Marriage & Divorce in the liberal imagination by Colin Hart
This short but incisive booklet defends the permanency of the marital union against attempts to legislate for no-fault divorce. The booklet highlights the beneficial nature of marriage to individuals and society and the reasons why the public interest is served by healthy marriages. It examines the liberal concepts that have undermined marriage and what happens when a society abandons the traditional understanding of marriage.
Unprotected: How the normalisation of underage sex is exposing children and young people to the risk of sexual exploitation by Norman Wells
“The appalling revelations of systematic child abuse and exploitation in English towns and cities over the past few years have led to a considerable amount of soul-searching about the root causes of the crisis. In this report, Norman Wells draws attention to a neglected but critical aspect of the debate. He has drawn together the findings of a series of serious case reviews and an independent inquiry looking at the reasons why the abuse of so many young people was not picked up by professionals.
“The report is utterly damning. A clear picture emerges of a culture in which underage sexual activity has come to be viewed as a normal part of growing up and seen as relatively harmless as long as it is consensual. Combined with official policies to encourage the confidential provision of contraception to minors, it becomes clear that current approaches aimed at improving teenage sexual health have frequently facilitated and perpetuated the sexual abuse of vulnerable young people…
“Policymakers and professionals working in sexual health no longer have any excuse to ignore the evidence… It is of the utmost importance that the government takes the findings of this report seriously and undertakes an urgent review of its approach to confidential sexual health services.”
From the Foreword by Professor David Paton, Nottingham University Business School
The Meaning of Marriage: How the sexual revolution has changed our understanding of society’s basic building block by Sharon James
In July 2013, the Westminster Parliament passed highly controversial legislation to permit same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales . It was an historic moment, but will it strengthen or weaken marriage? In this booklet, Sharon James sheds considerable light on the current debate on marriage by setting it in the wider context of a sexual revolution that has been raging for the past 50 years.