As a writer and research analyst for MRC Culture, Sarah Stites reports on entertainment, LGBT issues and religion. Ever since ADF represented her in a religious freedom case, she has been passionate about upholding the Constitution and the conservative cause. Prior to MRC, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Latest from Sarah Stites
May 26, 2017, 3:26 PM EDT

On Friday morning, the media exploded with news of the fourth major ISIS attack against the Coptic community in a span of 6 months. But Egyptian-American preacher Michael Youssef says Coptic Christians are more passionate than ever about their faith. And that’s something the liberal media aren’t talking about. 

May 26, 2017, 10:47 AM EDT

While some media critics have stressed the importance of accurately representing minorities and LGBT folks on entertainment TV, there’s a whole other subset of America that isn’t being portrayed with the nuance it deserves: veterans.  

May 25, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT

Feminist writers have recently pushed for more and better representations of abortion on-screen. Now, they’re cheering on ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing as just the movie we needed. “Dirty Dancing is, was, and will forever be a movie about abortion,” wrote Harper’s Bazaar contributor Kaitlin Menza. In the classic film set in 1963, protagonist Baby covers for dancer Penny, who is suffering from complications after a pre-Roe v. Wade illegal abortion. That fact is integral to plotline, as it sets the stage for Baby getting swept off her feet by dance instructor Johnny. 

May 25, 2017, 3:52 PM EDT

In southern Virginia, racial tensions are simmering over the fate of Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue. But one local African American farmer is not with the liberal protestors; in fact, he thinks they’re a big part of the problem. When white supremacist leader Richard Spencer led a rally in Lee Park, a “Love Trumps Hate” group counter-rallied. Afterwards, Chris Newman, owner of Sylvanaqua Farms, took to Facebook with a brutally honest wake-up call for the progressive protestors.  

May 24, 2017, 3:01 PM EDT

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy is not here for the media’s comparisons of America and the dystopia of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Gilead is more like Saudi Arabia. And she should know. After living in Britain for fifteen years, Eltahawy moved to Jidda, Saudi Arabia as a teen. That experience, she reflected in a May 24 New York Times op-ed, “traumatized” her “into feminism.” 

May 23, 2017, 3:43 PM EDT

Hallmark is now selling cards for people in the midst of gender transitioning. According to Glamour, the brand has a new card under the subset “Encouragement: Transgender/Transitioning” within its broader line of “LGBTQIA” cards. 

May 23, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT

Gender “confirmation” surgeries are becoming more popular in the United States, according to a May 22 report. However, based on media coverage of the news, you wouldn’t know that the procedures are medically controversial. On Monday, the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported 3,200 facial, chest and genital reassignment surgeries in 2016 – a nearly 20 percent jump from 2015. This is the first year that this statistic has been published, Time public health writer Alexandra Sifferlin noted. 

May 22, 2017, 5:33 PM EDT

As of now, straight men aren’t accused of homophobia for their lack of interest in dating other men. But straight men who aren’t interested in transgender women? They’re transphobic. When 30-year-old fireman Bryce Powers, a contestant on The Bachelorette, answered a question about his biggest date fear, he sparked a firestorm by responding: “The chick is actually a dude.” Naturally, the PC police had no sympathy for Powers, who had quite the media blaze to put out. 

May 22, 2017, 3:34 PM EDT

Commencement addresses from presidents and vice presidents are newsworthy, but what the networks choose to focus on differs wildly based upon whether the individual is liberal or conservative. Despite the controversy surrounding President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University in 2009, the nets focused heavily on the content of his remarks. Not so for Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered this year’s May 21, keynote. While ABC correspondent Amy Robach briefly mentioned the subject he discussed – the suppression of free speech on campus – the other networks focused solely on the dozens of students who walked out of the address in protest.

May 19, 2017, 12:27 PM EDT

The pro-choice movement is often illogical. Here are ten examples of the irony that abounds among its proponents. After liberal director Joss Whedon (famous for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, among others) produced the short pro-Planned Parenthood film “Unlocked,” the abortion provider encouraged girls to “Watch. Share. Slay.” The use of the millennial lingo “slay” was gruesomely fitting, yet the irony was lost on the organization. 

May 18, 2017, 1:51 PM EDT

When Brandon Bartlett — a philosophy student at Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo — authored an opinion piece for Mustang News, he simply wanted to make students think. After all, his concluding sentence proclaimed the agreeable entreaty: “Debate on, my friends!” But the subject he addressed was an increasingly undebatable one: homosexuality. And the backlash was immediate and intense.

May 18, 2017, 12:31 PM EDT

A CBS comedy called Mom is donating the hefty sum of $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. Ironic? Star Allison Janney doesn’t think so. 

May 17, 2017, 4:18 PM EDT

When a seemingly inclusive Yale educator revealed her true colors online, the Washington Post ran the story. But most left-leaning media outlets were notably silent. After all, liberals who condemn “white trash” are pretty embarrassing to the progressive movement. 

May 17, 2017, 1:30 PM EDT

Hollywood director and outspoken progressive Joss Whedon is using his film talents to keep the nation’s largest abortion provider in business, ironically calling anyone who would shut it down “inhuman.” 

May 16, 2017, 4:32 PM EDT

On Sunday, famous Christian “mommy blogger” Glennon Doyle Melton — catapulted to fame through her writings on the messiness of marriage and motherhood — tied the knot with a woman. Although the union received considerable press coverage, few prominent outlets noted the effect this controversial decision would make on Melton’s three children. 

May 16, 2017, 12:39 PM EDT

In a classic case of bias by omission, the networks ignored the story of a woman who attacked the car of a GOP politician for his AHCA vote. On May 8, Tennessee resident Wendi Wright tailed Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) and his aide after they left a meeting at the University of Tennessee. When it seemed like she would force the pair off the road, the politician pulled into a driveway, where Wright banged on his car windows and blocked his car from leaving.

May 15, 2017, 2:53 PM EDT

Although Lena Dunham is no fan of Kellyanne Conway, she’s not here for digs at the presidential counselor’s appearance. In a series of tweets posted Sunday morning, the liberal writer/producer expressed the view that commenting on women’s looks doesn’t advance the conversation. 

May 12, 2017, 5:22 PM EDT

Moms wear so many hats, but there’s a quality they all share: strength. In their Mother’s Day ads, two brands heartwarmingly highlighted this trait. 

May 12, 2017, 2:04 PM EDT

On Thursday, at the World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) warned of the growing threat to religious liberty worldwide and the lack of government and media action taken to confront it. Hosted by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Lankford joined global politicians, faith leaders and victims of persecution in the first-ever international summit to address the most pressing issues facing Christians abroad. In a press conference, the senator stressed the importance of awareness, calling the media’s reticence to use the word genocide “very disheartening.”

May 11, 2017, 1:44 PM EDT

According to radical feminist Gloria Steinem, women will never be “fully equal” to men unless they have abortion rights. Oh, and the patriarchy’s to blame for climate change too. In an interview with Refinery29 writer Lindsey Stanberry, Steinem shared thoughts on feminism, and unsurprisingly, everything came back to female reproductive rights.