America’s greatest weakness in fighting terrorism is that our leaders lack the will to win, authors Michael Flynn and Michael Ledeen said last week at a Heritage Foundation event.

Flynn, a retired Lieutenant General who served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Senior Military Intelligence Officer in the Department of Defense, stressed that Americans need to have a willingness, resolve, and determination to win in warfare to ensure the survival of our country.

In their new book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, Flynn and Ledeen lay out the danger we face from terrorism and the changes that need to take place to win the war against it.

To watch the full discussion click here.

How do we overcome the unwillingness to fight and win?

This week Heritage is hosting two powerful events.  The first takes a look at new legislation that would endanger religious freedom in education and the second takes a look at the failure of the federal government in education.  Both events can be watched live online by following the links below.

  • Tuesday at noon Eastern: California’s Rush to Restrict Religious Freedom in Higher EducationA bill rapidly making its way through the California Legislature would endanger religious freedom for higher education institutions. Senate Bill 1146 would jeopardize the freedom of religious institutions of higher education to participate in state student aid programs if they make distinctions on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity in admissions, student conduct codes, housing, and employment. The bill would significantly narrow religious schools’ exemptions in the wake of the Obama Administration’s expansion of Title IX non-discrimination policy to include gender identity.
  • Wednesday at noon Eastern: Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s ChildrenFor nearly 100 years the federal government left education almost entirely in the hands of the citizenry and state and local governments. But in 1979, with the creation of the U.S. Department of Education – a sprawling bureaucracy with 153 programs, 5,000 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $70 billion – the federal government intruded itself into almost every area of K-12 and higher education. What caused this dramatic transformation? Has it improved student performance? And how can we best ensure that America’s students will get the education they need for thriving in an increasingly competitive, global economy?

Which upcoming event are you most interested in?

Natural law is the foundation by which we claim the rights we enjoy as Americans.  Take it away and you are left with no basis for truth, Jim DeMint writes in The Federalist.

The Left has rejected the concept of natural law because it points to uncomfortable truths regarding sexuality, marriage, human nature, and a higher purpose. But when we reject the very foundation of our unalienable rights, those rights become arbitrary things granted by government, and very alienable indeed.

If there is no natural law, then people were not created equal, nothing is self-evident, there are no unalienable rights, and governments are not instituted to protect rights: they exist to prescribe them. If there is no natural law, there is no common sense—no commonly understood truth

Why is it so important for the Left to destroy natural law?

Several key indicators of societal health are moving in the wrong direction, according to the 2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released this week.

The Index, which tracks social and economic changes across multiple factors, cited increases in welfare spending and the unmarried birth rate and decreases in religious attendance and economic freedom.

The Index evaluates the social factors essential to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts that track social and economic changes and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future.

Policymakers can find the data they need to address the following issues:

  • Marriage, family, and civil society;
  • Welfare reform;
  • Reduced spending;
  • Economic growth; and
  • The opportunity of individuals in a free society to improve their circumstances

This is the second Index in a series of three annual reports that Heritage uses to advance conservative policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Which trend surprises or concerns you the most?

The First Amendment Defense Act is crucial to preserving our freedom at a time when Americans’ religious liberties are being hijacked, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) tell the Daily Signal .

FADA is a bill that reaffirms the spirit of the First Amendment by preventing the federal government from discriminating against an individual’s beliefs of marriage.

Here’s a quick primer on FADA:

  1. The bill states that the federal government may not deny or revoke federal tax exemptions, grants, contracts, accreditations, licenses, or certifications to an individual or institution based on their religious views of marriage.
  2. FADA does not alter any civil rights laws at the state or federal level.
  3. This bill does not allow federal workers or businesses to deny benefits or services to same-sex couples and it does not allow hospitals to refuse medical attention or visitation rights to those in a same-sex relationship.

What is the biggest threat to your First Amendment rights?  

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