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The middle of the street

Culture | Sesame Street tries to keep Bert and Ernie out of the culture wars
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/21/18, 03:26 pm

Sesame Street producers tried to set the record straight this week, asserting that puppet characters Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple. For generations, smirking teens have suggested that the roommates were more than friends, and former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman seemed to confirm it in an interview posted Sunday on the website Queerty. He said he always imagined Bert and Ernie as a romantically involved couple when he was writing scenes for them.

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Becket

Against their better judgment

Religious Liberty | U.S. Circuit judges call for a full court reversal of their own decision
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/18/18, 05:10 pm

A Florida city this week called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a 75-year-old cross monument to stand. The appeal came after a federal appeals court earlier this month reluctantly ruled against Pensacola, Fla. In a 3-0 decision in Kondrat’Yev v. Pensacola, a panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said their hands were tied by precedent in upholding a decision that the cross on city property violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Glad to be a woman

Faith & Inspiration | God made the sexes inherently different, and that’s a good thing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/18/18, 08:13 am

I was 9 years old when I declared myself a feminist. Who knows what provoked me to take up the feminist cause—it might have been the progressive books I was reading, rebellion against the traditional family dynamics under which I grew up, or just extreme irritation that I had to wash the dishes every night because it was a “female chore” while my brother watched TV. Whatever it was, I decided at a very early age that I wanted to smash the patriarchy. 

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