The Lamp Post is a collection of quotes, news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention.
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Vox: Sarah Kliff watched all (as of now) 12 hours of the unedited videos released by Center for Medical Progress. While she says some of the editing makes Planned Parenthood worse than the would otherwise, she also admits some things are just as bad, if not worse, in the full videos: “They are not simply a product of biased editing — and, if anything, the biased editing is making them too easy for Planned Parenthood’s supporters to ignore.”
Daily Beast: For some pro-choice individuals, the videos are making an impact. Ruben Navarrette Jr. says he is pro-choice (for now), but the videos and his pro-life wife are causing him to rethink his stance. She told him: “[Y]ou need to use your voice to protect them. That’s what a man does. He protects children—his own children, and other children.”
Return to Rome: This past week, I ran personal stories of pro-life women. Francis Beckwith provides some academic writing by pro-life women scholars.
New Statesman: A.N. Wilson gives his conversion story to atheism followed by his conversion story back to God.
The Hollywood Reporter: John Rhys-Davies, Gimli from Lord of the Rings, used Adam Carolla’s podcast to speak out on political correctness and the elimination of Christians from the Middle East.
The American Conservative: Rod Dreher provides an interesting look at the thinking of liberals and conservatives, and how it is a bit more complicated than Jonathan Haidt has made it out to be.
The Verge: Lord of the Rings fans can look forward to reading some of the original ideas that led to Middle Earth as a previously unfinished and unpublished work of J.R.R. Tolkien will be released later this year.
Fast Co: When you respond to something funny on the internet, do you reply with “haha” or “lol”? New Facebook research shows that has a lot to do with your age and where you live.