On February 11th, News Hounds’ one-named reporter Priscilla wrote that those “most hated by the American Christian right” were Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood. The article “Megyn Kelly Skews The Truth to Attack Planned Parenthood”, which reads more like a blog, adds “[Planned Parenthood], which helps so many women (particularly low income women) is seen as the agent of the anti-Christ by those who don’t like government except when it comes to women’s reproductive systems.”
America’s most high-profile homosexual clergyman, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, came out in early February with a bit of audacious scriptural interpretation meant to justify the actions of men and women who wish to practice both the Christian faith as well as a lifestyle condemned in the Bible. Robinson was given the opportunity to flesh out his “inclusive” theology during an appearance at the National Press Club, where he helped to announce the launch of a pro-homosexual “American Prayer Hour,” designed to “affirm inclusive values and call on all nations … to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”
A 30-second Super Bowl ad, which pro-abortion and feminist groups had feared would offer a strong pro-life, anti-abortion message, instead did what the its sponsor said it would: celebrate family and life. The ad, in keeping with the comic tone of the majority of the advertisements running during the game, featured Pam Tebow, the mother of college football standout Tim Tebow, reminiscing about the struggles she faced in seeing her future Heisman Trophy-winning son come into the world.
It is hard to imagine how a National Prayer Breakfast could be controversial, but it has become that. This tradition stretching back through five decades of American political life and including every American president during that period, has become controversial under President Obama. A gathering which has included people as diverse as Tony Blair and Mother Teresa has somehow come to be seen as exclusionary. How?
The online dating service e-Harmony, started 10 years ago to help single men and women find potential life-long mates, has for the second time capitulated to the demands of homosexuals who sued the company for discriminating against those seeking same-sex relationships.
A flurry of new conservative websites, groups, and talk-show hosts have emerged in the wake of failing dominoes: ObamaCare, federal takeovers, bailouts, and stimulus packages. Tea-Partiers represent but a smattering of upstart activists that increasingly feel alienated from old stalwarts of the conservative movement: among them, the Heritage Foundation, American Conservative Union, Conservative Political Action Committee and Americans for Tax Reform, Empower America, and even the old Silent Majority and the Dr. Laura show.
The wife of Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has joined her daughter in an ad campaign opposing Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot measure banning same-sex marriage. Cindy McCain followed her daughter's lead by appearing in photos for NOH8 ("No Hate"), a homosexual rights group that is pursuing a campaign to overturn the ban. Like the McCain's daughter Meghan, Mrs. McCain posed for the photos with silver duct tape covering her mouth and "NOH8" painted on her cheek. Officials of the organization said that Mrs. McCain contacted them and offered to pose for photos in support of their campaign.
Tens of thousands of pro-life activists converged on San Francisco on Saturday, January 23, for 6th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, despite heavy storms that had battered the Golden State for the better part of the week and forecasts of more downpours for the day of the event.
In the world of Super Bowl advertising, there is one apparent guiding principle: Almost anything goes, as long as it is more entertaining than the actual game, and as long as it doesn’t enter the arena of faith or cross a pre-determined and secularly rigid ideological line. The rule of thumb seems to be that sex and sophomoric humor sell and are, thus, overwhelmingly welcome on Super Bowl Sunday. By contrast, advertisers must never consider challenging viewers to raise their perspectives above the sensual and bawdy to thoughts that are truly noble and good.