As we all celebrate our Memorial Day holiday sweating over a grill or playing pickup football with our families, let's take a minute to think about the thing we're celebrating on this fine May day. Why do we take the day off from work and school? What sets this day apart from any other day? READ FULL ARTICLE »
It sometimes worries me to see just how lightly and unthinkingly we Christians tend to engage with the culture. Let a big Christian family (thoroughly versed in Gothardism) get their own TV show, and many of us quickly adopt them as our mascots and standardbearers without really knowing all that much about them. Let the news come out that horrific acts took place within that family, and Twitter and Facebook overflow with the cry, "It's okay, the one who made mistakes has repented, so let's just forgive and move on!"
No. It's not okay. It's not okay that a teenage Josh Duggar molested little girls, including some of his own sisters. It's not okay that he committed crimes -- not mistakes, crimes -- and was never seriously held accountable. It's not okay that he went on to hold himself up as an example of sexual purity for others to follow. And it's not okay that some Christians are more eager to laud his public apology than to spare a thought for his innocent victims.
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Many people have suggested that even if Christians are opposed to same-sex marriage, they still ought to go ahead and bake the wedding cake -- or do the flowers, or take the pictures, or make the rings, or whatever else is required of them.
But as Rod Dreher observes in a new blog post, what these commentators don't realize is that, for some in the LGBT movement, that still wouldn't be enough.
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Interesting article here by Kyle Smith about David Letterman's departure from "The Late Show" (H/T Mollie Hemingway). I was never a Letterman fan myself, but Smith was . . . until he wasn't. To hear him tell it, for years Letterman was cool by being deliberately, consciously anti-cool -- but then he sold out and became uncool by trying to be cool. If your head is spinning, this fun little analogy of Smith's may help: "Letterman was the barking dog who caught the car, was invited in, and curled up delightedly on the seat."
This raises a question, though Smith doesn't ask it openly: If one is obsessed with coolness, whether pursuing it or deliberately trying to go against it at every turn, is one doomed to wind up a slave to it? READ FULL ARTICLE »
An article published yesterday by the ACLJ displays the confusion of postmodern culture. Writer Skip Ash reports that the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) called for the Air Force Chief of Staff to court martial Major General Craig Olson, USAF, for "sharing publicly that he was a Christian believer who valued prayer and giving God the credit for his successes as an Air Force officer." In short, a foundation for religious freedom was bothered by this man's free and civil expression of his faith. READ FULL ARTICLE »
I'm a fan of neither the "Game of Thrones" HBO series, nor the Song of Fire and Ice book series by George R. R. Martin on which the show is based. (For anyone interested in a great critique of the latter, see this piece by N. W. Smith at Hipster Conservative.) I've arrived at that position based purely on what I consider good authority, rather than through firsthand experience.
Judging by the reaction of both fans and critics to Sunday's episode of the premium cable sensation, it sounds like my decision was justified. Evidently it includes a scene wherein one of the characters, Sansa Stark, is brutally, graphically raped. Of course, sexual violence and nudity (many would say pornography) have long been par-for-the-course on "Game of Thrones." But something about this particular instance touched a raw nerve with audiences. READ FULL ARTICLE »
This morning, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a large number of documents from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, obtained by Navy SEALs in May of 2011. These documents included correspondence between bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as well as between bin Laden and his family members. Peter Bergen, in an article on CNN, points out the seemingly inconsistent pictures of the terrorist leader that these two types of correspondence offer. Bergen writes,
"In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love [for] and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed."
Bergen's observation of these two diametrically opposed types of behaviors reveals an essential truth about the nature of fallen humanity. READ FULL ARTICLE »