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From Human Exceptionalism

"Let’s hope this vote influences the UK Parliament to also shun the killing agenda."

Read more: Wesley J. Smith, Human Exceptionalism, National Review Online
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From Slate

"A half-century ago, nearly everyone who died in the U.S. was buried. Only about 4 percent were cremated. Now, we cremate half our dead. The map above shows cremation rates by state and animates over the past 15 years; during that relatively brief timespan in several states—particularly in the South and Midwest—cremation rates have doubled. Why the shift?"

Read more: Andrew Kahn, Slate
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From CNN

"Transgender girls are welcome in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a stance that has attracted controversy from some conservative groups over the past week.

"'Our position is not new,' said Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts USA's chief girl expert. 'It conforms with our continuous commitment to inclusivity.'"

Read more: Katia Hetter, CNN
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From First Things

"Since at least the age of Milton, whose Satan in Paradise Lost allegedly outmatches the other characters in depth and dynamism, artistic depictions of evil have often been associated with power and interest. So it’s not surprising that many critics approached director Kenneth Branagh’s rococo new version of Disney’s Cinderella on the stepmother’s side. 'Bad always sizzles more than good,' Manohla Dargis proclaimed in the New York Times. Other critics noted with genuine puzzlement that the title character manages to be compelling in spite of her moral goodness. Where is the dramatic appeal, they wondered, in a conventionally virtuous character?"

Read more: Kathleen Hull, First Things
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From Moore to the Point

"I’m not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I’m more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in 'churched' contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God."

Read more: Russell Moore, Moore to the Point
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From RT

"Young girls’ mental health is being damaged by the vast number of explicit and sexualized images on social media and in advertising, leading to a spike in anxiety according to new figures.

"The study by University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre found that emotional problems have risen 55 percent over the last five years, with the worst affected being young girls aged 11-13 years."

Read more: Siegfried Modola, RT
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From The Washington Post

"For conservative Christians, a psychological adjustment is taking place. In a de-Christianized culture, it becomes harder to imagine yourself part of a 'moral majority.' This was never quite true, but now, with the decline of casual Christianity, it is incredible. So how do 62 million evangelical Christians and other theological conservatives — not a majority but a significant minority — view themselves and their cultural role?"

Read more: Michael Gerson, The Washington Post
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From Associated Press

"Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a 'social revolution.'

"Friday's referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say 'yes' to changing the nation's constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex."

Read more: Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
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From The New York Times

"The place where you grow up . . . affects your odds of marrying, a large new data set shows.

"The most striking geographical pattern on marriage, as with so many other issues today, is the partisan divide. Spending childhood nearly anywhere in blue America — especially liberal bastions like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington — makes people about 10 percentage points less likely to marry relative to the rest of the country."

Read more: David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times
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From The Federalist

". . . Downey hasn’t let up trying to revive a fellow addict’s career. He’s now saying the only way he’ll do another Iron Man movie is if Gibson is allowed to direct it. Of course, there’s always a chance Gibson really is a monster. But I choose to take Downey’s word that it’s time to forgive, because I’d rather live in a society where we err on the side of too much forgiveness than not enough."

Read more: Mark Hemingway, The Federalist

(H/T E. Stephen Burnett)
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From The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

"God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth, and to subdue it for God’s glory.

"Jesus, the second Adam, has taken up that task. Just as the first Adam had a bride to serve as his helper (Genesis 2:18-25), so the second Adam has chosen a bride to serve as his helper. . . ."

Read more: Hugh Whelchel, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
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From Acts of Faith

"As many conservative evangelical leaders work to anticipate the potential fallout from any decision from the court that would be unfavorable to their stance on the issue, Franklin Graham’s popular Facebook prayers are evidence that others believe the fight is hardly over, even as the case sits in the hands of the justices."

Read more: Abby Ohlheiser, Acts of Faith, The Washington Post
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