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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

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A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

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S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E

Touched by an Angel Responds to Home Schoolers’ Concerns

    According to Nielsen Media Research, the April 4, 1999—Easter Sunday—episode of Touched by an Angel (CBS) was watched by just over 12.5 million people. It ranked as the third most watched television program for the entire week.
    But by Monday, April 5, HSLDA was receiving phone calls, faxes, and e-mails from members who were concerned that the program cast home schooling in a negative light—linking it to doomsday cult activity and implying that it is illegal without a teaching certificate. Because of the large viewing audience, HSLDA believed that it was important to address the inaccurate depiction of home schooling presented in the program.
    Michael Farris sent a letter to Martha Williamson, Touched by an Angel’s executive producer, on April 16, 1999, expressing deep concern over the mischaracterizations of home schooling in the episode.
    Williamson’s response is printed [below].

Click here to view the letter in Adobe PDF.
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Editor’s Note: HSLDA’s report on this matter is not meant to suggest an endorsement of any television viewing.