Are only children–and their parents–better off? Yes, says the author of a new book, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One. Her warped feminist lens sees parenting as a zero-sum game and each child as a potential threat to a woman’s ‘authentic self.’ She’s couldn’t be more wrong.
Are the Girl Scouts neutral on abortion? Hardly. They recently sponsored a live screening and panel discussion of the feminist documentary, MAKERS, which presents abortion as essential to women’s autonomy. Headliners for the event included Amy Richards, whose “groundbreaking” MAKERS video describes her decision to “get rid of” two of her three triplets through selective reduction. Welcome to the new Girl Scouts.
Boy Scouts in uniform marched in last weekend’s Utah gay pride parade, in spite of official Boy Scouts rules against public advocacy. For these Scouts, the gay pride message trumped the Boy Scout regulations. It’s a sign of things to come. Given the ease with which the ‘out and proud’ Boy Scouts rolled past official Scout policies, I suspect the BSA will continue to give ground…until there’s nothing left on which to stand.
It’s simplistic to suppose that the only issues posed by integrating openly gay youth into scout troops will be issues of kindness and inclusion. It will be tough, if not impossible, for the Church to include gay Scouts without confronting, head-on, the deep divide between Catholic sexual morality and the secular creed of sexual “tolerance.”
Moms need mentors too. Our fast-moving consumer culture under-appreciates the value of shaping a child’s heart and soul—and moms feel keenly that lack of support. Catholic moms, committed not only to raising their children well in secular terms, but also to raising them right in the eyes of God, are looking for something akin to spiritual mothering.
She’s fearless. She’s charismatic. She’s radiant. A modern evangelist, Annie basks in Christ’s love and shares it with a simple, winsome touch. A heart overflowing with love is a powerful testimony, I’ve learned. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). Annie’s love spills over, mysteriously opening hearts long shut to God’s mercy…
The Massachusetts Board of Education has foisted a perverse orthodoxy on every public school teacher and child, insisting that all pretend that there is no such thing as human nature. The Board embraces the queer gospel that each person is a god unto him or herself, creating a gender identity based on feelings, or one’s “internalized sense” of self, regardless of biology.