Charlie Van Dyke
Is Being Gay A Choice?
Posted September 19, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
By Steve Siebold

Is being gay a choice? A popular vlogger from California proves it's not.

If you don't know who Chris Thompson is yet, just wait: Thompson, who happens to be straight, is getting all kinds of attention for posing a simple question to his followers, many who identify as LGBT. The question: Is being gay a choice?

Thompson was move... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Islam vs ISIS
Posted September 17, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
Opinion by Salam al-Marayati, special to CNN

(CNN) – This week, Barak Barfi, the spokesman for slain American journalist Steven Sotloff’s family, joined many Muslims in exposing the hypocrisy and hollowness of groups like ISIS.

He challenged ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to a debate that pits Islam’s theology of life against ISIS’ cult of deat... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Opinion by Russell D. Moore, special to CNN

(CNN) – The country collectively winced as we watched an NFL running back punch his fiancee in the face on an elevator, captured by security video.

The horror in the country crossed all the usual ideological and political divisions. Consciences intuitively knew this was wrong and shocking.

The video br... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yours... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
ISIS vs mainstream Muslims
Posted September 10, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor

(CNN) – The challenge was directed at the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But the impassioned message, laced with Islamic phrases, sought a much wider audience.

The statement came from Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family of slain American journalist Steve Sotloff. Sotloff, who reported for Time a... read more
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