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Owen Strachan: Harvard Goes After Homeschooling

Picture the scene: several studious young children translate Latin, discuss Shakespeare, and consider polynomials together.

Would you think you’re looking at a seedbed of white supremacy?

That’s how a recent article from Harvard Magazine, entitled “The Risks of Homeschooling,” presents religious parents who practice homeschooling. Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet argues that homeschooling evangelicals are “extreme religious ideologues.” In her view, these fearsome fathers and mothers pose some sort of major threat to national health.

This paranoid perspective is not new. For over 100 years, figures like John Dewey have argued that the state, not the family, has the fundamental right to shape children. And—for over 100 years—Christians and many other fair-minded citizens have pushed back against this view, even if they have their kids in school.

After all: The family is the first institution—not the state.

You could well label homeschooling traditional.

It certainly is not extreme.

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Owen Strachan: Polyamory Is Wrong

Many people expect religious types to lead the way ethically.

In recent days, one religious publisher went the opposite way. Christianity Today ran a piece entitled “Polyamory: Pastors’ Next Sexual Frontier.” Polyamory—from the Latin “several loves”—refers, please note, to three or more adults in consenting sexual relationships.

Alongside general common sense, the piece by Preston Sprinkle and Branson Parler identified positive elements of polyamorous instincts. The desire for family, rejection of individualism and focus on community in polyamorous desires are “good things” that draw people to polyamory.

One thing is for sure: this isn’t your grandfather’s religion.

It’s a strange day when an evangelical publisher puts out material identifying polyamory in positive terms.

We need a clearer word: polyamory is wrong. There is nothing good in it.

Let’s return to the day when religious types led the way ethically.

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Albert Mohler: Criminalization of Orthodox Christianity?

Will pastors in the Netherlands who affirm biblical Christianity face criminal prosecution?

That may well be the case.

Back in 2017, a group of evangelical Christians concerned about the confusion of the age wrote and adopted a statement that became known as the Nashville Statement—affirming a biblical understanding of marriage and human sexuality. That statement was addressing issues that the church faces in modern America—but, of course, the situation is not merely American, it is increasingly worldwide.

That takes us to a recent headline from the Netherlands: 250 Christian leaders have signed the Nashville Statement. And–what is so ominous—the Dutch government prosecution service is deciding whether or not the very signing and publication of the Nashville Statement is actually a violation worthy of criminal prosecution.

Yes, it’s ominous: Merely publishing and signing this statement may be, as the Dutch prosecution services indicated, a criminal offense.

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Albert Mohler: Bashar al-Assad’s Abhorrent Efforts to Break the Will of His Own People


On Saturday night, dozens of citizens in Syria choked to death after what’s been reported as a suspected chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad’s way of breaking the will of this community that still opposes his rule was to use a chemical weapon, which killed not only men and women but also children.

These are the most abhorrent, murderous, and indiscriminate weapons ever invented by human beings.

What we’re seeing here breaks every civilizational rule. It breaks the Geneva Convention. It breaks every principle of the United Nations. It breaks every law of the international system. But you’ll notice that none of those arenas, none of those agencies was able to stop this murderous dictator in Syria from killing his own people.

The headline out of Syria reminds us that there is really no way to overestimate the human capacity for moral evil.

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