By Eric Metaxas, CNSNews - If this strikes you as fishy, congratulations—your sniffer is fully functional. The government-run churches World Council members were shown are the religious equivalent of China’s notorious “Potemkin villages.” These apartments and condo complexes, shopping malls and even cities are constructed by the state and state-backed speculators largely as a show for foreigners.
By John Zmirak, The Stream - In Lady Bird, however, a Christian school is portrayed much more accurately: As a place where nuns, priests and high-minded lay teachers work hard for very little money. They do it to pass on beliefs and ideals, but also a view of the human person. They respect it, as the image and likeness of God. That sometimes means imposing some discipline...
By Thomas Phippen, The Stream - Conservative musician Joy Villa made a strong statement with the dress she wore to the Grammy Awards Sunday... “I’m a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do,” Villa told Fox News. “I’m all about life.”
By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine - Currently, most of the “debate” over the Koran concerns its contents. Does the Koran command violence, as some say? Or does it commend peace, as others, including many Catholic clergy, say? Thus, those on different sides of the Islam-means-peace debate tend to throw verses back and forth at each other... But the question of content ought to be secondary to the question of authorship.