Archive for the ‘Brittany L. Higdon’ Category

Seeing the Person, Not Just The Crime

A famous sermon preached by Puritan Jonathan Edwards around 1740 entitled, “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” paints the picture of what awaits those who choose to live a life of sin. “Justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins,“ he proclaimed in a calm and collective manner, as reported by those in the congregation. Many high school students have had to read this sermon from a critical perspective: how is...

The Humanity That Jenner And I Share

The cover of Vanity Fair popped up on my Instagram feed, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Janice Dickinson gracing the cover.  A timeless beauty who has been hailed as the first super model in the 1970s, Dickinson has remained in the limelight despite the fact that she is now 60 years old. Looking closer at the Vanity Fair picture, I realized that that wasn’t Janice Dickinson at all. It was a person formally known as Bruce...

Irreplaceable Women

Taylor Swift and Pope Francis are whistling a similar tune these days. The pop star and the pontiff have recently spoken publicly about the importance of equal pay for women, a controversy that many people the world over have very strong opinions about. Here in America, perhaps one of the most progressive countries in the world by way of human rights, women continue to earn only 77% of their male counterparts in the workplace. “Why is...

Bill Attempts To Silence Pro-Life Stance

In his 2013 exhortation, Evangelli Gaudium, Pope Francis said, “A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.”

The privatization of religion has taken yet another step towards the point of exclusion from society. The District of Columbia Council passed...

Embryos: Not a Means to an End

University of Michigan alumna Brooke Kendrick knew she carried a gene for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a genetic condition that any male child she bore would likely inherit. ALD, a rare, degenerative condition, is typically fatal 10 years after the disease’s onset. When Kendrick and her husband decided to start a family, they used in vitro fertilization, tested the embryos for the gene, and only implanted the healthy embryos, thus eradicating the disease from spreading further down...

Fashion, Dignity and Down’s Syndrome

Step aside, Giselle Bundchen. The world of fashion and the stigma of disability are rapidly changing in pop culture. At this year’s Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, a woman with Down Syndrome is strutting the runway for the first time in history. Thirty-year-old Jamie Brewer, who is also known for her role in FX’s American Horror Story and for serving as the youngest president of an Arc chapter, will be modeling a custom-designed Carrie Hammer dress and...

A Culture Opposed to Expectation

Few Christian households lack a Christmas tree at this time of year. Many people have completed their Christmas shopping, and Christmas carols blare over every store speaker. However, the minute we walk into church on Sundays, things slow down and we are reminded that this is a time of anticipation. The Advent wreath reminds us of the importance of waiting, with its first two candles representing hope and preparation. We hope for the coming Savior and prepare for...

The Ramifications of Gender Inclusivity on Single-sex Education

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). This fundamental aspect of our nature has been under attack more in recent history than ever before. A YouTube video about a transgender 5-year-old named Ryland, which went viral earlier this year, brought to light just how prominent this issue is. This video, which was made by Ryland’s parents, described how Ryland was born a girl and, at...