Protestants and Catholics Overrepresented in Congress

I've seen some chatter about the underrepresentation of religiously unaffiliated Americans in Congress, but I want to phrase the issue a slightly different way---both Protestants and, especially, Catholics are overrepresented in the House and the Senate.As you can see, while 48% of the U.S. population is Protestant, 55.9% of the U.S. Congress is Protestant. Similarly, 21% of the U.S. population is Catholic while 31.4% of the U.S. Congress is Catholic. Those are some pretty serious … [Read more...]


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An Apologetics Check-UP

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World Magazine, recently republished some of his remarks during a debate with the late Christopher Hitchens in 2007. I grew up reading World Magazine. It was a staple in my parents' evangelical household. Each week when it arrived there was a mad dash to see who could get to it first---anyone over ten wanted their turn. I've journeyed far in the ten years since I left home. When Olasky's reposting of his remarks popped up, I was curious. How does his work stack u … [Read more...]


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My Pregnancies Cost Me My Hearing

I recently came upon a fascinating article from Mother Jones: Depending on the study, 50 to 80 percent of women who give birth experience tearing of the pelvic skin and muscles. For more than 1 in 10, the tearing is severe enough to damage the anal sphincter muscle, which often leads to the loss of bowel and bladder control. In a 2015 Canadian study, a whopping half of all new mothers were still reporting urinary incontinence a year after the birth, and more than three-quarters had residual b … [Read more...]


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Why Can’t DeVos Support the School I Chose?

I was reading through an article on Mother Jones when I came upon this: Education historian Diane Ravitch, who founded the advocacy group Network for Public Education in 2013, described unions as "shocked and worried" by the DeVos selection in an email to Mother Jones. "The previous Republican administrations did not threaten the very existence of public education and teachers unions," she added. "This coming four years is an existential threat to a basic Democratic institution: public schools. … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Goes Full Evo-Psych

What even is this? The Gospel Coalition posted an article titled, How Should We Think about Watching Women Fight Women? by Justin Taylor. The article is about the rise of female boxing. What's strange is how far it veers into typical evo-psych jargon before paying lip service to creation in the end. Yep---it's weird. Pugilistic sport has long been viewed as a largely male preserve. This isn’t an accident. The physical differences between men and women in strength and muscularity are exceedingly … [Read more...]


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I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means

World Magazine has published a piece titled No Middle Ground. It is an excerpt from a book by Erick Erickson. It begins as follows: When the state of Indiana passed legislation to protect religious freedom in 2015, corporate America, which tends to worship a green god of its own, threatened to pull out of economic activity in Indiana. And the media ginned up a hypothetical case of discrimination. A reporter asked the owners of Memories Pizza, a family restaurant that does not even cater … [Read more...]


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Failing Schools or High Child Poverty?

I was homeschooled in part because my parents were concerned about the quality of the local public schools. I grew up hearing that the U.S. was falling behind other countries in terms of academic achievement, and that our failing public school system was to blame. I grew up. I gritted my teeth and put my daughter in public school. I loved it. She loved it. She thrived. We moved to a new area, and again we put her in public school. Once again, I loved it, she loved it, and she thrived.And y … [Read more...]


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