Articles by Laurie Higgins
Government Predators Hunt Conservatives
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.23.22
The Feds have long had conservatives in the sights of their weapons of war. And they’ve had powerful allies in this battle in the legacy news media, government schools, and, more recently, social media and corporate America, including virtually all of the entertainment and publishing industries. There’s no need for an exhaustive list of the ways leftists hunt conservatives. Every conservative with eyes and an amygdala perceives the threat.
Dr. Carl Trueman: Transgenderism and Expressive Individualism
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.20.22
Pastor Derek Buikema asks professor, theologian, and author Dr. Carl Trueman to explain a bit about “expressive individualism,” the subject of Dr. Trueman’s important book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution.
Dr. Carl Trueman: Transgenderism and Children
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.20.22
In another brief excerpt from IFI’s interview with Dr. Carl Trueman, author of two books that touch on “trans”-cultic beliefs including Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution, Pastor Derek Buikema asks about the responsibility of Christians in regard to the harm being done to children by “trans”-cultic beliefs.
Dr. Carl Trueman: When Should a Christian Fight and When Should They Leave?
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.15.22
In this excerpt from IFI’s interview with professor, theologian, and author Dr. Carl Trueman, Pastor Derek Buikema asks what should determine whether Christians stay or leave a church (or denomination) that appears to be moving away from orthodoxy.
Democrats Have Marriage and States’ Rights in Their Sights for Lame Duck Session
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.15.22
Since the unconstitutional Roe v. Wade was overturned in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, leftists have been roiling in rage at the thought that states are now free to enact the will of their voters with regard to killing...
2022 Post-Election Thoughts
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.10.22
It’s fine to take a moment to absorb the shock and disappointment. … Okay, that moment has now passed. Now, it’s time to take stock, point fingers, give some GOP leaders the heave-ho, and then get to work.
Dr. Carl Trueman: Why Has the Church Affirmed Sin Before the World?
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.10.22
In this excerpt from IFI’s interview with Professor Carl Trueman, author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Pastor Derek Buikema’s asks why, “in some places mainline Christianity” has come to affirm sin. Dr. Trueman identifies two factors as integral to this apostasy: freedom of religion and the church’s “vocabulary of love.”
California Wokesters Want to Bar All Conservatives From the Police Force
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.08.22
California Governor Gavin Newsom has decided to throw a boulder in the path of conservative people of faith who want to serve their communities as police officers. In September, Newsom signed into law a bill that amends a reasonable existing law which requires police officers to be free from any “emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.”
California Panders to “Trans” Cult and Harms Residents
By Laurie Higgins   |   11.02.22
Halloween: the favorite holiday of men who cross-dress, wear woman-face, and like to hang around young children. And in San Diego they did just that. The San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) reported on the “first-ever Boo Bash,” which included, “candy, a kid’s costume contest,” and, fittingly, “a Disney-villain themed drag queen performance.” Drag queens are villainous—that is, depraved—and Disney is now America’s premier purveyor of depravity to children.
JB Pritzker’s Deceitful Divisive Anti-Christian Screed about Darren Bailey
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.29.22
Friday morning, Illinois Family Institute (IFI) was unpleasantly greeted with JB Pritzker’s deceitful, divisive, anti-Christian screed—er, press release—that uses IFI to besmirch his gubernatorial opponent, the exceptional Darren Bailey. Through this screed/press release Pritzker unwittingly besmirched every conservative Illinoisan—including theologically...
Feminist Author and Abortion Fanatic Practiced at the Art of Deception
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.27.22
Jessica Valenti, author of the book Sex Object: A Memoir and founder of the now-shuttered blog Feministing, is a dishonest woman with the unseemly life mission of keeping abortion safe, legal, and commonplace. She describes herself on TikTok as a...
Shapeshifter Tulsi Gabbard Exits Democrat Party
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.13.22
While many Republicans are celebrating Tulsi Gabbard’s exit from the destructive Democrat Party, Illinois Family Institute is taking a wait-and-see approach to yet another political incarnation of Gabbard. While rejecting the Democrat Party and its baleful policies is always a...
The “Trans”-Cult’s Diabolical Quest for Cultural Hegemony
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.11.22
Recently, various children’s hospitals across the nation have been under fire for engaging in experimental cross-sex hormone-doping on gender confused teens—some effects of which are risky and irreversible—and for performing mutilating surgeries on the healthy sexual anatomy of minors. These Mengelesque procedures are beginning to pierce the consciences of Americans. While the growing outrage over what scores of hospitals and gender clinics are doing is a very good thing, it’s troubling that it’s taken this long.
Dr. Carl Trueman: How Is Preaching Theology Wrong?
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.03.22
In this fifth excerpt from Pastor Derek Buikema’s interview with Dr. Carl Trueman for Illinois Family Institute, Dr. Trueman touches on a serious problem with contemporary preaching that reflects both a “consumerist” mindset and the ideology of “expressive individualism.”
Stacey Abrams Wore Her Tin-Foil Hat in Public
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.30.22
Science-denier, election-denier, presidential-wannabe, softcore porn writer, and conspiracy-theorist nonpareil Stacey Abrams thinks Americans are not only deplorable but gullible. Last week she startled the nation with this pronouncement: "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body."
Laurie Higgins
Cultural Affairs Writer
Laurie Higgins

Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008 through early 2023. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois.

Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition.

She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

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