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Our Missing Rib, Part 1

Blogger’s Note: This is the first in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. This video was making the rounds on Facebook not long ago. Recognizing that Dove is getting a fair amount of attention (and presumably, free marketing) from this and the related videos, I still think it provides valuable insight for those among us who have wives or daughters. It’s striking how they focus on the negative, and how complete strangers can provide a more accurate depiction of them than their own eyes, which see them in

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Imaginary Numbers, Imaginary Marriage

I don’t remember in what math course we are first introduced to imaginary  numbers, but if you stick around math classes long enough you will meet them. As a refresher, an imaginary number (represented by the letter i), is equal to the square root of negative one. Since any number, positive or negative, multiplied by itself is equal to a positive number, it follows that you can only go in reverse by taking a square root of a positive number. The square root of a negative number is a contradiction, hence the term imaginary number. Despite it’s “non-reality” imaginary numbers

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Electoral Martyrdom and the End of an Era in ‘Bachmann Country’

Earlier today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced she will not seek a fifth term representing Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. Her nearly nine-minute video announcement cuts to the chase early — four terms is long enough — but then she goes on to insist that the current investigations have nothing to do with her decision and to assure her constituents that she would’ve won her fifth term and that she will keep “working 100-hour weeks” on their behalf. From my perspective, it’s a classic Bachmann message, ripe with references to the Constitution, innocent life, traditional marriage, and family values; vocal in

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Redefining Marriage in Minnesota

I find little solace in labeling Representative FitzSimmons a “hero” in the activities leading up to the redefinition of marriage. See this article 1- In the short term, it may have looked to be a prudent action for him in an effort to provide some protection for religious entities. 2- It provides no protection for private individuals or companies who oppose the homosexual agenda of acceptance and affirmation of their new lifestyle. 3- It serves to promote diverging understandings of “civil” and “religious” definitions of marriage as well as concedes the argument that marriage can in fact be redefined. 4-

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A National Monologue

This past week, Leon Suprenant of the Archdiocese of Kansas City shared a blog post earlier this week addressing the story of NBA player Jason Collins coming out publicly as homosexual. Most striking to me in Suprenant’s “top 10” list of reactions to the announcement and subsequent media coverage was this one: (3) National Conversation? Many news outlets talk a good game about the “national conversation” that Jason Collins’ announcement has produced, as if now we can finally have a free exchange of ideas and viewpoints on this subject. So, in the midst of such a discussion on ESPN, pro basketball commentator

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The Right Side of Eternity

Today same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land in Minnesota. Over the past few months, in particular, I’ve heard a number of people try to shame opponents of this legislation by comparing it to overturning Jim Crow laws and other important civil rights actions of the past. They say that those of us who believe marriage is a real and particular thing that cannot be redefined will wake on morning forty years from now to find we were on “the wrong side of history.” Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco shared a different take with USA Today earlier this year

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Ceding Ground Is Not Leadership

On Thursday, the Minnesota House passed the homosexual marriage bill, one that turned out to be bipartisan thanks in part to the actions of Rep. David Fitzsimmons of Albertville, who inexplicably offered an amendment to add the word “civil” in front of the word “marriage” throughout the original bill. His stated reason for doing so was to provide future protection for churches who might refuse to perform marriage ceremonies for homosexual couples.  On Friday’s Davis and Emmer radio program, Fitzsimmons argued that the bill was going to pass no matter what and therefore he might as well make it better. davis__emmer_510_-_8am_0_1368181889 (skip to

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