Maggie on Women and the Draft at FoxNews.com

A few weeks ago, Maggie explored the issue of women in combat and asked whether President Obama would be willing to draft Julia (despite the problematic data regarding women in combat roles).  Maggie’s latest article featured at FoxNews.com continues that inquiry.  You can go here to read the article in full or read an except below:

The Obama administration framed its decision to put women into combat as a matter of choice and fairness. “Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier,” outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “but everyone is entitled to a chance.”

Read More…

Maggie: Will We Bridge the Gender Divide?

Back in the year 2000, in the old new marriage conversation, we said in The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles (a statement I helped to draft):

“Marriage is a universal human institution, the way in which every known society conspires to obtain for each child the love, attention and resources of a mother and father.”

This year, the Institute for American Values released a call for a new marriage conversation, which says instead:  “because marriage is the main institution governing the link between the spousal association and the parent-child association, marriage is society’s most pro-child institution.”

That is the difference gay marriage makes in how we converse about marriage.

Read More…

Baby Hunger

Creepy Baby 2The New York Times this morning features Rebecca Martinez’s stunning photos of “Reborn” culture:  women who “adopt” lifelike baby dolls.

In one of his Ted talks, Prof. Jonathan Haidt said “Football is to war, as porn is to sex,”– that is a way to exercise some ancient drives we are deeply embedded to enjoy.

We live in a culture where ancient drives that had a social purpose are increasingly diverted to activities meaningless in themselves but designed to satisfy those hungers, relatively harmlessly–but also unproductively.

Read More…

Maggie: “Three Questions for the New Marriage Movement”

At FamilyScholars.org, the Institute for American Values is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day Symposium with the theme “Advice for a New Conversation on Marriage”.  Featuring some of the leading conservative thinkers on marriage and family today, the symposium recognizes that, “we won’t renew marriage without fundamentally reforming the way we discuss marriage.”

Maggie Gallagher’s submission to the symposium, “Three Questions for the New Marriage Movement,” builds on this idea, presenting the, “three great questions I believe we will need to answer to rebuild marriage as the normal, usual, and generally reliable way to raise children.”  For more, read the excerpt below or go here for the full article:

Back in the year 2000, in the old new marriage conversation, we said in The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles: “Marriage is a universal human institution, the way in which every known society conspires to obtain for each child the love, attention and resources of a mother and father.” In today’s new marriage conversation, we say “because marriage is the main institution governing the link between the spousal association and the parent-child association, marriage is society’s most pro-child institution.”

Read More…

FRC Shooter Used SPLC Hate List to ID Victims

SPLC doesn’t seem to care:

Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three criminal counts involving his August 2012 attack on the Washington D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC).

Corkins reportedly told the FBI that he picked his target directly from a “hate map” on the website of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The FRC still appears on SPLC’s Washington D.C. “hate map,” which brands the conservative group as “anti-gay.”

Contacted for comment, an SPLC spokesperson would not say whether the organization plans to remove the information from its website.

“We are not commenting” on Corkins’ admission, said the spokesperson, who referred the Washington Free Beacon to a statement released in the wake of the last year’s shooting.

Read More…

Will President Obama Draft Julia?

Is President Obama willing to draft Julia?

The Obama administration framed its decision to put women into combat as a matter of choice and fairness.

“Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier,” outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “but everyone is entitled to a chance.”

But there is little about war that is either about choice or fairness.

Here’s a big question President Obama ought to be made to face head on: Is he willing to draft Julia on an equal basis with John and if not, why not?

Because President Obama has just gutted the legal rationale for excluding women from registering for the draft.

Why aren’t women required to register for the draft?  Because they are excluded from combat, the Selective Service System succinctly reports:

Read More…

Martinique votes No to Parisian Gay Marriage

 A moving speech by the representative of Martinique in the French Parliament:  http://englishmanif.blogspot.com/2013/02/martinique-nixes-homosexual-marriage-in.html
Until now I have supported all bill and commitments of the Left. But there is, today, a deep confusion that gets in the way for me. The freedom of conscience allows me to speak honestly from abroad (Martinique) to the issues for the people of this chamber, whose opinions are diverse. Speaking for French citizens abroad, on the whole, we are opposed to homosexual marriage. The bill proposed would bring down all the structures, values, and understandings that have held together the social world of our archipelago.

This voice of the French overseas must be heard and taken into account. I must speak to the electorate and rectify their confusion about what is happening here and now. The risk here is tremendous, that the government might cause an irreparable rift. The proposed bill does notoffer supplementary liberties in truth. In fact, the proposed bill weakens the already delicate social framework that has bulwarked the Antillean and Anguillan islands in the wake of our liberation from slavery. I will go further: there is even the risk here that the bill would invalidate the pact that has tied us to the Republic of France for 200 years and more.

Read More…