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From National Review Online

"The abortion lobby is apoplectic, which is what it always is, which must get exhausting. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas protests that the move is a 'transparent' attempt to burden abortionists. 'The rules target physicians that provide abortions and the hospitals that care for patients,' says Blake Rocap, the lawyer for the group. 'Transparent' is a funny choice of word: NARAL is an organization that refuses even to say its own name -- it is formerly the National Abortion Rights Action League -- or to acknowledge what sort of 'choice' it is advocating.

"Yes, the Texas rule is transparent: It is a transparent attempt to force Texans to face reality."

Read more: Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Online
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"In 1969, Castro cancelled Christmas altogether, so that celebrations wouldn’t get in the way of the sugar harvest. Cuba was officially an atheist nation and the Christmas ban lasted until December of 1997. In anticipation of a visit by Pope John Paul II that was planned for January of 1998, Castro declared that, for that year only, Christmas would be a national holiday. The change, however, stuck."

Read more: Lily Rothman, TIME
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From Religion News Service/USA Today

"'We were like, "This is unreal, this is unbelievable,"' McCord said. 'When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other -- and I will never forget this moment -- we both burst into tears. I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do. Still to this moment, almost four hours after the fact, I don’t have words for it.'"

Read more: Travis Dorman, Religion News Service/USA Today
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From The Washington Post

"My heart sank; that thoughtful, engaged student I had met on the first day of classes had snapped. He had tried to kill people."

Read more: Kevin Stankiewicz, Grade Point, The Washington Post
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From CT Women

"Exiled Cubans all over the United States and the world have been waiting years for the death of Castro. His death, we believed, would bring the dawn of a new era. We could go back home, even if only for a pilgrimage. Like the Jewish people at Passover, reciting 'Next year in Jerusalem' and pining for a return to the Promised Land, we set our hopes on Castro’s death: 'Next year in Havana.'

"Now, Castro is dead, and I’m left behind to make sense of his legacy. His regime has committed horrible human rights atrocities, so I am justified in feeling an intermingling of hatred and bitterness, grief, relief, and joy. As a Christian, however, Jesus calls me to pray for my enemies and bless those who curse me and my people. So what now?"

Read more: Amanda Martinez Beck, CT Women, Christianity Today

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"Liberty University, the private Christian school presided over by president Jerry Falwell Jr., just announced that they are hiring the former Baylor Athletic Director who resigned from his job following an alleged group sexual assault by members of the football team. Baylor has previously said that Ian McCaw (and football coach Art Briles, who was fired following an investigation), knew that a student was sexually assaulted, and did not report it."

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From For Her

"Many college students don’t wantto participate in a social scene that emphasizes casual sex, but they don’t know how to build a happy and fulfilling social life outside of that social scene—and that’s exactly where loving parents can offer advice.

"So we asked Michigan State University professor Stephanie Amada, author of Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter with Choice: Leave the Walk of Shame Behind, on how to discuss hookup culture with your high school senior. Here are five tips for helping your kid navigate the campus social scene with honor and integrity."

Read more: Christine Stoddard, For Her, Aleteia


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From The Stream

"Granted, choosing to marry a particular man and conceive a particular child with him is not a moral imperative, while choosing not to abort a child already conceived is. Still, the message of the film resonates powerfully in a world of pre-natal testing and selective abortion. Like Louise, parents may be granted a future vision that is fraught with pain, and society does not stand in their way should they choose to reject it by embracing death and darkness over life and light. Arrival argues that life is worth the pain."

Read more: Esther O'Reilly, The Stream
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From The Washington Post

"Mr. Castro’s legacy is a 57-year-old 'revolution' that once punched above its weight in world affairs, especially in Latin America, but in more recent years became a decrepit museum piece of Soviet-style totalitarianism. Over Fidel’s objections, Raúl Castro has tried to adapt and preserve the regime, including through an opening to the United States. Too eagerly reciprocated by President Obama, that initiative has brought in more U.S. dollars and tourists but no relief from stifling and frequently violent repression of speech, assembly and other basic human rights."

Read more: Editorial Board, The Washington Post
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From CT Women

". . . The seismic nature of Melton’s recent revelation and the aftershocks felt by her adoring fans suggests that the sky might be falling in some new way. Because while the self-fulfillment narrative isn’t new, here’s what is: how easily and insidiously it gets baptized as a Christian story. Melton hasn’t simply said: I should be happy. She has emphatically said: God should be equally and unequivocally committed to my happiness as I am."

Read more: Jen Pollock Michel, CT Women, Christianity Today
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From BBC News

"The opening on Tuesday evening marked the anniversary of the author's death in 1963.

"Seven permanent sculptures based on characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe were unveiled."

Read more: BBC News
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From Live Action News

"On November 10th, France’s Counseil d’Etat rejected an appeal to lift the ban on the 'Dear Future Mom' video. The ban was originally instituted by the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel, and was upheld because the video was deemed 'inappropriate.' Why? Because the people with Down syndrome in the video, along with their families, were happy and smiling, and this was 'likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.'"

Read more: Cassy Fiano, Live Action News
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