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This is nice. (hat tip: The Anchoress)

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From the book Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, Peter Kreeft thoughtfully takes on Progressivism. There’s also a website for the book.

The marketing is to Catholic teens headed off to college, and their parents, but if Kreeft’s entry is any indication, it could be valuable reading for teens and adults of all faiths.

hat tip: The Anchoress

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Yet another of the growing number of petitions clamoring for a return to the American form of government.

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looks very interesting.

(I haven’t had a chance to read any of it yet, but past issues have been very informative and thought-provoking, and I wanted to make a link for me as well as for you, so I don’t forget to go back to it.)

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What happens when a decidedly non-Christian movie portrays what the Christian Scriptures insist is true? Well, it can prompt a thoughtful review cum essay like this post by Russell D. Moore, writing at Mere Comments.

Added: Kathryn Jean Lopez recommends the same movie, in a column at Headline Bistro.

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This petition is letting young people from around the world stand up for human dignity and human rights.

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Melissa Ohden‘s mother went in for a saline abortion. When the baby was delivered, she was set aside to die. But the baby didn’t die. She is now a grown woman, with a child of her own, and is a winsome pro-life advocate, if these two episodes of Facing Life Head-on are any indication (you can watch the episodes in their entirety online):

Marked for Death, Part 1.

Marked for Death, Part 2.

hat tip: the NRB television network, where I caught the tail end of part one by chance.

(Cross-posted at Ladies for Life.)

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Uhm, I’m pretty sure my college wasn’t trying to turn out people like this. Shame on my college. Yay, Auburn.

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… us now… (etc., etc. etc.)

OK, I can’t seem to get this song out of my head. Enjoy!

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I just got home from a small air show that was held a few miles away. The event was blissfully free of politics. I also didn’t hear any references to 9/11. People just gathered to enjoy themselves, to eat, to listen to live music, to watch good pilots show off, to wander displays, and gawk at a wide variety of airplanes, not to mention some classic cars and old trucks that were also brought in and put on display. It was fun. But it was more than fun. It was, in a way, encouraging.

I saw young people proudly walking around in National Guard uniforms. I saw oodles of toddlers, most of them with daddies as well as mommies patiently and ably riding herd on them. (Think about that for a minute. Daddies are conspicuously back in vogue, hallelujah.) Of the music being provided, much of it was openly Christian. One of the groups sang a song about standing up for the Man who died for them, and they sang with determination, almost as if issuing a warning; these were grown men, trim, talented, and looking fit enough not to be written off. Of the booths set up, I saw one for a church that belongs to a denomination that takes God’s view of things seriously (LCMS, actually). I saw another for an international Christian mission that uses airplanes and pilots to get the job done (they also seemed to be serious Christians, because they were big on “transforming lives” as well as helping impoverished people in material ways). I saw another booth that was for a group that is dedicated to looking out both for American soldiers in the field and their families back home.

The more I walked around, the more people I saw, the more I felt that this country has a chance to get back on course; indeed, that in many ways, much of this country is already back on track, already tossing out the failed social experiments of the past four decades or so, and instead is dedicating itself to foundational principles, to family, to the defense and spread of freedom, to decency.

People were polite and cheerful and considerate of others. There was much happy visiting, amongst strangers as well as amongst old friends. This is the America I know, and want to see built up, not torn down.

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