Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Breakpoint: Esolen’s 12 arguments [for marriage] revolve around virtue: not virtue as stuffy prudishness, as it’s now reputed to be, but virtue in its older sense of thoroughgoing goodness of life.
Alliance Defending Freedom: My marriage was a wreck. My wife and I were talking, and we even occasionally got along, but we were more like roommates.
I lost my daughter to suicide: A nurse’s response to Brittany Maynard’s campaign for assisted suicide
Public Discourse: Do assisted suicide supporters really expect doctors and nurses to be able to assist the suicide of one patient, then go on to care for a similar patient who wants to live, without this having an effect on their ethics or their empathy? Do they realize that this reduces the second patient’s will to live to a mere personal whim—one that society may ultimately see as selfish and too costly?
Soulation: I’ve become friends with this columnist over in Chicago. There’s a lot that separates us. Emily Heist Moss is liberal, shows up religiously for Pride Parades, and if she got pregnant right now, Emily believes she would probably have an abortion. But, there’s also a lot that unites us, we are both vocal feminists, writers, we both care about humanizing the debate across the aisle, and let’s not forget our penchant for handicrafts (cross-stitch for Emily, knitting for me).
Aleteia: During a talk in New York Monday evening, the archbishop of Philadelphia urged the nation’s Catholic bishops to consider stopping the signing of civil marriage licenses for all couples in response to what he called the “new marriage regime” of same-sex civil marriage.
National Review: Thanks to women like Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, who will be honored this evening at our annual Great Defender of Life Dinner, and Lila Rose of Live Action, young women have role models who aren’t afraid to speak out for those who have no voice. These women exude intelligence, class, and positive energy.
Public Discourse: For conservatives, a retreat into self-imposed isolation isn’t a responsible option. We need more conservatives publicly witnessing that humans are wired to know and freely choose truth, and that this has implications for the political order.
Washington Examiner (Written by our own Roger Kiska): The European Court of Human Rights has defined a democratic society as one which exhibits tolerance, broad-mindedness and pluralism. Western democracies, however, are often Orwellian in their redefinition of these very terms, as exemplified in the recent Houston subpoena scandal.
Alliance Defending Freedom: If you ask a bunch of high school students to collect things that they think represent our culture in this point in time, you have to be prepared for anything.
Aleteia: Over the past week multiple media outlets have covered the recently published book by Katha Pollitt, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” An October 16th excerpt, penned by Ms. Pollitt in the Huffington Post, is entitled “The Abortion Conversation We Need to Have.”
Life News: Steinauer, as the course instructor, will focus on global abortion access, abortion as a shared-experience to embrace, re-contextualizing abortion as a public health service, and demonizing abortion restrictions.
Aleteia:It’s not very romantic, but the idea of egg freezing – preserving one’s eggs for later reproductive use – has a sort of practical appeal. [...] While lauded in some corners as a welcome employment benefit from enlightened employers, paradoxically it perpetuates a bias against women in the workplace.
First Things: Then yesterday, coverage about a Hillsong press conference came out, indicating that the global evangelical enterprise is triangulating on homosexuality, particularly about whether it should publicly hold what the Bible teaches in light of culture’s rapid change on the subject.
The Christian Post: “God’s Not Dead” writers take on the controversial topic of religious liberty again in the upcoming movie “Do You Believe?” because they want Christians to know that they are in the middle of a culture war.
Acton Institute: This story has so many things wrong with it, I hardly know where to start. Apple and Facebook have both announced that will now offer egg-freezing – for non-medical purposes – for their employees (which runs at least $10,000, plus a $500 to $800 annual storage fee.)
The Christian Post: Former “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo has spoken out about his career and life in Hollywood, noting that if you are a conservative Christian, “you will get attacked.”
Christianity Today: I want to talk about the value of singleness in the Christian faith. I know it is a strange subject for a happily married man to talk about on the occasion of his anniversary, but perhaps that makes what I have to say all the more relevant, that a happily married man might feel it is vital to make this point.
Life News: Why can’t the movie “Obvious Child” make a joke out of the lead character obliterating her unborn child? “We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important,” Rosin writes. “We should be over that by now.”
First Things: I was recently accused of (actually, praised for, but it seemed to me an accusation) supporting “marriage equality”—a slogan that indicates whoever uses it fails to understand either of the terms it combines.
The Christian Post: As a Christian and a conservative, I don’t often find myself in agreement with liberal comedian Bill Maher and atheist author Sam Harris.
The Federalist: In Politico, Bill Scher prematurely declares liberal victory in the culture war. Brimming with optimism, he bases this contention on GOP setbacks in three areas: abortion, birth control and gay marriage.
My Fox DC: New data shows more young people are waiting to marry – and there’s no shortage of opinions on why that’s happening.
Acculturated: The anecdotal evidence that Americans are remaining single longer into their lives has more and more data backing it up. No longer is it merely the musings of worried relatives hoping to see that young man or woman in their life find a spouse. According to a recent story over at Bloomberg—Is Everybody Single?—we’ve reached a statistical, verifiable relationship tipping point as a society; one with far-reaching implications.
Blog & Mablog: The current lie is that all of this is inevitable, inexorable, remorseless, relentless, and hell bent. And except for that last one, none of it is even remotely true.
The Christian Post: They’re suing because of the difficulties of raising a black child in a white community, but they were perfectly willing to risk raising the child without a father—a situation that the best evidence suggests poses far greater consequences for the child. Make no mistake: this is one of those stories that’s a mirror of our culture’s view of sex and children.
The Christian Post: When Robin Williams committed suicide, figures were released on the skyrocketing numbers of middle-aged men taking their lives. Unexpected health problems, derailed careers, financial implosions and exposure of sexual dalliances were some of the factors.
LA Times: But across the country, the antiabortion movement has recorded major success in the last four years, part of a well-funded national strategy to legislate abortion out of existence state by state.
One News Now: Matt Moore was “out” and proud while growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and many people knew him to be homosexual. But he has since walked away from that lifestyle and credits God for the change.
Aleteia: Episode highlights how ethical questions and religious imagery are staples of classic British sci-fi show.
First Things: Evangelicals are changing their minds on gay marriage. So argues the Log Cabin Republicans’ David Lampo in a recent op-ed in the Daily Caller. In defense of his thesis, Lampo trots out the examples of two prominent evolved evangelicals: David Blankenhorn and yours truly. The problem here is that Blankenhorn is not an Evangelical and I have not changed my mind on gay marriage. If David and I are the two best examples of an evangelical evolution, it ain’t happening.
The Daily Signal: A recent Heritage Foundation forum highlighting the relationship between marriage, family structure, and societal well-being noted positive cultural trends as well as troubling data.
The Christian Post: Legal ministry Alliance Defending Freedom counters claims that prayer during public meetings violates the Establishment Clause. According to ADF, such assertions “intentionally mis-frames the analysis.” Instead, the ADF holds that “legislative prayers serve the legitimate secular purposes of solemnizing public occasions, expressing confidence in the future, and encouraging the recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in society, and have never been understood as conveying government approval of particular religious beliefs.”
The Gospel Coalition: How to review a book like this? Do I come at it from the artistic elements of the writing? Or do I assess its theology? How does a reviewer critique someone else’s story? Is it best to cite Scriptures that contradict some of her conclusions? Or should we set Jennifer’s memoir within the larger context of evangelicalism in order to see this movement’s beauty and flaws?
The Federalist: My brother-in-law used to have this quote in his email signature: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. William A. Foster – USMC.”
The Gospel Coalition: I’m now convinced any church that holds a traditional view of sexuality must also foster a radical practice of Christian community in which living out a biblical sexual ethic becomes possible and even attractive.
Moore to the Point: The Supreme Court has declined to take up appeals from states in which the courts have found same-sex marriage to be a constitutional right. This paves the way for same-sex marriage in many, perhaps most, places in the United States. Many Christians may be unaware of how momentous this is, since the denial of cases doesn’t come with quite the shock and awe of a ruling handed down. The effect though is wide-ranging. So what should our response be as the church of Jesus Christ?
The New York Times: “The thing that really sticks out with me,” Dr. Arsenault said, “is that in the culture wars, the rhetoric is acerbic on both sides. On the humanist side, there’s this tendency to view people of faith as not rational. And David is clearly rational. He’s just looked at the same evidence as me and come to a different conclusion.”
Nathan Cherry: Activists pushing for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” don’t want you to hear from former homosexuals. In their world there is no such thing. Anyone claiming to be a “former homosexual” is, in their opinion, either a liar suppressing their true identity, or they never were really a homosexual. I’m not sure how someone can claim to be a homosexual without ever really being one – it doesn’t seem like something you do as a recreational past time.
First Things: Catholic University has cancelled a screening of the film Milk, a biopic of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician murdered in 1978 by an angry office-seeker. Because Milk was the first outspokenly gay elected official in California, he is a martyr to the cause of gay rights, and the film (with Sean Penn) emphasizes Milk’s struggle against homophobia.
The Daily Caller: Earlier this season, the university rejected the demands of anti-religion interest groups to stop Tennessee’s tradition of observing a moment of non-denominational prayer praying before kickoff. The group went so far as to refer to this tradition of pre-game prayer as “really very grating”. Such attacks on religion and prayer in the public square are not new.
Life Site News: In a culture that elevates transient pleasure as a “value,” while reducing “value” itself to a subjective and utilitarian status, I suppose it should not be surprising that the worth of human beings is now constantly in question.
The Federalist: Suddenly I had the talk—about abortion!—with my newly turned six-year old daughter. What may have best captured the incident is my six-year old’s flummoxed response at the end of our conversation: “But, mommy, they’re going to give people ideas!”
Christianity Today: Though we love the Bible, we evangelicals in particular have often treated verses as if they stand alone, forgetting that the story in which they appear speaks just as much as the verses themselves. Form speaks, as well as content.
First Things: It follows from these twin principles of nature and grace that a number of traditional principles in Catholic theology are not up for renegotiation: the nature of heterosexual marriage, the permanency and indissolubility of the marriage bond, the definition of adultery.
Deseret News: Utah intends to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down part of the state’s anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”
Religion News Service: Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows.
Christianity Today: Nearly 35 years into my marriage to Bill, our shared commitment to the Lord has given us a life together that has been formed by Scripture. But our story at this point is more about the existential ache found in the book of Ecclesiastes than the youthful passion in the Song of Solomon.
The Gospel Coalition: Not so same-sex marriage. For those seeking to secure the rights of two men or two women to marry, the ultimate goal isn’t to extend political, legal, medical, and hereditary rights to homosexuals (civil unions would accomplish that), but the radical redefinition of marriage itself.
Life News: According to research reviewed by board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko, it is estimated that 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome abort their baby.
The Blaze: Telling the public that you’re an evangelical who believes the Bible is God’s infallible word, while advocating for same-sex marriage, doesn’t act as a trump card to avoid accountability. The Gospel doesn’t bend to accommodate our whims or the feelings of others.
The City Online: Should all humans be treated equally? That question is probably pretty easy to answer. Why? That’s a bit more difficult. Josh Brahm is the founder of the Equal Rights Institute. He wants to help pro-lifers be more persuasive and less weird when they communicate with pro-choice people.
Nathan Cherry: What if rather than adhering to biblical convictions, Christian business owners just agreed to perform services for same-sex weddings and donated all the money from those events to Christian organizations dedicated to defending traditional marriage?
The Washington Times (AP): A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest’s decision to prohibit a same-sex couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman.
The Christian Post: Churches throughout the country saw a significant surge in attendance Sunday, as 27,000 congregations reached out to their communities as part of the National Back to Church Sunday initiative in an effort to draw more people back into the pews.
Aleteia: To offer advice about the same-sex marriage debate may already be an unduly optimistic assessment of the circumstances. Is there really still a marriage “debate”? It seems more likely that same-sex marriage is a fait accompli that is no longer up for discussion. Those who oppose same sex marriage, we are told, are bigots living in the past.
National Right to Life: A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its screening at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 11. The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women’s Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening.
National Review: Last week, I wrote about Arkansas State University telling its football players to either remove or alter cross decals with the initials of fallen team members from their helmets. The university’s counsel buckled to objections that ASU had violated the separation of church and state by permitting the cross to be visible, arguing that the public institution was endorsing Christianity. One suggestion included removing parts of the decal to only show the initials on a horizontal straight line.
Aleteia: OMG! A series of studies has concluded that texting isn’t 2 blame for poor spelling or grammar skills. Is this gr8 news for teens and teachers alike, or does it still fly in the face of conventional wisdom?
Life Site News: In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic.
Deseret News: Marriage is becoming a hot topic among sociologists, who debate if social policy should be encouraging the institution of marriage or focusing on bolstering relationship traits that seem to go along with marriage.
The Gospel Coalition: The Story: An new survey reports five trends in America’s religious congregations: more ethnic diversity, more acceptance of gays and lesbians, increasingly informal worship styles, declining size, and declining denominational affiliation.
The Christian Institute: A disabled actress and comedian has raised concerns that people with a disability are not being included in the debate on assisted suicide.
“Evangelicals for Marriage Equality” launch draws harsh criticism: No coherent argument made that supports same-sex marriage
The Christian Post: “I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships,” wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Christian News Network: Members of the Arkansas State University (ASU) football team, also known as the Red Wolves, will be removing or altering a cross decal from their helmets following a complaint from a local attorney who alleged that the symbol is unconstitutional.