Austin Ruse

Austin Ruse is president of C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council. He is also a bi-weekliy columnist with Crisis Magazine.

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UN to Vote on Spousal Benefits for LGBTs

A razor-thin vote is expected Tuesday at the UN that pits the power of the UN secretary general against the UN member states over marital status benefits for LGBT employees. The question is: what is the basis for allowing spousal benefits to UN-employed couples who may be of the same-sex?
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From Hero to Hater: Navy Beats Down Chaplain’s Appeal for Religious Freedom in Homophobia Complaint

In a sharply-worded memo, Navy Chaplain Wesley Modder’s commander denied his request for a “religious accommodation” in a disciplinary process that has relieved him of his command and could kick him out of the Navy forever. Modder stands accused of homophobia and insensitivity--though, in the official documents, the term is "substandard performance"--which could trump all the accolades he has received in almost 20 years of military service and throw his professional life into ruin.
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Marxists Celebrate Pope Francis

A largely overlooked column by human rights advocate Armando Valadares raises questions about the initiative of Pope Francis toward the “island-prison” of Cuba.
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Masturbation Pioneer Dell Williams Dies at 92

In 1974 a department store clerk laughed at Dell Williams when she tried to buy a vibrator. Her response? To open up her own vibrator store, thus becoming the founder of the first sex shop catering just to women.
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Study: Liberal Smiles Are Happier than Conservative Smiles

Ongoing studies show that conservatives tend to be happier than liberals. But the authors of a new study dispute that. They say conservatives are just a bit delusional about their own happiness. Their study says the crinkliness of conservative eyes, or the lack thereof, gives the happiness game away to the left.
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M. Stanton Evans, Carried Off to a Gospel Beat

Conservative founding father M. Stanton Evans was well known for his wit—he said he never liked anything about Nixon until Watergate. His funeral may have been his last witticism: a Protestant service, led by a Catholic priest, with a black Methodist choir rocking the otherwise staid Catholic Church.
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Vatican Spokesman Backs Off Lawsuit Against Catholic Blogger

Vatican spokesman Father Tom Rosica had his lawyers send a letter threatening to sue a Catholic blogger in Canada for the man's ongoing criticism of Rosica and his influence on the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops last fall in Rome. But now, after considerable media attention, Father Rosica has backed off and says he never really meant it.
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Exclusive: Final hours of Obamacare?

If plaintiffs have their way at the Supreme Court this week, come July, Obamacare as we know it will be done with. Leonard Leo says the odds of that are pretty good.

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