Posts Tagged ‘children’

Love is All You Need?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

REHA recent Canadian study reveals that love is not a substitute for two heterosexual parents after all and that mothers and fathers are not in fact interchangeable.  The study, based on the Canadian census and published in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household, supports the assertion that children do best when raised in a household with both a mother and a father, and that, when it comes to education, children raised in same-sex households are not as successful as those raised in a household with both a mother and a father.

According to Mark Regnerus, senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, the study analyzed data from a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census.  Within this sample, these same-sex couples were provided access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997.

By comparing young adult children of same-sex parents to young adult children of opposite-sex parents, the study reveals that an intact marriage between a mother and a father provides the best environment for a child to be raised.  When compared to children who were raised by a heterosexual couple within an intact marriage, children of homosexual couples were less likely to have graduated from high school.  Interestingly, children of same-sex parents were characterized as more likely to be enrolled in school, yet still had the most difficulty with graduating.  Furthermore, the study identifies an even greater concern for girls.  Evidence reveals that when compared to girls raised in heterosexual households, girls raised by homosexual parents were only 15 percent as likely to obtain diplomas.

Further, the study showed that little has changed in the past twenty years in regards to success rates of children of common-law marriages or single-parent households. These children continue to graduate at a lower rate than those of heterosexual, married couples. The study did, however, reveal that the children of lesbian couples lagged behind even those children of single-parent households, who have reported lower graduation rates for decades.

Undermining the assertion that mothers and fathers can act as interchangeable parenting figures, the study reveals that the disparity in educational success rates is based on a combination of genders of parents and genders of children. For instance, boys are more likely to graduate when raised in homosexual households than in lesbian households, and girls are more likely to graduate when raised in lesbian households than in homosexual households.

As supported by this study, the fact is that marriage between a man and a woman does matter.  It matters for the sake of children, and it is evident that children are more successful when they have both a mother and a father to raise them.  The idea that all “parenting” is equal as long as it is done in a loving household is a measurably false assertion.  In Canada, the verdict is in: it is through both mothering and fathering that a child is most successful.

 

Travel agency joins fight to end child exploitation

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Carlson Wagonlit Travel: One of the white hats of the business world.

With the Penn State child rape scandal (and now Syracuse) still in the news, child sexual exploitation is a growing concern across the nation.  In addition to pedophiles abusing children for their own sick sexual kicks, there is a whole industry of pimps and criminal networks that provide children for those whose sexual obsessions drive them to rent the bodies of younger and younger victims.  Every year, thousands of children are trapped in sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism – all victims coerced into a vicious cycle of abuse that robs them of their innocence.

According to the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section on Trafficking and Sex Tourism, “Each year an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 human beings are bought, sold, or forced across the world’s borders [2003 U.S. State Department estimate].  Among them are hundreds of thousands of teenage girls, and others as young as 5, who fall victim to the sex trade.”

When faced with such daunting figures – which represent not just sheer numbers, but young lives ravaged by a very real, and often undetected, kind of slavery – it is easy to get discouraged, particularly when there are so many who choose to remain ignorant to the facts or who throw up their hands in defeat. Thus, it is encouraging to see shining examples of those who are willing to take a bold stand, especially in the private sector.

One recent example is Carlson Winglit Travel (CWT), a $27.8 billion travel agency that caters to business and leisure travelers; CWT has joined the fight to help protect children against trafficking and child sex tourism.  On Nov. 16, CWT began inserting advisories on their electronic itineraries (issued in the U.S.) for passengers traveling to countries where child sex tourism is widespread, providing them with a hotline by which they can report suspicious behavior.

The advisory states the following:

UNICEF REPORTS THAT TRAFFICKING IN CHILDREN FOR PURPOSES OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM.  THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISES ITS CITIZENS THAT ENGAGING IN SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINORS IS A CRIME AND IF COMMITTED OUTSIDE THE U.S. IS PUNISHABLE UPON RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES. TRAVELERS CAN HELP BY REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE:  1-888-373-7888.  WHEN CALLING FROM OUTSIDE THE U.S.: +1-202-507-7966. CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL SUPPORTS THE PROTECTION OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN.

The effort of this travel agency is commendable.  CWT’s ability to influence travelers is substantial, as it provides services to some of the biggest and most profitable corporations worldwide, issuing hundreds of thousands of itineraries on a daily basis.

“As I read it, it just made me very happy to be a part of my company,” said Tammy Conderman, service center manager at CWT.  “Just knowing that our company is taking a stand and putting effort forward against these horrible crimes brought tears to my eyes.”

“This is most definitely a praise [report] and the timing could not be better,” said Debra Kohl, field coordinator for Concerned Women for America of Missouri and a personal friend of Conderman.  “Bringing awareness to a problem is the first step to solving the problem.”

Perhaps such examples of privatized corporations taking action to make a difference are exactly what our nation needs right now to serve as wake-up calls to those who sit around or occupy parks, waiting for government to solve all our problems.

Our guest blogger today is Lauren Levy, an intern with Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program.  Click here for more information on internships with CWA.

Self-Esteem or Self-Destruction?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Is it odd that after years of the education system schooling our children with self-esteem pablum, we see children running amok and poorly dressed while they are at it?  It is not odd at all.  The school of thought that pushed teaching children that whatever they did was okay, even if it was wrong, in order to make them feel better about themselves, has produced its all too predictable consequences.

To look at many of today’s youth, you would think they had no self-esteem at all.  Many of the boys wear clothing so oversized it literally falls off their bodies, while they sport backwards baseball caps.  They think they look fashionable, but for many adults looking at them, they look dangerous or seriously disturbed.  Why anyone would want to look that way when they leave the house is a mystery, but it is not a mystery that people do not take them seriously.  They may be “employee of the month” material, but dressed that way, who would hire them?

The girls are no better.  While the boys wear oversized clothes, the girls wear tops and pants two sizes too small.  A new term was coined to describe the literal fallout from the undersized clothes – “muffin tops.”  Why do girls want to look like the aftermath of a Pillsbury Crescent Roll can explosion?  Again, the girls who wear these outfits might think they look fabulous, but other people look at them as either bad dressers or sex objects.  Neither choice bodes well for success in the real world.

The myriad examples of poor wardrobe choices can be found on those who now think “flash mobs” are an entitlement and a good form of entertainment.  Across the nation, roving gangs of teens and young adults target stores – usually owned by small business owners – for mass robbery.  The perpetrators communicate via text messages or social networking sites expressly to overwhelm the store, start grabbing merchandise by the armload and then casually walk out. There is no remorse; they have no moral compass to guide them.  They just see something they want, think they deserve it and take it.

When schools decided teaching right and wrong was too judgmental, too passé, they started the ball rolling, and now we all are reaping the consequences.  Real self-esteem is found in earning something or doing the right thing.  Self-destruction and moral bankruptcy are found in the pseudo-self-esteem nonsense doled out to today’s youth.

CTRL+ALT+DELETE: Time to Shut Down Pentagon Porn

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Yet again, an investigation into the computer habits of government employees has revealed practices that are not just shocking, they are down right despicable.

The latest report shows that dozens of Pentagon officials and contractors have been purchasing and downloading illegal child pornography — sometimes even using their work computers to buy and view it.

Purchasing and viewing child pornography is never justified.  Child pornography violates all standards of human decency and is a sick perversion that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The fact that government officials — paid with our tax dollars and supposedly working to defend our country — are indulging in this illegal and immoral activity is horrific and completely unacceptable.

Alone, these allegations would be appalling enough.  However, this is only the latest in a long string of discoveries of malfeasance.  Still, when the Transportation Services Authority recently announced its list of banned website categories for employee computers, pornography was not on that list.

How many times will the gross abuse of taxpayer resources have to come to light before the federal government finally does something?

By ignoring this culture of corruption, our national security officials are putting our safety — and the safety of our children — in jeopardy.

At the very least, all government employees immediately involved in this child pornography operation should be terminated without pay.  So far, no other government agency caught up in a pornography scandal has taken sufficient action. 

America’s Chief Health Officers Don’t like ObamaCare

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Did you know that American women control 80 percent of the health care decisions made in this country?  Most of us moms routinely are the parent who take our children to the doctor and are often the ones to make decisions for elderly relatives.  This is one of the many reasons women have such an important stake in the outcome of the current national health care debates.

A recent poll by The Washington Times and The Polling Company found that 57 percent of women disagreed that “a federally-run healthcare program is what is best for my family and me.”  That comes as no surprise to us here at Concerned Women for America.  Our members have been speaking out all over the country in opposition to ObamaCare.  We rallied outside Blair House here in D.C. on Thursday to demonstrate during President Obama’s kangaroo summit, and we will continue to the spread the word.

The $1-2 trillion ticket price for the President’s proposal is a bad idea on so many levels.  He thinks the problem is that he didn’t explain it well enough.  His real problem is that the American people can read.

American women have had it.  Our families count on us to be the Chief Health Officer and we must make sure our government represents our interests.  What is being decided directly impacts the health of our family’s future and we are sick of ObamaCare.