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Kelsey Bolar: What feminism got wrong — and how to make it right

Kelsey Bolar: What feminism got wrong — and how to make it right

May 16, 2022

"For so long, the feminist movement has pitted men and women against each other, instead of allowing men and women to naturally complement each other — and encouraging them to work together to solve challenges [facing] families, individuals and societies," said Kelsey Bolar, a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum and contributor to The Daily Signal and The Federalist. "Women and girls, in particular, have been a focus of the feminist movement for the past few decades and so we've got this girl-boss, rah-rah women culture. And, in the midst of that, men and boys were really forgotten."

Follow her @kelseybolar on Twitter.

Joseph Backholm: The U.S. government’s ministry of truth wants to control you

Joseph Backholm: The U.S. government’s ministry of truth wants to control you

May 9, 2022

“These are people who want to control you. They are going to use information to try to do that. They are going to try to use the authority of the official stamp of government to try to convince a number of people that: that is true because we say it's true; that it's false because we say it's false," said Joseph Backholm, senior fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. "And the sad reality is — and what '1984' [George Orwell's dystopian novel that has a Ministry of Truth], a big lesson of that is — there are a lot of people who will agree with that.” 

Backholm spoke regarding the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of the Disinformation Governance Board.

Follow him @josephbackholm on Twitter.

Sarah Parshall Perry: Gender identity sows confusion and subverts women

Sarah Parshall Perry: Gender identity sows confusion and subverts women

May 2, 2022

"The notion of gender identity is internal, it is subjective, it is malleable. And it's the first time in all civil rights law in the history of America where we're being asked to acquiesce to someone's belief about themselves, treating it as though it is immutable fact," said Sarah Parshall Perry, an attorney and senior legal fellow at the Meese Center of The Heritage Foundation. Perry cowrote a recent commentary, "Lia Thomas Was Just the Beginning. Biden Administration Wants to Eliminate Women’s Sports."

Follow Perry @SarahPPerry on Twitter.

 

Leila Miller: Catholics, rise up to protect the innocence of children

Leila Miller: Catholics, rise up to protect the innocence of children

April 25, 2022

"Not enough people are standing up. Catholics, especially, have a role in society and the world to be salt and light, to be different. So when the world is becoming corrupt all around us, and when it's taking our children — when it's trying to steal our children for the devil — it's our job to be there as the one voice that says, 'No, we're not letting you have the children, we're not letting you have their innocence,'" said Leila Miller. "...It starts in the womb and goes all the way through. We need to be paying attention to every angle of this."

Miller is the author of books, including "Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak," and co-author with Trent Horn of "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues."

Listen to her previous appearances on Respect Life Radio: "Made This Way" and "Divorce makes children homeless" and "Wake Up! Our kids, and our souls, are in danger." See more at LeilaMiller.net

Paul Larkin: Political will lacking to address fentanyl scourge

Paul Larkin: Political will lacking to address fentanyl scourge

April 18, 2022

"There are problems with drugs, but fentanyl clearly can kill and will kill a very large number of people if we don't do something about it," said Paul J. Larkin, senior legal research fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government, at The Heritage Foundation.

"Enforcement has to be one of the three legs of any response. We have to educate people, we have to enforce the laws and we have to treat the people who wound up being addicted," said Larkin, who recently moderated a panel, "The Fentanyl Crisis: The Mexico-Texas Connection."

Declan Leary: No conservative allies who buy babies

Declan Leary: No conservative allies who buy babies

April 4, 2022

"What absolutely is a settled question is that something is missing in the worldview of a person who is raised without a mother," said Declan Leary, associate editor of The American Conservative. "Especially someone who is raised without a mother and told that that's the way things are supposed to be. There's a difference between the tragic circumstances where a mother dies and a child is raised by a single father in some other arrangement. But when they're raised in an unnatural arrangement and told that this is the way the world is meant to be — that this is actually good — rather than something unfortunate or accidental; obviously, that person is going to grow up viewing the world the wrong way. And we can't be afraid to say that."

Leary recently wrote an article, "No Allies Who Buy Babies," described as, "The problem of gay surrogacy reminds us that the right's alliance with anti-woke liberals cannot and should not survive."

Follow him @DeclanLeary on Twitter.

Joy Pullmann: Persecution of Christian speech in Finland a threat everywhere

Joy Pullmann: Persecution of Christian speech in Finland a threat everywhere

March 28, 2022

Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Finnish parliament, told me "she really hopes that her case will, as it has for many people, not scare Christians or others who have strong beliefs that matter to public discussion, but will embolden them to speak the truth in love. Because if you don't use those rights, then they are more likely to be eroded and taken away," said Joy Pullmann, executive editor of The Federalist

Pullmann is the author of a recent article, "How A Trial In Finland Could Have Worldwide Effects On Government Persecution Of Religion," which begins, "The trial of two Finnish Christians for publicly stating mainstream religious teachings that reserve sex only for heterosexual marriage is heading towards a judgment scheduled for March 30.”

Follow her @JoyPullmann as well as @PaiviRasanen on Twitter.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Restoring Catholic liturgy among the ruins

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Restoring Catholic liturgy among the ruins

March 21, 2022

“What is the Church living in the past decades since the (Vatican II) Council — in the liturgy? We have a ruin in many places...Therefore we have to restore the centrality of God, of the adoration, in the midst of the chaos. This shall give us hope that we can do this," said Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, and author of "The Catholic Mass: Steps to Restore the Centrality of God in the Liturgy" (Sophia Institute Press).

“These bishops and priests who are against the Traditional Mass, and persecuting it, they are the new Pharisees and scribes who are forbidding the simple one, the little one — as you mention, the Traditional Mass is packed with young people — they are prohibiting them to glorify Christ in such a worthy and respectful manner as it is the Traditional Mass.”

Follow Bishop Schneider at his website, Gloria Dei, and @BishopAthanas1 on Twitter.

Kara Frederick: Big tech and big government converging to restrict freedom

Kara Frederick: Big tech and big government converging to restrict freedom

March 14, 2022

Digital IDs and digital passports are the gateway to the "social credit system, in addition to the second element and that is: tech companies doing the government's bidding to effectively cut you off from digital life, and a public life, if you have the wrong opinions, especially with regard to the government," said Kara Frederick, research fellow in technology policy at The Heritage Foundation who recently published a research report, "Combating Big Tech’s Totalitarianism: A Road Map."

Frederick was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and, prior to that, "helped create and lead Facebook’s Global Security Counterterrorism Analysis Program," according to her Heritage bio. Follow her @karaafrederick on Twitter.

 

Arielle Del Turco: Ukrainians rise up to fight for their country

Arielle Del Turco: Ukrainians rise up to fight for their country

March 7, 2022

“We're used to seeing conflicts all around the world. What we're not used to is really seeing the population — average citizens, moms, grandparents, average people — rally together and make a unified effort to say, 'No, we're not all fleeing the country,' though many are. 'We're actually going to stay, we're going to fight, we're going to pitch in.' It's not just that Russia is attacking the Ukrainian military. [Russian President Vladimir Putin] really has to fight the entire country, because the entire country is rising up to fight him," said Arielle Del Turco, assistant director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, who recently wrote a commentary, "Courage on Display in Ukraine." 

Follow her @arielledelturco on Twitter.

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