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  • Backgrounder posted July 26, 2010 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. How the Death Tax Kills Small Businesses, Communities—and Civil Society

    Abstract: The death tax: What does it kill? Who does it affect? It affects hundreds of thousands of small-business owners across the country—as well as their employees and community residents who benefit from the senior and day care centers, playgrounds, charities, and learning centers that are built or supported by small-business owners. Like water and sunlight in an…

  • Play Movie Patrick Fagan on school success: Heritage in Focus Video Recorded on September 10, 2007 Patrick Fagan on school success: Heritage in Focus

    Fagan explores what makes school children successful…

  • Special Report posted March 29, 2007 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Claudia Horn, Calvin W Edwards, Karen M Woods, Collette Caprara Outcome-Based Evaluation: Faith-Based Social Service Organizationsand Stewardship

    Introduction With new developments in the art and science of organizational management, faith-based organizations (FBOs) face the challenge of demonstrating their stewardship, primarily to their donors, but to their broader constituencies as well. Increasingly, FBOs are being required to demonstrate that they are as good at helping the needy as they claim to be.…

  • Commentary posted February 15, 2007 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. Virgins Make the Best Valentines

    When out-of-wedlock births are nearing 40 percent, when most children will reach age 18 without both of their parents together, celebrating St. Valentine's Day has less and less the note of joy and romance in it. Yet America needs a real Valentine tradition precisely because the messages we give our teenagers pushes more and more young men and women to reject…

  • Commentary posted December 29, 2006 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. The Power of Worship

    Each year, government spends billions of dollars trying to address a host of social problems.   Crime is but one example of the high costs of social breakdown.  The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that federal, state, and local governments spent $167 billion on police protection, judicial, legal and correctional activities in one year alone.   Victims' medical…

  • Backgrounder posted December 18, 2006 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability

    Over the past decade, considerable research has emerged that demonstrates the benefits of religious practice within society.[1] Religious practice promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and the community. Of particular note are the studies that indicate the benefits of Religion to the poor.[2] Regular attendance at religious services is linked to…

  • WebMemo posted September 29, 2004 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Grace Smith The Transatlantic Divide on Marriage:  Dutch Data and the U.S.Debate on Same-Sex Unions

    In the debate over the redefinition of marriage, advocates of same-sex marriage have made a variety of arguments. Many have argued that same-sex marriage would be good for homosexuals. Some have gone so far as to propose that the change would strengthen the institutions of marriage and family by reaffirming commitment and fidelity.[1] Early data from…

  • Commentary posted May 20, 2004 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. Changing a "Culture of Rejection"

    The breakdown in marriage over the last 50 years carries a cost: America has evolved from being a culture of belonging to being a culture of rejection, and its children are paying the price. National survey data repeatedly show that the most positive outcomes are in those families where the parents have always belonged to each other and to their children: the…

  • Testimony posted May 13, 2004 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. The Impact of Marriage and Divorce on Children

    Testimony Before the Senate of the United States, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Subcommittee on Science, Technology, And Space regarding the Social Scientific Data on the Impact of Marriage and Divorce on Children. (Charts and graphs included in the testimony are available in the Map of the Family Powerpoint presentation) Good…

  • Backgrounder posted March 9, 2004 by Robert Rector, Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Marriage: Still the Safest Place For Women and Children

    The institution that most strongly protects mothers and children from domestic abuse and violent crime is marriage. Analysis of ten years worth of findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has conducted since 1973, demonstrates that mothers who are or ever have been married are far less likely to suffer…

  • Commentary posted October 8, 2003 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. Lords of the Ring

    From time to time, some academic crackpot argues that we should require anyone who wants children to get a government license. The idea of creating a government bureaucracy to decide who's worthy of parenthood sounds crazy, and it is. But there was a time when people did need a license to have children -- a marriage license. Government didn't require it, though;…

  • Backgrounder posted June 16, 2003 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Robert Rector, Lauren R. Noyes Why Congress Should Ignore Radical Feminist Opposition to Marriage

    Marriage is good for men, women, children--and society. Because of this simple fact, President George W. Bush has proposed a new pilot program to promote healthy marriage. Despite demonstrated evidence in every major social policy area of the need to rebuild a strong and healthy culture of marriage, President Bush's new marriage initiative is still opposed by the…

  • Executive Summary posted June 16, 2003 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Robert Rector, Lauren R. Noyes Why Congress Should Ignore Radical Feminist Opposition to Marriage

    Marriage is good for men, women, children--and society. Because of this simple fact, President George W. Bush has proposed a new pilot program to promote healthy marriage. Yet the President's initiative is opposed by radical feminists who seek to undermine what they call the "patriarchal family." As feminist leader Betty Friedan has warned, this anti-marriage agenda…

  • Executive Summary posted June 16, 2003 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Robert Rector, Lauren R. Noyes Why Congress Should Ignore Radical Feminist Opposition to Marriage

    Marriage is good for men, women, children--and society. Because of this simple fact, President George W. Bush has proposed a new pilot program to promote healthy marriage. Yet the President's initiative is opposed by radical feminists who seek to undermine what they call the "patriarchal family." As feminist leader Betty Friedan has warned, this anti-marriage agenda…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted May 20, 2003 by Robert Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Lauren R. Noyes Increasing Marriage Would Dramatically Reduce Child Poverty

    In 2001, 1.35 million children were born outside marriage. This represents 33.5 percent of all children born in the United States in that year. Children raised by never-married mothers are seven times more likely to be poor when compared to children raised in intact married families. The obvious nexus between single-parent families and child poverty has led President…