Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have published a commentary on the importance of education and school choice.
John Stonestreet writes,
As stories pile up of public schools teaching first-graders it’s normal to have two mommies or two daddies or hosting “coming out” events for transgender students, one might sympathize with the urgency many parents feel to get their kids out of “government schools.”
But for some, such as those lacking the time and resources for private schools or homeschooling, the options are limited. And let me be clear: There are many good public schools and many dedicated Christian teachers in those schools who deserve our support. But it’s also clear that current trends don’t bode well for public education in America. . . . .
And we ought be clear on this point as Christians: no matter what we use among the public, private, homeschool or hybrid options, ultimately the education of our children is a parental responsibility—one that we cannot outsource.
Stonestreet goes on to talk about the contributions Christianity has made to education in the past and the many good options that exist for students and adults seeking a sound education today.
One of the reasons we have promoted home schooling for so many years is we firmly believe that parents have a right and a responsibility to direct the education of their children, and home schooling provides important options for families who want to give their children the best educational opportunities they can.
You can read Stonestreet’s entire commentary here or listen to it below.
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Last night Family Council staff member Charisse Dean appeared on KARK News in Little Rock to discuss Circuit Judge Herb Wright’s decision to drop a murder charge in the death of an unborn child earlier this week.
Following the judge’s decision, the Arkansas State Crime Lab, who is responsible for autopsies in homicide investigations, released a statement making three important points:
- When a pregnant woman dies from trauma — such a gunshot wound — her unborn baby dies from the trauma as well.
- It is “medically ludicrous” to suggest the unborn baby’s death may have been caused by anything else, as Judge Wright has done in this case.
- The crime lab’s doctor examined the unborn baby and determined the baby’s death was due to “maternal trauma” — the gunshot that killed the baby’s mother. However, the doctor may not have been given ample opportunity to explain his findings in court.
You can read the State Crime Lab’s full statement below (emphasis added):
“The Arkansas State Medical Examiners Office is charged with the responsibility of determining the cause and manner of death when local authorities request an examination of the body. In most instances, the examination will consist of a full autopsy; in other instances an external examination or a partial autopsy is enough to determine the cause and manner of death within reasonable certainty.
In cases where a pregnant woman dies suddenly and unexpectedly, fetal death occurs within minutes. When the mother has died from trauma, the fetus has died indirectly from trauma as well. In a situation where a pregnant mother has been fatally shot in the head, it is medically ludicrous to suggest that the intrauterine death of her fetus occurred from some other natural cause a short time before her own death. Is such a circumstance theoretically possible? The answer is yes, but with the caveat that the odds of such a circumstance are so incredibly small that they are essentially nonexistent .
When Dr Adam Craig performed the autopsy of Megan Price, he also performed an external examination of the fetus. This showed no evidence that the fetal death occurred prior to the death of the mother. Based on his examinations of the mother and the fetus, as well as his medical analysis, he concluded that the fetal death was due to maternal trauma. This conclusion was made within reasonable medical certainty. In his testimony, it would appear that he did acknowledge that incredibly small chance that the fetal death was not due to maternal trauma, but was not afforded an opportunity to explain how unlikely that would be. In my opinion, the fact that he did not perform an internal examination of the fetus does not significantly weaken the medical rationale for the stated cause of fetal death.
Finally, manner of death is not assigned in cases of fetal death, even when the death was due to violence.”
You can watch KARK’s coverage of this story below or read it here:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 19, 2017
On Wednesday Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright acquitted a North Little Rock man of murdering an unborn child. In 2015, Quenton King of North Little Rock allegedly shot his mistress who was eight months pregnant, killing both her and her unborn child. The judge acquitted King of murdering the unborn baby, because, he said, prosecutors failed to demonstrate the child was alive at the time.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is ludicrous. No one should have to prove a person was alive prior to being murdered. We know from court testimony that the woman was eight months pregnant when she was shot. Children born prematurely at eight months routinely go on to live healthy lives. Arkansas law says a person can be charged with murder for causing the death of an unborn child. Judge Wright’s decision in this case ignores Arkansas’ homicide laws, and it ignores the life of this unborn baby.”
Cox called Judge Wright’s decision abusive. “Murder trials exist in part to provide justice for the victims. Judge Wright’s decision denies justice to one of those victims. It would be one thing if a jury had reviewed the case and determined there was not enough evidence to find the defendant guilty. Rather than letting a jury decide if the child was alive, Judge Wright has made that decision for them even though there was no evidence indicating the baby was dead prior to the shooting. The Arkansas Constitution says a judge can be impeached for gross misconduct. If this is not gross misconduct, I don’t know what is.”
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