A recent Pew study made headlines last week, revealing, "as values, economics, and gender patterns change . . . the share of American adults that have never been married is at an historic high." According to the report "adults are marrying later in life, and the shares of adults cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage have increased significantly. . . . In addition, shifting public attitudes, hard economic times and changing demographic patterns may all be contributing to the rising share of never-married adults."
The report also reveals that the American people are about evenly split in their opinion about whether or not this trend is harmful to society, but given the mountains of anecdotal and statistical evidence demonstrating the unequivocal societal benefits of marriage, it seems safe to say that this trend has ominous implications for society, regardless of the divided public opinion on the matter.
As disappointing as this trend away from marriage is, it's not really surprising. It is no secret that American society has always venerated the ideal of self-determination. Americans blaze their own trails; we are risk takers and barrier breakers, etc. We have never been satisfied with doing things the way they've always been done, simply because they've always been done that way. more >>
Chuck Smith, Jr., has responded in strong opposition to a lawsuit shortly after it was filed by his sister and apparently supported by his brother on Friday, that alleges elder abuse against the late Pastor Chuck Smith and wrongful takeover of his property by the church board at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, and includes current pastor Brian Brodersen.
"For the record, I want it to be known that I do not support the lawsuit my sister Janette and brother Jeff have filed against Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa," Smith wrote in a letter that was distributed at the church on Sunday.
"In my opinion it is groundless, deplorable, dishonoring to our father (and to his work, not to mention the people to whom he dedicated his life). It is another sad stain on the representation of Christianity. The only motivation I can see for the suit is malice and greed. Any pretense to honor my father's name or provide adequate care and support for my mother is nonsense." more >>
As a kid, many of us eagerly awaited the next hilarious episode of Jed Clampett and his Beverly Hillbillies. Parents never gave a thought that there might be something objectionable on the popular TV sitcom.
Today moms and dads who care about wholesome entertainment for their children and teens have to be ultra-vigilant with TV and computers due to disturbing trends in today's decadent culture.
Recently, USA TODAY commented, "Booty is the latest trend that music fans are getting behind – and the numbers back it up. In just three weeks, Nicki Minaj's butt-tastic 'Anaconda' video has jiggled up nearly 170,000,000 views on YouTube, snatching the record for most views in a day from Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball.'" more >>
WASHINGTON — Conservatives can still win the marriage debate, traditional marriage advocates argued at the Values Voter Summit.
Titled "The Future of Marriage: To The Supreme Court and Beyond," the panel was held Saturday afternoon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.
Brian Brown, president of NOM, said he believed the media was trying to portray the issue as one that conservatives were avoiding. more >>
MONEY magazine recently released its list of "Best Places to Live in America" for 2014, and Castle Rock, Colo., a town just north of Colorado Springs, was number four on the list.
How do they determine which cities make the top ten?
MONEY starts with 781 cities and whittles down the list by looking at factors such as median family income, racial diversity, quality of education, economic opportunity, and even the residents' level of happiness. more >>
WASHINGTON – The Republican Party should not abandon social issues on the campaign trail, conservatives at the Values Voter Summit argued.
Rick Santorum, former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, spoke to a large crowd at the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Friday afternoon.
The former Republican presidential primary candidate told those gathered at the conservative summit that the GOP should not "play defense" on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. more >>