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From The Federalist

"In the age of Twitter and autoplay video, the instant sharing of yesterday’s murder footage was made far more horrific. It also raises questions about why -- why an obviously disturbed individual would seek to spend their last moments trying to win a battle with the people they just murdered on social media, and then share the horrifying images of this act of violence, changing the act from murder to selfie murder."

Read more: Ben Domenech, The Federalist
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From The Atlantic

"Philip and Carol Zaleski’s The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings is a mental map, a religious journey, and the biography of a brotherhood. Plenty of distinguished Inklings came and went over the years, padding across the carpets with a Warnie-provided drink in hand, but the Zaleskis zoom in on (and out from) the primary axis of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, and Barfield, the four among whom the invisible correspondences of thought and affection were strongest. Christians all, these men formed what the Zaleskis call 'a perfect compass rose of faith': Barfield the proto–New Ager, Tolkien the rather prim orthodox Catholic, Lewis the noisy and dogmatically ordinary layman and popular theologian, Williams the ritualistic Anglican with a taste for sorcery."

Read more: James Parker, The Atlantic
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From Mockingbird

". . . The internet can feel like it just happens to us. We simply sit in the privacy of our office or (wo)mancave and get to look at whatever and talk to whoever about whatever whenever we want to. We get to live out our darkest fantasies with zero repercussions for real life. Or so it seems."

Read more: Sarah Condon, Mockingbird
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From The Exchange

"This week, we’ve found that it’s not as simple as AshleyMadison.com would like its (former) users to think. 'Life is short. Have an affair.' So they say.

"Get caught. Lose your reputation. Lose your spouse. So they omit."

Read more: Ed Stetzer, The Exchange, Christianity Today

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From The Stream

"Revolutions have victims, of course. It takes some heavy lifting to build utopia on earth. As Lenin said, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. 'Some of them even fertilized,' Sanger might add with a snicker, from her seat beside him in Hell."

Read more: Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream
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From The Weekly Standard

"The aging population around the world that was actually liberated from totalitarian rule in 1945 and again in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed might not see [William] Ayers’s vision as a good thing. Their real-life experience refutes the revisionist theory that a weaker America is better for the world. They understand what real evil looks like. They lived it. And they witnessed with their own eyes something unique in world history—a victorious army that wanted only to leave the lands they conquered and go home as soon as they arrived. They didn’t colonize; they fought to end colonization. They freed a large swath of humanity, fed them, and gave them billions of dollars to rebuild."

Read more: Warren Kozak, The Weekly Standard
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From National Review Online

"In the post-9/11 world, these are the questions that men ask themselves all the time: “What would I do if I saw the worst happen? Would I be able to act? Would I have the courage?” For years after 9/11 we drew inspiration from 'Let’s roll,' the words that launched the first American counteroffensive in the War on Terror, the fight for Flight 93. Now we have another inspiration, one with a happier ending: 'Let’s go!'"

Read more at: David French, National Review Online
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From Bronwyn's Corner

"It seems to me that one of the results from this video is that there are people who have been pro-choice who are genuinely rethinking their position on abortion. Cognitive Dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or value. The videos seem to be increasing many people’s distress: pointing out that, for example, they might hold contradictory beliefs on what is going on in a pregnant woman’s belly at twenty weeks. Baby? Or intact fetal tissue?

"So I'm wondering: where are the opportunities for us to point out that the 20-week-and-younger lives are worth honoring? [Emphasis in original.]"

Read more: Bronwyn Lea, Bronwyn's Corner
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From The Wardrobe Door

"Almost universally, the Internet has told the men exposed by the Ashley Madison hack, 'It serves you right.' But this same Internet will also continue consuming pornography and imagining the enjoyment of the very lifestyle it criticizes."

Read more: Aaron Earls, The Wardrobe Door
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From The Washington Post

"Between October 2007 and December 2011, 100 people went to a clinic in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region with depression, or schizophrenia, or, in several cases, Asperger’s syndrome, seeking euthanasia. The doctors, satisfied that 48 of the patients were in earnest, and that their conditions were 'untreatable' and 'unbearable,' offered them lethal injection; 35 went through with it."

Read more: Charles Lane, The Washington Post

(H/T John Stonestreet)
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From Preventing Grace

"But when the mountains have fallen, and the single glorious light of the Son coming to judge has appeared, and we’re all standing around looking out over the dust and rubble and wreckage of humanity, one of the truths we’re probably going to discover is that unbridled, uncontrolled, 'free', no strings attached sex, wonderful as it seems, powerful as it is, isn’t worth it. That little live baby being cut open and [its] brain removed, that sex with someone who isn’t your good buttoned up faithful Christian wife, that app that lets you hook up without even speaking, none of that is worth it. Death, betrayal, deceit--the momentary thrill isn’t worth it. It’s so tragic that this generation doesn’t know, doesn’t want to know, how not worth it is. It’s tragic that people who profess a love for God are falling to this great lie."

Read more: Anne Kennedy, Preventing Grace, Patheos
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From Human Life Review

"Whether or not you go to a protest, there are things every single one of us can do right now to help foster a national conversation about Planned Parenthood. Thanks to the Center for Medical Progress, it’s never been easier to talk about life issues to total strangers."

Read more: Connie Marshner, Human Life Review
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