It is not for federal judges to redefine marriage for us. When they do, it is tantamount to cultural suicide, and we should not be surprised at the cultural and social degradation sure to follow.
William Bennett writes in his book The De-Valuing of Society, “Our common culture … embodies truths that most Americans can recognize and examine for themselves. These truths are passed down from generation to generation, transmitted in the family, in the classroom, and in our churches and synagogues.” But the truths of our culture and the traditional American family are now being attacked and demagogued like never before in our history in the name of “tolerance” and “rights.”
I recently have become the owner of an iPad and have been enjoying an app called Zyte. Zyte is the Pandora of news – you tell it what interests you and Zyte populates a magazine of articles it thinks you might be interested in. My newest Zyte interest is marriage. I like following this issue – to learn what other states are doing to strengthen marriage, to glean wisdom from couples who have been together 50 or 60 years, and to understand the threats that are facing the institution of marriage today. I flipped to the marriage section of my app today expecting an uplifting read. Perhaps I was too optimistic.
The VA Board of Social Services is being pressured to change regulations that, if approved, could force state-licensed adoption agencies to include the option of placing children out for adoption to homosexual couples. The proposed change is up for public comment until Oct. 11.
Action Request: Please ask the Board to reject such a change that could force faith-based agencies and even birth parents to either abandon their principles or, in the case of the agencies, to close their doors. Details follow.
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
The "Danvers Statement" summarizes the need for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and serves as an overview of our core beliefs. This statement was prepared by several evangelical leaders at a CBMW meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts, in December of 1987. It was first published in final form by the CBMW in Wheaton, Illinois in November of 1988.
Across the United States, more and more companies are discriminating against Christians and their beliefs. From Home Depot and their promotion of the homosexual agenda to shows like Dancing with the Stars' which is now embracing transgenders. This steady movement across our country will continue unless Christians rise up and take a stand. (read more)
Proponents of same-sex marriage are quick to claim that all they want is “marriage equality.” Nothing more. They’ll be content if they can just have “equality.” But we all know that reality doesn’t end there. In recent weeks, same-sex advocates have finally begun to admit it themselves.
Published just days ago in a The New York Times piece, Stanford law professor Ralph Banks, asks, “What now of the two remaining criminal prohibitions of intimate relationships: incest and polygamy? Even as same sex … relationships are accepted, Americans are now imprisoned for incest and polygamy … Over time, our moral assessments of these practices will shift … Should a state be permitted to imprison two cousins because they have sex or attempt to marry? Should a man and two wives be permitted to live together as a family when they assert that their religious convictions lead them to do so?”
Abstract: Marriage and family are declining in America, following a trend well established in Europe. This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage penalties created by the tax code and welfare programs and instead use existing resources to better encourage and support family life.
With Father's Day coming up, we should ponder the sad plight of the 20 million American children who are growing up without their fathers in the home. In 1993 Charles Murray identified "illegitimacy as the single most important social problem of our time . . . because it drives everything else."
Murray was whistling in the wind. Last year, the U.S. illegitimacy rate had grown to 41 percent, and among whites it was 29 percent.
(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood’s birth-control campaign in low-income, black neighborhoods is partly to blame for the breakdown of the black family as well as today’s epidemic of out-of-wedlock births, single parent households, sexually transmitted diseases, absent fathers, and high abortion rates, according to panelists who spoke last week at the Frederick Douglass Foundation’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Chaps interviewed on ABC News: Former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt was interviewed Tuesday by investigative reporter Mike Gooding of WVEC-13, the ABC affiliate covering the world's largest Naval Station Norfolk, concerning the shocking new memo signed by Chief of Navy Chaplains RADM Mark L. Tidd, a liberal Presbyterian who just authorized homosexual weddings in Navy Chapels, after pressure by lawyers with the Obama Administration. Watch the breaking news video here (it's just 2 minutes), and don't say I didn't predict this over a year ago:
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Children and the rest of society. That’s the conclusion of David Blankenhorn, who is anything but an anti-gay“bigot.” He is a life-long, pro-gay, liberal democrat who disagrees with the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexual behavior. Despite this, Blankenhorn makes a powerful case against Same-Sex marriage in his book, The Future of Marriage.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told the State Board of Social Services it does not have the authority to change regulations to allow gay couples to adopt. A memo sent to the board said the proposal “does not comport with applicable state law and public policy,” The Washington Post reported.
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard one of the following comments, I’d be—well, let’s say I’d have a pocketful of nickels.
“If gays want to marry, what concern is it of mine?”
“For the life of me, I can’t see how gay ‘marriage’ could negatively affect anyone!”
“Heterosexual marriage is protected by denying gays the right to marry? C’mon people!”
And those sentiments are not exclusive to the secular left. Within the religious right, I’ve encountered attitudes ranging from complacence to acceptance concerning same-sex “marriage,” from people who doubted its adverse affect on them, their families, or society at large. Recently those attitudes have been reflected in public surveys.
God Ordained Family Unit