Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Friday, August 28, 2015
In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama promised five days before he was elected president, we are learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious, violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Cuba refused to take back Luis-Leyva Vargas after he served time in a Florida prison for unlawful sex with a teenage girl. After he was released by ICE, he kidnapped an 18-year-old girl in Virginia at knifepoint and raped her. He is now serving a 55-year prison sentence, which U.S. taxpayers are paying for. Felix Rodriguez, a 57-year old sex offender, was convicted of raping children as young as 4 years old, but was freed to continue his crimes because Cuba refused to take him back. He then fatally shot his girlfriend in Kansas City, pled guilty, and is now serving a sentence in a Missouri prison.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
American politicians and education busybodies sometimes suggest that the South Korean school system is one the U.S. should copy. However, Korean education methods and practices actually should be avoided. A standardized test reigns supreme over the future of Korean students and a top-down system of state-controlled curriculum prevents local control and teacher creativity. Korean classrooms are filled sleepy teenagers who nap during boring, mandatory daytime classes because they must stay up late at night attending tutoring courses for which their parents pay. In 2011, Korean parents spent almost $18 billion on tutoring to supplement public education. So many students sleep during classes that special forearm pillows are sold to make sleeping at their desks more comfortable.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In April, Eagle Forum announced our new “STOP Common Core” pledge for candidates and office-holders to sign in order to publicly show their opposition to Common Core. In the first few days alone, dozens of signers added their names to the pledge, including candidates and incumbents running for state and local school boards, state legislators, political committeemen, those seeking state-wide offices and municipal positions. Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz was the first to sign his name.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
This time, the atheist troublemakers called The Freedom From Religion Foundation picked the wrong man to try to bully. Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida is not the slightest bit intimidated by bullying tactics. Apparently, the atheists decided to criticize Judd's clothes at a church meeting in April. As he has done at countless events, the Florida sheriff wore his uniform to deliver a speech at a local church. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is clamoring that this was an official County endorsement of religion.
Monday, August 24, 2015
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said that Christianity is facing a "real and present danger" in the United States due to growing acceptance of gay marriage. He went on to say that, "We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech.” Senator Rubio is one of only a few Republican candidates actually willing to give a decisive opinion on the gay marriage issue. Rubio says that the next step is for gays to “argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity are hate speech, and that's a real and present danger."