Monthly Archives: June 2015

Slouching toward Gomorrah

LOG.v20-39.2015-06-22.Arkes_.Newscom“Religions that reject, in their moral teaching, homosexual acts and same-sex marriage will indeed be marked, in their defining character, as groups no longer ‘in accord with public policy.’” Hadley Arkes

“Only two things will be required…to deny tax exemptions to churches and religious schools that do not accord with the new orthodoxy on marriage and sexuality: (1) the orchestration of a campaign of complaints directed to the IRS and (2) an IRS sufficiently complaisant to churn out the decision that the administration and its allies so evidently want.” Ibid

Editor’s note: Back in 1977 I wrote The Homosexual Revolution that depicts, describes, and predicts nearly everything that is happening today. Even then, however, I did not see the movement for same-sex marriage. Hence, as Ryan Anderson notes in his upcoming work The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, homosexual activists “intend to cast supporters of traditional marriage once and for all as bigots who won’t be allowed to make their case in the public square.”

The Specter of the Bob Jones Case

Home Alone!

“Increasing numbers of single people who do not have children are heading into their senior years alone.” Julie Borg

“It comes down to the chickens have come home to roost for people who were young in the ‘70s and ‘80s and thought children were a burden.” Glenn Stanton

Old and alone

SCIENCE | Many in the ‘me generation’ face a lonely future

science_62Nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are at risk of becoming “elder orphans,” a new term used to describe aging people who are single and childless, according to a study conducted at the geriatric and palliative medicine department of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York.

Increasing numbers of single people who do not have children are heading into their senior years alone. One-third of Americans between the ages of 45 and 63 are single, an increase of 50 percent since 1980. The number of women aged 40 to 44 who are childless has nearly doubled since that time.

Elder orphans face a wide range of potential difficulties, including health issues, mental health decline, and premature death. Research author Maria Torroella Carney said they will require more community and social services, emergency response, and education. Although it is hard to draw conclusions based on one study, it is likely that decisions to remain childless, which increased with the baby boom generation born between 1946 and 1964, are a contributing factor. “My generation was one of the first that elected not to have children,” Joyce Varner, director of the Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of South Alabama, told CNN.  Continue reading

Jefferson vs. Islam

“Historically, Thomas Jefferson was the first U. S. president to go to war against belligerent Islam.” David L. Hunter

“All nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet [Mohammad] were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave.” Sidi Haji Abdrahaman

Thomas Jefferson & Radical Islam’s War on the West

David L. Hunter,, May 20, 2015

03_thomas_jeffersonThose that assume that radical Islam is a modern phenomenon that became prominent during Bill Clinton’s tenure as president in the 1990s merely scratch the historical surface of America’s complicated political entanglement with the Middle East’s supposed “religion of peace.”  In truth, the tentacles of radical Islam go all the way back to Thomas Jefferson.

Historically, Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. president to go to war against belligerent Islam.  The American Revolution from English imperialism had left the fledgling republic deeply in debt.  Trade of America’s vast natural resources of lumber, animal skins and crops with Europe was the economic answer.  However, European markets, a traditional mercantile system, were not open to American commodities.  Complicating matters was the fact that America had no navy to protect American cargo ships from Barbary pirates who were known to kidnap foreigners for ransom.  Further, due to American independence, the U.S. could no longer depend upon the British Royal Navy—the greatest in the world at that time—nor the King of England, who customarily paid “tribute” (protection money) to North African pashas and the Sultan of Morocco. Continue reading