Web Notables (March 25, 2015)

The dark history of the pill, director John Hughes' conservatism, a Christian hostage of ISIS, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 25, 2015

“Web Notables” is a daily feature that highlights articles readers may want to see but might have missed. It is compiled by senior editor David Mills. Number two was suggested by associate editor Anika Smith.

The Dark History of Birth Control That You Haven’t Heard by Marcie Bianco on Mic. Most people, “on the pill or not, have no idea about its past anchored in eugenics, sexism and racism. The irony of the pill is that it was tested on women, specifically women of color — many of whom were forced to undergo sterilization — before later being marketed predominately to white women in America as a symbol of independence.”

Don’t You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew by P. J. O’Rourke in The Daily Beast. The director of The Breakfast Club, released thirty years ago, was funny and conservative, or funny because conservative, according to his old friend and colleague.

Is Religious Freedom Imperiled? by John Inazu in The Hedgehog Review. A review of Stephen Smith’s The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, a book arguing that “for most of our history, Smith argues, our country largely abided by an “American settlement” for religious pluralism that included separation of church from state (but not of religion from government) and freedom of conscience.”

The Ten Most Beautiful Classical Symphonies by Stephen Klugewicz on The Imaginative Conservative. Counting down from Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major to . . .

I Was an ISIS Hostage for 5 Months by “anonymous” in New York magazine. A Syrian Christian tells a horrifying but increasingly common story of the treatment of Christians in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq.

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