Must Read Monday: Louisiana floods, transgender policy, Christian intellectuals, moreAugust 22, 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.
Louisiana Needs You! Rod Dreher
Dreher is writer based in Louisiana who has been updated his blog with on-the-ground realities and current needs. He also records personal emotions and lessons, response by presidential candidates and national figures, and tracks the national attention (or lack of),
A federal judge has blocked the Obama Administration’s transgender policy for schools. This is called a “preliminary injunction” which temporarily halts the policy while a lawsuit filed by a number of states makes its way through the court system. The states “argue that references to ‘sex’ in Title IX refer only to biological sex, and that the administration’s interpretation is a ‘radical re-authoring’ of the term.”
This piece outlines what is happening in the state of Washington. Pharmacists must provide abortion-inducing drugs, regardless if it violates a religious belief. Previously, a pharmacist could refer a patient to another pharmacy, rather than provide the drugs. Even though the American Pharmacist Association approved this process and not a single person was denied access to these drugs, the state has decided this compromise is no longer suitable and instead completely abandoned any desire to protect a right to conscience.
The Watchmen: What became of the Christian intellectuals? Alan Jacobs Harper’s Magazine
Christian intellectuals are largely absent from the public discourse of the day. Jacobs argues Christians authors and thinkers have spent too much time talking to each other.
Mohler provides additional analysis to this lack of Christian intellectuals by pointing out our current cultural context has largely denied Christians a seat at the table. Mohler also cautions we must pursue influence rooted in Christian truth and unmoored from the approval or appreciation of the secular culture.
What happens when the government does not protect the vulnerable or provide justice for wrongs against powerless and unconnected? In this case, the Church fought predatory lenders on behalf of their community.
With Zika cases reported in the United States, there is a focus on abortion. There are legal and political questions about prenatal testing and abortion restrictions, but also how we as a society view the value of each life. For instance, the article cites this polling: “A STAT-Harvard poll earlier this month found that only 23% of U.S. adults believe women should have access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy. But when asked about women infected with Zika whose babies could have microcephaly, that figure jumped to 59%.”