When I say the name Dr. James Dobson . . . what one word comes to mind?
A lot you might say, "family." James Dobson's leadership in family-building is known at least as far as radio waves can transmit or wires can plug in.
For many other people, the Dobson word association is "controversy," or something close, which is fine. To believe in something strongly is to let go of the popularity vote. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie interviewed renowned family expert Dr. James Dobson during the morning service at California's Harvest Church on Sunday, asking the founder of Focus on the Family questions ranging from culture and family to his personal life, including his favorite music and what makes him angry.
Pastor Laurie introduced Dobson, author of several books, to his congregation as "a living legend, a man of God."
Dobson, who has served on government advisories and panels, said he shares the same passion as his father, who was an evangelist, but through the family. more >>
Former United States Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will be speaking at the second annual March for Marriage event in Washington, D.C. next week.
The National Organization for Marriage, a group advocating for marriage being only legally recognized as between one man and one woman, is organizing the march.
A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional Friday, the latest in a string of such decisions. The U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb neither stayed the ruling nor clarified if it takes effect immediately, causing confusion over whether gay licenses could now be issued.
"Increasingly, Americans are being forced to celebrate unions that not only step on free speech and religious liberty but also deny children a mom and a dad," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in a statement in response to Crabb's ruling. "Those pushing for the redefinition of marriage have long since moved from a 'live-and-let-live' mentality. Their efforts are creating serious inequality as people are forced to suppress or violate the basic teachings of their faith, or face legal repercussions and harassment."
FRC noted that Crabb has a history of rulings that are hostle toward religious expression, including a 2010 ruling that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional and a 2013 ruling that tax-exempt housing allowanaces are unconstitutional. more >>
In the media's portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June - if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced resignation of Brendan Eich and the defeat of Arizona's religious-liberty bill.
Some people would like me and the millions of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is what societies have believed it to be throughout human history - a male-female union - to get with the program and accept the inevitable. We're clearly, they tell us, on the Wrong Side of History.
But we should avoid the temptation to prognosticate about the future in lieu of working to shape that future. We are citizens in a self-governing society, not pundits watching a spectator sport, not subjects of rulers. We are participants in one of the most significant debates our society - any society - has ever faced. more >>
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban silenced the rumor mill after putting on a united front at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, June 4.
The longtime couple are just days shy of their eighth wedding anniversary on June 25, but reports have surfaced lately suggesting marital trouble. Despite the negative reports, Kidman and Urban graced the red carpet in Music City with their arms lovingly around one another.
Wednesday's appearance served to silence the reports that suggested Kidman and Urban lead "separate lives" as the pair offered each other loving gazes and kisses while seated in the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. Kidman, who turns 47 this month, donned a shirt white dress decorated with blue beading while next to the 46-year-old "American Idol" judge at the awards show. more >>