As some totalitarian-minded governments escalate their attacks on parental rights and homeschooling, the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations called on the world to respect families, the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, and non-governmental forms of education. The Holy See’s representatives also called on UN member governments last week to stop indoctrinating the youth.
Many parents and churches have long advocated that unwed couples avoid living together before marriage. Now even secular research has shown that it can have severe drawbacks. The New York Times chimed in on the subject April 14 with an opinion piece entitled, “The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage.”
A new study published in the medical journal Neurology provides a strong case for the connection between moderate physical activity and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. The four-year work, part of the ongoing Memory and Aging Project at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, limited participants to those who did not already have evidence of dementia. It found that those who were ranked in the bottom 10 percent in terms of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop the disease.
President Obama, who has declared that his views on marriage are “evolving,” has come out in opposition to Minnesota’s proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. The voter initiative, passed by the state legislature in May 2011 and set for the November ballot, reads: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”
According to the latest numbers from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics, [the birth rate among American teens is at its lowest since the mid 1940s. Officials with the reporting agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), credited “strong pregnancy prevention messages” for the decrease, and added that use of contraceptives “may have contributed.”
A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that a man who “transitioned” to the female gender through a “sex change” procedure is eligible to be carried under the health insurance of the man he “married” in 2005. As reported by the American Independent, “The judge said that because one person is male and the other legally transitioned to female, the couple qualifies as legally married under the state’s Defense of Marriage Act. The case hinged on the marriage of Christine and Calvin Radtke. The two were married in July 2005 in Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota. Calvin works for United Parcel Service and enrolled himself and his wife in his union’s health plan. Christine had legally transitioned from male to female several years earlier.”
According to Fox News, the newly-released pro-life movie October Baby “earned the second-highest-per-screen average” last weekend — behind The Hunger Games — grossing $1.7 million, for 8th place overall. Considering the competition, and that it opened in only 390 theaters, this is a remarkable feat.
Director Jon Erwin (left) stated, “Here is our little film, small budget, in the top ten [at the box office]. We are thrilled, blown away.”
Five more top officials with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned, in the continuing turmoil surrounding the foundation's decision earlier this year to cut funding to Planned Parenthood following strong pressure from pro-life groups. That funding to the nation's largest abortion provider — almost $700,000 last year — was restored three days later. Now three top executives have stepped down from their posts at Komen's Dallas headquarters, as well as two CEOs of the state organizations in New York and Oregon.
America’s premier purveyor of overpriced coffee has become the target of a boycott launched by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a nationwide group battling for traditional marriage. On March 21 the group announced the launch of DumpStarbucks.com, a website encouraging individuals to stop purchasing their daily latte or French roast brew at their local Starbucks because the Seattle-based company has made an official endorsement of same-sex marriage. The website also invites individuals to add their names to a petition sent to Starbucks, voice their concern to their local Starbucks, find local alternatives to the coffee shop, and inform friends about the boycott through Facebook and Twitter.
An effort to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law was rejected by the New Hampshire House of Representatives Wednesday, with lawmakers in Concord voting 211-116 to kill the repeal effort. The bill was introduced over a year ago and has been the subject of intense debate and an extensive advertising campaign by Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, a group defending same-sex marriage as a matter of personal liberty.
LifeSiteNews reports that Amy Schalet (left), an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, made a presentation to Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino counties (California), suggesting that American parents should behave towards teenage sex more like the Dutch. Schalet grew up in the Netherlands, where drugs and sex laws are much laxer than in America. She says that 60 percent of teenage girls in the Netherlands use contraceptives and in the Netherlands, she said, parents allow their sons and daughters to have sex in their homes: