Magazines for teenage girls used to cover hairstyles, makeup, and fashion, but not anymore. Now magazines like Teen Vogue and Seventeen promote sexual health and gender identity propaganda, among other controversial topics. In a disturbing article titled “Teen Magazines Are a Dangerous—and Influential—Sex Ed Teacher,” Rachel Peterson provides some examples of what teenage girls are getting from these magazines, including “that abortion is funny.” Girls can also “answer 20 questions about their first time having sex, which includes how to reach an orgasm.” Read it here.
Maureen Mullarkey took a trip to her local library, and then she wrote an article titled “You Won’t Believe What Kids Can Find On ‘Transgender’ At The Public Library.” The American Library Association is in lockstep with LGBT activists and promotes politically correct notions of sexual orientation and gender ideology. Mullarkey lists some of the titles available on transgenderism and notes that “All but one promote public assent to the assumptions of a movement derived from queer theory and built on a psychiatric condition.” Her findings included books for children and books for parents of gender-confused children that celebrate and encourage their dysphoria. And she wisely observes, “Children destined to be exceptional in less colorful ways — e.g. Downs Syndrome, spina bifida, Tay-Sachs — are disposable in utero. Yet the child who develops a disfigured imagination is storied, the deformity protected and hypothesized into something of value. Why?” Read it here.
Though some insist otherwise, men and women are different. And it’s not just minor external physical differences. Men and women are different in myriad ways. In “Having Children Transforms Women’s Brains,” by John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, they share a recent essay published in the Boston Globe that illustrated some differences between men and women at the neurological level. In fact there is a radical restructuring of the brain that occurs in nearly all women when they become mothers. “To call motherhood a ‘major event’ for the mother is the understatement of the century.” Turns out it is also a “major event” for mothers’ brains. Read it here.
Professor David Forte has written a sobering piece on the elimination of Down Syndrome children. His article titled “From Termination to Extermination: The International Down Syndrome Genocide” details what happens to many Down Syndrome children around the world who are aborted before they ever have a chance at life. In the U.S. about 67 percent are killed in utero. In Denmark, upwards of 98 percent are aborted, and Iceland boasts that nearly 100 percent of Down Syndrome babies are killed before they ever see the light of day. Forte quotes columnist George Will who wrote, “It is simply the deliberate systematic attempt to erase a category of people.” Read it here.
A BBC video hashtagged #NoMoreBoysAndGirls has Ben Shapiro rightly concerned. His article titled, “Boys and Girls Are Different — Let’s Celebrate That” calls out everyone who is troubled that girls play with toys for girls and boys play with toys for boys—and in most cases, the boys and girls actually prefer these “gender stereotyped” toys. This has been demonstrated scientifically in multiple studies. One study found that “children as young as 9 months-old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender.” He asks, “What’s wrong with little girls liking little-girl things? What’s wrong with little boys liking little-boy things? Nothing. Differences between boys and girls are one of the great joys of life.” Shapiro points out that advocates of gender confusion can’t seem to explain why additional gender confusion is better for children. Read it here.
An article by Glenn T. Stanton deftly refutes a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming that there is no difference between lesbian parents and heterosexual parents. “New Study Finding Lesbians Are ‘Just As Good’ As Married Biological Parents Is Fake News” points out that the research is “embarrassingly poor in its basic methodology.” It is alarmingly clear that the “study” is not an unbiased academic investigation, but “an orchestrated persuasion tool” funded and carried out by homosexual rights activists. Read it here.
Many, many people on different continents, of different cultures, and different political persuasions can often agree on important issues. In this case, the UK’s Paul Embery, author of “Why Won’t Our Spineless Politicians Stand Up for the Family?,” makes a compelling argument in defense of the family, and he wonders why government officials often refuse to speak the truth about the most important institution in the history of the world. Embery points to the widespread breakdown of the family and states with no holds barred, “Yet so far as our lily-livered politicians talk about this social catastrophe at all, it is to tell us that families come in all shape[s] and sizes and that to even raise concerns is to stigmatise those families that do not conform to the traditional image. It is a pathetic, negligent, pusillanimous response to an epidemic that is causing widespread misery and impeding the life chances of millions of young people.” Read it here.
A post on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies by Mark Butler titled “Is Pornography Use Increasing Loneliness, Particularly for Young People?” contains some sobering data and commentary on pornography use especially among teens. Professor Butler explains the connection between pornography use and loneliness and the circular linkage between the two—each one potentially fueling the other. He writes, “In the cultural context of emotionally-disconnected sexual hookups scripted by pornography, loneliness may deepen and become increasingly painful, yet in response, pornography use may only intensify.” Read it here.
Jonathon Van Maren has compiled some stunning evidence of the true goals of some transgender activists. “In Their Own Words – What Transgender Activists Have in Store for Your Children” contains some chilling quotations from speakers at a symposium held in 2016. The speakers at this conference “bluntly lay out their agenda and explain how they are capturing the hearts and minds of the next generation, resulting in both sky-rocketing numbers of trans-identified youth as well as young people supportive of the trans ideology.” Read it here.
“Religious-Freedom and LGBT Advocates Offer Rare Lessons in Pluralism” by Betsy VanDenBerghe is a report of a very encouraging meeting between proponents of religious freedom and LGBT rights advocates held in Utah. The fifth Religious Freedom Annual Review, hosted by the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies in Provo, Utah, gathered legal scholars, LGBT advocates, journalists, and concerned Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in an attempt to find common ground and fairness for people on both sides of the issues. VanDenBerghe noted that “Participants offered an unusual witness both that strongly held convictions—religious, cultural, political—are not going to disappear anytime soon and that they can be reasonably debated in measured arguments free of name-calling, shout-downs, and unfriending.” Read it here.
“Three year olds are being taught that they may be ‘trapped in the wrong body’ by pre-school teachers and by drag queens in public libraries; kindergarteners are having ‘coming out trans’ celebrations in the classroom; teens are falling prey to social contagion and coming out trans in peer groups, boys are allowed into girls bathrooms, locker rooms and even onto girls’ sports teams…” These events and others described by Michelle Cretella, M.D., president of the American College of Pediatricians, and Felipe E. Vizcarrondo, M.D., M.A. should be of concern to everyone. Their article, “Pediatricians: Gender Ideology is the Latest Assault on Our Children” explains how to educate and immunize children to protect them from the gender ideology propaganda that is so prominent in our culture today. Read it here.
Another compelling piece on children and transgenderism is “The Myth of the ‘Desistance Myth’” by Julian Vigo. She compares the data on children who experience gender dysphoria who are treated using a “watchful waiting” approach to children who are subjected to medical intervention in the form of puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormone treatments. The findings are eye-opening. Children who do not receive medical intervention largely “desist,” meaning they no longer identify as transgender as adults. Children who do receive medical intervention generally do not go on to accept their biological sex. Read it here.
Donna Harrison, M.D. provides not only a brief lesson on human physiology, but also an etymology tutorial in her article, “The Science About When Life Begins Makes Pro-Choicers Look Terrible.” Dr. Harrison is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to the science of when life begins. She explains how the definitions of words related to the development of children in the womb have conveniently morphed over the years to intentionally muddy the waters about the beginning of life of the unborn. Dr. Harrison says, “Technology doesn’t allow us to ignore a human’s existence. There’s no denying what’s going on the womb: a human life is growing.” Read it here.
“Why I Supported My Autistic Daughter’s Social Transition to a Man,” by an individual who goes by the pseudonym “Fighting to Get Her Back,” is an emotional, personal account of a mother who was drawn into affirming her autistic daughter’s gender confusion. She recounts how she was caught up in her daughter’s assertion that she was a boy and tells of how mental health professionals insisted that it was her parental duty to ensure that her daughter was supported in her transition to “become a male” so she wouldn’t take her own life. Read it here.
Sexually transmitted diseases are skyrocketing in the UK according to a recent report by the government agency Public Health England. Scottish journalist Madeleine Kearns in her article, “STDs Are on the Rise in the U.K., and Sex Education There Isn’t Helping” notes that one of the key recommendations in the report to solving the problem is sex education. According to Kearns, examination of the UK’s sex ed programs over the past 20 years indicate it is more likely part of the problem rather than the solution because of the “continual failure to adequately address the moral issue: the lost meaning and purpose of sex.” Read it here.
Stefano Gennarini of the Center for Family and Human Rights has written an informative article with important implications for all governments titled “The Trump Administration Must Keep Abortion Out of Humanitarian Law and Policy.” In it he explains why it is so critical to keep the controversial term “sexual and reproductive health,” a euphemism for abortion, out of United Nations documents. The term is being increasingly connected to humanitarian projects, and according to Gennarini, “Now it is being promoted by UN bureaucrats as an essential humanitarian need in all conflicts and natural disasters.” Read it here.
The blog of the Institute for Family Studies has an excellent post titled “Five Myths About Fathers and Family” by W. Bradford Wilcox and Alysse ElHage. They have captured some of the prevailing myths perpetrated by many in the media who don’t understand what the social science shows about the nature of fatherhood and family life. Included is information on stay-at-home dads, cohabitating dads, and the effects of divorce on children. They conclude that we need “more journalists who are willing to confront hard truths about the roles that fathers and marriage play in advancing the welfare of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, our children…” Read it here.
Glenn T. Stanton has authored an excellent report titled, “Why Mothers Matter,” and those who believe mothers and fathers are interchangeable would do well to read it. Stanton observes, “Motherhood is the most powerful force on earth. That is a not an opinion, but a fact. If mothers didn’t show up to work, nothing would get done.” And it’s much, much more than lunches, laundry, and lectures. The report reminds us that if mothers didn’t do the very things that make them mothers, “humanity would not exist. It’s that simple.” Read it here.
“What to Do in Our Current ‘Transgender Moment’” is an interview with Ryan Anderson, author of the recently published book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. In the interview, conducted by Kathryn Jean Lopez, Ryan explains that “the claims made by transgender rights activists are contrary to basic, self-evident truths. And a culture can only sustain lies about human nature for so long.” Read it here.
The progressive view of Internet pornography that suggests it poses no threat to individuals or society is rapidly becoming less credible as evidence mounts showing that “addiction to Internet pornography looks very like addiction to cocaine and carries consequences that may prove just as harmful for individuals and families.” An alarming article by Nicole M. King and Bryce J. Christensen titled “Internet Pornography—Akin to Cocaine” explains that there are neuroscientific elements of addiction that researchers are now realizing are similar whether it is an addiction to a substance or an addiction to a behavior. Read it here.
There is a dangerous threat not just to Americans, but to people around the world detailed by Emilie Kao in her article, “UN Poses Danger to Free Speech, Parents’ Rights. Here’s How Trump Administration Can Fight Back.” While the title of the article mentions America’s President Trump specifically, there is critical information in her article that is important for citizens of every country. Emily writes of the alliance that has formed between United Nations bureaucrats and LGBT activists that threatens fundamental rights. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has launched a campaign called “Free and Equal” that “aims to socialize same-sex marriage, criminalize so-called ‘hate speech,’ and normalize transgender ideology, even though the terms sexual orientation and gender identity are not in the text of any U.N. treaties.” Read it here.
A post on the Institute for Family Studies blog titled, “10 Reasons to Put Marriage Before Your Baby Carriage,” by Brad Wilcox and Alysse ElHage is a great summary of why cohabiting parenthood doesn’t make sense. Cohabiting parenthood is becoming increasingly popular, but according to these scholars and mountains of research, it doesn’t measure up to marriage, especially where the benefits to children are concerned. Read it here.
Monica Burke has penned an excellent rundown on the disaster that is AB 2943, a bill in before the California legislature that claims to protect LGBT people. But according to Monica’s article, “California Considers Bill That Would Make Traditional Views on Sexuality Illegal,” the bill actually limits their choices, censors speech, and infringes upon religious freedom. The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act—a consumer law that outlaws unfair and deceptive practices—by adding so-called “sexual orientation change efforts” to a list of banned practices. The law could affect authors, speakers, counselors, colleges and universities, and even religious leaders seeking to address unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion. Effectively, the bill would set a precedent for government-mandated censorship. Read it here.
It doesn’t happen very often that people on opposing sides of a highly controversial issue agree on anything, but this time, homosexual rights activist Peter Tatchell got it right. He wrote an article titled “Belfast ‘Gay Cake’ Row is About Freedom of Expression,” about an Irish baker who, for religious reasons, didn’t want to decorate a cake with a homosexual message on it. The baker was happy to bake the cake, just not decorate it with a message he didn’t believe in. The refusal, which resulted in a lawsuit, is now before Ireland’s Supreme Court. Tatchell observes that no one should be forced to promote an idea to which they object, and if the court rules against the baker, this fundamental freedom of expression, “which includes the right to not facilitate ideas with which one disagrees,” will be annihilated. Read it here.
For a jaw-dropping example of the sheer insanity of the political correctness of some “experts,” check out Rod Dreher’s column, “How to Tell if Your Baby is Trans.” He shares a short video clip of one of the nation’s top pediatric gender specialists explaining how to tell if “pre-verbal” children are transgender. Dreher calls this transgender ideology “true madness” and states, “It may shock you to discover in detail the degree to which the ‘science’ of transgenderism is driven not by science, but by cultural politics.” Read it here.
Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, provides some excellent commentary on the disaster that is “comprehensive sexuality education.” In his article, “Comprehensive Sex Education Violently Assaults Children and Their Innocence,” he shares some of the egregious examples of the smut that is forced upon innocent children through these programs, often unbeknownst to parents that would rightly be horrified at the information that is being presented to their children. Read it here.
“How the New Corporate Elite Sold Same-Sex Marriage to the American Public” is a book review by Scott Yenor. He suggests that everyone concerned about the future of marriage and the culture wars avail themselves of the book titled, From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage by Darel E. Paul. The ideology of the sexual revolution created an environment that “rejected the idea that sex, marriage, and procreation were connected at the heart of family life. It conceived of a family centered on the equality of adult partners ordered toward companionship instead.” This ideology took hold in American law because of the acceptance of the corporate managerial elite. Read it here.
“The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people,” states George Weigel in his article, “Roe v. Wade Derangement Syndrome.”This is the case with abortion and the never-ending debate that surrounds it. In the 1920s German eugenicists and legal scholars called it Lebensunwertes leben, “life unworthy of life.” Weigel asks, “If the lethal logic of Lebensunwertes leben prevails, where will the proponents of an unrestricted abortion license stop, when it comes to eliminating the inconvenient?” Read it here.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to receive professional mental health therapy to treat unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion—regardless of age. Michael L. Brown in his article, “California’s Shocking ‘You Must Stay Gay’ Bill,” explains why this outrageous proposal must be opposed. In recent years, a growing number of states and cities have passed legislation banning this therapy for minors, even if they and their parents want it, but this California bill would ban therapy for all ages. Brown rightly states of this attempt that it “defies all logic and can be seen only for what it is: a frontal assault on our freedom to self-determination. A frontal assault on our freedom of religion. And a frontal assault on our freedom of conscience.” Read it here.
“There Is No Solid Evidence of Genetic Basis for Trans Identity” is an analysis by former transgender, Walt Heyer, of a recent study on the genetics of gender identity. Some in the media falsely reported that the study identified the genes responsible for gender identity, but this isn’t what the study concluded. The lead researcher, Dr. John Theisen, stated that the study used a small sample size and has not yet been peer-reviewed. Walt reminds us that transgender identity “is based solely on subjective criteria. There is no objective, robust physical test to prove whether ‘transgender persons’ exist beyond a person strongly insisting that he or she is a transgender person.” Read it here.
“Currently, we appear to be experiencing a significant psychic epidemic that is manifesting as children and young people coming to believe that they are the opposite sex, and in some cases taking drastic measures to change their bodies.” So begins an excellent article titled, “Outbreak: The Explosion of Transgender Teens,” by licensed clinical social worker Lisa Marchiano. While not well studied, the disturbing social phenomenon of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” is having drastic, permanent consequences for young people. Read it here.
There is a troubling reality that can no longer be ignored. Criminologists have long known that the absence of fathers in the home is one of the most powerful predictors of criminal behavior. As the U.S. grapples with repeated school shootings, it is troubling to note that “among the 25 most-cited school shooters since Columbine, 75 percent were reared in broken homes, “… and “most came from incredibly broken homes of not just divorce and separation, but also infidelity, substance abuse, criminal behavior, domestic violence, and child abuse.” Emilie Kao, in an article titled, “The Crisis of Fatherless Shooters” writes, “…It is time to talk about not just how to protect students from shooters, but also about what must happen so that fewer students become shooters in the first place.” Read it here.
Yet another insightful piece on the transgender epidemic among children is written by Dr. Michael K. Laidlaw. “Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz” is a review of a book by a transgender individual. Dr. Laidlaw dispels some pervasive myths that are put forward in this book and states that while children who experience gender confusion deserve compassion and deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness, “Children who are experiencing gender dysphoria will likely be harmed by this book, as will children who do not have the condition.” Read it here.
Margot Cleveland, author of the article, “What The Federal Courts Are Getting Wrong About Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace,” says transgender hysteria is overtaking society—including the U.S. court system. She writes about the recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that transgender individuals are protected by Title VII’s prohibition of “sex” discrimination and that also concluded that an employer who refuses to affirm a transgender employee’s false sex is in violation of the federal anti-discrimination statute. But according to Cleveland, “Refusing to pretend that a man is a woman is not sex stereotyping. It is not invidious discrimination. And it is not cruel bigotry. It is defending reality from a cultural onslaught destined to destroy parental rights, religious liberty, and freedom of speech if left unchecked.” Read it here.
Parental rights are increasingly under attack. In his article, “We Must Reclaim Parental Rights as Building Blocks to a Healthy Society,” Arthur Goldberg provides several frightening examples of the erosion of parental rights by society and the courts in the United States and the UK. One especially disturbing example involves the case of an autistic gender-confused youth with the mental capacity of a nine-year-old. Her gender therapist authorized a double mastectomy after only two counseling sessions and without looking at her medical history or speaking to her other therapists. Arthur correctly states that the refusal to acknowledge parental rights is a trend that “directly negates the importance of families as an underlying foundation of American society.” Read it here.
“The Escalation of Pornography: A Ten-Year Update ” by Pat Fagan is an alarming article on the escalating use of pornography and some of the resulting negative effects. One of the most telling effects, according to Fagan, is the epidemic of erectile dysfunction that used to be an “older man’s problem” but is now being seen in staggering numbers in younger men. Other negative effects of porn addiction include diminished brain size, aggression, and relationship problems. Pat calls for the governments of the world to cooperate and control what has become a worldwide health hazard. Read it here.
For an outstanding summary of what the gender-confused madness has come to, look no further than Ryan Anderson’s article, “Transgender Ideology Is Riddled With Contradictions. Here Are the Big Ones.” He covers a little bit of history and asks a whole lot of questions—most that transgender activists simply can’t or won’t answer. And he accurately states, “If you pull too hard on any one thread of transgender ideology, the whole tapestry comes unraveled.” Read it here.
If you want a quick summary of almost everything that is wrong with Planned Parenthood and many of the deceptive tactics they use, check out this short video by Prager University. In a little over five minutes, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, succinctly explains “What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood.” She sums up her presentation by saying, “Planned Parenthood’s biggest enemy isn’t conservatives or religious people. Its biggest enemy is truth.” Watch it here.
Our colleague and good friend, Stefano Gennarini, has written an excellent article titled “How Their Refusal to Tolerate Dissent is Creating a Global Backlash Against LGBT People.” In it he explains how the U.S. promotion of LGBT policies abroad affects many areas on many levels. This unfettered international attempt at social engineering is especially evident at the United Nations and is unlikely to ever happen. Read it here.
“Transgenderism: A State-Sponsored Religion?” is an excellent fact-filled article by Dr. Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family physician and co-chair of the American College of Pediatricians’ Committee on Adolescent Sexuality. Dr. Van Mol contrasts “gender dysphoria,” a serious mental health issue, with “transgenderism,” a movement not based in scientific evidence, which seems to be growing into a “cultish religion” that is being forced on the public, often by the government. The transgenderism movement is affecting not only adults, but children and teens. According to Dr. Van Mol, “Transgender catechism is mandatory and has no age of consent.” Read it here.
The horrifying case of Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics doctor, has captured attention worldwide. Nassar, who sexually abused more than 150 girls, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. Mario Díaz in his article, “Nassar Case Demonstrates Harms of Pornography” points out that “just like virtually every other predator in the history of sexual assault, Nassar fed, groomed, and rotted his brain on pornography before and after abusing girls for years. It was pornography that did him in.” The FBI found over 37,000 images and videos of child pornography on various devices at his home. Pornography in all its forms, legal or illegal is harmful to individuals and to society. And, as Díaz observes, “While the scientific understanding of the harmful effects of pornography continues to grow, our society continues to ignore the problem.” Read it here.
An insider’s view on the science behind the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was recently voted down in the U.S. Senate, is offered by Dr. Robin Pierucci, a practicing neonatologist. In her article, “Neonatologist: Babies Do Feel Pain in the Womb. I’ve Seen It,” Dr. Pierucci confirms that based on her experience in the neonatal intensive care unit, “edge-of-viability unborn babies feel pain.” Premature babies react to painful procedures in obvious ways—they wrinkle up their faces, kick their feet, clench their hands into tiny fists, curl their toes, arch their backs and try to wriggle away, or smack at the offending person. She states, “Whether they are term or extremely immature, even though they can’t use words, babies in every neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) clearly do not react well to what the adults know are painful procedures.” Read it here.
In a fascinating article titled, “4 Ways Moms and Their Children Remain Physically Bonded for Life,” Jonathan Lange, shares four recent discoveries that “testify to the beautifully deep relationship between a mother and her child.” This is a mini science lesson on fetal and early childhood development that shows the biological connection between mother and child. Read it here.
The alphabet soup of politically correct sexual identities keeps getting longer and longer. In the article, “Some Activists Want to Turn ‘LGBT’ Into ‘LGBTQQICAPF2K+’ for Inclusion,” Katherine Timpf explains the ever growing acronym: L – lesbian G – gay B – bisexual T – transgender Q – queer Q – questioning I – intersex C – curious A – asexual A – agender A – ally P – pansexual P – polysexual F – friends and family 2 – two-spirit K – kink. Apparently, many members of the LGBT community are not keen on the addition of the “K” for “kink.” With the newfound desperation to be inclusive of everyone and everything, the acronym will likely keep growing in years to come. Read it here.
In an article by the Family Research Council titled “Pure Politics: Abstinence Crowd Cheers Report,” statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on teen sex are highlighted. According to the CDC, the number of high school students who said they’ve ever had sex dropped from 47 percent in 2005 to 41 percent in 2015. This drop is not due to the efforts of the previous administration, which did very little to promote abstinence in schools. FRC states, “After two terms of the last administration’s ‘if-it-feels-good-do-it’ approach, most experts agree [Obama] accomplished one thing: making the situation worse.” In fact, a 2016 study by the American Journal of Public Health found, “teenagers in the [government’s programs] were more likely to begin having sex… and more likely to get pregnant.” Read it here.
The abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, recently had a birthday. One hundred years of existence, and the organization has wreaked untold havoc on countless individuals, to say nothing of the seven million babies whose lives have been ended. Marissa Mayer, in her article, “10 Things Planned Parenthood Accomplished in 100 Years” counts down these nefarious “accomplishments,” which, according to her, are “nothing short of scandalous.” Well said. Read it here.
America is in the midst of a “transgender moment,” and Ryan Anderson shares some wise insights in his article, “The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science.” The fundamental question is whether men can really become women (or women become men). Decades ago, Dr. Paul McHugh, chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital put a stop to sex-reassignment surgery at Hopkins. Many medical centers followed, but now there is a resurgence of medical centers and medical procedures that address gender identity issues. But as Anderson asserts, “The most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible—changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings—but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality.” Read it here.
In his analysis, “Preparing a Foundation for the Curtailment of Religious Liberty: New Research Targets Conservative Religious Beliefs on Same-Sex Sexuality,” Dr. Christopher Rosik exposes the methodological and logical flaws in a recent study that is part of a growing effort by fringe psychologists in the U.S. to try to curtail religious rights on the grounds that religious teachings can cause stress to homosexual individuals. In addition to being an excellent critical analysis of one individual study, it is also useful as an example of how to critique similar studies. Read it here.
Australian pediatrician Dr. John Whitehall in his column, “Gone is Protection by the Family Court for Children Confused Over Gender,” explains the harm that will now befall children suffering from gender confusion as a result of the Family Court in that country relinquishing to medical practitioners the decision whether to administer dangerous puberty blocking and cross-sex hormones to these children. He explains the dangers of this approach to Gender Dysphoria and shows that the increasing reliance on the chemical/surgical approach to treating these gender-confused children represents the triumph of ideology over science. Read it here.
Joy Pullmann explains the case of Ash Whitaker, a Wisconsin transgender student, in her article, “School District Pays Teen $800,000 For Refusing To Let Her Sleep, Micturate With Boys.” The biological female student filed a lawsuit against the school district that was settled for $800,000 (the attorneys will get $650,000). The case had been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the cost to the school to litigate the case would be between $4 million and $5 million. The school district claims there was no choice but to settle. According to Pullmann, “LGBT activists have targeted the courts and regulatory agencies as vehicles to rewrite federal laws, primarily by changing the definitions of words in this same fashion.” Read it here.
Thrombosis, thromboembolism, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, hypertriglyceridemia, elevated blood pressure, decreased glucose tolerance, gallbladder disease, prolactinoma, and breast cancer. That’s the list of conditions boys who receive oral estrogen (cross-sex hormone therapy) may be at risk for. And the list for girls who are given testosterone therapy isn’t much prettier—low HDL and elevated triglycerides, increased homocysteine levels, hepatotoxicity, polycythemia, increased risk of sleep apnea, insulin resistance, and unknown effects on breast, endometrial and ovarian tissues. “What’s Wrong with the New NIH Study on Transgender Kids?” by Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle examines the inherent problems with a new study that intends to show that transgender affirmation therapy is safe and effective for children. However, existing research on cross-gender therapy shows anything but. Read it here.
Lois M. Collins compiled an informative list of the research from last year on what makes families founder or thrive. Her article, “10 Things We Learned About Strong Families in 2017,” summarizes some of the significant studies on a range of issues related to U.S. families. Read it here.
In his article, “Half the World’s Population Reaching Below Replacement Fertility,”Tomas Frejka discusses the most recent UN fertility statistics by country and region and discusses both the reasons for the low fertility rates in many countries and some of the implications for these countries. Read it here.
Chad Felix Greene in his column, “Top Four Anti-LGBT Myths of 2017,” provides analysis and his perspective on the claims being made by some in the U.S. that there has been an increase in murders motivated by an individual being transgender, that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise, that protecting religious freedom is merely a license to discriminate and that President Donald Trump is anti-LGBT. Read it here.
“This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old has a Message for Questioning Kids,” is a commentary by Walt Heyer, a former transgender on an interview with Noor Jontry, a biological female who believed she was transgender from ages 11 to 13 but at age 14 accepted her biologically-assigned gender. She describes how she slipped into Gender Dysphoria and what helped her overcome it in hopes of helping other adolescents who may be questioning their own gender identification. Read it here.
In his column, “The Truth about Men, Women and Sex,” Dr. Mark Regnerus offers very useful insight into the sexual dynamics and realities that provide context to the growing backlash and demand for action that is taking place currently in the U.S. against men who have sexually harassed or attacked women in the workplace. He notes that “Recent revelations about sexual harassment and abuse underscore certain blunt realities about men, women and sex” and asks, “How can we confront those realities in a way that leads to less sexual violence?” Read it here.
In an outstanding five-minute video created by the Heritage Foundation, internationally recognized expert Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians makes the case that “To indoctrinate all children from preschool forward with the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body disrupts the very foundation of a child’s reality testing. If they can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust? Transgender ideology in schools is psychological abuse that often leads to chemical castration, sterilization, and surgical mutilation.” View it here.
In his column, “Family Breakdown is Linked to Mental Health Problems in Teens.”British researcher Harry Benson reports on research that shows that family form and family breakdown is a significant factor in the mental health of adolescents. These findings are contrary to the view commonly accepted by the government that the level of parental conflict is the most important factor in how children develop. He notes that Britain has one of the highest levels of family breakdown in the world. Read it here.
“Are Red or Blue Families More Stable,” a recent column by W. Bradford Wilcox and Vijay Menon, shows that the data do not support recent claims that liberal Democratic (“blue”) families are more likely to reflect conservative family values on marriage than conservative Republican (“red”) families claim to hold to and practice. They explain that the data show “Republicans today appear more likely to have their children in marriage, to remain stably married, and to be happy in their marriages.” Read it here.
In her column, “4 Highlights From Christian Baker’s Wedding Cake Case at Supreme Court,” Emilie Kao discusses the areas of legal precedent which could be established by the Supreme Court’s decision in this case over whether the state of Colorado can compel an individual to participate in a homosexual wedding against his religious beliefs. Read it here.
Dr. Mark Regnerus examines the likely severity of stress created for individuals when they are subjected to such incidents as a baker refusing to make a custom wedding cake for two homosexuals because it violates his religious beliefs in his column, “Minority Stress is Real, but Wedding Cakes Don’t Cause It.” After examining more than two decades of research in the field, he concludes that “when scholars claim that the episodic inactions of florists or cake bakers directly diminish the psychological and downstream physical health (and dignity) of gay and lesbian Americans, I think they take a leap that is unmerited.” Read it here.
Michael Cook in his column, “Australia Votes for Same-Sex Marriage,” provides some insightful analysis of the social dynamics in Australia that led to the recent overwhelming “Yes” vote in the national plebiscite in favor of legalizing homosexual marriage in that country. He also discusses the implications of taking this step for religious freedom and national politics in Australia that will likely come as a result of the vote. Read it here.
The Heritage Foundation has posted the excellent panel discussion they recently sponsored on what should be done to truly help gender-confused children and adolescents. Featured are Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, Dr. Allan Josephson, a professor and division chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and Dr. Paul Hruz, associate professor of pediatrics, endocrinology, cell biology, and physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. They provide solid medical and scientific perspective on this growing mental disorder in children and the dangers of the “politically correct” approaches to dealing with it. Summary and video of the panel discussion is available here.
In his column, “The Ugly Truth About Sex Reassignment the Transgender Lobby Doesn’t Want You to Know,” Bruce Ashford summarizes the realities of sex reassignment procedures and the harms that result that are just beginning to be understood, including the growing number of individuals who have undergone these irreversible procedures and now regret having done so. In this context he also highlights the dangers of administering puberty-blocking drugs and other measures to support gender confused children in “transitioning” to the opposite gender. Read it here.
“Why Mommies Matter,” a column by Eric Metaxas, briefly summarizes the thesis of a new book by New York psychoanalyst Dr. Erica Komisar titled “Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters.” She wrote the book, he points out, after noticing a worrisome increase in the number of children exhibiting mental disorders and emotional problems. Based on extensive research and her own clinical experiences, she concludes that the best situation for the healthy future development of children is to be cared for by their mother for their first three years of life. Read it here.
Emilie Kao and Zachary Jones in their column, “ACLU Threatens to Stamp Out Diversity by Shuttering Faith-Based Adoption Agencies,” discuss the significance of a case the group has brought against the state of Michigan. “If the ACLU prevails in court, it would overturn the Michigan law and force numerous faith-based adoption agencies to choose between following their beliefs about marriage and family, or going out of business, leaving thousands of foster children out in the cold without families.” Read it here.
“Upon returning to middle school from an orthodontist appointment to tighten his braces, 12-year-old Johnny struggles through a pre-algebra lecture then schlepps off to his health class where he is instructed in anal sex, oral sex, masturbation and sexual fantasy.” Family Watch International president Sharon Slater writes in her article, “How Federally Funded Sex Education Sexualizes Schoolchildren,” that this happens to countless schoolchildren across the country every day who are exposed to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) funded by taxpayer dollars and delivered via the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program. Sharon provides some examples of explicit materials that children are exposed to through CSE, often unbeknownst to parents, and she reports on a groundbreaking study that shows that these CSE programs don’t work. Read it here.
Lisa Marchiano, a Licensed Clinal Social Worker, details the relatively recent “socially contagious” phenomenon of “rapid onset gender dysphoria” in her article “Misunderstanding a New Kind of Gender Dysphoria.” This occurs when teens suddenly identify as transgender without any previous history of feeling uncomfortable with their sex. According to Marchiano, “Preliminary research indicates that young people who identify as trans ‘out of the blue’ may have been influenced by social media sites that valorize being trans. In addition, researchers have observed a pattern of clusters of friends coming out together.” Medical and surgical interventions for gender transition in any case, but especially these cases, may seriously harm individuals. Read it here.
A short video titled, “The ‘Anti-Hate’ Group that is a Hate Group” by PragerU explains how the nefarious Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has become a political attack group that attempts to shut down individuals and organizations with which it does not agree by using the “hate” label. The SPLC compares groups that support traditional marriage and religious liberty with racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan. View it here.
In a telling commentary by Lyle Shelton titled, “LGBT Activists Wanted Elites, Not All, to Decide on Gay Marriage in Australia,” he accurately pegs the situation with regard to same-sex marriage. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged there would be no change to the country’s Marriage Act unless the Australian people agreed by voting in a plebiscite. The vote isn’t legally binding but will gauge public opinion and guide parliamentarians. Remarkably, same-sex marriage activists claim support for legalization of degendered marriage is as high as 70 percent, yet they have done everything they can to stop Australian citizens from voting on the issue—the results of which will be known in mid-November. Read it here.
Cathy Ruse thinks “Planned Parenthood Is Targeting Baby Girls,” and we think she’s right. According to her article, last year, Indiana passed a law that banned sex-selective abortion—the killing of unborn babies based on their sex. But last week, a federal district judge granted a permanent injunction against that law, at Planned Parenthood’s request. The ruling allows abortionists in Indiana the legal right to kill unborn girl babies just because they are girls. But how could this be? Planned Parenthood proclaims at the top of their collective lungs that they are champions for women. But it appears this is the case only for the ones who manage to make it safely out of their mothers’ wombs. Read it here.
There was an interesting recent coincidence noted by Samuel Buntz in his article, “America’s STD Epidemic Should Be Much Bigger News.” He says that Hugh Hefner died the same week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that the number of new sexually transmitted disease cases in America had hit a record high. “This unfurls a strange symmetry to the way history unfolds: a founding father of the sexual revolution dies at the same time that his legacy fully blossoms,” Samuel says. If all the newly occurring cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and other STDs are added up, the CDC estimates that there were 20 million cases in 2016. Now Hefner can’t be held personally responsible for all these diseased individuals, but according to Samuel, he can rightly be considered as “Sex Moses, coming down from Sex Mountain, bearing new Sex Commandments engraved on stone tablets. And the first Sex Commandment was: there are no sex commandments.” Read it here.
Citizens of Australia will shortly be deciding whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage in their country. David Sergeant has written an excellent article titled “What’s Changed in Britain Since Same-Sex Marriage?” He explains how the social structure of the UK has changed since same-sex marriage was legalized by members of parliament four years ago. He details the dramatic and troubling shifts that have occurred with regard to gender, religious freedom, children, and freedom of speech, and he recommends that the consequences of a change to the law regarding man/woman marriage be very seriously considered. Read it here.
“Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns for My Transgender Brother” by Michael Booker is a thought-provoking article about the transgender “pronoun game” rooted in his own personal experience as the sibling of a gender-confused individual. Transgenders insist that it is “common courtesy” that they be addressed by the pronoun that matches their self-proclaimed gender identity, but Michael deems this as a demand to affirm a falsehood. He says, “I do not believe that drugs or surgery can make a male into a female or a female into a male. Just a few years ago, that would have been simple science. Today it makes me a moral monster.” Read it here.
An article in Psychology Today claiming that one parent is equivalent to two when considering the welfare of children is addressed in a blog post from the Institute for Family Studies. “When it Comes to Child Well-Being, Is One Parent the Same as Two?” by Alysse ElHage, expertly answers that very question—not only from decades of social science research, but also from her personal experience as a child raised in a single-parent home. She acknowledges that “brave and resourceful single moms and dads… deserve our respect and need our support.” Yet “father hunger” is a common theme for those who were raised by single mothers. The research is clear that children fare best in nearly every measurable indicator when they live with their married mother and father. Read it here.
Several years ago, a gunman entered the offices of a prominent pro-family organization, Family Research Council, intent on killing as many people as he could. The gunman, Floyd Corkins, chose the offices of Family Research Council because he saw it listed as a “hate group” on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Family Research Council was designated as a “hate group,” alongside neo-Nazi groups, the Ku Klux Klan, and other violent groups, because of their support for marriage between a man and a woman. In Casey Mattox’s article, “The Southern Poverty Law Center Almost Got Me Killed. Why Does the Media Still Propagate Its ‘Hate Map’?,” he rightly blasts the SPLC and the media that legitimizes it and states, “It is high time the organization and its promoters acknowledged that their rhetoric is contributing to, not helping resolve, our coarsening discourse.” Read it here.
In her column, “The Transgender Agenda Hits Kindergarten,” Margot Cleveland examines the growing trend in states to not require that parents be informed when their children are going to be taught about gender confusion. National concern in the U.S. has been raised by the widely reported Rocklin Academy kindergarten incident, where the teacher staged a “transition ceremony” on the last day of classes in which one of the students’ classmates who is a boy suddenly appeared in girls’ clothing and announced that she was now a girl. Many in the class were severely affected. Outraged parents discovered that state law did not protect them, and she warns parents that many other state laws would permit a similar incident, and they need to take action. Read more here.
“Can We Stop an International Roe v. Wade?” is a column by Stefano Gennarini that warns that the UN Human Rights Commission is completing a draft legal commentary that excludes unborn children from the right to life and allows the terminally ill to be euthanized. He explains how concerned individuals and organizations can comment on this draft and also sign a petition to the Commission. “No person, institution, or organization that cares about the pro-life cause should sit this one out. Retreat is not an option. The committee must realize that there is real international outrage at what it is doing,” he says. Read it here.
“How the LGBT Movement Used Fake Science to Push Gay Marriage” by Austin Ruse explains how the claim that there is no difference in children who are raised by same-sex parents is bogus. None of the studies that purport to show there is no difference meets the basic requirements for robust social science research. The problems with this “scientific” research include non-random samples, a small number of subjects, and self-reporting from parents who are committed to proving that children can thrive without a mother or a father. Read it here.
Jamie Shupe has some experience on the topic of transgenders in the military. Shupe’s article, “I Was a Transgender Soldier. Gender Dysphoria Poses Real Problems for Military,” sheds some honest light on this confusing topic. A combat-ready military means that as many people as possible are deployable on a moment’s notice. Individuals who are undergoing sex-reassignment surgery and other treatments for gender dysphoria may not be able to perform their required duties. Shupe says simply that “the health and fighting capabilities of a military unit are determined by how many of its members are deployable.” Read it here.
The U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law in 1993 was needed to “restore to religious liberty the same kind of protection that the Court has given and still does give to other fundamental freedoms,” and to ensure “the inapplicability of highly intrusive educational rules to parochial schools.” These statements were made back in 1993 by Nadine Strossen, then president of the national board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union. My, how things have changed. In “The Continuous Threat to Religious Liberty,” Ryan Anderson expertly explains the status of religious liberty in the U.S. Read it here.
Research has found that youth aged 14 to 19 who identify as lesbians have pregnancy rates two to seven times greater than their heterosexual peers. It is also true that homosexual male youth are more likely to impregnate their sexual partners. This curious statistic demands explanation. An article by Glenn T. Stanton titled “Why Are Lesbian Teens Having Two To Seven Times As Many Babies As Their Heterosexual Peers?”suggests that perhaps “being lesbian or gay is not quite as absolute or fixed as gender theorists want us to believe.” Read it here.
“On its own terms, the logic of the same-sex marriage movement inexorably leads to the embrace of polyamory and, even, the removal of legal sanctions against incestuous marriages,” states Robert P. George in his article titled “Is Polyamory Next?” Shouldn’t the “marriage equality” movement produce the same result for all sexual minorities—including polyamorists? They argue that if gender doesn’t matter in marriage, then number shouldn’t matter either, and if love is what counts, they shouldn’t be denied a legal recognition of their love regardless of how many people it includes. Read it here.
In her essay, “Artificial Wombs Reveal an Ugly Truth about the Abortion-Rights Movement,” Margot Cleveland discusses the threat that the development of artificial wombs poses to the basic philosophical and legal underpinning of the pro-abortion movement—that women are justified in killing their unborn children because they should have the right to make decisions related to their own bodies. She points out that pro-abortion advocates are increasingly alarmed that this technological breakthrough (it has already been successfully tested with sheep embryos) will completely undermine the legal justifications that courts have accepted to justify abortion and will create an inescapable moral consequence for women. They are recognizing that “Abortion law is ‘fragile’ and ‘dated’ because, while an artificial womb would give a woman ‘control of her own body,’ it could still force her into ‘parenthood.’” Stripped of its niceties, Cleveland concludes, what pro-abortionists really want “is a constitutional right to a dead baby.” Read it here.
Author Leila Miller asked adult children of divorce about their experiences and was shocked to discover that not only does the pain of divorce continue into adulthood, but even if a child experienced a “good divorce,” the suffering isn’t lessened. In her post on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies titled “The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice,” she shares her research that confirms that the pain and feelings of abandonment of children whose parents divorce can continue for years. Read it here.
According to UNICEF there are 100 million street children in the world who are threatened by starvation, disease and exploitation, and the number is predicted to grow. But there are other parentless children at risk. Law Professor Lynn Wardle in his article, “Marriage – The Answer to the Rising Concern of Parentlessness,” explains that parentless and partially-parentless children are a “persistent scourge of America and other affluent nations” because of social practices and adult lifestyle preferences. The answer, says Professor Wardle is marriage. “Marriage is the simplest, most effective, and most available remedy to most parentlessness.” Read it here.
Though parts of this article are difficult to read, Rod Dreher makes some important points and asks some tough questions in “The Terrible Cost of Porn.” He says, “We are conducting a radical experiment that has never before in history been tried, because it has never been possible. What happens to individuals and societies when images — moving images — of the most bizarre and violent sex acts imaginable can be instantly accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time? What does that do to our brains, our minds, and our hearts? What does it to do us as a people?” Read it here.
In Katrina Trinko’s column titled “The Media’s Use of This ‘Hate Group’ Label Puts Conservatives’ Safety at Risk” she takes the mainstream media to task for citing the widely discredited extreme leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a legitimate source of information. The SPLC has repeatedly attacked conservative organizations labeling them as “hate groups,” and in actuality, the rhetoric spewed by the SPLC has been linked to violence against individuals with conservative beliefs or who are associated with conservative organizations. Read it here.
A recent article written for teenagers and promoting a particular high-risk sexual behavior leaves the mistaken impression that most teenagers are engaging in sexual activity, which just isn’t true, as Alysse ElHage points out in her article, “Most Teens Aren’t Having Sex, and They Deserve More Support for That Choice.” She explains that young men and women who are not sexually active “are swimming against the cultural tide that says everyone they know is ‘hooking up’ and that even the highest-risk behaviors are acceptable, as long as they are done ‘right’ and the person is willing.” Read it here.
A blog post by the Institute for Family Studies documents how shared faith and religious practice foster stronger, happier marriages. W. Bradford Wilcox in his post, “Faith and Marriage: Better Together?” points out how there is a trend by some cultural elites to take a negative view of religion and religion’s influence on family life. But the research shows the opposite—that “religion generally fosters more happiness, greater stability, and a deeper sense of meaning in American family life, provided that family members—especially spouses—share a common faith.” Read it here.
“This New Law in Canada Could Remove Kids From Parents Who Reject Transgender Ideology” is an article by Andrea Mrozek that explains some serious concerns about Bill 89—legislation passed in Ontario, Canada. She points out that the bill moves “gender identity and gender expression” language from the Human Rights Code “into the private domain of the family, but without including specific protections for conscience and religion.” And she shows how what started as a legislative snowball has the potential to become a dangerous avalanche that may inflict real harm on children, parents, and families in Canada. Read it here.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, a board certified pediatrician and current president of the American College of Pediatricians, shares powerful insights in her article, “I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.” She observes that as transgender politics has steamrolled across the U.S., it’s not just infecting our laws, “it is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.” And sadly, Dr. Cretella notes that healthcare professionals “who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.” Read it here.
[Editor’s note: To listen to an interview on the topic of transgenderism and children, click here.]
There has been a great deal of news coverage in the case of little Charlie Gard, the baby who is being denied medical treatment in the UK. It’s a complicated issue, but Melissa Moschella brings up some excellent points in her article “Parental and Governmental Authority in Medical Decisions: The Tragic Case of Charlie Gard.” She maintains that the UK has exceeded its authority and has violated the rights of his parents who should be the ones to determine how to best care for Charlie. Read it here.
Scott Yenor, Visiting Fellow of the Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, has authored a masterful report titled “Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.” He makes the point that the contemporary notion of gender as a social construct has its roots in the sexual revolution imagined decades ago by radical feminists. “Yesterday’s shocking theory has become today’s accepted norm, with more changes to come.” Read it here.
A post from the blog of the Institute for Family Studies titled “Married Parents: One Way to Reduce Child Poverty” is taken from the testimony of W. Bradford Wilcox given before the “Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years,” an ad-hoc committee of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study child poverty in the United States. He notes the growth of child poverty from the 1970s to the 1990s that was driven, in part, by the rise of single-parent families and family instability over this time period. For instance, in 1970, 12 percent of children lived with a single parent; by 1990, 25 percent of children lived with a single parent. Wilcox cites other statistics and concludes that “marriage continues to matter.” Read it here.
Activists are waging a culture war against religious and personal freedom of those who experience and those who treat individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction. The attacks are leveled legislatively, legally, and with complaints lodged in courts, licensing boards and professional associations. Arthur Goldberg in his article, “Same-Sex Attraction and Therapy: It’s Time to Let People Choose,” analyzes some of the most egregious attacks and points out that the very people calling for tolerance and diversity are also preventing those who are unhappy with their same-sex attraction and want to change it from living in accordance with their ideals, reaching their goals, and finding peace within themselves. Read it here.
Walt Heyer’s perspective as a former transgender is always enlightening, and his recent article, “The Experiment on Our Children: Doctors Don’t Know Who the Real Trans Kids Are,” is no exception. The reality is that since many children grow out of their gender dysphoria, there is just no way to know which children will persist in their feelings. Irreversible damage can occur in children who are treated with puberty blockers and cross-gender hormone therapy. Damage can also be incurred from the social transitioning of adopting changes in name, dress, and mannerisms. He shares a heartbreaking email from a young man who would give anything to go back to his pre-gender transitioned self. Read it here.
“Teen Contraception Programs Are Counterproductive” by Michael J. New reviews some recent findings on the topic. The Journal of Health Economics published a study by British researchers that found large cuts in contraception and sex-education programs were correlated with larger reductions in teens’ abortion and pregnancy rates. This study adds to a good deal of research that shows “programs to encourage contraception among teenagers are ineffective at best or counterproductive at worst.” Read it here.
Nicole M. King in her column, “Glamorous and Carefree or Unmarried and Lonely?”challenges a move among some in the social sciences to re-characterize singles in developed countries as making significant contributions and as a boon to friends and relatives who participate more in continuing education classes, dine out more, and generally lead fulfilling lives. She cites the research findings that continue to accumulate that show this is not the case, including a recent study by German researchers that shows that in fact the loneliness that plagues many singles is related to a range of mental and physical health conditions. This accumulating research has increasing policy significance as fewer people in these countries marry. Read more here.
“The Supreme Court’s Religious-Freedom Message: There Are No Second-Class Citizens,” is an excellent analysis by David French of the potentially far-reaching implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of a church in Missouri that filed a discrimination suit against the state because they were refused a grant to improve safety on a playground on church property that they would otherwise have qualified for simply because they were a church. He notes that “Seven of nine justices took a hard look at a government program that explicitly discriminated on the basis of religion and rejected it out of hand. Today’s message was clear. People of faith aren’t second-class citizens, and their churches are entitled to equal treatment under the law.” Read more here.
Do pregnancy and motherhood make you smarter? Ashley McGuire asks this question in her post on the Institute for Family Studies blog titled “The Brain Boosting Power of Motherhood.” While many might answer in the negative, a new study from the Netherlands found pregnancy markedly changed the brain of a woman for the better—so much so that a computer could distinguish between pregnant and nonpregnant women based on their brain scans alone. In fact, says McGuire, “Motherhood, from the earliest moments, begins reshaping our brains—trimming away the fat and boosting the most productive and useful parts of our minds.” Read it here.
Professor Alan J. Hawkins begs to differ with the results of a study published in a prestigious scientific journal claiming that marriage is undergoing a process of detraditionalization—that couples are becoming open to nonmonogamy. In his article, “The Norm of Marital Monogamy is Not Crumbling,” Hawkins says a closer look at the study reveals that the evidence is shaky, the conclusions are premature, and that “the rumors of monogamy’s death are greatly exaggerated.” Read it here.
Alysse ElHage summarizes a recent study of children born to lone mothers in the UK in her article “For Lone-Mother Families, the Biological Father Who Returns Matters the Most.” The study provides evidence that biological fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in fostering the well-being of children—even if he joins the family after a child is born. ElHage says, “In many ways, the UK study confirms what we already know—that the best family structure for children is to grow up in is with both their biological parents in a stable union.” Read it here.
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would ban “conversion therapy” for minor children throughout the country as has been done in a number of states. But Marcus Gregory in his article, “How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children,” believes that doing that is a horrible idea. He says such legislation “ensures no American child unhappy with his or her natural sexed body will have access to therapy other than drastically changing the body.” The bill also ignores an important fact supported by scientific evidence—that close to 90 percent of children will eventually accept their biological sex. Read it here.
After living as a male for eight months, biological female Zahra Cooper reverted back to being female, but not without possible permanent effects from the testosterone she took for eight months. “Transgender Reversal Leaves Young Woman with Irreversible Effects” by Carolyn Moynihan chronicles a portion of Zahra’s experiment with transgenderism including an incorrect diagnosis and two suicide attempts. Read it here.
“Trump’s Expansion of Mexico City Policy Is a Major Victory in Protecting Life” by Rep. Chris Smith points out the irony of America’s commitment to human rights while at the same time promoting death to unborn children by abortion both at home and overseas. The Mexico City Policy instituted by President Ronald Reagan was designed to ensure that U.S. taxpayer money is not funneled to foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. The new Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy is an expansion of the Mexico City Policy and will ensure that the weakest and most vulnerable of all—unborn children—are protected. Read it here.
Former transgender Walt Heyer has more insight on transgenderism than most, so when he says, “The problem with basing a diagnosis and irreversible treatment on people’s feelings, no matter how deeply felt, is that feelings can change,” he knows what he’s talking about. His article, “Bravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender Ideology” tackles yet again what has become a very polarizing topic. Read it here.
The politics of sexual health is obvious in the debate surrounding the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). In “The Truthiness Behind the HPV Vaccine Campaign,”Carolyn Moynihan explains that the propaganda that is disseminated with regard to contracting HPV is misleading at best, and downright dangerous at worst. Certain strains of HPV cause, among other things, cervical cancer in women. And while HPV may be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, its spread can be completely controlled by behavior rather than an unnecessary and possibly risky vaccine. According to Moynihan, “’No’ is the best vaccine and there are still people who protect their physical and emotional health in that way.” Read it here.
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia determined that images of dead unborn babies cannot be displayed in public because they are too disgusting and “may be so distressing as to be potentially harmful.” So showing the image of a dead fetus is criminal, but the act of aborting the baby is legal. In the article, “Abortion: Law Condones the Act as it Criminalises the Image,” Dr. Augusto Zimmermann writes about the utter irony of this ruling and questions how a photo can be so distressing, but not the act that actually results in the dead unborn baby in the photograph. Read it here.
The dangerous precedent established by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision is analyzed by attorney Howard Slugh in “Obergefell’s Toxic Judicial Legacy.” In that decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that judges have an ongoing duty to identify and protect new and “fundamental rights” rather than constitutional rights that were “deeply rooted in” American “history and tradition” whenever their “reasoned judgment” deems it is appropriate to do so. Lower courts are now citing Obergefell to create new rights, and with regard to future court decisions, anything is possible. Read it here.
Joy Pullmann makes some excellent points in her article, “Boys Will Keep Winning Girls’ Sports Trophies Until We Are Willing To Re-Assert Sex Distinctions.” Quoting the mother of a race-winning biological male on his high school girls’ track team, the choice seemed to be to allow her son to be who he wants to be or watch him take his own life or become a drug addict. Pullmann observes, “Transgender politics run on emotional manipulation rather than appeals to reason, tradition, and natural law…” Read it here.
“Research Claiming Sex-Change Benefits Is Based On Junk Science” is an article by former transgender Walt Heyer showing the shortcomings of the research on individuals who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery. One limitation is that many participants who are present at the beginning of a study are “lost to follow-up” and can’t be located at the end—up to 90 percent. Poorly designed studies also account for questionable data. Fabricated results about gender reassignment are also a significant issue. Read it here.
Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education provides medically accurate information on reproductive anatomy, pregnancy, STDs and contraception and focuses on normalizing sexual delay for youth. It teaches youth how to build healthy relationships, develop self-regulation, concentrate on academics, and set future goals. Valerie Huber explains this in her article “Sexual Risk Avoidance Education: Common sense, science and health are winning the day.” She shows why this information is so critical for teens, and that “while sex can be a wonderful part of being human, sex as a teen is a risk behavior that can have life-altering effects.” Read it here.
In his op/ed, “Why politicians (and others) need to start talking about the family unit,” attorney Bill Duncan, one of the foremost legal scholars in the U.S. in the fight to defend man/woman marriage, lays out some of the evidence that “strongly suggests that, notwithstanding other important efforts, the factor most likely to move the needle on things like stagnant upward mobility, intergenerational poverty, crime and educational failure would be strengthened families.” But, he points out, even in light of these realities, the importance of the family and what government can appropriately do to encourage family formation is hardly addressed in political campaigns. Read it here.
“The Right of Children to the Marriage of Their Parents” says Dr. Patrick Fagan “is foundational to religious practice and to strong cultures.” In this blog post from the Marriage and Religious Research Institute, Dr. Fagan explains that this much-neglected right of children is not politically conferred, but arises from the order of nature and delivers powerful consequences. Read it here.
John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris analyze an article by Michael Hobbes in their commentary, “An Unspoken Epidemic,” that documents “a consistent and chilling trend” among those who live a homosexual lifestyle. Many of the physical and psychological consequences of homosexual behavior are grim including suicide rates, disease, substance abuse, and depression. Read it here.
In most cases, a hidden camera investigation revealing corporate wrongdoing would result in legislators rushing to investigate and see that the misdeeds are met with appropriate legal consequences. But according to “Political Prosecution in California,” an editorial in the Washington Examiner, “when the corporation is Planned Parenthood, the industrial-scale abortionist, you can count on Democrats instead to pass special laws protecting it, and even to crack down on the whistleblowers.” Read it here.
When there is disagreement on the answer to a question, it doesn’t mean the question is unanswerable or that a truth is unknowable. With regard to the question of when human life begins, Ramesh Ponnuru in his commentary, “When Reasoning Doesn’t Begin,”suggests that it would be helpful to separate “(1) the question of when the life of a human organism begins from (2) the question of what follows from the answer to the first question.” Read it here.
Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) is a condition where a person’s physical body does not align with what an individual’s mind understands itself to be. In “Woman Demands Doctors Sever Her Spinal Cord To Align Body To Mind, ‘Same As A Transsexual Man,’” Glenn Stanton shows how an individual with gender confusion who seeks to amputate healthy body parts is not unlike an individual who feels that a particular limb—an arm or a leg—doesn’t belong on their body and will go to extreme lengths to have it amputated. One situation is considered crazy, but the other is considered brave. Read it here.
Daniel Moody makes some excellent points in “Ten Years of International Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws: Lessons Learned.” He explains some fundamental and serious problems with “The Yogyakarta Principles,” a document on sexual orientation and gender identity drafted by self-proclaimed “experts” in international law that was released ten years ago. According to the Yogyakarta Principles, human rights are grounded in both what, and whom, individuals think they are, not necessarily in biological absolutes. Moody uses as an example a British citizen born in Britain but who feels Italian. Does this person have the right to an Italian passport? Great question. Read it here.
A prevailing view of some scholars today is that family stability is more important than marriage when it comes to the well-being of children. But the statistics just don’t bear that out. Even in Europe. In the article, “In Europe, Cohabitation is Stable…Right?,” W. Bradford Wilcox and Laurie DeRose lay out the facts regarding family stability, cohabitation, and marriage. Read it here.
“May I Please Speak to My Daddy?” by Doug Mainwaring addresses the toll taken on children who are raised without a mother or father. He writes, “Never before in history have children been born with the explicit purpose of being deprived of either a mom or a dad. Yet children who are brought into this world to satisfy the wants of gay and lesbian couples enter the world in exactly this way.” Whether through divorce or same-sex marriage, he points out that it is our children who pay the price for the selfishness of adults. Read it here.
“Gender Identity Politics is Erasing and Silencing Women” by American College of Pediatricians President Michelle Cretella is a review of a book edited by Ruth Barrett titled Female Erasure: What you need to know about gender politics’ war on women, the female sex and human rights. Dr. Cretella says the book is a masterpiece, incisive, and well referenced, and for her work on the transgendering of society and its harmful impact upon women and children, Barrett, a feminist who is committed to abortion rights, has been harassed and received death threats. Read it here.
Warning: Gender-confused individuals and their allies will not appreciate this article by Renee Gardner. However, those who agree that medical intervention for “transgender” children at young ages is not appropriate will appreciate the insight in her article “10 Ways The Transgender Push Mirrors The Lobotomy Craze.” There certainly are parallels—desperate patients and their families…unproven therapies…a lack of research…significant medical risks. Read it here.
“When a Man in a Women’s Restroom is Finally Seen as Wrong” by Sheila Liaugminas is a report of a blog post by “The Get Real Mom” who relates her experience of a biological male in the women’s bathroom. She was surprised to discover that none of the women in the bathroom at the time said a word to the man because they had been “culturally bullied into silence.” Read it here.
In “The Unforeseen Consequences of Transgenderism,” Walter E. Williams opines about some of the consequences of no longer being able to rely on the old-fashioned methods of identifying an individual’s sex. He notes that the old “tried and true” system of looking at appearance, maybe a birth certificate, or if absolutely necessary, chromosomes, no longer works. And the consequences of this new system remain to be seen. Read it here.
Meet the members of “Generation Z.” The kids that are now beginning to graduate from high school, and in the U.S., have just become old enough to vote. According to research, they and their counterparts in Britain may be the most conservative generation since World War II. In “Kids These Days” by Eric Metaxas, he outlines what makes this generation different from all those that have gone before, including the fact that they “have grown up surrounded by instant access to the world’s harsh realities on their smart phones.” Read it here.
On the Institute for Family Studies Blog, a post titled “Modern Marriage: For Our Kids”by Richard V. Reeves asks the question, “What is marriage for?” In order to answer the question, he suggests that we should look to the people who are still getting and staying married. Reeves states that “Marriage is no longer principally an economic institution, but almost exclusively a social one—centered on a commitment to having and raising children together.” Read it here.
In her editorial, “No, Tomi, You Cannot be Pro-choice and Conservative,” Brittany Hughes makes a powerful case in taking strong exception to the startling claim made by The Blaze Internet TV channel host Tomi Lahren during an appearance on another network that one cannot be conservative and pro-life. The supposedly conservative personality claimed that based on her love of the U.S. Constitution, she favored limited government, and that meant that the government should not be telling women “what they can do with their bodies.” She has been suspended by the network for a week and is reportedly not going to have her contract renewed. Read it here.
Recent scientific advances have confirmed what pro-life advocates have known all along—that a fetus is a living human being, separate from its mother, whose life has value. In an excellent column, “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart: The Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017,” by Arthur Goldberg, the importance of the fetal heartbeat as one measure of life is examined. Read it here.
“Supreme Court’s Pass on Transgender Case Will Ignite Further Lawsuits” by Jim Campbell explains why U.S. courts may be headed for endless lawsuits on gender identity and expression. He says, “Sex is rooted in biological reality determined at birth by objective criteria like anatomy and chromosomes. But gender identity is based on subjective perceptions—the idea that a person’s status as male, female, or something in between depends on what he thinks about himself.” The issue at hand is the definition of “sex” in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and whether “on the basis of sex” includes the altogether distinct notion of “gender identity.” Read it here.
The U.S. news magazine show, 20/20 recently aired a piece on sexual orientation “conversion therapy camps.” According to Family Research Council, the piece was irresponsible and grossly misleading. Their article, “20/20’s Blurred Vision of Sexual Reorientation Therapy,” outlines the problems with the reporting, which conveniently neglected to mention there are compassionate therapists and counselors who are available to help youth and adults with unwanted same-sex attractions who voluntarily seek help. Read it here.
Michelle Malkin rips apart Hollywood’s elite in “A Lesson for Planned Parenthood’s Pinup Girls.” Celebrities are quick to hail Planned Parenthood and even publicly pledge thousands of dollars in donations while accessorizing their expensive gowns worn to the Academy Awards with golden Planned Parenthood logo pins. Malkin observes that a more truthful accessory would have been “bloodied miniature forceps,” but it “would have clashed with the Givenchy and Gucci outfits worn by the abortion giant’s pinup gals.” Read it here.
“What would you say to someone whose deepest desire was to resemble a plastic toy?” That’s the question posed by Mark Narankevicius in an outstanding column titled “Transgender People Need As Much Help As The ‘Human Ken Doll’ Does.” His account of an individual who has undergone more than 50 surgical procedures so he can become a “human Ken doll” compares this situation to someone who is obsessed with becoming a person of the opposite gender. Read it here.
In a new report for the Heritage Foundation titled “How to Think About Discrimination: Race, Sex, and SOGI,” Ryan T. Anderson argues that current efforts to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination are misguided and will not create “Fairness for All.” He suggests that rather than tack on “LGBT” to current antidiscrimination policies intended to protect racial or sex discrimination, “the policy response to the legitimate concerns of people who identify as LGBT must be nuanced and appropriately tailored.” Read it here. Read the full report here.
The current thinking of many young men that is becoming increasingly popular is that marriage is of little benefit and just isn’t worth the effort and sacrifice. However, the data show this just isn’t true. “Hey Guys, Put a Ring on It” by W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas H. Wolfinger lays out the verifiable facts that, among other things, married men make more money, have more sex, have better health, and live longer. Read it here.
Brian E. Fisher makes some excellent arguments in his article titled “Abortion Widens the Gender Gap and Exploits Women.” Pro-abortion advocates insist that abortion is a woman’s right and will liberate women and enable them “to pursue their sexual and career interests free of repercussions or dependence on their male partners.” But what has really happened with the legalization of abortion—a major miscalculation on the feminists’ part—is that men were liberated and are now guaranteed consequence-free sex. Read it here.
For any parent who has found themselves trying to navigate the murky waters of explaining transgenderism to their children, A. D. P. Efferson has some excellent suggestions in her article “4 Tips For Talking With Your Kids About Transgenderism.”She observes that “More and more parents are being put in the unwelcome position of having to discuss adult issues with young children, often without much guidance.” For parents who are confused about how to approach this sensitive subject, this is a must-read article. Read it here.
Remember the warnings from years ago that if same-sex marriage was legalized, it would pave the way for the legalization of polygamy? Those warnings were completely discounted by same-sex marriage proponents as utter paranoia. In “Polygamy: The Next Frontier” by Rod Dreher, he reminds us of that warning and tells of a new book by law professor Mark Goldfeder titled Legalizing Plural Marriage: The Next Frontier of Family Law. Professor Goldfeder maintains that polygamy is the next logical step in the development of U.S. family law and provides a road map to show how it could be accomplished legally. Read it here.
In her column, “SJW Internet Publishes a Guide to Being as Many Genders as You Want without Culturally Appropriating,” Katherine Timpf crystallizes how ridiculous the political correctness, illogic and confusion of the transgender “rights” movement has become. She notes that the author of this “guide” now circulating on liberal social justice blogs and websites claims that there is “an infinite diversity of genders in the world” and “at least as many genders as there have been humans who lived.” People can experience multiple gender identities at the same time according to this guide as well as experiencing gender confusion only in certain romantic situations or in response to those one happens to be associating with at the time. But as Timpf also explains, the author of this guide gives gender-confused individuals advice on how they can be sure these various gender identities they may choose to adopt do not commit the politically incorrect sin of “cultural appropriation.” Read more here.
The 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., has come and gone, and many misconceptions about the case still persist. In “Little-Known Facts About Roe v. Wade,” Alexandra DeSanctis presents support for the belief that the ruling was based on shaky legal reasoning. Read it here.
“With an Eye to the Children We Never Knew: The Bloodiest Century By Far” is a blog post by Pat Fagan. He shares several slides from a PowerPoint presentation by the authors of the “most comprehensive and most carefully constructed database of abortion statistics for the world over the last century.” The authors of the study, Thomas W. Jacobson, M.A. and Wm. Robert Johnston, Ph.D., have compiled some sobering and staggering data including the fact that “roughly the equivalent of one seventh of the world’s present population has been killed in the womb of mothers over the last century.” Read it here.
Sean Davis deftly rips apart a pro-abortion article written by Moira Weigel that appeared in The Atlantic exposing her faulty logic and specious arguments. In “Abortion Science: Heartbeats Are Imaginary, Unborn Babies Aren’t Alive, And Ultrasounds Are Just Tools Of The Patriarchy,” Davis correctly points out that abortion activists know that they are ending a human life. “After all,” he says, “if that unborn baby girl weren’t alive, the abortionist wouldn’t be so hell-bent on killing her. And if her heart weren’t beating, the abortionist wouldn’t have to try so hard to make it stop.” Read it here.
Today, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. Since Roe v. Wade there have been 59 million abortions in the United States. According to Frederica Mathewes-Green in her article “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense,” if the 59 million names of all those lost babies were inscribed on a wall, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the wall would have to stretch for 100 miles. And then she makes this sobering observation: “but no names could be written on it; those babies had no names.” Read it here.
This short piece by Katherine Timpf titled, “Social-Justice Blog: Gender Is ‘More Like a Performance’” shows the ridiculousness of both the notion of gender fluidity and the insistence of individuals who identify as non-binary who demand to be called by their preferred pronoun. Read it here.
The definition of the “best interest of the child,” or rather, whose definition is truly best, is examined by Paul Diamond in “State vs. Family: The Tyranny of the ‘Emerging Orthodoxy.’” He looks at three recent cases that illustrate how state agencies are intervening in family life to advance an ideological agenda, and in some cases, putting the alleged rights of the child ahead of parental rights. Read it here.
Several years ago, a study by researchers at Colombia University claimed that discrimination against sexual minorities reduced life expectancy by an average 12 years. Now, with a new study by Mark Regnerus, we know that is wrong. “The ‘Gay Stigma Kills’ Mantra is Wrong,”by Michael Cook explains that the data from the 2014 study was analyzed ten different ways, and none yielded the results claimed in the original research. Read it here.
In “Religious Service Attendance, Marriage, and Health,” Harvard Professor Tyler J. VanderWeele shares the research that has been done on the relationship between marriage stability and religious service attendance. Those who regularly attend religious services are about 30 to 50 percent less likely to divorce than those who do not. Read it here.
There is definitely a conflict when it comes to animal rights activists who are also pro-abortion. In Professor Ligia De Jesus Castaldi’s article “Double Standards on Abortion and Animal Rights” she examines this duplicitous worldview, concluding that “abortion rights dogma can obscure human reason and harden the human heart to the point that the same person who feels empathy and sensitivity for animal suffering can utterly lack compassion for the lethal violence and excruciating pain that unborn children experience when their lives are ended in the womb.” Read it here.
In yet another account of our convoluted culture, Gavin Ashenden chronicles the experience of two Canadian professors—one biological man who identifies as a non-binary individual and wants to be referred to by the pronoun “they,” and the other professor who doesn’t want to be forced by the government to speak something untrue, possibly ending up in jail for committing a hate crime if he refuses to call a “he” a “they.” The article, “When Refusing to Call a Man ‘They’ Becomes a ‘Hate Crime,’” accurately describes the conundrum. Read it here.
Glenn T. Stanton has compiled a fantastic list of “made-up theories” of gender theorists. In “5 Damning Inconsistencies In Transgender Dogma” he shows how these “inevitable contradictions come to light in embarrassing ways.” All five inconsistencies are very enlightening, but be sure to read number two. It’s especially damning. Read it here.
There are just too many excellent points that are made by Adam MacLeod in “The Double Mommy Trap: Two Mothers and No Rights for Junior” to do any justice to a summary. The article centers on the decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that ruled that a woman with no legal or biological connection to a child could be considered the “mother.” MacLeod observes that whatever the ultimate goal of the sexual rights movement, it is clear that “reaching it requires courts or legislatures to weaken or abrogate legal securities for the fundamental right of children to be connected to mother and father.” Read it here.
It’s inevitable. What has happened in the U.S. and the UK is bound to also happen in Australia. Business owners with sincerely held religious beliefs about traditional marriage between a man and a woman who are in the wedding industry are being forced under threat of prosecution to act in a way that violates their faith. “We Must Not Surrender to ‘Gross Conforming Stupidity’”by Campbell Markham outlines why it is critical for Australians to ensure that the violation of religious freedom that is happening elsewhere in the world doesn’t happen there. Read it here.
The morning following the U.S. election, Alysse ElHage authored a post on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies that echoed the sentiments of millions of voters. “Mr. President: A Healthy Marriage Culture is Vital to America’s Success” captures the reality that we heard “far too little discussion from both sides about the central role that family structure—and in particular marriage—plays in boosting the social and economic well-being of Americans.” Read it here.
Just over one year ago China announced the end of its one-child policy and the institution of a new two-child policy. According to John Sudworth in “China’s Forbidden Babies Still an Issue,” the Communist Party “finally woke up to the economic consequences of the falling birth rate.” But for Chinese couples who are expecting or already have a third child, the consequences may be dire. Read it here.
A study by Sam Perry and Cyrus Schleifer is analyzed by Nicholas H. Wolfinger in “Real Insights About Pornography and Marriage.” As it turns out, it is much more complex than once thought. The researchers found that porn is bad for marriage, but with regard to porn, women are different than men, happy marriages are different than unhappy ones, and religion factors in also. Read it here.
The latest cultural battleground regarding the use of transgender pronouns presents a mine-filled dilemma. Philosopher Daniel Moody identifies some of the issues in his article “Why You Shouldn’t Use Transgender Pronouns.” In some places, using the wrong pronoun is considered an act of aggression. But if gender is fluid, then pronouns must also be fluid, and what once was a well-established and entirely uncontroversial system to refer to individuals may destroy our ability to communicate. Read it here.
The term “marriage equality” is often deceptively used in policy debates to intentionally affect emotional responses and intuitions. Professor Margaret Somerville explains how this is done in her column“’Marriage Equality’ or ‘Same-Sex Marriage’? Why Words Matter.” She says in doing so, we “do an end-run around the necessary debate through the use of obfuscating language or concepts … at our ethical peril.” Read it here.
Denise Shick grew up with a transgender father, so her commentary, “Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids Like It Hurt Me,” is especially poignant. Shick observes that in today’s culture, there are children who have to struggle with the knowledge that their mother is also their father and that “affirming adults’ choices is increasingly taking precedence over requiring or even encouraging adults to make sacrifices to benefit children.” Read it here.
In “Hijacking Science: How the ‘No Differences’ Consensus about Same-Sex Households and Children Works,” Professor Mark Regnerus explains that the studies of same-sex parenting that claim that there are no differences in outcomes for children living in same-sex households arise from “how scholars collect, analyze, and present data to support a politically expedient conclusion, not from what the data tend to reveal at face value.” Regnerus notes that he is unaware of any other domain of science where researchers with so little high-quality data are so quick to claim they have answers. Read it here.
If you’ve given much thought to the current Culture of Death that is becoming more and more prevalent, then you will agree wholeheartedly with Family Watch International Utah Chapter President Kim Ells and her observations in “Death is Good Business.” Kim hits the (coffin) nail on the head when she notes that “Abortion and euthanasia are ideal social causes and ideal business ventures for one very obvious reason: their clients can’t speak out against them, because they’re dead.” Read it here.
Clark University in Massachusetts has “crossed a new threshold in the progressive war on independent thought.” The university has told its students that “showing surprise” can constitute an act of aggression against another student. In “University Warns Students Against Throughtcrime,” Josh Gelernter observes that while surprise is a fundamental part of human nature, Clark University students now have a ridiculous little problem in that “They can’t promise not to be surprised by something, if that something provokes the natural response of being surprised.” Read it here.
In “What Follows the Bathroom Boycott?” by Brent Bozell, he posits that very question and wonders how one of the highest of today’s cultural goals—that of “inclusion”—will play out. Now that everything has become politicized, including the world of sports, the passage of a bill in the state of North Carolina “stating that the state’s public schools would abide by boy-girl divisions dating back to the advent of man,” has been met with boycotts of every conceivable variety—including one by the National Basketball Association that pulled its All-Star game out of the state. Read it here.
“Is There Really no Difference Between Straight and Gay Parenting?” by Michael Cook is an excellent report on a recent paper by Walter Schumm of Kansas State University, who shows that the “no differences” issue is far from settled. An analysis of the research on same-sex parenting reveals that many of these studies show a lack of academic rigor that includes small sample sizes, self-reporting, and even an inability to agree on the definition of certain basic terms. Read it here.
The annual statistics on the poverty rate in the U.S. are in, and once again, it is clear that there is a connection between marriage and upward mobility. Rachel DiCarlo Currie writes in “Our Annual Reminder about Marriage and Poverty” that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, “the overall poverty rate among families was 10.4 percent. But among families with a female householder and no husband present, it was 28.2 percent. And among married-couple families, it was only 5.4 percent.” Read it here.
Another excellent commentary has been written on the Mayer and McHugh report printed in The New Atlantis. “A Victory for Science over Scientific Propaganda: A New Report on Sexuality and Gender” by Richard N. Williams clearly states why this major report cannot be ignored. “If … science has been co-opted by politics, and where scientists, and laymen, have overreached in making conclusions and invoking the authority of science, then these are precisely the areas where sound, careful, rigorous scientific response is necessary.” Read it here.
A new report by Brad Wilcox and Nicholas Zill reveals that one of the strongest predictors of Florida high-school graduation rates in counties across the state is the share of public-school families headed by married parents. In “As the Family Goes, So Go the Public Schools” Wilcox shows how “family structure is a better predictor of graduation rates than is family income, race, or ethnicity.” Family structure is the most powerful predictor of student-suspension rates in Florida as well, outweighing parental education, family income, race, and ethnicity. Successful outcomes for students aren’t just about better schools, but also about better families. Read it here.
“Sex Negative” by Professor Carl R. Trueman is a scathing review of an interview of a woman who considers herself a member of the “ethical non-monogamy community.” It’s really more of a rebuke of what she calls her “sex positive” lifestyle. Professor Trueman notes that while there was a time when sexual intimacy marked an exclusive relationship between a man and woman committed to a lifelong partnership, “Her view of sex seems so truncated and so emptied of any real meaning, so centered on herself, so reducible to physical pleasure, that it becomes little more than an act of mutual masturbation…just a form of recreation.” Read it here.
If you read the recent article in Time magazine on the “man” who had a baby, you will want to read “Dear Media: It is Not News When ‘Transgender Men’ Get Pregnant” by G. Shane Morris. He points out the utter ridiculousness of the media frenzy that occurs when an individual who is genetically and physiologically a female, but who dresses and lives as a male, does what women have been doing since the dawn of time—have a baby. As Mr. Morris points out, “’He’ is a she, and having babies, last time I checked, is something shes do.” Read it here.
“The pornography industry defends its trade as a harmless personal choice, but increasingly it is seen as an addiction with consequences for public health and safety.” In this excellent interview with Cordelia Anderson, an educator who has worked extensively in the field of child sexual abuse and exploitation, she proposes, “Let’s Treat Porn as the Public Health Hazard it is.” She suggests that among other problematic consequences of pornography, the studies showing the negative impact of pornography on the brain can no longer be denied. Read it here.
In “A Celebration of Death,” a commentary by Alexandra Desanctis, she observes how in some circles in the U.S., abortion has become a celebration. Whether it is a series of pro-abortion concerts in support of “expanded access to abortion,” or celebrities touting their positive abortion experiences, or individuals glorifying abortion by turning the subject into a stand-up comedy routine, abortion proponents are attempting to “mainstream abortion as a social good in itself,” rather than the tragic reality that it is. Read it here.
In more and more places, it seems that parents no longer have the right to educate their children as they see fit. “Transgender Madness is Sweeping Our Schools. Parents, Protect Your Children,” a blog post by Jonathon Van Maren, details the current attempts by the state to “stand between parents and children, utilizing the public school system not simply to teach, but to pass on a new set of values, values rooted…in the Sexual Revolution.” Read it here.
Ryan Anderson, a noted scholar on the subject of marriage, provides analysis on the recent landmark report by Dr. Paul R. McHugh and Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer. In “Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong,” he notes that the important findings in the report “—that scientific research does not support the claim that sexual orientation is innate and immutable—directly contradict claims made by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in last year’s Obergefell ruling.” That decision legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in the U.S. Read it here.
In his excellent commentary, “The Cult of Transgender,” Rod Dreher expresses well what countless individuals have realized about transgenderism. He writes, “Today we live in a cultural climate in which to have ordinary questions about one’s sexuality is to be drawn into a powerful cultural movement that is celebrated by the media, and that demonizes anyone who challenges its radical claims.” Read it here.
“Planned Parenthood Should Stay Off Twitter” by Alexandra DeSanctis is a collection of ridiculous tweets authored by Planned Parenthood. Somehow the abortion giant has managed to tie every public controversy to “reproductive freedom” or “reproductive justice.” Whether it’s mass incarceration, toxic water, voting rights, racial tension or even mass murder, “restricted access to abortion and contraception is the real underlying problem, or so Cecile Richards [president of Planned Parenthood] would have you believe.” Read it here.
“Nobody says smoking cigarettes or drinking huge amounts of sugary drinks is healthy and normal—or distributes pills in schools to offset the effects of tobacco and sugar. Instead, we urge young people to avoid cigarettes altogether, and cut down on the soft drinks. But heaven forbid we tell them to avoid sex.” This and other observations about those who deny the reality of risky sexual behavior can be found in “The Sexual Revolution and Cultural Marxism” by Eric Mataxas. Read it here.
Joseph Chamie is the former director of the United Nations Population Division—an agency of the UN that has done everything possible to limit population growth worldwide. Now, in an article titled “The Historic Reversal of Populations,” he ironically bemoans the statistics showing the opposite of a population explosion—a population implosion—where there are not enough children being born to become workers who contribute economically to the care of elderly members of the population. He admits that “the effects of population aging on a nation are pervasive and considerable, impacting all major spheres of human activity, including consumption, employment, voting, defense, foreign policy, recreation, health care, entertainment, family, immigration and taxation.” Read it here.
In this disturbing commentary, Denny Burk expertly analyzes philosophical arguments in support of pedophilia that some consider a “natural function.” His article, “If Pedophilia is a Sexual Orientation, Now What?” addresses the inherent problem with supporting, protecting and providing rights to individuals based on their “sexual orientation.” Read it here.
Whether normalizing abortion for young women, or falsely claiming that there is scientific proof that sexual orientation is immutable and calling for an end to therapy for youth with unwanted same-sex attraction, or mandating to the nation’s schools that teens be affirmed in their gender confusion, the promise of the Obama administration to rely on scientific “facts” and not “ideology” has been a disappointingly empty and deceptive one. “President Obama’s Sex-Driven War on Science” by Notre Dame Law School Professor, Gerard V. Bradley, contains some excellent examples of how “President Obama has sacrificed the well-being of our nation’s youth on the altar of ideology”—including this observation—that “the president’s position is evidently that a boy who wishes to become attracted to girls should not be allowed professional help to do so, but that a boy who wishes to actually become a girl should have access to all the professional help he desires.” Read it here.
“The Wounds Public Policy Can’t Heal” by David French provides insight into the worldwide problem of the breakdown of the nuclear family. Regardless of government intervention, and though “traditional values” are scorned and mocked, nothing can compensate for a broken family. And according to Mr. French, “Broken families don’t just lower the margin for error; they erase it entirely.” Read it here.
The statistics on the “porn storm” in the U.S. are sobering. As Pamela Atkinson, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, and Utah State Senator Todd Weiler, author of the state’s landmark anti-pornography resolution document in their article, “We Must Work Together to Combat the Threat of Pornography,”pornography has become ubiquitous and increasingly hardcore, violent, sexist and even racist. Internet porn sites are visited by more people than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined. They conclude that fighting the porn epidemic will require education, prevention, research and policy change. Read it here.
Shane Vander Hart takes on a Planned Parenthood official who addressed the passage of a bill in Alaska that requires parents to be notified prior to human reproduction or sex education content provided to students. The Planned Parenthood spokesman called the parental notification requirement “a dangerous restriction” and a “crushing blow for comprehensive and medically accurate sexual health education in Alaska.” The response can be read in his commentary, “Parental Notification & Review of Sex Ed Material Is Dangerous?” Read it here.
“No, the Planned Parenthood Videos Are Not a Lie” speaks to a disturbing trend—that when subjects are caught in a scandal, they simply deny the truth and often get away with it. The scandal involving Planned Parenthood officials caught in compromising situations related to the sale of fetal body parts is yet another example of this. Alexandra DeSanctis outlines the top three lies used by Planned Parenthood and its defenders to discredit the Center for Medical Progress, the organization that provided the undercover videotapes. Read it here.
This entertaining, two-minute video shows German politician, Steffen Königer, responding to a bill that would promote “acceptance of gender and sexual diversity, self-determination, and against homo- and trans-phobia.” Posted by Michael Cook, it will answer the burning question, “How Do You Speak Politely to 60 Different Genders?” See it here.
A recent study by the University of Notre Dame analyzing data from nearly 400 U.S. counties in 12 states over 19 years found that access to condoms in schools increased teen pregnancies by about 10 percent.“In The Condom Conundrum: More Prophylactics, More Teen Pregnancies” John Stonestreet observes that no one should really be surprised by the data because “If adults tell teens that the decision to engage in sex is theirs and give them condoms, what message do they receive?” Read it here.
Doug Mainwaring shares the experiences of several same-sex attracted individuals who are happily married to a heterosexual spouse and explains that while the attraction may not be a choice, there is always a choice when it comes to relationships and behavior. In his article, “It’s Possible: Gays and Lesbians Can Have Happy Marriages,” he says, “The man-woman definition of marriage is not an insult; it is an ensign, beckoning to anyone—regardless of sexual orientation…” Read it here.
In his blog post, “Trouble in Bakersfield,” Professor Carl R. Trueman observes that “it is time to face [the] fact and abandon the myth that the world is run by people who respect difference and diversity.” He shares the experience of a good friend who had to resign as a respected 12-year member of the local school board because California mandated a transgender policy throughout the state, and it was a violation of the law for him to follow his conscience and vote against adopting the policy. Read it here.
“Increasing Cohabitation and Family Instability for Children” by Laurie DeRose, a post on the Blog of the Institute for Family Studies, contains an analysis of new research by Susan Brown, J. Bart Stykes, and Wendy Manning. The study found that children born to cohabiting couples experience almost as much union instability as children born to single mothers. Read it here.
The United Nations is considered one of the “radical secular left globalist bodies that do far more harm than good” according to Bill Muehlenberg. In his article, “Time to Exit the UN,” he shares elements of the review of the policies of the UK by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. The recommendations by the UN to the UK include mandatory sexuality education with information for LGBT children on their sexuality, decriminalizing abortion in Northern Ireland in all circumstances, and ensuring girls’ access to safe abortion. Read it here.
Attorney Mary Rice Hasson suggests that even though the gender dominoes have tumbled at blinding speed, no one should be surprised at the “transgender moment.“ In her article “Reality Check: Gender Diversity is Driven by a Top-Down Ideological Movement,” Hasson observes that “it’s not bigotry to insist on the truth—that a woman can’t ‘be’ a man or a father, ever, and that even the strongest feelings and the best surgeons can only mask that reality, not change it.” Read it here.
A new study authored by Professor Paul Sullins is analyzed by Mark Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. In his article, “The Data on Children in Same-Sex Households Get More Depressing,” Professor Regnerus explains that the social science data with regard to children of same-sex households is anything but settled. The study examines the risk of depression and other negative outcomes among adolescents and young adults raised by same-sex couples. While the study isn’t perfect, the findings are significant. Read it here.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required abortion clinics to adhere to the same health codes as outpatient facilities and that all physicians performing abortions must have hospital admitting privileges. Bre Payton has compiled the best of Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion in “8 Best Quotes From Thomas’s Texas Abortion Dissent.” Read it here.
In an excellent article by W. Justin Dyer, PhD, titled “Federal Policies on Transgender Students: Serving Neither the Community, the Family, nor the Transgender Student” he dismantles the recent “Dear Colleague” letter from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools to allow students to use locker rooms, showers, bathrooms, and sleeping accommodations not based on biological sex, but on “gender identity” and clarifies how the policy “eliminates one of the most basic and universally accepted forms of privacy.” He writes, “With very few caveats, societies worldwide and through recorded history have sought to regulate whose naked body could be displayed where, and to whom.” Read it here.
Thirty years ago, students predictably listed their heroes as athletes, movie stars, and public figures. Today, the single most common hero for students is “my dad” and “my mom.” In “Why Dads are the New Heroes,” Michael Kimmel explains that these new Dad Heroes are more “there” for their children than in previous years. And it’s making a difference. Read it here.
Philosopher Daniel Moody states, “With transgenderism, all reason and logic disappears” when examining the intersection of “three distinct models of gender—the social, medical and legal.” In his article “Transgenderism is a Fake Legal Construct,” Mr. Moody observes that transgenderism is an extreme case of there being more questions than answers, but he suggests one. Read it here.
When it comes to gender transitioning, Walt Heyer, a former transgender, knows as much as anyone. In his article “Regret Isn’t Rare: The Dangerous Lie of Sex Change Surgery’s Success,” he says it is a delusion that transition for gender-confused individuals is the only answer. Mr. Heyer says transgender advocates have created a false narrative and recommends that we “Look at the evidence and facts and encourage treatment options that address dangerous psychiatric conditions first.” Read it here.
The Scottish government’s Named Person Scheme is a highly controversial plan with potentially devastating consequences. In “A Named Person Speaks Out,” Simon Knight iterates the numerous problems with the scheme that assigns every single newborn child a “single point-of-contact” state guardian until his or her 18th birthday. The plan will intrude into family life and may possibly violate parental rights. Read it here.
While pollsters are scrambling to figure out what Americans really think about policies regarding transgender bathrooms, Elizabeth Fender issues an important warning on interpreting poll results. She points out that the language used by those asking the questions can make a huge difference in the responses. A poll by CNN claimed that “6-in-10 oppose bills like the North Carolina transgender bathroom law,” but other polls found very different results, likely because of the way the question was structured. In “The Problems With CNN Poll Showing Opposition to North Carolina’s Bathroom Law” Fender urges caution and says these polls don’t always paint the full picture. Read it here.
In “A Sad Tale of Dodgy Statistics,” Michael Cook details how estimates of the number of children living in same-sex households in the U.S. have been grossly inflated. The correct figure, which is believed to be 200,000, has been incorrectly exaggerated in serious legal and social science journals as being in the millions—one journal even stating that the number could be as high as 28 million, which would have been nearly 40 percent of all American children. The devastating reality is that these incorrect and wildly inflated numbers were one of the most powerful motives in the push to legalize same-sex marriage. Read it here.
Taking to task a pro-abortion writer who claims that legislation passed in six U.S. states that bans the dismemberment of unborn babies during abortion relies on “colorful names” and “lurid details,” for the purpose of “grossing people out,” Dave Andrusko challenges her language, logic, and her fuzzy facts. The title of his article, “Dismemberment Abortions Are Vicious, Cruel, Barbaric, and not Worthy of Culture That Calls Itself Civilized,” boldly states the situation accurately. Read it here.
In a heartbreaking account of living as the child of a transgender parent, Denise Shick shares what it’s like to live in the “topsy-turvy world” of a transgender. Her article, “My Dad Was Transgender. Why I Still Think Gender Can’t Be Changed,” Shick says, “My father was the one who had entered another dimension, a make-believe dimension. And rather than returning to the real world, he wanted the real world to accommodate his make-believe world.” Read it here.
The definition of the word “gender” has become corrupted. Stella Morabito examines how language can be a tool of political manipulation. In “Why You Should Stop Using The Word ‘Gender’” Ms. Morabito observes that many “have fallen into the silly habit of substituting the weaponized word ‘gender’ for the precise word ‘sex.’” Read it here.
In “The Transgender Agenda: Forcing Us to Lie” by Dale O’Leary, she acknowledges that while the psychological suffering of transgendered individuals is real, the fundamental fact that cannot be denied is that it is not normal for a male to want to be accepted as female.” And no matter how painful it may be for a gender-confused young man who is required to use the bathroom that corresponds with his biological sex, we should not be forced to “accept the lie that gender trumps sex, just to avoid hurting a troubled boy’s feelings.” Read it here.
Arina Grossu and Thomas Jacobson have taken the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute and their latest study to task in their article “New Report Wildly Inflates Global Abortion Numbers.” The problem with the study is that it is “ideology driven” rather than “data driven.” The data presented aren’t verifiable. Just one example is that Guttmacher presents data from 60 countries where abortion is illegal with no explanation as to where the data came from. The report “even admits on all of its charts that is has a “90% uncertainty interval.” Read it here.
In “ESPN Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling. What Rights Do People of Faith Have?” Ryan Anderson concedes that ESPN has the right to determine who works for them, even if the reason Schilling was fired was for stating his opinion that biological males should use the men’s bathroom. But Anderson argues that “freedom should be a two-way street” and rightly asks where are the rights of the bakers, florists and photographers who should also be able to determine for whom they work. Read it here.
“Incredibly misguided,” “reckless,” and “dangerous.” That’s what two courageous medical professors at Canada’s University of Alberta have called the government’s new guidelines promoting transgenderism in the province’s schools. Steve Weatherbe summarizes the analysis of the medical experts in his article“Medical Experts Rip Alberta’s ‘Reckless’ And ‘Dangerous’ Transgender Mandate.” Read it here.
Anyone who has ever wondered how legalizing same-sex marriage could change heterosexual marriage need only read Michael Cook’s article, “How Elton John has Changed Marriage.” Rock star, Elton John and the man he is legally married to claim to be in a loving, committed relationship. However, fidelity and sexual exclusivity, hallmarks of traditional marriage, apparently have nothing to do with this “marriage.” Read it here.
As the bathroom debate rages across America, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, brings up some excellent points in his editorial, “Why You Should Boycott Target: Opposing View.” One in particular that Target management may find themselves responding to—“If we are going to allow individuals to define reality according to their feelings, then Target should allow a 20-year-old to get a senior discount if he self-identifies as a 65-year-old.” Read it here.
According to author and attorney David Limbaugh, President Obama knows full well he doesn’t have the legal authority to order schools to make bathrooms, showers and other facilities available to transgender students in schools. In his article, “Resisting Obama’s Transgender Directive: A Hill to Die On,” Limbaugh says if there was ever a time to stand up to tyranny and fight back, it is now. Read it here.
Former transgender Walt Heyer weighs in on the bathroom issue in his insightful commentary, “A Former Transgender Person’s Take on Obama’s Bathroom Directive.” Mr. Heyer explains how the North Carolina law is not discriminatory against transgendered individuals and that the problem is with the “gender nonconformists, who constitute a miniscule fraction of society, [and] want to be allowed to designate gender on a fluid basis, based on their feelings at the moment.” Read it here.
A new book, “The Snapping of the American Mind” by journalist David Kupelian, contains a chapter titled “Gender Madness.” This chapter has been posted online and contains an excellent analysis of many elements of the current transgender war. In the must-read “What’s REALLY Behind America’s Transgender Mania?” Kupelian accurately assesses the movement to “de-pathologize” and reclassify gender identity disorder and the amputation of healthy organs that often accompanies it as “normal.” Read it here.
Reaction to the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students has resulted in a firestorm of debate. Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, insightfully observes that with the directive, “The presumption is that conventional, biologically informed male–female distinctions are such a blatant violation of civil rights that sweeping change is the only viable course.” In “New Transgender Rules for Schools are about Obama’s Culture War,” Mr. Hess makes some very astute observations about this latest battlefield of the culture war. Read it here.
In the latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the term “gender identity disorder,” that had been used to label this mental disorder was changed to “gender dysphoria.” In this article, “APA Still Considers Transgenderism a Mental Disorder, Just Changed the Name,” by Kirsten Andersen, Dr. Kenneth Zucker, chairman of the APA task force that was reviewing the section of this manual dealing with trangenderism, makes it very clear that contrary to claims by transgender activists, the name change does not mean that mental health professionals do not still consider this to be a mental disorder. And in fact, many gender-confused individuals want the condition to remain classified as a disorder so they can justify insurance coverage for their gender transition. Read it here.
With wisdom and clarity, Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, addresses a blatant example of the politically correct antics of University of Utah officials in his editorial “Hating Lynette Gay’s Love.” After it was announced that Mrs. Gay, a prominent and generous philanthropist, would be awarded an honorary degree by the university, her biography on the university’s website was edited to remove references to her affiliation with a so-called “hate group” that has been deemed as such by activists because it promotes the family as the fundamental unit of society, marriage between a man and a woman, and protection for unborn babies. Read it here.
“Mother’s Day Is Not The Time To Justify Your Abortion” by Nicole Russell explains that just because women who abort their babies may not feel like “mothers,” the reality is that according to many scientists, “conception equals life.” Russell also comments on the feminist notion of abortion rights activists that women “can have an abortion and not think about it on Mother’s Day.” Read it here.
While most individuals appreciate the women who gave them life, society as a whole seems to largely devalue the vocation of mothers, viewing motherhood as an “exile or banishment from the important things in life” and a burden to be borne. S. Adam Seagrave has some suggestions that may help to rectify the situation that he shares in his article “Valuing Full-Time Motherhood.” Read it here.
Roger Severino says he is very disappointed in his former colleagues at the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice who know very well that when Congress banned discrimination “on the basis of sex” in 1964 and 1972, it did not mean “gender identity” in his article “DOJ’s Lawsuit Against North Carolina Is Abuse of Power.” Nevertheless, the Department of Justice is joining in the attacks on the state of North Carolina from big business, the entertainment industry, and the American Civil Liberties Union over its commonsense bathroom policies. Read it here.
“Federal Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology” by Ryan Anderson analyzes the ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court against a Virginia school district that created a policy to accommodate a transgender student while also protecting the privacy rights of other students. Even though the school created bathrooms specifically to accommodate transgender students, the majority opinion stated that the student is still at risk of “irreparable harm” if forced to use the single-occupancy bathrooms. Read it here.
In spite of the ever increasing legalization of same-sex marriage in countries throughout the world, the debate about same-sex marriage rages on. In an article by Ben R. Crenshaw titled, “Shut Up, Bigot!”: Civil Rights and Same-Sex Marriage,” he calls out supporters of same-sex marriage who use false analogies and who claim opponents are bigots stating that “in fact, marriage traditionalists are not bigoted but rather are realistic and honest about what marriage actually is.” Read it here.
In his article, “Media Gush over New Study, Only to Find Same-Sex Parents More Irritated with Their Children,” researcher Mark Regnerus clearly explains the weaknesses of the newest study claiming no differences in outcomes for children reared in same-sex households. They include using a smaller number of indicators than available in the database, small sample size, and self-reporting of child indicators by the parents. Read it here.
In “America’s Real Porn Problem” by columnist David French, he analyzes an article on the “unprecedented saturation of pornography in American culture” that appeared in Time magazine. While according to French, the article in Time concluded that the biggest problem with pornography is that “it ruins America’s chance at great sex,” he explains that the loss of intimacy is only one piece of the puzzle and why the biggest problems with a porn-saturated culture are vastly deeper. Read it here.
“’LGBT rights’ are being elevated above conscience rights when the two come into conflict—but this trend is to the detriment of human rights, which can stand the test of time only when they are grounded in transcendent, fixed authority.” So begins an excellent essay, “Freedom of Conscience and New ‘LGBT Rights’ in International Human Rights Law” by Travis Weber and L. Lin. Weber and Lin expertly explain why “much more is at stake than the rights of religious people.” Read it here.
Speaking from experience as a former male-to-female transgender, Walt Heyer knows something about Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy (SOCE), sometimes called “reparative therapy,” “reorientation therapy” or “conversion therapy.” In “Freedom to Change Your Life: Why the Government Shouldn’t Ban ‘Reparative Therapy,’” Heyer provides details about organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that are seeking to deny the civil rights of individuals who desire therapy to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. Despite clinical and scientific evidence that people can and do change their sexual orientation, Heyer is accurate when he says, “This stubborn blocking of free choice seems to indicate another agenda at work.” Read it here.
An open letter to the Alberta, Canada Minister of Education, David Eggen, posted on Facebook by Theresa Ng is worth reading. In “RE: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Policies in Alberta Schools” she expresses the concern of many Canadian parents who are opposed to the Alberta Education’s “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions.” While making it very clear that she is not “anti-LGBTQ,” she states “It is simply ineffective for policies to increase ‘protection’ of some, while simultaneously risking a compromise to the safety, respect of diversity and parental involvement of ALL.” Read it here.
U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn asks a simple question when it comes to abortion: “Who is being harmed?” In her article, “What Happened to ‘Safe, Legal, and Rare’? Abortion Today Is about Profit, Profit, Profit,” she wisely observes that today’s culture has “set mothers against their own children as though they are enemies. Instead of providing genuine counseling and support for women during a difficult time and a hard decision, staff members add up tallies on white boards…” Read it here.
Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has just dealt Canadian families an unfortunate blow by taking away “income splitting” for married couples with children. The policy allowed families with children under the age of 18 to transfer up to $50,000 of income from the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning one. Income splitting allowed parents more time at home with their children and provided an opportunity for them to keep a little more of their money. According to Ada Slivinski, author of “Income Splitting: Trudeau Dumps Canada’s New Policy,” “This holistic approach, ‘family taxation’ helps encourage and support the fundamental building block of society.” Read it here.
In an excellent column on the recent veto of a religious liberty bill by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Ryan Anderson explains in a clear and concise way how big business and special interest groups have become “intent on doing everything to make sure people are coerced by the government into violating their beliefs.” In “Georgia Governor Caves to Big Business, Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill,”Anderson asserts that “to these groups, even mild religious liberty protections are unacceptable.” Read it here.
While it is true that marriage is not a “panacea for poverty,” a leading researcher points out that it is indisputably one of most important tools, among others, in the fight against this scourge. In “The Power of Marriage,” W. Bradford Wilcox analyzes research findings that illustrate how important marriage is in the fight against poverty. Or as Wilcox puts it, “the math. . . tends to favor parents who manage to get and stay married. Read it here.
In most areas of life, having experience and practicing a skill are beneficial. However, researchers have found that when it comes to relationships, having more sexual and cohabiting partners before marriage is associated with lower relationship quality once married. Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades explain why this is so in “Practice May Not Make Perfect: Relationship Experience and Marital Success,” the blog of the Institute for Family Studies. Read it here.
The slippery slope of the legalization of same-sex marriage is addressed in “Why Can’t Three get Married?” by Michael Cook. If same-sex couples can marry simply for love and commitment, why shouldn’t three people, like identical twins Anna, Lucy, and their boyfriend, Ben, who love each other and are committed to each other, enjoy all the benefits of marriage? Once you deviate from man/woman marriage, anything is possible. As Cook observes, if all love is equal, “it seems outrageously unfair.” Read it here.
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