Gen.Josh.Watch Weekly, Vol. 1
Top Headlines for the Week
1. “End of An Era—Reagan’s Favorite Newspaper, Human Events, to Cease Publication”
Human Events has a long and storied history, having been started in 1944 by some of the biggest names of that time in the conservative movement: formerWashington Post editor Felix Morley, journalist Frank Hanighen, and publisher Henry Regnery, whose Regnery-Gateway book publishing company is also now owned by Eagle Publishing.
It is a sad end for a paper that Ronald Reagan said had “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat,” and which biographer Richard Reeves said was Reagan’s “favorite reading for years.”
Source: Accuracy in Media
2. "Ex-Employee Sues Christian College for Firing Over Pre-Marital Sex"
[Gloria] Allred argues in the James case that gender discrimination is a huge proponent. “How would they know if a man was having pre-marital sex unless he was able to show that he was pregnant,” she asked reporters. In a strange turn of events, James boyfriend, now husband, was offered a position at the college with a human resource personnel knowing that he was James’ boyfriend and a father-to-be.
Source: Christian Post
3. “The Biblical Pseudo-Archeologists Pillaging the West Bank”
Backed by church funding, today’s biblical archaeologists are often under pressure to deliver distinctly biblical discoveries. “There’s so much riding on that,” said Raphael Greenberg, a prominent Israeli archaeologist and a public critic of the biblical approach. “People feel like if they can’t turn out that information, it defeats their national aspirations or their religious beliefs,” he said.
Source: The Atlantic
4. “Mike Huckabee, In SLC, Cites Extraordinary Respect For LDS Church”
He was Mitt Romney’s political rival in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. Like Romney, Mike Huckabee lost, but he gained an undeniably strong presence on radio and television. Huckabee also picked up—among some people—a sense of being anti-Mormon.
“It really hurts me to hear that,” said Huckabee, in an exclusive interview with 2News Thursday. “Anybody who knows me knows the respect I have for the Mormon Church is extraordinary.”
5. “Girl Scouts partners with late-term abortion advocates for event”
While the people running Girl Scouts USA claim that they “do not take a position or develop materials on these issues[,]” their close connection to an organization deeply connected with late-term abortion is very troubling. If faithful pro-lifers are to truly stand by their beliefs, then the Girl Scouts is an organization they should not get involved with. The Girl Scouts has shown that despite what its spokespeople say, the organization has no problem partnering with abortion advocates.
Picture of the Week
Generations With Vision, Kevin Swanson’s program “to present life from the perspective of a biblical worldview” on account of “the breakdown of western civilization,” is launching a “Midwifery Project”:
This Week’s Historical Facepalm
Headline from January 2013: “Lawyer for anti-gay group Alliance Defence Fund filmed 14-year-old girl having sex”
An anti-gay Christian lawyer has been jailed over eight child porn charges after filming a 14-year-old girl having sex with two men. Lisa Biron, 43, from Manchester, New England, took the girl to Canada to make the film and encouraged her to drink, smoke cannabis and have sex.In the past, Biron had done work for anti-gay Christian defence group Alliance Defence Fund.
Source: International Business Times
Group involved: Alliance Defence Fund (ADF)
From their “About Us” page:
Alliance Defending Freedom is a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.
Right Wing Watch’s take on ADF:
Founded by a group of high-profile Religious Right leaders such as D. James Kennedy and James Dobson, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) sees itself as a counter to the ACLU. As a legal group, it assists and augments the efforts of other right-wing groups to “keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel.” The ADF has been active on issues including pushing “marriage protection,” exposing the “homosexual agenda” and fighting the supposed “war on Christmas.”
This Week’s Facelift
From the About page:
Arguments for Peace tells the story of competitive debate in Afghanistan and the stories of those who debate and support debate in Afghanistan. We believe that these stories are part of a much greater story, the story of old men and young women, returning refugees and former Mujahideen, mothers and university students who are making friendships, roads, bridges, schools, and arguments for peace.
Reminders from the Vault
1. The Sun, 2010: “Abuse survivor pleas for homeschooling to be monitored”
2. Falls Church News Press, 2010: “We are not home-schooling our kids just so they can read,” said Michael Farris, the founder of the Home School Legal Defense. “The most common thing I hear is parents telling me they want their kids to be on the Supreme Court. And if we put enough kids in the farm system, some may get to the major leagues.”
3. Right Wing Watch, 2011: “This is where you hang a bloody scalp over the gallery rail. You hang these four Republican scalps over the Senate rail and every other Republican senator looks up and sees those scalps and says, ‘my gosh, I’ll be hanging up there beside them if I don’t stay with this pro-family stuff.’ And that’s exactly what has to happen.”