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Reason.com: One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
The Christian Institute: The SNP Government has been accused of trying to “buy support” for its Named Person plans with a “bribe” for people who attend a training and development event.
The Christian Institute: A senior Roman Catholic bishop has warned that Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme could lead to “unwarranted interference in family life”.
The Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland could be reported to a state-appointed named person if their child has not been shown “love, hope and spirituality”, a senior Government advisor has suggested.
I had a transgender parent. Unlike Obama, I don’t think transgender parents should be able to adopt.
The Daily Signal: The proclamation relates Obama’s latest thoughts on what’s best for LBGT adults. But what’s best for children? It is stunning that we hear no personal accounts from adults who grew up in transgender homes like this, and that so little research is made public about this.
The Telegraph: At Dartmoor – one of 100 prisons now operating the Storybook Dads scheme – Billy was offered the chance to record bedtime stories for Maisie onto DVDs that the charity then forward to Billy’s mother. She in turn would play them for Maisie.
The Washington Post: The pregnant Jehovah’s Witness came to a Sydney hospital with leukemia and a directive against blood transfusions, a decision stemming from her religious beliefs.
Life News: A pro-life bill in the Nevada legislature that would help parents know if their minor daughter is considering an abortion may die without a hearing. Surprisingly, the state Assembly is controlled by Republicans but a leading pro-life group is worried the measure may not see the light of day.
WND: Since then, the dispute has been going on in courtrooms, where the HSLDA, together with the Alliance Defending Freedom, twice petitioned the European Court of Human Rights.
The New York Times: The claim that parenting time doesn’t matter is the bottom line of a single recent study by a team of sociologists who suggest that child outcomes are barely correlated with the time that parents spend with their children. It’s essentially a nonfinding, in that they failed to find correlations that could be reliably discerned from chance.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Brett Harvey says the Illinois Supreme Court, by rejecting the psychological connection argument, “acknowledged the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that fit parents have the right to raise their children.”
ADF Media: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people who are not legal parents cannot use arguments that they are “psychologically” connected to a child in order to obtain some form of custody.
The Christian Post: Though it’s an article from the summer of 2013, Slate’s “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You are a Bad Person” has picked up steam again. In this almost unbelievable article, Allison Benedikt – while admitting she’s judgmental – says, “There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school.”
NY Mag: If you fancy yourself a normalish, reasonably rational parent, you probably read, with equal parts horror and fascination, about the recent travails of a Maryland couple that tried to allow their children to walk the one mile from a local park to their home in Silver Spring.
Tuscaloosa News (AP): The Alabama Supreme Court on Monday upheld a GOP-championed school-choice law that gives tax credits to help some families pay for private school.
The Washington Post: The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety.
One News Now: Attorneys from the Home School Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defending Freedom are representing Ellinor and Daniel Petersen in the lawsuit filed with the ECHR. Acknowledging the European court’s track record on homeschooling, both Christian nonprofit organizations are prepared for an uphill battle, noting that its judges have been, for the most part, aggressively opposed to homeschoolers over the years.
Public Discourse: For some people, scientific research on the subject of same-sex parenting is irrelevant. A new volume is meant for those who still approach the topic of parenting and sexuality with open minds. According to the best data, average life outcomes for children raised by parents in same-sex relationships tend to resemble those of children raised by single and divorced parents.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposed to the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person scheme have been granted their request for a fast-track appeal, after losing an initial legal challenge last month.
The Christian Institute: Children in all primary and secondary schools should be taught sex education, a committee of MPs has said.
Christian News Network: The recently-released findings from an in-depth study of nearly 10,000 young adults show that Millennials who were homeschooled are less likely to leave the faith than individuals who attended private or public schools.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners opposing the Scottish Government’s Named Person plans have announced an appeal after a judge rejected their legal challenge last month.
Courthouse News Service: Montana may defend the constitutionality of two laws that require notification and consent from parents before a minor can have an abortion, a federal judge ruled.
Public Discourse: Published research employing the New Family Structures Study (NFSS), the ECLS (Early Childhood Longitudinal Study), the US Census (ACS), the Canadian Census, and now the NHIS all reveal a comparable basic narrative, namely, that children who grow up with a married mother and father fare best.
Fox News: Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents.
12 Year old ‘brain dead’ boy breathing on his own after Texas hospital tried to end life support against parent’s wishes
The Gospel Herald: Refusing to give up, the Cronins approached the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal defense group, in an attempt to force the hospital to keep Joey alive until he could be transferred safely to another hospital, where he could undergo life-saving treatment.
Life News: Now, the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has gotten involve and taken the case on behalf of Joey’s parents.
Public Discourse: The Christian gospel offers a third possibility to parents whose children are struggling with their sexuality—as it does to all people. Christianity, while never promising complete liberation from one’s battles with sin, liberates individuals to experience their truest self, as made in the image of God. The gospel also promises unending love toward the other.
Texas boy breathing on his own after hospital tried to have him declared ‘brain dead’ against parents’ wishes
Life Site News: A 12-year-old Texas boy who slipped into a coma after suffering a severe asthma attack has begun breathing on his own – just hours after hospital officials fought to take him off life support because they believed he was legally “brain dead.” Now, his family has obtained a court order requiring the hospital to provide nourishment to the boy via a feeding tube, and hope to have him transferred to another facility within the week.
Life Site News: A 12-year-old boy in Corpus Christi, Texas, is facing death this weekend as hospital officials fight to remove him from the ventilator helping him breathe – over the objections of his parents, and despite the fact that another hospital has already agreed to allow a transfer in order to give him lifesaving care.
The Christian Institute: Campaigners against plans to impose a Named Person on every child in Scotland are considering an appeal after a judge rejected their arguments about breaches of human rights law.
The Federalist: The same state arguing Cassandra is not capable at this time of responsibly deciding, with her mother’s counsel, whether to have chemotherapy would have no problem, were she to seek an abortion, with allowing her to make that medical decision entirely on her own. Connecticut is one of only two states (the other is Maine), along with the District of Columbia, that requires no form of parental notification or consent in order for a minor child to obtain an abortion.
Red State: A school board in Virginia is considering the repeal of a policy that would have forced 14-year-old minors to stand before the school board to be interrogated about their religious beliefs.
One News Now: The current education law was enforced a year after the aforementioned “state-napping” incident that saw Dominic Johansson stripped from his family as they were about to depart to live in his mother’s homeland in India. During the three years that Swedish authorities kept Dominic away from his parents under state custody, permanent guardianship of the boy – just seven years old when abducted from his parents – was transferred to the state. HSLDA, along with a Swedish human rights attorney and Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing the Johanssons in their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
Macro Insider: The Swedish government’s seizure of 7-year-old Dominic Johansson from a jetliner as his parents had been set to leave for India has drawn worldwide consideration. It sparked a global outcry amongst human rights activists and dwelling educators, and the Home School Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defending Freedom have gone to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Sweden’s actions.
The Christian Institute: Homeschooling parents in a London borough are campaigning against council plans to impose an annual home visit to monitor their children, saying it contravenes their parental rights.
The Christian Institute: Most parents are not using internet safety controls to protect their children from being exposed to inappropriate content online, a survey has found.
The Daily Signal: Hundreds of Florida parents are able to celebrate the New Year with access to school choice thanks to a decision last Tuesday to dismiss the union lawsuit against the Sunshine State’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts and expansion of the tax credit scholarship program.
National Review: In an article on the decision of Idaho’s governor and attorney general to petition the Supreme Court for review of the Ninth Circuit’s invalidation of the state’s marriage law, ThinkProgress’s Emily Atkin takes a moment to bash the research of University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus regarding the adult outcomes of having been raised by a parent or parents who had same-sex relationships.
The Christian Institute: A judge has today heard further evidence in the case against the controversial Named Person scheme.
The Christian Institute: Parents are being marginalised by Scottish sex education guidance that encourages teachers to speak to a child’s named person about any wellbeing concerns, campaigners say.
The Christian Institute: Smacking should not be banned in Wales because the vast majority of parents would be turned into criminals, a columnist has warned.
The Christian Institute: Plans to assign a named person to every child in Scotland clash with fundamental human rights, Scotland’s supreme civil court has heard.
ABC 8: C.A.R.E. is hoping to change LPS policy regarding such issues. Using some language from the Alliance for Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative group.
Lincoln Journal Star: CARE wants the policy to be more specific, and require that parents be notified if their child is involved in any class or activity — and of any training materials or research — that “includes sex education, family planning, gender identity, diversity issues, extreme violence or any controversial issue” with enough notice that parents can opt to take their children out of the activity or review the materials. Cosby said the proposed language comes from the Alliance for Defending Freedom.
The Christian Institute: A sweeping new law which could have criminalised parents for raising children according to their religious beliefs will not be introduced, in a move welcomed by The Christian Institute.
Christian News Network: The case of a mother who petitioned a United Kingdom judge to allow her to kill her 12-year-old daughter by depriving her of hydration and nutrition is raising international concerns from disability advocates and others around the world.
The Christian Institute: A website designed to educate children about Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme has been described as “blatant propaganda” by critics.
One News Now: When one North Carolina parent was told that she was not permitted to withdraw her kindergarten daughter from public elementary school in order to homeschool her, she knew she had a problem.
The Christian Post: Measure 6 would establish approximately 50/50 shared parenting as the default when parents with children split up, unless a court finds that one parent is unfit. Although 110 world experts have endorsed shared parenting, the deceptively named “Keeping Kids First” – which should be more accurately named “Keeping Kids With One Parent” – appears to be the only group opposing Measure 6.
Public Discourse: Parents have a fundamental right to raise and educate their children as they see fit. Their authority precedes that of the state.
National Review: If you want to see an area where free-market ideas have actually made a ton of progress, look at the school-choice movement in America.
The Christian Institute: The concept of a Named Person for every child in Scotland is the “ultimate insult” to every loving parent, a senior academic has warned.
The Federalist: As kids head back to school this fall, parents in Arizona and Florida are able to customize their experience thanks to an innovative tool: education savings accounts. After decades of government centralization of education, parent-controlled ESAs are ushering in a new era of choice and accountability in education.
Nathan Cherry: A group of four researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University say that very young adolescents (VYA) – kids between the ages of 10 and 14 – have a right to contraception and abortion. But that is the least troubling conclusion of this new report, published in Global Public Health.
The Washington Post: When parents split up, and there is a dispute over who is to get primary custody, judges generally decide this based on what they see as “the best interests of the child.”
Life News: As I often say, I am not worried about transhumanism ever really panning out. But the underlying solipsistic and anti-human values of the movement need to be rejected whenever and wherever advocated.
Alliance Defending Freedom: As the debate over the definition of marriage rages across the states, the European Court of Human Rights (kind of like a “Supreme Court of Europe”) has decided that the European Convention on Human Rights (kind of like our Constitution) does not require that nations recognize same-sex marriage.
Austin Nimocks discusses marriage, parental rights, and religious liberties with Dr. Derek Grier (audio)
What’s Wrong with the World: You just can’t make this stuff up. Scotland has passed and is beginning to implement a law which assigns every child in Scotland from birth to age eighteen a “named person,” selected by the government, whose job it is to “promote, support, or safeguard the wellbeing” of the child. Parents will not have a choice about whether or not to accept the assignment of an outside government busybody to their children. Some proponents of the law claim that “Families are not required to accept advice” from the named person.
Public Discourse: In any given year, hundreds of thousands of children spend time in the US foster care system, a quarter of them seeking adoption into a loving family. Yet many of these children bounce from home to home, never adopted, and enter adult life without any family ties. Public policy should seek to increase the likelihood of adoption by removing barriers to families that are seeking to adopt and to providers that are seeking to place children in need of a home.
NOM Blog: Scottish parliament recently passed a bill that requires the state to appoint a “guardian” for every child in the country from birth until the age of 18. This sinister and disturbing practice would expand the role of the state in an unprecedented way, chipping away at parental rights and opening the door for massive government intrusion into family life.
Breitbart: The highest human rights court in Europe as told European LGBTs that they have no human right to same-sex marriage, in a case that also shows how complicated sexual and marital norms have become in this new transsexual world.
Public Discourse: The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families has been getting copious positive press coverage. Unfortunately, it has some serious methodological weaknesses.
Public Discourse: Emotional abuse can be as bad as physical abuse. Any young person who’s heard the words, “I wish you were never born,” understands that adults can inflict tremendous damage on their dependents without leaving the slightest bruise. One of the worst parts of abuse is society’s refusal to see the injustice. Emotional abuse is particularly difficult because it is invisible and therefore ripe for denial.
Canon and Culture: Did you know “father” occurs over 1,100 times in the Bible? That’s twice as often as “love.” In Scripture fatherhood is an essential construct.
The Christian Institute: A sweeping parenting law, which may be included in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, could criminalise parents with strict religious beliefs, a columnist has warned.
Reuters: “Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice.”
The Economist [subscription required -- access full text via Google]: “German laws forbid parents from educating their children at home in almost all cases, citing society’s interest in avoiding closed-off ‘parallel societies.’ Germany’s highest court calls schools the best place to bring together children of different beliefs and values, in the name of ‘lived tolerance.’ In plainer language, the Romeikes believe that, if they return to Germany, their children face being taken to school by force.”
Chicago Sun-Times: “The measure, proposed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, lost on a 44-51 roll call despite her plea to colleagues to stop gay, bisexual and transgender teens 17 and under from being ‘horribly and humiliatingly abused.’”
LifeSiteNews: “Italian Deputies Eugenia Roccella and Alessandro Pagano have introduced a bill in Parliament that would establish the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education, particularly on moral issues.”