The Only Thing Inevitable About Same-Sex “Marriage” is that It’s Not Inevitable | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

Census: UK Getting Less Religious, More Diverse

Marriage Matters | Ryan T. Anderson at Ricochet

    Ryan Anderson at Ricochet: Same-sex relationships weren’t on anyone’s radar. (It may be hard to remember, but until just recently same-sex marriage was inconceivable to almost everyone.) The marriage movement leaders’ concern, like that of today’s leading conservative scholars and activists, was much broader . . . The question of whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships didn’t take center stage until 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court claimed to find a constitutional right to it.


  • Posted: 12/11/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ricochet.com

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Not Dead Yet

    Ryan T. Anderson and Andrew T. Walker at National Review: Regardless of what Will might imagine, support for marriage isn’t a relic of the past. A careful look at the polls reveals complex and dynamic trends. But how those polls change over time will depend on human choice, not blind historical forces. The right question is not what will happen, but what we should do. Would George Will give up market economies if polls showed an “emerging consensus” in favor of socialism? We think not.


  • Posted: 12/11/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Merck Foundation Stops Giving To Boy Scouts

Pakistanis demand for Islamic system in country

Single Belles, Single All the Way: The marriage gap is a problem we can’t afford to ignore. | Mona Charen at NRO

Divorce: A Widely Ignored Self-Inflicted Tragedy

    Stephen M. Krason at Crisis Magazine: How can one talk about changing the libertarian divorce laws—much less the divorce culture—in the Age of Obama, when the national administration and the ruling political party is pushing the most permissive sexual and family agenda in American history? There is no place to work from but the ground up, and we should always keep in mind that the bright future of new historical ages is often fashioned in the throes of a troubled and declining socio-cultural era.


  • Posted: 12/07/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.crisismagazine.com

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“Mormon Church Wants More Compassion For Gays” | AP

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore? Understanding the rapid decline

Transgenders break into Brazil’s modeling sector

The Crisis of American Self-Government

    Sohrab Ahmari at Wall Street Journal: So is it still possible to pull back from the brink of America’s Europeanization? Mr. Mansfield is optimistic. “The material for recovery is there,” he says. “Ambition, for one thing. I teach at a university where all the students are ambitious. They all want to do something with their lives.” That is in contrast to students he has met in Europe, where “it was depressing to see young people with small ambitions, very cultivated and intelligent people so stunted.” He adds with a smile: “Our other main resource is the Constitution.”


  • Posted: 12/05/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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“Why the Sexist Marriage Proposal Won’t Go Away” | Amanda Marcotte at Slate

    Amanda Marcotte at Slate: Given the choice between two stereotypes—the passive princess whose charm and beauty brings a man to one knee or an insecure needball who nagged a reluctant man into marriage—women will pick the former every time. In order to change that, we’d have to dramatically restructure our cultural understanding of gender and romance, away from stereotypes of promiscuous men who love only reluctantly and overeager women who just want to put a ring on it.


  • Posted: 12/05/2012
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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“Poll: Attitudes toward gays changing fast” | USA Today

Rasmussen: 46% Favor Allowing Religious Exemption for Contraceptive Mandate, 41% Oppose

Testing: Lawyers have cornered the Justices on marriage | Tom Goldstein at SCOTUS Blog

Wisconsin Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad Of Nine (With Six Women) To Stop Procreating

They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On Customers

Contraception and Women’s Wellbeing: NFP, Disillusionment, and the Poor | Helen Alvare at Public Discourse

“Illinois poll of Hispanics finds agreement with GOP on guns, gays, abortion”

The Deepest Source of Our Troubles

    Paul. A. Rahe at Ricochet: The heart of the matter is this. As a people — thanks in part to our astonishing prosperity, thanks in part to technological change, and thanks in part to the ordinary human propensity for self-indulgence — we have abandoned the notion that impulse-control is a thing both good and necessary, and we have abandoned it in a sphere that is fundamental. We are creatures of habit. In the absence of sexual self-control, there is apt to be very little self-control of any kind.


  • Posted: 12/04/2012
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  • Source: www.ricochet.com

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British Scouts Consider Change To Let Atheists In

George Will: Closing of the American Mind

The GOP’s Weakest Leg | Gary Bauer at Human Events

More Babies, Please: The Birthrate and America’s Future | Ross Douthat at NYT

Rasmussen: 7 of 10 Americans prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ over ‘Happy Holidays’

“West Point Cadet Chapel Hosts First Same-Sex Wedding”

I’m Socially Conservative, in College, and Need a Party

UK: Marriage breakdown is key cause of social decline

Republicans Shouldn’t Abandon the Pro-Life Movement | Kathleen Hunker at the Bell Towers

After the Crack-Up: Conservatives need to support their arguments with creative storytelling.

Church of England urged urgently to revive female bishops plan

Homeschooling: Freedom’s Last Stand

ACLU Files Brief in Support of City of Philadelphia in Boy Scouts Lawsuit

Four-D Ultrasounds Show Videos of Unborn Children | Steven H. Aden at American Thinker

Why the Battle for Family Must Go On | Alan Sears at Townhall

GOP debates stance on abortion as it looks to expand its voting base

“Rick Warren on Gay Marriage: ‘Tolerance Does Not Mean Approval’”

Lesbian Republicans are raising their profiles

Forget the Gender Gap, America Has a Fertility Voting Gap

Gays Against Nudity | William Saletan at Slate

Supermarkets call for longer Sunday trading at Christmas

Defining Marriage: Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object?

Redefining Marriage Sign of a Lost Society | Star Parker at Townhall

Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects: A majority of Americans call themselves pro-life. So now is a good time to dump them? | Ralph Reed at WSJ

    Ralph Reed at Wall Street Journal (access via Google): Republicans have now lost four of the six presidential elections since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. A season of soul-searching will be healthy, and it is needed to retool and rebrand the party.Yet despite the stinging defeat and a post-electoral narrative that suggests otherwise, Republicans need not abandon their principles. They must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. The media trope that the Grand Old Party resembles a Star Wars bar scene of theocrats and religious zealots has by now become a cliché . . .


  • Posted: 11/26/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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The Future of Marriage: Why “The Inevitable” Is Not Inevitable

Are Charters Enough Choice? School Choice and the Future of Catholic Schools | Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper

    Garnett, Nicole Stelle, Are Charters Enough Choice? School Choice and the Future of Catholic Schools (January 19, 2012). Notre Dame Law Review, 2012; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 12-50. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1988467

    This contribution to a Notre Dame Law Review symposium on “Law and Educational Innovation” critiques the oft-repeated assertion that private-school-choice programs, such as tuition vouchers or tax credits, are unnecessary because charter schools provide sufficient educational choices. Arguing that policy makers have failed to come to terms with the profound, unfortunate consequences of Catholic schools’ rapid disappearance from urban neighborhoods, the essay builds a case for a shift in education policy that embraces both charter schools and private-school-choice mechanisms.


  • Posted: 11/26/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost | William Becker, Jr. at American Thinker

The Wisdom of Upholding Tradition | Sherif Girgis, Ryand T. Anderson and Robert P. George at WSJ

    For all these reasons, conservatives would be ill-advised to abandon support for conjugal marriage even if it hadn’t won more support than Mitt Romney in every state where marriage was on the ballot. They certainly shouldn’t be duped into surrender by the circular argument that they’ve already lost. The ash-heap of history is filled with “inevitabilities.” Conservatives—triumphant against once-unstoppable social tides like Marxism—should know this best. “History” has no mind. The future isn’t fixed. It’s chosen. The Supreme Court should let the people choose; and we should choose marriage, conjugal marriage.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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“Religion: A proposal for churches to cut ties to civil marriages” | Scripps Howard News

Advocates of marriage redefinition target Catholic tithing

Raising the bar of LGBT inclusion within the Jewish world | Washington Post

    Chad Griffin and Lynn Schusterman at the Washington Post: And yet, too often we turn a blind eye on faith communities that are neglecting these values. The dissonance is acutely felt among our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends, family members and colleagues, who are overwhelmingly less engaged in their faith communities than their heterosexual counterparts because they are unsure of where they are welcome. It is in our power and our interest to work together to change this norm. LGBT equality is the major civil rights issue of our time.


  • Posted: 11/20/2012
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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General Synod Rejects Draft Legislation on Women Bishops | Church of England

The Marriage Debate and the History of Homosexuality | Glenn Stanton at NRO

    Glenn Stanton at National Review Online: And only a few decades ago in certain developed Western nations did it become an identity — something someone was. And this was only after the American Psychiatric Association stopped classifying same-sex attraction as a mental disorder in 1973. Don’t think for a moment that this was done as a result of the careful scientific deliberation of the association. It is commonly known they acquiesced to the rambunctious and constant protest of gay activists. And this brings us to where we are today with the issue: People are just born that way, so accept it. Mark Steyn explains the implications of this social evolution: One can object to and even criminalize an act; one is obligated to be sympathetic toward a condition; but once it’s a fully fledged 24/7 identity, like being Hispanic or Inuit, anything less than wholehearted acceptance gets you marked down as a bigot.


  • Posted: 11/20/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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“Knights’ anti-gay marriage funding sparks petition”

    Boston Globe: A Catholic advocacy group was delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Knights of Columbus that ask the Catholic fraternal organization to stop funding divisive political issues, such as opposing same-sex marriage. Catholics United Education Fund planned to protest Tuesday outside the Knights’ New Haven headquarters.


  • Posted: 11/20/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.boston.com

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Push for Genderless Marriage within GOP is a Red Flag for Free Speech

Oklahoma: Task force told out-of-wedlock births to blame for child poverty

Catholic Fordham University Rejects Pro-Life Speaker, OKs Peter Singer

The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

Church Of England Nears Vote On Female Bishops

Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    Crisis Magazine: The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the “deviant” label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled “Deviant Behavior” at Franciscan University of Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.crisismagazine.com

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Dobson: Where Have GOP Values Gone?

    WorldNetDaily: He noted he and a handful of other conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, Gary Bauer and Gen. William Boykin, had met with the GOP candidate to encourage him to address social issues important to Christians across the nation. “We begged him to deal with eight issues. We listed first the sanctity of life, marriage, religious life, ‘Don’t Ask,’ ENDA, on it went,” Dobson said. “We said we really are not here to jump on you, but evangelicals are not excited about your candidacy, not energized. … You could connect if you’ll even mention these things. “He nodded and he smiled and he was gracious as he always is, and he went out and was silent,” Dobson said.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? | NY Times

    NY Times: Limbaugh echoed a Republican theme that was voiced before and after the election: Barack Obama has unleashed a coalition of Americans “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them” — as Mitt Romney put it in his notorious commentary on the 47 percent. You can find this message almost everywhere on the right side of the spectrum . . . In fact, the 2011 Pew Research Center poll Bennett cites demonstrates that in many respects conservatives are right to be worried:


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com

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Abortion support rising? If so, thank the GOP for aiding and abetting | Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews

Faith on the Hill: 113th Congress Increases in Religious Diversity

“Legalize it! The stark generational divide on pot, gay marriage and illegal immigration”

“Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama” | NY Times

“Report: MN bishop says pro-gay marriage teen can be confirmed when he publicly repudiates position”

Oregon Has Nation’s 1st Lesbian Legislative Leader

NYC churches helping Sandy victims still face eviction | Alliance Defending Freedom

Do elections indicate the death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.

The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

“Evangelicals struggle to stay relevant in Republican politics”

Marriage and Family as Dynamic Process | Amy Ziettlow at Family Scholars

    Amy Ziettlow at Family Scholars: More than a century and a half ago Alexis de Tocqueville made the striking observation that an individualistic society depends on a communitarian institution like the family for its continued existence. The family cannot be constituted like the liberal state, nor can it be governed entirely by that state’s principles. Yet the family serves as the seedbed for the virtues required by a liberal state. The family is responsible for teaching lessons of independence, self-restraint, responsibility, and right conduct, which are essential to a free, democratic society. If the family fails in these tasks, then the entire experiment in democratic self-rule is jeopardized.


  • Posted: 11/14/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: familyscholars.org

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“The Big List of ‘Gayest’ Companies in America”