NewsFri Jun 19, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST
Alberta Finance Minister Praised, Vilified for Saying Stay-at-Home Parent Important for Raising Chil
By Patrick B. Craine
TORONTO, June 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Alberta Finance Minister, Iris Evans, a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, has come under fire from the leader of the Liberal government after telling the Economic Club of Canada on Wednesday morning that having one parent stay at home is important for raising children well. Her comments came at the end of an address to the Club during the question period, in the context of speaking about the importance of teaching kids about finances.
Referring to her own children, Minister Evans said, “They've understood perfectly well that when you're raising children, you don't both go off to work and leave them for somebody else to raise.”
“This is not a statement against daycare,” she went on. “It's a statement about their belief in the importance of raising children properly.”
Pro-family advocates came out strongly in support of Minister Evans’ comments.
“[We need] to recognize the tremendous value [of stay-at-home mothers],” said Gwen Landolt of REAL Women Canada in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), “and society hasn’t done enough of that. They say the woman, especially an educated woman, is wasted. Hardly. She’s making the most magnificent contribution imaginable to society … It’s time society recognized this tremendous value and contribution.”
Landolt admitted, however, that in an economic structure that is stacked against stay-at-home parents, there are sometimes pragmatic reasons why a mother simply cannot take the time off work.
What the Minister said “is absolutely true in a perfect world,” she said, but “the difficulty is, especially in this economy, … each one has to work, not just for luxuries, but just to keep the family operational.”
“We only wish more women had the choice or the option, but in today’s world it’s not always that easy.”
Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director of the Canada Family Action Coalition, said that there is strong research to back up Evans position. “I believe there is researched evidence that shows that when a parent stays home with a child there’s much more likelihood the child will be better adjusted and also less likely, as evidence shows, of getting into crime or drugs or sex issues. … Parents do a better job of raising their children than somebody else can.”
Dave Quist, Executive Director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, told LSN, “I commend [the Minister] for saying that publicly as a public official, that kids need a mom or dad to be home with them, especially in those early years.”
“The body of research,” he said, “is quite clear that children do best when raised by their own, married, biological, mom and dad.”
“With regards to having a mom or a dad stay at home with their children,” he went on, “there’s also evidence that kids do best when that takes place. They are nurtured best. I mean who knows better how to treat a child - mom or dad, or a childcare worker? ... Moms and dads care and love their kids the most, and so that’s obviously in the best interests of the child.”
Following the speech, however, the Minister was sharply criticized for her comments by Alberta Liberal leader David Swann, who called for her to apologize. Swann said Eveans should be fired should she not do so. “If she really said these things, she must apologize,” said Swann. “If she doesn't apologize, the premier must fire her. … These are truly outrageous claims. I have never been as stunned by the sheer arrogance and ignorance of the Tories as I am today.”
According to Swann, “In a sense, Iris Evans did us all a favor by revealing her contempt for the sacrifices made by hard-working Alberta families.” Swann suggested that Evans’ comments prove that the current PC government of Alberta is a “group of small-minded social conservatives who don't understand the problems of ordinary Albertans.”
Swann’s demand for an apology from Evans caused Dave Quist to chuckle. “I think there would be millions of moms and dads across Canada that would stand up to cheer for her, and certainly those people wouldn’t be asking her to apologize. Our research tells us that 82% of families all across the country, regardless of whether they are moms or dads, regardless of whether they are in urban or rural settings, regardless of which province they happen to live in, they would prefer to stay home with their child to raise them in those early years.”
Landolt said that structures need to be put in place to allow more women to stay home if they choose. “REAL Women’s position,” she said, “has always been that women should have that choice, and the way to have that choice, [is] to have … less taxation for the family and a higher deduction for a parent at home.”
Commenting on Liberal leader Swann’s criticism, Landolt said, “Alberta is progressive in many, many ways, but certainly to say that a woman at home is enormous value is just common sense.”
Rushfeldt told LSN he was troubled by Swann’s remarks. “I was certainly disturbed by the Liberals all of a sudden [saying] apologize immediately,” he said. “She has, even as the Minister of a government, she has … the freedom in Canada still, to express her opinion.”
In light of the controversy she sparked, Minister Evans clarified her remarks on Thursday, but did not rescind her main point. “I understand some people were offended by some of what I said,” she stated. “I did not intend to suggest there is only one way to raise a child.”
“Having worked for most of my adult life while raising kids,” she continued, “I understand no situation is the same and that parents have to make difficult choices that are in the best interests of their children, and I applaud them for making these choices.”
Asked to comment on what Minister Evans had said, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said: “We have a tremendous respect for working families—both parents working contributes greatly to the province of Alberta and to the country of Canada.”
The Honourable Iris Evans
#208 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Phone: (780) 427-8809
Fax: (780) 427-5543
Email: [email protected]
The Honourable David Swann
#201 Legislature Annex
9718 107 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1E4
Phone: (780) 427-2292
Fax: (780) 427-3697
E-mail (Constituency Office): [email protected]
See also the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada’s report on their research of Canadian childcare choices:
Please, enough with the cult of pop stars. Our kids need real heroes.
April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two things happen each time a significant pop culture figure dies: Christians attempt to dredge up some moderately conservative or traditional thing that figure said at some point during his long career, and mainstream media attempts to convince a society thoroughly bored with such things that the person in question was a ground-breaking radical. The two most recent examples are the androgynous David Bowie—a cringe-worthy and possibly blasphemous video of him dropping to his knees during a rock performance and uttering the Lord’s Prayer circulated just following his death--and the pop star Prince.
I’ve had to suppress my gag reflexes many times as I saw my Facebook newsfeed fill up with memes sporting quotes from Prince about his faith and articles announcing that the musician who “embraced gender fluidity before his time,” according to Slate and “will always be a gay icon” according to The Atlantic, was against gay marriage. Sure, maybe he was. But only a Christian community so shell-shocked by the rapid spread of the rainbow blitzkrieg and the catastrophic erosion of religious liberty would find this remarkable. After all, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said the same thing barely one election cycle ago. As one obituary celebrating Prince’s paradigm-smashing sexual performances written by Dodai Stewart put it:
Dig, if you will, a picture: The year is 1980. Many states still have sodomy laws. The radio is playing feel-good ear candy like Captain and Tennille and KC and the Sunshine Band. TV hits include the sunny, toothy blond shows Three’s Company and Happy Days. There’s no real word for “gender non-conforming.” But here’s what you see: A man. Clearly a man. Hairy, mostly naked body…a satiny bikini bottom. But those eyes. Rimmed in black, like a fantasy belly dancer. The full, pouty lips of a pin-up girl. Long hair. A tiny, svelte thing. Ethnically ambiguous, radiating lust. What is this? A man. Clearly a man. No. Not just a man. A Prince.
Right. So let’s not get too carried away, shall we? I know Christians are desperate to justify their addictions to the pop culture trash that did so much to sweep away Christian values in the first place and I know that latching on to the occasional stray conservative belief that may manifest itself in pop culture figures makes many feel as if perhaps we are not so weird and countercultural, but this bad habit we have of claiming these figures upon their passing is downright damaging.
After all, parents should be teaching their children about real heroes, titans of the faith who changed the world. Heroes of the early church who stood down tyrants, halted gladiatorial combat, and crusaded against injustice in a world where death was all the rage. These men and women were real rebels who stood for real values. If we want to point our children to people they should emulate, we should be handing them books like Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by the brilliant writer Eric Metaxas rather than the pop albums Purple Rain or Lovesexy by Prince. If parents spend their time glorifying the predecessors of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus instead of highlighting heroes like William Wilberforce, they can hardly be surprised when their children choose to emulate the former rather than the latter.
The mainstream media’s adulation of these pop stars is equally irritating. The unspoken truth of these obituaries is that the flamboyant antics of Prince and the rest of the so-called rebellious drag queens populating the rock n’ roll scene have been mainstream for a long time already. Want to see dozens of bizarre body piercings? Weird hairdos? Purple mohawks? Dudes with nail polish? Strange tattoos? Easy. Just go onto any university campus, or any public high school without a dress code. With headphones wedged firmly in their ear canals, they can pump the cleverly commercialized “counterculture” straight into their skulls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
More than that, some of these courageous rebels have actually sued their employers to ensure that they can let their establishment-smashing freak flag fly at work, too. An Edmonton woman with 22 visible body piercings complained that her employer was unfair because apparently she was being discriminated against “based on body modifications.” Yeah! The Man must be told, after all. And if he doesn’t agree, we will lawyer up. I wonder what the shrieking rebels of the early days would think about the snivelling children of the current grievance culture.
So these days, the media’s eulogizing about aging culture warriors who went mainstream a long time ago rings a bit hollow. After all, most rock n’ roll stars these days look tame compared to what shows up in the children’s section at Pride Week. Freaky is normal now. Normal is radical. Welcome to 2016.
When Christians are posting nostalgic tributes to the rebels who helped inoculate their children against the radical views of Christianity in the first place, you know that the victories of the counterculture are complete and Stockholm syndrome has set in.
Target boycott climbs to over 1 million
April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Over 1 million people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new policy allowing men to access women’s bathrooms.
The American Family Association’s Boycott Target petition gained traction immediately, reaching the one million mark in only nine days.
“Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “#BoycottTarget has resonated with Americans. Target’s harmful policy poses a danger to women and children; nearly everyone has a mother, wife, daughter or friend who is put in jeopardy by this policy. Predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the policy to prey on those who are vulnerable. And it’s clear now that over one million customers agree.”
Target defended its policy in a statement saying that it believes everyone “deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally” and earlier this week, a Target spokeswoman defended the policy as “inclusive.”
The AFA said that unisex bathrooms are a common-sense alternative to allowing men unfettered access to women’s bathrooms.
“Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided,” the petition says.
The AFA warned that Target’s new policy benefits sexual predators and poses a danger to women and children.
“With Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?” the petition asked.
There have been numerous instances of predatory men accessing women’s bathrooms and intimate facilities in the wake of “transgender” bathroom policies allowing them to do so.
“We want to make it very clear that AFA does not believe the transgender community poses this danger to the wider public,” said Wildmon. “Rather, this misguided and reckless policy provides a possible gateway for predators who are out there.”
Amazing new video captures the flash of light the moment life begins
CHICAGO, April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Life begins with a spark – literally.
Researchers at Northwestern University have documented the striking event in a new video that accompanies a study published this week.
At the moment of conception, the egg releases massive amounts of zinc, which creates a spark that can be seen with the aid of a microscope.
“It was remarkable,” said Teresa Woodruff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school. “To see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.”
The research team had noted the zinc sparks before in mice eggs but had never observed the process in human beings.
“All of biology starts at the time of fertilization,” Woodruff said, “yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”
One of the researchers, Northwestern chemistry professor Thomas O'Halloran, explained the science behind the process in 2014.
“The egg first has to stockpile zinc and then must release some of the zinc to successfully navigate maturation, fertilization and the start of embryogenesis,” he said. “On cue, at the time of fertilization, we see the egg release thousands of packages, each dumping a million zinc atoms, and then it's quiet.”
“Each egg has four or five of these periodic sparks,” O'Halloran said. “It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony.”
Since the amount of zinc in an egg correlates with successful implantation and birth, the Northwestern researchers are highlighting that their research may be used to assist in vitro fertilization.
But that raises concerns given the grave moral issues with IVF, which involves creating numerous embryos that are either killed or frozen. Moral theologians also emphasize that IVF is an injustice even for the children who are born as a result, as they are created in a lab rather than in the union of man and woman.
The study may have far-reaching consequences the research team did not intend, such as strengthening public belief in the longstanding scientific consensus that life begins at the moment of conception/fertilization.
Many of those who saw the Northwestern video said it testifies to the beauty of life and the shallow lies that buttress the argument of abortion-on-demand.
“I saw this, and I was blown away by it,” said Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated radio program Thursday afternoon. “For anybody in the mainstream media to openly admit that life begins at conception” defies arguments that an unborn child is only “tissue mass.”
Researchers released a separate video of the zinc spark taking place in a mammalian egg more than a year ago:
The paper, which is entitled “The Zinc Spark is an Inorganic Signature of Human Egg Activation,” was published by Scientific Reports on April 26.