The Briefing 06-29-17

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  • The politics of abortion: 25 years ago today, SCOTUS handed down the infamous Casey decision
  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has played an outsize role in America's culture wars
  • Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards thinks she can change America's conscience on abortion. Will she?
  • Church of CrossFit? Why gyms and other secular communities are replacing church for many today

The Briefing 06-28-17

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  • Geographic virtue signaling: Four more 'discriminatory' states added to California's state travel ban
  • 'No religion' now Australia's number one religion? No, but new census data reveals secularizing trend
  • NPR highlights importance of fathers for children's well-being—are they listening to their own report?

The Briefing 06-27-17

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  • SCOTUS story #1: Big win for religious liberty as Supreme Court rules 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran
  • SCOTUS story #2: Unanimous Supreme Court decision upholds most of President Trump's travel ban
  • SCOTUS story #3: SCOTUS reverses AR Supreme Court, disestablishing biology-based birth registration
  • SCOTUS story #4: Supreme Court to hear momentous gay wedding cake case on religious liberty next term

The Briefing 06-26-17

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  • A reversal of medical logic: Families are now suing doctors for saving the lives of their loved ones
  • What our relationship with animals reveals to us about ourselves and the glory of God
  • The surprising reason why the New York Times discontinued their "engagements" section in 1994

The Briefing 06-23-17

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  • The history of "Born this way" and why the LGBT movement is phasing it out as a slogan
  • What does it say about the LGBT revolution that "Pride" events are now more corporate & less radical?
  • Childhood redefined: Antidepressants for 6-year-olds, Botox for 8-year-olds, & no playing in the sand?

The Briefing 06-22-17

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  • 5th straight special election victory for GOP in Georgia raises questions of Democratic Party identity
  • What is the Queen's Speech? Important differences between the British and American forms of government
  • A modern monarchy in historical context: Why Saudi Arabia rewrote its hereditary monarchy's succession

The Briefing 06-21-17

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  • London terror attack targeting Muslim community center exposes challenges Islam faces in the West
  • What is the role of government? The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 79
  • The question of legacy after Bill Cosby's sexual assault accusations and mistrial

The Briefing 06-20-17

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  • Did Christians start the wedding wars? It isn't Christianity whose definition of marriage changed.
  • Digital age parenting: Do we really have to be told Amazon's 'Alexa' doesn't make a good parent?
  • The New Yorker discovers St. Augustine: Sex and the priority of theology in Augustine's thought

The Briefing 06-19-17

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  • The illiberality of secularism: UK Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron resigns over Christian beliefs
  • With loss of theological vocabulary, society no longer knows what to say in the aftermath of tragedy

The Briefing 06-16-17

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  • Will the Alexandria shooting change the revolutionary rhetoric on both political sides?
  • Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and the role of parents & churches in America's teenage spiritual crisis
  • Worldview Book Recommendation: 'Closing of the American Mind' by Allan Bloom

The Briefing 06-15-17

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  • Congressional baseball shooting leaves 4 wounded, including Rep. Steve Scalise with critical injuries
  • After finding new fossils, scientists are rewriting the origin story of humanity—again.
  • SBC adopts resolution condemning alt-right white supremacy, affirming biblical unity of humanity
  • How many Jenner's? The sad confusion when Jenner refers to "Bruce" in the past tense
  • What's in a board game? It turns out a lot more history, culture, and worldview than you might think

The Briefing 06-13-17

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  • To the left or to the center? Democratic Party faces identity crisis ahead of 2018 elections
  • Lessons from the British election: What does the disappearance of the center mean for US politics?
  • News consumption in our changed media landscape and the fight for "narrative supremacy"
  • Batman and Wonder Woman: What these comic book super heroes reveal about American culture

The Briefing 06-12-17

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  • Religious liberals back in the political game? The left's complicated relationship with religion
  • Amazing new study shows that unborn babies can recognize faces while still in the womb
  • Military transgender policy, a pregnant "man," and the experiment in social self-deception
  • What new science caused Bill Nye to censor an old show where he connected gender to chromosomes?

The Briefing 06-09-17

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  • Analyzing the media's reaction to James Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee
  • Stunning the world, Theresa May's Conservative Party loses overall majority in Britain's snap electio
  • The NFL officially opposes gambling. So why did it relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas?
  • Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, fought and won the Six Day War 50 years ago this week
  • Friday Book Recommendation: "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

The Briefing 06-08-17

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  • Big news day: Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee & Britain to vote in snap election
  • Religious test for office? Sen. Sanders vehemently opposes nominee's defense of biblical Christianity
  • New legislation in Ontario gives state power to seize children from parents who oppose LGBTQ agenda

The Briefing 06-07-17

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  • Girls need a big dose of dad: Research links detached fathers and risk-taking daughters
  • Counterintuitive or common sense? Research shows access to contraceptives increases teen pregnancies
  • Who rates Hollywood's movies, and what is their criteria? Behind the scenes of the movie rating system
  • Science, "intelligence genes," and the quest to understand humanity in merely naturalistic terms

The Briefing 06-06-17

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  • Coming to grips with "Islamist" threat to Western liberalism in aftermath of London terror attacks
  • Where are Europe's armies? The dangers inherent to the decline of military power in Europe
  • Former KY Gov. Beshear wants to be seen on "right" side of gay marriage, but history isn't cooperating
  • Miracle at Midway: 75 years ago, America routed the Japanese navy, turning the tide in the Pacific War

The Briefing 06-05-17

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  • ISIS claims terror attack in London as British intelligence reveals UK home to 23,000 jihadists
  • Comedy and morality: When transgressive humor outpaces even the far left
  • Does "mindset" affect poverty? The complicated, reciprocal relationship between worldview & economics
  • Foreign policy realism and the legacy of Pres. Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski

The Briefing 06-02-17

  • Dominion, stewardship, and the Paris Climate Agreement: Thinking biblically about climate change
  • Worldview Book Recommendation: "Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky" by Paul Johnson