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Dr Jennifer Roback Morse Essential Public Purpose of Marriage

Last edited 23rd May 2016

Founder of the Ruth Institute (USA), Dr Jennifer Roback Morse spoke in Hobart recently on the current issues of marriage and family. The Ruth Institute is a global, non-profit organisation focused on keeping the family together, protecting the rights of children and helping the millions of people who have been harmed by family breakdown.

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A British Muslim Pushes for Polygamy After Same-Sex Marriage

Last edited 16th May 2016

The growing influence of Islam in the UK combined with a redefinition to allow homosexuals to marry makes a push for legal polygamy more likely. In a recent article in The Conversation, a Muslim lawyer argue that this is a cause that feminists should champion. Zainab Naqvi, a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham, pointed out that the traditional definition of marriage in English law as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others” is no longer valid.

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Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholic

Last edited 10th May 2016

One surprising effect of the rise of same-sex marriage in the United States may be a convergence between evangelicals and the Catholic Church. The best evidence for this is a recent book by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and one of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical thinkers. In We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong, he tackles the challenge of same-sex marriage. From a scriptural point of view, the idea seems obviously wrong, even abhorrent, but many Christians are swimming with the tide. In a significant theological shift, Dr Mohler makes two surprising proposals for his evangelical readers. First, that evangelicals need to use arguments based on natural law. And second, that Catholics got it right on contraception and that the evangelicals got it wrong.

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Whose Fault was No-Fault Divorce?

Last edited 9th May 2016

Prior to the California Family Law Act of 1969, divorce across the fifty states required an adversarial procedure. A plaintiff filed for divorce, alleging specific faults by the other spouse, who was named as the defendant. The clerk called the case Doe v. Doe, indicating one spouse “versus” the other. Only upon evidence of statutory grounds for fault—such as adultery, desertion, or cruelty—did the court decide in favor of the plaintiff and grant a decree of divorce. As other states followed California’s lead through the 1970s, fault vanished from the proceedings, and so did the other contextual clues as to the real meaning of “divorce”: the plaintiff became a petitioner, the defendant became a respondent, the case was renamed In re Doe, the venue shifted to the newly established and purportedly user-friendly “family court,” and no one alleged anyone else to be at fault. In fact, even that old-fashioned, pejorative term “divorce” yielded to the matter-of-fact neologism “dissolution of marriage,” devoid of any moral significance. This “dissolution revolution” never quite finished its course, however. Instead, the term “no-fault divorce” acquired colloquial acceptance, testifying by its very terminology that without constant reminding to the contrary, people would never believe that divorce could be legitimate apart from fault.

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James Parker Sydney Tour

Last edited 25th May 2016

James Parker Sydney Tour 2016:

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What Other Rights will be Threatened if Same-Sex Marriage is Legalised?

Last edited 2nd May 2016

This interview was recorded on Channel 7 Sunrise in Australia 2012.

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The Rise and Rise of Natural Family Planning

Last edited 27th April 2016

All the way back in 2010 Laura Wershler, executive director of Sexual Health Access Alberta (formerly known as Planned Parenthood Alberta), lamented the lack of knowledge in her field regarding natural family planning and cited the trend toward natural products, better health and environmentalism as women looked for alternatives to hormonal contraception.

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Liturgical Resources to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Last edited 22nd April 2016

Australians celebrate Mother’s Day on 8 May 2016. Mother’s Day is a special day to appreciate mothers or mother figures, including stepmothers, relatives, guardians, close family friends and those who would be mothers.

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Understanding Pornography – A Masterclass with Jonathan Doyle

Last edited 22nd April 2016

Want to get your life back or support others in entrapped by pornography? In this powerful series of videos you will explore key issues such as: What is the science behind pornography’s power over men and women? Why is it so powerful? How can you overcome addiction or support your friends? What cultural and technological factors have made pornography a ‘perfect storm” for fatherless men? With this series you can learn how to get help and break through to freedom. Find out how pornography impacts women and how you can play your role in building a new culture of service and engagement.

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Media Gush over New Study, Only to Find Same-Sex Parents More Irritated with Their Children

Last edited 20th April 2016

Instead of acknowledging that same-sex parents are irritated and angrier at their children more often than comparable opposite-sex parents, the authors framed the finding as noting simply that same-sex parents acknowledge more “parenting stress” than opposite-sex parents. It comes across sounding noble.

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