Table of Contents

Cover Story

Here they stand

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate forces businesses to cover abortion-inducing drugs for employees. It has sent several evangelical and Catholic business…

In this issue: "Taking a scalpel to the First Amendment," Feb. 9, 2013

Features

Soldiering on

By Edward Lee Pitts

Military | Armed by three decades of combat duty, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin takes on Washington’s culture battles

Dry counties

By Daniel James Devine

Weather | Crops and cattle hang in the balance as drought in the Great Plains extends into winter

Herr professor

By Emily Belz

United Nations | Religious freedom advocates, often ignored, find a friend in UN representative Heiner Bielefeldt

Prayer and politics

By Sophia Lee

North Korea | A worldview split leads to sharp differences on how to fight oppression in North Korea

The silent treatment

The silent treatment

By Angela Lu

Religion | For over four months, authorities jailed and beat Iranian-American Saeed Abedini in Tehran with no trial or U.S. intervention

Dispatches

Left ahead

Left ahead

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | Partisan inaugural speech signals an aggressive liberal agenda for the president’s second term

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Soccer spectacle  The United States Men’s Soccer Team continues its quest to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Feb. 6 when it opens the last…

Crossing the red line

By The Editors

News | And more news briefs

In their dreams

By Daniel James Devine

China | Newspaper protests reveal Chinese hopes for free speech

Robed victim?

By Warren Cole Smith

Religion | Questions linger over ‘plentiful’ death threats against retired gay bishop

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Charged  A federal court indicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, 56, on charges that he accepted bribes for personal gain during the devastated…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘The last time the Senate has passed a budget, the iPad wasn’t even invented yet.’ House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on the U.S.

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Batty bid How much would you pay for a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car? At a Scottsdale, Ariz., auction on Jan. 19, Rick Champagne paid $4.2 million for one.

Reviews

Faulty Playbook

By Megan Basham

Movies | Surprise Oscar contender eviscerates one cultural fad but falls prey to another

Amour

Amour

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Amour is the first foreign-language film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination in six years, and it admirably showcases the deep and tender love forged by…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Jan. 18-20 according to Box Office Mojo

West of Memphis

West of Memphis

By Emily Belz

Documentary | In 1993, searchers for three missing 8-year-old boys found their bodies in a drainage ditch in West Memphis, Ark. Investigators believed that because of the…

Nashville

By Emily Whitten

Television | Now in its second season, ABC’s romantic comedy Nashville (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. Eastern) may not be burning up the charts, but it is turning heads. In many ways…

Changing history

Changing history

By Marvin Olasky

Books | The role of individuals, and other treadmill books

Notable Books

By Emily Whitten

Books | Four nonfiction books

Coming home

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Former ‘scandal queen’ Donna Rice Hughes on becoming a voice of decency and morality

Gleeful nihilist

Gleeful nihilist

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Ke$ha’s Warrior adds to the country’s cultural poison

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Five new or recent pop-rock releases

Notebook

Fire starter

By Chelsea Kolz

Lifestyle | Tommy Davis moved from burning mattresses to setting souls ablaze

Only deal in town

Only deal in town

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | In at least some cases online pricing has three rules—location, location, location

Mass mortality

Mass mortality

By Daniel James Devine

Science | The link between weight and health appears more complex than we thought

The Snow church

The Snow church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany

Cycle of lies

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Is Lance Armstrong’s confession his greatest deceit yet?

Boom town

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Deficit spending prospers the Washington, D.C., metro area as the rest of the nation struggles

Inglorious revolutions

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Anglican angst deepens over gay bishops and the church’s relationship to the royal family

Voices

Prayers for the future

Prayers for the future

By Joel Belz

Religion | How should believers respond as First Amendment liberties come under assault?

A little hypocrisy, please

A little hypocrisy, please

By Janie B. Cheaney

Culture | In a healthy society, two faces may sometimes be better than one

Mission accomplished?

By Mindy Belz

Somalia | Defense cutbacks and victory speeches mislead Americans about growing threats

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Culture creep

Culture creep

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Sexual Abuse | How an ‘orientation’ is born

Don’t waste your medical mistakes

Don’t waste your medical mistakes

By Marvin Olasky

Faith & Inspiration | One lab error, and God exposed my pretensions

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