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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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From WNEM

"If you're looking to get married at the district court [in Midland, Michigan] -- gay or straight -- you're going to be out of luck, because, according to a clerk, they've stopped performing them altogether."

Read more: Nick Lulli, WNEM
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From The Washington Post

"Inspired by the Kindertransport, a rescue operation then in place for children in Germany and Nazi-occupied Austria, Mr. Winton set about a mission he called his 'wartime gesture.' He was credited with saving, through his personal initiative, the lives of at least 669 boys and girls. For decades after the war, he kept his work secret.

"By the time of his death on July 1 at 106, Mr. Winton was internationally celebrated as a hero of the Holocaust. He appeared uncomfortable with the honors bestowed on him, which included a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, and remarked that the work accounted for 'just nine months in a very long life.'"

Read more: Emily Langer, The Washington Post
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From AlbertMohler.com

"The cultural and legal landscape has changed, as we believe this will lead to very real harms to our neighbors. But our Christian responsibility has not changed. We are charged to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to speak the truth in love. We are also commanded to uphold the truth about marriage in our own lives, in our own marriages, in our own families, and in our own churches.

"We are called to be the people of the truth, even when the truth is not popular and even when the truth is denied by the culture around us."

Read more: Albert Mohler, AlbertMohler.com
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From AP/ABC News

"Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

"In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings.

"Still, the church hadn't changed its own laws on marriage."

Read more: Brady McCombs and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press/ABC News
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From The Wall Street Journal

"The Inklings are a subject of fascination for Tolkien’s and Lewis’s countless fans, and more generally for bookish anglophiles who love the thought of smoky Oxford rooms at midcentury. With 'The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings,' Philip and Carol Zaleski have written the definitive account of the club, with an emphasis on the spiritual lives and writings of Tolkien, Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams and others. Lewis summed up the members as 'a group of Christians who like to write.'"

Read more: Michael O'Donnell, The Wall Street Journal (subscriber-only)
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