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Culture Friday, home video, and Reagan on religion
Today’s news and Culture Friday with John Stonestreet on the persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community at the hands of Islamists, plus: a visit to the home-video screening room for “Bullitt” and “Dan in Real Life,” remembering the anniversary of a key address by President Ronald Reagan on religion in American life, and more
Friday morning news
Israel: An al-Qaeda affiliated group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel. Meanwhile, Washington has frozen bank accounts held by Hezbollah militants.
Lane murder: Oklahoma authorities suggest the teens accused of killing Christopher Lane, the Australian student studying in the U.S., will be tried as adults.
Religious freedom: The New Mexico Supreme Court says that when religious freedom collides with gay rights, freedom falls. The case involved a Christian wedding photographer sued for refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.
Business/economy: The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week, even as the unemployment rate fell, but that’s a function of fewer workers actively searching for jobs. Plus: Wall Street stopped its seven-day slide with modest improvement, driven by an uptick in manufacturing.
John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview on Islamist targeting of an ancient Christian community in Egypt, the Copts.
Home-video screening room: “Bullitt” and “Dan in Real Life”
Our home-video reviewer Phil Boatwright recommends two entertaining films for your weekend: an action-packed crime story, and a humorous film about love and romance.
Ronald Reagan on religion in American life
Today we present an except from a speech President Reagan delivered 29 years ago, Aug. 23, 1984.