Items of interest

There are a number of items of interest that I think you should know about, and I hope that you’ll help me to spread the word.

First up is good news for young adults, a new website launched on March 21, 2012 (yes, the day the Supreme Court passed Obamacare) offers straightforward and critical information on contraception and natural family planning. The site, 1flesh.org,was founded by a group of college students who’ve had enough of the lies some in the medical and pharmaceutical fields are shoving down the throats of young people, particularly young women.

As part of its mission explanation, the site states “We promote saving sex until marriage, and thus eliminating your risk of STDs, and practicing a natural, effective method of family planning within marriage, thus eliminating the negative effects of contraception, especially hormonal contraception.”

It appears to me that 1flesh.org’s team have their heads on straight. The site contains articles, videos, and graphics that give straight-talk and scientific information about the dangers of contraception and premarital sex and the value of waiting until marriage and natural family planning for the spacing of children. A word of note: Keep in mind that the site is written by and for young adults, so the lingo is snappier and more frank than some of us might be used to. But that’s what will make it so effective in getting it’s message to its audience.

It looks like families in the United Kingdom can use our prayers. Louise Casey, head of the British government’s troubled families unit – an agency meant to help and support families, mind you – says that mothers of large families with difficulties should stop having children and should be ashamed of the damage they’re doing to society. So, tell me. What family, large or small, doesn’t have problems at one time or another?  You can read the article in The Telegraph that tells more here.

I’m not a big fast food fan, but I might change my mind for the sake of supporting Chick-fil-A’s founder S. Truett Cathy, who has held his ground on traditional marriage and family values. Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy (son of S. Truett Cathy) explained  the company’s position in an interview with the Baptist Press. Here’s some of what he said:

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

As a result of the Truett Family’s stance, the company has been the victim of criticism and discrimination, including being banned from opening new restaurants in the city of Boston and nine college campuses around the country as well as being boycotted by homosexual activist groups. As an aside, several groups that support Chick-fil-A are  advocating an “eat at Chick-fil-A day” on Wednesday, August 1, as a show of support.

As long as we’re talking boycotts, you might want the rethink allowing your kids or grandkids to watch the Muppets. In a lashback effort to squelch the Truett Family’s rights to hold and voice their own values, the Henson company, named after the creator of Muppet characters Kermit the Frog,  Miss Piggy and others, supplied their Creature Shop Muppet toys to Chick-Fil-A for children’s meal packages and has severed its business relationship with Chick-fil-A.  Here’s a statement posted on the company’s Facebook page:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,”

Next… an interesting article on Catholic Lane by my friend Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur about kids and internet addiction: Are You or Your Children Addicted to the Net?

Also, I hope you’ll tune into Catholicism Live’s The New Feminism, tomorrow,  July 25, at 8pm CST for “What Does the Catholic Church Really Teach About Women?” San Antonio Catholic Women’s Conference Coordinator, Nan Balfour; fellow speaker, Mary Jane Fox; and I will be taking calls and e-mails and chatting about this vital topic. You can learn more and listen live here: http://CatholicismLive.com

Finally, for fun. Here’s the link to the segment Catholic Radio’s Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo about the San Antonio Catholic Women’s Conference. Makes me want to register right now! Wait…I don’t have to! I’ll be speaking there! Listen to the segment here.

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