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Liberal thinking and religious views don’t mix

Shortly after President Obama “evolved” his position on “gay marriage” to one of support, he held a Hollywood fundraiser at which he described his new position as “a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.” As a liberal … Continue reading

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Government is all too eager to displace your family

The great conservative sociologist Robert Nisbet notes: “It is the nature of both family and state to struggle for the exclusive loyalty of their respective, and overlapping, members.” (Robert Nisbet, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary 110 [1982].) This struggle seems to … Continue reading

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Children of the revolution

In a book review in The Family in America, I proposed an analogy: “Today’s young adults are undeniably well-off and thriving materially. They enjoy opportunities and resources unheard of, even among their boomer parents. In terms of family and moral … Continue reading

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Video: Marriage gap linked to lack of college education

According to Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, marriage is losing ground among Americans who are not college-educated. Those who are college-educated stay married longer and have more marital stability. This marriage gap … Continue reading

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Family and religion: a harmonious union

A Sutherland newsletter from last year noted the links between family and religion. It explained: “Church and family are mutually supportive. Religious teachings about marriage, sexuality, obligations of spouses and parents, etc., bolster the natural affections of family life. Parents … Continue reading

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Family issues in Utah Foundation survey raise more questions

The Utah Foundation recently released a helpful survey of voter and party delegate attitudes on a range of issues. I’ve spent some time looking at the four questions related to family issues and have a couple of general observations. First, … Continue reading

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Utah tops in married-couple households

Home is, famously, a haven in a heartless world. A new Census report indicates Utah is the nation’s haven for homes based on marriage. The report indicates that “the unmarried partner population … grew 41 percent between 2000 and 2010, … Continue reading

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‘Old rules’ about marriage obsolete? No, and here’s why

On March 25, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune editorialized on “Marriage reality: Old rules becoming obsolete.” To understand the chasm separating its reality from truth, it would be helpful to deconstruct its opinions.[pullquote]The culture war today is between those worldviews … Continue reading

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What’s beyond the pale?

In 1770, Edmund Burke said: “They who can read the political sky will see a hurricane in a cloud no bigger than an hand at the very edge of the horizon, and will run into the first harbor.” A recent … Continue reading

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Tribune ‘gay’ marriage column avoids the issue

  Peg McEntee is a news columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. Recently, she penned a column criticizing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for signing on to a statement of belief regarding marriage and religious freedom. Her … Continue reading

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Divorce’s cruel effects on men, women and children

  While divorce has likely touched the lives of most Utahns in some way, many of us may underestimate the negative impacts of this social problem on communities, adults and, especially, children. Reams of research show that children are most … Continue reading

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Strengthen Marriage, Strengthen the Economy

  Ruth Marcus, an opinion writer at the Washington Post, recently wrote: “[Marital] decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem.” Recent trends in marriage have shown higher marriage rates for college-educated, high-income individuals and lower marriage … Continue reading

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News roundup: Remove obese children from their homes?

  Child custody and obesity Should government take children from their parents if the children become obese? In Ohio, parents lost custody of their 8-year-old son because he weighed more than 200 pounds. The boy was placed in foster care. … Continue reading

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Treasure trove of new research on the family

  Those interested in family policy have an embarrassment of riches in new research reports issued over the last few months. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia, probably the premier family scholar in the United States, has updated the … Continue reading

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‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

  When evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” at the Values Voters Summit, a huge gathering of the “pro-family movement,” it brought back all sorts of thoughts for me. Permit me, … Continue reading

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