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From The New York Times

"'Since we came into the arena of same-sex marriage, it has also had an effect on heterosexual marriage,' said Brother G. Martin Freeman, the presiding chaplain of the Universal Life Church, which was founded in California and is now based in Seattle. For young Americans, gay and straight, he said, marriage has been 'privatized' and taken 'out of the control of the state and of the church.' Rather, this generation 'wants marriage to be among friends and family.'"

Read more: Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times
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From USA Today

"The Supreme Court on Monday blocked Texas from enforcing tough new restrictions on abortion providers that would have forced many clinics to close and made abortions harder to obtain.

"The order delays implementation of a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and requiring clinics to have facilities equal to surgical centers. Opponents of the law said a state that once had 41 abortion clinics would be reduced to having only nine."

Read more: Richard Wolf, USA Today
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From The Wall Street Journal

"On Friday my phone was blowing up with messages, asking if I’d seen the news. Some expressed disbelief at the headlines. Many said they were crying.

"None of them were talking about the dozens of people gunned down in Sousse, Tunisia, by a man who, dressed as a tourist, had hidden his Kalashnikov inside a beach umbrella. Not one was crying over the beheading in a terrorist attack at a chemical factory near Lyon, France.... And no Facebook friends mentioned the first suicide bombing in Kuwait in more than two decades, in which 27 people were murdered in one of the oldest Shiite mosques in the country.

"They were talking about the only news that mattered: gay marriage."

Read more: Bari Weiss, The Wall Street Journal (subscriber-only)
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From The New York Times

"The dramatic shift in public opinion [regarding marriage], and now in the nation’s laws, has left evangelical Protestants, who make up about a quarter of the American population, in an uncomfortable position. Out of step with the broader society, and often derided as discriminatory or hateful, many are feeling under siege as they try to live out their understanding of biblical teachings, and worry that a changing legal landscape on gay rights will inevitably lead to constraints on religious freedom.

"But the challenges are not only external. To a degree that is rarely acknowledged in the public square, many evangelical churches are also grappling with internal questions."

Read more: Michael Paulson, The New York Times

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From First Things

"Parents are feeling scared. Scared and guilty, because many think that if they protect their kids, they’re going to raise asocial misfits. . . .

"Jesus has a simple message for parents: Don’t be afraid. Don’t be haunted by past failures, because the merciful God forgives. Don’t be afraid of the future, because the Father knows what you need. Don’t be afraid of the world. Jesus has overcome the world.

"That confidence is critical, but it doesn’t add up to a model for child-rearing in the postmodern world. Can we protect our kids from the world and prepare them for it?"

Read more: Peter J. Leithart, First Things
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From The Atlantic

"The investigations [of church fires] in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee are still ongoing, and they may end up in that broad category of fires of suspicious, but ultimately unknowable, origin that Ahrens described. But no matter why they happened, these fires are a troubling reminder of the vulnerability of our sacred institutions in the days following one of the most violent attacks on a church in recent memory."

Read more: Emma Green, The Atlantic
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From The Daily Caller

"The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage.

'As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,' they declared.

"After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed -- but only for a 'limited' period of time."

Read more: Betsy Rothstein, The Daily Caller
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From The Gospel Coalition

"'But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003. They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a 'fundamental right' overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since… These Justices know that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry. And they are willing to say that any citizen who does not agree with that, who adheres to what was, until 15 years ago, the unanimous judgment of all generations and all societies, stands against the Constitution.' - Justice Scalia"

Read more: Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition
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From Acts of Faith

"In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. discussed religious liberty concerns. 'Today’s decision, for example, creates serious questions about religious liberty,' Roberts wrote. 'Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is—unlike the right imagined by the majority—actually spelled out in the Constitution.'"

Read more: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Acts of Faith, The Washington Post
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From The Atlantic

"Earlier this week, Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani called for the organization’s followers to execute more attacks during Ramadan. 'Aspire to battle in this noble month,' al-Adnani urged, according to a translation posted on Twitter by Charlie Winter, a senior researcher studying jihadism at the Quilliam Foundation.

"While ISIS has claimed the attack in Kuwait, there have been no statements of responsibility for the events in France or Tunisia."

Read more: Matt Thompson, Adam Chandler, and Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic
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From First Things

". . . Fr. Bechtel hit the mark far more often than not and to honor this golden anniversary of his introducing me to The Summer Reading List, let me offer a few suggestions that will take you beyond 'beach reading' in these vacation months."

Read more: George Weigel, First Things
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From Christianity Today

"Evangelical churches must be faithful to the biblical witness on marriage regardless of the cultural shift. Evangelical churches in America now find themselves in a new moral landscape that calls us to minister in a context growing more hostile to a biblical sexual ethic. This is not new in the history of the church. From its earliest beginnings, whether on the margins of society or in a place of influence, the church is defined by the gospel. We insist that the gospel brings good news to all people, regardless of whether the culture considers the news good or not."

Read more: Christianity Today
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