Christian singles and practical atheism

What do you do when you are on the wrong side of history?

The beauty of family and marriage: #WeAreHere campaign, part 2

The truth is more dangerous than fiction

Pro-Life film hardly gets media attention, despite record-breaking crowdfunding

Why Donald Sterling is not Brendan Eich

Same-sex marriage backers debate whether traditional-marriage-only supporters should have a voice

An agnostic defends “God’s Not Dead”

There’s more to love than “true love”

Marriage is hard work, and deserves to be celebrated as well as examined

When we are the ‘Moral Minority’, press on

The closing of the academic mind

    M.G. Oprea at The Federalist: “Unfortunately, this is already a reality in most universities across America, where academics and university administrators alike are trying, often successfully, to discredit and prohibit certain ideas and ways of thinking. Particularly in the humanities, many ideas are no longer considered legitimate, and debate over them is de facto non-existent. In order to delegitimize researchers who are out of line, academics brand them with one of several terms that have emerged from social science theory.”


  • Posted: 04/21/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Ed West: Is moral change speeding up?

    Ed West at The Spectator: “Morality in my lifetime has changed a great deal. In The Blank Slate Steven Pinker points to a large list of issues where public opinion has altered; some we’ve become more tolerant of, some more censorious. Consider things like drink driving or smoking around children, and how our perception has changed. Religion puts a break on such change, perhaps in the same way that printing and literacy does – by allowing a code by which everyone can communicate rather than developing their own subcultures. But with European Christianity in steady decline these past few decades, a common moral language has gone too.”


  • Posted: 04/17/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: blogs.spectator.co.uk

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Religious but not Mormon? The church-owned Deseret News considers you a growth market

    Nieman Journalism Lab: “Fifty-six percent of Americans are ‘Like-Minded Believers, who value faith, family, caring for others, and share a concern for the decline in moral values,’ according to an internal Deseret Media Companies study. That’s the audience Deseret News is aiming to capitalize on with its expansion of coverage. Gilbert said Deseret’s coverage, both local and national, is built on six tenets that it says matter to that readership — family, faith, education, care for the poor, values in media, and financial responsibility.”


  • Posted: 04/16/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.niemanlab.org

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Ross Douthat: Diversity and dishonesty

Owner’s “anti-gay views” cause furor over soon-to-open Oregon grocery store

Andrew Sullivan: The quality of mercy

Malaysia, Indonesia ban Biblical epic “Noah”

Gingrich calls Mozilla CEO resignation example of “New Fascism”

Robert George: What the defenestration of Brendan Eich portends

Gerald Russello: What counts as “religious” in law?

Mozilla, mo’ problems: Ritual sacrifice in Silicon Valley

Ross Douthat: “The Christian Penumbra”

    Ross Douthat in the New York Times: “The social goods associated with faith flow almost exclusively from religious participation, not from affiliation or nominal belief. And where practice ceases or diminishes, in what you might call America’s ‘Christian penumbra,’ the remaining residue of religion can be socially damaging instead.”


  • Posted: 03/31/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Michael Brendan Dougherty: The religious roots of the elite liberal agenda

    Michael Brendan Dougherty at The Week: “This ‘class’ that has outsized influence on America’s moral and spiritual life is roughly the same class that has always had it: Mainline Protestants, only now without the doctrinal Protestantism or the churchgoing. . . . The post-Protestants Bottum identifies have just that, ‘a social gospel, without the gospel. For all of them, the sole proof of redemption is the holding of a proper sense of social ills. The only available confidence about their salvation, as something superadded to experience, is the self-esteem that comes with feeling they oppose the social evils of bigotry and power and the groupthink of the mob.’”


  • Posted: 03/27/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: theweek.com

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Kevin D. Williamson on the right not to be implicated in liberal social preferences

Supreme showdown in religious freedom battle | WND

Russell Shaw: The sexual revolution and the breakdown of marriage

John Hayward: The one-sided call to disarm in the culture wars

    John Hayward at The Federalist: “If there’s a call to disarm in the culture wars, it’s entirely one-sided. Newt Gingrich ran into trouble, early in his 2012 presidential run, by remarking that he wanted to avoid ‘right-wing social engineering.’ The left wing loudly and proudly engages in social engineering every single day. . . . There’s a much deeper understanding on the Left about the way government power changes society. . . . When the government grows to its current size, everything is a social issue.”


  • Posted: 03/20/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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David P. Goldman: The rise of secular religion

The liberal culture war hangover

    Rachel Lu at The Federalist: “We are reaching the point in the liberal narrative when dissipating bigotry is supposed to usher naturally in a gloriously transformed social order. Instead we’re bickering over whether Christian bakers should have to cater same-sex weddings, with a large number of Americans expressing sympathy to their cause. Progressives are beginning to sense that their narrative is based on a heavily strained analogy between racism (which really does attach exaggerated importance to minor and morally insignificant differences) and heteronormativity (which recognizes truly that men and women are not the same, and that their differences are very much consequential to romance).”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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“Boston LGBT group unlikely to march on St Patrick’s Day after talks collapse”

Damon Linker: America’s love-hate relationship with pornography

    Damon Linker at The Week: “Unless millennials reverse course as they age (possible but improbable), America’s overall disapproval of porn is likely to decline dramatically over the coming decades. As that happens, the country’s conflicted feelings about it will likely get resolved, too, replaced by an easygoing, non-judgmental acceptance of any and all consensual sexual behavior, very much including the conspicuous consumption of porn.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: theweek.com

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Pew: “61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage”

The totalitarian myth of the free press

    Michael Hanby at The Federalist: “There is a pious myth . . . that the free press . . . is a bulwark against absolutism and thus the indispensable guardian of a free society. . . . And yet the global media echo chamber routinely exhibits just the sort of systematic thoughtlessness that Arendt thought characteristic of absolutism. The examples are legion, from the routine exaltation of the trivial, to the hysterical and lopsided coverage of the Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco, to the lionization of Sandra Fluke and Wendy Davis, to the ceaseless celebration of all things gay, to the dismissive treatment of the threat to religious freedom, to the media blackout of the Gosnell trial.”


  • Posted: 03/10/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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“Boston St. Pat’s parade rescinds invite to gay group”

Common abortion myths in Rolling Stone

Patrick Deneen: What’s wrong with academic freedom

George Neumayr: The triumph of the counterculture

“Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy”

Elane Photography religious liberty case heads to Supreme Court | Washington Post

R. R. Reno: Our secular future

Peggy Noonan: America and the aggressive Left

“Obama applauds Missouri gay player for coming out”

New Report: Majority of U.S. teens don’t live in intact families

    Heritage: “The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, and one in three children live in single-parent homes. If Americans are concerned about the next generation, it’s time to strengthen marriage.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Facebook offers new gender options for users

Meet les sentinelles, the silent watchmen against same-sex “marriage” and euthanasia

Chevy Olympic ads feature same-sex couples

Amazon plunges into Christian publishing with Waterfall imprint

Russell D. Moore: Are Evangelicals retreating from the public square?

MTV show to feature abortion

If You Really Care About Ending Poverty, Stop Talking About Inequality | W. Bradford Wilcox at the Atlantic

‘Gays’ move over – here come polygamists

One in 10 babies in England are now Muslims: census

Scotland: Street preacher arrested and held for mentioning sexual sin

Western Leaders Abdicate Vast Field by Failing To Defend Christianity

    NY Sun: Our secular leaders, whatever their own religious views, should cease to appease these forces of the anti-Christ; should unsheathe the great moral sword in their scabbards, and have some thought for the more than 1.5 billion practicing Christians whose votes they seek, while pretending that any acknowledgment of Christianity is an affront to all other faiths and a forced march on seven-league boots back into the Dark Ages.


  • Posted: 01/09/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nysun.com

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Rabbis to court: Mother refusing to circumcise son will cause him ‘serious psychological damage’

Why is Socialism on the Rise? | Ben Shapiro at Townhall

    Ben Shapiro at Townhall: Conservatives talk results when discussing the shortcomings of socialism. They’re right: Socialism is ineffective, destructive and stunting to the human spirit. But they’re wrong to abandon the field of morality when discussing the contrast between freedom and control. And it’s this abandonment — this perverse laziness — that has led to socialism’s comeback, even though within living memory, we have seen continental economies collapse and millions slaughtered in the name of this false god.


  • Posted: 01/08/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Scotland: “Donald Macinnes loses Gaelic School chaplaincy over gay remarks”

Changing Public Opinion on Abortion

    Stephanie Gray at Bell Towers: In the first 2 minutes of TED Talk “The Antidote to Apathy,” Dave Meslin masterfully points out that we often mistakenly conclude that those who don’t respond to our messages are apathetic. In reality, what appears as a problem of indifference can actually be a problem of packaging. In other words, as Meslin says, “People do care, but… we live in a world that actively discourages engagement by constantly putting obstacles and barriers in our way.”


  • Posted: 01/07/2014
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: thebelltowers.com

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Sex, Drugs, and Religious Liberty

Was 2013 the Beginning of the End of Marriage? | Nathan Kellum at the Christian Post

Matriarchy and Polygamy – a Regression to Primitivism

Marriage died in 2013 | Keith Ablow at Fox News

The price of political ignorance: More government | George F. Will

Boy Scouts Complete Cave-in to Homosexual Demands

    David Bohon at the New American: hat was followed by the release in October 2012 of nearly 15,000 pages of files detailing decades of sexual abuse of young Scouts by male Scout leaders. The pages, dubbed the “perversion files” by the media, included letters, memos, news clippings, and other documents related to both alleged and confessed sexual abuse by trusted Scout leaders during a 20-year time period between 1965 and 1985. Nonetheless, following intense pressure by homosexual activist groups, as well as by leadership within the Scouting organization, Boy Scout officials reversed course . . .


  • Posted: 12/31/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thenewamerican.com

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Uncomfortable Truths about Family Breakdown

Gallup: Only 5% of Religious Americans Are Non-Christians

“Navajo Nation struggles with same-sex marriage”

Islam to become Ireland’s second religion by 2043

Who Took “Christ” Out of Christmas? | Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

The Truth Will Set Us Free | Redding.com