Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Minority voices

Sexuality | Testimony from opponents to California’s ‘conversion therapy’ ban
by Jim Long & Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/16/18, 07:44 am

The cover story in WORLD’s June 30, 2018 issue shows how a bill to ban “conversion therapy” (sometimes called “reparative therapy”) in California, even for consenting adults, is in a pipeline to passage. Since press coverage has been biased in favor of the bill, here are a few voices of opposition from testimony before the California Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee.

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Thirty beach reads

Books | Pack a suitcase and take your pick of these summer getaway books
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/14/18, 03:46 pm

My prime recommendation this year for beach, hammock, or air-conditioned treadmill is The Other Woman, Daniel Silva’s 18th novel starring Gabriel Allon, a thoughtful spy: Allon would prefer to spend more time with his family and in his initial calling as a world-class art restorer, but the Israeli intelligence service keeps calling him back for difficult missions. Publication date is July 17: I read the proof as soon as HarperCollins sent it to us and can say that it’s another masterwork of espionage, as Allon outthinks the Kremlin.

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Complicated histories

Books | Recognizing original sin and the fruits of grace
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/14/18, 03:04 pm

In April a wall in one Austin middle school displayed 11 student responses to what they learned about America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Nine of them were hand-drawn wanted posters for Jackson’s arrest for murder: Some mentioned his duels, but the students appear to have learned that Jackson’s biggest crime was his successful push for legislation to force Cherokees out of their homes in three Southern states and move them to what is now Oklahoma.

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