UFI Blog

Each life matters and the loss of any human life diminishes our own. By Kristin Wahlquist It is impossible to calculate the value of a life; things learned, people touched, and memories created. Each life is both incredible and irreplaceable. Every life begins when two microscopic cells...

By Rachel Allison Several years ago my husband traveled through France where he met a family who had just recently moved ten miles out of town.  This meant that the family’s two teenage daughters had to be driven to town each morning for school, and then...

Mekelle Tenney Contained within the First Amendment are two religion clauses, the establishment clause and the exercise clause. The establishment clause ensures that Congress will not establish a federal religion and that Congress will not enact legislation that effects just one sect of religion. The exercise...

Diane Robertson Yesterday I had the unique opportunity of attending a 4 hour long conference hosted by the Wheately Institute and titled: Family is Crucial: Views from Law and Social Science. Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, Mark Regnerus, and Jenet Erickson spoke. These speakers have all...

Nathalie Bowman We live in a world in which thousands of years of traditional, assumed gender roles are being turned upside down. Many questions about human sexuality and gender are being asked that have never been asked before, and new vocabulary is being developed by those...

Maddi Gillel If everyone were the kind of citizen you are, would the country be better or worse? Does it make any difference? YES !!!! When we stand up for our country and defend it in word and deed, it inspires others to do so and...

 Rebecca Mallory "Truth is stranger than fiction" is alive and well in our destructive PC culture. Just when you think you've heard every ridiculous edict relating to political correctness, some other insane story rears it's ugly head to top it. Has it made America safer and...

By Kelli Houghton and Teresa Kearl It isn’t uncommon to see a headline at the local grocery store magazine rack encouraging readers to question how satisfied they are in their marriage, or to watch a TV show that glamorizes one “finding themselves” only to quickly abandon...

Diane Robertson I turned 39 today! Yup, that’s right. Today is my 39th birthday. Next year, I will be the big 4-0. A lot has happened in my almost forty years. I remember how in the fourth grade I was asked to draw a picture depicting...

Nathalie Bowman The sexual revolution has promoted the sexual relationship to be purely physical, and the more freedom to have more partners, the better. Why wait until marriage? In fact, it’s being preached that it’s impossible for young men and women to wait until marriage to...

Pornography is seeping into family life in a myriad of unexpected and devastating ways. by Allison Cook Ninety-seven  billion. This was the total revenue made in 2006 off of pornographic websites worldwide (Getting Serious, 2010). In 2005, 56 percent of all divorce cases involved one party having an...

Diane Robertson A week ago I wrote about how gay marriage was back at the Supreme Court. I did not expect that just a week later, the Supreme Court Justices would have dismissed all marriage cases. In a move like Pontius Pilate, the Supreme Court washed...

Nathalie Bowman Yesterday was a normal day. OK, it was not normal, it was my birthday! But I did the routine thing and took two of my teenagers and three other teens to school 25 minutes away. On the way home, I did something out of...

Maddi Gillel Yes, you hafta !!!!! How many times have we as parents, heard this from our children when we ask them to clean their rooms, practice the piano, mow the lawn, take out the trash? This article is for you parents who need some encouragement...

Rebecca Mallory It was a crisp fall day nearly 20 years ago that I was frantically driving a carpool of girls to their mandatory dance class for all company performers four days a week right after school. Among them was my daughter, Brooke who was in...

Diane Robertson Behind closed doors, the justices on the Supreme Court are considering taking gay marriage cases from five states: Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The Justices put these cases at the top of their schedule. All five states had either their marriage amendment or...

Nathalie Bowman It seems silly to bring this up. After all, women are more free in this day and age than in any other time in history. But has the “freedom” of women really made them more free? The Women’s Liberation movement freed women’s bodies (“the...

Fathers can give the best gift of all - it's not about  presents, but presence. By Chimane Hess & David Puente In the 1970's a series of public service announcements aired that promoted strong families. Several of the ads focused on getting fathers to realize that their...

Mom had a special way of making a task seem less daunting when I was growing up. Her deportment was kindness, shown through soft and encouraging words, through quiet acts of service, and through her genuine belief in our ability to do hard things. Every...

The happy "same-sex family" is more often than not built upon the back of a destroyed mother/father heterosexual family.  In the same-sex marriage debate, how often have you heard this snarkily-delivered question:  "Well, how does a same-sex marriage harm your heterosexual marriage?"  With the obvious answer...

Too many courts; too many rulings on marriage.  How do you make sense of it all? By Diane Robertson Conflicting court rulings in Louisiana has left the state confused. At the beginning of the month federal district Judge, Martin Feldman ruled that Louisiana’s marriage law was constitutional...

A debate is currently raging over appropriate forms of discipline.  So what might "appropriate" discipline look like? By Nathalie Bowman This is the final piece in a 3 part series. Read Part 1: Is the “Ideal” for Real? and Part 2: Is the Ideal for Real: Peaceful...

Kristen Jan Heimuli In all the debates and conversations regarding civil rights it is easy to focus primarily on the struggles of race or gender. And while those struggles have been extremely profound, we tend to forget about a very special population-the last population to have...

Maddi Gillel Have you ever been trying to get somewhere, such as in a different city, state, or country? Did you have a map? Did you speak the language so that you could ask? We’ve all been in this situation. Some of us are born with...

Rebecca Mallory Anybody out there old enough to remember the old MAD Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman? Every issue donned his face with the same goofy look of complete oblivion to life. Not a care in the world. That goofy face should have donned the cover...