The family of Ethan Hallmark of Midlothian, Texas, whose four-year battle with terminal cancer before succumbing to his illness late last month at age 13, was made public through video, and has released a clearly different message than the one Brittany Maynard is giving in video in which she shares her desire to end her life on her own terms, drawing national attention.
"Thirteen years old and my son was not like mainstream America. He knew suffering was as much of a part of life as happiness was," wrote Ethan's mother, Rachel Hallmark in her most recent blog post that addresses dying with dignity in response to the discussion happening over the last few weeks surrounding Maynard's decision.
"Suffering exists all over this world in far greater forms than cancer. Taking a pill to give yourself an early demise isn't the solution whether you are facing cancer, poverty, warfare, abuse, or any of the endless other forms of suffering. With fearless bravery, he [Ethan] accepted that life wasn't always easy, that sometimes we have to face giants we'd prefer not to." more >>
A Maryland public high school has banned the father of one of its Christian students from the premises, alleging that he threatened to disrupt the school environment after the vice principal did not give into his complaints about the school's history curriculum, which includes teaching components of Islam.
Retired Marine and practicing Catholic, Kevin Wood, was issued a no-trespass order last week that will not allow him to step foot on La Plata High School's campus in Charles County. Wood, who's an Iraq War veteran, issued a complaint in a phone call to the school's vice principal, Shannon Morris, last Thursday saying that he felt it was wrong for the school to force his daughter to complete a three-page paper on the Five Pillars of Islam.
Wood's claim was that if schools aren't allowed to teach or promote Christianity and other religions, they shouldn't be able to assign work focusing on Islam. He further argued that his daughter shouldn't be forced to learn and complete an assignment on Islam, a religion she doesn't believe in. more >>
Fans of "19 Kids and Counting" and the Duggar family will be thrilled to learn that their friends, the also larger-than-life Bates family has just scored its own TV series on the UP network.
"Bringing Up Bates" will re-introduce viewers to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 children, as well as their first grandchild. Gil and Kelly Jo, along with their children, often made appearances on "19 Kids and Counting," which airs on TLC. The Bates family is very close and focused on God, who they thank for all their children.
"Our precious children have taught us that money is not the only riches in life. In fact, money won't last," the family wrote on its website. "Only two things in life will: people and God's word! So our goal is to train up our children in the ways of the Lord that they might enter work places, churches, and homes as soldiers for Christ and servants to all. And in so doing we'll all have purpose and direction for life." more >>
WASHINGTON — To encourage young people to delay pregnancies until they are married, should some stigma be attached to out-of-wedlock births? This question was debated Tuesday at an American Enterprise Institute panel discussion.
The panel was presenting a report on family structure and economic success. That report found that those who get married and stay married enjoy more personal well-being and economic success, and children raised by their biological mother and father have more positive outcomes than children raised in broken homes.
Young people who make a set of wise choices — getting an education, getting married and staying married, and waiting until marriage to have children — reap tremendous benefits, regardless of other factors, such as gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, the report demonstrated. more >>
WASHINGTON — Intact families, or when children are raised by their married, biological mother and father, are a key factor in producing economic success and personal well being, according to a new report presented Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute.
Those who grow up in intact homes are better educated, more likely to be employed and have higher levels of income than those raised in broken homes, even after controlling for other factors. This is one of the key findings in the report, "For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America," authored by Robert I. Lerman, professor of economics at American University, and W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.
Family structure matters to individuals, and the impact is cyclical, the report shows. Married men have higher levels of income, and married women do not suffer income loss and women raised in intact homes who enter the workforce flourish more than women raised in broken homes. Plus, children raised in intact homes are better educated and more likely to get and stay married, which contributes to higher levels of income. more >>
As a kid, when I was trolling my neighborhood at Halloween for Reese's peanut butter cups, Sweet-Tarts, Hershey bars, chip and pretzels, real money or the best treat of all—a full-size candy bar—I was often confused about what "trick or treat" actually was. I never really understood it!
Was I asking my neighbors if they wanted a trick from me? Was I asking homeowners whether they would trick me or give me candy? Was I supposed to perform a trick for my treat, like a dog? And what if they didn't like my trick? Did I have to give them a treat from my bag? Why was I saying, "trick or treat?" The adult world is so confusing to kids!
But now, years later, Halloween has taken on a new meaning. This last day of October, when the air is crisp and cool and kids skip excitedly through their neighborhoods, it's really about pretending to be someone we're not, isn't it? And in exchange, a stranger gives us a small "fun size" treat—a tiny, disappointing version of the massive king-size candy bar we really want. Remember Charlie Brown's letdown when he realizes, "I got a rock?" more >>