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Happily Never After: New PTC Study Reveals TV Favors Non-Marital Sex
Across the broadcast networks, the new PTC report found that verbal references to non-marital sex outnumbered references to sex in the context of marriage by nearly 3 to 1, and scenes depicting or implying sex between non-married partners outnumbered similar scenes between married couples by a ratio of nearly 4 to 1.
"These study results suggest that many in Hollywood are actively seeking to undermine marriage by consistently showing it in a negative manner. Even more troubling than the marginalization of marriage and glorification of non-marital sex on television is TV's recent obsession with outr￩ sexual expression. Children and teens are now exposed to a host of sexual behaviors that less than a generation ago would have been considered off-limits for broadcast television," said PTC President Tim Winter. READ MORE
Let kids be kids
21 Reasons Why Gender Matters
With 178 referenced footnotes and 34 authors, 21 Reasons Why Gender Matters has been released to the Family movement world wide as a resource document to be placed on family friendly web sites, printed out and used for the greater good of families around the world.
PDF downloads of 21 Reasons Why Gender Matters are available at the website. http://www.gendermatters.org.au/Home_files/21%20Reasons%20Why%20Gender%20Matters%28low%20res%29.pdf
Family ‘diversity’ unpacked
There are, in reality, huge differences. ...with children acquired by same-sex couples; they have by definition been made permanently and purposefully fatherless or motherless. The adults who did this expect to be applauded for their courage. They want the world to pretend that this is just “diversity” when in fact they have deprived their own children -- children they love and who love them --with something essential: a parent of the opposite sex. These parents are deeply offended when the school treats images of father/mother families as the norm. They think that if the school promotes “diversity” of family forms their children won’t notice they don’t have a parent of each sex. They are fooling themselves. The children know, but they also know they can’t mention it. Unlike the child whose parent dies, divorces, or never marries, these children are deprived not only of a parent, but also of the right to grieve their deprivation. They must pretend. The promoters of “diversity” are demanding that we join in the pretence – that we also betray these children.
Sexualisation of Children (Aust)
Art or not, it's still exploitation
..Tens of thousands of parents now deal with the tensions in their daughters and sons as they struggle with self-image concerns they rarely had a generation ago, and teens themselves have to deal with the assumption that they will have sex long before they feel emotionally ready. This is a media-created problem, and art is just another media, though one that we might hope was more creative and less harmful. It seems idiotic to worry about our "freedoms" when children going to primary school routinely view ads for penis enlargers and brothels towering over our suburban shopping centres. To come out of sexual prudery is one thing, to be swamped in sexual pressure is as limiting and oppressive in the other direction.
..Artists, libertarians and parents, need to think beyond their own egos and wishes, because children actually matter more.
Video Game Violence and Public Policy
1. Children are more likely to imitate the actions of a character with whom they identify. In violent video games the player is often required to take the point of view of the shooter or perpetrator.
While the research base conducted on video games is small compared to that conducted on television, early results are showing that the concern is indeed warranted. Anderson & Bushman have conducted a meta-analysis of 35 different studies of violent video games (2001). A meta-analysis is a type of study in which researchers analyze the results of other studies to see if there are similar patterns of results; Anderson and Bushman showed that there is a consistent pattern of results in five areas.
Why We Whisper - The Economic Costs of Sin
After 20 years, which states would be better off—economically speaking? The traditional values states would be far better off, because the liberal states would be spending $500 billion dollars every year dealing with the economic costs of their moral decisions.
Senator Jim DeMint and David Woodward outline those costs in their book, titled: Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It's Wrong. As the authors note, "As elected officials and judges continue to throw traditions overboard from the ship of state," conspicuously absent from the political debate "is the mounting cost in dollars [and] debt."
Giving kids our worst shot
....Gardasil is controversial not only because it is new and untried on wide scale, but because it is different to other childhood vaccines. Most are aimed at diseases easily spread in schools: measles, mumps and whooping cough, for example. The genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that Gardisil targets is sexually transmitted. It is a disease eminently avoidable given a good human standard of behaviour. Gardasil therefore represents a new departure in medicine, where vaccines are used to protect people from the consequences of poor behaviour.
....But why stop at sexual behaviour? Alcohol and drug abuse produce nearly as big a social burden as sexual promiscuity. No wonder then that scientists in the US are said to be in the final stages of developing a vaccine against nicotine addiction, with cocaine and other drugs not far behind. If young people are going to experiment with these things, why not addiction-proof the kids when they are 12? All of them.
Woman Becomes Pregnant - Alert the Press!
If Thomas’ situation were a medical phenomenon that doctor’s couldn’t explain, it might warrant some attention. But this is no medical mystery, simply because Thomas is not really a man. “He” is a biological woman—a lesbian once named Tracy—who decided several years ago to undergo breast removal surgery and take male hormones to grow facial hair. Legally Thomas is a man, but with reproductive organs that are still fully female. Finish unraveling the gender-bending layers, and what sort of news story are you left with? “Woman becomes pregnant.”
Evidence points to social cost of not being able to afford own house
Parents Deserve the Right To Raise Their Children
On one hand, a parent is responsible for the actions of their child in the community and school, but at the same time their role is being undermined by growing pressure on mothers to work and enroll their child in daycare, criminalising effective methods of parental correction, providing the Independent Youth Benefit, provision of contraception and abortion without the consent or even knowledge of the parents, and the recent example of a school dobbing in a parent to CYF for giving their child a light smack.
The huge irony is that the more the state undermines the authority of parents, the less responsibility parents will take for their children. If the government wants parents to be responsible parents, they must firstly respect their authority.
A child’s rights should never be at the expense of the parental right to nurture, protect and set boundaries in a family setting. Rights of children have been shifted from simply (and rightly) protecting vulnerable children to granting them rights that are destructive to them, to good parenting practice, and to the welfare of the whole family in which they are being raised.
Young people duped by a culture of degrading sexual attitudes
..For the last five years I have been running a sexual violence prevention program in secondary schools in Warrnambool. The program is designed to explore with students what healthy relationships might look and feel like. Too often, both male and female students display attitudes that suggest that women are things of disrespect and humiliation, and that a woman's role in sexual relationships is about fulfilling men's desires and wishes. ...The attitudes of the young women and men with whom I work reflect a culture where women are often devalued, degraded, dismissed and seen as objects. Advertising and media regularly present women as sexual objects to be looked at and used.
Pornography, the ultimate objectification of women as mere bodies for men's sexual pleasure (and often, it should be said, violation), has moved from the fringes into the mainstream and studies suggest that growing numbers of young men are using the Internet to get access to it. Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg told a conference earlier this week that girls who were just beginning puberty were copying sex acts, including group and anal sex, that they see on the Internet, believing that such behaviour is normal. When women are not seen as fully human and deserving of respect, violence against them is easier to commit. In Australia, about 1 in 3 young women will experience sexual assault by the time they're 18.
Child sexualisation is no game
The sexualisation of children stems from the fact that many of the same corporations that create and sell popular culture and fashions to teenage girls and adult women are now competing to capture girl-children’s allegiance to their brands. In doing so, they aim to build both an immediate and a future market for their products. But premature sexualisation has risks for children. The broadest risk is that a premature interest in “sexy” appearance and behaviour may distract children’s attention from more traditional childhood activities that lay a stronger and more balanced foundation for their later development as teenagers and adults.
The second risk is related to body image. Studies show that girls as young as six and seven are now concerned about their physical appearance, particularly their weight, and that some are beginning to develop “disordered eating behaviours”. This is not clearly related to childhood obesity. In one recent study of girls aged nine to 12, half wanted to be thinner but only 15 per cent were in any way overweight by medical criteria. There is also some evidence that children are developing severe eating disorders - usually anorexia - at earlier ages. Eating disorders are difficult to treat, and can be fatal. Medical experts and psychologists are extremely concerned and this apparent trend is now being carefully monitored.
The third risk of premature sexualisation is that it may encourage sexual predation on children. Those who sexually abuse children remain wholly responsible for their abhorrent actions. But there is a risk that publicly displaying sexualised images of children undermines the existing social prohibition against seeing children as sexually interesting.
Science, myths and same-sex parenting
In her book Children as Trophies? European sociologist Patricia Morgan reviews 144 published studies on same-sex parenting and concludes that it fosters homosexual behaviour, confused gender roles, and increased likelihood of serious psychological problems later in life. A French parliamentary report on the rights of children decried the "flagrant lack of objectivity" in much of the pro-gay research in this area, and concluded with the warning that "we do not yet know all the effects on the construction of the adopted child's psychological identity. As long as there is uncertainty, however small, is it not in the best interest of the child to apply the precautionary principle, as is done in other domains?"
A Lost Art: Instilling Respect
There's been a fundamental change in family life, and it has played out over the years in my office. Teachers, pediatricians and therapists like me are seeing children of all ages who are not afraid of their parents. Not one bit. Not of their power, not of their position, not of their ability to apply standards and enforce consequences.
These days, that look seems to have been replaced by a feeble nod of parental acquiescence -- and an earnest acknowledgment of "how hard it is to be a kid these days."
Motherhood is a day job too
So when will government ministers grasp the obvious, and recognise that society benefits from healthy, stable families and that families benefit when mothers raise their own children, especially when they are young? Anna Melchior's thoughtful book is not a political programme, though it has huge political implications; it is a well-argued defence of the most important work that mothers engage in: raising happy, well-balanced children on whose adult emotional maturity society depends. As the author remarks: motherhood is "awesome".
Challenging feminists with their own terminology, she describes as "radical feminism" the decision to spend unhurried time (rather than carefully structured "quality" time) with the children you love. To those women who have been led to believe that staying at home is boring and does not stretch them, she replies that motherhood is not wasting one's genius, it is about "using your genius" in "loving, educating and managing" your children and household. It is mothers, not child-minders or state nannies, that transmit the consistent security and love without which children cannot develop into well-adjusted adults.
Extended Childcare No Miracle For Children
It has been argued that 24 hour childcare is simply a reflection of changing working patterns and family arrangements. Parents deserve ‘time out’ and don’t always have access to relatives or friends to care for their children during working hours or ‘date nights’. Yet is childcare the solution? Is this what’s best for children, or is this more about convenience for parents? Why does the government pay millions for professionals to care for our children, but offer no tax breaks or financial recognition for parents who do it?
Tips for Parents to Protect Family Values from School Tampering
According to John Mauck, a partner at Mauck & Baker, these ten simple preventative measures can prevent legal clashes between parents and administrators:
BEBO – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
As a youth worker I have mixed feelings about Bebo because of its potential to be a great tool for connecting with friends or an avenue for the more unsavory abuses of the internet, including ONLINE PREDATORS, EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND THEMES, BULLYING AND ABUSE, PERSONAL PHOTOS.
Canada ponders polygamy
Are the Globe editorialists correct that gay marriage hasn’t lent legitimacy to polygamy? Does gay marriage, as claimed, resemble monogamous heterosexual marriage more than polygamy does? Is the "two people" union the distinguishing and most important characteristic of marriage? Does a cultural shift to recognise the wrongs of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation translate to approval of same-sex marriage? If so, why wouldn’t recognising the wrongs of breach of freedom of religion do the same for polygamy? If, as same-sex marriage proponents successfully argued, marriage is simply a social construct not based on any core biological reality, and if what constitutes a family is just a matter of adults’ personal preferences, why should polygamy be excluded as an option?
No-Fault Divorce at Fault for Divorce Increase
Between 1960 and 1980, most states in the US adopted some version of no-fault divorce - and the U.S. divorce rate roughly doubled.
Gallagher examined all the empirical research since 1995 that looked at the impact of no-fault divorce laws on divorce rates. She found that 17 of 24 recent empirical studies find that the introduction of no-fault divorce laws increased the divorce rate. Most studies estimate no-fault divorce increased divorce rates on the order of 5 to 30 percent.
Gallagher also notes that couples respond to the increased divorce risk from no-fault divorce law by delaying or forgoing marriages altogether. This might be considered a positive outcome if unilateral divorce merely discouraged divorce-prone couples from marrying. But the real result is that couples are choosing to cohabitate and have children out of wedlock rather than enter into a union that can be so easily broken.
Paid care for babies a pale imitation of parental love
The reason is not hard to find. A slew of research, from large and well designed studies, has found that too much day care harms under threes in several ways. Lacking one-to-one care, the fine interactions between a loving parent or family member and a baby or toddler do not happen. Group care by paid strangers is a dulled and muted version of the love babies are meant to receive around the clock. Quality care - from university-trained carers, stable staff in high ratios - is helpful, but does not eliminate the damage.
Care-raised babies don't all become psychopaths, but they are measurably more anxious, aggressive and disobedient as they move through preschool and the primary grades. We even know why this is so. The stress hormone cortisol, measured in a baby's saliva, doubles if they are placed in care, and it is still elevated even months after they start. It also rises as the day goes on, whereas it falls away in home-raised babies. Australian studies have replicated this. Elevated cortisol suppresses growth, including brain growth, and reduces immunity.
...babies don't combine well with anything except total devotion. Parents know these years are precious and fragile, and not to be messed with. Politicians and big business are the last to wake up.
The Facts Behind Cohabitation
civitas - The Institute for the Study of Civil Society
Families have changed in the last several decades. Instead of getting married, many people are living together or ‘cohabiting’. Some of these cohabitating couples eventually get married. Many of them
break up. Very few stay together as cohabitants for long. Is cohabitation a good alternative to marriage? Is it a good way to ‘test out’ the relationship? Many researchers have looked into these
questions. In her book Marriage-Lite Patricia Morgan reviews the research into the results of cohabitation, compared with marriage, and finds that marriage is much more than ‘just a piece of paper’.
Marriage fundamentally changes the nature of a relationship, leading to many striking differences.
Abortion Trends are Tragedy for Our Teenagers
The abortion figures for 2006 released by Statistics NZ continue to paint a terrible picture for our teenagers. Since 1991, the number of 11-14 year olds having an abortion has increased by 144%. The number of abortions for 15-19 year olds has increased by 74%. Each week, almost 80 teenagers have an abortion, and represent almost a quarter of all abortions performed in NZ. In 2004, our MP’s recently voted down an amendment to the Care of Children Bill that would have meant that parents were notified if their teenage daughter was pregnant and seeking an abortion, except in exceptional circumstances.
Researchers at Baruch College at City University of New York studied the records of teen abortions and births for the two years before a similar Texas law took effect in 2000 and for the three years afterwards. After the state enacted the parental notification law, abortion rates dropped for girls ages 15 through 18, even though the 18-year-olds were not subject to the law. But the drop was more pronounced among the younger girls. Their rates fell 11 to 20 percent more than the rate among the 18-year-olds did.
The bottom line is that whether a person is pro- or anti-abortion, we probably all agree that it is not in the best interests of a young teenage girl to become pregnant and be forced into making the decision of whether to keep or abort the baby. Yet, we are doing little to prevent this scenario happening, and teenagers are not being informed of the research surrounding the possible effects of having an abortion.
Who’s rights are we talking about: legalised prostitution
The US Government has intimated that after drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, with the majority of people trafficked for sexual exploitation. Increasingly governments are opting for legalisation of prostitution as the solution to this crisis. Uncritiqued, the arguments proffered by pro-prostitution advocates for treating prostitution as “work” appear persuasive. They argue that a legally regulated industry will contain industry expansion, eliminate organised crime and help eradicate sex trafficking and child prostitution.
... But just whose rights are being protected when women and girls become just another sought-after consumer good in the market place?
In 1984 the Victorian Labor Government under John Cain introduced legalised prostitution, one of the first governments in the world to do so. Victoria’s experience allows us to put the spotlight on the real consequences, particularly for women, of treating prostitution as a job just like any other. Not only does legalisation not control prostitution’s harms, it produces many of its own making. The purported benefits of for women in prostitution of legitimising the trade are a myth. State endorsement of prostitution greatly expands the legal, as well as illegal, sectors of the industry, with the latter four to five times that of the regulated trade.
Benefits of Home Ownership Not Just Economic
The debate on home ownership has tended to come from a fiscal perspective – whether the cost of owning a home is out of reach for many middle- to low-income families. Since 1991, home ownership rates in New Zealand have fallen from 74% to 67%, and most notably for the twenty and thirty-year-old age groups – the young kiwi families.
But is there also a societal cost of making home ownership a diminishing prospect? Does it really matter whether we own or rent the house – as long as we have a shelter over our head?
Nigel Latta: Relax and enjoy kids
Another reason our parents had it easier is that they had to look after only their own social life. It wasn't their responsibility to make sure that we had one as well. They didn't have to arrange "play dates", because we simply walked to our friends' houses. What's more, after-school activities were much easier to schedule, because there were none. After-school activities consisted of whatever you wanted to do, as long as you didn't get into trouble.
Facts, not flattery, about same-sex attraction
Defenders and promoters of homosexuality try to cover up the scientifically documented serious promiscuity, inability to maintain sexual fidelity, partner abuse and psychological and medical illnesses associated with the lifestyle. Also, they tell persons with same-sex attractions (SSA) that "It's genetic," "You were born that way," or worse "God made you gay."
Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: Twenty-Six Conclusions from the Social Sciences http://www.americanvalues.org/html/r-wmm.html
Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences was produced by a politically diverse and interdisciplinary group of leading family scholars, chaired by W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia and includes psychologist John Gottman, best selling author of books about marriage and relationships, Linda Waite, coauthor of The Case for Marriage, Norval Glenn and Steven Nock, two of the top family social scientists in the country, William Galston, a Clinton Administration domestic policy advisor, and Judith Wallerstein, author of the national bestseller The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce.
Since 1960, the proportion of children who do not live with their own two parents has risen sharply—from 19.4% to 42.3% in the Nineties. This change has been caused, first, by large increases in divorce, and more recently, by a big jump in single mothers and cohabiting couples who have children but don't marry. For several decades the impact of this dramatic change in family structure has been the subject of vigorous debate among scholars. No longer. These 26 findings are now widely agreed upon.
Five New Themes
Giving girls the wrong message
...The genital HPV in question can only be transmitted through sexual contact. Therefore, the vaccine is only relevant for people who have sexual contact outside of marriage, or for those who marry partners who have had such contact and who might bring the virus into the marriage relationship. Aside from the possibility of being assaulted by an HPV carrier, no one else who leads a sexually moral life needs to be at risk of this particular cause of cervical cancer. Incidentally, although the vaccine protects against cervical cancer, it does not protect women from many of the other common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS.
ALSO: Parents divided over mandates for HPV vaccine
Choosing Video Games for Kids
This trend will only increase. Parents need to make an effort to educate themselves about video games so they can model appropriate choices for their children. Specifically:
Does anything work in sex education?
How to control adults by means of 'children's rights'.
When you think about it, the fashionable crusade of 'children's rights' is bound to be anti-family. It is a movement which declares itself to be more interested in the welfare of children than are ordinary parents. It seeks rights and laws for children that neither they, nor their parents, want. It promises to give children legal sanctions against their parents and, in so doing, pits the interests of children against their parents. The inescapable implication is that children are not in safe hands with their own parents and that a whole movement has had to be called into being in order to protect them. It is an innocent-sounding piece of subliminal, anti-family propaganda, advertising the fact that parents are, at best, inadequate and, at worst, hostile to the needs of their children.....
Read more of this excellent article http://www.nkmr.org/english/how_to_control_adults_by_means_%20of_childrens_rights.htm
Virginia Tech Tragedy is a Wake-Up Call to Parents
Barna indicated that he was sympathetic toward the parents of the college student who murdered 31 classmates and faculty before taking his own life. But he also stated that it sometimes takes a crisis to focus attention on important issues that a society must address.
Barna’s studies on parenting and child development led him to offer a series of facts and observations related to the Virginia Tech situation.
By the time an American child is 23 years old, as was the killer in Virginia, he will have seen countless murders among the more than 30,000 acts of violence to which he is exposed through television, movies and video games.
Wrong to smack but right to kill?
In fact, killing children is an activity that Mr Hinchcliffe has gone out of his way to condone. He was in the Commons, too, on April 24, 1990 when, in an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, MPs debated whether to reduce the legal limit for abortion from 24 weeks of pregnancy to 18 weeks. ....David Hinchcliffe and his colleagues should take note that there are a good many of us who believe the real abuse of children is not smacking them when they are naughty but terminating their lives before they have even had a chance to misbehave.
Worst Violence is Abortion - Jim Hopkins
If it's not okay to beat or smack a baby then it cannot be okay to abort it.
But if aborting a baby before it is born is a matter of choice for half the human race, then a consistent politician must - however reluctantly - give all parents the same right to choose.
Either that or ban both. It has to be one or the other.
But if Sue Bradford's bill passes, abortion will be the only act of reasonable force which anyone caring for our babies can choose to perform. Everything else will be illegal.
This untenable double standard is something we all need to confront.
Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability
Forgiveness is a powerful tool at Christmas [ 31 kb ] - Author and Theologian Lewis B Smedes said To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover the prisoner was you. Justice depends on the effectiveness of the legal system. But offenders also have to deal with their own conscience, the legacy of their life, and their judgement to come. The recent death of Augusto Pinochet reported in this newspaper was rightly titled Judgement Day for Pinochet. But forgiveness comes back to us. We can either live in the bondage of bitterness or the freedom of forgiveness. Smedes says Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited. Christmas is a great time to receive, and offer, forgiveness. It is an investment in family life that has great returns.
Childrens Needs, not Rights, should be the Focus [ 30 kb ] - Childrens Needs, not Rights, should be the Focus Published in the Dominion Post 13 Dec 06 Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First Parents have every right to be very nervous over recent media reports of cases involving the rise in Childrens Rights. ....A childs rights should never be at the expense of the parental right to nurture, protect and set boundaries in a family setting. Rights of children have been shifted from simply protecting vulnerable children to granting them rights that are destructive to them, to good parenting practice, and to the welfare of the whole family in which they are being raised.
Gays are too proud to confront AIDS, still the real killer
....It is time, then, that ordinary Australians - whether same-sex attracted like me, or otherwise - stood up and demanded more from leaders and activists. It is time to clear away the politically correct nonsense, to stop focusing on fripperies such as gay marriage and other diversions and start focusing on something that will really assist gay men and the wider community: an intense campaign aimed at HIV/AIDS prevention.
.....Who can blame AIDS officials, however, for their pragmatic allocation of tight resources, especially if the choice is between more eduction for a fool who ignores 25 years of the same and an innocent African child who is at risk of acquiring the illness via hermother?
....Perhaps it is time, in 2006, to encourage the return of a proper sense of personal and collective shame, for the sake of all of us, or at least to insist upon a more public accountability for the private decisions that are too often the cause of such increases in HIV infections. Because, no matter how one looks at these miserable figures and their depressingly familiar reflections in the infection rates of New York City, San Francisco and other Western cities, pride may literally be killing us.
The Revolution in Parenthood - The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children’s Needs
Smacking ban is slap in the face to parents [ 21 kb ] - Smacking ban is slap in the face to parents Published in the Christchurch Press Bob McCoskrie - National Director The Select Committee has chosen to ignore the views of the 80% of NZers (average of the polls) who know the difference between a smack and child abuse, and want s59 retained. Yes we definitely need to send a strong message that violence and child abuse is unacceptable in NZ. Stopping perpetrators and supporters of child abuse hiding behind the right to silence would be a good place to start! But in our attempts to send a clear message, we should not end up treating good parents as criminals under the law. That is an unacceptable burden to great mums and dads who should be supported, not prosecuted. The Politicians must support kiwi parents and reject this Bill.
Build Good Marriages Build Good and Safe Societies [ 43 kb ] - Build Good Marriage - Build Good and Safe Societies Bob McCoskrie - National Director .....When will NZ politicians realise that the increasing levels of violent juvenile crime, drug use, gang affiliation, sexual crimes and teen pregnancy, and increasing levels of mental sickness are closely related to the breakdown of families, and in particular the effect of minimising the importance of committed marriage? Its not simplistic. Its not intolerance. Its not unrealistic to teach our young and future generations that the best environment for them, and their children, is within the covenant of marriage..... .....After a recent meeting between British Psychiatrist, world authority on criminal behaviour and writer Theodore Dalrymple and representatives from our Ministry of Social Development (which oversees WINZ and CYF), the Families Commission and the Childrens Commissioner, Theodore (his pen name) commented to me that he was shocked by the attitude towards marriage. He said that every time he mentioned the benefits of, and the need for, policies encouraging marriage, there was an awkward silence. He felt that it was as though he had just said a swear word! He was shocked at the implied hostility towards the concept of marriage and this coming from our Families Commission and Childrens Commission......
Stem-Cell Research Explained
Abstinence Makes the Mind Work Harder
Looking at the rich data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which interviewed a cohort of 14,000 teens in 1994, 1995, and 2001, researchers Robert Rector and Kirk Johnson found consistent and robust correlations between teen virginity and several positive academic outcomes. Most important, by narrowing the comparison among teens to those with identical social background characteristics, the researchers were able to isolate the effects of teen virginity from the effects of socioeconomic differences that might also account for such outcomes.
Controlling for parental education, race, gender, family structure, religiosity, and family income, their multivariate logistic regressions confirmed teen abstinence as a "significant and independent predictor of academic success," being associated with a 40 percent lower rate of high school expulsion, a 50 percent lower rate of dropping out of high school, a 70 percent increase in the probability of attending or graduating from college, and a 66 percent increase in college graduation.
These statistically significant correlations held firm even when girls who had given birth before 18 were excluded from the analysis, evidence that the academic differences were not due to the disruptive effects of non-marital pregnancy and childbearing. The associations also held in tests that controlled for the educational expectations of teens that were 16 and under at the time of the 1994 Add Health follow-up, evidence that abstinence contributes to higher academic outcomes independent of a teen's desire or expectations to attend college.
While not claiming that teen virginity directly causes academic achievement, the researchers nonetheless theorize that virginity both reinforces and reflects the academic capacities and personality traits that contribute to academic success. "Teens who abstain [from sexual relations] will be subject to less emotional turmoil and fewer psychological distractions; this will enable them to better focus on schoolwork." Furthermore, virgin teens "are likely to have greater future orientation, greater impulse control, greater perseverance, greater resistance to peer pressure, and more respect for parental and social values."
Losing the right to a mommy and daddy
In her report, released Monday across North America and Europe, Marquardt details the ripple effect from emerging reproductive technologies and gender-neutral redefinitions of parenthood. Her research revolved around the question of "Who is parenthood for -- adults or children?" She cites troubling global evidence that adults' rights are privileged over children's. Among many diverse examples: In New Zealand and Australia, influential law commissions propose that children conceived through sperm or egg donation have three legal parents; in Quebec the female partner of a biological mother in a same-sex union is noted as the "father" on the birth certificate; judges in several states in the U.S. have seized on the notion of "psychological" parenthood to award legal parent status to adults (invariably women) not related to the child by blood, adoption or marriage.
Read more of this great Comment: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=5279d94e-828c-4624-9a3b-ba27453672b5&k=89599&p=1
Kids Rule - Unless we learn to say 'no' we are brewing an enormous pot of trouble for our children
Every young girl needs to see this....
Fake beauty, video about transhuman tricks used on models
What is the effect of being raised in a homosexual household?
Bradford links smacking with sexual perversion
In it she claims:
You can email Sue Bradford firstname.lastname@example.org
Why marriage matters in a violent society [ 38 kb ] - Our government continues to undermine and weaken the defence of the traditional family structure through legislation. By decriminalising prostitution, equating non-marriage relationships with marriage, allowing teenagers to get an abortion without the parents being informed, teaching kids how to put on a condom but not exercise self-control, encouraging both parents to be in the workforce, funding childcare centres to raise your pre-schooler but not funding the parent themselves, and making out-of-wedlock parenting a better economic alternative to marriage, government contributes to the growth of violent crime. Marriage is good for a nation. Scientific research is unanimous on a number of conclusions regarding marriage that marriage increases the likelihood that fathers have good relationships with their children and lowers the risk of alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. Conversely, parental divorce or non-marriage appears to increase childrens risk of school failure, the risk of suicide, psychological distress, and most significantly, delinquent and criminal behaviour.
Home truths about family law
By The Institute for American Values and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
26 Sep 06
Getting marriage law right requires a new modesty and realism on the part of the state, including the courts, says a group of prominent family and legal scholars.
Kids Left Behind as Parenthood Is Redefined
"The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children's Needs" is published by the Commission on Parenthood's Future. The commission "is an independent, nonpartisan group of scholars and leaders," active in the area of the family, according to a press release on the Web site of the Institute for American Values. The New York-based institute is one of the organizations behind the commission.
The report finds that worldwide trends in law and reproductive technologies are redefining parenthood in ways that put the interests of adults before the needs of children. "The two-person mother-father model of parenthood," it states, "is being changed to meet adults' rights to children rather than children's needs to know and be raised, whenever possible, by their mother and father."
-- In New Zealand and Australia, law commissions have proposed allowing children conceived with use of sperm or egg donors to have three legal parents. The proposals fail to address what would happen if the three parents break up and feud over the child.
By Fear and Fallacy - The repression of reason and public good by the anti-smacking lobby in NZ
Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research
Visit this very good Australian website containing information to oppose the cloning of human beings and promote ethical stem cell research which does not rely on cloned human embryos.
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The Real Root Causes of Violent Crime: The Breakdown of Marriage, Family, and Community
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Full Article - http://www.heritage.org/Research/Crime/BG1026.cfm
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When prayer was taken out of US schools [ 1.2 mb ] - How did the removal of voluntary prayer from the schools of the United States affect our nation as a whole? That question has been answered in detail by a research company in Texas which has gathered and tabulated statistics from hundreds of sources relating to the rates of moral decline in America.
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Did it work?
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The Fatherless Families [ 185 kb ] - Experiments in Living - The Fatherless Families The Institute for the Study of Civil Society UK www.civitas.org.uk
Obesity [ 38 kb ] - Families need to own the issue of obesity Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First Lobby Surely the ultimate way to promote healthy eating (and exercise and sleep patterns) is via parents. If parents believe in the benefits of healthy food, and are prepared to overcome factors such as cost, time in preparation, pressure from children, and lack of convenience, we will start to see progress. Parental authority, and example, will be the best place to start towards a solution.
TV watching [ 31 kb ] - TV Watching should concern parents Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First NZ The research released yesterday (4 July 2006) by health advocates Agencies for Nutrition Action which found that virtually half of 9-15 year old NZers have their own televisions in their room, and watch more than two hours of television daily, is unfortunately not surprising. Yet parents should be concerned.
Standards Boards [ 35 kb ] - Standards Board needs to show leadership Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First Lobby I have only complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) and the Advertising Standards Complaints Board (ASCB) a couple of times. It is not because I havent felt the urgent need to, but more because I see these Boards as part of the problem, not the solution.......
Childcare [ 39 kb ] - Childs view of daycare must be considered Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First Lobby The Family First Lobby has come under fire because of its concern over 24 hour Childcare and the increasing trend of putting children into Childcare for longer periods of time.
Sex Education [ 26 kb ] - Our youth deserve to know the facts of life Bob McCoskrie National Director Family First NZ The current approach sows confusion about right and wrong and says the moral absolute is use condoms. We should support the majority in abstinence, and demonstrate to the minority the mental, physical and emotional benefits of waiting. And this is exactly what parents want.