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Bryan Fischer

One of the seemingly interminable battlefronts in our cultural civil war is the battle over tax-payer funding for Planned Parenthood. Despite the best efforts of the pro-life movement, Planned Parenthood still receives $400 million a year of coercive funding from monies dug out of the pockets of pro-life citizens who believe that all life, even in its earliest stages, comes from God and should be protected as a matter of public policy.

Forcing American citizens to fund Planned Parenthood against their wishes and deeply held religious convictions is a form of what Frederic Bastiat would call “legalized plunder.” It’s a form of theft under color of law. And under this new law, that would no longer happen.

This year, pro-life leaders in Idaho shepherded legislation through the state legislature that offers the promise of putting a huge dent in Planned Parenthood’s coffers. It has been signed into law by pro-life governor Brad Little, and has the support of Idaho’s two Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Green New Deal climate alarm socialism is really intolerant, totalitarian eco-fascism

Green New Dealers have convinced themselves that our planet faces an imminent, existential, manmade climate cataclysm – that can be prevented solely and simply by government edicts replacing fossil fuels with biofuel, wind, solar and battery energy. They achieve this state of absolute certainty largely by propagating constant scare stories, while ignoring and suppressing contradictory evidence and viewpoints.

They deliberately and deceptively talk about “carbon pollution.” Carbon is soot – what our cars, factories and power plants now emit in very small quantities. The honest, accurate term is carbon dioxide: the colorless, odorless, invisible gas that we exhale and plants need Continue reading

Wanda Alger

It is only when we look at the policies, rulings, and legislation that President Trump and his administration have initiated on behalf of biblical conservative values, that believers can rightly discern the effectiveness and impact of the White House. Here are ten reason, along with corroborating reports, why evangelical Christians can support this administration as they seek to uphold many of the values we hold most dear. We hope you not only study these for yourself, but share them with those who still struggle with this President’s agenda or actions. (Hyperlinks to original articles are embedded in text.)

1-This administration honors the sanctity of life

Since taking office, President Trump has championed numerous initiatives to defund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. He has repeatedly defended the sanctity of life and has vowed to champion the cause of the unborn. Not only has he stood by pro-lifers, his administration has rolled back the contraceptive mandate making it easier to get a religious exemption. The President has stated, “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

A travesty of immense proportions is being played out in the eyes of the nation in the supposedly conservative state of Texas. There, seven-year-old James Younger is being forced by his mother to “transition” into a girl named Luna. The mother is threatening to have the boy’s penis cut off and flood his young male body with hormonal puberty blockers when he turns eight.

The boy is perfectly happy with his male identity when he is in his father’s home. He dresses as a boy, acts as a boy, plays as a boy, and engages eagerly in athletics. He doesn’t show any preference for girls’ toys, and refuses to wear girls’ clothes or engage in typical girls’ play. He always dresses in boys’ clothes when his dad comes to pick him up. In other words, when he is with his father, there is no trace of “gender dysphoria.” Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

In September, I went to my 50th high school reunion. It was fun seeing old classmates. However, our smooth faces had become creased with a few wrinkles, the quantity and color of our hair had changed, and our bodies had different shapes to them. Reunions remind us of the brevity of life. We wonder where the years have gone. Someone has said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Now, I wouldn’t compare life to toilet paper, but it does seem that time moves faster the older I get. The Bible describes life as a vapor, or smoke, here only for a short time.

One of Israel’s songs has been preserved in our Bibles as Psalm 39. In verse 4 the writer addressed God and said, “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” Another Psalm says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The brevity of life should motivate us to seek wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 reveals that the bedrock upon which wisdom rests is a proper appreciation of and response to God, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Continue reading

James Buchal

The Multnomah County Republican Party continues to watch the staggering mismanagement of Oregon’s foster program highlighted by the late Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, and urges legislators to step up oversight of the program.  “Under the incompetent and corrupt leadership of Democratic Governor Kate Brown,” said Chairman James Buchal, “Oregon has been shipping its children all over the country at enormous expense to remote, out-of-state facilities as to which very serious allegations of abuse and mistreatment have been made.”

“To make matters worse,” said Buchal, “the State’s leaders may be inclined to turn a blind eye toward these abuses because PERS is now Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

By now, Oregon voters have received their ballots for the November 5 election. One of the items is Measure 26-203: a $475 million bond measure by Metro, the regional government for the Portland area.

Metro wants the money so it can buy more land for its so-called parks and nature program, a program that has shifted from providing parks for people to more vague and speculative objectives.

In Metro’s own words, the initial promise in 1995 was to “provide areas for walking, picnicking and other outdoor recreation.” This year’s measure now gives only passing mention to parks. And, it makes no promises of new parks, only preservation and maintenance of existing parks. In terms of bang for the buck, that’s a lot of bucks but not much bang. Continue reading

A 3-day-old western pond turtle hatchling receives a tag in the Oregon Zoo’s conservation lab as part of a head-starting program. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess

Endangered Northwest species gets a head start at the zoo’s turtle conservation lab The Oregon Zoo’s conservation lab has 20 reasons to shell-ebrate this week as 20 baby western pond turtles settle into their new home. Smaller than a nickel, the hatchlings are extremely vulnerable to predators. To give them a fighting chance, the tiny turtles are collected from the wild and reared in the zoo’s turtle conservation lab until they’re big enough to go back to the pond.

“Baby turtles are really small when they hatch, so they’re the perfect size for a lot of animals to eat,” said Shelly Pettit, the zoo’s senior keeper for reptiles and amphibians. “And the biggest problem they have right now are the invasive, or introduced, bullfrogs — they prey on turtle hatchlings right out of the nest.”

For video of the tiny turtles, visit http://bit.ly/20TinyTurtles Continue reading

Frank Maguire

“When we have learned to love our neighbor, not just ourselves, no matter where we come from, then America will be perfect.”

“Trying to build the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God is like having the spokes of a wheel without the hub”.

Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress – for her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939), and I Remember Mama (1948).

Dunne earned a diploma to teach art, but took a chance on a contest and won a prestigious scholarship to the Chicago Musical College, where she graduated in 1926. With a soprano voice, she had hopes of becoming an opera singer, but did not pass the audition with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Continue reading

Helen Maguire

Truman decorates Corporal Desmond Doss

In May, 1945, as German troops were surrendering on the other side of the world, Japanese troops were fiercely defending the only remaining barrier (Okinawa and the Maeda Escarpment) to an allied invasion of their homeland. The men in the 77th Infantry Division were repeatedly trying to capture the Maeda Escarpment, an imposing rock face the soldiers called Hacksaw Ridge.

Less than one third of the men in the company made it back down. The rest lay wounded, scattered across enemy soil—abandoned and left for dead, if they weren’t already. One lone soldier disobeyed orders and charged back into the firefight to rescue as many of his men as he could, before he either collapsed or died trying. His iron determination and unflagging courage resulted in at least 75 lives saved that day, May 5, 1945.

“…I just kept prayin’, ‘Lord, please help me get more and more, one more, until there was none left….'” Continue reading

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