Newt Gingrich tells Collier audience ‘secular, atheist philosophy’ is threat to Christianity

The secular philosophy of the left in Western society is at least as grave a danger to Christianity as that posed by terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday night in North Naples.The Republican from Georgia addressed about 300 people at The Ritz-Carlton for the annual Speaker Event dinner of the Ave Maria School of Law.“The rise of a secular, atheist philosophy” in the West is "an equally or even more dangerous threat” to Christianity than terrorist organizations that will kill Christians if “they don’t submit,” Gingrich said.Centers of faith are the bastions that must defend religion against such secular thought, he said.The split between Americans of faith and those who are secular poses “an enormous danger to the country,” he said after the dinner.“If you believe that your rights come from God, you have a very limited sense of government."And if you believe that’s all baloney and your rights come from lawyers and politicians, then you have a different view.”“Eventually, it will be resolved, one way or the other,” Gingrich said. “One side will win, one side will lose."Either the radical secularists will succeed in controlling the government and driving religion out of American life or the people who believe in faith will succeed in controlling government and insist that you cannot impose radical values on American people.”“We’re not going to give up on America," Gingrich said. "We’re not going to give up on God.”He now is a TV commentator and a big supporter and confidante of President Donald Trump.He told guests at the dinner Saturday night that Trump is bringing the country back in the right direction.“(But) it’s not possible to have a president of the United States fix everything,” Gingrich said. Gingrich spoke about the threat of war Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

End modern social DarwinismThe views expressed in Michael Zubrow’s letter in the Jan. 27 Naples Daily News are nothing new. He is spouting the worst of social Darwinism that led to America’s Gilded Age of the late-19th and early 20th centuries.Social Darwinists believed that human groups and races are subject to the same laws of natural selection as plants and animals. According to the theory, the weak and their cultures were diminished while the strong grew in power and cultural influence. Society was engaged in a struggle for existence ruled by “survival of the fittest.” And the fittest were the rich.Social Darwinism led to the vast gulf between the rich and the poor in America during the Gilded Age. According to Robert Reich — in “The Rebirth of Social Darwinism” — “It was an era when ... robber barons like the financier Jay Gould, the railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt and the oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller controlled much of American industry; the gap between rich and poor had turned into a chasm; urban slums festered; children worked long hours in factories; women couldn’t vote and black Americans were subject to Jim Crow, and the lackeys of the rich literally deposited sacks of money on desks of pliant legislators.”Sadly, Zubrow demonstrates how history repeats itself. Note some of the parallels between today’s America and that of the Gilded Age: monopolistic industry practices, vast income inequality and legislators sold to the highest bidder.Let’s stop this Gilded Age in its tracks. Get out and work for candidates who will support quality health care for all, wage increases and tax policies that diminish income inequality, and a stronger system of public education. Lisa Freund, Naples Orchestrated letter campaignHow strange it is that so many letters to the editor writers have written identical opinions on two separate topics. I am referring to Continue Reading

Trump taps Michigan lawyer for veterans appellate court

Washington — President Donald Trump intends to nominate Michigan attorney and veteran Joseph L. Falvey Jr. to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the White House said Tuesday.Falvey, a former federal prosecutor, is currently the counsel for the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.He retired from the Marine Corps after 30 years in 2011 as commander of the Marine Corps’ Reserve Legal Support Section.The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has jurisdiction over decisions made by the Board of Veterans' Appeals. It has seven permanent judges — two additional judges as part of a temporary expansion — who are typically appointed for 15-year terms.Falvey was a prosecutor, defense counsel or judge in more than 300 military trials and served as an appellate judge on the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, according to the White House. He was deployed after the 9/11 attacks and served in Afghanistan in 2002.In his civilian career, Falvey was an assistant prosecutor in the national security unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2008-11.He also served as the security manager or principal security official for the Eastern District Office, overseeing the district’s physical, information, personnel, computer and communications security programs, according to his Marine Corps biography.Prior to his time with the Department of Justice, he taught at Ave Maria School of Law from 1999-2007 and at the University of Detroit School of Law from 1994-98, where his classes included evidence, trial advocacy, military law and national security law.Falvey holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Notre Dame Law School, as well as a masters of law from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army. [email protected] (202) 662-8736 Continue Reading

Her mission in life: Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece to speak at Ave Maria Law’s pro-life march

Alveda King, pro-life activist and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is joining Naples students to speak out against abortion.On Jan. 12, Ave Maria School of Law is hosting its inaugural Monsignor Laurence Higgins Respect for Life celebration, which will be open to the public. Anyone interested in participating must register beforehand. King will give a presentation before pro-life participants hit the streets for a 2-mile walk starting at the North Naples campus and continuing around the Vineyards community.  "I plan to speak about America, freedom, justice and global unity," said King, who has visited the Roman Catholic law school once before.  More: Collier School Board: There will be class on MLK Day to make up Irma time More: NAACP files complaint against CCPS over School Board's decision to hold class on MLK Day Just like her uncle, Dr. King, famed leader of the Civil Rights Movement, and her father, Rev. A. D. King, the Atlanta-based activist has made it her mission in life to fight for what she believes in.Every year, King holds dozens of Christian-centered speaking engagements across the globe, and said she's a vocal pro-life advocate."As a woman who is 67 years old now, I’ve lived through several decades, but I always know we have to be very relevant with the young people, with the millennials or those under 40, and to visit campuses. To speak to students is always something I’ve considered important," she said.King is an author, and has written several books, many revolving around her famous family and religion, including her most recent, "King Truths: 21 Keys to Unlocking Your Spiritual Potential."She's also a former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. The upcoming pro-life event is co-sponsored by Ave's two student-led organizations, Lex Vitae Society and Black Law Students Continue Reading

Fiesta’s shiny objects of celebration arrive by the hundreds

By Elaine Ayala Updated 11:38 am, Friday, April 21, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Check out the best Inland photos of 2017

By Staff report | Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: December 29, 2017 at 10:00 am | UPDATED: January 2, 2018 at 10:20 am Tears of pain and loss. Smiles of jubilation and triumph. The orange glow of flames. The blue hue of a competitive swimming pool. These are the images of the year that’s about to end. They helped tell the stories of tragedy caused by fire and violence, of fun and athletic achievement and of everyday life in the Inland Empire. As the book closes on 2017, here are our picks for the best photos of the year. A firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority seeks shelter under a patio as the Canyon Fire races towards a home in Corona Monday night September 25, 2017. (Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Alvord Unified School District board member Joseph Barragan reacts after listing to many speakers asking for his resignation while a few seek the truth before making judgment about racist Facebook posts blasting undocumented immigrants, blacks and Muslims during a board meeting in Corona, CA. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.A young fan gets an upclose view of Fitz of Fitz and The Tantrums during a show on the driving range after the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, CA. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.Carter’s Mariah Stewart crashes to the track with a 10 yard lead in the D2 400 relay during the Division CIF-Southern Section track championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Saturday, May 20, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNGCindy Zacharias, left and Kelley Odriozola comfort one another as people speak about during a candlelight vigil for CSUSB student Jordyn Rivera was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting last Sunday night as hundreds pay their respects at Las Flores Park Saturday in La Verne, CA. October 6, 2017.UCR associate professor Robert Allen of Riverside has published a study with predictions suggesting California’s climate may actually become 12 percent wetter Continue Reading

Plainfield families learn together in new school program

Parents are taking classes with their children at The Saturday Academy, a new academic enrichment program offered by Plainfield Public Schools that allows families the opportunity to learn together. All children must be accompanied by an adult.According to a district news release, the goal of the Saturday Academy is to increase community participation in the Plainfield Public Schools District and to engage the parents and their children in an academic environment. The Saturday Academy also aims to have the district to build a positive relationship with the community and increase the students performance in the classroom.Programs began Feb. 6 and run to March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at the Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave. The program also aims to make education fun, and to provide courses that are not available to families during the school/work week.All children must be accompanied by an adult.Courses include Art, Careers and College Preparation, Dance, Financial Literacy, English, Health/Family Topics, Poetry, Recreational Reading, Science (open to children 10-12) and Conversational Spanish. The courses are being taught bby volunteers from the Plainfield community who are donating their time. Among them are a retired Rutgers professor, a health professional, Union County College students, Plainfield substitute teachers and Plainfield professionals and city administrators. The school district is providing the high school facilities and classroom space, including two computer labs, five classrooms, the cafeteria and the library.For more information, contact Gloria Montealegre, Community Engagement Liaison, at 908-731-4333 or email: [email protected] following Central Jersey residents at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, were named to the fall dean's list: Victoria Seamon of Somerset, Nicole Fazio of Hillsborough, Chloe Gletow, Jill Gordley, Matthew Continue Reading

Teacher Supply Drive: List of Adopted Teachers

Below is a list of teachers who have already been adopted in our teacher supply drive. If you're interested in adopting a teacher, view the the wish lists of all of our teachers still waiting to be adopted here. You can also learn more about this project here. If you're a teacher who has been adopted, here are details on how you'll be able to be able to get your supplies. ADOPTED TEACHERS:Karen Angelle, Woodvale Elementary School (Adopted by Lucas Broussard)Frances Edwards, Woodvale Elementary School (Adopted by Morgan and Taylor Meaux)Monique Roy, Scott Middle School (Adopted by The Lolley Group LLC)Tessie Biggers, Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy (Adopted by Tracie Lenormand)Sara Devillier, Early Learning Center (Adopted by April Melerine)Michelle Domec, Lafayette High School (Adopted by Theresa Mosing)Christian De Prins, Acadiana High School (Adopted by Nancy Schaefer Crays)Paquita Benoit, J.W. Faulk Elementary School (Adopted by Sally Andrus)Keri Citrano, Ossun Elementary School (Adopted by Gary Landry)Kelli Broussard, Magnolia Elementary School (Adopted by Simone Strong)Maria Tordera, Alice Boucher Elementary School (Adopted by Heather Abraham)Christy Pitre, Berwick Elementary School (Adopted by Carroll Folse)Jessica Keltner, Park Vista Elementary School (Adopted by Lana Soileau)Ciji Perrin, Herod Elementary School (Adopted by Terri Landry)Courtney Alleman, SJ Montgomery Elementary School (Adopted by Justin Centanni)Patty Fryoux, S.J.Montgomery Elementary School (Adopted by Justin Centanni)Jenaye Guidry, S.J. Montgomery Elementary School (Adopted by Justin Centanni)Rachelle Beasley, Scott Middle School (Adopted by Britt Latiolais)Amanda Shackelford, Judice Middle School (Adopted by Britt Latiolais)Amber Mouton, Alice Boucher Elementary School (Adopted by Regina Bourgeois)Marcia Hardy, J.W. Faulk Elementary School (Adopted by Regina Bourgeois)Lorraine Carter, Ernest Gallet Elementary School (Adopted by Donald Aguillard)Tiffany Castille, Continue Reading

Faithful Catholics seek glimpse of Pope

A chorus of "Ave Maria" and "Amazing Grace" filled the air along Fifth Ave. Saturday as Pope Benedict's followers packed sidewalks for a glimpse of the pontiff. Many awoke at the crack of dawn to secure a good spot. They brought banners, guitars and even bongos to welcome the Holy Father to the city. Here are some of the scenes outside St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Popemobile route: **** The Hansen family were first in line outside St. Patrick's Saturday, taking up position at 2:30 a.m. "Last time I stood out so long on a line there were Springsteen tickets at the end," said Bob Hansen, 49, who left his home in Washington Township, N.J., at 11 p.m. Friday with his wife, Denise, 46, and daughter Nicole, 17. "With the atmosphere out here, it feels like a Grateful Dead concert." Bob worked double shifts on Thursday and Friday so he could take time off from work to journey into Manhattan. They were bleary-eyed and shivering from the early morning chill but had the perfect vantage point when the Pope's limo pulled up outside the cathedral around 9 a.m. "We didn't know we were going to be No. 1 when we left, but what do you expect leaving that early?" Bob Hansen said. **** Agnes Toskos went to Fifth Ave. hoping for a miracle cure for her aches and pains. After weeks suffering from shooting pangs in her legs and a splitting headache, she believed being near the Holy Father was the only thing that could help her. "I had pain in my legs, I was dying," she said. "I had a headache for days like injections going through my head. "That's why I came, for him to remove everything." Toskos, 46, from Astoria, Queens, said the pain disappeared as Benedict rolled past her in the Popemobile. "I'm seeing a doctor but he's not getting the job done," she said. "I came here and everything disappeared. I crossed myself four times and he healed me." **** Nick Elell hopes to become the first American Pope. The 12-year-old - Continue Reading

History lesson: Ave Maria law school, author honor centenary of Balfour declaration

New York Times bestselling author Edwin Black explained the history behind the centenary of the Balfour declaration to dozens of international law students and faculty at the Ave Maria School of Law on Friday."It didn't create the state of Israel, but it was the birth certificate," Black said about the declaration, which turned 100 on Thursday. "The state of Israel was not created by the League of Nations, was not created by international law or by the United Nations. It was created by the Jewish people, but it was done so under international law and under democratic principles."The Balfour declaration was short — 67 words. But it made a lasting impact. The letter, written by the British foreign secretary at the time, Arthur James Balfour, promised support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." It was addressed to the head of an influential Jewish banking family, Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, during World War I.The declaration also says "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."Israel was officially proclaimed a state in 1948.Black and several local leaders, including the school's dean and president, Kevin Cieply, signed a proclamation honoring the declaration's anniversary.  More: Hammering for a cause: Ave Maria law school students help Habitat for Humanity More: Spouses among 70 celebrating Ave Maria School of Law graduation This is the second time Black has spoken at the law school. The stop was part of his 12-city tour that includes speaking engagements at high schools and the United States Congress. The award-winning international investigative author has published 140 editions, including newspaper and magazine articles in the United States, Europe and Israel.With more than a million copies of his books in print, his Continue Reading