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THE WAR ON INNOCENCE.

The principles of queer theory have escaped from the college campus and made their way into a summer camp for children in rural Kentucky. Last year, a nonprofit coalition called Sexy Sex Ed organized a series of “Sexy Summer Camp” events targeted toward minors that included lessons on “sex liberation,” “gender exploration,” “BDSM,” “being a sex worker,” “self-managed abortions,” and “sexual activity while using licit and illicit drugs.”

The camp organizers have admitted that they target vulnerable youth, including foster children, who are at high risk of sexual abuse. In one video, founder Tanya Turner says, “Masturbation is really healthy, and I recommend it to people of all ages. All ages. As soon as my nephews could talk, they were doing that.”

In a saner world, these statements and materials would all be red flags. Yet Sexy Summer Camp has received lavish praise in the media.

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Marriage/Family

Why the Act of Marriage (Still) Makes a Difference.

In some countries, such as the UK and US, couples on low income lose out on welfare payments if they live together or marry. Middle-income couples are now also turning their backs on marriage, meaning that marriage has increasingly become the preserve of the rich, those best off in society.

So do we need marriage? Are the poor leading the way by abandoning it? Are the rich hanging on to marriage as some kind of status symbol? Is marriage permanently dented, or is it just going through a bad patch?

I want to is restore your confidence in marriage. I want to reassure you that the statistics continue to show that families who marry tend to have better outcomes, both adults and children, both rich and poor alike. Read more

Motherhood: What Women Really Want (and Many Aren’t Getting).

McGuire raises the unorthodox idea that society is sending young women down a path which leads away from their true desires:

“I’ve long argued that college does absolutely nothing to prepare young women to think about anything beyond their career interests, including how to gel those interests with what for most women will become an interest in marriage and children that is likely to come quicker than they anticipate.”

That women have a deep desire for marriage and family is not something that McGuire dreamed up on her own. Polls show that half of all U.S. women want to have children (up from 46 percent in 2002) and that many are having far fewer than they really desire. Read more

HOW TO HANDLE ARGUMENTS IN MARRIAGE.

Most of us have experienced arguments in marriage, moments of conflict. We try to communicate our needs or desires to each other and end up feeling misunderstood, or even worse, dismissed. Our natural reaction is to blow up, shut up or give up. But there is another way. It’s not about never having a disagreement or conflict with your spouse; it’s about what you do after it happens. Read more

Parenting/Parental Rights

Why the care of young children can’t be outsourced.

Every few years, studies circle through the media regarding one of the touchiest topics in the post-1968 world: the mass institutionalisation of young children and infants.

The recently published results of the decade-long Tennessee preschool study seemed to catch politicians and journalists yet again by surprise. Not only did any cognitive gains prove only temporary, not only did they score lower the more time passed, but these effects alarmingly appeared for socio-behavioural issues as well. Read more

Disney employees busted in child trafficking sting just days after corporation opposed anti-grooming law.

According to local area news, people included among those 108 who have been arrested “include a retired judge from Illinois, a few restaurant managers, a man who works at FunSpot and several who work at Disney.”

The new Florida bill makes it easier for authorities to act against “grooming” behavior in which children are inappropriately sexualized. It has been named the “don’t say gay” bill by its detrectors, but also enjoys wide support from people on both sides of the political aisle. Read more

Students are being groomed by teachers to embrace LGBT ‘glitter families’ in place of parents.

Earlier this month, a photo of a sign posted at a Wisconsin high school went viral. Showing a Mama Bear surrounded by three cubs—one rainbow-colored, one striped like the transgender flag, and the third colored blue and shades of purple—it read: “If your parents aren’t accepting of your identity, I’m your mom now #freemomhugs.” Read more

Sanctity of Life

Ireland: GPs paid more for abortion than pregnancy care.

“Pregnancy termination is far more highly paid than antenatal care”, A GP in Wexford said.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, added: “Dr Pinaqui is right to draw attention to this scandal. It is indeed desperately sad that doctors are being given a financial incentive to end life as opposed to maintaining it”. Read more

The Pro-Abortion Movement’s Deadly Pseudo-Science Puts Women’s Lives at Risk.

Pro-abortion activists have blinded themselves to reality in their quest to normalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

This could be seen in a series of illegitimate attacks this month on a Missouri bill to stop the trafficking of dangerous abortion drugs and devices in the state. Abortion activists quickly misinterpreted the bill, claiming it would prevent women from receiving treatment for life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. Read more

New federal spending deal contains $200 million for Biden’s pro-abortion ‘gender equity’ fund.

Some in the press have depicted the deal as a victory for pro-lifers because it retains the Hyde and Weldon amendments, which prohibit direct federal funding of most abortions and discrimination against recipients of federal money on the basis of their refusal to participate in abortion. However, the bill contains other provisions that will likely be used to financially support the abortion industry and its allies.

The biggest of those provisions is a $200 million earmark for the Biden administration’s Gender Equity & Equality Action Fund, which the administration says is meant in part to “advance economic security for women and girls globally” – something Biden claims is impossible without “reproductive rights,” i.e., access to abortion. Read more

Religion

Canada’s crackdown on religious freedom is a wake-up call for Americans.

Artur Pawlowski, a Canadian pastor, has been jailed multiple times for holding worship services, expressing his religious views and speaking out against government dictates. He’s just one among many in Canada who’ve faced imprisonment, shuttered facilities, steep fines and continued interference from government officials since the start of the pandemic.

Additionally, The Washington Times recently reported how Canada is imposing dictatorial speech restrictions Read more

Religious Liberty Update on Congress and the Biden Administration.

The Fairness For All Act (FFAA) is likely dead after House Republican Chair Elise Stefanik dropped her support for the Act in early February, and more recently, in early March, cosponsor Chris Jacobs also dropped support for the bill.

On March 9, 2022, the House passed a sweeping $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Religious liberty proponents have voiced concerns that VAWA will (ironically) reduce resources for battered women because of the inclusion of gender identity under sex-specific provisions. Read more

India’s Christians fear rise in violence by Hindu extremists as BJP wins 4 states.

Christians in India fear that persecution of their communities will intensify after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won elections in four states, which will be seen as an overwhelming endorsement of the party’s anti-minority stance. Read more

Sexuality

U.S. Diplomats Ramp-Up LGBT Advocacy at UN Negotiation.

The U.S. government and the European Union are pressing UN Member States to add homosexuality and transgenderism in a draft UN agreement about the impact of climate change on women.

Linking gender to climate change policies would help feminist and LGBT groups access up to $100 billion in annual global climate financing, according to reports from Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD). Read more

‘The Darkest Time in My Life’: Ex-Trans Individuals Share Before-and-After Stories and Photos on #DetransAwarenessDay.

These before-and-after testimonies offer an important lens into a perspective not often seen in mainstream media.

“My name is Grace and I detransitioned,” one Twitter user wrote along with before and after pictures. “On the left: me shortly after top surgery, 2017. This was the darkest time in my life. On the right: me recently. Life goes on, life gets better.” Read more

The Studies Cited To Support Gender-Bending Kids Are Largely Junk Science.

The New York Times recently published an extensive essay arguing against screening before medical transition — if someone says she wants hormones or surgery, doctors should immediately break out the syringes and prep the operating room.

Proclamations that the science is settled are a bold facade on rickety scaffolding. When this New York Times article invokes the authority of science, it seeks to evoke the image of careful statisticians sifting through data collected by diligent doctors.

But it is actually appealing to self-selected online surveys with cash prizes, studies with tiny samples, and studies that are missing more than half of their subjects. Stacking a bunch of weak studies on top of each other doesn’t provide a strong result, but The New York Times presumes readers won’t bother to check the details — the editors certainly didn’t. Read more