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Paul Raeburn has an article in Scientific American that is adapted from the book:
How Dads Influence Teens' Happiness
Commentary on the research...
Janice Shaw Crouse, Executive Director and Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, has written an excellent article highlighting Mr Raeburn's analysis of the research, stating Mr Raeburn found, "we acknowledge a father’s “authority and economic stability” in children’s home lives, but we don’t always take into account all the many other ways that dads contribute to the well-being of their children."
These include the benefits from the involvement of a father in the child's life with less behavioural problems in primary schools and less criminal behaviour later on; increased language development; higher graduation rates from college; less sexual risk taking and lower death rate of infants.
Janice goes on to comment on an initiative endorsed by President Obama to address fatherlessness - however, instead of encouraging marriage, it attempts to provide mentors for fatherless children. The report defines 'family' very broadly, "saying that “families today are headed by opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples, single parents, grandparents, and other family members” and proposes 'substitute fathers'! (read article on this 'initiative')
Janice concludes, "The research is very clear that children definitely do need a father, and preferably their biological one, and not just any man. They need involved, hands-on fathering that cements the connection to the man responsible for their birth. There’s nothing new about this need, of course, but recent research has shown us some fascinating wrinkles on the old themes. Fathers, the new research reveals, bring certain factors to parenting that are irreplaceable. Mentors and father-figures are needed, but they are not sufficient to meet a child’s need to experience the touch of their dad’s hand, his unconditional love and his voice reassuring him or her, “You are my son, you are my daughter … and I love you and am proud of you.”
CROUSE: New research reminds us why fathers matter
What’s different about dads in kids’ upbringing?
By Janice Shaw Crouse, Washington Times, 12/6/2014.
"This paper examines the evidence that HIV and HCV transmission is impacted by harm reduction (HR) policies and to evaluate the benefit to drug users and the community from these policies.
"Surveys show that HIV is primarily transmitted through unsafe sexual activity, while HCV was almost exclusively transmitted by unsafe drug injecting. The reviews of the studies in NSPs and HCV and HIV showed there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate any benefit of NSPs in the transmission of HCV or HIV. Prevention should target those at risk of acquiring the viruses and should involve providing education, risk reduction counselling, HIV and HCV screening and substance abuse treatment. For HCV counselling should be focused on drug treatment, while for HIV the focus of prevention should be on screening and education of safe sex practices. In both cases those found to have viral infections need to be counselled to reduce the risk of HIV and HCV transmission to others. They should also be offered counselling on treatment, safe sex and drug use practises reducing alcohol usage and other STDs."
2. A Southern Baptist church supports homosexual ‘marriage’
Just before the annual convention of the Southern Baptists is to be held in the USA, one Southern Baptist Church has publicly said they SUPPORT homosexual ‘marriage’… Pastor Danny Cortez of Los Angeles…
As Albert Mohler writes, there is NO third way’!
Peter wrote on Facebook, "Albert Mohler is exactly right. THERE IS NO THIRD WAY. No middle ground exists in the Bible, it is 'love the sinner, NOT the sin' or 'surrender to sin' and that is what most churches are doing - some may not realize they are doing it - they do try to take the middle ground, and talk of being 'accepting' of the people. . . NEVERTHELESS, WE MUST REMAIN 'OPEN FOR BUSINESS' and ALLOW PEOPLE WHO WANT HELP TO RECEIVE HELP. Because Change is possible with/through God."
Read Albert Mohler’s article: There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you), 2/6/2014.
3. UK: UK children and ‘sex change surgery’
Children as young as 9 are being prepared for sex change surgery…
Michael Cook of BioEdge reports, “British children as young as nine are eligible to board the train for a sex reassignment surgery, according to the Mail on Sunday. The Tavistock Institute, a clinic for gender disorders, and the Portman NHS Foundation Trust have conducted a trial of 32 children who received puberty-suppressing drugs. Dr Polly Carmichael, who was in charge, believes that this was successful. Only eight of the group went on to have sex-change surgery, but it gave the others a breathing space to decide which sex they want to be and whether they really wish to begin hormone treatment and preparation for sex-change surgery.Hypothalamic blockers would be injected monthly, according to The Telegraph. These drugs slow the development of the sexual organs by blocking the production of testosterone and oestrogen.
Dr Carmichael wants to offer the program for children as young as possible - 'It is best to begin administering the drugs before children enter puberty and since onset is falling in Western countries, 9 or 10 seems like an appropriate age'..."
Of course, encouraging anyone to go down a path of trying to change their biological gender is unacceptable and is fraught with problems - - including much higher rates of self-harm and suicide. One cannot change one's real gender, despite what these doctors, and activists, say!
Article: British 9-year-olds to be prepped for sex change surgery, BioEdge, 23/5/2014.
4. Oasis Trust removed from Evangelical Alliance in the UK
Oasis Trust, a large charity in the UK founded by Steve Chalke, has been removed from the Evangelical Alliance. Steve Chalke has been confronted by the EA before, over his stance on the substitutionary atonement of Christ. Since then has supported same-sex relationships.
Statement and Media Release on EAUK website: Statement: Oasis Trust membership, 2/5/2014.
Statement and Questions and Answers about this decision on the EAUK website - Steve Clifford on Oasis’ discontinued membership of the Evangelical Alliance, EAUK, 6/5/2014.
5. Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities
This article, written by Jennifer Roback Morse, addresses the notion of ‘children as commodities’ and the promotion of this by celebrities. A recent US conference on ‘fertility’ addressed children for same-sex couples, IVF, surrogacy and more…
Click here to read the article.
"It was significantly more likely that depression was mentioned in the cases of LGBT suicides than in non‐LGBT cases. While 12.4% of the comparison group had been diagnosed with psychotic disorders, there were no such diagnoses among LGBT individuals. LGBT individuals experienced relationship problems more often, with relationship conflict also being more frequent than in non‐LGBT cases."
Article in Australian Doctor: Partner conflict factor in LGBTI suicide (log in req)
Article in homosexual media, QNews: SURPRISE FINDING IN GAY QUEENSLAND RESEARCH, 28/5/2014.
The STUDY: Suicides among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations in Australia: An analysis of the Queensland Suicide Register