WASHINGTON — Religious and political conservatives are complicit in the rise of the "no-fault" divorce policies in the United States, which has led to the dissolution of countless families in America in the last 40-plus years, a prominent conservative author asserted Friday.
While speaking on a panel discussion at the Family Research Council, Ryan MacPherson, author of the book Rediscovering the American Republic and The Culture of Life: Ten Essential Principles for Christian Bioethics, stated that conservatives deserve some share of the blame for allowing America to accept divorce laws that make it possible for married individuals to be granted a divorce without having to claim any wrongdoing of their spouses.
MacPherson, who is the history department chair at Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota, explained that "liberal theologians" and "progressive lawyers and state legislatures" are responsible for initially advocating and passing America's first no-fault divorce legislation in California. more >>
After Bruce Jenner revealed on TV that he was going to transition to being a woman and will share the experience in a new reality TV series, messages of support poured out from celebrities and other prominent folks. The Kardashian clan including his ex-wife Kris Jenner, also took to social media that they are behind their patriarch as he goes through this phase in his life.
In the aftermath of the announcement however, things may not be as rosy as it seems. Bruce Jenner's biological kids, namely Burt, Casey and Brody, according to an insider report in Us Weekly, "feel like the Kardashians are faking support for Bruce." The eldest kids are also said to "despise the Kardashians."
Apparently, the tension between Jenner's biological kids and his stepchildren, the Kardashians may likely get worse. The Kardashian's "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" will feature an episode about their stepfather titled "About Bruce" on May 17, where the Kardashian kids will talk about his transition and their reaction to it. more >>
For those who ask why we fight so hard to protect marriage, the answer is three-fold:
First, marriage between one man and one woman developed as an institution over the course of millennia. The special relationship between one man and one woman and the families they produce are inherent in the complimentary natures of men and women. To change who can participate in marriage by government fiat changes the very nature of marriage. This means that those who seek same-sex marriages will, by their own actions, undercut what they perceive as the legitimacy that marriage currently enjoys in society.
The second reason we are fighting to maintain the institution of marriage is the value marriage provides to children. Children are the natural outcome of a relationship between a man and a woman. Though marriage is not required for having children, research — and millennia of history — shows that children thrive more when they have the benefit of a mother and a father living together, married, and as a family. Though traditional marriages can be imperfect or fail, that is not an argument against marriage — in fact the harms such failures impose on children is proof of how we all need to strive for better marriages. more >>
Editor's Note, May 12, 2015: Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and founder and president of The Urban Alternative, has issued the following statement to clarify his remarks about the breakdown of African American families and slavery:
Slavery was ungodly, unrighteous and unbiblical. During slavery, the family was broken up by force by unspeakable atrocities even though African-Americans struggled to preserve it.
To offer clarity on both my intention and meaning, the black population was largely unified in fighting against the breakup of the family being forced on them due to the evil system of slavery. Black unity was a powerful force, to the greatest degree possible within the limitations of slavery, in seeking to keep the family intact. more >>
A regional body of the United Methodist Church based in Georgia has been accused of bullying a pastor and her church over their support for traditional marriage.
Carole Hulslander, pastor at Still Waters UMC of Atlanta, has accused the UMC North Georgian Conference of removing her from her congregation over her decision to sign a statement calling for the denomination to maintain its views on homosexuality.
According to "The Erick Erickson Show" radio program, since expressing her support for the UMC to maintain a traditional definition of marriage, Hulslander found herself harassed by NGUMC leadership. more >>
Editor's note: The Christian Post was invited by World Vision Zambia to meet with locals who have been impacted by the organization's water, sanitation and hygiene program. This is the second of a series of articles on that trip, which took place March 22-28. Read part one: Sickness, Discomfort and Death: the Fate of Families and Children With No Access to Clean Water.
A woman, perhaps in her 30s, sat on the bench adjacent to the nurse's desk. Her child, 15 months old, sat tucked inside the colorful homemade sling strapped across her back and her left side. It was finally her turn to speak with the nurse. Her child's nearly-bare head bobbed from side to side as he peered wide-eyed around the 8x10 room at the narrowed eyes set in strange faces peering back at him. But the strangers could not hold his steady gaze, their eyes weighed down by the sadness and shock that gripped them after his mother had entered into the room. more >>