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Tennessee judge issues first ruling in favor of traditional marriage

August 16, 2014 | Author:

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AP – Al Behrman – A man prays outside the 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, where judges heard six marriage cases last week.

A judge in eastern Tennessee has dropped an anchor amid the deluge of state and federal court rulings favoring same-sex marriage. In a decision last week, Roane County Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. said Tennessee, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, need not recognize gay marriages performed in another state.

“The court finds that Tennessee’s laws concerning same-sex marriage do not violate the equal protection clause or the U.S. Constitution,” Simmons wrote in his opinion, which U.S. Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston posted online Monday.

The case involved two men, Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, who married in Iowa in 2010. They later moved to Tennessee, separated, and filed for divorce. But since Tennessee bans same-sex marriage in its constitution and does not recognize homosexual marriages made in other states, Tennessee officials would not grant divorce proceedings.

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Whose Baby Is It?

August 15, 2014 | Author:

Most of the major newspapers have highlighted the news from Italy of an impending court battle between two different sets of ‘parents’, fighting over soon-to-be-born twins.

An Italian woman is shortly to give birth to twins from embryos that were implanted at a fertility clinic during IVF treatment, but, as a result of a mistake, she was implanted with another couple’s embryos.

The pregnant woman has – not surprisingly – said she will fight to keep the babies, despite a legal challenge to hand them over.

The genetic parents however, who were not successful in their own attempts at IVF at the same clinic, are desperate to claim the twins as theirs.

The pregnant woman had previously tried and failed to become pregnant through IVF but once successful, she was told in April that she was carrying another couple’s babies, not her own.

She has the stronger legal claim to the twins as their birth mother. And she clearly desperately wants to keep the twins. Italian law is likely to consider her to be the twins’ true mother, as would be the case in the UK where a birth (or surrogate) mother holds all the cards, whether or not she is the genetic mother.

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Egg Freezing’s False Promises

August 14, 2014 | Author:

ice250x188Today’s New York Post features an article highlighting a new low in the exploitation of women: egg-freezing parties.

Sponsored by EggBanxx, the event targeted young professional women in Manhattan encouraging them to freeze their eggs as a means to free them to pursue their careers and wait until they find Mr. Right to have children.

One 32 year old attendee left the event excited about her newfound freedom: “I don’t want to keep thinking about my biological clock . . . I’d rather store my eggs now while they are young and healthy and use them when I’m older, say around 39.”

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My Top Teaching Tips from 30 Years of Homeschooling

August 14, 2014 | Author:

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Whether you’re a new homeschooler, or the mom who’s been at this a while and just needs to push the “refresh” button, Victoria’s sane, simple, stress-free, and successful approach to producing well-educated children will give you a sigh of relief, and her warm, transparent, grace-filled spirit will refresh your soul.

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The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother

August 13, 2014 | Author:

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Mothers are the great glue which binds society together. They organise, they volunteer, they nurture. And, when they are not around, you notice it. Look at any of those etiolated “communities” where every woman is a worker and you will see what I mean.

But the bigger (and bitter) argument for stay-at-home mothers concerns children. In Britain, in recent years, the debate has been closing down. Through tax and benefit changes, successive governments have made it ever harder for a woman to absent herself from the workforce to bring up her own children.

Whitehall would much rather encourage the creation of an army of childminders and nursery workers (which it can, inter alia, not only conscript but heavily regulate).

Some of these women do sterling work. Others, perhaps a majority, are young women with limited prospects. The authorities recognise this. That is one reason the way our pre-school children are looked after is increasingly the stuff of highly-prescribed curricula.

Our legislators may have decided that society is better served by clever women entering the workplace, rather than staying at home to raise children, but every now and then a spanner falls into the works.

The latest challenge to the prevailing orthodoxy comes, not for the first time, from Scandanavia – a part of the world where, for all its nanny-state associations, it is still possible to question the moral and practical superiority of the working mum without being labelled a neanderthal.

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Europe dead in the water?

August 13, 2014 | Author:

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Phillipe Legrain was the economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and head of a team providing the President with strategic policy advice from February 2011 to February 2014. Either his advice was not followed by the President or Legrain has had a change of heart about the strategic policy advice that he was giving.  I say this because he has authored a book entitled European Spring: Why Our Economies are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right.  In this piece published by Yale University, Legrain pulls no punches in describing the social, politcal and economic trouble that he thinks Europe is in.

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How strong families help the economy

August 13, 2014 | Author:

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The government will never provide for you as well as a stable two-parent family will. That’s the summary of the Heritage Foundation’s first annual report on America’s societal and economic trends, released Wednesday. The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity states that while abortion and violent crime are on the decline, the marriage rate is also dropping, giving rise to single-parent homes and accompanying economic troubles.

“We need to be talking about what it is that’s going to get at the roots of … poverty in America,” said Jennifer Marshall, the co-editor of the report.

Marshall, who is also vice president of the Heritage Foundation Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, wanted to create a manageable report compiling the latest statistics on the economy and the state of families in America. Unlike other reports studying the two factors separately, this one suggests connections between broken families and a broken economy.

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Fast Track To Femininity: Why Competing With Men Has Left Women Out Of Touch With Their Feminine Side

August 13, 2014 | Author:

Editor’s Note: There are plenty of great take-away points here, in spite of the discussion on dating and botox. Enjoy and watch out for the unfriendly sidebar ads. 

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Recently, the media has been awash with articles suggesting that career women are to relationships what garlic is to a vampire – the kiss of death.

We’re unable to sustain meaningful unions, apparently, because men are intimidated by our intellect, threatened by our higher earning potential and turned off by our controlling, capable, yet powerful personalities.

While this has been my personal experience – I was left by the father of my daughter (now nearly five) three years ago when I was the higher earner – I think that the issue goes far deeper.

It is more psychological than sociological.

The problem, I believe, is not so much with career women per se, but that women are increasingly out of balance with themselves and, therefore, with men. I know I am.

In the past three years of being single, I have been on a handful of dates.

Two years ago I went to dinner with a doctor who told me that I ‘wasn’t in touch with my femininity’ as I ‘didn’t flirt or wear much make-up’.

His diagnosis also included the undeniable fact that I was in ‘acute need of affection’.

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One of Our Favorite Magazines Explains the Christian Hope in New Birth

August 12, 2014 | Author:

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The birth of a baby is exciting—but no one really wants a baby to stay a baby forever. Birth is exciting because it means a new person has come on the scene, full of potential. So while WORLD rejoices whenever a man or woman or boy or girl drops self-trust and embraces Jesus-trust, we see that exciting moment only as a profound beginning. If the new birth doesn’t happen, there’s no new person in Christ. But the new birth, just like natural birth, is still just a beginning.

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The Doctor Who Refused to Abort

August 12, 2014 | Author:

bogdan_chazanPolish media outlets have been abuzz this summer with the story of Bogdan Chazan, a prominent Warsaw doctor who refused to provide a woman with an abortion and was subsequently sacked. Chazan’s case illustrates Poland’s version of the battle between pro-life conscience rights and liberal values—a battle pro-life Americans are enduring in legal confrontations over Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.

The Polish doctor’s troubles began in April, when a pregnant woman wrote to his maternity hospital in Warsaw, the Holy Family Hospital, asking for an abortion. She said her personal physician had detected severe developmental defects in the unborn baby. Chazan, a Roman Catholic who has served as director of the hospital for the past 10 years, wrote back, saying he could not provide an abortion due to a “conflict of conscience.” He provided an address to a hospice that could care for the baby after it was born.

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I Didn’t Notice School Had Begun (Relaxed Homeschooling)

August 11, 2014 | Author:

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The school bus passed yesterday and it reminded me that another school year had begun. School doesn’t begin at our house. But it doesn’t end either. I don’t have any opposition to starting school or new notebooks and new curriculum. But for us, learning is too intertwined in our lives to mark it with stops and starts. That’s just the way we roll. And it’s fine if you roll differently.

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What is Okay For a Girl to Do?

August 11, 2014 | Author:

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As women we see our lives in terms of helping men with the challenges, quests, wars, and adventures.

We need to be very careful that we don’t pursue a brand of femininity that is so obsessed with it’s own girliness, that it can’t get it’s hands dirty with real dominion.

 Feminism, there is a lot more to that than women who dress up in pinstriped power suits and do man’s work. Essentially feminism is the desire to be autonomous. It’s the desire to be independent from a man and out from under his authority and this is a tendency that even the girliest girl, wearing the frilliest apron, and making the wholesomest muffins can have. If muffin making becomes a girl’s priority over serving her father, in more urgent or useful ways, just because…she really, really likes to make muffins, then her motive is really no different than a feminist’s. And equally dangerous as feminism, is the idea that men and women should live in these pink and blue worlds. Separated by different interests and disconnected goals. Men and women were created to be different and those differences are wonderful, they are glorious. But their distinct complimentary roles should work together towards a common goal.

Women should not live in a woman’s world, but in the common world of mankind. Not as a man, but as a man’s helper. Not stepping outside her role, but understanding her place beside his.

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Lead Like A Boss, Dad

August 9, 2014 | Author:

By Geoffrey Botkin

A Canadian ad agency has just broken every politically correct rule of TV fatherhood. General Mills Canada hired the Toronto firm to pitch a product that’s “awesome and responsible”: Peanut Butter Cheerios. The commercial’s Creative Director Josh Stein did something truly creative. He associated the two words with fatherhood. The result: a two minute tour of family life narrated by a young middle class dad who isn’t dopey, clueless, cowardly, or detached from reality. And get this: he comes with a wife and children who respond to him in the home with affection and respect.

The cereal box makes a brief appearance as Dad passes it to a teen son and adjusts the boy’s wardrobe. He looks the son in the eye and says, “That’s a boy (hat turned sideways) and that’s a man (hat facing front).” Later, in a corny, more adolescent moment, Dad proclaims Peanut Butter Cheerios “the official cereal of dadhood.” (more…)

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What We Learn from Nude Reality TV

August 9, 2014 | Author:

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We laugh when little children run down the neighborhood sidewalk unclothed, chased by an embarrassed and apologetic parent. There’s a funny innocence to it in the life of a child who, to some degree, is ignorant of sin. In the same way, when men and women show themselves nude in public, they act like children, like ignorant children dumb to the fires of sexual lust that fuel the most unspeakable crimes in this world. Nobody can be protected from this. Even within the safe haven of a church will arise men who “have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin” (2 Peter 2:14).

To stoke the flames of lust between perfect strangers, and broadcast that to a national audience, is to fuel sexual expression outside of the proper boundaries of covenant marriage. In this post-Fall world, the last thing we need is people intentionally enflaming the powers of lust. Our hands are full enough trying to extinguish the forest fires of sex trafficking, adultery, and every other kind of sexual sin. To leverage the power of lust to boost ratings is to expose a child-like ignorance of evil.

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How These Religious People Found a Way to Opt Out of Obamacare

August 9, 2014 | Author:

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James Lansberry didn’t blink an eye when the Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision last month.

The vice president of Samaritan Ministries, which provides health coverage for more than 37,000 families nationwide, said even though his organization applauds the decision, “it doesn’t have any effect on us.”

Samaritan Ministries, and other health sharing groups like it, cater to a small-but-growing group of Americans who have chosen to opt out of the Affordable Care Act. Not only do these organizations ignore the contraception mandate, they also bypass nearly all the hallmark provisions of Obamacare.

Dr. Andrea Miller, medical director and vice president of Christian Care Ministries, said “the biggest thing to understand” is these groups do not provide insurance. Instead, they “facilitate the direct sharing of medical cost between people of like beliefs.”

Because of this distinction, the Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries successfully lobbied Congress for a religious exemption in 2009. This allows medical sharing groups to provide a form of coverage but dodge the deluge of Obamacare regulations governing the insurance industry.

Lansberry calls this exemption the last “isle of freedom” in health care and a “miracle straight from God’s own hand.”

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