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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...

Rachel Allison Last night my sister shared this true experience with me as told by Jeffrey Holland, one of the current leaders in the Mormon Faith.  It touched my heart as I thought back on the mistakes I made as a mother. Like Mr. Holland, I...

Diane Robertson In drafting a law that would legalize gay-marriage in France, French law-makers are taking gender neutrality one step further. They plan to remove the terms, “Mother” and “Father” from all government documents. The law that will be presented to France’s President Francois Hollande's cabinet for...

Ann Bailey Ever wonder what things would be like if same-sex marriage were legalized throughout the U.S.?   Gallaudet University’s recent suspension of their chief diversity officer gives us a clue.  Why was Angela McCaskill – the first deaf African American Woman to earn a Ph.D. from...

Rachel Allison My husband and I just returned from a five-day road trip to see family and friends.  We were in the car 24 hours of the trip. The first hour or so going and the first hour or so returning is always full of good...

Greg Barlow  "Epigenetics" is the name given to a theory that presumes that the life experiences of our ancestors are actually implanted into our DNA.  Early psychoanalytical theory sought to find ways to deprogram this 'genetic heritage' assuming that an abundance of emotional and psychological characteristics...

Here’s the question we asked our readers: “Is it appropriate for a college professor to breastfeed her baby during a class lecture?” Here’s how readers responded: 18 Percent           Yes, what’s the big deal 9 Percent             Only if there’s no other option 73 Percent           No 0 Percent             Can’t decide  We came to...

Greg Barlow Recently I was in a physician’s waiting room with several other patients including a very loud and needy young boy.  With nervous smiles around everyone settled in to make the best of flying crayons and toys and magazines strewn throughout. As a woman entered the...

Rachel Allison My husband and I have totally different parenting styles. I have often wondered how I ended up being the strict disciplinarian.  He on the other hand had an open-door policy with our children.  Any time a discussion or heart to heart conversation was needed...

Rachel Allison My aunt died this week.  My mom only had one brother.   Because I grew up just four blocks away from him and my Aunt Barbara, I feel that my second mom has passed away. Because I had two girl cousins that were close to my...

Greg Barlow Recently a Texas road construction project was postponed because of the discovery of a rare species of spider.  The project will not resume until scientists have fully evaluated the risks to the spider's habitat posed by a continuation of the project. Thousands of acres of...