Pro-family groups are cheering the decision of Marriot International, one of the nation’s leading hotel chains, to remove access to pornographic content from its in-room televisions, beginning with new hotel constructions in 2013. Marriott joins Omni Hotels, which pulled “adult content” from room entertainment menus in 1999, as the only large hospitality chains to pull the plug on guest access to pornography.

In the midst of one American tragedy, another one is being ignored. Following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of several others in Tucson, the mainstream media has stolidly preserved a blackout about the last U.S. congressman to be killed in the line of duty — U.S. Representative Larry McDonald (D-Ga.).

If English historian Edward Gibbon were alive today, he might have to add a paragraph or two to his seminal six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

One of America’s premier conservative evangelical seminaries has informed a tenant to which it provided offices that the group is no longer welcome. As reported by baptiststandard.com, “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary notified Tarrant Baptist Association before Christmas it had six months to vacate its offices on the edge of the seminary campus,” asserting that the “association was in violation of its affiliation agreement — in part because of perceived toleration of homosexuality by a member church or churches.”

Today’s politicians and progressives seem to have taken some notes right out of the works of Edward Bernays, President Wilson’s propaganda master.