Stream Splashes: June 16-22 in Review

By The Stream Published on June 23, 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.


You’d think the moral bullies would leave Jack Phillips alone. The Colorado baker had declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding due to his religious beliefs, and gay activists went after him. They pulled in the Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission.

Now’s he’s back under fire. Even after his victory at the Supreme Court in June of last year. The majority held that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission was wrong to punish him for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake.

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You would think these words were taken straight out of my forthcoming book on Jezebel’s War with America. You would think they came from the pen of a conservative follower of Jesus. But they did not. They were written by a self-proclaimed feminist witch. She said, “The fact that the resurgence of feminism and the popularity of the witch are ascending at the same time is no coincidence: the two are reflections of each other.”

Precisely so!

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You’ve probably heard about this already. Kyle Kashuv, remember him? He’s the survivor of the Parkland shooting who didn’t demand that law-abiding Americans disarm. You know, to keep us safe from the psychos.

In fact, quite the contrary. Kashuv defended the Second Amendment, and supported real, common sense school safety measures. Like having security guards who don’t go hide outside, wetting their stretch pants till the shooting stops. And maybe the FBI following up on tips about students who brag about becoming future school shooters.

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A Christian hymn became the anthem of the massive Hong Kong protests over the weekend and past week. The simple five-word song, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” written in a somber minor key, has echoed from walkways and shelters.

Some protesters call it a symbol of unity. Others say it is a form of protection against police. Still others said it was to persuade the Catholic government leader, Carrie Lam, to respect the protest. The hymn also reflects Christianity’s influence on the protest against unjust actions by the Chinese government.

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