The Briefing 12-02-16

A clash of civilizations? Exploring the nature of the conflict between Islam and the WestThe Atlantic (Uri Friedman) — The Coming War on ‘Radical Islam’Moral evil and the danger of moral … [Read more...]

The Briefing 12-01-16

Redefining parenthood, redefining civilization: Ontario's radical new "All Families Are Equal Act"World (Samantha Gobba) — Ontario turns parenting into a group affairGovernment of Ontario … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-30-16

Authenticity in advertising or hypocrisy in posturing? Down Syndrome and recent advertising trendsNew York Times (Jeanne Bonner) — In Toy Ads and on the Catwalk, Models With Down SyndromeA new … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-29-16

Secularists in Great Britain offended by Prime Minister Theresa May's vague statement on faithSunday Times (Eleanor Mills) — The Interview: Theresa MayThe Independent (Rob Merrick) — … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-28-16

Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century's most infamous figures, dead at age 90New York Times (Anthony DePalma) — Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90Miami Herald … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-23-16

Thanks be to whom? Celebrating Thanksgiving in an increasingly secular ageAbout.com (Austin Cline) — Godless Thanksgiving: Do Atheists Have Anyone to Thank?The Blaze (Billy Hallowell) — … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-22-16

Who can forgive sin? Pope Francis extends dispensation of forgiveness for women who've had an abortionWashington Post (Julie Zauzmer) — Pope Francis gives all priests permission to forgive the … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-21-16

Who fact-checks the fact checkers? Fake news endemic sign of the destabilization of the news mediaNew York Times (Editorial Board) — Facebook and the Digital Virus Called Fake NewsClash between … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-18-16

If the US were a village of 100: Pew Research Center offers insight into America's religious lanscapePew Research Center (Becka A. Alper and Aleksandra Sandstrom) — If the U.S. had 100 people: … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-17-16

Can pollsters no longer be trusted? A credibility crisis in political news, analysis, and science New York Times (Timothy Egan) — Resist MuchWall Street Journal (Ryan Knutson and Aaron Zitner) … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-16-16

The alt-right, nationalism, and Stephen Bannon: What do Trump's presidential appointments signal? New York Times (Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman, and Alan Rapperport) — Donald Trump Picks … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-15-16

Geography, demographics, and worldview: Sorting through the aftermath of the 2016 election Wall Street Journal (Reihan Salam) — Donald Trump as Nixon’s HeirDonald Trump as Nixon’s HeirWall … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-14-16

In the 2016 presidential election, an astonishing 42 states shifted to the rightNew York Times (K.K. Rebecca Lai and Alicia Parlapiano) — 42 States Shifted to the Right in 2016"Not my … [Read more...]

The Briefing 11-11-16

The Hippocratic Oath and assisted suicide: Will doctors now reject centuries of medical ethics?New York Times (Haider Javed Warraich) — On Assisted Suicide, Going Beyond ‘Do No Harm’Labeling … [Read more...]