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From The Stream

"The more the world changes from modern to postmodern[,] the more thinkers (and thinking) are needed. In today’s culture it is going to take more and more courage to stand against the feelings and experiences of other people. If we rely mainly on our own feelings and experiences to base our faith on, how will we have the courage to sacrifice? To go against the cultural flow? How can we grow as thinkers?"

Read more: Lael Arrington, The Stream (reprinted from Lael Arrington's Faith and Culture Blog)
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"Richards basically got away with murder, a core competency of her organization."

Read more: Rich Lowry, POLITICO
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From AP/The Stream

"The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school."

Read more: Jeff Barnard, AP/The Stream
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From The Stream

"When shown a graph that depicted breast exams plummeting and abortions skyrocketing during her tenure at Planned Parenthood, Richards expressed shock. She insisted it didn’t represent what is happening at the clinics. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.) noted that the numbers came from Planned Parenthood’s own reports.

"Richards also said she didn’t 'remember that particular video of Holly O’Donnell' describing the harvesting of a baby’s brain, even though that particular vignette has been all over the news since Carly Fiorina discussed it in the debate.

"Most astounding, when asked if babies who survive abortions should be given medical care, Richards replied, 'I have never heard of such a circumstance happening.'"

Read more: Al Perrotta, The Stream
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From Christ & Pop Culture

". . . Those who are trapped by desire need to be loved faithfully in a long-lasting relationship. They need someone to listen, to hear their stories, to offer healing where it is wanted.

"But they also need to be shown an imaginative vision of healthy desire, desire made whole. This is the role of the artist in a deeply post-Christian culture."

Read more: Ted Turnau, Christ & Pop Culture
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From The Stream

"In a new viral video starring Bill Nye, the famed 'Science Guy' declares that laws protecting 'unborn people' are 'based on ignorance' and reflect 'a deep scientific lack of understanding.' He also says that if you support such laws, you 'literally or apparently literally don’t know what you’re talking about.'"

Read more: James Agresti, The Stream
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"The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, centers on a series of far-reaching restrictions on Texas abortion providers and clinics, which led to the closure of about half of the state’s abortion facilities. It promises to be the most significant abortion case in at least two decades, and could inject divisive social issues into the presidential race at a key moment."

Read more: Jennifer Haberkorn, POLITICO

(H/T The Stream)
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From The Hill

"Pope Francis on Monday appeared to side with a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying government employees should have the 'human right' to object to acts that violate their beliefs.

"'Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure, because it is a right,' he told reporters while flying to Rome following a 10-day tour of the U.S. that ended Monday morning, according to Reuters."

Read more: Mark Hensch, Briefing Room, The Hill
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From WORLD News Service/Christian Headlines

"Naghmeh Abedini said her husband is increasingly sent to solitary confinement and suffers attacks from both guards and inmates. His father visited him this week and learned that prison officials attacked him with a stun gun and interrogated him Tuesday. Apparently, additional charges are forthcoming that could lengthen his sentence.

'My husband’s situation has gotten worse,' she told me while sitting in the office of Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., who invited her to the pope’s address. 'Honestly, since the [nuclear] deal, I thought the treatment of my husband would improve.'"

Read more: J. C. Derrick, WORLD News Service/Christian Headlines

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From The Daily Signal

"[Reggie Littlejohn] said China has the highest female suicide rate in the world, and that rate is connected to the violent enforcement of the policy, forced abortions, and the lack of value shown to women.

"'We go in there and say, "Don’t abort your baby girl; she’s a precious daughter," and that’s the first time these women have ever heard that. They’ve never heard it. All they’ve heard is, "If you have a girl, abort her, she’s worthless." Which I think is also related to the female suicide rate. If you’re going to abort your baby just because she’s a girl, what does that say to you about your own right to breathe on this earth?'"

Read more: Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

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From Medium

"That snot covered, sticky fingered, wailing toddler is that same little clump of cells that you took a stand for. Why stop loving them when they are big enough to talk back, run off, and throw a fit? How can you tell a woman to choose life, when your comments, mannerisms, and lack of action toward a struggling mother are everything but supportive?"

Read more: Traci Schmidley, Medium
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From Townhall

"The pontiff made the visit to show support for the sisters, who are suing the federal government over the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act."

Read more: Christine Rousselle, Tipsheet, Townhall
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