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Getting a Handle on Halloween

By on October 22, 2015 in Culture with 4 Comments

Halloween is one of the fastest growing retail and entertainment industries, now recognized as the second largest commercial holiday in the United States. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween in some way, spending a total of $6.9 billion dollars this year alone. And lest you think this […]

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Wombs For Sale: The Next Debate in Same-Sex Marriage

By on August 27, 2015 in Culture, Women's Issues with 4 Comments

In the aftermath of legalized same-sex marriage, Americans may soon face a new ethical dilemma: commercial surrogacy. As Christopher White reports in his article on The Public Discourse, Surrogacy and Same-Sex Marriage: A Tale of Two Countries, the issue of “marriage equality” is morphing into the question of “family equality.” As White observes, “While many […]

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Why We Can't Stop Unveiling the Truth Behind Planned Parenthood

By on August 13, 2015 in Culture with 2 Comments

Over the past few weeks the abortion debate revitalized with the release of five videos by The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group. These videos describe the gruesome selling of aborted baby organs for research. As a mother of two girls and a little boy on the way, these videos hit a nerve with me. […]

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Why I'm Glad My Parents Didn't Let Me Choose My Gender

By on May 26, 2015 in Culture with 7 Comments

There is a growing trend in the world today that we see repeated in news headlines: Parents choosing to raise their child genderless or as the opposite gender, due to the child’s preference. Simply put, if a little girl says she wishes she were a boy or a little boy prefers to play with dolls, […]

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Considering Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday

By on May 21, 2015 in Culture with 0 Comments

“Peruse this little tract with an humble, sincere, and candid spirit, and not with an inclination to cavil and criticize, and you will not fail to reap some degree of profit from it. It was written with a hearty desire that you might wholly devote yourself to God.” – Madame Guyon in the preface to […]

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Are You Persuading or Are You Polarizing?

By on May 19, 2015 in Culture, Personal Growth with 3 Comments

When it comes to sharing your beliefs and opinions, are you persuasive or are you polarizing? In my personal experience, it’s easy to get them confused. Sometimes we think that zinger of a Facebook post or that Twitter tirade is championing a cause, when in reality, all we really accomplish is alienating those who disagree. […]

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Debunking The Purity Myth

By on May 14, 2015 in Culture, Feminism, Sexuality with 6 Comments

“There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality and it’s been breathing new life into a very old idea,” claims Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com and author of The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. Dubbed the “poster-girl for third-wave feminism,” Valenti claims that today’s abstinence-only movement tells […]

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And To Think That I Saw It

By on March 17, 2015 in Culture, Relationships with 2 Comments

When I leave home to walk to school, Dad always says to me, “Marco, Keep your eyelids up And see what you can see.” Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, penned the lines of his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 75 years ago. In 1940, the world, […]

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The Media’s Part in Destigmatizing Sin

By on February 26, 2015 in Culture with 3 Comments

When I started high school, it was a big transition in my life. I was moving from the small, religious, private school that I had attended for my entire childhood to a large, public high school. I still remember one of my first days of school when another student shouted an obscene word loudly in […]

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