God may not have a place in the modern American classroom, but the Devil is a different story. That is, at least in one North Carolina high school.
Family values will be celebrated at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala on Tuesday, February 23. Beginning at 5 PM, the distinguished actors, directors, and writers will be making their way down the red carpet for the 6:30 PM Dinner and Gala. Each year around the same time as the Oscar® Awards, MOVIEGUIDE® hosts its own annual Awards Show in Beverly Hills to reward the best family-friendly movies and TV shows in the previous year that unfortunately are not given enough attention in mainstream award shows.
In mid-February, the American Psychiatric Association released the latest proposed changes to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the “Bible” used by mental health professionals in diagnosing patients. In addition to providing a guide for mental health diagnosis, the DSM is crucial in helping third-party payers (insurance companies) determine what they will cover under health insurance policies.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
— Matthew 5:9
Wednesday February 17, 2010 was Ash Wednesday, which marked the start of Lent, the traditional 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penitence for many Christians around the world. Lent is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. In observance of the day, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and many other Christians hold church ceremonies in which the “foreheads of the faithful are marked with the sign of the cross with ashes made from last year's Palm Sunday palms as a sign of repentance and reminder of mortality.”
The “Principles of 98,” as they came to be known, are rarely discussed in modern history lectures even though these are integral to understanding how our federal Constitution was intended to function. These are the principles of state interposition or nullification that assert that if the federal government fails to check itself through one of its three branches, then it would be up to the states to rein in the feds.
The Tampa Bay area of Florida may be the unfortunate site of the looming apocalypse, as local Christians and atheists battle over billboard space. Six months ago, a retired businessman paid $50,000 to rent 10 billboards that condemned the separation of church and state. In retaliation, the United Coalition of Reason has spent $100,000 to erect signs that read, “Are you good without God? Millions are.”
A pink version of a popular board game has some Christian leaders seeing red. The Ouija Board, which has been a staple of kid’s sleepovers and teen parties for years, incorporates a board covered with numbers, the alphabet, and other words and emblems, along with a pointer that “mystically” answers questions posed by participants.
On February 11th, News Hounds’ one-named reporter Priscilla wrote that those “most hated by the American Christian right” were Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood. The article “Megyn Kelly Skews The Truth to Attack Planned Parenthood”, which reads more like a blog, adds “[Planned Parenthood], which helps so many women (particularly low income women) is seen as the agent of the anti-Christ by those who don’t like government except when it comes to women’s reproductive systems.”
Item: Following the State of the Union address, Bloomberg News reported on January 28 that President Obama “urged the U.S. Senate to join the House in overhauling the federal student-loan system, saying such a move would end ‘unwarranted taxpayer subsidies’ to banks…. Obama said the cost of the higher-education initiatives would be offset by money saved from his plan to provide all new federal loans directly to students, instead of through private lenders.”