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The Alaska Watchman is keeping a close eye on the Alaska Legislature this session in order to alert Alaskans of measures that impact parental rights, sex education, abortion, religious liberty, human sexuality, education, marriage and family law, pornography and other social issues. Our goal is to keep Alaskans informed of committee hearings and opportunities to publicly testify on critical legislation that could shape the cultural and social life of Alaskans. Below is a brief summary...

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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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Why indeed? This is a question I have asked myself time and again throughout the process of developing and launching this news agency. For years I have traveled in many overlapping political circles. I have friends who fall on polar opposite sides of virtually every social issue, but I can still have a cup of coffee with them and hope they and their families and businesses are thriving – that their health is robust. Every...

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With the U.S. Senate confirming Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke to sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump issued a blow to the liberal grip on a key federal court that hears Alaska cases. The 9th Circuit has long been known to block pro-life and religious liberty appeals in the nine states it serves: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Major conservative and pro-life groups celebrated his...

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Benjamin Franklin, wrote that “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.” Last night, I had the pleasure of watching “No Safe Spaces,” a wonderfully enlightening and chilling documentary by comedian and podcast king Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager. It’s a movie that opens your eyes about how our voices are being shut. And it...

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The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) was named the top LGBTQ-friendly college for Alaska by the Campus Pride Index. In partnership with Campus Pride, BestColleges.com released its rankings earlier this year to help students of various sexual and gender identities find institutions that back the LGBTQ political and cultural agendas. According to a press release, the ranking is based on several criteria, including housing and residential life resources, “like roommate matching so students can find...

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A new generation of culturally and politically minded young Alaskans are preparing to bring a Christian worldview to the pressing issues of their day. For the past 15 years TeenPact has gathered Alaskan youth to strengthen their bond with Christ while training them to understand politics, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith and engage society. “As believers we have not been engaged as we should and that’s why the culture is going the way...

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This is the first in a series looking at how Alaska’s more prominent university campuses deal with controversial social issues on campus. The University of Alaska, Southeast (UAS) in Juneau is part of the University of Alaska system which includes campuses across the state. ABORTION & SEX ADVICE The Juneau campus strongly supports abortion services for all students. The school clinic provides students with access to contraceptives, including abortifacients which end the life of an...

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Last month U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School, sharing his thoughts about religious liberty in present-day America. Among the many striking statements in Barr’s speech were the following: religious liberty is “a right towards men,” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty … precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of civil society.” Also, “We have no government armed...

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In response to the ongoing and controversial Drag Queen Story Hour events at Anchorage’s Loussac Library, a group of Christians started holding their own story hour gatherings to offer children stories, songs and conversations based on the Bible. The Good News Club was started earlier this year after Anchorage residents voiced concern about the library’s decision to let drag queens read stories to youth that promote cross dressing and gender confusion. The library continues to...

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