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  • Millennial Evangelicals push for full inclusion of LGBT Christians

    02/24/2015 6:32:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 20, 2015 | Harry Bruinius
    When Pastor Adam Phillips moved across the country with his wife two years ago and planted a new congregation in Portland, Ore., he was heeding the call of his Christian roots, an Evangelical Covenant tradition that today has a primary mission “to reach young people, engage a growing multiethnic population, and develop vibrant local churches that make disciples.” “Pastor Adam,” as his congregation at Christ Church: Portland calls him, was well suited for such a mission. Young, familiar as much with Tumblr as with theological tomes, and a former director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, the antipoverty group...
  • Military court tosses aggravated assault conviction of HIV-positive airman

    02/23/2015 5:34:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press
    The nation's highest military court has reversed the aggravated assault conviction of a Kansas airman accused of exposing multiple sex partners to HIV. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces unanimously ruled Monday that prosecutors failed to prove that any of (the) acts were likely to transmit HIV to his partners. The court upheld for "offensive touching to which his sexual partners did not provide meaningful informed consent". It also upheld his conviction for adultery, even though his wife participated.
  • 'I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay too': MSNBC pundit

    02/22/2015 10:23:28 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | BELINDA ROBINSON
    A 37-year-old gay mom is set to spark controversy after she said she'd be disappointed if her daughter grew up straight. Sally Kohn a political commentator who has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, describes herself as living in the 'liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where 'yuppies' want their kids to be happy. She said: 'I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.'
  • Pope declares couples who don’t want kids ‘selfish,’ says they are part of a ‘greedy generation’

    02/12/2015 1:07:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2015 | Josh Visser
    Pope Francis, who presumably has not been woken up at 4 a.m. on a workday by the howls of a tiny human who wants to be fed and/or changed, says that couples who don’t want to have kids are “selfish” and are part of a “greedy generation.” Pope Francis told an audience in St Peter’s Square, Rome Wednesday that it’s a depressed society that considers children to be a burden. “A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” he said....
  • Alabama standoff over same-sex marriage channels George Wallace

    02/10/2015 7:22:10 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 32 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 10, 2015 | Doug Mataconis
    Same-sex marriages went forward Monday in Alabama, for the most part, notwithstanding an effort by the Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court to prevent probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amid conflicting signals from federal courts and the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, some Alabama counties began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday in a legal showdown with echoes of the battles over desegregation in the 1960s. In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, gay couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened, and emerged smiling, licenses in...
  • Legalising Man-Dolphin Marriage Is Next

    02/03/2015 3:20:34 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 27 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 February 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Why shouldn't this man be (or have been) allowed to marry his dolphin sweetheart? After all, it's only "love" that matters in holy matrimony, not building a family and a safe environment in which to raise kids. It's all to do with "feelings" these days, little else is important, and obviously we are here talking about the feelings of adults. (The feelings of children of anomalous families carry little weight.) Love in particular, however defined. For some people, like paedophile Oscar Wilde who was paying to have sex with working-class rent boys, the definition of love is lust. A...
  • 'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist

    01/19/2015 3:22:21 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 1/19/2015 | Michael Brown
    "I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts." So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, "Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays," Frank Bruni writes, "I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty." He finds it "absurd" that the simple act of two men or two...
  • S. Dakota Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional; Same-Sex Couples Compared to Mixed-Race Couples

    01/14/2015 6:11:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/13/14 | Michael Gryboski
    A judge in South Dakota ruled the state constitution's definition of marriage is unconstitutional because it does not allow same-sex couples to marry. In a decision rendered Monday, district court judge Karen E. Schreier ruled the South Dakota's Amendment C unconstitutional, but put a stay on her decision pending appeal. Schreier drew a parallel to the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which declared interracial marriage bans unlawful. "In Loving, the Supreme Court addressed a traditionally accepted definition of marriage that prohibited Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving from marrying," wrote Schreier. "Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota...
  • Family Fragmentation: Can Anything Be Done?

    01/06/2015 4:24:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Michael Barone
    How big a problem is family fragmentation? "Immense," says Mitch Pearlstein, head of the Minnesota think tank Center of the American Experiment. "The biggest domestic problem facing this country." So big he went out and interviewed 40 experts of varying ideology across the nation and relayed their answers in his book "Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America's Future." That's the good news. The bad news is that none of the experts is confident he has an answer, and neither is Pearlstein. What is family fragmentation? The facts are easy to state. About 40 percent of babies born in...
  • Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund

    01/03/2015 5:13:13 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 2, 2015 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    As Christians around the world got ready to contemplate the innocence of the child Jesus, last week the Russian Orthodox Church took on a UNICEF paper that says children have LGBT rights.The Patriarch’s Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church released a scathing statement criticizing a UNICEF position paper that urges countries to protect LGBT rights because, it says, it is in the “best interests of children.” The Commission turns the tables on UNICEF and says: “Placing children to be raised by same-sex couples is a gross violation of the rights and interests of a child.”The Orthodox Commission...
  • A casualty of love: the daughter of two moms speaks out

    12/30/2014 8:11:18 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 65 replies
    AskTheBigot ^ | 12/19/2014 | Meg
    A Casualty of Love: the daughter of two moms speaks out. (Guest Post) Askme / 2 weeks ago I was raised by my biological mother and her same-sex partner. I have only a few fuzzy memories of my father: a phone call here and there, his deep and unfamiliar voice wishing me a happy birthday, and a dim picture of the way the furniture had been arranged in his house. I have less than a handful of pictures of him. My mom and dad were married for a short time but she left him when I was too young to...
  • Less than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family

    12/26/2014 5:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Pew Research Fact Tank ^ | December 22, 2014 | Gretchen Livingston
    Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data. Rapid changes in American family structure have altered the image of who’s gathering for the holidays. While the old “ideal” involved couples marrying young, then starting a family, and staying married till “death do they part”, the...
  • Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

    12/22/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 199 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/2014 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it's free pornography on the Internet. A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend. "The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and that it is potentially quite large," the study notes. The researchers used data from the...
  • Pope Francis retains patriarchal view of women

    12/06/2014 3:19:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Google/LAT ^ | December 8, 2014 | Candida Moss and Joel Baden
    At first, it was easy to overlook. With all of his statements about caring for the poor, the disabled and immigrants, and all the fanfare surrounding his famous "Who am I to judge?" proclamation, Pope Francis seemed like a breath of fresh air for a church stuck resolutely in the past. The fact that he never commented on the long-standing marginalization of women in the Catholic Church, and asserted quite plainly that there would be no ordination of women, did nothing to dampen progressive enthusiasm for the new pope. There has been a hopeful sense that he would get around...
  • Southern Democrats urge return to Party basics

    11/29/2014 6:55:02 AM PST · by Din Maker · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 28, 2014
    Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. "It's time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand," Rickey Cole, the party chairman in Mississippi, said. He believes candidates have distanced themselves from the past half-century of Democratic principles. "We don't need a New Coke formula," Cole said. "The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Cole and other...
  • Univ. of San Francisco: Straights, Whites Have "Heterosexual," Racist "Privilege"

    11/02/2014 6:27:18 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 78 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/2/14 | Aurelius
    In a new campaign to reportedly raise awareness of "privilege," the University of San Francisco is handing out fliers telling anyone who is white, straight, Christian, or "able-bodied" that they are privileged and need to "check their privilege." The campaign was put together by three professors at the college and Student Life. The fliers also claim that if you believe that your gender identity and biological gender are the same (that is, if you consider yourself a male and you are biologically male), you are privileged as well. No matter who you are, no matter what your situation in life,...
  • N. Carolina Judge Resigns So He Won't Have To Conduct Gay Marriages, Thinks Others Will Do The Same

    10/23/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A North Carolina county judge resigned on Monday because he did not want to violate his Christian faith and perform same-sex marriages, which are now permitted under the state's law. With the news that North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal judge on Oct. 10, Judge Gilbert Breedlove, a 57-year-old magistrate in Swain County and also an ordained minister, could not, in good faith, be forced to conduct same-sex courthouse weddings when his Christian belief tells him that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. "It was my only option," Breedlove told Citizen-Times....
  • Shocking Ad Has Little Girls Drop F-Bombs to ‘Empower’ Feminism *warning language*

    10/22/2014 2:12:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 54 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.22.14 | Katie Yoder
    <p>The feminist movement is selling something, but it isn’t feminism.In FCKH8.com’s latest video, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism,” little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed up as pink princesses to say f*ck in the name of feminism. One girl questioned, “What is more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the f*cking on equal and sexist way society treats girls and women?” In response, the feminist liberal media latched onto the video, calling it “brilliant,” “empowering” and “adorable.”</p>
  • Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

    10/20/2014 6:26:25 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 35 replies
    Alliance Defending Freedom ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Attorney sound bites: Jeremy Tedesco | Jonathan Scruggs
    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved...
  • New America: Ordained ministers threatened with jail unless they perform same sex marriages

    10/19/2014 4:13:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    City officials in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples. The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp...
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/10/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Exclusive: Matt Barber warns, 'The courts are tossing around spiritual nitroglycerin' It’s called Pandora’s Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers...
  • A Shameful Day for the Charlotte Observer

    10/10/2014 8:17:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In what sounded more like a gay activist screed in a high-school publication than a serious editorial in a major newspaper, the Charlotte Observer has officially declared war on people of faith and conservative moral values, mocking those who believe there is the slightest rational reason to resist the radical redefinition of marriage.Making no attempt to hide its disdain for the conservative, historic position, and gleefully mocking the views of the majority of North Carolinians, the editorial begins with three sentences ending in exclamation points – when is the last time you have seen that in a major editorial? –...
  • Italian priest hospitalized after gay activists attack pro-family rally

    10/07/2014 8:43:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Hillary White
    ROME -- This weekend a priest was injured as hundreds of silent pro-family demonstrators were verbally abused and even violently attacked by homosexualist and anarchist counter-protesters at different venues throughout Italy. In Bologna, Turin, Genoa, Aosta, and Rovereto on Sunday, homosexualists and anarchists stepped up their attacks on the increasingly popular Standing Sentinels (“Sentinelle in Piedi”) demonstrations against “gay marriage” and the “LGBT” agenda. In 100 cities, organizers said about 10,000 people participated in the events. In the northern city of Rovereto, although the Sentinels had obtained a permit for the use of the piazza, a group identified as anarchists...
  • Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Wed Straight Couples

    10/01/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Correction: This post initially stated that Judge Tonya Parker was “no longer” marrying straight couples. Judge Parker has never performed such marriage ceremonies. This version has been corrected. Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Judge Tonya Parker (Dallas County) Now, a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state. Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony: “I'm sorry. I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...
  • Genderism – a new ideology destroying the family

    09/23/2014 8:06:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/22/14 | Gabriele Kuby
    Editor’s Note: The following address by German author and social commentator Gabriele Kuby was delivered earlier this month in Moscow at the International Forum on Large Families and the Future of Humanity. We are witnessing an astonishing historical shift. More than a hundred years ago, Marxism declared the relationship of man and woman in monogamous marriage as “the first class antagonism” in history. This “class-conflict” had to be overcome by destroying marriage and the family. So in 1917, Alexandra Kollontai, the first woman commissar of the Bolshevik Central Committee, set out to put this into practise through the exercise of...
  • 80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

    09/16/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Towleroad ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Mandell
    Eighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state...
  • 7 women working tirelessly to attack equal rights for women (barf alert)

    09/15/2014 8:12:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    salon ^ | Amanda Marcotte,
    A lot of people assume the term “female misogynist” is an oxymoron. How can a woman be opposed to the fight to help women achieve equality? The sad fact of the matter is, as long as there has been feminism, there have been women who find it personally advantageous to reject feminism and instead argue for continuing social systems that perpetuate women’s inequality, male dominance, and even violence against women. (There were even plenty of women who were willing to argue against women’s suffrage back in the day.) Here is a list of nine women who have made a career...
  • This is the true face of the Sexual Revolution. I apologize in advance.

    09/09/2014 8:00:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 108 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/8/14 | Jonathon Van Maren
    For too long we have been lied to about the sexual revolution. But now the mask is coming off, and the younger generations are recognizing that they have been sold a pack of lies. It’s sobering and frustrating to consider that each and every time social conservatives raised the cultural alarm throughout the last five decades, pointing out that each new manifestation of the Sexual Revolution would lead to devastating consequences, they were written off with derisive laughter. They were accused of “provoking a moral panic,” or being “stuck in the past” or “too prudish.” The “slippery-slope” arguments of...
  • Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died

    09/08/2014 2:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2014 4:40 AM EDT
    S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family’s conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press that Cathy died at home surrounded by members of his family. Funeral plans had not yet been finalized, he said. …
  • Marxist Feminism’s Ruined Lives

    09/03/2014 1:50:56 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 62 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 9-2-2014 | Mallory Millett
    “When women go wrong men go right after them.” – Mae West “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill wrote this over a century ago. During my junior year in high school, the nuns asked about our plans for after we graduated. When I said I was going to attend State University, I noticed their disappointment. I asked my favorite nun, “Why?” She answered, “That means you’ll leave four years later a communist and an atheist!” What a giggle we girls...
  • Florida Catholic parish stops acting as polling place after pro-abort, pro-gay complaints

    08/27/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    A Florida Catholic parish's 45-year tradition of serving as a polling place for elections came to an end after Tuesday's primary after ongoing complaints by a handful of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activists led church leaders to end their partnership with the Brevard County Board of Elections. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, FL, has hosted about 5,000 voters from three precincts in a multi-use area of the building that is separate from the main church. Florida Today reported that the trouble began in 2008, when the church displayed a message on its marquee urging parishioners to vote for...
  • Bob Dylan: A Prophet in Blue Jeans?

    08/13/2014 2:06:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote the amazing classic tune, “The times they are a changing”. Some of the words went like this: “The line it is drawnThe curse it is castThe slow one nowWill later be fast…Rapidly fadin'And the first one nowWill later be lastFor the times they are a-changin’." Fifty years after Dylan’s riveting verses, special interest groups’ claims about both the nature and dynamics of marriage are changing more dramatically than any of the social phenomenon of the 60’s. For years, the argument for deeply altering an ancient institution was framed entirely in terms of individual “rights.” We...
  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    witchwind.wordpress.com ^ | 12-15-2013 | witchwind
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • Target takes a stand in support of same-sex marriage

    08/05/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/5/14 | Tom Webb
    Target finally threw its corporate weight behind marriage equality Tuesday, with the Minneapolis-based retailer joining an amicus brief in a court case. "We believe that everyone -- all of our team members and guests -- deserve to be treated equally," Target executive vice president Jodee Kozlak said in a statement posted on the corporate blog. Yet in recent years, Target's official position on same-sex marriage had been a case study of mixed signals, causing the discount chain a great deal of grief. During the heated 2012 marriage amendment fight in Minnesota, Target remained firmly on the sidelines -- and remained...
  • California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century ("Evolving" Families)

    07/30/2014 5:33:38 PM PDT · by equalator · 8 replies
    LGTBQNation ^ | 7-27-2014 | FENIT NIRAPPIL
    California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for “Leave it to Beaver”-era families. Jason Patric, star of “The Lost Boys,” has been seeking custody rights over a son he fathered through sperm donation. The children of radio personality Casey Kasem had been in a legal fight with their stepmother to visit their father in the last years of his life. Supporters of these bills say such cases demonstrate that laws are lagging...
  • A Contraceptive Implant with Remote Control

    07/09/2014 12:49:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Richard Dawkins Foundation ^ | July 8, 2014 | Gwen Kinkead
    The hunt for a perfect contraceptive has gone on for millennia. A new candidate is now on the horizon: a wireless implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control and that is designed to last up to 16 years. If it passes safety and efficacy tests, the device would be more convenient for many women because, unlike existing contraceptive implants, it can be deactivated without a trip to the clinic and an outpatient procedure, and it would last nearly half their reproductive life. Developed by MicroCHIPS of Lexington, Massachusetts, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next...
  • (Graham) Nash sees young people as saviors of the future (i.e. of Crosby, Stills etc.)

    07/08/2014 2:26:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 5:02 AM EDT | John Carucci
    Graham Nash feels optimistic that young people will once again change America for the better. So while he’s frustrated by political ideals surrounding issues like global warming and marriage equality, he realizes that “those powers against progress” will naturally run their course. “They will all die at one point and the children will take over,” Nash said. Then he added: “Do you know anybody under 25 that gives a damn whether you marry a man if you’re a man or if you marry a woman if you’re a woman? No.” …
  • Gay Couples May Soon Have to Choose Between Getting Married and Not Getting Fired

    07/06/2014 5:10:26 AM PDT · by Salman · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3 2014 | Mark Joseph Stern
    The U.S. Constitution protects gay people’s right to marry the person they love. It does not, however, protect them from getting fired for doing so. Throughout the first decade of marriage equality, most states that legalized gay marriage also proscribed anti-gay employment discrimination, rendering this legal dissonance moot. But as more and more states find marriage equality foisted upon them by a judicial mandate, this discordance in rights presents something of a ticking time bomb for the LGBT movement. ...
  • 'We love you and we want you to be happy' Archbishop Cordileone marches for marriage

    06/19/2014 2:12:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | June 19, 2014 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    By Rebecca Ryskind Teti * There’s a March for Marriage in Washington, DC today, and the chairman of the US Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, will be there as a featured speaker. This in spite of the fact that a number of California politicians and other public figures wrote him an open letter asking him not to attend.The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi wrote a similar private missive to the Archbishop, invoking Pope Francis’ “who am I to judge?” as she requested he not march.  It’s a bit chilling...
  • Austrian bishop: Pope Francis told me ‘gender ideology is demonic’

    06/17/2014 2:00:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 17, 2014 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    Catholic sociologist Gabriele Kuby meets Pope Benedict in November 2012. VATICAN – Pope Francis strongly condemned “gender ideology” in a private conversation with Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun earlier this year, the bishop related in a recent essay. In doing so, the pope follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Nearing the end of his pontificate, the pope emeritus spoke twice about gender ideology as “a negative trend for humankind,” and a “profound falsehood,” which “it is the duty of pastors of the Church” to put the faithful “on guard against.” Bishop Laun, auxiliary bishop of Salzburg, wrote...
  • Why Not Separate Marriage and State? ZOT! And ZOT Again!

    06/04/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 425 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/29/13 | John Fund
    Cultural civil war can be avoided by getting government out of marriage There is no question that the media, political, and cultural push for gay marriage has made impressive gains. As recently as 1989, voters in avant-garde San Francisco repealed a law that had established only domestic partnerships. But judging by the questions posed by Supreme Court justices this week in oral arguments for two gay-marriage cases, most observers do not expect sweeping rulings that would settle the issue and avoid protracted political combat. A total of 41 states currently do not allow gay marriage, and most of those laws...
  • Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong?

    06/04/2014 10:18:03 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 130 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 4 June 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong? (Of course it does! But with Sola Scriptura, that might be unclear!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=PsHMNPyI7iI(Alternate link, via Vimeo.) “Follow” me on Twitter, “Like” Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis to your Circles on Google+, and “Subscribe” to my YouTube videos. TRANSCRIPT ———————- Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong? Well, as a Catholic, I know that it does. So, I suppose the real question should be: can a Protestant reasonably think that premarital sex is okay? I think that they can. And...
  • Gallup Reveals the Obvious: Our Moral Collapse Continues

    06/04/2014 2:10:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/4/2014 | Trevor Thomas
    Gallup is out with its latest “moral acceptability” survey. On 19 issues, Americans were asked, “In general, do you find the following morally acceptable[?]” The responses were ranked on a scale from “highly acceptable” to “highly unacceptable.” There was one issue – birth control, with 90% approval – that rated “highly acceptable” and nine, with approvals from 57% to 69%, that rated “largely acceptable.”Of those 10 issues, the response to seven of them is Exhibit A in the case of the collapse of the family in America. On two of the other three issues – wearing animal fur and medical...
  • Homosexual Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of ‘Moral Acceptability’

    05/31/2014 11:59:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | May 30, 2014 | RNS
    WASHINGTON (RNS) – Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and increases in “moral acceptability” from last year. The Gallup poll’s annual “moral acceptability” scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues. In the 2014 list released Friday (May 30), Gallup researchers said 12 of the 19 categories reflected “levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past.” “Americans largely agree about...
  • Separate But ... Equal? Or: Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage

    05/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    So there I was, reading a guest article in our newspaper here in Arkansas and nodding not just in agreement but admiration. And why not? For the guest writer was going right down the list of points I'd made over the years in favor of civil unions as an alternative to homosexual marriage. Well put, I thought. Right on, amen, hallelujah and selah! Few things are as pleasing as seeing one's own opinions repeated by others; they seem even more convincing when their glory is reflected in another's words. Attaway, brother! Ye-e-es! Such is human vanity, or at least that...
  • Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?

    05/27/2014 9:13:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jay Michelson
    Same-sex marriage is becoming a national inevitability. A cascade of court opinions, significant public support, not to mention increasingly sympathetic gay couples and increasingly implausible opposition—all these and more point to an emerging national consensus that “gay marriage” is actually a form of “marriage.” It’s not exactly clear when the hump took place—but we definitely seem to be over it. ............................................................ And what about those post-racial and post-gender millennials? What happens when a queer-identified, mostly-heterosexual woman with plenty of LGBT friends gets married? Do we really think that because she is “from Venus,” she will be interested in a heteronormative,...
  • Rand Paul: GOP needs to ‘agree to disagree’ on social issues

    05/20/2014 7:46:33 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14 at 12:16 pm | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that Republicans should embrace a more tolerant view of those who don't hold conservative positions on social issues."I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues," Paul told vocativ.com. "The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage. But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by those issues."Paul's comments harken back somewhat to former...
  • Oregon ruling marks 13th gay marriage win in a row

    05/19/2014 4:24:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2014 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRADY McCOMBS, AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
  • If it's OK for women to propose, why don't they?

    05/05/2014 6:57:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 05/05/2014 | CONNIE CASS, Associated Press
    <p>Steve Paska waited two weeks for Washington's famously fickle cherry blossoms to emerge, then spent two hours searching for the perfect spot beneath the canopy of fluff. He lured his girlfriend there on the pretext of buying a painting of the blooms. Then he surprised her by dropping to one knee and proposing.</p>
  • The Collapse of Anti-Gay Religion

    05/05/2014 7:26:10 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 147 replies
    Slate ^ | 5-1-2014 | William Saletan
    Throughout history, religion has sanctioned and fueled the persecution of homosexuality. That dynamic may be drawing to an end. Polls, clerics, and denominations are shifting. Theology is adapting. Resistance to same-sex marriage is dwindling, and there’s no end in sight. For 15 years, the Ethics and Public Policy Center has hosted the Faith Angle Forum, a regular conference on religion and public life. Several weeks ago, the group met again to discuss current issues. Transcripts of the conference have just been posted on EPPC’s website. They underscore the extent of the anti-gay collapse. The first session, led by papal biographer...