Rio 2016 Olympic American Winners on Family & Faith

A little girl and her siblings living with their drug-addicted mother adopted and raised by Christian grandparents, restored to a family.

A gold medalist on the verge of suicide who met Jesus Christ through "Purpose Driven Life," restored to his family.

A swimmer who prays before every meet with a strong family behind her.

These are the stories of faith and family restoration that are behind the scenes at the Olympics, but front and center in reality, illustrating the difference a family based on faith can make

Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Katie Ledecky – three American Olympians achieving excellence on the foundation of faith and family. 


SCOTUS Halts Transgender Bathrooms in Virginia Schools

The Supreme Court of the United States has stopped an effort to allow boys access to the girls bathrooms in a Virginia school district, at least until they can decide if they will review the Gloucester County School board’s case. Justice Stephen Breyer said in a statement that he concurred with Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Thomas, Souter, and Alito in the 5-3 action as a “courtesy,” because the hold will “preserve the status quo.”  This is not a matter of courtesy, however, but one of safety for a child’s best interests.  It is interesting that the High Court itself was split along gender lines, with the male Justices voting essentially against letting boys in girls bathrooms, while the female Justices seemed to favor the policy of letting boys and men into girls bathrooms.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 50 concerned parents, students, grandparents and community members urging the court to reverse the lower court’s decision. Jeremy Tedesco is an ADF allied attorney, and a Regent Law graduate.  He stated, “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy and safety of all students. The Supreme Court did the right thing in placing the 4th Circuit panel’s mandate and the preliminary injunction entered by the district court on hold until the high court itself has a chance to decide if it will take up this case.”  For more info see the Family Policy Alliance.

Whenever the law affects children courts are required to apply the best interests of the child standard to any ruling.  Integrating boys and men into girls bathrooms will not adhere to that standard.


Families and Assisted Suicide Laws

A recent proliferation of assisted suicide laws has worked to place a new burden on families.  Family members need all the more to protect each other in the sacred gift of life, as a preference for ending suffering by ending life is spreading. It is currently legal in Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, in addition to California, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington here in the United States. In fact this means that 16% of Americans now live in a suicide state.

Research on this area for women who have died with assisted suicide reveals a gender acquiescence to death, sometimes fostered by a lack of family care and community assistance to those who chose assisted death. Read more about that at Women and Assisted Suicide: Exposing the Gender Vulnerability to Acquiescent Death.

Furthermore, parents have a constant and expected duty to protect the best interests of their children, which is clearly laid out at Tracing the Foundations of the Best Interest of the Child Standard in American Jurisprudence, and requires every parent to protect his or her child’s life at all costs.  No court in the United States would allow a parent to end his or her child’s life… but that may be in jeopardy in light of these new laws.

Family restoration and family strength are not advanced by the legalization of assisted suicide.  Rather, these new laws to end life place an even greater burden on family members to protect each in the face of medical protocols that may demand their death, instead of their protection of the sacred gift of life.


What Does Election 2016 Mean for Your Family?

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     The Republican National Convention is being held this week in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention is being held next week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Each party is featuring the public policies they will promote on families, if elected.  To read more about what this might mean for your family, check out the Family Policy Alliance
     Each candidate and his or her party has starkly different views on family restoration.  Trump stresses strong families and a strong culture of life, particularly indicated by his choice of VP in Indiana Governor Mike Pence.  See a layout of the issues as Trump sees families at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_Families_+_Children.htm.  Clinton emphasizes strong policy on government support of families through day care, family medical leave, and abortion rights.  See how Clinton views those issues at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Hillary_Clinton_Families_+_Children.htm.     
     Strong positions toward government intervention and support of pregnancy termination yield severe negative affects on women, children, men and their families as set forth in Roe's Effects on Family Law.  Reviewing that issue alone offers a starting point for deciding Election 2016.