Last Week, Today: Angela Merkel says, ""Who are we to defend Christians around the world if we say we won’t accept a Muslim?"

Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture

Angela Merkel's closed door remarks

Politico provides an inside look into how Merkel is approaching the refugee crisis. "Who are we to defend Christians around the world if we say we won’t accept a Muslim or a mosque in our country. That won’t do," she says, commenting on efforts to distinguish between Christian and Muslim refugees. 

What does the Freedom Caucus want?

Apparently not necessarily a more conservative leader, but a more "democratic" (as in, power-sharing) one. NPR reports.

"How do you grieve a friendship when you never wanted it to die?"

A poignant essay by Laura Turner at Jezebel on grieving a lost friendship, and what happens when a best friend "will never heal all our wounds." 

The beautiful truth about being a burden

Joni Tada writes on how her disability shapes her view of the family and herself--not as independent, but interdependent. 

The year we obsessed over identity"

At The New York Times, Wesley Morris pens the ultimate piece of cultural criticism of the year 2015, connecting everything under the sun - Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, The Intern, Mr. Robot, Key & Peele, and Donald Trump. 

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