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The missional opportunity of Obama’s LGBT executive order

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order amending a 1965 mandate that prohibited discrimination in the hiring of federal employees based on their “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” Obama’s new order now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected categories as well. During a…  [more]

Church crosses and Fourth of July flags

In the year 2000, officials from the Elmbrook School District in southeastern Wisconsin moved their schools’ graduation ceremonies into a local church. The church had a large parking lot, ample seating and air conditioning. It also had a large cross hanging over the stage where the graduation ceremonies were conducted. …  [more]

The short-sightedness of Chicago’s Trump stamp

Chicagoans are reportedly wincing over the appearance of “T-R-U-M-P” in 20-foot-foot tall letters on the façade of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, facing the Chicago River. “Trump is the hottest brand there is,” offered The Donald, by way of explanation. His answer reveals more than he realizes. The desire…  [more]

Actually, guns do kill people

The recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle Pacific University and UC-Santa Barbara, among others, have reignited discussion around gun control. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, the Portland shooting is the 74th school shooting since Sandy Hook. And although these high-profile cases often garner more media attention, “routine” gun…  [more]

We’re no longer No. 1! We’re no longer No. 1!

Earlier this spring, the New York Times reported that the American middle class is no longer the richest in the world, having been surpassed by Canada. Although those at the top end of the income brackets remain well ahead of other nations, those at median income and below are being…  [more]

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