Discussion Starter: Past Transgressions Cost Duggar Family Hit Show
20 July 2015
In the News Tontitown, Ark.—Cable channel TLC has officially canceled 19 Kids and Counting, its popular show about the Duggar family, due to revelations about child molestation previously committed by oldest son Josh. At age 14, he admitted to improperly touching four of his sisters..
Discussion Starter: Social Media Filled With Body-Shaming Backlash
10 July 2015
In the News Louisiana—After Rachel Taylor, a plus-size woman, overheard a teenage shopper making fun of a “huge” tank top, her initial reaction was tears. It was unintentional, but body-shaming none-the-less. But then Taylor decided to try on and buy the shirt, saying she looked..
Discussion Starter: Confederate Flag Targeted After Mass Killing
29 June 2015
In the News Charleston, S.C.—Following the shooting deaths of nine African-Americans during a church Bible study, Southern states are debating the removal of the Confederate flag. Alleged killer Dylann Roof posed with the flag, sparking renewed controversy about its appropriateness in public life. During his..
Discussion Starter: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
26 June 2015
In the News Washington—In a landmark 5-4 ruling Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage for all Americans. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the 13 states that had continued to ban it, despite fast-moving changes in public opinion. In the..
Discussion Starter: Church Shooting Breaks State’s ‘Heart and Soul’
19 June 2015
In the News Charleston, S.C.—Residents of Charleston, known as the “Holy City” for its many churches and religious tolerance, are grieving after a white gunman allegedly shot and killed nine black people in a church prayer meeting. Dylann Roof, 21, was captured after a 14-hour..