Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Federalist: Churchgoing kids thought the “religious” (Biblical) stories sounded realistic, while secular kids called them fiction. Perhaps most interesting were the reactions to “fantastical” stories. The secular kids roundly rejected these as fiction, while religious kids were less sure. Is magic possible? How about talking animals? Religious kids were divided on those points.
The Christian Post: It’s something most Christian parents worry about: You send your kids off to college and when they come back, you find they’ve lost their faith. The prospect of this happening is why many parents nudge their kids towards Christian colleges, or at least schools with a strong Christian presence on campus.
The Christian Post: Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
Thinking Christian: Stern makes it amazingly simple: “Anybody who opposes equal rights for gay people” is a bigot by definition. That much is easy. As we’ll see in a moment, though, it’s hard to understand what moral basis he builds that belief on.
Huffington Post: The militant group ISIS is continuing its rampage of holy places by destroying the tomb of Jonah, a place thought to be the burial site of the prophet believed by Abrahamic faiths to have been swallowed by a whale or fish.
The Christian Institute: Marriage has been redefined to be gender-neutral in the 13th edition of Chambers Dictionary. The dictionary now describes the institution as, “the ceremony, act or contract by which two people become married to each other.”
Theologian says ‘love’ is the new cultural apologetic affirming immoral activities such as assisted suicide
The Christian Post: Advocates for behavior considered immoral by Christians who believe the Bible is God’s inerrant word, have successfully used the idea of “love” to affirm homoerotic behavior, to redefine marriage and family, to justify pedophilia, and as theologian and pastor James Emery White recently pointed out, to justify assisted suicide.
The Christian Post: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, condemned liberal intolerance toward those who support the traditional definition of marriage in a Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
National Review: Last night, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted out a disturbing message: “Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.”
The Gospel Coalition: Let’s take the President and Vice-President at their word. They honestly changed their minds on gay marriage. They really were against it in 2008, and their positions shifted over the next few years. Fair enough, but two questions remain.
The Christian Post: Pornography does not satisfy like many may think it does because it has little to do with sex and everything to do with fantasy, says Christian author and blogger Tyler Ward.
New York Post: Many times a week, Russell Moore talks with couples “who are in crisis because of an act of infidelity.” He says he “can’t think of a single recent instance of infidelity in which social media did not play some role.”
The Christian Institute: The mother of world-famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted she tried to abort her son.
Faith Street: Since the Hobby Lobby case, there’s been lots of talk about what makes a corporation “religious,” if anything. Of course, corporations can’t really be religious, but their founders can and are, and they often express their religion in and through their corporations. Religion plays a big role in our country’s enterprises — in ways that may encourage you, discourage you, or both.
The Atlantic: Is evangelical Christian morality still viable in American public life? This is the question lurking in recent debates over religious-liberty issues, from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision to the Christian bakers who object to baking cakes for gay weddings. In discussions of these cases, objections to same-sex marriage and contraception are described as a retreat from “secular society.”
The Daily Signal: JPMorgan Chase refused to confirm or deny that employees of the global banking giant were asked in a recent survey about their sexual orientation and whether they are “an ally of the LGBT community.”
National Review: In any discussion about the future of religion in America, especially as it relates to stalled growth in churches and denominations, those outside our religious communities find one theory especially compelling. This is the idea: that young Evangelicals are frustrated with Christian orthodoxy’s strict standards of sexual morality. But a new study by a University of Texas sociologist finds that Evangelical Christians ages 18 to 39 are resisting liberalizing trends in the culture.
National Review: With the Supreme Court out of session this summer, we all now have time to relax and read — even some non-erudite fare. Here are Jordan Lorence’s book recommendations for this summer.
Christian News Network: In the past, World Vision has requested that it be known as a Christian humanitarian organization, not necessarily an evangelical one, because many on staff are not from an evangelical background. But now, in the wake of the controversy, the board of the $1 billion relief group appears to be showing signs of wanting to reform.
The Gospel Coalition: You affirm the family, and you believe in the permanence of marriage. But now you’ve simply come to the conclusion that two men or two women should be able to enter into the institution of marriage–both as a legal right and as a biblically faithful expression of one’s sexuality. Setting aside the issue of biblical interpretation for the moment, let me ask five questions.
Breakpoint: Arguing that Christian business owners like Green are hypocrites for doing business in China just ignores basic economic and political realities.
The Washington Examiner: In other words, let those rejoicing in the Patent Office’s assault on the Redskins take note: Officials of the state will have no reservations about turning on their own tribe, when the time comes.
Matt Walsh: Obvious Child, a quirky little flick (soon to be widely released across the country) about the most charming child murder you’ve ever seen on the big screen, definitely features an abortion that is presented in a warm, cuddly, and lighthearted way.
The Christian Post: Planned Parenthood is blasting NBC for not running an advertisement for a movie that has the word “abortion” in it, but the news agency has denied that it ever received word from “Obvious Child” representatives regarding their interest in buying a spot to advertise the movie.
The Public Discourse: Dostoyevsky prophetically depicts the notion of family as determined not by nature but by consent—an idea that has come to dominate our modern society.
The Christian Post: When Christians are willing to lose what they have, they can speak boldly about their faith, David and Jason Benham, brothers whose HGTV reality show was cancelled because they spoke about their Christian views, told The Christian Post.
Public Discourse: Governor Rick Perry of Texas recently made waves when he was asked whether he thought homosexuality is a disorder. He replied that he was not professionally qualified to pronounce on a medical or mental health question, and then added, “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that . . . I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” As you might expect, this answer—which many millions of Americans might honestly have given—caused a bit of a ruckus.
Life News: When pro-life advocates hear stories like Chris’ they are often tempted to point at it and say, “See, Chris is happy so it’s a good thing he wasn’t aborted like so many other Down syndrome children are.” I think this is a mistake. It implies that the reason Chris shouldn’t have been aborted was because he would be happy later in life. But it would have been wrong to abort Chris even if he wasn’t happy. As my colleague Jay Watts at Life Training Institute says, “There is a difference between what’s wrong with abortion and why abortion is wrong.” Abortion is wrong because it kills an innocent human being without justification.
The Federalist: Here’s why “non-discrimination” ordinances and their ilk are anti-science, anti-reason, and anti-humanity.
National Review: Polyamorists are coming out of the closet. Feingold told National Review Online that there is “absolutely” a growing trend of openness in the polyamorous community and of accepting attitudes toward it. He added, “A lot of people have misconceptions about what polyamory is.”
Public Discourse: We live in intolerant times. A former Secretary of State is disinvited from speaking on campus. Corporate leaders are forced to resign because of their views on marriage. People are forced by the courts to violate their consciences. A prominent Senate leader calls Tea Party activists “anarchists” and, in a speech reminiscent of McCarthyism, brands the businessmen-philanthropist Koch brothers “un-American.” The Internal Revenue Service—harking back to the Johnson and Nixon eras—is accused of targeting individuals and groups for their political views. And government leaders routinely ignore laws they are sworn to uphold.
Break Point: Ask a group of people today—especially high school and college students—what makes them them, and you’ll likely get as many responses as respondents. They may say, “I am what my genes make me,” or maybe “I am what I experience,” or “I am what I choose.”
The Art of Manliness:In fact, the research shows that individuals can consciously choose to break the cycle of unhappy home life by becoming what marriage and family scholar Carlfred Broderick calls a “transitional character.”
The Christian Post: A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
National Review: Obvious Child is kind of funny sometimes but not that funny — which is not the film’s main problem. Obvious Child is reprehensible because, through tasteless and unsubtle humor, it trivializes something that’s of grave importance for pro-choice and pro-life women alike.
The Federalist: The New York Times has the weirdest review of a new dating show on television. Admittedly, the show — “It Takes A Church” — itself seems a bit weird.
Media Research Center: The New York Times hailed how the film doesn’t veer from a righteous feminist path. Donna does not consult the man who impregnated her, even though she likes him, and she “never wavers on her course of action.” The cameras accompany her into the Planned Parenthood clinic for the execution.
The Christian Post: Letts was the subject of many articles immediately following her award-winning video. Whatever you make of the reality of that video her views throughout this interview are telling: the individualistic nature of her worldview is on full display, from her statements that the video is “just” her story to her statement (repeated twice) that the “male was not involved in my decision.”
The Christian Post: It is wonderful to read the account of Kirsten Powers’ conversion from atheism to Christianity. But that doesn’t make her into a Bible scholar or theologian, and Powers has made some grave errors in her recent article on Christianity’s new look on gays.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the fictional world of The Giver, twelve year old Jonas lives in a highly controlled futuristic society. His is life and future is ruled by the ideology of Sameness, a social construct designed to eliminate the unpredictable aspects of the human experience. Spousal love, grief, sensory pleasures, parental care, and the experience of pain have mostly been eradicated.
Christianity Today: I don’t find myself being overwhelmed with films and stories that celebrate healthy marriages. I actually have to scavenge the four corners of mass media to find buried treasure of marriage celebration. Countless people have been swindled into believing marriage is an archaic custom that has little merit in today’s popular culture.
The Christian Post: The truth is that pro-abortion advocates are trying to normalize an act that defies nature’s laws. No campaign or video could ever make a parent feel good about ending the life of his or her own child.
Issues in Education: Jeremy Tedesco discusses God’s Not Dead with Bob and Geri Boyd.
The Christian Institute: Facebook has added 28 pro-gay symbols to its messaging service, as President Obama declared June the USA’s annual ‘LGBT Pride’ month.
The Washington Examiner: Matt Bowman: Coercion is the new “freedom” for the same-sex marriage and abortion movements. Thuggery to force people to participate in other people’s same-sex weddings, abortions, and birth control is the new “non-discrimination.”
National Review: While abortion is a highly taboo topic, especially in Hollywood, it is far too difficult to ignore its prevalence and effects. Celebrity status does not mitigate abortion’s somber reality. There are far too many women hurt and wounded by their abortions physically, psychologically or both.
Power Line Blog: It turns out that even supporting gay marriage isn’t enough to protect you from attack if you make statements on collateral matters that gay marriage proponents find harmful to their cause.
Josh Brahm: Roni Cairns is a good friend of mine whom I’ve known for at least four years. She’s the reason I began exploring the use of relational apologetics to persuade pro-choice people to the pro-life position. After four years of friendship and debate, Roni is now pro-life.
The Christian Post: Today, I want to focus on one large slice of the demographic pie in America-households headed by a single parent. That world is growing and shifting so quickly it is almost breathtaking. For now, I offer five factoids about these families. Consider the implications for churches as we attempt to minister and reach these persons.
The Christian Post: But fear not, dear Christian. Like an athlete out of shape in the off-season layoff, it may take awhile for American Christians to awaken from our ‘most-favored-religion-status’ we have come to assume in this great country of ours, but I believe we’re up to the task. We’re not the first Christians to live ‘behind enemy lines’ nor will we be the last.
CNN: Internet use among adults was essentially at zero in 1990; 20 years later, it jumped to 80%, he said. In that same two-decade period, we saw a 25 million-person spike in those who are religiously unaffiliated.
Religion News Service: Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was in a lesbian relationship, conservative Christians around the country released a collective gasp. They had traveled from far and wide to hear her sing and purchased more than one million of Knapp’s albums. But the Grammy-nominated musician’s revelation tested their loyalty.
The Christian Post: Popular conservative twin brothers David and Jason Benham thanked Christians across America for their support in getting SunTrust Bank to reverse its decision to pull residential listings from their company, Benham Real Estate Group, last Friday amid a national controversy that erupted over their conservative values last week.
Life News: The “pro-choice” side of the abortion debate bends over backwards to deny abortion could ever pose any problems for women. They deny the damage abortion does to women — the medical problems, the mental health issues, the damaging of relationships with friends and family, and the destruction of relationships with God.
Daily Caller: After an uproar from conservative customers, SunTrust Banks announced Friday afternoon that the decision to end its relationship with real estate entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham had been reversed.
Breakpoint: You can love your son and disapprove of his politics. You can love your niece and be against her stand on abortion. You can love your country and disagree with its decision to go to war. You can love your church despite its teachings on contraception. And you can love homosexuals and be opposed to the homosexual agenda.
Nathan Cherry: Nathan Cherry, as usual, provides some solid commentary on recent happenings in the world of religious liberty. I’ll only offer up one brief comment, as a way of encouragement. While many jobs may be in jeopardy for those of us with Christian or conservative convictions, many are not.
Christian News: The Miami Dolphins have fined and suspended safety Don Jones for Tweeting his disapproval of a same-sex kiss that aired on ESPN this past weekend.
Life News: At this point, you’ve read about — if not seen for yourself — the video of the woman having an abortion as a “positive experience.” But is there a chance she faked the whole thing?
The Christian Post: “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands,” said a report by think-tank Civitas about persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Ample evidence suggests there are those who would like Christianity to vanish from the West as well.
The Federalist: Even a woman who feels totally unprepared for motherhood and works as an abortion counselor sounds a note of regret. There is at least a piece of her that wants to remember the life that might have been.
Life News: The majority of Americans do now know who Gosnell is, despite his trial and imprisonment for murdering babies. One (now-funded) film seeks to change that.
The Federalist: Emily Lett’s short film depicting her own abortion is far more than an attempt to provide “hope” for women who are considering abortions; she is clearly seeking community in the only way young people seem to know how.
National Review Online: James Lileks approaches an article arguing for the “end of monogamy” with snark the original piece probably deserves.
Albert Mohler: Emily Letts decided to make a video about her own abortion, and the result is one of the most disturbing video messages ever presented to public view.
Mike Scinto, filling in for Mike Gallagher on The Mike Gallagher Show, interviews Doug Napier about the film God’s Not Dead.
Via The Christian Post: Imagine you’re sitting down for coffee with a young Christian. She’s come to you for advice about her dating life-actually it’s about someone she met at an online Christian dating site. She says they’re attending church …
The Federalist: The running line right now is that Christians are on the “wrong side of history” in regards to marriage. What does that mean, and what should we do about it?