Last week’s Grammy Awards ceremony was most noteworthy for its celebration of an entire year of perhaps the most vapid, senseless, and immoral catalog of music in the history of popular culture. But even as a silly and irrelevant Lady Gaga preened, an aging Eminem showcased his worn-out urban anger, and the music industry honored a rag-tag collection of nominally-talented and self-important recording stars, another, more modest and self-effacing artist was honored for his 60-plus-year career as one of the world’s most beloved gospel vocalists.

Joel NorthrupWhile 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.

Chronicles posterWhile award shows like the Oscars and the Golden Globes acquire all of the media hype, the Faith and Values Movieguide Awards are beginning to gain more traction in some Hollywood circles. Dubbed the “Christian Oscars,” the Faith and Values Movieguide Awards celebrate films that espouse uplifting, inspirational, patriotic and spiritual elements. Held at the Universal Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 18, the 19th Annual Faith and Values Awards Gala handed out a number of awards to family-friendly films.

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.

More than 650 people showed up at the State House in Concord Thursday for a public hearing on bills to repeal New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law, passed in 2009. The vast majority was opposed to repeal, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, and even supporters of the legislation were in favor of putting off consideration until next year so that lawmakers can focus this year on the state's fiscal and economic problems.