"Making Differences Disappear: The Evolution of Science on Same-Sex Households," by Mark Regnerus

little-girlHere is what the NFSS (along with the National Health Information Survey) can and does still tell us. These conclusions hold true, whether you read my original study, its follow-up, Simon Cheng and Brian Powell’s new analyses, or crunch the numbers yourself:

- The parental same-sex relationships reported by adult children are not, on average, long-term ones.

- The longer those parental relationships lasted, the better—on average—were the outcomes for adult children.

- Very few same-sex relationships lasted the entirety of the respondents’ childhood. Critics cried foul. I cried, “Reality!”

- The stability afforded by continuously intact mom-and-dad families pays benefits, on average, well into adulthood. They remain the standard against which all other forms ought to be compared.

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...empirical truth emerges over time and in multiple datasets, is suppressed and undermined because it’s politically unhelpful, then becomes owned by insiders, and is, finally, slowly introduced with an “of course that’s true” narrative. It’s happened with the robust association between LGBT households and nonheterosexual development in children (a conclusion that is also obvious in the NFSS). I even remember the National Council on Family Relations conference room in which attendees debated each other about just how free they were to admit the association. They left the room committed to owning it.

The same has happened with the association between gay relationships and outside sexual partners—so much so that even the New York Times labeled the story “Many Successful Gay Marriages Share an Open Secret.” Once denied, then admitted, then—slowly—it’s become conventional wisdom. Now we say “of course.” The same is happening with the malleability of sexual orientation, first among women, and next—in the near future—among men.

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Mark Regnerus is associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, research associate at its Population Research Center, and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.

Source: Making Differences Disappear: The Evolution of Science on Same-Sex Households | Public Discourse

He's also very bright and comes across as open, honest, direct, and not puffed up with himself.

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Ukraine: 'Before Maidan, Ukraine was more democratic', says Volodymyr Ishchenko

This Church is not Marxist; however, we think people in the "West" should be made aware of the clearly hypocritical, anti-democratic acts unfolding in Ukraine.

This linked article is quite good at making that clear.

It is reasonably balanced in that it plainly and rightly negatively criticizes the Soviet Union for its totalitarianism.

...before Maidan, Ukraine was a more democratic country. We can speak about various criteria: for example the strength of the opposition and the extent to which it was not affected by repression. Now, one of the main opposition parties, the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU), is under threat of being banned. It is going to be a long process, but under the new “decommunisation laws” it will not be able to keep its name and symbols.
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In some ways, these “anti-totalitarian” laws are taking Ukraine closer to a totalitarian regime than to a democratic society.

Source: Ukraine: 'Before Maidan, Ukraine was more democratic', says Volodymyr Ishchenko | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

I want to make further clear that we side against neoliberal economics even while we denounce the dictatorship of the proletariat. The Bolsheviks also were and remain anti-democratic and violently coercive by definition. Lenin was wrong!

All efforts to glorify Lenin and/or Stalin are misguided. One is not either 1) pro-capitalism or 2) a Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist and/or violent.

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Muslims (Mobsters/Terrorists) Reject $1M Ransom for 230 Christians

isis-assyrianAssyrian leader reveals the terror group is now demanding $23m, $100,000 each, for the captives.

Source: ISIS reject $1m offer for release of 230 Assyrian hostages

Even the most twisted reading of the New Testament could never result in this sort of thing.

It happens with so many Muslims reading the Qur'an because Mohammed allowed  for all sorts of abominations in God's eyes: violence; vengeance (rather than  leaving wrath and vengeance to God by turning the other cheek and leaving off sin, in which case there wouldn't be any such wrath or vengeance); Jizya (protection money and ransom); blood money; turning people into slaves (including sex slaves); selling people for a huge profit; and on an on an on.

What is a "moderate" or any other so-called kind of Muslim other than someone severely misled and in deep, deep denial?

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