiency? Well, no… as amazing as cars are these days, the best redline at 10,000 rpm and achieve below 50 percent energy efficiency, meaning that less than half of the power produced actually propels the car. The rest is emitted as wasted heat.

But… if automobile engineers could mimic the efficiency and power of the rotary engine that exists in every cell in our bodies? Well, watch out. Recently, an article was posted at the Discovery Insitute website summarizing three new studies of the enzyme ATP synthase. As they describe it, “ATP synthase is a high-tech, micromolecular power generator” that works like a rotary engine ...

California students remain in the bottom tier of academic excellence, ranking 44 out of 50 in the latest Best States survey by U.S. News and World Report. While they may not be faring so well with the basics, children as young as kindergarten are becoming experts in sexual relations, sexual orientation and gender.

All of this is a result of a concerted effort that has been underway for years (yet formalized with the 2011 passage of SB 48, the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education) Act. The law mandates that students as young as kindergarten be taught about LGBT issues ...

A church in Chula Vista, California, was vandalized after its pastor openly criticized the city library’s decision to host Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) for young children. Chula Vista police are investigating the graffiti on the exterior walls of the South Bay Pentecostal Church as a hate crime, reported KGTV.

“Sure enough, at every corner there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” Executive Pastor Amado Huizar said, adding “there is no doubt” his church was targeted. Many of the symbols and messages sprawled on the walls were reportedly associated with Satan. According to the KGTV report ...

While pro-life activists watched and prayed, a woman was brought out of the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Manhattan for transport to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The ambulance arrived at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood located in a high-rise on narrow Bleecker Street near Margaret Sanger Square on August 22, 2019, at 10:03 a.m. Witnesses noticed that the ambulance turned off its siren about a block from the abortion business. The woman was wheeled out on a gurney partially covered with a sheet and was loaded into the ambulance.

The ambulance pulled away with flashing lights only, then turned on sirens when it was about a block away, as is usual for this particular Planned Parenthood abortion facility ...

A city council in Texas has voted to stop renting out space at the local library to public organizations, essentially canceling the town’s ability to have a “Drag Queen Story Time” for children, a move hailed by pro-family advocates. “These are people who are actually employed at adult nightclubs,” Mary Elizabeth Castle, a policy adviser for Texas Values, a nonprofit organization that promotes faith, family, and freedom, said of the drag queens.

The City Council of Leander, Texas, 22 miles northwest of Austin, voted 5-2 at its Aug. 15 meeting to stop renting out meeting rooms at the library to the public.

“We brought in $1,800 in rental fees and we spent $20,000 in security,” Leander Mayor Troy Hill said, apparently referring to the drag queen event. “That’s not good math to me" ...

The horrible massacre of 31 innocent people a few weeks ago in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, was staggering for Americans. Once again, we witnessed ghastly multiple murders. It is happening regularly, with no end in sight. Though it is heart-wrenching to recall, we must not forget the slaughter of 20 precious kindergartners and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or the killing of 12 teenagers and 1 faculty member at Columbine High School, just a few miles from our home in Colorado.

... It is impossible to overstate the anguish and grief suffered by hundreds of families and friends who have lost loved ones at the hands of wanton killers. And there are even more who are dealing with the trauma and pain of injury, both physical and emotional, stemming from these tragic events. Clearly, America is under siege, and the nation is rightly demanding answers ...

In a few weeks, Texas will relax its restrictions on multiple firearm laws, allowing Texans to have guns and ammunition in public areas. The new changes were passed in the most recent legislative session, which came more than a year after the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Texas has had multiple of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, including the University of Texas in Austin killing spree that introduced the nation to the concept of mass shootings, and the most recent massacre in El Paso that left 22 people dead and dozens injured.

Here are the gun laws going into effect on September 1 ...

27 dead, 20 wounded. An estimated 700 rounds unleashed by a gunman at the defenseless members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

A year and a half later, state lawmakers lifted the prohibition on licensed concealed carry within Texas churches. With the law set to take effect this Sunday, Dave Welch, leader of the thousand member Texas Pastor Council, welcomed the right to fight fire with fire in defense of the vulnerable.

"There's a clear message to potential perpetrators that if churches across the board have people in the church that are carrying, that are licensed, that are trained and prepared, that it is less likely that someone will attempt to engage," said Welch ...

Many U.S. churches today have “forgotten” their purpose, becoming entertainment-driven social organizations eager to blend in with secular culture instead of focusing on biblical discipleship, Pastor David Jeremiah warned.

“The Church is coming under attack; it’s forgotten what the Church is supposed to be,” Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, told The Christian Post. “We’re not an entertainment service; we’re not here to see how close we can get to what the world does. But there’s so much of the world in the Church and vice versa that we can’t tell a difference. We have to hold to the truth. We have to get nourished. If it’s not happening, you’re a social organization and not a church.”

Jeremiah, who also serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, explained that amid a nationwide decline in church attendance, far too many churches have become “obsessed” with ...

With lawmakers coming to Austin with a $10.5 billion surplus, Texas homeowners were excited about the prospect of substantial property tax relief. While they eventually received what might be considered a down payment on tax relief, they narrowly staved off efforts by Republicans to increase taxes.

At the beginning of the 86th Texas Legislature, the Capitol was abuzz with comity and cheeriness. With House Speaker Joe Straus out of the way, conservatives believed their reforms could have greater success, and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick striking a gentler tone, establishment lawmakers were hopeful they’d be able to ...

The Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law, would be “catastrophic” for Christians and churches if it becomes law, evangelist Franklin Graham warned.

Graham, in a recent op-ed for Decision Magazine, warned that the bill, which was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March, would grant the same protections afforded to racial minorities and women under the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ community, causing significant legal problems for ...

As the debate over conditions at Border Patrol facilities and how best to address the crisis continues, Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and his Texas church are ministering to both migrants and patrol agents.

“Many churches are engaged in ministry at the border. We are grateful to be a part of the effort to express hope and healing,” Graham said in a tweet Tuesday, acknowledging a recent media report about his church’s efforts.

On Friday, in a mission Graham billed “Operation Border Blessing,” Prestonwood Baptist Church delivered supplies to support ...

The LGBTQ community speaks loud and clear with marches, parades, protests, petitions and rallies to portray their various forms of sexuality as alternative lifestyles. They seek acceptance with the intent of including homosexuality as normal and even Biblical. The LGBTQ community wants the right to indoctrinate children with crossdressing and gender alternatives as a solution to their questions on their identity.

... If you dare to express your Biblical convictions against any aspect of their lifestyle, you will immediately receive negative responses, up to and including loss of employment, lawsuits, protests against your businesses, acts of violence and death threats. If you or your church are bold enough to step to the forefront and offer guidance and counseling for those that may want to step out of homosexuality or seek help in their gender confusion, you are breaking the law in some states and may find yourself behind bars or ...

The California Board of Education implemented progressive sex and gender education curriculum in public schools across the state, regardless, in some cases, of parental knowledge or consent.

Progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, collaborated on AB-329 in 2016 and the recently introduced Health Education Framework in May as highlighted by a video created by the conservative group Our Watch.

Both these pieces of education legislation mandate that school districts require sex ed and encourage students to question their parents on sexual topics—topics explored in the kindergarten through 12th grade sex education curricula implemented in California schools.

An Islamist movement in America composed of terrorist, paramilitary and criminal components is increasingly anticipating a nationwide armed uprising which will be sparked by a confrontation with police and/or white supremacists, according to Clarion Intelligence Network’s sources.

The nationwide movement, consisting largely of African-American prison converts, includes multiple Islamist groups connected to a violent organization named “Ummah” playing the biggest role. Other components of this Islamist movement include Salafi extremists, Sufi extremists and more “mainstream” Muslim Brotherhood-type Sunnis such as Brooklyn Imam Siraj Wahhaj.

This racially-focused Islamist movement is focused on developing ...

Several weeks ago, I was invited by White House staff to visit our southern border at McAllen, Texas, where federal agents are struggling to deal with a massive influx of poor and destitute human beings. They come in never-ending waves. Please believe me when I tell you that the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there. It is a human tragedy.

I promised the exhausted U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents that I would go home and tell as many people as possible what I had seen "up close and personal." Today, I am attempting to fulfill that commitment. Approximately 5,500 people show up every day in districts organized along our southern U.S. border. McAllen is the site of only one of them, but it is the busiest and most besieged. The "refugees" arrive ...

Our defeat was all but inevitable, yet the transgender activists still showed up in matching shirts and waved multicolored flags. Their speakers outnumbered ours 4 to 1, but they still hissed and muttered ugly names at our side while we spoke.

We had gathered for the Arlington County School Board’s meeting on June 18. For four months, the Arlington Parent Coalition had worked tirelessly to get our liberal school board and administrators to reconsider or delay the implementation of policies that would expand accommodations for transgender-identified students.

Those policies were passed four years ago during the summer, when nobody was paying attention. Their timing was not unintentional ...

Less than 72 hours after Houston's annual public expression of "Pride," Harris County's leadership took action some consider historic - a non-discrimination policy specifically protecting lesbian-gay-bisexual, and transgender employees. "The message it sends out is that we may be deep in the heart of Dixie, we may be in the reddest of red states, but we are sensitive, we are inclusive, and we want people to be who they are," said Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1.

Opponents of the measure sited both the absence of grievances from current LGBTQ employees and the county attorney's belief that existing anti-harassment rules offer adequate protection without opening up a fresh avenue for lawsuits ...

During the June 19 congressional hearing on slavery and reparations, Dr. Julianne Malveaux stated, “People want to talk ugly about Democrats; people change their ideology. … So the Democrats were the devil once upon a time. There were these groups called the Red Shirts, which were the Klan, they were Democrats. … However, the Republicans took that over; they became the devil. …”

In broad-brush fashion, she painted her “Democrats good, Republicans bad” picture.

What is Dr. Malveaux’s definition of evil? This determination must be based upon her idea of morality. What is her source for moral law? It seems that the party she espouses actually represents more collective abominations than any other group known today ...

Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Azusa Pacific University chaplain and the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, has become a prop for the LGBT agenda by directing pastors and counselors to reject biblical views of sexuality and deny counseling for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

On Monday, the California State Assembly passed a resolution authored by Assemblyman Evan Low, known as ACR 99, which calls on religious leaders and others with “moral influence” to affirm homosexuality and “transgenderism” and to accept that Christian efforts to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion are “ineffective, unethical and “harmful” ...

Libraries around the country in recent years have come under harsh criticism for abandoning their objective to serve the community by staging “drag queen” events.

One of the first to draw attention was held in 2017 at the Michelle Obama public library in Long Beach, California.

Now the libraries have competition. With a church.

Cincinnati.com reports drag queen Sparkle Leigh brought an “LGBT storytime” to the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. Dan Davidson, a custodian, recently spent hours applying makeup and glitter to become ...

A public library in Renton, Washington gave children free condoms, lubricant and held a raffle for “chest binders” during a “teen pride” celebration. I write about this kind of vulgar indoctrination in my upcoming book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing A Nation.”

A number of concerned citizens showed up at the King County library wondering what in the name of Dewey Decimal was going on. But when the parents started asking questions, librarians called the police and the concerned citizens were physically removed from the property.

Lynn Meagher, one of those moms who was physically removed by police, told the Todd Starnes Radio Show she was appalled by what she saw. We posted some of the photos below ...

In a postmodern culture obsessed with feelings and political correctness, the Church must stop apologizing for “the way that God thinks and acts and what He says is right and wrong,” Francis Chan recently said.

During a Q&A session at the 2019 Church Leaders Conference, held at the Zacharias Institute in Alpharetta, Georiga, Chan explained that in today’s culture, the pervasive mentality is that “we’re all fighting for our rights.”

“And these are real things, real pain, real feelings that we feel,” he said ... But amid the push to be inclusive and understanding, Chan said “one of the most important passages for our generation” is Isaiah 55:8-9 ...

A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.

The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. And the court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial’s presence on a grassy highway median doesn’t violate the Constitution’s prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others. Seven of the court’s nine justices sided with the cross’ backers, a lineup that crossed ideological lines ...

Immigration centers are dangerously overcrowded yet the federal agency slammed with an onslaught of migrants provides a separate unit for transgender illegal immigrants as well as costly hormone therapy and a number of other perks. Thanks to an Obama policy continued by the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gives transgender illegal aliens special treatment, including their own detention center in New Mexico that offers hair and makeup classes, a recreation area, gym, television rooms, a lab and pharmacy ...

Williamson County officials answered an important question this week: Will the county publicly promote high-risk sexual behavior on government property?

Earlier this month, two recently elected justices of the peace, KT Musselman and Stacy Hackenberg, requested permission from Williamson County to fly the LGBT rainbow flag for the remainder of the month at their public court buildings—right alongside the U.S. and Texas flags. With the request, Hackenberg was fulfilling her campaign promise to be a “progressive voice for Williamson County courts.”

... Hackenberg and Musselman approached the Williamson County Commissioners Court Tuesday to get a final decision on the flag, and prior to the meeting, County Judge Bill Gravell posted a poll on Facebook to get public input on the idea ...

While Planned Parenthood frequently purports to be about "choice," just .03 percent of their services included adoption referrals. The abortion giant is frequently the recipient of lavish media and corporate support, while truly pro-life efforts like adoption get overlooked.

As Live Action News explains, while celebrities are loudly screaming their support for Planned Parenthood and abortion, there are others who are quietly doing the hard work of truly helping vulnerable children, women, and families in need ...

Hier, a two-time Academy Award winner for the documentaries “Genocide” and “The Long Way Home,” is regularly spotted on cable news. He is an opinionated (and sometimes funny) man, and it takes about 11 seconds in his presence to feel completely at home. Eighty-year-old Jews who are extremely ready to share their opinions are, perhaps, my favorite people of all.

He’s also someone who still refuses to apologize for leading a prayer at US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Read on, as I offer him another opportunity here.) While he does condemn the president’s comments on Charlottesville and did rebuke Trump’s Muslim travel ban (with some commentary), the rabbi is clearly someone who, while not taking sides, has definitely taken sides ...

Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned for two years in Turkey before the Trump administration helped free him in October, told the Southern Baptist Convention Monday night he believes the next generation is going to experience more intense Christian persecution.

The North Carolina native missionary warned the thousands of pastors gathered in Birmingham, Ala. to be prepared. Brunson, who prayed for President Trump in the Oval Office upon his return to U.S. soil, opened his remarks on a "Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Righteousness" panel by asking those in the crowd to raise their hands if they prayed for him so he could thank them and point to the importance of those prayers for the nation of Turkey overall ...

Millennials and Gen-Xers stood together, unified with a voice that declared freedom is possible through Christ. The message is what so many need to hear but has been so quickly shunned. It lacks popularity but is packed with power. Jeffrey McCall, the founder of the Freedom March, invited me to be a part of this historical event. Watching so many younger than I stand unashamed and passionate about their experience of walking out of the lifestyle of homosexuality into a life of freedom in Christ was a magnificent experience. This has been an answer to prayer.

They stood together, each one with their own story of how Christ came into their heart and gave them a brand new life. These young people were vibrant and energetic. Their enthusiasm was clearly visible as they shared their testimonies of coming out of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ ...

Social Security numbers came into use in November of 1935, as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program during the Great Depression. It was in response to so many citizens losing their life's saving when the speculative bank investments of the Roaring Twenties came to an abrupt end with the 1929 Stock Market Crash.

Printed on the card, until 1972, was the statement: "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY PURPOSES -- NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION."

Do you have withholding from your paycheck? Another government program begun in response to an emergency was withholding taxes from individuals' paychecks, which started June 9, 1943. Congress needed money to fight ...

The greatest threat to the future and prosperity of America is not terrorism, nuclear war with Iran, or a conflict with Russia. By far the greatest threat to our nation is the politicized division via partisans in both parties, popular media, radical community activists, and the social scientists that thrive upon dissension.

Jesus said, “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25). Because of the work of far-left historical revisionists (who continue to eradicate America’s Christian history from school text books), many elite political theorists have been deconstructing the historical values, constitution, and cultural pillars of the USA while constructing another nation based upon the ideology of ...

A Gallup survey shows that between the late 1930s and late 90s the percentage of Americans who belonged to a house of worship was at around 70 percent. But in the last 20 years, that percentage dropped to 50 percent.

... there is a growing number of young people who are not following their grandparents' and parents' footsteps. They simply in some cases don't believe in organized religion, but the question is why?

Border control is a subject on American minds, a topic that cannot be escaped. People are examining it through many different lenses – politically, economically, legally, culturally, and ethically. Spiritually, we are struggling with righteousness-versus-unrighteousness, light-versus-darkness, and truth-versus-lie kinds of issues because we have violated God’s borders.

God has gifted us with the Bible – a book of borders. As long as we live within the borders He has designated, we receive His blessings, His provision and protection. The moment that we step across and outside of those borders, we begin to struggle. All around us, the world is struggling with ...

"The family is especially under attack," stated Pope John Paul II, August 15, 1993. In 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed West African Archbishop Robert Sarah of Guinea. Archbishop Robert Sarah was appointed Cardinal in 2010.

On September 1, 2010, Cardinal Sarah rejected Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi's call for Europe to become Muslim as being disrespectful of all of Catholic Italy and the Pope: "To speak of the European continent converting to Islam makes no sense because it is the people alone who decide consciously to be Christian, Muslim or to follow other religions."

Cardinal Robert Sarah stated in his synod on the family, October 12, 2015: "Like two 'apocalyptic beasts' located on opposite poles: on the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other ...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards reportedly signaled he would sign his state's "heartbeat" legislation -- effectively banning abortions after just weeks of pregnancy -- as his party faced questions over whether it should be more inclusive of pro-life voices.

“When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent," he reportedly said when asked about the bill on Thursday. The bill, which awaited a vote from the Louisiana House of Representatives, would make the state one of the strictest on abortion access -- following a slew of other states that passed ...

More than half of registered voters believe that laws banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy are not too restrictive, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey.

The May 10-11 poll found that 21 percent of registered voters said that such abortion bans are "too lenient" while 34 percent said they believe they are "just right." Forty-five percent of respondents said they believe the laws are "too restrictive."

Proponents of abortion rights have mounted legal challenges to new regulations passed by a number of states, but the Hill-Harris poll shows that in the court of public opinion, the laws do not currently appear to have sparked ...

The College Board’s recent announcement that it will no longer score students based only on their ability to correctly answer questions on the SAT exam is about as welcome as a pop quiz. Students will now also be assigned “adversity scores” of one to 100 using 15 different metrics regarding their background. The more disadvantaged a student is judged, the more points will be added to his or her adversity score.

What seems like a poor attempt at satire is, unfortunately, all too real. Breaking down human experiences and backgrounds, throwing them into an Excel spreadsheet, and assigning students a number to determine how privileged or disadvantaged they are sounds like something straight out of ...

Texas and its local governments would no longer be able to partner with abortion providers or their affiliates — even for services like sexual health education and pregnancy prevention initiatives — under a bill the Texas House passed in a preliminary vote late Friday after hours of emotional debate.

Senate Bill 22, which critics call the biggest threat to Planned Parenthood this legislative session, would forbid a government entity from transferring money to an abortion provider, even for services not related to the procedure. It would also bar a transfer of ...

The United Nations charter of June 26, 1945, reflected lofty goals to help nations recover after WWII and set a course of peace for the future. The UN Security Council was specifically created to negotiate and maintain peace around the world. However, the United Nations currently seems to be preoccupied with the Palestinian issue, while ignoring genocide and gross human rights violations by a number of countries.

In the ensuing years after WWII, the United States exercised considerable influence over the 50-odd member states. But, new nations came into being across the Middle East and in Africa. The United Nations member states grew from ...

On May 7, several areas in the region experienced widespread street flooding and some isolated structural flooding. The folks in Kingwood once again were hit hardest. There was widespread street and some structural flooding. Much the flooding was due to both the extraordinary amount of rainfall and poor maintenance by the City of its drainage infrastructure. But the worst concentration of structural flooding occurred in two subdivisions, Elm Grove and North Kingwood Forest and raises other significant issues about how new development affects flooding.

Recently a new development was started immediately to the north and west of these two subdivisions. Prior to the start of the development, the land was heavily wooded. Stormwater flowed from north to south and west to east through this property into ...

Facebook has censored our new ‘still one of us’ ad campaign which we launched last week. It has been placed behind a notice of warning and we are no longer allowed us to promote it. The campaign is currently running on a number of billboards in various parts of the country and we had extended the campaign to Facebook where we were paying a small amount (€150 in total) to bring it to a wider audience.

The company said the image of an unborn child that appears in the ad comes under the heading of ‘graphic’ or ‘violent’ imagery ... (Note, we can still post the image on our Facebook page but cannot pay to bring it to a wider audience) ...

We are now nearly four decades beyond the publication of A Nation at Risk, a federal report that indicted the “rising tide of mediocrity” and initiated a well-deserved period of hand-wringing about K-12 public education in the United States. Massachusetts was the only state to respond to the call to create a school system that would be among the best in the world. Sadly, now even the Bay State is retreating from the policies that delivered its historic success.

The landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, which was entirely state-led, pushed academic content and high standards over ...

New polling in the U.S. reveals an all-time high of those who identify as religious “nones,” individuals who claim no allegiance to any faith.

Many of the “nones” are part of a growing group of Americans who declare they are “spiritual but not religious.” And many in this group fall into the millennial age group or younger and claim to have had negative experiences with “organized religion” in the past and wrote off church because of it.

According to Barna research, that group makes up ...

Today, President Trump unveiled his plan to fully secure our southern border and reform our outdated immigration system.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re here on this very beautiful spring day in the Rose Garden to unveil our plan to create a fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the United States and it’s about time. If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Our plan achieves two critical goals: First, it stops illegal immigration and fully secures the border and, second ...

 

 


Faith & Values of Hispanic Americans

It is Hispanic Heritage Month - an excellent time to consider the lives of Hispanics in America, who are the nation's largest ethnic minority group. This culturally diverse group has roots in a variety of countries, most hailing from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, among others.

There are 58.9 million Hispanics - 18% of the U.S. population.

Pollster George Barna has identified key elements that strongly characterize the Hispanic community. First, they share a "deep connection to family, a concern for social justice and a firm belief in faith practices."

According to the Census Bureau, three in four Hispanics are part of a household with other family members (as opposed to roommates, domestic partners or living alone). In fact, nearly one in five Hispanics live in a home with nine or more people - a much higher percentage than any other ethnic group.

Hispanic Americans who are practicing Christians boast vibrant households in other ways, with 71% sharing dinner together, 49% praying and more than a third talking about their faith or God. In fact, over half of Hispanic Christians share "unique or special Christian religious traditions that they learned from their family."

What's more, Hispanic Christians open their homes and lives to non-family. In fact, 82% confirm having people in their life "who are so close they feel like family," Barna reports. More than half also frequently welcome regular visitors into their home.

In fact, most Hispanics say their home atmosphere feels loving and comfortable - safe, joyful and peaceful.

Hispanics also take pride in their strong work ethic - which is second to their family commitment. One in five reported that their work ethic was "the single most important way that the Hispanic community adds to American society."

Hispanic Christians note that "providing for my family" and "having enough money to meet my own obligations and needs" are their ultimate financial goals in life. Three-quarters say they feel "made for" or "called to" their current work.

In fact, most are aware of the gifts and talents that God has given them, which they want to use "for the good of others."

After Trump's election in 2016 Barna asked the general population whether the U.S. was headed "in the right direction or the wrong direction." Three-quarters of Hispanics asserted America was going in "the wrong direction."

In fact, most Hispanic adults in America believe that "minorities (non-white races) have experienced undeserved hardship," with one in four answering "always." Another 30% said this is "usually" the case. Almost none feel this is "rarely or never" true.

Most Hispanics are "very concerned" about immigration. They disagree that "the U.S. allows too many immigrants into the country" and almost three-quarters feel that "American should welcome refugees during a crisis."

Interestingly, 85% of Americans agree that "people from different cultures enrich America." However, the political discourse on this topic has only become more volatile in recent years - with current immigration regulations affecting citizens from especially Latin and South American nations who are seeking asylum within U.S. borders.

What about the faith of Hispanics?

Though only three in 10 Hispanic Americans read the Bible outside of a religious service, 56% agree that the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings. Church attendance among Hispanics is dropping - as it is among other Americans. In 2003, Barna found that 42% of Hispanics attended a church service in the last week, but that dropped to 30% in 2018.

A third of Americans teenagers identify themselves as atheist or agnostics - as do a third of Hispanics. In fact, Hispanic teens are more likely than other ethnic groups in their generation to have a negative view of Christianity, noting that they "have a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil or suffering in the world," and that "there are too many injustices in the history of Christianity."

Barna asserts, "Despite being brought up in a culture that values the practice of religion, the younger generation of Hispanic Americans are not as certain as their elders. They are either searching for authenticity within Christianity - a faith that addresses family, justice, work and other concerns and priorities of the community - or are opting out of it entirely."

We Americans have much to learn from Hispanics.
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