Top 5 Stories of the Week

October 24, 2015

by The Pulse 2016


5.) Science Shows Married Couples Protect Children

Over at National Review, Professor Bradford Wilcox says it’s been a rough week for family structure denialists:

It’s been a rough two weeks for the family-structure denialists, those progressive academics (Philip Cohen, “How to Live in a World Where Marriage Is in Decline”), journalists (Katie Roiphe, “New York Times, Stop Moralizing About Single Mothers”), and pundits (Matthew Yglesias, “The ‘Decline’ of Marriage Isn’t a Problem”) who seek to minimize or deny the importance of marriage and family structure. That’s because three new pieces of scholarship — a journal, a report, and a study — were released this month that solidify the growing scientific consensus that marriage and family structure matter for children, families, and the nation as a whole.

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4.) Baseless Conjecture Alert! It’ll Be Carson vs. Rubio for the Nomination

carson_rubioFrank, you talked about Carson’s recent surge in Iowa yesterday and made some great points.

At this point, it seems that Trump and Carson are functioning as an amorphous blob candidate. Supporters of Trump tend to like Carson, and supporters of Carson tend to like Trump. Furthermore, these voters tend to dislike perceived establishment candidates like Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie, etc.

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3.) LGBT Activist Group Announces Radical Agenda to Eliminate Religious Freedom Protections

Photo credit: Ted Mielczarek via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Photo credit: Ted Mielczarek via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, LGBT activists have decided that they’re not finished. The largest organization working to advance the LGBT agenda recently announced its newest set of goals for the upcoming months—goals which, according to the Witherspoon Institute, include “the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed.”

At the 2015 Chicago gala last weekend, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin unveiled three new areas of focus: passing the Equality Act, stopping the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and further “activating the LGBT vote.”

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

2.) Watch: Carly Fiorina’s Deeply Personal Road to Becoming Pro-Life

Carly Fiorina set herself apart in the last debate for being a passionate and articulate voice on Planned Parenthood. This past weekend at a forum at a church in Texas, she shared her personal, emotional journey to becoming pro-life, and declared she would be ‘fearless’ in advocating that position:

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1.) Carson Refuses to Back Down in Face of Increasing Media Attacks

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Sick and tired of defending himself against the media, Ben Carson is turning the conversation back around on his attackers—and with the perfect amount of irony, he called out the dishonesty of the media at the National Press Club.

Since that speech, Carson has taken further opportunities to address the partisanship of the press, a campaign that was largely provoked by the way the media sensationalized his comments after the October 1st shooting at Umpqua Community College. Looking back at this controversial interview in light of Carson’s new crusade against media bias, it is clear that this outsider presidential candidate is getting at a larger goal: maintaining identity.

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