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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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A newly-released “Values Voter Guide” by the Alaska Family Council lets Mat-Su residents know where candidates running for Borough Assembly and Borough School Board stand on abortion, religious liberty and LGBTQ issues. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 5 in locations around the Mat-Su Valley to select three school board members and two borough assembly members. “There are clear differences in the candidates regarding student privacy, parental rights, religious liberty, abortion funding and other critical...

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Social conservatives won five on nine races during the Oct. 1 city and borough elections in Fairbanks. Incumbent Mayor Jim Matherly won just under 50% of the vote to fend off Planned Parenthood endorsed challenger Kathryn Dodge who took nearly 44% of votes. Overall, Matherly had 1,720 votes to Dodge’s 1,516. Matherly was seen as the social conservative choice. In the days leading up to the election a voter guide issued by the Alaska Family...

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Many Alaska schools now mandate that teachers refer to students by their preferred gender identity, even when it contradicts the student’s biological sex. In 2016 the Obama administration instructed schools to treat students in accord with their preferred gender identity. While that instruction has since been repealed under the Trump administration, some school districts in Alaska mandate that students be allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms that align with their chosen gender identity, and...

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Abortion rates in Alaska appear to have fallen by more than 30% in recent years. This is according to the latest research from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research company that works closely with Planned Parenthood. The new report indicates that U.S. abortion rates have dropped 19% overall between 2011 and 2017 to reach the lowest point since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout the country. While many pro-life advocates are...

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A leading national parental rights organization, with the mission to “educate and inform the public and policymakers regarding parental rights,” is in need of an Alaskan coordinator to help introduce legislation in the Alaska Legislature that strengthens parental rights in Alaska. Founded in 2014, the Parental Rights Foundation is a research and educational institution that aims to pass legislation to protect parents’ rights to “raise their children without undue government interference.” While Alaska has a...

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Activists behind LGBTQ gender ideology are strategically leveraging community and school libraries in Alaska to shape the minds of young children and teens. The introduction of “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Anchorage’s Loussac Library grabbed headlines last summer when three drag performers came dressed in costume and read to children and toddlers. The library hosted four such events in 2018 and several more this year, most recently in June for Pride Month. In 2015 feminist...

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The State of Alaska continues to promote a teen dating violence awareness campaign that directs teens and educators to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and provides links to websites that explicitly teach youth how to explore various forms of “safe” sex. In observance of “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” the state pushed an initiative called Stand Up Speak Up Alaska, a multi-media educational campaign and website that offers promotional materials, videos, links and resources...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the choice that Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 20 proclamation. “Alaska’s geographic challenges demand that, as a state, we exercise creativity in providing a multitude...

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Legislation is in the works to protect Alaska’s adoption agencies and child welfare providers from discrimination for declining to provide services that conflict with the provider’s deeply held moral or religious beliefs. In a letter to supporters earlier this year, Alaska Family Action President Jim Minnery said his non-profit Christian public policy organization aims to advocate for such a law in the next session of the Alaska Legislature, which begins in January. The planned Alaska...

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