Friday, August 8, 2014

All Around the Web - August 8, 2014

Eric Metaxas - Gender Assignment as Russian Roulette
There are times when you have to read something two, three, maybe even four times to make sure it’s actually serious and not a joke—and even then you’re not certain. Such was the case with Christin Scarlett Milloy’s recent article for Slate, breathlessly titled “Don’t Let the Doctor Do This to Your Newborn.”

Don’t let the doctor do what?

Here’s how Milloy describes it:

“It's called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It's a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring's genitals.”

Yes, she’s saying—she’s actually, seriously saying—that a doctor who tells you the sex of your baby could be doing the baby irreparable harm, by not taking into consideration that in later years, that child might not want to belong to that sex.

Joe Carter - 9 Things You Should Know About Hamas
1. Hamas is a militant nationalist-Islamist movement founded in 1987 as a spinoff of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. Along with Fatah, it is one of the two major political parties in the occupied territories. Hamas candidates won Palestinian elections in 2006, but their government was dismissed in 2007, resulting in the political bifurcation of the West Bank and Gaza. While Fatah reasserted its authority in the West Bank, Hamas has continued to rule over the Gaza Strip, a coastal enclave of 1.7 million Palestinians.

2. Hamas has been officially designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union, Jordan, Egypt, and Japan. However, several other countries — including Iran, Russia, China, and many Arab nations — have refused to designate the group as terrorists.

3. The slogan of Hamas is “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.”

Baptists 21 - The GCR and State Conventions

Trevin Wax - Educating Our Kids: Exploring The Options
It’s the “back-to-school” time of year: the season of buying textbooks, gathering school supplies, and meeting your kids’ teachers. But should it be?

Should Christians leave the public schools and send their children to private or Christian schools? What about homeschooling?

Nothing revs up a parent more than having a family’s educational choice questioned or challenged. But I believe it’s important to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each approach to schooling, and I think we can do so in a civil and respectful manner.

The book Perspectives on Your Child’s Education presents four major options for the Christian family. Each contributor makes a case for his preference and then defends it after being critiqued by the other contributors. Here are three of those choices (I’ve combined the “open-admission” and “covenantal” Christian schools into one), and the strengths and weaknesses of each:

The Blaze - Remember the ‘Hobbit’ Human Scientists Thought They Found? Well…
Nearly a decade ago, researchers discovered the remains of what was thought to be a new human species and dubbed the “Hobbit” human for its short stature and small skull.

While the 2004 discovery on the Indonesian island Flores was hailed as “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years” at the time, more recent analysis debunks that Homo florensiensis was a distinct human species. A team of international researchers now think the 15,000-year-old bones represent someone who had Down syndrome.

“The skeletal sample from Liang Bua cave contains fragmentary remains of several individuals,” Robert Eckhardt, a developmental genetics and evolution professor at Pennsylvania State University, said in a statement. “[This skeleton specifically] has the only skull and thighbones in the entire sample.”

Every Easter egg in the Marvel movies:

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