TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

Nabisco: Sex discrimination is ‘wholesome’

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Scientists agree that breastfeeding is best for infants. Breastmilk is considered so important and nutritious, that hospitals now offer lactation consultants on site to birthing mothers to offer advice and support to moms.

Although infant formula makers work hard to make their product as nutritious as possible, how can powdered formula beat Mother Nature? (Spoiler alert: it can’t.)

"While the food aspects of milk to some extent are replicated in formula, the immuno factors and medicine of milk are not and the hormonal signals are not," says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde at Harvard University. In fact, a new study revealed another startling difference between formula and breastmilk. Researchers have discovered that the bodies of nursing mothers automatically adjust their milk content depending on the sex of their baby. Hinde reported, "Mothers are producing different biological recipes for sons and daughters." The biologist co-authored a study that documents “baby boys often get… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

“I was jeered and spat at for defending marriage”

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Recently I appeared in the audience of BBC’s Question Time in my home town of Brighton after a friend asked me to take their place at short notice.

When Marilyn Barmer stood up and nervously asked whether the first gay marriages due to take place in the city in the next 24 hours were a necessary piece of legislation, the temperature in the auditorium plummeted, the warm glow of good-natured yet passionate debate replaced by a glacial hostility.

I have never before experienced such a palpable and visceral sense of contempt and dislike, despite having debated the issue a number of times inside a TV studio or on the radio with LGBT advocates.

While I’ve come in for a hefty amount of online abuse and insults over the years and at times been shocked by some of the sentiments expressed, I have at least been able to emotionally distance myself.

Words can have a powerful impact… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 4 APRIL 2014

Mozilla CEO booted out for backing marriage

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After only ten days in the job, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has been forced to step down for supporting gender integration in marriage. Eich co-founded Mozilla and invented JavaScript, the most commonly used computer programming language, but he’s in the news now for defending gender diversity.

Six years ago Eich donated US$1,000 to support Proposition 8, which states, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Many gay rights activists jumped to the conclusion that everyone who endorsed Prop 8, including Eich, must be anti-gay.

In a statement provided by Mozilla, Eich explained why he walked:

"I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla. Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next."

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THURSDAY, 3 APRIL 2014

It doesn’t come much clearer than this

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Here’s US marriage expert Ryan T. Anderson giving one of his sparkling clear presentations on the problem with same-sex marriage. If you want to see how you can talk comfortably to your friends and family about the importance of preserving marriage, watch this video.

It’s nearly an hour long by Ryan’s presentation takes the first 23 minutes – and it’s worth every minute of your time to listen to him.

His bio – just to refresh your memory:

Ryan Anderson is co-author, with Princeton's Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis, of the acclaimed book "What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense" (Encounter Books, December 2012). Justice Samuel Alito cited the book twice in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act.

In addition to a memorable 2013 debate about marriage on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live," Anderson has been the nation's most valuable traditional marriage advocate,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 12 MARCH 2014

How can you spot an anti-gay bigot?

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Prominent writers recently wrestled with the following question: If a business declines to photograph a same sex wedding, does that automatically prove the owner is an “anti-gay bigot”?

Ross Douthat started the conversation with his op-ed at the New York Times which echoed the left’s mantra that the debate is over and same-sex marriage will soon win.  The only question remaining is, will gay rights activists honour freedom and “let the dissenters opt out,” or will they be pressured and sued into celebrating same sex marriages?

At Slate, Mark Joseph Stern promptly criticized Douthat for claiming the war was already won.  This is odd since this is precisely what the left’s talking point has been for months:  Same sex marriage is inevitable, so give up already.

Which Douthat did.

Stern also excoriated Douthat for portraying religious business owners as victims:

Douthat, like most state legislators… click here to read whole article and make comments

 

TUESDAY, 11 MARCH 2014

What the Dalai Lama really thinks about same-sex marriage

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Zac Alstin skilfully deconstructs what the world's most famous Buddhist leader thinks about sexual morality. It turns out that he is more or less on the same page as Christians with regard to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Check out the article on MercatorNet's home page

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FRIDAY, 7 MARCH 2014

No white flag. Ever.

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It’s sad to witness columnist Ross Douthat’s devolution into a cheese-eating surrender monkey. For years, his was the only voice at the New York Times to put the case, often eloquently and persuasively, against same-sex marriage. But last weekend he ran up the white flag. The battle is all but over, he lamented. In the not-too-distant future, the Supreme Court will follow the logic of recent decisions like US v. Windsor and redefine the institution of marriage to include gay and lesbian relationships. He concludes:

“We are not really having an argument about same-sex marriage anymore, and … we’re not having a negotiation. Instead, all that’s left is the timing of the final victory — and for the defeated to find out what settlement the victors will impose.”

This bleak panorama is dangerous. If the battle is all but won by supporters of same-sex… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 3 MARCH 2014

What the Arizona religious liberty veto means

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Media distortions and “lies” clouded public understanding of an Arizona measure that would have clarified religious liberty protections for business owners, not allowed them to discriminate rampantly against gays and lesbians, The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson told The Foundry in an interview yesterday.

“For about two weeks you got a nonstop barrage of lies in the media,” Anderson said in the interview with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood, two days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the state legislature’s short amendment to Arizona’s 15-year-old religious liberty law.

Read more at The Foundry

Plus: Cakes, gays and religious freedom - a Q&A


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FRIDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2014

I am more than my desire

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I am a woman who desires men, but I don't define myself that way. Who I am depends equally as much on the parents who raised me, the town where I grew up, and the schools I attended. I am an introverted and somewhat socially awkward intellectual, who likes Renaissance music, science fiction, and macaroni and cheese. I am all of these things and I like all of these things completely apart from my heterosexuality.

I could identify myself as a Virginian born-and-bred or a New York transplant, as a blogger or a lawyer or a stay-at-home mom, but these categories don't constrain or pigeon-hole me. I was born with the last name Smith and at marriage changed my name to Santos, but changing my name did not change my ethnicity or my identity. On a deeper level, I am a former WASP turned Catholic convert,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014

What would Lincoln say about same-sex marriage?

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Check out Robert Reilly's incisive analysis  on MercatorNet's home page of a Virginia judge's ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution. Here are the opening paragraphs: 

Denial of reality on the marriage issue is becoming almost impermeable. Self-reinforcing decisions from one federal court to another are weaving together a skein of an alternate reality in which we will all soon be required to participate.
It just hit Virginia, where I reside. On February 13, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen chose to disenfranchise the citizens of the Commonwealth by voiding that part of our constitution and those laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman as unconstitutional. 

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/can_judges_redefine_reality_in_virginia_yes

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