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  2. Sunnie Kahle has short hair. She enjoys wearing sneakers and playing sports. She also “cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian [School] with her friends.” 

    8-year-old girl removed from school because she isn’t feminine enough

     


  3. Ultimately, people believe all kinds of funny things for all kinds of funny reasons. A third of Americans believe humans and animals were created in their present form just a few thousand years ago, in spite of the overwhelming evidence for evolution. That some people believe in absurd theories like young earth creationism doesn’t change the facts, nor does it stop curious scientists from using the scientific method to learn the truth and develop technologies on the back of these insights. Similarly, climate change denialism does not change the facts of climate change.
     


  4. Americans are already too inclined to believe in their own righteousness. Their tendency toward what Alexis de Tocqueville called ‘the perpetual utterance of self-applause’ often leads them to make foolish mistakes. They certainly don’t need theologians telling them that their good intentions entitle them, over the inevitable objections of billions of their would-be subjects, to appoint themselves the world’s benevolent despot.
    — Damon Linker, in Is war ever morally justified?
     


  5. A Christian who is also a conservative should also wince at cultural narratives, advanced by some conservatives, that constantly belittle, mock, or dismiss the perspectives of groups that have been historically or are marginalized.

    A Christian who is a conservative should at the very least be concerned about how a country with the mightiest armed forces in the world uses its strength abroad and at home.

     

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  7. When different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it.
     

  8. "The outright hostility to science from some on the right — on global warming, evolution, and even something as seemingly benign as vaccines — only further impugns religion’s credibility with younger voters. It should be no surprise then that solid majorities of millennials describe Christianity as ‘hypocritical’ and ‘judgmental.’"

    Jon Terbush, in Why are millennials less religious? It’s not just because of gay marriage

     

  9. "Religion is a serious subject, and Hollywood doesn’t do well with serious subjects — because Hollywood’s goal is to make money, not art. If the major studios started producing more big-budget movies on religious topics, all we’d end up with are more dumbed-down portrayals of religion." — Damon Linker, in Hollywood’s real problem with religion

     


  10. The American fight for equality began with distinct Christian precepts

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  11. After 27 years on this planet, I learned that I am not only a victim of mutilation, but also an amputee; I just hadn’t known it. Like millions of other men, I was, as a baby, circumcised.
    — Stephen Robert Morse, in Fighting for foreskin
     


  12. Should public schools teach the gay rights and civil rights movements as parallel narratives? That all moral criticisms of homosexuality are motivated by irrational animus? That virtually the whole of the Judeo-Christian tradition is homophobic? That the Roman Catholic Church, which continues to describe homosexual acts as “objectively disordered,” is the moral equivalent of a hate group?
     


  13. Today’s podcast explores four possibilities for the uncertain future of the GOP.

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