Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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Study finds correlation between faith and giving

by Les Sillars
Posted 9/05/12, 03:15 pm

States with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity, a recent study on the generosity of Americans suggests.

The study in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last month found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity.

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Under the radar

Homosexuality | The national battle over homosexual rights is playing out between pro-family and gay activists in cities and towns in America's heartland
by Les Sillars
Posted 8/30/12, 06:59 pm

The national debate over same-sex "marriage" will center this fall on the platforms set out in the national conventions of the Republicans, currently underway in Tampa, Fla., and the Democrats, set for Charlotte, N.C., next week.

But another, more localized battle over legal recognition of homosexuality is playing out in city halls and town squares in the American heartland, often with pro-family forces trying to reverse decisions by government officials.

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Charges dismissed

Abortion | A nine-year battle to prosecute a Kansas Planned Parenthood facility comes to an end
by Les Sillars
Posted 8/24/12, 07:37 pm

A Kansas prosecutor last week dropped all remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood facility accused of performing illegal late-term abortions. The decision ended a nine-year legal battle initiated by then-Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline to prosecute the abortion giant in criminal court. (See "Vengeance on the prairie," WORLD Magazine, May 21, 2011.)

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