Most Americans believe that messages about homosexuality coming from
religious institutions contribute to negative views of gays and
lesbians as well as to higher rates of suicide among gay youths, a new
In The Kids Are All Right, a sperm donor connects with his biological children but is eventually dismissed as an "interloper" in their lives. To believe that the kids are all right, we have to agree with this judgment.
The poverty rate in the U.S. reached 14.3 percent in 2009—the highest level in 15 years. Another 4 million people dropped below the poverty line that year, bringing the total number of people in poverty to 43.6 million—the highest number since the late 1950s. The greatest increase in poverty is among children, with one in five affected.
Rob Schenck has been an antiabortion activist for years. After the Washington Navy Yard shooting in 2013 that left 13 people dead, Schenck decided that one can’t be both “pro-life” and “pro-guns.” Christians shouldn’t own guns for defensive purposes, he says. He has been encouraging conservative Christians to get involved in the gun control debate, even though polls show that white evangelicals are the least likely group to support stricter gun laws. His outspokenness about guns has cost his organization financial support. The Armor of Light, a documentary about Schenck’s change of focus, was released last month (Washington Post, October 5).