Wanting Marriage and Pursuit of Happiness | Natalie Angier at NYT

The Changing American Family | Natalie Angier at NYT

Broken Families Dragging Down Growth | Michael Barone at Human Events

    Michael Barone at Human Events: As Utah Senator Mike Lee noted in speeches at the Heritage Foundation, “the problem of poverty is linked to family breakdown and the erosion of marriage among low-income families and communities.” Lee is careful not to cast opprobrium on single or divorced parents. But he insists on pointing to the uncomfortable but undeniable fact that economic outcomes for their children have been far worse than those for children raised in two-parent families. That produces many personal tragedies. And in cold economic terms, it means that society is losing gross domestic product because of less than optimal development of human capital.


  • Posted: 11/26/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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“Why Is the ACLU on the Wrong Side of the Wedding Photographer Case?” | Cato Institute

Marriage and families undercut by cohabitation and debt, Cardinal O’Malley says

JFK Wouldn’t Even Be Allowed To Speak At Today’s Democratic National Convention | Casey Mattox at Bell Towers

Female photographer sued for refusing to take pictures at lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony takes her battle for religious freedom to the Supreme Court | Daily Mail

Alliance Defending Freedom | Red State

Supremes asked to overturn “compelled” support of lesbian “marriage” | Northern Colo. Gazette

God and Gettysburg: “Under God” were Lincoln’s immortal words | Robert George at First Things

    Robert George at First Things: The omission of the words “under God” in a document characterized as a founding text by a liberal legal advocacy organization in the context of our contemporary debates over the role of religion in American public life and the meaning of the Constitution’s provisions pertaining to religion is just too convenient. We now have positive evidence that they know exactly what they are doing, and, to achieve the result they want, they are willing to violate scholarly consensus, common sense, and the memorization of generations
    of schoolchildren.


  • Posted: 11/20/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Sotomayor Says Lack of Diversity is ‘Huge Danger’ for Judiciary

Church Of England Backs Women Bishop Proposals

“Gay marriage will be legal today; business owners may face dilemma” | BND.com

Christian Leaders Combat Epidemic of Fatherless Families With ‘Father-Shift’ Movement

    Christian Post: As proof of the epidemic nature of the problem, Father-Shift leaders point to data that includes the fact that, in America, 24.7 million children (33 percent) lived in a biological-father-absent home in 2010. More than 20 million lived with no father (biological, adoptive, or step) in the home. “This means that one out of every three children is growing up without a father present in the home,” Father-Shift states.


  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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“The Gayest Place”: 10% of D.C. is LGBT | NY Times

“Gay & Lesbian Consumers Had $830 Billion to Spend in 2013″

“United Methodist jury convicts Pa. pastor who performed son’s same-sex marriage”

UK: Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord Carey

Rasmussen: 55% see government as threat to rights

Bishop will lead prayers of exorcism as Illinois governor signs gay ‘marriage’ bill

“Gay Indians wed as more tribes give blessings to same-sex unions”

Public Prayer: High Court Parts the Curtain | Craig Parshall at Christian Post

“United Methodists Try Pa. Pastor Over Gay Marriage”

Pew Study: 27% of Jewish Children Live in Orthodox Homes

Weighing Free Speech in Refusal to Photograph Lesbian Couple’s Ceremony | Adam Liptak at NYT

“Photographers Ask High Court to Reverse Gay Discrimination Ruling” | Jacob Gershman at WSJ

Love and Unity: Sexual Ethics in the Modern World | Christopher Kaczor at Public Discourse

English Lessons: A defence of personal liberty and coming assault on the First Amendment | Paul Diamond at Christian Concern

Many Things Rotten in Denmark

Christianity Spreading at Remarkable Rate Among Middle, Upper Castes and Youth in Emerging ‘New India’

Attractions vs. actions: homosexuality and God’s story

    John Jonestreet at LifeSiteNews: Gay activists make much of allegedly “cured” individuals who relapse into homosexual lifestyles, and use these stories to strengthen their narrative: “We didn’t choose to be gay,” so many insist. “We’re born this way, and no amount of ‘reparative therapy’ can change that.” But it’s the argument within that argument that’s the most problematic: that unchanged dispositions automatically justify acting on those dispositions.


  • Posted: 11/13/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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City of Florence approves cemetery for unborn victims of abortion, attacked by leftists

U.S. Bishops plan letter to address ‘epidemic’ of pornography

Obama rallies faith leaders on immigration

Abortion Clinics: When Closing a Business Makes Sense | Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. at Christian Post

Atheist ‘Megachurch’ Sells Out Los Angeles Opening; Launches ’40 Dates, 40 Nights’ Donations Tour

Atheist ‘Mega-Churches’ Becoming Global Phenomenon

Britain’s atheist megachurch going global – and it’s coming to Australia

US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ | Pink News

How People Lie About Gay Sex and Homophobia | Cass R. Sunstein at Bloomberg

Pair of Islamic converts joined ‘Muslim patrol’ to impose Sharia Law in London

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Gig Pays ‘Price of Citizenship’ | Charisma News

Same-sex Marriage, Religious Liberty Collide In Case Presented To Supreme Court | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

    Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: On Friday, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing Elane Photography, filed a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States, asking SCOTUS to reverse the New Mexico court. ADF specifically challenges the New Mexico ruling for violating the Huguenins’ First Amendment right of free speech, since it compels Elane and Jonathan to convey a message approving of gay marriage which is contrary to the Huguenins’ beliefs. The petition begins by quoting a recent U.S. Supreme Court case where the justices wrote, “At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that each person should decide for himself or herself the ideas and beliefs deserving of expression.” . . . Jordan Lorence is ADF’s lead counsel on this case. The New Mexico court found that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” like a restaurant or restroom that could not turn away a black or Hispanic person. Reacting to that declaration, Lorence told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement, “The First Amendment protects all Americans from government coercion forcing them to promote ideas they don’t support. Those in power should not misuse public-accommodation laws to punish those who decline to affirm the prevailing liberal orthodoxy on marriage.”


  • Posted: 11/12/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Christian Photographers Ordered to Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court | ChristianNews.net

Attorneys will take New Mexico religious freedom case before U.S. Supreme Court | One News Now

Photo studio case may go to top U.S. court | ABQ Journal

Supreme Court asked to rule on “compelled” of lesbian lifestyle | US Finance Post

Real Political Science | Jim Wilson Blog at Redding.com

Photographer asks Supreme Court: Is abandoning my freedom the ‘price of citizenship’?

Photos as messages: A new constitutional case | SCOTUS Blog

How to Fight the Fictitious ‘War on Women’ | WSJ

Over three quarters of Irish voters back same sex marriage | Irish Independent

Marriage: A Luxury Good Accessible to All

Sorry, Marriage is a Luxury Good

    The Atlantic: Marriage is for everyone; failed marriages are for the poor. Bleak stuff. But it’s getting bleaker . . . Here’s why this trend—not just the move towards divorce like Derek talked about, but the move from nuptials entirely—is so gloomy. Getting married, and staying married, is one of the surest ways of securing a middle class life. By choosing not to wed in the first place, the poor are abandoning that chance at stability.


  • Posted: 11/08/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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“Reid says Mormons shifting on gay rights”

Schlafly: War on Religious Freedom

“Atheists ‘Have to Follow the Lead of the LGBT Community’” | CNSNews

Rasmussen: 54% Favor Law Prohibiting Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People

Only 33% Think Most Judges Follow the Law in Their Rulings

Generation atheist! Millennials to religion — get out of politics | Salon

Here’s What We Know About The 2.4% Of Americans Who Are Atheists

Atheists use a popular Bible app to evangelize about unbelief

    RNS: Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because her family doesn’t know about her closet atheism. One of the apps she uses most regularly is YouVersion, a free Bible app that puts a library’s worth of translations — more than 700 — in the palm of her hand. Close to 115 million people have downloaded YouVersion, making it among the most popular apps of all time.


  • Posted: 11/07/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.religionnews.com

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Conservative parents, left wing children | Dennis Prager at Human Events

Judges can sidestep religion, but they can’t avoid morality

“Gay Rights Movement Threatens Businesses” | Newsbusters

NI: Churches urge Guides to scrap ‘hurtful’ godless pledge

Bradley Manning threatens to sue military if it won’t pay for sex change

“Gay Rights Gains Piling Up; Battles Still Ahead” | AP