While it may not be readily apparent to many observers, Joel Northrup was a champion in this year’s Iowa High School wrestling tournament. On February 17 the 15-year-old homeschooled sophomore from Marion, Iowa, lost his match to a Cedar Falls freshman by default, but in his defeat he made a bold statement about honor and chivalry that was heard loud and clear by millions.
Only days after a group of deeply religious university students were charged with engaging in a criminal conspiracy to disrupt a speech by a foreign diplomat, a controversy has erupted at another university over a school policy statement which designates a major religion as guilty of “institutionalized oppression.” The way in which these two incidents is being addressed (or ignored) by the mainstream media reflects the way in which the represented religions are viewed through the lenses of political correctness.
The main attraction at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) each year is not just the speeches given by rank-and-file conservative politicians and celebrities, but rather with what goes on in the basement exhibition halls. From Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty to Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to The John Birch Society (the parent organization of The New American) and to the highly controversial participation of GoProud, the exhibition halls this year were teeming with all sorts of participatory groups, each of which was trying to get its message across to as many like-minded people as possible.
The Kentucky state legislature is currently considering legislation that would add religion classes to the public school curriculum. On Tuesday, the state Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 56, which allows public schools to teach Bible courses as electives. It currently awaits approval in the House.