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    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

    When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. The legislation was … More

    Millennials Need an American Rebound

    The plight of debt-burdened and underemployed millennials—those born between 1979 and 1994—is troubling, but Heritage Foundation distinguished fellow Kim Holmes points out that there is still time to change course and increase opportunities for this generation. In his new book, Rebound: Getting America Back to Great, Holmes explains that there … More

    Obamacare’s Threat to Marriage and America’s Civil Society

    In addition to a tsunami of glitches in online enrollment, Obamacare is designed with a payment structure that undercuts marriage and the family—two institutions that have historically provided the foundation for a sustainable and thriving civil society. The law is structured to provide less support to a husband and wife … More

    Helping Addicts Off the Streets: A Legacy of Lives Restored

    Last week, the nation lost a true champion of civil society with the passing of Bob Coté. Thirty years ago, Coté launched Step 13, a facility/program for addicts and alcoholics in the midst of the skid-row section of Denver. There he was, available 24/7, and his presence was a continual … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Teens Are Putting Off Sexual Activity

    A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that more teens are choosing to delay sexual activity. The median age for first sexual intercourse is approaching 18 years of age for those born in 1991. The median age for those born in 1978 was 17 years of age. Now, less … More

    Milton Friedman at 101: We Need His Ideas Now More Than Ever

    Today, on what would have been Milton Friedman’s 101st birthday, we celebrate the enduring insights of an economist and thinker whose ideas have served as the guiding light for visionary leaders around the world. The practical policies inspired by Friedman have allowed countless individuals to realize their dreams through participation … More

    Hispanics Are Conservative, Too

    According to a recent McLaughlin poll, over 50 percent of Hispanics would vote for a conservative candidate in an election, and almost one-third identified themselves as conservatives. While this may be a surprise to some, the truth is that conservative values are shared by many in the Hispanic community. As … More