America’s premier purveyor of overpriced coffee has become the target of a boycott launched by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a nationwide group battling for traditional marriage. On March 21 the group announced the launch of DumpStarbucks.com, a website encouraging individuals to stop purchasing their daily latte or French roast brew at their local Starbucks because the Seattle-based company has made an official endorsement of same-sex marriage. The website also invites individuals to add their names to a petition sent to Starbucks, voice their concern to their local Starbucks, find local alternatives to the coffee shop, and inform friends about the boycott through Facebook and Twitter.
An effort to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law was rejected by the New Hampshire House of Representatives Wednesday, with lawmakers in Concord voting 211-116 to kill the repeal effort. The bill was introduced over a year ago and has been the subject of intense debate and an extensive advertising campaign by Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, a group defending same-sex marriage as a matter of personal liberty.
Christians and pro-life activists will gather March 23 in at least 140 cities around the nation to take a bold stand against the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate. Eric Scheidler (left) of the Pro-Life Action League, who is organizing the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom, said that since his group began planning the event, the number of cities expressing interest in hosting rallies has nearly tripled.
LifeSiteNews reports that Amy Schalet (left), an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, made a presentation to Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino counties (California), suggesting that American parents should behave towards teenage sex more like the Dutch. Schalet grew up in the Netherlands, where drugs and sex laws are much laxer than in America. She says that 60 percent of teenage girls in the Netherlands use contraceptives and in the Netherlands, she said, parents allow their sons and daughters to have sex in their homes:
The New York Times, never considered a model of objective journalism, is being accused of having an editorial double-standard after it published a full-page ad aggressively critical of the Catholic Church, but refused a nearly identical one critical of Islam. The anti-Catholic ad (left, top portion), run in mid-March by the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), was framed as an “Open Letter to ‘liberal’ and ‘nominal’ Catholics,” declaring that “It’s Time to Consider Quitting the Catholic Church.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an aggressive pro-homosexual activist group, has launched a campaign targeted at silencing conservative, Christian, and pro-family commentators who offer the media perspective that is often at odds with political efforts to normalize homosexual behavior. According to a GLAAD press release, the group’s Commentator Accountability Project is supposedly aimed at educating the media “about the extreme rhetoric of over three dozen activists who are often given a platform to speak in opposition to [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people and the issues that affect their lives.”
Residents of the Chicago suburb of Stone Park, Illinois, have joined the Sisters of a local convent in an effort to stop a $3 million “porn palace” from opening next door to the Catholic facility. With the help of the Thomas More Society, a Catholic legal advocacy group, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo and Stone Park village residents are demanding that city officials put a halt to construction of the extravagant strip club, located several feet from the property line of the Sisters’ convent.
It took a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to convince the Fairfax County (Virginia) school district to reinstate an honors student into good standing with the district’s National Honor Society (NHS). The senior at Alexandria’s Jefferson High School for Science and Technology had been threatened with removal from the prestigious national group after being denied community service credit for teaching and mentoring children at her church.
In a prime example of what seems to be a pervasive endeavor across the nation to usurp parental rights, Michigan state officials have told a couple that the state has the power to prosecute them if they refuse to administer certain medications to their child.
Hollywood actor-turned Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron has been the object of a nearly non-stop verbal assault over comments he made in defense of traditional marriage during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Appearing on the network’s Piers Morgan Tonight to discuss his new movie Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, Cameron commented on homosexuality, calling it “unnatural.… I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
A fanatic, Santayana said, is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim. It's a pretty fair description of the way Americans celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, which, as you may have noticed, includes scarcely a mention of Saint Patrick. It appears to be all about celebrating how wonderful the Irish are at drinking and singing songs, even if the beer is an unlovely shade of green and most of the singing is off key. Some of the songs are about how brutally wicked the English have been, as if to vindicate the popular definition of Irish Alzheimer's: "We forget everything but our grudges."