Tuesday, May 14, 2013

All Around the Web - May 14, 2013

First Thoughts - Kermit Gosnell Will Die of Natural Causes | The big news from yesterday was that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first degree murder. The question now is whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or to death. First Thoughts suggests that regardless of his sentence, he will die of natural causes. Here is why:

Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. Even if he receives the death sentence, Gosnell almost certainly will never face execution. As Charles Johnson of the Patriot News reported in November, Pennsylvania has one of the longest green miles in the country. Out of the thirty-four states that have the death penalty, Pennsylvania ranks thirty-second in performing executions—and this despite having the fourth largest number of death-row inmates. . . . 

In fact, since Pennsylvania reinstated the death penalty in 1976, there have been as many suicides on death row as their have been executions (three each). All of the men (and they were all men) put to death willingly gave up their right to appeal. Gosnell, then, is almost certain to die of natural causes.


Trevin Wax - Top Ten Moments in Reformation History |

1. Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses (October 31, 1517)
2. The Marburg Colloquy (1529)
3. Publication of Luther’s Translation of the New Testament (1522)
4. The Act of Supremacy (1534)
5. The Edict of Nantes (1598)
6. The Council of Trent (1545-63)
7. Calvin’s Institutes (1559)
8. Martin Luther’s Three Treatises (1520)
9. St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre (1572)
10. The Peace of Augsburg (1555)



Alex Chediak - 5 Tools Needed to Reach Today’s Teens |

1. Knowledge about the canonization of Scripture.
2. Developed theology of sexuality, particularly homosexuality.
3. Ability to teach the Bible in the greater context of redemptive history.
4. Theological, not only moral, understanding of sin.
5. Understand adoption as an element of salvation
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Lane's Blog - Chris Broussard Does Apologetics on The Breakfast club 105.1 |




CNS News - 9.5 Million People Have Left the Workforce Under Obama |

9.5 million Americans have left the workforce during the presidency of Barack Obama, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

In April, the total number of Americans counted as "not in the labor force" declined for the first time since December, but that number was still near a record high at 89,936,000. 

Those not in the labor force declined by 31,000, from a record high of 89,967,000 in March.  That broke the recent record of 89,304,000 not in the labor force in February of this year
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BBC News - Schools 'should teach how to view porn', sex forum says |

Teachers need to know that pornography is not necessarily 'all bad' and can sometimes be 'helpful', a group of sex education experts has suggested. 

A new publication advocates pupils being taught how to view pornography in school sex education lessons.

The Sex Education Forum wants pornography taught in terms of "media literacy and representation, gender, sexual behaviour and body image".


Reuters - "Penmanship" is now 'handwriting' as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes |

Washington state's governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as "fisherman" and "freshman" with "fisher" and "first-year student."

Lawmakers have passed a series of bills since 2007 to root out gender bias from Washington statutes, though a 1983 state mandate required that all laws be written in gender-neutral terms unless a specification of gender was intended.

"This was a much larger effort than I had envisioned. Mankind means man and woman," said Democratic state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle.
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