Wednesday, July 31, 2013

All Around the Web - July 31, 2013

John Stonestreet - You're Not My Daddy |

A court in Alberta, Canada has just ruled the estranged partner of a gay man who conceived a child with a lesbian woman via artificial insemination plus surrogacy is the legal father of the girl-even though he has no relation her. This follows the decisions to scrap the legal categories of illegitimacy and presumed parentage within marriage, in favor of so-called "parentage based on intent." Now children will be shot back and forth like ping-pong balls in heated legal battles between groups of lovers and donors as the government is forced to involve itself in the layers of relational dramas demanded by so-called sexual freedom. So the rights to children trump the rights of children.


LifeNews - MSNBC Host: Life Begins When Parents Say it Does, Not Based on Science | Click the link for the video.

Now, Harris Perry is at it again — this time telling viewers that human life doesn’t begin at conception. Instead, it begins, the MSNBC host contends, when the parents think it begins — not when science says it does.

“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday. “The problem is that many of our policymakers want to base sweeping laws on those feelings.”


Owen Strachan - When Is a Royal Baby a Fetus? |

This week, as the U.K.’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were expecting their child at any moment, the impending birth received a galaxy’s worth of media coverage. That the child would be heir to the throne was a motivating factor in all this attention, to be sure. I was interested not only for this reason but for a less-noticed one: Countless media reports bore news about the “royal baby.”

Why was this noteworthy? Because this term, to get exegetical for a moment, was not used to describe the future state of the child—once born and outside of the womb, that is. No, the American media used this phrase “royal baby” to describe the pre-born infant. It’s not strange for leading pro-life thinkers like Eric Metaxas and Denny Burk to refer to a fetus as a “baby.” It is strange, though, for outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN and the Boston Globe (to cite just a very, very few) to each use this seemingly explosive phrase without so much as a qualification. 

I am a Christian who believes deeply in the sanctity of life, so for me, this is the molehill that is actually a mountain. The two most common arguments made today by thoughtful pro-choicers  are as follows: a) the being in the womb has no distinct personhood when in the mother’s body, as it is only a fetus and not yet a person (as seen in this ruling of a 2004 Houston court), or b) the fetus has some hard-to-define measure of personhood, yes, but a sufficient degree less personhood than the mother such that the mother may conscionably, though sometimes painfully terminate it (as in this New York Times essay). The linchpin of both of these arguments is location, closely related to dependence. If the fetus is born, it is outside the womb and relatively independent of the mother. If the fetus is unborn, it is inside the womb, part of the mother’s body, and therefore dependent on the mother and subject to her decisions.


Marvin Olasky - Communion on the Moon |

Pardon me, please, if you’re familiar with this terrific story, but I never knew it: Former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin celebrated the Lord’s Supper on the moon 44 years ago, on July 20.
Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church near Houston. According to London’s Daily Mail, a Presbyterian General Assembly gave Aldrin permission to administer communion to himself on the moon, using a small plastic container of wine and some bread. 

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, but he did not want to participate. Aldrin, who followed Armstrong out of the lunar module, poured the wine into a chalice, saying later, “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.” 

Aldrin wanted to give people on Earth something to think about. He was planning to broadcast his Lord’s Supper, but skittish NASA worried that atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair would sue it for hurting not only the legendary separation of church and state but the definitely real separation of Earth and moon.


CBS DC - Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe God Played Role In Human Evolution |

A new poll finds that a majority of Americans believe that God played a part in the evolution of humans.

YouGov survey shows that 62 percent of Americans believe God helped create humans. Thirty-seven percent of those believe God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years while 25 percent believe human beings evolved from lesser life forms over millions of years but God guided the process. Only 21 percent believe that God did not play a part in human evolution.

Seventeen percent of those polled were not sure if God played a part in the existence of humans.


Fox News - O’Reilly’s discussion with Imus | Another addition to the ongoing Pundits Should Stick to Punditry series.




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