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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IRS: "Have an Abortion, Get a Tax Deduction"

By Rick Pearcey • April 16, 2014, 09:43 AM

So notes the Washington Examiner, with a link to IRS publication 502.

Fascism Watch: Village Voice and Pro-Existence
American Fascism: Obama and Mussolini

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nevada Rancher: "This Is Nevada Land," Not Federal Land

By Rick Pearcey • April 15, 2014, 09:09 AM

Erica Ritz reports at The Blaze:

Cliven Bundy, the last remaining rancher in Clark County, Nev., stands at the center of what has become a national controversy over the private use of federal land. He is focused on one big issue, he said in a radio interview with Glenn Beck on Monday: He doesn’t believe the land belongs to the federal government.

"I think this is very clarifying to people," Beck said. "Your stance is, 'I do not recognize these lands to be federal . . . I am staking out my claim that the United States government does not have any jurisdiction, and any rights to the land that [I am] now grazing on'."

"That’s right," Bundy said. "It's Nevada land."

"Bundy said he has 'no contract with the United States government,' and the federal government has 'no jurisdiction or authority' on his grazing rights, water rights, access rights, ranch improvement rights or anything else that 'belongs to "we the people" of Clark County'," the Blaze reports.

"The rancher took his argument back to the 19th century, when Nevada became a state," the Blaze continues. "According to him, the federal government did, in fact, control the land when Nevada was a territory. But, he claimed, when the territory became a state, the government turned that land over to the sovereignty of the state of Nevada, and thus the federal government lacks the power to control it today."

"At the moment of statehood, what happened?" Bundy is quoted as asking. "At the moment of statehood the people of the territory become people of the United States with the Constitution, with equal footing to the original 13 states. They had boundaries allowing them a state line. And that boundary was divided into 17 subdivisions, which were counties. Which I live in one of those counties, Clark County, Nevada."

"As a citizen of that county, I abide by all the state laws," Bundy said, according to The Blaze.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Long-Trusted" Christian Publisher Planning Pro-Homosexual Book

By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2014, 11:00 AM

Matt Barber writes at Barbwire:

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

Is the Christian world about to suffer through another World Vision moment?

The book’s author, Matthew Vines is a homosexual activist and Bible revisionist known for manipulating Christian terminology to advance the counter-Christian homosexualist agenda.

Despite his frequent use of a Christian-like lexicon, Vines surprisingly admits to running an apostate enterprise that he calls The Reformation Project.

"An unabashed denier of Biblical teaching on sexual morality, Vines has publicly acknowledged that his goal is to 'reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity'," Barber writes. "The book is scheduled to be published on April 22, 2014."

If I may, here is another title Multnomah might consider publishing: God and Atheism: The Biblical Case in Support of the Non-Existence of Yahweh. 

There is no doubt a twenty-something author out there willing to assert that when the Bible says, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1), what is being given is culturally conditioned by ancient thought-forms in a temporal milieu shaped by the struggle for human liberation and survival against a plethora of gods and goddesses evoked by privileged elites of wealth and power. 

Further study of the living text reveals what it actually means is: "The wise man says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" 

Thus is achieved a "third way" of church reformation that transcends old dichotomies of existence and non-existence. Thus, the Bible liberates human beings from all idolatry! How cool and affirming is that! I mean, how can there be idolatry is there are no gods whatsoever?

O the joy that "honors scripture" and "those who are different." And O the wonder of being released from the shadows of idolatry!

On the other hand, April 22, 2014, may go down in Multnomah history as the date marking the decline and fall of a once-trusted Christian publisher. Time, and the choices people make in the next days and weeks, will tell. Meanwhile, intelligence revolts.

Alabama Democrat: OK With a Man Marrying a Mule 
Video: Compilation of Anti-Marriage Homofascist Violence 
Pink Is the New Brown: Mozilla, Homofascism, and the Pink Swastika
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alabama Democrat: OK With a Man Marrying a Mule

By Rick Pearcey • April 11, 2014, 10:43 AM

"That's fine with me," said state representative Alvin Holmes on WVAS radio. "It doesn't bother me any kind of way."

Mr. Holmes also expressed his support for homosex "marriage."

Read the news story at The Blaze.

Here is audio of the interview (Holmes makes his mule comments near the 3:50 mark).

"Marriage Equality" Spells "Marriage Extinction"
Pro-Same-Sex "Marriage" Lesbian: "Institution of Marriage Should Not Exist" 
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Palin Warns Holder on Gun Bracelets: "You Don't Want to Go There, Buddy"

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2014, 09:25 AM

Tony Lee reports at Breitbart:

After Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that he was considering forcing gun owners to wear identifying bracelets, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin harshly warned him that he better not even think about trying to implement the idea.

"Eric, 'You don't want to go there, buddy'," she declared on Wednesday. 

Black Pastors: Impeach Holder 
Sarah Palin: NAACP Attack on Tim Scott Shows Left's "Increased Intolerance" 
Video: See Police Confiscate Guns from Americans

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Video: Compilation of Anti-Marriage Homofascist Violence

By Rick Pearcey • April 9, 2014, 10:24 AM

The video Attacked by "Tolerance" is produced by a group called Tradition, Family, and Property.

"Will CNN and MSNBC run this footage?" ask a TFP spokesman as the video concludes.

"Probably not," he answers. "So please share it with your friends."

Pink Is the New Brown: Mozilla, Homofascism, and the Pink Swastika 
Fascism Is Back
Concentration of Power: Hitler, Mao, Obama -- How Decent People Make Terror Possible 
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Italian Parents Push Back Against "Gender Deconstruction" in Schools

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2014, 11:23 AM

Hilary White reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

This week, a group of parents told the city administration in the small Tuscan town of Pontassieve that they would not go along with the introduction of the homosexualist "gender" ideology in their schools.

The parents addressed the proposed "ECOS -- Deconstructing to Build" program that aims to "help eliminate the stereotypes associated with gender." Parents quoted the Italian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights that say in the area of public education, the state "must respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions." The school, they said, "must not invade the field of education within the family."

The parents said, "The appropriate and necessary fight against bullying and all forms of discrimination cannot be manipulated by anyone or used to spread messages of other kinds, such as the affirmation of gender identity."

"While a project to make 'diversity education' standard throughout Italy’s schools has been successfully blocked in Parliament, the same work is proceeding at the municipal level," White reports. "It was recently blasted by the Archbishop of Turin who called it an attempt to turn local schools into 're-education camps' for the extreme left."

LifeSiteNews also reports that, "at the same time, a set of government guidelines instructs journalists never to portray homosexuals or 'transsexuals' in a negative light. The document, created according to a mandate by the Council of Europe, threatens journalists with unnamed 'professional sanctions' and even possible jail time for failing to comply."

Transgender Politics and the Facts of Life 
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 
Pink Is the New Brown: Mozilla, Homofascism, and the Pink Swastika

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pink Is the New Brown: Mozilla, Homofascism, and the Pink Swastika

By Rick Pearcey • April 7, 2014, 11:43 AM

Attorney and author Scott Lively writes at BarbWire:

The cover-up of the homosexual roots of Nazism is one of, if not the greatest, feat of historical revisionism the world has ever seen. The sheer volume of documentation that has been suppressed to protect the homosexual movement from its own past is staggering.

Kevin [Abrams] and I are now working on the fifth edition of The Pink Swastika, a slow process, because, believe it or not, there is still such an enormous volume of additional material that our researchers have uncovered. I am methodically working (in my spare time) through a three-foot stack of photocopied pages from at least 200 new sources. The fifth edition may be over 500 pages long by the time we get finished with it.

Importantly, and alarmingly, The Pink Swastika’s claims linking homosexuality with fascism are also being proven by the emergence of a form of homo-fascism in our own society. The forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is the latest example, but there are many in recent years. "Gay" bullies have become the new Brownshirts (just as they were the original Brownshirts).

Lively concludes: "History never repeats identically, there are always variations colored by culture of the day. The cultural color of Nazi Germany was brown, but in millennial America pink is the new brown."

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Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
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Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Muslim Cleric Urges Needy Women to Become Sex-Slaves

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2014, 08:54 AM

Raymond Ibrahim quotes a Muslim sheikh:

We hereby give fatwa permitting the Syrian woman who desires to be married to a Muslim man, via a "right hand possession" contract -- whereby he becomes her master and she becomes his slave -- that all this contract needs is for the woman be clean of her menstruation period, and that this contract be registered with the sheikhs or other authorities, either in a Sharia or civil court. . . . 

Afterwards, once the woman says, "I give you possession over myself," via contract of "right hand possession," this woman becomes his loyal servant, and he her lord; she becomes a slave and concubine to him, and he must support her according to a previously agreed upon monetary fee . . . thus they become governed by the rulings of "right hand possession," and there is no problem with this, Allah willing.

Go here to read the entire article. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Furor at Catholic High School After Nun Presents Church Teaching on Homosexuality

By Rick Pearcey • April 3, 2014, 11:21 AM

Kirsten Andersen reports at LifeSiteNews:

A North Carolina Roman Catholic school [held a meeting April 2] to address the concerns of parents and students who say they are outraged about remarks a visiting nun made criticizing homosexuality, divorce, and sex outside of marriage during a recent speech.

Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, who often speaks to high school and college-age students on matters of sexuality, gave an hour-long presentation to students at Charlotte Catholic High School on March 21 called "Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift." School officials told the Catholic News Herald she spent about half her allotted time discussing homosexuality, blaming its rising influence in part on fatherless homes created by divorce and extramarital sex. . . .

Although the Catholic Church has always held both homosexual behavior and sex outside of marriage to be gravely sinful, students and parents at the Catholic school reacted to her remarks with shock and anger, launching both an online petition and a letter-writing campaign calling the sister’s words "offensive and unnecessarily derogatory."

"Not all students were upset by the nun’s presentation," LifeSiteNews reports. "A group of students who adhere to Catholic teaching on sexuality have launched a counter-petition condemning the protesters’ actions. 'We are outraged that the topics talked about are being debated within a community where the shared faith teaches us what truly is holy and that anyone would stand up against a nun, who has given her life for the Lord, and blantly [sic] deny God's teachings,' the petition reads."

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Krauthammer: 7.1 Million Obamacare Enrollees a "Phony Number"

By Rick Pearcey • April 2, 2014, 08:46 AM

From NRO:

President Obama announced [yesterday] that 7.1 million Americans have enrolled on health-insurance plans through Obamacare, a number that is "wonderfully precise," according to Charles Krauthammer.

"These guys go six months without any idea what the numbers are, and all of a sudden it’s to a decimal point."

Watch this Youtube video to see Krauthammer's full statement on Fox News.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Legal Expert Calls for Mozilla Boycott After CEO Apologizes for Backing Marriage

By Rick Pearcey • April 1, 2014, 11:38 AM

Thaddeus Baklinski reports at LifeSiteNews:

A noted Catholic academic and leading marriage defender is calling for a boycott of tech company Mozilla after homosexualist pressure from inside and outside the company led newly-appointed CEO Brendan Eich to apologize for previously supporting true marriage and pledge his "active commitment to equality."

Eich had contributed $1,000 in 2008 to support California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that opposed same-sex "marriage."

"The employees of Mozilla evidently think that people like me, and perhaps you, are not morally fit to be employees of their company," wrote Dr. Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence, whom the NY Times called America’s "most influential conservative Christian thinker."

"I have just deleted Mozilla Firefox from my computer," writes Dr. George, according to LifeSiteNews. "If I'm not morally fit to be their employee, I'm not morally fit to use their products."

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
Coulter on "Faggot" Easy to Defend: Surprising Help From Secular America

Monday, March 31, 2014

3 Questions With Nancy Pearcey

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2014, 12:41 PM

The blog of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (where Al Mohler serves as president) asked our editor at large the following three questions:  

1) How should Christians prioritize personal holiness in their engagement of the art and entertainment of an unbelieving culture?

2) Is there such a thing as unredeemable art and entertainment?

3) What does your ideal Saturday morning look like?

In his endorsement of Saving Leonardo, Mohler said Nancy "has taken the complex sophistication of the best cultural analysis and laid it out for any person to grasp, enjoy, and use to live out their daily lives honoring Christ. An astounding accomplishment!"

Go here to see how Nancy answers these questions.

Jefferson, Madison Went to Church Inside U.S. Capitol

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2014, 11:31 AM

Garth Kant writes at WND:

Most Americans probably would be stunned to learn that, in fact, the Capitol was actually turned into a church, once a week, for decades.

A flagrant violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause and the concept of the separation of church and state?

Not according to the man who coined the phrase.

Or the man who wrote most of the Constitution.

"Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both attended non-denominational Christian worship services inside the very chamber where Congress met from 1807 to 1857, now called Statuary Hall," Kant explains.

"Not only were church services held within the House on Sundays, but, for generations, the Capitol was transformed weekly into the largest church on the East Coast. . . . Under the original understanding of the First Amendment, the government of the United States was not allowed to dictate what a church could or could not do," Kant writes.

"The state would not dictate to the church. But the church would certainly play a role in the state,” WND quotes Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) as saying. "That's a little different idea" from what "a lot of people have about separation of church and state, including some our esteemed Supreme Court [justices] who are not quite as familiar with our history as they probably should be."

In this regard, members of the Supreme Court, and others, may find it of interest that "President George Washington believed the fate of the new country rested in its citizens’ fidelity to God. That is why he dedicated America to God" in April 1789, Kant writes.

An upcoming occasion scheduled on May 7 and titled "'Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014' commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf," Kant writes.

"Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014" is "now in its third year" and "is the brainchild of Dan Cummins, pastor of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, Texas," according to Kant. 

Rep. Gohmert "noted that [St. Paul's Chapel] is still standing and was the only site at ground zero that was not destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001," Kant writes.

Friday, March 28, 2014

World Vision Homosex "Marriage" Fiasco: Is an Apology Enough?

By Rick Pearcey • March 28, 2014, 09:09 AM

Here are a few responses to World Vision's reversal of its "decision to hire 'married' homosexuals."

In "World Vision Withdraws From the Brink," Mark Tooley at American Spectator writes, "Kudos to World Vision for relatively quickly rediscovering its doctrinal and intestinal fortitude. . . . Groups like World Vision will need double doses of such warming fortitude in the cold, secularist Winter ahead."

Not so fast, writes Bryan Fischer in an article titled "An Apology Is Not Enough -- World Vision Needs to Clean House," published at BarbWire. "This is not the end of testing for World Vision but the beginning," Fischer writes. "They had better make sure they have leaders who are up to the task. Right now, they don’t."

Also, I stated on Facebook: "The mere fact that World Vision has people in leadership anywhere close to thinking in this manner raises significant questions about the group's understanding, ethos, staffing, and direction."

In addition:

Whether with prodigals or with organizations, forgiveness and long-suffering are always in order. Legitimate concerns about forgiveness, etc., are issues separate from what should or should not happen structurally at a place such as World Vision in the aftermath of such a debacle.

As for "guts" and "showing fidelity," etc., there are other explanations that account for their quick reversal. The threat of massive donor pullout, for example. . . .

I, for one, would prefer a leadership who have demonstrated an understanding that the Lordship of Christ applies holistically across all of life -- to content and to methods.

Being clueless about the issue of marriage in the face of today's cultural breakdown is stunning, to say the least.

"A loss of funding may be the least of the organization's problems," I concluded earlier in Pro-Existence.

Nancy Pearcey: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Boycott: Evangelicals Blast World Vision Decision to Hire People in Homosex "Marriages" 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Democrat Lawmaker Defends His Praise for 9/11 Terror Mosque

By Rick Pearcey • March 27, 2014, 09:10 AM

WND reports:

Despite rebuke from counter-terrorism officials and the media, a former Obama appointee turned politician has doubled down on his controversial praise for the so-called 9/11 mosque outside the Washington suburbs, calling it "an important member of the Northern Virginia community."

Virginia State Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington, earlier this month sponsored a resolution "commending" the notorious Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center "as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration" for the center.

The resolution, which passed the full Virginia state legislature by voice vote March 7, was met with harsh criticism from terrorism experts as well as Fox News, which called it a "slap in the face of 9/11 victims."

"What the Virginia State House has done is blatant acquiescence to America’s sworn enemies," WND quotes former Muslim Brotherhood member Walid Shoebat as saying. "It is treasonous, it is traitorous, it is criminal, and any state legislator who voted for it has violated the most important oaths of office."

"Former special FBI agent John Guandolo said Lopez’s resolution amounted to 'public support for a terrorist organization.' He called its sponsors 'criminally negligent' for not taking the time to research Dar al-Hijrah’s terrorist record," according to WND.

"Is there a functioning brain cell at the state house in Richmond?" Guandolo is quoted as asking.

"The large Falls Church, Va., mosque is a known breeding ground for terrorists, counting some of the Sept. 11 hijackers as well as the Fort Hood shooter as members. Late al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki, moreover, once preached from Dar al-Hijrah’s pulpit," WND reports.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Boycott: Evangelicals Blast World Vision Decision to Hire People in Homosex "Marriages"

By Rick Pearcey • March 26, 2014, 12:55 PM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

The nearly billion-dollar Christian charity World Vision has reversed its longstanding policy, announcing that it will begin hiring homosexuals in same-sex 'marriages' to work for their ministry. . . .

"World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church -- which I find offensive -- as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church," said Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. . . .

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, said, "World Vision has abandoned the warning of Paul and compromised the integrity of a ministry financially supported by Christians who regard Scripture as the final authority on the issue."

"Christians who support World Vision should stop, as should all of the artists and authors who raise money for them," he emphasized. "There are many other organizations that sponsor children around the world who remain true to the Gospel."

"Stearns likened the divide between Christians to controversies over the proper baptismal method, saying eliminating this theological issue would help focus the organization's efforts to promote Christianity," LifeSiteNews reports.

"I know the Evil One would like nothing better than for World Vision to be hobbled and divided on this issue, so that we lose our focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission," Stearns is quoted as saying. 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler disagrees, calling Stearns' reasoning "pathetically inadequate," according to LifeSiteNews.

"It is ridiculous to argue that World Vision is not taking sides on the issue,” LifeSiteNews quotes Mohler as saying. 

"Willingly recognizing same-sex marriage and validating openly homosexual employees in their homosexuality is a grave and tragic act that confirms sinners in their sin" and "will mislead the world about the reality of sin and the urgent need of salvation," LifeSiteNews also quotes Mohler as writing.

"Donor bases come and go. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ stands forever," said Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to LifeSiteNews.

One should point out that Jesus of Nazareth himself has spoken quite clearly on the subject of marriage, saying, for example, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female . . . For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:4-5).

I, for one, join with Jesus of Nazareth and with all others who revolt on behalf of intelligence against "marriage equality" or any other such phrase that fronts for counterfeits and masks societal barbarism.

On its website, World Vision has the tagline, "Building a better world for children."

How sweet, but ironic. How hopeful, but savage. And how loving, but false. 

And how vain to do so in the name of Jesus. Not only is claiming Jesus for that which Jesus explicitly rejects a spiritual and strategic loser, it is a way of taking the Lord's name in vain.

In fact, because of its rejection of the Creator's verifiable information and wisdom concerning marriage, World Vision is now committed to making a worse world for children

Water yes, marriage no.

That's not sweet. That's not hopeful. That's not loving.

If World Vision cannot be trusted to speak and practice truth regarding a phenomenon as foundational as marriage, which is so clearly emphasized in the data of Scripture, how in the world can the organization be trusted to speak and practice truth in other important but less foundational matters?

That's not relief, that's pain.

And if World Vision breaks faith with Jesus here, at such a foundational point, who is to say it will not break faith with Jesus elsewhere, when the board again is "overwhelmingly in favor" of such a regressive step?

This is not simply a matter of the blind leading the blind. It's the depleted disserving the starving.   

It is vanity, incoherence, and worldliness, all in the name of ministry.

By its own choice, World Vision has exposed itself has having lost its vision. It has broken faith with Jesus, the verifiable Lord of history, the water of life

A loss of funding may be the least of the organization's problems.

Here is contact information for World Vision:

World Vision, Inc.
34834 Weyerhaeuser Way South
Federal Way, WA 98001

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NYT Reporter: Obama Admin "Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom" in a Generation

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2014, 11:40 AM

Brendan Bordelon writes at the Daily Caller:

New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation" on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those who refuse to play along "will be punished."

[Poynter.org] reports that Risen made the remarks while speaking at Sources and Secrets conference -- a meeting of journalism, communication and government professionals held in New York City. The foreign policy reporter, who is currently fighting a fierce court battle with the federal government over his protection of a confidential source, warned that press freedom is under serious attack in today’s America.

"In a speech kicking off the conference," the Daily Caller reports, "Risen claimed that the Obama administration wants to 'narrow the field of national security reporting' and 'create a path for accepted reporting.' Those who stray from that path, he cautioned, 'will be punished'."

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat Hospitals

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2014, 11:35 AM

The U.K. Telegraph reports:

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in "waste-to-energy" plants which generate power for heat.

"At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered," according to the Telegraph.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran: I Still Have No Idea What the Tea Party Is

By Rick Pearcey • March 21, 2014, 10:36 AM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart:

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) confirmed on Wednesday evening that he is still unaware of the five-year-old Tea Party movement that has rocked U.S. politics, including the U.S. Senate in which he has served for 36 years. . . .

Cochran’s unawareness of the Tea Party movement comes as he is facing a primary challenger from its ranks, two-term State Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel has the support of Tea Party leaders like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, radio host Mark Levin, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, and various others.

McDaniel, for his part, ripped Cochran for being out of touch because of his unawareness of the Tea Party movement for five years.

"After 40 years in Washington, it is sad to see Sen. Cochran more familiar with his lobbyist friends than the conservative folks here in Mississippi," Breitbart quotes McDaniel as saying in a statement. "If Sen. Cochran wants to learn about the conservative tea party movement, he should join me at one of my town hall meetings and actually get to know the folks who make our state and Republican Party great."

In this YouTube clip, the senator confirms his lack of knowledge concerning the Tea Party.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reporter: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions From Reporters Before Press Briefing

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2014, 11:47 AM

Daniel Halper writes at the Weekly Standard:

A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing.

In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.

Said CBS reporter Catherine Anaya from Arizona: "That was very interesting."

Here is a YouTube video of Anaya's report.

From Twitchy, this: "Professional wrestling only wishes it were this staged."

Jay Carney has denied Anaya's claim. And Jake Tapper of CNN says, "This rings false."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ben Carson: Political Correctness vs. Rules of Freedom

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2014, 07:58 AM

At National Review:

Political correctness is antithetical to our founding principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Its most powerful tool is intimidation.

If it is not vigorously opposed, its proponents win by default, because the victims adopt a "go along to get along" attitude. Major allies in the imposition of PC are members of the media, some of whom thrive on controversy while others are true ideologues.

The true believers would be amusing if it were not so sad to behold them dissecting, distorting, and repeating words in an attempt to divert attention from the rise of government control.

"The American people must learn to identify and ignore political correctness if we are to escape the bitter ideological grenades that are destroying our unity and strength," the column argues. "Political correctness is impotent if we the people are fearless."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Northeastern University Suspends "Students for Justice in Palestine"

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2014, 08:53 AM

Ilya Feoktistov writes at Frontpagemag.com:

A young man from Brookline, Massachusetts poses for a photo somewhere inside the Palestinian territories. He’s got a bullet belt wrapped around his shoulders, wannabe-Rambo-style. Together with a young woman, he’s proudly showing off a terror group’s PK-class machine gun. A gun like that can take down a helicopter or pierce a Humvee’s armor. The AR-15 "assault" gun used to massacre the children of Newtown, CT is little better than an old hunting rifle compared to the firing power of this killing machine, whose likely main purpose is to massacre the children (and adults) of Israel.

The young man is Max Geller, leader and spokesman of Northeastern University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (NU SJP). The young woman is also a NU SJP member.

Last week, Northeastern suspended NU SJP after years of anti-Semitic vandalism, glorification of terrorist groups, calls for the destruction of Israel, and other actions by NU SJP’s leadership, all of which have created a hostile learning environment for Jewish pro-Israel students on campus. . . .

Here is Northeastern's "Statement on Students for Justice in Palestine," dated March 17, 2014.

Read more on "Northeastern U. Suspends 'Students for Justice in Palestine'."

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Not to Enroll in Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • March 17, 2014, 09:57 AM

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), offers her "top 10 reasons for not enrolling" in Obamacare, "plus five suggestions for what you might do instead."

Here is the AAPS website.

Boy With Cancer Loses Coverage After Obamacare Launch
Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois 
Legalized Prostitutes Support Obamacare 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Air Force Academy: God's Word vs. Pentagon's Word

By Rick Pearcey • March 14, 2014, 10:09 AM

Todd Starnes writes:

The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards.

The Air Force Academy admitted Wednesday that a cadet leader had to remove a Bible verse he had displayed outside his dorm room because it offended non-Christians and could "cause subordinates to doubt the leader’s religious impartiality."

Read more here.

Why We Revolt: Cheerleaders Violate "Separation of Church and State"? 
Federalizing 4-Year-Olds: Human Freedom vs. the Theocracy of Secularism 
Extremism In, Extremism Out: Obama’s Soldiers for Secularism 
Pentagon Denies Relationship With Anti-Christian Extremist . . . Instantly Complies With His Demands

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to "Hardship"--Caused by Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • March 13, 2014, 10:33 AM

Amy Payne writes at The Foundry

It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously.

The Obama administration has altered or delayed it so many times -- who can be sure what the law is at this point?

The individual mandate stating that every American has to purchase government-approved health coverage or pay a fine is supposed to kick in on March 31. That’s the deadline to sign up for coverage, supposedly to avoid this year’s penalty.

But Obamacare is never "settled law," as the president and others have called it, because Health and Human Services (HHS) keeps writing more regulations.

There is no constitutional authority for Health and Human Services. Nor can a people be free to live in community with God and man (see the Declaration of Independence) if unconstitutional bureaucracies entrenched in Washington, D.C. can create "law" ("regulations") by the stroke of a pen.

Every scribble is a whipcord against the flesh of freedom.

This is not law, it is lawlessness. This is not freedom, it is unfreedom. About the only thing "settled" in Washington these days is federal tyranny on the banks of the Potomac.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Federalizing 4-Year-Olds: Human Freedom vs. the Theocracy of Secularism

By Rick Pearcey • March 12, 2014, 12:09 PM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

Will America be a better and freer country three decades from now if the children who turn four in this decade spend most of their waking hours with members of a government teachers union rather than with their moms?

President Barack Obama's vision of America, not surprisingly, starts with very young children spending their time in the custody of government employees.

"I believe we should start teaching our kids at the earliest ages," Obama said last week. When he used the word "we" here, Obama was not talking about Michelle and himself, he was talking about the government. When he used the words "our kids," he was not talking about his own children -- who attend the most expensive private school in Washington, D.C. -- he was talking about other people's children and grandchildren.

What Obama wants, quite literally, is their souls.

"So we're trying to help more states make high-quality preschool and other early learning programs available to the youngest kids," Obama went on, prosaically. The budget he presented to Congress was more concrete: It calls for $75 billion in federal spending over the next 10 years to support universal government "education" of 4-year-olds.

If you think Obama is satisfied with taking the 4-year-olds of America, think again.

"I think that there still needs to be great understanding of what the president has put on the table is really a birth-to-five proposal, recognizing that you can't start at 4-year-olds," Jeffrey quotes Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as saying in April 2013 at the National Press Club.

"We really need to start at birth," Sebelius is also quoted as saying. "So, there will be an enhancement of home-visiting. . . ."

If I thought the secularist vision of life held intellectual weight, I would in all likelihood advocate similar policies, for what Obama & Co. are pushing is consistent with that vision's glorified view of the state and depressed view of the individual person, the family, and all else that might provide a check and balance on the governmental monopoly of power.

But the theocracy of secularism, which wars against the rules of freedom, lacks the intellectual and ethical resources to sustain human freedom and dignity. It is a conceptual and practical dead end.  

Rather than submit to a metastasizing regime, it seems better that free-thinking Americans rise up, speak out, and throw out these totalitarian control freaks. It's called the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the essence of being human, and liberating resistance in community with God and man.

Read more on "Federalizing 4-Year-Olds," by Terry Jeffrey.

Hollywood Actress: Public Schools Brainwashing Kids With "Progressive Agenda" 
Public Schools Turning Teens Into Relativists 
Fascism Is Back
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism" 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FCC Targets Minority Owner of TV Stations

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2014, 08:12 AM

Phillip Swarts reports at the WTimes:

For years, the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] has allowed TV stations to execute joint operating agreements allowing themselves to outsource tasks such as advertising sales to group owners with more resources.

But when conservative columnist and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams recently purchased two stations, making him one of America’s few black owners of local TV affiliates, the commission unexpectedly decided to use his acquisition as a test case to review the practice.

"The actions -- coupled with other recent FCC decisions such as a plan to survey newsrooms that alarmed news media before it was withdrawn -- have injected questions about whether a commission set up by Congress to be nonpartisan is now acting with a political litmus test under the Obama administration," Swarts reports.

Thomas Sowell: "Left's Avowed Concern for Minorities" Now "Definitively Exposed as a Fraud"
Pelosi Backs Senate Move to Regulate Talk Radio
Obama's News Police: The Slow Death of Press Freedom in America 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Palin Celebrates "Duck Dynasty" at CPAC: "We Pushed Back and We Won"

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2014, 08:43 AM

"Sarah Palin left no stone unturned" during her CPAC keynote address last weekend, writes Jennifer Burke at TPNN, "even addressing the victory
. . . in the case of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson vs. the anti-Christian and politically correct police from the left. In doing so, she exposed the hypocrisy of the left."

Burke quotes from Palin's remarks:

They claim to want tolerance and open debate. But their goal is to shut anyone up who doesn’t toe their line.

Phil Robertson, our buddy from Duck Dynasty. Here’s Phil talking about faith with a reporter from GQ. (First mistake) In between saying he loves humanity, he loves all sinners and leave it to God to judge, he quoted the Bible. He got colorful in expressing his opinion.

They fired the devout Christian for expressing his devout Christian views on a television show about his devout Christian family because nothing is ever wrong on cable TV.

In another time, Phil might have stayed fired. But not this time. People all over America knew that Phil’s right to express himself was our right. We pushed back and we won. And now everyone is happy, happy, happy.

To read more from "Pure Tea: Sarah Palin Crushes Ruling Class in Both Parties at CPAC 2014," by Jennifer Burke, go here.

View Palin's keynote address here.

Missy Robertson: "Taking a Stand for Christianity in a Public Way" 
Quack! Earth Needs Men Who Stare at Ducks and Women 
Palin: Obama "Wears Mom Jeans and Equivocates and Bloviates"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pink Jackboots: Opposing the Rising Tide of Homosexual Intolerance

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2014, 08:38 AM

E.W. Jackson, Sr., writes at the Washington Times:

As a descendant of slaves, I have a deep aversion to discrimination. It is born of the suffering of my ancestors because of their race. Nonetheless, homosexual behavior cannot be compared with the color of one’s skin, no matter how vigorously elites try to conflate them. . . .

Christians are not denying homosexuals entrance into their establishments, directing them to a special gay section in the back of the store or telling them to go to the back door. That is what Jim Crow laws did to Americans of African descent. Therefore, the comparison is disrespectful and needs to stop
. . . . 

"Until now, America has honored freedom of conscience," Jackson continues. "That is what distinguishes us from authoritarian and dictatorial countries."

Jackson concludes: "Many Christians have been martyred for refusing to bow to human authority, which places itself above God. Therefore, in spite of liberals and homosexual activists slanderously likening our stand to slavery and Jim Crow, we will continue to love them and, at the same time, oppose their efforts to make us bow to same-sex marriage.

"In the past, standing up for the truth of God’s word has cost Christians their jobs, businesses, reputations and even their lives. It may come to that again, but we will never be silent, and we will not bow."

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 
Quack! Earth Needs Men Who Stare at Ducks and Women

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ted Cruz Wins Big in Texas

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2014, 10:47 AM

Erick Erickson writes at Red State:

Ted Cruz showed just how powerful he is in his home state [Tuesday] night. Cruz endorsed 5 candidates. Four of the five won outright and the fifth is the heavy favorite going into a runoff.

"Cruz is showing his ability to not just get himself across the finish line, but get other Republicans through their own primaries," Erickson concludes. "Ted Cruz needs to stretch his legs in Republican primaries outside Texas."

Read more here.

Ted Cruz: I'd "Love to Debate" Rove on Obamacare Defunding -- Video 
Homosex Activist to Ted Cruz Staffer: "May Your Children All Die"

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Homeland Security Will Not Deport German Christian Homeschoolers

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2014, 08:48 AM

Dr. Susan Berry reports at Breitbart.com:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has verbally informed the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that the Romeike family, German homeschoolers who sought legal asylum in the United States, has been granted indefinite deferred action status, which means that the order for their removal from the United States will not be acted upon.

As Breitbart News reported Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court had denied the Romeike family’s petition for certiorari, or review. According to a press release Tuesday by HSLDA, however, news of the Supreme Court’s denial sparked "an immediate and unprecedented reaction." Fox News informed HSLDA that it recorded one million page views of the story about the Romeike family within 24 hours -- an all-time high.

"HSLDA Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly observed that the only reason the Romeike family had to come to America was because of Germany’s repressive policy towards homeschoolers," Breitbart reports.

"Germany’s persecution of homeschooling parents continues and is one reason, I suspect, that DHS was willing to grant the family indefinite status," Donnelly said in the March 4 press statement.

"How could our country send this loving, peaceful family back to be crushed by outrageous fines, criminal prosecution, and the loss of their children?," also said in the press statement. "Today Germany is holding another family prisoner only because they wanted to leave to go to France to homeschool their children. How could we send the Romeikes back to be treated like that?"

Homeschoolers Told: Go Back to Persecution 
Thoughtcamp Watch: Brits to Tighten Screws on Homeschooling?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Texas Cop Responds to "Suspicious" Open Carry Men in Austin

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2014, 10:44 AM

Jason Howerton writes at The Blaze:

Sometimes things can spin out of control when open carry activists and police officers meet. That was certainly not the case in Austin, Texas, when an officer responded to a call about "suspicious" men openly carrying rifles.

In this Youtube video of the encounter, the officer says, "Just checking you guys out. I already know the law."

Woman Home Alone Opens Fire on Thugs 
Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder
Gun Control Fallacy
Star Parker: Blacks Who Back Gun Control Need to Study History of Slavery and Jim Crow

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hollywood Actress: Public Schools Brainwashing Kids With "Progressive Agenda"

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2014, 08:28 AM

Ericka Andersen writes at The Foundry:

An actress who was formerly quiet about her political beliefs has come out against what she calls "a progressive agenda" in America’s public schools.

Sam Sorbo, the wife of Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo, homeschools her children and recently began publicly writing about the topic of education.

In an interview with The Blaze’s Dana Loesch, Sorbo said she initially did not think writing about education would cause much political controversy -- but she was wrong.

"Of course school is the most political, because that’s where the progressive agenda is coming out the strongest and the hardest," Sorbo is quoted as saying. 

According to Andersen, "Sorbo said she was hesitant to reveal her faith or political beliefs publicly because of possible backlash and negative reaction from Hollywood. But she could not remain silent on education."

"You people who send your kids to school, you have no idea what the schools are doing to their fresh little brains, in brainwashing them into this progressive, liberal -- it’s antithetical to America, the agenda that they’re being indoctrinated with," Sorbo said, according to Andersen.

Fireproof -- Reel Rebel Upsets Tinseltown Stereotypes
Public School Promotes 5 Pillars of Islam
High Schoolers Perform Bestiality-Themed Play
Public Schools Turning Teens Into Relativists
Ending Regressive Public Education 
Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Own Kids?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Choice: The Freedom to Serve -- or to Deny Service

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2014, 10:04 AM

In a free country, I can deny you service for any reason whatsoever.

If you stink, I'm tired, or you want to burn crosses, well, I can tell you to take a hike.

It's called choice. It's called freedom. And for a while, it was called America.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2014, 09:32 AM

Jillian Kay Melchior writes at National Review:

A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was "based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application."

One wonders what other terrorists, convicted or otherwise, are trolling in the shadows of Obamacare.

But let's not go overboard, here. 

As long as Christians are forced to submit to homosexualist desires in Arizona, the motherland shouldn't experience too many speedbumps on the way to Obama's fundamentally transformed nation formerly known as America.

Obamacare's Alligator "Navigators" 
Legalized Prostitutes Support Obamacare
What Is Killing the Western World?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General to Ignore Law

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2014, 11:26 AM

From Investor's Business Daily:  

Attorney General Eric Holder wants his counterparts at the state level to treat the rule of law with the same contempt and selectivity that he and his boss in the White House employ.

'We the people" and "consent of the governed" are important American concepts that Holder and his boss, President Obama, do not understand. They've made it clear by spreading their creeping lawlessness among the attorneys general of the 50 states.

We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit pursuing.

However, this power does not extend to deciding which laws passed by the duly elected representatives of the people may be enforced.

Read more here.

Black Pastors: Impeach Holder
Eric Holder Is Wrong Because Martin Luther King Was Right 
Witnesses Warn House Panel: U.S. Is in "Constitutional Crisis"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Black Pastors: Impeach Holder

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2014, 09:45 AM

Penny Starr reports at CNSNews.com:

A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying "to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex 'marriage' agenda."

"President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined," says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors [CAAP] that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.

"Our nation calls for the building up of a healthier marriage culture; instead, our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children," CNSNews quotes the coalition as saying.

"In pursuing this intention, the president and his administration are trampling the rule of law. Attorney General Holder in particular has used the influence of his office and role as the chief law enforcement figure in our nation to try to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda," states the coalition, according to CNSNews.

"Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single-handedly to throw those votes away!," CNSNews also reports CAAP as stating.

"For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress," the coalition argues, according to CNSNews. "CAAP is calling on all men and women of good will to sign the following petition urging Congress to take action against the Attorney General’s lawlessness today!"

Re: Eric Holder -- "I Can See a Race War" 
Exxon Says No to Homosexualist Aggression

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Outrage That Atheists Invited to CPAC

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2014, 04:59 PM

"Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell today denounced the CPAC conference, saying 'no conservative should have anything to do with this conference' because it is giving voice to groups, such as American Atheists, that attack conservative principles," CNSNews.com reports.

Here is Bozell's complete statement, as reported by CNSNews.com:

The invitations extended by the ACU, Al Cardenas and CPAC to American Atheists to have a booth is more than an attack on conservative principles. It is an attack on God Himself.

American Atheists is an organization devoted to the hatred of God. How on earth could CPAC, or the ACU and its board of directors, and Al Cardenas condone such an atrocity?

It makes absolutely no difference to me that CPAC and ACU have backed down and removed the booth. I am sick and tired of these games. I will continue to denounce CPAC, ACU and Cardenas.

No conservative should have anything to do with this conference. If you do, you are giving oxygen to an organization destroying the conservative movement.

"The GOP's dilemma," and apparently the conservative movement's dilemma, "is that it is double-minded," as I have noted elsewhere.

"On one side, some embrace a secular vision that sees the Creator of the Founders and of the Declaration as a kind of nice 'religious' touch or 'values' touch. But also in the GOP are those who show an appreciation of the connection between a real Creator and real freedom in the real world.

"What the New Resistance senses is that neither the single-minded secularism of the Democrats nor the double-minded imbalance of the Republicans is an adequate foundation for freedom, whether we are talking about July 1776, March 2010 or 100 years from now."

"Atheist of the Year" Fired From Harvard for Lying on Resume 
Bullies! Atheist Group Pressures City to Remove 91-Year-Old Memorial Cross 
Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 

Embattled Battleground Texas' Jennifer Longoria Embraced by Michelle Obama

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2014, 09:37 AM

Lee Stranahan reports at Breitbart-Texas:

Breitbart Texas has discovered a photo of Michelle Obama with her arm around Jennifer Longoria, the Battleground Texas organizer who was videotaped bragging about taking confidential voter information off of voter Bexar County voter registration forms.

Breitbart Texas broke the scandal by publishing the latest James O'Keefe/Project Veritas undercover video last week [watch video here].

O'Keefe Busts Illegal Voter Scheme to "Turn Texas Blue"

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pressure on Brit Politicians to Explain Links to "Vile" Pedophile Group

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2014, 06:31 AM

Guy Adams and Tim Shipman report at the UK Daily Mail:

Pressure is mounting on three Labour grandees to explain their links with a vile group that tried to legalise sex with children.

MPs, commentators and even Labour-supporting newspapers lined up yesterday to attack the silence of the party’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, her MP husband [Jack Dromey] and former minister Patricia Hewitt.

The chorus of condemnation follows the Mail’s devastating series of reports into how the trio held key roles in a human rights organisation that supported the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

The Mail has revealed how, before they became MPs, the three were leading officials in the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) which granted "affiliate" status to PIE and built close links with it.

"The group of predatory paedophiles was calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four," according to the Daily Mail.

In addition, the Mail reports, the "NCCL itself lobbied Parliament for the age of sexual consent to be cut to ten -- if the child 'understood the nature of the act' -- and called for incest to be legalised in what one MP dubbed a 'Lolita's charter'."

Homosex Pedophiles Get Life for Murdering Woman 
Sexual Anarchy: The Kinsey Legacy 

Girl Scout CEO Makes YouTube Plea Against Cookiecott

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2014, 05:03 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

There is now little doubt that the Girl Scout cookie boycott is having an effect on cookie sales this year.

Girl Scout spokesman Kelly Parisi went on The O’Reilly Factor this week to try and defuse the mounting controversy, and Girl Scout executives have sent threatening letters to their critics. 

Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez took to YouTube on Thursday to deny all charges leveled by the boycotters and to deny at least one charge they haven’t even made.

Despite these efforts, "Girl Scout watchdog groups say Chavez has cleared up nothing and responded with a flurry of fact checks provided to Breitbart News," Ruse reports.

"When Chavez insists the Girl Scouts have never had a relationship with Planned Parenthood," Ruse continues, "Girl Scout critics point to the 2004 admission made by Chavez’s predecessor, Kathy Cloninger, on The Today Show: 'We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country'."

"Beyond this admission by the former Girl Scout CEO, Ann Saladin, a stay-at-home-mom and former Girl Scout leader, has documented other examples of such collusion on the website MyGirlScoutCouncil.com," Breitbart reports.

To read the rest of the news report, go here.

Girl Scout Cookiecott Breaks Out All Over 
Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference 
Girl Scouts "Give Thanks" for Membership in Worldwide Pro-Abortion Organization 
15-Year-Old on Girl Scouts: "We Were So Deceived"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kill the News

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2014, 10:09 AM

In a story titled "New Obama Initiative Tramples First Amendment Protections," Byron York writes at the Washington Examiner:

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law
. . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
. . ."

But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs."

Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment. . . .

Advocates promote the project with Obamaesque rhetoric. "This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens," said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012.

Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year.

The FCC, Clyburn said, "must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation -- be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other." (The FCC decided to test the program with a trial run in Ms. Clyburn's home state, South Carolina.)

Nice try, Ms. Clyburn. But what you "emphatically insist" on is emphatically rejected by the rules of freedom, as set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

It is an extremism set against the mainstream of the ethos of freedom.

It is a path that leaves every American behind, except perhaps those like Ms. Clyburn, who are in the one percent of the one percent who would impose power over all the rest.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects human freedom by telling the federal government to keep its big intrusive, taxpayer-funded nose out of the news business.

A "core value" of freedom is that the federal government stays out of our business. The federal government is a creation of the states, not the Lord of the States. Just who do these people think they are? We literally pay their salaries. They answer to us.

A free people needs a free press to guard against government oppression, which after all, characterizes about 150% of world history.

And then there is the Declaration of Independence, which counsels the total rejection of what Clyburn insists upon.

"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," the Declaration states.

And what, according to the Declaration, is the point of government? "To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

What are a people of freedom and dignity, living in community with their Creator, to do when that freedom and dignity is insistently attacked by a federal government?

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," the Declaration states.

The human spirit rightfully rises up against those who organize against human freedom. Love of neighbor entails the rejection of tyranny over the neighborhood.

The people of South Carolina, and liberty-minded people across the United States, would do well to take whatever legal and moral means necessary to remind federal operatives that the state was created for man, and not man for the state. 

With people like Clyburn running loose in Washington, and federal operatives running roughshod across the land, America needs a free, strong, and vibrant press more than ever.

Information is power. News gathering is power. It is too important to be placed in the hands of Washington politicians. This is doubly so when those politicians insist on imposing extreme ideological agendas that war with the rules of freedom and the dignity of the human being. 

Let's repeat what is at the core of mainstream America: "Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

It's time to rise and shine, America. Rise and shine.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mooove! California Cattle Leave for Texas

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2014, 09:25 AM

Joel B. Pollak writes at Breitbart:

How bad is the California drought?

So bad that California ranchers are selling their cattle to Texas ranchers -- even though Texas, too, is going through a major dry spell.

It is the latest migration from California to Texas -- and another sign that California's southwestern rivals are managing the drought conditions more successfully.

3 Parents for California Children? 
O'Keefe Busts Illegal Voter Scheme to "Turn Texas Blue"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

O'Keefe Busts Illegal Voter Scheme to "Turn Texas Blue"

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2014, 10:30 AM

Brandon Darby writes at Breitbart-Texas:

In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party's quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O'Keefe reveals.

"The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria [photo] saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day," Darby reports.

"Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote," Darby writes.

“Every time we register somebody to vote, we keep their name . . . address, phone number,” Longoria says on the videotaped report. Darby also reports that the video "shows volunteers calling to boost turnout for Wendy Davis's gubernatorial bid."

Longoria's Twitter page description states, "Battleground Texas Field Organizer, world changer, adventurer, language offender, book trafficker, future wife. My kids believe in science; I register voters. San Antonio TX."

Watch the video here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Schlafly: America Must Stop "Dictatorial Obama"

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2014, 08:58 AM

Greg Corombos reports at WND:

The woman who vanquished the Equal Rights Amendment more than a generation ago is now focused on stopping what she considers amnesty for people in the country illegally, who will never vote Republican and often don’t respect America’s founding principles.

Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly is also disgusted by the recent spate of federal judges striking down voter-approved laws and state constitutional amendments that define marriage only as the union of one man and one woman.

She told Radio America that the American people must "stop this dictatorial attitude of Obama" and the judges "who think they can do anything they want."

Ann Coulter: Obama "Would Be Impeached If He Weren't America's First Black President" 
Obama Removes "Under God" From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Monday, February 17, 2014

Of Course He Should Be Impeached

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2014, 09:30 AM

David Catron writes at American Spectator

The people we send to Congress have traditionally been very jealous of their power, and there was a time when they would have been considerably less supine in their dealings with such a power-mad president.

The House has impeached two presidents and seriously considered impeaching a third. There may not be enough votes in the Senate to convict Obama, but there are certainly enough Republicans in the House to pass articles of impeachment.

Their inaction is not about votes. It’s about cowardice. The GOP is more concerned about its short-term political prospects than the long-term good of the Republic.

Sadly, there is a precedent for this and where it leads. The Roman Emperor Tiberius once alluded to it with the following remark concerning the self-seeking and moral cowardice that had allowed Rome’s once-powerful Senate to be emasculated: "Those men are fit to be slaves."

If our elected representatives in Congress don’t do something about Obama, they will be regarded by posterity with equal scorn.

Ann Coulter: Obama "Would Be Impeached If He Weren't America's First Black President" 
Sen. Coburn: Obama "Perilously Close" to Impeachment

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ronald Reagan's Roadmap to Victory

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2014, 11:26 AM

Hebert E. Meyer writes at American Thinker

Do you miss President Reagan?  Do you smile every time you see a film clip of our 40th president on some television show? And do you lunge for the remote control and flip from Fox News to a movie channel every time one of the current Republican would-be presidents starts to say something so weird, so clumsy, so blindingly stupid you'd think he was actually trying to help Hillary get elected?

Treat yourself to a copy of 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, by Paul Kengor.  It's a brilliant, beautifully written summary of what Ronald Reagan believed and how he communicated his beliefs to those of us he cheerfully called "my fellow Americans."

Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine -- YouTube Sensation
Tea Party Leader: Tea Party the Result of Republican Failures Under Bush 
Pearcey on Tea Party and New Resistance in Whistleblower Magazine

Thursday, February 13, 2014

American Humanist Association Demands Students Stop Feeding Starving Kids

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2014, 12:03 PM

Todd Starnes writes:

Stop feeding starving children, or else!

The American Humanist Association [AHA] sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti.

The humanists got their britches in a bunch after the family of a student at the School of Engineering and Arts objected to the project being held at Calvary Lutheran Church.

"The school has clearly violated the Establishment Clause,” Starnes quotes AHA attorney Monica Miller as writing in a "threatening letter to the school and district officials."

According to Starnes, the lawyer wrote, "By sending public school children under your authority to a religious environment -- to work with a religious organization that is on a religious mission -- is a violating of the First Amendment principle of church-state separation."

Sorry, but this use of the First Amendment is humanist horse-hockey. Utter propaganda.

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution forbid schools and churches from working together to help others in the name of Jesus.

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution forbid even individual states from establishing their own denominational state church, should the good citizens, say, of Minnesota, decide on such a course of action.

And nowhere in the U.S. Constitution can you find the phrase "church-state separation."

What the Constitution forbids is the federal government ("Congress shall make no law . . .") from sticking its intrusive nose into the choices that a free people under God decide to make as they seek to live lovingly and truthfully in community with God and their fellow man, their neighbors, their communities. Even if those neighbors live in communities in places such as Haiti.

What is forbidden is the establishment of a national Christian state denominational church, so that there is not a monopoly of ecclesiastical and governmental power wielded by, say, the Baptists or Anglicans in unity with the political power structure of the day.

That would be too much power consolidated into the hands of too few people. It's the sort of thing that a free-thinking people do well to attend to if they would learn the lessons of history.

What is the point of the Constitution? To set up a form of government that enfleshes and protects the rules of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

And what is at the heart of human freedom and dignity in the Delcaration? None other than the Creator. Not as a private feeling, but as public truth.

What says the Declaration?

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.

This is not the Creator "religiously" domesticated, as some propagandists seem to envision -- that is, some kind of fairy-tale figure locked away safe and sound inside church walls and prayer closets.

No. This Creator is a public figure. This Creator is pro-verification, pro-evidence, and pro-reason, and this Creator expects human beings created in his image to apply the principles of human freedom and dignity across all of life.

Humanists are trying to impose their propaganda and ahistorical secular superstitions upon the American people. They are trying to consolidate all power under the control of a religiously secular state, with its freedom-denying tentacles choking every aspect of our daily lives.

The result is not enlightenment, but darkness. Not humanness, but inhumanity.

"This is a new low even for humanists," Starnes concludes. "It takes a special kind of godless thuggery to take food out of the mouths of starving children." 

Why We Revolt: Cheerleaders Violate "Separation of Church and State"? 
How Critical Thinking Saves Faith 
Philosopher William Lane Craig Skewers "Incoherence" of Humanism in WPost

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Michael Sam's Father on Homosexual NFL Player

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2014, 09:30 AM

Deacon Jones is "turning over in his grave."

Sad Story of "Gay" Footballer Michael Sam 
Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Body? Not Homosexuals 
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wanted: Ventriloquist. Apply at NAACP

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2014, 12:15 PM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

Democratic strategist Angela Rye in an appearance on MSNBC’s "PoliticsNation" on Friday accused Republicans of trying to impeach President Barack Obama, because he’s "black in the White House."

Her attack is unfortunate. Using unfounded accusations of racism to protect Obama, or any president, itself smacks of racism. It relies on skin color to protect a privileged politician from legitimate critique. It is a form of cultural fascism.

Let us shout it from the mountain top: Red and yellow, black and white, questioning authority is pleasant in His sight.

This is what freedom is about. It is what free-thinking people do.

It's humane, it's Godly, and it expresses the unalienable expectation, embedded by the Creator, that human beings should think for themselves and rise up against oppression, no matter the skin tone of the oppressor.

This is especially the case in our constitutional republic, where the chief executive is hired by the people and can be fired by the people. He answers to us, we do not answer to him.

Meanwhile, here is a case for the discussion of impeachment. 

Also, in this video, NAACP member William Barber refuses to apologize for his bigoted "ventriloquist" attack on black Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

In addition, as this same video documents, after answering "yes" to the question, "Do you think the Tea Party is racist?", marchers at a protest in North Carolina last weekend were not able to provide a single example to support their accusation. 

Maybe they needed a ventriloquist.

Racism! Racism! And Oh by the Way: Racism!
How to Have a Race War 
Shelby Steele: Decline of the Civil Rights Establishment

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mark Levin to Keynote Tea Party 5-Year Anniversary Event

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2014, 12:58 PM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart.com:

Radio’s Mark Levin will keynote a five-year anniversary event for the Tea Party movement hosted by Tea Party Patriots in Washington, D.C., Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

“The Tea Party, which consists of millions of hard working taxpayers, is to be celebrated not condemned,” Levin told Breitbart News. “The ruling class must be trounced and its media cheerleaders must be exposed if the republic is to survive. The Tea Party is our only hope.  It's a great honor to be asked to speak to such outstanding and courageous patriots,” he added. 

"Levin, the host of The Mark Levin Show, served as the chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese during Ronald Reagan's administration. He is the New York Times best-selling author of several books, and is the president of the Landmark Legal Foundation," Boyle writes.

"Levin will be delivering speaking alongside Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) at the Feb. 27 event, as will Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin among others," according to Boyle.

For my take on the opportunity that the Tea Party has represented, please see "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War."

Sad Story of "Gay" Footballer Michael Sam

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2014, 12:02 PM

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is a homosexual, which means the "defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL," AP reports.

"We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," the NFL said in statement, according to AP.

Perhaps not so admirable is that homosexuality disrespects the human body and that its disciples are enabling a political ideology that opens the door to unlimited statism

And there might be one or two health concerns.

Fanatics needn't bother about any of this, of course, because reality will bend to their religious desires. By "religious," I mean the word in the dumbed-down secular usage of "faith" that is uninterested in facts or in careful evaluation.

Free-thinkers, however, follow the evidence. Even in the face of that oh-so-dreaded peer pressure that substitutes for ethics these days.

Intelligence revolts.

Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat 
Coulter on "Faggot" Easy to Defend: Surprising Help From Secular America

Friday, February 7, 2014

Film: Brad Thor's "Athena Project" to Star UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2014, 06:26 PM

FoxSports reports:

Athena Project could be huge for Rousey, according to Variety. The magazine speculates that it could become a franchise, giving the UFC champ "a chance to become the female action star Hollywood is lacking."

The book is about a top-secret, all-female Delta Force counter-terrorism team sent to hunt and kill a terrorist after a bombing in Rome that kills 20 Americans.

Rousey was introduced to Thor over the phone while she was filming The Expendables 3 in September. Rousey fell in love with The Athena Project book and developed a rapport with Thor, attaching herself to the movie before it even had a studio involved, sources told Variety.

Here is Brad Thor's website.

In the Mail: "Hidden Order," by Brad Thor

Girl Scout Cookiecott Breaks Out All Over

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2014, 10:47 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

The national boycott of Girl Scout cookies is inundating the group leading it. John Pisciotta, the boycott leader and director of Pro-Life Waco, tells Breitbart News his phone is "ringing off the hook."

What started at Breitbart News has now been reported by hundreds of media outlets large and small all across America.

The Associated Press picked up on the story on February 4, and since then the report has been carried by FOX News, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, ABC,  MSNNPR, and Yahoo. Additionally, US News and World ReportAOL/HuffPoLive, and CBS DC/Washington have all run original stories on Cookiecott 2014.

In fact, a Google search of "Cookiecott 2014" returns 35,000 results, including a conversation on the Weight Watchers message board. The Breitbart report that broke the story now has 62,000 Facebook shares. Cookiecott has entered into the national conversation.

Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference 
Girl Scouts "Give Thanks" for Membership in Worldwide Pro-Abortion Organization 
15-Year-Old on Girl Scouts: "We Were So Deceived"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Exorcism Priest Signs Movie Deal

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2014, 09:38 AM

"The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons" to the big screen," IndyStar.com reports.

Maginot "declined to disclose the terms of his contract with Evergreen Executive Chairman Tony DeRosa-Grund, calling it a 'standard deal,'" according to IndyStar. "DeRosa-Grund produced The Conjuring, grossing $318 million worldwide."

In an article previous published by the Star, Latoya Ammons "claims that she and her three children had been possessed by demons." The report "received international attention. More than a dozen movie producers and countless TV shows have clamored for interviews."

Maginot reportedly "performed a series of exorcisms on Ammons" and says "he signed a contract with DeRosa-Grund because he felt the producer wouldn’t sensationalize what happened, acccording to the Star.

"The story is good as it is,” Maginot told the Star. "You don’t need to go crazy with it." The priest also says he "signed a contract with Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, to make a documentary," the Star reports.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ben Carson: Tea Party "Not Demons, But Defenders of Freedom" in "National Elections of 2014 and 2016"

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2014, 10:13 AM

Ben Carson writes in the Washington Times:

As we approach the national elections of 2014 and 2016, the Tea Party and all other groups who respect the Constitution and our Judeo-Christian heritage should put aside minor differences and issues that can be addressed later and present a united front of common sense to combat forces that wish to fundamentally change America. . . .

It is obvious that our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are jeopardized in today's environment of overt deceit by high government officials and blatant disregard of our Constitution.

When those in power pick and choose the laws they wish to enforce and grant waivers and exemptions to their favored groups, it is clear we are moving away from the principles of fairness and equality that once characterized our nation.

When the president can change laws with the stroke of his pen or a phone call and not be challenged by the other branches of government or by the media, we are in dire straits.

As Carson sees it, "The central question is this: Do you trust the future of your children and grandchildren to this kind of governing structure? Or do you trust those patriotic citizens who wish to preserve the liberties that were fought for by the early Tea Party patriots, and by 'the greatest generation,' who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the face of fierce machine-gun fire?"

Carson concludes: "These modern-day patriots are ordinary citizens who toil incessantly day by day to provide food, education and safety for our citizens. These are the people who fill the ranks of the Tea Party. They are not demons, but defenders of freedom. They are you and me."

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going Anywhere, More Likely to Win 
Secularist Washington-Centrism Is Un-American 
How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Uproar Over Texas Student Newspaper's Use of Term "Pro-Abortion"

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2014, 12:14 PM

Jill Stanek writes:

A student reporter for The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas, got it right when calling abortion supporters what they are -- "pro-abortion" -- five times in an article about a counter-demonstration held during the annual pro-life Texas Rally for Life on January 24.

The term even made the article’s headline.

But she infuriated those who support abortion but who strangely aren’t proud of it. . . .

"The headline and terminology were quickly removed from the online story and replaced with 'abortion rights,'" Stanek continues. "The only evidence remaining is the hard copy of the newspaper," snapshots of which Stanek provides in her column.

Here's how The Daily Texan explains the abrupt changes to both the top front-page headline and to the body of the news report:

Editor's note: Because of an editing error, a previous version of this article used the term "pro-abortion." It has been corrected to reflect proper AP style. This was an editorial oversight, so please direct comments to the managing editor at managingeditor@dailytexanonline.com.

Let it be noted that no newspaper need follow, slavishly or otherwise, the "proper" style guide of the Associated Press. Note also that even when publications adopt, as an accident of history, the AP style, many of these publications will contravene this style guide with their own in-house style guide.

In any case, all reporting should be fact-based, and these facts should not be "corrected" or sacrificed on the altar of style, politics, or ideology. 

There is a difference between journalism and propaganda. If not, perhaps The Daily Texan wouldn't mind changing its name to The Daily Texan Propaganda.   

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science 
Albert Camus on Politicians and the Purpose of Journalism 
"Objective" Journalism and the Formerly Mainstream Media 
Majority of Americans Don't Trust Newspapers and Television News 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hollywood Upset: No Singing About God

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2014, 12:14 PM

Mark Tooley writes at American Spectator:

There’s been a strange controversy over the now rescinded Oscar nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, the song by quadriplegic Christian author Joni Eareckson Tada for an independent movie of the same name.

The nomination was reputedly "controversial" because it’s a religious song for a faith-based film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors explained that there had been inappropriate lobbying by the song composer, who’s a former board governor.

The composer says his mere email advocacy pales next to more typically sophisticated media campaigns for big budget Hollywood film songs.

It’s reportedly the first time the Academy has rescinded a nomination.

Hollywood likes to adopt the pose of being a rebel. But sometimes, let us say, "reactionary" seems a more apt description. 

Some controversy is just too much too bear, I suppose. Rebels must be taught lessons.

In any case, for a discussion of a film that upsets Tinseltown stereotypes, my review of "reel rebel" Fireproof may be of interest. 

Missy Robertson: "Taking a Stand for Christianity in a Public Way" 
Quack! Earth Needs Men Who Stare at Ducks and Women
Fireproof: Reel Rebel Upsets Tinseltown Stereotypes

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Internews": When Government and Media Are One

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2014, 11:38 AM

Joseph Farah writes:

Thomas Jefferson -- ["Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it"] -- never could have imagined what would become of the free press in America.

But don’t blame Jefferson. As I have chronicled before, Jefferson and his colleagues didn’t have much experience with the free press. That’s because he and the other American Founding Fathers all but invented it.

That’s right. You don’t hear or read much about this history any more. But it’s true. The free press is an original America idea like baseball and jazz.

And like baseball and jazz, there have been a few changes in the rules and craft along the way.

Like what?

I was stunned to learn recently about an American "news agency" that has been subsidized by the U.S. government [that is, U.S. taxpayers] to the tune of $364 million over the last 10 years.

Have you heard about this? It’s one of the biggest outrages I’ve ever encountered. Hat tip to the Media Research Center.

Internews was founded by a self-described Marxist, has been supported by George Soros and is avowedly committed to what it calls "progressive," meaning left-wing, reporting.

"To put its $364,325,778 in federal funding in perspective," Farah writes, "Internews has gotten an average of $83,122.46 from taxpayers per day during the past 12 years. That’s $83,000 every single day for 12 years. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, said that so much money going to influence journalism is a real problem.

"'People need unbiased information so that they can form their own opinions and make educated decisions. It is only through fair reporting that the American people, and people worldwide, can benefit,' Rep. Smith told the Business and Media Institute," according to Farah.

"Smith, who heads the Media Fairness Caucus on the Hill, said: 'One of the greatest challenges a democratic America faces today is a biased media. It is inexcusable and irresponsible for the federal government to give American taxpayers’ dollars to a one-sided media organization'," Farah writes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ann Coulter: GOP May Be "Fringe Party in About a Decade"

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2014, 04:11 PM

Coulter writes:

Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party. . . .

Consider the following issues (quoting Coulter):

Proud to be an American? "According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens do."

Constitution vs. International Law: "While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree."

Obamacare: "According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40 percent of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42 percent unfavorable. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18 percent an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57 percent to 17 percent."

Capitalism: "A Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism than even people who describe themselves as 'liberal Democrats.' While 47 percent of self-described 'liberal Democrats' hold a negative view of capitalism, 55 percent of Hispanics do."

Gun Rights: "Pew also found that only 27 percent of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57 percent of non-Hispanic whites. According to Latino Decisions, large majorities of Hispanics favor a national database of gun owners, limiting the capacity of magazines and a ban on semiautomatic weapons."

Big Government: "Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government -- also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent."

"Immigrants -- all immigrants -- have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party," Coulter writes. "For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)

"This is not a secret," Coulter continues. "For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats."

The upshot: "At the current accelerated rate of immigration -- 1.1 million new immigrants every year -- Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade."

If this analysis is correct, more is at stake here than the prospects of a political party. For America herself, as a land of freedom and human dignity, may be stumbling, even crashing, into her sickbed. 

Not because of immigrants per se, but because no society can sustain human freedom without a vision of freedom, verified and rooted in reality, that gives an adequate basis for human freedom and dignity.

If there is no rock of freedom, there can be no house of freedom built upon that rock.

The Democrats reject this basis, given their clear and ideological opposition to the rules of freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Their preachers say, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of Washington, and all these things shall be added unto you." But theirs is a kingdom of slavery.

And the Republicans? Their leadership seems clueless, double-minded, and incredibly easy to co-opt. Theirs is a kingdom of confusion ripe for the taking. They would hold onto power. Freedom not so much.

The answer, if one comes, will not come from Washington and certainly not from the current GOP. The answer, if it comes, will come from the people, under God, who having grabbed ahold of the rules of freedom, run with all of their might toward the open spaces and fertile soil of the Promised Land. 

It's never to late to discover America again, even America the young, in the brightness of a new day. This doesn't mean easy times are ahead. It does mean there is a way homeward. With a living Creator as the source of unalienable rights, neither death, decay, or unfreedom has the final say.

How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War

Chick-fil-A Gives Free Food to Motorists Stranded in Southern Snowstorm

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2014, 09:13 AM

From Todd Starnes:

Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?

What I Saw at Chick-Fil-A Today 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Obama "Year of Action Figure": Constitution Not Included

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2014, 08:49 AM

Amy Payne writes at The Foundry:

President Obama says this is a "year of action" -- and last night he made it very clear whose action he was talking about.

After noting recently that he has a pen and a phone and can use those to make changes without the help of Congress, Obama charged forward with promises of taking executive action wherever lawmakers fail to meet his demands.

In this cartoon, an Obama "Year of Action Figure" "comes with pen and phone" but "Constitution Not Included."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2014, 12:19 PM

"We are lucky that we are so different," Thomas Sowell writes, "so that the capabilities of many other people can cover our limitations."

But more than this, Sowell argues, the inequality of abilities (or "diversity," one might say) we see in human beings can save lives and enhance "everyone's well-being."

Yes, human beings are created equal, as the Declaration of Independence so appropriately notes.

This fact of life affirms the ontological worth and significance of the human being. It expresses the basis upon which people are to be respected by the powers that be and not steamrolled by big government, big business, big media, big "ministry," big Hollywood, big "science," or big anything.

Thus government, business, ministry, and so on, are created to serve man. Man is not created to worship and serve any of these entities. 

But note: Human beings are created equal in their individuality, as well. All of us have fingerprints, and yet every set of fingerprints is unique. In the human being, therefore, both unity and diversity are equally affirmed.

When diversity -- or inequality, properly understood -- is respected, our lives are enriched (in creativity, achievement, healing, wealth, and so on). Vive la différence.

The opposite is equally true. When diversity (or inequality) is disrespected, our lives are impoverished. Freedom, ideas, speech, excellence, and creativity begin to disappear as society is herded down the road to serfdom, to borrow a phrase. 

Diversity can also be deified. But this is a bad move because, as an idol, diversity breeds chaos -- even if it is well marketed ("Diversity is our strength!").

Chaos in morals and politics is, of course, unlivable. And so the temptation comes: Let us organize our lives around "unity." 

But when unity is grasped as a final solution, when it is deified in reaction to the totalizing god of "diversity," the real-world result is uniformity and oppression. The individual is smashed in the name of equality (or "fairness," "tolerance," etc.).

All too quickly, a people faces an elitist steamroller of presidential pens and phones, of federal laws and regulations, of dog-whistle peer pressure seeking to impose pretended absolutes enforced by those who hold power at a particular moment in history. 

How do we move forward to achieve individual and corporate balance? By realizing that both unity and diversity are gifts from the Creator. They are too wondrous and powerful to be left in the hands of politicians. 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014

YouTube: Trailer for D'Souza's New Film "America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2014, 12:02 PM

Paul Bond writes at The Hollywood Reporter:

The filmmakers behind Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming doc have vowed to press on while their star defends himself after his indictment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws in 2012.

On Sunday, they released a trailer for the move, America, that is set for release on July 4. . . . ["being released in time for the 4t of July," D'Souza says in the trailer].

In America, D'Souza -- who wrote and produced the film -- makes the claim that 1960s radical leftism is more or less indistinguishable from current mainstream liberalism, a doctrine that he says preaches the United States is the product of "stealing and plunder" from Native Americans, Mexicans, and African-American slaves.

"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history.

"America is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing The Godfather Part IIand Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for Schindler's List. D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed 2016: Obama's America," THR reports.

Click here to view the trailer (3 minutes, 1 second) on YouTube.

"Question Authority" should be the motto of every free-thinking American and of every free-thinking human being.

If this documentary lives up to what is promised in the trailer, it should be a very powerful treatment more than a little worrisome to the Obama administration and its allies in media, Hollywood, politics, and academy. "Test everything."

The D'Souza Arrest: Obama Action Adopts the Stalinist Style 
Sowell Reviews Film "2016: Obama's America" 
Dinesh D'Souza: How I Became George Obama's "Brother"

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sarah Palin: NAACP Attack on Tim Scott Shows Left's "Increased Intolerance"

By Rick Pearcey • January 24, 2014, 10:24 AM

From Tony Lee at Breitbart.com:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fiercely defended Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) after an NAACP leader called him a ventriloquist's dummy.

"The NAACP’s attacks on Senator Tim Scott illustrate the anger and increased intolerance of the political left. Having falsely staked the claim of 'embracing diversity,' we see another example of the left’s 'tolerant hug' excluding those who do not subscribe to their liberal agenda," Palin wrote on Wednesday.

"It’s not personal. It’s not racist. It’s not mean spirited. It’s COMMON SENSE to NOT subscribe to their failed liberal policies that lead to dependence on an unstable and bankrupt government."

Shelby Steele: Decline of the Civil Rights Establishment 
Donors Flock to Top "Mama Grizzly"

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ann Coulter: The Heroism of "Sugar Daddy" Wendy Davis

By Rick Pearcey • January 23, 2014, 12:02 PM

Ann Coulter writes:

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator running for governor, became a liberal superhero last June when she filibustered a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. (This was the good filibuster, not that awful filibuster three months later by Ted Cruz -- that was just grandstanding.)

Apart from her enthusiasm for abortion (and you have to admit, abortion is really cool), the centerpiece of Davis’ campaign is her life story. Also the fact that she’s a progressive woman who doesn’t look like Betty Friedan.

"In a typical formulation," Coulter continues, "Time magazine said Davis was someone who could give the Democrats '"real people' credibility," based on 'her own personal story -- an absent father, a sixth-grade-educated mother, a teen pregnancy, followed by life as a single mom in a mobile home, then community college and, at last, Harvard Law School.'

Coulter then turns to headlines that "capture the essence of Wendy-mania." For example -- 

CNN: Wendy Davis: From Teen Mom to Harvard Law to Famous Filibuster

Bloomberg: Texas Filibuster Star Rose From Teen Mom to Harvard Law

The Independent (UK): Wendy Davis: Single Mother From Trailer Park Who Has Become Heroine of Pro-Choice Movement

Cosmopolitan: Find a Sugar Daddy to Put You Through Law School!

"Actually," says Coulter, "that last one I made up, but as we now know, it's more accurate than Davis' rags-to-riches life story."

Go here to read the rest of Coulter's column on the "Heroism of Wendy Davis."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Missy Robertson: "Taking a Stand for Christianity in a Public Way"

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2014, 01:00 PM

In an interview with Fox News, Missy Robertson (wife of Jase) is asked what she has "come to learn about the audience that watches Duck Dynasty" following A&E's suspension of her father-in-law, Phil.

Missy replies:

Our fans are truly passionate! I can say personally that I am completely overwhelmed by the outspoken support of our family.

People have called to me from the open windows of their cars, across parking lots, in the grocery store, at the mall, just about everywhere I go in public.

They have gone out of their way to make a point in letting us know that they support our family 100 percent and appreciate our taking a stand for Christianity in a public way.

Missy's emphasis on standing for "Christianity in a public way" is quite to the point. For the Biblical worldview, properly understood, refuses to let itself shrink into a "private value system" or "belief system" (or "my truth" or "my values") but rather has always embraced the concept of publicly verifiable and publicly actionable information from the Creator.   

"Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital 'T,'" Francis Schaeffer stated in an address at the University of Notre Dame. 

As such, said Schaeffer, what is affirmed is "truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality -- and the intellectual holding of that total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth."

Thus the title of Nancy's book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity. 

In contrast to Schaeffer's affirmation, and to Missy's emphasis, we have the likes of "A&E and other secularists," who "seek to domesticate Biblical content from the Creator by redefining 'faith' as a 'personal matter' for so-called 'religious people'," as I noted in my most recent column.

"This effort reflects the modern reduction of 'faith' to a private 'belief system' or 'religious feeling' and is the product of anti-Christian secularism, not of a robust, pro-verification Christianity. Instead, the Biblical record concerns testable information regarding objective reality and is meant to be acted upon by free-thinking human beings across the whole of life, including public life."

What Missy states directly in this interview was also noted by Korie (wife of Duck Commander CEO Willie) when she said during a New Year's Eve interview on Fox, "At the end of the day we sit down and thank God for our blessings. . . . Hopefully we can spread that message. . . . As a country, if we can come back to that a little bit, maybe we’ll have a great 2014."

Yes, Christianity is so true to reality that its message can properly be applied to the country.

As I see it, the "Christian worldview is decidedly not 'religious' in the dumbed-down modern sense of the term but rather challenges people to 'test everything,' to evaluate truth-claims, and to think and see for themselves." 

Control freaks are right to be wary: Knowing the truth can not only set you free, but it can liberate a nation as well.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wendy Davis Blames Her Opponent for News Story Questioning Her Biography

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2014, 08:46 AM

John Sexton writes at Breitbart.com:

Wendy Davis has apparently settled on a plan divert questions about her biography raised over the weekend by the Dallas Morning News. In a response sent to one news outlet and on Twitter, Davis and her allies are blaming her opponent Greg Abbott.

For example, on Twitter Wendy Davis writes, "Two days ago, Abbott and his campaign sunk to a new low, making personal attacks on my family, my education, and my character."

But the facts of the news gathering do not appear to support Davis's efforts at damage control. As Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater tweets, "Story was about Davis, not Abbott. In researching, I talked to no -- zero -- Abbott people. They saw story this morn when u did."

Here is Slater's original news report, titled "As Wendy Davis Touts Life Story in Race for Governor, Key Facts Blurred."

Sexton concludes: "Davis and her allies are trying to make her out to be the victim of an unfair personal attack, but there is no one to blame for her admittedly 'loose language' but herself. If Davis had stuck closer to the truth, there wouldn't be room to question her story."

"Abortion Barbie" Wendy Davis "Pro-Life"?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Christian Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr., "Changed America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2014, 01:20 PM

Kevin Jackson writes at American Thinker:

You probably don't know who Reverend Michael King, Jr., was.

That's because Reverend Michael King, Jr., is the only private citizen to have a national holiday in his honor, and is Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King's father changed his and his son's names to Martin Luther in honor of the German reformer, Martin Luther. Martin Luther, of course, was a German monk, a professor theology and iconic figure of the 16th century reform movement of Christianity, also called the Protestant Reformation. He argued that you could not buy your way into Heaven, or avoid God's wrath, but instead must rely on God's grace.  Martin Luther was ostracized by both the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, when he refused to retract all his writings at the Diet of Worms in 1521. For this he was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Emperor. . . .

"So why is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., now referred to as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Jackson asks.

"It's simple," he explains. "The Left wants no remnants of the Christian revolution that changed this country. They want to make people forget that the biggest change to happen to American since the Civil War was led by a black Christian who was also a Republican. (See note below.)

"Referring to King as 'Dr. King' implies that the Civil Rights movement was led by an academic, that academia brought us 'change we can believe in.'

"Liberals believe in their educations, even if they have not a lick of practical experience or even common sense. Ph.D. King can lead a revolution," Jackson explains, "but a Republican pastor cannot be put in charge. That role is exclusively for black demagogues and fake reverends."

Two of those "black demagogues and fake reverends" would be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, according to Kevin Jackson, who writes:

"Reverend" Jesse Jackson has no degree in Divinity. Jackson is a theology school dropout, having left the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1966 to "focus full-time on the civil rights movement." I think he meant the Civil Unrest movement.

As for "Reverend" Al Sharpton, he never even attended seminary. Sharpton attended Brooklyn College and dropped out in 1975, after just two years. But Sharpton did something better. He was befriended and mentored by "Reverend" Jackson.

"Michael, who became Martin Luther, was his own man. And unlike the false prophets of the Left who have profited on the back of the Civil Rights movement and the good works of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend King made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Be proud Bible-thumpers," Jackson concludes. "It was a black Republican Christian who changed America."

Note: For further consideration, here is a Newsmax story headlined "Registration Unknown, Martin Luther King Was Likely Republican." According to Newsmax, "It is impossible to know whether King was Democrat, Republican, or independent. His home state of Georgia did not have registration by party, so allegiance to a political party depended on which primaries a voter chose to cast a ballot in. . . . But there is some evidence as to where his party leanings were, including the observations of the Republican who was Martin Luther King's congressman." 

Shelby Steele: Decline of the Civil Rights Establishment 
Is Martin Luther King the Slave of Black People? 
How to Have a Race War

Friday, January 17, 2014

Report: Tens of Thousands Fled Socialized Canadian Medicine in 2013

By Rick Pearcey • January 17, 2014, 10:08 AM

Michael Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller:

Every year thousands of Canadians have no choice but to seek medical care outside of the country’s single-payer health care system, according a report from a Canadian free-market think tank.

In 2013, nearly 42,000 Canucks left their homeland to avoid long wait times and inferior care that plagues their centralized health system.

"The report from the free-market Fraser Institute found that 41,838 Canadians became 'medical tourists' in 2013 and sought care outside of their hockey-loving country," TheDC reports. "While there were slightly fewer people fleeing the Canadian health system in 2013 than the previous year, the number leaving still amounts to nearly one percent of medical patients in Canada."

"Canadians may leave for a number of reasons including a lack of available resources or appropriate technology, a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability," the Fraser Institute's Nadeem Ismail is quoted as telling the Daily Caller.

"That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them," Ismail said, according to the Daily Caller.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

$2016: Big Haul for Rand Paul

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2014, 09:23 AM

Tony Lee writes at Breitbart.com:

Showing that he may be a more formidable contender than his father should he run for president in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) already has $2.2 million in the bank that he could use for a potential presidential run. . . .

Paul is one of the potential 2016 candidates who may gain the most from Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic scandal, especially among Wall Street and more establishment donors.

Should he run, Paul is expected to do strongly in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire which hosts the nation's first primary. He may exceed expectations in Iowa, where Evangelical leaders have indicated that Paul may be a "force" if he unifies Evangelicals and those in the liberty movement in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New: "Blackphone"Could Be "NSA Proof"

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2014, 08:42 PM

"Promises highly secure privacy protection that would make the NSA wince," states BetaBeat.

"Could be the first NSA-proof phone," headlines Mashable.

ZDNet says: "Powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS, Blackphone is touted as a carrier and vendor-independent smartphone which allows consumers and businesses to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without compromising privacy on the device."

This video introduces "Blackphone."

Here's the press release.

And more: "Nobody else can watch you without your knowledge."

First-Grader Told to Stop Talking About Bible

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2014, 08:38 AM

Todd Starnes writes at Fox News:

The parents of a six-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s "not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," attorneys for the California family allege.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.

According to Starnes, "Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time."

"Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree," Brynn is quoted as saying. "The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world."

But "before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom -- the law firm representing the Williams family," Starnes writes.

According to Tyler, "Brynn’s teacher said, 'Stop right there! Go take your seat. . . . Bryn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16."

"Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation," Starnes writes.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Washington Pushing Software to Measure Americans' Home Energy Use

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2014, 11:04 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes.

DOE says its energy-scoring software -- called the
Home Energy Scoring Tool -- is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating because it allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. 

The Energy Department "says its Home Energy Score is useful if you are a homeowner looking to renovate or remodel your home, lower your utility bills, improve the comfort of your home, or reduce your energy usage," according to CNSNews. "Moreover, 'the score serves as an official way to document these improvements and thereby enhance your home's appeal when you're ready to sell.'

"Right now, getting your home scored is voluntary," CNSNews reports.

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Francis Schaeffer on Authoritarian Government
6 Principles of Propaganda Lenin Used to Fundamentally Transform Russia

Monday, January 13, 2014

Caffeine May Boost Long-Term Memory

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2014, 08:57 AM

At Medical News Today:

New research suggests that a dose of caffeine after a learning session may help to boost long-term memory. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Cancer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Girl Scouts Sleaze: Replaces "Homopunk" Rocker With Abortion Advocate

By Rick Pearcey • January 10, 2014, 09:43 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

The Girl Scouts want you to know that nothing has happened to Josh Ackley. Last month, Breitbart News reported that Ackley -- the main media spokesman for the Scouts -- was also the lead singer of a "homopunk" band, The Dead Betties, who made several controversial videos, including one where a woman is strangled and another where a young man writhes naked on the ground and appears to touch his genitals.

Within a few days of the story breaking, the Girl Scouts scrubbed Ackley from their media page, though the Scouts tweeted on December 19 that he was still around: "We’re happy to clear this up for you. Not only is Josh Ackley still employed, no one has been demoted."

"Many who watch the Girl Scouts and their leftward drift viewed the Josh Ackley scandal as merely a sideshow -- certainly an illumination into the current Girl Scout mindset, but still just a sideshow," Ruse writes. 

"The real story of the rolling Girl Scout scandal," Ruse continues, "is their attachment to feminist politics, particularly their connection to Planned Parenthood, which is the largest single abortion provider in the United States. . . .

"So, it came as no surprise that the new Girl Scout media spokesman came from the Ms. Foundation, one of the preeminent abortion advocacy groups in the country. . . . According to their own website, in 2012 the Ms Foundation for Women contributed more than $1 million to abortion advocacy." 

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Girl Scouts "Give Thanks" for Membership in Worldwide Pro-Abortion Organization 
15-Year-Old on Girl Scouts: "We Were So Deceived"

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Number of Americans Shedding Republican Label "Exploding"

By Rick Pearcey • January 9, 2014, 11:20 AM

A Gallup poll Wednesday shows that the "number of Americans self-identifying as independents soared to a record 42 percent while the share of Republicans plunged to an all-time low of 25 percent," reports Ralph Hallow at the Washington Times.

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Mark Levin: "Eric Cantor Is Going to War" With Conservatives

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Will "Duck Dynasty" Controversy Awaken Americans to Homofascist Juggernaut?

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2014, 11:20 AM

The following statement is released by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays:

The gay bullying and intimidation deployed against Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is nothing new to the ex-gay community.

For too long in this country, gay rights organizations have incorporated ex-gay bashing as an integral part of their mission. Christian ex-gays are ridiculed for their faith, while people seeking therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions are painted as dangerously delusional.

On this one-way street of intolerance, former homosexuals are accused of being liars or fakes while transgenders are celebrated for changing their gender identity.

Using their political power and mainstream media support, gay activists work to keep ex-gays in the closet while demanding legal recognition of single-sex marriage as an equal right.

This well-organized and heavily-funded bullying of former homosexuals and ex-gay speech is known by the ex-gay community as "homofascism." 

Like Phil Robertson, ex-gays are subjected to demands that they apologize for their existence and views. For gay "civil rights" groups, it seems that no worse sin exists than renouncing one’s own homosexuality. 

For this cardinal offense, ex-gays and their supporters have to endure retaliation, public humiliation and economic loss unless they submit to public repentance, otherwise known as a gay "teaching opportunity." 

Now we see that straights like Phil Robertson and his Christian family are also being subjected to homofascism. 

Under homofascism, Mr. Robertson and ex-gays are expected to publicly atone, become enlightened, and proclaim that homosexual sex is normal, natural and healthy, despite medical facts to the contrary, their own personal religious beliefs, and an escalating AIDS rate among male homosexuals. 

Anyone deviating from this sacramental belief is treated as a heretic, to be bullied into submission or censorship.

Those individuals who no longer want to act out homosexually, including minors who have been molested by a same-sex adult, are treated like the lepers in the Bible. They are seen as a dangerous threat to society, and their attempts to seek therapeutic help must be outlawed. 

Is bullying and persecution a gay civil right? No, it’s not; homofascism is wrong.

Unless we stop it now as was accomplished with the Duck Dynasty backlash, homofascism will spread to persecute anyone who dares to disagree with the gay lobby, regardless if you live in Manhattan or the woods of Louisiana -- no one will be spared.

When irrational fears of male-female heterosexuality instigate demands for public censorship and obedience to the gay lobby, silence is not an option. 

All who call themselves Christians must speak out against injustice and homofascism. Otherwise, we will lose America -- and our souls.

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Memo to Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Homosex "Marriage" in Utah

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2014, 08:55 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

In a shock to homosexual activists, the Supreme Court halted all same-sex "marriages" in Utah on Monday morning.

The state began handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples last month after Judge Robert Shelby's ruling that Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman violates the U.S. Constitution. However, last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes asked the Supreme Court to "stay" Judge Shelby's decision until the state's appeal makes its way through the courts. 

"The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless," said National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown in a statement released yesterday. NOM is "pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion."

"If Shelby's decision is upheld, that would make Utah the ninth state where gay 'marriage' has been legalized by judicial decree, out of the 18 states that recognize such unions," according to LifeSiteNews. "Voters in the majority-Mormon state voted to uphold traditional marriage in 2004."

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

Monday, January 6, 2014

After Harris-Perry Apologizes for Racist Romney Comment, MSNBC Renews Claim Tea Party Is Racist

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2014, 08:13 AM

Warner Todd Huston writes at Breitbart.com:

On the same show that host Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize for her attack on Mitt Romney's adopted African-American grandson, MSNBC kept up its drumbeat of dealing the race card against its enemies by declaring that the core of tea party is racist.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Ben Carson: Legal Recreational Marijuana Latest Plunge Into Hedonism

By Rick Pearcey • January 3, 2014, 10:45 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The legal sale of recreational marijuana began in Colorado on Jan. 1, but Dr. Ben Carson sees it as society's latest step downward.

The use of medical marijuana in some cases has been proven to be useful, Carson said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren." But, he added, it is a gateway drug.

"I don't think this is something we really want for our society," Carson said. "You know, we're gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity. We're changing so rapidly to a different type of society, and nobody is getting a chance to discuss it because it's taboo."

"The recently retired chief of pediatric neurosurgery at John's Hopkins University Medical School has hinted at his own run for the presidency in 2016," Newsmax reports.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

U.S. No Longer Leads World in "Politics and Morality": Lech Walesa

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2014, 12:33 PM

"Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality," Rebecca Shabad reports at The Hill:

"Walesa, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama’s leadership skills," according to Shabad.

"When he was elected, there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa is quoted as saying.

Walesa is a "Nobel Prize winner" and "served as president of Poland in the 1990s," when he "led the Solidarity movement that helped end the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe," Shabad explains. 

The former president of Poland "acknowledged the United States military remains the world's top power but argued the U.S. economy is getting weaker," Shabad reports.

"'America did not regain its leadership status,' [Walesa] said, adding that the world is lucky there were no major conflicts because otherwise it would be helpless," according to The Hill. "It’s a dangerous situation in the long run, Walesa said. 'We are awaiting a president who will understand that'."

Over at American Thinker, Rick Moran comments on America's place in today's world: "Where we aren't getting kicked out, we're retreating. No one fears us, no one trusts us. No one much likes us. The thugs of the world rejoice that President Obama is in office, while our former allies try to make sense of our policies.

"Walesa is right," Moran concludes. "If, as some speculate, a major war is on the horizon, God help us all."

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Despite Obama's Assertions, 2013 Marked a Comeback for Al Qaeda

By Rick Pearcey • December 31, 2013, 02:24 PM

Newsmax reports:

As controversy continues to swirl around the New York Times' report claiming al-Qaida was not behind the Benghazi attacks, there is plenty of evidence to suggest the terrorist organization and its affiliates were responsible for some of the deadliest violence of 2013.

The resurgence of the group founded by Osama bin Laden was so pronounced that the Obama administration stepped back from its assertions that his death spelled the end of it, saying instead that only the core leadership in Pakistan had been contained, reports Politico Magazine.

What Is Killing the Western World?

On Ice: Stranded "Climate" Scientists Ring in 2014

By Rick Pearcey • December 31, 2013, 01:08 PM

At Fox News:

Passengers and crew who set off on an expedition to prove climate change are ringing in the new year in the same place where they have been for the past week: stuck in ice at the bottom of the world.

The 74 scientists, tourists and crew on the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been trapped near Antarctica since last Tuesday, are expecting to be airlifted from the ship by a helicopter. . . .

We're "stuck in our own experiment," the Australian Antarctic Expedition is quoted as saying Monday.

The leader of the expedition is Chris Turney, "a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales." Turney remains "adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas," Fox reports.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going Anywhere, More Likely to Win

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2013, 10:33 AM

Tony Lee writes at Breitbart.com:

A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials. 

"Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government."

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" Fans Plan "Chick-Phil-A" Appreciation Day

By Rick Pearcey • December 28, 2013, 08:21 AM

"Diehard fans of the A&E show 'Duck Dynasty' are planning to show their loyalty by holding a Phil Robertson appreciation day at Chick-fil-A franchises nationwide on Jan. 21," Fox News reports.  

"According to the Chick-Phil-A Day Facebook page, Robertson supporters are encouraged to wear 'Duck Commander or camouflage gear' to their local Chick-fil-A to 'stand for free speech' and 'sit for good food'," Fox News states.

"The event already has over 24,000 likes and nearly 60,000 listed attendees since its creation on Dec. 20," Fox reports.

Yesterday, A&E released an announcement stating that the network has decided to "resume filming . . . with the entire Robertson family."

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A&E Statement on Phil Robertson, "Duck Dynasty": "Resume Filming . . . With the Entire Roberston Family"

By Rick Pearcey • December 28, 2013, 07:50 AM

The following statement from the Arts and Entertainment Network was published yesterday at The Hollywood Reporter:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks' core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people's homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil's comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the "coarse language" he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would "never incite or encourage hate." We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family . . . a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

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The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Friday, December 27, 2013

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tweets "Freedom of Speech" Defense of "Duck Dynasty"

By Rick Pearcey • December 27, 2013, 08:35 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”


In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf
Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”


In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf
Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”


In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf
Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?”


In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.”

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf
oe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?” - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf

Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, "More crackin' down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?"

In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, "Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn't mean we have to agree."

In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.” - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf

Perry sent his messages "to his 250,000-plus followers" in a December 22 tweet, according to CNSNews.

Not unlike the Robertsons in Louisiana, Joe Perry, his wife Billie Perry, and their children hunt and eat wild game. In a Dec. 23 tweet, Perry said, “Spending Christmas at the hunting lodge with the family & learning survival skills. We only shoot what we eat. No trophy hunting.” - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/aerosmith-s-joe-perry-tweets-freedom-speech-defense-duck-dynasty#sthash.FmsJBiro.dpuf

"Not unlike the Robertsons in Louisiana, Joe Perry, and his wife Billie Perry, and their children hunt and eat wild game," according to CNS.

"Billie Perry tweeted, on Dec. 25, a photo of her and Joe and the family packing rifles and wearing camouflage. In the tweet, she said, 'Christmas Day getting ready for the big game (food) hunt! Hello Poppa Hemingway'," CNSNews reports.

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"Gay" Totalitarianism
What I Saw at Chick-Fil-A Today

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 Lessons From "Duck Dynasty" Controversy

By Rick Pearcey • December 26, 2013, 11:12 AM

"A&E's indefinite suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life," Ben Shapiro writes.

"In all likelihood, Robertson will eventually be reinstated by A&E," Shapiro predicts. "In the meantime, we can learn some valuable lessons from this culture clash."

According to Shapiro, those lessons are:

1. "Hollywood hates conservatives and kowtows to GLAAD."
2. "Americans like conservatives on TV."
3. "Too many conservatives are uncomfortable with religious conservatives."
4. "The media don't understand or want to understand sin."
5. "The market works."

"In the end, the 'Duck Dynasty' controversy is a lesson in leftist intolerance," Shapiro concludes. "In leftist America, babbling . . .  about the moral imperative of killing unborn 21-week-old children is a virtue, while citing Corinthians is sin. Traditionally religious Americans must take note of this clash of values and recognize that the culture war is indeed a war for the spiritual soul of the country. An anti-Biblical America is a worse America."

"Gay" Totalitarianism
Duck Flap: Truth Is "Hate" to Those Who Hate Truth 
What I Saw at Chick-Fil-A Today

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

4 Elements of a "Merry Christmas!" The Revolt of Intelligence Against Religious & Secular Stereotypes

By Rick Pearcey • December 24, 2013, 12:35 PM

You might have heard: The revolutionary good news that landed ashore Planet Earth that first Christmas morn "confronts cults of faith, secularism, religion, and politics." I have written about that here. By way of introduction, consider these four passages to provide an overview of the "elements of a 'Merry Christmas!'":  

1. Good-Bye Stereotypes: "First, in contrast to pagan, religious, media, and secular stereotypes, Christmas is about real people living and working in a real world. The inaugurating events of Christmas occur in and around Bethlehem of Judea. They concern watchful shepherds, pregnant women, and surprised husbands. All are flesh-and-blood people. All are individuals who think, act, wonder, emote, and make choices in situations of life that are less than ideal. . . ."

2. Escape From "Warm Fuzzies": "But humans today are increasingly asked to live in a fragmented world of image, feeling, and PR. A candidate for president of the United States can tell Americans that Christmas is the season of miracles, but what about the rest of the year? Is God alive December 25, but dead by January 1, not able to survive the party? In contrast to warm fuzzies delivered by admakers, politicians, and ministry machines, the Christmas of history is about the objectivity and unity of truth in the midst of tremendous challenge. . . ."

3. Hemingway Avenue: "The third element of Luke 2:20 specifies that Christmas is about the visual and aural validation of answers from God. Rather than a religious truth or spiritual technique that escapes the world, Christmas lives down the street. It is alive to the real world and is one of those things that can be “heard and seen.” Hemingway, who grew to hate generalities but love discrete facts, could have given the manger scene an address in one of his novels. . . ."

4. Test Everything: "Christmas is about enfleshed truth that is accountable, a body of information and series of events that can be rationally considered, verified out in the external world, and discussed among regular people as facts of life. Among the facts are Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph, a baby, and a manger, none of which are feelings. The facts also include the angels and the veracity of what they said to human beings, for what the shepherds saw and heard in Bethlehem was 'as it had been told them,' the fourth element from Luke 2:20 under consideration here. . . ."

We thank you all, dear readers of The Pearcey Report, for visiting us throughout the year. To all of you and yours: Best wishes, thoughts, and prayers for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Duck Flap: Truth Is "Hate" to Those Who Hate Truth

By Rick Pearcey • December 23, 2013, 12:36 PM

The following column is by Professor of Law J. Matt Barber:

As widely reported, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E’s breakaway hit "Duck Dynasty," recently ran a-fowl of homosexual pressure groups, ruffling "progressive" feathers throughout concentrated pockets of deep blue America. He remains suspended "indefinitely" for candidly summarizing, in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the millennia-long "Love the sinner, hate the sin" Biblical stance on homosexual practice.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me," he bluntly opined. "I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!"

Dudes worldwide -- save self-styled "gays," Pajama Boy and a few liberal men actually rumored to be heterosexual -- responded: "Eww! I know, right."

"You know what I’m saying?" continued Robertson. "But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical," he noted.

Robertson also addressed other sins, paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6:9-10"Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It's not right."

"I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me," he later added. "We are all created by the Almighty, and like Him, I love all of humanity."

Barring a handful of "progressive" revisionists, Christian theologians have since observed that, while Robertson's position on sexual sin is 100 percent Biblically, morally and biologically correct, it is, nonetheless, precisely 0 percent politically correct.

Furthermore, Robertson seems to have been quoting directly from the rare, though accurate, "Louisiana Revised Standard Living Translation."

Even so, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged. GLAAD spokesman Francis Twinklebean offered a scathing, though typically insightful, analysis of Robertson’s opinion: "Quack quack quack bigot," said Twinklebean. "Quack quack vile quack intolerance quack quack homophobia quack," he added, finally demanding: "A&E must fire Phil Robertson."

The "gay"-activist Human Rights Campaign (HRC) was no less distressed, as evidenced by HRC mouthpiece Randy Van Grindr: "The First Amendment? That’s so 1776," he said. "This is 2013. Speech isn’t free, you know. Intolerance will not be tolerated. Give us our pound of flesh! A&E must fire Phil Robertson."

A&E, which had already begun censoring the cast’s Christian speech with fake bleeps to cover words like Jesus and Christ, dutifully complied. "We’re just sick of all this redneck Jesusy stuff," A&E representative Moe Ronic told reporters. "And besides, making truckloads of money is really overrated," he added, referencing the show’s No. 1 all-time ranking.

"In fact," he continued, "just the other day I was sharing an Appletini with Bob, our program director, and he was pining for the good ol' days -- back when we had ratings like MSNBC's "Winter Solstice Generic Holiday Special."

"You know, more money means more work -- what, with the bookkeeping and all," he pointed out. "Most of us at A&E are actually quite excited to get back to the utter irrelevance and obscurity from whence we came."

Meanwhile, the Fox Network and a bevy of cable channels have reportedly lined up with drool bibs to pounce on the show should relations with A&E go deeper south.

A Fox source offered comment on condition of anonymity: "Remember that time someone disagreed with Christianity and got fired?" he asked. "Me neither. A&E needs the Robertsons more than they need A&E."

Still, questions remained as to who’s got it right on homosexuality; GLAAD, HRC and other "progressives," or Phil Robertson and Christianity. To get answers, we went straight to the Source: God, Author of all truth, sovereign Creator of the universe and Maker of mankind.

God said to relax. The issue has been long settled.

All sexual sin -– adultery, fornication, bestiality, incest and, yes, the practice of homosexuality -- is "contrary to sound doctrine," He noted unequivocally (1 Timothy 1:10). "Guys, when I said, 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination,' I meant it," He added (Leviticus 18:22).

The Creator then offered an urgent admonition to GLAAD, HRC, and others living under both sexual deception and the unrepentant homosexual lifestyle. He warned that unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences: "Because of this, [I] gave [you] over to shameful lusts. Even [you ladies] exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way [you fellas] also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. [You’ve] committed shameful acts with other men, and [have] received in [yourselves] the due penalty for [your] error" (Romans 1:26-27).

Still, being both wholly righteous and merciful beyond measure, The Heavenly Father then offered hope for homosexuals, as well as for every other sinner on the planet (that would be all of us). He was quick to point out that no one person is better than another, and that He loves us all, not because of our sins -– to include the "intrinsically disordered" homosexual identity and lifestyle -- but in spite of them. "None is righteous, no, not one," He said (Romans 3:10).

We are all lost and in need of the Savior, He further urged (especially yours truly), saying, with specific reference to homosexuality, adultery and other forms of sexual immorality: "And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by [My Spirit]" (1 Corinthians 6:11).

As untold thousands -– likely millions -– of former homosexuals will attest, through the unmatched grace of Christ, there can be freedom from all forms of bondage to sin -- even "LGBT" behavior.

Meanwhile, since the Duck flap hit, Jesus Himself has reportedly reached out to Phil Robertson with a Word of encouragement. He told him to keep fishing for souls and hunting for ducks. He said that Robertson shouldn’t sweat the small stuff -- like the ongoing assault for speaking truth in love.

"Phil," He said, "You will be hated by everyone because of me, but [if you] stand firm to the end, [you] will be saved" (Matthew 10:22).

"Oh, and by the way," Jesus added: "Well done my good and faithful servant."

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Friday, December 20, 2013

"Total Horror": The Life and Death of Smut Merchant Al Goldstein

By Rick Pearcey • December 20, 2013, 09:51 AM

Al Goldstein pioneered hardcore smut in print. The "onetime millionaire" died homeless yesterday at age 77, according to LifeSiteNews.com.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

How Much of Your Life Should Government Track?

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2013, 09:35 AM

"Electronic devices are tools that can be used for good or evil. What matters is who uses them and for what purpose," Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com.

For example, says Jeffrey:

Electronic health records can make it easier for doctors to treat people who are sick and keep people well. Automated vehicles can make it easier, safer and more enjoyable for people to travel where they want and when they want. An intelligent electrical system could more efficiently deliver power to customers who want to spend their own money to buy it -- to keep their home or business as cool or warm as they like it.

And yet:

Electronic health care records could also be used in developing and enforcing a governmental system of health-care rationing. Automated vehicles could be used to stop people from going where, or when, the government does not want them to go. Remotely controlled thermostats could be used to stop people from heating or cooling their homes in the interest of, say, preventing "climate change." . . .

In recent decades, many of our political and cultural leaders have proudly denied the basic unchangeable rules of right and wrong. At the same time, politicians and judges have worn down the constitutional limits on the federal government.

"Were American politicians obedient to both the moral rules and the constitutional limits on government power, the dawning age of super-electronics would be an age of wonders," Jeffrey concludes. "In an era of growing government power and amorality, it could become an age of horrors."

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Megapastor Mark Driscoll Remains Silent Amid Plagiarism-Ghostwriting Controversy

By Rick Pearcey • December 18, 2013, 10:10 AM

Alex Murashko reports at ChristianPost.com:

A wider circle of accusations surrounding author and Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll that originally included plagiarism allegations by a radio talk show host, now includes claims from others tracking the saga about how ghostwriters or researchers were used and not given proper attribution. At the same time, the Mars Hill Church pastor's silence on the matter has raised intrigue and the question: How powerful is the "evangelical celebrity machine?"

"What started in late November with Janet Mefferd's accusations of plagiarism against Mark Driscoll has morphed into broader concerns over authorship and use of research materials," CP quotes Warren Throckmorton as writing over at Patheos. "This finding raises interesting questions about ghostwriting and the use of research in writing for publication. I am not aware of how wide spread this practice is but perhaps this story allows us a view behind a door not often opened," states Throckmorton.

"Throckmorton, who has been reporting daily on developments in the Driscoll alleged-plagiarism story that began three weeks ago, says that it appears that Docent Research Group consultant Justin Holcomb 'quoted the material from the New Bible Commentary and then Driscoll changed a few words and included it under his authorship. There are multiple instances of this practice throughout the memo'," CP reports.

Here is how the Docent Research Group describes some of its services: "Provide excellent sermon research for pastors who . . . Desire to inform and transform an audience . . . Need stories, metaphors and statistics that connect with their audience . . . Require a team that will execute the Pastor’s specific ideas, questions and instructions . . . Speak to culturally savvy congregations." Under "Book Summaries," Docent specifies "books or articles," promising to provide pastors "content you need to know but don’t have time to read," in "any genre" and at "any level of detail."

In addition, Christian Post reports that "well-known theologian and pastor John Piper also chimed in on the online chatter about the Driscoll matter via Twitter, and Throckmorton writes that the series of [Piper] tweets was 'apparently in response to an op-ed by Andy Crouch at Christianity Today on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism (now ghostwriting) controversy. Crouch's op-ed builds to this crescendo: The real danger here is not plagiarism -- it is idolatry'."

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Apple Approves Homosexual Meetup App for 12-Year-Olds

By Rick Pearcey • December 17, 2013, 09:25 AM

Kirsten Andersen reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

While previous homosexual dating apps like Grindr and Manhunt have been exclusively 18+ due to their focus on facilitating anonymous sexual encounters, Distinc.tt managed to win approval for users 12 and up by advertising itself as the “LGBT app that you can bring home to Mom.”

The app was intended to facilitate dating for people who are already out and about, but one commenter on a gay website warned that those who fail to disable the default tracking settings will constantly broadcast their location to other users even when they are at home.  That may concern parents of children who download the app, as predators could use the information to find vulnerable targets.

LifeSiteNews publishes the following contact information for Apple: Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014, (408)-996-1010.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Billboard Company Rejects Atheist Group's Ads

By Rick Pearcey • December 16, 2013, 11:43 AM

"An atheist group in Canada has claimed that a Vancouver billboard company has violated their human rights by refusing to run advertisements carrying 'No God' slogans in the city's downtown area," Christian Post reports.

"The Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI) plans to put ads featuring a young woman with the words, 'Praying won't help. Doing will' and 'Without God, we're all good,' in downtown Vancouver. However, Pattison Outdoor, the billboard company they contacted, says the adverts do not meet their guidelines," according to CP.

"We made every effort to avoid this situation by making the ads as soft and as gentle as possible," CP quotes Pat O'Brien of CFI telling Canada's Global News as saying. "We just promote our particular world view, which is a humanistic, secular world view," O'Brien says. 

CP reports that the atheists' claim "their message is meant to be pro-secular, not anti-religion."

For more, go here.  

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Nancy Pearcey on LA Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2013, 03:30 PM

Our editor at large will appear on the Frank Sontag show today (KKLA) at 5 p.m. Pacific time (8 p.m. eastern, 7 central, 6 mountain), to discuss, among other items, issues raised by her WPost column "Should Secularism Be Taught in Public Schools?" 

You can listen online here. To call the show, dial 888-995-KKLA.

ESPN Backs Down, Airs "Jesus" Ad for Christmas

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2013, 10:35 AM

CBNNews reports:

New signs of the war on Christmas are popping up across the country.

The Hollywood Reporter said ESPN reversed a decision to drop a Christmas ad that mentioned Jesus, following a barrage of criticism from its viewers.

The ad, released by Glennon Children's Medical Center in Missouri, states in part, "We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents and families that we serve."

"ESPN originally said the ad didn't meet its standards," CBN states. "The sports network only agreed to air it after facing a backlash."

Click here to view the 30-second ad.

Christmas Spirit in Space and Time

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baker Says He’d Rather Go to Jail After Judge Orders Him to Service Homosex "Weddings"

By Rick Pearcey • December 12, 2013, 10:45 AM

Kirsten Andersen reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex "weddings" or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials. 

Just as this baker should not be forced to accept counterfeit "money" for his services, neither should he be forced sell his services to facilitate counterfeit "marriage." 

Refusing counterfeits is wise. Imposing counterfeits is tyranny. A free people revolts.

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