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Higher Ground is dedicated to helping families of faith navigate a chaotic world with rigorous reporting, commentary and analysis on national, global and cultural issues. It is a refuge for families under siege from radical secularism. Powered by the award-winning staff of The Washington Times, Higher Ground's stories, videos and podcasts look to inspire and help readers make decisions about the world around them in a tone respectful of the tenets that forged America: Freedom, faith and family.

Demonstrators protest outside the Jesuit-run Universidad Centroamericana, UCA, demanding the university's allocation of its share of 6% of the national budget in Managua, Nicaragua, Aug. 2, 2018. The Jesuits announced Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, that Nicaragua's government has confiscated the UCA, one of the region's most highly regarded colleges. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Nicaraguan government seizes highly regarded university from Jesuits

Associated Press

Nicaragua’s government has confiscated a prestigious Jesuit-run university alleging it was a “center of terrorism,” the college said Wednesday in announcing the latest in a series of actions by authorities against the Catholic Church and opposition figures.

A Planned Parenthood sign is seen in Austin, Texas, Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. A federal judge who ordered restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone will consider Tuesday, Aug. 15, whether Planned Parenthood must pay potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to the state of Texas over fraud claims. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas wants Planned Parenthood to repay millions of dollars

- Associated Press

Texas wants Planned Parenthood to give back millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements — and pay far more in fines on top of that — in a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind brought by a state against the largest abortion provider in the U.S.

Hundreds of people descend on the Nebraska Capitol, in Lincoln, on May 16, 2023, to protest plans by conservative lawmakers in the Nebraska Legislature to revive an abortion ban. An 18-year-old Nebraska woman was sentenced Thursday, July 20 to 90 days in jail followed by two years of probation for burning and burying a fetus last year after she took medication given to her by her mother to end her pregnancy, Celeste Burgess was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier this year to a count of concealing or abandoning a dead body. (AP Photo/Margery Beck, file)

Ask Dr. E: Are Christians becoming too political?

- The Washington Times

Higher Ground is there for you if you’re seeking guidance in today’s changing world. Everett Piper, a Ph.D. and a former university president and radio host, is writing an advice column for The Times, and he wants to hear from you. If you have any moral or ethical questions for which you’d like an answer, please email, and he may include it in the column.

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, people pray for America at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. The SBC confronted a sex-abuse crisis in the form of an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. The newspapers reported that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff had been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

Fear in the church: Too many of God’s people afraid to fight

- The Washington Times

Sixty-nine percent of Protestant pastors in a Lifeway Research survey said they see a “growing sense of fear” among their congregants, and another 63%, that their pews are also filled with people who feel “dread” about the “future of Christianity” in America and around the world. That explains a lot.

Swiss Guards march in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Ask Dr. E: Is building a border wall biblical?

- The Washington Times

The message I keep hearing over and over again is that the Bible demands we welcome the “stranger in our midst” and that the call to secure our borders is unbiblical. Do you agree with this? What does the Bible actually say about immigration?

The Louisiana state Capitol stands prominently, April 4, 2023, in Baton Rouge, La. A slew of new Louisiana laws, recently passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, went into effect Tuesday, Aug. 1. Among the new laws are ones that increase punishments for fentanyl-related crimes, a requirement that every public school classroom display the phrase “In God We Trust,” and an addition to the state’s age verification law to access pornography websites. (AP Photo/Stephen Smith, File)

‘In God We Trust’ makes a comeback

- The Washington Times

Louisiana just signed into law a requirement that all public school administrators make sure the motto “In God We Trust” is displayed in every classroom, in every building, in every district. It’s a law that’s been passed in several other states of late as well. Praise the Lord. God is making a comeback in America.