These Stats Paint the Right Picture | Nathan Cherry at the Engage Family Blog

Who Am I to Judge? The Pope, the Press, and the Predicament | Albert Mohler, Jr.

Return to paganism increasing in England

4 Reasons Being Happily Married Could Make You A Better CEO | Forbes

    Steve Cooper at Forbes: One thing that has been consistent over the years, however, is how beneficial a happy marriage is to a person’s health—including mental, physical, financial and other ways. If you really want to excel in the boardroom, take care of your needs and responsibilities in your own living room first. Here are four reasons that being happily married could make you a better CEO.

  • Posted: 07/31/2013
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U.S. Marriage Rates Keep Declining | Scientific American

U.S. more polarized on abortion; opposition grows in South

Rasmussen: Men Are Still Chief Breadwinners in Most Relationships

Gallup: “In U.S., 52% Back Law to Legalize Gay Marriage in 50 States”

Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism has won over the Supreme Court conservatives

WSJ/NBC Poll: Americans support ban on late term abortions: 44%-37%

Obama celebrates Ramadan: ‘Islam has contributed to the character’ of US

55% See Marriage As Very Important To U.S. Society

Even Democrats Agree | World Magazine

What Must Be Done for the Future of Marriage | Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation

“How Gay Marriage Became Legitimate: A revisionist history of a social revolution” | Richard A. Posner at The New Republic

Sex, money and lies: ‘Culture of Corruption’ boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide

Supreme Court Clerks Ten Years Later

    Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy: As Derek notes, there are some very interesting trends based on ideology, too. Consider the career paths of the 16 who clerked for what we might call the liberal-ish Justices (Stevens, Souter, Breyer and Ginsburg). In my experience, all of the 16 members of that group are identifiably left-of-center. Of the group, 9 of the 16 are academics and 8 of the 9 are at “Top 14″ schools. You see a different path with the 19 who clerked for conservative-ish Justices (Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas). They tended to be a more politically diverse group, with probably about 70% identifiably right-of-center. Of the 19 clerks in that group, only 6 became academics and only 1 of the 6 is at a “Top 14″ school.

  • Posted: 07/24/2013
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“Only 24% of Americans aware that religious freedom is 1st Amendment right”

Mary Ann Glendon and the Structure of Religious Freedom | Richard W. Garnett at Public Discourse

Russian Orthodox leader vows to continue battle against ‘gay propaganda’

For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1

The Last Days of Biglaw

Quinnipiac Poll: “50% of Virginians surveyed back same sex marriage”

Worth Worrying About? Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom | Richard W. Garnett at Commonweal

    Rick Garnett at Commonweal: However, as religious liberty increasingly comes to be seen as something clung to by a few rather than cherished and exercised by many, as religious traditions and teachings start to strike many as the expensive and even dangerous concerns of quirky, alien margin-dwellers, and as the “benefits” of allowing religious believers’ objections or religious institutions’ independence to stand in the way of the majority’s preferred policies begin to look more like extractions by small special-interest groups than broadly shared public goods, we should expect increasing doubts about whether religious liberty is really “worth it.” We should be concerned that the characterization by the majority in Windsor of DOMA’s purpose and of the motives of the overwhelming and bipartisan majority of legislators that supported it reflects a view that those states—and religious communities—that reject the redefinition of marriage are best regarded as backward and bigoted, unworthy of respect. Such a view is not likely to generate compromise or accommodation and so it poses a serious challenge to religious freedom.

  • Posted: 07/19/2013
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Survey: Do Americans Believe Capitalism and Government are Working?

“Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage” | ABC (AP)

UK: Challenge issues to Archbishop over Lords vote on marriage redefinition

Public schools can be fixed by ending compulsory attendance law

Surprise, surprise! Thoughtful and largely accurate New York Times story on abortion polling

44% Favor Ban on Abortion After 20 Weeks, 41% Oppose

“Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says”

Are Women Wired Sexually Like Men? | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at Huffington Post

“Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage”

Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty | Heritage Foundation

Marriage May Calm a Criminal Impulse in Men

Defining ‘Traditional Marriage,’ Not Redefining It | Sarah Prager at the Huffington Post

Marriage Survey From Reveals Men’s Attitudes On Marriage | Huffington Post

British House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage; Authorizes Study of Humanist Ceremonies

When the Oppressed are Oppressors: The Breakdown of the Black Family

On the Claim that Separation Strengthens Religion

    Marc O. DeGirolami at the Center for Law and Religion Forum: One hears this kind of “fascinating paradox” claim frequently, but what’s much more fascinating is that one hears it from both conservative and progressive quarters. For conservatives it reinforces the myth of special American religious vigor that Americans like to tell themselves is a vital source of their collective civic health. For progressives it represents a distinctively American and putatively “pro-religion” argument for keeping religion as far away from politics as possible. American exceptionalism may be out of favor in elite circles, but this particular strain of it dies hard. The claim is that religion is so vibrant in America only because (or uniquely because) it is so pure, so separate from public institutions.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?

    Christianity Today: According to Mary Eberstadt, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, it has a lot to do with the fact that fewer young people are getting married and having kids. And if they do finally settle down to start a family, it’s much later than it used to be. For Eberstadt, there’s an intrinsic link between faith and family, and the decline of the family in Western society has a lot to do with the shrinking size of our churches. In fact, that’s How the West Really Lost God, as the title of her new book puts it.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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Lila Rose named one of the most influential women under 35 in Washington

BroChoice: Male students say they support abortion for casual sex

France’s same-sex marriage law exposes a deep social divide

Problems of the black underclass are largely cultural | Richard Cohen at Washington Post

“No ‘witchhunt’: New Scout alternative will allow gay scouts, too, but emphasize chastity”

NYT: GOP not extreme on abortion | Joe Scarborough at Politico

Calling and Witness, Holiness and Truth | Ryan T. Anderston at First Things

Sharing Truth in Love | Kathryn Jean Lopez at Patheos

“Demographic Change Amplifying Racial Inequities” | AP

Culture War Has Escalated From Cold To White-hot

On contraception and the coming violence: Interview with Pope’s personal theologian

UK: Most babies born out of marriage by 2016, trend suggests

Vouching for Tolerance at Religious Schools | Jay Greenburg at WSJ

Huffington Post Poll: Americans Ban 20-Week Abortion Ban by 2-1 Margin

3 Things Every Pastor Can Do | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

What must be done for the future of marriage | Ryan T. Anderson at Wash. Examiner

Polygamy, exploitation charges considered in Bountiful case

“PPP poll shows more Iowa voters back same-sex marriage” | Des Moines Register

Dreams delayed or denied, young adults put off parenthood

‘Free Jahar’ Chant As Boston Bombing Suspect Heads To Court

Salem Radio Network To Air ‘Culture Wars’ Initiative In August |

SRN to Create Dialogue On America’s Culture Wars

The Multilateralist Blog Interview on How American Conservatives See the UN Today

“Gay Rights Likely to Be ‘Major Part’ of Kennedy’s Legacy”

Video: Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, delivers forceful speech for freedom

Poll: Abortion Support at Lowest Point in Three Years, Pro-Life at Highest

Exclusive: Father Pavone Says Pro-Lifers Need to “Take Risks, Show Courage”

    LifeNews: LifeNews: What is the most important thing the pro-life movement should be doing? Fr. Pavone: Taking more risks. One of the things that slows down our progress is when we see what we have to do, but we hesitate, we calculate, and we don’t risk. A lot of times when people say ‘I wish I knew what to do next’ –whether we’re talking about an individual, a group, or a church– most of the time they already know. What they’re really saying is ‘I think I need the courage to do it.’

  • Posted: 07/09/2013
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Islam’s great challenge to Christian evangelism | Albert Mohler, Jr. at Baptist Press

    Albert Mohler, Jr. at Baptist Press: I criticize President Obama not for stating that America is not at war with Islam but for failing to be honest in clarifying that we do face a great civilizational challenge in Islam. Islam is, in effect, the single most vital competitor to Western ideals of civilization on the world scene. The logic of Islam is to bring every square inch of this planet under submission to the rule of the Quran. Classical Islam divides the world into the “World of Islam” and the “World of War.” In this latter world the struggle to bring society under submission to the Quran is still ongoing.

  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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Moore: Church’s views ‘seem freakish’ to culture

“America’s Change of Mind on Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights” | Barna Group

“Homosexuality and the pews: Seven signs influencing congregational acceptance of gays and lesbians” | ARDA

    Association of Religion Data Archives: But until recently, there had been relatively little research on the responses of religious communities. New studies by researchers such as Andrew Whitehead, reported in the latest issue of the Review of Religious Research, and Gary Adler, who shared his findings in the journal Social Problems, are providing insights into which congregations are more likely to be welcoming to gays and lesbians, and what this means for the future. The studies analyze data from the 2006-2007 National Congregations Study, which asked a series of questions about how welcoming communities are to gays and lesbians in committed relationships. Some key indicators of congregational attitudes emerged . . .

  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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