On July 1 and 2, the We the People Convention and The Ohio Citizens PAC dinners will be taking place at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. According to the website for the convention, its purpose is “to provide educational programs that will help all citizens participate in self governance as provided by the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions by participating in the governance of their township, village, municipality, state and country.”
Since its inception more than 50 years ago, The John Birch Society has always been right in the middle of all of the important political battles. In the past year, the JBS has taken on issues as serious and challenging as championing ObamaCare nullification at the state level, as well as opposing the latest unconstitutional actions from Congress. Larry Greenley, the director of marketing for the JBS, spoke with The New American (TNA) about the Society’s major grass-roots activities this year.
John Birch Society president John F. McManus, as part of his nationwide speaking tour, addressed a standing room-only audience recently in the idyllic town of Riverdale, New Jersey. McManus addressed the crowd of over 250 people on the issue of exposing and defeating the New World Order, which members of The John Birch Society have identified and warned against in over 50 years of education and advocacy. The two hour-long address, Stopping the New World Order: An Overview of America, explored the true nature of power, prestige, and influence in the United States, and touched upon all major sources, personalities, and historical events central to understanding why United States policy, both domestic and foreign, has taken its current path, and has ventured down this course of action for so many years.
If congressional lawmakers need further evidence for why the federal government should cut public funding to the Public Broadcasting Station, they need not look further than Sesame Street. According to Ben Shapiro, author of the new book Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, Sesame Street is just another tool in the left-wing propaganda machine.
A school in Oakland, California wants to change boys into girls and girls into boys, Fox News reports. The latest fad in the classroom is "transgender" education, or teaching the idea that boys and girls really aren't that different, and anyone can identify himself any way he wishes.
Despite threats of an ACLU-driven lawsuit, seniors at Louisiana’s Bastrop High School continued a tradition of prayer at the school’s graduation ceremony. One of the graduates had demanded that the prayer be canceled, and the ACLU had followed up by contacting school officials to make sure the prayer was scratched from the commencement.
A New York City special education teacher has said that her faith and spirituality provoked harassment, teasing, and finally, wrongful termination last June. Though the school claims that Anita Wooten Francis was fired for grabbing a child, Francis insists that the school manufactured that story in order to hide the real reason for her termination: her Christian beliefs.
Despite the powerful influence of the teachers’ union in New York City, education officials in NYC are in the process of developing new standardized tests that will be administered to students and will be used to assess teacher performance.
Although the United States is generally recognized as having a free-market, capitalist economy, many services are provided by various levels of government, rather than by the private sector, which means that those services are delivered according to the socialist economic model. The American public school system provides a classic example of how that plays out. The so-called “central planners” determine what is to be taught and how it is to be taught, with virtually no input from consumers (parents and students). In fact, in the rare instances when said consumers attempt to make their preferences known, such as objecting to the use of a certain book in the curriculum, it is not at all uncommon for the teachers, administrators, and school board to “circle the wagons” and repel them.
The Department of Education released a proposal last month that dramatically alters the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which guarantees the privacy of student records. Critics of the proposal contend that it infringes upon student privacy and allows the government access to what should be private information.