This according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, an American think-tank. In their paper, Effects of Access to Legal Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from BRFSS, the researchers say that the legalization of same-sex “marriage” has improved access to healthcare for gays and lesbians. Even with that improved healthcare access, though, those in same-sex “marriages” did not see any sort of bump up in their health, they concluded. Health indicators for lesbians in these legally-recognized “marriages” did not suggest they are any healthier than non-“married” lesbians. Gay men in these “marriages” also showed no improvement in their health. “Turning to health outcomes, we find no relationship between legal access to same-sex marriage and self-rated health, substance use, or preventive care take-up for men in same-sex households,” the authors wrote. The lack of any boost in the health of “married” gays and lesbians comes despite the willingness of many homosexuals to enter into these legally-recognized “marriages” and their greater access to healthcare once they are.
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While fewer Americans and Europeans are attending church regularly, more non-believers, including atheists, are showing up for services, according to a cold-case detective who has been investigating the weird trend. The detective, J. Warner Wallace, who is also a senior fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the author of “Cold-Case Christianity,” says fewer Americans claim Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who don’t are the fastest growing group in the country. Wallace says he has been collecting data on this trend for more than 10 years. Perhaps the most surprising trend he has spotted is the one that has Christians leaving churches and atheists starting them. “‘Atheist churches’ have been formed across the country,” he says, apparently aiming to offer some features of a religious congregation (fellowship, collective enjoyment, a stimulus to moral behavior). These congregations often meet on Sundays and some “include ‘Sunday School,’ where children go while parents attend ‘services.’”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2018/07/church-attendance-up-for-atheists-down-for-christians/#UdC7MY3fRDgljdML.99
Christians in Nigeria—especially women and girls—who face a nearly-constant threat of abduction, sexual assault, and forced marriage from not only Boko Haram, but other Muslim groups as well—and Nigerian Christians have been calling on their government and the international community to notice their plight and come to their aid. The situation in Nigeria has been steadily worsening over the past several months, as Muslim militants attack agrarian Christian communities with near impunity, murdering pregnant women, killing children, and raping girls. Thousands of Christians have been killed—Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang estimates that over 6,000 have been murdered so far—largely by Islamic Fulani herdsmen armed with AK-47s and even swords. The government has been attempting to ignore the religious dimensions of these attacks and instead claim that this is merely an economic war by herdsmen on farmers, rather than by Muslims on Christians. Dr. Soja Bewarang’s open letter on behalf of the church leaders of Plateau State begs the government to take action immediately.
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Obviously, if “anti-infidel” hostility is inherent to Islam itself, then the conflict becomes existential — a true clash of civilizations with no easy fixes and lots of ugly implications along the horizon. Because of this truism, those who whitewash Islam’s image in the West insist on the opposite: that current difficulties are temporal, and not rooted to innate Islamic teachings. Enter Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know. The authors’ goal is to exonerate Sharia — which they portray as enshrining “the common good (maslahah), human dignity, social justice, and the centrality of the community” — from Western criticism or fear, which they claim is based solely on “myth” and “sensationalism.” The authors address the question of whether Sharia is behind the intolerance, misogyny, violence, and terrorism committed in the name of Islam. Here, the authors unabashedly take on the mantle of apologists. Their thesis is simple: Any and all negative activities Muslims engage in are to be blamed on anything and everything — as long as it’s not Sharia. In order to support this otherwise unsupportable position, and as might be expected, the remainder of the book consists of obfuscation, dissembling, and lots and lots of contextual omissions and historical distortions.
Read more: https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/how-islam-apologists-like-john-esposito-dupe-americans-about-sharia/
Thousands of parents spoke out against the Delaware Education Department’s Regulation 225, which was a bureaucratic move to allow school recognition of children wanting to change their gender without notifying their parents. “The authority to raise children is not for the state. It’s for the parent,” objected the parents during an Indian River School District Board of Education meeting. In the face of a firestorm of protest — more than 11,000 people filed objections with the Department of Education and the Indian River School District’s board of education voted unanimously to oppose the original version — Regulation 225 has been rewritten to put parents back at the top of the decision-making process. However, the updated version of the regulation still instructs school districts to make sure kids who decide their birth gender is no longer a good fit can use the locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice.
Read more: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/delaware-parents-say-their-rights-come-before-lgbt-friendly-schools/
Author Rob Goodman suggested that Democrats should — when and if they ever resume unified control of the three branches of government, as they once held between 2008 and 2010. But Goodman appeared to have been inspired to urge a different route for Democrats by a new book written by political scientist David Faris about how Democrats should “fight dirty” in order to build and maintain a “lasting majority in American politics.” That book asserts that it will be impossible for the nation to “return to Normalcy” in the aftermath of Trump, and instead posits that “Normal is over” and Democrats should act accordingly, busting any remaining norms standing in the way of their implementing a “progressive direction” for the nation that can’t be easily stopped or reversed anytime soon, if ever.
Read more: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/leftists-dark-plan-retake-country-published-chilling-manual/
The news that Cardinal McCarrick has been credibly accused of molesting a young man – and the subsequent revelations that “everybody knew” about the cardinal’s homosexual activities – have raised new and important questions about the silence of other American bishops. What did they know, and when did they know it? How did the cardinal advance through the ecclesiastical ranks, even after complaints had been received in the dioceses where he served? These are not new questions. In fact our sometime contributor Diogenes asked them – and pointed to the obvious answer – in a post that appeared on this site over 13 years ago. His argument was powerful in 2005, and although some of his references will now seem dated, nothing that has happened in the intervening years affects the essential force of that argument. The abuse scandal has already cost the U.S. Church $1 billion, as well as immeasurable spiritual harms, predicated on the grotesquely perverse intuition that personal sexual anarchy can co-exist in a truce with priestly life.
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/the-homosexual-scandal-in-the-church-is-worse-than-anyone-wants-to-admit