TUESDAY, 24 MARCH 2015

Why we love Miscontraceptions, the film

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Having produced several videos about natural family planning (NFP) and fertility awareness methods (FAM), I know how challenging it can be to come up with original angles, fresh dialogues, authentic couple conversations and disagreements, and narratives that can captivate the target audience. That’s exactly what Miscontraceptions, Cassie Moriarty’s first documentary, accomplishes.

Miscontraceptions is bringing fertility awareness education to the millennial generation (which is who needs it right?). It is fresh, personal, engaging and fun. It tackles misconceptions head-on, brings in various perspectives in an eloquent and charming way, keeps the suspense going, and all the while educates and convinces.

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Here are four of the things we especially liked about it:

It starts with the depiction of a real and likely situation: Cassie is complaining about the Pill’s side effects. Her boyfriend, Kyle, is… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 20 MARCH 2015

British childcare worker case tests freedom of expression

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Are people free to express their views on homosexuality at their workplace? That is one of the key questions to be answered in the era of legal bans on sexual discrimination and legal green lights for same-sex marriage. Employer, court and tribunal decisions seem to be trending negative.

We have discussed several American examples on this blog, but a case in the UK Employment Tribunal has to factor in European Union laws, rights and a recent declaration from the Council of Europe that acknowledges discrimination against Christians in the UK.

Nursery school worker Sarah Mbuyi was sacked 14 months ago after a friendly chat with a lesbian colleague took a turn for the worse. She happened to say “Praise God” when the other woman said she had recovered from an accident.

Ms A (my designation -- she has name suppression) asked whether Mbuyi was a “born again” type of Christian. In… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 17 MARCH 2015

A gay dispute over same-sex parenting

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Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce Photo: Telegraph/Getty Images


The British press was buzzing over the weekend with news of a spat between high profile gay men over same-sex parenting. On one side were Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, on the other, Sir Elton John, legally married to David Furnish, with whom he parents, with the aid of a nanny, two children acquired with the help of a surrogate mother.

In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, Dolce and Gabbana, who were a couple for 23 years before breaking up in 2005, said things that gay activists tell us only “hate-filled anti-gay bigots” even think. But they are not anti-gay, obviously, so they have to be pro-gay traditional family bigots. Or something.

According to the Telegraph this is what they said:

"We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.… click here to read whole article and make comments

 

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH 2015

What you need to know about marriage and the US Supreme Court

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Does the Constitution require the government to recognize same-sex marriages? That's the question the judges of the US Supreme Court will address this term in hearing arguments relating to several same-sex marriage cases from the states. 

“It’s not whether government recognized same-sex marriage is a good or a bad idea, it’s whether it’s required by the Constitution,” says marriage expert Ryan T Anderson in a talk given at The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio last month.

The Constitution is in fact silent on what the definition of marriage is, Anderson noted. 

Watch the video of his talk.

Read more at The Daily Signal.

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MONDAY, 9 MARCH 2015

Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?

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The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney’s social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle, which one disillusioned gay journalist described as “a sweaty orgy of glitter-coated body parts”.

Three local TV channels broadcast live coverage of the sexually-explicit activities, which have become so much a part of Sydney life  that they hardly provoke hostile comments any more.

But this year there was a protest.

Channel 7 and Channel 9, two commercial stations, and SBS, a government-funded station, agreed to broadcast a 40-second advertisement from the Australian Marriage Forum which criticised same-sex marriage during their coverage. (The YouTube version has gone viral and has been viewed about 200,000 times.)

The commercial stations lived up to their agreement, but SBS buckled under pressure and cancelled the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 9 MARCH 2015

The advance of the “throuple”

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Three Thai men have advertised their “marriage” on the internet and appeared in Thai media, claiming the distinction of being, possibly, the first gay men to have a three-way wedding. Joke, 29, Bell, 21, and Art, 26, had their ceremony on Valentine’s Day in Uthai Thani Province. At Breitbart, Thomas D. Williams notes:

The threesome did not undergo a state ceremony, since Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages or polygamy, but the trio claims that their union is sanctioned by Buddhist law. Buddhism is notoriously short on rules and does not forbid polygamy, though Buddhists are counseled to limit themselves to one wife. Buddhism has no official teaching regarding homosexual practice, other than prohibiting it for celibate monks.

Art and Joke formed a couple, and later were joined by… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 6 MARCH 2015

Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages, citing duty to the state’s law

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The justices of Alabama’s Supreme Court made a dramatic stand for marriage this week by defying federal court decisions supporting gay marriage in the state. At the same time they delivered a broadside at arguments used by the gay marriage movement and federal courts to overturn state marriage laws.

The decision came after a month of marriage chaos in the state that began with an Alabama district court decision. Judge Callie Granade ruled that the state’s refusal to license and recognise same sex marriages is unconstitutional and ordered Attorney General Luther Strange to stop enforcing the law.

Strange appealed for a stay of the order to a federal district court, which instead argued why it should go ahead, and then to the US Supreme Court, which also allowed the lower court order to proceed. Some counties began issuing the licences,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2015

Mum and dad adoption preferred, Irish poll shows

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A new opinion poll conducted by Amarach Research on behalf of The Iona Institute has found that ninety-one percent of respondents believe that when a child is being placed for adoption, it is best to place the child with a man and a woman.

Ireland’s new Children and Family Relationships Bill has no such preference, meaning it is at odds with the opinion of the vast majority of Irish people, says Iona’s director David Quinn. “No assumption is made that it is in a child’s best interests to be placed with a mother and father when he or she is being placed for adoption.”

The question put to respondents was as follows: When a child is available for adoption, who is it best to place the child with? (rank in order of preference, 1 for ‘best’ and ‘5’ for least best)

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MONDAY, 12 JANUARY 2015

I am Kelvin Cochran

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Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran 

 

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired last Tuesday by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Cochran has been a firefighter since 1981 and was appointed Atlanta’s fire chief in 2008. In 2009, President Obama appointed him as U. S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration in Washington, D. C. In 2010 he returned to serve as Atlanta’s fire chief.

After 34 years of service he must have done something pretty bad to get fired, so what was it? Did he let someone’s house burn down? Nope. Did he suddenly get incompetent at dealing with his staff? Did he launch an unauthorised, bold new plan to reform the fire service in Atlanta? No, and no.

He wrote and published a book about sex. It is called, Who Told You That You Were Naked? – the question God asks Adam… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2014

Why do we wildly over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians?

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Why do people in the United States (and probably other Western countries, as well) over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians in the population? Ever since 1948, when the Kinsey Report suggested 1-in-10, Americans have accepted wildly exaggerated figures. Last year, The Smithsonian, the official web magazine of the famous museum in Washington DC, even suggested that it was 1-in-5!

However, a recent government survey in the United Kingdom found that in 2013, 1.6% of UK adults identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. This is a very small proportion of the population, but it becomes even smaller when the figures are broken up. Only 1.6% of men identified as gay; only 0.8% of women as lesbians; and 0.5% of men and women as bisexual.

The percentages varied hugely by region. In London the figure for gay, lesbians or bisexual was 3.2% but in the North East… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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