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Weekly Wrap 2.28.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Walking the Second Mile: Jesus, Discrimination, and 'Religious Freedom'
Rachel Held Evans addresses the failed anti-gay legislation attempts in Arizona and Kansas: "Crying persecution every time one doesn’t get one’s way is an insult to the very real religious persecution happening in the world today.  It's no way to be a good citizen and certainly no way to advance the gospel in the world."

2. How Obama Is Trying to Lift Up Young Men of Color: A Q&A with Joshua Dubois
Joshua Dubois, former director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, sits down with the Washington Post to talk about President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative: "What I believe the president is saying … is that these boys and men matter just as much as any other American. And if they succeed, that’s something that will help all of us. It will help the entire country."

3. Border Control Killings of Migrants Raise Questions on Training, Accountability
More than 20 fatal shootings of civilians by U.S. Border Patrol agents since 2010 expose massive problems within the federal agency. 

4. MAP: Does Your State Pay a Fair Wage?
As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Check out the map to view the 21 states that now have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage. Where does yours stand?

5. Recline! Why 'Leaning In' is Killing Us
Another take on the ubiquitous and ever-evolving "having it all" debate, this time from Foreign Policy: "Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It's killing us."

6. 10 Mr. Rogers Quotes You Need to Read
On the anniversary of his death, Relevant magazine compiles some of his wisdom, like: "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."

7. How Anti-Poverty Measures Marginalize Fathers
"The biggest flaw in anti-poverty policies is that they don’t take into account the role that fathers play in children’s lives."

8. A Prayer: Belong
From Sarah Bessey at SheLovesMagazine.com: "For those of us who have been told that we are too much—too loud, too opinionated, too smart, too bold, too quiet, too curvy, too skinny, too sexual, too intense, too feeling, too soft, too tough, too bossy, too tender, too young, too old, too liberal, too conservative—may we say: you belong here with us."

9. A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180K More Rapes by 2099
The Atlantic Cities reports on a controversial new study that correlates a rise in temperatures with a rise in violent crime and property crime. 

10. To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
From Jim Wallis: "Differing theological views on important issues of sexuality will need time, patience, deep biblical reflection, respectful discourse, and religious liberty to be worked out in the churches. But the perception of Christian faith is in grave danger when Christians try to use the law to publically discriminate against those who don’t adhere to their point of view."

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