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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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Canada: Faced with ‘feminization,’ churches want to reach men

Faith schools account for six out of 10 top-scoring primaries

Philippines Oks Divisive Contraceptives Bill

It all boils down to the question of Pilate | Polonia Christiana

“Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage” | Mark Davis at Townhall

Monogamy, Exclusivity and Permanence? | Ryan T. Anderson at Ricochet

White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions

Christianity in England on the decline – census

“Married lesbian named Academic Dean at UC Hastings”

GOP mute as Supreme Court tackles marriage

Obama administration investigating sergeant who said the Bible condemns homosexuality

For Marriage Equality, the Work’s Not Just in Court | Evan Wolfson at the NY Times

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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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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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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“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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“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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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