Tuesday, May 21, 2013

All Around the Web - May 21, 2013

National Review Online - Abortion’s Underside |

Sycloria Williams was recovering from a botched abortion at her Pompano, Fla., home on July 21, 2006, when two homicide detectives knocked on her door. They asked if she knew why they were there. “Yes,” Williams said immediately. “Because the baby was born alive.”

It took investigators one week and three separate searches to find the corpse of Williams’s infant, which was hidden away in the abortion clinic in Hialeah, Fla. It was a tiny black girl, only 25.5 centimeters from head to toe, born prematurely on July 20. Her body was badly decomposed, discolored and infested with maggots, but the autopsy report and an expert physician’s review both suggested she had drawn breath on her own before she died.

The body had been hidden, according to a tip received by the police, on the roof or perhaps in the dropped ceiling of the abortion clinic, then later in a biohazard bag within a medical-waste box in the malodorous recovery room. Florida’s Department of Health later alleged that Williams’s doctor had “falsified [her] medical records in an apparent effort to conceal his errors and the true events of July 20, 2006.”

Those “true events” — the alleged murder of an infant who was not supposed to be born alive — turned out to be harder to sort out than anyone expected, and the conclusion also proved hazy. In the end, no one was successfully held responsible for the infant’s death in either criminal or civil court, despite efforts at prosecution.

WORLD Magazine - When the pressure is on, continue to speak boldly |

First, I’m in awe of Broussard’s boldness. Although he was asked to comment as a Christian, he had to know it was a sort of set-up that might jeopardize his mainstream media career. Second, I’m in awe that Broussard hasn’t apologized, despite the pressure. God is glorified in the proclamation of His Word. Broussard knows he has a Savior who loves him and a lot of Christians praying for him.
Imagine the implications if Broussard had apologized. The apology wouldn’t have negated the biblical truth that homosexuality is a sin, but it would have been one more nail in the coffin of free religious expression. It likely would have discouraged some believers from publicly declaring God’s Word. It definitely would have emboldened those in rebellion against God.

Justin Taylor - The Other Lord’s Prayer | This is good.

Justin Taylor - The Gay Marriage Campaign and the Despotism of Conformism |

Journalist Brendan O’Neill, who is an atheist (in terms of religion) and a libertarian (in terms of politics), recently wrote about “the peculiar non-judgmental tyranny of the gay-marriage campaign, which judges harshly those who dare to judge how people live.” He writes, “Opponents of gay marriage are now treated by the press in the same way queer-rights agitators were in the past: as strange, depraved creatures, whose repenting and surrender to mainstream values we await with bated breath.”

He thinks this is more “conformism” than “consensus”:

I don’t think we can even call this a ‘consensus’, since that would imply the voluntaristic coming together of different elements in concord. It’s better described as conformism, the slow but sure sacrifice of critical thinking and dissenting opinion under pressure to accept that which has been defined as a good by the upper echelons of society: gay marriage. Indeed, the gay-marriage campaign provides a case study in conformism, a searing insight into how soft authoritarianism and peer pressure are applied in the modern age to sideline and eventually do away with any view considered overly judgmental, outdated, discriminatory, ‘phobic’, or otherwise beyond the pale.

CBS New York - Married, But Living Apart |

You fall in love, get married, and move into separate homes?

Believe it or not, such an arrangement is growing in popularity with couples who say living apart is what’s keeping them together, CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reported Tuesday night.

“We decided right away that we were going to keep our own places,” Allen Sheinman said.

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