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WORLD offers hard-hitting, truth-telling, uniquely Christian worldview reporting that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream media in these confusing, chaotic days. Our website and magazine feature national and international news; newsmaker profiles and interviews; movie, book, and music reviews; political cartoons; commentary on current issues; and more.
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I once was blind …

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:35pm
If an Ebola virus the size of a coyote came running at us, we could shoot it—but because it’s tiny, it can kill caregivers if they slip up even slightly. So it is with media bias: Many Americans can see and discount overt bias, but subtleties kill. I recently ran across a distorting story I wrote long ago. The Boston Globe published it on Jun 18, 1973: that was my last year as a Communist. It started with a dire lead: “The Massachusetts farmer is fighting for his life and the odds are
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First-year teacher tried to stop shooter

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:19pm
Four students remain hospitalized, including two of the shooter’s cousins
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Is Islam a religion of peace?

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:42am
The West’s definition of ‘peace’ differs dramatically from Islam’s
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Helping the suffering

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:09am
In nearly every generation, the church learns again how to help the needy. David Apple of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia has stepped forward for this generation with valuable wisdom in his new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen (CLC Publications, 2014).  Back in the early 1980s George Grant offered Bringing in the Sheaves , on the same subject, based on his experience as a pastor in Houston. In the 1990s WORLD’s Marvin Olasky offered lessons from history on mercy ministries in his
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Remains confirmed as Virginia student

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:46pm
The human remains found last Saturday in a rural area of Virginia have been confirmed as those of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. The 18-year-old disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. Graham, whose remains were found about 12 miles from campus in a heavily wooded area of Albemarle County, was last seen with 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., who has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. The location of last Saturday’s discovery is
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Getting to the bottom of the Benghazi cover-up

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:45pm
While Benghazi may be absent from the headlines, the investigation into unanswered questions surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya is ongoing. The most recent revelations involve the possible withholdingof documents and evidence tampering at the U.S. State Department.   Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell blew the whistle last month on what he said was a backroom, document-sifting operation. The goal of the operation was to separate any politically damaging
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New data: Obamacare primarily a Medicaid expansion

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:10pm
With the next Obamacare enrollment period approaching on Nov. 15, new numbers from Obamacare’s first go-round are finally shedding some light on who bought what earlier this year.  According to a Heritage Foundation analysis, seven out of 10 newly insured under Obamacare are actually on Medicaid. “When it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple expansion of Medicaid,” Heritage Foundation analyst Edmund Haislmaier wrote.  Prior data has mainly
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Oklahoma judge lets RU-486 regulations stand

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:55pm
An Oklahoma district court judge has allowed the state’s law regulating the use of a common abortifacient to take effect Nov. 1, although he temporarily suspended the portions that make abortion providers legally liable.  The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) sought to block the law earlier this month, claiming it violates women’s rights and could increase the number of women who choose surgical abortions. The law requires abortionists to adhere to FDA protocol when
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It’s all about the fundamentals

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53pm
The longer I live as a Christian the more I realize that fundamentals are what lead to success. It holds true in just about any area of life: business, family, and especially faith. But one of the best places to see examples of the importance of fundamentals is in sports. What do the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks have in common? Two things: They are (or have been) highly successful because of their
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Judge dismisses IRS targeting cases

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:40pm
Employees who improperly scrutinized conservative groups won’t be punished
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A charged spiritual zone

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:56pm
On a recent Saturday I was with a group of 25 women who were strangers to me. The “ice-breaker” assignment was to find four things we had in common with the woman seated next to us. I was next to Carmen, and after eliminating as unworthy the commonalities of gender and being born in the 20th century, we got down to business. Number of children? Carmen has none. As a stab in the dark she said, “Do you speak French?” and I smiled, “Depends who’s asking.” But this line of
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Dallas nurse declared Ebola-free

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:10pm
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating the only U.S. patient to die of the deadly virus, is cured and was released today from the Maryland hospital where she was being treated. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said during a press conference this morning. “First of all, I would like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I put my trust in God and my medical team.” Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola shortly
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Why isn’t the UN protecting religious liberty whistleblowers?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:50am
NEW YORK—Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said the UN is not doing enough to protect its sources who report religious freedom abuses to the body. “The important work is done by people on the ground,” Bielefeldt said at a lunch in New York with staff from nongovernmental organizations. “Rapporteurs come, rapporteurs go.” As part of Bielefeldt’s job (which is unpaid), he traveled to Vietnam this year to gather information about
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Midday roundup: Was hatchet attack on NYPD terrorism?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:35am
Questionable motives. A Queens resident attacked four rookie New York Police Department officers with a hatchet Thursday, wounding two of them before he was fatally shot. The attacker, 32-year-old Zale Thompson, had connections to Islam, though so far they go no further than a quote of the Quran on his Facebook page. He reportedly called for a guerilla-style revolution on American soil, but the reasons why are unclear. “There’s nothing we know at this time that would indicate that
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Cory Bishop’s unfulfilled longing is a hopeful way to begin

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:18am
Listening to singer-songwriter Cory Bishop is as easy as putting on a pair of old shoes. Bishop sings with a soft crackle, like Bruce Springsteen but mellowed, worn, and smooth. Demonstrating an easy mastery of country and folk-rock, Bishop ambles down many of the highways and byways of musical history on his new self-titled EP. Those old shoes walk to some surprising new places as well. Bishop freshens up his country with an R&B feel, and lyrics abound with vivid imagery and
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Shia LaBeouf’s profession of faith

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:35am
Did the actor find Christ while filming Fury, or was he just acting?
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Battle aliens and learn humility

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:20am
Video games often appeal to the human desire for power. In most games, players start with limited powers and resources and as they progress, grow stronger and become better resourced. This is a tried and true formula—research suggests people play video games because it makes them feel powerful and accomplished. In video games, players can save the world. But our desire to bring salvation, even if only in virtual worlds, is naive. Such games fail to adequately recognize a reality that is
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A stack of prayers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:34pm
Lately I’ve taken up the habit of praying through index cards. My college lit professor did this, endlessly walking around the campus pond praying for our needs. He knew our needs because he’d had private interviews with us, where he’d scrawled the information down in bullet points. Then he took to the pond, shuffling through cards all the while. So I have started, too. I walk the Virginia roads with my ever-growing stack, praying for my uncles, a cousin, a downstairs neighbor who
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Scientists can now edit any gene they want

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:10pm
Biomedical researchers have developed a new technology that allows scientists to edit the genetic code of any species. The CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats) system allows researchers to destroy, change, or enhance genes. Scientists envision a day when the CRISPR technology will wipe out human diseases caused by abnormalities in a single gene. On the flip side, the new technology could make the stuff of science-fiction movies a reality. Jennifer Doudna,
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Federal judge upholds marriage law in Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:39pm
A federal judge ruled in favor of Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage as between a man and a woman this week in an opinion that affirmed both states’ rights and traditional family structure. U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez upheld the constitutionality of the 1902 Puerto Rico marriage statute following a challenge by five homosexual couples. The couples’ attorney said they would appeal. In his opinion, Pérez-Giménez wrote that heterosexual marriage was essential
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