Idaho should emulate Tennessee’s example and hold universities accountable

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Tennessee’s Legislature passed a law that strengthens protections for free speech and resists the progressive ideology dominating the state’s public colleges and universities. This legislative victory is thanks in part to a pair of reports on the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and the Tennessee higher education system, which were written by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, the Claremont Institute, and Velocity Convergence.

The Tennessee Legislature clearly understands the threat that critical social justice (CSJ) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies pose to higher education.

Tennessee’s law is significant for several reasons.

First, it promotes ideological diversity and freedom of expression by preventing students and professors from being forced to pledge allegiance to several divisive concepts, including the idea that one sex or race is intrinsically superior to another.  (Read More)

Yes, Pro-lifers DO Care About Babies After They’re Born

(Standing For Freedom Center) Despite what you might hear from pro-choicers, pro-life advocates actually do care about mothers and their babies — before and after they are born. In fact, it’s pro-life advocates who donate their time, money, and energy to support women while pregnant and postpartum. It’s pro-life advocates who organize, build relationships with, and invest in expecting women. It’s pro-life advocates who share the same concerns and compassion for parents struggling with childcare and working full-time, affording medical bills, and cutting through the red tape to adopt.

There are actually many pro-life organizations who solve a lot of these problems and more for expecting women. It’s not the pro-abort crowd taking the shirts off their backs to bring aid to expecting mothers and their babies. It’s Christians, conservatives, and pro-life groups rallying together to encourage and empower women to give their baby a chance at life.  (Read More)

Washington State School Board Director Plans Sexual ‘Pleasure’ Workshops For 9-Year-Olds

(The Federalist) A school board director in Washington state who also owns a sex shop in Bellingham is planning a series of workshops for children as young as 9 to discuss “sexual anatomy for pleasure” and “safer sex practices for all kinds of sexual activities.”

The classes, branded under the name “Uncringe Academy” at the WinkWink Boutique, will host 9- to 12-year-olds in the first string of courses Aug. 10-11 and 13- to 17-year-olds a few days later in the second.

“The class for 9- to 12-year-olds is an introduction to topics related to relationships, puberty, bodies and sexuality,” store owner and Bellingham School Board Director Jenn Mason told Seattle radio host Jason Rantz. “We focus on how puberty works, consent and personal boundaires, defining ‘sex,’ and discussing why people may or may not choose to engage in sexual activities.”  (Read More)

Avoiding the Approaching American Catastrophe

(Daily Signal) …elements on both sides see their political opponents more as evil than as wrong. That’s the true danger for America.

This distinction is best illustrated by comments last week about conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas by two of the left’s biggest stars: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

[…]Sotomayor and Clinton are both on the polar-opposite side of the political spectrum from Thomas. Nobody would accuse either Clinton or Sotomayor of “selling out” or not standing up for what they believe in.

But the difference in attitude between the two is the difference between a continually evolving American experiment and potential civil war.

Sotomayor acknowledges that someone she disagrees with can be a good person. She befriends him because of it. Clinton sees Thomas as an angry black man, a “person of resentment and grievance.” Too many Americans share Clinton’s attitude these days, and not enough Sotomayor’s. If that posture does not change, the country is headed for disaster.  (Read More)

90 Democrat Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Pro-Life Laws

(Washington Stand) With the fall of Roe v. Wade, 90 left-leaning attorneys general and district attorneys across the country have pledged to not enforce criminal charges related to laws protecting the unborn. In a joint statement, the prosecutors emphasized that although they have varying personal and moral beliefs on abortion, they are united in the “firm belief that prosecutors have a responsibility to refrain from using limited criminal legal system resources to criminalize personal medical decisions.”

The statement organized by Fair and Just Prosecution, a coalition of elected local prosecutors, included leaders from 29 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia. These attorneys general and district attorneys represent a total of 91.5 million constituents, including 12 states where abortion has been banned or is likely to be banned in the coming weeks.  (Read More)

Seattle Street Preacher Arrested for Reading the Bible

(Faith & Freedom) Seattle police arrested a street preacher on charges of being a risk to public safety for reading his Bible aloud at a public park near an LGBT pride event.

Has it come to this?

Naked, confused people running through the park celebrating, with pride, their sexual behavior—in front of young children, being protected by the police, while a Christian reading his Bible was arrested.

Be informed, not misled.

Matthew Meinecke, who identifies himself as The Seattle Preacher on Twitter, was surrounded by Seattle police officers as he was reading his Bible and was subsequently arrested and fingerprinted at a police station before being released.

SPD has enough resources to send 10 police officers to arrest a preacher reading his Bible in a public park. Because it’s such a horrible crime now!”  (Read More)

Consider This Your Sign To Start Homeschooling Your Kids

(The Federalist) I write education news for a living. My job, every day, is to report on what’s happening in education. I have great respect for teachers in all settings but have been a homeschooling mother for more than 10 years now, and what I’ve researched and written on recently is horrifying.

The public school system is a mess. Hardly anyone wants to be a teacher anymore, and with good reason. Too many educators in the system have little to no respect for parental rights and believe they are above the law.

Most recently I reported on a gym teacher who allegedly sexually abused 7- and 8-year-old girls for three years. This occurred between 2015 and 2018, but he is just now finally being brought to justice. I wish this were a rarity, but unfortunately 1 in 10 schoolchildren will be subject to sexual misconduct at the hands of a teacher or school staff member.  (Read More)

People are waking up to the reality of gender

(Washington Examiner) Is woke gender ideology taking hold in the United States?

Liberals continue to push it, but the people have become less accepting of this progressive dogma in recent years. The public is more likely to support the biological perspective of sex and gender than the alternative.

It’s a positive sign. Hopefully, the trend continues.

A Pew Research poll conducted in May found that 60% of Americans think that one’s biological sex, which the poll calls “sex assigned at birth,” determines one’s gender. Pew’s phrasing is poor, because that should say biological sex or sex observed at birth. Regardless, just 38% of respondents said, “Whether a person is a man or a woman can be different from sex assigned at birth.”

That’s a 22-point gap between those who are right and those who are wrong on the issue of whether biological sex matters. Over the past five years, people have gotten better. In September 2017, there was only a 10-point gap on this issue: 54% said that “sex assigned at birth” determined whether someone is a man or a woman, and 44% said that it can be different. Last year, the split was slightly better, at 56% to 41%. Now, even more people are waking up to reality.  (Read More)

Unpacking the ‘Separation of Church and State’ Distortion

(Washington Stand) In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-religious liberty decisions, including striking down a law that excluded religious schools in Maine from participating in a school voucher program and upholding the right to public prayer, many are claiming that by ruling in favor of religious organizations and individuals, the current Supreme Court is destroying the so-called constitutional idea of “separation of church and state.”

According to this line of reasoning, the state is part of the public square where religious beliefs are not to be expressed. Supposedly, if people of faith want to participate in the public square and engage in politics, they must leave their beliefs and convictions at the door.

However, contrary to popular belief, the phrase “separation of church and state” is found nowhere in our nation’s founding documents. Nor is the belief that people of faith should be excluded from engaging in the public square according to their convictions, the intended meaning of the First Amendment. The fact that so many people claim otherwise reveals the failure of many citizens to read our founding documents or to understand the historical context of America’s founding.  (Read More)

90% of Americans Reject Democrat Position of Abortions Up to Birth

(Life News) Most Americans disagree with the Democratic Party’s views on allowing mothers to have abortions up until birth, a new poll shows.

Only 10% of registered voters support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion access up to 9 months of pregnancy, according to the Harvard CAPS Harris Poll released Friday. The poll surveyed 1,308 registered voters from June 28-29.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act in September 2021, which legalizes abortion up until birth and removes bans on partial-birth abortions. Prominent Democrats such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have claimed that such procedures are part of a “woman’s right to choose.” Republican senators and Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voted against the upper chamber’s attempt to pass the bill in May.

Americans broadly support a state ban on abortion at varying stages of pregnancy, according to the data. The survey showed that 18% of Americans support banning abortion after 23 weeks, 23% support banning it after 15 weeks, 12% support banning it after six weeks, and 37% think states should enact a complete abortion ban except in cases of rape and incest.  (Read More)

Children’s Library Association Pushes Gender Confusion On Kids With Pro-LGBT Summer Reading List

(The Federalist) The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pushing multiple LGBT recommendations in its 2022 Notable Children’s Books and Summer Reading Lists. Some of these books include a simple picture of a gay union, while other suggestions are fully centered around transgenderism, but in each case, these recommendations are meant to normalize and promote LGBT values and lifestyles to children.

By the ALSC adding these books to the reading list, it communicates that these works are of “especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry, and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.”

For example, children from birth to preschool are encouraged to read “The Pronoun Book” by Chris Ayala-Kronos to complete the summer reading list. As kids just begin to learn how to talk and read, they can also get a head start on trans pronoun propaganda.  (Read More)

The Disparity Antiracists Don’t Talk About

(Breakpoint) In all the talk about racial injustices, the racial disparities for abortion are ignored. And that’s because we would need to talk about marriage. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is Breakpoint. 

Recently in The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley asked a provocative question, “Why Won’t the Left Talk About Racial Disparities in Abortion?” In it, he describes how the “black abortion rate is nearly four times higher than the white rate,” how more black babies in New York City are aborted than born, and how “[n]ationally, the number of babies aborted by black women each year far exceeds the combined number of blacks who drop out of school, are sent to prison and are murdered.” 

Even books on racism by Christian publishers, for example, Jemar Tisby’s How to Fight Racism, never mention the significant racial disparities that exist when it comes to abortion, even while spending significant time on other disparities, such as student achievement, incarceration, wealth, and healthcare in general.  (Read More)

Idaho Needs New Obscenity Laws for a More Obscene World

(Action Idaho) Conservatives have flailed in reaction to incidents in Coeur d’Alene the past week. They do not know how to react to the obscenity and indecency on display at the pride event. Nor do they know what to think of the so-called rioters or the authorities that arrested them. There are important lessons for the future of conservatism in Idaho in both episodes. Today we focus on the obscenity problem.

Idaho’s obscenity laws were written in 1972, when porn videos were hard to get and when there was no internet. Playboy was in business. There was then no real gay liberation movement, nor any trans movement. Television was more wholesome. No one knew anything about internet pornography addiction or about the effects porn has on male eros and ambition.

The obscenity has changed, but Idaho’s laws have mostly stayed the same.  (Read More)

West Bonner County School District is Playing with Fire!

(Redoubt News) Remember the rich man in the bible who told Jesus he obeyed all the commandments and asked Jesus what he lacked. Jesus answered, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:17-31) If you cannot enter into the kingdom of God, what is your alternative?

How important is money if it means the loss of our morals for our children? At the June 15th school board meeting it was announced that schools are being forced to adhere to twisted sexual orientation/gender identity policies if they want to receive Title IX federal school lunch funding from the Food and Nutrition Services. The Biden Administration announced that any state agency that received funding from them must align with their interpretation to include sexual orientation and gender identity.1

The audience asked the board to please stop the Title IX federal money for lunches, and prevent this sexual grooming. But superintendent Anselmo said that the schools receive so much federal money, it would be impossible.  (Read More)

In These Places, Most Kids Don’t Live With Their Dad

(Daily Wire) With families preparing to mark Fathers Day, the majority of kids in large swaths of the country will have nothing to celebrate, a Daily Wire analysis of newly released Census data shows.

On the black map above, all of the blue areas are where most kids don’t live with two parents.

At the state level, the disaster zone for intact families was Puerto Rico, where only 38% of children live with two parents. That is followed by the District of Columbia at 48%, and Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico, at between 55% and 57%, according to the Census data, which covers the years 2016-2020.  (Read More)

LGBTQ+ Pride Fest is a Groomer Fest

(Action Idaho) Pres. Barack Obama designated June to be LGBT Pride Month month in 2011, though Gay Pride Month had been around since 2000 when Bill Clinton established it.

Obama’s celebratory announcement contains all of the ambiguities and pieties that still govern the public presentation of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. On one hand, Pride advocates insist that Pride Month, Pride shows in the park, the parades, the story hours in the library, the dirty books for children are just about cultivating safety and supportive environments. On the other hand, the events point toward revolutionary change in what sex is and in what human beings are said to be.

This move from safety to celebration has been underway for decades. It is a deliberate rhetorical strategy from queer advocates. Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), delivered a speech to gay activists on March 5, 1995 laying out the strategy:  (Read More)

Plenty of reasons to raise a red flag over abusive red-flag laws

(American Family News) Here we go again. The Beltway Swamp’s ineluctable impulse to (Pretend To) Do Something in the wake of a mass school shooting committed by a homicidal maniac has put America on the brink of greenlighting untold civil liberties abuses in the name of “safety.” The grandstanding gun-grabbing reflex is a hard habit to break.

Shamefully, 10 zucchini noodle-spined Senate Republicans led by Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn back a federal gun-control plan that would bribe states to adopt so-called “red-flag” (a.k.a. Extreme Risk Protection Order) laws. These psychological profiling weapons — now in effect in 19 states — empower disgruntled strangers, duplicitous family members, biased police and ideologically driven judges to disarm citizens by labeling them mental health threats to themselves and others. Anti-Second Amendment activists cite scientific research like a new University of California, Davis, study as evidence that red-flag laws are “saving lives.” But the science is untrustworthy.  (Read More)

Killing Babies in Abortions Breeds Pro-Abortion Domestic Terrorism

(Life News) As we prepare for the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Dobbs vs Jackson case that will most likely dismantle Roe v. Wade we are seeing a rise in violence from the pro-abortion side. Lifesaving pregnancy centers are being attacked, pro-lifers are being assaulted, death threats are being made against Supreme Court justices and pro-life leaders, and there have been calls for riots across the country.

It’s ironic that as the pro-life goal of ending the violence in the womb comes closer to reality, the other side is advocating all kinds of violence. Of course, it is well known that acts of violence have marred our movement and I have always spoken up against them, as have the vast majority of pro-lifers. The fact is, we cannot use violence in our efforts to end the violence of abortion.

Abortion is violence, no matter how hard the other side tries to portray it as health care, a loving and merciful act or a basic human right. It is a direct attack on a human being at his or her most vulnerable stage, resulting in death. It is the literal definition of homicide – when one human being causes the death of another. In every single act of abortion at least one human life is ended. Sometimes, the mothers of these homicide victims also die from the complications of a botched abortion.  (Read More)

Leftist Idealogues Are Bullying Students. Parents Must Stop Them.

(The Washington Stand) There is a new bully on the playground: the education establishment. Bolstered by teachers unions and the Democrats’ political machine, certain school boards and administrators are pushing a progressive and dangerous social agenda down the unwilling throats of America. The Left’s push into K-12 schools includes everything from drag queen story hour to unisex locker rooms. But these aren’t even the most troubling trends.

Parents across the country would be appalled to hear about school administrators’ policing of perceived gender-related infractions. In Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools voted to approve changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook that include suspending students for using transgender students’ non-preferred pronouns or birth names, also referred to as “misgendering” or “deadnaming.” These offenses are classified as a “Level 4” offense with a possibility of suspension. For context, a “Level 5” offense includes homicide or possession of drugs and weapons.

A school district in Wisconsin actually opened a Title IX sexual harassment case against three eighth-graders for referring to a biological female student as “her” instead of “them.” There seems to be no end in sight to the Left’s gender hysteria.  (Read More)

Disney’s Destiny

(Faith & Freedom) In recent months Disney told Florida Gov. DeSantis to basically take a hike and take his values with him. So he did—over to the State Legislature. In the twinkling of an eye, Disney no longer enjoyed the luxury of autonomy and essentially state law exemption in many areas of their massive operation in Florida that had been given them when Walt ran the company back in the 1960s.

Disney was specifically reacting to a newly passed Florida law criminalizing child porn, which was a setback for the indoctrination of kids as young as 5 years old in public schools.

We now know it wasn’t only Gov. DeSantis and the parents who bring their kids to Florida for a fun family experience: The global community has spoken as well.

[…]Breitbart News reports, sarcastically, “So the child groomers at the Walt Disney Company decided to gay up the Toy Story franchise, and it not only laid an egg here in America, it bombed all over the world.”  (Read More)

As Dobbs Decision Nears, Corporate Media Abortion Propaganda Machine Is Firing On All Cylinders

(The Federalist) As we quickly approach the anticipated Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, corporate media is doing it’s part to keep the pro-abortion propaganda churring. Our corrupt corporate press do not care about facts, like the overturning of Roe v. Wade will not “make abortion illegal” or that a majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion.

This moment calls for important reporting on the wave abortion laws that are unfolding at statehouses across the country, but newsrooms are only interested in stories that support the pro-abortion agenda. Here are just some of the most recent attempts.

Over Father’s Day weekend, NBC’s “Today” website took advantage of a holiday celebrating fatherhood to highlight men who rejected parenthood and detached themselves from raising and providing for the child they created. The irony was lost on no one.  (Read More)

Who’s on Biden’s Parents Council? Al Sharpton, Transgender Activists, and Open Borders Groups

(The Washington Stand) The Biden administration claims it formed the recently unveiled “parents council” to better reflect families’ views in public schools — but its members include Al Sharpton’s community organizing group, activists who lobby to teach “comprehensive sex education” including gender identity theory in school, and open borders groups.

Supporters of the National Parents and Families Engagement Council, announced by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on June 14, praised the board as “a channel for parents’ voices to be heard.” Yet one look at some of the council’s 14 acknowledged members shows it represents a small segment of elitist, left-wing views. Among the groups that the Department of Education cites as council members are:  (Read More)

Pro-Abortion Terrorist Group Threatens More Terrorism Against Pro-Life Organizations

(RedState) A pro-abortion extremist outfit called “Janes Revenge” has issued a new threat against pro-life organizations. After claiming credit for a series of attacks against pregnancy crisis centers and other such groups, it appears they plan to escalate as the FBI is investigating the group’s activities.

On Tuesday, Jane’s Revenge published a new letter declaring “open season” on organizations that oppose abortion and referenced a 30-day deadline it had previously set for these groups to halt their operations. The terrorist group castigated volunteers “who impersonate healthcare providers in order to harm the vulnerable.”

“We were unsurprised to see thirty days come and thirty days pass with no sign of consilience or even bare-minimum self-reflection from you,” the author of the letter wrote. “History may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes, and we’ve already seen such stanzas where medical autonomy is stripped away, humanity is increasingly criminalized, and merely surviving becomes largely untenable.”

The extremist group then cautioned “your thirty days expired yesterday” and said they “offered an honourable way out.”

“You could have walked away,” the letter continued. “You could have walked away. Now the leash is off.”  (Read More)

Public Education– A Lesson In Hypocrisy

(Faith & Freedom) The New York Times is admitting that “Plunging enrollment in public school systems is seismic and according to experts will not be easily reversed.”

The loss of students is so significant nationwide that cities that have lost a lot of students — including Denver, Albuquerque, and Oakland — are now considering combining classrooms, laying off teachers, or shutting down entire schools because enrollment equals income for the public schools.

However, the elite—including our president, vice president, speaker, and other leaders including governors, etc., don’t send their kids to public schools—but they insist you have the right to do so if you please.

Hypocrisy.  (Read More)

Patriot Front Members Arrested Near Coeur d’Alene ‘Pride in the Park’ Event for ‘Conspiracy to Riot’

(Idaho Dispatch) Coeur d’Alene police say 31 Patriot Front members were arrested in Coeur d’Alene for “conspiracy to riot” at the “Pride in the Park” event.

In a press conference held after the arrests, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said that 31 members of the group Patriot Front were arrested. White said that a call from a citizen came in who saw the group loading into a U-haul with shields, face masks, and matching clothing.

White told the media during the press conference that of the individuals they had booked so far, one was from Idaho, and the others were from different states across the country.

Idaho Dispatch looked through the Kootenai County booking report this morning, and out of the individuals charged with “Criminal Conspiracy,” two are from Idaho. Winston Durham from Genesee and Richard Jessop from Idaho falls are the two Idahoans facing the misdemeanor charge.  (Read More)