Mississippi lawmakers consider ‘Tim Tebow Act’ to allow homeschoolers to play school sports

A fundamental right to ‘personal recreationism’?

Pope to families: Learn to talk to one another again

A tale of two tweets: Pope and Obama both focus on March for Life

Why pro-life students deserve our support and gratitude

Why mercy matters

Is ‘personally pro-life’ good enough?

Freedom to discuss religious beliefs at work tied to job satisfaction, finds new study

New York Times editorialist: ‘Keep your religion in the closet’

The new orthodoxy: Why same-sex marriage can and does affect you

    Breakpoint: Activists for same-sex marriage routinely insist that Christians have nothing to fear from their proposals to restructure society’s basic institutions. It simply won’t affect us, we’re told. But when the conflict between same-sex couples’ newly-minted “rights” and Christians’ religious liberty becomes clear—as it has for Christian photographers, florists, bakers, caterers, ministers, and adoption agencies that are expected to solemnize same-sex couples as marriages—the tables turn. Then we’re told that Christians’ right to recuse themselves from celebrations they consider sinful must yield before the superior claim of sexual freedom. Such, said one New Mexico judge, is “the price of citizenship.”

  • Posted: 01/19/2015
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.breakpoint.org

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Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian spaces are off-limits to Muslim worship?

The circle of grief is not limited to two

MLK on law and morality

    Acton Institute: As Ryan Anderson put it in a speech delivered to the Alliance Defending Freedom in 2013, “The upstream/downstream metaphor can be misleading. Culture shapes law, but so too does law shape culture. The law both reflects our values and teaches values—especially to younger generations. The better metaphor, I think, is that of two coasts connected by a tide, that comes in and out, that picks up and drops off on the shorelines. Law and culture reinforce each other, either for or against human dignity and human flourishing.”

  • Posted: 01/19/2015
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blog.acton.org

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Angst about religious liberty in America

Supreme Court to hear marriage challenge: How should Christians respond?

What Newsweek doesn’t get about the Bible

    First Things: Newsweek, in an article by Kurt Eichenwald, says that Christians who regard homosexual practice as sin (or who—horror!—favor prayer in public school) “are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians,” “hypocrites,” “Biblical illiterates,” “fundamentalists and political opportunists,” and “Pharisees.” To support his slurs, Eichenwald first tries to undermine reliance on Scripture as a supreme authority for moral discernment and then to show how Christians, oblivious to the problems with biblical inspiration, ignore its clear teaching.

  • Posted: 01/16/2015
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon

Kelly Clarkson’s new song featuring her baby’s prenatal heartbeat debuts as heartbeat cases are heard in court

NYT same-sex marriage advocate claims ‘live and let live,’ but wants gov’t coercion, Ryan Anderson argues

On Frank Bruni’s sincerely held beliefs

Newsweek’s assault on Bible-believing Christians: A response

    The Good Book Blog: Newsweek decided to begin the New Year by attacking people who hold a high view of Scripture. (“The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin,” by Kurt Eichenwald, January 2-9 issue.) Their lead article on the Bible contains so many untrue or partially true assertions that it seemed to me that some sort of concise and readable response needed to be offered. But it would, literally, require a book-length critique to adequately address all the mischaracterizations, factual mistakes, and suggestive statements propounded in this single article. So I have decided to simply read through the article, select an occasional assertion from the article that needs a response, and try to offer a straightforward and hopefully fair response. None of these responses should be taken by a reader as sarcastic; my goal has been to offer sober-minded responses to particular assertions in an article that is full of inaccuracies.

  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thegoodbookblog.com

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“Religious liberty” is now a right-wing “dog whistle”

Frank Bruni vs. religious liberty

    National Review: Frank Bruni writes that many Americans wrongly treat him as a threat to religious liberty because he is gay. The trouble is that he is a threat to religious liberty. It’s not because he’s gay. It’s because he is one of those contemporary liberals who has a conception of religious liberty that is illiberal and narrow, especially compared to the historic American practice. His op-ed makes the point abundantly clear, even as he insists that taking a broader view of religious freedom is a sign of “extremism.”

  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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The mission creep of dignity

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

Women of mockery

Should pastors stop signing civil marriage certificates?

Family and ‘The Vanishing Neighbor’

    Family Studies: Shifting family structures and the transformation of American community life are typically engaged separately, the assumption being that the thesis of Bowling Alone doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s changing family patterns. And there are many ways in which what goes on between neighbors, within volunteer associations, and through other social networks don’t touch the more enduring bonds within families, which have roots and dynamics internal to themselves. But reading Marc Dunkelman’s updated take on precisely how American community has changed in his 2014 book, The Vanishing Neighbor, I was prompted to ask how the social shifts he observes might be putting the family in a more fluid and uncertain place in the hierarchy of relationships Americans, and particularly young adults, engage today.

  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Improving the case for marriage

Mother threatened with child abuse charges for showing pro-life film to her kids

People who talk openly about religious beliefs at work are happier on the job, study says

Same-sex marriage prompts call for clergy to shun civil ceremonies

Free speech’s shrinking circle of friends

On the liberal marriage hypothesis

    The New York Times: The theory that the falling divorce rate (among other indicators) among college-educated Americans is evidence that marriage has been successfully reinvented in the wake of the sexual revolution; that progressive ideas — the acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation, an egalitarian vision of gender roles in parenting and breadwinning, a stronger emphasis on romantic compatibility and personal fulfillment — have basically been responsible for that reinvention; and that the main cultural force (setting aside economics) preventing working class Americans from embracing this successful reinvention is the unfortunate persistence of traditionalist norms and attitudes about sex and gender roles.

  • Posted: 12/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: douthat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Rick Santorum: ‘We need to wake up the church’ to confront abortion

Study: Men who use porn are less likely to get married, may be contributing to decline in marriage in the US

Duggar family wins, TLC won’t cancel “19 Kids and Counting” after petition complains

Russell Moore on Vatican trip: World’s religious leaders optimistic about their fight against the sexual revolution

God’s Defense Attorney

I learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice

Same-sex weddings and the shopkeeper’s dilemma

How the American family has changed dramatically

    Time: Modern marriage presents something of a conundrum for sociologists. The benefits of marriage have been widely studied; they include better health, better finances and a leg up for children raised in a stable environment. Some studies have even suggested that the legally wed have more sex. Marriage is an attractive enough proposition that people have marched and protested to allow a new subset of people to have access to it. Yet marriage rates are in decline.

  • Posted: 12/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: time.com

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Divorce rates may not be as high as you think

Why not same-sex marriage

Problems with your boss? Try a chat with the office chaplain

Moms and dads, don’t fear your princesses

It’s not just the economy devastating working-class families

Wheaton’s “gay celibate Christian”

Australian ‘Grand Theft Auto’ fans seek to ban Bible after game banned in stores

Pope Francis: Same-sex marriage not topic at Vatican Synod, rather how to support families facing the issue at home

The case for religious freedom

Why Christians care about sex

The divorce of church and state in marriage?

The good-enough marriage

We lost our TV show, but is much more at stake?

What’s stopping young adults from forming stable families, part 2

Real Madrid lose Christian cross from club crest to appease Abu Dhabi bank

Befriend those who disagree: tips for pro-lifers

A look at ‘Justice Scalia’ on the small screen

1 in 3 Americans want a divorce between clergy and civil marriages

What it means to listen: Free speech from the perspective of the Abrahamic religions

Time to rend marriage? 1 in 4 pastors agree with First Things petition

The 1950′s, principled pluralism, and the future of America

Should religious and civil marriage be separate? (video)

The Marriage Pledge – Its relevance in Europe

A chronology of (mostly) my comments on ecclesiastical cooperation with civil marriage

Distinguish civil marriage from sacramental? Of course. Divide them? No!

Truth be told: Two clear voices amid the growing din

Separating civil and Christian marriage

A legal perspective on ‘The Marriage Pledge’

“Not Yet”: A response to ‘The Marriage Pledge’

Defenders of the family are not as warm and fuzzy as you think

    Aleteia: Last week I was privileged to attend the Humanum Colloquium held at the Vatican, and about which I wrote in advance with optimism regarding the use of new visual arts to convey old truths. Now, with the colloquium behind me, I find myself thinking about the lasting contributions of this international gathering. And it strikes me today that perhaps one of the most important things was an attempt to frame the current international debate about marriage in terms of the humanity owed to the innocent.

  • Posted: 11/25/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.aleteia.org

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