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From The Daily News

"The judges concluded that the 'stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.'

"'The Cross at Ground Zero thus came to be viewed not simply as a Christian symbol, but also as a symbol of hope and healing for all persons,' the judges wrote."
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From Thin Places

"I'm not interested in books where the reader and writer stand apart from some foible of which they are safely innocents and point fingers at it. I want my work to challenge my reader a little bit—and I want it to challenge me."

Read more: Christopher Beha, interviewed by Amy Julia Becker, Thin Places, Christianity Today
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From Reuters/Newsweek

"A U.S. appeals court struck down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, the second appeals court to come out in favor of gay marriage."

Read more: Reuters/Newsweek
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From Esquire

"On 16 May 2012, a video of a Ted Talk called 'The Great Porn Experiment' was placed on YouTube, and has been watched two-and-half-million times since. In it, a retired physiology teacher called Gary Wilson claims: 'The widespread use of internet porn is one of the fastest moving global experiments [ever] conducted.'

"His argument is that we don’t know what happens to young men when they can watch an unlimited amount of pornography -- both in terms of volume and variety -- before they’ve had any kind of real-life sexual experience, because it has no precedent in history. Only now are the 'guinea pigs' of the internet era reaching the age where they can tell us."

Read more: Sam Parker, Esquire

(Note: Article at link contains some graphic language and descriptions.)
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From The Independent

"In Britain and western Europe, events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War are being held on 4 August, as attention is focused on the German invasion of Belgium and the British declaration of war.

"But the Temple Church in London is holding a service today, as Monday 28 July, is arguably the real centenary of the conflict’s start."

Read more: David Keys, The Independent
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From The Week

"From Christian colleges challenging ObamaCare's contraception mandate to the Catholic bishops protesting gay marriage, Christians are among the most unyielding opponents of sexual liberation. Progressives working towards greater public acceptance and support of LGBT rights would no doubt like to see Christians with traditionalist views abandon their old-fashioned doctrines on these matters. Or just go away.

"Neither will happen."

Read more: Kyle Cupp, The Week
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From Decompose

"But why is there a more liberal approach to violence than profanity? Why show a hit man stalking his prey, a serial killer fulfilling his sadistic urges, without so much as a single expletive? I’m sure there’s several possibilities, but the one I keep returning to touches on theology, namely the 'cleanliness spectrum.'"

Read more: Mike Duran, Decompose

(H/T Karen Swallow Prior)
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From LifeSiteNews

"It’s especially bizarre, I think, when those on the Left turn out to enthusiastically celebrate any new revelation of a cultural figure having an abortion. The more they admire the person, it seems the happier they are at the 'courage' of said person having had an abortion. A bit unintentionally insulting, don’t you think? I admire you so much! I’m so glad you terminated a child that might have had your talent or been a lot like you!"

Read more: Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews
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From Congressman Frank Wolf's Web page

"For the second time this week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) took to the House floor to alert his colleagues -- and the world -- of the genocide he believes is taking place in Iraq.

"'Christianity as we know it in Iraq is being wiped out,' Wolf said."

Read more: Press Release, Congressman Frank Wolf's Web page
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"In An Experiment in Criticism, C. S. Lewis’s scarcely read work on literary criticism, the distinguished author and Cambridge chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature says that the major difference between good reading and bad reading—or for our purposes, good and bad taste—is that good taste is a product of receiving art rather than using art.

"He says that using art means 'treating it as assistance for our own activities.' We see this all the time. We go to the movies and read books with a pre-approved ideology and plot already in mind. It’s like going to a get-together hoping to meet only ourselves. When the story diverges from our ready-made presumptions, we dislike it, or worse—we call it bad."

Read more: Jordan Monson, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Acculturated

"Last week my wife took our very young daughters to Disneyland, where they were excited to pose with a few of the Disney princesses. The fantasy is a thrilling one for little girls, which I’ve written about before for Acculturated, but the Disney princesses also seem to be fertile ground for adult artists, who wring out all the fun and fantasy from those icons in order to make grim socio-political observations."

Read more: Mark Tapson, Acculturated
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From The Atlantic

"In 2004, only about 1 in 10 evangelical Christians supported gay marriage. Just 10 years later, almost a quarter of evangelicals support gay marriage, including a near-majority of evangelicals under 35, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. If this trend continues, it is not an exaggeration to say that the most formidable obstruction to gay rights in the United States will dissolve.

"This outcome, however, depends largely on the influence of evangelical Christian Colleges—the 120 member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which are home, collectively, to over 400,000 students."

Read more: Philip Francis and Mark Longhurst, The Atlantic
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