Monday, July 20, 2015

Links: ISIS, Pope Francis, Procreation, Abortion, and Gay Marriage etc

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Francis forges a new dogma of 'Papal fallibility' If he's that humble, he's teachable. Could some economist send him a paper about the basics of economics?

‘You’re either dead or dead': Former ISIL fighter says joining organization is a death sentence IF this discourages others from joining ISIS, I'm for it, but I don't buy that a person joins because they're broken-hearted and vulnerable. You have to have some kind of commitment to radical Islam.

Asia Bibi has one last appeal for her blasphemy conviction. It's on Wednesday. At this hearing, it will be decided whether she gets another chance appeal. If this fails, her only hope is a presidential pardon.

Superior Court rules Ontario Human Rights Tribunal hearing was unfair.

Saadi said she felt pressured by Telfer to wear skirts and heels, saying she preferred her long, loose clothing. Saadi also said Telfer complained about the smell of food that she warmed in the microwave.

The adjudicator’s decision found that Saadi was a victim of discrimination. He ordered Telfer and her company to pay Saadi $36,000 for lost wages and general damages.


The Superior Court found nine points in which the tribunal adjudicator failed to provide a fair hearing or made legal errors.

Hayday and Kayahara: Canada's equal marriage evolution

We’re also aware that a lot of assumptions attached to “traditional” marriage need to be challenged – and not just for gay and lesbian married couples. We, like many of our friends, consider honest communication about our attractions and sex lives to be preferable to strict “I can’t believe you looked at that guy” monogamy


A marriage does not “have to” be completely traditional and monogamous, if that isn’t what people want.

Hashtag Love Wins.

They not only want to redefine marriage as far as genders are concerned, but fidelity. In the end, they want marriage to be whatever anyone wants it to be, and nobody has the right to protest.

If you want to understand why the pro-life cause, and Christianity in general has trouble making inroads in this world.... THIS:

I’m sick of Flannery O’Connor. I’m also sick of Walker Percy, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Dostoevsky. Actually, I’m sick of hearing about them from religiously minded readers. These tend to be the only authors that come up when I ask them what they read for literature.
These writers brilliantly and movingly attest to literature’s place in modern life, as godless modernity’s last best crucible for sustaining an appreciation of human life’s value and purpose that corresponds to our inherent longing for the good, the true, and the beautiful. But what else do they have in common? They’re all dead.
While religion significantly matters in minor literary contexts today (as with the eccentric popularity of Amish romance novels) and in vulgar commercial contexts (as with Dan Brown’s books), serious literary fiction largely occupies its very own naked public square, shorn of any reference to religiously informed understandings of who and what and where from we are, which represents a marked break from centuries of literary production informed by Christian beliefs, traditions, and culture.
Indeed, “if any patch of our culture can be said to be post-Christian, it is literature,” declared writer Paul Elie in “Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?” a much-discussed essay for the New York Times Book Review. Consider the absurdity of the situation: “With something like 170 million adherents in the United States, a faith that for centuries seeped into every nook and cranny of our society now plays a role [akin to that of] some statues left behind in an old building, bewildering the new occupants.”

It's also true of other forms of art and entertainment.

This article about prudence and procreation should go viral.

Sometimes I feel like there's the expectation among faithful Catholics that a Catholic couple should have a baseball-team-sized families. But here's the reality:

There are couples who carry the great pain of no children and those like mine who have one. While these people are telling all of us to have big families, they are ignoring that God’s will differs for each person.
I'll tell you another secret: if you only have one child, in spite of being open to life, you're not obliged to feel said if you don't have another one. Some no doubt will feel sad. But you don't have to. Thre's nothing wrong with not feeling sad about only having one as long as you know you are open to God,s will.

Confessions of a Reformed Baby Saver -- A really good story from New Wave Feminists. Empathy is really important when you're a pro-lifer.