The Chronicles

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Doom, gloom, and … yawn

As President Obama issues dire warnings about Friday’s sequester, lawmakers say their constituents are mostly unfazed

Republicans, businesses join call for same-sex ‘marriage’

Gay rights groups touting prominent Republican backers, retired military leaders, and U.S. businesses will ask the Supreme Court next month to support same-sex “marriage.” Religious leaders, labor groups, and homosexuals who live in states that prohibit same-sex “marriage” also plan to weigh in on the arguments. The justices will hear the debate over California’s constitutional […]

Same-sex couples win more than visitation rights in custody battles

Last Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court gave partial custody of two children to a woman who isn’t their biological mother. It’s one of many custody battles in which courts have ruled in favor of the “right” of same-sex couples to have children, instead of the right for children to have both a mother and father. […]

Have times changed?

A spirited high court argument ensues in an Alabama county’s challenge to the Voting Rights Act’s unique requirements for Southern states

Phoenix council abolishes gender

An ordinance passed by the Phoenix City Council last night forces the city’s businesses, charities and churches to consider hiring transgendered people and requires them to recognize any gender expression, even if that means allowing a man to use the women’s restroom. The bill, which passed 5-3, claims to protect against discrimination based on sexual […]

Globe Trot: Iraq worse off, Taliban attack, scary Kerry, and persecution trends

Iraq is worse off than it was 10 years ago∫ writes John Bolton on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, but overthrowing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do. The UN is calling for an investigation of Arafat Jaradat’s death after autopsy results revealed that the Palestinian underwent torture while […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad sequester?

The sky is falling because the sky is not falling. That’s what The Washington Post is selling today. First sentence in its front-page story: “The U.S. economy won’t collapse when the automatic spending cuts start hitting after Friday’s deadline.” A second front-page story worried that the “misery” will not “be universal, meaning that public outcry […]

Midday Roundup: A day late and more than a few dollars short

Calendar confusion? President Barack Obama announced this morning he would meet with congressional leaders on Friday to talk about ways to avoid sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts causing an uproar in Washington. Won’t it be a little late then? The cuts go into effect automatically at midnight Thursday. The president and his fellow Democrats have […]

Teaching intelligent design goes on trial in Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the case of a science teacher fired for talking openly with students about his Christian faith and theories of intelligent design. John Freshwater taught at a middle school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, for 20 years before the school board accused him of teaching Christian beliefs in […]

Why not change the name to Texas Whatever You Believe or Not Believe University?

Alexis Lohse, a “militant agnostic” student at the private Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, seeks official recognition for a group she formed called “Freethinking Frogs.” (The horned frog is the school’s mascot.) Atheists tend to refer to themselves as “freethinking,” which implies that we worshipers of the living God are intellectually constrained. […]

Persecution in China Is Very Real

You can argue that Christians are more free than they were 30 years ago. But persecution is rising and the central government does plan to eradicate house churches. Note: This is the latest in a series of articles on ChinaAid's report on persecution in China. Earlier this week, China Source's Brent Fulton and Open Doors's […]

How Adulthood Is Like High School All Over Again

Churches need to recognize the awkward teenager inside each of us. If you've ever struggled to navigate office politics, faced a catty clique at church, or felt left out of a social circle and thought, "This feels like high school," you are not alone. Since we develop our identities during those formative teenage years, there's […]

Making Culture in a Small Town Storefront

Why I helped restore a relic from the past on behalf of the next generation. Without honoring any gods, a piece of domestic architecture, no less than a mosque or a chapel, can assist us in the commemoration of our genuine selves . . . We value certain buildings for their ability to rebalance our […]

Mass. Gender Identity Policy: Public Schools Ordered to Allow Boys to Use Girl’s Bathroom

The Massachusetts Department of Education has issued a directive to the state’s public schools mandating that they allow boys to cheer on girls-only cheerleading squads, and allow boys to use girl’s restrooms if the male student identifies as a female to comply with the state’s anti-discrimination law.

Sick Gaza, West Bank Children Rescued by Jewish Hospital, Christian Church

A Christian church and a Jewish hospital in Israel have united to help provide medical care to severely ill, undiagnosed babies and children from war-torn Gaza and the West Bank.

The Upside of the Sequester: A Boost to Alternative Lending for Small Businesses

With the sequester days away, there is much talk about how government spending cuts will affect the economy. One area of the economy that would be affected by the sequester is commercial lending. Estimated cuts of $902 million to the Small Business Administration loan program would impact thousands of small businesses. Additionally, decreased government spending […]

Immigration Reform: Substance Above Rhetoric, Doing What is Right

There has been much discussion recently about the welcome prospect of pending immigration reform legislation. This is a propitious moment for our Nation to be having this important debate. Unfortunately, many people are narrowly framing this discussion through the lens of political expediency. Political pundits on both sides of the aisle are commenting about why […]

Rape Victim 100 Lashes? Islamic Court Imposes Brutal Sentence for Premarital Sex

A rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes and put on eight months house arrest in the Maldives, sparking international outrage.

Canadian Museum Reverts to Using Christian Calendar Abbreviations

Officials from a Canadian museum have decided to once again use BC and AD to label dates instead of more religion-neutral labels.

Former Pastor Goes on 40-Day Fast for $12,200 to Finish Film

Eric “Doc” Benson is hoping America won’t let him go without food for 40 days, but he is willing to do it if necessary to raise funds to complete a movie highlighting the struggle many small and mid-sized churches are having with change in America today.

California Baptist University Sued by Expelled Transgender Student

California Baptist University has been sued by a transgender student who was expelled by the academic institute for inaccurately stating that he was female.

Arkansas Gov. Vetoes Ban on Abortion at 20 Weeks, or Pain Stage

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would ban abortions in Arkansas at 20 weeks, unless a woman is a victim of rape, incest or her life is at risk due to a medical emergency.

Benjamin Carson to Speak at 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

New conservative darling, neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, will be a featured speaker at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next month, according to the American Conservative Union (ACU).

Iran pursuing nuclear bomb through plutonium production, new satellite images reveal

Israel denies entry to American teacher working in West Bank

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