UFI Blog

Rachel Allison Last year’s Christmas season was unusually chaotic around our house.  Because of an educational opportunity, our son, his wife and his family with three small children were living with us.  Two of these children were two-month old twins.  My sweet daughter-in-law was a trooper,...

Mary Jane Fritzen Recently PBS Newshour included a sad segment about the increasing numbers of young Americans with HIV. "Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annuals, and a clear majority...

Maddi Gillel Someone once said, “When the government fears the people there is freedom, when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Tyranny is also a catch -all phrase for the ‘isms – communism, Nazism, Marxism, fascism, etc.  So with liberty and tyranny loosely defined,...

Rachel Allison Did you know that there is a language where the word CONSEQUENCE or its equivalent is not found?  United Families International learned this unforeseen truth when we introduced STAY ALIVE, an AIDS prevention program, to schoolchildren in Africa.  It is easy for us to...

Diane Robertson In 2011, Daniel Villarrea, a writer for The Queerity, a top online LGBT magazine wrote an article entitled, Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?. (Just a warning that the language is very lewd and offensive in...

Maddi Gillel “Without parents’ humanizing work, children may be quite smart, well-educated, and successful, but so selfish, self-centered, and uncaring as to be essentially uncivilized – not able to live in a spirit of community with others” (On Rekindling a Spirit of ‘Home Training: A Mother’s...

Rachel Allison Today I am thankful for a mother who chose a husband who would love his family and be devoted to his responsibilities to us…a selfless hard-working man who was loyal and faithful to her, his children and his faith in God. I am grateful to...

Laura Bunker “There must be more to life than having everything!”  (Maurice Sendak) There is indeed. The happiest people in the world are those who have learned to be grateful for what they have.  In fact, “gratitude plays a critical role in human happiness. It is literally...

“[I]t is the life of the family upon which in the last analysis the whole welfare of the nations rests…The nation is nothing but the aggregate of the families within its borders.”  --Theodore Roosevelt I’ll bet you didn’t know that in the U.S. the third...

Danny Quinney Some people are just jerks:  It has always amazed me how much the opinions of others matter.  Their opinions don’t.  I once heard someone say that “you wouldn’t worry so much about what other people thought of you if you realized how often they...

Maddi Gillel The National Fatherhood Institute (NFI), with the Alabama Family Alliance, offers a number of suggestions for how fathers can improve their skills: 1-    Respect your children’s mother.  If you are married, commit to keeping your marriage strong and vital.  If you are not married, remain...

Note from Editor:  This is another in our series of articles written by college-age students interested in pro-family policy.  United Families International is excited to have a new generation of pro-family advocates who are getting involved. According to the Fight the New Drug Website (http://www.fightthenewdrug.org/Blog/) in...

Rachel Allison Yesterday I attended a wedding of a dear friend’s son. I introduced myself to the young man sitting next to me who happened to be the oldest brother of the bride.  We had several minutes to engage in conversation before the wedding began, and...

by Maddi Gillel My husband and I lived in Africa from 2006-2008.  Within a month of arriving there, the thoughts were coming to me: “how can a continent have so many complex problems?  (aids - 30%, fractured families, rampant diseases, immorality, polygamy, competing tribes, dishonesty, parasites...

Diane Robertson One of the great things about America has always been freedom of speech. What a joy it is to be able to say or write something contrary to the government or popular opinion and still be safe and often respected.  This week, Americans used...

Rachel Allison Just over eighteen months ago a friend of mine heard about a program being presented at a high school across town.  It was advertised as a  Pinal County LGBTQ Youth Summit.  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Recognizing that such a program could prove provocative,...

Diane Robertson As a mother of nine kids, and a defender of the traditional family, I'd like to think that few things ruffle my feathers. I can handle a lot of noise, big messes, daily elementary school homework, as well as being called hateful and bigoted...

Ann Bailey Increased use of contraceptives results in increased abortion…who knew!  Seems counter-intuitive, but it is true.  Recently, the media and the Obama spin masters have been all over a study that  supposedly shows that if you hand out free birth control (under Obamacare) you’ll have...

by Maddi Gillel I have noticed in the past few years the power women have for good or evil, depending on the choices they, themselves, make.  I can see that women of all ages have an aura around them of good which influences others for good...

Rachel Allison Without trying to openly express an opinion on the upcoming United States Presidential Election I will admit that I was disgusted by the ad comparing the loss of virginity to voting for our President, Barak Obama.  Have we become so calloused to what is...

U.S.  Marriage Score today:  0-32 To say it is a pivotal time for marriage would be quite an understatement!  Supporters of same-sex marriage are energized by recent developments such as the extreme support of so-called "gay rights" by a sitting U.S. President, including his reversal and...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: “Is it helpful to the cause of religious freedom to have clergy and congregation participate in ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’?” Here’s how readers responded: 82 percent       Yes  9 percent        No 9 percent         Unsure There wasn’t a huge response to this poll question and we suspect...

Ann Bailey A mass of pink-wearing humanity wound its way through New York’s Central Park last weekend.  Young, old, male, female, babies in strollers and young adults on roller skates all joined in to express support to family members who have suffered from breast cancer and...

Rachel Allison I recently heard a speaker tell of a nurse of the terminally ill who often asked her patients, “Do you have any regrets?” This nurse’s question has given me pause to reflect, and I’m not even sick.  Her patients’ most frequent responses? 1.  I wish I...

Thursday, in a 2-1 decision, the Second Court of Appeals in New York City gave Gays and Lesbians a new form of constitutional protection against discrimination. The ruling came in a case that is already pending in the Supreme Court. One of ten DOMA cases...