As Christmas gets closer, I can't help but think of my son's fascination with toy dinosaurs. As a three year old, he couldn't get enough and in an effort to engage him I would sit on the floor and play. My T-Rex would say things like, "Come on guys, can't we just all get along? Let's play." His would without hesitation reply in a mean, gruff voice, "No! I'm going to eat you. Let's fight!" This happened on several occasions before I understood it.He's a boy. He likes dino-violence, and that's okay.
Unfortunately, not all mothers are comfortable with the fact that their sons are "Wild at Heart" to quote a popular book. Not every boy is wired the same, but there are certainly some God-given, innate characteristics within most boys that we may not understand, but that we can celebrate and channel into positive, productive purposes. One of those traits is their hard-wired bravery, exhibited by young men like John Blunk who threw his body over his girlfriend to save her life when James Eagen Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater. It's the same bravery that allowed Seal Team Six to risk their own lives in order to take out the evil Osama Bin Laden. Viva La Difference! I must add that while CWA applauds our brave women in the military, we must still acknowledge that 82 percent of those serving are men.
Instead of applauding and embracing the unique differences between boys and girls, a new wave of feminists are using Christmas to do just the opposite. Feminists are asserting that when we allow boys to be themselves and play with gender-based toys like army men, we are teaching them that it's okay to beat their wives when they are older. That's why these feminists have latched on to "No Gender December," Play Unlimited's campaign to encourage seasonal gift givers to purchase toys without consideration of gender, advocating gender-neutral toys and for stores to stop categorizing toys by gender. more >>
Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries.
Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University teacher has consorted with several atheist groups as a public speaker, sharing his experiences of walking away from church life. "Being with atheists, they can have the same sort of obnoxious certainty that some Christians have," he said of his experiences. "I don't want to be part of that. It feels like I'm stuck in the middle. I want to be for something good, but I don't want boundaries, and religion just feels like a very bounded thing."
As he nears a self-imposed January 1 deadline to decide between atheism and faith, Bell told the LA Times, "The question I am asking right now [is] why do I need religion to love?" more >>
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, who recently went public with his homosexuality calling it a "gift from God," has donated a considerable amount of money to help fund an LGBT initiative in Southern states, including his native Alabama.
The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign says Cook gave the contribution for its three-year, $8.5 million campaign, called "Project One America" that launched in April in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi, according to The Associated Press.
Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."
Blogger Theodore Shoebat, of Shoebat.com, wanted to see if the same level of tolerance that Christian business owners who belive in traditional marriage are required to abide by is also being exemplified at bakeries that advocate for same-sex marriage.
Shoebat set off on a video experiment where he called 13 bakeries, which are all either known as gay-owned bakeries or bakeries that strongly support gay marriage, and told them that he was hosting a pro-traditional marriage celebration and that he needed a cake that says "gay marriage is wrong." more >>
Marquette University has suspended a tenured political science professor after he blogged about his disapproval of the actions of a teaching assistant at the Catholic school, who forbade a student from discussing an opposing view to gay marriage in her class.
Associate Professor John McAdams' suspension with pay comes as Marquette University has begun requiring its faculty to attend anti-harassment training, where they are instructed to report any employee that speaks out in opposition to gay marriage.
In November, McAdams criticized teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate in a blog post because she prevented a student from discussing his opinion on gay rights in her "Theory of Ethics" class. He described in his blog that Abbate told the student after class that any opposition to gay marriage is to be considered offensive speech and will not be tolerated in her class. Abbate then told the student that if he disagreed with her, he could drop the class. more >>
Marquette University seems to be sending a message to students and faculty who support Catholic doctrine regarding marriage: if you oppose gay marriage keep your mouth shut.
In November a teaching assistant berated a student and told him that he could not say anything against gay marriage because it might offend other students – and that opposition to gay marriage could be considered homophobic.
"You don't have a right in this class to make homophobic comments," teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate told the unnamed student. more >>