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One of the most common and seemingly effective arguments in favor of same-sex marriage is the comparison of natural marriage proponents to racists bent on propping up the segregationist policies of the Deep South. Denying gay-identified couples the so-called “right to marry,” the argument holds, is akin to forbidding mixed race couples from marrying.

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The Heritage Foundation and the National Review Institute are co-hosting a panel discussion called "Strengthening Society: What Progress on Life Can Teach Us for Challenges Facing the Family," starting at 9 this morning (that is, in a couple of minutes). A couple of my old friends and colleagues, Chuck Donovan and Jennifer Marshall, will be among the speakers and should be well worth hearing. Click here to watch online!
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I was waiting and waiting for Mark Steyn's take on last week's beheading in Moore, Oklahoma. He did not disappoint. Money quote: "'Nothing to do with Islam' is not yet the leading cause of death in developed nations, but it's making impressive strides."
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More than 40 years ago, Corrie ten Boom told me to calm down a bit and relax. Well, with apologies to that great woman, this isn’t going to help.

That’s right, a California charter school banned “The Hiding Place” from what it hilariously calls its “curriculum warehouse” as part of a policy that prohibits “sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”
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The pro-choice crowd's "safe, legal and rare" sloganeering days are long gone. Embattled and becoming rarer, defenders of unrestricted abortion access have dropped the old tone and taken to glorifying the procedure as a positive good for women, even going so far as to suggest that abortion isn't really a difficult decision.

But pro-abortion poetry? That's a new low. I wish I were making this up.

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As Christians around the world gather today for prayer vigils for Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for two years, the ACLJ has released a letter that he wrote to his daughter, Rebekka Grace, for her eighth birthday. As you pray for Saeed and his family today, keep in mind his own words:

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John Stonestreet was right when he said recently on BreakPoint: ”In many ways, sexual freedom is becoming, if it’s not already become, the first freedom to Americans.”

Where that will lead us is anyone’s guess. But here’s a potential glimpse of our future from the other side of the Atlantic:
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Over at Matter, Alan Heathcock reports on the impact of the California drought on that state’s Central Valley. He tells readers that the farmers whose livelihood and way of life is threatened “blame the rest of us” for not caring.

By “not caring” they seem to mean letting environmentalists run amok in federal and state legislatures. As one farmer told Heathcock, “These particular environmentalists have fought to make sure whatever precious water is released from the state’s reservoirs goes first to facilitating salmon runs. The problem is that most of this water heads out into the ocean with no attempt to reuse it.” Read More >
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The Public Discourse has published a heart-crushing piece on the dark side of same-sex marriage. Written by a wife whose husband embraced a gay identity and left her, this piece shatters the happy same-sex family image. Janna Darnelle writes:
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If you're on my Facebook, you may have seen Shane and me discussing this article by Vyckie Garrison, who went from Quiverfull advocate to outspoken atheist. Garrison argues that Quiverfull doctrine is "regular Christianity writ large," so when she left that belief system behind, it was necessary to turn away from Jesus as well. Read More >
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I was leaving a Syrian refugee family's tent one day in the Bekaa Valley when a man called out after me, "Please tell my story. Tell what I told you."

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I made the mistake of leaving the volume on for a car commercial as I was watching college football this weekend. But it was an enlightening mistake.

Lexus’s advertisers, bless em, have decided to call a spade a spade. The company’s latest ad for its “F series” performance cars features a sultry voice and images of a rain-soaked couple crawling all over each other on a sidewalk, while a Lexus F series revs up in front of them. The car, the voice says, “provokes lust.” Read More >
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In the New York Times, Isabel V. Sawhill argues that, even though family breakdown and increasing out-of-wedlock pregnancy rates are hurting children, there's nothing we can do to restore marriage. Instead, she says, we need better contraception and more government aid: "As much as we might welcome a revival, I doubt that it will happen. The genie is out of the bottle. What we need instead is a new ethic of responsible parenthood."

I'll agree that the problem is serious, but to try to fix it like this sounds like putting a band-aid on a malignant tumor.
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If crowdfunding abortion isn't at the very top of the list, it's got to at least be pretty high up there.

(H/T Martha Anderson)
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