Will the barricades be rising again?

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The French have a track record for going overboard on rational ideologies. The problem is that in their pursuit of those ideologies they can become quite irrational. So I suppose we should not be too surprised by the latest antics of France’s new socialist government. A few weeks ago, their stubborn insistence on their ideological new tax laws plunged them into confusion and now their intolerant threats to anyone who opposes their plans to introduce gay “marriage” by next June looks like stoking old hostilities into flames again.

 This latter is putting them on a collision course with the Catholics of France – and its citizens of other religions as well. The impending conflict may not end up with the blood-letting sparked in previous conflicts between ideological republicans, as when the revolutionary army descended on the Catholics of the Vendeé in the 1790s and massacred them wholesale. Nevertheless, the rumblings reported by Reuters… click here to read whole article and make comments



New polls show declining support for same-sex marriage in NZ

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yes-noThe following press release provides an update on the same-sex marriage issue in New Zealand, where a bill redefining marriage to include such unions is due for a second reading on March 20:

Family First NZ and the ‘Protect Marriage’ campaign is welcoming a Herald on Sunday poll today showing that support for redefining marriage has fallen from a previous high of 63% in a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll last May to just 53% now.
This echoes a similar slide in polling by Research NZ which showed support for ‘same-sex marriage’ dropping to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011.
“These results are energising our campaign to maintain the definition of marriage as is,
” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “We always knew that once we got past the slogan of ‘marriage equality’ and debated the real impact of redefining marriage, that New Zealanders would understand that there is no need for… click here to read whole article and make comments



A bad case of double think and double standards

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The weakness of any argument is often revealed in the reversion of its advocates to the ad hominem mode - which is just another way of avoiding the issue at the heart of an argument. While not exactly ad hominem, more a question of ad institutionem, the media onslaught on the mild but clear utterances of the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales over Christmas did little more than betray the shallowness of the gay case for the redefinition and ultimate destruction of the institution of marriage.

As the British media response group, Catholic Voices, points out on its blog today, "references to the threat to marriage in Archbishop Vincent Nichols' Midnight Mass homily were brief -- a matter of a few lines in what was mostly a gentle meditation on the meaning of the Nativity. He referred to "the love of husband and wife, which is creative… click here to read whole article and make comments



“Threadbare idea of equality” behind redefinition of marriage

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Reports from Britain show that the battle in the public square there on the issue of gay “marriage” continues to gather momentum.

In the London Times last week one of the country’s foremost thinkers, Roger Scruton, took the government to task for “the shallow reasoning that has dominated the political discussions surrounding this move” to redefine marriage.

He criticised what he described “the threadbare idea of equality” which was being used “to settle every question concerning the long-term destiny of mankind and as though the writings of the anthropologists (not to mention the poets, the philosophers, the theologians, the novelists, the sociologists) counted for nothing beside the slogans of Stonewall.“ Stonewall  is the UK gay lobby group.

The substance of Scruton’s Times article is reported in the current issue of First Things and can be read here.

Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph carries a letter this morning from nearly 60 cross-party… click here to read whole article and make comments



Defending marriage, in four steps

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stepsA series of five short articles on the Ricochet website (the fifth article is a summary of the rest) last week provide a systematic approach to the same-sex marriage debate. The articles are by Public Discourse editor Ryan T. Anderson, who is also co-author of the recently published book, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (reviewed on MercatorNet).

Of particular interest is the article, "Monogamy? Exclusivity and Permanence?" in which the public statements of leading marriage redefiners openly avow their intention to overthrow precisely these qualities of marriage -- leaving what?

Hone your understanding of the public purpose of marriage, your arguments.

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The case for man-woman marriage

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"Not all married couples have children. But every child ever born has a mum and dad..." Another helpful video -- this time from Ireland's Iona Institute.

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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



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



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



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


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