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Tim Cook: Is being gay a gift of God?

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses for a photo with Apple employee, Justyna Horwat, at pre-parade festivities before the 2014 San Francisco gay pride parade, June 29 ,2014 (Credit: Justyna Horwat via Twitter) Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced, "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Why would he consider homosexuality a gift from God?  I can find nothing about his religious beliefs online, so I don't know if he's making the theological argument that God makes some people LGBT and endorses such sexual identity.  From what he wrote in making his announcement, it seems that his reasoning is more practical than theological:

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.  It's made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.  It's been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.  It's also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you're the CEO of Apple."

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The Jaylen Fryberg tragedy: reaching teens for Jesus

Students and family members reunite at Shoultes Gospel Hall after a student opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington October 24, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond)Jaylen Fryberg was a football player with 2,000 Facebook friends.  He was recently named homecoming prince at his high school.  Then he texted five friends to join him for lunch, pulled out a gun, and shot them.  Two have died, the others were wounded, and he killed himself as well.  "It's weird to think about, because you see him and he is such a happy person," a student says.  No one understands why he would do this.

Bulletproof whiteboards are now being marketed to our schools.  Some public schools are teaching gun safety to first graders.  Some want teachers to bring guns to class.  Thirty percent of teenagers are involved in bullying.  Seventeen percent of high school students say they have carried a weapon.  Teenage violence costs us more than $158 billion a year.

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Beyoncé: Sasha Fierce feminism

Beyonce leans against a wall wearing a black hat as she poses for a photo (Credit: Beyonce)Here's the deal: I am a huge Beyoncé fan.

From the first sounds of Destiny's Child, I was hooked. In high school, I memorized every run and ad-lib.  With windows rolled down in my A/C-less '84 BMW, I would scream all of the words to "Survivor," a song that described the core integrity and strength of a woman who refused to bow down to her offenders' ploys.

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