Entries by Josh Denton

Science versus Ideology – A matter of life and death

In the current iteration of its 2018-2022 strategic plan, the United States Department of Health and Human Services defines life as beginning at conception. The draft of the strategic plan reads:

“HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception…”

The current plan, drafted during the Obama administration, makes no reference to the sanctity of human life or a specific timeframe of when life begins.

It All Begins At Home

During the 1850’s Frederick Douglass had a series of conversations with white slave owners about how slavery would affect generations to come.

It was during one of these dialogues that he penned the words, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  One could also offer this corollary, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair a broken society.”

Even though they were penned well over 150 years ago,

Planned Parenthood Is Not About Healthy Options

In an interview with W Magazine, former Planned Parenthood President Faye Wattleton recently spoke about the founding of Planned Parenthood and her opinions on the “reproductive rights” of women.

Wattleton was President of Planned Parenthood from 1978-1992, but before becoming a part of the national organization, she ran a local Planned Parenthood chapter. Most of the interview is full of jumbled jargon and old talking points, but Wattleton does make one thing very clear: Planned Parenthood’s mission was never about providing women with healthy options.

I’d Rather Have the First Amendment than Amazon

Current Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal’s office is apparently willing to sacrifice First Amendment freedoms in exchange for business deals. A top aide within his administration stated he is concerned that any efforts (successful or unsuccessful) at enhancing religious liberty within the state could hamper the state’s attempt to land a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Chris Riley, Governor Deal’s top aide, stated concerns that increasing “rhetoric” within the state’s gubernatorial race could harm the state’s chances at securing the development deal with Amazon.

Apple Taking a Bite Out of Pro-Life App

During the summer of 2016, I had the fantastic opportunity to walk across America to raise awareness and support for the pro-life community. You read that right! I participated in a group of young people who spent their entire summer from May to August walking from San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C. with Crossroads Pro-Life, an organization that puts together multiple, summer-long walks for younger people to participate in.

Through prayer and peaceful witness,

Unexpected but Welcome Support for Religious Liberty in California

On Sunday, October 15, California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced his decision to veto AB 569, a bill that would have prohibited organizations from implementing and operating according to faith-based codes of conduct. The legislation would have denied employers the right to take action against an employee because of that employee’s reproductive decisions.

The bill had two huge problems. Firstly, the legislation would have prohibited an employer from taking “any adverse employment action” against any employee of the company who uses any “drug,

President Trump Fulfills His Promise to Protect and Promote Religious Freedom

The Trump administration announced last Friday that employers who offer health insurance would no longer be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage through the Obama-era mandate popularly known as the Affordable Care Act. That mandate stipulated that employers who offered health insurance – including Christian businesses and religious organizations – provide their employees through health coverage plans with access to all forms of contraception including abortion-inducing drugs.

The Trump administration issued two rules exempting employers from providing access to such contraceptives if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs.