“Postmodernism” is a description of the prevailing worldview of our current times in which truth is in the eye of the beholder. A past truth can be dismissed with the response of “well that’s what’s right for you.” One consequence of such relativism is the loss of meaning of important words like truth, freedom, right, wrong, bravery, decency, To many who share the values of AFA of Indiana the world seems to be upside down. Things once seen as wrong are held up as good and matters once considered virtuous, are now widely mocked. Cultural commentator and Washington Times columnist Robert Knight weighs in on some current examples of this confusion in his column, Twisting Words into Doublespeak.
When talk of Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt are together it is usually in reference to ineffective big government policies and Great Depression(s). While there are certainly many similarities there, FDR and Obama part ways when it comes to their view of our Christian heritage and the role it plays in America’s soul. There has been a lot of attention recently on efforts to radically secularize our military and to view the Christian faith in particular as a menace. This would have shocked America’s 32nd president who had a much more positive view of the role of faith in our armed forces.
We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened?
It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning.
Read more by clicking here: http://www.afain.net/reasons_kids_leave_church.pdf
One of the interesting things about America today is the power small segments seem to have in our culture. For example, the vast majority of Americans believe in God, yet, in many ways we have an atheistic movement, which seems to be driving God out of the public square in ways that would surely have shocked our Founders. Entire institutions are targeted for attack or change simply because they recognize God. Monuments, which stood for 50, 70, 100 years or more, are suddenly deemed a violation. Interestingly this tyranny of the minority also applies to marriage. This point is just one of 10 made by Michael McManus of Marriage Savers. Read more here: http://www.afain.net/MarriageSavers.pdf
The recent television Mini Series, The Bible, which aired on the History Channel surprised Hollywood and critics with its large audiences. Already it appears to be setting sales records for DVD’s of a mini series. While by no means perfect, the series has many commendable elements and may well have achieved the lofty objectives of its creators. In a culture, which often seems at war with Christianity, the series success alone is noteworthy. Here is our balanced overview of the series: http://www.afain.net/’TheBible’seriesreview(AFA).pdf
There is a widely held notion that preserving the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unfair. In fact, this mistaken idea has been taken even farther to mean that the only way for society to be fair to a small group of people who engage in certain behaviors, or have certain desires, is to radically restructure the institution of marriage to meet their demands. This article “The Fairness of Marriage” by AFA of Indiana’s director, Micah Clark, takes a look at the primary argument being used to unravel marriage. This editorial recently appeared in several newspapers around Indiana.
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/FairnessofMarriage.pdf
We now have an entire generation today that has grown up on video games. The arcades of the 1980′s, where teens had a limited number of quarters to spend on a Friday night, have given way to hours upon hours of time in front of home gaming systems. Contrary to popular perception of children playing Mario Brothers or some child centered game, the average “gamer” today is a 35-year-old man. For some, gaming has led to an addiction that can impact marriages, hygiene, health and other relationships. Read more here from this insightful Indianapolis Star story: http://www.afain.net/videogames.pdf
When one thinks of “civil rights,” images of Rev. Martin Luther King and various events from the 1950′s and 60′s may come to mind. That was when people were denied economic, political and cultural access to opportunity based solely upon their skin color. Today, the term rights and civil rights are thrown around quite a bit for all sorts of matters and by a whole host of political interests vying for governmental or societal approval. Many people may not realize that there are actual criteria established by the courts to determine a civil rights or minority classification. They are very logical and understandable, particularly when seen in light of the past civil rights struggles and subsequent governmental responses to those past injustices.
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/homosexualitynotcivilright.pdf
When a society begins to walk away from the logical time tested principle of having a man and a woman in marriage, and we ignore or refuse to affirm that children need both a mother and a father, how long can we say that gender matters at all to children? Well, Massachusetts, the first state in America to radically redefine marriage, is now discarding gender protections in their schools. (When marriage is unraveled children always suffer.) The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to all K-12 public schools requiring them to permit boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities. This latest education policy is just one more confirmation the slippery slope warnings marriage protection advocates made when Massachusetts gave in to the demands of homosexual marriage advocates.Read more about how the state’s gender confusion has impacted its schools and places children at risk: http://theblacksphere.net/2013/02/gender-mess-in-massachusetts/
The Indiana Senate has passed a set of three bills calling for another Constitutional Convention. The purpose of SJR 18, SB 224 and SB 225 is to modify the Commerce Clause in order to prevent Obamacare from being forced upon the states. While this may be a noble objective, and a necessary assertion of state’s rights, a Constitutional Convention could be a liberal free for all in this postmodern, post-Christian society. Article 5 of the US Constitution says that when called for, a Constitutional Convention, “shall be valid to all intents and purposes.” It seems highly unlikely that a Convention could be limited to just one issue. We could lose our 2nd Amendment freedoms, our religious liberty or wind up with new rights to abortion and homosexual marriage that our founders would never have supported. If the Commerce Clause needs to be changed, a simple Constitutional Amendment addressing that section’s specific wording can do that, but an entire national convention seems very risky. Still, calling for a Constitutional Convention has become a trend.
Here are two excellent resources on this subject. One is an article titled, “A Con Con is a Terrible Idea”: http://www.eagleforum.org/psr/2009/may09/psrmay09.html#concon The other is a resource page with various articles and video clips detailing concerns over a new Constitutional Convention in order to “fix” our Constitution: http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/concon/