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Friday, April 17, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on Moody Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 17, 2015, 02:39 PM

Nancy will join Chris Fabry of Moody Radio today at 2:00 pm Central Time.

"Bill O'Reilly said something years ago in a conversation about his Christian faith. When pushed against the wall about his belief, he said that Christianity is "true for me," host Chris Fabry states on the show website

"We talk with author and thinker Nancy Pearcey about truth and the principles you can use to unmask atheism, secularism and other God substitutes," Fabry says.

Topic: Nancy Pearcey on Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

To listen live and onlne, please go here. Here is where O'Reilly states, "It's true for me."

For more information on Nancy and her media schedule, please see her website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Was Angie's List Chief Forced Out?

By Rick Pearcey • April 17, 2015, 10:37 AM

"The long-time CEO of Indiana-based Angie’s List is out of a job," Austin Ruse reports at Breitbart. "USA Today called the resignation 'unexpected,' and it raises the immediate question of whether Bill Oesterle got too far out front in denouncing the civil rights laws of the state of Indiana."

Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to Unlimited Statism
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Media Alert: J. Richard Pearcey on "Joe Miller Radio Show" Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 16, 2015, 09:04 AM

I will appear on the "Joe Miller Radio Show" at 5:15 Central Time (2:15 Alaska Time) on KOAN 1080 AM and 95.1 FM.

The show is based in Anchorage, and you can listen online by clicking here. Miller is a former candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alaska.

Topics we are slated to discuss: The endgame of the homosexual extremism, plus my Foreword to Nancy's new book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

Here's the station website. Go here to see Joe Miller's Restoring Liberty website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Denzel Washington: The Bible Is the "Answer People Are Looking For"

By Rick Pearcey • April 15, 2015, 09:06 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In explaining why the Bible is a best seller year after year, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said there is something "tugging" inside of us, "telling us to believe in something," which is God, and that the Bible provides the "answer people are looking for" even if they do not realize it at first.

To help see how what is given in the verifiable Biblical message provides the "answer people are looking for," readers may want to take a look at Nancy's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasksing Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. There is more information at her new website, nancypearcey.com

Christmas Spirit in Space and Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on LA Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2015, 09:29 AM

Nancy will discuss her new book Finding Truth on the Frank Sontag show at 99.5 KKLA radio.

Time: 6:30 CT, 4:30 PT

To listen live online, go here.

For more information on Nancy's work and schedule, please visit her website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Video: Wife Hears Husband's Voice for 1st Time

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2015, 10:42 AM

Watch this video on Youtube.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Radio Alert: Nancy Pearcey on Pittsburgh Radio

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2015, 04:04 PM

Nancy will appear on "The Ride Home With John and Kathy" of 101.5 FM radio at 5:15 pm ET.

Here's the website. To listen online, please click here.

You can call the show at 800-320-TALK.

For information on Nancy and her new book, Finding Truth, please see her official website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Krauthammer: Clinton "Fatigue" Would be "Negated" by Jeb

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2015, 08:58 AM

Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart:

Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that "Clinton fatigue" would be "one of the great advantages" for the GOP against Hillary, but would be "negated" if the party nominates Jeb Bush in an interview on Thursday’s Kelly File on the Fox News Channel.

Group: Jeb Bush "Unelectable" After Giving Medal to Hillary Clinton

No More Bushes!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don't Think, Just Agree: The Closing of the Campus Mind

By Rick Pearcey • April 9, 2015, 10:26 AM

"I can't have you participate in class anymore," the professor of soical welfare and policy said.

Thus begins Devorah Goldman's Weekly Standard account of the terrifyingly small-minded world of the Hunter College School of Social Work, where Marxist zombies walk to and fro, seeking to devour whatsoever human brains dare exhibit independence of thought.

Apparently, group "diversity" reigns, along with group "thought."

But is there a silver lining? If you want to become a zero, meld with the borg, enjoy becoming cannon fodder for the revolution, and learn how to "tolerate everything but disagreement," then education camps like Hunter College could be just the cage for you.

Then again, can we really trust Goldman's account? Her mind seems suspiciously independent. The machine is watching.

Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Muslims Don't Want to Bake Your "Wedding" Cake, Either

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2015, 10:12 AM

Kirsten Anderson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Homosexual activists have painted Christian bakers, florists, and photographers as veritable hatemongers for refusing to participate in a same-sex “wedding” on religious grounds -- but it is not only Christianity that teaches that homosexuality is immoral.

In a new video, Steven Crowder discovered numerous Muslim bakeries refused to bake a cake for a homosexual “marriage” -- and Crowder is calling homosexuals out for not being equally aggressive toward the Religion of Peace.

Comment: Just as business-owners rightly refuse patrons trying to pass counterfeit money, even so those who own bakeries are within their rights to refuse to countenance counterfeit "marriage."

Whether you are Christian, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist: If it's your business, it's your choice.  

And if homosexuals decide not to protest Muslim bakeries, fine.

So now, O homosexual man or woman, when it comes to Christian bakers, florists, and photographers, go and do likewise. Let freedom ring.

It's their business, it's their choice. Let freedom ring.

Limbaugh: What About Freedom to Love If I Love Jesus?
Fascist Love: Meet the New Nazis -- and Their Victims
Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Media Alert: Nancy Pearcey on National Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 7, 2015, 01:27 PM

Nancy will join host Kerby Anderson live on Point of View radio today from 1-2 pm central time (2-3 eastern).

This show can be heard nationally on 360 stations.

Listen live online here.

For more information on Nancy and her new book, Finding Truth, please see her website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Flood of Christian Cash Rescuing Florist Attacked by Homosexuals

By Rick Pearcey • April 7, 2015, 11:02 AM

Leo Hohmann reports on the case of Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers. She is

. . . a 70-year-old grandmother and devout Christian who has run a flower shop for 40 years, refused to make flower arrangements for the wedding of a longtime customer, and found herself on the receiving end of two lawsuits -- one from the Washington state attorney general’s office and another from the two men planning a same-sex wedding ceremony.

They are not only suing her business; they’re also going after her personal assets, according to her attorney.

Her GoFundMe account jumped to $85,000 on Easter Sunday and surpassed $115,000 Monday. By Tuesday morning it passed $123,000.

"The judge ruling in the case has opened her savings, personal possessions and even home up as a target for the homosexuals who are claiming her personal assets as damages, according to court documents," Hohmann reports at WND.

Christians, however, "are rallying and spreading the love, stepping up with financial assistance to their brethren burned by the militant same-sex marriage movement," according to Hohmann.

Those who would like to support Barronelle Stutzman can provide financial assistance at her GoFundMe account.

Limbaugh: What About Freedom to Love If I Love Jesus?
Fascist Love: Meet the New Nazis -- and Their Victims
Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Monday, April 6, 2015

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Houston

By Rick Pearcey • April 6, 2015, 04:02 PM

Nancy will deliver remarks at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, from 6:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15.

Look for her at the weekly "Apologia" class held on the West Campus of Second Baptist (L-199 JHigh Room).

Nancy will be happy to sign copies of her new book, Finding Truth, which will be available for purchase.

Here is the Finding Truth press release.

Ravi Zacharias Endorses Finding Truth: "Immensely Practical and Insightful"

U.S. Army Soldiers Blast "White Privilege" Presentation

By Rick Pearcey • April 6, 2015, 10:52 AM

From Dave Urbanski at The Blaze:

"True story: I went to a forced EEO class and the white female SSG said we white folks were a problem.

"I looked around the room and everyone of every race were rolling their eyes," Scott Hampton Truelove recalled.

"We of all races went fishing, eating out, having BBQs, went to the club, together. We all never had a problem with race.

"We as a group stood up and walked out. She was cutting into our beer drinking time."

How to Have a Race War
Video: Black Teen Assaults White Student on School Bus

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ravi Zacharias Endorses "Finding Truth": "Immensely Practical and Insightful"

By Rick Pearcey • April 3, 2015, 11:15 AM

We asked author and speaker Ravi Zacharias if he would consider reading and endorsing (if he liked it) Nancy's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

Here is his assessment:

Nancy Pearcey invites her readers to "test everything," as her journey of searching for answers (like my own) revealed that the deepest questions of the heart and mind do not go away and must be addressed.

Whether religious or irreligious, everyone has a worldview.

Finding Truth illustrates how competing systems of thought borrow from Christianity even while rejecting it and provides helpful tools to critically assess the coherency and livability of one’s worldview.

This is an immensely practical and insightful resource.

Here is the press release for Finding Truth.

For more on the concept of "test everything," please see the book's Foreword (by yours truly).

You can visit Nancy's website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Limbaugh: What About Freedom to Love If "I Love Jesus"?

By Rick Pearcey • April 2, 2015, 06:55 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

One of the rallying cries of opponents of Indiana's religious freedom law is that people shouldn't be discriminated against because of "who they love." But radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh flipped that around on his show on Wednesday. . . .

Limbaugh said the phrase works both ways, because people who have strong religious convictions love their Lord.

"I can tell you right now, I could mention I love somebody and it wouldn't be accepted," he is quoted as telling his listeners.

"I would be called a bigot and any number of other bad names," Limbaugh continued. "All I would have to do is say, 'I love Jesus Christ.'"

Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat

Fascist Love: Meet the New Nazis -- and Their Victims  
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on San Francisco Metro Radio

By Rick Pearcey • April 1, 2015, 05:29 PM

Nancy will join host Craig Roberts on "Life!line" of KFAX AM 1100 at 8:10 pm eastern time, 7:10 pm central time, and 5:10 pm pacific time.

Here's the website. Listen live online here.

You can call the show at 1-888-367-5329.

For more information on Nancy's work, please see her website at NancyPearcey.com.

Her just published book is Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

To see the Finding Truth press release, go here.

Bible's Teaching on Homosexuality: Clear, Final, and Sufficient

By Rick Pearcey • April 1, 2015, 10:46 AM

In response to the City Church of San Francisco's decision to submit to homosexualism rather than embrace the Creator's verifiable and liberating norms for human sexuality, Rob Schwarzwalder writes at CNSNews.com:

The corpus of Christian teaching on human sexuality is broad, deep, long, and consistent.

The church fathers were universal in their affirmation that homosexual behavior was sinful.

And in our time, Evangelical scholars have demonstrated with lucidity and cogency what the Bible teaches about sexual intimacy.

"God has spoken in His Word with clarity, finality, and sufficiency. Either we abandon what He says or we affirm and seek to live by it. And there is nothing loving about carving from the text of Scripture any of its teachings: Truth is unchanging and unchangeable, regardless of its cultural appeal or the aggravation it causes those who are offended by it," Schwarzwalder writes.

"Lying to people about Jesus, sin, and redemption is unjust and deceptive, and, ultimately, has eternally severe consequences," Schwarzwalder states.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting to Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to Unlimited Statism
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on South Carolina Radio

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2015, 10:53 AM

Nancy will join radio host Kevin Boling on "Knowing the Truth" from 10:30-11:00 am, central time.

"Knowing the Truth" is a live radio call-in show that you can reach at 1-888-660-9535.

Here's the website. To listen live online, go here.

For more information, see Nancy's website at www.nancypearcey.com.

Here is the press release for Nancy's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

Monday, March 30, 2015

U.S. Taxpayers Gave Planned Parenthood, Other Abortion Advocates Nearly $1.5 Billion Over 3 Years

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2015, 08:35 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at Lifesitenews.com:

U.S. federal and state taxpayers sent nearly $1.5 billion to Planned Parenthood and five other groups that promote abortion and population control between 2010 and 2012, according to a federal watchdog report.

The report, which was released to the public on Wednesday, [is] in response to a request by more than 70 members of Congress.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided an update to a 2010 report on funding provided to Advocates for Youth, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Council, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Wendy Davis Supporter Hurls Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Dallas-Ft. Worth Area Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2015, 11:36 AM

She is speaking at a conference hosted by the John Newport Foundation and the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute -- students, pastors, and leaders are invited. Sessions begin at 3 pm central time.

For more information, please see the conference website.

For more information on Nancy's media and speaking schedule, please see her new website.

Wendy Davis Supporter Hurls Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2015, 08:45 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

A new level of violence apparently has been reached by abortion advocates in Texas, which has been rocked by the issue recently, including a disruption in the state legislature when pro-abortion Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis staged a 13-hour filibuster and later when her supporters were caught on a recording chanting "Hail Satan."

The latest case has resulted in the arrest of a Davis supporter, Melanie Toney, 52, on a charge she lobbed a lit glass bottle with explosive fuel out of her car at pro-life activists near an abortion clinic.

According to KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, the Molotov cocktail was thrown at a group of women praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic Monday. Charges against Toney now include aggravated assault after Austin police and bomb squad members responded.

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide

Thursday, March 26, 2015

V for Vote Tyrant: Obama Fantasizes About Being Back in the USSR

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2015, 09:19 AM

Memo to Comrade Obama: "How can a free country mandate participation in elections?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nancy on Nevada Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2015, 02:44 PM

You can tune in today at 3:00 pm central time as Nancy joins host Bill Feltner on "Pilgrim Radio." The name of the program is "His People."

Topic: Nancy's new book, Finding Truth.

Here's the website. To listen live online, go here.

For more information on Nancy's media and speaking schedule, please see her new website.

Update: Just learned that today's interview was recorded to air at a later date. We'll update the broadcast schedule when that information becomes available.

Cornell Dean Says ISIS Welcome on Campus: Undercover Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2015, 10:13 AM

Carl Campanile writes at the NYPost:

This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault -- for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.

A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.

Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS "freedom fighter" to conduct a "training camp" for students at the upstate Ithaca campus -- bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.

"Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-'Islamic State Iraq and Syria' group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks. Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting," according to the Post.

"The undercover asked if he can invite 'a freedom fighter to come and do like a training camp for students.' Scaffido responds, 'You would be allowed to do something like that. It’s just like brining in a coach, to do a training, a sports trainer or something,' the Cornell official said," the Post reports.

Watch the Youtube video here.

One Nation Under Allah: Fury After School Recites Pledge in Arabic
What Is Killing the Western World?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nancy on Denver Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2015, 11:21 AM

Nancy appears on KRKS 94.7 FM Crosswalk radio in Denver with host Gino Geraci today at 5:00 pm CT (4:00 pm MT).

Here is the KRKS website. To listen live online, go here.

For more information on Nancy's media and speaking schedule, please see her website.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Starbucks Boiling Point: Let's Talk About Black Racism

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2015, 08:48 AM

Jesse Lee Peterson writes:

Starbucks’ "Race Together" campaign was intended to kick-start a national conversation about race relations, but, ironically, the effort has exposed a deep-seated racism in the black community.

And now that campaign, launched less than a week ago, has been poured down the drain.

How to Have a Race War

Friday, March 20, 2015

One Nation Under Allah: Fury After School Recites Pledge in Arabic

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2015, 10:21 AM

Todd Starnes, author of God Less America, writes: 

Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic.

"One nation under Allah," the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday.

Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports.

Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest.

"School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge 'divided the school in half,' noting that many complaints came from Jewish parents and those who had lost family members fighting the war on terror," Starnes writes.

The school has apologized. "We sincerely apologize for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited this morning in the high school in a language other than English," said the apology, according to Starnes. "In our school district the Pledge of Allegiance will only be recited in English as recommended by the Commissioner of Education."

Read the entire article by Todd Starnes here.

Democrat Activists Behind School Ban on Pledge of Allegiance 
Declaration of Independence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Malkin: Scott Walker Needs to Be Vetted

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2015, 09:31 AM

"Scott Walker has much bigger problems than the ill-considered hiring and firing of one D.C. operative,” columnist Michelle Malkin tells Breitbart News. Read the entire article here.

Honeymoon Over: Scott Walker Hires Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Abort, Pro-Homosex "Marriage" Staffer

Nancy on Nationally Syndicated Radio This Morning

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2015, 08:27 AM

Join Nancy on the Bill Martinez radio show this morning at 9:06 am central (10:06 am eastern).

According to the station website, the Martinez show is "now in over 260 markets."

To listen online, go here.

For additional information on Nancy's speaking and media schedule, please see her official website.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's a Girl! Therefore, Kill It

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2015, 11:56 AM

"One of the biggest threats, the biggest killers of girls today, attacks on women today, is sex-selective abortion," Lila Rose, pro-life activist and president of Live Action, said in a panel presentation at the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Thursday, March 12," Lauretta Brown reports at CNSNews.com.

"I'm not sure how many people are aware of this, but one of the challenges that we're facing in the United States and other countries across the world is what The Economist has called the war on baby girls," Rose said in remarks captured on video available at CNSNews. 

"There's over 100 million missing girls in the world today because of sex-selective abortion killing off children in the womb -- particularly little girls because they're not seen as valuable as men, as valuable as boys," Rose said.

Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide
Dawkins: Nazi Eugenics "May Not Be Bad"?

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Radio Alert: Nancy on "Stand to Reason" With Greg Koukl

By Rick Pearcey • March 17, 2015, 04:07 PM

Here's the website. To listen online, go here.

"Stand to Reason" radio airs at 4 p.m. pacific time, 6 p.m. central time.

For more information on Nancy's speaking and media schedule, please see this page on her official website (www.nancypearcey.com).

Honeymoon Over: Scott Walker Hires Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Abort, Pro-Homosex "Marriage" Staffer

By Rick Pearcey • March 17, 2015, 08:14 AM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart.com:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting.

Mair’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states.

"Steve Deace, a nationally syndicated conservative radio host based in Iowa, said in an interview with Breitbart News that Mair 'is on the wrong side of three issues that are non-starters, non-negotiables for Iowa conservatives'," Boyle continues.

"Deace said the issues that Mair is bringing into the Walker campaign are her support for amnesty, her support of same-sex marriage, and her support of abortion," Boyle states.

“If you go to her website, she’s got her own little pro-killing apologetic she posts up there,” Deace said, according to Boyle.

"Those are bad enough," Boyle also quotes Deace as saying, "but where this delves beyond just issue disagreement into amateur hour is the fact that while Scott Walker is having a debutante ball at the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Steve King . . . she is on Twitter ripping the event and ripping Iowans, saying Iowans are 'embarrassing' that as soon as Iowa loses its first in the nation status the better we’ll all be."

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
False Sense of Border Security

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Monday, March 16, 2015

Clintons' Cover-Up Team

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2015, 10:25 AM

"Cheryl Mills, among others, has been greasing the wheels of the Clintons’ secrecy machine for decades," writes John Fund at National Review.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Media Alert: Nancy on St. Louis Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 13, 2015, 11:39 AM

Nancy will appear on KFUO radio in St. Louis today 2-3 p.m. central time. You can listen online here.

For more on Nancy's media and speaking schedule, please see her website.

Finding Truth Press Release

More Than 40,000 Support Navy Chaplain Accused of Lacking "Tolerance and Respect"

By Rick Pearcey • March 13, 2015, 10:53 AM

Todd Starnes writes:

Thousands of Americans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and famed evangelist Franklin Graham, have come to the defense of a chaplain who could be thrown out of the Navy because of his Christian faith.

Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been accused of failing to show "tolerance and respect" in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality --  specifically homosexuality.

The person accusing Mr. Modder is his assistant, a "married" homosexual "officer at the base who was upset about the minister's views on same-sex relationships and homosexuality," Starnes writes.

It is becoming more and more clear that those who despise the Creator's norms for human liberty and healthy sexuality are not victims but are victimizers.

Their rampant discrimination is an offense to common decency, and their shrieks are calculated to distract from the weakness of their arguments, not to mention the indecency of their oppressive agenda.

But Americans are noticing. They see the hatred of freedom that inhabits the heart of homosexualism.

And let us ask: Is anyone really surprised that those who reject the source of human liberty so easily embrace the techniques of tyranny to dictate to others how they must live?

Bravo to those supporting Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder. He stands in the mainstream of American thought and practice (see the Declaration of Independence), even as he stands against hateful homosexualist extremists seeking to impose their private beliefs and flawed "morals."

Homosexualists and their fellow travelers are dangerous reactionaries. A free-thinking people revolts.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Surrender Syndrome: McConnell Rapidly Tipping His Hand

By Rick Pearcey • March 12, 2015, 09:16 AM

Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review

For those of you perplexed by the flaccid leadership qualities of Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), there appears to be a method to their madness.

Apparently, they plan to capitulate so quickly on so many issues that Obama will become flummoxed and overwhelmed by processing so many capitulations at once.

Maybe that will slow down the pace of his effort to transform America.

Earlier this week, McConnell publicly surrendered on not one, but two significant issues: raising the debt ceiling and confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

Read more . . .

Brad Thor: "If Jeb Bush Is the Nominee, I Will Never Vote Republican Again"
Report: Boehner Cut Deal With Pelosi to Use Netanyahu Speech as Cover to Fund Obama's Executive Amnesty

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Settled Science"? There's Nothing More Unscientific

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2015, 08:27 AM

Walter E. Williams writes:

The most disgusting aspect of the climate change debate is the statements by many that it’s settled science.

There is nothing more anti-scientific than the idea that any science is settled. Very often we find that the half-life of many scientific ideas is about 50 years.

For academics to not criticize their colleagues and politicians for suggesting that scientific ideas are not subject to challenge is the height of academic dishonesty.

Belief vs. Science: Lacking Scientific Support, UN Seeks "Young Woman" to Sell Global Warming 
Oxford Debate: Climate Realism Beats Warming at Campus Showdown

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nancy on 2 Radio Shows Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2015, 11:30 AM

Nancy will be a guest on two radio shows today.

First, she will appear on "Connecting Faith," with Neil Stavem at 12 noon central time. Here's the website. To listen live, go to website and click "Listen Live."

Second, she will talk with John Blok on Moody radio at 1:15 p.m. central time. This is a Florida station. Here's the website. Listen live online here.

Nancy's new book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes was published last week.

For more on Nancy's upcoming media and speaking opportunities, please see the event schedule at her official website.

Update: The 2nd interview is a taped interview. We will let you know when it is scheduled to air.

Finding Truth Press Release

Monday, March 9, 2015

Radio Alert: Nancy Pearcey on Janet Parshall Show Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2015, 12:06 PM

Nancy will join Janet Parshall from 5-6 central time (6-7 eastern time). Parshall's show is part of the Moody radio network and is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Here is the radio program website.

To listen online, go here.

Nancy's new book Finding Truth was published last week.

For more on Nancy's upcoming media and speaking opportunities, please see the event schedule at her official website.

Finding Truth Press Release

Friday, March 6, 2015

Report: Boehner Cut Deal With Pelosi to Use Netanyahu Speech as Cover to Fund Obama's Executive Amnesty

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2015, 10:14 AM

Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart:

A new bombshell report from Politico found that House Speaker John Boehner had several days of secret negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi . . . leading up to his decision to flip-flop and fund President Obama’s executive amnesty -- including a pre-hashed out deal to use the hoopla around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress over Iran’s nuclear ambitions as political cover to sneak in the extraordinarily controversial vote.

"Even with the bombshell report, however, Boehner’s office continues to deny any deal took place," according to Breitbart.

Boehner Plans Amnesty Sellout to Pelosi
Lee Leads, Boehner Cowers

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Metro Vancouver Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2015, 08:36 AM

Nancy is speaking in metro Vancouver today at a conference hosted by Apologetics Canada and Northview Community Church. Here's the conference website.

Copies of her new book Finding Truth will be available to purchase. For more info on the book, please see Nancy's official website at NancyPearcey.com.

Finding Truth is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local bookstore.

For more on Nancy' upcoming media and speaking events, please see her schedule page at NancyPearcey.com.


Finding Truth Press Release

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Dictator: Will Obama Impose Tax Hikes by Imperial Decree?

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2015, 10:35 AM

"The White House press secretary has acknowledged that President Obama is indeed interested in using executive orders to raise taxes. The long national nightmare that is the Obama presidency gets worse," Investor's Business Daily states.

"America is a representative republic, not a banana republic. Ours is a system that's served better than any government in history," IBD observes.

"The steep price that generations of Americans have paid to establish and hold it is too high to let one president wreck it by continually stepping over his constitutional boundaries," IBD concludes.

Read the entire column.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nancy on Janet Mefferd Radio Show Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2015, 12:02 PM

Nancy discusses her new book Finding Truth on the Janet Mefferd radio show 1-2 p.m. central time today. Call the show at 1-800-343-9282.

Here's the show website. Listen online here.

LGBTs Lose as Scores Protest Gender-Bender Rules

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2015, 09:30 AM

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

Hundreds turned out to speak to a proposed ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that would have allowed transgenders the legal right to use whichever bathroom they most identified with, regardless of their physical genders.

And after roughly five hours of debate, the proposal failed, 6-5, the Charlotte Observer reported.

"All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women," GOP City Councilman Ed Driggs is quoted as saying. "It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them."

"Kenny Smith, another Republican on the City Council, denied the measure was even about anti-discrimination," WND reports. "[This is an agenda to] impose the progressive left's new morality on our citizens,” the Charlotte Observer quotes Smith as saying.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Challies Reviews "Finding Truth": Nancy Pearcey's New Book "Delivers" on Its Promise

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2015, 11:28 AM

In his review, Tim Challies says Nancy's new book Finding Truth "delivers" on its promise, offers "compelling intellectual argument," and is a "worthy successor to Total Truth."

Finding Truth officially released yesterday. Read the entire review by Tim Challies here.

Here is the book's press release and Nancy's official website.

Rosie O'Donnell Files for "Divorce" From "Wife"

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2015, 09:24 AM

"Rosie O’Donnell filed for a [so-called] divorce against her second [so-called] wife Michelle Rounds in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday, just two weeks after quitting The View," Fox News reports.

O'Donnell's unfortunate experiment in phony marriage has ended in failure, twice. Could it be that "Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat" is so unwearable that even she can't stand it?

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit. It's as real and reliable as a three-dollar bill. And no amount of huffing and puffing can change this fact. No vote or court decision can alter this reality.

People who engage in real marriage of course get divorced. But at least they've got the structure right -- that is, at least structurally, they are dealing with reality.

Their pain of separation is real, and yet it is not metastisized by the pretense of counterfeit "marriage" and the fanatical mainstreaming of that social ill into the lifeblood of human sociey.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Friday, February 27, 2015

American "Soldier of Christ" Is Taking on Islamic State

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2015, 09:56 AM

CBN News reports:

The man, identified only as Brett, is a 28-year-old U.S. Army Iraq war veteran. For the safety of his family, he's requested that his last name remain unknown.

Brett returned to Iraq six months ago to join a Christian militia fighting ISIS. He's involved in a battle near Mosul.

"I may not know them before, but they're my people -- the Assyrian Christians of this world -- they're indigenous to this part of the world," Brett said. "People are hell-bent on erasing them in the history."

"People ask me, 'Why you?' I come back, and I say, 'Why not? Why just me? Where's everyone else at?'" Brett told ABC News, according to CBN.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Islamic State Terrorist "Jihadi John" Unmasked as Middle-Class Brit

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2015, 11:14 AM

Yaron Steinbuch reports at the NYPost:

"Jihadi John" has been unmasked.

The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi -- who has been on the British terror watch list.

The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier due to operational reasons.

"The ruthless thug first appeared in a video in August as he apparently killed American journalist James Foley," according to the Post.

"It is believed he later was seen in videos as he beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British cabdriver Alan Henning and US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter," the Post reports.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Unmasking Atheism, Secularism -- Press Release for Nancy's New Book

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2015, 12:00 PM

Read the press release below :

Don't Think, Just Believe?
5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism,
and Other God Substitutes

“Don’t Think, Just Believe”? That’s the mindset in many circles today -- whether the church, the classroom, or the media.

Nancy Pearcey, bestselling and critically acclaimed author, provides a reality check. In Finding Truth [published by David C. Cook], she offers five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.

A former agnostic, Pearcey unmasks the presumed certainties of atheism, secularism, and other God substitutes. She demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality -- that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.

Pearcey’s bestselling Total Truth made the case for Christianity as a comprehensive worldview. Now Finding Truth shows that Christianity provides a unique strategy for testing truth claims, responding critically yet respectfully to competing worldviews.

What Do You Mean, Atheism Is a “God Substitute”?
Atheist websites like to claim, “Atheism is not a belief. Atheism is merely the lack of a belief in God or gods.” But no one can think without some starting point. Most atheists propose matter or nature as the ultimate reality, the cause and source of everything else. That is what functions as their God substitute.

Finding Truth demonstrates that every secular philosophy makes an idol out of some part of the created order, turning it into a false absolute. But false gods are too small to give dignity and value to human life. They lead inevitably to inhumanity and violence. History is replete with the broken lives and shattered communities that result from following counterfeit gods, whether Nazism, Communism, materialism, or postmodernism.

Insight into the dynamics of idolatry gives readers the skills to identify and critique the idols at the heart of the isms competing for allegiance in today’s pluralistic, multicultural world.

How Can I Be Sure? A Real-World Training Manual
Drawing on her own experience as an agnostic, Nancy Pearcey is a sure guide to answering the questions that trouble many young people today. Studies confirm that the age when people are most likely to reject Christianity is in the late high school and early college years. And the reason they give most frequently is that they could not get answers to their doubts and questions.

Finding Truth demonstrates that a Christian worldview gives answers that are both true and testable. The bedrock truths that everyone wants and needs -- from atheists like Richard Dawkins to hip hop artists like Lecrae -- are uniquely found in historic Christianity.

With her trademark clarity, Pearcey bring themes to life with personal stories and real-world examples. Finding Truth has a built-in study guide, making it an ideal training manual for schools, colleges, seminaries, homeschools, and church groups.

Note: To arrange an interview with Nancy Pearcey, please email pearcey@thepearceyreport.com or contact publisher David C. Cook at 719-536-0100 or 1-800-708-5550.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Breitbart: Gabby Giffords' Home State Abandoning Gun Control

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2015, 09:15 AM

"A new poll shows that Gabby Giffords’ home state of Arizona is abandoning gun control, partly because fears of imported jihadism are growing," A.W.R. Hawkins reports at Breitbart.com.

"According to the Arizona Daily Star, the poll was conducted by the Behavior Research Center (BRC), which found that a large portion of the 48 percent of Arizonans who supported more gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook have now changed their position, with only 33 percent favoring more gun control," Breitbart reports.

"Forty-eight percent of Arizonans 'think the current level of gun control is just fine.' That figure represents a 10-percent increase from the poll taken after Sandy Hook," according to Breitbart.

"BRC found that support for gun control 'dropped among all political and age groups'," Breitbart reports.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New ISIS Video Shows Young Children Training as Soldiers

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2015, 11:01 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

A new video released by the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday claims to show young children being trained as the next generation of fighters.

The Daily Mail reported than some of the boys in the video appear to be as young as 5 years old.

According to NBC News, the video was shot at Al Farouk training camp for "cubs," in Raqqa, Syria, where ISIS claims its capital.

"NBC reported that recruits under 15 are being trained to use AK-47s and are given dolls to teach them how to behead people," according to Newsmax.

"'They make them watch a beheading, and sometimes they force them to carry the heads in order to cast the fear away from their hearts,' an Iraqi security official told NBC," Newsmax reports.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Group: Jeb Bush "Unelectable" After Giving Medal to Hillary Clinton

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2015, 08:58 AM

Ken McIntyre writes at the Daily Signal:

A conservative group’s new online ad portrays Jeb Bush as "unelectable" to the presidency because the Republican presented a public service award to the Democratic favorite, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton received the award, the video emphasizes, on Sept. 10, 2013 -- one day short of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead and stained her legacy as secretary of state.

"The group ForAmerica released the one-minute video this morning. ForAmerica is one of several Virginia-based educational nonprofits run by L. Brent Bozell III, perhaps best known for heading the Media Research Center," according to the Daily Signal.

"It’s bad enough that Hillary Clinton will likely use footage from this event against any Republican nominee," Bozell reportedly said to the Daily Signal. "But if Jeb Bush is her opponent, she will make him look ridiculous."

"The Daily Signal has sought comment from a Bush spokeswoman, but she has not responded," McIntyre reports.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fire Chief Sacked for Christian Commitment Fights Back

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2015, 12:16 PM

Leo Homann reports at WND:

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city alleging he was wrongfully terminated simply because he holds unpopular religious views.

Cochran wrote a devotional book geared toward Christian men in which he mentioned homosexuality in an unfavorable light. Mayor Muhammad Kasim Reed fired Cochran in January, he says, because of Cochran’s “bad judgment,” alleging that Cochran did not come to him for permission to write the book.

Ironically, the mayor also said that Cochran’s book could have caused a lawsuit against the city, a clear reference to Atlanta’s politically powerful LGBT community, some of whom serve within Reed’s own administration.

"'Let’s stop trying to make this about religious freedom, when it’s about making sure we have an environment in government where everyone can come to work,' Reed told WSB-TV in Atlanta," according to WND.

"Cochran and his lawyers say that’s a false argument the city has concocted merely as cover for its own act of intolerance," WND reports.

"I was fired simply because of what I believe. I could not allow this unjust act toward me to go unchallenged, and I will not be passive and leave this fight for someone else," WND quotes Cochran as saying during a news conference Wednesday at the state capitol.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Freedom! Breakaway Diocese Wins Big in Battle Against Homosexualist Episcolpal Church
Fascist Love: Meet the New Nazis -- and Their Victims
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CNN Says "Religion" Had Bad Week After Slew of Islamic Killings

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2015, 10:18 AM

"CNN’s religion editor dubbed last week 'religion's week from hell'," John Sexton writes at Breitbart. "Religion in this case is just a weasel word being used in place of another word which would be accurate: Islam."

Muslims to Hold "Stand With the Prophet" Conference in Metro Dallas

Rev. Franklin Graham: "Is Islam Really a Religion of Peace?"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Duck Dynasty" Phil Robertson to Receive Breitbart 1st Amendment Award at CPAC

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2015, 11:14 AM

Breitbart.com reports:

Conservative activist and reality TV star Phil Robertson will be the second recipient of the annual Citizens United "Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award" at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart News Network CEO Larry Solov and Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon along with Citizens United President David N. Bossie announced today.

"I want to thank Citizens United and Breitbart for this award. When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead," Breitbart quotes Robertson as saying.

"As both Andrew’s business partner and lifelong friend, I can definitively say that he would have been thrilled to give this award, that bares his name, to Phil Robertson for his unflinching conviction in the face of an adversarial media," Solov said, according to Breitbart.

"In fact, I’m fairly certain Andrew would have grown a beard for the award presentation," Solov is quoted as saying.

Quack! Earth Needs Men Who Stare at Ducks and Women
Missy Robertson: "Taking a Stand for Christianity in a Public Way"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Episcopagans: Bad Bishop Heather Cook and the Dying Episcopal Church

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2015, 09:00 AM

Gilbert T. Sewall writes at American Spectator:

On December 27, 2014, at 2:30 in the afternoon in suburban Baltimore, the inebriated Episcopal Bishop Heather E. Cook's Suburu struck and killed a much loved 41-year-old married father of two, cyclist Thomas Palermo, shattering her front windshield. She drove away, a hit and run, returning about 30 minutes later.

Arrested and charged with driving under the influence, causing an accident due to texting while driving, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, she was later released on $2.5 million bail. Now a grand jury has issued an indictment including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Cook, 58, registered a shocking .22 breathalyzer reading shortly after the fatal collision, close to the .27 reading she registered in a 2010 arrest that Episcopalian leaders failed to reveal to the delegates who elected her last September to the high-ranking position.

Bishop Heather -- in today’s Episcopal Church many bishops prefer the first-name address -- and her enablers create a fascinating tableau of the sketchy contempo Episcopagans."

This is a paganism where so-called "Love is not working," Sewall observes.

"Since the 2003 ordination of celebrity narcissist Bishop V. Gene Robinson (of New Hampshire), the Church has been drying up, going from 2.3 to 1.9 million active members in the last decade, with 40 percent fewer baptisms than in 2003," Sewall writes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CNN's Cuomo: "Our Rights Do Not Come From God"

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2015, 12:32 PM

"Our laws do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man," said Chris Cuomo, co-host of CNN's New Day, to Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, according to Jeffrey Poor at Breitbart.

In addition, Cuomo stated, "Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith. That’s my faith, but not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise."

Moore replied, "It’s not a matter of faith, sir. It’s a matter of organic law, which states, 'We hold these truths to be held equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'

"And the only role of government is stated in the next sentence is to secure those rights for us. The government starts taking those rights away from us, then it’s not securing and it is defiling the whole purpose of government."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

U.S. House Gets Second Bill Aiming to Enshrine Right to Life From Conception

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2015, 09:14 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

The House of Representatives now has two bills before it aiming to protect all unborn children from the moment of conception.

On January 21, Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA, introduced the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," or H.R. 426, which would define human life as beginning at conception.

That bill, introduced by former Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA in past Congresses, has now been joined by H.R. 816, the "Life at Conception Act," which was first introduced in 2007.

"I have always believed the greatest duty of society is to protect the most defenseless among us," said Alex Mooney, R-WV, who introduced the bill.

"There are thousands of unborn babies who need us to fight tirelessly on the issue of human life. A human life is a precious thing and anything I can do to fight for the most vulnerable among us, I will," LifeSiteNews quotes Mooney as saying.

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Decapitated Media: Brian Williams and NBC -- No Valor, No Pride, and No Shame

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2015, 12:18 PM

G. Murphy Dovovan writes at American Thinker:

Brian Williams has been the face of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and now he seems to be the face of shamelessness, too. Williams has regaled his gullible Media colleagues for a decade or more about a brush with death in Iraq that never happened. . . .

Note How Williams Was Exposed: "NBC and Williams were exposed by ordinary soldiers in a GI newspaper. . . . Williams was not outed by the White House. A President that consistently apologizes for terror culture is unlikely to criticize an ally like NBC. Williams was not outed by other media regulars like network crew members and colleagues at PBS, ABC, or CBS. Williams was not exposed by the brass at the Department of Defense either, the institution with the true record of aircraft movements and combat incidents.

"Williams was outed by the very grunts he pretends to support. In short, the most popular network anchor in America was exposed by his antithesis -- real soldiers telling the truth. . . ."

Note Who Defends Williams: "No surprise then that the first media standard bearer to come to the defense of Brian Williams was 'Gunga' Dan Rather. What’s to defend? A lie. . . .

"Rather and Williams at the top of their networks are a symptom of more fundamental media problems: the conflation of news and entertainment, sub rosa anti-military sentiment, and political pandering. Clearly, Williams and so many of his colleagues are more Kardashian than journalist, professional celebrities. . . ."

Journalism Decapitated: Journalism is literally losing its head. On a global scale, Islamists decapitate the very media cowards who apologize for Muslim behavior. At the same time, too many reporters at home are willing to commit professional perjury, frequently in the name of Islam. Withal, the message is clear. Neither side can trust journalists these days. . . ."

What to Do About Stolen Valor: If Ash Carter and Martin Dempsey at DOD want to do something serious about stolen valor, they might start by revoking the military press credentials of NBC and Brian Williams. Media jock sniffers don’t deserve a free ride on any military conveyance or protection in war zones at taxpayer expense. If sanctions can be imposed on Russia, Iran, and Cuba; surely, sanctions against a dishonest journalist and a network that defends frauds is not too much to ask. American warriors and veterans deserve to be covered by men like Ernie Pyle, not by liars and milksops like Dan Rather at CBS and Brian Williams at NBC."

Final Word from Christopher Hitchens: "I became a journalist because I didn’t want to rely on newspapers for information."

Sharyl Attkisson: Journalism, Media Manipulation, and "Outright Propaganda"
Albert Camus on Politicians and the Purpose of Journalism

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bobby Jindal on Common Core: Trust Moms, Not Bureaucrats

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2015, 10:47 AM

"Louisiana governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt," Samuel Smith reports at Christian Post.

"Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose control over how they educate their own children," according to Christian Post.

"Local parents, local teachers, local leaders need to make these decisions," Jindal is quoted as saying. "The idea that through Common Core, that we would allow for the first time the federal government to be making curriculum decisions, in violation of the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and violation of long-established federal law."

"In June, Jindal tried to pull Louisiana out of Common Core, but the state education board, education superintendent and state legislature opposed such a move," Christian Post reports.

"In our entire history as a country, we've never allowed the federal government to make these decisions for us. Now is not the time to start," the Post quotes Jindal as saying. "Trust these moms. I have more confidence in the moms in this room than I do in any collection of bureaucrats."

Friday, February 6, 2015

Freedom! Breakaway Diocese Wins Big in Battle Against Homosexualist Episcopal Church

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2015, 10:25 AM

Billy Hallowell reports at the Blaze:

Property battles that result from churches and dioceses splitting with denominations can become contentious, especially when there are millions of dollars on the line -- and as the battle over homosexuality continues to cause theological rifts, additional separations are likely.

In the latest property war, a court ruled Tuesday that the Episcopal Church no longer has rights to the breakaway Diocese of South Carolina’s property, nor can the Episcopal Church use or control the diocese’s associated names or symbols.

"We are grateful that Judge Goodstein’s decision protects South Carolina churches from being added to the long list of properties that [the Episcopal Church] seized then either abandoned or sold-off," Jim Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary, is quoted as saying. 

"The decision protects our freedom to embrace the faith Anglicans have practiced for hundreds of years -- and not the new theology being imposed on [the Episcopal Church's] dwindling membership," Lewis is also quoted as saying.

"According to Charisma News, theological differences were cited as the reason for the split, including disagreement over the traditional definition of marriage, as the Episcopal Church now supports same-sex relationships," Blaze reports.

"Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence said that the split was a long time coming," according to the Blaze.

"We’ve been on a collision course with the Episcopal Church for 20 years for issues such as trustworthiness of the holy Scriptures, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, issues of anthropology -- including what is a human being -- questions of marriage and who receives the sacraments. All of those things are of theological concern to us," the Blaze quotes Bishop Lawrence as saying.

"This in mind, the Diocese of South Carolina sued the Episcopal Church in January 2013 to obtain the rights to its property. And with the conclusion of the court battle this week, 36 churches that are a part of the Diocese of South Carolina were officially granted an exit from the church, granting the diocese the rights to $500 million in property," the Blaze reports.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Christian Bakers Found Guilty: The State Is God, and Homosexuals Are Its Prophet

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2015, 11:19 AM

Leonardo Blair reports at Christian Post:

Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday.

Melissa and Aaron Klein "now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines," according to Christian Post.

"We're facing in excess of $150,000 in damages for this, just for simply standing by my First Amendment rights," Christian Post quotes Aaron as saying. "My attorney likens this -- he calls it economic terrorism."

Comment: The Kleins are not guilty of discrimination. What they are guilty of is thinking for themselves and making choices consistent with the U.S. Constitution (freedom of religion) and the Declaration of Independence (the unalienable right to liberty).

The real discriminators here and the real haters here are the homosexualists manipulating American law to impose a deeply intolerant and profoundly un-American belief system.

The Kleins, as free human beings capable of self-determination, are under no legitimate obligation to recognize and submit to counterfeit marriage imposed by homosexuals, any more than they are obligated to recognize and submit to counterfeit money plied by organized crime.

Yes, the mob might harm the Kleins if they refuse to accept phony money. And yes, the state is harming them for refusing to accept phony "marriage."

In fact, the state government of Oregon has lost its way, and the people of Oregon would do well to rise up and throw off, peaceably, this fascist use of government power. Economic terror is unacceptable.

By the way, I do mean fascist, for fascism occurs when an authoritarian state plays at being deity and seeks to impose pretended absolutes and relativistic values upon the body politic.

Do not be bamboozled by media talk of "liberation" and "equality" or by carefully crafted sob stories offered up as justifications.

Underneath that camouflage are weapons of war and hate directed at unalienable rights and human dignity sourced in having been "created equal" and "endowed" by the Creator with "certain unalienable rights."

It is a hatred in which the state is god and homosexuals are its prophet.

But it is a hatred that cannot stand. You cannot reject the rules of freedom today and expect to remain free tomorrow. He who sleeps with fascism awakes in chains.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Black History Month Is Dumb"

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2015, 12:37 PM

"Black History Month is dumb. And it provides no value for black Americans or anyone else," states Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.

"Focusing on color is a losing proposition," he writes. "The obsession with race leads to anger, blame and bitterness, which ultimately destroys people. The time and energy wasted on hatred leaves little time and energy for productive living; whereas building a life based on character and love will help one succeed in life."

Instead of obessing on skin color, Peterson recommends that blacks take up his "'Get Over Your Blackness' challenge."

"I urge you to question everything you see and do during Black History Month and ask yourself, 'Is this helping to develop my character or is it sucking me in to focus on my race and making me a resentful person?'"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Allen West: Is Obama an "Islamist Sympathizer"? Congress Should Censure

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2015, 09:17 AM

Jeffrey Poor reports at Breitbart.com:

In an appearance on Steve Malzberg’s NewsMax TV show, former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) proposed that Congress act by censuring President Barack Obama for his perceived shortcomings in dealing with radical Islam.

"This is what happens because weakness is enticing for your enemy, and let us go back and remember even in 2009, when President Obama went to speak in Egypt at that university there in Cairo, he requested for the Muslim Brotherhood members to be front and center for his speech," West is quoted as saying. "There comes a time when we really have to honestly say, you know, whose side is President Obama on?”

West is also quoted as asking whether Obama is "an Islamist sympathizer" and as stating that "if there’s one thing that the House and Senate could do -- they need to bring up a resolution to censure the president for some of these actions."

Read the entire report on Allen West's remarks at Breitbart.com.

Go here to watch Youtube video of the former congressman's statements.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Powerful Pro-Life TV Ads . . . From Pampers

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2015, 10:47 AM

"While Madison Avenue is paying close attention to the effectiveness of ads debuting on the Super Bowl, it’s also marveling at the appeal of a series of new commercials from the name that has become synonymous with disposable diapers  -- Pampers," according to WND.

"One ad on YouTube that debuted in the last month -- 'A Newborn Journey of Firsts' -- has already racked up nearly 1 million views," WND reports. "And the commercials are enjoyed internationally -- like one called 'Mom’s First Birthday,' targeted at the Japanese market."

WND states that the "ads show the first sonogram, the baby’s first word, the first detection of a heartbeat and the first tears of joy."

"From the first scan to the first cuddle, every first is significant no matter how small they seem. For both baby and mom, it’s a journey full of firsts," WND quotes from one of the ads. "And there’s nothing more rewarding than experiencing each and every one together."

"One previous ad from Pampers called babies 'miracles' who 'deserve protection' and referred to a baby on an ultrasound screen as a 'he' instead of an 'it'," WND reports.

As of the publication of this post, a "Newborn Journey of Firsts" has garnered 1,303,541 views and can be seen here on YouTube.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Atlanta Fire Chief Fired Over Views of Homosexuality Files Discrimination Complaint

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2015, 11:38 AM

Kate Scanlon reports at the Daily Signal:

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal complaint that he is a victim of religious discrimination after losing his job after his writing about his views on homosexuality attracted attention.

Cochran, who is also a deacon at Elizabeth Baptist Church, was terminated after controversial passages about homosexuality were discovered in his book, Who Told You You Are Naked?, self-published in 2013.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Cochran was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after his objection to Cochran’s description of homosexuality as "vile, vulgar and inappropriate at work."

The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Cochran by his attorney, Jonathan Crumly, who alleges that Cochran’s termination is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of losing their jobs because of their beliefs and thoughts. We are continuing to evaluate all available legal options to vindicate Chief Cochran after his unjust termination," Crumly is quoted as telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"Crumly is affiliated with Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that defends freedom of religion," Scanlon reports.

Comment: Both the U.S. Constitution (1st Amendment) and Declaration of Independence (liberty, the pursuit of happiness) recognize Kelvin Cochran's unalienable human right to speak freely and publicly regarding the vile, vulgar, and inappropriate phenomenon of homosexuality.

What the mayor and his politically correct true believers in secularism are demonstrating is their hatred of real diversity, their hatred of real liberty, and their hatred of the transhistorical norms of freedom as expressed in the founding documents of the American experiment. 

Moreover, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta (photo) is actually the one who is discriminating. He discriminates not only against Mr. Cochran, but also against the knowable Creator and against the Creator's verifiable norms for human freedom and dignity.

In the real world, as opposed to that of secular superstition, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. No mayor, governor, Congress, or president can reject the norms of freedom and yet maintain a free society.

In the real world, when you pull a flower up by its roots, "liberating" it from its soil, its source of life, that flower is effectively dead unless returned to its source of life. The bloom may last a while, and the ignorant may believe the bloom of life continues as before.

But the executioners know better. As do any who know the relationship between life and the source of life. 

Surely, the city of Atlanta can find a mayor who knows the difference between life and death, freedom and nonfreedom, the wrongful discrimination against the Creator and his blessings, and the rightful and compassionate critique of ethical breakdown.

Come on, Atlanta. Come on, Georgia. Up your game. Get in the fight for human freedom and dignity.

Down with authoritarianism masquerading as liberation. Up with liberty in community with God and neighbor. 

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran is behaving as a man freed by truth to express that truth, and live that truth, across the whole of life, including public life.

This is his birthright under God. He takes it with him wherever he goes. Into the firehouse, it is his birthright. Into the house of government, it is his birthright. And in every public space, it is his birthright.

For he is a man. He is not a slave. He is a human being, he is not a slave. Wake up, Mr. Mayor. Wake up, Atlanta. Wake up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ted Cruz Pushes Plan to Criminalize Political Targeting by IRS

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2015, 11:22 AM

"Sen. Ted Cruz wants to protect taxpayers from political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service," according to Ben Smith at the Daily Signal.

"The Texas Republican introduced legislation" last Tuesday, Smith reports, "making it crime to engage in such behavior as questions still linger about the full extent of the IRS scandal."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISIS: We Will Cut Off Obama's Head, Turn U.S. Into Caliphate

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2015, 11:11 AM

Drew MacKenzie reports at Newsmax:

In a sickening new video from the Islamic State (ISIS), the terror group has vowed to cut off President Barack Obama's head and turn the United States into a Muslim caliphate.

A black-clad extremist, with his face covered, is shown railing against America before beheading a captured Kurdish soldier kneeling in front of him.

Moments before carrying out the execution, the ISIS fighter warned, "Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America. Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province."

"The video was revealed on The Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project (Memri TV), which translated it from Arabic and posted the footage on its website," MacKenzie reports.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's the Greater Threat: ISIS Beheadings or Climate Change?

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2015, 08:30 AM

Anugrah Kumar reports at Christian Post:

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took on President Obama's plans to fight climate change, saying that beheadings by the terror group ISIS is a "greater threat to an American than a sunburn."

"When he [President Obama] said the greatest threat this nation faces . . . I waited . . . and then he said . . . 'It's climate change,'" Huckabee, the potential 2016 presidential candidate, said at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines Saturday.

"Not to diminish anything about the climate at all," Huckabee is quoted as saying, "but Mr. President, I believe that most of us would think that a beheading is a far greater threat to an American than a sunburn. I wish he understood that we have a real enemy . . . Islamic jihadism."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pelosi Asked Twice If Unborn Baby at 20 Weeks Is "Human": Refuses to Respond

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2015, 08:22 AM

John Jalsevac writes at LifeSiteNews.com:

Is an unborn baby at 20 weeks human? It’s a straightforward question, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi couldn’t bring herself to respond to it when asked twice during a press briefing [January 23].

Both times Pelosi dodged the question, saying that politicians shouldn’t be involved in "reproductive health" choices. (Watch video of her answer here.) 

The second time the question was answered, Pelosi argued in her response that as "a Catholic and a mom of five" she has "great standing" on the issue. More, she said, than most of her colleagues, and even the pope.

"The question, and follow-up, were asked by a reporter with CNSNews in reference to the ongoing debate about a bill in Congress that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest, and a threat to the life of the mother. The bill bases the ban upon the science showing that babies at that age can feel the pain of being aborted," according to Jalsevac.

"One recent poll found that 84% of Americans support the bill," Jalsevac writes.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When Abortion Icon Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2015, 04:10 PM

Paul Kengor writes at American Spectator:

Sanger did not unwittingly speak to a group with a link (direct or indirect) to the KKK through a member. No, Margaret knowingly went directly to the Real McCoy -- straight to the dragon’s mouth. In May 1926, a hopeful spring day, this progressive icon, this liberal hero, this founding mother of one of liberalism’s most sacred organizations, Planned Parenthood, an organization that liberals demand we fund with tax dollars, went directly to a KKK meeting and spoke at length to the faithful.

There’s no excuse for not knowing that Sanger did this, other than the routine self-censorship and self-imposed ignorance that liberals excel at imposing on themselves. Sanger openly wrote about in her 1938 autobiography published by W.W. Norton, one of the leading New York publishing houses.

"Sanger relayed little of what she shared with the klanswomen at their rally, though apparently she was extremely successful and satisfied with herself: 'I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when we were finally through it was too late to return to New York'," Kengor writes.

"The Planned Parenthood founder’s KKK talk was apparently a smash hit. Not only did it go very late, after a very long wait, but no less than 'a dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered'," Kengor observes.

Go here to read the entire article "Reflections on Roe: When Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Science Is Why Pro-Life Winning the Abortion Debate

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2015, 10:58 AM

Pete Balinski reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Science is winning the abortion debate and making clear that the Democrats' position on the issue is "extreme, hypocritical, and inconsistent," said business leader Carly Fiorina, rumoured to be considering a 2016 presidential campaign, during the keynote address [at] a Heritage Foundation life-and-family forum in Washington, DC.

"Science is helping those of us who believe in the sanctity of life to make our case every day. Science is why more and more young people are becoming pro-life," she said at the event, which was co-hosted by the National Review Institute. 

"The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company pointed out how the DNA of a zygote continues to be the same DNA of the person throughout the entire spectrum of his or her life. She also noted how in utero surgery continues to shed light on the humanity of the pre-born," according to LifeSiteNews.

"Fiorina told LifeSiteNews after the event that if she were to ever lead a presidential campaign, she would not shun the issue of abortion," Balinski reports.

"'This is an issue that we should not be afraid of,' she said," according to LifeSiteNews, "adding that abortion at 'any time for any reason' is an 'incredibly extreme position' that is rejected by many Americans."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Police Radars Can See Inside Homes

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2015, 08:41 AM

Brad Heath reports at USAToday:

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person's house without first obtaining a search warrant.

"Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostage," Heath writes. "But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concern about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars -- and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.

"The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what's inside is problematic," USAToday quotes Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU as saying. "Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have."

The Supreme Court in 2013, "limited police's ability to have a drug dog sniff the outside of homes. The core of the Fourth Amendment, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, is 'the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion'," USAToday reports.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Worship Leader: My Journey Away From Contemporary Worship Music

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2015, 11:52 AM

Writing at AnchorLine, Dan Cogan explains why, having been "what many would call a 'worship leader'  for close to two decades," he now "would make the case for the abandonment of most contemporary songs."

Cogan begins by detailing his early heartfelt commitment to contemporary worship music. "When I first became involved in 'worship ministry' in an Assemblies of God youth group we sang such songs as The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower, As the Deer, Lord I Lift Your Name on High, and others of the era of the 1980s and 90s. Ours was considered a stylistically progressive church since we used almost exclusively contemporary songs," Cogan writes.

During this period, whenever Cogan would "visit a 'traditional' church, not only would I be unfamiliar with the hymns, I would also likely cringe when they sang them and in my heart ridicule them (the people rather than the songs) as being old-fashioned."

Cogan explains how, "over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters. Which only served to confirm my bias that hymns were simply out-of-date. They had served their purpose. They had run their course."

But as he matured, Cogan noticed something was missing. Around seven years ago, the "problem with my youthful logic" began to surface. "I had come to recognize that these ancient hymns accomplished something that the new songs weren’t."

Yes, the newer worship songs "seemed to take the listener on an exciting and emotional rollercoaster," but the "old hymns engaged the mind with deep and glorious truths that when sincerely pondered caused a regenerated heart to humbly bow before its King."

When Cogan accepted his "first post as a paid member of a church staff in 2007, he "began the practice of singing one hymn each week. There were times where my peers would teasingly ask what an 'Ebenezer' was."

He would offer a "basic definition of these seemingly obsolete words we were singing, and the "response was usually something akin to, 'Oh? Cool. I never knew that!," Cogan writes. "They were being challenged to learn, not merely a new word, but how to ponder the things of God deeply when we sing His praises."

Cogan says the criteria for selecting worship music has become "more and more thorough," and "hymns have begun to take precedent in my song selection for two reasons."

The first reason is that "hymns have been sung by the giants of the faith who have gone on before us over the last two millennia." Cogan writes:

When we sing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, we join with Martin Luther who wrote it, and with Calvin and Spurgeon and Edwards who invariably sang and cherished it. When we sing It Is Well With My Soul we are encouraged by the faith of Horatio Spafford who wrote the hymn in the wake of the tragic death of his four daughters. . . . The fact that we can join with generations past and be reminded that the Church is vastly larger than our local congregation, farther reaching than our town or state or country, and much, much older than the oldest saint living today. . . . This should birth in us a desire to sing the songs that our Family has sung together for two-thousand years.

The second reason is that "content of hymns is almost always vastly more theologically rich." Cogan explains:

The theology in the hymns is typically more sound or healthy than much of contemporary worship music. As I said earlier, contemporary songs engage our emotions more often, where the hymns engage our hearts by way of the mind.

To illustrate his point, Cogan contrasts One Thing Remains ("one of the top ten contemporary songs being sung in American evangelical churches right now") with Rock of Ages (the classic hymn by Augustus Toplady).

"There is nothing in the song particularly bad" in One Thing Remains," says Cogan, but it seems to him that the "purpose of the song is to work the listeners into an emotional state." He quotes the chorus: 

Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love / Your love / Your love.

"With the repetition of a simple lyric like that, it isn’t a stretch to say that the composers’ goal was not to engage the listeners mind," Cogan observes.

Turning to Rock of Ages, Cogan notes that the hymn is both "doctrinally sound" and "a very moving song of our dependance upon Christ our Rock." He quotes from the hymn:

Rock of Ages cleft for me / Let me hide myself in Thee / Let the water and the blood / From Thy wounded side which flowed / Be of sin the double cure / Save from wrath and make me pure.

Cogan concludes: "So I make this plea to my fellow ministers, do not neglect these milestones from ages past. In fact, I would make the case for the abandonment of most contemporary songs."

He recommends that, "if you choose a song for congregational worship based on its content (say you have chosen a contemporary song because of it's focus on the Cross), do the hard work of finding a hymn that more than likely addresses the same topic or doctrine in a much deeper way.

"If on the other hand you have chosen a song because of the way it feels or the emotion it evokes, ask yourself whether you are depending upon the Holy Spirit or your own skills to engage our brothers and sisters in singing to our King."

Cogan's article has garnered 254 responses.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boy Who Claimed He Visited Heaven Recants His Story

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2015, 09:50 AM

Vincent Funaro reports at Christian Post:

LifeWay Christian Stores has come under fire for selling a book based on a boy who claimed he visited heaven and who is now saying that the story is false.

The book, titled The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, has been available since last year and tells the story of 6-year-old Alex Malarkey who suffered a horrific car accident in 2004. The crash paralyzed Alex and it was unlikely he'd survive after slipping into a coma. He awoke two months later and claimed that angels took him through the gates of heaven to meet Jesus.

Malarkey addressed the validity of the story in a letter titled "An Open Letter to LifeWay and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven."

"I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible," he explained. "People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough."

"Malarkey's mother, Beth, addressed the matter last April in a blog, arguing that the book was not biblically sound and that it has hurt her son 'tremendously.' She also stressed that he has not made any money from book sales," according to the Christian Post.

"Alex first tried to tell a 'pastor' how wrong the book was and how it needed stopped," his mother writes in the blog. But "Alex was told that the book was blessing people." Later in the blog, she states, "Alex did not write the book and it is not blessing him!"

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is published by Tyndale House. Looking at the Tyndale website today, it says the book is the "true story of an ordinary boy's extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alex's eyes, you'll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father's love."

The cover of the book presents Alex as the co-author of the book, even though, as noted above, his mother states flatly, "Alex did not write the book."

Conclusion: The boy who came back from heaven actually never got there in the first place, according the boy himself, who is credited by a Christian publisher with co-authoring a book that the boy's mother says the boy did not author.

And apparently there is a "pastor" out there whose notion of Christian leadership is to advise that falsehoods are OK as long as people are being blessed. Perhaps his Bible states, "Blessed are the liars, for they shall inherit the earth."

Surely, we can do better than this, can't we? Of course we can. A little pruning may be needed, however.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia Building 600-Mile Wall to Keep Out Islamic State

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2015, 10:44 AM

Richard Spencer reports at the Telegraph:

The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall" -- a combined fence and ditch -- to separates the country from Iraq to the north.

Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the "Two Holy Mosques" of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.

"Work began in September last year after Isil’s charge through much of the west and north of the country gave it a substantial land border with the Kingdom to the south," Spencer reports.

"The border zone now includes five layers of fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar cameras," according to the Telegraph.

The Saudi's have "also created a physical barrier along parts of the even longer, 1,000-mile border with Yemen to the south," Spencer reports.

Perhaps the U.S. could create a similar protective wall to guard against drugs, gangs, terrorists, and illegal aliens criminally intruding into our country via Mexico.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mona Charen: Islamists Have Made Freedom Their Target

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2015, 10:13 AM

Mona Charen writes: 

By savagely attacking and murdering writers and cartoonists as well as Jewish shoppers, French Islamists have clarified something that many in the West have deceived themselves about — that the war we are engaged in is a war of ideas.

Islamists have once again reminded us that freedom itself is their target.

Read her entire column here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Muslims to Hold "Stand With the Prophet" Conference in Metro Dallas

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2015, 10:54 AM

Adam Kredo reports at Free Beacon.com:

Muslim leaders from across America will gather in Texas this weekend to hold the annual Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect conference, a weekend forum that is being billed as a "movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message," according to event information.

The Saturday event, which seeks to combat "Islamophobes in America" who have turned the Islamic Prophet Muhammad "into an object of hate," according to organizers, comes just a week after radicalized Islamists in France killed 17 people.

The victims died in events that began with the shooting attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo for its satirical cartoons that skewered the prophet.

"'Organizers of the event place the blame for Islam’s bad reputation on the media and so-called American Islamophobes who have "invested at least $160 million dollars to attack our Prophet and Islam,' according to the conference web page," Free Beacon reports.

Among the keynote speakers will be "Georgetown University professor John Esposito, founding director of the school’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which has come under fire for, among other things, hosting 9/11 Truthers and a member of Egypt’s Nazi Party," according to the Free Beacon.

"Also scheduled to attend the forum is controversial New York-based Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was an 'unindicted co-conspirator' in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings trial. Wahhaj has called the FBI and CIA the “real terrorists” and expressed a desire for all Americans to become Muslim, according to the New York Post," Free Beacon reports.

 "I think I'll pass," states Rick Moran, blog editor at American Thinker.

"When 'defaming the prophet' can mean just about anything," Muslims are "going to be very busy getting outraged over 'Islamaphobes' who make jokes about Mohammed, or put his image on a toilet seat, or perhaps simply speak about him without the reverence and worship of some Muslims," Moran states. "For any of those transgressions, you can lose your head."

Conference speakers "may condemn ISIS but what will be said about the Paris terrorist attacks?," Moran asks. "Given the tone of the conference, it wouldn't surprise me if the terrorists weren't excused of their murders and perhaps justify their actions with weasel words about Islam being a 'religion of peace.'

"It's become SOP for these 'good Muslims' to dance around the terrorist question and not face the fact that many in their midst turn their outrage at insults to the prophet into murderous intent," Moran concludes.

The conference "is being backed by several Muslim groups, including SoundVision, an Illinois-based website that provides advice and products to Muslims; RadioIslam, an AM radio station based in Chicago; and MuslimFest," Free Beacon reports.

The event will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, which is located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area.

Curiously, the event is not called "Stand with the Prophet" on the Curtis Culwell Center website. You will only find the words "Sound Vision Foundation, Inc." If you didn't know better, you might think it's a conference for eye doctors.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Anti-Freedom Extremists Force City to Remove Sculpture of Soldier Kneeling Before Cross

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2015, 10:08 AM

Fox News reports:

Until a few days ago, a war memorial in a public park in North Carolina included a metal sculpture depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross. But city officials voted to remove the sculpture to settle a lawsuit claiming the artwork promoted Christianity.

King, a small city of about 6,000 people 15 miles north of Winston-Salem, dedicated the memorial about a decade ago. But the statue was removed Tuesday night, immediately after The King city council voted 3-2 to end the lawsuit. Now, an empty hole can be seen where the statue once stood. . . .

As part of the agreement, the King city council also said it would stop flying the Christian flag over the memorial and would pay $500,000 to Americans United for Separation of Church and State for the legal costs the group incurred bringing the lawsuit on behalf of local Afghanistan War veteran Steven Hewett.

Comment: First, nothing in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the the city of King, N.C., from supporting artwork that exclusively promotes Christianity. The 1st Amendment explicitly tells Congress (and thus the federal government) that it "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." Nor shall Congress prohibit the "free exercise thereof."

The people of King, N.C., are entirely within their constitutional rights to publicly and governmentally affirm their respect for and commitment to historic Christianity.

Second, the entire edifice of the American system of governance rests explicitly upon a real Creator who is the ultimate source of human rights ("unalienable rights"). That foundation is the way of life respected by the Declaration of Independence, which specifically and purposefully states that "all men are created equal" and "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" and that "among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

The purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to fulfill this vision, to incarnate it in our politics, governance, and in our civil society. "To secure these rights," the Declaration states, "Governments are instituted among Men."

Those who reject this liberating stance are therefore embracing not liberty but instead non-liberty. And they do so against the defining mainstream of the American experiment, a mainstream rooted in the verifiable Creator who calls his people to live on the basis of truth across the whole of life, including public life and including political life.

Anti-Declaration extremists know full well what the people of King city "are about" and "what this community stands for." Anti-Declaration extremists know it and they despise it, which is why they roam throughout the land seeking to destroy it.

And they no doubt enjoy a pay day of $500,000, as well. What an outrage -- a free people being forced to fund the liquidation of their liberty.

These rejectors, these executioners of freedom in America, are the true extremists in our midst. 

Therefore, if you are looking for those who war against human freedom, human dignity, and the American mainstream, be sure to take a good look at radical activists and at radical organizations such as People United for the Separation of Church and State.

What they never could have created in the first place, they now seek to destroy.

But freedom shall not rest. What extremists destroy, lovers of freedom and dignity in community with God and man rise up to rebuild, protect, and defend.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shoot or Don't Shoot? Civil Rights Activist Has Change of Heart After Training With Police -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 9, 2015, 10:34 AM

Fox 10 in Phoenix reports:

We've seen protests all across the country after police officers have been accused of shooting people who aren't armed.

But what would happen if one of those protesters looked at what it's like to wear a badge, and be put in a life or death situation?

Jarrett Maupin has been very vocal during the recent protests, leading marches on the Phoenix Police headquarters after officers shot an unarmed man who reportedly fought with them.

He agreed to go through a force on force training with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and went through three scenarios where you have to decide to shoot, or not to shoot.

As this video demonstrates, what Rev. Jarrett Maupin learned gave him an entirely new perspective on what police face.

"My attitude has changed," Maupin says. And so has his message.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicago Prof Defends Paris Terror, Blames "Hate Speech"

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2015, 10:20 AM

Kaitlyn Schallhorn reports at Campus Reform:

Twelve people were left dead after two gunmen shot several staff members of Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine, but according to a humanities professor, the attack was warranted as the journalists belonged to "a newspaper devoted to hate speech."

Adam Kotsko, an assistant professor at Shimer College, a private liberal arts school in Chicago, tweeted that the terrorist attack was not surprising due to the magazine's satirical and oftentimes controversial content.

"It's no more surprising that someone would attack a newspaper devoted to hate speech than someone would beat up Westboro pastors," Kotsko said in a tweet which has since been deleted.

The professor later apologized on Twitter, "saying he chose 'the wrong example to make a general point'," according to Campus Reform.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gohmert Blasts Boehner Revenge

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2015, 10:58 AM

Alex Pappas reports at the Daily Caller:

Speaker of the House John Boehner is apparently punishing Republicans who voted against his re-election Tuesday, despite previously saying he would not do so. Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent are both losing their seats on the House Rules Committee, Politico reported Tuesday evening. Both Florida Republicans voted for Webster instead of Boehner earlier in the day.

Such moves seem to contradict recent statements made by Boehner and his office. Asked last week if any Republicans who voted against Boehner would be punished, spokesman Michael Steel told The Daily Caller by email: "Boehner has said publicly that there will be no retribution for 'no' votes."

"After being told that we should now all come together and work together, we have been told late today that two of our Congressmen are being taken off of the committee they were on, simply for voting like their voters wanted," Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday."So, it appears before we can work together, we are now going to have another fight."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ISIS Chief Executioner Found Beheaded

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2015, 10:37 AM

"In a grotesque twist of the saying 'live by the sword, die by the sword,' an Islamic State executioner in Syria who carried out beheadings for the jihadist group has been found with his head cut off," Gianluca Mezzofiore writes at IBTimes

"The body of the Egyptian man, known to be the deputy emir of the feared al-Hesbah (or Hisbah) force in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, was recovered near a power plant in al-Mayadeen city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights," Mezzofiore states.

"The corpse showed signs of torture and carried the message 'This is evil, you Sheikh' written on it. The severed head also had a cigarette in its mouth. It is unclear who carried out the decapitation but the message was obvious," according to Mezzofiore.

"Islamic State's (formerly known as Isis) ban on cigarettes is one of its signature polices," Mezzofiore explains. "It has imposed a strict set of Sharia laws barring the use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes in the territories it has conquered across a swathe of Iraq and Syria."

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rep. Steve King: I Will Not Vote for Boehner as Speaker

By Rick Pearcey • January 5, 2015, 09:31 AM

From Rep. Steve King of Iowa:

On January 6, 2015, I will take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; . . . I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me, God."

Then, I will be asked to put up a vote for John Boehner for Speaker.

I know the pattern of his strategy and actions for the past 12 years to the point where I can predict the results.

I am convinced Congress will not be allowed to restore its Constitutional authority under his Speakership and by refusing to do so, cannot call upon the courts to do so. How then, can I take an oath to the Constitution and put up a vote for John Boehner, almost in the same breath?

"We need a Speaker who will help us all keep our oath, including his own, to the Constitution, not one who has consistently blocked our efforts to keep ours," King states. "I will vote for an alternative candidate for Speaker. I can’t vote for John Boehner again."

Friday, January 2, 2015

Unarmed & White: Shot Dead by Cops

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2015, 10:50 AM

Kristinn Taylor writes at Gateway Pundit:

Police in the small Alabama town of Dothan shot and killed an unarmed white man Tuesday who resisted arrest after refusing to show ID when turning in a stray animal to an animal shelter.

Robert Lawrence, who police say called himself a "sovereign citizen"’ but which his lawyer disputes, was reportedly accompanied by a woman and children at the time.

Dothan First reported Lawrence became "combative" when asked to produce identification at the animal shelter. Police reportedly first tazed Lawrence to no effect, he was then shot in the abdomen. There is no mention of Lawrence being armed.

Lawrence was taken to the hospital where he died Tuesday night.

 The Dothan Eagle reported the Alabama State Bureau of Investigations is reviewing the shooting death.

"There have been no protests, no riots and no national media coverage over the death of the unarmed white man Robert Lawrence at the hands of police," Taylor observes.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Islamization of Britain in 2014

By Rick Pearcey • January 1, 2015, 12:00 PM

From Breitbart London:

The Gatestone Institute has produced a comprehensive review of the growth of Islam and Islamism in Britain during 2014. Breaking down all the major events by month, senior fellow Soeren Kern says that Britain is becoming increasingly Islamised, and the process shows no signs of slowing down.

According to Kern, "Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during 2014, and can be categorized into four broad themes." They are:

1) British Jihad: "Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists in Syria"

2) Spread of Sharia: "The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain"

3) Child Sexploitation: "The sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs," and

4) Social Integration: "Muslim integration into British society."

Read the entire Gatestone report here

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mark Levin: Jeb Bush Must Answer Whether He Stands with Boehner, Scalise Amid White Supremacist Scandal

By Rick Pearcey • December 31, 2014, 08:32 AM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart:

Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin, a former official in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, is calling on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to answer whether he stands with House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the wake of a blistering Scalise scandal concerning his longtime ties to a top aide to former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

"We’ve had nonstop Jeb Bush talk the last two weeks," Levin said in an email to Breitbart News late Tuesday evening. "Is there a reason why he’s silent now about the GOP leadership debacle in the House? They are his supporters after all."

"Reached earlier in the day by phone, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said, when asked for her boss’s thoughts on the scandal, that she hadn’t spoken with Bush about it yet. But she promised to track him down sometime on Tuesday and get a statement to Breitbart News about it later in the day -- a statement that still hasn’t materialized," according to Boyle.

"Since early Monday afternoon when the Scalise scandal first broke, Bush has gone missing from the political narrative -- and seems to be trying to sit out the racially-tinged incident where an establishment Republican and member of Congressional GOP leadership has come under fire from all sides for his alleged ties to top KKK officials in Louisiana," Boyle writes.

"Not only did Scalise speak at a 2002 event hosted by one of Duke’s organizations, he has -- according to Duke and Duke’s top political aide Kenneth Knight -- been in close contact for nearly a decade with Knight," Boyle continues. 

"What’s more is that Boehner and McCarthy threw their weight behind Scalise, publicly defending him in coordinated statements right as more news showed Scalise actually had a longtime personal and political relationship with Duke’s top aide Knight," according to Boyle. "Duke was the KKK’s grand wizard for a time, and Knight later became his campaign manager in his quests for various political offices."

Boyle concludes: "Breitbart News has reached out to Bush’s communications director many times throughout the day on Tuesday since that first promise for a statement on whether he stands with Scalise and the other GOP leadership officials after this -- but phone calls and emails have been ignored."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obama Administration Lifts Lifetime Ban on Male Homosexuals Donating Blood

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2014, 11:40 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

The Obama administration announced [December 22] that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was lifting a lifetime ban on homosexual or bisexual men from donating blood, as long as they had not had sex for at least a year.

The FDA action contradicts a decision earlier this month from its own expert panel, which did not recommend changing the lifetime ban for men having sex with men, as well as hearing expert testimony that a one-year ban would not be adequate to protect public health.

A panel of 17 experts on the FDA's Blood Products Advisory Panel voted against the change this month, but [a Health and Human Services] panel had backed the one-year limit.

"In a press release, the FDA insisted that it had 'carefully examined and considered the available scientific evidence' and taken into account 'the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FDA' before making its decision," Johnson reports.

"Although a sliver of the population, men who have sex with men (MSM) make up more than 60 percent of all new AIDS cases," according to LifeSiteNews."The percentage of HIV-positive men who knowingly have sex with other men without using a condom has increased over the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to nearly two-thirds (62 percent)."

"Members of the Blood Products Advisory Committee were clearly reluctant to recommend any change to the current policy in the absence of a national program of comprehensive monitoring of the entire blood transfusion system from donor to recipient," Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council is quoted as saying.

"Research presented to the Committee confirmed the dramatically elevated risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) -- a risk 62 times higher than in the general public. This risk certainly justifies the highest level of vigilance, and political and social concerns must not be allowed to trump the public health," Sprigg said.

"It is shocking that the FDA did not even wait for a recommendation from their own Advisory Committee before rushing to the politically correct decision demanded by homosexual activist groups," Sprigg also said.

"The previous policy that no blood be collected from any male who has had sex with another male since 1977 had been in place since 1983," LifeSiteNews states.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reason's Gillespie: Crime Rate Drops as Gun Permits Rise

By Rick Pearcey • December 29, 2014, 09:07 AM

Greg Richter writes Newsmax:

Despite efforts from the left to restrict gun ownership on claims that it will reduce crime, the opposite is actually true, says Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie.

In a Sunday blog post, Gillespie points out that crime rates drop in states that enact laws allowing more people to carry concealed weapons, and they drop even further as more residents of those states avail themselves of their right.

In 1987, Gillespie notes, the total crime rate was 5,550 per 100,000 people while the violent crime rate was 610 per 100,000. By 2013, those figures had dropped to 3,099 and 368.

"A study by the Crme Prevention Research Center [CPRC] earlier this year found that 11.1 million Americans have concealed carry permits, up from 4.5 million in 2007. During that period, murder and violent crime rates dropped 22 percent," Richter reports.

"When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals," CPRC president John R. Lott is quoted as telling Fox News. 
"Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims, and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victimsm," Lott told Fox, according to Richter.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Video: Baby Jesus Figure Stolen, Replaced With "Severed Real Pig's Head"

By Rick Pearcey • December 26, 2014, 09:23 AM

WHDH TV in Boston reports: 

Police in Haverhill are on the lookout for a vandal who stole baby Jesus from a manger and replaced him with a real pig's head.

Police said the vandals struck the nativity scene in front of Sacred Hearts Church in the early morning hours of Christmas Day.

"Police are investigating the incident. . . . A news conference is planned for 10 a.m. Friday," WHDH reports.

Print and video reporting on this news story are available here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas at Bastogne

By Rick Pearcey • December 25, 2014, 11:39 AM

Rich Lowry writes:

"What’s merry about all this, you ask?”

Thus began a Christmas Eve message from General Anthony McAuliffe to his troops besieged at the Belgium town of Bastogne. Adolf Hitler had launched a desperate counteroffensive against the allies in the West in December 1944. As described in the book No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne, the town became a linchpin of the Battle of the Bulge.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

St. Louis Unrest After Black Teen Killed by Police Officer

By Rick Pearcey • December 24, 2014, 10:15 AM

BBC reports:

U.S. police have clashed with protesters in Missouri after an officer shot dead a black teenager near where Michael Brown was killed in August, a death that triggered national protests.

A crowd of about 100 gathered at the scene in St Louis early on Wednesday after scuffles the night before. St. Louis County police said the man who was shot had pulled a gun at a petrol station and pointed it at the officer.

"For weeks there have been protests about alleged police brutality," BBC reports. "Berkeley is about two miles from the suburb of Ferguson, where the 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Feminist Christmas Tale: God Raped Mary

By Rick Pearcey • December 23, 2014, 10:27 AM

Kristine Marsh writes at Newsbusters:

Salon and Alternet seem to exist only to provide click-bait for kooks. Alternet certainly succeeded with their Sunday article entitled, "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion" which was also cross-posted on partner site Salon. In the article by Valerie Tarico, she tries to argue that the virgin birth of Jesus Christ was God raping Mary, similar to Greek and Hindu tales of gods raping women. "It's a common theme in the history of religion, and it's more than a little rapey," Tarico claims.

"'Rapey' is not exactly an adjective most would use to describe the Christmas story, but never underestimate what an Alternet writer can come up with!," Marsh writes.

"Tarico even manages to tie it all in to 'the shocking prevalence' of rape 'on college campuses and in society at large. I guess she completely ignored the Rolling Stone apology and media blow-up, showing that one student’s account of shocking gang rape might've been false. Not to mention, the most recent comprehensive study from the DOJ which shows, 20 percent of college-age women are not raped on campus, more like 0.6%," Marsh observes.

Comment: Feminism despises Christianity, for an unholy slew of reasons. Perhaps one of them is that feminism despises truly strong women. Mary, of course, could have said no, and there is no indication that God would have forced her (see Luke 1:26-38). Instead, she made an informed choice: "May your word to me be fulfilled" (Luke 1:38).

The Bible affirms the significance of human beings, that we can make decisions and change history. Choice is crucial, but it is not a blank check that lets one class of humanity (pregnant women) decide whether another class of humanity (preborn human beings) lives or dies.

Yes, Scripture does not look kindly upon abortofascism. Yet another reason some might choose to despise a God of truth and love who acts into verifiable human history to overcome evil with good.

Folks who are truly concerned about rape might note that trying to rape truth to bend it to their inhumane social and political agendas is not a sign of good faith. Let it not be done according to their word.

Christmas Spirit in Space and Time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Satanic Temple Erects "Snaketivity Scene" at Michigan Capitol

By Rick Pearcey • December 22, 2014, 08:17 AM

AP reports,

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night.

"Word of the Satanic Temple's plans led state Sen. Rick Jones, a Grand Ledge Republican, to erect a Nativity scene on Friday featuring baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary. He put it back up Sunday morning," AP reports.

"Jones said he was happy to 'represent the light and not the darkness'," according to AP.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Video: Students Agree to Deport Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2014, 09:01 AM

Maggie Lit reports at Campus Reform:

Students at George Washington University (GWU) willingly signed a petition supporting the deportation of one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant.

"Please sign our petition for President Obama to deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant," read the petition. "Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.' Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true."

"It makes sense," one student told Campus Reform. "Like, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of like hatred against undocumented immigrants and it’s not necessarily their fault."

Watch the video here

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brad Thor: "If Jeb Bush Is the Nominee, I Will Never Vote Republican Again"

By Rick Pearcey • December 17, 2014, 07:35 AM

Michael Patrick Leahy reports at Breitbart.com:

Best-selling author Brad Thor is expanding the tweet that started a social media firestorm. On Tuesday he sent out this tweet: "Hey @Reince and @GOP - let me be perfectly clear. If Jeb Bush is the nominee, I will never vote Republican again."

"Thor, whose thriller, The Lions of Lucerne, was published in 2002, has written ten additional New York Times best-sellers. His most recent novel, Act of War, was published in 2014, and a new thriller is in the works," Breitbart reports. 

Thor is "not squeamish in detailing the current condition of the United States. 'I believe that the problems facing this country are so dire I don't want someone who is going to kick my dog less'," the best-selling author said, according to Breitbart.

"We don’t need a patrician manager of the big federal  bureaucracy in D.C.," Breitbart quotes Thor as saying. "We need an absolute constitutional warrior, not only someone who is going to whittle this government down to the size it should be, but someone who is able to rally everyone behind him or her. . . . It's more important to put someone in who's going to fix things, not manage its decline."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Atheist Group's Nativity Complaint Backfires

By Rick Pearcey • December 16, 2014, 08:03 AM

Brittany M. Hughes reports at CNSNew.com:

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war.

The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release.

In a letter sent to the city’s mayor, FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel alleged, "It is unlawful for the town to maintain, erect, or host a holiday display that consists solely of a nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion." He added there are "ample private and church grounds where religious displays may be freely placed."

"In response to the group’s complaints, the city council declared the nativity set surplus property and sold it to the Santa Rosa County Ministerial Association, thus removing it from public property," according to CNSNews.

This move appeared to please FFRF co-president Dan Barker, who "praised the city council’s decision as 'divesting the town of a divisive display'," CNSNews reports.

"But the town has not been deprived of the nativity, reports the American Pastors Network [APN]. In fact, after the ministerial association purchased the nativity, they then placed the huge Christian display on private property near one of the busiest parts of the small town, reports the American Pastors Network," according to CNSNews.

The Nativity scene "now stands at a busy corner at the town’s main stop light -- ironic, say nativity supporters, because many more people will see it there," CNSNews quotes APN as stating in a press release. 

"Anyone who actually takes time to study our nation’s history and read the writings of our founders -- not the interpretations of those writings written two hundred years later -- knows that religious liberty and the acknowledgement of Almighty God as the source of that liberty are the bulwark of our nation," CNSNews quotes President Sam Rohrer as saying in the press statement.

"Threats like these against towns that want to display nativities are a blatant attack on our God-given and constitutionally protected freedoms," Rohrer states.

"Groups like FFRF base their arguments on the sound bite of 'separation of church and state,' but again, history proves these arguments wrong, as Thomas Jefferson’s famous 'wall' was in response to the sincere concerns of the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut that religious freedom might be considered a favor granted by government rather than an inalienable right given by God," Rohrer states, according to Hamilton Strategies.

"FFRF would do well to remember that Jefferson himself attended congressionally approved church services held in the U.S. Capitol building itself -- the seat of American government," Rohrer advises.

"The truth remains that public displays of the nativity scene on government property in no way violate the Constitution. FFRF's attempts to stifle religious liberty, however, do."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jihad in an Australian Chocolate Shop

By Rick Pearcey • December 15, 2014, 07:28 AM

Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

The details are still sketchy, but this is what is apparently confirmed as of this writing (8PM EST Sunday night): As many as 50 people have been taken hostage in the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney, Australia’s central pedestrian mall, Martin Place. Some of the hostages have been forced at gunpoint to hold up the black flag of Islamic jihad against a window of the café. . . .

This is an unprecedented event in the West. There have been jihad attacks, and hostage situations, but this is the first jihadist hostage event in a Western country since the Islamic State issued this threat in a September video: "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market."

Spencer concludes: "As Australians, and in due course Americans and Britons and Canadians, grow accustomed to the new possibility that a stop for a cup of coffee could result in one’s head being separated from one’s body, the time for this politically correct unreality about the jihad threat is over. Realism about the nature and magnitude of the threat is long overdue. The patrons inside the Lindt Chocolat Café, now hostages, deserve nothing less, as do the rest of the citizens of the embattled and besieged West.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Church Welcomes Doubters as Atheist Christmas Billboard Attacks "Fairy Tales"

By Rick Pearcey • December 12, 2014, 11:52 AM

American Atheists (AA) last week launched a "billboard campaign featuring a young girl writing a message to Santa Claus that reads: 'Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales'," reports Stoyan Zaimov at Christian Post

"The AA billboards have gone up in major cities like Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis and Fort Smith, as well as in more residential areas near churches and schools," CP reports.

A church in Alma, Ark., responded with its own billboard ad, which states, "Questions, Doubts, Curiosity? All welcome at Grace," according to CP.

"Our goal is not to oppose their message, but rather to respond with love and support. We actually welcome their desire to support those who have felt alienated by believers and start discussion between and among the Atheist and Christian communities," Grace Church states on its website. 

Two comments. First, the church does well to welcome those with doubts, who question, and are curious. The Biblical worldview affirms the human mind as sourced in the rationality of the Creator. Therefore, churches and the Christian community in general ought to be safe places for those who want to consider and discuss whether Christianity is true and therefore warrants their commitment. 

Second, there is no need to think "love and support" is somehow an alternative to opposing the message of atheists. If atheism is false and harmful to human freedom and dignity, to "love and support" includes refuting that unfortunate message. "Speaking the truth in love" is how Ephesians 4:15 puts it.

Jesus epitomizes love, and yet his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) directly challenged the settled opinion and cultural powers of his day, even as it now challenges the settled opinion and cultural powers in our own day. This is good news for thinking human beings, but not so good news for the fairy tales and superstitions of atheism.