Andrew Walker discusses the article Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates with Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. He is also a Visiting Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute. The article referenced in this interview was written by Jennifer Glass, University of Texas, and Philip Levchak, University of Iowa, and was published in the January 2014 American Journal of Sociology. You can find Dr. Wilcox on twitter. Read more…
A student at Sonoma State University was ordered by her supervisor to remove her cross necklace while she was working at an orientation for new students.
Audrey Jarvis, 19, was told “that she could not wear her cross necklace because it might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP [Associated Students Productions] was not an organization they should join,” her attorney said. Read more…
by Helen Alvare
I know this group is not following the developments in same-sex marriage together as part of our mission, but I was at the Court yesterday, and wrote for Scotusblog on the subject and have a few reflections on the two opinions (Hollingsworth and Windsor) that DO touch on our work so I thought I would share them. They are in line with my general impression that legally and culturally, developments concerning the interplay of sex, kids and marriage, influence one another fairly strongly. Read more…
by Jennifer Roback Morse
This article was first published at Thomas International Center.
Have you ever heard comments like these? “People oppose gay marriage only for religious reasons, because there really aren’t any rational non-religious reasons to oppose gay marriage.” “You are fighting for a lost cause. Marriage was lost a long time ago.” And finally, how about this one, “It is time to throw in the towel, and accept the inevitable.” Read more…
by Simon Smart
A sociologist argues in a new book that religion benefits the US by $2.67 trillion every year — a figure that cannot be ignored.
An unforgettable scene in the kids movie Madagascar 2 has King Julian, “Lord of the Lemurs,” reclining with his friends at the luxury end of a rickety old plane watching newsreels of aircraft crashes while the penguins dubiously take the controls. Read more…
from Kristina Arriaga of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
If you are a New Yorker, you will be happy to know that your tax dollars are hard at work persecuting seven small, family-owned shops in Brooklyn.
Because they posted this at their stores:
No low-cut necklines.
Thank you. Read more…
DOJ apparently nervous to continue argument that Bible publisher isn’t religious enough for religious exemption.
Attorney sound bite: Matt Bowman
— At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal
of an order that stopped the president from enforcing his abortion pill mandate against a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion pill mandate case. Read more…