Stream Splashes: September 23-29 in Review

By The Stream Published on September 30, 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.


I was at Yale at the same time as Brett Kavanaugh, but I never heard of him. He probably heard of me, since I made myself infamous doing all the things you’re not supposed to do. Writing pro-life, anti-gay-activist editorials in The Yale Daily News. Marching outside Planned Parenthood just off campus on the Roe v. Wade anniversary. Reacting to the radical leftist buttons and t-shirts I saw everywhere.

Meanwhile, from all reports, Brett Kavanaugh was doing all the right things. Keeping his head down, doing all his reading, making friends, playing sports, keeping calendars, no doubt going on dates. He doubtless graduated with a perfect GPA, because he went on to a top-notch law school. Then a stellar legal career.

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Stream colleague and lawyer Rachel Alexander has published a list of questions she’d ask both Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford. While it’d be nice if Rachel were a senator from Arizona on the Senate Judicial Committee, she is not. (Yet.)

And come the hearing — when it takes place Thursday — we will be faced with more posing and posturing than a body-building contest. And more theatrics (and just as much maturity) as a junior production of Annie.

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The charismatic Christian who works at our local hardware store is a good guy with a strong faith, though he has, from my point of view, some unfortunate excesses. Nonetheless, he was right on target the other day when he commented, “The demons are going berserk.” And so they are.

While I’ve never disbelieved in devils or demons, I’ve pretty much lived as though they have little influence.

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“Reason is the enemy of faith.” Atheists love that phrase. Unfortunately they’re not the only ones who use it. Some churches actually teach that reason is opposed to belief in God.

I’ve heard about it mostly from people who grew up in those churches. “Just believe,” they were told. “We don’t ask questions around here.” Most of the people I’ve met who had that experience in church are no longer interested in Jesus Christ.

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