THURSDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2012

Parliamentary process “scorned in the rush to redefine marriage”

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The terms "dismay" and "outrage" seem too mild to describe the reaction which is evident across Britain in the wake of the government’s decision there to press on with its redefinition of marriage. Yesterday's Daily Telegraph in its editorial comment decried the needles import to Britain of what it called America's "culture wars" on this issue. Writing about the pitiable inadequacy of the so-called guarantees of religious freedom being offered by the government it went on to say:

Nor do the religious protections address another matter that vexes critics – namely the redefinition of marriage, understood by every human society through the ages to be a legal relationship between people of opposite sexes. Many Tory MPs and voters will simply not be reconciled to this, and neither will the churches, which have not even begun to organise against the Bill. They have millions of followers, and should they target vulnerable… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 12 DECEMBER 2012

British Government plans to introduce gay “marriage” bill next week

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The British Government is expected to announce legislation for what it calls 'Equal Civil Marriage' next week. It will also publish results of its recent 'Consultation' on the issue. The formal debate on the Bill will not take place until the New Year.

With widespread opposition from within the Tory Party itself – with a virtual civil war underway between the liberal “modernizing” wing and the more traditional members – the speculation is that the Conservatives want to fast-track legislation on the issue and get it out of the way well before the 2015 General Election. A recent ComRes poll indicated that 18% are less likely to vote Conservative as a result of the plans with only 7% more likely to do so.

Meanwhile, the Catholic bishop of Motherwell in Scotland has compared Cameron to Nero, the Roman emperor who persecuted Christians, for his determination to bring forward gay “marriage.”

In a two-page… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2012

Down Under, a loaded interview

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Meanwhile, Down Under, following the release of a video called New Marriage Equality Campaign, the public broadcaster Television New Zealand hosts a debate between a marriage defender and a marriage revisionist. No, make that two marriage revisionists, because the interviewer is clearly and aggressively on the side of the "marriage equality" advocate, who happens to be a pop psychologist with his own TVNZ show.

He can be very funny, Nigel Latta, but here he plays all sorts of tricks to avoid the hard questions, like the one the marriage defender, Bob McCoskrie, puts to him: "If we change the definition of marriage, what is to stop a brother and sister marrying?" 

Latta brushes this aside and parodies the issue. The interviewer says he would like to think that in our society we wouldn't even consider such "outlandish ideas" as a brother and sister marrying, because that is not a right we… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2012

Re-examining a controversial gay parenting study

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gay parentingThe journal Demography has published a reexamination of a 2010 study that found no significant differences between same-sex and opposite-sex parenting outcomes. William C. Duncan reports:

The journal Demography has just published a very interesting article that reexamines the claims of a 2010 study that suggested (and was widely reported) as showing that children raised by same-sex couples experienced no academic disadvantages. The catch of the earlier study was that it was significantly different from previous studies on same-sex children and their parents since it used a large sample from the Census rather than a small self-selected one which is more typical of this body of research.

The 2010 study had excluded children who were not biologically related to the head of household and who were not in the same home for at least five years. This reduced “the sample size by more than one-half.” The 2012 study explains that putting the children… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2012

Apropos France, again

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What do you do if you are in charge of a big, failing, European economy? Legalise same-sex "marriage", apparently. You'd think French Prime Minister Francois Hollande would have bigger poissons to fry, judging by an Economist leader article whic reads, in part:

As our special report in this issue explains, France still has many strengths, but its weaknesses have been laid bare by the euro crisis. For years it has been losing competitiveness to Germany and the trend has accelerated as the Germans have cut costs and pushed through big reforms. Without the option of currency devaluation, France has resorted to public spending and debt. Even as other EU countries have curbed the reach of the state, it has grown in France to consume almost 57% of GDP, the highest share in the euro zone. Because of the failure to balance a single budget since 1981, public debt has risen from 22% of GDP then to over 90%… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2012

Huge rally in France to defend marriage

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This report from LifeSite News via the National Organisation for Marriage blog shows that there are plenty of French people ready to defend marriage against new definitions.

Hundreds of thousands of traditional marriage supporters demonstrated against same-sex “marriage” in France over the weekend.

On Saturday, a nationwide rally drew an estimated 200,000 protesters in Paris according to organizers, with tens of thousands more attending rallies throughout the country.

Almost 30,000 traditional marriage supporters demonstrated in the city of Lyon, according to a Reuters report. Police there reported that 40 counter-protesters were arrested after they attempted to disrupt the rally.

Police in Toulouse reported that tear gas was used to break up a group of homosexual activists who tried to interfere with the gathering of five thousand traditional marriage supporters.

Le Parisien reports that between 6,000 and 8,000 people… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2012

The looming dictatorship of the “egalitarians”

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We’re heading for economic dictatorship writes Janet Daly in today’s Sunday Telegraph. But another story carries a grimmer message – that Britain is already in the grip of a more pervasive and sinister dictatorship. “Primary school teachers 'could face sack' for refusing to promote gay marriage” according to John Bingham, the paper’s religious affairs editor.

He reports that an education Minister, Liz Truss, has refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience following legislation now being prepared by the British Government. This has been revealed in correspondence between a Christian member of parliament who asked Ms. Truss’ colleague, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on schools of the Coalition’s plans to change the marriage laws.

The MP’s question followed a startling  legal opinion given by Mr. Aidan  O’Neill QC, an expert on human rights, reported… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012

“Without nature, the little children suffer”

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That heading on an ABC (Australia) op-ed leapt out at me from the webpage. I immediately thought of the little children who are being inserted into unnatural "families" formed by same-sex couples, deprived of the nurture of their natural mother or father, or both.

The article is about the non-human environment, which the social progressives rightly want to protect, but some of its observations are very ironic when applied to humanity -- which, after all, has its own nature, although the social avant garde do not seem to care at all about that.

The author waxes lyrical about the importance of exposing children to the natural environment from an early age (which I certainly agree with). For example:

We may have disconnected from nature, but we are delusional if we think we can live without it. Ignoring the value and contribution of nature to our well being is,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2012

Marriage on the rocks

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The likely result of gay and lesbian pressure groups pushing for the redefining of marriage is going to be that the institution will become a meaningless charade and disappear from the face of the earth. This is the ultimate conclusion of William J. Haun, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., writing in the current issue of First Things.

 If what is being pushed for in this campaign is achieved then ultimately the institution of marriage will mean nothing at all.  Haun argues that if all it takes for the government to choose (or not choose) to license its existence is it be identified as friendship, dating relationship, or any relationship that has love with a remote possibility of sex, then nearly all relationships will constitute a marriage; and thus no relationship will constitute a marriage.

 Haun approaches his argument from the angle of those who argue for limited government and points to an… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2012

Devaluing the currency

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The election is over and Mitt Romney may be yesterday’s man. But some of the issues which – well, if not quite central were certainly featuring  - in the campaign are far from yesterday’s issues. The definition of marriage was one of them.

Among the things which were disturbing on the campaign periphery was the vitriolic and abusive language which some commentators in the mainstream media – if the Huffington Post can now be described as such – are prepared to descend to in the debate on this issue.

Frances Kelly, on her Home Griddle blog, points to one example. Can anyone show a parallel example of this from the other side of the debate? We hope not – and hope that it remains that way. This is a debate in which right reason and not emotion should remain the currency of exchange. Those who devalue that currency might gain power over… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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