One might think that the Federal Reserve is busy enough with bailing out foreign banks, monetizing federal debt, and inflating — er, quantitatively easing — the dollar into oblivion, but apparently that is not the case. The unconstitutional institution somehow found time to micromanage the décor of an Oklahoma bank in an effort to prevent the bank’s customers from being confronted with evidence that the upcoming holiday has anything at all to do with a birth in Bethlehem 2,010 years ago.
Last week (December 9, 2010), Janice Shaw Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, a think tank for Concerned Women for America, wrote a piece on the grim rates of statistical decline over the past two decades in church membership and attendance.
At the start of this month, Apple’s Application Store removed a religious iPhone application called the “Manhattan Declaration,” in response to demands from gay activists groups. The Christian group behind the application is now proposing an updated version of the application that they hope will be considered less controversial.
A planned $150 million theme park in northern Kentucky, to be called the “Ark Encounter,” is prompting cheers from Bible-believing Christians and gasps of alarm from secularists who fear the attraction may cross the supposed line of “separation between church and state.”
California’s Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, went before a three-judge panel of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals December 6, as pro-family champions appealed an earlier lower court ruling that the amendment is unconstitutional. How the higher court decides the case could dramatically impact the laws and constitutional amendments in the scores of states that have come down on the side of traditional marriage. Currently only five states recognize “marriage” between homosexuals as valid, but should the appeals court uphold the lower court’s ruling that could change.
Are parents unintentionally over-dosing their children with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines? Apparently only costly studies by professionals at medical schools can answer that question, and, of course, only the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can remedy whatever problem might exist.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released its latest list of groups it accuses of pursuing “anti-gay” agendas by propagating falsehoods and “pumping out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals.” Of the 18 pro-family and conservative groups named, 13 have been particularly targeted for further focus as “hate groups.”
In response to a highly offensive and controversial billboard posted by the American Atheists that calls Christmas a myth, the Catholic League has posted a pro-Christmas billboard message directly across from it.
Candy Gibbs has served for the past eight years as executive director of a CareNet Pregnancy Centers (CPC) in the Texas Panhandle, which has two other branches. Prior to being named to that post in this Christian ministry, she was director of Amarillo’s Northeast branch of the CPC for five years.
The American Atheists have targeted the Christmas holiday in a billboard they purchased on Route 495 outside the Lincoln Tunnel in North Bergen, New Jersey. The $20,000 billboard depicts the Nativity scene, and reads, “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This season, celebrate reason.”
On February 16, 1887, President Glover Cleveland vetoed the Texas Seed Bill, a piece of legislation that would have helped suffering farmers in the American West. First, he recognized that the Constitution did not delegate any such powers to the federal government. Second, the President believed the American spirit to be far more altruistic and generous than the federal government and felt assured that the American people would use the opportunity to exercise their charitable spirit.