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The student-led Wisdom Club at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is hosting a seminar on “The importance of apologetics for Christian youth.” Part of a monthly series, the upcoming event takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at UAA’s Rasmuson Hall – room 117 – at 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. The Wisdom Club was established to provide scientific, philosophical, historical and religious evidence for the truth of the Bible and...

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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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Brett Harvey, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, has litigated First Amendment cases for nearly 20 years. Notably, he argued to reinstate a policy allowing prayer before town meetings in a small city in New York. That case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, ended in the Town of Greece’s favor by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. Although based in Washington, D.C., Harvey’s advocacy takes him all over the United States, including Anchorage where...

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I watched the lawsuit and litigation play out this summer between the City of Anchorage and the Downtown Hope Center. The entire incident leading to the lawsuit would be great satirical fodder for the pages of The Onion, but it very much happened. Were it a short story, you could be forgiven for the title “Crazy-Town in A-Town.” And given that the City of Anchorage was forced to pay $100,000 in legal fees to the...

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In his address to the Massachusetts Militia on Oct. 11, 1798, President John Adams said that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Nearly 221 years later, Alaskans intend to put Adams’ maxim to the proof, as atheists, Satanists, and self-proclaimed Pastafarians continue to deliver irreligious prayers at Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings. Beginning in the early 1980s, the assembly invited...

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“Dunleavy’s attack on unions is an attack on all Alaskans,” or so read the Sept. 29 headline of an Anchorage Daily News commentary piece by union leader Jake Metcalfe, the executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association. The column was in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administrative order, based upon the legal opinion of Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, which mandated a change in how Alaska collects union dues and fees from public employees. The...

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Earlier this week Alaska Watchman reported that all teachers who are certified by the Alaska Department of Education are now forced to abide by a new gender identity policy with regards to students. This is thanks to a revision to the “Code of Ethics” put in place by Alaska’s Professional Teaching Practices Commission last year. The revised “Code of Ethics” states that, “In fulfilling obligations to students, an educator may not harass, discriminate against, or...

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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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Anchorage officials cannot force a faith-based women’s shelter in Anchorage to admit biological males in its overnight facility. This comes after Anchorage officials dropped a complaint against the Downtown Hope Center over the shelter’s refusal to allow a man who identified as a woman into its facility. According to a Sept. 30 order from U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, the city may not apply its non-discrimination code against the shelter. Additionally, the city must...

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About 250 people packed into Gallos Mexican Restaurant in South Anchorage last week to listen to a presentation by a leading national bioethicist who concluded that transgenderism is fundamentally a psychological disorder. Father Tad Pacholczyk’s Sept. 26 talk warned against using invasive surgeries and powerful hormones to help a person “transition” to a sexual identity that does not match their biological sex. Pacholczyk’s, who serves as director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in...

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