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Worth Mentioning – Weekend of October 7

Here is a run down of the various topics we’re considering for the show, including the raw notes from us. Every week we try to include some interesting pop culture information along with some heavier topics that impact Christians in our world today and then later polish them into the show notes before broadcast.

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Some topics for the week:

  • Today marks the 4oth anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment was featured heavily in this week’s Vice Presidential debate and is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. It has become a subject of controversy in this election since the DNC now includes repealing the amendment as part of the party platform. For more information on the amendment and it’s future, check out the Catholic News Service’s write up.
  • A new Pew Research study is out that helps shed light on how the debates on Religious Liberty, contraceptive coverage, and transgender bathrooms are perceived by different groups in the US. It’s pretty interesting but not surprising.
  • The VP debates happened this week. Color me surprised that there was actually substantial policy discussion. Kaine was the interrupting — MOOOOO — and Pence couldn’t bring himself to give an unqualified defense of Trump. Anybody else catch it? Thoughts?
  • IV is the real MVP. InterVarsity USA has come under fire for saying sorrynotsorry about believing in the biblical standard for sexual relationships and marriage. Some students, staff, and activists have pulled out the proverbial pitchforks and proclaim outrage that a Christian organization would hold to, wait for it, Christian values. You can check out the TIME article that kicked the nest here. There’s also a great response from Ed Stetzer here and Terry Mattingly from Get Religion points out that there’s more to the story here.What do we think? Is this just a foretaste of everything coming for Christian organization in the post-Obergefell world?

 

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