Eric Owens reports at the Daily Caller:
The Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative -- the entity that administers CSCOPE -- announced Monday that it has agreed to cease production of lesson plans for its much-criticized online curriculum system.
Beginning Aug. 31, 2013, school districts in the Lone Star State will no longer be permitted to use any existing CSCOPE lesson plans. CSCOPE itself will be far from dead, however, and other features of curriculum system will continue unchanged. . . .
Critics had persistently protested that the curriculum is riddled with cultural relativism and downright leftist assumptions, particularly in history and social studies.
They pointed to lesson plans informing kids in the state’s public schools that Islam and communism are awesome.
. . . Students also learned that the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist attack, that Christianity is a cult and that a Malthusian population catastrophe is about to overtake the planet.
In another incident, a teacher in Lumberton using a CSCOPE lesson plan allowed three female students to dress up in full-length Islamic burqas and then instructed the entire class that Muslim terrorists are actually freedom fighters.
"Danelle Ivey, a former teacher and now a Texas school board watchdog, called Monday’s announcement a 'very interesting turn of events,' but noted that CSCOPE is by no means going to disappear," Owens reports.
"The big, obvious question, Ivey told The Daily Caller, is what happens after Aug. 31. She is optimistic that teachers will quickly learn to manage without prefabricated lesson plans," according to Owens.
“Writing a lesson plan is a core competency of being a teacher; it’s not rocket science,” Ivey is quoted as saying. "It wasn’t a burden to be creative or to enrich lessons without the internet. It’s got to be a walk in the park today."
Comment: No properly self-respecting, curious professional teacher, in Texas or in any other state, will allow him or herself to rely on pre-fabricated lesson plans devised by some kind of centralized authority. This smacks of a blob-like, beehive approach to education that disrespects the God-given individuality and creativity of both students and teachers. The pursuit of excellence in education occurs on a higher, more humane plane.
It is crucial to acknowledge that human beings, created in the image of God, are called to think for themselves, to ask questions, and to examine facts and evidence carefully, and then follow that evidence wherever it might lead. Schools, therefore, whether public or private, ought to set people free on the basis of objective, knowable truth, not subject them to any kind of indoctrination, whether political, scientific, or theological (including especially those based on private, non-verifiable "revelations" or supposed "visions from God").
Theo Caldwell writes at the Daily Caller:
As Congressman Dave Camp has observed, the tax code of the United States is now ten times as long as the Bible, with none of the good news. . . .
Recent news that the Internal Revenue Service has been enforcing its already inscrutable doctrine with caprice and venom -- directed at conservative groups, Republican donors, and supporters of Israel, among others -- confirms the worst suspicions of many Americans, of all political affiliations.
There is a lot of talk in Washington, and across the country, of a desire to reach bipartisan accord and accomplish great things. Here is an opportunity for just that.
"It is perhaps Victor Hugo’s best-known sentiment that nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come," Caldwell writes. "Hugo, who wrote timelessly and interminably on the vicissitudes of oppressive bureaucracy, included this aside in Les Miserables: 'It may be said, that there is one infallible thermometer of the public misery and riches -- the cost of collecting the taxes.'
"If that is true," Caldwell continues, "and accepting Hugo’s attendant observations that such cost is inversely proportionate to overall economic health, why not make taxation simple and transparent for everyone?
"One hopes he would agree that abolishing the IRS is an idea whose time has come."
IRS Boss in Charge When Targeting Tea Party Now Heads IRS Obamacare
"Apolitical" IRS Official: Husband’s Law Firm Has Strong Obama Connections
WPost: IRS Officials in Washington Involved in Targeting Conservative Groups
Robert Costa reports at National Review:
Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, says President Barack Obama may face impeachment over his administration’s response to the Benghazi attack.
"They purposefully and willfully misled the American people, and that’s unacceptable," Chaffetz tells me. "It’s part of a pattern of deception."
Brazilian pro-family politicians have announced that they will fight a decree issued by the country’s National Council of Justice (CNJ) that orders all of Brazil’s registrars to accept applications for homosexual "marriage" and threatens them with legal action if they refuse.
The decree, which was issued on May 14, claims to implement a 2011 decision by the country’s Supreme Federal Tribunal, which ruled that homosexual unions are eligible to be registered as "stable unions," similar to common-law marriages in Anglophone countries.
However, parliamentarians from the Social Christian Party and other pro-family representatives are crying foul, pointing out that the Tribunal’s decision does not mention "marriage." They say they intend to file suit with the Tribunal against the CNJ to nullify the decree.
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
Fox News reports:
Fox News learned Thursday night that the IRS official in charge of the tax-exempt office during the targeting of Tea Party groups, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now charge of the IRS' health care office.
Sarah Hall Ingram became Division Commissioner of the Tax Exempt & Government Entities (TE/GE) Division -- the head of the division that included the group that targeted Tea Party groups -- at the IRS in 2009, a congressional source told Fox News' Mike Emanuel.
Is the writing not on the wall? Everything the Obama administration does seems designed to consolidate and monopolize power in Washington, D.C.
And always in the name of something admirable, such as healthcare, for example. Or reproductive rights. Don't worry about minor details, such as losing one's freedom or of babies being butchered in the millions. Everybody knows those details are distractions.
Obama's fundamental transformation of America is extremism par excellence. It moves the United States from that of a nation rooted in freedom, under God, to that of a country rooted in control, under Washington.
A free-thinking people of self-determination and of dignity revolts.
Fox News reports:
A Nigerian Christian leader was killed when suspected Muslim militants burst into his home and shot him, as the religious fighting in Africa’s most populous nation continues to worsen.
Two members of Islamic militant group Boko Haram shot Faye Pama Mysa, a Pentecostal pastor and secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, in his home Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The attack came just after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency because of ongoing attacks.
"Boko Haram translates to 'Western education is sacrilege'," Fox reports. "Christians have been a major target of Boko Haram and its offshoots, as scores of churches have been bombed or burned since the Islamists, who have links to Al Qaeda, launched their insurgency in 2009 in the predominantly Muslim north."
Patrick Howley reports at the Daily Caller:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official who apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny is married to an attorney whose firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the 2012 Obama re-election campaign, praised President Obama’s policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship.
IRS Exempt Organizations Division director Lois G. Lerner, who has been described as "apolitical" in [the formerly] mainstream press coverage of the IRS scandal, is married to tax attorney Michael R. Miles, a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The firm is based in Atlanta but has a number of offices including in Washington, D.C., where Miles works.
"The 400-attorney firm hosted an organizing meeting at its Atlanta office for people interested in helping with voter registration for the Obama re-election campaign," according to The Daily Caller.
"Come learn more about how you can create, organize, and host a voter registration event here in Atlanta in the coming weeks. We will be meeting at at 7:30pm at 999 Peachtree St. NE, in the law offices of Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan," reads an event announcement posted at my.barackobama.com.
WPost: IRS Officials in Washington Involved in Targeting Conservative Groups
Soros Gave $6.1 Million to Groups Linked to Pressure on IRS to Target Conservative Nonprofits
Bachmann: Obama Admin Released IRS Bombshell to Distract From Benghazi Debacle
Elizabeth Harrington reports at CNSNews.com:
While the White House claims its stimulus package "supported as many as 3.5 million jobs," none were yielded from a $152,000 project to ready lesbians for "adoptive parenthood."
The $833 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus, awarded the tustees of Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., $152,000 to interview roughly 50 lesbian couples about their adoption experiences.
"The goal of this project is to investigate the unique strengths and potential challenges of lesbian couples across the transition to adoptive parenthood," the grant states.
"Given that parental mental health has implications for child development, and the fact that adoption can be a challenging process, it is important to understand these couples' adjustment to the parental role."
Placing children for adoption into what is by definition a counterfeit family structure demonstrates the fanaticism and extremism of the homosexualist agenda and those politicians who serve it.
Obama DOJ: Children Do Not Need -- and Have No Right to -- Mothers
Blaze Reports on Lesbian's "Surprisingly Candid Speech" on Homosex "Marriage"
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Matt Hadro writes at Newsbusters:
On Wednesday's Around the World, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux admitted that the Obama administration has lost some media "support," noting "tension" between the White House and the press corps.
It is a step forward if indeed the Obama White House "has lost some media 'support'."
Having said that, we must also point out that journalism per se is not about supporting -- or not supporting -- a particular White House or administration. Rather, it is about facts and about holding people and power accountable in a free society.
This applies to the Obamas of the world, the Bushes of the world, and the Reagans of the world.
It is therefore a sign of the principial, structural corruption of the press's self-understanding that one can even talk about the possibility of a White House losing support among reporters.
Support or non-support should be a non-issue, for every properly self-respecting journalist should understand that his professional commitment limits his personal associations among politicians and others he might cover in reporting the news.
You don't become a journalist to become friends, allies, or cobelligerents with those whom you are supposed to be covering.
Rather, you become a journalist because you are passionately committed to truth based on factual evidence.
Your job as a reporter is to report the facts, and follow the facts, wherever they might lead.
This is true across the board, whether one is reporting on political leaders, captains of industry, entertainment personalities, academic elites, agents of social change, or Christian celebrities.
Excellence in the pursuit of fact-based reporting is the principial mainstream of journalism.
To act outside of this mainstream is to court extremism under the flag of journalism. It is a false flag. Hence the term the "formerly mainstream media."
A free society welcomes excellence in journalism. Antagonists of freedom do not.
Mike Ciandella reports at CNSNews.com:
As IRS efforts targeting politically-conservative groups gained momentum, George Soros-funded liberal groups repeatedly called on the IRS to investigate conservative nonprofit organizations.
While the first reported instances of extra IRS scrutiny for conservative groups began in Cincinnati in March of 2010, the attacks began to pick up steam on a national level soon after Soros-funded groups began firing off letters to the IRS in October of that year -- following the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.
The talking points of these groups then bounced around a carefully created progressive "echo chamber," until they eventually made their way into established media outlets. . . .
Bob Unruh reports at WND:
An appeal is planned for a family of homeschoolers the Obama administration wants to deport to their home country of Germany to face persecution from education officials there who seek fines and jail for such individuals.
The word comes . . . from officials with the Home School Legal Defense Association [HSLDA], who have been arguing on behalf of the Romeike family since they fled Germany in 2008 and were granted asylum in the U.S. in 2010 by Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman.
"A panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard arguments on the dispute, and ruled today that the asylum request should be denied."
"We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong, and we will appeal their decision," WND quotes HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris as saying. "America has room for this family, and we will do everything we can to help them."
"The court said that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case, and that the United States has not opened its doors to every victim of unfair treatment," according to WND.
"While the judges admitted the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children," WND reports, "they refused to concede that the harsh treatment of religiously and philosophically motivated homeschoolers in Germany, including fines, jail and the loss of custody of their children, amounts to persecution within the laws on asylum."
The WPost is reporting:
Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.
According to AP, the federal "government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters."
AP reports that it has sent a letter of protest saying, "There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters."
The AP also report that the "government would not say why it sought the records."
Federal Agencies "Increasingly Treating the American Public as an Enemy"
Obama "Kill List" Paper Leaked . . . Criteria for Assassinating U.S. Citizens
Obama DOJ: Children Do Not Need -- and Have No Right to -- Mothers
Bob Unruh reports at WND:
The Internal Revenue Service under the Obama administration -- described by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., as the "most feared government agency" -- admitted Friday it targeted conservative and tea-party groups during last year’s election because of their politics.
Bachmann, a former tax attorney, told WND in an interview the IRS admission means the credibility of the 2012 election is in doubt.
Americans, she said, should be wondering whether Obamacare, which is to be enforced by the IRS, will target conservative voices opposed to President Obama with delays or denials of medical care.
But why would an administration ever confess to such a flagrant misuse of politics and power?
Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party caucus, said it’s the Benghazi scandal.
"I was in that Benghazi hearing,” Bachmann told WND. "I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t. I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission."
Daniel Halper reports at the Weekly Standard on a speech by CBSNews Anchor Scott Pelley:
"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com.
"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."
In his remarks, given at Quinnipiac University, the CBS anchor also said, "Never before in human history has more information been available to more people. But at the same time never before in human history has more bad information been available to more people."
Here is video of the entire event at Quinnipiac University. Pelly takes the stage at the 10-minute mark and speaks for approximately 15 minutes.
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"Objective" Journalism and the Formerly Mainstream Media
I am the first black Republican in my family of very religious, conservative Democrats. No one in my family had ever been politically active before, but I have loved politics since I was 13 years old.
After the election in 2008, I decided to find out the values of the two political parties. I came to realize that the values I believe in are within the GOP party platform. At the age of 16, I made the decision to stand up for my values, even though it would be tough.
Since then, I have never been afraid to talk about why I am a Republican and why I am a conservative. I try to educate others on the platform of the GOP as well.
In September 2012 Buford join the university's College Republican club. In November, "I participated in a debate against the College Democrats at my school," he writes. "The audience was over 300 people, and 80% of the crowd was African-American. During that two-hour debate, many students were getting their first glimpse at a black Republican."
According to Buford, "We discussed the social, fiscal, and national defense platforms of America's two major political parties. I stood up for the values of my party and presented the party platform; I spoke passionately about the Republican Party platform and put it in clear and simple language."
Buford explains that "after the debate, I stayed in the debate hall and talked to over 100 students. Many students told me that they had never heard the GOP platform before (they were told that the GOP is the party for rich white people, like most minorities are raised to think)."
That Valdosta State debate may have been something of an eye-opener. "Many students realized how conservative they were," Burford explains. And "many students realized how moderate they were. Several students were begging me to tell them more about the GOP and what we stand for."
And now, says Buford, "I can't go anywhere on campus without someone asking me about the GOP."
Ben Shapiro writes at Breitbart.com:
In the White House’s latest efforts at transparency, the administration announced to reporters that it would brief reporters on the latest shocking developments about the Benghazi situation . . . behind closed doors.
Politico reports that the meeting started at approximately 12:45 PM ET, and that it moved the normal press briefing to 1:45 PM ET. Jay Carney, White House press secretary, did not comment on whether the meeting took place.
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Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:
Congressional testimony this week showed the appalling lengths to which the Obama administration went to cover-up its mishandling of last fall’s terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but President Obama’s precise role in the cynical operation remains hidden.
Americans still don’t know what President Obama knew and when he knew it. We don’t know what exactly he did when he learned on Sept. 11, 2012 that U.S. officials in Benghazi were under attack. Obama may have gone to bed while the attack was in progress, leaving others in the administration to develop a politically expedient cover story calculated to get the Obama administration past the finish line last Election Day.
"Obama’s advisers, with the president’s consent or not, opted to tell lies to get their man reelected, and to deal with the consequences of those untruths later," Vadum continues. "They knew they could count on the mainstream media to snooze on the job and dismiss the investigation to come as a partisan witch-hunt."
Vadum concludes: "At this point it appears that only partisan leftists, useful idiots, the naive, and the ill-informed profess the belief that run-of-the-mill governmental incompetence explains the administration’s disgraceful behavior on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center.
"Chances are Republicans in Congress will not drop this critical issue and that this week’s testimony from State Department officials who were bullied and intimidated by the Obama White House is only the beginning."
"We’ll never change the name. It’s simple. NEVER."
That’s what Redskins owner Daniel Snyder told USA Today Sports Thursday, with the added caveat, "you can use caps."
Snyder putting his foot down, so to speak, may be what it takes to bring some finality to a debate that’s raged on all offseason over the offensive nature of the team name "Redskins."
The word Redskins is of course neither offensive nor racist. And this lingual fact is not changed just because some person or some group claims to be "offended."
The question is whether the accusation is justified. It is not. Accusation is one thing, proof is another.
In fact, as I have noted elsewhere, the name Redskins is a "way to honor the warrior heart of the American Indian. . . . Redskin is beautiful, as are all skin colors given by our amazing Creator. Celebrate diversity, celebrate Redskins."
Ann Coulter writes:
Every few months since at least 2006, the New York Times takes time out from brow-beating evangelicals to praise them for supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.
Most of the "evangelicals" the Times cites are liberal frauds, far from "unlikely allies" in amnesty, as alleged. It is a specialty of the left to pose as something they’re not in order to create the impression of a zeitgeist. The only one I haven’t seen quoted yet is the ACLU’s minister, Barry Lynn. . . .
Any evangelical promoting the McCain-Rubio amnesty plan has the moral framework of Planned Parenthood. Like the abortion lobby, they have boundless compassion for the people they can see, but none for those they can’t see.
One evangelical after another told the Times that they no longer believe Americans should have control over who immigrates here on the basis of having met illegal aliens in their pews. The millions harmed by illegal immigration are left out of the equation. They don’t go to church here. . . .
"Adopting a classic liberal trait, these Christians incapable of abstract thinking seem to believe that true compassion consists of giving away something that isn’t theirs," Coulter writes. "They repeatedly cite the biblical passage about treating the stranger as you would yourself. But I note that they don’t invite strangers to move into their houses, sleep in their beds, eat their food and have sex with their wives."
Coulter concludes: "No, they demand that we transform our country into a bankrupt, Third World hellhole so that they can feel good about themselves. But every American has an interest in what kind of country this is. America isn’t theirs to give away out of phony 'Christian' compassion."
"Pat Smith's son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack" on the U.S. mission in Benghazi Sept. 11, 2012, reports RealClearPolitics.
Todd Starnes has the story, which begins: "Late last year, a public school teacher in northern Idaho told students to write an essay titled, 'I Believe.' But there was one caveat -- the students were not allowed to write anything about God in their papers."
H/T: Erik Rush
Kirsten Andersen reports at LifeSiteNews.com:
Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell has weighed in publicly on the firing of a lesbian teacher from a diocesan high school, telling The Columbus Dispatch that Catholic schools have a "fundamental responsibility" to make sure their teachers uphold the teachings of the faith.
Gym instructor Carla Hale was fired from Bishop Watterson High School last month after an anonymous parent wrote to the Diocese of Columbus to complain that in an obituary for Hale’s mother, Hale was listed as a surviving family member together with her longtime lesbian partner, Julie.
Hale signed a morality clause as part of her contract, affirming that "Catholic school personnel are expected to be examples of moral behavior and professionalism," and acknowledging her employment could be terminated for "immorality" or "serious unethical conduct." Because the Roman Catholic Church holds homosexual behavior to be gravely immoral, the Diocese of Columbus found her to be in violation of her contract, and fired her.
"Hale wants her job back and has filed a grievance with the teachers union, along with a formal complaint with the Columbus Community Relations Commission accusing the school of violating Columbus’s anti-discrimination ordinance," LifeSiteNews reports.
"City law deems it is a misdemeanor for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on sexual preference, or to have policies which do so," and "there is no exemption for religious organizations or other employers who object to homosexuality on religious grounds," according to LifeSiteNews. "A guilty verdict carries penalties of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The Community Relations Commission will evaluate Hale’s claim and decide whether to pass it on to the city prosecutor’s office."
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Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Imposing Extremism: School Kids to Drink "Gay" Power Kool-Aid
Justice Thomas' remarks occurred during a C-SPAN program at Duquense Law School that aired April 9, 2013. He was asked, "Did you ever expect to see an African-American president during your lifetime?"
Yes, I’ve always thought there would be black coaches, black heads of universities -- maybe again as I said I’m naïve, but the thing that I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media because anybody that they didn’t agree with, they would take apart.
And that will happen with virtually -- you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart. You can pick anybody, don’t pick me, pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it; there’s a price to pay. So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.
H/T: Fox Nation
Pamela Geller writes at American Thinker:
Here is yet another instance of the Islamic supremacist/leftist war on free speech -- particularly egregious in the wake of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings. The message is all the more crucial now. For years, my colleagues and I labored under the most heinous circumstances. Anyone who opposes the jihad and the Sharia must endure a constant withering attack on one's name, reputation, integrity, and even spirit.
I was scheduled to speak at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill, right outside of Toronto's city limits, on May 13. But now Islamic supremacist groups in Canada, with willing aid from the Canadian police, have succeeded in getting the event canceled under police pressure, and the organizers are looking for a new location.
According to Geller, "Insp. Ricky Veerappan, of the York Regional Police force's diversity, equity and inclusion bureau," said this: "Some of the stuff that Ms. Geller speaks about runs contrary to the values of York Regional Police and the work we do in engaging our communities."
To which Geller replies: "Let me understand this. The 'stuff' that I speak about -- gender apartheid, creed apartheid, Islamic Jew-hatred, honor killing -- runs contrary to their values? What exactly are their values? Imposing Sharia? Because that's exactly what they're doing. My value is life. What's theirs?"
Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr., reports at CNSNews.com:
Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The poll, which surveyed 863 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-3.4, focused on both gun control and the possibility of a need for an armed revolution in the United States to protect liberty.
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Ken Klukowski reports at Breitbart.com:
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. . . . Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis."
"The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith," Breitbart reports.
On Nov. 23, 2012, I wrote on Twitter, "You do realize that 'Christian' Obama is in the process of criminalizing Christianity."
I then illustrated this on Facebook with reference to Obamacare, writing also on Nov. 23, 2012:
Obamacare requires the funding of pro-abortion provisions.
Obamamare will fine people who embrace science (the human biology of the fetus), ethics (it's wrong to kill the innocent), the Constitution (there is no basis for the federal gov't to impose its "healthcare" upon the states and the people).
The verifiable data we have vis-a-vis the Christian worldview embraces science, protects the innocent, and favors freedom.
This worldview, as such, cannot therefore be reduced to activities inside prayer closets or to singing 18 verses of "Just as I am."
Community with God and man is intended to be lived out across the whole of life. [emphasis added]
We now already have massive demonization from Obama, the Democrats, and the formerly mainstream Democrat media.
The purpose of demonization is to destroy -- reputations at first; much more later, if necessary.
Fines for not complying with Obamacare will be in force.
What do you think will happen if companies and individuals or companies refuse to pay fines?
Well, stiffer fines. Court. Jail. Possibly more.
This is one of the paths to the criminalization of Christianity currently underway.
Jesus of Nazareth commissioned his followers to take the Good News regarding God's answer to the problem of human brokenness into all parts of the world: "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15-16).
In view of this statement from the Pentagon, we now have the Department of Defense of "Christian" Barack Obama repudiating Christ, repudiating the explicit, normative, publicly actionable, and verifiable teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.
Memo to Obama: The scope of Christ's commission to share with our fellow human beings the Good News from the Creator (who is the basis of unalienable rights), regarding the real-world solution to the brokenness of the human condition, includes all of life, including military life, even at the Pentagon.
Obama is a mere creature. Neither he nor his servants has the authority to countermand this commission from Christ himself. The extremism of Barack Obama against God, humanity, and freedom becomes more evident with each passing day. A free-thinking people, and a freedom-thinking people, revolts.
Amid pressure to change the nickname of his team, Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III has ignited a digital firestorm from the left by pushing back against the "tyranny of political correctness."
In a Twitter message, he declared: "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness."
The controversy arose as Washington, D.C., Council member David Grosso prepared to introduce a non-binding resolution calling on the city’s beloved team to change its "derogatory, racist name."
Griffin followed his original tweet a short time later with a definition of tyranny, calling it a "condition imposed by some outside agency or force," such as "living under the tyranny of the clock" or "political correctness."
The name "Redskins" of the Washington Redskins is, of course, not racist. In fact, it's a way to honor the warrior heart of the American Indian.
Or as a Whiteskin (JRPearcey) might say to a Blackskin (RGIII): Redskin is beautiful, as are all skin colors given by our amazing Creator. Celebrate diversity, celebrate Redskins.
One more thing, people of all skin tones: Thinking while Black is also beautiful (but perhaps terrifying to PCers).
This is just another reason to respect Mr. Robert Griffin III. A free man who rebels against tyranny. Just like he was created to do.
Robert Costa writes at National Review:
Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.
Cruz won’t talk about it publicly, and even privately he’s cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.
"If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention," says a Republican insider. "Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need."
"There’s not a lot of hesitation there," adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. "He’s fearless."
Wayne Root writes at Human Events:
President Obama and I were college classmate at Columbia University, class of ’83.
I know all too well how mindlessly liberal the students and faculty of that institution can be, and Barack Obama is certainly no exception.
My time at Columbia made it crystal clear: liberals always believe they are morally superior.
While they publicly state that their mission is to save the world from prejudice, patriotism, racism, greed, and inequality, they are, in fact, hostile and resentful towards anyone who has achieved self-made success through American values.
It is in this cesspool of intolerance that Obama and his Marxist cronies hatched a secret plan to destroy our country. They openly hated America -- calling it racist. They hated capitalism -- and vowed to bring "the system down."
In an article titled, "Lesbian Activist’s Surprisingly Candid Speech: Gay Marriage Fight Is a 'Lie' to Destroy Marriage," Mike Opelka writes at The Blaze:
A 2012 speech by Masha Gessen, an author and outspoken activist for the LGBT community, is just now going viral and it includes a theory that many supporters of traditional marriage have speculated about for years: The push for gay marriage has less to do with the right to marry -- it is about diminishing and eventually destroying the institution of marriage and redefining the "traditional family."
We noted Ms. Gessen's remarks in August 2012, in a Pro-Existence post titled, "Pro-Same-Sex 'Marriage' Lesbian: 'Institution of Marriage Should Not Exist.'"
I'm encouraged to see this information made available to another circle of readers. It was also discussed on the Glenn Beck radio show yesterday.
I attended the funeral service and graveside ceremony of Edith Schaeffer. Please go here to see, "Death, Revolt, and Resurrection: A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer."
Joshua Rhett Miller reports at FoxNews.com:
Through the slit of the burqa she wore to blend in on the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, Kalli Atteya waited and watched until the boy climbed off the school bus. When she saw him, she moved quickly, grabbing his arm and steering him toward the waiting motorized cart.
"Get in," she said to the 12-year-old, who recognized his mother's piercing blue eyes and obeyed wordlessly.
Soon, they were speeding toward a safehouse where they would wait for three weeks before returning to the U.S., and ending a 20-month ordeal that began with another abduction -- one the boy, Khalil Mohamed "Niko" Atteya, did not accept willingly.
"His father, Mohamed Atteya, who is wanted by the U.S. authorities, is accused of luring the mother and son to his homeland, then snatching the boy and leaving Kalli Atteya and her sister on the side of a desolate road between Cairo and Port Said on Aug. 1, 2011," reports Fox.
"My Dad forced me to be Muslim, which I did not want to do," Niko is quoted as saying.
Matthew Hoffman reports at LifeSiteNews:
The Senate of Colombia voted down a bill to create homosexual "marriage" yesterday by an overwhelming majority of 51-17, with 32 senators either not present or abstaining.
The defeat of the bill means that it will not pass to the lower Chamber of Deputies, and is effectively dead. However, the country is rapidly approaching a deadline set by the Constitutional Court in a July 2011 ruling requiring homosexual couples to be given benefits similar to those associated with marriage.
David Harsayni writes at Human Events:
So, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that the public’s interpretation of the Constitution must evolve in the face of terror attacks such as the one in Boston. "You’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days," the man explained, "and our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change."
Of course he thinks they do. That’s why we have constitutions -- so they can be changed in tumultuous times. As Bloomberg sees it, the first obligation of government is to keep your "children safe." How this wide-ranging duty affects other societal concerns -- liberty, cost, etc. -- is largely irrelevant because . . . well, because toddlers are cute. Those tobacco-addicted Founding Fathers didn’t have the decency to include a single line about keeping Americans salubrious or children.
"Bloomberg is an authoritarian," Harsanyi continues. "He’s not an authoritarian in the way Josef Stalin or Pol Pot was authoritarian, but every instinct tells you he’s a man who would use any power given to him to govern every aspect of public and private life whenever necessary -- or, more precisely, whenever he finds it necessary, which is frequently. All said, he’s exactly the type of person who makes the Constitution a necessity."
Accosted! Journalist Blocked, Followed by Mayor Bloomberg Security After Gun Control Question . . . Video
Brennan Takes Oath on Draft Constitution -- Without Bill of Rights
After 65+ Years, Jesus Portrait Suddenly "Unconstitutional"
Arnold Ahlert writess at Frontpagemag.com:
Monday was the 43rd celebration of Earth Day, an event hailed as an effort to promote responsible stewardship of the environment. Fittingly, it is also the birthdate of Communist Party creator Vladimir Lenin, a reality that the radical environmentalists responsible for the creation of Earth Day dismiss as a mere coincidence. Yet there is little question that under the guise of "saving the planet," the earth-firster crowd would be more than willing to impose the same kind of totalitarian control over the masses envisioned by Lenin.
In February 2012, Richard P. Belcher, Jr., professor of Old Testament studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, offered a critical review of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?, by C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary.
In that review, Belcher said a "line in the sand must be drawn in the affirmations of the full historicity of Genesis 1-11 and the acceptance of how God created Adam and Eve in Genesis 2."
In his reply to Belcher, Collins wrote, "I would like for the person reading my book to come away thinking that the Bible writers all wanted us to believe that the human kind is actually one family, with one set of ancestors for us all. God acted specially (or 'supernaturally') to form our first parents, Adam and Eve. Our first ancestors, at the headwaters of the human race, brought sin and dysfunction into the world of human life."
In his reply Belcher discusses what he regards as the "main issues arising from the substance" of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?, among them that Collins "is willing to accept the possibility that there were more human beings than just Adam and Eve at the beginning of mankind, who existed as a tribe, with Adam being the chieftain of the tribe (pp. 121, 125)."
From Remy Melina, in a story picked up by NBCNews.com:
Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the "composted" body of his ex-girlfriend [Holly Maddux] inside a trunk.
In China, Christianity is growing so fast that the Chinese may well become the majority within the Christian world. And which "brand" of theology are they choosing? Calvinism -- because it is a "theology of resistance" to unjust power, noted Andrew Brown in the U.K. Guardian in 2009. To quote from Brown:
Calvinism isn't a religion of subservience to any government. The great national myths of Calvinist cultures are all of wars against imperialist oppressors: the Dutch against the Spanish, the Scots against the English; the Americans against the British. So when the Chinese house churches first emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution in the 80s and 90s "They began to search what theology will support and inform [them]. They read Luther and said, "not him." So they read Calvin, and they said, "him, because he has a theology of resistance."
Jeff Poor writes at The Daily Caller:
On HBO’s "Real Time" on Friday night, host Bill Maher entertained CSU-San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, who maintained that despite the events in recent days, religious extremism isn’t only a product of Islam.
But Maher took issue with that claim, calling it "liberal bull----" and said there was no comparison.
"You know what, yeah, yeah," Maher said. “You know what -- that’s liberal bull---- right there . . . they’re not as dangerous. I mean there’s only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So you know, I’m just saying let’s keep it real."
In a "Tale of Two Terrorists," John M. Murtagh recalls at the NYPost:
Forty-three years ago last month, Kathy Boudin, now a professor at Columbia but then a member of the Weather Underground, escaped an explosion at a bomb factory operated in a townhouse in Greenwich Village. The story is familiar to people of a certain age.
Three weeks earlier, Boudin’s Weathermen had firebombed a private home in Upper Manhattan with Molotov cocktails. Their target was my father, a New York state Supreme Court justice. The rest of the family, was presumably, an afterthought. I was 9 at the time, only a year older than the youngest victim in Boston.
One of Boudin’s colleagues, Cathy Wilkerson, related in her memoir that the Weathermen were disappointed with the minimal effects of the bombs at my home. They decided to use dynamite the next time and bought a large quantity along with fuses, metal pipes and, yes, nails. The group designated as its next target a dance at an Officer’s Club at Fort Dix, NJ.
"Despite the misgivings of some, it is reported that [now Columbia professor] Kathy Boudin urged the use of 'anti-personnel bombs,'" Murtagh writes. ”In other words, she wanted to kill people not just damage property. Before they could act, her fellows were killed in the townhouse explosion. The townhouse itself collapsed; Boudin fled."
Murtagh recounts that Boudin "reappeared over a decade later driving the getaway car for the rag tag mix of Weathermen and Black Panthers who held up a Rockland County bank in 1981, murdering three in the process."
According to Murtagh, "survivors of the ambush along the New York State Thruway recount how Boudin emerged from the driver’s door, arms raised in surrender, asking the police to lower their guns. When they did, her accomplices burst from the back of the van guns blazing."
Some of today's readers may not be of an age to remember this history. No worries, for "Robert Redford is kindly about to release a movie recounting the Rockland robbery (albeit relocated to Michigan). By all accounts, the film lionizes the Weather Underground terrorists, Boudin and her accomplices," Murtagh writes.
"Other than the passage of time," Murtagh notes, "one can find no real distinction between the cowardly actions of last Monday’s Boston murderer and the terror carried out by Boudin and her accomplices. Yet today we live in a country where our leading educational institutions see fit to trust our children’s education to murderers and Hollywood sees fit to celebrate terrorists."
A certain scrubbing of a certain history may be in order, however. For example, Murtagh directs us to the website of Columbia’s School of Social Work, which "sums up Boudin’s past thus: 'Dr. Kathy Boudin has been an educator and counselor with experience in program development since 1964, working within communities with limited resources to solve social problems.'"
Murtagh concludes: Perhaps "Monday’s bomber can explain that, like Boudin, he was merely working within the community to solve social problems."
Extremist Prof Arrested After Profane Tirade at Pro-Life Students
Update: Florida Atlantic University Apologizes for Jesus Stomping
Houston Baptist U in Top 10 "Best Colleges for Homeschool Graduates"
Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:
Idealistic young men and women at the University at Buffalo may have dedicated their lives to protecting the unborn, but according to some of their professors, they are similar to Americans "who supported lynching."
Six history professors swiftly condemned the campus chapter of Students For Life after a university-approved display stirred controversy.
The six professors are:
* Susan Cahn, Professor of History
* Carole Emberton, Assistant Professor of History;
* Theresa Runstedtler, Assistant Professor of American Studies;
* Lakisha Simmons, Assistant Professor of Global Gender Studies;
* Victoria Wolcott, Professor of History; and
* Jason Young, Associate Professor of History
"As a student in the history department and president of the pro-life club on campus, not only am I ashamed and appalled that my professors twisted our message to suit their point of view, but I am offended due to their false characterization of our argument," Students for Life chapter President Christian Andzel is quoted as responding. "We were citing the history of oppression and voicelessness of the victims who deserved human rights and justice."
"This is not the kind of example professors from a public university, funded with our tax money, should be setting for our students,” Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins is quoted as saying.
"We stand with UB Students for Life," Hawkins continued, "for courageously fighting to bring the truth of abortion to a liberal campus, despite attempts to shout them down, cover the display, and personally attack group leaders like President Christian Andzel."
From "Update, 7:16 a.m. EST," at The Daily Caller:
This photo of the 19-year-old "Suspect 2" (real name either Dzhokhar or Djohar A. Tsarnaev), who is currently terrorizing Boston is now circulating on social media. According to Russia Today, here is his social media profile.
The profile identifies the man as Muslim, with his world view listed as "Islam." The birthdate on the social media profile matches the birthdate of Tsarnaev provided by the FBI. . . .
In "The Seduction of Relativism," author, blogger, and friend Darrow Miller of Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA) explains why the global ministry he co-founded now publicly "Affirms Truth and Not Merely Belief."
As you will see in his post, Darrow's journey, and therefore that of DNA, has been shaped significantly by his explorations at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, which exposed him to the strategic work of Francis and Edith Schaeffer while Darrow and wife Marilyn were living in the chalet of Udo and Debby (Schaeffer) Middelmann.
In his post, Darrow mentions recent dialogue he and I have been having regarding questions of truth versus belief. He concludes: "Rick, thank you for your gentle but clear admonition! Thank you for seeing again the seductiveness of relativism. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17)!"
My reply: Thank you, Darrow and DNA, for the opportunity to engage in fruitful dialogue! As for my part, I want to say "Thank You" also to the Schaeffers and the Middelmanns for their work and their contribution to our understanding of what constitutes authentic humanness in community with a verifiable and redemptive Creator who acts and speaks in a broken but healable world.
To explore DNA's "Seven Core Truths We Emphasize," please see this page.
Joe Schoffstall writes at CNSNews.com:
Allen West took to Twitter and Facebook to tell whoever is stalking his wife at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Board of Trustee meetings it would be wise to stop, because next time they'll have to face him.
Here is West's message on Facebook:
I completely understand the Alinsky tactics and have no issue with the insidious and incessant personal attacks by the left against me. However, I am warning you, end your harassment of my wife Angela. The students from Florida Atlantic University who have gone to my wife's office, stalked her at the FAU Board of Trustee meetings, and sent letters to her company headquarters, end it now.
This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see. My wife Angela is an American citizen and if you believe that you can intimidate her to surrender her freedoms you are mistaken.
Those left wing groups and lawyers associated with these individuals supporting their antics, I recommend you disassociate yourself. How dare you animals attack my wife and her professional reputation. This is your one and only advisory notice.
Here is the press release from Houston Baptist University:
Houston Baptist University has recruited Dr. Michael Ward, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars in C.S. Lewis studies and imaginative apologetics, as a professor in apologetics and the director of its new C.S. Lewis Centre in Oxford, England.
Ward will come on board full-time in August 2013, teaching online courses in the Master of Arts in Apologetics (MAA) program and directing HBU’s Lewis Centre in Oxford, where Lewis lived and taught for most of his life. The C.S. Lewis Centre will serve to promote the study of Lewis and imaginative apologetics and to expand the global reach of HBU’s apologetics program by allowing students in the MAA to study abroad and work with Ward in Oxford. Ward will also serve as academic adviser for UK-based students in the online MAA and come to Houston each spring for in-person work with students.
Ward is a senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and holds a doctorate in divinity from the University of St. Andrews. He lectures internationally on Lewis, Tolkien and Christian apologetics. In America, he has spoken in 40 of the 50 states, including at the universities of Stanford, Chicago and Cornell, and at the Library of Congress.
Described by N.T. Wright as “the foremost living Lewis scholar” (Times Literary Supplement, 2009), Ward is the author of the groundbreaking study of Lewis’ writings, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008). He has also co-edited The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Ward is also gifted in bringing scholarly insights to a broader audience. He presented the BBC television documentary The Narnia Code, a popular and accessible introduction to the ideas expressed academically in his book Planet Narnia. And his on-screen appearances are not limited to the BBC; Ward’s most unusual distinction is that he handed a pair of X-ray spectacles to James Bond in the movie The World Is Not Enough.
From 1996 to 1999, Ward was resident warden and curator of The Kilns, C.S. Lewis’ Oxford home. More recently, he has been responsible for securing a memorial to C.S. Lewis in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey. Ward is leading the fundraising efforts as well as organizing a two-day conference for the unveiling of the memorial, which will take place Nov. 21-22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Lewis’ death.
“I am delighted to see Dr. Ward join the burgeoning HBU apologetics team,” said HBU Provost Dr. John Mark Reynolds. “Dr. Ward is uniquely qualified to take leadership in the C.S. Lewis Centre for HBU. He demonstrates the breadth of education and the ability to communicate that education that follows in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ward to our full-time faculty,” said Dr. Holly Ordway, chair of the Department of Apologetics at HBU. “His expertise in theological imagination, Christian apologetics, and the writings of C.S. Lewis will be a huge asset to the cutting-edge work we are doing in the apologetics program at HBU. There is no one in the world better suited to lead the C.S. Lewis Centre for HBU and to help our program have a global impact.”
Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body. The University is dedicated to the development of the intellect, the moral character and the spiritual lives of its students. It has access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country.
Schaeffer writes in The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century:
Christian pastors come to me and say, "Don't you understand? If I begin this, I'm going to be kicked out of my church. If I bring blacks and long-haired kids into my home, if I get really close to them and they begin to love me and trust me and come to church, I may get kicked out." We send martyrs off to the end of the earth and say, Go ahead and die for Jesus Christ. Why not here at home?
A revolution is coming and is here. If we don't have the courage in Jesus Christ to get kicked out of our churches and being ostracized today, what are we going to do when the revolution comes in force? If we don't have the courage to open our homes and begin to bring these things into our churches, slowly begin to make the changes that we can within the polity of the New Testament, then there is no question of having courage when the pressure comes.
I think that if we fail to train our muscles in such little places, when the revolution comes -- especially if it comes violently from the New Left -- most of the evangelical church will just give way beneath it. We had better begin now, because the revolution with all its manipulation is coming.
Francis Schaeffer: A Student's Appreciation of a Distinct Approach
Edith Schaeffer and the Apologetics of Beauty
Udo Middelmann: "Jesus Came to . . . Argue" (Human Action vs. Religious Passivity)
Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews:
A University of Buffalo professor was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she launched into a profanity-laced tirade directed towards a group of pro-life students.
"Where does it say I can’t use the f**k word in public," Professor Laura Curry screamed at students. "I can swear because that’s part of my vocabulary. That’s part of my First Amendment rights."
"I can swear in public because that is profane," she said referring to the display. "That image is swearing to me. That is profane to me."
Here is video of the professor in action.
Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr., writes at CNSNews.com:
On his syndicated radio talk show Friday night, Mark Levin revealed that a Republican congressman has asked a major affiliate to remove his show from the airwaves in his district.
“It has come to my attention that there’s a Republican congressman out there who doesn’t like what I’ve been saying,” Levin said. “It’s come to my attention that there’s a Republican congressman out there, a fairly powerful one, who doesn’t like what I’ve been saying about him.
“And you know what this Republican congressman wants to do about it, Mr. Producer? He wants our major affiliate in his district where my program is heard to remove my show.
“You know what they call that Mr. Producer? They call that fascism.”
Arnold Ahlert writes at Frontpagemag.com:
Recently, The Daily Beast disgraced itself by providing a platform for communist Bill Ayers to spread unchallenged lies about his background in the Weather Underground terrorist organization, which is presently the subject of an exonerating new film by leftist actor Robert Redford.
The film, The Company You Keep, is not unlike the prior whitewash of communism Redford presented in the 1973 film The Way We Were, co-starring fellow left-winger Barbra Streisand.
Following in Redford’s footsteps, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have just released an equally mendacious portrait of radical Angela Davis in the documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, a work that further popularizes Davis’s fictional persona as a "social justice" advocate and racial equality icon of the Sixties.
What audiences will be robbed of in this historical distortion, however, is a truthful look at Davis’s "political" career -- filled as it is with violent militarism, racial hatred and complicity in murder.
The documentary will also not reveal the destructive work Davis continues today by promoting the release of black criminals back into black communities to further terrorize their populations (90% of the victims of black criminals are black).
Watch on YouTube. Here is the film's website.
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science
Kirsten Powers: Media's "Deafening Silence" on Philadelphia Abortion Horror a "Disgrace"
Rep. Smith Asks Media: "Why the Censorship" of Abortionist's "Jeffrey Dahmer-Like Murder Trial"?
Salon: "So What If Abortion Ends a Life?"
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide
A legislative committee voted unanimously Friday for a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited daily in Oregon public classrooms.
Under state law, schools must give students the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week. The bill passed by the House Education Committee would require schools to do so daily, and to have an employee or student lead the recital.
Students can't be compelled to say the pledge, and the bill wouldn't change that.
"Supporters say the pledge is an important part of civic education. Critics say requiring time each day for the pledge would further ostracize students who don't participate because of religious or other reasons," according to AP.
AP is also reporting that "two words in the pledge have sparked controversy: 'under God.'"
According to AP, "Dissenters say they are uncomfortable reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for religious and other reasons. For example, members of the Jehovah's Witnesses denomination typically do not participate in saying the pledge."
Setting aside a moment to recite the Pledge is a step in the right direction.
Another step in the right direction would be to allow a reading from the Declaration of Independence, which states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Every student, teacher, and staff member would benefit from a reminder of what truly is the center of gravity for human rights, human dignity, and human freedom.
Alex Pappas reports at The Dailly Caller:
The duo are scheduled to be together Monday when Cain -- the former Republican presidential candidate -- hosts about 10 prominent black conservatives in Washington D.C. . . .
Cain -- the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza -- ran for president as a Republican in 2012. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for office after several recent high-profile public appearances.
Liberals "Believe They Own Black America"
Cal Thomas v. Star Parker: Should Ben Carson Apologize to Obama for Prayer Breakfast Remarks?
Report: MSNBC Host Touré Founded "Militant Anti-White Student Newspaper"
"The case of a same-sex Connecticut couple accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two of their nine adopted boys is headed for trial," Erik Oritz reports at the New York Daily News.
Hat Tip: Matt Barber
Patrick Burke reports at CNSNews.com:
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called out the national news media for their nearly non-existent coverage of the ongoing and gruesome trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, who is accused of cutting the spinal cords of babies who survived abortions, the death of a mother, and a variety of related charges.
"Why the censorship?" Smith asked in a speech delivered on the House floor on Thursday.
"Now, another national media cover up!" said Smith. "In this case, even when a Jeffrey Dahmer-like murder trial of an abortionist named Kermit Gosnell, who ran the benign-sounding Women’s Medical [Society,] unfolds in a Philadelphia courtroom replete with shocking testimony of beheadings, unfathomable abuse, death, and body parts in jars."
"On Thursday, Fox News’ 'Special Report with Bret Baier' ran a segment in which Baier reported that NBC, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS have done zero stories on the Gosnell trial. The exception was CNN, which did one story," CNSNews.com reports.
Powers Tweets: "Gosnell . . . did not oversee the admin of anesthesia -- except when the patient was white." (grandjury) [emphasis added]
As darkness is to light, and night is to day, so are today's formerly mainstream media to fair and honest reporting. To think otherwise is an abortion of intellect.
Authorities have confirmed that an apparent bomb addressed to Maricopa, Ariz., County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was uncovered and diverted, and now investigators are beginning to look into a list of his enemies for any links or connections.
Those who have had conflicts with him, those who might be coming under investigation, those who have been unsuccessful in fights with him. . . .Arpaio, who has described himself as the "toughest sheriff in America," has had conflicts over the past few years with advocates for illegal immigration, those who don’t like his enforcement of state laws in Arizona, and those who don’t like him investigating certain topics, including the validity of Barack Obama’s birth documentation. Others don’t like him because he’s been aggressive in fighting the war on illegal immigration in his border state, and his stand on law-and-order. . . .
A spokeswoman for his office today told WND that five members from Mexican drug cartels in just the past few years have threatened Arpaio’s life, including offering a $4 million bounty announced by one suspect just this week. . . .
According to WND, when "asked whether confirmation was available that the sheriff would remain committed to his law enforcement and investigatory responsibilities," the spokeswoman said, "That’s an understatement!"
From Clash Daily:
I recently received a letter from one of law enforcement’s finest. He had attended a seminar in which he was told to be on the lookout for Christians. The letter was written by an attendee, Ron Trowbridge, Undersheriff in Prowers County, Colorado. I would like to thank Sheriff Trowbridge for the letter and the 25 years he has spent protecting the public in his county. Fear of reprisals from either the Colorado State Police and Homeland Security, fail to stop this patriot from exposing what our law officers are being subjected to.
What is in the letter? Passages like this:
Trooper Joe Kluczynski taught a 2-hour section on sovereign citizens. Kluczynski spent most of his two hours focusing on how, in his view and apparently the view of Homeland Security, people turn to the sovereign citizen movement. . . . Among those groups, Kluczynski had listed, were those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and “fundamentalists”. Kluczynski did not explain what he meant by “fundamentalists” but from the context it was clear he was referring again to those who took the Bible literally or “too seriously.”
While Kluczynski emphasized that sovereign citizens have a right to their beliefs, he was clearly teaching that the groups he had listed should be watched by law enforcement and should be treated with caution because of their potential to assault law enforcement. Kluczynski explained why he believed these groups were dangerous saying they were angry over the election of a black president. When someone in the group suggested the failing economy was probably much more to blame, Kluczynski intimated that those who are not going along with the changes in America will need to be controlled by law enforcement. Kluczynski even later questioned some of the troopers present if they were willing and prepared to confiscate "illegal" weapons if ordered to.
Because of the bravery of officer Ron Trowbridge, notes Clash Daily, "we are able to get an inside look on how nefarious forces within our government are attempting to indoctrinate our law officers. As this letter proves, our officers cannot be intimidated. Nor can they be turned on the people they serve. The people of Prowers County are very lucky to have him."
Army Tells Soldiers: "Evangelicals" No. 1 Threat
West Point Warns . . . About "Civil Activism, Individual Freedoms, and Self-Gov't"!
Harvard Prof Equates Christians With Murderous Muslims
Extremism In, Extremism Out: Obama’s Soldiers for Secularism
What Is "Mainstream" America?
Kirsten Powers writes:
It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart. . . .
A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state. . . .
"You don't have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being 'pro-choice' or 'pro-life.' It's about basic human rights," Powers writes.
Conclusion: "The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace."
Terence P. Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com:
Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are "better prepared for the demands of the global economy" and to help parents save on "child-care costs."
This is just more extremism from a politician who rejects the vision for humanity and vision for freedom that is the mainstream American position, as set forth in the enduring principles of the Declaration of Indpendence and Bill of Rights.
Everyone should understand that the "nation" or "America" does not have any children. Parents have children, not nations. And not governments.
And it is the God-given right and responsibility of parents -- not Washington, D.C., power-brokers -- to raise and oversee the education of their own children.
What Obama is doing is using the tried and true con of "education" to tempt hard-working parents to allow power-hungry politicians even more (unconstitutional) control over our children than they already improperly exercise.
Wisdom says no to the further spread of slavery and yes to human resistance in the name of liberty.
It is for the sake of real education and the dignity of the person that Americans should reject what is just more candy-coated extremism disgorging out of Washington.
As the Declaration of Independence makes clear, and as the verifiable information we have from the Creator makes clear, the center of gravity for human freedom and dignity is the Creator, and not the state.
This is the mainstream human position, and as a matter of history, it is the defining U.S. position. All else is extreme. And all else is extreme, even if that extremism is advocated under a sales pitch of education or on behalf of saving a few dollars (as if the federal government knows anything about saving money).
Mr. Obama, it would be better if you read (and submitted to) the Declaration of Independence. It would be better if you read (and submitted to) the Bill of Rights.
That's your job. To submit. To submit your ego and your thinking and your policies to the rules of freedom. It's also why you took to oath of office. Or do you have mental reservations, after all?
Reject extremism, Mr. Obama. Do your job. Remove your nose from our business.
And by the way, Republicans: You need to do a little reading too. And submitting, too. To the rules of freedom.
Erica Ritz reports at The Blaze:
MSNBC host Touré, a writer and "cultural critic," has recently been in the news for attacking Dr. Benjamin Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Having insulted black Rush Limbaugh fans in the past, Touré said Dr. Carson’s "un-serious" ideas are tolerated on the right only because he can be held up as a token black friend.
Now, a recent report by the Daily Caller suggests the television host has long seen the world through a racial lens.
"MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992," The Daily Caller claims. "Touré’s flagship publication, The Fire This Time, lavished praise on famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus. Before he became an intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried 'the suffocating white community' and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime."
George Neumayr writes at American Spectator:
Whoever put together the recently reported Defense Department materials classifying Catholics and Evangelicals as extremists can be excused for simply reflecting, if a bit overenthusiastically, the ideology of the boss. Obama’s anti-Christian secularism is the order of the day. Why wouldn’t that philosophy seep into DOD materials?
The military is dismissing this slide show for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation, which placed the Catholic Church in the same category as al Qaeda, as an isolated incident. An Army spokesman told the press it "was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission," who "was not a subject matter expert, and produced the material after conducting Internet research."
Research into what? Obama’s speeches and writings on the benighted quality of Christianity, all of which rest on the premise that it is extreme? Did he read Obama’s memoirs, which dismiss passages of the Bible as extreme? Had he read Obama’s comment that to "base our policy making" on Abrahamic commitments "would be a dangerous thing"? . . .
"When historians look back on his presidency, they will likely record that he considered his greatest enemy to be not radical Islam abroad but traditional Christianity at home," Neumary writes.
"Winning the culture war through the 'fundamental transformation' of the country has always been of more interest to him than winning wars against Islamic terrorists. As he has proudly noted, 'ending "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" was a topic in my first meeting with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs'.”
Neumayr concludes, "The 'individual' who put together the U.S. Army Reserve presentation deserves if anything a promotion. As a product of Obama-era brainwashing, he understands that the military no longer exists for God and country but for Obama and his state secularism, which views Americans who still bitterly cling to their Christianity as extremists."
On March 29, we published at Pro-Existence Nancy's remarks, "Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex 'Marriage' Opens Door to 'Unlimited Statism'."
It's terrific to report that her observations now appear in Portuguese at this website in Brazil.
During last night's Hannity Townhall, Dr. Ben Carson and a panel of leading black Americans not cowed by political correctness spoke out against racism, including the racism evident in the liberal belief that "they own black America," as Reginald Jones of the Project 21 National Advisory Council put it.
A particularly striking part of this townhall is a video clip in which MSNBC figure Chris Matthews says, "Racism is the belief that one race, white, should rules all others."
It must be said: This statement is an offense to intelligence, and it supports the proposition that while the United States is founded upon self-evident truths, liberalism is founded upon self-evident foolishness.
I don't know about you, but for me, there's something unappealing about committing intellectual suicide just to be part of a group. The Creator who liberates does not ask this of us, and we should not ask it of ourselves or expect it in others. Test everything.
Ryan Mauro writes at Frontpage.com:
Pastor Joel C. Hunter of Florida’s Northland Church is under fire for his stance against the state’s proposed legislation based on American Laws for American Courts. He chose a peculiar individual to help make his case: Atif Fareed, former chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida.
The influence of Pastor Hunter is not to be dismissed. His church’s congregation numbers around 15,000 and he sits on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance. He has served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and remains a "spiritual advisor" to him.
Hunter opposes the legislation, which is designed to stop foreign law from superseding American law, because he sees it as an "unnecessary law that increases bias and heightens animosity between Christians and Muslims." Although it is often described as "anti-Shariah" legislation, it doesn’t mention Shariah or Islam. It is focused on all foreign law.
"The Florida Family Association went into action when Hunter asked Atif Fareed . . . to read a statement to the Florida Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability for him," Mauro writes.
"CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the country’s largest terrorism-finance trial and was listed among 'individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations'," Mauro explains. "The Palestine Committee is a secret Brotherhood body set up to support the Hamas agenda in America."
In an article titled "Hell Hath No Fury Like an Atheist Scorned," Craig Brown writes at the U.K. Daily Mail:
Over the past few years, evangelical atheists have switched places with fire-and-brimstone Christians: Where once it was the Christians who brooked no disagreement, now it is the atheists. . . .
A weaselly self-righteousness is now the hallmark of the celebrity unbeliever. Meanwhle, it is the Christian who nods diligently in any discussion, taking pains to reassure the atheists how very much he respects their point of view.
Bob Unruh reports at WND:
Hunt for the word "homophobia" -- purportedly a fear of homosexuality -- and Merriam-Webster, the ADL, Wikipedia, Oxford Dictionary, The Free Dictionary, the Reference Dictionary and others are ready to provide help.
But look for "homofascism" -- the use of homosexuality to bludgeon and batter the religious rights of Christians and others -- and the logical resources are silent, leaving it to blogs and others to define.
For example, at DefendProclaimtheFaith.org, a blogger wrote, "In light of all the information that I already posted and current information in this digest, I believe I may have coined a phrase. I am no longer titling the information as homosexual but homofascism. . . . I am going to use it because it fits this movement."
"Obama is undoubtedly fond of quoting Bible verses," W.A. Beatty writes, but "here are some verses he seems to have missed, or purposely ignored, since it would be difficult for him to twist them to suit his agenda."
Jack Minor reports at WND:
Soldiers in the U.S. military have been told in a training briefing that evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America -- ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Nation of Islam, al-Qaida, Hamas and others.
"Men and women of faith who have served the Army faithfully for centuries shouldn’t be likened to those who have regularly threatened the peace and security of the United States," said Col. (Ret.) Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization. It also appears that some military entities are using definitions of 'hate' and 'extreme' from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations. That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military."
The briefing, which was given to an Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania, came from a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief titled "Extremism and Extremist Organizations."
The material mentions neo-Nazis, the KKK and other white supremacist organizations. Pictures are shown on various slides of people in Klan attire and Nazi flags. The significance of gang tattoos, and racist acronyms and the significance of numbers were also discussed.
"While the material on gangs and racist organizations is similar to what one might receive from a local police briefing on gang issues, after teaching on neo-Nazis in the military such as Timothy McVeigh, the material makes an amazing link," Minor reports.
"A slide titled 'Religious Extremism' lists multiple organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Hamas, the Nation of Islam, the Ku Klux Klan and the Christian Identity movement as examples of extremist groups," Minor writes. "However, the first group on the list is evangelical Christianity. Catholicism and ultra-orthodox Judaism are also on the list of religious extremist organizations."
John Perazzo writes at Frontpagemag.com:
The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota -- whose population is composed of 63.8% whites, 10.5% Hispanics, and 18.6% African Americans -- has been governed exclusively by mayors from the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the state affiliate of the Democratic Party, since 1978.
As of 2011, the poverty rate in Minneapolis was 23.5%, more than one-and-a-half times the national figure of 15%. This differential is consistent with a longstanding, well-documented trend: Virtually all of America’s poorest cities have been led politically by Democrats for many years, even decades.
In 2010, for example, not even one of the ten poorest large cities in the U.S. had elected a Republican mayor since the 1980s. In fact, 8 of the 10 cities had been led exclusively by Democrats for more than half a century.
. . .
Prior to the permanent Democratic takeover of Minneapolis in 1978, the city’s poverty rate had been consistently lower than the national average. . . .
Just as Minneapolis residents face significant economic challenges, so must they deal with the city’s sizable crime problem. . . .
"In a particularly ugly develoment, Minneapolis in recent times has been the scene of numerous incidents involving 'flash mob' violence, usually by large groups of black assailants targeting white victims," Perazzo writes.
Jeffery Lord writes at American Spectator:
Having failed to end Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s congressional career at the polls, the left is now moving to do it the old-fashioned way: Bork Bachmann unto political death.
This really is the old-fashioned way.
And any conservative even semi-awake recognizes the game instantly. In this case the game being played with the so-called Office of Congressional Ethics, the OCE.
This is what we now call “Borking.”
The method of choice of liberals when they are frustrated by the public’s attachment or potential attachment to a political figure on the Right.
"From then-California Senator Richard Nixon’s 1952 'scandal' about a campaign fund to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 'ties' to German Nazis to 1988 allegations that Dan Quayle bought drugs to Sarah Palin’s 2008 episode over Alaskan state troopers, the story is the same," Lord continues. "From charges designed to immolate any conservative from the late Robert Bork in 1987 (whence the Borking game took its name) to Clarence Thomas in 1991 or, in the last few days, Dr. Ben Carson, the game never changes when the objective is to destroy a prominent conservative." (emphasis added)
Udo Middelmann has released the following statement:
The funeral for Edith Schaeffer will be on April 19th at 2 PM in the church in Gryon, Switzerland, where she has lived and made her home for the past 13 years. She was a member of the church her husband and I pastured together in Switzerland. The service in Gryon will be the public funeral for her and in her honor, and everyone is invited to attend and to express their love and appreciation afterwards in the reception immediately following.
On April 25 at 2 PM there will be a service at the graveside in Rochester, Minnesota, to lay her body next to her husband’s, as they had promised to each other. Everyone is welcome to join in a tribute to honor Edith Schaeffer, whom we know as a generous, creative, loving, knowledgeable and wise person. In no way would Edith Schaeffer want either service to be private.
At her request, which Frank Schaeffer wrote down eight years ago, I shall conduct and preach at both services as her pastor, which she considered me to be after her husband’s death. Even when she was unable to leave her home in recent months I had church with her and others regularly and served communion to them in her own home.
There may be a number of memorial services in the weeks and months ahead in different locations held for Edith Schaeffer. She was a generous person in all things and richly deserves to be remembered by many now and in years to come. These, however, are not part of the funeral arrangements Edith Schaeffer made for her own death.
We are very thankful to God for the life and work of Edith Schaeffer. . . . In the place of flowers we invite you to contribute to the work of The Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, which she started in 1988 and which continues her and her husband’s ideas and interests.
The Foundation’s USA address is 313 East 92nd Street, Apt. 5E, New York, NY 10128, USA. The Swiss Address is Chalet Mon Abri, Jermintin 2, CH-1882, Gryon.
Udo Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation.
Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey will be among the keynote speakers at the "One True God?" conference April 11-13 in the metro area of Denver, Colorado.
Also keynoting are Doug Groothuis from Denver Seminary, Craig Hazen of Biola University, and James Bjornstad, professor of philosophy at Cedarville College.
"Evening sessions are free to the public. The three day conference is $25," states the conference website.
Nancy will be speaking April 12, Friday morning and Friday evening (no charge!). You can register online by clicking here.
The Pearcey Report enjoyed 306,634 page views in last month. Nancy and I greatly appreciate your readership! Thanks to all!
Todd Starnes reports at Fox News:
A federal civil rights complaint has been filed against the Salt Lake City School Board after a principal booted a Cub Scout pack from an elementary school.
About 30 eight to 11 year-olds were told they could no longer meet at Mountain View Elementary School because the Boy Scout’s ban on gay members in leaders conflicted with the school district’s anti-bias policy.
The ban drew the ire of Michael Clara, a school board member and lifetime Boy Scout. Clara filed the federal complaint on behalf of two Latino parents.
"It is an assault on the founding principles of our country for school officials to attempt to exclude a voice no less legitimate than its own from public school participation," Clara is quoted as telling Fox News.
In fact, the pro-family voice of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is more legitimate than that of a pro-homosexual school board, for the Scouts ban on homosexuals stands in the mainstream of the family, married life, and the norms of freedom, which are ultimately rooted in the "created equal" of the Creator (see Declaration of Independence) and not in the social constructs of secularized academics, alienated politicians, or an estranged federal state.
In contrast, the homosexualist movement stands outside of that enduring mainstream and therefore, by definition, occupies the extreme -- against family, against marriage, and even against the human body. It is an ideology that harms.
"A marketplace of ideas devoid of competitive viewpoints engenders an insidious society of conformity, contrary to the fundamental precepts of our Constitution," Clara is also quoted as saying. "It’s unfortunate this principal has the backing of the district to implement their own form of discrimination and racism."
By the way, Clara "describes himself as a Christian conservative Republican who supports gay rights," according to Fox News. It should be noted that a belief in "gay rights" faces a huge challenge intellectually insofar as it operates on the basis of a relativistic social construct, which undercuts the very concept of morality and of rights and offers no sound basis for "unalienable rights."
The slogan "homosexual rights" is actually an assertion of raw power, organized anarchy, and it possesses all the authenticity of a $3 bill. Anything you can buy with this counterfeit will be of no value. Fortunately for human freedom, all the yelling, screaming, hating, and name-calling in the world -- as well as removing from schools -- cannot change this fact.
Meanwhile, the name of the principal of Mountain View Elementary School is James Martin. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, according the school's public website.
These are your schools, parents. These are your schools, taxpayers. The principals work for you, the school board works for you. You pay their salaries. Ultimately, in community with the God who liberates, you are the boss and you call the shots. It's time for Wisdom to rise up. It's time for Wisdom to rise up.
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Son of Lesbian in Paris: Meet the "Gay" Police State
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
In explaining the Anabaptist tradition, I was quoted saying, "You can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal." I did say that -- but it was purely a statement of fact. It is possible to hold that position, though it isn't my position, nor was I promoting or endorsing the position. I was simply reporting on the growth of that view.
"I can see how some readers might be confused at these points
. . . and think that I support the legalization of same-sex marriage. I do not. I hope that clarifies things for those of you who asked about this article," Keller writes.
Erick Erickson wrote March 28 at RedState:
1,980 years ago tomorrow, the world put God on trial. When offered a choice, the world surrendered up God to be tortured, crucified, and killed and asked that Pontius Pilate free the criminal Barabbas instead.
There is no compromise between Christ and the world. Young evangelicals, complacent in the United States and unharassed, would do wise to remember this.
Tim Keller, a noted preacher in my denomination (Presbyterian Church in America), made news yesterday when he talked about evangelicals coming to terms with gay marriage. In particular he said that "you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal."
"Young evangelicals have bought into the notion that by proclaiming the standards of the Bible they are judging," Erickson continues. "They seek accommodation and given tacit approval to sin lest they be accused of judging or casting stones."
In fact, Erickson counters, "There is no accommodation on this issue with the world. Young evangelicals, Tim Keller, and the rest are deluded if they think they can seek a compromise with the world."
Erickson began his column by quoting Jesus' unflinching affirmation that "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt. 6:24).
Erickson concludes: "Mammon chose Barabbas and too many young evangelicals are choosing Mammon."
My recommendation: Join "The Revolt of Intelligence Against 'Marriage Equality'."
Hat tip: Matt Barber
Son of Lesbian in Paris: Meet the "Gay" Police State
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
What most impressed me in knowing Edith at L'Abri was her emphasis on everyday beauty.
Arriving as a critical agnostic, I was surprised to meet Christians who actually cared about the world of ideas and the arts. It was not merely that Francis Schaeffer lectured about the arts, however.
It was also that Edith thought it important for the Christian to incorporate beauty into all of life -- such as simple but elegant table settings with a flower and a candle. Not expensive items, not conspicuous consumption. But creative (expressing your unique personality) and natural (using items and themes from nature when possible).
Though I had grown up in the church, I had never before met Christians who understood that our souls hunger for beauty just as much as for truth and goodness.
For me, as for many others who studied at L'Abri in the days when Edith still presided, there was an apologetics of beauty that made me want Christianity to be true, at the same time that I was working through a philosophical apologetics that was persuading me intellectually that it was true.
Edith described her love of everyday beauty in Hidden Art (the title was later expanded to The Hidden Art of Homemaking).
Udo Middelmann writes:
Edith Rachel Merritt Seville Schaeffer died on March 30, 2013 in her home in Gryon, Switzerland, where she had moved 13 years ago to be surrounded by memories, her music, her son’s paintings and the detailed care organized daily by her daughter Deborah Middelmann.
She was born on November 3, 1914, as the third daughter of Dr. George Hugh and Jessie Maude Seville in Wenchau, China, where her parents ran a school for girls and taught the Bible in Mandarin.
Edith Schaeffer marked her life with the expression of rich ideas, often rebellious against the staid and superficial life she saw among Christians.
The oldest sister became a communist in New York of the 30ies, the second eloped. Edith Seville married Francis August Schaeffer in 1935, and in no way was she the typical pastor’s or missionary wife.
She turned her active mind to work with her husband, teaching first seminary wives to think and to question, to create and make of life something of integrity, as her husband so wanted her to do.
For millions of people, the entrance of God into verifiable history in human form is cause for celebration. It began with that birth in Bethlehem, and it culminated with an empirically verifiable resurrection in space and time in Jerusalem. Here was an individual observably alive at point A, dead at point B, but then alive again at point C. Thus we have Easter, a rock upon which to build a house, a life, a city on a hill, and even an entire civilization, once the profoundly pro-human implications of the Judeo-Christian worldview begin to be understood and applied across the whole of thought and culture.
No one should be surprised that the consequences of factual events so amazing should cascade like fresh mountain waters over the centuries into new years and into new lives every year. Christmas becomes a time of joy and celebration. Easter becomes a time of doubt followed by certainty and then amazement. But for others it’s a different story. King Herod’s is such a story. So is that of Pontius Pilate.
Herod searched for the newborn king not to celebrate but to destroy a potential rival to power, and that is why he ordered the death of boys in Bethlehem “two years old and younger” (Matt. 1:16). Pilate had Truth staring him in the face when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:19). But instead of setting an innocent man free, a man in whom Pilate found nothing wrong, the Roman washed his hands and gave Jesus over to be crucified (Matt: 27:26), just as the religious establishment wanted.
Had Pilate really been honest in his question about truth, in a matter of days he could have begun investigating the ample evidence regarding the resurrection of the man about whom he found nothing wrong. His curiosity might have been stimulated, one would think, after hearing reports of strange goings-on at the tomb of Jesus. After all, a dead man usually does not unwrap his grave clothes, roll away a massive boulder blocking the entrance to his tomb, overcome sentries whose job (upon pain of death) is to ensure his body stays put, and then convince utterly defeated followers that he is the Lord of life.
One thing pretenders and outright liars seem to have difficulty understanding, whether they be corrupt religious leaders, maneuvering politicians, or enablers easy to command: Truth never dies, is never really defeated, even if you kill it.
Celebrations of Easter and Christmas in America today occur at a time and place far different from that of the countryside and politics of ancient Israel. And yet, there is continuity, for ours too is a time of celebration and praise -- but also one of pretense and hatred and even persecution. That’s right. Persecution is the correct word, it seems to me, if we are to reflect sensitively a Biblical understanding of what is at stake in the world today.
Continue reading "Easter and Other Four-Letter Words."
Kristine Marsh writes at CNSNews.com:
An Iowa anti-bullying conference is planning to teach students and adults how "to fight back against propaganda from the extreme right wing, from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to Bob Vander Plaats and Jan Mickelson."
The event is being put on by Iowa Safe Schools, a gay advocacy group affiliated with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. This is its eighth annual Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Youth, and taxpayers and students are sponsoring it, at least in part.
The conference, that takes place April 3, will feature anti-conservative and anti-Christian workshops.
"A documentary entitled For the Bible Tells Me So will be shown, along with a discussion afterwards," CNSNews reports. "The event description asks, 'Is the Bible an excuse to hate?' Another event describes how religion is a 'form of oppression' alongside racism, sexism, and homophobia."
This extreme homosexualist approach smacks of rank propaganda that discriminates against the Creator and his liberating norms for marriage, human sexuality, and unalienable rights (as opposed to pretend rights socially constructed in San Fransciso thought ghettos).
Free minds, of course, revolt and refuse to submit to organized bullying and to organized hatreds, especially when those hatreds try to hide their intent behind slogans such as "safe schools" and other deceptions designed not to inform but to conquer.
Stand up, Iowa. Stand up to your oppressors. In love and in truth, yes, but stand. Hate must be resisted, and lies knocked down by truth. Live free. Live free.
Robert Oscar Lopez writes:
On March 24, 2013, as I stood with other speakers waiting to take the stage at Paris's "manif pour tous" against homosexual marriage, I saw tear gas sail through the air at a crowd of peaceful protesters.
Children, elderly people, and elected officials were hit by the gas. Christine Boutin, the president of a major political party, passed out. Some videos showing what happened are posted on my blog here. . . .
The images of a police force, commanded by a gay Socialist mayor (Bernard Delanoe), shooting tear gas at children was worse than the imagery of Lt. Pike pepper-spraying college students in Davis, and worse, I would say, than the Jim Crow police force using dogs and water hoses on black children during the famous protests led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. . . .
Having spent so many years in the gay community, I found myself falling into an emotional nadir as violence marred events, both in Brussels and Paris. In both cases, it was the side militating for gay parenting that used physical intimidation: a combination of riled street thugs and armed riot police, the deadly cocktail of "unofficial" and "official" violence that characterizes the dynamics of so many police states. . . .
"Whatever becomes of same-sex marriage in the United States," Lopez concludes, "the gay movement poses a much longer-term problem. Homosexuality is not a sexual orientation, but rather an ideology. The LGBT movement is not a community, but rather a political machine. . . . [I]t is the face of an ancient urge which must always be resisted: the lust for power and domination."
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
Editor's note: While the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 this week, apologists for homosexual "marriage" ask how such an arrangement poses any harm to society. In fact, very much is at stake, and negatively so, for the individual person and for society at large, as Nancy Pearcey demonstrates below, in remarks published in 2011, prior to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
The conservative coalition has always been unstable. And homosexuality may be the issue on which it shatters.
Several groups have announced that they will boycott next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because of its decision to invite the pro-homosexual activist group GOProud to participate.
Dissenting groups include the Family Research Council, Concerned Women of America, The American Principles Project, American Values, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, and the National Organization for Marriage.
Not all conservatives support the boycott. At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey opines that by pulling out, social conservatives create the perception "that they don’t even want to debate their position on homosexuality."
At Commentary, Peter Wehner says that these groups could give the impression "that they do not have the arguments needed to win on the merits."
Unfortunately, too many Americans already have that impression -- especially younger voters. A 2009 Pew study found that 58 percent of young adults 18 to 29 years old support same-sex "marriage," compared to 39 percent of the population nationwide.
By voting with their feet, however, social conservatives are not giving up, they are taking a public stand -- which creates a forum to make their case more effectively. They should take this opportunity to argue that the practice of homosexuality has a negative impact not just on the family but also on individuals -- that it expresses a profound disrespect for a person’s biological identity.
Biologically, physiologically, males and females are clearly counterparts to one another. The male sexual and reproductive anatomy is obviously designed for a relationship with a female, and vice versa.
Homosexual practice thus requires individuals to contradict their own biology. It disconnects a person’s sexuality from his or her biological identity as male or female -- which exerts a self-alienating and fragmenting effect on the human personality.
And the logic of alienation will not stop there. Already the acceptance of same-sex relationships is metastasizing into a postmodern notion of sexuality as fluid and changing over time.
For example, an article in the Utne Reader highlights individuals who came out of the closet as homosexual, but were later attracted to heterosexual relationships again. The article quotes psychotherapist Bret Johnson explaining that people today "don’t want to fit into any boxes -- not gay, straight, lesbian, or bisexual ones." Instead "they want to be free to change their minds."
What we’re seeing, Johnson concludes, is "a challenge to the old, modernist way of thinking 'This is who I am, period' and a movement toward a postmodern version, 'This is who I am right now.'"
In other words, yesterday I was straight, today I may be homosexual, and tomorrow I could be bisexual. One’s psychosexual identity is said to be in constant flux.
In the past, homosexuals employed the defense that they were born that way. But now they are beginning to embrace the postmodern idea that you can be anything you want to be along a sexual continuum.
This contradicts conservatism at its philosophical core. Conservatism bases human rights on the recognition that there are certain non-negotiable givens in human nature, prior to the state, which the state is obligated to respect.
As political scientist Philippe Beneton explains, in conservatism, equality "is grounded in the recognition of what is human." By contrast, in liberalism, equality "is founded on the claim that nothing is specifically human" -- that human nature itself is a social construction, something we make up as we go along, including our psychosexual identity.
In that case, however, there is nothing in the individual that is given, which the state is therefore obligated to respect. Liberalism undermines the basis for inalienable human rights.
The CPAC walkout is a chance to highlight what is at stake. Jesse Hathaway at NewsReal Blog defends CPAC, saying, "I’m a bit fuzzy on why it matters what a person does in the privacy of his or her bedroom, as long as it doesn’t affect me."
But it does affect him -- and everyone else. Every social practice is the expression of fundamental assumptions about what it means to be human. When a society accepts and approves the practice, it implicitly commits itself to the worldview that supports it -- all the more so if the practice is enshrined in law.
If America accepts practices such as same-sex "marriage," in the process it will absorb the accompanying worldview -- the redefinition of human personhood as a purely social construction -- which opens the door to unlimited statism, because there is no human nature that an oppressive state could possibly offend.
Those who resist will be compelled by the state to go along, or face penalties for "discrimination."
Margaret Thatcher used to say, "First you win the argument, then you win the vote." Instead of caving on this issue, the leaders of CPAC should be vigorously advancing the core arguments of conservatism. Not just to win the vote but to preserve the foundation of the American republic.
Note: This column first appeared in The Daily Caller.
Editor's Note: Nancy Pearcey's analysis below seems to have particular relevance now that the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8:
The ruling by Judge Vaughn Walker to strike down Proposition 8 raises a host of issues that go far beyond the California case. Especially troubling is Walker’s view of gender. His ruling makes the sweeping assertion that “gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage.”
This declaration is being quoted in astonishment for its sheer breathtaking exaggeration. Yet it reveals a pivotal element in the liberal view of human sexuality.
Liberal ethics is based on a fragmented view of the human being that pits biology against choice. Its roots go back to the French philosopher Rene Descartes, who proposed that the body is a machine controlled by a completely separate thing called the mind. The ghost in the machine.
As philosopher Daniel Dennett explains, “Since Descartes in the 17th century we have had a vision of the self as a sort of immaterial ghost that owns and controls a body the way you own and control your car.” In other words, the body is no longer regarded as an integral part of the human person but as sub-personal, functioning strictly on the level of biology and chemistry -- almost like a possession that can be used to serve the self’s desires.
This is the philosophy that underlies arguments for same-sex “marriage.” The assumption is that our bodies have nothing to do with our identity as persons. And that, therefore, anatomy can be overridden by sheer self-expressive choice.
The denigration of physical anatomy does not stop with same-sex “marriage.” The cutting edge issue today is transgenderism, a movement that rejects the distinction between male and female itself as a mere social construction -- and an oppressive one at that.
According to the New York Times, several universities now offer separate bathrooms, housing and sports teams for transgender students who do not identify themselves as either male or female. Some schools no longer require students to check male or female on their health forms. Instead, they are asked to “describe your gender identity history." In other words: Which genders have you been over the course of your lifetime?
Gender has become a postmodern concept -- fluid, free-floating, completely detached from physical anatomy.
Several states have already passed laws mandating that schools and workplaces accommodate transgenders, and supporters are pushing hard for the same laws at the national level. In 2007, California passed a law requiring schools to permit transgender students to use the restroom or locker room of their preferred gender, regardless of their anatomical sex. The new law redefines sex as socially constructed gender: “Gender means sex and includes a person’s gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
Note the assumption that your sex is “assigned” to you, as though it were purely arbitrary instead of an anatomical fact. The law is being used to impose a secular liberal worldview that dismisses physical anatomy as insignificant, inconsequential and completely irrelevant to gender identity.
As I show in Saving Leonardo, this represents a devastatingly disrespectful view of the physical body. It alienates people from their own bodies, treating anatomy as having no intrinsic dignity. No dignity is accorded to the unique capabilities inherent in being male or female.
Ironically, Christians are often dismissed as prudes and Puritans because of their “repressive” sexual morality -- and yet the Christian worldview actually affirms a much higher view of the body than the liberal, utilitarian view. It offers the radically positive affirmation that the material world was created by God, that it will ultimately be made whole by God and that God was actually incarnated (made flesh) in a human body.
In the ancient world, these claims were so astonishing that the Gnostics rejected them, and tried to turn Jesus into an avatar who only appeared to have a human body. They could not accept the idea of a Creator who celebrates our material, biological, sexual nature.
Today’s liberal elites such as Judge Walker may pose as enlightened liberators, but in fact they are secular Gnostics, treating physical anatomy as having no intrinsic dignity or purpose. In an unexpected twist of history, it is once again Christians who are defending a high and holistic view of the human person.
Note: This analysis originally appeared in WND.
Ryan MacPherson writes at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
As the cliché would have it, "You can’t legislate morality." But some Minnesota lawmakers think they can legislate biology instead.
The interaction of two bills introduced in the Legislature this session defies the facts of Biology 101.
The Legislature’s proposed allowance for up to six adults to claim biological parentage of the same child takes the marriage debate to a new level.
No longer will people be asking whether every child has the right to a mom and a dad -- or whether same-sex couples can raise children just as well as opposite-sex couples.
Now a child can have up to six persons whom the law will recognize as "presumptive biological parents."
The following press announcement was released today by Liberty Counsel:
Washington, D.C. -- Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, commented regarding the oral arguments made today before the Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry on Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative defining marriage as one man and one woman.
"No one can predict how the Supreme Court will ultimately rule on the Prop 8 case, but based on oral arguments today, it is possible a majority of Justices could rule that the proponents of Prop 8 lack standing and dismiss the case.
"If that happens, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling would be dismissed, leaving perhaps only the Northern District of California court ruling. This would mean the ruling applies only to the northern part of California.
"It is possible the Court could even dismiss the district court ruling and save the issue of marriage for another case. Of course, there is always the possibility the Court could issue a limited ruling or a broad ruling on the matter.
"If the Supreme Court goes the wrong way and rules that there is somehow a 'constitutional right to same-sex marriage,' it will become, in my view, an illegitimate arbiter of the rule of law. It will have lost its legitimacy in its entirety, and will have just simply morphed into a political machine.
"Common sense and a quick read of the Constitution say there is no such right to same-sex marriage," said Staver.
"The natural family is fundamental to our very existence. Thriving societies need healthy children who grow up into responsible citizens. Healthy children require committed parents who will sacrifice their own desires for the well-being of their children. This is all created within the context of natural marriage between one man and one woman,” Staver concluded.
Liberty Counsel submitted an amicus brief on this case to the Supreme Court and has defended many marriage laws in California since 2004.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits has the story at Lifesitenews.com. Smits "directly witnessed the events that took place during this extraodinary event. She confirms the enormous numbers claimed by organizers," and she "reports on many aspects either ignored or distorted by French and other media," according to Lifesitenews.
Here is video of the protest in Paris.
Here's the announcement from the Office of Student Life at Houston Baptist University:
This fall the only apologetics course for undergraduates is a course offered through HBU's Francis Schaeffer Center titled "Worldview Apologetics: 'Testing Everything' with C.S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer."
The course is limited to juniors and seniors (others with instructor permission). It will be listed as APOL 3381 Special Topics. In Huskynet, Nancy Pearcey is listed as the instructor and the title as SP TOP: Wrldview:Lewis/Schaeffer. For a longer description, click here.
The website of Evangelicals Now, a monthly newspaper available in England, has published "What Is Killing the Western World?," which I was honored to write as the Foreword to Emancipating the World, by our friend Darrow Miller of Disciple Nations Alliance.
To see "What Is Killing the Western World?" at The Pearcey Report, please go here.
Eric Owens writes at The Daily Caller:
The story about the Florida Atlantic University [FAU] student who says he ended up suspended because he refused to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word “JESUS” has really taken off nationally. . . .
Junior Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, says he was booted from class after he told an FAU school official that the Jesus-stomping assignment made him uncomfortable.
An FAU official initially defended the suspension, telling local CBS affiliate WPEC that the Jesus-stomping was part of a classroom exercise from a textbook, Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.
On Friday, reports Todd Starnes of Fox News, FAU issued an apology for [Deandre] Poole’s assignment. The public, taxpayer-funded school said it won’t be using the assignment again.
"We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused,” the apology says, according to The Daily Caller. "Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs."
In his most recent column, Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action writes:
Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two of the most critical cases of our time. On Tuesday, March 26, attorneys will make the pitch both for and against California’s Proposition 8. This, of course, is the Golden State’s pro-marriage amendment. It maintained the timeless definition of natural marriage as between man and wife.
Then, on Wednesday, March 27, the high court will consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996 with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by then President Bill Clinton. It, likewise, secured the definition of legitimate marriage for purposes of federal law.
Will the high court revolt on behalf of intelligence against "marriage equality"?
Will the justices assert a critical distance that allows them to see beyond the well-practiced PR boom-boom and recognize, as I wrote last week, "that the kind of 'equality' promoted in 'marriage equality' is alien in theory, and inferior in results, to the genuinely liberating concept of 'created equal' we find in planted in the Declaration of Independence?"
Or will they lose perspective and fail to realize, as Barber notes, that the "fierce push for 'gay marriage' has nothing to do with 'marriage equality' and everything to do with 'marriage extinction'"?
The Supreme Court may find it of interest that lesbian journalist Masha Gessen signaled the real endame of "marriage equality" during a conference last summer in Sydney, Australia.
"It's a no-brainer," she said, "that the institution of marriage should not exist."
We can honestly posit that Gessen holds her views sincerely. And yet, however she holds them, they reflect a personal attachment to what ultimately is an arbitrary and relativistic approach to marriage.
It is a counterfeit complaining about the authentic, the spurious complaining about the injustice of the genuine.
And if U.S. justices follow her lead, the result will not be law, but legalized anarchy enforced by legalized crime.
If yesterday crime "was put on trial," warns Albert Camus, "today it determines the law." That is regress, not progress; reactionary, not humanitarian.
The revolt of intelligence says Masha Gessen is welcome to her private feelings but that she, and others who share her sentiments, should refrain from trying to impose them upon the rest of us. That would be intolerant, oppressive, and profoundly discriminatory.
Paul Joseph Watson writes at Infowars:
Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House peers have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition and whether the purchases are part of a deliberate attempt to restrict supply to the American people.
The DHS has committed to purchasing around 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the course of the last year. Many believe the purchases are exacerbating bullet shortages across the country, supplies already strained by record sales prompted as a result of the Obama administration’s gun control agenda.
Peter Sprigg writes at the FRC blog:
The media has jumped on a new "Policy Statement" issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which endorses the redefinition of marriage, arguing, 'Scientific evidence affirms that children . . . receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders.'
This is a highly misleading claim, especially in light of the research published last year by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus -- the most methodologically-sound research on the subject ever done, using a large and representative population-based sample -- which showed children whose parents had a homosexual relationship suffered numerous disadvantages compared with children raised by their married, biological mother and father.
"In any case," Sprigg continues, "it is unclear whether the 'Policy Statement' [accurately] represents the views of any more pediatricians than the two lead authors and the six members of the AAP’s 'Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health'."
"It is certain," Sprigg says, "that they do not speak for all pediatricians -- as indicated by the press release . . . issued today by an alternative group, the American College of Pediatricians."
Here is the press release from the American College of Pediatricians:
Gainesville, Florida (March 21, 2013) -- The American College of Pediatricians reaffirms that the intact, functional family consisting of a married (female) mother and (male) father provides the best opportunity for children. The College, therefore, disputes the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) claim that supporting same-sex unions promotes the "well-being of children."
In its newly released statement, "Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian," the AAP ignores important research on risks to children in favor of the wants of adults.
"The College does not support the alteration of this time-honored and proven standard to conform to pressures from 'politically correct' groups. No one concerned with the well-being of children can reasonably ignore the evidence for maintaining the current standard, nor can they or we ignore the equally strong evidence that harm to children can result if the current standards are rejected," says Den Trumbull, MD, President of the American College of Pediatricians.
"The AAP ignores generations of evidence of health risks to children in advocating for the legality and legitimacy of same-sex marriage and child-rearing."
As I have shown in "The Revolt of Intelligence Against 'Marriage Equality'," the openly admitted trajectory of the homosexualist push for "equality" in marriage is not marriage at all, but rather "'marriage equality' becomes 'marriage elasticity,' with the ultimate goal of 'marriage extinction'."
Or as one lesbian journalist put it last summer while speaking at a conference, "The institution of marriage should not exist."
Fred Lucas reports at CNSNews:
Minnesota state legislators considering a same-sex "marriage" bill for the state did not have an answer to an 11-year-old girl’s question on which parent is not needed.
"Since every child needs a mom and a dad to be born, I don’t think we can change that children need a mom and a dad. I believe God made it that way,” Grace Evans, 11, said before the Minnesota House Committee on Civil Law last week. "I know some disagree, but I want to ask you this question: Which parent do I not need -- my mom or my dad?"
"She paused for eight seconds as the legislators on the committee sat silent," CNSNews reports. "Evans then said, 'I’ll ask again, which parent do I not need -- my mom or my dad?' She paused again, this time for 13 seconds of silence from state lawmakers."
And then the brave Minnesota lawmakers struck silent by the question of an 11-year-old "voted in favor of the gay 'marriage' bill and sent it to the full House."
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Obama DOJ: Children Do Not Need -- and Have No Right to -- Mothers
Ending Regressive Public Education
French Protests: Marriage = One Man + One Woman
Hospitals routinely overprice products and procedures so steeply that some doctors find they can offer services dramatically more cheaply without going through insurance at all.
In "The Obamacare Revolt," Jim Epstein at Reason.com reports on how "Physicians Fight Back Against the Bureaucratization of Health Care."
He tells the story of Dr. Lisa Davidson, who experienced "8 years of frustration while running a successful traditional practice in Denver, Colorado."
When she was operating a traditional practice, Davidson witnessed firsthand how our "payment plans for routine expenses" drive up prices and block innovation.
She recalls that one insurance company paid $118 for a routine PSA test. Now that her patients pay the bill directly, the cost is $18.
Insurance used to pay $128 for a bag of IV fluid. Now Davidson doesn't bother passing on the cost of IV bags because they run $1.50 each. . . .
"What people don't realize is that most doctors employ an army of people for coding, billing, and gathering payment," says Neuhofel.
"That means you have to charge $200 to remove an ingrown toenail." Neuhofel charges $50.
This approach to healthcare is called "Direct primary care." It includes "price honesty" and is making waves, according to this video report report titled "Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare."
Noel Sheppard writes at Newsbusters:
Republican Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner, made news last month when he blamed his father's liberalism on actress Jane Fonda.
He made more news Wednesday on NewsMax TV's Steve Malzberg Show saying that CNN is "pretty much to the left" and that he has such a "hard time watching them" he mostly watches Fox.