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Ross Douthat’s Exit-Strategy

Ross Douthat’s column for the NY Times argues that victory is the only exit-strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He writes:

“Here is the grim paradox of America’s involvement in Afghanistan: The darker things get and the more setbacks we suffer, the better the odds that we’ll be staying there indefinitely.

“Not the way we’re there today, with 90,000 American troops in-theater and an assortment of NATO allies fighting alongside. But if the current counterinsurgency campaign collapses, it almost guarantees that some kind of American military presence will be propping up some sort of Afghan state in 2020 and beyond. Failure promises to trap us; success is our only ticket out.”

Read the rest here.

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Russell Moore on NPR

Russell Moore was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” to discuss the Southern Baptist Convention’s response to the oil spill. Two weeks ago, the SBC passed a resolution calling on the government “to act determinatively and with undeterred resolve to end this crisis … to ensure full corporate accountability for damages, clean-up and restoration … and to ensure that government and private industry are not again caught without planning for such possibilities.”

Moore played a key role in getting this resolution passed, and he argues on NPR that Christians have to break with conservative stereotypes to rethink the issue of creation-care. He explains:

“There’s really nothing conservative — and certainly nothing evangelical — about a laissez-faire view of a lack of government regulation because we, as Christians, believe in sin… That means if people are sinful, if all of us are sinful, then all of us have to have accountability — and that includes corporations… Simply trusting corporations to go about their business without polluting the water streams and without destroying ecosystems is really a naive and utopian view of human nature. It’s not a Christian view of human nature.”

You can read the rest of the NPR report here or listen to it below.

[audio:http://public.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/wesun/2010/06/20100627_wesun_02.mp3]
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Gulf Oil Spill and the Evangelical Conscience

Be sure to read Russell Moore’s latest on the Gulf oil spill, “Ecological Catastrophe and the Uneasy Evangelical Conscience.” Here’s an excerpt:

“I’ve left my hometown lots of times. But never like this. Sure, I’ve teared up as I’ve left family and friends for a while, knowing I’d see them again the next time around. And, yes, I cried every day for almost a year in the aftermath of a hurricane that almost wiped my hometown off the map. But I’ve never left like this, wondering if I’ll ever see it again, if my children’s children will ever know what Biloxi was.”

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Same-sex “Marriage” and Interracial Marriage

It has become fairly common for people to make a moral equivalence between bans on interracial marriage and bans on same-sex marriage. The comparison is used to drive home the point that just as one’s race shouldn’t be used as a precondition for marriage, so neither should be same-sex pairings. Frank Beckwith has a must-read post arguing that from a legal standpoint, the analogy doesn’t hold-up. He writes: Continue Reading →

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Laura Bush for Gay Marriage and Pro-Choice

In her interview with Larry King Tuesday night, Laura Bush said that she is for gay “marriage.” In her own words:

“When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has… I also think it’s a generational thing…. That will come… I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman… I guess that would be an area that we disagree.”

Mrs. Bush also talked about a 2001 interview Katie Couric about abortion. On the day of President Bush’s 1st inauguration, Couric asked Mrs. Bush if she wanted Roe v. Wade to be overturned. Mrs. Bush answered “no.” Here’s how she said it to King:

“I think it’s important that it remain legal because I think it’s important for people — for medical reasons and for other reasons.”

(HT: Russell Moore)

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Liberal Dependence on Abortion

Ross Douthat makes some important observations about abortion in red states vs. blue states in today’s New York Times. He writes:

“Liberals sometimes argue that their preferred approach to family life reduces the need for abortion. In reality, it may depend on abortion to succeed. The teen pregnancy rate in blue Connecticut, for instance, is roughly identical to the teen pregnancy rate in red Montana. But in Connecticut, those pregnancies are half as likely to be carried to term. Over all, the abortion rate is twice as high in New York as in Texas and three times as high in Massachusetts as in Utah.

“So it isn’t just contraception that delays childbearing in liberal states, and it isn’t just a foolish devotion to abstinence education that leads to teen births and hasty marriages in conservative America. It’s also a matter of how plausible an option abortion seems, both morally and practically, depending on who and where you are.”

Read the rest here.

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Speaking of Franklin Graham

Albert Mohler sees the bigger picture in Franklin Graham’s disinvitation from praying at the Pentagon. Mohler asks the salient question: “Who Will Be Tested Next? — The Dilemma of Franklin Graham.” Mohler writes,

“Evangelical Christians in the United States had better see a big challenge staring us in the face. Franklin Graham was disinvited by the Pentagon for making statements that are required by faithfulness to the gospel of Christ. As reports make clear, it is not just his statements about Islam being prone to violence that cause offense, it is his statements that Islam is wicked because it does not lead to salvation in Christ that cause the greatest offense.

“The Pentagon failed its test, but many more tests will follow. Faithful witness to Christ requires an honest statement about what any false system of belief represents — a form of idolatry and false teaching that leads to eternal damnation. There may be more and less offensive ways of saying that, but there is no way to remove the basic offense to the current cultural mind.

“In reality, every evangelical preacher and every individual Christian will face this question — and probably sooner rather than later.

“Franklin Graham will not be the last to be tested. Who will be tested next?”

Mohler also discussed the issue on his radio program today. You can download it here or listen to it below.

[audio:http://www.sbts.edu/media/audio/totl/2010/AMP_05_06_2010.mp3]
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