Author: Elena Reynolds

What America Can Learn From Gun Control In Israel

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, debates have been raging about gun control in the United States. With emotions running high, it’s hard for most Americans to think straight about where to go from here. Many are asking if we need stricter gun laws or suggesting we need to ban guns altogether. Is it time for gun crazy America to put down its Second Amendment right to bear arms? The focus of our discussions has been on guns, not so much on people, but perhaps there is a happy medium. What we may have wrong is...

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Silence in the Face of Evil is Evil Itself

Tweet “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” –Adolf Hitler (statement made before sending troops to invade Poland) It has been 97 years. It’s as if it never happened, as if it never mattered. It was the first genocide of the twentieth century, yet it is rarely recognized as such. In fact, most do not even know of its existence. It has been used for political gain when advantageous and conveniently swept under the rug when politically expedient. Year after year, the country that has both the power and influence to break the chain of denial remains silent....

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Plastic Bag Bans: Environmentalism Run Amuck

Tweet When my hometown of San Luis Obispo decided to ban plastic bags I thought, “only in my city.” On January 11, 2012, our Integrated Waste Management Authority board voted 8-5 to ban plastic shopping bags at stores throughout the county starting October 1. Not only will my city not have plastic bags, but paper bags will cost 10 cents each. Of course the goal is to get us to buy reusable bags—you know the cloth ones made in China that contain lead and breed bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. Oh and did I mention that these reusable...

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Christian Groups Under Assault on American Campuses

Tweet Christianity is under unprecedented assault on college campuses throughout the country. While universities would have you believe they are beacons of diversity and tolerance, when it comes to anything “Christian,” there seems to be a double standard. For example, over the last several years, fifteen InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters have been forced off college campuses because their chapters failed to meet non-discrimination policies. In 2010, four Christian student-run groups at Vanderbilt University were placed on provisional status, including the Christian Legal Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, after requiring their members to adhere to the religious tenets...

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The Resonating Leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu

All you have to do is take one look at President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to see that neither can stand the other. Both leaders are uncomfortable in each other’s presence. Their body language says it all. Sure, they go through the motions, pretending to support one another when, in reality, their views on foreign policy could not be more divergent. However, with a historically positive relationship between our two countries, Netanyahu simply cannot throw in the towel—at least not yet. From day one, Obama’s policy toward Iran has been appeasement.  You can almost hear...

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