The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has shot back a pointed response to an article by an evangelical Christian columnist who declared that evangelicals should not vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon. In an open letter to Warren Cole Smith, associate publisher for WORLD magazine, the LDS church’s public affairs head Michael Otterson told Smith that he was “struggling just a tad with your logic that the very fact of being a Mormon disqualifies a person from high public office.” Such a revelation, Otterson said, “would be news to Senator Orrin Hatch, who has served his country and constituents for 34 years,” as well as to Senator Harry Reid, “the Senate Majority Leader — one of the most powerful positions in government.”
Ninety-two percent of Americans would answer “yes” to the question, “Do you believe in God?” according to a recent Gallup poll. That number is down just four points from the 96 percent of Americans who answered in the affirmative back in 1944, when Gallup first queried the nation on the issue.
High school students who self-identify as homosexual are more likely than non-homosexual students to smoke, drink alcohol, and participate in other “risky” behavior, according to a recent study from the federal Centers for Disease Control. As reported by the Associated Press, the CDC’s anonymous survey of some 156,000 U.S. teens found that youth who identified themselves as “gay” or “bisexual” were more prone to dozens of behaviors the CDC labeled risky, such as smoking, drinking and driving, attempting suicide, carrying guns, and using laxatives or throwing up to control their weight.
By a 98-0 vote the Tennessee House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging “all Tennessee counties to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in their respective courthouses.” Sponsored by State Representative Todd Watson, H.R. 107 “marks a defiant stand against attempts in recent years to exclude references to Christianity from courthouses across the U.S.,” reported the Christian Post.
When several California cities considered a ban on circumcision, Matthew Hess hoped to promote the idea by creating a comic called Foreskin Man. Allegedly intended to be a “joke” and “publicity stunt,” Foreskin Man is now being called into question as anti-Semitic propaganda.
In response to a question from a Marine frustrated over the Congress’ decision to drop the 17-year “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Marines in Afghanistan on June 5 that they won’t be able to opt out of their enlistment to avoid serving with homosexuals military personnel.
Seventy clergy with the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Minnesota have signed a statement saying that they would “offer the grace of the Church’s blessing” to same-sex couples, reported the United Methodist News Service.
The highly contentious battle over the funding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana may also prove to be a costly one.
On Friday, a federal appeals court overturned the controversial decision of Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, who had ruled that the Medina Valley Independent School District of Texas could not include prayer in its commencement ceremonies, nor use any language perceived to be religious in nature.
A disturbing story out of the United Kingdom reveals an alarming increase in the number of abortions being performed on British women in their 40s. Numerous media outlets are chronicling the tragic trajectory.
The rampant and rising killing of unborn babies is lamentable no matter the precipitating cause. In this case, however, the cultural catastrophe suspected of contributing to this statistic is remarkable only in that its relation to the abortion epidemic among women approaching middle age is predictable.
Research from Australia has found that use of the abortion drug RU-486 by women is far riskier than surgical abortion. According to the online Australian, a study of nearly 7,000 abortions performed in South Australia between 2009 and 2010 “found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone [RU-486] in the first trimester of pregnancy — when most elective terminations occur — later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery.”