Drug Decriminalization Disaster
By David E. Smith   |   02.09.24
In 2020, Oregon voters decriminalized possession of small amounts of almost every hard drug. Progressives campaigned in support of this ballot measure, insisting that their state should help treat addiction rather than punish it. The measure passed with 58 percent support. 
Kids Are Being Hospitalized for Consuming Hemp Products: Congress Should Make It Illegal
By Kathy Athearn   |   01.05.24
If you live in one of the 37 states where marijuana has been legalized, you have likely seen the number of cannabis shops in your area multiply quickly. Even small, rural towns contain three to five shops. We see billboards that warn drivers not to “drive high” — assuming that a lot of residents are high. (This is a much different message than what the Reagan administration taught kids: “Just say no” to drugs.)
Marijuana Companies Still Targeting Kids
By Kathy Valente   |   12.28.23
The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration are warning six companies to stop selling marijuana-infused products that look too much like popular snacks and candies. Dr. Smoke’s THC-infused “Cheetos” are almost identical in packaging to Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheese snacks, a favorite of my grandkids...
A Warning for Parents
By Micah Clark   |   11.07.23
We hear a lot about fentanyl deaths in America today due in large part to our open southern border. One of the saddest parts of this crisis is the number of young people who die from overdoses, by accident from taking what appear to be other drugs or medicines that are laced with this lethal drug.
The Greatest Friend
It should come as no surprise that actor Matthew Perry went to his death as a relatively young 54-year-old on October 28th. A final autopsy is weeks away, but his body had faced demise before. Drugs had taken their toll. Perry survived a coma in 2018 after nearly dying from a gastrointestinal perforation. 
Oppose Federal Marijuana Legalization
By Kathy Athearn   |   10.11.23
A growing body of evidence proves that marijuana deeply harms individuals and society. Yet 37 states, including Illinois, have legalized it, and more states are working towards decriminalizing its use. Not surprisingly, heavily-funded Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol, and Big Pharma lobbyists in Washington, D.C. continue to work towards legalizing marijuana at the national level. We need your help to fight this national effort!
Upcoming Faith and Family Events in Illinois
Listed below are some wonderful upcoming events that will inform and equip you and your family for the cultural challenges today. While all of these are not IFI events, we hope to be present at most, if not all of them. We hope to see you at some of these!
Who Decides?
By Thomas Hampson   |   09.02.23
Gender-affirming care is the current standard for dealing with any child who is gender non-conforming, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary proponent of that standard in the administration is Rachel Levine, the transgender Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. Levin claims that any other approach endangers the welfare of the transgender child. He said: “There is no argument among medical professionals – pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. – about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.”
U.S. Moves to Ease Restrictions on Marijuana
WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has delivered a recommendation to the Drug Enforcement Administration on marijuana policy, and Senate leaders hailed it Wednesday as a first step toward easing federal restrictions on the drug.
The Pursuit of Lawlessness
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   08.30.23
In the Bible, Judges 21:25, we read that when there was no king (authority) in the land of Israel, everyone “did what was right in their own eyes,” meaning lawlessness became the norm. Sounds like America today! Lawlessness is the antithesis of God, for He created order in the universe; and that order is beneficial! Mankind’s lawlessness originated with Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden (“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and all sin is lawlessness,” I John 3:4 NKJV).
Frequent Marijuana Use Linked to Mental Illness
By David E. Smith   |   08.21.23
A recent study from Denmark adds to concerns about the impact of marijuana upon users’ mental health. According to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by psychologist Susan Pinker, a mammoth study of the health records of all 6.5 million Danes over a 26-year period showed a strong correlation between cannabis (marijuana) use disorder and various mental health diagnoses.
What Is Wokeism?
By David Curtin   |   06.07.23
Did you know a lot of people on the left now deny wokeism exists? They are saying that it can’t be defined and just means whatever you want it to mean. Therefore, they say, wokeism is merely another conservative mantra for whatever policy one disagrees with. Politicians in Illinois have been saying that a lot these days in order to pass (you guessed it) woke legislation.
U.S. Senator Marshall’s Stand
By Ecce Verum   |   06.02.23
On May 15, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced two bills to the U.S. Senate—one that would prohibit federal funds from supporting gender transition procedures, and another that would altogether ban such procedures on minors.
Blue State Regrets
By Micah Clark   |   05.24.23
Support for drug decriminalization is waning among blue state residents as overdose rates, crime and homelessness continue to increase, a recent survey found.
Snakes in the Grass
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   05.24.23
Things are truly upside-down. Christians, who have been scorned forever as weak and milk-toast, are suddenly public enemy number one. And while Christianity has been the source of thousands of American charities and the inspiration for hospitals, medical care, and education worldwide, it is now labeled by the Left as hateful and bigoted. Then we see destructive anarchist groups like Antifa and BLM glorified in the Media and academia as forces for good!  How could this be?
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