On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: A Public Discourse Symposium | Ryan T. Anderson at Public Disourse

“Russia Moves To Enact Anti-gay Law Nationwide”

1 in 3 Illinoisans lives in or near poverty level: report

America’s Exodus from Marriage

“Church teaching on homosexuality ‘is like justifying slavery’, says evangelical leader”

U.S. feels like 1973 with hot abortion issue

Judge Weighs Blocking San Francisco’s Nudity Ban

We Must Preserve the Founders’ Classical Vision for Our Nation’s Capital

Vatican official fears ‘moral relativism’ becoming European legal norm

“What If SCOTUS Says ‘No’ to Same-Sex Marriage?” | Nathaniel Zelinsky at Huffington Post

“As ‘Roe v. Wade’ turns 40, most oppose reversing abortion ruling” | Reuters

Charities Worry New Tax Law Will Reduce Donations

Black pro-life leaders developing new strategy to reach black community

Destructive secular intolerance | Ed Stetzer at Baptist Press

The Puzzle of Religious Liberty

America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution

“More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why?” | NPR

    NPR (includes audio): One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion. NPR Morning Edition co-host David Greene wanted to understand why, so he gathered a roundtable of young people . . .


  • Posted: 01/15/2013
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“Gay-marriage supporters take aim at the South”

Congress has a Constitution problem — many don’t understand document

Why Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate | Albert Mohler

    Albert Mohler: But, do politicians bear all the blame? Not hardly. The public has an insatiable appetite for pseudo-events and a horrified aversion to the truth. Why? We are approaching the point that voters will not deal with the issue because it will cost them their entitlements. They will be glad for their children and grandchildren to pay the catastrophic debt. As Brooks explains: “Ultimately, we should blame the American voters. The average Medicare couple pays $109,000 into the program and gets $343,000 in benefits out, according to the Urban Institute. This is $234,000 in free money. Many voters have decided they like spending a lot on themselves and pushing costs onto their children and grandchildren.


  • Posted: 01/14/2013
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National Cathedral’s same-sex marriage decision renews old debate, but doesn’t end it

Diane Abbott: feminism partly to blame for family breakdown

Generation LGBTQIA

    NY Times: If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation . . . The emerging rubric is “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.,” which stands for different things, depending on whom you ask.
    “Q” can mean “questioning” or “queer,” an umbrella term itself, formerly derogatory before it was appropriated by gay activists in the 1990s. “I” is for “intersex,” someone whose anatomy is not exclusively male or female. And “A” stands for “ally” (a friend of the cause) or “asexual,” characterized by the absence of sexual attraction.


  • Posted: 01/14/2013
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GOP lawmaker slams federal grant to ‘introduce Muslim cultures to Americans’

Live Stream: What is Marriage? – Man and Woman: A Defense

The Other America Is Still There | Robert Knight at Townhall

    Robert Knight at Townhall: I want to switch gears here from politics to culture, because culture drives politics. Despite the flood of bad news, including 47 million people on food stamps amid a growing underclass, there’s a whole other America out there, swimming under the polluted media like a whale under a stormy sea. You know it’s there because a dorsal fin surfaces from time to time.


  • Posted: 01/08/2013
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Sneering Social Constructionists | Mark Bauerlein at Public Discourse

The Language of Life | Gary Bauer at Human Events

    Gary Bauer at Human Events: More and more political analysts and weak-kneed politicians are advising the historically pro-life Republican Party to abandon its pro-life stance for political gain. My first response is that if you cannot trust a party on the value of defending human life, how can you trust it on issues like marginal tax rates. Still, consider this: A common but bogus attack on the GOP is that it rejects science. Notice I said bogus. Isn’t it ironic that just as science is proving the humanity of the unborn child some in the party of Lincoln are tempted to abandon the most defenseless Americans of all?


  • Posted: 01/07/2013
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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UK: Girl Guides consider dropping ‘God’ from promise

The number of US children living in single-parent homes has nearly doubled in 50 years: Census data

Normalizing Pedophilia

Social Security: It’s Worse Than You Think

“GOP split as gay marriage goes mainstream” | San Francisco Chronicle

“Church of England rules gay men in civil partnerships can become bishops”

On religion, Capitol freshmen are more diverse than their incumbent colleagues

“Study: Catholic, Protestant Support for In-School Prayer Falls: Evangelical Support of the Practice Remains Strong” | U.S. News and World Report

Same-Sex Marriage and Social Change: Exceeding the Speed of Thought | Matthew J. Frank at Public Discourse

This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism | Maggie Gallagher at Townhall

    Maggie Gallagher at Townhall: But we need, as well, a next generation of culture creators, of storytellers, with the credentials to name reality: empirical social scientists, novelists, poets, preachers and filmmakers. We need donors to invest in building the networks and communities through which such voices are born, flourish and give meaning to the lives of millions. The future belongs to those of us with enough hope to rebuild on the ashes of optimism, a new American civilization — uniting sex, love, babies, mothers and fathers in this thing called marriage.


  • Posted: 01/04/2013
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Round 1: Marriage redefinition bill fails to get enough support in Illinois Senate

Getting the 60 Percent Married: Renewing Marriage in Middle America

    National Review: About 60 percent of Americans have a high-school diploma but not a degree from a four-year college. Forty-four percent of their children are born outside of marriage. This finding is the focus of “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” the fruit of the annual “State of Our Unions” report compiled by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values.


  • Posted: 01/03/2013
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NC: Church rallies for prayer in public schools

UK: “Extremism unchecked in Muslim schools, secret briefing reveals”

Icelandic Girl Fights For Right To Her Own Name

Understanding the definition of marriage: An interview with Robert George

Schools Already Experience (Un)intended Consequences of Attempts to Redefine Marriage

The Supreme Court has Agreed to Hear Two Cases on Marriage. What Does This Mean for You and Your Church?

Law Follows Culture: A Few Year-End Observations | Greg Baylor at Speak Up Movement

    Greg Baylor at the Speak Up Movement Blog: The Game of Life and Entertainment Weekly are both part of “the culture” that drives and shapes law and politics. And the shifting cultural consensus about homosexual behavior and the definition of marriage has profound consequences for the religious freedom of individuals and organizations. Threats to their freedom don’t come out of the blue; the ongoing attack on marriage didn’t start with the introduction of legislation or the filing of lawsuits designed to alter the legal definition of marriage. And the objective of these efforts is not simply to secure legal approval of homosexual conduct; it is to punish and marginalize those embrace the traditional understanding of marriage and sexual morality. As the EW writer declares, such individuals and organizations are “being shoved into a closet of [their] own.” Indeed. This means that our longstanding national commitment to religious freedom will continue to be severely tested in the coming year, as cultural trends translate into legal and political efforts to push traditional religious believers “into a closet of their own.”


  • Posted: 01/02/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blog.speakupmovement.org

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Matt Drudge Tweets: Abortion Killing 3,500 Babies Every Day

Gallup: 50% Believe America’s Best Years Are Behind Us

Photo of Baby Reaching Out From Womb During C-Section Goes Viral

Absentee Fathers and the Newtown School Shooting

Is International Planned Parenthood Abetting Criminal Activity? | Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond

“A legal defense of donkey sex” | Salon

    Salon: In a court motion, the defense claims that the state law against bestiality deprives 32-year-old Carlos Romero of his “personal liberty and autonomy when it comes to private intimate activities.” But it’s actually not quite as crazy a move as it might seem.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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The Islamization of Germany in 2012

Liberty or Equality: The Modern Imprint of an Ancient Rivalry | Rory Gray at Speak Up Movement

One Nation Under God? | Molly Worthen at the NYT

    Molly Worthen at the New York Times: Alan Sears, president of the legal advocacy organization Alliance Defending Freedom, sees an unprecedented threat to religious liberty in the harsh fines facing employers who refuse to cover contraception in their insurance programs. “It is a death penalty. It is a radical change,” he told me. “It’s one thing when you’re debating about public space, but it’s another when you say, if you don’t surrender your conscience, you’re out of business.” . . . These legal efforts are less an attempt to redefine religious liberty than a campaign to preserve Christians’ historic right to police the boundary between secular principles and religious beliefs. Only now that conservative Christians have less control over organs of public power, they cannot rely on the political process. Now that the “nones” are declaring themselves, and more Americans — including many Christians — see birth control as a medical necessity rather than a sin, Mr. Sears sees a stark course of action for the Catholic and evangelical business owners he represents: “Litigation is all that our clients have.” Their problem, however, is more fundamental than legal precedent. Their problem is that America’s Christian consensus is fragmenting. We are left groping for something far messier: an evolving, this-worldly, compromise.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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‘Rally Cry’ For Return To God | One News Now

    One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Sharp points out that God is being left out as a solution in the debates about what to do to protect children in schools from another massacre like the one in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th. But that, he says, is exactly the opposite of what this country needs. “We really need to call out for everyone to kind of return to God in times like this, to realize that He is the true source of our strength, our source that descends through so many scriptures — from the psalmist about God is our refuge and the cleft in the rock that hides us in times like this Psalm 18:2; 46:1),” the legal counsel cites.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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When Children Are Killed at Christmastime | Patheos

    Patheos: One of my intentions for Philosophical Fragments — and for the Evangelical Channel at Patheos in general — is to bring together some of the finest examples of evangelical thought leaders engaging the issues in the public square. So I’ve been honored to host excellent guest posts recently from Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, Josh Good of the American Enterprise Institute, Greg Scott of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Andrew Marin of the Marin Foundation, and famed apologist Ravi Zacharias.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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Pope: Rejection of two created genders denies God, undermines human dignity | Text

Yemen: Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

American Dream Fades for Generation Y Professionals

Reviving Marriage in America

    First Things: The FamilyScholars blog is hosting a symposium on marriage this week to mark the release of “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent” (PDF here), a new report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values. The “sixty percent” in the title refers to the roughly three in five Americans who have graduated from high school but not from college—a group whose members are rapidly becoming less likely to marry and more likely to have children outside of marriage, with all the disadvantages those trends imply.


  • Posted: 12/20/2012
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Porn Use and Supporting Same-Sex Marriage | Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse

NH: Judge says girl can remain on boys’ team

BBC told to feature more homosexuals on children’s tv

Un-hitching the middle class | Kathleen Parker at the Washington Post

“The Decline of Evangelical America” | John S. Dickerson at NYT

    John S. Dickerson at the NY Times: I believe the cultural backlash against evangelical Christianity has less to do with our views — many observant Muslims and Jews, for example, also view homosexual sex as wrong, while Catholics have been at the vanguard of the movement to protect the lives of the unborn — and more to do with our posture. The Scripture calls us “aliens and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11), but American evangelicals have not acted with the humility and homesickness of aliens. The proper response to our sexualized and hedonistic culture is not to chastise, but to “conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God” (1 Peter 2:12).


  • Posted: 12/18/2012
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“Poll suggests Ohio voters not likely to back gay marriage” | Toledo Blade

God Suffers With Us | David Limbaugh at Human Events

    David Limbaugh at Human Events: With absolutely no intention of offending adherents of any other faiths, I firmly believe that no other worldview or religion comes close to describing and providing an answer for the human condition and for the evil, pain and suffering in the world. As loving beings, we will never be able to process fully and bear such indescribable pain as the Sandy Hook parents are now experiencing. But the God of the Cross provides us authentic hope and refuge, because unlike any other gods ever contemplated by the mind of man, the God of the Bible suffers right along with us and, because of His superior capacity for love, to a degree immeasurably greater than even we experience.


  • Posted: 12/18/2012
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“Gay students increasingly vocal at evangelical colleges” | Inside Higher Ed

Islam: Fastest-Growing Religion in Britain

‘Bigger Than Life’ Christian Radio Personality Frank Pastore Dies

Rep. Schwartz: ‘Respect for Life’ Means ‘Different Things to Different People’

Marriage culture called key to stable middle class

    Washington Times: The disappearance of marriage in “middle America” is tracking with the disappearance of the middle class in the same communities, and “strikes at the very heart of the American Dream,” scholars Elizabeth Marquardt, David Blankenhorn, Robert I. Lerman, Linda Malone-Colon and W. Bradford Wilcox said in a paper released Sunday. They offer 10 recommendations to President Obama and other policymakers to renew a marriage culture.


  • Posted: 12/17/2012
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Canada: Faced with ‘feminization,’ churches want to reach men