A news roundup on the issues that matter most.
– The Wall St. Journal’s “A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic” explains how California lawmakers are trying to prevent San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone from hiring faculty that would advance Catholic teaching in area high schools.
Just imagine: Catholic schools teaching Catholic doctrine? The effort to coerce school officials into violating their convictions is a stunning assault on a religious school’s constitutional freedom.
– Planet Fitness Revokes Woman’s Membership After She Complained About Transgender Person. The Michigan woman, Yvette Cormier, was changing in the women’s locker room when someone who looked like a man entered. She complained to management, and then to corporate: “This is about me and how I felt unsafe,” she told CNN. But because of Planet Fitness’ “no-judgment” policy, members are allowed to use the locker room that corresponds to “whatever gender you feel you are.”
The “no judgment” mantra is being normalized throughout the country. For example, Wesleyan University now offers housing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual … Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities.” I actually edited out an obscenity that’s included on the list. And yes, it’s a direct quote from the university’s Office of Residential Life website.
– How Birth Order Affects Your Marriage: If you want insight into how to better relate to your spouse, this must-read from Thriving Family magazine is filled with tips you can immediately implement. Dr. Kevin Leman offers perspective on how birth order “programs” who you and your spouse are, and how birth-order matchups play out in marriage.
– Parents, beware: Cyberbullying is back in the news. Local news coverage out of Cleveland tells how a “Toddler with rare disorder becomes victim of cyberbuylling.” Also, former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has spoken out about vulgar and sexually explicit messages he and his daughter received after he sent a tweet congratulating Gabby, 17, for receiving a softball scholarship to college. Gabby, who was in tears, said “it means a lot that [my dad] defended me.” (Note: Focus has resources on bullying and technology to help parents dealing with these serious issues.)