Must Read Monday: DNC platform, Abortion, Religious Higher Ed, MoreJuly 25, 2016
“Must Read Monday” is a weekly roundup of a few top news stories dealing with faith, culture and society. We know there is much to read and many things that demand our time and attention. That’s why we want to provide a quick guide to some of our picks of the most important issues popping around the world and how the Christian worldview informs our reading of them.
Dems need to reverse moral misstep on abortion – Editorial by Russell Moore and Michael Wear, USA Today
Democrats move to include a repeal of the Hyde Amendment is in their party platform. The Hyde Amendment is a 40-year old law, which states that no federal funds may be used for abortions. If accepted, this would be significant departure from previous party platforms.
Tim Kaine’s evolving views on abortion, explained– By Emily Crockett, Vox
Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton picked Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. As a Catholic, Senator Kaine says he opposes abortion personally, but believes as a matter of “morality” decisions about abortion are personal. So while he supported restrictions as Governor of Virginia ten years ago, his recent policy stands have earned him a perfect approval rating by Planned Parenthood and NARAL. But what is also interesting, is that even though Governor Kaine’s policies may be in line with pro-abortion advocates, some are still wary of him because he has not done enough to change the “stigma” of abortion.
A troubling turn for U.S. relations in the Muslim world – Editorial by Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
Two of America’s allies in the Muslim world, Egypt and Turkey, are now very different countries than they were eight years ago. But now, they are “emerging as twin models for a 21st-century Muslim authoritarianism.” Both have become more suppressive and blatantly anti-American.
Related: The Crisis of Political Islam – Editorial by Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ
Religious liberty trouble in California: An interview with the President of Biola University- By Laura Gurskey Barry H. Corey of ERLC
Biola University President Dr. Barry Corey discusses what is at stake with California’s SB1146. The bill would remove historical protections, which exempt religious universities and colleges from certain laws and practices that compromise core tenets of their beliefs.
‘How’s Amanda?’ A story of truth, lies and an American addiction– Washington Post
While a more recent story in the news, opiate addiction is a crisis in the country for years. The Washington Post walks through what it takes for one addict, and her family, to find freedom.