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'REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH' 'REPORTER'
Journalism these days isn't just jumping up and down for the #ParisAgreement. It's also scoring chocolate from Planned Parenthood because you cover "reproductive health." (The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway is still waiting for hers.)
WHAT WOULD JUSTIN BIEBER'S JESUS DO?
What's it like when your church is known for ministering to Kendall Jenner and Bono?
GQ talked to Hillsong's Pastor Carl, kicking off the piece with a hook about troubled pop star Justin Bieber's baptism ... but getting to the nitty-gritty stuff later, including Pastor Carl's politically incorrect views on abortion and homosexuality.
He said, “If you sit down with me and you say, ‘Carl, I’m having an abortion,’ I’m going to say, ‘I think that you can have this child. I don’t know how hard it’s going to be. I could never imagine. I do know that my prayer is that God will give you peace to stand on this side with me. Should you choose another option, I will not turn my back on you. I will not vilify you. I will not hate you. I will not, I cannot, live your life. I love you regardless, but my prayer is that somehow, some way, you will see my view on this.’”
Pastor Carl doesn’t like that he’s considered a bigot simply because he doesn’t share the views you tend to find in blue-state big cities—that you can be gay, you can abort your fetus, you can do whatever you’d like with your body, really. He’s happy to discuss about it, but he doesn’t like being challenged on this by people who don’t believe in the God of the Bible, because how could they possibly understand why he’s reached these conclusions if you’re not starting from the same place? He says that if he could just show a person how to walk with Jesus, really walk with him every day, it would be easy to resist the temptation of loving someone of your own gender. But, Carl begs me, don’t miss the point: It’s important to him that we know that everyone is welcome at his church—that homosexuality isn’t a different kind of sin to him than, say, tithing at 9 percent instead of 10 percent, or gossiping or telling a lie. Everyone should feel welcome at Hillsong.
NOBODY IS ACTUALLY 'READY' FOR MARRIAGE
Millennials continue to promote the myth that people have to reach a magical stage of life where they are "ready" for marriage and kids before taking those grownup steps. The truth? Income rises after marriage, but more importantly, marriage is an essential building block for a stable society because it's best for children. You become "ready" while taking those steps, not before.
Via National Review:
In addition to economic benefits, the vast majority of human beings do better when they have someone to come home to, someone to care for, and someone to care for them. And, no matter how much feminists and other progressives deny it, children do best when raised by a married couple. There are, most certainly, superb single parents. But every superb single parent I have ever spoken to wishes they had had a spouse with whom to raise their children.
Throughout history, and in every society, people married not when they were “ready” to marry but when they reached marriageable age and were expected to assume adult responsibilities.
National Review: The ‘I’m Not Ready to Get Married’ Trap
A few more bites:
"She is (smartly) using her husband as a campaign surrogate, and simultaneously (correctly) calling Trump sexist. These moves open a dangerous door. It should surprise no one that Trump has barged right through it." - WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus on the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump "sexism" scuffle, via The Hill
"He is all creative instinct. I would really do anything with David. As long as it isn't in the middle of a blizzard." - Jennifer Lawrence addresses rumors that she had a blowup with director David O. Russell on the "Joy" set during the film's 45-day snowbound shoot, via The Hollywood Reporter
"It's sad to see Jeb's 'joyful' campaign reduced to such intellectual dishonesty." - Marco Rubio spokesman Alex Conant responds to a Jeb! attack ad, via NBC News