Stream Splashes: July 21-27 in Review

By The Stream Published on July 28, 2019

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.


God needs you. You who enjoy wealth beyond imagining and you who can’t find work. You who teach in an elite university and you who cleans his office at night, and you who ace his tests and you who fail them. And you brooding bitterly over those you hurt. God needs you. And you suffering because your miswired brain tells you your life sucks and you suck with it. You too. He needs you as much as he needs the rich man and the scholar. Maybe more.

The world praises those who succeed on its terms and condemns or ignores those who fail. As the Apostle Peter tells us, God doesn’t rank us that way. And the coolest thing is that He not only loves you, He needs you.

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Stephen Hawking was possibly the greatest scientist of our generation. In his final work before his death, he said there is no God, because the universe created itself from nothing in accordance with natural law.

Great scientists can still write real nonsense. It’s a spectacular claim. And it takes no scientific background at all to show he’s wrong.

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A recent story in the Wall Street Journal warned that the pro-life movement is about to “crack.” The story cited the varied strategies and conflicting tactics of pro-life groups and leaders. From the writer’s tone, we were meant to see all this as disastrous for the pro-life cause.

But would the Journal say the same about competing businesses or candidates? No. And there’s no reason to conclude it about pro-life groups either. It’s a living movement, composed of millions of free, concerned citizens. We ought to worry, instead, if all those people were numbly reciting a pre-fab script with the exact same talking points.

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Why is my cycle irregular? I message my fertility awareness instructor, Dianna Lara. We’ll talk about that very thing in our next class, she tells me.

I’m single. Why would I take a class on fertility awareness? Why would I care about “reproductive health”?

Thanks to PP and our increasingly self-centered culture, “reproductive health” means something like beating your fertility into submission so you can do what you want without creating a family. Turns out that’s not exactly healthy.

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