WASHINGTON — Intact families, or when children are raised by their married, biological mother and father, are a key factor in producing economic success and personal well being, according to a new report presented Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute.
Those who grow up in intact homes are better educated, more likely to be employed and have higher levels of income than those raised in broken homes, even after controlling for other factors. This is one of the key findings in the report, "For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America," authored by Robert I. Lerman, professor of economics at American University, and W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.
Family structure matters to individuals, and the impact is cyclical, the report shows. Married men have higher levels of income, and married women do not suffer income loss and women raised in intact homes who enter the workforce flourish more than women raised in broken homes. Plus, children raised in intact homes are better educated and more likely to get and stay married, which contributes to higher levels of income. more >>
Inspired by the concept of "flash mobs," an organization based in Buffalo, New York, has opted to perform "Mass Mobs" wherein large numbers of people agree to meet at a given local Catholic congregation.
Whereas a "flash mob" will do various performances or things in a random public space and then disperse, this group will surprise a given church to attend mass at their facility.
States with higher rates of charitable giving went for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and have higher rates of religious practice.
A report published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that the most and least charitable states in America fell in mostly different camps in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Brazilian incumbent president Dilma Rousseff is facing a runoff after receiving 42 percent of the votes and failing to win the majority of votes in Sunday's election. She will be going up against centre-right candidate Aecio Neves, who received 34 percent of votes. Evangelical hopeful and former environment minister Marina Silva finished third with 21 percent.
Rousseff vowed to continue working for change, and said that voters had expressed their rejection of "the ghosts of the past, recession and unemployment."
Once a notorious gangster, drug dealer and pimp, John Turnipseed knows what it's like to feel trapped in sin. Now a licensed minister, Turnipseed wants those struggling to make a change and to know God hears their prayers.
"I always try to tell people to look for the evidence of God because it's always there and sometimes we just ignore it. We look past it [because] it doesn't look inviting to us," he said.
In his soon-to-be-released autobiography Bloodline, Turnipseed tells how his troubled childhood led him into a life of crime and how surrendering his life to Christ led him to become a helping hand for others living hard lives. more >>
Americans are likely to use politics to assess the nation's economic condition rather than their personal financial experience, according to a recent report from a liberal polling organization.
Nearly six out of 10 African-Americans report living in a household with "moderate" to "high levels" of economic insecurity, but about 83 percent of African-Americans say they feel as though the American economy has "gotten better" or "stayed the same" in the last two years, according the Public Religion Research Institute's 2014 American Values Survey released on Tuesday.
By contrast, the survey found that only 56 percent of Caucasians feel the American economy has improved or stayed the same in the past two years despite the fact that only 36 percent of Caucasians report living a household with moderate to high economic security. more >>