Friday

The Briefing 03-03-17

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  • Two rival visions of religious liberty: Debating religious freedom and freedom from discrimination
  • Morality and economics: When investing according to biblical values is viewed as "intolerant"
  • "Not your dad's marijuana": Pediatricians amplify warnings against pot use for teens
  • "It was inhumane. It was barbaric." Lester Tenney, survivor of the Bataan Death March, dies at 96
Thursday

The Briefing 03-02-17

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  • President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday set a different tone from his campaign
  • What signal is being sent? Disney to have first 'exclusively gay moment' in 'Beauty and the Beast'
  • Anti-Semitism in America: Vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish communities are deeply concerning
Wednesday

The Briefing 03-01-17

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  • Echoing Herbert Marcuse, John Irving urges Hollywood to be "intolerant of intolerance"
  • On being an "honest hypocrite": Why we dislike hypocrisy and what we should do about it
  • Citizens stunned as man is charged with blasphemy for burning Quran in very secular Denmark
Tuesday

The Briefing 02-28-17

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  • Political Hollywood: What the Oscars reveal about American culture and worldview
  • Our political moment: Cadillac ad attempts to bridge the nation's political chasm to sell luxury cars
  • Transgender "boy"—a girl undergoing testosterone therapy—wins girls state wrestling title in Texas
Monday

The Briefing 02-27-17

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  • Are we alone in the universe? Discovery of seven earth-size planets prompts perennial speculation
  • In recently discovered essay, Winston Churchill ponders life on other planets and the "Goldilocks" zone
  • Why does a NY Times article about babies learning language in the womb not use the word "fetus"?
Friday

The Briefing 02-24-17

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  • Should parents be involved when a minor considers abortion? Current IN law says no; new bill says yes.
  • Vermont edges out New Hampshire in new Gallup survey as the least religious state in America
  • Secularization and Secularism in New England: The shape of our future?
Thursday

The Briefing 02-23-17

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  • Theo Hobson says Church of England should remain agnostic on homosexuality. Is that even possible?
  • From 'The Homosexuals' to 'When We Rise': Documenting the LGBT revolution in two shows, 50 years apart
  • The rise of marriage-lite: British court denies heterosexual couple civil union
  • Culture and theology: What's missing in the NY Times story on reincarnation and baby rituals in Bali
Wednesday

The Briefing 02-22-17

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  • Trump administration poised to reverse Obama's transgender bathroom directive, leaving issue to states
  • Economic bullying: Global corporations and NFL threaten Texas over proposed bathroom bill
  • New C-SPAN poll ranking the US presidents says more about the historians involved than the presidents
  • Michael Novak, major conservative intellectual and defender of human dignity, dies at 83
Tuesday

The Briefing 02-21-17

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  • Oregon considering bill that blurs line between physician-assisted suicide and state-sanctioned murder
  • A crime for not much longer? British police are looking the other way on assisted suicide
  • Acceptance is outstripping research on health risks as more pregnant women and retirees use marijuana
  • Learning from children: Are kids bad at paying attention, or are adults not paying enough attention?
Monday

The Briefing 02-20-17

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  • From pro-choice symbol to pro-life activist: Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' of Roe v. Wade, dies at 69
  • Pew Study shows Americans "warming" overall to religious groups, but neutral toward evangelicals
  • North Korea's cult of personality and the mysterious assassination of Kim Jong-un's half brother
  • When a toy is more than a toy: American Girl's new boy doll and Cayla the spying doll
Wednesday

The Briefing 02-15-17

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  • When businesses get political, how should Christian consumers respond?
  • History, sin, and memorial: Yale to drop Calhoun's name from College due to his legacy on slavery
  • In upcoming synod, Church of England to "take note" of retired bishops' letter encouraging LGBT reform
Tuesday

The Briefing 02-14-17

  • Celebrating St. Valentine's Day: How the rise of romantic love led to the transformation of marriage
  • The persistence of spirituality in our secular age: Beyoncé and fertility goddesses at the Grammys
  • Inundated with bad news: How the 24-hour news cycle affects our psyche
Monday

The Briefing 02-13-17

  • Why the judicial usurpation of politics is a threat to the American constitutional order
  • Neil Gorsuch refuses to get political in catch-22 Q&A session with Senator Schumer
  • How worldview impacts demographics and demographics reveal worldview
Friday

The Briefing 02-10-17

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  • President v. Court: What the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision means—and doesn’t mean.
  • Why decorum matters in the US Senate: GOP Senators rebuke Elizabeth Warren for indecorous comments
  • A profane trend in publishing: More and more books have expletives in their titles
  • Are American universities equipped to defend the truth, or one of the reasons truth is so disputed?
Thursday

The Briefing 02-09-17

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  • The chilling logic of abortionist Willie Parker: "A fetus is not a person; it’s a human entity."
  • Should tax payer money go to churches that counsel women to get abortions?
  • Spokesman claims Planned Parenthood is "the lynchpin" for growing a healthy future for families
  • Study: Millennials think having sex is less intimate than going on first date or meeting the family
Wednesday

The Briefing 02-08-17

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  • History made in Senate as Vice President joins in confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos
  • Public education and worldview: What's really at stake
  • Science or Scientism? 'March for Science' plans rally in Washington DC on Earth Day
  • NYT Editorial Board: "Boy Scouts are recognizing transgender boys for what they genuinely are: boys."
Tuesday

The Briefing 02-07-17

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  • Will President Trump protect the religious liberty of those who refuse to join the LGBT revolution?
  • A White House divided: Trump family members clash with advisors over LGBT rights and religious liberty
  • Killing free speech kills civilization: UC Berkeley, birthplace of Free Speech Movement, cancels speech