Published on December 13, 2010 by Chuck Donovan

Britain’s Prince William and his betrothed, Kate Middleton, will marry next April at Westminster Abbey. People around the world will tune in to a rite as old as spring itself. Lovers of Shakespeare note parallels with “Henry V,” the Bard’s great history play: How the young prince served his nation in arms overseas.

And how the name of his beloved (though she is not at all French) is Kate. Shakespeare’s wooing Harry pleads with the demure Kate, daughter of the French king, for a kiss. Things were a bit different then. Harry must persuade the princess that such a liberty is appropriate, not cheap display. “We are the makers of manners, Kate,” he tells her.

But if ever there were a time when the manners of a nation’s royalty, in wealth if not lineage, shaped those of the people, that time is not now.

Not here in the United States, where a report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia finds that marriage is disappearing in Middle America.

A shocking “marriage gap” has opened between the broad middle and the upper crust since the early 1970s, project director W. Bradford Wilcox writes in the study, “When Marriage Disappears.” Wilcox found that Americans with a high school education but no college degree are more likely to become single parents and, if married, less likely to be “very happy” and more likely to divorce. Using survey data and correlating earnings with education levels, he concludes marital indicators are improving for better-off Americans and declining, sometimes sharply, for those of moderate means. <Read More>

Micah Clark

AFA of Indiana’s Micah Clark quoted in WRTV 6 News Report on Child Care Regulations Bill before Statehouse

Legislation aimed at tightening regulations at Indiana child care facilities is reigniting the debate about the separation of church and state and AFA of Indiana’s Micah Clark was featured in WRTV 6 News Story on the debate.

“These bills make the mistake of assuming parents do not have the ability or the desire… to choose a safe setting for their own child,” said Micah Clark with the American Family Association of Indiana.

Read the entire story and watch the video by clicking here.

Top-Ranked Senior Says He Shouldn’t Be Forced To Pray

GREENWOOD, Ind. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will seek an injunction to stop a prayer planned at the Greenwood High School graduation ceremony as part of a lawsuit filed by a top-ranked senior.

The suit by 18-year-old Eric Workman said the prayer and a vote taken by students at a school assembly in September unconstitutionally subjects religious practice to majority rule, 6News’ Rafael Sanchez reported. Read More →