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."
If the proposal that murdering infants with so-called “after-birth abortion” isn’t enough to ring the alarm bells about the state of higher learning, perhaps this one is: An alleged philosopher at New York University wants to combat “climate change” by drugging or genetically engineering humans.
Today, March 16, is the 261st anniversary of the birth of the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, Jr. At Montpelier, the home Madison grew up in and then shared with his wife, Dolley, for the rest of his life, the staff throwing Mr. Madison a little shindig. From the official website:
An Oregon couple has won a $3 million settlement from a Portland hospital they sued after doctors missed diagnosing their daughter’s Down’s syndrome before she was born, thereby depriving them of the opportunity to abort her. As reported by the Oregonian newspaper, Ariel and Deborah Levy insisted that they would have aborted daughter Kalanit, who is now four years old, had Portland’s Legacy Health hospital informed them of her disability.
A former computer specialist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is suing the agency, charging that he was demoted and then fired for promoting his views on intelligent design, the belief that an intelligent power was responsible for creating the universe.
Is technology and industry good or bad? There is no moral answer to the question. Certainly there are happy men and women who worked in old trades exchanging the material benefits of technology for the comfort and emotional satisfaction of keeping alive old ways of work. The delightful town of Williamsburg in Virginia or the equally happy Silver Dollar City in the Ozarks are filled with folks whose joy is preserving the making of horseshoes, candles, rock candy, and many other products whose manufacture is a part of our history.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to get the federal government more involved in schools. The federal government "will do all we can" to bolster technological expansion in the classroom, Duncan recently stated, because technology "can even the playing field" for minority and low-income students who don’t have the benefit of owning laptops and iPhones.