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From Christianity Today

"In his recent speech, Xi made several references to regulating religion through law. Now that the first national conference on religion under Xi has been concluded, it is likely that a new law on religion is not far off."

Read more: Brent Fulton, Christianity Today
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From Public Discourse

"On Tuesday, March 15, a decision was made in Paris that can only be described as a victory for human rights. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected a report recommending the legalization of surrogacy in all forty-seven Member States."

Read more: Adina Portaru, Public Discourse, The Witherspoon Institute
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From Aleteia

"The words flung so easily from a keyboard are heinous, but they are not exclusive to female sports reporters. Female gamers endure similar abuse, as do female political bloggers and female religion writers. Yes, even the Christian ones, who often receive much more much name-calling and death-wishing from their co-religionists than from secularists."

Read more: Elizabeth Scalia, Aleteia
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From Christianity Today

"As Christians in Iraq and Syria face what many (including the US State Department) call genocide, world leaders often struggle to summon the right words for the persecution. Too often, officials deal in cautious, equivocating language amid the sprawling horror of leaders assassinated, churches destroyed, businesses bombed for 'un-Islamic' tendencies, women and girls raped, hostages taken, and citizens forced to flee.

"For clearer insight into this purge of communities from their ancient homelands, we have journalist Mindy Belz to thank. They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (Tyndale) contains reporting from her many trips to the region, during which she faced threats of being stoned, kidnapped, or murdered."

Read more: Nina Shea, Christianity Today
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From Aleteia

"What the Time article articulates in regard to the specific issue of pornography has been, in point of fact, glaringly obvious for quite some time: Freud was wrong. Complete sexual freedom has not made us psychologically healthier, just the contrary. It has deeply sickened our society. The valorization of unrestricted freedom in regard to sex—precisely because it is morally corrupt—proves psychologically debilitating as well."

Read more: Bishop Robert Barron, Aleteia
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From WORLD

"The decision, released yesterday, upholds a prior ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals against the baker, Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. Philips had appealed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s order to create cakes for same-sex weddings, re-educate his staff on discrimination policy, and file quarterly 'compliance' reports for two years after he declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012."

Read more: Kiley Crossland, WORLD
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From The Weekly Standard

"Milwaukee’s Marquette University is poised to fire a tenured political science professor, John McAdams, for speaking his mind.

"McAdams's sin? He dared to defend an undergraduate who thought that the ethics of same-sex marriage was an open question—a question worth discussing openly in an ethics class."

Read more: Dennis Byrne, The Weekly Standard
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From The Federalist

"The marketing genius’ fans took to social media to reaffirm their devotion to the singer, as well as express shock at what the album seemed to reveal. Here are five quick takeaways from the release."

Read more: Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
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From The Week

"Many conservatives believe that while gender dysmorphia might be a real thing and that people who experience it certainly are endowed with human dignity and rights, a total societal affirmation of transgender identity would ratify an essentially fictitious view of gender as totally socially constructed and malleable. This is an important debate to have! And, to circle back to the bathroom issue, the total lack of practical import for whatever policy is chosen actually has a clarifying effect. It shows us that it's all about the symbolic -- and therefore crucially important --societal affirmation, or lack thereof, of transgenderism."

Read more: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week
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From Independent Journal Review

"As part of his probation, Serna is required to take urine tests to show that he is not drinking. When he found himself in front of the judge again on April 12th, he admitted to Olivera that he had lied about his urinalysis, and the judge sentenced him to one day in jail.

"But that’s not all this judge did."

Read more: Justen Charters, Independent Journal Review
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From The Federalist

"Abortion clinics and the businesses that purchase aborted baby parts likely conspired to violate federal laws against fetal human organ trafficking, expert witnesses at a House hearing testified yesterday. Evidence of a widespread market for unborn baby parts -- down to the tongue, scalp, eyes -- was introduced at a testy hearing of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives."

Read more: Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

(H/T Mariam Bell)
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From Deadline

"Were a deal to [be made] with Phoenix, this would raise the curiosity about the project even more with the assembling talent indicating an edgy, decidedly indie take on the greatest story ever told. It is set to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history."

Read more: Ali Jaafar, Deadline

(H/T Peter T. Chattaway, FilmChat, Patheos)
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