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Many people have suggested that even if Christians are opposed to same-sex marriage, they still ought to go ahead and bake the wedding cake -- or do the flowers, or take the pictures, or make the rings, or whatever else is required of them.

But as Rod Dreher observes in a new blog post, what these commentators don't realize is that, for some in the LGBT movement, that still wouldn't be enough. Read More >
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An editorial at The Stream takes issue with Jason Lee Steorts' recent defense of same-sex marriage. As Steorts is managing editor of of National Review, the article states, his essay has troubling implications for the magazine and for the conservative movement as a whole: Read More >
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Interesting article here by Kyle Smith about David Letterman's departure from "The Late Show" (H/T Mollie Hemingway). I was never a Letterman fan myself, but Smith was . . . until he wasn't. To hear him tell it, for years Letterman was cool by being deliberately, consciously anti-cool -- but then he sold out and became uncool by trying to be cool. If your head is spinning, this fun little analogy of Smith's may help: "Letterman was the barking dog who caught the car, was invited in, and curled up delightedly on the seat."

This raises a question, though Smith doesn't ask it openly: If one is obsessed with coolness, whether pursuing it or deliberately trying to go against it at every turn, is one doomed to wind up a slave to it?
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An article published yesterday by the ACLJ displays the confusion of postmodern culture. Writer Skip Ash reports that the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) called for the Air Force Chief of Staff to court martial Major General Craig Olson, USAF, for "sharing publicly that he was a Christian believer who valued prayer and giving God the credit for his successes as an Air Force officer." In short, a foundation for religious freedom was bothered by this man's free and civil expression of his faith.
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I'm a fan of neither the "Game of Thrones" HBO series, nor the Song of Fire and Ice book series by George R. R. Martin on which the show is based. (For anyone interested in a great critique of the latter, see this piece by N. W. Smith at Hipster Conservative.) I've arrived at that position based purely on what I consider good authority, rather than through firsthand experience.

Judging by the reaction of both fans and critics to Sunday's episode of the premium cable sensation, it sounds like my decision was justified. Evidently it includes a scene wherein one of the characters, Sansa Stark, is brutally, graphically raped. Of course, sexual violence and nudity (many would say pornography) have long been par-for-the-course on "Game of Thrones." But something about this particular instance touched a raw nerve with audiences.
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This morning, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a large number of documents from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, obtained by Navy SEALs in May of 2011. These documents included correspondence between bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as well as between bin Laden and his family members. Peter Bergen, in an article on CNN, points out the seemingly inconsistent pictures of the terrorist leader that these two types of correspondence offer. Bergen writes,

"In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love [for] and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed."

Bergen's observation of these two diametrically opposed types of behaviors reveals an essential truth about the nature of fallen humanity.
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In an article published today by the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Rubin reflects on the legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British hero who rescued 669 Czech children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia before the start of World War II.

As he offers congratulations to Sir Nicholas on his 106th birthday, Rubin ponders today's definition of a hero. Rubin writes: Read More >
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I'd like to introduce you all to Leah Hickman, the summer 2015 BreakPoint editorial intern. Leah is a student at Hillsdale College and an experienced blogger and reviewer; you can see her work here, here, and here. We're very happy to have her with us!
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A few weeks ago the Washington Post ran an article about a hidden danger of sexting. We’ve probably all heard about how common sexting has become for adolescents, and felt corresponding alarm for them. But have we fully considered the negative impact of sexting on young adults?

New research shows that as many as one-fifth of undergraduate students had engaged in sexting when they didn’t want to. It was coercive.

The research abstract states:
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Blues legend B.B. King died yesterday at the age of 89. In this poignant piece, religion writer Daniel Silliman explores King's conflicted relationship with the church, which both nurtured his talent and tried to restrain his style. It's an important read for Christians, whether they're creative artists or just fans of the arts.

(H/T Sarah Pulliam Bailey)
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Remember the story we posted a little while ago about the new abortion spa in D.C.? You wouldn't think that story could get much worse, would you?

It just got worse

As pundit and consultant Josh Jordan tweeted, "The partner in this wishcasting text exchange immediately tells the woman to abort the pregnancy. How is that choice?"
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Assuming the Supreme Court decides to decouple public marriage from natural reality next month, we'll need to prepare for the fallout on a number of levels that Christians aren't currently taking seriously. Until now, traditionalists outside of the wedding business (bakers, photographers, florists) have remained mostly insulated from the barrage of legal attacks on religious freedom. But once so-called same-sex “marriage” becomes the law of Medes and Persians, Christians all over the marketplace—and outside of it—will be expected to recognize and celebrate homosexual unions. As New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Justice Richard C. Bosson put it, that's “the price of citizenship.”

Writing in USA Today, Homeschool Legal Defense Association co-founder Michael Farris warns of some of the unexpected and unwelcome consequences churches and Christian colleges could face for failing to toe the new party line. For one, he expects almost instant pressure from the federal government on institutions that accept public funds in the form of student aid. No surprise there.
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Perhaps you've heard about the latest bit of P.C. folly coming out of academia: Columbia University students demanding trigger warnings and sensitivity training when professors attempt to teach texts like Ovid's "Metamorphoses." Since this staple of Roman mythology contains tales of sexual violence, students complained that learning about it kept them from feeling "safe" in class.

The best response I've seen so far comes from Simcha Fisher at National Catholic Register:
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There's still time to sign up for this year's Wilberforce Award ceremony! The 2015 award will be presented to Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University, of whom Chuck Colson once said, "Few Christians in our culture live out their worldview as consistently or effectively as does this brilliant young man."

The 2015 Wilberforce Award will be presented June 11 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Go here for more information, and go here to sign up!
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I recently rewatched “Jurassic Park.” The film draws the viewer in precisely because we find the past so intriguing, especially a past that involves dinosaurs.

Perhaps this is why I was so taken when someone introduced me to an ancient Sumerian song whose score had been translated and revived. . . .
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