Here's what I think she gets right: She talks (as Chuck Colson did) about how laws against homosexuality, like the new law in Uganda, are unfair, unjust, and wrong.
Here's what I think she gets wrong: She draws a parallel between such laws and the Arizona legislation that would have exempted Christians from photographing, baking for, and otherwise participating in same-sex weddings.
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You know the country is in big trouble when adults refuse to act sensibly. In this case, teachers at a school in Minnesota left one student to freeze in -8°F weather after a fire alarm went off. To add insult to injury, the student, dressed in a bathing suit and no shoes, was wet.
She stood outside for 10 frosty minutes while teachers sought permission to do the right thing.
Granted, Navy SEALs go through rigorous training like being submersed in near freezing water for five minutes, and hordes of people take polar bear plunges. Of course, before doing those acts, the participants sign a consent form -- which contain a clause about how plunging into icy water could cause death.
Medical doctor Jacalyn Duffin recounts a fascinating story of the canonization of Marie-Marguerite d'Youville. The interesting part isn't d'Youville, however wonderful her story is -- rather, it is the fact that Dr. Duffin, an atheist, believes in miracles.
It's apropos to read Dr. Duffin's article today because yesterday was the start of Lent. As a fun Lenten project, you might start researching other miracles.
While it doesn't surprise me that reading literature gives some smart bullies a meaner edge, I'm astounded that a Stanford Center for Ethics panel maintains that reading literature doesn't have a positive social component for most people.
Since the panel threw down a gauntlet, so to speak, I'd like to hear what you all think about the latest literature war.
Not in the "rising from the dead" sense. However, Sagan's show "Cosmos" is being refreshed by a fan and Sagan's wife, and is set to re-air on Fox starting March 9. Viewers will once again hear Sagan intone a naturalistic liturgical intonation: "The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be."
I hope you will watch the program. I challenge you to pick out Sagan's naturalistic assumptions, which cannot be tested empirically by science. Also, count how many religious references he makes. Can you distinguish between Sagan's science and his religion?
And to learn more about how science has been co-opted by scientism -- the belief that the natural sciences are the only real arbiter of truth about man, society, and the universe -- why not buy a copy of "How Now Shall We Live"?
When I get home from work in the evening, I have to resist the temptation to plop down in front of the news. The reason is that I have a low tolerance for stupid. And I get riled up. As Roberto Rivera would say, it disturbs my inner harmony.
But I am a foreign policy/world affairs junkie. Especially anything to do with Europe. And with all the Russia-Ukraine hubbub, I had to watch. Read More >
We've known for a long while that children raised in an orphanage don't thrive. Now, through imaging technology, scientists can see how being deprived of parental affection stunts brain growth and neural connectivity. Read More >
By: Kaitlyn Elisabet Bonsell|Published Date: March 03, 2014
My sister complained that it was “confusing” that conservative political commentators, such as Glenn Beck, were praising Matthew McConaughey to the skies this morning for the mention of God in his Oscar acceptance speech.
Since then, I have seen many Christian friends on Facebook doing the same. Which I find even more confusing, if not outright distressing.
Watching the news from Ukraine, two things come to mind: first, the Battle of Balaclava, fought on October 25, 1854, between Russian and British forces, as part of the Crimean War—a battle memorialized by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” lines of which are still familiar today among our largely non-poetry-reading population.
In the Huffington Post, PFM CEO and President Jim Liske argues that the overuse of solitary confinement in prisons has dangerous consequences -- both for the prisoners themselves and for the larger community.
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: February 28, 2014
For the first time in years, I haven't seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this Sunday's Academy Awards. (My dad has seen two; I haven't seen any. I think a pig just flew by my window.) This was for a combination of reasons: Sometimes they looked too violent ("12 Years a Slave") or just plain terrifying ("Gravity"); sometimes I wasn't interested; sometimes I just didn't have time.
The point is, I'm out of the prediction game this time. So I'll turn it over to you, Pointificators. Those of you who've seen some of the films, or have just heard enough that you think you can venture a prediction: What will win? What should win? And why?