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From Moore to the Point

"I’m not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I’m more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in 'churched' contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God."

Read more: Russell Moore, Moore to the Point
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From RT

"Young girls’ mental health is being damaged by the vast number of explicit and sexualized images on social media and in advertising, leading to a spike in anxiety according to new figures.

"The study by University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre found that emotional problems have risen 55 percent over the last five years, with the worst affected being young girls aged 11-13 years."

Read more: Siegfried Modola, RT
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From The Washington Post

"For conservative Christians, a psychological adjustment is taking place. In a de-Christianized culture, it becomes harder to imagine yourself part of a 'moral majority.' This was never quite true, but now, with the decline of casual Christianity, it is incredible. So how do 62 million evangelical Christians and other theological conservatives — not a majority but a significant minority — view themselves and their cultural role?"

Read more: Michael Gerson, The Washington Post
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From Associated Press

"Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a 'social revolution.'

"Friday's referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say 'yes' to changing the nation's constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex."

Read more: Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
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From The New York Times

"The place where you grow up . . . affects your odds of marrying, a large new data set shows.

"The most striking geographical pattern on marriage, as with so many other issues today, is the partisan divide. Spending childhood nearly anywhere in blue America — especially liberal bastions like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington — makes people about 10 percentage points less likely to marry relative to the rest of the country."

Read more: David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times
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From The Federalist

". . . Downey hasn’t let up trying to revive a fellow addict’s career. He’s now saying the only way he’ll do another Iron Man movie is if Gibson is allowed to direct it. Of course, there’s always a chance Gibson really is a monster. But I choose to take Downey’s word that it’s time to forgive, because I’d rather live in a society where we err on the side of too much forgiveness than not enough."

Read more: Mark Hemingway, The Federalist

(H/T E. Stephen Burnett)
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From The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

"God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth, and to subdue it for God’s glory.

"Jesus, the second Adam, has taken up that task. Just as the first Adam had a bride to serve as his helper (Genesis 2:18-25), so the second Adam has chosen a bride to serve as his helper. . . ."

Read more: Hugh Whelchel, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
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From Acts of Faith

"As many conservative evangelical leaders work to anticipate the potential fallout from any decision from the court that would be unfavorable to their stance on the issue, Franklin Graham’s popular Facebook prayers are evidence that others believe the fight is hardly over, even as the case sits in the hands of the justices."

Read more: Abby Ohlheiser, Acts of Faith, The Washington Post
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From Yahoo News

"The Boy Scouts of America will no longer seek to revoke the charters of chapters that accept gay adult leaders, the organization's president, Robert Gates, told its national leadership on Thursday."

Read more: Jason Sickles, Yahoo News
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From The Week

"Because the Irish state recently and hastily arrogated itself tremendous new powers to act in the 'best interests of the child,' and because the consideration of biological parentage in family law court cases would give an unequal advantage to opposite sex partnerships, the legal force of biological parentage will be eroded.

"In fact, guaranteeing the right to procreate to same-sex couples practically demands the erasure of biological parenthood, as same-sex couples cannot have children without involving a member of the opposite sex, somehow. And equality demands even more. To create the equal experience of full parenthood for both, the child's curiosity (or claims) on his or her biological parents must be obviated and denied, whatever the heartbreak."

Read more: Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week
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From Religion News Service

"The Rev. Michael Yat and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith, both from the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, have been charged with undermining the constitutional system and spying, offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment."

Read more: Frederick Nzwili, Religion News Service

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From The Washington Post

"A highly publicized and influential scholarly study about people’s views on same sex marriage has been disavowed by one of its co-authors, citing 'irregularities' in the data provided by his partner in the research. He is seeking a retraction of the study, published in the journal Science.

"The study purported to show the ease with which peoples’ minds can be changed on the subject of same-sex marriage after short conversations, particularly with gay advocates."

Read more: Fred Barbash, The Washington Post
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