Black Homeschool Students Outscore White Public School Students–New Study

March 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — A new study, released by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI, www.nheri.org), finds Black homeschool students outscoring White public school students on achievement tests. It also reveals key motives for African American parents choosing homeschooling for their children.

This study is the first of its kind, delving into the quickly growing world of Black families engaging in parent-led home-based education.

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“The Black homeschool children’s high achievement test scores were remarkable. Parents without teaching certificates helping their children from a traditionally low-achieving minority group excel this way should cause all educators and social advocacy groups to take special note,” said Dr. Brian Ray, the researcher and president of NHERI.

He studied Black families and children in them, nationwide, who had been homeschooled more than half their school-age lives. Parents completed surveys about their motivations for homeschooling and the students took standardized academic achievement tests.

These Black homeschool students’ achievement test scores were quite high, all things considered. They scored at or above the 50th percentile in reading (68th), language (56th), math (50th), and core (i.e., a combination of reading, language, and math; 58th) subtests. By definition, the 50th percentile is the mean for all students (of all ethnicities/races) nationwide in institutional public schools.

Comparing Black homeschool students to Black public school students yields notable findings. While controlling for gender of student and family socioeconomic status, being homeschooled had an effect size in reading scores of about 42 percentile points higher than if public schooled. For language, being homeschooled had an effect size of about 26 percentile points higher than if public schooled. For math, being homeschooled had an effect size of about 23 percentile points higher than if public schooled.

The parents’ five most-often stated reasons for homeschooling follow:

1. “prefer to teach the child at home so that you can provide religious or moral instruction,”
2. “accomplish more academically than in conventional schools,”
3. “for the parents to transmit values, beliefs, and worldview to the child,”
4. “to customize or individualize the education of each child,” and
5. “want to provide religious or moral instruction different from that taught in public schools.”

Dr. Ray further commented, “I wonder how teachers unions, African American advocacy groups, certified teachers, public school administrators, and professors of education will look at these findings. Will they start encouraging Black families to homeschool?”

The study was recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of School Choice.

Iowa Church to Distribute a Bible to Each Home in the City

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, April 1, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — First Baptist Church (FBC) in Marshalltown IA, along with 17 other area churches is about to embark on something big… something that quite possibly has never been done before.

On Saturday, April 11th, members of these churches will work together to place 12,000 Bibles in 12,000 homes in the city of Marshalltown; one Bible for each home in the city!

FBC Pastor Gerald Robison shared his vision of “a Bible in every home” at a Marshalltown area Pastor’s Prayer meeting several months ago. His original vision was for FBC, but the other pastors were so excited about it they also wanted to participate in every aspect. Says Pastor Robison, “What made the other churches want to join so quickly is that our prayer time had recently focused on what appeared to be a dark cloud of gloom hovering over our community. There had been a murder, an attempted murder, arson & a shooting death in our area. With all the bad news around us, the pastors had been praying over the town and we saw this project as a way of delivering ‘hope.’ So we named it, ‘Hope 4 You – Hope 4 Iowa.'”

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He continues, “We agree on the important things – and the most important is that we all agree “Jesus is the source of real hope… and we want to share that with others who may need it the most.” And so, the local congregations; all willing, eager, faithful, & ready to share, have worked hard to make “Hope 4 You – Hope 4 Iowa” a reality.

Meetings were held to plan a strategy & map out the city for this massive undertaking. Investigation showed about 11,000 diverse homes in Marshalltown. Therefore the plan is to distribute the following:

10,000 New Testaments in an easy-to-read English version with a lot of helps in it.
And… 1,500 Spanish versions.
And… 500 English, Large print, easy-to-read versions.
And… 100 Karen (Burmese) versions.
For a total of over 12,000 Bibles!

And, miraculously, anonymous donors generously came forth with the exact amount of money necessary to purchase all of these Bibles! The project is raising about $18,000 in total donations from the various churches.

On Saturday, April 11th, HUNDREDS of volunteers will be making the deliveries into nine carefully mapped out sections of town. They will be easily recognized by their “Hope 4 You – Hope 4 Iowa” t-shirts. Everyone involved will congregate at FBC at 8:00 AM. There they will receive instructions and training. At 9:00 they will then venture out in their groups to start blessing 12,000 home dwellers in Marshalltown with a Bible, a blessing & a prayer. Plans are to accomplish this by 12:00 noon.

It is the prayer of the pastors & members of the 17 participating local churches & the hundreds of volunteers, that together, as believers in Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior, they will bring the message of hope found in Jesus Christ to every household in Marshalltown.

Stations of the Cross in Washington, D.C. Part of #orangejumpsuit Campaign for Persecuted Church

Rev Patrick Mahoney participating in the #orangejumpsuit campaign
Rev Patrick Mahoney participating in the #orangejumpsuit campaign

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The Stations of the Cross will begin at 12:00 P.M. at the Embassy of Iraq and end at the White House.

The Embassy of Iraq is located at:
3421 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Participants will be wearing orange prison jumpsuits and stopping at embassies of the countries where Christians are facing the greatest persecution.

This is part of the #orangejumpsuit campaign which is occurring over Holy Week. The Facebook event page is below:
www.facebook.com/events/964384006905262

#orangejumpsuit is based on the Bible verse Hebrews 13:3, which says, “Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them and those who are being mistreated as if you were suffering with them.”

The orange prison jumpsuit has become a worldwide symbol of Christians being persecuted, tortured and imprisoned for their faith.

The campaign will include things such as:

  • Fasting and prayer during Holy Week for the persecuted church
  • Wearing something orange on your Facebook profile picture
  • Massive presence on social media especially twitter
  • People wearing an orange prison jump suit in their daily life throughout the week
  • Walking across Washington, D.C. celebrating the Stations of the Cross in front of Embassies of countries where Christians are facing the most severe persecution
  • Walking the halls of Congressional office buildings in orange prison jumpsuits praying for the persecuted church.

The hope is to have thousands involved by Good Friday.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Pastor of Church on the Hill and Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., states:

“Across the globe today, millions of Christians are facing brutality, violence and persecution for their faith. Last year alone, reports state that over 100,000 Christians were killed for the simple fact of following and loving Christ.

“Hebrews 13:3 challenges the faith community to remember those who are in prison and being mistreated as if we were suffering and in prison with them.

“That’s what the #orangejumpsuit campaign is all about. We are sending a powerful and public global message that we are praying and standing in solidarity with the persecuted church and they will never be forgotten.

“We cannot be silent, indifferent or apathetic when Christians are being brutalized and attacked for their faith and beliefs. We must all work and pray for a world where no one is subjected to violence and persecution for their religious traditions and beliefs.”

Visit www.facebook.com/events/964384006905262

ISIS Magazine Calls Rick Santorum ‘The Enemy’

This really has me concerned.

From PJ Tatler:

ISIS released a new issue its Dabiq magazine with content so fresh it covered the March 18 Bardo Museum attack in Tunisia and bragged of their destruction of ancient Assyrian “idols.” Titled “Shari’ah alone will rule Africa,” the issue also highlighted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State and ISIS’ efforts in “the Libyan arena.” And it singled out former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

The image from the ISIS magazine has my heart pounding.

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Regular readers know that my blog was hacked by supporters of ISIS recently. I lost everything that I had written since 2008. This is not “the JV team” as Barack Obama calls them. They have supporters around the world. I believe that I was targeted because I am Catholic and a big supporter of Rick Santorum. Catholics who are vocal against ISIS are more likely to be seen as “Crusaders,” logic would indicate.  Further, any kook could take this to heart and attack the Santorums. Please pray for their safety.

 

On John McNichol’s ‘Open Letter to All’ Catholic Bloggers

SS Peter and Paul
SS Peter and Paul

John McNichol has written an article at Catholic Stand correcting people who correct people.

More often today, Catholics are finding themselves the target of verbal abuse, ‘unfriending’ and banning from blogging boards for disagreeing with Catholic bloggers on peripheral issues like water-boarding, lying to save unborn children, or giving a $15 per hour minimum wage.

I’m sorry but I don’t really get that. Maybe I’m stupid because I don’t get it. Perhaps if he were to name names I would actually know what he is talking about.

Like so.

But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

That is all.

34,000 Black Churches Break Fellowship with Presbyterian Church (USA) over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

national_black_church_initiativeWASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.

Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI President noted “NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brother and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored to fellowship.”

PCUSA’s manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members. With this action, PCUSA can no longer base its teachings on 2,000 years of Christian scripture and tradition, and call itself a Christian entity in the body of Christ. It has forsaken its right by this single wrong act.

Apostle Paul warns us about this when he declared in Galatians 1:8 that there are those who will preach another Gospel.

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him…For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

No church has the right to change the Word of God. By voting to redefine marriage PCUSA automatically forfeits Christ’s saving grace. There is always redemption in the body of Christ through confession of faith and adhering to Holy Scripture. In this case, PCUSA deliberately voted to change the Word of God and the interpretation of holy marriage between one man and one woman. This is why we must break fellowship with them and urge the entire Christendom to do so as well.

How will Notre Dame respond to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

Rev. Edward Sorin, Founder of Notre Dame. Photo by Eccekevin
Rev. Edward Sorin, Founder of Notre Dame. Photo by Eccekevin

Now that Governor Mike Pence has signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, how will Notre Dame respond?

Cardinal Newman Society asks:

The law could serve as legal protection for the University of Notre Dame if it chooses to reverse its policy of providing employee benefits to same-sex spouses—a policy that is not required by Indiana law and which was publicly opposed by Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades last October.

“Indiana’s leaders have done their part, now Notre Dame needs to step up and demonstrate its fidelity to Catholic teaching,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “To do otherwise rejects the precious religious freedom that Catholic institutions should be cherishing and defending.”

It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Gaystapo led by General George Takei boycotts Indiana over religious freedom protection

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The “Gaystapo” is the movement of activists among the radical left who band together to attack Christians who refuse to co-operate in their pro-homosexual agenda. The movement has various “generals” including Dan Savage and actor George Takei. Reacting to the news that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a religious freedom bill, Takei called on the gaystapo to “boycott Indiana.” The hashtag #BoycottIndiana is now trending on Twitter.

I’d like to offer as a rebuttal to the gaystapo the speeches of former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, both Democrats, from the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which mirrors the bill signed by Governor Pence.

 

Why the florist Barronnelle Stutzman cannot provide flowers for a same-sex wedding

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From KOMO News on Facebook:

Barronnelle Stutzman has 60 days to pay the fine. The judge
ruled in February that her refusal of service violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.

The fine of $1001 is for her refusal, as a florist, to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. The judge also ruled that she must provide those services.  It remains to be seen whether Stutzman will comply, take the matter to a higher court, or go out of business.  My guess is that she will take it to a higher court provided that she can afford to do so.

Many people are confused about why Christians object to providing services to same-sex couples in certain situations. Had the plaintiff in this case asked for flowers for a birthday party, a funeral, or virtually any other event, Stutzman could have provided them and it would not have been a sin, so the issue is not about whether she can serve homosexuals. It is whether she should actively cooperate in a ceremony that she objects to. The ruling forces her participation in a ceremony that she objects to on religious grounds.

Stutzman’s choice is between offending same-sex couples and offending God. The choice is to provide the flowers (which would prevent same-sex couples from being offended), or not to provide the flowers (which would avoid offending God.)

Same-sex “marriage” is not about “tolerance” for homosexuals.  It is a vehicle that is being used to force people to choose between God and the government.

Andreas Lubitz was a terrorist, though his rationale is unknown

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There is much speculation that Andreas Lubitz converted to Islam and, as such a convert, was an Islamist terrorist. There is, as yet, no real proof, and perhaps not even real evidence, that Lubitz converted to Islam.  One thing is certain, though. Regardless of his rationale, he was a terrorist.

Sky News reporter Mike Spudgun tweets:

I’m Sorry I don’t CARE what religion Andreas Lubitz was. Anyone who slaughters 150 people is a fuc*ing terrorist, period. #GermanWingsCrash

— Mike Spudgun (@spudgun01) March 26, 2015

It seems to me that this is the first thing that we can all agree on. He was a terrorist. Whether he was a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, an atheist or a worshiper of trees is unknown, but a terrorist he was.

An important thing to consider is whether his religion, if any, is relevant to his terroristic act. French authorities don’t seem to care much about this.

IBTimes:

During the news conference, French prosecutor Brice Robin refused to give information on Andreas Lubitz’s religion, saying: “I don’t think it’s necessarily what we should be looking for.”

Concerns that people may seek to blame everyone who shares the religion (or atheism, or whatever ideology) of Andreas Lubitz are, I think, valid. Such blame comes from resentment, and resentment can itself be a cause of violence. Information that can only lead to resentment is probably information that is best not shared. Having said that, it is troubling that prosecutors say they are not even “looking for” his religion. If a cleric incited him to this act, then that cleric should be prosecuted.

Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of who commits it and regardless of the rationale. Incitement to terrorism should be prosecuted regardless of whether it was religious in nature. I hope the French prosecution will become more willing to look into every aspect of Lubitz’s background and not just those parts of his background that had nothing to do with his religion. It could be that there are guilty parties running freely about. Giving them immunity in advance is unwise.

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