Stream Splashes: August 19-25 in Review

By The Stream Published on August 26, 2018

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


As has been obvious to many Catholics for many years, broad swathes of the American Church have been very cavalier and accepting of homosexual behavior, despite the fact that the Church is crystal clear that such behavior is gravely sinful.

So, I wanted to share a brief story.

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On August 17, Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein tweeted the following: “the 2018 Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis for some U.S. Catholics is the opening of civil war over homosexuality and Vatican II. The unanswered question is how many Catholics.”

In fact, the Catholic civil war over homosexuality has been going on since at least 2006. That’s when Boorstein herself ignored a tip I gave her about homosexuality and its connection to sexual abuse at a Catholic school I had attended from 1979-1983.

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When Afro-centric activists preach that blacks should only marry other blacks, my boyfriend Kevin says, “But then my parents wouldn’t have gotten together, wouldn’t still be together, and they wouldn’t have had me.” He thinks the same of white nationalists. They want different races to live in different countries. That would separate his parents, and it would also separate me and him.

He grew up in Rockford, Illinois, where over 20 percent of the population is black. His name is Kevin, but he goes by KP. His father is black and his mother is white, so he identifies with both.

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The U.S. military has faced major challenges in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere since 2001. While many movies focus on those who are deployed, the forthcoming movie Indivisible examines how one military chaplain’s selfishness nearly tore his family apart.

Darren Turner is that chaplain. His story is the center of a great movie which will hit theaters on Friday, October 26. The Stream is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Turner about faith, family, and the military. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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