Marriage / Family

MYTH: ‘My Future Spouse Will Complete Me’

Loneliness can be one of the most difficult things we as humans can experience. For many singles, the feeling of loneliness can be a motivating factor in finding the perfect spouse. However, finding the perfect spouse can drive a person to give up a healthy relationship for fear there is a better person out there. The desire to find the perfect spouse is understandable. When entering a lifelong covenant one must assess the overwhelming joy and the inevitable sacrifices marriage brings. For most people, this is the first life-long decision they have ever made. In relationships how often do we guard our hearts too closely when the need to surrender to an almighty, trustworthy God is necessary. Strive to learn the motivation of your restless heart. Take the anxieties and worries that plague you to a grace-filled God who provides rest, peace and hope. Evaluate your expectations. The reality is there is no perfect person on the planet. Marriages require us to be sacrificing, honest, and willing to serve. Your spouse may complement you, but he (or she) will never complete you. That is Christ’s job. Check out these three components to a successful marriage: 1. Character Assessing the character of another person allows you to understand if you value the same things. There will always be something to disagree on; however, having similar commitments and a cohesive worldview is important. 2. Chemistry Chemistry is easily assessed and helps in understanding that two people are attracted to one another. Contrary to what culture teaches us, chemistry isn’t just about physical attraction. There is also emotional attraction. Infatuation stems from...

Gender Ideology, Children, Objective Sexual Abuse, Comprehensive Sex Education: 3 Articles

The War on Abstinence and Fidelity A recent comment in The Lancet makes the case that when it comes to international HIV/AIDS prevention, abstinence and fidelity should be abandoned in favor of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Titled “A farewell to abstinence and fidelity?”, the brief article was written by authors from UNAIDS, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, and University College, London. Discussing the High-Level Meeting on Ending Aids held in June, they wrote: “Many socially conservative Member States, in alliance with the Holy See, argued against the deletion of abstinence and fidelity as core components of effective HIV prevention. They were urged on by actors on the margins who provided delegates with misinformation and spurious arguments in opposition to comprehensive sexuality education.” Proponents of CSE will not tolerate even the inclusion of abstinence and fidelity alongside other measures; only deletion will do. What nobody disputes is that abstinence and fidelity, when practiced consistently, are effective in preventing HIV, crisis pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections, not to mention the emotional and psychological consequences of sex outside marriage. While CSE advocates frequently claim that abstinence education is ineffective in changing behavior—certainly a disputable claim—they show little interest in coming up with more effective abstinence-based curricula. Rather, they seek to impose a set of values around human sexuality that are highly controversial and, in many parts of the world, utterly unacceptable. Particularly when it comes to young adolescents, sexual activity can have devastating consequences, and brings no benefits. The fastest-growing health risk for adolescents around the world is “unsafe” sexual activity—but it isn’t as if “safe” sexual activity is beneficial to...

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex – an increase of 28 percent since 1991 — http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm Factsheet: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/2015_us_pregnancy.pdf In a press statement about the report, the American College of Pediatricians says the news “demonstrates clearly that Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), or sexual abstinence, is a relevant message for youth and a goal they can achieve.” In addition, the College says the CDC’s report also shows that Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is “failing.” “Teens who do choose to engage in sexual activity are using less birth control; sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, as is adolescent depression, sometimes referred to as the emotional STI,” the College notes. “Sexual abstinence is the only behavior choice that offers adolescents 100% protection against the triple epidemic of depression, STIs and teen pregnancy due to early sexual debut.” Planned Parenthood has long pushed for sex education in schools that includes information about abortion, birth control, and – more recently – “LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed.” The abortion business announced in December it’s working with militant LGBT groups such as the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) to promote so-called “safe sex” among LGBTQ youth. The groups are jointly attacking “abstinence only” education in a new brief titled “A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education,” which calls for a “safe and accepting space” for LGBTQ students in schools and the requirement of...

To Divorce-Proof Yourself, Don’t Have Premarital Sex: Report

Some say it’s good to have a lot of sex partners before marriage so you get used to trying people out and can find what you like. Others, like me, have said that’s crazy talk. If you get used to shopping around before marriage, you’re developing a bad habit of loving and leaving that will make you more likely to divorce once married. A new study provides more ammunition for the latter idea. The study, of women who married in the 2000s, purports to find a “counterintuitive” result: That both women with zero to one and with three to nine sex partners are less likely to divorce than ladies with two or more than ten partners. Therefore, it says, “the relationship between divorce and the number of sexual partners women have prior to marriage is not linear.” But take a look at the graph. If you learned elementary-school-level graph-reading skills, you will see that only one sex partner frequency — the spouse only – no sex partners before marriage — is associated with extremely low divorce rates five years into marriage: graph — http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/06/report-to-divorce-proof-yourself-dont-have-premarital-sex/ So what do we see here? That women who married in the 2000s were least likely to divorce if they had no sex partners before marriage, at a rate of approximately 6 percent. That’s almost divorce-proof. Even just one sex partner before marriage moved up a woman’s chances of divorce within five years of marriage to one in five chances, at a 20 percent rate. Even though there’s a small dip between two and ten sex partners before marriage, the divorce rate for every other...

Fatal Abusive Head Trauma Among Children Under 5 Years – USA, 1999–2014

In the United States, abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the leading causes of maltreatment fatalities among infants and children, accounting for approximately one third of these deaths (1). Monitoring trends in AHT and evaluating prevention strategies have historically been difficult because of differences in AHT definitions used in research and surveillance. CDC’s case definition for AHT and data from the National Vital Statistics System were used to examine the trends in fatal AHT during 1999–2014 using Joinpoint trend analysis software. During this period, AHT resulted in nearly 2,250 deaths among U.S. resident children aged <5 years. Whereas rates were relatively stable during 1999–2009, there was a statistically significant average annual decline of 13.0% in fatal AHT rates during 2009–2014. The fatal AHT rates in 2013 and 2014 (0.41 and 0.43 per 100,000 children aged <5 years, respectively) were the lowest in the 16-year study period. Although this decline in AHT deaths is encouraging, more can be done to prevent AHT, including family-based interventions and policies that create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children… [27 May 2016, CDC MMWR Weekly, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6520a1.htm?s_cid=mm6520a1_e...

Grandparents Who Babysit One Day Per Week Are Less Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Most grandparents will already know that the addition of grandchildren to the family add a source of much joy and love. It has however now been scientifically shown that grandparents who babysit their grandkids have a reduced chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study which was published by the Journal of the North American Menopause Society followed 120 grandparents in Australia and found that those that babysat one day each week scored higher on a range of cognitive tests [ http://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Citation/2014/10000/Role_of_grandparenting_in_postmenopausal_women_s.7.aspx ] They did however find that too much babysitting led to poor results. Those that babysat for five days per week or more struggled with the tests, so before you call mom and dad to ask them to babysit more, remember it is everything in moderation. A wider body of research shows that regal interaction of any type with other human beings leads to a happier state of mind. Many grandparents who babysit once or a few times each week report increased levels of life satisfaction which is linked to the increased feeling of purpose and more importantly, the receiving of love. [January 18, 2016, http://www.redhotawesome.com/breaking-grandparents-who-babysit-are-less-likely-to-develop-alzheimers/ ] Menopause: October 2014 – Volume 21 – Issue 10 – p 1069–1074, doi: 10.1097/GME Abstract Objective: Preserving aging cognition improves quality of life and delays dementia onset. Previous studies have shown that social engagement can maintain cognition; however, none has examined the effects of grandparenting, an important role among postmenopausal women. This study aims to examine the role of grandparenting in cognition among postmenopausal women. Methods: Participants were 186 Australian women from the longitudinal prospective Women’s Healthy Aging Project....

Ultra-Feminist Founder of Femen Brazil Declares Herself Pro-Life, Apologizes

Sara Winter once bared her chest for Femen. Now she’s fighting for the unborn Sara Fernanda Giromin first made herself known to Brazil and to the world under the alias “Sara Winter” in 2012, when she became the founding member of Femen Brazil, and led a trio of girls in a number of topless protests that garnered much media attention. However, only three years later, the young activist has done an about-face and has declared war on feminism and abortion, and is apologizing to Christians for her offensive behavior. She has also published a short book detailing the abuse and disappointment she suffered at the hands of fellow feminists. Giromin’s changing attitudes were first revealed in October of this year, when she expressed her repentance for an abortion that took the life of her first child, and acknowledged that the recent birth of her second child had changed her attitudes regarding the right to life. “I have repented of having had an abortion and today I ask for forgiveness,” wrote Giromin. “Yesterday marked one month after the birth of my baby and my life has taken on a new meaning. I’m writing this while he sleeps serenely on my lap. It is the greatest sensation in the world.” “Please, women who are desperate to abort, think carefully about it. I was very sorry I did it. I don’t want the same for you,” she added. In the months that have followed, Giromin has revealed to her readership her disillusionment with feminism and gender ideology, and has repudiated her “bisexual” orientation. She has also expressed remorse for having offended Christians...

Cohabitation & Future Marital Stability

In the 1960s only about 8% of marriages were preceded with cohabitation. Today, over 50% of marriages are preceded by a period of cohabitation. Many couples gradually slide into this decision because they do not know the truth about living together before marriage. Rather, they believe a myriad of myths. Myth #1: They believe cohabitation will save them money in the long run. When in reality, the average income for cohabitating couples is significantly lower than married couples. Myth #2: They believe that they will have better sex if they “test it out” before marriage. However, individuals who have sex before marriage report lower levels of sexual satisfaction than those who abstained until marriage. Myth #3: They believe getting used to living together beforehand is a guarantee for a good marriage. Factually speaking, 40% of live-in couples never even get married. And the sad reality is that people who live together before marrying divorce at about twice the rate of couples who do not. The negative consequences of cohabitation are real and evident and the “positives” are nothing more than myths. [19 Nov 2015, Abstinence Clearinghouse email newsletter,...

Women Are More Unhappy, Despite 40 Years of Feminism

A study titled “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness” found that women were less happy even after forty years of feminism. Women have had more opportunities than ever before. They have been liberated from their roles as housewives and yet – they have a lower sense of well-being and life satisfaction. This held true regardless of whether the women were married or not, or had children. The earning power of women has soared, they are doing better than men in education and they are more in control of when to start a family… but still unhappy? Ern Pizzey, founder of the charity Refuge, added “The hard-won freedom of choice has imprisoned women. I just see an exhausted generation trying to do it all.” [19 Nov 2015, Abstinence Clearinghouse email newsletter,...

Adolescents Who Have had 4 or More Sexual Partners, by Family Structure and Religious Participation

New research has shown that the probability of adolescents (ages 13-19) having four or more sexual partners within a year is less likely among those who were raised in “intact families that attended religious services weekly or more.” The data was derived from a study where participants were asked to respond to the question, “Since January 1, with how many people in total have you had a sexual relationship?” as well as questions regarding their attendance to religious services. In total, the study found that adolescents were least likely to have four or more sexual partners in the last year when they were raised in intact (i.e. married parents) families who attended religious services once or more per week — 4.4%. The study found that 5.6% of teens in intact families with no regular religious services had four or more sexual partners in the last year, while 11.3% of teens in non-intact (divorced, cohabiting, single parent) families who attended religious services regularly, and 14.0% of teens in non-intact families who did not attend religious services, responded that they had four or more sexual partners in the last year. To read more about the Marriage & Religion Research Institute study and it’s finding, you can check it out at  http://marri.us/get.cfm?i=MA15H01 Family Structure: Adolescents were least likely to have had four or more sexual partners in the past year when raised in intact married families (5.9%). Teens raised in married step-families were more likely to have had four or more sexual partners (9.9%), as were those in intact cohabiting families (11.7%), single-divorced-parent families (11.9%), and cohabiting step-families (15.8%). Comparatively, adolescents raised...

An Analysis of SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges Decision (June 2015)

On June 4, Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation called out LGBT rights leaders for their hypocritical support of abortion. In particular, he cited Lambda Legal’s statement that “reproductive freedom and LGBT rights have been inextricably linked both legally and politically. The ties between these rights are so strong that we really believe that a threat to one directly and profoundly impacts the other.” On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, declaring state laws against same-sex marriage void. The majority opinion was written by Justice Kennedy, who is widely recognized to be the Court’s swing vote on abortion. Notably, he did not cite any abortion cases. However, he did cite contraception cases, which were expanded upon to invent a “right” to abortion in Roe v. Wade. This has some pro-life leaders worried that Obergefell could be a bad decision for the preborn. Since I am a lawyer, I share this summary for the benefit of pro-life legal advocates as well as the pro-life community at large. In my view, Obergefell is a mixed bag. It provides language the abortion industry can use. It also provides language the pro-life movement can use, and Justice Kennedy’s refusal to cite an abortion case is very encouraging. At the end of the day, though, Obergefell is unlikely to have a significant impact on abortion jurisprudence. Justice Kennedy’s opinion opens with a discussion of the history of marriage: From the beginning to their most recent age, the annals of human history reveal the transcendent importance of marriage. The lifelong union of a man and a woman always...

Couples Living Together Before Marriage Less Likely to Get Married Than Ever: Study (2015)

Couples living together before marriage have less of a chance of tying the knot one day than couples who cohabited 30 years ago, according to a new study by the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University’s Sociology Department. Noting a “remarkable increase in prevalence of cohabitation in the past quarter century,” researchers sought to discover how stable cohabiting couples are today as compared to the early 1980s. They also wanted to see how children, race, and education affected relationship stability. Researchers analyzed the National Survey of Family Growth, as well as data from 707 women who cohabited in the 1980s, and 772 women who cohabited in the late 2000s. They confirmed what other studies had already found: Cohabitation is generally short-lived. Half of all first premarital cohabitations dissolve in less than two years. The study found that, while cohabitation lasts longer in the modern era, “the lengthening of cohabitation results mostly from the declining rate of transitioning to marriage.” In other words, couples who live together are significantly less likely to get married these days. The new Bowling Green study found that couples who lived together in the new millennium were about half as likely to marry now as other couples who lived together outside marriage three decades ago. They are also more than 20 percent more likely to separate. That did not surprise David M. Ross — a dean in Toledo, Ohio, who has lectured widely on the impact of cohabitation. He added that a significant number of the couples who ultimately do marry after living together end up getting divorced. Fr. Ross...

Commitment vs. Togetherness

James Wilson noted that, “Scholars increasingly regard cohabitation as a substitute to being single, not an alternative to marriage.” So what is it that makes marriage so much different than living together with the person you love? Science has shown that married couples have a consistently higher level of happiness than couples who are cohabiting. This is likely because expectations are the same for a marriage-portrait.jpg husband and wife since there is a mutual commitment to each other for the future. As some scholars say, cohabitation is the oxymoron of an “ambiguous commitment.” When a man and woman live together before marriage, it is simply togetherness rather than commitment. Marriage provides a foundational commitment that will bind the couple together in many beneficial ways for years to come. Stanton, Glenn T.. “How Cohabitating Relationships Differ From Marriage.” The ring makes all the difference: the hidden consequences of cohabitation– and the strong benefits of marriage. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011. Print. [3 June 2014, abstinence.net, http://www.abstinence.net/our-blog/abstinence-posts/commitment-vs-togetherness/...

Study Shows that Dads Matter (2012)

Study Shows that Dads Matter    Ronald P. Rohner from the University of Connecticut conducted a major study on the importance of the role of a father in children's lives. The study showed that children need love from fathers as much as mothers. In Rohner's analysis of the cultural perspective on the role of fathers, he stated, "In the U.S., Great Britain, and Europe, we have assumed for the past 300 years that all children need for normal healthy development is a loving relationship with their mother, and that dads are there as support for the mother and to support the family financially but are not required for the healthy development of the children. But that belief is fundamentally wrong. We have to start getting away from that idea and realize the dad's influence is as great, and sometimes greater, than the mother's." [http://www.abstinence.net/library/parents-corner/study-shows-dads-matter/] http://psr.sagepub.com/content/16/2/103.full.pdf+html Personality and Social Psychology Review 16(2) 103–115 sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1088868311418986 'Trans-national Relations Between Perceived Parental Acceptance and Personality Dispositions of Children and Adults: A Meta-Analytic Review' Abstract Three questions drawn from parental acceptance–rejection theory were addressed: (a) Are children’s perceptions of parental acceptance trans-nationally associated with specific personality dispositions? (b) Are adults’ remembrances of parental acceptance in childhood trans-nationally associated with these personality dispositions? and (c) Do relations between parental acceptance and offspring’s personality dispositions vary by gender of parents? All studies used the child and adult versions of the Parental Acceptance–Rejection Questionnaires (PARQ) for Mothers and for Fathers, as well as the child and adult versions of the Personality Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ). Results showed that both maternal and paternal acceptance in childhood correlated significantly...

Uncovering the Pain Behind Your Child's Anger (2012)

Uncovering the Pain Behind Your Child's Anger: Learn how to recognize the reasons for anger, and whether it's appropriate or not   Author Shana Schutte explains the causes of anger in children and how you as a parent can help them deal with their anger in a healthy, character-building way. Anger is a normal human reaction when pain exists. Children should not be told to suppress their anger, but should be encouraged to deal with it in an appropriate manner. "The most important thing to remember while helping your child deal with anger is that he is a person with real emotions – just like you," wrote Schutte. As an elementary public school teacher, I was appalled when one of my first grade students stood on a chair, threw his arms up and screamed, "I hate you!" followed by numerous expletives describing his feelings about me. Because I'd been a compliant child, I didn't understand why so many of my students were angry and I didn't know what to do. Perhaps you're at the end of your rope like I was. Not because you're a teacher with angry students, but because the sweet baby you birthed is now an irritated four-to-seven year old who is pitching fits, screaming, yelling and throwing things. You're not alone. Parents everywhere are wringing their hands in desperation because one — or more — of their elementary-aged children are out of control with anger. Many people believe that kids are like little rubber people — trouble bounces off and nothing bothers them long term. However, anger is a sign that children feel deeply and...

Study: Women With More Kids Live Longer (2012)

Study:  Women With More Kids Live Longer Women can expect to live longer with each child they bear, a pattern especially noticeable for those with many children, according to Australian researchers, who nonetheless said that women shouldn’t have too many children because large families are bad for the environment. [Ed. Seriously? How?] The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday reported the results of a study by researchers at the University of New South Wales, which analyzed 1,200 women over the age of 60 since 1988. Women with six or more children were found to be 40 percent less likely to die during the 16-year follow-up period than women with no children, an expectancy that increased predictably with each child they bore. Researchers said that, although it was not known exactly why children increased life expectancy, the results corresponded to the findings of studies in other countries as well. ‘‘I’m not advocating for you to have six or 14 kids, but it does seem having a few children is good for survival,” he said. The study also found that men with more children were less likely to die earlier, although the link was not as clear as with women. Scientists in recent decades have shed light on the healing properties of pregnancy, particularly fetal cell microchimerism, a phenomenon that has been shown to provide unique health benefits to a mother thanks to her unborn child. In a book on pregnancy science released last year, science writer Jena Pinctott outlined how fetal cells have been shown to penetrate a mother’s body, including stem cells that migrate to the mother’s injuries to spur...

Fatherhood Begins in the Womb: Importance of Father's Presence (2011)

Study: Father’s Presence Makes Children Happier, More Intelligent Commentary: Fatherhood… Study: Father’s Presence Makes Children Happier, More Intelligent Research at Montreal’s Concordia University has shown that fathers who actively engage in raising their children make important contributions to their children’s cognitive abilities and behavioral functioning. The study carried out by Erin Pougnet, a PhD candidate in the Concordia University Department of Psychology, and associates, used data from the Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project, an intergenerational longitudinal data set collected in inner city areas of Montreal. “This topic is particularly relevant in Québec, a demographically and culturally unique province in which female lone parenthood is relatively common,” Pougnet explains in the preface to the report. According to recent Statistics Canada figures, 22 per cent of Quebec families are comprised of households where biological fathers are absent, compared to a national average of 13 per cent. “This pattern is related to socioeconomic disadvantages that predict negative cognitive and behavioural outcomes in youth,” the researchers state. One hundred and thirty-eight children and their parents from lower to middle income backgrounds participated in two waves of data collection: at ages 3 to 5, and again at 9 to 13 years old. The children were given IQ tests, while their mothers completed questionnaires on spousal conflict and the home environment. The children’s teachers contributed to the research by observing and reporting the child’s behavior at school. “Teachers were a somewhat more independent source of information than mothers, fathers or children themselves,” Pougnet said in a press release from Concordia University, “because a father’s absence can result in home conflict, maternal distress and child distress.” The...

December – November 2010: Marriage / Cohabitation With Children

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU… NOTE: THIS PARTICULAR WEBPAGE HAS BEEN COMBINED WITH A PAGE LINKED TO THE HOMEPAGE – "Marriage / cohabitation With Children (updated 12/2010)". THIS PAGE WILL SOON BE DELETED.  MARRIAGE TRENDS NEW! Unmarried With Kids: A Shift In The Working Class NEW! Fragile Families: Not Easy, But Essential NEW! Marriage: Marginalized in the Middle NEW! 'Lightning Divorces' Strike China's 'Me Generation' NEW! Cohabitation Nation: Growing Trend Results in Declining Household Stability Cohabitation and Children Outside Marriage Linked to Higher Probability of Breakups: Aussie Study (2010) Cohabitation: A Trial Divorce Marriage: An Important Key to Avoiding Poverty…     Marriage Trends With the recently released PEW Study on America's views toward marriage and family, marriage has made headlines in national news over the past two weeks. One main finding in the study was that Americans still believe in marriage even though they are delaying getting married. The following articles discuss current marriage trends in America. How Marriage Is Changing The National Marriage Project's State of Our Unions report compares the health of marriages today with those of the 1970s. It finds a widening marriage gap between the working class and the college educated: Divorce. Divorce rates are up slightly (from 36 percent to 37 percent) among those with only a high school diploma, but have dropped (from 15 percent to 11 percent) for the college educated. Marital happiness. College-educated spouses are just as likely to say they are "very happy" in their marriages (69 percent), but the share among the high-school educated has dropped sharply (from 69 percent to...

UN Report Pushes Gender as a Social Construct, Not Based in Nature

An advisory report on the protection of human rights in the context of counter terrorism recently submitted to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA) includes a radical redefinition of the term “gender,” claiming that it is a purely social construct not connected to biology. UN Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin was asked to report to the UN on “gender-based human rights abuses in counterterrorism measures” – with an intended focus presumably upon hardships encountered by women caught up in the war on terror. Instead, in his report, Scheinin asserted “Gender is not synonymous with women but rather encompasses the social responsibilities that underlie how women’s and men’s roles, functions and responsibilities, including in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, are defined and understood.” Labeling gender a “social construct,” the non-binding submission claims that “gender is not static,” but rather “changeable over time and across contexts.” Readers are told that “understanding gender as a social and shifting construct rather than as a biological and fixed category is important because it helps identify the complex and inter-related gender-based human rights violations caused by counterterrorism measures.” Such a definition of gender has been bitterly debated in formal UN settings for years and has been rejected repeatedly by member states in negotiated UN documents. There is a longtime tension on this question between the sovereign states of the GA and the UN bureaucracy. Even though the GA has repeatedly defined gender in a traditional way, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women defines gender, similar to this new bureaucratic report, as a social construct. The Rome...

New UN Head Says Homosexuality ‘Not Acceptable’

In an interview prior to his first address, the UN General Assembly’s new president said that homosexuality is “not really acceptable.” Ali Abdussalam Treki, a veteran diplomat from Libya, was responding to a journalist’s question about his position on the UN’s “Declaration for the Universal Decriminalisation of Homosexuality” at a press conference prior to the opening of the 64th session of the General Assembly. “It is a very thorny argument,” he said. “As a Muslim, I do not agree with it. My opinion is not in favor of this matter at all. “I believe it is not acceptable for most of the world, and it is totally unacceptable for our tradition and religion. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy … I think it is not,” he added. The response of the international homosexualist movement was swift, with one group saying that Treki’s comment was contrary to the principles of the founding Charter of the United Nations. The International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA), one of the leading international homosexualist lobby groups, this week issued a statement demanding an explanation from Treki for his “failure to consider the protection of the life and safety of lesbians, gay men, trans, intersex and bisexual people all over the world.” ILGA continued: “The worrying and serious implications of this attitude, coming from the new head of an institution which is supposed to regard human rights – all human rights – as the most sacred value, cannot be overstated.” The UN declaration was opposed by a group of Arab countries and was signed only by...