Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Why the ‘Son of God’ Movie Does Not Deserve Our Support

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published March 11, 2014, at

Despite its box office success, the Son of God movie isn’t very good. Despite its widespread endorsement by Christian leaders, it is not faithful to the Scriptures. Watching this film reminded me of my dealings with seriously disturbed children. Read more…

God’s Not Dead: In Theaters This Friday

March 18th, 2014 Comments off

All of us here at American Family Association are eagerly anticipating the nationwide release of the culture-changing film GOD’S NOT DEAD, in theaters this Friday, March 21.

God’s Not Dead is cut out of today’s headlines. The courage of a university student who takes on his atheist professor makes for a gripping story that reflects how Christians and Christian groups suffer severe discrimination on most college campuses today.

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No, Christianity is Not Bad for Marriage: Brad Wilcox on Red State Family Structure and Conservative Protestantism

February 21st, 2014 Comments off
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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…

Faith and family, society’s double helix

November 25th, 2013 Comments off
Religion needs the family as much as the family needs religion.

It is usual for authors writing social analysis to preface their works with something along the lines of working “towards” an understanding, critique, or revaluation of some situation or event. After all, there’s nothing bad about a bit of intellectual humility. On the other hand, I doubt we’d want to live in a perpetual state of agnosticism about everything, forever stuck on the question and never arriving at a definitive answer. It was G. K. Chesterton who said that “the purpose of an open mind, like an open mouth, is to shut it firmly on something solid.” Read more…

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Please come, August 1….a small but significant demonstration against the mandate

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

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It’s time to make some intelligent noise here in DC, across the street from the White House.

Women Speak for Themselves has obtained a permit to occupy the famous Lafayette Park, August 1 (yes, in three weeks…), in order to speak out against the HHS Mandate imposing contraception and early abortion insurance upon religious institutions and individuals. Read more…

California university president apologizes after student ordered to remove cross necklace

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

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…

Reflections on marriage and conscience protection

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

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…

The Ancient Christian Wisdom on Marriage

June 20th, 2013 Comments off

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…

New logo, fact sheet, and other goods for religious freedom

June 20th, 2013 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

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FIRST, THANKS to so many of you who committed to writing letters to the editor or op-eds for local papers during our upcoming two-week religious freedom efforts…we’re planning to rev up the efforts a week from today! I want to make sure you’re well equipped with all you need (and for those who are still unsure about speaking out, remember there is strength in numbers and religious freedom could use all the female support it can get!). Read more…

“America’s Blessings”

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

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…