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From The New York Times

"The case of Jann P. v. Jamie P. is messy and at times disturbing, as breakups often are, but the questions it raises are broad: What does it mean to be a parent to a child? And as the state promises equality to same-sex unions, in which only one spouse can be biologically related to a child, how does it value the ties between parent and child, outside of biology?"

Read more: John Leland, The New York Times
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From Fox News

"Feathers have been ruffled at California’s Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended."

Read more: Todd Starnes, Fox News
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From the National Catholic Register

"It’s true that, when confronted by the crowd seeking to stone the woman taken in adultery, Jesus didn’t begin by saying to the crowd, 'You are right, adultery is sinful'; it was only privately, to the woman, that he condemned her sin, saying 'Go and sin no more.'

"On the other hand, in the first place, in Jesus’ social milieu adultery was universally recognized as sinful." (Emphasis in original)

Read more: Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register
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From Religion News Service

"Many have been understandably astonished and disturbed this week by the video of NFL player, Ray Rice, punching his fiancé in an elevator. As I was still processing this repulsive offense, I was came across dozens of heartbreaking tweets from abuse victims around the world using the #WhyIStayed, expressing why they had remained with the person who abused them. As I read these tweets, I began to realize how often I have heard abuse victims share that the Church was the reason #WhyIStayed. I began remembering how often I have heard of women who wearily return to those who hurt them time and time again because that is what their church told them to do."

Read more: Boz Tchividjian, Rhymes with Religion, Religion News Service
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From National Review Online

"Princeton University’s administration is considering putting only pass-fail grades on all freshmen transcripts because putting the actual grades is unfair to kids who get bad ones. Apparently, the fine Ivy League institution doesn’t want the best and brightest to have to endure feeling bad about themselves during their first year."

Read more: Katherine Timpf, National Review
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From the American Association of University Professors'

"Some discomfort is inevitable in classrooms if the goal is to expose students to new ideas, have them question beliefs they have taken for granted, grapple with ethical problems they have never considered, and, more generally, expand their horizons so as to become informed and responsible democratic citizens. Trigger warnings suggest that classrooms should offer protection and comfort rather than an intellectually challenging education. They reduce students to vulnerable victims rather than full participants in the intellectual process of education. The effect is to stifle thought on the part of both teachers and students who fear to raise questions that might make others 'uncomfortable.'"

Read more: Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, American Association of University Professors
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From Thin Places

"I've written before about why Christians should read secular novels, and about the serious pleasure of reading, and with both those posts in mind I emailed a few friends who teach high school (and in one case, college) English for their recommendations of books to read or reread this fall."

Read more: Amy Julia Becker, Thin Places, Christianity Today
Topics: Books, Education
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From Juicy Ecumenism

"Whatever the political intrigues of some Mideast church prelates, U.S. Christians and all persons of good will must morally oppose the Islamist campaign to eradicate Christians and other religious minorities from the region. And U.S. policy must advocate religious tolerance as a prerequisite for regional stability. It’s also in Israel’s interest that Christians and other minorities have protection, even if some of their spokespersons are anti-Israel. An ISIS style Islamist Mideast deracinated of all religious pluralism would be not only vicious but chronically unstable and an ongoing global threat."

Read more: Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, The Institute on Religion & Democracy
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From DCist

"A photo of the Venn diagram was tweeted by Matt Ashburn, who said it was assigned to 6th grade students. In a statement, DCPS explained that the assignment was created by one teacher who used 'extremely poor judgment' while teaching about war and peace."

Read more: Sarah Anne Hughes, DCist

(H/T The Week and Steven D. Greydanus)
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From Juicy Ecumenism

"Every single person who was killed on 9/11 deserves to be remembered . . ."

Read more: Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism, The Institute on Religion & Democracy
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From Stuff Christians Like

"I’m not sure where this rule came from, but it’s true. Not only do Christians watch violent R-rated movies, we’ll quote them from the pulpit, build sermon series around them and even show clips of them during service. I call it the 'Braveheart rule' and my theory is that it’s because of the Old Testament."

Read more: Jon Acuff, Stuff Christians Like
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From LifeNews

"I got a great question from a colleague recently, and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

"The question was this: If a girl comes up and says that Roe vs. Wade has improved her life, and talks about all the things she has been able to do after an abortion like go to college, what do you think is the best way of responding to that?"

Read more: Josh Brahm, LifeNews
Topics: Life Issues
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