January 9 | Medulla Baptist Church | Lakeland, Florida
January 10 | First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace | Tampa, Florida
January 11 | New Life Church of God | Deerfield Beach, Florida
In a partial victory, the University of Iowa was forced to temporarily reinstate a Christian student group it discriminated against. On January 23, US District Judge Stephanie M. Rose found “that the University does not apply its [human rights] policy even handedly.” She ordered Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) to be reinstated as a registered student organization for ninety days—but with only a narrow shield of protection.
Every January, Pro-Life Americans somberly, prayerfully mark the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade. More abortions have been committed in the United States since 1973 than the current population of New York and California combined—over sixty million unborn have been killed in the womb. Forty-five years after the Supreme Court’s deadliest decision, Christians continue to pray and work to save lives at every age and stage.
Despite no public complaints against either display, two nearby southern Virginia counties have ordered the removal of Scripture in the last six months, dishonoring the first responders they were meant to support.
Three churches impacted by Hurricane Harvey—and responding to their communities’ needs—have filed a complaint against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for blanket discrimination.
Thank you for your prayerful support and interest in the NCLL. Please join me in giving thanks for God’s protection and provision over the last FIVE years. Launched in January 2013, the NCLL has been used by God to help promote, defend, and restore our first and most precious right—LIFE!
If America’s Founders were alive today—237 years after giving birth to the greatest nation ever, a nation they established to be governed under God’s Biblical principles—I think they would be devastated to see what has become of their dreams.
I imagine they would also be distressed to read the current headlines and listen to the calls and read the emails such as these that come into the offices of the National Center for Life and Liberty:
Public schools are where most Americans of the next generation are being educated, and the education of one generation leads to the governing principles of the next.
Imagine the horror of our Founders upon learning that babies were being brutally murdered in the very city in which they established Life as our nation’s first God-given right.
Our Founders believed that America’s First Freedom was the freedom of religion, a freedom they believed had to be protected from government intrusion. It was not their intent that faith be entirely eliminated from our public square.
Our Founders believed that God and government were partners, not enemies promoting a high wall of separation between the two.
Did you know that the Bible was the most quoted source for political commentary during America’s Founding Era, quoted more often by our Founders than any other source?
All American legislative meetings have opened in prayer, primarily prayer in Jesus’ Name, for all 237 years of our nation’s existence.
The first prayer at the Continental Congress in 1774 was offered “in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ Thy Son and Our Savior. Amen.”
John Adams famously wrote to his wife Abigail that some delegates disagreed with the motion to open that 1774 meeting in prayer because the assembly was “divided in religious sentiments” and “could not join in the same set of worship.” But, John reports to Abigail that their cousin, Sam Adams, leader of the Boston Tea Party, “then rose and said, that he was no bigot, and could hear a prayer from any gentleman of piety and virtue, [who was] at the same time a friend to his country.”
Imagine our Founders being horrified to learn that the same 1774 prayer would be declared unconstitutional by some judges if offered in a legislative meeting today.
My friends, these are the very reasons that the National Center for Life and Liberty works to “fight for what is right” and to “fight against what is wrong.”
If we do not stand against the anti-Christian forces rearing their heads in America today, we will not have the opportunity to stand tomorrow.
Did you know that two years before he died, Alexander Hamilton wrote to his friend, James Bayard, proposing the formation of a Christian society that would spread both Christianity and the principles of the Constitution?
My friends, the National Center for Life and Liberty is becoming one fulfillment of Hamilton’s dream by being an organization that stands for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.
My friends, we need your prayers and your financial support to fight these ongoing battles in our nation’s courts, in our schools, in our legislatures, and in our culture.
As America celebrates its 237th birthday, won’t you join with me and reach out today to help support the National Center for Life and Liberty?
Please send a generous gift in honor of our Founders and in support of the NCLL's work to preserve freedom for future generations.
On behalf of those we have the privilege of serving,
David Gibbs III
President and General Counsel
Admitted in Florida, North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, the District of Columbia, many federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
The Common Core curriculum movement is an attempt to centralize and standardize what children will learn across the country. Common Core defines what every child should learn from grade to grade and includes teacher evaluations that are tied to federally funded tests. These tests are designed to ensure school compliance. The reaction? Not much common consensus. States and others are pushing back.
In its first term, the Obama administration announced a federal incentive program for schools called “Race to the Top.” Public schools who wanted to compete for the funds had to agree to adopt Common Core standards in teaching and testing.
Most states have adopted the Common Core, but some are pulling back. To date, 45 states have adopted the reading, math, and writing standards. Many are having second thoughts, however, seeking to slow implementation or prevent adoption. At the federal level, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with seven other senators, signed a letter calling on their colleagues to stop funding the implementation of Common Core.
As homeschoolers, why is Common Core a bad idea? From a big-picture perspective, it is another instance of Washington overstepping boundaries. It is the individual states that have educational sovereignty. State school boards of education are elected or appointed to determine education policy. They should not cede that authority over to the federal government.
Common Core is a concern for homeschoolers. Students who take national, standardized tests—whether to assess yearly progress or to earn college admission—will be tested based on the teaching and methodology of the Common Core.
Furthermore, Americans will pay a high cost for common core—not just in the books and teacher training. We simply can’t afford this. The Pioneer Institute estimates that, cumulatively, states will be on the hook for about $16 billion in implementation costs. Do state budgets have the room to accommodate this at this time?
Just last week, New York education officials reported that students across the state failed miserably on new reading and math tests meant to reflect the more rigorous standards, with fewer than a third of students in public schools passing the new tests. Other states will release their evaluations over the next year.
We need to slow down the train. The issue needs further study as to the effectiveness of these standards. Just last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) took steps to withdraw the state from participation with the testing arm of the Common Core standards, joining a growing list of states to step away.
Parents who cherish their educational choice should make their thoughts known to their legislators.
Mrs. Lawson called the office of the Center for Homeschool Liberty on behalf of her daughter, who had just completed a rigorous, four-year high school program at home and was now applying to colleges.
The first college she applied to wouldn't take her application unless she could prove that she had taken the GED exam. After completing a high school curriculum that included calculus and advanced chemistry, Mrs. Lawson felt that having to take the GED would be a step backward for her daughter. Mrs. Lawson then called the Center for Homeschool Liberty to see if anything could be done.
We promptly contacted the school and heard their objections. Then, we pointed them to 20 U.S.C. § 1091(d) that reads as follows:
(d) Students who are not high school graduates:
In order for a student who does not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such certificate, to be eligible for any assistance under subparts 1, 3, and 4 of part A and parts B, C, and D of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, the student shall have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.
Under this statute, if a student has completed a homeschool program that complies with state law—the student is eligible for federal financial aid. By analogy, if a homeschooled student is legally eligible for financial aid, her credentials should be given the same recognition in terms of school admissions. In general, admissions directors are receptive to this argument and have allowed the homeschooled student to attend.
What if a particular college asks for more information in order to assess the applicant? This may be reasonable under the law. In other words, a student with a B+ average in the homeschool who scores a 17 on the ACT test may arouse the admissions director's suspicion and she might require additional testing to bolster the student’s claim of a B+ academic average. Other schools might accept homeschool credentials without asking for further documentation at all. It all just depends on the college and its admissions processes.
If your young person is encountering difficulty during the college application process, at the Center for Homeschool Liberty we are happy to assist them. Admissions officers are generally receptive to our arguments, and we can help you resolve your admissions challenges.
Especially in the high school years, we encourage parents to keep descriptive, voluminous records. Even if you are not required to keep them, your diligence will pay off when it comes to college admission.
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