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5 smart reasons to abolish the Department of Education


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Speaking on Fox News Sunday in 2015, Trump said, “I may cut the Department of Education,” and in his book “Crippled America,” released the same year, he wrote “A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally.” So there is opportunity if only Republicans in Congress are brave enough to seize it.

To help push them in the right direction, here are five reasons why the Department of Education should be eliminated.

1. It’s unconstitutional

The word “education” never occurs in the U.S. Constitution. Already, this should mean that the federal government has no business interfering with education policy, since the Constitution is a list of enumerated powers. In other words, the Constitution is a comprehensive list of things the federal government is allowed to do, and anything not included is de facto forbidden.

To make this doubly clear, the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights is explicit: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” There you have it. The power to set education policy is reserved to the states or the people. The federal government is not authorized to meddle.10th-amendment

2. It’s expensive

The Department of Education comprises more than 80 subagencies, employs more than 4,000 people, and has an annual budget of nearly $70 billion. When you include other federal spending like Head Start and the School Lunch Program, that number swells to more than $100 billion.

With a national debt rapidly hurtling toward $20 trillion, this may be a drop in the bucket, but as a wise man once said, a few billion here and there eventually adds up to real money. It’s insane to think we couldn’t find better, more productive uses for $100 billion a year. Just off the top of my head, how about giving it back to the taxpayers?

Of course, maybe the federal government could justify this expense if it produced positive results.

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The Department of Education has been around since 1979, and in that time, with the huge amounts of money that have poured into it, a reasonable person would expect to see massive improvements in educational performance.

In fact, we’ve seen no such thing. The more money we spend, the less students benefit. The department itself recently admitted that education spending isn’t producing any measurable results — a finding, which conforms with previous analyses of programs like Head Start and the department in general.

It may seem like an obvious question, but why are we continuing a program which has proven, time and time again, not to work?

4. It hinders school choice and student freedom

Perhaps the most infamous of Department of Education initiatives was Common Core, foisted upon the states through a complex system of incentives and penalties with the goal of imposing standardization of testing and, to a certain extent, curricula across the whole country.

These wildly unpopular standards have been the source of outrage and confusion among parents and students alike, who found the math problems impossible, the history textbooks revisionist, and the constant testing oppressive.

But Common Core is far from the only soul-crushing program leveled at local schools from on high. The Department of Education also brought us the spectacular failures of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Head Start, and most recently the Every Student Succeeds Act. All of these share the goal of making schools everywhere the same, in spite of the fact that different states, different cities, and different children have diverse education requirements that cannot be met by a single top-down structure. It may come as a surprise to education bureaucrats, but many parents are not comfortable with their children being ‘tracked’ by the federal government.

Like every other market, the market for education thrives only when innovation, competition, and experimentation are allowed to flourish. The Department of Education has devoted itself to stamping out all of that.

5. It’s really, really creepy

Like so many other pseudoscientific pursuits, the Department of Education has been moving increasingly toward dataengineering collection and analysis in what it claims is an effort to improve student performance. Barack Obama’s Education secretary, Arne Duncan, made the following statement about his ambitions:

Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career.

It may come as a surprise to education bureaucrats, but many parents are not comfortable with their children being “tracked” by the federal government. In many cases, parents have no idea what type of data is being collected on their children, and it is not easy to find out even if you are aware of the practice and want to know.

Nor are we just talking about test scores. A surprisingly candid 2013 report from the Department of Education provides a wish list of data collection, including the desire to monitor students’ facial expressions and eye movements during class, and then using the data to diagnosis learning disabilities or other problems.i-am-definitly-not-okay-with-that

In fact, schools may already be doing this; they are notoriously tight-lipped about data collection. The idea that a computer algorithm might diagnose one’s child with mental illness because he made the wrong expression in class is chilling, and we can be sure that it’s only the beginning of where the department would like to go in the future.

Bearing all these points in mind, it’s baffling that the government continues to fund and defend the Department of Education, which, by its own admission, has not improved student outcomes yet interferes with the freedoms of America’s children on a daily basis. The time is now. Abolish the Department of Education once and for all.arrested

Logan Albright is a researcher for Conservative Review and Director of Research for Free the People. You can follow him on Twitter @loganalbright73.

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United States Department of Education

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the earlier incarnation with the same name, established in 1867, see Office of Education.

 The United States Department of Education (ED or DoED), also referred to as the ED for (the) Education Department, is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Recreated by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 4, 1980.[3]

The Department of Education Organization Act divided the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is administered by the United States Secretary of Education. It has approximately 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $68 billion (2016).[1]

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The Constitution of the United States of America does not give the President the responsibilities of creating jobs. I am uncertain of this origin, but it created the mammoth government we have today. The pressure on each President’s Administration caused them to created Federal jobs, which means Federal agencies, which means the functions that belong to the States, was taken over by a Federal bureaucracy. Thank you President Jimmy Carter and the Socialist Left.

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By taking education into Federal control, the monies set aside for education exploded into the billions of dollars to pay for all the jobs created by a bloated bureaucracy just so President Carter the Socialist Left could claim they created jobs. All the increase in taxes went to pay for the bureaucracy, NOT FOR THE CHILDREN.

Then the Socialist Left cried that they needed more monies for education, but whatever they took from tax payers went into the bureaucracy, NOT THE SCHOOLROOM. The Dems love to talk as if they are the ones who care most about children and their education, yet very little of the billions they collect ever get to teachers income, and the needs of the teachers to do their jobs. Now we have teachers spending their own monies to buy supplies for their classroom, as the Federal bureaucracy, State Department of Education bureaucracy and the Local School District bureaucracy line their pockets with the monies needed for the children.

Enter the Union. The Teachers Union is one of the most powerful union in the nation. They get to choice what your child gets taught, even if it’s mostly propaganda. History is rewritten to push their Liberal-Socialist agenda. They also hold our children hostage whenever they want more taxpayer money. Again, very little of those increases ever get to the classroom.

By eliminating the Federal Department of Education bureaucracy, as well as the States Department of Education bureaucracy, all those monies would now go to the Districts bureaucracy, ending up with the monies needed by the teachers to do their jobs (and perhaps get those much needed raises.)

This brings us to School Voucher Programs. When there is competition, there is always better services. Despite the lies the Teachers Union puts out about Voucher Programs, they work. When School Districts start losing funding to better school systems, they will be forced to get as good as the private schools, or face extinction. Children win.

South Carolina 6th Graders Learn Five Pillars of Islam


waving flagAuthored by Trey Sanchez

Kids in public schools learning about the religion of Islam in great detail continues to happen in the U.S.A.

TruthRevolt has kept a careful eye on this phenomenon, reporting on instances such as in California, Florida, Tennessee, and Minnesota where students either sang songs about Ramadan (complete with the lyrics “Allahu Akbar”), designed a Muslim prayer rug, or wrote down the five pillars of Islam, including “all people must submit to Allah.”

The latest has occurred in Summerville, South Carolina at Alston Middle School, where 6th graders learned about the five pillars and were instructed on the “correct” interpretation of verses from the Koran.

EAGnews.org obtained a copy of one of the worksheets that included a fill-in-the-blanks section which stated:

“Islam is a religion of (peace). If I believe in Islam, I am called a (Muslim). In the Islamic religion, we call God (Allah). I may dress differently than other kids. I feel (bad) that a few people of my religion committed terrorist acts. I do not believe in terrorists’ idea of a ‘holy war.’”Islam is NOT

One parent told a local news station that permission should’ve been asked for before giving a lesson on religious values.

Similar complaints have been across the country. The near-indoctrination was getting so bad in Tennessee, lawmakers introduced a bill in 2015 to curb the amount of time spent on Islamic lessons. CAIR called the move “anti-Islam” but parents across the Bible Belt state had become concerned that more time was spent covering the doctrines of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism but not Christianity. Usually, that topic was reserved for when the class studied the “Age of Exploration” and learned how Christians persecuted others in Western Europe.America Never Forget

A district official in Summerville said the Islam worksheets are approved by the South Carolina curriculum standards and are used in part of the study of civilizations. Christianity is one of the world religions to be covered in future lessons.

It was noted that parents can opt their children out if they contact the school.

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Cal State University Brings Back Segregation


waving flagBy Tad Cronn September 7, 2016

“Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.” — Matthew 7:15-16

Consider this the fruit of Progressivism.

California State University Los Angeles, one of the most liberal campuses in one of the most liberal towns in the most liberal university system in the most liberal state, is instituting racially segregated student housing.

Sixty-two years after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” and therefore a violation of the 14th Amendment, Progressives are taking huge steps toward rolling back one of the signature victories of the Civil Rights Movement.

Back in 1963, liberals were still fighting against equal rights for black Americans when Democratic Gov. George Wallace stood in a doorway of the University of Alabama — after having declared in his campaign, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” — and tried to block the entrance of students Viviane Malone and James Hood.

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FILE – In this June 11, 1963 file photo, Democratic Gov. George Wallace blocks the entrance to the University of Alabama as he turned back a federal officer attempting to enroll two black students at the university campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Library of Congress)

Now, liberals are still standing in the door at Cal State L.A., but this time it’s the door to segregated housing, they’re holding it open and inviting duped young black people to segregate themselves and prove they are not worthy to mingle with non-black students.More Evidence

Oh sure, the liberals behind this grossly offensive, retrograde scheme to take us back to the Progressive Golden Age when whites were whites and blacks sat in the back of the bus have a smooth-talking sales pitch.

But the real joke is black students asked for this themselves.

The Black Student Union gave a list of demands to the university that included a $30 million black student endowment, an anti-discrimination policy that would require “cultural competency training,” compulsory “ethnic studies courses” and segregated housing. The special snowflakes did this because of alleged frequent racist “attacks,” such as racially insensitive remarks and microaggressions by faculty and students.

Many critics over the years have noticed how liberals, while talking a great game about equality, always pursue policies that work to “keep blacks on the plantation,” that is, keep them dependent and Democratic.d-slaves-new-600-ci-1

Liberalism in colleges has apparently worked such a number on the brains of young black people that they have been talked into throwing away something their parents and grandparents worked so hard to achieve, and thinking it’s their own genius idea.

The giveaway is that the university hasn’t complied with all the black students’ demands, but they’ve given them the segregated housing, sold as an affordable “safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other.”

Yeah, the university’s all over that one, probably using public funds to do it, too.

The Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community, according to one university spokesman, will “focus on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory.” Inclusive and non-discriminatory except, you know, for the whole racial segregation thing.

Cal State L.A. isn’t the only institute of higher learning trying to turn back the clocks, either. Last month, it was revealed that a community college in Illinois was providing “blacks-only” sections of a mandatory freshman class.

Racially segregated housing is also available at UC Berkeley (of course), UC Davis and the University of Connecticut, according to The College Fix.

President George W. Bush, in a speech to the NAACP, once talked about the soft bigotry of low expectations. That’s the code the Left lives by, the unspoken (except at cocktail parties) belief that blacks can’t support themselves, rule themselves or make it in the world without the Nanny State.

Black_Lives_Matter_Sign_Minneapolis_ProtestWhen black Americans first began going to the same schools as whites, it was with hope and courage to be able to seize the future and assume their place as proud Americans and pillars of society.

How sad and soiled that dream has become as successive generations have regressed into voluntary slavery through acceptance of cradle-to-grave coddling and the open expression of the racism that has always been implied by the Left’s socialist views.

If I could say one thing to today’s young people entering college, I would say, take a look in the mirror. See that handsome young man or beautiful young lady (because we’re all handsome or beautiful in our way) staring back at you? If you learn nothing else at college, learn this: That person in the mirror is NOT the person Progressives want to be in charge of your life. This is:

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A wealthy, corrupt, lying, mentally ill, old white woman who sees you merely as a means to her enrichment and greater power. And she’s just one of many.

Think about it.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tad Cronn

Tad Cronn began his journalism career in 1983. While he earned awards for his work as a reporter and editor, his greatest joy is writing news commentary. Providing a conservative and often humorous outlook on current events, he now works as a freelance writer based in California.

The Satanic Temple Is a Fraud


waving flagAugust 1, 2016 By

A group from Salem Massachusetts is fighting for the right to institute their own version of an afterschool program to elementary schools across the nation. The Satanic Temple’s cofounder Doug Mesner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves, is attempting to introduce “Satan After School” (SAS) to “counterbalance Christian afterschool programs.”

And not just any Christian afterschool program. They are targeting schools which have allowed the Christian “Good News Club” in.

The Washington Post writes  that what brought on the desire of the Satanic Temple to start an afterschool program was a 2001 supreme Court ruling. The ruling allowed for the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to be included in afterschool programs as a matter of free speech rights.

As if we needed the supremes to tell us that. The Post says that the “CEF then went on a tear, and by 2011, it reported 3,560 Good News Clubs, putting them in more than 5% of the nation’s public elementary schools.”

More than 5%? Is that a lot, because it sure doesn’t sound like it. It sounds more like around 95% of the nation’s elementary schools have not invited in the CEF. But this matters not to Mr. Greaves and his Satan After School program. Anymore than 0% is too much for him.

Greaves did however add that, “We would like to thank the Liberty Counsel specifically for opening the doors to the After School 36BC6DF200000578-0-image-m-25_1469922732593Satan Clubs through their dedication to religious liberty.”

Okay – now I have it. It’s not about free speech as much as it is about religious liberty. That’s interesting. They too, like the CEF, want to be included in afterschool programs for reasons of religious liberty – evidently. That is interesting, considering the Satanic Temple states that they really don’t worship anyone or anything. It’s all just an act.

Instead, the Satan After School program intends to include a healthy snack, literature lesson, creative learning activities, a science lesson and art. Is it me, or does this sound like what the kids are doing during a normal school day? What would they need the Satan After School program for?

In other words, the Satan After School program is a fraud, which Greaves is purposely perpetrating on schools and has nothing whatsoever to do with religious liberty.

Chalice Blyth, head of the Satanic Temple’s Utah chapter, said: “The Satanic Temple doesn’t espouse a belief in the existence of a supernatural being that other religions identify solemnly as Satan, or Lucifer, or Beelzebub. The Temple rejects all forms of supernaturalism and is committed to the view that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality.”Bull

That doesn’t sound at all what Satan would espouse. If I signed my kids up for the SAS program, I’d feel cheated. I thought we signed them up for some good old-fashioned Devil worship. I want my money back! The fact is, this group – at least their leaders, are just dopey atheists who, if pressed, would surely admit that they prefer religion not exist at all. In school – afterschool – anywhere.

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Words May Wound but Islamists Will Kill


waving flagJune 18, 2016By

On his June 16th radio show, Mark Levin said, “I made a email14suggestion to the gay community. I said you better exercise your second amendment rights while you still can. What did I mean by that,” asked Levin. “What I meant was that you need to acquire weapons to defend yourselves, because you’re being targeted by the Islamo-nazis.”

That’s a good piece of advice, as Levin is known to give. However, his advice runs up against the perceived reality of a lot of today’s youth. silentThis reality is that for today’s youth, from 20-somethings (maybe older), all the way down to elementary school children, the fight instinct has been beaten out of them (figuratively speaking) with the bat of political correctness – leaving only the flight instinct.

Along the same vein as Levin’s advice, I wrote a piece  the other day calling for more Americans, particularly millennials, to fight back, become sheepdogs and stop acting like sheep, so when the wolves come calling, as one did in Orlando, you can and will stand up and protect the innocent.

Sadly, far too many young men and women (and other) have qmeme_1462840862239_376been conditioned to hide or flee, rather than fight. Obviously the parents bear some of the blame, but our education system, such that it is, also bears a great deal.

Children are no longer taught about real threats – the kind that can and will “break your bones” and much worse. Instead, they are being brainwashed by leftist educators and advisors to fear words more than actions.

One shining example of this bass-ackwards thinking is on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado. Last year Katrina Rodriguez, Dean of Students and the Title IX Coordinator (the most harmful thing to hit college campuses since the introduction of co-ed dorms), ordered 680 signs to be hung in various places across campus.

One off the wall, politically correct poster after another was hung proclaiming things like: “Language matters because, whether it is intentional or not, the impact of words can reinforce oppression and feelings of discomfort, fear and Freedom os Speechshame.”university-of-northern-colorado_2015-05-18_16-43-26.170

Rodriguez told HeatStreet.com  that, “The intent is to educate to foster civility—not to take punitive action,” and “We believe that fostering dialogue on a college campus so that multiple perspectives are explored and debated is the essence of free speech.”

Leftists are all about the precious “dialogue.” This way they can talk and talk, while achieving absolutely nothing. That’s not exactly accurate. They do achieve something quite important – the termination of “free speech.”

Another such poster is a rebuttal of the slogan, “All Lives Matter.” The poster reads” You are dismissing the Black Lives Matter [BLM] movement and the brutality impacting the Black community.”

You want brutality, coddled young black men?! Try being black in Africa, mercilesslyemail23 slaughtered by Muslims just because you dare to exist! And look at the picture of the 49 killed in Orlando. Look – there’s a black guy – and a black girl – and another and another. Looks to me to be 12 out of the 49.

So pitiful have things gotten on the Northern Colorado campus that they’ve formed and implemented a rapid “Bias Response Team” (BRT). In March there was an incident on campus and the BRT was called into action.

It seems the BLM poster had been defaced. Across the poster was scrolled “All Lives Do Matter,” and “Free Speech Matters.” The BRT quickly defendremoved and replaced it with another poster that read: “This was the site of a bias related behavior.”

If you are shaking your head in disbelief and disgust, join the club, but this is emblematic of the fragile nature of America’s youth.

If young skulls full of mush (attribution – Rush) are taught that there is nothing more evil than an offensive word or silly slogan, how will America’s youth ever be expected to fight back against actual evil – the kind that may say little or nothing while they actual brutalize and kill you?

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One-Third of ‘Pro-Choice’ Women Turn Against Abortion After Viewing Video of Procedure


waving flagby Dr. Susan Berry  27 May 2016

A survey shows that a four-minute medical animation video of what happens during an abortion leads over a third of “pro-choice” women to view abortion “less favorably.”

Pro-life organization Live Action’s “man-on-the-street” video below shows people watching a medical animation video of a Dilatation & Evacuation surgical Abortion Procedures video, narrated by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino.

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I AM A PERSON with PoemDuring this second trimester abortion procedure, the abortionist uses instruments to tear the baby’s arms, legs, and body organs, and crush his or her head prior to extracting the baby’s remains from the uterus.

Live Action used independent polling company Survey Monkey to conduct an online video survey of 502 women between the ages of 18 and 30 who watched the video. The responses of the 208 women who identified themselves as “pro-choice” were then analyzed.

Asked if the video changed their view of abortion, 34 percent of the “pro-choice” women said the video led them to view abortion “less favorably,” including 25 percent “somewhat less favorably” and 9.1 percent “much less favorably.” Survey results showed that 62 percent of “pro-choice” women viewed abortion the same as they did prior to watching the surgical abortion video.

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Why isit legal When the “pro-choice” women were asked if there should be more or fewer restrictions on abortion after viewing the video, 28.4 percent said more restrictions, 29.3 percent said fewer restrictions, and 42.3 percent said restrictions should remain as is.

When the “pro-choice” women were also asked who should see the video of the second trimester abortion (they were invited to check as many categories as they wished), 46.6 percent said “high school sex education classes, 42.8 percent responded “college students,” 39.4 percent said “pregnant women considering abortion, 38.9 percent answered “general public,” 26 percent said elected officials, and 34.1 percent said “none of the above.”

Many pro-life Facebook commenters have responded to the “man-on-the-street” video with surprise that individuals who self-identify as “pro-choice” actually have no idea of what happens during an abortion or of how developed unborn babies are during the second trimester of pregnancy.

“After watching the man-on-the-street interviews, people are commenting that they had always assumed most ‘pro-choice’ people knew what abortion entailed and supported it anyway, but that this video has helped them to see the power of educating others,” president of Live Action Lila Rose tells Breitbart News. “While the people we interviewed were used to just repeating the pro-abortion talking points they had learned from politicians, the media, and the abortion industry, in four minutes, they saw the truth that changed their minds.”

“That proves what we’ve said all along,” she adds. “This is a winning battle.”its time

A recent Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll found a full 81 percent of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion — including limiting the procedure after the first three months — and a continued ban on public funding of abortion.

In the survey of 1,700 Americans, even 66 percent of respondents who identify themselves as pro-choice say, “Abortion should be allowed, at most, in the first trimester, in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, or never permitted.”

Rose also observes the abortion industry continues to work “to keep women in the dark about how developed their preborn children in the womb are and what abortion procedures actually entail for both the mother and the child.” Thus, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and others in the abortion lobby fight against mandatory ultrasounds prior to making the decision to have an abortion, and protest when “fetuses” are humanized.

“The more people learn about abortion, the more they see how barbaric and inhumane it is — whether the abortion is committed by depriving a preborn child of nutrients for days until she dies, or by ripping her limbs apart while she’s still alive, or by injecting her with a drug to induce cardiac arrest,” Rose explains.ROE

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Battle lines have been Drawn over Bathroom Mandate


waving flagBy Michael Ware May 26, 2016

What do you do when you see that there is an injustice occurring? Are you one that has been programmed to look the other way or are you one that instinctively steps up? There is no doubt that the Obama administration is seeking to force injustice down the throats of school and college administrators.  But now there are some who are stepping up.

As I reported, Obama sent a mandate to every school, college, and university in the nation warning that they were to accommodate students with Gender Dysphoria. If they failed to make this accommodation, they would face losing their federal funding.

Now, we finally have a response.

Christian News reports

Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to overturn a directive telling schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, decrying the policy as “a massive social experiment.”

Ramping up the simmering battles over contentious cultural issues in America, the states, led by Texas and most with Republican governors, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by “administrative fiat.”0be8c29a597ef04b0e36664f12c8b385

What these states are saying is that the administration has spoken law into existence. They are handing down laws and requirements, once again without Congress. This is both wrong and illegal.More

Many wish to make this an issue of discrimination, but one again it is an issue of law. What makes something lawful? In the United States, it is that the representatives of the people have deemed this or that is unlawful and therefore forbidden.

We have lost such ideas as the Church has left the foundation of Law. I discuss in my book the need for the Church to return to the Law of God. This is the only way that we can see such issues set right.

The one thing that our Constitution works to destroy is the idea of one man or a group of men creating law. This is why we should pray that these states along with North Carolina are given the victory.

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