Last Week, Today: Kirsten Powers, Pew's religion survey, and more

Last Week, Today...

1. The Illiberal Left? And the Response… 

Kirsten Powers has been sweeping the news with her writing on the illiberal  "silencing" of deviant opinions by the liberal left. This article by Rebecca Vipond Brink in The Frisky is a rare admission - with some critiques, of course - from a leftist that maybe Powers has a point about illiberal feminism running amok

2. Stop Punishing the Family Man

Last Week's Today addressed maternity leave policies. Harvard Business Review has a neat article out on paternity leave and more--how companies punish the "family man," and how the men who get promoted are those who don't make time for their families, creating a culture that shames men who do make time for them.

3. On Pew's latest study

There is a lot of commentary on Pew's latest study on religion, but here are a few key articles: Jonathan Merritt on why all Christians should be worried (and not just make fun of mainline liberals) and Morgan Pomaika'i Lee on how black churches are really the only churches keeping millennials. It's worth noting the increasing racial diversity and racial inter-marriage among all denominations.

4. Can You Be Homosexual Without Being Gay?

A thorough, and charming, sociological study on the creation and rise of "gay culture" as we know it today in America by J. Bryan Lowder in Slate. One of the most fascinating insights in this article is the impact of the AIDs epidemic in "mainstreaming" gay men (because the radical ones died).

 5. Death Penalty: Tsarnaev & Gissendaner 

In light of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death-penalty verdict, Terry Gross' interview with Masha Gessen, author of The Brothers, is worth revisiting. Gessen explores the historical and familial context of the brothers. Tsarnaev's story contrasts sharply with Kelly Gissendaner's (#Kellyonmymind), but perhaps both deserve to be evaluated under the same light: no matter what the story, is the death penalty something we as citizens and Christians can get behind?

 

Sarah Ngu (@sarahngu) is a freelance writer and an alumni of Trinity Forum Academy and Columbia University. Based in New York, she blogs on faith and culture, and produces thought leadership for businesses.