Mere Links 07.25.14
Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

Professor Wins Lawsuit Protecting His Religious Freedom
The Keating Center

After seven years, Mike Adams won his lawsuit against University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Professor Mike Adams, a criminology professor, sued UNCW in 2007 after he was discriminated against because of his conservative, Christian views.

Sudan Christian Woman Spared Death Sentence Meets Pope in Rome
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman whose death sentence in Sudan for refusing to renounce her faith set off an international protest, arrived in Rome on Thursday morning to a hero’s welcome and a private audience with Pope Francis.

10 Great Summer Reads for Catholics
Kevin D. Sullivan, OnFaith

From Thomas Merton to Shūsaku Endō, these enduring books encapsulate some of the best in religious writing.

Europe’s High Court Defends Marriage
John Paul Shimek, Aleteia

Talking heads on MSNBC and other networks contrasted the state of American liberalism with the perceived success of European progressivism, lamenting the American failure to move in Europe’s direction. Then, about one month later, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) lowered the boom on European progressives. And, the wind was taken out of the sails of American liberalism.



Mere Links 07.24.14
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:01 AM

Five Rules for Consoling the Dying
Russell E. Saltzman, First Things

There are some things that should never be said to the dying. I’ve never bothered developing a comprehensive “no-no” list but years of parish ministry have attuned me to the particularly egregious.

The Problem With Britain’s Latest Suicide Bill
Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, Aleteia

Suicide and killing people are two things that the Church has always declared to be wrong. It has therefore been of considerable interest in the UK this last week that a proposed law was put forward for debate which would authorize assistance with both.

Islam’s Religious Exemption From Criticism
William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

udging from their behavior, most policymakers seem heavily invested in Islam’s survival. Their reasoning goes roughly as follows: Islam is a religion; religion is a stabilizing force in society; therefore, the flourishing of Islam is vital to the stability of the Muslim world. Hence, the consensus view is (and has been for a long time) that it is desirable to prop up Islam and provide bailouts when needed.

What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Birth Control’
Karen Swallow Prior, Christianity Today

Meaningful debate requires us to define the terms of discussion.



Mere Links 07.23.14
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:00 AM

Raise Your Voice for Religious Liberty
Jennifer A. Marshall, The Gospel Coalition

The backlash against simply participating in civil discourse about an important topic of public concern is alarming.

A Line Crossed in the Middle East
Mark Movsesian, First Things

What the end of Christianity in Mosul means for Christians everywhere.

Hobby Lobby and Employment Discrimination
USCCB, Crisis Magazine

To dismiss concerns about religious freedom in a misguided attempt to address unjust discrimination in the workplace is not to advance justice and tolerance. Instead, it stands as an affront to basic human rights and the importance of religion in society.

George Whitefield at 300
Credo Magazine

We live in a day when those in the church want to have their ears tickled. We do not want a sermon, but a “talk.” “Don’t get preachy, preacher!” is the mantra of many church goers today.



Mere Links 07.22.14
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die
CNN

Just days after the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said they killed hundreds of Syrians, dozens of Iraqi Christian families are now fleeing the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, hoping to avoid a similar fate.

Europe Moves to Outlaw Organ Trafficking Worldwide
Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times

An official European representative body has promulgated a new convention outlawing the trafficking in human organs, calling on all countries to become signatories to it and criminalize the practice and punish offenders.

Uncle Sam Eavesdropping Outside the Confessional
Aaron Taylor, First Things

The state of Louisiana may be about to go where even rabidly anti-Catholic England in the seventeenth century dared not.

The Parent Trap
Ross Douthat, New York Times

The pattern — a “criminalization of parenthood,” in the words of The Washington Post’s Radley Balko — still looks slightly nightmarish, and there are forces at work here that we should recognize, name and resist.



Mere Links 07.18.14
Friday, July 18, 2014, 9:25 AM

Why I’m Against United Methodist Schism
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

Some evangelical United Methodist friends have suggested our denomination possibly enact a formal division between conservatives and liberals.

Sexual Assault: What Does the Hook-Up Culture Have To Do with It?
Adelaide Mena and Caitlin Seery La Ruffa, Public Discourse

The sexual assault epidemic on college campuses is created, in part, by the effects of the hook-up culture.

Hearings on S. 1696: The Planned Parenthood Protection Act
Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

Undermining 40 years of abortion regulation in one easy bill.

Help Your Kids Say ‘No’ to Porn
Jen Wilkin, The Gospel Coalition

We may stall on the sex talk, but the world will not.



Mere Links 07.17.14
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

Boko Haram Shows No Mercy in Nigeria, Wrecking Churches, Homes, Lives
Robyn Dixon, L.A. Times

When Boko Haram invaded her village last year, the Islamists extremists burned the churches, destroyed Bibles and photographs and forced Hamatu Juwanda to renounce Christianity.

Senate Considering Bill That Could Wipe Out Many State Pro-Life Laws
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

A sweeping bill that could eliminate many commonsense state laws protecting women from the harms of abortion was considered in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

The Progressive Appeal to an Imaginary Calendar
Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition

There’s no reason to assume that the position we hold to is right because it’s Tuesday and not Monday. And yet, that’s the kind of ”appeal to the calendar” we often witness in popular progressive circles.

What You Should Know About the Border Crisis
Joe Carter, Acton Institute

In 2013 the federal government housed about 25,000 minors who were going through deportation proceedings. This year, that number is expected to rise to over 60,000. There has also been an increase in the number of UAC who are girls and the number of UAC who are under the age of 13



Mere Links 07.16.14
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 AM

New Tests for Five-Day-Old Embryos Raise Pro-Life Concerns
John Burger, Aleteia

Will techniques lead to more discarding of IVF-created unborn children?

9 Things You Should Know About Mormonism
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Nine things you should know about the beliefs of one of America’s fastest growing religions.

The Difference Three Percent Makes
Betsy Childs, First Things

In the article“Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics,”Al Jazeera America draws attention to a trend that is either heartening or ominous depending on your side of the abortion divide.

Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?
William Oddie, Crisis Magazine

What exactly is going on, when Bishops and parish priests can so radically differ about the most elementary issues of faith and morals—about teachings which are quite clearly explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church—and when simultaneously one Cardinal describes such teachings as “crazy” and another simply expounds them as the immemorial teachings of the Church? Does nobody know what the Church believes any more?



Mere Links 07.15.14
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:32 AM

Church of England Says Yes to Women Bishops
Associated Press

The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops.

Supreme Court: Government Can’t Make People Into Religious Hypocrites
Travis Weber, The Federalist

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision recognized that who people are can’t be separated into separate ‘work’ and ‘faith’ boxes.

Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?
Alan Noble, The Atlantic

People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere?

Why the Culture Wars Are Nothing New
John Zmirak, Aleteia

Meet one medieval woman of faith who faced down church, state, and neighbor in defense of religious freedom.



Mere Links 07.14.14
Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:00 AM

China beachhead
June Cheng, WORLD

Pro-life efforts are growing in the nation with the most abortions. But saving lives in the womb is an enormous challenge—even within the church

We May Be Approaching Peak Porn
Brandon McGinley, The Federalist

Pornography is one vestige of sexual liberation that, despite wide use, people still aren’t willing to condone.

Romans 13 and the Immigration Crisis
Félix Cabrera, The Gospel Coalition

The principal New Testament text relating to government authorities is Romans 13. Does Romans 13 give unlimited power to the government to do what they want? History tells us that many notorious dictators and abusive governments have used Romans 13:1-5 out of context to abuse the power entrusted to them.

Senate Passes Special Envoy Bill to Prioritize State Department Engagement on Religious Liberty
Leanna Baumer, FRC Blog

The U.S. Senate took an encouraging step forward in the effort to force the State Department to prioritize the freedom of religion in diplomatic efforts globally. In a unanimous vote, the Senate cleared the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014 (S. 653).



Mere Links 07.11.14
Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Festival Where ‘Christianity’ Is Just Earth Worship
Alexander Griswold, The Federalist

Every year, Hot Springs, North Carolina hosts the Wild Goose Festival, a four-day musical and spiritual festival marketed towards Progressive Christians. This year, I made the trip to catalogue the more outrageous presentations, speeches, and goings-on.

When Christians killed & why Muslim violence continues
David Roach, Baptist Press

How the principle of religious liberty ended executions over doctrine.

How Evangelical Christians Do Money: On Tithing
Interview with Tara Leigh, The Billfold

I like nice things. I like new things. Tithing helps refocus me on things that matter, instead of those fleeting joys that will end up in a yard sale someday. In short, it demonstrates my faith while refocusing my desires around things that deepen my relationship with God.

Don’t Fall For These Six Myths About Monogamy
Amy Otto, The Federalist

Marriage and its necessary component, monogamy, are still the best game in town.


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