TUESDAY, 5 AUGUST 2014

Goodbye, Mr Chips and gay marriage

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Last weekend I veged out on Saturday evening watching the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr Chips. In its day, the 1934 novel and the film were enormously popular. Robert Donat won a Best Actor Oscar for playing Mr Chips as he aged over 60 years. But the British film was also nominated in six other categories. Perhaps it would have scooped up even more Oscars if it hadn’t been competing with Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

The film is a charming depiction of Brookfield, a storybook British boys’ boarding school – a sort of Hogwarts in black and white. Life was innocent and straightforward. The important values were honour, honesty and loyalty.

A modern production would probably highlight the dark side of World War I and adolescent sexuality. But Goodbye Mr Chips, even though Britain was still licking its wounds, celebrates the uncomplicated patriotism of dulce et decorum… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 29 JULY 2014

What marriage defenders can learn from Roe

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The situation of marriage in the USA and much of the Western world today is unprecedented, the very institution in danger of collapsing into a chaos of sexual relationships of any shape or size. But looking beyond the history of marriage there is an important precedent, says Ryan T Anderson in a new article in National Review Online (registration/small payment required).

That precedent is the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, which effectively created a national regime of abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, a ruling “more sweeping and more extreme than anyone had expected.” And yet supporters of marriage can learn from the pro-life response to Roe, Anderson argues, how to effectively defend marriage in the public square.

We should not forget that more than half of Americans today are pro-life.

As American judges fall like dominoes before claims about “marriage equality” and a Roe-type… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 25 JULY 2014

If love is all that matters, why is incest still taboo?

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The bizarre nature of modern logic was on display once again when an Australian judge recently compared incest to homosexuality. In dealing with a criminal case of incest between siblings Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson said that, just as gay sex had once been socially unacceptable, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured.” The bizarreness I am referring to though, is not on the part of the judge, but rather the response to the comments by politicians and media.

First, to clarify: the case that was being tried involved a 58 year old man accused of raping his sister in their family home in 1981 when he was 25 and she was 18. The man had already pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister some years earlier when she was only… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 17 JULY 2014

First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?

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Melissa Ray and Natasha Vitali on their wedding day. Photo: Natalie Slade / NZ Herald


New Zealand’s first same-sex “marriage” is shaping up to become the country’s first same-sex divorce. Less than a year since they became the poster girls for the country’s new legal definition of marriage (last August) the NZ Herald reports that Melissa Ray, a former Ferns football player, and Natasha Vitali, a sales rep, are “believed to have split”.

The main source of the story appears to be Ms Vitali’s Facebook page on which the following poem appeared yesterday:

Drink it down, laugh it off,

Avoid the drama, take chances,

And never have regrets

Because at one point everything you did

Was exactly what you wanted.

When the Herald contacted her Ms Vitali said: "It's not anyone's business, we'll just leave it at that, but thank you… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 10 JULY 2014

Faring well? Convenient findings about same-sex parenting

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“Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better” claims the heading of an article by an Australian academic repeated in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian and many other media outlets this week. Children with same-sex attracted parents are “doing well in terms of their overall health”, their “families are getting along really well”, says Simon Crouch. Actually, they are doing “better” than average on those points, but they do “experience stigma”, which explains any “lower scores” on certain measures. So we have to get rid of that stigma somehow…

It’s a familiar story, and if this one seems particularly deja vu it is because we heard it all a year ago, when interim results from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS)were published with similar upbeat headlines. Dr Crouch, himself an… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 1 JULY 2014

Court rules IRS responsible for leak of marriage group’s donor list

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Everyone should be free to campaign for their own view of marriage, although some same-sex activists go further than even their own side of the debate thinks fair at times. Businesses, churches and other organisations may also back one horse or the other. But what about the US Inland Revenue Service? Should this government agency be lending a hand?

During the 2012 presidential campaign the Huffington Post published information about a Mitt Romney donation to the National Organisation for Marriage that came from NOM’s 2008 tax return. Last week a court found that the IRS was responsible for the leak and ordered it to pay the (one man one woman) marriage advocacy group $50,000 for the breach of privacy. That money, of course, will come from where all the rest of the tax gatherer’s $$$ comes from – American taxpayers – while the culprit hides behind his/her employer from the five-year prison sentence which is the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 26 JUNE 2014

There are no ‘gay’ people

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The words ‘hashtag’, ‘selfie’ and ‘tweep’ were among 150 new words added to the Merriam-Webster's dictionary this year; and with selfies being taken by everyone from Barack Obama to Pope Francis to Kim Kardashian, it’s little wonder this word is among those making the list.

While the evolution of language has, with technology, become all the more rapid, language remains one of the most vital tools underpinning a society. It is language that shapes reality for the members of a society, allowing us to attach meanings to things. Words convey reality and the better a language is used, the more precisely concepts can be understood. Inversely, the poor use of language can misinform a person or a whole society, about a particular truth.

Enter the word ‘gay’. Originating in 12th century England the original meaning was ‘joyful’ or ‘carefree’. By the end of the 20th century, the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014

Understanding male same-sex attraction

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This documentary from Family Watch International is a very helpful introduction to understanding male same-sex attraction. It argues that no one is "born gay" and that many people with unwanted same-sex attraction have been able to change.

In 30 minutes, it packs in research data, interviews with top experts in the field, and powerful testimonials from four men who speak honestly, openly and compelling about what it was like for them to develop same-sex attraction and live the homosexual lifestyle. 

click here to read whole article and make comments

 

FRIDAY, 6 JUNE 2014

A handout for queer non-monogamists

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It is getting harder week by week to deny that acceptance of same-sex “marriage” creates a precedent for social and legal recognition of other types of sexual relationships. The Auckland Council, a ratepayer funded local authority in New Zealand, where same-sex marriage was legalised last year, has given a small handout for an event promoting polyamory, Family First reports.

The grant comes from the council’s Community Development and Safety Committee. “Safety” is often the rubric under which public recognition is invoked for sexual fringe groups.

"It is incredible that with the dust having only just settled on the same-sex marriage debate, Auckland Council sees fit to fund an event promoting discussion around polyamory and questioning monogamous marriages,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

He adds that these groups should fund themselves, and councils should stay out of the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 2 JUNE 2014

Are gays’ brains better than mothers’ brains?

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A fascinating and widely-publicised study suggests that men’s brains are “very plastic” and will mimic a woman’s emotional circuits if their infant lacks a mom.

A leading journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has published a study conducted in Israel based on work by neuropsychologist Ruth Feldman of Bar-Ilan University and others. Researchers compared the MRI brain scans of 89 mothers and fathers watching videos of themselves caring for their infants. According to Reuters:

Having a baby alters new mothers' brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy.
The men's pattern of brain activity resembles that of both new mothers and new fathers in the study.

To get a baseline, an MRI was also taken of the subjects watching a video that… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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