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From LifeSiteNews

"The cry to be aroused constantly is a sign not of sensibility but of insensibility. Boredom is a sign not of a longing to receive but of a refusal to receive. Impatience is a sign not of great powers pressing towards realization, but of feebleness. The nearly blind need garish colors, the nearly deaf need bombastic sound. If your children cannot attend to a stream, a flower, a poem, or even a not-so-noisy but tactfully human film, then our problem is not what sort of imagination they have, but whether they can be said to have an imagination at all."

Read more: Anthony Esolen, LifeSiteNews
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From First Things

"Here’s a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the public square. How is it, then, that if we compare Mefford and the young marchers, the adolescents are the ones who come out looking like adults?"

Read more: Matthew Schmitz, First Thoughts, First Things
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From The Globe and Mail

"King Abdullah’s reign brought about marginal advances for women but failed to secure the fundamental rights of Saudi citizens to free expression, association, and assembly. Abdullah’s successor, King Salman, should halt persecution of peaceful dissidents and religious minorities, end pervasive discrimination against women, and ensure greater protections for migrant workers."

Read more: Joe Stork, The Globe and Mail
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From The Daily Signal

"The pro-life movement is a winning cause not because it [is] always politically popular or easy, but because it’s a cause built on an undeniable truth: that every human being -- from the moment of conception -- is a person with inestimable value, dignity and the right to life. We cannot continue to deny that right to youngest and most vulnerable children in our society simply because they are small, dependent, disabled or simply inconvenient."

Read more: Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal
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From KMUW

"Andrae Crouch is one of only a handful of gospel artists to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His music will surely live on for generations."

Read more: Carla Eckels, KMUW
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From First Things

"According to former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, he was fired for being a Christian. According to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, he was fired for insubordination and poor judgment. And according to the New York Times’s recent editorial, he was fired for speaking of his subordinates as 'second-class citizens.' But the argument over the motive for Cochran’s firing and its effect on civil and religious liberties obscures a deeper disagreement over Christian conceptions of sin and the consequences of those ideas in a public work environment. More than a mere difference in theology, this disagreement has dramatic implications for pluralism."

Read more: Alan Noble, First Things
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From Gleanings

"Hours after giving his seventh State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met in person with Naghmeh Abedini, an Idaho mother who has spent more than two years advocating for the freedom of her husband, Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in Iran."

Read more: Gleanings, Christianity Today
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From Human Exceptionalism

"Once I got to know the Movement, it quickly became clear to me that most pro-lifers are selfless and loving people, dedicated not only to stopping abortion but helping women caught up with unintended pregnancies, and/or who regret their abortions--and these are legion."

Read more: Wesley J. Smith, Human Exceptionalism, National Review Online
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From The Guardian

"Jokes playing on his surname have been made far and wide, but Alex Malarkey is not James Frey for the evangelical set. He was not, and still is not, an adult. He is dependent on the care of others. Contesting this book would mean discrediting his own father as his co-author. It would also pit Alex against an evangelical publishing industry that has made huge profits off too-good-to-be-true memoirs that demand readers take them, quite literally, on faith."

Read more: Michelle Dean, The Guardian
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"As distant as the issues of race and abortion appear on the political spectrum, at root, both ask the question of what it means to be made in God’s image. In many ways, evangelicals are still trying to learn the answer. The task for us, much like it was for abolitionists and early pro-lifers, is to find ways to reveal the humanity of our fellow image bearers."

Read more: Hannah Anderson, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Slate

"Prisoners have the right to grow beards for religious reasons, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday morning in the case of Muslim Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt. Arkansas officials had argued Holt’s half-inch beard presented a security risk, while Holt’s representatives said a 2000 law called the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act protected his right to grow it."

Read more: Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate
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From The Atlantic

"In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains a group’s performance on a wide variety of tasks. This 'c factor' is not strongly correlated with the average or maximum individual intelligence of group members but is correlated with the average social sensitivity of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group."

Read more: Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
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