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These ministers have announced that they will no longer perform marriages. Why? Because America's lawmakers are increasingly making nonsense of marriage itself, and they want no part of it.

As they put it:
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As a cultural commentator, I ought to be able to handle the story of the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations with detachment and objectivity. I ought to write a neat and tidy post about . . . something, I don't know. Something moral and righteous and Christian worldview-related. How we're all prone to sin, or the danger of idolizing famous people, or how performers aren't really the people they pretend to be, or sexism or classism or human rights. I ought to sum it all up with a Bible verse and hit "publish" and be satisfied with a job well done.

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Writing at The Huffington Post, Antonia Bloomberg reports on the shocking revelation that those who hold orthodox beliefs about God and the Bible generally oppose same-sex marriage.

Published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Clemson sociologist Andrew Whitehead's study finds that Americans who talk about God with masculine pronouns (like the Bible does) also tend to believe in marriage solely between a man and a woman. "Individuals who ascribe to a masculine image of God," says Whitehead, "are much more likely to espouse traditional gender ideologies compared to those who do not view God as masculine." The same apparently holds true for those with high regard for Scripture, and those who are members of conservative denominations.

If Captain Obvious were a Marvel superhero, Disney would tap this guy to play the role.
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This morning, Jim Tonkowich, former BreakPoint editor, spoke at Family Research Council on his new book "The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today." You can hear his speech here. In the next few weeks, we'll be doing a Q&A with Jim about his book here at BreakPoint, so keep an eye out!
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A few hours ago, I read about a famous athlete about whom I know two things: He’s dating a “celebrity,” and he is a Christian. So I Googled the celebrity, curious about her faith. In the midst of my inconclusive “research” I asked myself, “What are you doing this? No good can come of it.”

All too true. At best, I would “approve” of his choice in girlfriends, and at worst I would disapprove. Either way, I was running afoul of Jesus’ and James’ admonitions not to judge my brother. (Clearly, our Lord’s family was big on not judging.)

This got me to thinking about how vital—as in the Latin vitalis, “of or belonging to life” —it is for the Christian to guard his thoughts and what goes into shaping them.
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After a week spent with my wife recuperating and adjusting to family life with a fourth member, I'm overjoyed to give the official BreakPoint announcement: Elijah Gabriel Morris, my new son, was born November 8 at 9:38 A.M. He's healthy, happy, and doing what babies love to do. And his big sister (two years old) won't stop playing second mom.

Two colleagues have told me I look surprisingly well-rested, another has told me I look exhausted. I'm not sure what to think, except that I'm glad I'm not my wife. We're both thanking God He gave mothers superpowers, and that He delivered our new little boy safely. Looking forward to introducing him to family over Thanksgiving!

Oh, and if you'd like to see a picture, here he is.
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"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" is being promoted as the latest effort to "put Christ back in Christmas." But the actor raised a few eyebrows when he promoted the film with a short video in which he said, "If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you are the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas. Because Christmas is about joy and if the joy of the Lord is your strength, remember the joy of the mom is her children’s strength." Read More >
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Is it okay for a Muslim actor to play Jesus? Can atheists and agnostics actually make good religious movies? (Might they even make the best religious movies?) These are some questions that are being discussed lately. I think they're great questions, worthy of some serious thought. They make us ponder the nature of both faith and art, how they relate to one another, and who really owns the stories we think of as "ours."

Also, they remind me of a great passage from Dorothy L. Sayers, which is always a good thing. (I've tried in vain to track down the exact quote; it'll probably pop up somewhere as soon as I hit "Publish.") When someone assumed that she always cast Christian actors in her religious dramas, Sayers countered that, no, she cast actors who looked the part and were capable of acting it well.

Now there's a concept.
I respect Mark Regnerus, but I had to take issue with his recent First Things article, which suggested that maybe Christian women should stop thinking of porn use as a dealbreaker in relationships. My response is in today's Her.meneutics.

Note: Because I've had a few questions and comments about this, I want to make one thing clear. I am not saying that Christian women should reject every man who's ever in his life looked at porn. That's why I wrote on page 2, "We recognize a significant difference between the person who acknowledges that porn use is wrong and is making a serious effort to abandon it, and the person who condones it and sees no reason to stop." The important thing, I believe, is the man's attitude. No one should expect perfection, only repentance.
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First we had "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"; now we have "the stupidity of the American voter." Obamacare's advocates really need to work on their bedside manner.
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In his new article at Crisis, Providence College professor Anthony Esolen levels a serious charge against the Church. In "Who Will Rescue the Lost Sheep of the Lonely Revolution?" Esolen wonders if modern-day clergy are more interested in seeking after and affirming the one lost sheep who only entertains faith on his own terms, than in protecting the 99 faithful who are being torn apart by the wolves while the hirelings look on and do nothing.

Wow. And I thought I came across as too harsh on the Church. Still, there is a theme to his piece that is essential to understanding why this trend bothers him so.
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“You don’t know what you are talking about!” Harsh words, but all-too-often true. At least when it comes to issues such as crime, religion, immigration, teen pregnancy, unemployment, life expectancy, and voting. (On really important stuff, like who should start at quarterback for the Redskins, people are savants.)

That’s the finding of a recently released study, “The Perils of Perception,” by IPSOS-MORI, a research firm.
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You'd think that at a concert to honor the military, performers could be trusted to play songs that, you know, honored the military. You would be wrong. Read More >
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I just finished reading Roberto’s reflections on a desperate mother who attempted to kill her autistic daughter . . . and herself.

As John Stonestreet posted on Facebook, “Another example of why Roberto Rivera should not be BreakPoint's best kept secret.”

You may know that Roberto himself is the father of an autistic son. I do hope you will read Roberto’s article.
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NPR gets the Understatement of the Year Award for this headline: "Combining The DNA Of Three People Raises Ethical Questions."
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