For the United Nations, May 15 marked 25 years of observing the International Day of Families. In commemoration of this Silver Anniversary, United Families International participated in an event held at UN headquarters in New York entitled “It Takes a Family.” The event offered “participants the opportunity to recommit to the objectives of the International Year of the Family and discuss best practices to protect and strengthen the family so that it can fulfill its vital role at the heart of society.” After it concluded, the press about the event went negative quickly.
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America would be a more violent place without religious freedom protections, but it hasn't exactly been a peaceful place with them, according to Steven Waldman, a religion expert and author. In his new book, "Sacred Liberty: America's Long, Bloody and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom," Waldman outlines countless attacks on people of faith throughout the country's history and interreligious tension that persists to this day.
Following student criticism of the Honor Code Office at BYU, the head of the program announced sweeping changes to the office’s policies Tuesday.
Critical inquiry is an important part of public discourse and can be a valuable way to invite introspection within any given community. Dr. Jana Riess has attempted to invite more of that reflection in her new book, The Next Mormons – and I believe she’s sincere in wanting to help promote thoughtful adjustments that can better support young people in her faith community. However, there is very little attention to her own narrative and interpretive standpoint. This has the potential to be very misleading to readers.
The Equality Act, if passed, would require that all Americans do away with the power to distinguish biological differences between men and women in the advancement of new civil rights. This redefinition of what it means to be male or female would almost be comical were it not for the serious damage it will inflict on biological women, religious liberty, free speech, and the ability of parents to protect their children from the interference of activists with an agenda.
‘The truth about what’s happening in Mormonism.’ On February 26, 2019, after sharing 18 months of advance results, the Salt Lake Tribune announced the “day is near” for people to read the full report from a study it described as “groundbreaking,” “sweeping” and “landmark.” The text by Dr. Jana Riess was widely promoted as “showing” and “revealing” the truth about what’s really happening right now within the Church. Here's the problem with taking her conclusions as representing truth.
Dolley Madison worked miracles at the national level, earning her the title, in my mind, of the Mother of American Civility. President Jefferson asked Dolley to serve as his first lady, a responsibility she filled with grace. We can learn much from her example.