Kindergarten Teacher Holds ‘Transition Ceremony’ for Boy Who Wants to be a Girl

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
Boy wrapped in rainbow flag Pride Parade - 900 A Rocklin, California, charter school kindergarten teacher held a "transition ceremony" for a 5-year-old boy in her class late last school year. She did it without parents' knowledge or consent. Now some kids are traumatized. And some parents are considering legal action against the school. Rocklin Academy Gateway's kindergarten teacher taught a lesson on transgenderism recently. She did it because a boy in the class wanted to be a girl, reported LifeSiteNews. The teacher introduced the boy to the class as a boy, had him change into girls' clothing and come back to class as a "girl." She then reintroduced him to the class. She then told students that he should be addressed by his chosen girl's name. During the course of the lesson, the teacher read two books about transgenderism. One was titled I am Jazz, about a boy who wanted to be a girl. The other was The Red Crayon,...

Don’t Need a Chief Strategist if Your Chief Strategy is ‘Do What You Were Elected to Do’

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
President Donald Trump attends a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. President Truman had a saying, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Well, after last week, even Lassie seems to be lifting her leg on President Trump. It was a tough one. Trump was brutally battered for not responding as scripted to the chaos in Charlottesville. An elected Democrat called for his assassination with barely a peep of condemnation. Councils created to get the country moving again broke apart, and several organizations bailed on holding charity bashes at Mar-a-Lago. Trump even had to pull out of his part in the Kennedy Center Honors because he didn’t want to cause a “political distraction.” Man, it’s rough when you can’t enjoy the fun parts of being President because of the hyperventilated hate of your critics. What next? The Easter Bunny boycotting the White House Easter Egg Roll? Trump stopped from lighting the National Christmas Tree? Okay, that won’t happen. But CNN will insist the lights are...

LEAKED: Media Matters’ Secret Plan to Destroy Conservatives

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
Media Matters Conservative Attack - 900 Now we know: Earlier this year, the left-wing activist group Media Matters began an all-out effort to destroy conservatives. The founder laid out the details in the 49-page “Democracy Matters: Plan for Strategic Action.” He didn’t expect it to be leaked to the public. In a document labeled “Private & Confidential,” Media Matters founder David Brock explains how the group intends to take down some of the most well-known leaders on the right and squelch conservative speech and policies. Left-wing billionaire George Soros is one of the financial backers. Beyond Traditional Free Speech The group will work with several partners. American Bridge 21st Century will provide research. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, is an ethics watchdog group similar to Judicial Watch. Shareblue is a social media firm. The plan describes Shareblue as “the antidote to Breitbart.” Conservative...

The Stream Founder James Robison: ‘The Enemy Has Been Put on Notice’

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
James Robison.jpg - 900 In a new Facebook video that has already gone viral, Stream founder James Robison discusses President Trump’s Afghanistan address. “The enemy has been put on notice,” he says.  Rev. Robison goes on to discuss his experience advising the President and how Trump’s faith advisers have never wavered in their Christian counsel to the President. And he has a message for Christians themselves: Pray more fervently than ever. “If Christians will really pray, really seek His face, turn from our own wicked ways … and be salt and light,” the country can be transformed.  Watch:

Are Sex and Marriage Issues of Orthodoxy?

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
Sex Marriage Orthodoxy Most of us are familiar with the Nicene Creed, the statement of faith adopted in 325 A.D. to unite Christians against the Arian heresy. It is, to this day, the most widely-used summary of Christian orthodoxy. Lately, "orthodoxy" has become stickier to define. In the wake of the sexual revolution, some who call themselves Christians and would affirm the Nicene Creed, also accept unions between members of the same sex. Here at the Colson Center, we believe, as the Christian Church has taught for two millennia, that any sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman runs contrary to God's design. It is serious sin, condemned in no uncertain terms in both the Old and New Testaments. So to justify homosexual behavior, or any other expression of sexual deviance, one must do imaginative hermeneutic gymnastics. Recently, Christian philosopher James K. A. Smith, whose work I've benefitted from immensely, wrote that while he cannot question the historic stance of the church on...

One Nation Looking Upward at God’s Glory

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. My wife said it well: "He probably thought it was cute." Neither of us caught the NBC news reporter's name, but we did hear how he signed off his report yesterday on people gathering for the Great Eclipse: "One nation indivisible -- under one sun and moon." There's something to be said for anything that will bring us all together. Grand events like the eclipse remind us of how much we have in common. We are indeed one nation, and may the sun and moon hold us together that way! Not much chance of that, is there? The next eclipse is seven years away, and they sure don't last very long when they do come. More to the point, we aren't so much into astrology here. Whether we all knew it or not, we were looking up at the glory of God on display. I'm sure that NBC reporter isn't either. It was a cute quip. There'd be no reason to make a big deal about it, except he missed a great chance to tell it the right way...

Introducing CNNE, Cable News Network Entertainment

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
Retro News Broadcast Anchor, Reporter, Reporting, Broadcasting, Recording Studio, news network entertainment Do you know what 24-hour news networks have in common with professional wrestling? It can be summed up in one word: entertainment. Perhaps it's time for these news networks to learn something from the world of professional wrestling and add an "E" to their acronym? Back in 2002, Vince McMahon, the professional wrestling entrepreneur, was forced to change the initials of his organization from WWF to WWE after a dispute with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). But with the change in acronym came a change in emphasis. The WWF, the Worldwide Wrestling Federation, was now WWE, Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment? The message was clear: What the fans were watching was not an athletic competition but rather a scripted entertainment event, all for the viewers' enjoyment. Of course, the wrestlers are in tremendous shape and are well-trained for their jobs. And they do perform serious wrestling moves. But it's all entertainment....

Navy to Investigate Whether Damaged Destroyer was Hacked

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
destroyer hacked The U.S. Navy's investigation into the latest fatal collision at sea will consider the possibility of cyber intrusion. After the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain collided with a tanker more than three times its size Monday, killing several American sailors, some observers raised the possibility that the U.S. warship might have been hacked. The collision follows several other maritime mishaps, including the deadly USS Fitzgerald crash two months ago. "There's something more than just human error going on," Jeff Stutzman, chief intelligence officer at Wapack Labs and a former Navy information warfare specialist, told McClatchy. "That's is certainly something we are giving full consideration to but we have no indication that that's the case -- yet," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson explained at the Pentagon Monday. "But, we're looking at every possibility, so we're not leaving anything to chance." "We'll take a look at all of that, as we did with the Fitzgerald,"...

Rescuing iGen: Teens Raised on Smartphones Need an Escape Plan

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
iGen raised on smartphones It seems like millennials are always texting, swiping, browsing, Snapchatting, Instagramming or wasting time in some other way on a device, and dinosaurs like me have been quick to complain about it. But it turns out millennials, most of whom remember cassette tapes and graduated high school with flip phones, were old enough to ride the technological wave of the 2010s without getting sucked under. Writing at The Atlantic, Jean Twenge points out that there's another, younger generation that got pummeled by the smartphone revolution. Those born after 1995, typically called "generation Z," were just entering their teen years when Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. Appropriately, Twenge dubs these young people, "iGen." Unlike millennials, these kids cannot remember a time before the Internet. Like laboratory mice, they've been the unwitting subjects of a historic experiment. What effect has this had on them? Twenge paints a bleak picture, and it goes far deeper...

What Catholic Social Teaching Isn’t

Aug 22 2017 - 6:14pm
wizard This is the last piece I'll write about what Catholic Social Teaching isn’t. I promise. Unless Pope Francis writes something new and alarming. In that case all bets are off. I hope to be helpful here. To deflate a few Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float-sized misconceptions that have slipped loose and are hurtling down Fifth Avenue. They’re threatening to crush Santa Claus. Or at least his elves. A few years back I published a piece with a fun (that is, willfully provocative) title. I called it "The Myth of Catholic Social Teaching." That phrase attracted attention. It raised readers' hackles.  But it also limited its influence.  So Stream executive editor Jay Richards thought I should rehearse the article's arguments here under a harmless generic title. (But he wouldn’t let me call this essay "Harmless Generic Title.") I didn't mean that Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is a myth, per se. But there are many myths encrusting it. In fact, almost always when I've heard some use those three words together,...

US and S. Korean Troops Start Drills Amid N. Korea Standoff

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
AP17233132894009__1503317709_198.49.27.142 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an invasion rehearsal. Pyongyang’s state media on Sunday called this year’s drills a “reckless” move that could trigger the “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” Despite the threat, U.S. and South Korean militaries launched this year’s 11-day training on Monday morning as scheduled. The exercise involves 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the U.S. military command in South Korea and Seoul’s Defense Ministry. No field training like...

Nations Search For 10 Missing After US Destroyer Collision

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
AP17233372286775__1503318721_198.49.27.142 SINGAPORE (AP) -- Vessels from several nations are searching Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision Monday between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker ripped a gaping hole in the destroyer’s hull. The collision east of Singapore between the guided missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC was the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Vessels and aircraft from the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia are searching for the missing sailors. Four other sailors were evacuated by a Singaporean navy helicopter to a hospital in the city-state for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the Navy said. A fifth was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the destroyer arrived in Singapore under its own power, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said. The McCain had been...

Should Trump’s Evangelical Advisors Abandon Him?

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
President Donald Trump, center, on stage with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, left, after giving the commencement address for the Class of 2017 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Saturday, May 13, 2017. In the aftermath of the President's comments about Charlottesville, some Republican leaders have distanced themselves from him, while a number of major business leaders have stopped supporting him. Why are the evangelical leaders on his faith advisory council still standing with him? As reported by NPR, "President Trump’s belated and halfhearted denunciation of the hate groups that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia., has cost him the support of numerous business leaders and fellow Republicans and prompted at least a half-dozen nonprofit organizations to cancel planned fundraising events at his Mar-a-Lago resort. "By contrast, Trump’s religious advisers have been mostly silent" -- with the notable exception of Pastor A. R. Bernard of New York City. This respected mega-church pastor said, "It became...

Democrat’s Office Approved $120k Write-off Linked to Awan Brothers

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
Congressional IT workers Abid and Jamal Awan. A chief of staff of Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Clarke's chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices. A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided The DCNF with new details about how exactly the brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress, raising questions about the members or staffers who were signing the checks on equipment purchases. The $...

Historic Eclipse Turns Day Into Night Across the US

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
AP17233631732642__1503340283_198.49.27.142 Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. “It’s really, really, really, really awesome,” said 9-year-old Cami Smith as she watched the fully eclipsed sun from a gravel lane near her grandfather’s home at Beverly Beach, Oregon. The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams. In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned their necks at the sky and knocked back...

Spain: Police Shoot Man Wearing Possible Bomb Belt

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
AP17233309800683__1503326823_198.49.27.142 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Police outside Barcelona shot down a man wearing a possible explosives vest, the regional police force said Monday, as the manhunt intensified for the fugitive in the city’s van attack. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona, while investigating a “suspicious person” there. A bomb disposal robot was dispatched to approach the suspect, Catalan police said. La Vanguardia newspaper reported that the man shot was Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, who has been the target of an international manhunt since Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona. Authorities said Monday they now have evidence that Abouyaaqoub drove the van that plowed down the city’s famed Las Ramblas promenade, killing 13 pedestrians and injuring more than 120 others. They said Abouyaaqoub, who was born in...

Totally! Images from Today’s Eclipse

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
(EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) In-camera multiple exposure of the solar eclipse as seen in Salem, Ore., on Aug. 21, 2017. It’s the greatest celestial event America’s enjoyed in generations. Today’s total eclipse has been a coast-to-coast spectacle, both in the sky and on the ground.  We’ve been tracking and posting some of the more entertaining and awe-inspiring images. Here’s a few from today’s sun and moon extravaganza....

The Latest: Police: Barcelona Attacker Has Been Shot Down

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
Armed police officers stand guard near Subirats, Spain, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Latest on the aftermath of the Spain attacks (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Regional police have confirmed that the fugitive Barcelona van attack suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot down in a small town outside the city. In a tweet, the Catalan regional police say Abouyaaqoub was the suspect wearing an explosives belt who was shot Monday afternoon in Subirats, a town west of Barcelona. Abouyaaqoub had been the subject of a massive manhunt since the attack Thursday in Barcelona that killed 13 people and wounded over 120. ___ 6 p.m. The daughter of a...

Judge Ambushed, Gunned Down Outside Ohio Courthouse

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
Ohio judge shot Jefferson County Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot outside an Ohio courthouse Monday, in what local officials are describing as a deadly ambush. The ambush occurred outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania and West Virginia state lines. Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told local media that a gunman ambushed the judge as he entered the courthouse Monday morning. Bruzzese, who was armed, returned fire at the assailant. An unnamed probation officer at the scene also fired on the would-be assassin. The gunman was killed, though it is not clear who fired the fatal shot. Police have not yet released the shooter's identity. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told NBC that the gunman and the judge each fired five shots. One individual was taken into custody in connection with the attack, though police say he is not a suspect. Little is known about the shooter or the man police arrested, but both have criminal records, according to local officials. "...

Save the Confederate Statues

Aug 21 2017 - 6:12pm
Confederate Statues N_perr__1493038303_198.49.27.212 There's a hot debate nationally over whether localities should erase historical monuments that offend some Americans. The very fact that angry mobs and cowardly vandals are willing to smash historic statues as vigilantes ought to worry us. So should the fact that the left is casting its net very wide indeed in what it's attacking. Radicals are treating statues of Columbus, St. Joan of Arc, missionary St. Junipero Serra, and even Abraham Lincoln as if they were slave-traders or concentration camp Kommandants. Today it’s Confederate monuments. Tomorrow it will be the Jefferson Memorial. What principle, exactly, will stop leftist mobs from going onto private property to smash up statues of the Virgin Mary (offensive to feminists)? To pull down crosses (offensive to Muslims)? Who will stand firm when the left demands we remove, one after the...

Accelerating Toward Real Persecution, Hold On To Joy

Aug 20 2017 - 6:12pm
accelerate joy If there's a tipping point coming soon for Christians in America to experience real persecution, we’ve just moved a lot closer to it this week. I'm not trying to predict the future, and I'd be glad to be totally wrong. But it seems possible that one day we'll look back at Charlottesville as the hinge it all turned upon. Leftist Violence Gets a Pass Note what’s happened in just the past week. Media and commentators have solidly refused to acknowledge that BLM and Antifa are responsible for their own actions there. This isn't a question of groups' moral equivalency, but of personal responsibility. Yes, it's important to point out the evil of white supremacists; but does their evil mean others aren't accountable for their choices? The left has consistently said no, we need to give them a pass. Violence done by the left simply wasn't wrong there. Will it ever be? Violence from the left has been getting a pass for some time now. The Associated Press is reporting on students who are worried about safety on campus after...

Police Chief Praises Officers for ‘Professionalism’ While Getting Hit With Urine Bottles

Aug 20 2017 - 6:12pm
A counterprotester, part of a small group who remained on the street hours after a "Free Speech" rally was staged by conservative activists, scuffles with a security guard and police, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Protesters in Boston threw bottles of urine at police officers who were patrolling a demonstration against a free speech rally, the Boston police commissioner told the media Saturday. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans held a press conference to address the media in the aftermath of a counter-protest against a conservative free speech rally. "We basically wanted them separated. I'm sorry to report that we did have some bottles thrown at our officers that did have urine in it. A couple of our officers were hit with that. They were hit with a lot of stuff today," Evans said at the press conference. "And I'm very proud of the job they did. And it goes to the professionalism of this department." Boston...

Latest on Spain Terror Attacks: Moment of Silence at FC Barcelona Soccer Match

Aug 20 2017 - 6:12pm
Politicians and other dignitaries attend a solemn Mass at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica for the victims of the terror attacks that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Latest on the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has held a Mass dedicated to the victims of the suspected Islamic extremist attacks around Barcelona. The service also honored victims of other attacks and natural disasters around the world this summer. The archbhishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, said in announcing Sunday’s gesture: “Unfortunately I know how much these murders can traumatize the whole population and that the presence of the church can help everyone to face this ordeal.” Paris has been the target of repeated deadly attacks in recent years. At Notre Dame itself, an Algerian...

Stephen, We Hardly Knew Ye

Aug 20 2017 - 6:12pm
EAU CLAIRE, WI - NOVEMBER 01: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon attends a campaign rally at the W.L. Zorn Arena. I felt saddened but not surprised to see Stephen K. Bannon leave Donald Trump's White House. I don't know any inside details. I don't know what this means. Is it the beginning of a full-on purge of the principled conservatives around him? Will Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller be next? I certainly hope not. It's easy to assume that, and panic. Fearing the Worst Many of Trump's earliest and loudest supporters are venting plasma. They point out that now the White House inner circle has more liberal Democrats than pro-Trump conservatives. The Trump family courtiers and their allies could work together with establishment Republicans to turn this into, effectively, the first term of President Jeb Bush. Minus the goodwill that liberals would have granted us for electing a mumbling nebbish. In fact, if things play out this way, we'll get the worst of both worlds: We'll garner the...

5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions About God That Do More Harm Than Good

Aug 20 2017 - 6:12pm
Mother and little girl hands folded in prayer on a Holy Bible together  for faith concept in vintage color tone A couple of years ago, my husband and I were invited to a dinner party with a few other new parents from our kids' Christian elementary school. One of the moms there confessed that, as much as she loved the Lord, she struggled with how to share her faith with her son, so she had enrolled him at a Christian school where others might be able to do a "better job." Another mom replied, "Well, I don't worry too much about it. I just tell my daughter that believing in God is like believing in Santa Claus. Some people believe, and some don't. It's a matter of faith." I glanced over at the mom who said that, ready to laugh with her at the idea of placing God and Santa in the same category. But she wasn't laughing. Atheists often compare belief in Jesus with belief in Santa. Without realizing it, this mom was playing right into their hands....

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