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Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective

Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective


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Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective






Wednesday, June 30, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 2:5): ────────────────── The Supreme Court Dodged the Transgender Question Again, But It Cannot Avoid the Issue Forever — And It's a Problem of Its Own Making PART 2 (2:6 - 6:12): ────────────────── California’s Game of Virtue Signaling and Moral Coercion: CA Bans State-Funded Travel to 5 More States—Now 17 Total—Because of LGBTQ-Related Policies PART 3 (6:13 - 11:42): ────────────────── The Destruction of the English Language...


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:27): ────────────────── A Crucial Moment for the Future of Religious Liberty in America: Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop Fined Again in Colorado WASHINGTON POST (DAVID VON DREHLE) The religious freedom bomb may be about to detonate NEW YORK TIMES (ISABELLA GRULLóN PAZ) Colorado Baker Fined for Refusing to Make Cake for Transgender Woman PART 2 (10:28 - 16:40): ────────────────── Is Religious Liberty Just One of Many...


Monday, June 28, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:30): ────────────────── Heartbreaking Tragedy in Surfside, Florida: 9 People Confirmed Dead and More Than 150 Missing in Wake of Condominium Collapse in Miami NEW YORK TIMES (JAMES GLANZ, ANJALI SINGHVI AND MIKE BAKER) Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami Building Collapse PART 2 (9:31 - 19:26): ────────────────── Sometimes a Deal is Not What it Appears to Be: Biden Celebrates Bipartisan Agreement on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure...


Friday, June 25, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:18): ────────────────── President Biden’s Sudden Silence on the Death Penalty: Why Has the President Gone Silent on His Campaign Promise to Abolish the Federal Death Penalty? ASSOCIATED PRESS (MICHAEL TARM) Biden’s silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray PART 2 (9:19 - 15:22): ────────────────── Why Do Atheists Oppose the Death Penalty More Than Religious Persons? There’s A Lot of Theology Here and It’s Openly...


Thursday, June 24, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 6:7): ────────────────── Is “Coming Out” Soon a Thing of the Past? Not Yet, But The Sexual Revolutionaries Want to Take Down the “Heteronormative Patriarchy” So That Everyone On Earth is “Out" USA TODAY (SCOTT GLEESON) 'The NFL needed this': How Carl Nassib's coming out as gay can change football and society PART 2 (6:8 - 18:27): ────────────────── What Does the Utopian Culture of the Sexual Revolution Look Like? Well, USA Today...


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:18): ────────────────── Do Human Beings Have An Unlimited Right of Autonomy? Millions of Americans Seem to Think So and the Consequences of This Claim Are Deadly WASHINGTON POST (RUTH MARCUS) Leaving abortion to the states makes them agents of oppression PART 2 (13:19 - 19:56): ────────────────── The Radical Claim of Autonomy Threatens Human Dignity at the Beginning and End of Life and Confuses Human Gender and Sexuality at Every...


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 7:28): ────────────────── New York City Holds Primary Election Today: What Will the Election Results from the American Epicenter of Culture, Economics, and Influence Tell Us? PART 2 (7:29 - 14:42): ────────────────── What Is Ranked Choice Voting? How This Form of Voting Weakens Democratic Process PART 3 (14:43 - 23:8): ────────────────── Always Pay Attention to the Vocabulary: The Department of Veteran Affairs Will Begin Offering...


Monday, June 21, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 15:38): ────────────────── Debate Continues in the Roman Catholic Church Over Communion Rights for Politicians Who Support Abortion: The Necessity of Moral Coherence in One’s Personal and Public Life NEW YORK TIMES (JASON HOROWITZ) Vatican Warns U.S. Bishops: Don’t Deny Biden Communion Over Abortion THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political...


Friday, June 18, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 18:26): ────────────────── A Huge Win for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court: What Signal Does the Unanimous Decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia Send? SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Fulton v. Philadelphia USA TODAY (JOHN FRITZE) Religious freedom vs. LGBTQ rights: Supreme Court sides with Catholic foster care agency PART 2 (18:27 - 21:50): ────────────────── Education Department Announces Protection for Transgender Students...


Thursday, June 17, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:22): ────────────────── A Rebound of Toxic Ideas in France: What’s Behind the French Claim That Americans Are Exporting Bad Ideas? NEW YORK TIMES (COLE STANGLER) France Is Becoming More Like America. It’s Terrible. PART 2 (10:23 - 19:6): ────────────────── A Clash of Secular Worldviews in France: What Happens When a Secular Society Can No Longer Take Any Theological Argument Seriously? NEW YORK TIMES (NORIMITSU ONISHI) The...


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 14:24): ────────────────── It’s Now Considered Morally and Ecologically Problematic to Have a Child. Really? A Consideration of This Direct Rejection of the Biblical Worldview VOGUE MAGAZINE (NELL FRIZZELL) Is Having A Baby In 2021 Pure Environmental Vandalism? NATIONAL REVIEW (MARIAN L. TUPY) Against Environmental Anti-humanism PART 2 (14:25 - 19:5): ────────────────── Readers of the New York Times Celebrate the Declining...


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:17): ────────────────── Unarmed Drone Technology Raises Huge Questions When Considering Just War Theory: How Should We Think About This New Technology? WALL STREET JOURNAL (JAMES MARSON AND BRETT FORREST) Armed Low-Cost Drones, Made by Turkey, Reshape Battlefields and Geopolitics PART 2 (13:18 - 18:9): ────────────────── The Scariest Headline in Recent Days? A Military Drone in Libya Controlled by Artificial Intelligence May Have...


Monday, June 14, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:3): ────────────────── Welcome to the Brave New World of 2021: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Supports the Inevitable End of Women’s Sports ESPN (PAULA LAVIGNE) U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona backs transgender athletes' rights PART 2 (9:4 - 19:17): ────────────────── Is There a Hierarchy of Rights? Secretary of State Antony Blinken Argues That There Are No Fundamental Rights U.S. DEPARTMENT OF...


Friday, June 11, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 17:50): ────────────────── The Pentagon Will Release a Report on UFOs Later This Month: What Should Christians Think About the UFOs and the Massive Interest in Them? NEW YORKER (GIDEON LEWIS-KRAUS) How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously PART 2 (17:51 - 20:1): ────────────────── How Many Oceans Are There on Earth? National Geographic Nows Says There Are Five — What Does This Announcement Tell Us about Our Understanding of...


Thursday, June 10, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:54): ────────────────── The Department of Justice Says It Will “Vigorously” Defend Religious Exemption for Christian Institutions, But What Is the Biden Administration Actually Up To? THE INDEPENDENT (GINO SPOCCHIA) Biden under fire for defending Christian schools in anti-LGBT+ case: ‘The government is aligning with hate’ SLATE (MARK JOSEPH STERN) No, the Biden Administration Isn’t Betraying Its Support for LGBTQ Rights PART 2...


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:56): ────────────────── Did the Supreme Court Rule on Immigration on Monday? Actually, No. So . . . What Did They Decide, Unanimously? NEW YORK TIMES (ADAM LIPTAK) Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Seeking Green Cards PART 2 (9:57 - 14:26): ────────────────── Sometimes the Big Story Is What Didn’t Happen: Why Did the Supreme Court Decline to Take a Case Challenging the Constitutionality of the Military Draft Law? NEW YORK...


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:46): ────────────────── The Way Politics Works: Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is Now the Most Important Vote in the Senate CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL (SENATOR JOE MANCHIN) Why I'm voting against the For the People Act WALL STREET JOURNAL (LINDSAY WISE) Biden’s Agenda Takes On Steep GOP Resistance in Senate PART 2 (13:47 - 21:48): ────────────────── So, What’s at Stake When the G7 Nations Agree to Common Corporate Tax Deal?...


Monday, June 7, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:35): ────────────────── How Does Culture Change on Big Issues of Sexual Morality? Shaming, Targeting, Incessant Messaging, Eventual Coercion WASHINGTON POST (SASHA ISSENBERG) Why the battle for gay marriage was won so easily PART 2 (13:36 - 17:33): ────────────────── Why Did So Many Who Defended Marriage Go Silent? The Playbook Revealed NEW YORK TIMES (SASHA ISSENBERG) Cancel Culture Works. We Wouldn’t Have Marriage Equality...


Friday, June 4, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 14:38): ────────────────── A Look at the President’s Proclamation on Pride Month: The Incredible Power of Identity Politics and Validation on the Cultural and Political Left THE WHITE HOUSE (PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.) A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 NEW YORK TIMES (ANNIE KARNI) Biden Recognizes Pride Month, Vowing to Fight for L.G.B.T.Q. Rights PART 2 (14:39 -...


Thursday, June 3, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 11:26): ────────────────── The Moral Reckoning of History: Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre 100 Years Later PART 2 (11:27 - 15:4): ────────────────── We All—But Especially Christians—Have a Responsibility to Get History Right, No Matter How Long Ago the History Took Place PART 3 (15:5 - 23:2): ────────────────── The Battle Over Yoga Continues: Alabama Once Again Allows Yoga to Be Taught in Public Schools NEW YORK TIMES (NEIL...