A planned $150 million theme park in northern Kentucky, to be called the “Ark Encounter,” is prompting cheers from Bible-believing Christians and gasps of alarm from secularists who fear the attraction may cross the supposed line of “separation between church and state.”

Michigan’s Wayne State University has dropped an award honoring legendary — and highly controversial — journalist and former White House bureau chief Helen Thomas, after the former “First Lady of the White House Press Corps” made anti-Semitic remarks at a diversity conference.

Debates over the content of student textbooks continue to rage on in parts of the country, especially Louisiana, where a committee recently rejected requests to include references to creationism and intelligent design. The requests were to include such items in the same section in which evolution appears in the textbooks.

A New Hampshire couple felt obliged to remove their oldest son from his high school after learning of the reading materials assigned to his class.

marriageCalifornia’s Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, went before a three-judge panel of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals December 6, as pro-family champions appealed an earlier lower court ruling that the amendment is unconstitutional. How the higher court decides the case could dramatically impact the laws and constitutional amendments in the scores of states that have come down on the side of traditional marriage. Currently only five states recognize “marriage” between homosexuals as valid, but should the appeals court uphold the lower court’s ruling that could change.

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