Saturday, May 28, 2011

Up to 12 million unborn girls have been deliberately aborted by Indian parents determined to ensure they have a male heir

The elimination of female unborn children in India is widening the gap between girls and boys and storing up social problems for the future. In some towns there is already a shortage of brides and there are fears the growing gender imbalance will worsen attitudes to women. Governmental efforts to reduce discrimination against female babies have been successful in places such as South Korea.

It has been hoped that socio-economic progress would lead to a change in attitude towards girls but the evidence suggests otherwise. Wealthier, better-educated couples are the worst offenders. Although all strata of Indian society share a preference for sons, better-off families have access to and can afford the ultrasound tests to reveal the sex of the child.

Read more at Independent

Friday, May 27, 2011

Recent Gallup poll shows a trend towards preserving the life of the un born in America

Sixty-one percent of American adults—including some who describe themselves as “pro-choice”—told Gallup in a survey conducted May 5-8 that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.

The percentage saying abortion was “morally wrong” did not differ by gender, with 51 percent of men and 51 percent of women saying abortion was morally wrong. It did differ by age group, however. Younger Americans tended to have a tougher moral view of abortion than their elders.

One person commented at CNSNews and said...

This completely invalidates the claims of NOW and other feminist organizations who say that abortion is all about “women’s health”.

It also is inconsistent with the claim that it is men who push for “forcing” women to bear children. Feminists have classically tried to paint a picture of the poor exploited woman who becomes nothing but a vessel for pro-creation with a dominating man taking away her right to choose.

In truth, a woman who has had a baby has a much more reverent attitude toward life. She knows, from personal experience, that what resides in the womb after conception is much more than just some impersonal “product of pregnancy”. She knows that an intrauterine child is a living human being. She knows this because of a deeply personal and intimate relationship that develops between mother and child from the moment of conception.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

John Jay College of Criminal Justice study: Homosexuality clearly a factor in the abuse of adolescent males by catholic clergy

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a top psychiatrist and expert in handling sexually abusive priests said that...

"Analysis of the research demonstrates clearly that the major cause of the crisis was the homosexual abuse of males."

It is commonly believed that the majority of recent sexual scandals involving catholic priests, were acts of pedophilia. But the data from this study shows that less than 5 percent of abuse involved prepubescent children. Instead, homosexuality, not pedophilia was clearly the primary sexual aberration driving the bulk of abuse. Nearly 80 percent of victims were post-pubescent and adolescent males.

Read more at LifeSiteNews

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chastity education more appropriate for our teens than "Safe Sex" contraceptive propaganda

A recent study by the US government "National Survey of Family Growth" has found that more young adults aged 15 to 24 had chosen not to have any sexual contact than the previous 2002 study.

These figures suggest that, rather than bombarding all high school kids with contraceptive information (not to mention perverse alternatives to sexual intercourse) abstinence or chastity education is an appropriate option. Indeed, it seems reasonable to infer that official encouragement of abstinence education in the 1990s and up to 2008 has been effective.

Read More at Family Edge

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution by History and Philosophy of Science professor James Hannam

Many of the alleged examples of religion holding back scientific progress turn out to be false. For example, the Church has never taught that the Earth is flat or tried to ban lightening rods or tried to ban human dissection or excommunicated Halley's Comet. Yet, all these stories are still regularly trotted out as examples of the church trying to hold back scientific progress.

Christianity has a far more positive role to play in the history of science than commonly believed. The church has supported scientific research in a number of forms. One was simply financial. Until the French Revolution, the Catholic Church was the leading sponsor of scientific research. Starting in the Middle Ages, it paid for priests, monks and friars to study at the universities.

By the seventeenth century, the Jesuit order had become the leading scientific organisation in Europe, publishing thousands of papers and spreading new discoveries around the world. The cathedrals themselves were designed to double up as astronomical observatories to allow ever more accurate determination of the calendar. And of course, there is the father of modern genetics, Gregor Johann Mendel, a scientist and Augustinian monk.

Given that the Church has not been an enemy to science, it is less surprising to find that the era which was most dominated by Christian faith, the Middle Ages, was a time of innovation and progress. Inventions like the mechanical clock, glasses, printing and accountancy all burst onto the scene in the late medieval period.

Read more at Medieval History of Science

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Marriage redefined is marriage destroyed, National Prayer Day for Families.

There is currently a bill to legalise homosexual marriage before the parliament. Because of this bill, children could be robbed of their right to a mother and a father. In an attempt to stop this moral decay there will be a national day of prayer and fasting on Sunday 24th, 2011 at Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra.

Marriage redefined is marriage destroyed. Australia is feeling the effects of its rampant immorality and easy divorce culture. Family life in Australia is descending into relational chaos and our children are paying the price.

Read more at National Day of Prayer

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cohabitation and the abuse of children

According to a recent report (NIS-4), children living with their mother and her boyfriend are about 11 times more likely to be sexually, physically, or emotionally abused than children living with their married biological parents. Likewise, children living with their mother and her boyfriend are six times more likely to be physically, emotionally, or educationally neglected than children living with their married biological parents.

But children living with their own father and mother do not fare much better if their parents are only cohabiting. The federal study of child abuse found that children living with their cohabiting parents are more than four times more likely to be sexually, physically, or emotionally abused than their peers living in a home headed by their married parents. And they are three times more likely to be physically, emotionally, or educationally neglected than children living with their married biological parents. In other words, a child is not much safer when she is living in a home with her parents if her parents’ relationship does not enjoy the legal, social, and moral status and guidance that marriage confers on relationships.

Read more at Ruth Institute

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A new study of cultures all around the world suggests that religion comes naturally, even instinctively, to human beings.

Children in particular found it very easy to think in religious ways, such as believing in God's omniscience, said Oxford University professor Roger Trigg. But adults also jumped first for explanations that implied an unseen agent at work in the world, the study found.

Studies around the world came up with similar findings, including widespread belief in some kind of afterlife and an instinctive tendency to suggest that natural phenomena happen for a purpose.

Professor Trigg is the co-director of the three-year Oxford-based project, which incorporated more than 40 different studies by dozens of researchers looking at countries from China to Poland and the United States to Micronesia.

The study has profound implications for religious freedom. If you've got something so deep-rooted in human nature, thwarting it is in some sense not enabling humans to fulfill their basic interests.

Some believe that religion is a private matter but such a belief is wrong. It isn't just a quirky interest of a few, it's basic human nature. The study shows that it's much more universal, prevalent, and deep-rooted. You can't just pretend it isn't there.

Read more at Belief Blog

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

British MP Nadine Dorries introduced a bill last week calling for all schoolgirls to be given lessons in how to say “no to fornication."

British MP Nadine Dorries introduced a private member’s bill last week calling for all schoolgirls aged 13 to 16 to be given lessons in how to say “no to fornication”,

The MP went on to say that...

"The answer to ending our constant struggle with the incredibly high rate of teenage sexual activity and underage pregnancies lies in teaching our girls and boys about the option of abstinence, the ability to 'just say no' as part of their compulsory sex education," she said.

"Peer pressure is a key contributor to early sexual activity in our country. Society is focused on sex.

"Teaching a child at the age of seven to apply a condom on a banana is almost saying, 'Now go and try this for yourself'.

"Girls are taught to have safe sex, but not how to say no to a boyfriend who insists on sexual relations."

Read more at Family Edge

Rebecca Visser responded to the article on the Family Edge site saying ...

Kudos to this MP. Young people do respond to positive messages about their sexuality - messages that actually expect them to rise up to difficult challenges that in the end will help them. We do teens a disservice when we think they are not capable of controlling themselves. The current sex education models basically treat them as if they are animals. If we truly believe teens are better off not having sex when they are young, then we need to teach them how to avoid having sex, to control their hormones, to be in healthy relationships, and to stand up to pressure.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Australian Human Rights Commission and Gender confusion: transsexual, androgynous, agender, cross dresser, genderfluid, genderqueer, intergender.

In matters of human sexuality, there are male and female. It is an established biological fact. There are those who claim this classification is completely and artificially constructed by society. They claim that humans are not made male and female. Rather, we should all be free to reject the “gender” identity forced upon us and adopt whatever “gender” we want. We are no longer male or female but can choose to be either one or the other, both, and/or neither.

What is clear, is that the whole “gender” debate, which accuses traditional society of artificially constructing sexual roles, is itself artificial and counterfeit. Advocates of this unrestrained sexuality cannot restrain their imagination in expanding the new categories that must be protected, even to the point of taking it to the ridiculous and absurd. They are likewise creative in manufacturing a whole list of phobias (biphobia or transphobia) for those who disapprove of these aberrant behaviors.

Read more at TFP

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother of two Jessica Council gives up her life to save her unborn child

What began as a sore throat quickly developed into throat cancer. Doctors suggested that Jessica could undergo cancer treatment but this would either harm or kill the unborn child that she carried.

On February 5, Jessica went to sleep with a headache and nausea but never woke up. The following day the hospital declared Jessica “brain dead”, and her husband Clint gave the doctors the go-ahead to deliver by C-section. After the delivery, doctors realised the baby was only about 23 and a half weeks along – the absolute threshold of viability.

“I can only testify to God’s grace on that, because Jessica died right when the baby was viable for life outside the womb,” says Clint. Doctors say baby Jessi is doing well.

Clint went on to say, “I am privileged to have had a Wife who was so full of the love of the Father. Rejoice with me, Brothers and Sisters. God has blessed Jessica in taking her to place of perfect peace and no pain. I must be thankful for the time that I had with her rather than ungrateful for all the things we never got to do together. We must give thanks in all things for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ.

Read more at LifeSite