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news from the frontlines of the culture war
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NOM Blog: In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the marriage of 20 couples at Saint Peter's Basilica. In his remarks during the celebration, the Holy Father spoke beautifully about the meaning of marriage and family.
Public Discourse: Although we uphold the cultural taboo on incest, we accept something with precisely the same negative effect on integrity, marriage, and family: pornography.
Nathan Cherry: A collaborative effort between Proven Men Ministries and the Barna Group has revealed the results of a new study showing just how addicted to porn many Christians really are. Proven Men Ministries founder Joel Hesch says this is an “epidemic” that may “spiral out of control” if left unchecked.
“Evangelicals for Marriage Equality” launch draws harsh criticism: No coherent argument made that supports same-sex marriage
The Christian Post: "I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Coalition for Divorce Reform: I’m intrigued by the recent article in Time Magazine suggesting that millennials try out a “beta marriage” model instead of marriage as we have understood it through the ages. Like many of us, millennials too see life as a series of multiple choice options, all within their control. Frankly, they also view their right to choose as their privilege, as some sort of right or entitlement.
Public Discourse: At a time when many children grow up without the love of their biological father, the sacrificial love of the men who willingly fill that void demands recognition.
The Christian Institute: The first British clergyman to enter a gay marriage is taking legal action against Church of England authorities because he was told he could no longer conduct services and had a chaplaincy licence declined.
Zenit: The General Assembly, fondly referred to as “the GA” by U.N. aficionados, is most known for bringing the leaders of the world together under one roof. But beyond this, the GA is responsible for the creation of several hundred documents outlining the position of Member States on a myriad of issues ranging from women’s rights to sustainable farming, and everything in between. Every year, a handful of these documents touch on controversial life and family issues. While the spotlight shines on the heads of state, the real excitement of the GA extends behind closed doors as country delegates battle over references to reproductive and sexual “rights.”
Speak Up: Imagine if evangelical sociologists set out to document how the children of evangelical Christian parents fare in life.
Family Studies: The gender gap doesn’t bring out the best in journalists. With important exceptions, articles on the subject are padded with overly broad statistics, cherry picked research, a myopic view of men and women as lone economic actors, over-credulous references to Sweden, and most insidious of all, an implicit, never-argued assumption that in a just world (i.e. Sweden) women and men would reveal almost exactly the same preferences.
SCOTUS Blog: Matching the speed of lawyers and lower courts in handling the same-sex marriage controversy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set the stage for its first look at all of the pending cases, when the Justices assemble on September 29 for a private Conference.
Time Magazine: I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships.
The Gospel Coalition: Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not only small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned.
Huffington Post (AP): Women's colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations — demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms.
Public Discourse: Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage.
The Spectator: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ebullient Archbishop of New York, has welcomed the ‘wise decision’ by organisers of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade to lift their ban on gay groups marching under their own banners. He has ‘no problem with it at all’.
The Christian Institute: Christians won’t be ‘bullied’ into accepting same-sex marriage because it goes against fundamental precepts of the faith, a commentator has said.
Charisma News: Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the clerk, who has filed a formal request for the highest court in the land. ADF senior counsel Byron Babione told OneNewsNow.com, the news service of American Family Association, that the people of Virginia—in fact, the people of every state—should continue to have the authority to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Arizona Daily Star: Byron Babione, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, said Arizona voters were legally entitled to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman because they have something gay couples do not, “namely the natural capacity to create children and to provide those children with their biological mother and biological father.”
Religion Clause: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday heard oral arguments in cases from Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii challenging marriage laws.