Scotland: Kirk commission publishes civil partnership liturgy

Survivors of Abortion Now Saving Other Babies From Abortions

A Boy’s Life with Unisex Scouts | Anthony Esolen at Public Discourse

Anglican school where 75% of the pupils are Muslim drops Christian hymns from assemblies

BSA Executive Committee’s decision on resolution caves under the guise of compromise | Alliance Defending Freedom

The Boy Scouts’ Ill-Considered Proposal to Revise Its Membership Policy on Homosexuals | Ed Whelan at NRO

“Boy Scouts’ proposal says it’s OK to be gay–until you’re 18″ | MSNBC

    Emma Margolin at MSNBC: In a controversial resolution released on Friday, the group proposed lifting its ban on gay scouts–a significant shift in policy for one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth development institutions–while still maintaining its current position excluding gay adults as potential leaders. If approved, the policy would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.


  • Posted: 04/22/2013
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Female Education Has Completely Changed Marriage In America

Is Gay Marriage a Moral Issue or a Civil Liberties Issue? – Pt. 3 | Os Hillman at Christian Post

    Os Hillman at Christian Post: The battle for the family is heating up with one of the most important issues that could cause a huge tipping point in culture-the redefining of marriage by the Supreme Court. This is part 3 of a 4 part series on the topic of gay marriage. In this segment we look at how the failure of Christian marriages and how it has contributed to the issue of the rising gay community and the agenda of the gay community.
    Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-gay-marriage-a-moral-issue-or-a-civil-liberties-issue-pt-3-94431/#sfwrzD6dg26Almep.99


  • Posted: 04/22/2013
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“Boy Scout Leaders Propose Incoherent Policy On Gay Scouts” | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

    Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: A faction in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) just proposed a resolution to change BSA’s longstanding policy regarding openly homosexual behavior, one that will subject them to crippling lawsuits and cannot possibly survive over time. Regardless of where a person stands on the question of whether there should be open and avowed homosexuals in the Boy Scouts, this policy doesn’t make sense either way.


  • Posted: 04/22/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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Some 50,000 protest marriage redefinition in France

Mormon Parenting: The conjugal and revisionist views of marriage

“Sex After Christianity: Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.” | Rod Dreher at The American Conservative

    Rod Dreher at The American Conservative: It seems that when people decide that historically normative Christianity is wrong about sex, they typically don’t find a church that endorses their liberal views. They quit going to church altogether. This raises a critically important question: is sex the linchpin of Christian cultural order? Is it really the case that to cast off Christian teaching on sex and sexuality is to remove the factor that gives—or gave—Christianity its power as a social force? . . . Our post-Christian culture, then, is an “anti-culture.” We are compelled by the logic of modernity and the myth of individual freedom to continue tearing away the last vestiges of the old order, convinced that true happiness and harmony will be ours once all limits have been nullified.


  • Posted: 04/19/2013
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  • Source: www.theamericanconservative.com

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An economy that’s tearing our society apart

    Robert J. Samuelson at Washington Post: It’s hard to overstate the breakdown of marriage and the rise of single-parent families. Consider out-of-wedlock births. In 1980, about 18 percent of births were to unmarried women; by 2009, the proportion was 41 percent. Among whites, the increase was from 11 percent to 36 percent; among African Americans, from 56 percent to 72 percent; among Hispanics, from 37 percent (1990) to 53 percent. Or look at the share of children living with two parents. Since 1970, that’s dropped from 82 percent to 63 percent. Among whites, the decline is from 87 percent to 73 percent; among African Americans, from 57 percent to 31 percent; among Hispanics, from 78 percent to 57 percent. Just what caused these changes remains controversial.


  • Posted: 04/19/2013
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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AT&T chief ‘playing both sides’ in Scout controversy

    WorldNetDaily: Ties to a corporate world that has largely accommodated the gay-rights agenda have brought the Scouts to the point of voting on whether they should abandon their century-old policy of forbidding members who openly declare they are homosexual, argues Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association. Sharp’s group is mobilizing supporters to urge Boy Scouts executive board member Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T, to resign.


  • Posted: 04/19/2013
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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“Gay marriage: church leaders at odds with opinion in the pews, study suggests”

Christians on Leadership, Calling and Career | Barna Group

    Barna Group: But that also makes it difficult to define. Leadership is one of those “if you see it, you know it” kind of qualities. It’s something Americans clearly value, all the way from their immediate employer to their minister to their president. And, according to a new survey conducted by the Barna Group, more than eight in ten (82%) Christian adults believe the United States is facing a crisis of leadership because there aren’t enough leaders. What do people value in a leader? What is the Christian perspective of leadership? And is the younger generation looking for a different type of leader?


  • Posted: 04/18/2013
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Hidden implications and roots of the clash between natural law, “natural rights,” the rise of so-called “same sex marriage”

Boy Scouts Beware: If You Don’t Stand for Something | David Cortman at Townhall

Rasmussen: 71% Think Pop Culture Encourages Sexual Activity Among the Young

Three important perspectives on same-sex marriage | Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture

    Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture: During the 1960s the American understanding of marriage was radically altered by the public acceptance of divorce and contraception. Once divorce became socially acceptable, it was no longer possible to assume that any given marriage involved a permanent bond. Once contraception became the norm, it was no longer possible to assume that a marriage was likely to produce children. Permanence and fecundity are the two legs on which the institution of marriage stood; now they were gone. Today a typical American union is a 3-step process.


  • Posted: 04/17/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.catholicculture.org

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“Commentator: People forced to agree with gay marriage”

Thousands of young people protest French fast track on marriage redefinition

“What Few Deny Gay Marriage Will Do” | Robert P. George at Public Discourse

Religion: A Public or a Private Right?

Out-of-Wedlock Births in Michigan: Everyone Pays a Price

    CitizenLink is proud to work with the Michigan Family Forum and other organizations across the country to stand for marriage, life and religious freedom. Summary: A woman’s marital status at the time of her pregnancy is a significant factor in putting her child at risk. Nearly two-thirds of out-of-wedlock births and many of the subsequent health problems are paid for with public funds. Furthermore, unmarried mothers are more likely to depend on public assistance years after the child is born. While most out-of-wedlock pregnancies are unintended and to young women, a surprising number are intentionally conceived.


  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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French cardinal warns coerced redefinition of marriage is sign of societal disintegration and risks violence

The Family Economy in Crisis: The Time for Reform Is Now

    Kevin Swanson at Vision Forum Ministries: What do you do with a society where the young 30-year-old men are playing computer games, and the 65-year-old men are playing golf? What happens to a society where there are far more retirees than Generation Y’s in the work force, especially if the social security system is nearing bankruptcy? This is where we are today, and the economic situation is dire. Unless we change the way we educate, the way we do our economics, and the way we integrate our families, I tremble to think of what will happen in the upcoming decades. Now is the time to redefine a biblical economy based upon the re-integration of the family.


  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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  • Source: www.visionforumministries.org

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The Media After Gosnell | John Fund at NRO

Will Kermit Gosnell change the abortion debate? | Washington Post

From Roe to Gosnell: The Case for Regime Change on Abortion | James Taranto at WSJ

    James Taranto at Wall Street Journal: What accounts for the media’s lack of interest in a trial that not only is sensational but implicates the most divisive social and political issue in America? PJMedia.com’s Roger L. Simon has the answer: “The trial of Dr. Gosnell is a potential time bomb exploding in the conventional liberal narrative on abortion itself.” . . . The reductio ad absurdum of the pro-abortion side is Kermit Gosnell. That is why the Gosnell case has crystallized our view that the current regime of abortion on demand in America is a grave evil that ought to be abolished.


  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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To Whom Do Children Belong? | Melissa Moschella at Public Discourse

They exist: millennials opposed to gay marriage | Baptist Press

    Baptist Press also posted at Townhall: Now that the future of marriage is center stage, Kellie Fiedorek hopes that the Supreme Court does not offer a radical ruling that cuts short the debate. A lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, Fiedorek, 29, sat in the courtroom as the justices heard the arguments. She’s been to seven states this year testifying before legislatures about the ways redefining marriage would interfere with religious freedom. She’s learned that many citizens have never had to think about the meaning of marriage and why it matters. Now that people are alert, social conservatives have the opportunity to make their case to a young generation that has both rallied for life and dealt with the aftereffects of divorce. “I think that, as more young people engage in the issue, we will see more of them eager to defend marriage, recognizing how important it is to parents and children,” Fiedorek said.


  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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NBC/WSJ Poll: “Latinos move in favor of gay marriage”

Part II–Self-Governing Individuals Are Necessary for a Self-Governing Society

    Diane Rufino at Beaufort Observer: What exactly do we mean by “Our Christian Heritage”? We certainly don’t refer to it as a way to suggest that Christianity be the official religion of the United States. We have the First Amendment to protect us from the establishment of any one religion, so that our religious conscience is free from the coercion or criticism of other religions (or non-religion) and no one is forced to support an offensive religion with their tax dollars . . . Michael and Jana Novak, “Washington’s Providence,” Alliance Defending Freedom. Referenced at: http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/Faith-and-Justice/5-3/Opinion


  • Posted: 04/15/2013
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UK: Muslim Council attacks Gove’s proposed history curriculum

Same-Sex Marriage Fever: Prohibition Parallels | Doug Mainwaring at Public Discourse

    Doug Mainwaring at Public Discourse: Our recent juridical and legislative history is rife with assaults on the rights and needs of children, always trumped in favor of selfish adults. No more. I am confident that the naked overreach of the media and progressive activists on this issue will invite a voter backlash that will either meet or exceed the same-sex marriage movement’s achievements, leading to a thorough rethinking of Roe v. Wade, no-fault divorce, and our debilitating, anti-family, anti-father welfare state.


  • Posted: 04/15/2013
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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“Gay marriage, Democratic leaders and the rush to follow”

African-American Clergy Coalition speaks out on marriage

    Ruth Institute: Truth is, African American pastors have been engaged in the real civil rights battle for decades, fighting to end violence and respect human dignity in their communities, while largely ignored by the media. Now that their voices are speaking out on the hot button issue of marriage law, they’re getting attention. But some media seemed not to have noticed that the day they gave the story prominence was the anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Oh, the irony.


  • Posted: 04/12/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ruthblog.org

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The marginalization of Christianity | Kelly Boggs at Baptist Press

Black Pastors Go on Radio Opposing Marriage Redefinition

Shocking Photo Shows Empty Media Benches at Kermit Gosnell Trial

    LifeNews: Casey Mattox, an attorney with the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, also noticed the empty benches and responded. “Like many, I’m both not surprised and disgusted by the fact that the bulk of the media continues to ignore the multiple murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist accused of killing a Nepalese immigrant and at least seven infants, born alive and grotesquely murdered with scissors,” he said. “Gosnell’s employees have testified that the babies screamed and flinched when Gosnell and his team snipped their spines to brutally and painfully end their minutes-old lives. Yet, the media deems this not newsworthy. While the first, and perhaps more likely rationale, is that this is exhibit 108 in the ongoing public trial of the media’s integrity on the abortion issue, perhaps there’s another answer. Dog bites man.”


  • Posted: 04/12/2013
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French uproar over dictionary’s marriage definition

“N.H.L. Announces Initiative to Support Gay Athletes”

The Marriage Con

The Pursuit of Happiness, the Pursuit of Virtue, and the Right of Conscience | Bradley Abramson at Townhall

Abortion After Tiller | Justin Dyer at Public Discourse

Memo to Lady Gaga: “Born This Way” Doesn’t Mean “Act This Way” | Daniel Kuebler at Public Discourse

Church of England rejects blessings for same-sex couples

Justice Thomas: Many black communities in decline

Rand Paul: America Needs A “Spiritual Cleansing”

“Rand Paul: Let States Decide on Same-Sex Marriage”

Jim Wallis Now Supports Marriage Redefinition

Columbia Political Science Professor Equates His Incestuous Relationship With Daughter to Homosexual Sex

British Christians fed up with ‘coarse, sneering’ mockery of Christianity

“If Knot Now, When? The Impact of Delayed Marriage Among Twenty-somethings” | Meg McDonnell at Public Discourse

“Why we are losing the gay ‘marriage’ debate (and how we can win)” | John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews

Countercultural warriors | World Magazine

    World Magazine: Now that the future of marriage is center stage, Kellie Fiedorek hopes that the Supreme Court does not offer a radical ruling that cuts short the debate. A lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, Fiedorek, 29, sat in the courtroom as the justices heard the arguments. She’s been to seven states this year testifying before legislatures about the ways redefining marriage would interfere with religious freedom. She’s learned that many citizens have never had to think about the meaning of marriage and why it matters. Now that people are alert, social conservatives have the opportunity to make their case to a young generation that has both rallied for life and dealt with the aftereffects of divorce. “I think that, as more young people engage in the issue, we will see more of them eager to defend marriage, recognizing how important it is to parents and children,” Fiedorek said.


  • Posted: 04/08/2013
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  • Source: www.worldmag.com

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Newt Gingrich: GOP will be ‘torn’ over same-sex marriage

Black lawmakers may hold key on marriage in Illinois

Indiana Congressman: “Washington cannot redefine marriage any more than it can govern gravity”

    Indian Congressman Marlin Stutzman has issued this press release that includes this: “Regardless of any ruling, referendum, or law, marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” said Stutzman. “Washington cannot redefine marriage any more than it can govern gravity. As the cornerstone of society throughout history, marriage is a unique institution and the safest environment for raising children. My commitment to marriage is matched by my abiding commitment to the civil rights of all individuals—every American must be treated with dignity and respect. However, marriage is neither a civil right nor a political platform . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/04/2013
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Many Young Women Live With Men First, Marry Later | AP

Marriage, Procreation and Historical Amnesia | Ross Douthat at NY Times

Can The Supreme Court Alter Reality? | Chris Adamo

“What atheists can learn from the gay rights movement” | Herb Silverman of Secular Coalition at Washington Post

Now, let’s get straight on marriage | David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch at NY Daily News

A ‘gray divorce’ boom | Susan L. Brown at LA Times

    Susan L. Brown at LA Times: The Beatles sang ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?’ When it comes to marriage, many baby boomers are saying ‘no.’ . . . Until recently, it would have been fair to say that older people simply did not get divorced. Fewer than 10% of those who got divorced in 1990 were ages 50 or older. Today, 1 in 4 people getting divorced is in this age group.


  • Posted: 04/03/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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What feminism has come to | S.E. Cupp at NY Daily Post

    S.E. Cupp at NY Daily Post: When Susan Patton wrote a letter to The Daily Princetonian last week, she probably had no concept of the controversy it would create. What she later described as merely “some good advice from a Jewish mother” has earned her the scorn of feminists everywhere. Why? Because in 2013, you’re not supposed to talk to modern young women at an elite liberal university about the value of getting married.


  • Posted: 04/03/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Tens of Thousands Baptized Catholics on Easter Sunday in Mainland China

Two more female Marines flunk infantry officers training

Falling Fertility Rates

U.S. poverty levels spike to highest since 1960s

Russian Orthodox Church urges Anglicans not to support female bishops, same-sex marriage