by Robert Oscar Lopez
The children of same-sex couples normally love the people who raised them. But many of them still have reservations about same-sex marriage.
During the oral arguments about Proposition 8, Justice Anthony Kennedy referred to children being raised by same-sex couples. Since I was one of those children—from ages 2-19, I was raised by a lesbian mother with the help of her partner—I was curious to see what he would say. Read more…
by Carolyn Moynihan
Four years ago a seven-year-old boy was taken from his parents as the family boarded an international flight. Armed police seized the boy, although they did not have arrest warrants, and he was placed in a foster home. The boy has still not been restored to his parents, and for three years they have not been allowed to see him at all.
What on earth could these parents have done to their child? Had they abused and starved him? Neglected him and damaged his health? Psychologically tortured him? Read more…
This shows why Ruth Institute’s work is so important, and our mission is so needed! We give students the intellectual tools they need, so we are dealing with reasons 8, 7 and 6, quite directly. And we are also dealing with 2 and 3 b/c we get beyond the “rules” and give the reasons. We also focus on what we are positively for, instead of what we are against. -JRM
by Jim Daly
Of all the hats I wear in life, the one I enjoy most may be that of “dad.”
As much fun as Trent, Troy, and I have together, whether it’s camping or just throwing the ball around, not a day goes by that I don’t give serious thought to how my wife, Jean, and I are leading them spiritually. In the grand scheme of things, we only a have a short window to help them build a solid biblical foundation before they launch out on their own.
If you’re a parent, I’m guessing you’re well aware of how challenging that can be. Even the statistics bear out the struggle we face. The exact percentages are up for debate, but we know that a significant number of kids walk out the church doors after high school graduation and never return.
Why? Read more…
An 11-year-old girl asked a very simple and direct question to a state that is deciding on gay marriage.
Her question was “Which parent do I not need? My mom or my dad?”
Watch the video.
Spoiler: She didn’t receive an answer.
By Ryan T. Anderson
Editor’s note: Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter, 2012)
(CNN) — “Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children,” proclaims a headline in The New York Times. But the advocacy group presented no new studies, no new data, to support this claim. And the studies the group cites have been shown to be insufficient to come to this conclusion about same-sex parenting. Read more…
by Joe Carter
In 2010, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who lived with their five children in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, were faced with a choice: abandon their Evangelical Christian religious beliefs or lose custody of their children. The Romeikes had withdrawn their children from German public schools in 2006, after becoming concerned that the educational material employed by the school was undermining the tenets of their Christian faith. After accruing the equivalent of $10,000 worth of fines and the forcible removal of their children from the home, they chose to flee their homeland and seek asylum in the United States. They believed our government was more respectful of religious liberties. Read more…
The Chief Rabbi of France says what we often forget to say.
A great many of our fellow citizens see demands for homosexual marriage as just one more step in the democratic struggle against injustice and discrimination, a continuation of the fight against racism. It is in the name of equality, of open-mindedness, of being progressive and right-thinking that we are asked to accept this challenge to the foundations of our society. It seems, moreover, on the basis of public opinion polls, that this challenge is already accepted by a majority of our fellow citizens and thus the question of its establishment as a matter of law has not provoked a debate worthy of the momentous issues at stake. Read more…