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7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently

Stephen Mattson

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over:

1. I wouldn’t worry about having the right answers.

There’s a misconception that the Bible is the Ultimate Answer Book and Christianity is a divine encyclopedia presenting the solutions to life’s biggest questions. In reality, the Christian faith is about a relationship with Christ instead of an academic collection of right or wrong doctrines.

Rather than wasting time, energy, and resources on superficial theological issues — I would focus more of getting to know Jesus. Never let a desire for “being right” obstruct your love for Christ.

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9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Dr. Jen Gunter

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee.

Fertilized egg at 1 day, with a personhood amendment would have equal rights as a woman Fertilized egg at 1 day, with a personhood amendment would have equal rights as a woman

For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to give a fetus, including a fertilized egg, the exact same legal rights as a woman.

As an OB/GYN I think a lot about what that could mean health wise. Here are nine reasons personhood measures are not only troubling, but could harm and even kill women:

Prevent the management of an ectopic pregnancy, which is a when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus (in the Fallopian tube, on the ovary or cervix, or rarely in…

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Female teacher has sex with student and gets no jail time

Women for Men

Joe Kovacs reports at WND on Oklahoma teacher who allegedly had sex with her 17-year-old student.

An Oklahoma high-school teacher charged with raping her 17-year-student is getting no jail time, leaving the parents of her victim stunned and outraged.

Erin Kathleen Queen of Sand Springs, Okla., was arrested March 17, 2012, after she was found at the Candlewood Suites hotel in Tulsa with the teen son of Shasta and Adam Belty. Queen was a 27-year-old English teacher at Charles Page High School at the time.

Although Queen was originally charged with second-degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for supplying the boy with vodka, the case was dismissed this month when Queen pleaded guilty to a different felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She received three years of probation, was fined $600 and ordered to surrender her teacher’s license.

According to Title 21…

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‘Withholding sex’ now considered ‘sexual violence’ at U. of Michigan

Women for Men

Unbelievable. Katherine Timpf of National Review reports on one college’s view of sexually violent behavior.

The University of Michigan has released a list of relationship behaviors that it considers violent and abusive — including “withholding sex.”

“Discounting the partner’s feelings regarding sex,” “criticizing the partner sexually,” and “having sex with other people” are also examples of “sexual violence,” according to the list.

The school also offers definitions of domestic abuse. Under the section for “verbal or psychological abuse,” it states that not only is “insulting the partner” considered “abuse,” so is “ignoring the partner’s feelings.”

Janet Bloomfield, social media director for A Voice for Men, explained the dangers of such broad definitions of “violence” in an e-mail to the College Fix.

“When things like ‘withholding sex’ and ‘ignoring a partner’s feelings’ are framed as a pattern of behavior that is abusive, they are not only pathologizing normal…

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To Emma Watson: Not “he for she,” but “She and he for us.”

Women for Men

 Cathy Young writes in Time about Emma Watson’s HeforShe campaign.

“Gender equality is your issue too.” That was the message to men from Emma Watson, Harry Potter star and now United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, in her widely hailed U.N. speech earlier this week announcing a new feminist campaign with a “formal invitation” to male allies to join.

Noting that men suffer from sexism in their own ways, Watson asked, “How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?” Truer words were never spoken. Too bad they are belied by the campaign itself, which is called “HeForShe” and asks men to pledge to “take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls” but says nothing about problems affecting men and boys.

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