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Choose life

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”

~Deuteronomy 30:19

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Defending Families

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

~Phil. 2:4

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Equipping The Body of Christ

“You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

~Matt. 5:14-16

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Religious Liberty

An individual’s civil rights of religious liberty and freedom of conscience should be affirmed and free from government interference.

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2017 End-of-Year Matching Challenge!
I am pleased to announce that in an effort to help us raise $160,000 by the end of this month, a number of generous donors have offered to match donations to IFI all the way up to $80,000! So between now and the end of the year, you can double the impact of your giving! Yes, you read that right! Every donation to IFI through the end of the year is DOUBLED upon receipt. So if you give $50 it...
By David E. Smith   |   12.13.17
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Common Core: School Test Scores Are Nosediving
In 2013 Michael Cohen of Achieve, Inc. (an organization integral to developing and marketing the Common Core national standards) testified in New York that Common Core is a long-term education experiment on our children: “The full effects… won’t be seen until an entire cohort of students, from kindergarten through high school graduation, has been effectively exposed to Common Core teaching.” Four years later we may not be seeing the full effects, but heaven help us when we get there.
12.13.17
Patriarchy, Gender Roles and Marxism: An Educational Campaign to Destroy the Family
Feminist writers claim American society is fundamentally flawed because of “patriarchy.” Whether by accident or design, this claim coincides with the Marxist goal to destroy the concept of family. This destruction is needed to implement the theft and redistribution of all property. Christians believe that God created man and woman, and called them to join in marriage, raising children in families. If these activists are successful Christian families won’t be allowed to parent children in the way we believe. The...
By Oliver Perry   |   12.12.17
Our Parents, the State
Mississippi has become the latest test case for determining parental rights of same-sex couples where one of the adults has no biological relation to the child. Nationwide, disputes are raging about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to impose its redefinition of marriage on all 50 states now means for designations of parenthood, which prior to its opinion, rested on a paradigm that recognized children as the biological creation of a male (i.e. “father”) and female (i.e. “mother”).
12.11.17
Expanding 529 Plans to K-12 Private School Tuition and Homeschool Expenses
As Congress moves the tax reform legislation into a Conference Committee, the U.S. Senate version of the bill has an amendment that is not in the U.S. House bill. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (r-TX) explains what this language is at his website. The “Cruz Amendment” (Sen. Amendment #1725) “seeks to expand 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition for public, private, and religious schools, including K-12 educational expenses for homeschool students.” Sen. Cruz delivered these...
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By John Biver   |   12.11.17
A Return to Virtue in the Wake of Scandal?
The consequences of the secular worldview on sexuality are now coming to light as sexual harassment scandals explode into public view. As Christians, we can use this moment to encourage those in our spheres of influence to “rethink sex” in terms of human flourishing—and to point them to the One who gave us this gift in the first place.
By Eric Metaxas   |   12.09.17
Things You Don’t Hear About Gender Dysphoria
School administrators and board members terrified of expensive lawsuits are capitulating to the demands of “gender”-confused adolescents. Parents are capitulating to the disordered thinking of their children, terrified that if they don’t, their children will commit suicide. Their fears are stoked by a deeply flawed study that is grossly misunderstood.  Academia, the arts, and the professional medical and mental health communities are controlled by Leftists who affirm the nonsensical “trans” ideology. And the mainstream press—not known for deep thinking...
By Laurie Higgins   |   12.08.17
Paraphilias of the day: Peodeiktophilia and Homeovestism
Just a quick review: what is a “paraphilia”? As previously noted, this intro to the Wikipedia page on the topic is sufficient: Paraphilia (also known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, fetishes, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals. No consensus has been found for any precise border between unusual sexual interests and paraphilic ones. There is debate over which, if any, of the paraphilias should be listed in diagnostic manuals, such...
By John Biver   |   12.08.17
Small Dollar Contributions to IFI are Not Small at All
Recently, I posted this article: George Soros Gets It: When Will More Wealthy Conservatives? My goal was to spur wealthy conservatives to increase their giving to organizations like the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) and Illinois Family Action (IFA). While it’s nice for someone to see their name on a building at their alma mater, to be frank, it’s more important to save our state. And Illinois is in need of emancipation. Leftist millionaires and billionaires are increasingly showing up in...
By John Biver   |   12.07.17
Making Room for Baby Jesus in the Illinois Rotunda
Thanks to the work of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee, the state capitol rotunda is once again the site for a privately funded creche display. Tom Brejcha, the president of the Thomas More Society​, points out that the public interest law firm is working with groups to bring nativity scenes and the Gospel message to cities across the nation.
By Monte Larrick   |   12.07.17
Identity Politics in 2018 and Beyond: Are Conservatives Ready?
Here is Jonathan Haidt delivering the 2017 Wriston Lecture to the Manhattan Institute, Nov. 15 (the emphasis is my own): Today’s identity politics . . . teaches the exact opposite of what we think a liberal arts education should be. When I was at Yale in the 1980s, I was given so many tools for understanding the world. By the time I graduated, I could think about things as a utilitarian or as a Kantian, as a Freudian or a...
By John Biver   |   12.06.17
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