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From Congressman Frank Wolf's Web page

"For the second time this week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) took to the House floor to alert his colleagues -- and the world -- of the genocide he believes is taking place in Iraq.

"'Christianity as we know it in Iraq is being wiped out,' Wolf said."

Read more: Press Release, Congressman Frank Wolf's Web page
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"In An Experiment in Criticism, C. S. Lewis’s scarcely read work on literary criticism, the distinguished author and Cambridge chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature says that the major difference between good reading and bad reading—or for our purposes, good and bad taste—is that good taste is a product of receiving art rather than using art.

"He says that using art means 'treating it as assistance for our own activities.' We see this all the time. We go to the movies and read books with a pre-approved ideology and plot already in mind. It’s like going to a get-together hoping to meet only ourselves. When the story diverges from our ready-made presumptions, we dislike it, or worse—we call it bad."

Read more: Jordan Monson, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Acculturated

"Last week my wife took our very young daughters to Disneyland, where they were excited to pose with a few of the Disney princesses. The fantasy is a thrilling one for little girls, which I’ve written about before for Acculturated, but the Disney princesses also seem to be fertile ground for adult artists, who wring out all the fun and fantasy from those icons in order to make grim socio-political observations."

Read more: Mark Tapson, Acculturated
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From The Atlantic

"In 2004, only about 1 in 10 evangelical Christians supported gay marriage. Just 10 years later, almost a quarter of evangelicals support gay marriage, including a near-majority of evangelicals under 35, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. If this trend continues, it is not an exaggeration to say that the most formidable obstruction to gay rights in the United States will dissolve.

"This outcome, however, depends largely on the influence of evangelical Christian Colleges—the 120 member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which are home, collectively, to over 400,000 students."

Read more: Philip Francis and Mark Longhurst, The Atlantic
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"I’ve known that I was born in prison for most of my life, but it was only when I returned to my prison birthplace in West Virginia for a speaking engagement with the inmates there that I found out about the hole. According to my birth mother’s 900 pages of prison files, she served around 17 weeks in solitary confinement, off and on. The last time would have been when I was around 7 months old; almost four months, out of our 12 months together. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me."

Read more: Deborah Jiang-Stein, Motherlode, The New York Times
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From The Blaze

"Adam Lewis Greene is on a mission to provide a 'fresh alternative to reading . . . biblical literature' with the launch of his Bibliotheca project — an effort to simplify the Bible and make it easier to consume.

“. . . By separating the text into several volumes, and by applying classic & elegant typography, Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art.”

Read more: Billy Hallowell, The Blaze
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From First Things

"Say goodbye to one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world. Last week, members of ISIS—the 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,' a Sunni Islamist group that recently has captured parts of Iraq and declared a new caliphate—began going through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and marking the homes of Christians with the Arabic letter 'Nun.' 'Nun' stands for 'Nasara,' from 'Nazarenes,' a word that refers to Christians. The implications were clear. Mosul’s Christians faced the same fate the Christians of Raqqa, Syria, had when ISIS captured their city last spring. 'We offer them three choices,' ISIS announced: 'Islam; the dhimma contract—involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.'"

Read more: Mark Movsesian, First Things
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From PJ Media

"I know: with the Obama presidency unraveling in a disaster for America and the world, it seems absurd to waste a blog post on the death of actor James Garner. But bear with me. This is a blog on the culture. It was the culture, dominated by leftists, that helped make this catastrophic presidency possible. Garner’s death underscores part of what went wrong."

Read more: Andrew Klavan, Klavan on Culture, PJ Media
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From Christianity Today

"I suspect one of the greatest obstacles to constructive dialogue on the questions about birth control raised by the Hobby Lobby case is the imprecision of the terms being discussed. Perhaps, then, the first step toward finding agreement—or at least correctly identifying at the points on which we can agree to disagree—is to employ common definitions."

Read more: Karen Swallow Prior, Speaking Out, Christianity Today
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From The Washington Post

"If the decision is upheld, it would be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives."

Read more: Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post
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From NPR

"The most painful part of being a virgin wasn't so much that I wasn't having sex nor was it that I was lonely since I had plenty of good friends. Rather the painful part was that I felt like I was not being a man in the right way[,] that I was a failure. Futile crush blurred into futile crush and I just sat there doing nothing. Men were supposed to do things, men were supposed to have salacious anecdotes, men were supposed to have sex, I wasn't having sex -- so what did that make me?"

Read more: Noah Berlatsky, NPR
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From The Crescat

"I am not moved or upset at the actual words themselves. What’s disturbing is witnessing someone being so controlled by their own anger and pain that they are helpless to stop themselves from lashing out."

Read more: Katrina Fernandez, The Crescat, Patheos

(H/T Elizabeth Scalia)
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