Cultural Confusion. To give you an idea of the confusion out there in the culture, consider this story: A British man, Stephen Wood, was accused of rape. However, because he identified as a woman, he was sent to a women’s prison, where he sexually assaults more female inmates within days of arriving there. If there’s any good news in this tragic story, it is that even feminists and progressives are beginning to question transgender ideology. A feminist activist, Sarah Ditum, told the London Telegraph, “This is exactly what feminists have been warning about in the redefinition of sex and gender identity, is the possibility that people who have a clear sexual motive for wanting to be put into women’s intimate spaces, are going to take advantage of it. It’s appalling that something like this has been allowed to happen.”
Politicians and Religion. American voters are divided about the importance of faith for political candidates. A poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 25 percent of American voters think it’s “very” or “extremely” important for politicians to have strong religious beliefs. Another 23 percent said the religious faith of candidates is “moderately” important. However, 43 percent said faith was either not important or not very important. White evangelicals were more than twice as likely to say that faith was important. Despite the lukewarm support for religion in general, when it came to specific issues, Americans want religion to play a role. When it came to poverty-fighting, 57 percent said religion should play a role, and 49 percent said it should impact education policy. It appears that more Americans are skeptical of a Christian’s faith, but they don’t mind taking a Christian’s help.
Box Office Blahs. Unbroken Path To Redemption, a movie about Louie Zampirini’s conversion to Christianity, fared poorly at the box office in its opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie did $2.2 million on 1600 screens, for a mediocre per screen average of less than $1400. At that pace, it won’t be able to stay in theaters for very long. Reviews have also been mediocre. WORLD said the movie sentimentalized the story. Still, with a production budget of just $6-million, it is likely to earn back its investment – eventually – and these Christian filmmakers will live to fight another day, which is not a bad thing for a genre (Christian film) that is still very much in its infancy.
Politically Correct at Yale. A survey of the Yale Class of 2022 – this year’s incoming freshman class – found that just 10 percent of the class was “conservative” or “very conservative.” About 74 percent said they were “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal.” About 20 percent of the class identified as LGBTQ. As for religious affiliation, the Yale Daily News reported: “23 percent of respondents identified as agnostic, 16 percent as atheist, 16 percent as Protestant, 15 percent as Catholic, 6 percent as other Christian denominations, 10 percent as Jewish, 3 percent as Muslim, 3 percent as Hindu, 2 percent as Buddhist and 6 percent as other.”
Milestones. Rich DeVos, Amway co-founder and philanthropist, died at 92. DeVos and his family have been generous contributors to conservative and Christian causes… The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single on the battlefield in American history, took place this week (Sept. 17) in 1862…. Influential Christian musician Rich Mullins died 21 years ago this week, on Sept. 19, 1997….