Miley Cyrus concert ban blamed on ‘morals’

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NZ Herald 22 August 2014 The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a September 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. That’s less than a month before Cyrus is due in New Zealand on her Bangerz world tour, at Vector Arena on October 8. The commission said in a statement […]

Regretting Surrogacy

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ABC News 20 August 2014 New film highlights women who agree to be surrogates, then struggle with giving up babies after birth.  

Protect kids from Miley’s ‘porn’ – Family First

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3News 22 August 2014 Miley Cyrus’ show is porn and the promotion of substance abuse dressed up as pop music, says a family advocacy group. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie is urging parents to protect their kids from the 21-year-old singer following an announcement she’ll play an Auckland show in October. Cyrus’ show features a hotdog […]

Richard Dawkins: It’s immoral to allow Down’s syndrome babies to be born

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NZ Herald 21 August 2014 Richard Dawkins, the atheist writer, has claimed it is “immoral” to allow unborn babies with Down’s syndrome to live. The professor posted a message on Twitter saying would-be parents who learn their child has the condition have an ethical responsibility to “abort it and try again”. His comments were dismissed […]

How choosing life changed everything

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New York Post 18 August 2014 Last week I dropped off my son Eli for his first day of Kindergarten — got him out of the car and into his wheelchair and rolled him into the classroom. It was the proudest day of my life, and of course brought to mind the hardest days — […]

Successful marriages linked to wedding size and fewer premarital sexual relations – Study

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Christian Post 19 August 2014 Successful marriages are linked to wedding size and premarital sexual relations, a new study from University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project finds. Those with happy marriages were more likely to have had a large number of guests at their wedding and have had fewer romantic relationships prior to getting married, […]

Marijuana: science, not hype, will clear the haze

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MercatorNet 20 August 2014 Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use. As a result, the belief that marijuana use is “no big deal” has become increasingly pervasive in the United States. Just over half of Americans support federal legalization of marijuana and, perhaps not […]

Suicide figures at seven-year low

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3News 20 August 2014 New Zealand’s suicide stats are still “stubbornly high” despite being at a seven-year low, the chief coroner says. Provisional annual suicide figures released this morning show the total deaths for the year ending June 30 was 529 – the lowest number by two since the figures were first produced in 2007. […]

Christians Actually Far Less Likely to Divorce


CharismaNews 18 August 2014 This is a game-changer. Talk about “an old wives’ tale.” You’ve heard it said that 1) 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, 2) most marriages that do happen to make it are, nonetheless, unhappy, and 3) Christians are just as likely to divorce as nonbelievers. These claims, long understood […]

Legal Marijuana for Parents, but Not Their Kids

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New York Times 18 August 2014 When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. “It’s a plant,” is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, “It’s legal in Colorado.” These are confusing times for middle and high school students, […]