LifeSiteNews.com, Feb. 14, described the details of a recently obtained 2008 police report documenting the case of a pregnant teen who was held hostage by a staff member at a Planned Parenthood facility in Kennewick, Washington.
A group of 33 retired bishops with the United Methodist Church (UMC) have released a statement calling their denomination to drop its ban on homosexual clergy. The bishops are asking the church to remove from its official Book of Discipline the stricture stating that the “practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”
A new study from a youth research organization finds that even amidst a culture in which an aggressive media encourages teens to become sexually active, a solid majority still want to embrace traditional values regarding sex. According to the latest research by OneHope, a Christian youth outreach that provides research to non-profit organizations, 61 percent of American teens want to remain abstinent until marriage, with an additional 63 percent saying that while they have already been sexually active, they would like to return to a place of sexual purity.
Having grown up during the years following World War II, it never fails to surprise me how little most people who haven’t reached their mid-60s know of that epic conflict, especially the Pacific Theater. During the 1950s, we did not have to be formally taught about World War II — it was a topic in everyone’s home. Every family had a veteran or two or had lost a son. War movies were regular fare at our local theater. The first series I watched on television was the incomparable Victory at Sea. The documentary footage, the music, and the narration — both the script and the delivery by Leonard Graves — penetrated into my heart and soul and have never left. It seemed that a new book on the war came out every week, and newspapers and magazines were full of articles about the war.
The Kentucky state legislature is currently considering legislation that would add religion classes to the public school curriculum. On Tuesday, the state Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 56, which allows public schools to teach Bible courses as electives. It currently awaits approval in the House.
An Indiana software company has developed a new smart phone application to help Catholic Christians prepare for the sacrament of Confession. “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” features a “personalized examination of conscience” that is designed to help users prepare for Confession with a priest in real time.
Gay activist groups prove yet again that their cries for freedom of speech and expression are limited to those on the Left. In the last month, fast food giant Chick-fil-A has been boycotted by gay activist groups after the family-owned restaurant donated refreshments to a conservative conference at the Pennsylvania Family Institute called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design.”
A Kansas physician is making preparations to open an abortion clinic in Wichita, the community where infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller practiced his grisly trade before being murdered last year. Dr. Mila Means, who is a family practice physician and is not certified in obstetrics or gynecology, recently purchased abortion equipment from Tiller’s now-shuttered Women’s Health Care Services, and has reportedly been training in Kansas City to perform abortions, which she plans to offer at her own Wichita medical clinic.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that World Vision, a Christian humanitarian relief organization based in Seattle, can hire employees — as well as terminate them — based on the organization’s statement of faith.
Prime-time TV has a huge problem with the way it targets teenage girls in a sexually exploitative manner. That’s the determination the Parents Television Council (PTC), a pro-family TV watchdog group, makes in its recent study entitled Tinseltown’s New Target. Based on an analysis of the most popular prime-time shows among 12- to 17-year-olds during the 2009-2010 broadcast season, PTC’s study finds that Hollywood is eager not only to “objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality.”