Saturday, January 16, 2010

The 3 - January 16, 2010

This week's edition of "The 3" shines the spotlight on Christian organizations who are involved in the Haitian relief efforts, underscores the importance of the Proposition 8 trial in California, and highlights the struggle in Texas to recognize religious heritage in school curriculum.

3 - Texas School Board debates religious references in curriculum

This week, members of the Texas Board of Education debated the social studies curriculum that will be used in the state's public schools in years to come. A principal issue that has emerged is the religious heritage of our nation, and the degree to which students will be taught about the role of religion in our history.

There are no doubt forces at work that want to remove all references to religion, especially the Judeo-Christian principles that were so prevalent in the establishment of our nation, and remain as foundational for our country. This is a contest that is influencing the development of educational policy in one of our nation's largest states. The Texas school board, while voting to keep references to Christmas and certain references to religion this week (see CitizenLink report), delayed an overall vote until next month, according to The Christian Post. The school board is under no doubt enormous pressure to support what we call "revisionist" history, and it's important that members stand strong in order to present an accurate view of our nation's history and its rich faith heritage.

2 - Proposition 8 trial attempts to determine constitutionality of vote

In November of 2008, voters in California went to the polls and affirmed that marriage in that state is defined as one man for one woman. But, instead of being the end of the conflict, it turned out to be just the beginning of another round of controversy regarding gay marriage and the threat to the homosexual agenda that vote represented. Supporters of the amendment, known as Proposition 8, were chastised by the opponents of it, and a round of legal skirmishes has now opened up.

The latest is a challenge to the very constitutionality of this measure, which was approved by a significant margin by a vote of the people. The case is now in court in San Francisco, and some legal experts believe it could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Alliance Defense Fund is involved in the defense of the case, standing for the protection of traditional marriage in the state and our nation, and has a daily update on its website.

1 - Christian organizations step up to aid Haiti

In the midst of the turmoil following the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti this past Tuesday, Christian organizations are a significant part of the fabric of the relief efforts. Despite the enormous challenges, with access to many areas severely impeded or outright blocked, so many organizations are working diligently to provide needed supplies and services to the victims of the earthquake. You can check out my Thursday blog post for information on contacting various Christian relief organizations.

Honorable Mention:

Religious Freedom Day commemorated on Jan. 16th

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