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.

 

Robin Hood

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.

Read more here: http://lastresistance.com/2145/college-is-an-indoctrination-center/

“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.

Read more here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/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.

Read more here: http://godfatherpolitics.com/10664/anti-christian-bigot-mikey-weinstein-would-hate-what-fdr-said/

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.

Read more here: http://townhall.com/columnists/calebdalton/2013/02/08/democratic-debate-on-marriage-better-than-judicial-commands-n1507684

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.

Read more here: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/head-start-impact-evaluation-report-finally-released

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.

Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/26/man-top-5-reasons-to-grow-up-and-get-married/

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.

http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147486887

“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.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/09/get-big-bird-off-welfare.html

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.

Read more here: http://familyfacts.org/briefs/35/family-structure-and-childrens-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.

Read more here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheist-professor-intelligent-design-arguments-should-be-taken-seriously-80427/

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.

Read more here: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/07/why-liberals-will-become-extinct/

 

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.

Read more here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/has-the-normalizing-of-pedophilia-begun/

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.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/11/obamas-wicked-marriage-proposal/

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.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/04/obamacare-impact-on-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.

Read more here: http://patriotupdate.com/articles/why-socialism-isnt-biblical-what-liberals-dont-get

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.

Learn more here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/10/study-suggests-risks-from-same-sex-parenting/print/

MarriageMap

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.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/299394/north-carolina-biden-and-same-sex-marriage-ryan-t-anderson

Faith

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:

http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/17/promoting-the-positive-the-link-between-individual-religious-practice-and-social-outcomes

Contrary to popular perception, the search for a “gay” gene has always come up empty handed.  In spite of such a notion being opposed to evolutionary theory (why would a “gay” gene ever be passed along?) and opposed to creation theory many people have bought into the idea of people being “born gay.”  Here is a flyer from PFOX, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays that you may want to print out and keep as a resource for discussions with those who say that behavior defines who we are, or that some are born destined to live out risky lifestyles.   The PFOX flyer includes various facts from groups like the American Psychological Association and other often misquoted sources on the issue of sexual orientation and change.  View PDF color brochure here: http://www.afain.net/Can-Sexual-Origintation_Change.pdf

As the 2012 Indiana General Assembly wound down, a movement occurred in which $80 million of your tax dollars was poured into a popular educational trend known as Full Day Kindergarten.  Governor Daniels and many legislators sang their praises for “fully funding” FDK for one year.    However, is this major expenditure really a good use of public funds?  Will it be a wise investment that improves the academic achievements of Hoosier children?  Politicians (and some in the media who love all forms of government spending and expansion) say “yes,” without any hesitation.  Yet, longitudinal studies of FDK indicate that it may be a giant misuse of our taxes.   Read an AFA previous editorial on this topic here: Full-Day Kindergarten’s Benefits Not So Evident

This is what happened during the second half of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.  A controversy erupted over a first of a kind (OK, second of a kind, but the other state has over 740 license plate groups) specialty license plate for a homosexual recruitment center called the Indiana Youth Group.  The media and many legislators immediately tried to dismiss the issue as “trivial’ or much to do about nothing.  Three times, House leadership blocked efforts to revoke the plate.  The Senate got caught up in a game among moderates who also scuttled the issue, because they were so fearful of what the media might say about them. If only they had taken the time to investigate this group. They too would have wondered why the BMV ever approved supporting such a group.

Read an AFA editorial on this issue submitted to papers across the state: http://www.afain.net/those-who-care-to-know-do-care/

Historian David Barton takes a look at the acts of President Barack Obama and concludes that he is possibly the most “anti-Biblical president ever.”  Whether this is a legitimate conclusion, the list of actions against the values of our Judeo-Christian heritage and traditional values chronicled in this new article from Wallbuilders are truly an astonishing reminder to see and consider. 

Read article Here

Cathy Ruse, herself a Georgetown Law School graduate, now a Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at the Family Research Council takes a look at the firestorm ignited in the media over another law school student’s testimony before Congress in which she demanded that the government force companies and religious entities to pay for contraceptives and abortion services as a part of government “health care.”   Ruse reveals the set up behind the scenes of specifically using Sandra Fluke before the US Congress and the intentional frenzy that her testimony raised.  More

A new study touting the “benefits” of cohabitation in place of marriage is based on deeply flawed ideas about human nature and fulfillment, according to a leading scholar on the social role of families. “It’s garbage-in, garbage out,” said Dr. Scott Yenor, a Boise State University political science professor. He also warns that conservative defenders of marriage have fallen into the trap of valuing marriage as primarily a source for the self-fulfillment of adults.

Read more here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/scholar-punctures-illusions-of-pro-cohabitation-study

Obama Education

News of Indiana receiving a waiver of the federal No Child Left Behind education program sounds like a step toward freedom and local control.  Unfortunately, as the Heritage Foundation explains, just the opposite is true.  Indiana is walking headlong into a national education plan that could have a dramatic impact upon what Hoosier students are taught.  Indiana has signed onto a plan for “common core” standards that could spell trouble for students through federal testing and therefore, some say, federally driven curriculum content.

Read more about this concern here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/02/09/no-child-left-behind-waivers-let-team-obama-seize-control-your-childs-education/#ixzz1lwOfWAmt

Hammer of Justice

The influential Heritage Foundation weighs in on the decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declaring that a constitutionally allowed, state certified vote of the people to preserve the importance of marriage for the next generation is somehow “unconstitutional.” 

Read more about this judicial activism and the flawed logic of the ruling here:

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/07/ninth-circuit-rules-against-marriage/?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

Abortion Protesters

Most people believe that Republicans are generally more pro-lfe and that Democrats are generally more pro-abortion on the issue of life.  Where do Libertarians stand on abortion?  Here is an interesting short article from Life News covering a debate between two Libertarian leaders each arguing the pro-life and pro-choice sides of the abortion debate from the Libertarian philosophical point of view.  The arguments and observations are quite interesting, but the question of which view is most consistent with the Libertarian worldview remains unclear even if the ultimate conclusion for a pro-life voter is not as difficult.

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/26/libertarianism-pro-life-philosophy-pro-abortion-movement/

AFA-IN Audio

Homosexual activists are celebrating Indiana becoming the first state in the nation to approve a pro-homosexual specialty automotive license plate.

Hear AFA of Indiana Executive Director Micah Clark on the Peter Heck Show in Kokomo as he discusses the state’s approval of a “gay” License Plate to help fund Homosexual Youth Recruitment Center and High School Clubs in Indiana.

http://pn.b5z.net/i/u/6136888/m/1.18.s6.mp3

Read AFA of Indiana’s News Release regarding the new license plate on ChristianWire: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2057218698.html

Peter Heck

With Democrats showing up for work on Monday, the short session of the Indiana legislature is underway.  And while much attention will naturally be paid to the Republicans top priority – Right to Work legislation – there are a number of pro-family bills that they will be attempting to guide through into law.

Peter and Micah also talked through the state of the Republican presidential contest and the increasingly toxic environment that persists for families here in the United States.

Listen to the interview HERE!

To learn more about Peter Heck visit him at http://www.peterheck.com

Hooker

From the January 2012, Indiana Family Voice, AFA-IN Newsletter

“Does pornography cause crime?” Our answer may surprise you. The research is somewhat mixed.  Many studies say “yes,” some (often funded by pro-porn organizations) say “no.”

What the research does show is that pornography usage changes people’s attitudes about sex, for the worse. It is a dangerous subtle addiction from the start, but one whose worst side effects are a progression into which not all users immediately fall.  Yet, nearly all child molestors use pornography regularly and extremely high percentages of convicted rapists used porn prior to their crime. Read More →

Shattered

From the start of his administration, President George W. Bush attempted to encourage faith in the public square. They tried to welcome the positive, well documented roles religious entities play in terms of public charity, non-profit work, welfare ministry and these entities’ overall public good.  Whether that effort succeeded as originally envisioned before the 9/11 attack affected the administration’s goals is certainly debatable.  In stark contrast, the Obama administration is actively moving to harm the liberty and freedoms of private schools, hospitals, religious charities and non-profits.  Should the government now determine what constitutes religious freedom, religious belief or behavior?  Should this administration, (at a time when private charity is so vitally in demand) work against these longstanding 1st Amendment protections and harm these entities?   The Capitol Research Center has a policy paper which should concern pastors, private school boards, hospital administrators and non-profit leaders everywhere as more and more of their peers wind up in court fighting for the freedoms they always assumed they had, and would keep in America.

http://capitalresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/OT1211.pdf?9d7bd4

Banned

Christmas has passed, but it gives us time now to look back at the season and wonder, how did we fall this far from our founding heritage?  What does it say about America today when the traditions and values held by so many people, perhaps majorities, are under attack.   Whose country is it anyway?

 

Read more here: http://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2011/12/27/whose_country_is_it_anyway/page/full/

Late last month Michigan, with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate (35-2) and House (88-18) approved precisely the type of anti-bullying bill to which AFA-Michigan has repeatedly stated it has no objection: an all-inclusive bill that equally protects allstudents from all bullying for all reasons, without segregating students into special “protected class” categories based on behavior.

Gary recently went on WCAR Detroit Radio’s “Bonds and Fisher Show” where the hosts were flabbergasted to hear the truth about Michigan’s new anti-bullying law.  Gary relentlessly explains an issue on which the state’s news media has for years repeatedly failed to simply report the facts.

This is an outstanding explaination of why Bullying Laws must be crafted carefully in order to protect ALL students equally.

Listen Below

Kokomo radio talk show host, and One News Now columnist Peter Heck picked up on this recent story from the New York Times.  It is not what you may think.  Many gender stories involve people with a gender identity disorder or homosexual activists trying to remold society.  This story, and Peter Heck’s commentary, reminds us that that there has been a cultural war against gender that should concern and worry parents.  For years liberal social engineers have attacked our God-given gender differences rather than see and appreciate their unique importance. First it was a battle for a genderless military, then genderless marriage and now genderless sports.

Click Here to Read Story

Click Here to Listen to Peter Heck’s Podcast on this Story

If you think that late night television is merely entertainment for insomniacs, you may want to reconsider how the liberal establishment is using this medium in the political and cultural war.  Columnist Ben Shapiro takes a look at the recent attack against presidential hopeful Rep. Michelle Bachman on the Jimmy Fallon Show as an opportunity to examine the agenda of the late night shows.

Read more here: http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bshapiro/2011/11/29/how-obama-uses-late-night-and-how-late-night-loves-to-be-used/#more-545224

 

Occupy photo

Former Domestic Policy Advisor for President Ronald Reagan reminds us in this column that the Occupy Wall Street crowds’ unease is not new.  Yet, according to the polls, there have been even more, consistently deep concerns in the nation just under the surface in both good economic times and in bad for quite awhile.  Average law abiding, hard working Americans are not marching in the street, yet, they have legitimate problems that they want addressed as well.  Click here to read more

Change Ahead Sign

The lynchpin of the argument in favor of “gay rights” is the belief that people are born as homosexuals. This idea makes the agenda of homosexual activists easier to equate with equality and the civil rights movement. Otherwise, we are poised to grant special protections toward and revamp society on behalf merely upon one’s sexual desires. If this is the case, what behavior is next? The slippery slope argument becomes a serious concern. Additionally, the social pathologies, physical, emotional and spiritual risks of homosexuality matter much more if people choose a risky lifestyle. As with other risky choices, society then can say “no, please don’t, this is dangerous” something which infuriates those living out their same-sex impulses. Now a first of a kind long term study finds that change is possible.  Click here to read more

Greg Garrison

Yesterday (October 13th), AFA of Indiana’ Director, Micah Clark was a guest on the Greg Garrison radio show which reaches most of central Indiana on WIBC, FM 93.1 and the state on Network Indiana stations.

Micah Clark on Oct 13th Garrison Show

Indiana 7th District Congressman Andre Carson‘s office has confirmed that at a recent town hall meeting the Indianapolis Congressman told an audience that the TEA Party and some members of Congress would like to see people hanging from trees, in a clear reference to racial lynch mobs.

“Rep. Carson is a rankiing member of the Congressiobal Black Caucus.  He knows exactly how inciteful such accusations and imagery is to African Americans.  Carson also knows that such allegations are irresponsible and totally false.  He owes millions of Americans, and many of his follow members of Congress an immediate public apology for such a reckless, offensive allegation.
” said Micah Clark, Director of he American Family Association of Indiana.   

Rep. Carson refers in his public town hall meeting comments to the TEA Party activists wanting “us” to be  “hanging on a tree.”

“Rep. Andre Carson crossed the line of responsible political discourse.  He owes tens of thousands of decent, law abidding Hoosiers who identify with the TEA Party movement’s legitimate concerns over taxes, spending, bigger government and the decline of traditional values and America’s founding principles an apology for such an outrageous and irresponsible claim,” said Micah Clark Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana.

Clark has spoken to dozens of TEA Party groups and thousands of TEA Party activists across Indiana who comprise all racial and socio-economic backgrounds and origins.   Never at any time, has he observed any racial bigiotry or hatred at any of these peaceful events.


A video of Congressman Carson’s comments, along with his office’s confirmation of his statements, can be seen at this Washington Post news story link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/rep-carson-tea-party-wants-to-see-african-americans-hanging-on-a-tree/2011/08/30/gIQAFztmqJ_blog.html

Congressman Carson’s offensive statement is reported as follows:

“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens,” Carson continued. “Some of them in Congress right now with this TEA Party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree.”     (Tamron refers to MSNBC reporter Tamron Hall who was at the Town Hall meeting.)

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A group of scholars with the Institute for American Values has recently estimated that the cost to government (ie: taxpayers) for family breakdown is a staggering $112 Billion per year, or over $1 Trillion every decade in state, federal and local costs.  For Indiana, the Institute study found the cost to be $839 Million  in yearly state social services, anti-poverty programs, Medicaid, education  and the criminal justice system costs.   For an understanding of how family fragmentation and the decline of marriage impacts society take a look at this AFA of Indiana Briefing Paper.

Why Child Needs Both Parents

The Obama administration is now attempting to have military chaplains perform same-sex marriages for US soldiers. This is the next logical step down following the administration’s successful push to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces.   Although done under the guise of “freedom,” President Obama’s view is far different than that of America’s greatest military president, General George Washington.   Click here to read more

Many Presidents have encountered critics who claim that they are skirting, ignoring or tearing up the Constitution to one degree or another in order to achieve their goals or implement their policies.  President Obama is certainly no different.  Here is an article which appeared in the Washington Times listing numerous Constitutional concerns of the Obama Presidency for your consideration.

Click Here to Read Article

CoEd Dorm

Is it time to admit that the experiment with co-ed college dormitories has failed?   Does the very concept of such potentially problematic living arrangements in an era of moral confusion seem to contradict basic common sense, or do we need social science research to convince us?   Author and columnist Maggie Gallagher takes a look at this issue and the recent decision by a prominent university to return to single sex dorms.

 Article: http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2011/06/shocker_single_sex_dorms_may_b.html

Rome

Historically, what happens when hyper-individualism combines with moral decay in a society? Sadly, the answer is almost always the same. Although this is extremely relevant today, it is not a new question.  The founder of the Sociology Department for Harvard University is but one of the scholars and anthropologists who have looked into the rise and fall of some 80 societies repeatedly finding that their creative energy consumed itself with prurient interests laying the pivotal step to society dissolution.  Click here to learn more