Poll: 60% of voters back traditional marriage

“The Lincolnian View of Same-Sex Marriage” | Cass Sunstein at Bloomberg

    Cass Sunstein at Bloomberg: When politicians defer to “universal feeling,” they are often self-interested. Knowing that their electoral lives are on the line, they choose to live. Other politicians defer out of humility. Lacking confidence in their own views, they follow the judgments of their constituents. But in this context, Lincoln was being neither self-interested nor humble. Instead he was emphasizing democratic constraints on the achievement of clear moral imperatives. As he went on to say: “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.”


  • Posted: 11/13/2012
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Speaker faces conservative backlash over call for immigration reform

War opens inside GOP over immigration

Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution | Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington

    Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington: It is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification goes in stages which grow in intensity. And hereby the Church, once a respected aspect of American life, along with the Protestant denominations has become increasingly marginalized and hated by many. It may help us to review these stages of persecution since it would seem that things are going to get more difficult for the Church in the years ahead. Generally there are distinguished five basic stages of persecution.


  • Posted: 11/13/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: blog.adw.org

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Christian Right Failed to Sway Voters on Issues | NY Times

What’s Next For Marriage After Tuesday’s Vote? | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby inherits a divided Anglican Communion

Culture Precedes Law and Policy: Be of Good Cheer Pro-Lifers, We Are Winning | Michael J. New at First Things

The prayer of a sex trafficked child: Escaping the abuse

“French RC Church says gay marriage for few, to be imposed on all”

“Democracy and Gay Marriage: Voters are changing as the culture shifts”

    Wall Street Journal (access via Google): The U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act or Prop 8. In the wake of Tuesday’s votes, gay activists are calling for the court to strike down both. The legal merits of those cases are for another editorial. But on the politics, Americans don’t need or want court orders. They’ve shown themselves more than capable of changing their views and the laws on gay marriage the democratic way.


  • Posted: 11/09/2012
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Why Hispanics Don’t Vote for Republicans | Heather Mac Donald at National Review

    Heather MacDonald at National Review: Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election. And California is the wave of the future. A March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds . . .


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Islam Overtaking Catholicism as Dominant Religion in France

Walter Lippmann and the Crisis in Journalism | Ted McCallister at Public Discourse

    Ted McAllister at Public Discourse: We are witnessing, I believe, the collapse of a great modern project. The goal of this project was to form a democratic public, led by the most talented leaders and administered by enlightened public servants, but constituted by a deeply informed, engaged, and public-spirited citizenry. To produce such citizens, journalists served an almost sacred role of supplying all the disparate members of the public with “disinterested” information. Without information and knowledge, democratic deliberations are impossible, and without such deliberations there is no substantive “public,” only congeries of individuals and groups.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Next Archbishop Of Canterbury Announcement Friday

Obam won minority voters: Hispanics 71%, Blacks 93%, Asians 73%

Youth Vote: Obama 60%, Romney 37%

Three Ways of Explaining Defeat | Victor David Hanson

Puerto Ricans vote to become 51st state

Faith And Freedom Endure – Even In The Face Of Some Terrible Storms | Alan Sears

Ky. Voices: Hate-crime trial revealed deep dysfunction

Marriage is any consensual caring relationship, says a feminist philosopher

    Scott Yenor at the Ruth Institute Blog: Elizabeth Brake’s Minimizing Marriage breaks new ground in the contemporary liberal critique of traditional arrangements. The object of her critique is what she calls amatonormativity—the belief that society should value two-person, amorous love relationships. Even same-sex marriage (SSM) advocates are too restrictive for Brake in that they would confer benefits on two people alone; SSM advocates are unwitting amatonormativists.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ruthblog.org

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Politics is the place where competing moral visions meet: A Statement on the 2012 Elections by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

The Coming Age of Austerity | Pat Buchanan at Townhall

“How Can I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage When Someone I Love Is Gay?” | Regina Griggs and Peter Sprigg

On Cuss Words, Character and Confucius | Piero Tozzi at the Bell Towers

    Piero Tozzi at the Bell Towers: Restoring dignity to the Office of President is not something to be taken lightly – character matters, and the President should be a role model. Integrity radiates from the top: as Confucius noted, the virtuous ruler is like the pole star, setting the standard for those around him. When those in high office act virtuously, people are inspired to virtue. And when that happens, young lads stop cussin’ around the house… Actually Confucius did not say that last bit, but of this much I am confident: there will be no more upending the ottoman in an effort to reach the remote in order to hit the mute button and prevent an assault on tender ears when a President Romney or his minions speak.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: thebelltowers.com

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“The End of ‘Marriage’” | Laurie Shrage at NY Times

    Laurie Shrage at NY Times: Marriage reform is typically part of a larger agenda for social change. In earlier eras, challenges to bans on interfaith and interracial marriage were tied to political movements promoting religious, ethnic and racial equality and social integration. In the Middle East, Africa and Asia today, marriage reformers often aim to expand the rights and liberty of girls and women, while in the Americas and Europe, their primary aim is to advance social equality and respect for lesbians and gay men.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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Poll: 29% of pastors discuss candidates in pulpit

“Presbyterian Church Rules Against Biblical Authority in Gay ‘Marriage’ Case”

Girl killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir acid attack

Kids want more time with mum and dad, study shows

Churches make a difference: Maryland voters’ support for same-sex marriage slips | LA Times

Henninger: “Romney’s Secret Voting Bloc: Mitt Romney’s margin of victory in Ohio could be evangelical Christians.”

Islam and Extremism: What Is Underneath

    William DiPuccio at Gatestone Institute: Islamists seem to be driven not only to establish the hegemony of Islam by supplanting secular governments and legal systems, but also by enforcing religious purity according to their own standards. Muslims in America – most of whom were undoubtedly fleeing abuse, not trying to bring it with them – should of course be treated with the same respect and deference extended to people of other religions But our civility should not blind us to the potential for extremism – a concern shared by 60% of Muslim Americans – or to the religious connections between Islam and terrorism.


  • Posted: 11/01/2012
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Churches Impacting Poll Numbers in Maryland Same Sex Marriage Vote

‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight Back Against View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed | NY Times

    Erick Eckholm at the NY Times: Ex-gay men are often closeted, fearing ridicule from gay advocates who accuse them of self-deception and, at the same time, fearing rejection by their church communities as tainted oddities. Here in California, their sense of siege grew more intense in September when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law banning use of widely discredited sexual “conversion therapies” for minors — an assault on their own validity, some ex-gay men feel.


  • Posted: 11/01/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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A Scary Thought | Alan Sears at Townhall

A Case for Defrocking: Preaching in Support of Same-Sex Marriage | Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture

Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage | Dennis Prager at Townhall

    Dennis Prager at Townhall: Is there any argument that can compete with the emotionally compelling fairness argument? The answer is that one can — namely, the answer to the second question, Is it good for society? Before answering that question, however, it is necessary to respond to the charge that opposition to same-sex marriage is morally equivalent to opposition to interracial marriage and, therefore, the moral equivalent of racism.


  • Posted: 10/30/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Mormon church is conspicuously absent in Md. same-sex marriage referendum

Mugging Our Descendants | George F. Will at Human Events

    George F. Will at Human Events: WASHINGTON – The election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America’s new government is subverting America’s old character. Barack Obama’s agenda is a menu of temptations intended to change the nation’s social norms by making Americans comfortable with the degradation of democracy. This degradation consists of piling up public debt that binds unconsenting future generations to finance current consumption.


  • Posted: 10/29/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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The ‘triple jeopardy’ facing Britain

Religions largely oppose abortion

Men Don’t Mother | Jenet Erickson at Public Discourse

Most French see Islam too influential in society: poll

AZ taxpayers pay for 53% of births, nationally medicare pays for 40%

    AZ Republic: he share has since continued to inch higher. In 2011, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid program, paid for 53 percent of the state’s 84,979 births, while private insurance paid for 42 percent, according to state statistics. The remainder were paid for by individuals.
    In 2000, the numbers were reversed: AHCCCS paid for 42 percent of the 84,985 births.


  • Posted: 10/25/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.azcentral.com

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“In black churches, a gay-marriage divide”

Winnipeg: Police chief stunned by prayer comment reaction

Mandates, Decrees, and Bioethics Liberty | Alan E. Sears at Holy Apostles College

“Gallup survey: 3.4 percent of US adults are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender”

Religious freedom: How Catholic faith is represented through acts of charity

    Anthony Bosnick at the Washington Post: In his pastoral letter, “Disciples of the Lord: Sharing the Vision,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington writes, “While it is true that this country is marked by a genuinely religious spirit, the subtle influence of secularism can nevertheless color the way people allow their faith to influence their behavior…Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.”


  • Posted: 10/17/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Culture: The Missing Conservative Tradition | Mark Bauerlein at Public Discourse

Ivy league admissions officer – White middle class and east asians least favored for admissions

Free Societies as Schools of the Soul | Wilfred M. McClay at Center of the American Experiment

Get a grip on family policy, says ex-minister as shocking report claims half of all children will see parents separate

Women sue Pentagon over combat exclusion

The Role of Faith in Academic Pursuits – Mark Regnerus | Mark Oppenheimer at NYT

No religion — and not a lot of sense | Naomi Schafer Riley at NY Post

Rick Santorum: Same-sex marriage will destroy American families and the church

Billionaire’s ads to warn Americans against socialism: People will stop working and creating

Same-Sex marriage will change culture | Christian Civic League

“Islam appears to spread in Haiti, a country where Christianity and Voodoo hold sway”

Outrage after Taliban shoots Pakistani schoolgirl in the head

Busting the myth: Christians and divorce

    LifeSiteNews: As Bradford Wilcox, a leading sociologist at the University of Virginia and Director of the National Marriage Project found in 2007, active, conservative members of both Protestant and Catholic churches are significantly less likely to divorce—by 35 and 31 percent, respectively—than Americans who are religiously unaffiliated. The numbers often get skewed, says Stanton, because most studies fail to take into account the level of religious commitment and practice among those who identify themselves as Christians.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Is British monarch ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?

The emerging social, political force: ‘Nones,’ those who claim no religion

Government Dependency Will End in Chaos | Ron Paul

    Paul.House.Gov:
    The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct. It’s not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it’s actually more than half. If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: paul.house.gov

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When Branches Tangle in a Stepfamily Tree

    Elissa Gootman at NY Times: Suddenly these step-relatives, unbound by biological or legal ties, are former step-relatives, left to puzzle over the sorts of questions that can require a whiteboard to explain. Do you invite your ex-stepsister to your wedding, given that you shared a bunk bed with her for seven formative years? How long should you continue texting your ex-stepson if he doesn’t text back? And what, if anything, do you call your ex-stepgrandmother?
    For thousands of people, such questions are not hypothetical.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Study: One-Third Of Adults Under 30 Have No Religious Affiliation

Divine Immanence: The Evangelical Foundations of Modern Anglo-American Approaches to International Law | John D. Haskell at Chinese J. of Int’l L.

“Gay characters at record high on U.S. television”