Wednesday, August 14, 2013

All Around the Web - August 14, 2013

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Ryan T. Anderson - Yes, Threats to Religious Liberty Happen Here |

Some on the left are criticizing Senator Ted Cruz’s recent comments about how the drive to redefine marriage may threaten religious freedom — but a closer inspection of the issue reveals his worries were accurate, prescient, and maybe even too cautious.

In an interview with Cruz, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network raised the concerns that many Christians are now expressing: “A lot of Christian scholars, when they talk about the marriage issue, they see it as a religious-freedom issue . . . as in essence going down this line toward potential ‘hate speech’ from the pulpit,” Brody said. In reply, Cruz pointed to problems abroad. “If you look at other nations that have gone down the road toward gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” he said. “It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach Biblical truths on marriage. That has been defined elsewhere as hate speech, as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government.”

Advocates of redefining marriage contend that the First Amendment ensures that pastors, priests, and other clergy in America will remain free to preach what they want to — they will never be forced to celebrate a same-sex wedding, and liberals suggest that this is the extent of the challenge to religious liberty posed by the redefinition of marriage.

To the contrary, if marriage is redefined, then a belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman ordered to procreation and family life — a notion once shared by virtually every human society — would increasingly be characterized as an irrational prejudice that ought to be driven to the margins of culture. The consequences for religious believers are becoming apparent.

Marvin Olasky - Does adultery end political careers? |

South Carolina Republicans flubbed their test earlier this year by voting for Mark Sanford, who showed himself unfaithful to his wife and his constituents but is nevertheless back in Congress. Now New York City Democrats have a double-barreled chance to show politicians that flagrant adultery means an inescapable end to voter trust. 

Regarding prostitute patronizer Eliot Spitzer, The New York Times reported yesterday that “an unlikely coalition of business leaders, women’s groups and labor unions is vowing to finance an ambitious effort to thwart the former governor’s ambition.” Those groups are pledging to raise and spend at least $1.5 million to fight Spitzer’s bid to be elected comptroller, New York’s chief financial officer.

The Gospel Coalition - Have Archaeologists Found King David's Palace? |

At this point the archaeologists dabble in speculation. They propose that this site was a center of power and authority for the kingdom of Judah/Israel during the time of David's rule. They further submit that, although David's main palatial residence was in Jerusalem, he perhaps would have stayed in the Khirbet Qeifaya palace from time to time. The claim of "King David's palace found" is somewhat analogous to "George Washington slept here." In reality, there is nothing found at the site that directly links it to David.

Critics of this claim about David's palace have been vociferous. Israel Finkelstein, for example, questions whether the remains are even Judean; he says the city may have been built by Philistines, Canaanites, or others. That is a debate worth having: what physical remains differentiate an Israelite site from a Canaanite site?

At a deeper level, many critics are skeptical of this find because they believe David to be nothing more than an a national myth—an Israelite King Arthur or Robin Hood. We have witnessed this all before, of course. When Israeli archaeologists discovered an inscription from Tell Dan dating to the 9th-century B.C. that mentioned the "house of David," the skeptics went wild and lacked restraint. Some questioned the excavation techniques, and some went so far as to accuse the diggers of planting the inscription. All of these attacks came to no avail. The House of David inscription refers to what it claims to refer: the house and lineage of David, the second king of Israel.

The Gospel Coalition - Is Preaching Still Relevant? |

Telegraph - Apple's new iPhone 'has fingerprint sensor' |

A string of code from iOS 7 revealing 'a fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process' was posted online yesterday, sparking rumours that the new iPhone could contain a fingerprint sensor.

If the rumours are true, the latest iPhone will be the first Apple product to feature such a sensor, which could be used for unlocking the homescreen or confirming identity for payment from the App Store or other outlets. Any sensor would likely be embedded into the physical home button.
Earlier this year it was reported that a supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple had been forced to delay production of the next iPhone due to failure to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor.

I post this only because it is a good short summary of how conservatives think and its from a credible journalists that I respect greatly.

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