The Border Crisis Is More Than a Border Issue, It's a Foreign Policy Issue

Illegals.jpgIn the past eight months an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the US-Mexico border, with projections of 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year.  According to reports by border agents registering those caught coming across, 70 percent are from the Northern Triangle.  An area of Central America comprised of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, that despite the lack of media attention, has become one of the most dangerous and violent areas in the world.

Regardless of your views on immigration, and whether or not you see this as a humanitarian crisis or a result of failed immigration and border security policies on the part of Congress and the White House, this is a crisis.  It is also an issue of foreign policy.

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Parenting in a Nanny State

Kid_in_Car.jpgI recently read an article on the Huffington Post called "The Day She Let Her Son Wait in the Car". The article, written by Lenore Skenazy founder of Free Range Kids, was defending a mother who had been criminally convicted for leaving her four year old son in the car for five minutes while she ran in a store. The boy was fine, but a bystander had recorded the whole incident on their phone and called the police.

The mother went through 2 years of legal battles before being handed a sentence of 100 hours of community service and parenting classes.  The mom considered herself lucky, because she could have received a much stronger sentence. 

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Planned Parenthood and Kay Hagan: Too Cozy for North Carolina Voters?

Kay_Hagan.jpgAccording to the Raleigh News and Observer, the political arm of Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Votes, is going to spend $3 million to get voters to the polls to vote for embattled Democrat senator Kay Hagan. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Votes, said that "It’s the most important state in the country for us because of essentially what’s at stake".

While it may not be a surprise that Planned Parenthood is focusing on this high profile race, what will be a surprise is if the organization is able to mobilize voters and have as big of an impact as they have had in other races. North Carolina is a moderate to conservative state and Planned Parenthood's views usually sit better with individuals further to the left. 

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Politics and the Prayerful Woman

I have seen an increasing number of women that are very politically active turn away from politics and use their Christian beliefs as rationale.  I have read blogs, thought about the reasoning behind such a decision, and at the end of the day, I don't buy it. 

If you enter 'politics is not for the faint hearted' into the Bing search engine, it returns over 48K hits.  It is not now, nor has it ever been, a pursuit for those who avoid confrontation. While politics is hard, Jesus never promised us that life on earth would be easy. 

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, New International Version (NIV)

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Fatherless: Then and Now

We live in a society that is increasingly changing the definition of a “traditional family.”  Divorce is now a common occurrence. It is increasingly popular for women to have and raise children on their own, by choice not circumstance.  The number of children born out-of-wedlock continues to increase each year—in 2012 the number was 41 percent.  As the nation celebrates Father’s Day, it is common to see advertisements, shows and movies that celebrate dads, but outside of this one day a year there is a sad trend of fatherless children, and a society that extols the virtues of a single motherhood.  Before you start screaming (or exiting this article) please hear me out.

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