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It's a sad day when a documentary about a ship that travels around providing abortions gets an award for "Political Courage."
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As some of you will recall, I'm a great fan of Sir Alec Guinness, both as an actor and a writer. So I was particularly struck by Fr. Dwight Longenecker's touching new piece that focuses on Guinness's birth to an unwed, poverty-stricken young mother -- and reminds us of what could have happened to him, had we then had the same disregard for life in the womb that we have today.

"If abortion had been easy and legal in England in 1914 the world would never have experienced the witty, smart, subtle art and the quiet, steady witness of Alec Guinness…" Fr. Longencker writes, "…and Star Wars would have had an enormous void."

Read the whole piece here.

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You can click here to watch FRC's seventh annual ProLifeCon live. (It will be archived in case you can't watch until later.) Speakers include Jill Stanek, Charmaine Yoest, and Rick Santorum. If you want to follow along on Twitter, the hashtag is #ProLifeCon. 

Later today, if you want to follow the March for Life on Twitter, the hashtags are #WhyWeMarch and #MarchForLife2015. The event's official Twitter handle is @March_for_Life.

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House Republicans dropped plans to vote on the bill that would have banned abortions after five months, because of quarrels within the party over the rape provision.
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As the House prepares to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, ABC News acknowledges that babies can indeed feel pain at less than 25 weeks gestation.
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Have researchers found a first-century fragment of the Gospel of Mark? If so, it would be the oldest extant fragment of any of the gospels. Joe Carter over at the Gospel Coalition sums up the potential news. Check it out . . . and watch the video of Dr. Craig Evans at last year’s Apologetics Canada conference.

Just as fascinating (to me, anyway) is how they found the fragment. It turns out that less-than-fabulously wealthy first-century Egyptians used papier-mâché funerary masks. Made of papyrus. Used papyrus. The trick for researchers, as Dr. Evans described, was to find a way to dissolve the glue that holds the masks together without dissolving the ink used to write on the papyrus.

This will be a story worth following. Thanks to young G. Shane Morris for alerting me to it.
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Dr. Stephen Kim's post "10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry," featuring an odd mix of Scriptural truths and arbitrary personal preferences, went viral over the last few days. I was going to blog about it, but then Clare Coffey and Calah Alexander saved me the trouble. Enjoy!
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Students at Mount Holyoke College are no longer allowed to stage the play "The Vagina Monologues." Guess why. (Note: Sexual language and discussions at link.)
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Today, the National Review Insitute is holding a panel discussion, "Welcoming Every Life: Choosing Life after an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis." You can watch the event, which will be held at the Heritage Foundation, at 12 p.m. Eastern by clicking here.
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Earlier this week, the announcement that James Barbour would be the next man to play the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway raised an outcry on social media. This had nothing to do with Barbour's acting or singing skills. It had to do with the fact that, seven years ago, he admitted to having sexually molested a 15-year-old fan in 2001. Read More >
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The good news is that Duke University has canceled the Muslim call to prayer from its chapel bell tower; the bad news is that this response was caused by "a serious and credible security threat." There were valid and important reasons to protest what Duke was doing, but to threaten violence in the name of protecting Christianity is wrong for so many reasons, I don't even know where to start.
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Charlotte Alter "honored" the film "My Fair Lady" on its 50th anniversary with a TIME article suggesting that in the end, it's all about compromising with misogyny. Over at Her.meneutics today, I argue that her interpretation gets it all wrong: "My Fair Lady’s Eliza, despite her outer transformation, is always unquestionably herself, true to her values, and her strength comes from her self-respect. And her strength makes a difference not just to her, but to Higgins."
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. . . Pun fully intended. Over on Rachel McMillan's blog, A Fair Substitute for Heaven, I ponder the strangely unsatisfying ending of one of our favorite shows. (One of Kim Moreland's favorites, too!)
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Pardon my French.

But a few things are rubbing me the wrong way right now. First, I find it utterly depressing that the only thing that Europeans are willing to defend is the right of puerile cartoonists to draw obscene pictures of holy things.

Then there’s the greasily self-righteous editorial by the New York Times defending the firing of the Atlanta fire chief who wrote a self-published Bible study, in which he deplores homosexual acts, among other sins. Quoth the Times: “Cue up the outraged claims that Mr. Cochran’s rights to free speech and religious freedom have been violated—an assertion that is as wrong as it was predictable.”
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If you've read anything with my name on it at BreakPoint, chances are you know how close the music of the late Rich Mullins is to my heart. And I just keep getting excuses to talk about him! Last year filmmaker Director David Leo Schultz brought his take on Rich's story to life in "Ragamuffin," which I reviewed. And this week a moving reprise of one of Rich's best songs (and a personal favorite of mine) showed up on my newsfeed. Read More >
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