Weekly Must-Reads {2.12.14} | Creation, Masturbation, & Communism


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Well, it’s been a good long while since I’ve posted a Reading List for you all to enjoy–too long, in fact. These were some of my favorite things I read this week. What were some of yours?

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In defense of creationists | The Week
Michael Brendan Dougherty

I referenced this at the end of my post yesterday, but this is a stunningly beautiful piece that wrestles with humanizing those that frustrate us the most in the Christian family. A must-read for sure.

Escaping the Prison of the Self: C.S. Lewis on Masturbation | First Things
Wesley Hill

Don’t overlook this piece too quickly. It is an incredibly powerful piece that speaks to how all of us–married, single, gay, straight–engage our sexuality in this world. It showed me how having celibate unmarried people in the world is necessary for healthy marriages, as well as how masturbation ruins even good friendships.

How the Post Office Could Save Itself by Helping the Poor | The Atlantic Cities
Emily Badger

love when new ideas reach the mainstream and start picking up steam. This is about how the Postal Service could act as the financial services institution for lower-income families and individuals without bank accounts. Working in this field with this clientele, I can tell you this is a huge need and could be an example of really good government.

6 Million American Without a Voice | The New York Times
The Editorial Board

The statistics in this are staggering. Attorney General Eric Holder (more on him below, just you wait) gave an incredible speech calling on states to end their bans on felons voting. This is absolutely right. In Virginia, 20% of the black population there can’t vote.

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error | Wired
David Kravets

It’s frustrating that one individual can do such good such injustice. Exhibit A: Attorney General Eric Holder. He (along with the infinitely deceptive and frustrating intelligence community) perpetrated this injustice, and keeps doing similar things all over the country. The first paragraph of this piece says it all:

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

How Utah Could End Homelessness by 2015 | Planetizen
James Brasuell

This is an incredibly encouraging and uplifting article. I work in this field and do this very work, and I can say: this is absolutely effective by every measure conceivable. It’s the same sort of program that led Phoenix to declare that they had ended veteran homelessness.

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism) | Salon
Jesse Myerson

If this doesn’t get your head spinning and thinking the rest of the day, I don’t know what will. Maybe our understanding of reality is a little skewed….

See other “Must-Reads” I’ve posted here.

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