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Emily Colson has alerted us to Focus on the Family’s “IStandSunday” event for religious freedom, coming up a week from Sunday at 7 P.M. Eastern.

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I must have been 11 or 12 when I saw "Gone with the Wind" for the first time. For at least a couple of days after that, I went around trying to be Melanie Hamilton. It took my mother and her mother, my Grandma Martie, about five minutes to figure out what I was up to, and they found it utterly hilarious. Grandma loved "Gone with the Wind" -- I believe it was her favorite movie -- but unlike me, she had no use for the sweet and gentle Melanie.

Martha "Martie" Loreno, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, was Scarlett at heart -- fiery, stubborn, fun-loving, with a free spirit and an iron will. (And a yen for Clark Gable.) When I wrote her obituary for her hometown paper, I noticed that her outer life looked utterly conventional: marriage, children, a life of hard work in a Pennsylvania small town. But outer lives can be deceiving.
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So now that self-determination means men can become women, women can become men and either can choose from at least 56 other gender options, Mark Tooley at the Institute for Religion and Democracy says points along the traditional spectrum from male to female will soon become passé. Before long, he half-jokingly predicts, the activists who seem bent on subjectifying every objective fact of human biology will move beyond their own genus, insisting that—despite all appearances—they are, deep down inside, wild animals.

Apparently it’s already a thing.
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This week, Letters of Note published a remarkable letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, upon the publication of “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” In it, Huxley thanks Orwell for his vision and compares it to that of his own dystopian novel, “Brave New World”:

“I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency.”

During the Cold War, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” held the ideas that gripped our social consciousness for more than 40 years. Yet since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nightmare of thought police, constant surveillance, and reeducation hasn’t diminished, but intensified.
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A young woman arrived at Wellesley, announced she was "masculine-of-center genderqueer," and asked to be called Timothy.

Now, other students at this women's college are fighting to keep Timothy from becoming multicultural affairs coordinator on the student-government cabinet . . . because it would send the wrong message to have a white man in that position.

(H/T Katherine Timpf, National Review Online)
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About 25 years ago, I read the book “Miracles and the Critical Mind” by Colin Brown, which, although I didn’t know it at the time, was to serve as part of my introduction to the subject that has occupied much of my adult life, Christian worldview. (I really wish someone would come up with a better expression for what it is we do here at BreakPoint and the Colson Center.)

Brown’s survey of the way philosophers (the “critical mind” of the title) have dealt with—i.e., attempted to discredit the very idea of—miracles is important. But it is, Brown’s excellent prose notwithstanding, not for everyone.

That’s why I’m happy to recommend Eric Metaxas's new book, “Miracles.”
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The Christian who feels compelled to assure everybody that he or she is TOTALLY FINE with same-sex marriage, and on board with LGBT issues in general, is becoming a more and more common trope. In the past few weeks alone, I've run across it in two different books by Christians: "My Bright Abyss," a book by poet Christian Wiman about dealing with terminal illness, and "A Pelican of the Wilderness," by UCC pastor Robert W. Griggs, a book about dealing with depression. Most recently, I saw it in an interview with actor and church worship leader Charlie Pollock. Read More >
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In certain conservative circles, I've noticed, anti-college sentiment has been steadily growing. Matt Walsh encapsulates much of that sentiment here (H/T Alan Noble).

The biggest problem with this sentiment is its all-or-nothing nature. One can acknowledge the flaws in modern higher education and the troubling trend of crippling student loan debt without calling on everyone to "boycott college." Not everyone should go, certainly, but many students benefit in countless ways from the college experience. And they benefit others too, just by being there. After all, we know how bad things can get when a significant number of Christians withdraws altogether from a particular area. (Look what it did to the entertainment industry!)
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After the uproar over Houston pastors being required to turn over all sermons dealing with any aspect of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (which Eric Metaxas will be talking about tomorrow on BreakPoint Radio), the city is rethinking things. Mayor Annise Parker has admitted that the subpoenas were too broad and promises that they "will be clarified."

Or as Alan Eason put it on Facebook: "If you like your sermons, you can keep your sermons."

(Note: An earlier version of this post said that the city had "backed down," but the Alliance Defending Freedom states that the city has not yet taken "concrete action.")
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It's not easy having a young, intelligent, and spirited assistant editor. G. Shane Morris, who goes by his middle name, is never afraid to "call 'em as he sees 'em." So I try to monitor his, shall we say, Web footprint.

You may have heard that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called out Republicans on the issue of gay marriage, saying that they need to "grow a spine." Well, Rand Paul's folks went to Facebook to say that Republicans should agree to disagree on the issue. That's when Shane weighed in with a comment . . . which as of now has more than 1,400 likes.

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That would be declaring oneself "a first-rate intellect" for believing that it's acceptable to destroy what one admits is an unborn human life.
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On the new Christ & Pop Culture podcast, we discuss (among other things) the lawsuit against the sperm bank that John Stonestreet talked about yesterday.
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I beg your indulgence. This blog is more personal testimony than social commentary.

About two and a half years ago, a young filmmaker and I began to talk about the challenges keeping pornography users from getting the help they need. One of the biggest obstacles, we agreed, was shame. Shame is the lock on the door of an already self-closed life. For an addict, acting out with pornography perpetuates a cycle of shame that leads to isolation and an ever-diminishing sense of self. It takes courage to ask for help, and sometimes courage must come from others. Read More >
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Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy gives a textbook example, right here. In the middle of a story about a Maryland church helping black gay teens leave gang life behind, he has to make it all about support for same-sex marriage -- as if church members who don't support one specific item that the LGBT community is pushing for couldn't possibly help these kids.

Unfortunately, that kind of writing will continue, because most readers don't see the problem with it. In fact, that's the kind of writing that tends to get applauded and rewarded.
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My heart went out to blogger Linda Robertson when I read her recent post about the death of her son Ryan. Struggling to reconcile his faith with his same-sex attraction, Ryan eventually rejected that faith, got into drugs, and, after an attempt at recovery, relapsed and passed away at the age of 20.

I was particularly struck by this passage, but maybe not for the reasons I was supposed to be struck: "Basically, we told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. We forced him to make a choice between God and being a sexual person. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone."
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