Gender Factory

Penna Dexter It’s well known that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, supplying over half of all reported U.S. abortions. But the organization’s annual report shows that it’s also the second largest provider of hormone therapy to individuals who identify as transgender or who have gender dysphoria. Although this is called Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy, there’s no effort…

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Fifteen-Dollar Minimum Wage

Penna Dexter A fifteen-dollar per hour minimum wage has been a dream of the Left for a while now. Such an arbitrary number. Why not $50? Why not $100? If the goal is to “lift people out of poverty”, the higher the better, right? Not really. This kind of mandate would result in more people earning $0 an hour. Heritage…

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Marriage is Best

Penna Dexter Valentine’s Day brought a couple of small COVID-style weddings among people I love. It’s refreshing that these couples decided not to wait out the pandemic to have big splashy events. This is an era where lots of couples are postponing marriage, sometimes for years, until they can “afford” the wedding. University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s new…

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Destroying Girls’ Athletics

Penna Dexter On his inauguration day, President Biden issued an executive order that could spell the end of women’s athletics. The order directs federal agencies to interpret existing anti-discrimination law in a manner that removes the protection Title IX of the U.S. Education Code affords to women participating in competitive sports. This issue is festering in certain states, notably Connecticut, where…

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The Ickabog

Penna Dexter During the early shutdowns back in April, author J.K. Rowling released a children’s novel in three installments for families stuck at home. She actually wrote The Ickabog during the years when she was writing the Harry Potter series. The full novel was published in  November. The story begins when King Fred of Cornucopia allows two manipulative and power-hungry…

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Teachers’ Unions Exposed

Penna Dexter In many parts of the country, K-12 educators are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. States are responsible for setting these priorities and some are making sure teachers and other school staff members are vaccinated quickly. Education Week reports that, as of January 22, at least 21 states have made some or all teachers eligible to receive…

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Banning Gendered Terms

Penna Dexter Whenever there’s a new session of Congress, the House of Representatives adopts a new set of rules to govern the way it conducts business. For the 117th, Congress House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern have proposed a rules package they claim “makes the House of Representatives the most inclusive in history.” There’s a section…

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Going Forward

Penna Dexter The jarring events of the past year, and especially of recent weeks, have further divided an already-divided nation and rocked the sensibilities even of Bible-believing Christians. In 2021, we’re certainly not out of the woods. In fact, going forward, things may get difficult for Christians. How difficult remains to be seen, but believers certainly face headwinds in the…

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UN Abortion Discourse

Penna Dexter At the United Nations, the terminology used to describe certain rights has significant impact on international policy. Decades-long battles are waged over language because certain terms can be used to push ideas many countries reject into UN documents and agreements which are then used to bludgeon nations into compliance. Take “reproductive health,” a stealth term that pro-abortion forces…

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Lockdowns

Penna Dexter You have probably noticed the conservative–liberal divide on COVID-19 mitigation measures, especially lockdowns. It’s not that conservatives aren’t worried about the current uptick in cases. We just don’t think another set of lockdowns will be particularly effective in the long run. We see the millions of jobs lost, businesses shuttered, whole industries devastated — perhaps never to fully…

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Facing Testing

Penna Dexter As we enter 2021, many scholars I respect warn that things are becoming quite different in America. What’s being described as a ”soft totalitarianism” is taking hold in American public, economic, and academic life. People are being canceled, losing jobs, educational opportunities, and the ability to express ideas that have Christian and conservative roots. If you’re a believer,…

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