Last week I wrote about one piece of data that jumped out from the Austin Institute’s fascinating new study, Relationships in America: the Mormon advantage in transmitting traditional Christian practice and views on many things, from life after death ...
Rand Paul: Jeb Has a Common Core Problem
Rand Paul is right; Jeb Bush has a Common Core problem. Many other conservatives who once supported Common Core have since turned against it, in part because the standards, touted as “internationally benchmarked,” turned out unsurprisingly to have been dreamed ...
Someone should start a website, because it turns out our “mainstream” British media made up and reported a story that Pope Francis told a boy with a dead dog that his dog would go to heaven.
Just. Made. Up.
The Dems Refocus on Paychecks, Social Security
The Democrats are responding to their latest defeat by recognizing that they failed under Obama to focus on voters’ core concern: the declining standard of living of the middle class. Caitlin Huey-Burns reports in Real Clear Politics:
When the main ...
Separation of Marriage and State Watch
Almost 60 percent of Americans want to separate marriage and the state, according to a new poll. This is probably a combination of leftists who want to undermine marriage as a norm, and traditionalists who want to protect marriage from the ...
Rome’s Extraordinary Ecumenical Event
Rome — We stood, as for a head of state, and Pope Francis was ushered into the very room in the Vatican in which the bishops held the famous synod on the family this October. With his warm smile and a ...
When Goldy Gopher Wore a Sombrero to a Galactic Fiesta
A letter of apology from the University of Minnesota Office of Student Affairs:
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
I am writing you today to apologize.
It has come to my attention that the student-led Game Room Programming committee in Student ...
Losing the Marriage Debate
My friend Austin Ruse is contemplating why we are losing the marriage debate. I myself am struck by the fact that given politicians and the academy and Fox News have all abandoned the issue, exit polls show Americans continue to ...
It was a deft trick by the Left’s culture warriors over the last two election cycles: Persuade rich Republicans donors that social issues were the GOP’s core problem, especially with women.
Take high-end investor Mark Cuban’s word ...
Bring Back Our Girls, in Iraq
I just heard a report from the head of Catholic Media International, who is on the front lines in northern Iraq, six miles from Islamic State–controlled territory. Catholic churches are opening their doors to both Christians and Yazidis, the ...
The Must-Read Book of the Synod
If you want to understand what the big deal is with what’s going on in Rome, this is the one book you must read: Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.
Update on Maggie's Religion
I woke up this morning and said to myself, “Oh ye of little faith.” I disagree with George Weigel in the sense that he chose to respond to the New York Times (which I did not bother to read), and ...
In Which Chris Christie Dubs Himself and Jeb Bush ‘Most Electable’
In a strange rewriting of history, Governor Christie, who is an excellent governor for New Jersey, thinks the lesson of recent history is that if you nominate an extremist or “purist” for president you will lose, and he indicated to ...
The Best Cities for Women Looking to Marry
Pew creates a map with the urban areas with the best sex ratios for women (and some employment data too).
Hint: Do you know the way to San Jose . . . and Kalamazoo . . .
Couple Faces Bankruptcy for Refusing to Violate Their Conscience
A $150,000 fine for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake will bankrupt Melissa and Aron Klein, a young evangelical couple with five children. You guys happy about this?
Tennesee Teachers Reject the Common Core
A new poll of Tennessee teachers found 56 percent now want to scrap the Common Core.
Monica Wehby's Gay-Marriage Fail
A new poll out shows Oregon senator Jeff Merkley’s lead over Monica Wehby has grown to 20 points, up from either 13-point (Rasmussen) or 8-point (Polling Company) lead before she ran her pro-gay-marriage ad.
I don’t know if her ...
Gay-Marriage Support Falling
The Pew Forum just released a fascinating new poll on religion in public life. Among the headlines: 72 percent of Americans say the influence of religion on politics is declining, and the vast majority of these people say that’s a ...
The latest polls suggest the GOP now has only a 50–50 chance of retaking the Senate.
There needs to be a mass layoff — of highly paid GOP consultants. Otherwise we risk a repeat of 2012, when overconfident Republicans in the middle of ...
Bill Maher Defends Christian Right
No, it’s not the Onion, it is Bill Maher on the Charlie Rose show pointing out the difference between Islam and Christianity. He is responding to President Obama’s assertion that there is no relationship between Islam and Islamism:
The Race to Save Our Century
Jason Jones and John Zmirak release a dramatic movie trailer . . . for their new book, The Race to Save our Century:
I don’t know if I want to read the book or not, but I know I’d like to ...
The Democrats' Todd Akin?
Meet Amanda Curtis, whom Kurt Schlichter called the Democrat’s Todd Akin:
I hope the pro-lifers hound her with video cameras on the campaign trail, because the 100 percent NARAL supporter is bound to come up with some doozies.
The Temptations of Tribalism
I stayed silent, like a lot of white folks, while events unfolded in Ferguson, Mo.
I was flabbergasted at the anger of the protesters and their certainty, which seemed to doubt any narrative but the one presented by the family ...
Politico treated it the way we treat news stories nowadays, in our celebrity-driven culture in which a beloved actor’s suicide can drive front-page news for a whole week: “Media Matters’ David Brock expands empire,” it reported.
David Brock may ...
Meet the New Chesterton Schools Network
The Chicago Tribune has a story on a new Chesterton Academy school opening in Chicago, one of the schools in the new Chesterton Academy schools network spawned from the success of the original Chesterton Academy in Minneapolis.
Shock Poll: Is New Jersey Senate Race in Play?
A new New York Times/CBS poll has the underdog conservative candidate Jeff Bell within seven points of Cory Booker — polling 40 percent to 47. (Jeff Bell is a former colleague of mine at American Principles Project.)
If New Jersey is in ...
I was in the Eisenhower Lounge of the National Republican Club, where the executive directors of the RNC, the NSRC, the NRCC, the RGA, and the RSLC called a press conference to announce: The Rs think Republicans are going to ...
New Study on Children of Same-Sex Couples
The New York Times and the media are widely reporting the results of a new study of 500 children raised by same-sex couples. Researchers are aghast that such a shoddy piece of work, which is based on a convenience sample of ...
Santorum on the March for Marriage
This year’s March featured the runners-up for the GOP nominations in 2008 and 2012, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Santorum on the March.
Utah Cop Resigns, Hires a Lawyer
The Utah cop who was disciplined, his police department claims, for refusing to protect a gay-pride parade has resigned, and hired a lawyer.
His lawyer says the cop was defamed by his bosses, that he never refused to serve, but ...
This Is Not a Right, Just a Wrong
Religious liberty should not extend to a cop refusing to protect Gay Pride parade-goers — that is just wrong.
UPDATE: Charles Cooke and I agree. Cops need to protect everybody, including Gay Pride parade-goers.
UPDATE II: The Utah cop who was ...
More Moms Stay Home With Their Children
A decades-long trend that saw an increasing percentage of mothers working may have reversed itself. More moms are staying home full-time, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
“After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers,” ...
Mozilla Wars, Part 2: Eich Hangs Tough
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich asks to be given the same tolerance and diversity extended to other members of the Mozilla community worldwide: “Beliefs that are protected, that include political and religious speech, are generally not something that can be held ...
W.Va. Gov. Tomblin: Another 'Pro-Life' Dem Bites the Dust
Earlier this month, West Virginia became the first Democrat-controlled legislature to pass a ban on abortion after 20 weeks except to save the physical health or life of the mother.
Governor Tomblin quietly vetoed the bill Friday, claiming that it was ...
From the Austin Institute:
Fatherless America: Does It Matter?
Sarah McLanahan and colleagues have published a review of the latest evidence on “The Causal Effects of Father Absence” in the Annual Review of Sociology (July 2013) which looks at 47 studies that attempt to separate causality and correlation. Their conclusion:
100,000 Protest Same-Sex Marriage in Paris
According to Reuters, middle-class French families pushing prams went to the streets to protest same-sex marriage:
The government of President Francois Hollande, suffering poll ratings near record lows, has delayed further social reforms until after next month’s municipal elections ...
San Francisco’s Walk for Life appears to have been a huge success, with the city council entertaining a resolution to denounce its flagship posters, which read ”Abortion hurts women.”
According to the AP:
A massive and diverse crowd of ...
Marquette Suspends Professor Who Blogged About Free-Speech Violations
A student taped a Marquette teacher telling him opposition to gay marriage would not be permitted in her class. Another Marquette professor blogs about this inappropriate conduct. Guess who gets disciplined at this Catholic university?
I joke but this is ...
Gay, Celibate, Christian?
The Washington Post talks to Eve Tushnet and others, about the new movement of young Christians affirming both their sexual orientation and traditional Christian teaching. (Eve Tushnet is the author of a new book Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, ...
With even New York Times columnists and distinguished social scientists like Andrew J. Cherlin reinforcing the core truth that the retreat from marriage is causing core inequalities in the opportunities of millions of American children, it is worth asking: Who ...
On the Middle Class, Schumer Is Right
Almost exactly one year ago, I and my colleagues at the American Principles Project released an election autopsy on the lessons of 2012. Countering the conventional wisdom that conservative social issues were distracting voters from the GOP’s winning economic message, ...
The always interesting Jonathan Rauch writes about the science of middle-age disappointment (sometimes the precursor of the classic “midlife crisis.”). According to Gallup data, life satisfaction in the U.S. peaks at age 15 and declines steadily, reaching a nadir between 45 ...
How to Save Capitalism from Libertarians
I have a prediction to make. Something new is going to emerge in the 2016 election — a genuine conservative populism.
The Democrats have made it clear — with President Obama signaling he will impose his unilateral immigration non-reform asap along with climate-change ...
Heading to Rome to Discuss the Family with Pope Francis
I will be at the Vatican for the interfaith Colloquium on Marriage, which Pope Francis is going to open and speak to us at.
The sponsors are producing some interesting videos at their website.
Look forward to reporting on what ...
Why did the Democrats lose?
It wasn’t Obamacare.
While 49 percent of voters said the health-care law “went too far,” just 25 percent of voters picked health care as their most important issue in this election, and they broke for the ...
On Chai Feldblum's Claim That I Misquoted Her
Apparently an interview I did with Professor Chai Feldblum eight years ago is being quoted in a court case and Professor Feldblum says on Twitter I misquoted her.
Here is the full interview I did with Chai Feldblum from the ...
Over the weekend, Catholics like me breathed a sigh of relief — reassured by some textual changes, disconcerted a bit by the decision to keep communion-without-annulment on the agenda, deeply moved by our Holy Father’s call for us to trust:
The Church’s Crisis of Faith and Mine
After the initial shock, many leading Catholic voices are regrouping to refocus their public response to the synod report, which is after all not a teaching of the bishops (as the New York Times misreported), but a mid-session committee report.
Is That Me in the Corner?
I hope to respond intellectually to the synod report. Tears right now are streaming from my face, and it is not about objections to welcoming gay people. There is something more profoundly at stake for me.
Is this me? In ...
Four Things I Will Not Fear . . .
We live in a world where we are urged to be in a constant state of fear. Through the Internet we are bombarded with horror stories, most of which are true, but most of which we and our loved ones ...
The Forgotten Freedom: Freedom of Association
I would prefer to be turning my gaze to a new subject, but reality keeps yanking me back.
In the last few weeks, the government of the State of California, acting through the California State University, has announced that Christian, ...
Cory Booker Is Vulnerable
A new Quinnipiac poll has Cory Booker up by only five points among those who’ve have made up their minds, 39 percent to 34 percent for Jeff Bell’s guerilla unfunded campaign for the U.S. Senate. (Booker leads Bell by ...
People Born Male Allowed in Girls' Locker Rooms In Kentucky
This is a policy that does not apply only to people who have had surgery or hormonal treatment to modify their bodies. The right to shower with girls is now an absolute right. You are a girl if you say ...
Heritage’s Daily Signal released this video of a New York couple punished by the state of New York for refusing to host a same-sex wedding at their family farm, which is also their business and livelihood:
Rubio and Lee: Naming the Problem
Whatever you think about the specific policy changes proposed in their plan (and I would like to see details but find the overall idea attractive), Rubio and Lee deserve enormous kudos for naming the problem — something Republicans have had enormous ...
Last week, Pope Francis became the first pope in history to do a Google Hangout. He did so, the Vatican explained, because so much of young people’s time is now online that virtual reality becomes their reality.
Should Catholic Schools Have the Right to Enforce Church Teaching?
The Washington Post and The New Republic are joining in the effort to shame a private Catholic school for enforcing a “morals” clause in its contract against a woman, apparently a lovely teacher and gym coach, who has decided to ...
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift as the New Good Girls
I was reading a recently published study, “Good Girls: Gender, Social Class, and Slut Discourse on Campus,” by Elizabeth A. Armstrong and colleagues in Social Psychology Quarterly.
It was based on a longitudinal study of 53 women who enrolled at a ...
The Normalization of ‘Spiritually Polygamous’ Marriages
Judge Clark Waddoups, in striking down Utah’s ban on “spiritual” polygamous marriages, noted that the Republican party was founded with the goal of eliminating the “twin relics of barbarism” — slavery and polygamy.
He didn’t mean it as a ...
'The Children,' by Jody Bottum
After The Giver, you might enjoy this dark new folk music video “The Children,” from a new album by Mallory Reaves, who sings this along with six other new songs by Jody Bottum:
The Trouble with Common Core
As the Core hits the classroom, the Federalist reports something predictable: It’s not going as predicted:
Close reading is now all the rage not just in Bensenville and school districts it influences, but across the nation, thanks to Common ...
Why Catholic Marriage Matters
Pope Francis has called for a reexamination of how the Church treats Catholics who have divorced and (civilly) remarried. Because a valid marriage between baptized Christians is considered indissoluble, a Catholic who remarries after a civil divorce is living in ...
Are Evangelicals Bad for Marriage?
An April 2014 Urban Institute study predicts that if current marriage rates do not rebound, just 69 percent of Millennial women (and 65 percent of men) will marry by the age of 40. By contrast, in 1990, 91 percent of U.S.-born women had married ...
Do Children of Same-Sex Couples Do Better? Regnerus Responds
Over at Public Discourse, Mark Regnerus responds to the Australian study of 500 children of same-sex couples, which compared a convenience, volunteer sample of gay families with the average Australian child:
To compare the results from such an unusual sample with ...
Is Kay Hagan Too Extreme for N.C.?
The Susan B. Anthony List’s Women Speak Out PAC has put out a powerful new ad against Senator Kay Hagan:
This kind of ad is a rebuke not only to Hagan but to those GOP strategists who think the ...
Archbishop Cordileone's March for Marriage
Here’s Archbishop Cordileone at the March for Marriage on Capitol Hill earlier today:
. . . In 1839, Jeanne Jugan met one such priceless child of God, a blind old crippled woman whom nobody cared for. That night, Jeanne carried the woman home ...
He says he was willing to serve at the Gay Pride parade but didn’t want to ride in front of the parade as he feared it might be interpreted as being a participant.
They could have cut the guy ...
Rewriting Prop 8 History to Blacken Brendan Eich’s Name
Writing on Slate, Mark Joseph Stern wanted to remind folks how “unprecedentedly cruel” was the Proposition 8 campaign to which ousted Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich donated.
The actual ads produced by the Prop 8 campaign were apparently not cruel enough, so Stern ...
OKCupid credits its boycott with helping force the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich:
A statement from an OKCupid spokesman said that the dating site firm is “pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter ...
Does a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness include people who oppose gay marriage? Not to many who are unequivocally insisting new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich endorse gay marriage or be fired.
Over at the appropriately named “CREDO” action website, more ...
Same-Sex Marriage to Supreme Court in 2015?
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Supreme Court is likely to rule as soon as 2015 on whether there is now a fundamental right to gay marriage:
The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will go ...
Millennial Men Fall Behind
Men between the ages of 18 and 28 are 25 percent less likely to have a college degree than women in that age group (15 percent versus 20 percent), according to a new Pew analysis of U.S. Education Department data.
They are also less ...
French Socialists Retreat on Family-Law Change after 100,000 Protest
Reuters is reporting that the French Socialist government is retreating on plans to change family law after the protests I mentioned yesterday, postponing a bill that was planned for this year.
Prediction: GOP About to Make a Big Mistake Responding to SOTU
I don’t know yet what President Obama will say or what leading GOP candidates will say in response. I do know that Rand Paul’s interview with Politico and Senator Cruz’s press release about the SOTU suggest the ...
Alana Newman at Princeton with a first-person view of third-party reproduction.