Every Father's Day, my son and I run in the ZERO Prostate Cancer charity 5K. We started this tradition when he was an infant (pushing a jogging stroller uphill is a great workout…as is controlling it going downhill), and we continue it to this day. Last year, I decided he was old enough to run the 1-mile short race with me on his own. This is certainly a great way to celebrate Father's Day, though it is thankfully not the only one. While we all celebrate Father's Day in our own way, this year, I encourage everyone to also join together to support reform that nearly 20 state legislatures recently proposed: shared parenting when parents divorce or separate. After all, the history of Father's Day supports the spirit of shared parenting, where mom and dad are equals post-split when it comes to raising their children.
Coincidentally, the idea of celebrating Father's Day was initiated by a woman: Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane, Washington, whose efforts resulted in the creation of the "Father's Day Festival." Her father, Henry Jackson Smart, single-handedly raised Sonora and five of her siblings after the death of their mother during childbirth. When Sonora attended a Mother's Day Sermon in 1909, she thought that if there was a day to honor mothers, then there should also be a corresponding day to honor fathers. Though ridiculed at times, Sonora worked relentlessly for years to ensure that the idea of her Father's Day Festival became a reality. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father's Day officially for the first time. In view of the massive popularity of the festival, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Over the years, the concept of celebrating Father's Day spread beyond geographical boundaries. Today, millions of children across the world express gratitude for their dads as they celebrate what began as "Father's Day Festival."
What better way to honor Sonora's work and Father's Day than to support a movement that is not only sweeping the nation but is also actively and proudly supported by both men and women? The National Parents Organization, whose membership is approximately 40% women, asks Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and many other states to join almost half of the country in supporting shared parenting legislation at its next opportunity. National Parents Organization is building a coalition among local child support advocates, family law attorneys, state legislators and, most importantly, everyday citizens who can absolutely make a difference in the lives of our children. We believe there is a smarter way of doing business, we know we can get there, and we invite you to join us. more >>
The Chobani yogurt brand released a 30-second commercial this week that features a lesbian couple naked in bed together as part of its seven-part "Love This Life" campaign which is being protested against by One Million Mom's for it's attempt to "normalize sin."
The spot, according to Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness, is all about inclusion.
"For us, it's why not [feature a same-sex couple] — not why," declared McGuiness in an interview with Adweek. "There's nothing new here, per se. Inclusion and equality has been and is foundational and fundamental to the company." more >>
In "Why Women Choose Not to Have Children," Sophie Gilbert argues that it is equally selfish to have children as to not have them. Yet she misses the forest for the trees.
Selfishness hardly ever comes down to any actual action alone. Instead, selfishness is directly tied to motive. Why does a person choose to skip having children? Why does a person choose to have them?
If a person having children is doing so solely for the purpose of making themselves happy or for another form of self-service, that is then, a selfish action. Granted, selfish actions can have simultaneous good purposes, and a selfish desire does not mean we should entirely rule out a certain course of action. more >>
Divorce is hardly easy. Even if the break-up is amicable, there are still second guesses. Friends can be too quick to offer advice and too slow to, well, just be friends.
Often, the sluggishness in comforting extends to religious bodies. Spiritual communities are too quick to offer condemnation instead of solace and support.
Some, like Buddhism, focus on maintaining relationships with a minimum of rules. Others, like Islam, don't trust the parties involved to work through life changes on their own and watch people drown in the rules and regulations. more >>
Failures of the Church to reach members of the LGBT community were highlighted at a Wednesday panel during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
Russell Moore, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, advised parents to not throw their gay children out of the house. The sin of pride is what leads them to be ashamed when their children struggle with same-sex attraction, he explained.
"We need to equip parents not to be ashamed" of their gay, lesbian, transgender children, Moore said. "There are many parents who somehow feel, when they have gay, lesbian or transgender children, that somehow that's a reflection on them, that they didn't do something right, that everyone else in the community is talking about them. That is pride." more >>
HBO host Bill Maher has said that Josh Duggar asking Jesus for forgiveness over the incident where he molested five girls when he was a teenager is a "cop out" and not real forgiveness, with Maher arguing that forgiveness can only be asked from the victims.
Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald have said that their brother has indeed asked each of them for forgiveness, however.