When Alana S. Newman attended a conference on family formation, she was shocked to find that surrogacy has become a "booming" market among gay couples.
"The event was overflowing with a shocking enthusiasm for motherlessness, and it served as an opportunity to promote the fertility industry's most lucrative package: egg donors plus surrogates, for gay male couples and single-dads-by-choice," said Newman of the Anonymous Us Project, an organization which focuses on the topic of "third party reproduction," while describing the event (sponsored by American Association for Adoption and Reproductive Technologies Attorneys) that took place in Charleston, S.C. more >>
This past week, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) grabbed national headlines with a blistering and blustering critique of the Catholic Church, coupled with presumptuous recommendations on how the church can do better.
The report revealed more about the impropriety of the CRC than any shortcomings of the Catholic Church.
Though some of the concerns raised about the in-house handling of clergy sexual abuse merit inquiry, the committee's report was largely unsubstantiated. More troubling, the CRC went out of its way – and beyond the purported context of the document – to condemn the Vatican for the church's teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and even had the audacity to tell the church to amend its canon laws to permit certain types of abortions. more >>
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, despite its own ban on the practice, arguing that discriminating against a class of people for religious or traditional reasons is unconstitutional. Conservative groups have called the decision a "deep betrayal."
"In the end, the Court concludes that Kentucky's denial of recognition for valid same-sex marriages violates the United States Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law, even under the most deferential standard of review," said U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in his 23-page ruling.
"Once the government defines marriage and attaches benefits to that definition, it must do so constitutionally. It cannot impose a traditional or faith-based limitation upon a public right without a sufficient justification for it." more >>
While driving my children to school recently I received a critical question. My 8-year old daughter asked, "Daddy do we have any gay friends?"
A critical and important question for such a time as this. Nothing in our previous conversation that morning mentioned homosexuality. I was almost blindsided. Yes, even our young children are caught in the obvious crossfire of subliminal cultural messages. Honestly, a tremendous educational opportunity (father/parent to child) arose. Fatherly, I am "the man at the city gate."
As men at the city gates... "We ward off and defend against anything that threatens and seeks to destroy our society. The men at the city gate signify stability for our communities and society. The men at the city gate observe and know everyone that belongs within and those that don't. The men at the city gate are prepared to confront those elements that threaten to destroy us and do not belong within our walls. Because the men at the city gate rise to the occasion righteously, our society finds godly peace and rest." more >>
The archbishop of Jos and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has accused the Western world of forcing secular values on homosexuality and condom use "down the throats" of Africans. He called on believers to stay faithful to their religious heritage.
"In Africa, whether it is about population control, use of condoms, homosexuality, etc sometimes, the views of the West are forced down the throats of Africans through financial inducement. Africans must not be copy cats, believing that whatever comes from the West is ideal," His Exc. Mgr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said at a seminar in Jos on health care and Catholic social teachings, Agenzia Fides reported on Wednesday.
"We must not be swallowed up by the tyrannical imposition of some governments or international non-governmental organizations who wish to dictate the moral trend of the world based on their secular values" he added. more >>
On Jan. 27, The Christian Post put out an article by Nicola Menzie entitled, "Can Another 'Gay-Friendly' Faith Group Help Steer the Conversation for Christians on Homosexuality?" Menzie writes in glowing terms about the "Imago Dei Campaign" that is calling on all sides of the culture war to recognize that both "straight and gay" people are made in God's image.
I appreciate the fact that this "campaign" apparently continues to view homosexual practice as sin (though in extremely muted tones) and that it wants to promote love for those who engage in it. However, its half-orbed message that "the image of God exists in all human beings: black and white; rich and poor; straight and gay; conservative and liberal; victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever" is flawed.
It lumps together very different categories. There is nothing intrinsically immoral about ethnicity, social status, party affiliation, citizen status, or even the mere experience of sexual attractions to do what God forbids. more >>