Tuesday

The Briefing 03-07-17

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  • Supreme Court announces it will not hear major transgender bathroom case, sending back to lower court
  • Amicus brief filed by liberal religious groups in transgender case undermines religious liberty
  • Trump's wire tapping allegations come in the midst of a "civilization-warping crisis of public trust"
Monday

The Briefing 03-06-17

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  • Scientism and ethics: Scientist raises host of ethical questions in human embryo, "embryoid" research
  • Pew: Islam is only religion growing faster than world's population, will outgrow Christianity in 2070
  • The debate isn't over: California cities debate marijuana licensing even as it is legalized statewide
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
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