"Family Policy Matters" – Archives 2007

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Darwin In America
This week, John G. West, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks to discuss his new book, Darwin Day in America: How our politics and culture have been dehumanized in the name of science. Dr. West is associate director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and the former Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University. He explains how Darwinism has influenced every area of American society, from the criminal justice system to sex education. (December 29) mp3wma

Doctor Mom
This week, NCFPC president Bill Brooks talks with Angela Lowe Heider, MD, about her new book, The Rise and Fall of Dr. Mom: Women, the Healthcare Crisis and the Future. Dr. Heider is an obstetrician and gynecologist who previously practiced medicine in Durham. She discusses the pressures that many working mothers face, and explains why she decided to leave her career in medicine to be a stay-at-home mom. (December 22) mp3wma

North Carolina's High Drop Out Rate
This week, Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks to discuss the state’s low graduation rates. Mr. Allison previously worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He talks about a new report commissioned by his organization that analyzes North Carolina’s high school drop-out rate, and he explains why increasing parental school choice is the solution to helping more students succeed. (December 15) mp3wma

The Natural Family Manifesto
Allan Carlson, Ph.D., president of The Howard Center for Family Religion and Society, joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks to discuss his new book, The Natural Family: A Manifesto, which he co-authored with Paul T. Mero. Dr. Carlson talks about the meaning and importance of the “natural family” and why it works best as the central unit of society, and he offers a number of policy recommendations to help strengthen the family in our nation. (December 8) mp3wma

The Impact of Judicial Education Mandates
Chris Atkins, Senior Tax Counsel and Director of State Fiscal Projects for the Tax Foundation, joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks to discuss the increasing number of court rulings directing states to spend more money on education. Chris is the author of a recent Tax Foundation report on the issue, entitled “Appropriation by Litigation: Estimating the Cost of Judicial Mandates for State and Local Education Spending.” He talks about the impact of these judicial education mandates on state education funding, including in North Carolina. (December 1) mp3wma

Christian Roots of Thanksgiving—Part 2
Historian and author David Barton and NCFPC president Bill Brooks continue their discussion on the origins of Thanksgiving and also discusses how the holiday is taught in our public schools. David is the founder and president of Wallbuilders, and the author of numerous books on American history. (November 24) mp3wma

Christian Roots of Thanksgiving—Part 1
Is it correct to describe Thanksgiving as a Christian holiday? Historian and author David Barton joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks this week to answer that question. A former public school teacher, David is the founder and president of Wallbuilders, and the author of numerous books on American history, including Original Intent. David discusses the true origins of Thanksgiving, and the ongoing attempts to secularize the Thanksgiving holiday and American history in general. (November 17) mp3 wma

History of Religious Freedom in America
Constitutional lawyer and pro-family activist Michael Farris joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks this week to discuss his new book, From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights. Mr. Farris is chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association and the chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He addresses some of the most common myths surrounding the history of religious liberty in the United States, including the myth that the Enlightenment had more of an influence on the Bill of Rights than Christianity. (November 3) mp3wma

Changing Homosexuality
Is sexual orientation change possible? And is the attempt to change sexual orientation harmful? This week, licensed clinical psychologist, Mark Yarhouse joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks to discuss a groundbreaking new study that seeks to answer these important questions. Mark is a professor of psychology at Regent University and the director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent. He is the co-author of a new book entitled, Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, and he discusses the results of the study on this week’s program. (November 3) mp3wma

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
J. Matt Barber joins NCFPC president Bill Brooks this week to discuss a dangerous piece of pro-homosexual legislation that is currently pending in Congress, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Mr. Barber is Policy Director for Cultural Issues at Concerned Women for America in Washington, DC. He discusses the history of ENDA, why it is critical to the homosexual agenda, and what pro-family citizens can do to help stop its passage. (October 27) mp3wma

How Liberalism Affects Children
David Tubbs, assistant professor of politics at The King’s College in New York City, joins NCFPC president, Bill Brooks this week to discuss his new book, Freedom’s Orphans: Contemporary Liberalism and the Fate of American Children. A fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, David is the former associate editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He discusses the dangerous consequences that result when a society allows the desires of adults to supersede the welfare of its children. (October 20) mp3 wma

Homosexuality In Schools
Is homosexuality being promoted at your child’s school? And if it is, what should parents do? Linda Harvey, founder and president of Mission: America, joins NCFPC President Bill Brooks this week to reveal how homosexuality is being promoted in classrooms across the United States, including North Carolina. Linda, who has been a featured speaker at Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out conferences, discusses some of the clever tactics used by homosexual activists and their allies to get into the classroom, and offers parents and students advice on how to combat homosexual propaganda with the Truth. (October 13) mp3 wma

Impact of No-Fault Divorce
This week, NCFPC president, Bill Brooks, talks with Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (IMAPP). One of the leading voices in the Marriage Movement, Maggie is a syndicated columnist who has been featured in the New York Times and National Review, among other national publications. She is the author of several books, including The Case for Marriage, which she co-authored with Linda J. Waite. Maggie discusses a new report from IMAPP analyzing the impact of no-fault divorce on the divorce rate in the United States. She also talks about how no-fault divorce laws harm women and children in particular. (October 6) mp3 wma

Grading Our Schools
This week, Lindalyn Kakadelis, executive director of the North Carolina Education Alliance (NCEA), talks about the ABC’s of Public Education Accountability Report, which was released earlier this month by the State Department of Public Instruction. Lindalyn is a former teacher and Charlotte school board member, who currently serves as a board member for Mecklenberg Citizens for Public Education. She discusses how the State grades our schools under the ABCs program, the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law, and whether there is a better way to measure student and school success. (September 29) mp3 wma

Seminary Homemaking
Should female seminary students be offered courses in cooking and sewing as part of a humanities degree? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) president, Paige Patterson, thinks that they should, and joins us, this week to discuss why SWBTS is offering a new homemaking concentration. Dr. Patterson formerly served for 11 years as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and he served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He addresses the controversy surrounding the homemaking concentration at SWBTS and discusses the Biblical basis for preparing women to be good homemakers in addition to other careers. (September 22) mp3wma

Drugs at School
An increasing number of teens in the United States attend drug-infested schools where illegal substances are sold and used, according to a new survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Elizabeth Planet, CASA’s Director of Special Projects, joins us this week to discuss the survey’s findings. She talks about the widespread use and distribution of drugs on America’s middle and high school campuses, and offers tips for parents and educators on how to address this growing problem. (September 15) mp3 wma

The "Homosexual Gene" Myth
Is there a genetic basis for homosexuality? Have scientists really discovered a homosexual gene? Douglas Abbott, Ph.D., joins us this week to answer these questions. Dr. Abbott is Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska. He discusses a recent article he wrote for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) entitled, “Myths and Misconceptions About Behavioral Genetics and Homosexuality.” (September 8) mp3 wma

Pro-Homosexual Theology
Author and speaker Joe Dallas joins us this week to discuss his book, The Gay Gospel: How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible. A former homosexual, Joe is the founder of Genesis Counseling, and the past president of Exodus International. He discusses pro-homosexual theology, how it is being used in churches across the country to legitimize homosexuality, and how Christians should respond. (September 1) mp3wma

2007 General Assembly Review
John Rustin, vice president and director of government relations for the North Carolina Family Council, joins us to discuss the recently concluded 2007 legislative session of the General Assembly. John monitors legislation daily throughout each legislative session and works to ensure that the interests of North Carolina’s families are heard and understand by our legislators. (August 25) mp3wma

Virtuous Young Women
Author Wendy Shalit joins us to discuss her new book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good. Wendy is the author of the 1999 critically-acclaimed book, A Return to Modesty, and the founder of the online forums, Modestyzone.net and ModestlyYours.net. Wendy discusses the counter-sexual revolution among young people today, and how casual sex oppresses young women and destroys true love. (August 18) mp3 wma

Raising Modesty
Popular author and speaker Dannah Gresh discusses the sexualization of girls in our culture, and how parents and churches can encourage modesty in young women. Dannah is the founder of the organization, Pure Freedom, and the author of the best-selling book, And the Bride Wore White. (August 11) mp3wma

Legal Intern Review
Each summer, the North Carolina Family Policy Council hosts law students who are part of the Alliance Defense Fund's Blackstone Fellowship. On this program, NCFPC legal intern, Ben Kuipers shares research findings on issues ranging from charter schools to hate crime laws, as well as lessons he learned while interning at the NCFPC. (August 4) mp3wma

States' Reliance on Lottery Tax Revenue
Alicia Hansen, staff member at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., joins us this week to talk about her report Gambling with Tax Policy: States’ Growing Reliance on Lottery Tax Revenue. She discusses viewing the lottery as a form of taxation and the effects that state lottery has on other economic revenues. (July 28) mp3wma

Impact of Religion on Urban Families
W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, joins us this week to discuss his new report, “Religion, Race and Relationships in Urban America.” Dr. Wilcox talks about the positive effects of religious practice and belief on parenting, and how churches in urban communities can do a better job at strengthening marriages and families. (July 21) mp3

Evangelical Involvement in the Public Square
In recent years, evangelical Christians have become increasingly active in America’s culture war, yet they remain one of the most misunderstood and mischaracterized groups in the nation. Dr. J. Budziszewski, professor of philosophy and government at the University of Texas in Austin, joins us this week to discuss his new book, Evangelicals in the Public Square. Professor Budziszewski discusses who qualifies as an “evangelical Christian,” and addresses the lack of a cohesive political theory among evangelical Christians. (July 14) mp3

The Church's Role in Orphan Care
Does the Church have a Biblical duty to care for the needs of orphaned children around the world? John Fuller, vice president of the audio and new media division at Focus on the Family, and co-host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program, joins us this week to answer this important question. John also talks about the new Orphan Care Initiative launched by Focus on the Family and several other ministries and how concerned Christians can get involved. (July 6) mp3

The Impact of Cohabitation on Children
An increasing number of unmarried women are having children in the United States, including many women who are living with the father of their child. Drs. Jennifer Manlove and Suzanne Ryan, research scientists at Child Trends, join us this week to discuss their recent report on unwed childbearing and its impact on society. They discuss how cohabitation negatively impacts the children of unmarried couples, and why the healthiest place to raise kids is still inside of marriage. (June 30) mp3 wma

Big Government and Education
The federal government is taking an increasing role in public education in America. Neal McCluskey, a policy analyst with the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, joins us this week to talk about his book, Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples and Compromises American Education. He also discusses ways that public education could be more effective and responsive to community needs. (June 23) mp3 wma

Partial Birth Abortion Ruling
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled to uphold the 2003 federal ban on partial birth abortion. Mailee Smith is a staff attorney with Americans United for Life (AUL) and she co-wrote AUL’s amicus briefs to the high court in the cases dealing with partial birth abortion. She is our guest this week and will talk about what this ruling might mean for abortion restrictions on the state level. (June 16) mp3

Forsyth Religious Liberty
Forsyth County Commissioners are defending themselves against a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The lawsuit challenges a policy that allows various clergy members from the community to offer sectarian prayers before commission meetings. Mike Johnson, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, has agreed to represent the commissioners and explains why the Forsyth County policy is legal and constitutional. (June 9) mp3wma

"Hate Crime" Laws
At first glance, laws against hate crimes sound like a good thing, but these measures can actually be dangerous and a threat to our free speech and religious liberties. Chris Stovall, senior legal counsel to the Alliance Defense Fund talks about federal hate crimes legislation that’s making its way through Congress and how this measure could create special rights for homosexuals. (June 2) mp3

2007 Zogby Sex Education Poll
All over the country, there are moves to abolish the funding for and the teaching of abstinence until marriage education in favor of condom-based “Comprehensive Sex Education.” A new poll from Zogby International shows that parents overwhelmingly support the teaching of abstinence education in our public schools. Valerie Huber, executive director for the National Abstinence Education Association, discusses the poll and the ongoing battle over sex education in our nation. (May 26) mp3

Tax Impact on Families
The average American family pays more in total taxes than they pay in food, clothing and shelter combined. Dr. J.D. Foster, Senior Fellow in the Economics of Fiscal Policy at the Heritage Foundation talks with us this week about taxes and how high taxes impact families and middle class families in particular. (May 19) mp3

Internet Gambling
Internet gambling has been called the “crack cocaine” of gambling because it is highly addictive. In our program this week, we’ll talk with Chad Hills, a gambling research analyst at Focus on the Family Action. He discusses the scope and threat of gambling on the internet and a federal law passed last year that’s helping to restrict internet gambling in the United States. (May 12) mp3

Mathmatica Abstinence Study
Those who oppose the teaching of Abstinence Until Marriage education in our public schools are using a recent study to argue that schools should implement comprehensive sex education. Our guest this week is Dr. Gary Rose, CEO of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. He discusses the problems with comprehensive sex education, the problems with the Mathmatica abstinence study, and how it should not be used to make policy decisions on the effectiveness of abstinence education. (May 5) mp3

The Hijacking of Sex Education
A growing number of medical doctors believe that their profession has been hijacked by a dangerous ideology that puts sexual freedom above the health of young people. In this week’s program, Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist at UCLA, talks about this and her book entitled, Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. (April 28) mp3

The Deinstitutionalizing of Marriage
The debate over the potential harms of same-sex marriage continues to rage, with some questioning how harmful it could be to allow homosexuals to marry. Dr. David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values contends that legalizing same sex marriage would seriously weaken the institution of marriage and rob children of their right to their two natural parents. (April 21) mp3

The Day of Truth
The Day of Truth is coming up on April 19th in schools all across the country. The Alliance Defense Fund is promoting this event as a response to the Day of Silence which falls on April 18th and is designed to support homosexuality in our schools. In our program this week, ADF Legal Counsel Mike Johnson talks about why it’s important for Christian students to participate in the Day of Truth as a means of telling the true story about homosexuality in their schools. (April 14) mp3

The Abstinence Until Marriage Education Law, Part 2
Legislation has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly which would replace the state’s Abstinence Until Marriage law with comprehensive sex education. In this week’s program, we continue our conversation with Abstinence Educator Mike Long about why comprehensive sex education is dangerous for our children and why Abstinence Until Marriage education is the most effective way to protect the total health of young people. (April 7) mp3

The Abstinence Until Marriage Education Law, Part 1
Legislation has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly which would replace the state’s Abstinence Until Marriage law with comprehensive sex education. In this week’s program, we’re talking with Abstinence Educator Mike Long about why comprehensive sex education is dangerous for our children and why Abstinence Until Marriage education is the most effective way to protect the total health of young people. (March 31) mp3

The Marriage Gap
We hear a lot about the income gap and the education gap in America, but author Kay Hymowitz believes there is a marriage gap in our country between lower income people and those with more income and education. In our program this week, Hymowitz discusses her book, Marriage and Caste in America, Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age, where she identifies a trend that of lower income, less educated people placing a lower value on marriage and subsequently not giving their children the many benefits of being raised in a traditional family. (March 24) mp3

Government and Christians
Many people in our society today believe that the government has a responsibility to protect them from disaster. Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World magazine, talks with us about how dangerous this attitude is and about the role of government and Christians during catastrophes. He also discusses his new book, The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government and a New Strategy for Future Crisis (March 17) mp3

Teacher Pay in North Carolina
We quite often hear that better pay for teachers is a key ingredient to improving our public schools.  However, Terry Stoops with the John Locke Foundation contends that North Carolina already has competitive pay for teachers.  He talks about that in this week’s show and about his recently published report entitled, “Learning About Teacher Pay.” (March 10) mp3

The Meaning of "Evangelical"
A large number of Americans define themselves as evangelicals, but according to research by the Barna Group, many of these people don’t actually fit the definition. George Barna, founder of the research firm The Barna Group, talks about the definition of evangelical and the number of Americans who can truly be classified as such. (March 3) mp3

Parents for Educational Freedom
There is a growing campaign in North Carolina to allow more school choice for public school children.  Darrell Allison is the president of a new organization, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, which was formed to spearhead this effort. On our program this week, he talks about why more school choice is important to the educational goals of our state and how this organization is planning to accomplish their mission. (February 24) mp3

Reaching the Homosexual Next Door
With much of the discourse in our culture these days surrounding homosexuality, it is essential that Christians know how to respond in love to our homosexual neighbors and co-workers without compromising God’s truth.  Randy Thomas, executive vice president of Exodus International talks about some ways Christians and the Church can respond.  This is the topic of his new book, God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door, which he co-authored with four colleagues at Exodus International. (February 17) mp3

Day of Purity
The fourth annual Day of Purity is February 14, 2007. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, based in Orlando, Florida, is our guest on this week’s show. He talks about the Day of Purity and why Valentines Day is the perfect time to talk to young people in our schools about why waiting until marriage to have sex is the safest and best plan for their lives. (February 10) mp3

North Carolina's School Choice Ranking
The Center for Education Freedom at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC recently conducted a survey, rating each state in regards to school choice. Andrew Coulson, Director of the Center, is our guest this week.  He speaks with us on how North Carolina ranks and what our state can do to make strides toward giving parents more choice in how and where their children are educated. (February 3) mp3

Why the Schiavo Case Matters
In 2005, Terri Schiavo, an adult young woman, gained national attention when she was killed by court order, despite her parent’s desperate legal challenge to save her. Now, David Gibbs, who served as the attorney for Terry Schiavo’s parents, discusses what really happened during those days and why it matters to every American. (January 27) mp3

Origins of Comprehensive Sex Education
A recent survey released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute claims that the majority of Americans have had sex outside of marriage. Our guest this week, Linda Klepacki, sexual health analyst with Focus on the Family, discusses why she finds fault with the survey and with its implied criticism of teaching sexual abstinence until marriage in our public schools. (January 20) mp3

The Impact of Abortion
Amidst all the rhetoric about reproductive choice for women, the story that often gets lost is the one regarding women who are suffering in the aftermath of abortion. On this week’s program, we speak with Leslee Unruh, founder and president of Abstinence Clearinghouse, a nationwide resource center for abstinence education research and materials. She talks about her own personal experience with abortion and the impact it has had on her husband and her family. (January 13) mp3

Why Religion Matters
Religious practice has enormous benefits for society. That’s the subject of a recent report authored by Patrick Fagan, the William H. G. Fitzgerald Research Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. On this week’s show, Fagan talks about the report entitled, “Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability." (January 6) mp3


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