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From Fox News

"A Sudanese judge last week ruled that the two South Sudanese pastors charged with spying, but whose supporters say are being persecuted for their faith, will face trial on charges that carry the death penalty."

Read more: Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News
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From The New York Times

"If information and knowledge have led people to trust most institutions less than they did in the past, that could also partly explain the growing partisan divide in trust in government. As people trust those institutions less, they probably trust parties less, too, which may make the 'other' party seem less trustworthy than it was before.

"It is of some concern that trust in government is objectively low. But playing a role in the background is a steady march away from government opaqueness -- a longstanding American tradition dating to the candid submission of grievances outlined in the Declaration of Independence."

Read more: Lynn Vavreck, The New York Times
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From The New York Times

"Evangelical churches are gaining converts more rapidly than they are losing any who grew up in the tradition. I’ve always thought that the primary appeal of these churches was the vivid immediacy of their God. The [Christian] sex manuals remind us that another factor is the sense of being a countercultural activist who sets out to remake the world.

"That’s heady stuff. The mainstream churches offer nothing like this edgy rebellion, this nose-thumbing at ordinary expectations. Paradoxically, it may be this invitation that makes what seems like [Christian female] passivity feel so effective."

Read more: T. M. Luhrmann, The New York Times
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From The New York Times

"Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. . . .

"While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of 'live' action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development."

Read more: Jane E. Brody, The New York Times

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From LifeNews

"But is the abortion ransom just a ploy to draw attention to the pro-abortion side of the abortion debate? The tone of the woman’s missive suggests she’s an abortion activist rather than a pregnant woman who’s truly struggling with an unplanned pregnancy as it employs some of the verbal rhetoric typically coming from pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

"Further investigation makes it appear the web site itself is nothing more than a hoax."

Read more: Steven Ertelt, LifeNews
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From The New York Times

"Two weeks after the massacre, [Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church] attracts people day and night. Some visitors pray or weep or sing, while others simply take photographs or place flowers near still more flowers. Even as the crowds dwindle, the outdoor memorial, it seems, continuously expands. . . .

"Despite the seemingly relentless sorrow, many people [in Charleston] also say that two weeks on, the grace that came out of horror is also becoming clearer."

Read more: Alan Blinder, The New York Times

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From Brushfires Foundation

"Likewise, the writer of Hebrews calls us 'strangers and exiles on the earth.' Jesus himself shared that we would be reviled and hated in this world, because the world mocked and hated him. We are to be in this world but not of it. For faithful believers, Friday’s Court ruling was a painful reminder of how little we have in common with many in our culture.

"Still, some might be asking God why He allowed this to happen. It’s an honest and natural question. A talk I heard last week might shed some light on what God may be doing in the midst of this social collapse."

Read more: Daniel Weiss, Brushfires Foundation
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From LifeSiteNews

"'We are in a world in which the most contrary ideologies are spreading to the nature and design of God on the family and on marriage. Therefore, it is a question of educating girls not only to the beauty and grandeur of their vocation of women, in a just and differentiated relation between man and woman, but also to assume important responsibilities in the Church and in society,' Pope Francis said."

Read more: Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews
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From Plugged In

"Plugged In has often said that the entertainment we engage and indulge in has the power to mold how we see and think about the world—whether we realize it or not.

"And in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision making gay marriage legal in the United States, openly homosexual actor Harvey Fierstein is—perhaps surprisingly—making the same argument."

Read more: Adam Holz, Plugged In
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From The New York Times

"A conflict between religiously orthodox and heterodox Republicans is forcing the Republican Party onto risky terrain. The question is: Can the party sideline one of the most reliable voting blocs, the most religiously observant, on the assumption that it will attract the college-educated, socially liberal and fiscally moderate voters who have been shifting to the Democratic Party?"

Read more: Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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From Detroit Free Press

"When a Midland County district court judge announced that he would stop performing weddings at the courthouse near Saginaw, other judges responded by declaring that marriages would indeed go on.

"The decisions mean that after a few slightly confusing days, all couples could still get married--but that judge Michael Carpenter would simply not participate."

Read more: Daniel Bethencourt, Detroit Free Press
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From The New York Times

"The chase — involving officers from an array of local, state and federal agencies — drew hundreds of journalists to this normally quiet region and was closely followed across the country.

"The story captured the public’s imagination in part because it echoed a long tradition in American culture of narratives that celebrate outlaws, cultural scholars said."

Read more: Kirk Semple, The New York Times
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