The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.
Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers' money appropriated to "close the gap" between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage.
When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-19th century, he wrote: "There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous middle class that was the envy of the world. more >>
A 14-year-old student's family is suing Sparkman Middle School after she was allegedly used as bait to catch an accused sexual predator and raped in the school's bathroom.
"It has essentially devastated her life," attorney Eric Artrip, who represents the victim and her family, told CNN.
In 2010, the girl, who has special needs, told a teacher's aide that she had been approached repeatedly by the accused assailant for sex. June Simpson, the aide, decided to set a trap for the abuser, using the 14-year-old student as bait. She managed to convince her to "meet the boy in the bathroom where teachers could be positioned to 'catch him in the act' before anything happened," court documents stated. more >>
The "War on Women" theme has become a campaign perennial in the U.S.
We hear it charged that anyone who does not support sex selection abortions is somehow engaged in a war against women. No matter that the vast majority of those "selected" for death in these horrific procedures are female, that is, little women.
In a similar vein, many of us who speak out for women shockingly abused in Muslim lands are accused of being Islamophobes and culturally insensitive. The simple fact is that the fate of women in these lands is grim. In not one of the Muslim majority lands are basic human rights respected. more >>
A decision by Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas to pay Presbyterian Church (USA) $7.8-milion for a building that the congregation built in the 1920s, nearly 60 years before it joined PCUSA, may strand countless other congregations as they struggle with leaving PCUSA over its policy of allowing non-celibate homosexuals to marry and be in leadership.
HPPC agreed to a settle in a court case that sought to challenge PCUSA's strong assertions that it owns all property under "trust" if a congregation joins the denomination. The position has become a central battleground for churches struggling with PCUSA's progressive positions on homosexuality.
Despite getting an initial injunction in their favor as well as a date in October for a hearing, last week Highland Park and Grace Presbytery reached a settlement wherein the Dallas church will pay $7.8 million by November. more >>
Adrian Peterson's mother and former coach have spoken out about the NFL star's upbringing and use of corporal punishment, which they say helped, not hurt, him while he was being raised.
Bonita Jackson, Peterson's mother, broke her silence after her son was indefinitely suspended from the Minnesota Vikings. He has been charged with child abuse against his four-year-old son, whom he admittedly used a switch on as punishment. The boy was left with bruises and cuts, but Peterson has said that he never meant to hurt his son.
He is "trying hard to be a good parent," Jackson told the press. She added that she and Peterson's father, Nelson, were "big disciplinarians," who used belts and switches, as well as their hands, to spank all six of their children. "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love." more >>
Lisa Ann Coleman was executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams.
Before being put to death, Coleman was given the opportunity to issue a final statement. She reportedly smiled and nodded to those who were there to support her, including her aunt. Coleman said that she loved and appreciated everyone, then added that she loved her fellow inmates on death row and wanted them to "keep their heads up."
"I'm all right," Coleman said. "Tell them I finished strong. God is good. God bless you all," she said before given the lethal dose of pentobarbital. She also smiled, blew kisses at her family, and reportedly laughed. more >>