Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oklahoma Court Removes Ten Commandments

Shortly before Independence Day, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered that the Ten Commandments be removed from its Capitol grounds. The Court based its decision on the state constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. This monument to the Ten Commandments was a gift from an Oklahoma resident, and no public monies were ever spent to acquire it. The monument had been installed on Capitol grounds in compliance with a law enacted by the legislature.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pro-life essays are censored

Vox.com was looking to launch a new section for unusual, provocative arguments, and it solicited an article from a Swedish professor of practical philosophy. His article began:
You should have kids. Not because it’s fun, or rewarding, or in your evolutionary self-interest. You should have kids because it’s your moral duty to do so.

My argument is simple. Most people live lives that are, on net, happy. For them to never exist, then, would be to deny them that happiness. And because I think we have a moral duty to maximize the amount of happiness in the world, that means that we all have an obligation to make the world as populated as can be.
Vox.com rejected it by saying:
I ran the piece by some other editors and they weren't comfortable running it; I think the concern is that people will misinterpret it as implying opposition to abortion rights and birth control, which, while I know it's not your intent, is a real concern.
You can read the Tannsjo article on Gawker. While I found the essay unconvincing, the author has written a book on the subject that is taken seriously by other philosophers, and he is pro-abortion.

Apparently Vox will not permit an opinion if it can be misconstrued as being anti-abortion.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

E. Ray Moore – Escaping Common Core

What does the Bible have to say about where your children attend school? We know that Common Core is a deficient education: today’s guest outlines the mandate that places on every Christian parent.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Real Face Of Illegal Immigration

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

Some Problems With American Education

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.