By Christy Barritt
Christian Singles and Sex
In a continuation from last week’s news item about dating trends in 2014, a new survey has shown that a majority of single Christians are rejecting what they’ve learned in church and are choosing instead to have sex before they are married.
The survey was done by the online dating community Christian Mingle, and it showed that 61 percent of self-identified Christian singles said they are willing to have casual sex without being in love. Twenty-three percent said they’d have premarital sex if they were “in love.” Five percent said they’d wait until they were engaged.
Only 11 percent of those surveyed said they are waiting to have sex until they are married.
Record Numbers of Wives More Educated than Husbands
For the first time since Pew Research has begun tracking the trend of education level between spouses, the number of wives with more education than their husbands has risen.
Among married women in 2012, only 21 percent had spouses who were less educated than they were. This is a threefold increase from 1960, according to Pew.
The trend is more prevalent among newlyweds, partly because younger women have surpassed men in higher education in the past two decades. In 2012, 27 percent of newlywed women married a spouse whose education level was lower than theirs. Only 15 percent of newlywed men married a spouse with less education.
Despite these numbers, 58 percent of women with higher educations than their spouses still made less money on the job than their spouses.
Federal Lawmakers Hope to Ban IRS Targeting
Several U.S. Senators introduced a bill into Congress in February that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS from targeting conservative groups.
Last year, several conservative organizations and Christian groups claimed to be targeted by the tax agency because of their social and political views. The IRS also admitted that they’d delayed applications for nonprofit status for some of those types of organizations.
Several lawmakers introduced the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act. The bill would prevent the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS from implementing a proposed rule that limits the activities of tax exempt organizations and restricts the First Amendment rights of groups who’ve criticized the government administration.
Secular Group Threatens to Sue School for Feeding Starving Children
Robbinsdale Area Schools in Winnetka, Minnesota, recently spent some time packing meals for needy families in Haiti.
Now the American Humanist Association is threatening to sue the school district for allowing it to happen.
Students at the city’s School of Engineering and Arts volunteered for a program sponsored by Feed My Starving Children, a Christian organization. The students packed meals at a church, but they did not participate in any religious activities.
Shortly after the event, the American Humanist Association threatened legal action.
Alliance Defending Freedom is now representing the school district and said that the Constitution does not prohibit students from cooperating with religious organizations to help starving families.
Christy Barritt is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She and her husband Scott have two sons.