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August 25, 2011

A Marshall Plan for Marriage: Rebuilding Our Shattered Homes

Marriage and family are declining in America, following a trend well established in Europe. This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage penalties created by the tax code and welfare programs and instead use existing resources to better encourage and support family...

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August 25, 2011

Cohabitation Compounds Divorce as a Threat to America’s Children

Given the overwhelming evidence that parental divorce takes a heavy toll on children—in areas ranging from emotional well-being and academic achievement to delinquency, substance abuse, and sexual activity—the nation had cause to breathe a collective sigh of relief when data showed that the incidence of divorce has dropped steadily since peaking in 1979. In fact, today’s divorce rate is nearly as low as that of the late ’60s. But this moment in the sun has been overshadowed by a dark cloud.

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August 25, 2011

Kraft Foods’ Divorce Prize a Miraculously Bad Idea

A too-clever-by-half marketing team at Kraft Foods has come up with what they think is a hot seller: a contest offering a cash prize to the best YouTube video answering the question, “How has Miracle Whip Affected Your Relationship?? The winner of the contest, which runs until August 23, takes home (or to two homes, quite possibly) $25,000 to help pay for a wedding—or a divorce. Kraft officials have been stung by the criticism that has been justly leveled against the contest, which attempts to take a lighthearted and evenhanded stance of neutrality between marriage and divorce.

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August 25, 2011

Married Adults Tend to Report Better Health

Nearly nine in 10 married adults report being in good or very good health, a greater share than non-married peers.

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August 25, 2011

Liberal ‘Gospel’ Exalts Government: A Kennedy attempts to plumb the depths of Rick Perry’s Soul

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has done us a wonderful service with her Aug. 15 article in the Atlantic, "Is Rick Perry as Christian as He Thinks He Is?" It's a masterpiece of liberal misuse of the Bible, which will become more frequent as the campaign heats up. First, only God and Mr. Perry know what Mr. Perry thinks of his own faith. I doubt that either has shared that knowledge with Mrs. Townsend or her editors.

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August 23, 2011

‘Teacher of the Year’ suspended for Facebook comment

A Florida teacher has been suspended and removed from the classroom in Mount Dora, Florida, for comments made on his Facebook page against homosexual "marriage." Liberty Counsel will be representing the teacher in court.

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August 17, 2011

Humanitarian Aid Is Encouraging Famine, Not Ending It

Coverage of the drought in the Horn of Africa has fixated on the amount of aid going into the region and humanitarians’ estimates of how much more will be needed. According to the U.N. Coordination of Human Affairs office, the $1 billion already committed to assistance is less than half of what will be needed—but who knows whether the final figure will be anywhere near the stated $2.3 billion. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are flooding out of their country into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia because massive refugee camps and daily high-energy rations are better than the situation at home. This migration is no different than that of the Israelites in Exodus or Ruth: surely 3500 years and half-a-dozen moon landings later we ought to have a better way of doing things?

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August 17, 2011

Taxing Warren Buffett

He doesn’t seem to be able to help himself. In the New York Times (of course), Warren Buffett has — once again — insisted that America’s “mega-rich? are not paying their fair share. In fact, he claims, they are paying less than some middle-income earners. This is a broken record that Mr. Buffett has taken to re-playing over the past five years. What’s different this time is that it coincides with a tour throughout America’s Midwest being taken by President Obama, in which the chief executive is echoing the same theme.

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August 17, 2011

British Leaders Talk Moral Collapse

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband both weighed in on a moral decline that was exposed during the recent riots in Britain. An AP article titled “Cameron: Riot hit-UK must reverse ‘moral collapse’? covers their contrasting diagnosis and solutions...

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August 17, 2011

Lesson From Europe (Take 2)

'The real lesson from Europe," wrote Paul Krugman in January 2010, "is actually the opposite of what conservatives claim: Europe is an economic success, and that success shows that social democracy works." Here are some postcards from the social democracy that works. In Britain, 239 patients died of malnutrition in the country's public hospitals in 2007, according to a charity called Age U.K. And at any given time, a quarter-million Britons have been made to wait 18 weeks or longer for medical treatment. This follows a decade in which funding for the National Health Service doubled.

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August 15, 2011

A killer Christian?

Shortly before the Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik exploded a bomb in Oslo and gunned down children on a nearby island, he posted a 1,500-page manifesto in which he cites the "Lord Jesus Christ" three times. Breivik explained meticulously the religious nature of his mission to defend the Christian West against "cultural Marxists" and the encroachment of Islam.

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August 08, 2011

Texas Governor Doesn’t Just Believe in Adult Stem Cells — He’s a Patient, Too

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been the focus of many negative stories lately. The reason? His unapologetic endorsement of socially conservative values and prayer. Yet, the longest-serving Texas governor may have cemented the adoration of many in the pro-life community when news broke Wednesday that he had spinal surgery, using an infusion of his own adult stems.

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August 03, 2011

ACLU Granted Access to Catholic Charities Lawsuit, Represents Lesbian Couple

Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt agreed on Monday to let the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ALCU) join the highly publicized lawsuit filed by four Catholic Charities agencies against the state. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had surprised four Catholic Charities affiliates last month when it chose not to renew their longstanding adoption and foster care contracts. The move could have jeopardized the futures of nearly 2,000 children.

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August 03, 2011

Court Forces Kansas to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten sided with Planned Parenthood on Monday and issued an injunction blocking a Kansas law that defunds the abortion empire of taxpayer dollars. Marten’s ruling will allow Planned Parenthood to continue receiving Title X state and federal funding until the case is resolved.

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August 03, 2011

Pro-Life Advocacy Group Dealt Setback in Federal Court

The ongoing legal dispute between U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus and the SBA List, dedicated to electing pro-life candidates, just took a turn — in Driehaus’ favor. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black dealt SBA List a legal “1-2 punch? on Monday. Black tossed out one lawsuit — even ruling that the pro-life group may have misled voters over a billboard campaign that was never launched. The other blow came when he let Driehaus’ countersuit stand.

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August 03, 2011

Controversial Christianity: Understanding Faith and Politics

As the race for the 2012 party nominations for president heats up, the question of religion and its place in politics surfaces yet again. Whether the controversy is over mosques or Mormonism, religion permeates much of today’s political talk, despite various pleas for a “separation of church and state? from both the secular and religious worlds. But what does the separation of church and state truly mean?

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