This story is at the heart of what Governor Pence’s Summit on the Family & the Economy was about. It is becoming more rare for women without a college degree to have children inside of marriage. This has a huge impact upon Indiana’s economy, schools, welfare system, and social structure. The income gap in America is increasingly based upon the devaluing of marriage. Those who get married, then have children, do far better (as do their kids) than those who have children outside of marriage. There is increasingly a “separate and unequal” family structure between the upper economic class and the middle and lower classes based upon family devolution.
When the newly crowned Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto, was in third grade, she found out the difficult truth that she had been conceived when her mother was raped at knife point.
Gatto’s mother was only 19 years old when the attack occurred. Her assailant had plans to murder her as well, but says those plans were thwarted when a bright light from an unknown source appeared. This light gave Gatto’s mother the ability to get up and run away before he could do further harm to her. Gatto says, “I like to think of that light as my mother’s and (my) guardian angel.” Read More: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/newly-crowned-miss-pennsylvania-valerie-gatto-was-conceived-in-rape
How did we get to the point where high-profile jurists ignore the will of the people clearly established through ballot initiatives, as well as legal precedent set by the Supreme Court? How has judicial decision-making become so influenced by subjectivity, images, clever marketing strategies, and perceptions carefully crafted by special interest groups? Proponents of same-sex marriage haven’t won in the arena of ideas—they have won through manipulation and intimidation. Those who oppose them must speak up. Read More Here: http://shar.es/Ph3Qk
Something is wrong in the sports world when the sexual desires or actions of professional athletes are celebrated due to a political agenda above the player’s own athletic ability. We would guess that most Americans would rather not know the exploits of any player regardless of their sexual choice. However, since it is news, and the politics of the homosexual activists are at the front of most journalists mind, let’ s consider the homosexual behavior of the Rams draft choice and ask the question if the NFL is being responsible and truly compassionate about Michael Sam. We hear of steroid risks, among athletes, what about the health risks of this celebrated behavior? Read more here
This is a fascinating “man on the street” interview video asking people what they think about the Biblical story of Noah, the ark, various details and a worldwide flood coming from a righteous and Holy God. With all the attention on the recent Russell Crowe Noah movie, global disasters like floods, mudslides, etc. making news, and environmental claims of global catastrophes over the years, it is worth knowing what many people are thinking in terms of Noah, the last days, end of the world, etc. This 28 minute video is a very good study in postmodernism (truth is relative) thought and various worldview arguments impacting our culture today. Watch the Noah video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7bPCYizcFM#t=24
America lost one of its greatest heroes of the post WW2 era when 89 year-old. Rear Admiral, Jeremiah Denton passed away March 28th. The former US Senator may have been best known from to his book, “When Hell was in Session” that also became a TV movie. Denton had been a POW in the Viet Nam war. He suffered numerous brutalities at the hands of his captors. Unbroken, he sent a message back home to the US through blinking his eyes in Morse Code on television. This article describes one of his last interviews in which he describes his time in captivity and the role his faith played in sustaining him. Read more here: http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/war-hero-reveals-secret-of-enduring-trouble/?cat_orig=faith
In his unique, dry wit manner, actor, author and commentator Ben Stein offers some profound observations and thought-provoking comments about income inequality and the current discussion surrounding it which has been picked up as a cause by many politicians including the President. Yet, Stein wonders if all the recent concern is misplaced or warranted. Read more here: http://spectator.org/articles/58633/poverty-and-income-inequality
Sometimes we just want to pass along a really good, though provoking, article like this one. “I don’t know about you, but I’m hearing more and more from people around the country who are terrified about where the nation is headed. Every day, we’re confronted with more unchecked abuses of power. Judges, attorneys general, governors, legislators and the president of the United States are openly ignoring their oaths to uphold the law. It’s not just government agencies that are functioning as ruthless enforcers of political correctness. Ask any schoolchild who has had the audacity to defend marriage in a Facebook posting or Tweet.”
Read more here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/14/knight-resistance-in-the-age-of-bullying/#ixzz2wATSx8Xb
Common Core is an issue that began as a small rumble but has grown into a national roar. Controversy over the federal curriculum and testing program has made its way into the Indiana legislature, the State Board of Education and the Governor’s office. Opposition to the Common Core may be the vehicle for a catch all of complaints against education in general, but there is legitimate concern surrounding the Core’s methods, changes and agenda. Now, some of its financial supporters are targeting parents who do not want their children treated like guinea pigs for big business or the Obama Administration.
Read more here: http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/14/big-business-targets-common-cores-band-of-mothers/
What is religious freedom and why does it matter? Anyone who believes that they can sit these questions out will soon learn they cannot. Indifference will no longer be possible. As my friend Erick Erickson likes to say, “You will be made to care.” And you will be made to care sooner rather than later.
There are differences between accessing general public accommodations and asking, or rather, coercing, an individual to lend their talents and services to an activity, action, or gathering that he or she thinks is sinful. Whether an individual is “affirming” or “participating” in their service is actually irrelevant. The locus of this debate is focused on the conscience, not degrees of complicity or accessory. Read More Here: http://www.canonandculture.com/how-now-shall-we-bake/
The hysteria over a religious liberty bill in Arizona and the establishment’s unprecedented pressure on Governor Jan Brewer to veto an “anti-gay” bill was a huge distortion of the issue. While some attempted to compare the legislation with southern Jim Crow laws, supporters are wondering if anyone even read the bill in question before reacting as they did. The Arizona religious freedom bill did not give businesses license to discriminate against homosexuals, in fact doing that is already prohibited in Arizona. Read more to learn the facts of what it was really all about: http://www.christianpost.com/news/issue-analysis-arizona-bill-does-not-give-businesses-license-to-discriminate-against-gays-115093/print.html
When the Billy Graham Association magazine recently proclaimed in a cover issue story, “the evangelical church today has grown all too accepting of sin. The church is ducking the vital moral issues of our age. Rather than influencing our culture by being Gospel salt and light, the church has itself become influenced by the permissive culture in which we live,” it immediately caught our attention.
In the article entitled “Ducking Responsibility, Franklin Graham warned, “I do not believe this is simply a culture war, or a battle between conservative and liberal elements of our society. It is much more than a drift away from the moral underpinnings that helped found and guide our nation for centuries. This is a full-scale assault against Christianity and the followers of Christ.” Read more here: http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/february-2014/ducking-the-issue/
We hear a lot about alternative lifestyles today. Frankly, many parents and grandparents may justifiably worry that we hear too much about abnormal behavior. Talk of the bizarre and once-shunned behavior has become so normal that it has come to the place now, according to NBC, that an “alternative lifestyle” is what once was called the nuclear family with traditional values. In a recent story about an Olympic athlete, NBC commentators were amazed at a 20 year old athlete being so “mature” and an “adult” who came from an alternative lifestyle . . . a traditional family !! On top of this, the medal winner would like to become a minister some day. Read more here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/21/nbc-tags-olympian-david-wises-alternative-lifestyl/
The following article appeared in the Washington Times entitled “America the Vulgar.” Author Robert Knight explains how our culture has become so pervasively bad that parents simply cannot hide their children front it. America seems obsessed with bad behavior. It raises the question of who is forcing their morals upon whom?
Even though it is the biggest television show in Cable history, with over 14 million viewers, you knew it would only be a matter of time before the politically correct would move against Duck Dynasty. The patron saints of tolerance couldn’t let a show about a real life family who loves God, country virtue and family go on for long. There’s a lot of flap over Duck Dynasty father Phil Robertson’s answer to a question in an interview in which he quotes the Bible concerning homosexuality. To liberals who want to redefine family, the most intolerant thing one can do is cite basic biology or religion. Here is one of the best reviews of what happened to the Duck Dynasty dad and what it says about America’s cultural decline. Read more here: http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/duck-flap-truth-is-hate-to-those-who-hate-truth/
While many in the media might never report on it, there is some significant opposition to redefining marriage among some homosexuals. For example, not long ago in France, thousands of homosexuals joined in with 100,000 French citizens to protest the unraveling of marriage. They explained that marriage was for men and women. Children need a mom and a dad more than they needed or wanted to mimic heterosexual marriage. Of course there are the extreme opponents of marriage of all sexual desires who reject the monogamy and exclusivity of marriage, but there are also more rational reasons not to tear down the logical gender boundaries that have existed in marriage for thousands of years. The following is a well thought out defense of natural marriage by an openly homosexual man. Read what he says here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/im-gay-and-i-oppose-gay-marriage
On February 6, 1977 after losing a close presidential primary race to Gerald Ford, who later lost to Governor Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, much of the Republican party and certainly the conservative movement was written off by the media. As we know today, Ronald Reagan came back to win big in 1980 followed by an enormous historic landslide in 1984. Before that occurred, Reagan spoke to a group called CPAC and laid out his principles and a course for the future that is remarkably relevant in 2013. For example, Reagan observed,
“Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families — not government programs — are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved.Thus it is imperative that our government’s programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize the family. We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them. The New Republican Party must be committed to working always in the interest of the American family.”
Read his full speech here: http://reagan2020.us/speeches/The_New_Republican_Party.asp
Call it a symptom of postmodernism (truth is relative to the individual) or moral confusion, but there is definitely a danger to a society when common sense disappears. What was recently considered bizarre is seemingly becoming more normal and what was once normal, and even virtuous, becomes the object of scorn or a target of government intervention. Columnist Robert Knight warns of the bizarre becoming routine and the danger that such confusion poses to innocent children, families and our moral fabric in his article.
In the Bible, a once notorious murderer informs a first century church that certain people cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Everyone who read his words knew of his past. How comforting must it have been when he informed them but this was no longer true. (“Such as were some of you, but you were washed and sanctified.”) Obviously, change has been around for thousands of years. Why then is it so difficult for certain segments of society to deny human change. A renowned psychologist explains this factor and his observations here: http://narth.com/2013/09/why-gays-cannot-speak-for-ex-gays/#more-3361
It would be nice to assume that our elected officials have our best interests as a motivator of what they do. Yet, when it becomes obvious that enormous bills pass through Congress, unread by many members, and the consequences of bills enacted appearing seemingly as a surprise, one has to wonder if political games and considerations outweigh the public good. The following is an article listing 100 unintended consequences of Obamacare., which reveals how, even before being fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act is impacting the economy with actual examples of the harms to employers and their employees.
When the term conservative is raised, who comes to mind? Perhaps, if there are two grandfathers of the modern political conservatism movement they would be William F. Buckley, author, TV host, and publisher of National Review and President Ronald Reagan. Yet, who would they look to as their ideal conservative. It is highly probable that they would have suggested influential author and political theorist Russell Kirk. In 1953 it was Kirk who penned, “The Conservative Mind” which is considered a foundational part of the modern conservative movement. Though you may not have read anything like this since your college days, Kirk’s 10 Conservative Principles is well worth studying, and still highly relevant today. It also reveals that many who claim the label of conservative, or claim “x” to be a conservative issue, fall far from being a true conservative individual or cause.
America throughout our history has been known throughout the world for freedom. What would the reaction be if the government suddenly began to force Amish to drive cars; feminists to listen to Rush Limbaugh; Muslims to own pigs; Jehovah’s Witnesses to say the Pledge of Allegiance; vegan’s to eat hamburgers, or the NAACP to accept racist skinheads as members? Something would clearly have gone very wrong and off track from what our founder’s envisioned. Yet, similar assaults on liberty are not speculation, they are already occurring. This article points out that contrary to what many claim, the push for same-sex marriage seriously endangers our historic freedoms.
An interesting development is occurring in Ohio after one of its largest pro-life chapters finally got feed up with liberal politicians who claim to be pro-life while they seem to undermine the family and supports for the life movement with their votes or actions elsewhere. If there is one area in which pro-life leaders should be able to agree with abortion advocates it should be on raw abortion numbers and demographic data. Married women seldom turn to abortion during an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s research arm recently observed, “married women are significantly less likely than unmarried women to resolve unintended pregnancies through abortion.” It would seem then that promoting or preserving marriage might be a conversation life groups should consider.
Read more here: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/is_the_pro-life_community_being_split_by_liberal_republicans.html
As they open their new A&E TV season with a record setting viewership numbers of nearly 12 million Americans, Duck Dynasty appears to have struck a nerve of appeal and even normalcy that a core segment of Americans seem to long for once again. The reality show portrays the interactions of a family of long haired, camo-wearing guys who run a duck call company in Louisiana. What drives and forms the family is their clear and obvious Christian faith. Still, with each new season, more people seem attracted to the show. The show’s huge popularity has led to large sales of T-shirts and several books from family members. One of the many unique regular characters on the show is Uncle Si who often offers his words of wisdom and sayings. In this article, Uncle Si explains what truly drives him.
This fascinating “man on the street” interview video of college students, professors and even scientists is remarkable. We often take what we were taught in school or what our culture tends to adhere to as solid indisputable fact, but is there truly any firm basis for such things? Many people, who deny the existence of God, also deny having “faith” in something else. Yet, as this video reveals, they may trust reason, logic or science in the same way they disparagingly think people adhere to religion. Take a look at this thought-provoking video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U0u3-2CGOMQ#at=128
According to the United Nations World Health Organization, over 140 million females across the globe have experienced what’s known as “gender mutilation.”
The U.N. says this grotesque act is primarily practiced in Africa for religious or cultural reasons. It is usually ordered by the family itself—including in many cases by the mother. The U.N. says the practice results in diminishing the dignity and worth of women in that particular culture. The WHO estimates the practice begins with girls as young as 4-years old.
Do you agree with the U.N. that this is “genital mutilation?” Would you consider this an act of child abuse? Do you agree that it’s wrong for a family to alter their daughter’s most intimate aspects of her femininity?
Read more at http://www.afain.net/WhenInsanityBecomesReality.pdf
A common misused slogan among some, who have not thought very deeply about what they are saying, is “you can’t legislate morality.” They often proclaim this phrase as a means to end discussion or to silence political debate. To the contrary, this slogan should raise at least two responses. First, if not morality then what would we legislate, immorality? Second, is that when laws are debated and passed in a legislative body, someone’s worldview will prevail. Therefore, the question is not IF a moral view will prevail, but WHOSE worldview will be reflected in the law or regulation being enacted?
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/legislate_morality.pdf
It is clear from reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage that many Americans do not understand the public purpose of marriage.
Marriage has a public and a private purpose. The public purpose of marriage is to unite men to women and both to any children they produce. Governments recognize marriage because it is an institution that benefits society and children like no other relationship. Where marriage declines, government grows, intrudes, and steps in to pick up the pieces.
Read more at http://www.afain.net/Changing_Marriage.pdf
While every abortion represents a child and a potentially scarred woman, it is good news that Indiana’s abortion numbers have declined in recent years. This decline even occurs during these recent years of a consistently lagging economy when financial pressures might seem to predict an increase in pregnancy terminations. The following article from AFA of Indiana is based upon numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. It also includes analysis of those numbers by Indiana Right to Life. We look briefly, too, at other states and how birth rates have been politicized by some for an attack on traditional values.
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/indiana_abortions.pdf
“We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. . .
“We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation.” Read more here: http://www.lc.org/media/9980/attachments/pr_ltr_marriage_solidarity_statement_062013.pdf
Several months ago, when we became aware of the changes within the Exodus organization and the realigning of the vast majority of the 260 affiliates, we began to follow them to the Restored Hope Network and promote the Restored Hope on the AFA-IN resource page.
Read more here http://www.afain.net/ExodusClosure.pdf
This item is an editorial from Gary Hofmeister, a friend of AFAIN, well known Indianapolis businessman and candidate for US Congress. It is his story of his having seemingly been the target of the Federal Election Commission following his run for Congress. The head of the commission at the time was Lois Lerner, the current IRS Director who is under fire for targeting hundreds of marriage protection groups, TEA Parties, pro-life and pro-Israel organizations. Read more here to learn of one Hoosier’s nightmare following his run for Congress as a conservative candidate.
It has been said that it is not enough to curse the darkness without providing light. While there is so much that discerning Hoosiers should reject from the pop culture and Hollywood we should still be on the lookout for good family entertainment. Movies can be great entertainment but they can also be good tools for education and discussion. In so doing, we should not forget the past. Here are some classics that have entertained and enlightened audiences and stood the test of time. While lists like this can vary wildly depending upon the compiler’s views and tastes, here’s a good start. Read More here: Ten Great Films
We wonder why the younger generation seems to have a totally different set of values than their parents, so we look to the culture. While media and culture certainly play a factor, what is actually taught in the classroom is perhaps even more influential. Research shows that up to 80% of children raised in Christian homes today will not return to church after they graduate from college. That is an enormous problem with serious societal and eternal ramifications. Along the same lines, this short article looks at the political indoctrination and one-sided ideology dominating the faculty of America’s colleges and universities.
“Postmodernism” is a description of the prevailing worldview of our current times in which truth is in the eye of the beholder. A past truth can be dismissed with the response of “well that’s what’s right for you.” One consequence of such relativism is the loss of meaning of important words like truth, freedom, right, wrong, bravery, decency, To many who share the values of AFA of Indiana the world seems to be upside down. Things once seen as wrong are held up as good and matters once considered virtuous, are now widely mocked. Cultural commentator and Washington Times columnist Robert Knight weighs in on some current examples of this confusion in his column, Twisting Words into Doublespeak.
When talk of Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt are together it is usually in reference to ineffective big government policies and Great Depression(s). While there are certainly many similarities there, FDR and Obama part ways when it comes to their view of our Christian heritage and the role it plays in America’s soul. There has been a lot of attention recently on efforts to radically secularize our military and to view the Christian faith in particular as a menace. This would have shocked America’s 32nd president who had a much more positive view of the role of faith in our armed forces.
We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened?
It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning.
Read more by clicking here: http://www.afain.net/reasons_kids_leave_church.pdf
One of the interesting things about America today is the power small segments seem to have in our culture. For example, the vast majority of Americans believe in God, yet, in many ways we have an atheistic movement, which seems to be driving God out of the public square in ways that would surely have shocked our Founders. Entire institutions are targeted for attack or change simply because they recognize God. Monuments, which stood for 50, 70, 100 years or more, are suddenly deemed a violation. Interestingly this tyranny of the minority also applies to marriage. This point is just one of 10 made by Michael McManus of Marriage Savers. Read more here: http://www.afain.net/MarriageSavers.pdf
The recent television Mini Series, The Bible, which aired on the History Channel surprised Hollywood and critics with its large audiences. Already it appears to be setting sales records for DVD’s of a mini series. While by no means perfect, the series has many commendable elements and may well have achieved the lofty objectives of its creators. In a culture, which often seems at war with Christianity, the series success alone is noteworthy. Here is our balanced overview of the series: http://www.afain.net/’TheBible’seriesreview(AFA).pdf
There is a widely held notion that preserving the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unfair. In fact, this mistaken idea has been taken even farther to mean that the only way for society to be fair to a small group of people who engage in certain behaviors, or have certain desires, is to radically restructure the institution of marriage to meet their demands. This article “The Fairness of Marriage” by AFA of Indiana’s director, Micah Clark, takes a look at the primary argument being used to unravel marriage. This editorial recently appeared in several newspapers around Indiana.
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/FairnessofMarriage.pdf
We now have an entire generation today that has grown up on video games. The arcades of the 1980′s, where teens had a limited number of quarters to spend on a Friday night, have given way to hours upon hours of time in front of home gaming systems. Contrary to popular perception of children playing Mario Brothers or some child centered game, the average “gamer” today is a 35-year-old man. For some, gaming has led to an addiction that can impact marriages, hygiene, health and other relationships. Read more here from this insightful Indianapolis Star story: http://www.afain.net/videogames.pdf
When one thinks of “civil rights,” images of Rev. Martin Luther King and various events from the 1950′s and 60′s may come to mind. That was when people were denied economic, political and cultural access to opportunity based solely upon their skin color. Today, the term rights and civil rights are thrown around quite a bit for all sorts of matters and by a whole host of political interests vying for governmental or societal approval. Many people may not realize that there are actual criteria established by the courts to determine a civil rights or minority classification. They are very logical and understandable, particularly when seen in light of the past civil rights struggles and subsequent governmental responses to those past injustices.
Read more here: http://www.afain.net/homosexualitynotcivilright.pdf
When a society begins to walk away from the logical time tested principle of having a man and a woman in marriage, and we ignore or refuse to affirm that children need both a mother and a father, how long can we say that gender matters at all to children? Well, Massachusetts, the first state in America to radically redefine marriage, is now discarding gender protections in their schools. (When marriage is unraveled children always suffer.) The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to all K-12 public schools requiring them to permit boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities. This latest education policy is just one more confirmation the slippery slope warnings marriage protection advocates made when Massachusetts gave in to the demands of homosexual marriage advocates.Read more about how the state’s gender confusion has impacted its schools and places children at risk: http://theblacksphere.net/2013/02/gender-mess-in-massachusetts/
The Indiana Senate has passed a set of three bills calling for another Constitutional Convention. The purpose of SJR 18, SB 224 and SB 225 is to modify the Commerce Clause in order to prevent Obamacare from being forced upon the states. While this may be a noble objective, and a necessary assertion of state’s rights, a Constitutional Convention could be a liberal free for all in this postmodern, post-Christian society. Article 5 of the US Constitution says that when called for, a Constitutional Convention, “shall be valid to all intents and purposes.” It seems highly unlikely that a Convention could be limited to just one issue. We could lose our 2nd Amendment freedoms, our religious liberty or wind up with new rights to abortion and homosexual marriage that our founders would never have supported. If the Commerce Clause needs to be changed, a simple Constitutional Amendment addressing that section’s specific wording can do that, but an entire national convention seems very risky. Still, calling for a Constitutional Convention has become a trend.
Here are two excellent resources on this subject. One is an article titled, “A Con Con is a Terrible Idea”: http://www.eagleforum.org/psr/2009/may09/psrmay09.html#concon The other is a resource page with various articles and video clips detailing concerns over a new Constitutional Convention in order to “fix” our Constitution: http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/concon/
It is interesting that the supporters of redefining marriage, both activists and the media, proclaim that societal views are changing and that a majority of Americans and Hoosiers now support homosexual marriage. Yet, when it comes to allowing people to affirm this, they complain fiercely and do all they can to prohibit the say of the same voters. They much prefer the sound of a gavel to the voice of the people.Marriage is a foundational component of society. It touches all facets of life from our homes, to our laws, to our churches and to what children are taught in schools. It is much bigger than a courtroom; it is a matter for people to decide.
President Barack Obama called for more early childhood education (preschool) in his recent State of the Union address. Alert Hoosiers may have recognized that many leaders in the Indiana State House have been making very similar pleas for several years. This call for more spending on education at the expense of taxpayers isn’t limited to liberal Democrats. Many Republicans have bought into the early childhood education mantra. While there is nothing wrong with preschool, promises of any lasting academic gain appear unfounded. As part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, since 1965, the US government has spent $180 billion dollars on the federal Head Start preschool program designed to help poor children start school ready to learn. Before Indiana state legislators spend more money on preschool, they should look at the success or failures of the Head Start from the government’s own studies.
There is a disturbing trend among Americans, particularly younger Americans, to discard marriage. Some call it the “perpetual teenager” when describing 30-somethings who avoid marriage in favor of a lifestyle that was nearly unheard of among similarly aged adults of previous generations. Back then; marriage was a vital basic building block of the American dream of prosperity, home ownership and career. It was so widely assumed that it could be clearly seen as a part of our pop-culture, movies, TV and music. This article is a good reminder that America really needs to reclaim and reassert the virtues of marriage in our culture.
Syndicated columnist Michele Malkin has weighed in on the new federal education standards called Common Core right when the State Senate is considering a bill to pull Indiana out of the program. Malkin’s research and observations may serve to intensify scrutiny over our involvement in this program. Take a look at what she says about these new curriculum standards, which could impact every public school, textbook and comprehensive test in Indiana:
Part 1 of Michelle’s Series on Common Core http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/338428/common-core-corrupts-michelle-malkin
Part 2 of Michelle’s Series on Common Core http://m.townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2013/01/25/rotten-to-the-core-part-2-readin-writin-and-deconstructionism-n1497018
Part 3 of Michelle’s Series on Common Core http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2013/03/01/rotten-to-the-core-part-iii-lessons-from-texas-and-the-growing-grassroots-revolt-n1523233
A new annual study of college freshman which dates back some 47 years finds that this current crop of freshman students entering our universities see themselves as the “greatest generation.” Has the world of instant fame from doing nothing but a stupid reality show, Facebook friends and “watch me on You Tube” created a whole new generation of young narcissists? Many psychologists are warning of just this problem.
Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/08/are-raising-generation-deluded-narcissists/
Indiana may become the thirty-third state to vote on whether to preserve or unravel the definition of marriage for future generations. Does a Marriage Protection Amendment hurt business? Does it harm a state’s business environment? It may sound like an odd question, but it is a myth and a scare tactic regularly repeated by the media and even a few misguided business entities. This short editorial from AFA of Indiana’s director looks at various economic indicators and compares them with states that protect marriage and those few that allow homosexual marriage. Click here to read more: http://www.afain.net/MarriageGetsBusiness.pdf
It may surprise you to learn that new research is finding that pornography is a growing contributor to divorce and a present problem now cited in half of all divorces. This may sound shocking, until one considers that the porn industry is larger in terms of annual revenue than that of ABC, NBC, CBS combined. It brings in more income to the US than that of the NFL Super bowl. Four-out-of-five 16-year-old boys have recently viewed pornography. Pornography is a ten billion dollar industry and its presence is pervasive. Learn more here from the Coalition for Divorce Reform author Michael McMannus, President of Marriage Savers: http://divorcereform.us/hard-core-porn-the-cancer-of-marriage/
This is the list of AFA national headquarters annual “naughty and nice” ranking of retail stores which celebrate “Christmas” verses just a “holiday” or those that may censor the word Christmas and Christmas themes.Take a look at the stores which try to recognize the Christmas holiday and are not ashamed of it.
“The mainstream media, liberal politicians, activists, and academia bewail child poverty in the U.S. But in these ritual lamentations, one key fact remains hidden: The principal cause of child poverty in the U.S. is the absence of married fathers in the home.” Read more from this Heritage Foundation article, Married Fathers: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty by Robert Rector here: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/06/married-fathers-americas-greatest-weapon-against-child-poverty
Constitutional Attorney and Liberty Council Action Vice President wrote a no holds barred, take off the spiritual gloves editorial that deserves our consideration following the election of 2012. His God Will Not Be Mocked editorial makes a lot of arguments that as lovers of America is hard for us to hear, but just as difficult to deny. Barber observes, “America has rebelled against God. She has shaken her fist at Him and arrogantly cried, “We don’t need you. We don’t want you. We know better than you. Now go away.” Is he correct? Take a few minutes to read this powerful piece here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/god-will-not-be-mocked/
There are some arguments that are often repeated in favor of same-sex marriage that play upon the goodness of Americans. Equating opposition to same-sex marriage with racism and discrimination are just a couple of those efforts at heart tugging arguments. Dennis Prager takes a new look at this and comes up with some amazing things that will make you think about this issue, and it explains why no great moral leader or thinker in history ever advocated for the unraveling of marriage in favor of accepting homosexual relationships. Read more here: Townhall – Good People can Oppose Gay Marriage
This story is as remarkable for where it comes from as much as what it says. The story about former homosexuals and the mistreatment they face from homosexual activists and a liberal media both of which deny their existence actually appeared in the New York Times, one of the most liberal news outlets in America. It is a good article proving that there are thousands of people out there who have left homosexuality either through their religious faith or reparative therapy. Read more about their encouraging story here: http://www.afain.net/cannot_be_changed.pdf
We have often said that when it comes to same-sex marriage, whatever two men may be, they are not a wife to a husband or a mother to a child; both of which are vitally important components of the family. Here is a powerful article Jenet Erickson is an assistant professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University looking at why “Men Don’t Mother.” Fathers and mothers, men and women are uniquely important, and necessary. Same-sex marriage fosters the idea that such is not the case, that men and women are interchangeable and not necessary. Read more here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/10/6710/
A lone sentence or two in the first presidential debate has raised an old question surrounding the wisdom of taxpayer dollars being used to support public television programs like Sesame Street. Are childhood favorites Grover, Elmo and the Count in danger of being taken off the air? In light of the fact that many parents struggle to find good educational programing for their children, should we be concerned at this? Televison and movie critic Michael Medved looks at the issue and some of the facts verses political rhetoric surrounding talk of “targeting Big Bird.”
We have posted many research articles on this web site about the importance of strong families to society. We have also posted research articles that reveal the importance of faith and religiosity to a strong society. Here is a brief of research findings showing the link between both strong faith and strong families, which in turn make for strong neighborhoods, cities, states and our nation from the Heritage Foundation. For example, families with strong religious faith who regularly attend church services have lower rates of domestic violence, less marital disruption and better inter-family relationships than the non-religious. Take a look at the findings showing the benefits of faith for families here: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/33/religious-practice-and-family-stability
The Bible and religious faith are often discussed or referenced when social issues come up in the political arena. What about other issues? Does the Bible give guidance for such matters? Is there a Biblically-based argument that can be made for small government, low taxes and fiscal concerns? This article takes a look at this question: http://tinyurl.com/8bkx43n
Marriage plays a vital role in society. It provides numerous documented benefits. Therefore, this private relationship also serves as a public good. Children with a married mom and a dad tend to face fewer risks and do better in society than children raised in any other lifestyle configuration. As Hoosier children head back to school, here is a report showing some of the advantages married moms and dads provide students and their educational attainment. With more the 50% of Indiana’s state budget spent on education, policy makers may want to take note of the importance of marriage upon education.
A professor with New York University has written a book questioning the theory of evolution and recommending that people take a more serious look at the theory of intelligent design. Thomas Nagel’s book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False is obviously a strong and provocative title. What is more amazing is to find an Atheist willing to challenge one of the core foundations of their worldview. While not a creationist or even a devout follower of intelligent design, groups like Answers in Genesis are welcoming the author into the debate.
Many Christians and religious skeptics are second-guessing the wisdom of the recent Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day outpouring.. Is there a theology behind chicken? This article says yes, and explains why in ways few critics have done. This thought provoking article reveals much about the confusion in today’s church and a challenge for it in a messed up culture that cannot even see the importance of having both a man and a woman as vital parts of the family. Read more here: http://www.bobrussell.org/2012/08/05/dan-cathy-and-the-silence-of-many-churches/
No one says it better than our friend and hero, Joe Dallas. “Last night my son and I visited our local Chic-Fil-A to show support for the company and its owner. (Click here if you’re unfamiliar with the controversy) After an hour’s wait alongside scores of other like-minded customers, we passed a lone gay protestor standing in front of the restaurant, quietly holding a sign with a quote from Leviticus. He was a solitary voice, a man I disagreed with but who made an impression on me nonetheless. . .”
Continue reading here: http://joedallas.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/02/to-my-gay-angry-friend/
While many Americans who take the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America seriously have extolled the virtues of a happy marriage, economists and social scientists — many of them studying the situation from a secular point of view — are now coming to the same conclusion. These experts agree that single parenting accounts for much of modern poverty. Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute, for instance, believes that unmarried status accounts for 40 percent of the poverty in single-parent families. More
While many scientists may not want to admit it, the evidence is mounting which shows that the liberal view of family, abortion, sexual licentiousness and homosexuality point toward a path of societal destruction and decline. Countries, practicing social liberalism are seeing demographical declines that pose great dangers to their future. Sociologists are beginning to conclude from this undeniable data that a return to traditional values could do the world a lot of good.
There is a book you now sweeping through pop culture presented as a simply a women’s fantasy novel. Some commentators have laughed at 50 Shades of Grey others simply promote it as entertainment. In our sex-crazed culture, in which moral discernment is sorely lacking, many people may be drawn to a smutty book which some present as little more than a steamy romance movie in print. The following is an anonymous letter we received from a woman warning others that this book is not merely an off-color joke. It poses a serious danger to women. Read her story here: http://www.afain.net/not-just-a-mans-battle/
“You must accept my lifestyle because I was born this way.” Such logic is common in a postmodern culture where truth is relative and morality has been disconnected from moral behaviors. While this may sound like an excuse for the “gay” agenda because it uses the same arguments and creates the same-slippery slope, the new tolerance may be headed toward the normalization of pedophilia. A scientist, psychologist, and homosexual activist working for CNN explains why we should begin to sympathize with people born with a sexual orientation toward children. The path these defenders are taking is one we’ve seen not that long ago.
It is offensive to many to hear the constant mantra that undefining marriage is about equality. After all, same-sex marriage has nothing to do with equality because men and women are not the same. If they were, an equality argument could be made because two men would be the same as a man and a woman; therefore having both sexes in marriage would be irrelevant and mere preference. In other words “a + a = a, but a + b = c, with “c” being something unique from bringing together the two sexes, rather than just a carbon copy of itself like “a” as two males or two females. Gender matters. Far more offensive is the notion that any person, president or otherwise can “evolve” beyond God’s wisdom for the family to claim that two men are to be deemed the same as a mom and a dad. Columnist Robert Knight looks at the political ramifications of a leader taking an eraser to the Bible.
America has endured over 40 months in a row of high unemployment at or above 8%. Tens of millions of Americans are unemployed, under-employed, seeking better employment, or have simply stopped looking and fallen off the government’s count. The size of the labor force has shrunk to new lows. With the first and best way of providing for our health care being our ability to financially provide for our families ourselves, what impact will Obamacare have upon the business world? What impact will those costs have upon health insurance costs, employer provided health insurance, and employment rates? This Heritage Foundation policy paper takes a look at the costs of Obamacare for businesses.
There is a new narrative surfacing out there that says Jesus Christ and his teachings point people toward an embrace of socialism. Several political leaders and cultural icons seem inclined to embrace the notion that the Bible promotes socialism. Yet, is that an accurate view of what the Bible teaches on matters of wealth, work, charity, compassions and the government? Here is an interesting look at this idea that Jesus’ teachings affirm a socialist style of government.
The Indiana Policy Review Foundation is the latest group to begin to ask if Indiana’s involvement in a national curriculum and testing plan is in the best interest of Hoosier children. Concerns over the nationalization of education through “Common Core Standards” are an issue in and of itself. Still, even more basic questions remain over the wisdom of lowering our own Indiana academic standards in this highly competitive global economy.
Read more about this issue here: http://inpolicy.org/2012/06/neal-questions-surround-common-core/
A massive new, side-by-side, peer-reviewed major study of 3,000 adults finds that moms and dads do matter. Adults who were raised in a homosexual household, (ie: where two adults had made a conscious decision to deprive them of an opposite gender parent), do much worse than those raised in a married home. The study confirms that being raised in a home with a homosexual ethic and parental models carries significant risks to these children. (This comes in spite of recent efforts to say otherwise, including a questioned claim herein supporting same-sex parenting from the APA.) Children raised by homosexuals face higher risks of mental depression, molestation, health risks and gender confusion.
While the media and the liberal elites repeatedly said that this was a vote to ban gay marriage, 61% of North Carolina voters who suppored marriage protection knew it was never about banning anything. It was about the coercion and compulsion of the majority to recognize and affirm same-sex relationships as the same as marriage. Homosexuals can live as they choose, but they do not have the right to redefine marriage for everyone else. Here is an excellent article from National Review explaining this issue and the misinformation surrounding it that even came from Vice President Joe Biden.
Have you ever thought about the benefits of religious faith to America? We often think of faith in terms of our personal and spiritual benefit, but research has long shown that religious faith helps society in ways no government program can replicate. Faith improves marital bonds between a mother and a father and between parents and their children. It lowers the rates of poor behavioral outcomes and substance abuse among children and teens. Take a look at the findings in this Heritage Foundation report on the link between religion and positive social outcomes: