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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale Dear Friends: We wanted to commemorate this special time with a few of our favorite quotes: Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of...

Who is more likely to marry and then bear children?   1) a young woman who got a year or two of education at a local college   2) a young woman who has a graduate degree from Berkley or Harvard?  The answer:  on average, the young...

“Duh.  They had to do a study to find that out?  Teen girls have been the prime target for sexuality since the sixties!  Finally someone notices?” was the response of a UFI reader to a listing of this new report in our UFI Weekly.  Perhaps...

Giving is the very essence of Christmas and the greatest gifts in the world are all about family, for family.  As I reflect on gifts that have made a difference in my life, my thoughts turn not only to my own family, but also to...

Here’s how you, our readers, answered a couple of poll questions: Should doctors and other medical professionals have the right to “opt out” of procedures that they find morally objectionable? 100 percent                        Yes, that right should be maintained. 0 percent                        No, as a professional they gave away that...

The religious environment is changing is the conclusion of the Barna Group Research as they announce their “Six Megathemes Emerging in 2010.”  An analysis of 5,000 interviews conducted over the last year showed some trends that reflect some concerns regarding the status and strength of...

“Poverty:  Where we all Started” is the title of a clever video produced by Population Research Institute (PRI).  It discusses some of the myths surrounding poverty reduction. “Reducing the number of people in the world doesn't make those who remain any wealthier,” says Joseph Powell, the...

“Choice on Earth” wallpaper adorns the home page of Planned Parenthood’s website.  Some Planned Parenthood (PP) clinics still offer the “Choice on Earth” holiday cards as well as gift certificates good for, among other things, abortion services.   That must be somewhere on an “ultimate stocking...

“The legalization of polygamy will soon follow the legalization of same-sex marriage.  The arguments in favor of same-sex marriage are identical arguments that can be applied to the legalization of polygamy.” We’ve been saying it for years and so have many others…in spite of the...

Conscience clauses, the ability of professionals to "opt out" of performing procedures that they find objectionable are increasingly at risk.   The American Bar Association (ABA) opposes "conscience clauses" and regularly works to stop any legislation that would codify the right of professionals to adhere to...

Last week we published the results of our UFI Family Poll (on UFI’s home page).  The question was asked “What is the strongest predictor of juvenile violence and crime?” Ninety-six percent of our readers said “fatherlessness.” Several people contacted UFI and asked for the research and...

A country rallied around 33 trapped miners.  With a profound respect for life, the Chileans wouldn't give up and in so doing, they kept an entire world riveted to their story.  Sixty-nine days later, the miners were rescued.    The  short video shares the story...

Oral arguments were given Monday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the appeal case on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. The first hour and a half of arguments was devoted mainly to the question of “standing” to determine whether those responsible for putting the measure on the...

Keeping gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered (GLBT) safe and able "to avoid harassment" is the reason given for implementing an opposite-sex roommate situation at University of Arizona.  They're calling it "gender neutral" housing. What exactly does "gender neutral" housing even mean?  Is it two men, two...

Every 39 minutes a new pornographic film is being created in the U.S. Every second, $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. Every minute of every day marriages are being ruined and families destroyed by pornography. Here's a great opportunity to learn more about this scourge and to...

The last few weeks have seen United Families staff extremely busy.  The UN Third Committee Meetings in New York always generate lots of resolutions that need to be monitored and language inserted or modified in order to protect family and the sanctity of life.  We...

Two articles.  One telling me that there are too many people on the planet and one telling me that there aren’t enough.  That’s what appeared in my inbox this week.  I’m always a little taken back…and extremely skeptical… when I see a headline stating that...

Kernels of Thanks In honor of Thanksgiving and "National Family Week," this week, we celebrate the pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving table--and the family at your Thanksgiving table. After the first Thanksgiving in 1621, there were seasons when the pilgrims had to ration their food.  Legend...

When asked “What is the greatest predictor of juvenile violence and crime?” most people will respond “poverty.”   It is a common misperception; one that media and popular culture continues to perpetuate.  But the UFI readers and supporters weren’t fooled.  They understand the importance of family...

By now you’ve probably read a version of the Associated Press headline story “Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete.” These articles highlighted the Pew Research Center’s data showing that in 1978, 28 percent of individuals believed marriage was obsolete, today that number has...

Each year more than 100,000 children are being sold for sex on the street corner, through escort services, and over the internet…and that’s just in the United States.  Sex trafficking is an international plague that has received scant attention.  Thousands of sexually exploited children in...

Bed bugs have made a comeback.  Major cities and metro-areas around the U.S. have seen a resurgence of the little pests.  Bed bugs are notorious for their hitchhiking abilities, moving from one location to another in a person’s clothes, socks, shoes or suitcase.  Now bed...