Culture

There are few bastions left against political correctness. Traditions, like the Confederate flag, have become highly controversial despite the fact that those who wish to honor that flag make a compelling case that their sentiment has nothing to do with racism or slavery. Most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves, and many Confederate officers, such as Robert E. Lee, disapproved of slavery.

Flocabulary, the grades 3-12 supplemental academic curriculum that features catchy hip-hop music and has been lauded by Oprah’s best friend Gayle King, is under fire for the negative way in which it depicts America’s early Presidents.

Chilean minerWhen 33 men remain trapped in a Chilean mine for more than two months, but appear to be unharmed and healthy upon their rescue, one has to ask if such a feat confirms the existence of God. For the rescued miners, it certainly does.

America’s Inflation and HyperinflationWith the reckless activities of the Federal Reserve and the United States Treasury over the past several years, some among the punditry are starting to fret that America may soon find herself engulfed by high inflation or even hyperinflation. The former has been a scourge since time immemorial wherever improvident governments chose to debase the value of their own currency. The latter — the catastrophic decline in a currency’s value, manifested by consumer price increases by hundreds or thousands of percent or more over a brief interval — has wreaked financial and social havoc on empires large and small for millennia, bringing post-World War I Germany to its knees in the 1920s, overthrowing the government of Argentina in the 1980s, and driving once-prosperous Zimbabwe into utter ruin in the current decade.

A Christian family in Oregon lost custody of a 10-month-old Oregon City child for refusing to seek adequate medical care for the baby who is facing blindness in one eye. Oregon’s Department of Human Services took custody of the baby girl from her parents, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, who believe in “faith healing” over medical treatment. The parents are currently awaiting trial.

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