Give parents choice instead of Covid-era edicts as schools reopen

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Parents have the right to decide how their kids are educated, and that includes decisions about masks, online courses, vaccines, Covid-testing, social distancing, or any other virus mitigation measures that might be part of the equation.

It is, frankly, insulting and off-putting to watch as Idaho school and health officials issue edicts in an effort to safeguard the status quo of the government-run education system without consideration to the individuals on the receiving end of the decision. 

Of course, the alphabet soup of education special interests — labor unions, school boards associations, and other groups hostile to innovation — argue they’re just trying to implement safety measures that allow schools to reopen without spreading Covid-19. (Read More)

Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share

(CNSNews) Strong liberals are “the only political group who feels they can express themselves” without fear of repercussions, a new Cato Institute survey finds.

In a national survey of 2,000 Americans at least 18 years old, conducted July 1-6, 2020, Cato asked respondents to agree or disagree with the following statement:

“The political climate these days prevents me from saying things I believe because others might find them offensive.”

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans agreed, up from 58% in 2017, leading Cato to conclude that “self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States.” (Read More)

COVID spurs droves to leave public schools for homeschooling

(OneNewsNow) As COVID-19 fears heighten across America with school starting next month, parents are withdrawing their children fully from public schools to enroll them in homeschool in record numbers.

With a supposed resurgence of the coronavirus hitting the nation, local school districts from coast to coast are desperately attempting to come up with reopening plans that will be acceptable for students and faculty alike.

“[T]eachers’ unions … are in many cases holding districts hostage with laundry lists of insane leftist demands, [and] many parents are responding by pulling their children out of public schools altogether – in favor of homeschooling,” TheBlaze reported. (Read More)

Justice Clarence Thomas: “From the Beginning, Abortion Was Promoted as a Means of Eugenics”

(LifeNews) We’ve discussed many, many times how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has made a career out being ahead of the conformist-thinking crowd.

However, it’s only been in the last year or three  that his enormous influence has begun to be recognized.

As we wrote last year, for example, “But now, after 28 years suddenly more perceptive observers are beginning to grasp that Justice Thomas has moved the High Court in his direction even as he has created a stable of young conservatives who are found everywhere in the pro-life Trump Administration and in the federal courts.” (Read More)

Does The Supreme Court Have Unlimited Powers?

(Faith & Freedom) We hear it all the time: “Neither the Legislative Branch nor the Executive Branch possesses unlimited powers.” The radical left and the press reminds the President of that fact every day.

What many don’t know is that the Judicial Branch also has limited powers.

Bob Barr, former US Rep. from Georgia and former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, says it seems a strange notion that the Judicial Branch of our government, likewise does “not” enjoy unlimited power either.

Legislative, Executive, and Judicial all have limitations. However, the Judicial often act as though they don’t. (Read More)

Orthodox Christians Mourn, Protest Over Ancient Cathedral’s Reconversion into a Mosque

(CNSNews) As the Muslim call to prayer resounded through Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on Friday, church bells tolled in mourning in Greece, flags flew at half-staff, and during at least one protest Turkish national flags were set alight.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to restore Muslim worship at the sixth-century landmark, viewed by many Orthodox Christians as a central symbol of their faith, has raised temperatures between the longstanding rivals, stirring nationalist sentiment on both sides. (Read More)

If Black Lives Truly Mattered, BLM Would Protest at Planned Parenthood

(LifeNews) Last week, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced that the name of the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, would be removed from its clinic.

They also asked the city to rename a local street known as “Margaret Sanger Square.” Sanger is being cancelled because of her advocacy of eugenics, a movement that began in the early 1900s and promoted the idea that the human race could be “improved” by selective breeding.

Proponents of eugenics, like Sanger, wanted wealthy, healthy and strong people to have more babies, and poor, sick, disabled and minority people to have fewer (or no) babies. (Read More)

Lockdowns, Protests Causing Big Spike In Child Trafficking

(The Federalist) A couple of weeks ago, Utah authorities arrested a 43-year-old man named Danny Steven Hardman in Salt Lake City, not far from where I live with my wife and children.

The charge: four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities allege Hardman was grooming two six-year-old girls via Facebook and through playing online video games with them. He managed to convince the children to send him sexually explicit images of themselves.

Child sexual exploitation and trafficking ranks amongst the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world, with the United States leading the way in consumption of child exploitation material. (Read More)

The decision to wear a mask should be yours alone

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Lewiston Tribune opinion writer Marty Trillhaase boldly claims that if Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, Rep. Heather Scott, or I were to recommend people wear coverings over their noses and mouths, it will convince skeptical Idahoans to drop their opposition to government mask mandates.

Though his belief in the extent of my influence is flattering, I’m not going to do that. I strongly believe that people are best equipped to make their own health choices, not me, Marty, or the government.

I find it endlessly fascinating that statists like Marty are so convinced of the appropriateness and wisdom of the government’s ideas even though they must force compliance. (Read More)

Church Attacks Explode With ‘an Unbridled, Roaring Fury’

(Daily Signal) One of the last times people saw flames in France’s Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church was during the Allied bombing in 1944. What’s happening now isn’t World War III, but it certainly feels like it, as things get increasingly violent on every continent.

While believers around the world pray for an end to the chaos, arsonists, knife-wielders, and vandals are taking the battle to them.

After a string of attacks rocked U.S. churches last week, Americans gathered this Sunday with the hope that things might finally calm down. They didn’t. If anything, the insurgents expanded their campaign to the global scene. (Read More)

Hallmark to Include LGBTQ Storylines

(Faith & Freedom) NBC says upcoming Hallmark movies will include LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors as part of a company-wide strategy to promote diversity.

Remember when conservatives and Christians went to Hallmark movies to escape most of what plays on the “other” channels?

Apparently, Hallmark is about to become one of the “others.”

Be informed, not misled.

While Hallmark movies are not sophisticated, they’ve always been predictable and safe. But apparently no more. (Read More)

Unsigned, Unsealed, and Undelivered: The Perils of Mail-in Ballots

(FRC Action) It’s a “myth,” USA Today insists. “Rare,” writes NPR. Either way, the New York Times argues, “it doesn’t affect elections.”

That’s interesting, the Heritage Foundation points out. Because they’ve counted more than 1,285 cases of this rare myth of voter fraud that doesn’t affect elections in the last four years — and they’re convinced: that’s not all of them.

Cheaters have prospered — and they’ll continue to prosper — voters worry, if the Left’s campaign for universal mail-in balloting succeeds. (Read More)

America Finds Its Mr. Rights

(FRC) When Secretary Mike Pompeo first set out on this journey to get back to the real heart of human rights, no one could have possibly predicted the year our country would have.

Shaken by outrage, unrest, and the growing insistence that America is too flawed to fix, a return to our roots will only dredge up more hard feelings, some say. On the contrary, Pompeo insists. Maybe the best time to revisit all that’s pure and good about our nation is when people are determined to destroy it. “Some say the report’s timing couldn’t be worse,” he said. “I say the timing couldn’t be better.” (Read More)

New Zealand’s Outrageous New Abortion Law

(Breakpoint) You’d think that a global pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands would at least temper the advance of legal killing. It hasn’t.

While headlines worldwide were praising New Zealand’s prime minister for her handling of COVID-19, she was working to pass what might be described as the most extreme abortion laws on the planet.

In late March, New Zealand’s parliament voted, in the words of the New York Times, to “loosen” the nation’s abortion laws, particularly in the latter half of pregnancy when babies become viable outside of the womb. “Loosen” may be the understatement of the decade. (Read More)

Pro-Abortion Reporter Claims the Term “Pro-Life” is Racist and Should be Banned

(LifeNews) Abortion activists have been trying to falsely link pro-life advocates to racism for years.

Now, their baseless propaganda is being used to argue that the term “pro-life” is racist and should be banned.

The Blaze reports Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith proposed that “pro-life” be banned Wednesday along with many other terms and products deemed to be racist. (Read More)

Enroll Models: Parents Explore Schooling Options

(FRC) She swore “up and down” that she’d never homeschool her kids. “Patience is not one of my virtues,” Kristina Hernandez insisted.

“I hate crafts. Playgroups are not my thing. I work a full-time job I love.” Homeschooling was never going to happen, until — thanks to coronavirus — it did. Now, Kristina, like so many other families around the country, are never going back.

It’s a story parents everywhere can identify with. Back in the spring, when thousands of moms and dads decided distance learning was a bust, several made the choice to set up class at home. For a lot of them, taking the plunge wasn’t easy. (Read More)

COVID 19 is an Opportunity to Re-Define the Human Species?

(Breakpoint) Recently, the world learned that researchers at London’s Francis Crick Institute used CRISPR technology to genetically edit 18 embryos.

Around half of the embryos suffered the kinds of major mutations and genetic damage that could lead to birth defects and life-shortening medical problems. The horrifying results led one gene-editing expert to call for “a restraining order for all genome editors to stay the living daylights away from embryo editing.”

Unfortunately, the desire to play god with the human genome is not easily discouraged. (Read More)

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Georgia Students Denied First Amendment Rights

(Daily Signal) The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving two former Georgia college students who were prevented from sharing their faith on their school campus.

“The bottom line is this: Government officials must be held responsible for enacting and enforcing policies that trample students’ constitutionally protected freedoms,” John Bursch, senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Friday on a press conference call about the Supreme Court’s announcement Thursday that it would take up the case. (Read More)

Boise’s ‘Green New Deal’ is a disaster in the making

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Back in the halcyon days of 2019, a New York congressional representative introduced a legislative proposal dubbed the “Green New Deal.”

Widely panned, the ambitious package of fanciful schemes imagined a world devoid of air travel and cows, among other things. Impractical in the extreme, this idealistic vision nevertheless took root in a minority of left-wing extremists who, even today, are attempting to bring its unworkable goals to fruition through policy changes at all levels of American government. (Read More)

Crime Already Surging Ahead Of “Defunding” Police Movement

(Faith & Freedom) Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sees it coming—many cities are already experiencing it.

As smug, misinformed, virtue-signaling Pharisees serving as mayors and on city councils across the nation continue to show their “virtue” by severely defunding police departments—or even discussing doing so, crime is already surging in those cities.

Seattle’s Police Chief Carmen Best says Seattle is moving forward on a 50% reduction of the police force without even the benefit of any kind of planning. (Read More)

6 Ways Leftism Acts Like A Religion

(The Federalist) Conservative commentators have been mocked for years for describing leftism as a new religion of sorts. Since 2016, it has become clear that the modern left was determined to prove us right.

What we have witnessed unfold in this country over the last few years, and have seen increase exponentially as the 2020 election comes near, especially with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, is an expression of religious zealotry so widespread, unforgiving, and violent that it might have made the Puritan governors of 17th-century Massachusetts worry they were being outdone. (Read More)

Liberal Media Ignores Attacks on Five American Churches Over the Weekend

(LifeNews) As the media is occupied with the Chinese virus epidemic, there is another terrifying and tragic epidemic that they’re completely ignoring, one that threatens the peace and stability of millions of Americans all the same.

Over the weekend of July 12, at least 5 Christian churches were vandalized by vandals and suspected arsonists. But most people haven’t heard about this rash of violence. None of the major news networks have mentioned it.

Out of 270 minutes of NBC, ABC, and CBS nightly news coverage for Friday July 10, Saturday July 11, and Sunday July 12, not one second was spent on these violent anti-Christian attacks. (Read More)

Goya Outrage Not Worth a Hill of Beans

(FRC) It was the kind of program that, ordinarily, liberals would cheer. To hear them tell it, expanding the opportunities for minorities has always been their party’s idea.

But when President Trump took a stab at it, announcing a business and educational project aimed directly at Hispanic people, the Left wasn’t about to cut him some slack. And worse than that, they’re out to destroy anyone who does.

For Goya CEO Robert Unanue, Thursday’s executive order had been a long time coming. Like most Hispanic Americans, he was eager to work with the administration to improve his community’s way of life. (Read More)

CNN Host Don Lemon: Jesus Christ “Admittedly Was Not Perfect”

(LifeNews) Have the hosts at CNN ever actually READ a Bible? We only ask because of an astounding comment on the July 6 edition of CNN Tonight.

Talking to Chris Cuomo about statues and the Founding Fathers, Don Lemon mangled a central tenet of Christianity by stating that “Jesus Christ admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this Earth.”

Actually, for Christians, that’s kind of the point: Jesus came and lived a sinless, perfect life. Cuomo offered no reaction or objection. (Read More)

Rushmore and the Two-Faced Left

(FRC) Given by any other man, it would have been considered one of the greatest speeches of our time. A triumph of American exceptionalism.

But it was not any other man standing under the granite faces of Mount Rushmore on the night before July 4th. It was Donald Trump. So however inspired his words may have been, however sincere his call to remember the deep well of American goodness, however different his message might have been from all the others the media loves to criticize, he was never going to get a fair shake. The president’s detractors stopped listening a long time ago, missing the moment they would have realized this nation had been waiting for. (Read More)