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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Planned P'hood Transcript: Nurse Admits "It's Fun" to Dissect Dead Babies

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2015, 04:13 PM

Blake Neff reports at the Daily Caller:

The transcript accompanying the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video has an employee of the group admit she finds it "fun" to dissect fetuses for their organs and would "enjoy" the opportunity to do it on behalf of fetal tissue purchasers.

The exchange isn’t included in the 15-minute edited video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), but is instead buried deep in the 119-page transcript accompanying it (a full-footage version of the video hasn’t been released yet).

In the exchange, Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits she and her co-worker would find it enjoyable if a tissue buyer wanted them to dissect dead fetuses for parts.

"It would be exciting too if you needed it dissected, because LaShonda and I are the most Curious George of the group," Farrell is quoted as saying. "I know it’s sickening on some level, but it’s fun."

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Fox Sports Sued for Anti-Religious Discrimination After Firing Football Analyst for Views on Homosex "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • August 3, 2015, 01:30 PM

Daniel J. Flynn reports at Breitbart.com:

College football analyst Craig James filed suit against Fox Sports in a Dallas court this morning contending religious discrimination for his 2013 termination over his stance on gay marriage.

"Fox Sports fired James for one reason only: his religious beliefs about marriage," the 35-page suit charges.

"In so doing, Fox Sports violated the law. Specifically, Fox Sports violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act ('TCHRA') and Texas contract law along with a myriad of equitable principles."

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit, and no one (atheist, Christian, baker, or photographer) should be penalized for questioning it, rejecting it, or for preferring the real thing over the phony.

Fox Sports should have commended Craig James but befouls itself instead. Please, Fox, get your head out of the moral and political gutter and back into sports.

The games will be more enjoyable to watch. And you'll smell better, too.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hillary Reverses Course: I Proudly Stand With Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 31, 2015, 11:12 AM

Katie Pavlich writes:

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hilllary Clinton expressed concern over new undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors haggling over the price of aborted baby parts

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing," Clinton said in an interview with The New Hampshire Union Leader.

But just 24-hours later, Clinton has changed course, saying last night that she proudly stands by and supports the abortion giant.

"According to the Washington Free Beacon, the daughter of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is working for the Clinton campaign," Pavlich writes.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wheaton College Ends Student Health Insurance Over Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • July 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform:

Wheaton College (Ill.) will no longer offer its students health care coverage after being denied a temporary exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

"We regret that we were not able to provide earlier notice of this significant change, which affects roughly a quarter of our student body," said vice president for student development Paul Chelsen in a July 22 statement. The college will not renew its student health insurance plan (SHIP) for the upcoming school year.

"Additionally, Chelsen declared that the 'College desires that every student have access to quality and affordable healthcare' but said an 'unexpected notification' to comply with the contraceptive mandate 'did not allow the College adequate time to make alternate plans to provide student coverage in line with its institutional convictions'," Campus Reform reports.

"As previously reported by Campus Reform," Barillas continues, "Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, denied the college's request for a preliminary injunction earlier this month. If it had been granted, the college would have been given a temporary religious exemption until its lawsuit was decided."

The Chicago-area college "is currently suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because of religious objections to 'emergency contraception' coverage as part of its student health plan. The private Christian liberal arts college holds that several act as abortifacients and being required to provide them would violate its religious convictions," Campus Reform reports.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ben Carson on Planned Parenthood: "Same People Who Say It's a Meaningless Clump of Cells Are Trying to Get Livers"

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2015, 10:39 AM

Craig Millward reports at CNSNews.com:

At a rally to defund Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson criticized  Planned Parenthood, calling it "hypocritical" that "these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys."

"Well isn't it funny that these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys, because how could you have such organs from a meaningless clump of cells," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Carson was speaking at a rally organized by Women Betrayed, a project of Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future, to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood as well as defunding them. The Capitol Hill rally was one of more than 60 rallies across the nation organized by Women Betrayed," CNS reports.

"I think we have gradually slid in terms of our morals to a point where we don't really care about the killing of human beings," Carson is quoted as saying.

"That is the bad news. The good news is that I think we are changing, and I think things like this are starting to change us a lot. There are actually more people now who identify as pro-life than people who identify as pro-death, and we are capable of changing.

"There was a time in this country when people thought it was okay to own other people, and they thought they could do anything they want with them, because they belong to me. I can beat them, I can kill them, I can do whatever I want to do to them, and we fortunately, as a society matured and began to think about what the words of our Declaration of Independence and the words of our Constitution actually meant," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Well those words are meaningful today too," Carson explained, "because they talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well guess what. There can be no liberty and pursuit of happiness if there is no life." 

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cruz Defends Huckabee Against Barack Obama and Jeb Bush on Iran Nuke Deal

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2015, 11:45 AM

Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:

President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. 

Huckabee said the president's Iran policy would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

"The president bristled at what he called a 'ridiculous' comment," Starnes writes. "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad," Obama said, according to Starnes.

Obama also expressed his displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz. "We've had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We've had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party."

Cruz stood his ground and "rebuffed the president's slap," saying it was "particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics -- attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking me -- both of us for standing up against this catastrophic deal -- rather than defending [his position on] the merits," Starnes reports.

"Cruz told me he 'emphatically' stands by Huckabee and his comments," Starnes writes.

Huckabee "is exactly right to highlight the threat that the Obama nuclear deal poses to the nation of Israel. It is a sad day when the president of the United States cannot or will not see this truth," Cruz said, according to Starnes.

In addition to Obama, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush also "lashed out at Huckabee's assessment of the Obama Administration's deal with Iran -- calling it 'just wrong'," Starnes writes.

"'I think we need to tone down the rhetoric, for sure,' Bush said at a campaign stop in Florida," according to Starnes. "The use of that kind of language is just wrong," Bush is quoted as saying.

Bush said, "This is not the way we're going to win elections, and that's not how we're going to solve problems," Starnes reports.

"Cruz took exception to Bush's attack on the former Arkansas governor," Starnes reports. This is "not a question of rhetoric," Cruz countered, according to Starnes. "It's a question of speaking the truth."

Far better, in Cruz's estimation, to "direct your fire to the real threats facing America -- including the threat of an Iran-led by radical theocratic zealots who chant 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'," Cruz advised Bush, according to Starnes.

In a related development, Cruz has invited Obama to "debate the substance of the Iran deal . . . at any time and any place" of Obama's choosing. Perhaps Jeb Bush could help Obama prepare for such a debate.

"Let's do it in front of the American people any time in the next 60 days," Cruz said (see video).

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Coulter: Trump Could Win

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

Heather Smith reports at the Daily Caller:

In a D.C.-based radio interview, best-selling author Ann Coulter Friday defended GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and believes he could be a "nominee who could win" the election.

"Trump is different. We have been lied to for thirty years about immigration. That’s why Trump is striking this chord. He’s attractive. He’s tall. He’s hilariously funny. I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win," Coulter told WMAL Friday.

"She admitted in the interview she has reversed her stance on opposing candidates who were not governors," Smith writes.

"The more I see Trump talk, the more it diminishes the other candidates," Smith quotes Coulter as saying.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Remove Our Names: "Corporate Donors" Flee Sickening Planned Parenthood -- Coca Cola, Ford, Xerox

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2015, 07:24 AM

Chelsea Scism reports at Daily Signal:

Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.

The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed.

"This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations -- and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding," the Daily Signal states.

"Earlier this week, The Daily Signal used information from 2nd Vote to publish the names of 41 companies listed by Planned Parenthood as contributor," the Signal reports. "Shortly after the story was published, representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox contacted The Daily Signal to say they were erroneously listed and requested that Planned Parenthood take them off its website."

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as "Clowns"

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2015, 09:23 AM

"Brilliant," John Nolte writes at Breitbart. "Keep in mind that this is the same GOP Establishment privately and publicly lecturing Trump about 'tone'."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2015, 11:01 AM

At 7:40 p.m. EDT last night, USAToday published a Kirsten Powers column titled "Crush Planned Parenthood" with the kicker "Caught in a stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone."

Referring to two recently released undercover videos that have just exploded across the news (here and here), Powers states, "The problem is not the tone. It's the crushing.

"It's the organ harvesting of fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It's the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection," Powers writes.

"There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, 'It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them'."

Powers next deals with Planned Parenthood's unsuccessful attempts to knock down the video, such as: "It's heavily edited," it's a "humanitarian exercise," the video-maker once wrote for the Weekly Standard (!).

In addition, Powers notes that Planned Parenthood's "usual defenders are nowhere to be found." For example, "There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi -- both recipients of Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award -- have been mum."

Then there's the sad effort by "Mississippi abortion doctor Willie Parker," who "ran with the trope that direct quotes from a Planned Parenthood doctor constitute a vicious attack," Powers writes.

But this savage doctor wasn't done. "He compared Nucatola to Jesus," Powers writes.

"It's no secret that my frame of reference for the work that I do and in terms of generating compassion is related to my religious understanding and, in particular, my Christian religious understanding," Powers quotes Parker as telling Cosmopolitan magazine.

That "Christian" "religious" "understanding" reveals to the abortionist, he says, "a strong parallel between what's happening to my colleague [Nucatola] and the trial week of Jesus before he was crucified [as] he was marched from place to place, asked to answer allegations."

Total nonsense, of course. Jesus sacrificed his life for others, but abortionists kill others to advance themselves, sell aborted baby body parts over lunch, and trade blood for money to buy Lamborghinis. These and other subtle differences between the humane Jesus of history and the inhumane abortionism of Planned Parenthood abound.

Powers concludes: "When abortion doctors are elevated to gods who may not be questioned or held accountable, society has officially gone off the rails."

"The gods" should of course be questioned (a mentality I have written about in a book Foreword here).

For that matter, in matters big and small, the unquestioning mantra of "don't think, just believe" may be accepted in many circles today -- whether in church, on campus, in the voting booth, or in the boardroom, or in the fevered minds of abortion-believing fanatics -- but that mantra is totally inadequate to the free-thinking human being endowed by the Creator to think, evaluate evidence, and "test everything."

This approach, by the way, is central to Nancy Pearcey's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. If you want real-world principles for questioning the inhumane prescriptions of our age, or of any age, this book is a terrific place to begin.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"No Comment": NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2015, 09:25 AM

Julia Hahn writes at Breitbart:

[Today] the "Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Americans who lost loved ones to criminal alien violence. On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Chuck Todd made a declaration that would surprise these devastated families: "We couldn’t find a single study that links violent crime and immigration."

Apparently neither Mr. Todd nor his research staff ever thought to look up the government’s own 2011 report on criminal alien activity, published by the Government Accountability Office.

"Breitbart News emailed Mr. Todd and his show to ask why the government’s own data, and a great deal more information, which would have disproven Mr. Todd’s sweeping declaration, was omitted," Hahn writes.

"A staff aid to Mr. Todd replied: 'no comment'," according to Hahn.



Monday, July 20, 2015

Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2015, 10:55 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The Washington Post's reporting of Donald Trump's statement saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" miscast the GOP presidential candidate's words, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says.

Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter, posted a fact-check of the Post's report on her website, saying that the newspaper had left out the context of Trump's remarks, including the ongoing feud between him and McCain. McCain called Trump supporters at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally "crazies."

Attkisson also noted that although the Post reported Trump's initial statement that McCain was not a war hero, it did not report four instances immediately following in which Trump said that McCain was a war hero. . . .

"Most of Trump's 14 declared Republican presidential rivals said he was wrong, but there was one notable exception," Newsmax reports: Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas senator "didn't defend Trump's words, and was quick to say that McCain is a 'hero and a friend.' But he also said he refused to play what he termed a 'media game' of getting Republicans to attack each other," Newsmax reports.

"'I'm not going to go into the gutter with personal attacks impugning character,' Cruz told Bloomberg Politics at the Family Leadership Summit after Trump had made his controversial statement there," according to Newsmax.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

War Is Here: Jihad in Chattanooga

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2015, 09:01 AM

In a column with the kicker "Another Muslim heeds the Islamic State's call to murder military personnel," Robert Spencer writes:

A Muslim named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a Navy recruitment center and a Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday morning, murdering four Marines.

It was yet another Islamic State attack inside the United States, emphasizing once again that the U.S. is at war, and that the war is here, now, on our soil.

Final sentence: "Is there any limit to the weakness, fecklessness and refusal to face reality of America’s current leadership? Is there any limit to the willingness of the majority of the American public to put up with all this? This unreality and indifference is only going to grow more costly."



Thursday, July 16, 2015

New York Times Caves, Places Ted Cruz's Book "A Time for Truth" on Bestseller List

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

Katie McHugh reports at Breitbart.com:

The New York Times acknowledged Wednesday that Sen. Ted Cruz's book, A Time For Truth, belongs on its bestseller list and gave it a no. 7 ranking in nonfiction, after snubbing it and accusing the Cruz campaign of making "strategic bulk purchases."

HarperCollins sent an inquiring email to The New York Times last week after the book's impressive sales were ignored by the paper.

"We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold," spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, according to Politico. "This book didn’t meet that standard this week."

But the Cruz campaign smelled something rotten in New York and "furiously attacked the New York Times for their deliberate omission," Breitbart reports.

"The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response -- alleging 'strategic bulk purchases' -- is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher HarperCollins," Rick Tyler of the Cruz campaign is quoted as telling Politico.

Amazon is apparently none too pleased, as well. "An Amazon spokeswoman said that A Time For Truth was a bestselling book," Breitbart reports, and that the online giant "found no evidence of 'unusual bulk purchase activity'."

"Cruz's book currently ranks as the number-one bestselling book in 'Political Conservatism & Liberalism' on Amazon," according to Breitbart. As of this writing, A Time for Truth continues to hold that no. 1 spot.

As of yesterday, the New York Times has "backed down . . . without apology while maintaining they did nothing wrong," Breitbart reports.

"This week's NYT best seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week's -- and the week before that. That process involves a careful analysis of data, and is not influenced in any way by the content of a book, or by pressure from publishers or book sellers," Times spokeswoman Murphy is quoted as telling The Hill via email, according to Breitbart.

Unfortunately, there is no way to verify the truthfulness of the Times' claim to innocence, for the newspaper conducts its deliberations in secret.

"Our approach serves Times readers by authenticating broadly popular books through the confidential reporting of a wide range of retailers. In order to avoid compromising that process, we do not disclose who reports sales to us," Murphy is quoted as saying.

So when it comes to verifying the NYTimes' bestseller list, there's no need to think, ask for evidence, or think critically about the newspaper's results. Just believe. Blindly.

If the Times says it, you're supposed to "believe" it, and that settles it.

Or maybe not.

Let us just say: That simplistic approach to life -- in matters big or small, deep and wide, is not recommended. Far better to adopt and practice the principle of "test everything."

Meanwhile, we encourage secular fideists not to revel in their various "faith" constructs. And maybe it's time to buy A Time for Truth.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Volunteer Watchdog Group Dispatches to Western States to Monitor "Jade Helm"

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2015, 09:22 AM

Barnini Chakraborty reports at Fox News:

A controversial U.S. military training exercise known as "Operation Jade Helm" rolls out this week across several southwestern states -- but a group of wary citizen watchdogs will be keeping an eye on them. 

Pete Lanteri, a former Marine now living in Arizona, told FoxNews.com that volunteer members he's helped organize will be on the ground as part of a newly formed surveillance campaign called "Counter Jade Helm." A product of mounting suspicions across western states over the exercise itself, the group has been set up to locate, track and observe U.S. soldiers -- Green Berets, Air Force Special Ops, Navy SEALs -- training across the Southwest.

"The three-month military exercise kicks off Wednesday," Fox reports, and "Lanteri played down the notion that the 'counter' campaign could lead to conflict."

"We’re not paranoid tin-hat wearing freaks,” Lanteri is quoted as telling Fox News. "We’re not going to be out there confronting people or holding signs."

According to Fox News, "Lanteri and his volunteers will be in plain clothes, in plain sight and armed with only cell phones and video cameras, he says."

Lanteri "plans to travel to central Texas over the weekend to help kick off the 'Counter Jade Helm' project," Fox reports. "He said California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Florida and Utah also are among the states participating in the counter-missions; there have been conflicting reports about which specific states Jade Helm will be in, though the operation appears to concentrate in the Southwest."

What are Lanteri's motivations? "I did this because A: I believe in monitoring what the government does and B: I see this as a training opportunity,” Lanteri, who has spent a decade working on the Arizona-Mexico border, said," according to Fox.

"Lanteri says aside from the 'conspiracy nut jobs,' there have been others who genuinely feel that the military may be up to something not quite right. He says it's their right as U.S. citizens to be able to question motive and look for answers," Fox reports.

"Ronald Reagan said to trust and verify, and that's what we’re going to do," Lanteri said, according to Foxnews.com.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bolton: Obama Nuke Deal With Iran "an American Munich"

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2015, 11:38 AM

From Aaron Klein at WND:

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran as an "American Munich," warning the deal will not only make Iran a nuclear state but will result in "half a dozen nuclear weapons states" across the Middle East.

"This deal is an American Munich," Bolton told WND, comparing the pact with the ill-fated Munich Agreement which sought to appease Nazi Germany by annexing portions of Czechoslovakia.

Bolton continued: "Barack Obama is trying to appease the mullahs in Tehran by making one concession after another. The result will be not just a nuclear Iran, but half a dozen nuclear weapons states in the world’s most volatile and dangerous region."

"Bolton was responding to the historic nuclear accord announced early Tuesday between the United States, Iran and other world powers," WND reports.



Monday, July 13, 2015

Texas Bishop on Homosex "Marriage" Law: It's "Unjust" -- It's Our Duty to "Emphatically Oppose It"

By Rick Pearcey • July 13, 2015, 09:29 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling (5-4) that homosexual "marriage" is a civil right, the Catholic bishop for the diocese of Tyler, Texas said it was an "unjust" law "contrary to the moral order" and "not binding in conscience," adding that Christians "must now exercise our right to conscientious objection."

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, who oversees the diocese,  also ordered that no Catholic facility or employee of the church would participate "in any way" in gay "marriages," and that the church’s pastoral care of homosexual persons "cannot and will not" lead to condoning homosexual behavior or the "acceptance of the legal recognition of same-sex unions."

"Strickland was appointed bishop of the diocese of Tyler, Texas in 2012 by then-Pope Benedict XVI. The Tyler diocese covers 33 counties in eastern Texas and serves an estimated 56,000 Catholics," according to CNSNews.com.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Polls Show "President Trump" May Not Be So Far-Fetched

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2015, 10:49 AM

Geoff Earle reports at the NYPost:

Republicans who started off viewing Donald Trump as an amusing sideshow are starting to fret that the real estate billionaire is becoming the main event.

Since he defied skeptics and launched his presidential bid last month, Trump has rocketed in the polls, dominated media coverage and helped steer the debate on issues.

"I don’t know that he even knows how far he takes this," former Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), who is close to GOP candidate and ex-Gov. George Pataki, told the Post. "He has the wherewithal
. . . He has put together a pretty wholesale ground force in New Hampshire, and that has to be taken seriously."

Taken seriously? Yes -- if impact upon media is any measure. "Trump accounted for a stunning 48 percent of all social-media and tra­di­tional-media conversation about politics over the last week, according to analytics group Zignal labs for the Washington Post," Earle reports. "Trump had 1.9 million mentions, compared with just 448,000 for top Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Trump's 2016 rivals have, as expected, taken notice. But "at first," they "steered clear of his controversial comments about Mexican 'rapists' pouring into the country," Earle reports, "although several took opportunities in the last week to distance themselves from Trump."

According to Earle, "The pushback doesn't seem to have hurt Trump, who continues to poll strongly and is assured a spot in next month’s Republican debate on Fox."

"Trump told NBC’s 'Today' show on Thursday he had 'nothing to apologize for' and credits himself with raising the immigration issue in the campaign," Earle reports.

Earle concludes by noting that "Trump’s success in early polling is undeniable."

Another example of Trump's strength in the polls arrives in the news today with reporting that in the latest "Economist Poll: Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field."

According to this poll, as reported by Newsmax, Trump has a 4-point lead over Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, and a 6-point lead over Scott Walker, Mark Rubio, and Mike Huckabee.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Full House" Star Defends Christian Bakers: "I Don't Think This Is Discrimination"

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2015, 10:33 AM

Samantha Reinis reports at The Daily Signal:

The talk show The View pitted two childhood stars against each other to discuss the controversial issue of Christian bakers receiving a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a lesbian wedding cake. Candace Cameron Bure of Full House and Raven-Symoné of That’s So Raven went head to head discussing the hot topic issue, coming down on different sides of the argument.

While Raven-Symoné began the conversation by comparing the issue to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Bure quickly stopped her, claiming that was comparing apples and oranges. "I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association," Bure said, speaking about Aaron and Melissa Klein, who received the fine after they declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

"It’s about constitutional rights. It’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with," Burr stated, according Reinis. "It’s in the Constitution."

Comment: As I have argued elsewhere, "In a free country, a business would be able to sell and cater to whomever it desires -- and to reject service or products to whomever it or whatever it desires.

"Here's an example: I despise racism but would acknowledge that a black racist is within his human rights to choose to refuse to bake cakes for Caucasians (when living on Capitol Hill in DC, I was once told certain events were for Black folks only). I would take my business elsewhere and encourage others to do so -- as an ethical repudiation of his or her poor ethical choice.

"The state denial of ontological human givens (to choose, to express one's creativity via one's property) creates a bigger problem than that of specific acts of bigotry. Using the opportunity of a moral failing (bigotry) to liquidate ontological givens (human choice in the area of property) creates massive structural oppression.

"This oppression is compounded and metastasized when state power is used to impose that mistake on all people and all property. It ends with gulags and gas chambers, not just for some, but in principle for everyone.

"By denying the bakers their human free speech rights, what Oregon is now doing is attacking humanity per se, not bigotry (which it also ill-defines and then misapplies).

"No matter how pervasive the PR or how many votes might agree, or court decisions might support, state-sponsored attacks on human foundations signal collapse, not liberation.

"If you want to empower a relativistic dictatorial elite to run your lives, this is the way to go. Freedom and intelligence resists."

Update: But is it "discrimination"? No. Do you think money counterfeiters would get far by shrieking, "Discrimination!"? Well, neither should the marriage counterfeiters get far shrieking, "Discrimination!" Their crusade isn't about love of marriage, but about the end of it. More here.

Related
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Malkin: Is Your Church Abetting Sanctuary Nation?

By Rick Pearcey • July 8, 2015, 04:33 PM

Michelle Malkin writes:

It's one thing to show compassion to legal immigrants, legitimate refugees and asylees, and those abused and mistreated by smugglers.

It's quite another to conspire against an orderly immigration and entrance system that imposes common-sense limits, eligibility requirements, criminal background checks, medical screening and a commitment to assimilation. . . .

The unholy alliance between church leaders and the open-borders lobby extends from the Vatican to Rev. Jim Wallis' Faith in Public Life (FPL) network, the Los Angeles-based Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the George Soros-tied Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).

It's a web of nearly 100 interfaith committees, campus agitators and "workers centers" steeped in the organizing tactics of Saul Alinsky on behalf of millions of illegal aliens filling the pews and coffers of their abettors.

Malkin concludes, "Capitol Hill's abdication of its duties to protect and defend our borders is bad enough. But if people of faith choose to sit silently as a 'new sanctuary movement' of tax-exempt houses of worship defiantly and recklessly undermines our immigration laws, our national sovereignty doesn't have a prayer."



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Homosex "Marriage": Illegitimate, Unlawful, and a Fraud on the American People

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2015, 09:16 AM

Herb Titus and William Olson write:

There is simply no other way to say it. 

The Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage to include couples of the same sex is wholly illegitimate and unlawful. A nullity. Worthy only to be disobeyed.

Anyone who says otherwise -- that the rule of law requires recognition of same-sex marriage -- is committing a fraud.

And any State official -- like Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama -- who says that his oath of office requires unconditional obedience to the Supreme Court’s mandate to issue same-sex couples licenses to marry is mistaking his oath to the Constitution as if it were an oath of absolute obedience to five justices who happen to be sitting on the nation’s highest court.

Read more here.

Related
Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Tells Them to Shut Up



Monday, July 6, 2015

Confessed Murderer: I Chose San Francisco Because It's a "Sanctuary City"

By Rick Pearcey • July 6, 2015, 11:01 AM

Michelle Moons writes at Breitbart.com:

Five-time deportee, seven-time convicted felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez said in a new interview Sunday with a local ABC News affiliate that he came to San Francisco because he knew the sanctuary city would not hand him over to immigration officials.

He also claimed that he was "looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction."

Lopez-Sanchez has confessed to shooting Kathryn Steinle last Wednesday at Pier 14.

"Had San Francisco police not refused a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer request, Lopez-Sanchez may not have been in the United States and Steinle might still be alive," Moons writes.

For related analysis, please see how a "San Francisco Woman Killed by One of Barack Obama's 'New Amercans'," at American Thinker, and "The Progressive Policies That Killed Kate Steinle'," at Frontpagemag.com.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2015, 02:07 PM

From the Right Scoop:

Christian Persecution is alive and well in the fascist state of Oregon, where the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa [have] just been fined $135,000 for not making a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

But not only that, now the state of Oregon is trying to silence them from even talking about it, using Oregon law as their justification.

Here is the what an Oregon Overseer, by name of Brad Avakian, occupying the office of Oregon Labor Commissioner, handed down upon dangerous bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein: 

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders (the Kleins) to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published . . . any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations . . . will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation."

Why, how dare these people -- the Kleins -- think outside the tiny secular box imposed by Oregon fanatics holding state office. And, my word, we can't let renegade bakers actually express themselves in public! So, shut up, dangerous bakers.

"Fortunately, Aaron and Melissa Klein aren’t going to be silenced and aren’t giving up the fight," the Right Scoop writes, and then quotes this from the Kleins' Facebook page:

The final ruling has been made today. We have been charged with $135,000 in emotional damages, But also now Aaron has been charged with advertising. (Basically talking about not wanting to participate in a same-sex wedding)

This effectively strips us of all our first amendment rights. According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.

We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced.

We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL americans. We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world. If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!

The Kleins are correct to reject Oregon fascism paraded and laundered as law. To be human is to act into history in both word and deed, across the whole of life, both public and private.

This is the Kleins' moral, legal, constitutional, human, and existential right. But an ugly dictate stands in the way.

Why stand in the way? Because elements within the state of Oregon are at war with the Creator who has endowed human beings with certain unalienable rights, among them "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit as phony as Monopoly money. The Kleins are to be praised for refusing to bow to homosex phoniness and for resisting Oregon state fascism.

Shame on you, official Oregon. For your hate, bigotry, and fascism.

Bravo to Aaron and Melissa Klein. For your love, tolerance, and freedom.

Related  
Accepting Homosex Marriage Opens Door to Unlimited Statism, by Nancy Pearcey

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey



Thursday, July 2, 2015

NYTimes: Cuba's Communism Was Good for the Environment

By Rick Pearcey • July 2, 2015, 10:58 AM

Michael Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller:

While Cuba’s environment may still be "pristine" as The Times describes it (ignoring the deplorable environmental record of Cuba’s chief subsidizer, the Soviet Union), Cubans still frequently experience food shortages, lack of access to electricity and poor health care.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Civil Rights Icon: "Problems We Face Don't Have Anything to Do With" Confederate Flag

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2015, 07:04 AM

Jason Howerton reports at The Blaze:

Civil rights icon and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is imploring the black community to focus on addressing actual racism and the problems negatively impacting blacks rather than the Confederate flag, which is a merely a "symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people."

"The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag," Young said in an interview with WAGA-TV in Atlanta. "The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people. So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter."

"Young, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said the 'challenge' facing the country is "not to wipe out our past history but to learn to live together in the future," The Blaze reports.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mark Levin: Supreme Court "Doesn't Deserve Your Respect Ever Again"

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

Kathleen Brown reports at CNSNews.com:

Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Leven called the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalizing gay marriage "utterly lawless" and a "bastardization" of the Constitution's 14th Amendment.

"The idea that the 14th Amendment -- a Civil War amendment -- somehow reaches the personal policy agenda of Anthony Kennedy is an absurdity. It's a bastardization," Levin said on his Friday broadcast.

"A lawless Supreme Court -- utterly lawless, it's absolutely nuts -- doesn't deserve your respect ever again," Levin is quoted as saying, "even if it issues an opinion that you like."



Monday, June 29, 2015

Supreme Deception on Marriage Pours "Fuel on the Fire"

By Rick Pearcey • June 29, 2015, 09:44 AM

From Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, at Christian Post:

If the President, his party, and this court think that they have resolved this controversial issue, they're mistaken.

By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, in a decision divorced of law and logic, they have only poured fuel on the fire.

The Left will say we are on the wrong side of history, but that shouldn't matter if we're on the right side of truth.

Related
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey



Friday, June 26, 2015

After Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Texas Congressman Introduces Bill Aimed Directly at Justices

By Rick Pearcey • June 26, 2015, 06:23 AM

Oliver Darcy reports at The Blaze:

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) responded to a Supreme Court decision upholding a key Obamacare provision Thursday by introducing a bill in the House that would require each of the justices to enroll in the controversial health care program.

"As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it's important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people," Babin stated in a press release, according to The Blaze.



Thursday, June 25, 2015

There's a Reason We Hear Only About White "Micro-Agression"

By Rick Pearcey • June 25, 2015, 07:30 AM

Ann Coulter writes:

The massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston by an evil psycho is a hideous thing. The case is especially sickening because the victims were chosen specifically because of their race. Thank God it's extremely rare for whites to target black people for attack.

And yet the public is being told by the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC and Salon that the Charleston massacre is proof that we live in a country packed with marauding racist murderers. It's like saying we have an epidemic of men flying gyrocopters onto Capitol Hill. Yes, there's that one time, but I notice you keep citing the same case.

"The media will pounce on any suspicion of a white-on-black crime, spend a year being hysterical about it, and, if it turns out to be a false alarm, refuse to apologize, before quickly moving on to the next hoax," Coulter observes.

"The Charleston church shooting is the first case in a very long time in which blacks really were targeted by a white person because of their race (and had the misfortune of being in a gun-free zone)," Couter writes. "Even Bennett had to reach back to stories her grandmother told her about the Ku Klux Klan (100 percent Democratic) to come up with a previous example of whites terrorizing blacks."

Coulter concludes: "The Charleston attack was a hideous, sickening crime. But that’s why we should thank our lucky stars that it was so unusual. White-on-black violence is freakishly rare everywhere in America, except in liberal imaginations."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hypocrisy & Hate: Smug Attacks on the Confederate Flag

By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2015, 07:05 AM

George Neumayer writes at American Spectator:

The hate on display in the controversy is coming not from the flag's defenders but from a smug liberal elite that can’t rest until every inch of America conforms to their liberal prejudices. . . . 

Only the liberal elite could be smug enough to think America is moving from a culture of "hate" to a culture of love under its dictates.

Instead, it is moving toward a new culture of hate, one that is marked not by balanced moral judgments but by fanatical fiats.

"'We are on the right side of history,' its champions claim, but future generations will likely find such deluded moral boasting as far less honorable than the Civil War valor the Left seeks to erase," Neumayer concludes.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rick Perry: "We Will Do Everything We Can to Protect" the Unborn

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2015, 09:39 AM

Craig Millward reports at CNSNews.com:

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference on Saturday, "We will do everything we can to protect" the unborn, and "in God's eyes, there is no such thing as an unwanted child."

"I am running to be your president, all of you -- for the unborn, whose potential is God-given, whose conception is a demonstration of God's infinite grace.

"Those lives matter, and we will do everything we can to protect them," Perry said, according to CNSNews.com.

Related
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It's a Girl! Therefore Kill It
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Monday, June 22, 2015

AP Photo Points Gun at Cruz's Head

By Rick Pearcey • June 22, 2015, 08:09 AM

"Subtle," says Breitbart in its mainpage headline.

"Promotes assassination," states Patrick Dollard in a Tweet reproduced at The Blaze.



Friday, June 19, 2015

Inside Look: How Obama Killed the U.S.-Israel Relationship

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2015, 07:27 AM

Adam Kredo write at the Washington Free Beacon:

In his new memoir, former Israeli Ambassador [to the United States] Michael Oren documents the rapid dissolution of the historically close U.S.-Israel alliance under President Barack Obama . . . . 

The memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, has already rushed to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.

It provides a window into the daily stresses and strains Obama and his allies heaped upon the Jewish state -- from placing unprecedented demands on Israel regarding the peace process to fabricating crises in the U.S.-Israel alliance.

Oren's new book exposes Obama's "immense hosility, anger at Israel," the Free Beacon states.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gender, Race, and Reality

By Rick Pearcey • June 18, 2015, 07:19 AM

"We have taken a long vacation from truth so as not to offend people who think nothing of lying to us," Jeffrey T. Brown writes at American Thinker.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Texas Passes Campus Carry

By Rick Pearcey • June 17, 2015, 07:37 AM

Gabriella Morrongiello reports at Campus Reform:

Gun rights groups nationwide spent the weekend celebrating after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill allowing students to carry concealed firearms on public college and university campuses throughout the state.

Abbott signed the hotly contested legislation into law at a shooting range Saturday, just months after the bill was first introduced to state legislators. In addition to campus carry, the Republican governor authorized licensed Texans to openly carry holstered handguns in designated concealed-carry locations.

"The police can’t be everywhere at once,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara is quoted as stating in February testimony to the Texas state legislature. "We’ve had a lot of active shooters who've come into schools," the sheriff said. "These shooters are usually cowards, and cowards love gun-free zones."

"Indiana University senior Crayle Vanest sits on the national board of Students for Concealed Carry and says the organization has seen female membership increase 'massively' over the last year," Campus Reform reports. 



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's 2015, and New York City Is Under Water. Oh, Wait . . .

By Rick Pearcey • June 16, 2015, 06:16 AM

The future is here, but it is not exactly what global warmists predicted, as Daniel Greenfield notes in "ABC Warmunists Claimed New York to Be Underwater in 2015."



Monday, June 15, 2015

Retired Marine to Hold Draw Muhammad Contest in New Hampshire

By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2015, 07:18 AM

Jim Hoft writes at Gateway Pundit:

Former Marine Jerry Delemus announced plans this week to hold another Draw Mohammad contest in New Hampshire. Delemus says his contest will be held in August.

"If we back away from our freedom as citizens a little bit at a time, the next thing you know, we don’t have any freedoms left," DeLemus is quoted as saying to WGME, a CBS affiliate.  

Related
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Franklin Graham: Cherish Freedom? Then Ban Sharia Law

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2015, 08:17 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In response to a BBC report on the barbaric nature of life under the Islamic State in Iraq, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said sharia (or Islamic) law should be banned from America and "all countries that cherish freedom," adding that women, gays, Christians, and minorites are being "tortured and killed," and President Obama does not seem to know what to do.  

Graham also called on people to "pray for all those living under Islam."

"The BBC just published a story about life under radical Islam -- what it’s really like," CNSNews quotes Rev. Graham as saying in a June 11 Facebook post. "This is a vivid reminder of why Sharia law should be banned in the U.S. and all countries that cherish freedom and liberty."



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Campaign in Lot More Trouble Than They're Letting On

By Rick Pearcey • June 11, 2015, 07:37 AM

Christopher Bedford writes at the Daily Caller:

Former Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign is in trouble.

This week alone, it has sustained a top-level campaign shake-up and reports have circulated that it may fall short of its fundraising goal.

But a review of the public record shows it already fell way short of its fundraising goal, and has been behind predictions for months. Not by a few million dollars, either, but by as much as $400 million -- or 80 percent as the most optimistic predictions Bush loyalists have circulated.

"All of this -- campaign shuffles and fundraising shortfalls -- before Mr. Bush has even declared his candidacy," Bedford writes. "What happened?"



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Service Dog Throws Self in Bus' Path to Protect Blind Owner

By Rick Pearcey • June 10, 2015, 08:06 AM

And Figo lived. As did his owner, Audrey. Both are "on the mend," and here's their story.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Franklin Graham Group Dropping Wells Fargo After Ad Featuring Homosex Couple

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2015, 08:09 AM

Franklin Graham writes on his Facebook page:

How can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community?

Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more.

But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them.

At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank.

And guess what -- we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores.

This is one way we as Christians can speak out -- we have the power of choice.

Someone might want to let Wells Fargo know that hating God and discriminating against holistic norms for family life, the community of marriage, human sexuality is a bad idea.

Moreover, just as Wells Fargo should never accept counterfeit money, likewise the bank should never accept counterfeit "marriage."

Related
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey
Who Respects the Human Body? No Homosexuals, by Nancy Pearcey
Transgender Politics vs. the Facts of Life, by Nancy Pearcey



Monday, June 8, 2015

Government to Monitor Family "Spirituality"

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2015, 06:58 AM

WND reports:

Under a new law in Scotland, parents will be reported to authorities for not giving a child enough "love, hope and spirituality," according to a government health adviser who is helping craft rules for the law, which is scheduled to go into effect next year.

Sounds like Big Brother, Big Mother, and Big Snitch, all rolled into one.

No humane civilization will put up with this.



Friday, June 5, 2015

Expert: Transgender Surgery Isn't the Solution

By Rick Pearcey • June 5, 2015, 07:52 AM

See this from Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, writing in the Wall Street Journal in June 2014:

The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks.

On May 30, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the "reassignment" surgery sought by the transgendered -- those who say that they don't identify with their biological sex.

Earlier last month Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he was "open" to lifting a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Time magazine, seeing the trend, ran a cover story for its June 9 issue called "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's next civil rights frontier."

Yet policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.

This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken -- it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.

Final paragraph: "At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. 'Sex change' is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.

"Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder."

Hat tip: Michael Simone

Related
Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals
Transgender Politics vs. the Facts of Life, by Nancy Pearcey
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Texas Poised to Roll Back 140-Year-Old Open Carry Gun Ban

By Rick Pearcey • June 4, 2015, 09:04 AM

Melissa Jacobs reports at Fox News:

The near-certain signing into law of an open-carry gun measure will send Texas back to the days of the Wild West -- at least legislatively.

The bill, passed by the state Legislature and expected to earn Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature within the next week, would reverse a 140-year-old ban on carrying handguns in plain sight. Despite its reputation as a pro-gun state, Texas is one of just five with an outright ban on open carry.

"It’s a thumbs up for law-abiding citizens," said Rep. Debbie Riddle. Riddle, a Republican who represents part of Houston and co-sponsored the bill. "Everywhere there is a denial of Second Amendment rights, crime is through the roof. It’s a deterrent. If someone is going to rob a convenience store and there are other people inside with guns on their hips, they might think twice."

"As a gun-owning Texas mom, this is not the Texas I want for my family or community," said Sandy Chasse of the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, according to Fox News.

On the other hand, "criminals aren’t afraid of prison, they’re afraid of getting shot,” noted C.J. Grisham, president and CEO of Open Carry Texas," Fox News reports.



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Scarborough: Hillary Clinton "Running Scared" From the Press

By Rick Pearcey • June 3, 2015, 09:40 AM

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough accused Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of "running scared" from the press Wednesday on Morning Joe.

After a new CNN poll revealed 57 percent of respondents do not find Clinton honest or trustworthy, Scarborough said Clinton couldn’t continue to be fearful of addressing questions about her beleaguered tenure at the State Department.

"At some point, she can’t be horrified of putting a microphone up, standing in front of it and answering everybody’s questions," Scarborough is quoted as saying.

"Until she does that, this campaign doesn’t really feel officially started. She can do all she wants to do, but as long as she’s running scared, and she is running scared right now from the press, until she can stand in front of that microphone and answer those questions, these questions that everybody has are going to continue to loom over her," MSNBC's Scarborough said, according to the Beacon.



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Profound Racism of "Black Lives Matter"

By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2015, 08:18 AM

John Perazzo writes at Frontpagemag.com:

"Black Lives Matter." At first blush, it seems difficult to imagine anyone taking issue with the obvious, self-evident truth articulated by those three simple words.

But when we peel away the veneer of deception, we find that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is in fact one of the most destructive, hateful, racist movements in living memory.

Founded by a core group of revolutionaries who detest the United States and revere the nation’s most devoted radical enemies, BLM is, at its essence, an ideological reincarnation of the Black Panther movement that flourished in the Sixties.

Related
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Texas Deprives Planned Parenthood of $1.2 Million a Year in Taxpayer Funding

By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2015, 04:45 PM

Fr. Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews:

Texas legislators have deprived Planned Parenthood of an estimated $1.2 million of taxpayer funds a year by removing the nation's largest abortion provider from a program that provides women with cancer screenings.

"Many feel very strongly that the facilities receiving funding should not be facilities that are performing abortions," said Sen. Jane Nelson, chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. "So, the answer is: Don't perform abortions and you get the money."

"Updated budget language removes Planned Parenthood from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) program by stipulating that providers must be eligible for the Texas Women's Health Program," according to LifeSiteNews.



Friday, May 29, 2015

Feminist Attacks Elton John for "Deconstructing Motherhood"

By Rick Pearcey • May 29, 2015, 07:33 AM

Nick Hallett reports at Breitbart.com:

Feminist commentator Germaine Greer has criticised Elton John for calling his partner David Furnish "mother" of their two sons.

Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, Greer accused the men of "deconstructing motherhood," criticising them for the fact that Furnish was listed as mother on their children’s birth certificates.

"Sir Elton John and his 'wife' David Furnish have entered on the birth certificate of their two sons that David Furnish is the mother. I’m sorry," Greer is quoted as saying. "That will give you an idea of how the concept of motherhood has emptied out. It’s gone, it’s been deconstructed."

Related
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey
Memo to the Supreme Court: Who Respects the Human Body? Not Homosexuals, by Nancy Pearcey  



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shock! Federal Gov't Literally Stealing Americans' Cash and Property

By Rick Pearcey • May 28, 2015, 11:24 AM

Ken McIntyre writes at the Daily Signal:

The Internal Revenue Service seized $107,702 in company profits from Lyndon McLellan just because agents didn’t like the size of the convenience store owner’s bank deposits.

If a bipartisan proposal before Congress had been the law of the land, though, the IRS could not have justified the money grab.

Countless Americans like McLellan, who never intended to commit a crime, will avoid his heartache -- and that of thousands of others -- if Congress acts to curb the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize individuals’ money and property without even filing a charge.

"I’m no politician, but I hope people say they need to change this," North Carolina resident McLellan says, according the Daily Signal.

"Changing that is the intent of lawmakers who propose to reform the process known in legal circles as civil asset forfeiture," McIntyre writes.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Two Presbyterian Pastors Face Likely Death Penalty in Sudan, Persecuted for Their Christian Faith

By Rick Pearcey • May 27, 2015, 11:24 AM

Stoyan Zaimov reports at Christian Post:

Two Presbyterian pastors are facing a likely death penalty as their trial in the Republic of Sudan begins.

The Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yen Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church have been charged with espionage and blasphemy, though the church says they're being persecuted for their Christian faith, like other pastors in the Muslim-dominated country.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hollywood Liberal Posts "Damning" Ted Cruz Quote -- Except It's Fake

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2015, 09:43 AM

"A day after actress Rose McGowan posted to her Twitter account a damning, made-up quote attributed to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the former Charmed star issued an apology -- sort of," Dave Urbanski writes at The Blaze.

As reprinted in The Blaze, McGowan's interactions are profane and stereotypical. I suppose that passes for coolness in some subcultures.

Have you noticed? "Revolution" and "pushing boundaries" is fine with some in Hollywood, so long as your "revolution" is their "revolution" and your "outside the box" is their "outside the box."

But is that revolution? Or is it group think?

And is that really freedom of thought? Or is it fear of thinking for yourself?

It seems more like a recipe for being utterly, boringly "conservative."

I am one of those who pushes for creativity and excellence in all of life, including life in Tinseltown.

But that's the thing about rebellious excellence. It doesn't give in to peer pressure. Even if it comes out of Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Rose McGowan is a human being, and underneath her hatred and anger is probably a lot of hurt. That is understandable, but so is the love that challenges and corrects false information.    

Also of Interest
Fireproof: Reel Rebel Upsets Tinseltown Stereotypes, by J. Richard Pearcey



Monday, May 25, 2015

Franklin Graham: Boy Scouts "Bending to LGBT," Putting "Innocent Boys at Risk"

By Rick Pearcey • May 25, 2015, 09:59 AM

Michael W. Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, [May 21] essentially called for the organization to drop its ban against openly homosexual adult troop leaders, a move that evangelical leader Franklin Graham said would prove the group "is bending to LGBT activist groups" and which would put "young, innocent boys at risk."

"Robert Gates, shame on you for not having the moral courage to do what is right," said Rev. Graham in a May 22 post on Facebook. "Yesterday Gates, the president of Boy Scouts of America, called for an end to the group’s ban on gay troop leaders. What are you thinking?"

"We shouldn’t shift as the winds of cultural change blow through society; we need to stand for God’s truth and things that are morally right," CNS quotes Rev. Graham as saying.

"This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would put young, innocent boys at risk," Graham said, according to CNSNews. 

Graham also used his Facebook page to issue a call to action: "I encourage every former Boy Scout and every parent involved in the Boy Scouts to let Robert Gates know how displeased you are and that if he leads the organization down this road, they may lose your support, your participation -- and your sons."

To contact Public Relations at the Boy Scouts, email PR@scouting.org.

Here's another email: myscouting@scouting.org.

Here is the "National Leadership" page.

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Coulter on "Faggot" Easy to Defend, by J. Richard Pearcey



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Good Riddance to Letterman ... Flashback: "O'Reilly, Letterman, and the Culture War"

By Rick Pearcey • May 21, 2015, 02:33 PM

"David Letterman’s departure isn’t the end of an era," Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com. "The era of late night talk shows ended a while back. In Johnny Carson’s final week in the nineties, he played to an audience of twenty million. Lately, Letterman has been lucky to get 2 million. His final shows have played to around 5 million viewers."

For additional perspective on Letterman, you may want to turn to my comments on "O'Reilly, Letterman, and the Culture War."

Here are the first few paragraphs:

America today is fighting a two-front war for survival.

On the one hand, there is the war on terror -- or the war against Islamofascism, as some call it. This aspect of the war is brought home daily via news from Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, and so on. We also see it inside our borders, after 9/11, played out in tactical give and take between political parties and talking heads debating issues such as homeland security, NSA wiretaps, civil liberties, and so on. In an age of nuclear and biological mass destruction, losing the war -- or even being less than vigilant -- can mean the deaths of millions of men, women, and children.

On the other hand, Americans are in the midst of a culture war. As the recent Christmas-Winter Solstice Season shows, there is even a war about whether there is a culture war.

On one side of the culture war are people who understand that this nation is founded upon the governing principle of independence under God. This position is clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence, which is based on a framework in which there is a Creator from whom all human beings, by virtue of creation, are endowed with inalienable rights.

This particular worldview orientation is what dramatically sets the American experiment apart from ancient Greece, classical Rome, the French Revolution, National Socialism, Marxism, and the anti-Christian secularism that rose up in America in the 1960s.

On the other side of the culture war are people who reject this founding framework in favor of a concept of independence apart from God. This view emerged on the Western political landscape during the French Revolution.

Instead of a Creator God as the basis for human rights, people on this side of the struggle have come to see humanity as the product of an impersonal nature that has produced autonomous human beings who look to themselves (their choice, power, genes) or their groups (race, class, gender, party) or the impersonal natural order itself as the final reference point for human rights and identity.

Observers such as Bill O’Reilly, who was recently challenged by David Letterman on the Late Show, see the struggle as one between traditionalists and secular progressives. In O'Reilly's lexicon, traditionalists are people "who believe the country was well founded, does mostly good things, and has become the most powerful nation on earth by adhering to Judeo-Christian principles like generosity, justice, and self-sacrifice."

O’Reilly defines "secular progressives" as people who "believe that the USA is fundamentally a flawed country, which has caused considerable misery both within and outside our borders.The S-P's want drastic change and a new direction for America."

It is tempting to see these two fronts as separate struggles -- the war on terror over there, and the culture war over here.

But there is a unity: Ultimately the war on terror and the culture war are struggles against Western Civilization as rooted in the Judeo-Christian worldview.

Thinking of the struggle in this way, neither secularism nor Islamofascism can win without liquidating the Judeo-Christian worldview -- or, at a minimum, removing it as a legitimate voice in public life.

From the final paragraph:

". . . America is divided along cultural lines. But underneath the cultural lines are antithetical worldview divisions that we would do well to attend to.

Islamofascism is not secularism is not the Judeo-Christian worldview.

The more Americans understand the thoughtforms upon which their historic freedoms are founded, a verifiable worldview with the Creator at the center as opposed to an inadequate secularism or a kind of religio-fascism, the better prepared all will be to meet the challenges that already confront America early in the 21st century.

Chances of survival seem better if Americans remember who they are and how they got that way.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jindal Doubles Down on Freedom After Louisiana Religious Liberty Bill Defeated as Republicans Side With LGBT Activists

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2015, 03:08 PM

Todd Starnes writes:

Louisiana Republican lawmakers sided with Democrats, big business, and LGBT activists to kill a bill that would have protected individuals and religious institutions opposed to same-sex marriage.

In doing so, lawmakers defied the objections of an overwhelmingly majority of voters and handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a significant defeat for his legislative agenda.

But Gov. Jindal responded by issuing an "Executive Order late Tuesday to protect religious liberty and prevent the state from discriminating against those with deeply held religious beliefs," Starnes writes in a story update.

"In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage," Jindal is quoted as saying.

"That’s why I’m issuing an Executive Order to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," Jindal said, according to Starnes.

Comment: Jindal is right to protect the people of Louisiana from attempts by homosexualists to impose a counterfeit concept of marriage upon the body politic.

Such an imposition is profoundly hateful, inhumane, intolerant, and discriminatory.

And unwise.

For in both business and society, rejecting counterfeits is a sign of health, sanity, and common sense.

And just as it is right and humane to ethically discriminate against racism and slavery, even so it is right and humane to ethically discriminate against phony marriage and the authoritarianism that attends its fevered imposition.

All people, whether Christian or otherwise, ought to have the freedom to say no to counterfeits and to LGBT oppression, and to say yes to marriage and liberty in community with the verifiable Creator who is the source of both marriage and unalienable rights (for more, see the U.S. Declaration of Independence).

To be human is to be free. Not just in a church or prayer closet, but on campus, in business, in the boardroom, in the voting booth, whether civilian or military, and "to end of the earth," as the pro-human leader of the resistance once put it.

The scope of this calling even includes the State of Louisiana. If you want real "love without limits," this is it.

Related
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Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to Unlimited Statism, by Nancy Pearcey
Jindal on Hillary's Vision: "It Sounds Like Re-education Camps," by J. Richard Pearcey



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

48 Reasons to Distrust and Despise the "Mainstream" Media

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2015, 02:16 PM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart: 

The American mainstream media is filled to the brim with liars, frauds, partisans, cheats, plagiarists, and those who tolerate, defend and enable all of them. There is no American institution -- not the NFL, not the tobacco companies, not any corporation or enterprise regularly targeted by the media -- that engages in anywhere near the amount of fraud and dishonesty that serially oozes from Our Media Overlords.

Has Nolte forgotten about the politicians? But I digress.

Read here to see Nolte's 48 reasons.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Jindal on Hillary's Vision: "It Sounds Like Re-education Camps"

By Rick Pearcey • May 18, 2015, 01:08 PM

Craig Milward reports at CNSNews:

Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Fox News' "America's News Headquarters" on Sunday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sounded like she was pushing for "re-education camps" when she said "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" on abortion.

"The reality is first of all you listen to her language -- 'our religious beliefs need to be changed.' It sounds like reeducation camps," CNS quotes Jindal as saying. Clinton "didn't say specifically how she wants us to change our beliefs. My religious beliefs aren't between me and Hillary Clinton. They're between me and God."

According to CNSNews, Jindal also assessed Clinton and the left's "dangerous view" on the meaning of religious expression.

"You hear Hillary Clinton, President Obama, when they say you've got freedom of religious expression," Jindal is quoted as saying.

"For them what that really means is you're allowed to go to church and say whatever you want for an hour or two a week. That doesn't mean you've got the real religious liberty rights our Founding Fathers intended. They intended we should be able to live our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to our beliefs," Jindal said, according to CNS.

"Our Founding Fathers would never recognize what the left is trying to do," Jindal also said.

In contrast to the the founding ethos, the left is "trying to take God out of the public square. They're trying to make America a much more secular country. They're trying to make faith something that is private, circumscribed, something you've got to put into a corner," Jindal said, according to CNS.

"That's not the America our Founding Fathers would've recognized, not an America our parents would've recognized. It's not an America I hope our children recognize."

Jindal is correct, as should be clearly evident, for example, that the Declaration of Independence publicly actualizes the proposition that human beings are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

This is public truth, not private religion.

The Judeo-Christian worldview has been and always will be publicly actionable. And thus it liberates from not just from privatized "faith" but also from inhumane worldviews which themselves seek self-actualization and war against human emancipation.

Elsewhere, I have noted the "reality orientation" that characterizes the Christian mindset and practice. In the Foreword to Nancy's new book, Finding Truth, I write:

Paul argued that argued that the events grounding the Christian worldview were not "done in a corner" (Acts 26:25–26). Shepherds, kings, doctors, and tax collectors could all check out the facts that are central to the Christian message.

What is being communicated is an accurate description of reality, not a belief system about it.

This reality orientation is the positive intellectual climate in which the core propositions and events of the gospel live and breathe. It is a mentality in which people are liberated by verifiable truth to challenge tradition, question power, and fight for life and healing against death and decay.

Despite this auspicious heritage, many of our contemporaries find solace in what Francis Schaeffer describes as an "escape from reason." They accept polite society’s dumbed-down redefinition of faith as something totally privatized -- that is, a commitment so private and so personal that evaluation and evidence are irrelevant.

This is a far cry from the holistic respect for information that characterizes a biblical worldview. Scripture nowhere encourages the notion that "faith" equals commitment quarantined from evidence or isolated from the mind -- the "will to avoid knowing what is true," as the philosopher Nietzsche put it his work The Antichrist.

Instead, the Biblical information challenges people to think more deeply about the basic questions of life, and in fact to "test everything" (1 Thess. 5:21).

In this regard, to carefully examine the basic notions of vocal secularists in our day -- be they a Hillary Clinton, a Barack Obama, a Richard Dawkins, or their disciples on Twitter, Facebook, in Hollywood, on campus, or on the evening news -- is to encounter ideologies that "undercut mind and reasoning, choice and freedom, truth and moral ideals.

"Inevitably, then," I further explain in the Foreword to Finding Truth, "people who place their trust in such solutions begin to order their lives in ways that are less than humane.

"Likewise, cultures in the grip of inadequate worldviews begin to actualize societies that are less than humane.

"Ideologues may advance their idols under politically correct banners of tolerance, diversity, and fairness, but the actual impact is regress, not progress, fragmentation, not wholeness. People are crushed.

"The human being necessarily revolts against gods that fail." This includes human beings who are citizens of the United States of America.

Related
How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War, by J. Richard Pearcey



Friday, May 15, 2015

Ted Cruz: Stephanopoulos a "Partisan" Democrat "Actively Supporting" Hillary Clinton

By Rick Pearcey • May 15, 2015, 09:01 AM

"Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters on Thursday that ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos is a 'partisan Democrat' who is 'actively supporting' former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign," Matthew Boyle reports for Breitbart news.

"Of course not," Cruz said Thursday when he was "asked if Stephanopoulos should be hosting any debates in 2016," Boyle reports.

"Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of the candidates," Cruz said, according to Boyle.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Top ABC News Anchor Gave $50,000 to Clinton Foundation

By Rick Pearcey • May 14, 2015, 02:04 PM

Andrew Stiles reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.

The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed it to ABC viewers, despite taking part in on-air discussions about the Clinton Foundation and its controversial relationship with foreign donors.

"Stephanopoulos’s recent coverage of the topic has been challenged by critics who question his objectivity as a longtime Clinton aide," according to Stiles.

"The host’s April 26 interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, for example, elicited partisan reactions after Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed the Schweizer to acknowledge the lack of a 'smoking gun' among the allegations in his book," Stiles reports.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ForAmerica Targets "Unelectable" Jeb Bush in New Ad . . . Update: Watch the Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2015, 01:38 PM

Melanie Batley reports at Newsmax:

A conservative group is launching an ad against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, tying him to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and branding him "unelectable."

According to The Hill, ForAmerica will launch the one-minute Web ad Wednesday in early voting states, where the group says it has a "massive digital and social media network."

The five-figure ad will appear in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada as well as Florida, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.

"Almost all Republicans understand Hillary Clinton would make a terrible president," the text from the ad states, "All except one," according to Newsmax.

"The ad then cuts to Bush presenting an award to Clinton in 2013 and thanking her for her public service," Newsmax reports.

"Mr. Bush is unelectable, and there are several better options for conservatives and Republicans if they want to win in 2016. Period," The Hill quotes ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell as stating.

"By heaping praise on Hillary Clinton, Mr. Bush has handed her the ammo to bury him . . . and she will," Bozell said, according to The Hill. "No other potential GOP nominee has that fatal disadvantage."

5/14/2015 update: You can view the ad here.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Denzel Washington to College Grads: "Put God First"

By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2015, 10:37 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In delivering the commencement speech at Dillard University on Sunday, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington told the college graduates to "put God first" in everything they do, adding that everything he has accomplished in this life was due to "the grace of God."

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Judge Jeanine Pirro on Islamic Terror: "Start Killing the Murderers"

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2015, 11:12 AM

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro used the opening segment of her show on Saturday to issue a fiery rebuke of the "politically correct class" that she says is bent on restricting the First Amendment, and expressed fears that some will try to align free speech with "Shariah requirements." 

"Free speech in America is nonnegotiable -- no matter what the perceived consequences, no matter the worry about retribution from Islamic extremists," Pirro said. "Period. The end of the story." 

"She went on to defend Pamela Geller, the head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group that organized the draw Muhammad cartoon contest at the center of a shooting in Garland, Texas, last week, noting that she -- and every other American -- has the right to utter comments that both offend and insult."

"She has the right to say whatever she wants,” Hallowell quotes Pirro as stating, although Pirro "added that she disagreed with Geller’s tactics and said that the contest was 'probably a dumb move'," according to Hallowell.

"That aside, Pirro believes that Geller has forced people to look at the issue of free speech to assess whether Americans are truly willing to uphold it, proceeding to deliver a tough message to those on the left whom she believes want to restrict the First Amendment," Hallowell reports.

"Was anyone drawing a cartoon of Muhammad when they hit us at the World Trade Center? They hate us," Pirro is quoted as saying of Islamic terrorists. "They don’t need a reason to kill us. . . . We need to stop blaming the victim and start killing the murderers . . . political correctness be d-----. We are at war,” Pirro said, according to Hallowell.

"Pirro added that she believes no Americans should fear living under any requirements that curtail religious critiques. 'I don’t have to live under any religious rule, especially one that tells me not to criticize someone else’s prophet'," Hallowell quotes the judge as saying. 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

School District: Feds Forced Policy Allowing Transgenders to Use Bathrooms of Their Choice

By Rick Pearcey • May 8, 2015, 12:04 PM

The Money, the Power, the Oppression, and the Corruption: Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia say "they were mandated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to add 'gender identity' to [its nondiscrimination] policy — or else risk losing federal funding," Todd Starnes writes at Fox News.

Read this story. In it, you see community leaders such as pastor Martin Baker of Burke Community Church take a stand, saying, "The damage and destruction to our children, teens and impacted adults will be incalculable.”

Baker warned in an email to his 3,000-member church that “everything from locker rooms to bathrooms will be potentially open for people who simply feel that their inner sexuality does not match their outer, physical sexuality."

School board member Elizabeth Schultz is outraged, according to Starnes. "While the underlying issue is somewhat sensational, it is the gravitas in overreach of the federal government and the implications thereof that is so very chilling,” she is quoted as telling Starnes.

"It could have implications for every public school district in the nation. If they’re going to come for us, they’re going to come to them next," Schultz said.

This story, and so many others like it, ought to send chills up the spine of any person who cares about education, who cares about students, and who cares about reasserting and sustaining a humane society in the United States.

We must realize that the attacks of secularists in government, and in other centers of cultural power, upon the freedom and dignity of Americans of all ages and in every sphere of society will continue for ever and ever, creating evermore havoc and hell on earth, until "We the People" rise up and throw the oppressor into the deep blue sea.

To see a framework for mobilizing a humane, peaceful, and strategic counterbalance to secular and federal oppression, please consider "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War."



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Government Orders Church: Take Down Those Pro-Life Signs

By Rick Pearcey • May 7, 2015, 11:46 AM

The Valley Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, Va., and its legal representation the Rutherford Institute said no. And won.

"Zoning officials . . . backed away from demanding that the signs be taken down after attorneys with the Rutherford Institute stepped in and argued that the First Amendment bars content-based discrimination when it comes to signage, according to a press release," Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Shut Up or Die, They Explained: Islamic State Calls for "Slaughter" of Pam Geller

By Rick Pearcey • May 6, 2015, 10:21 AM

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

ISIS terrorists have called for the "slaughter" of Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Texas "Draw Muhammad" event that left one officer injured and the two attackers dead.

The terror group also claimed in a message on JustPasteIt to have 71 trained radicals in 15 different states, all ready to engage and fight.

The message: "[We have] 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack. . . . The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a willyah in the heart of our enemy."

"The New York Daily News said the word willyah is supposed to be spelled 'wilayah,' and it means authority or governance," according to WND. "The group named Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and California."

According to WND, the "message went on: 'Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.'

"ISIS also vowed to target those who shelter Geller," WND reports.

"This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State,' Geller is quoted as saying in the New York Daily News.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Former Fox News' Alisyn Camerota Goes "Full CNN" Against Pam Geller

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2015, 10:59 AM

Pam Geller was among those targeted for murder last Sunday in Garland, Texas, by Islamists who objected to a Mohammad cartoon contest sponsored by her organization.

Her point is to promote freedom, including freedom of speech, a Creator-sourced human right (see the Declaration of Independence) that was protected by a security team that included a police officer with a handgun and very good aim.

In a follow-up story titled, "Victim-Blaming CNN Attacks Pam Geller," John Nolte of Breitbart.com writes:

CNN’s fury against Geller started first thing morning at the hands of New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

Forget all the good memories you have of Camerota at Fox News.

She went the full-CNN against Geller, attacking the activist as a bigot who is unnecessarily provocative.

Camerota’s victim-blaming was disgraceful, and Geller ran circles around her.

Would Camerota ask a rape victim if her clothes were too provocative?

Of course not.

But Camerota insisted the Geller’s speech-skirt was cut too high, that she provoked her attackers.

"Not to be outdone," Nolte continues, "hideous mean girl Carol Costello grabbed the anchor baton from Camerota and brought on guest after guest to repeat CNN’s belief that Geller was begging for it."

Human freedom did not emerge out of a vacuum, and it cannot be protected in a vacuum. Many people and many worldviews, religions, and philosophies despise it. Others may appreciate it but lack a basis for sustaining it.

Thus it must be protected and advanced, not only against foes from without but also against foes from within. And people who lack understanding need to gain wisdom, lest their liberty is taken while they sleep.

Therefore, bravo Pam Geller and bravo well-trained, courageous police officers. But not so much for CNN.

Related
"What Is Killing the Western World?," by J. Richard Pearcey



Monday, May 4, 2015

Emergency-Room Visits Continue to Rise Under Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2015, 11:32 AM

At the Washington Free Beacon:

Emergency-room visits continue to rise in the second year of Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The visits are up despite claims by President Obama that the law would reduce emergency-room visits because Obamacare would increase access to other kinds of care.

"There was a grand theory the law would reduce ER visits," Dr. Howard Mell of the American College of Emergency Physicians was quoted as telling the Journal. "Well, guess what, it hasn’t happened. Visits are going up despite the ACA, and in a lot of cases because of it."



Friday, May 1, 2015

2 Concealed Carriers in Houston Fight Off Armed Robbers Within Hours of Each Other

By Rick Pearcey • May 1, 2015, 08:47 AM

These crimes in Houston did not pay. Chuck Ross reports at The Daily Caller.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jeb Bush 2016 Fail: Let 11 Million Illegals "Receive Earned Legal Status"

By Rick Pearcey • April 30, 2015, 01:28 PM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

"Immigration is a key element of our country's success," Jeb Bush, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference in Houston on Wednesday.

An advocate of immigration reform, Bush said the 11 million people who are in the country illegally "should come out from the shadows and receive earned legal status."

He said the United States is the only country that "has the chance to become young and dynamic again," all because of immigration. "This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique," he added.

Memo to Mr. Bush: Immigration is not "something that makes us special and unique."

Rather American specialness and uniqueness is due to everyday citizens -- whether immigrant citizens or not -- who embrace the constitutional and Declaration principles that constitute the enduring mainstream and defining ethos of American governance and civil society.

The Bushes, including Jeb, appear to be nice people. But for all their suits and ties and friendly public manner, they embrace real-world politics that is a not-nice form of governance. Rather than unity and diversity with unalienable rights sourced in the Creator (see the Declaration), they see the United States as a country run by elites who hold power and occupy Washington, D.C.

This is the opposite of what America is really all about. For this is an America of centralized government, a real-world monopoly of power that wars at every level against the freedom, dignity, security, and safety of the man or woman on the street.

Many people understand that monopolies are anathema in the area of business. Well, the monopoly of power centralized into Washington, D.C., is a million times worse.

A business cannot fine you, jail you, or kill you if you decide to take your patronage elsewhere. But governments can and do.

If you doubt this, read the history of the 20th century, with special attention to inhumanities of National Socialist Germany, the Soviet Union, and Communist China. And don't forget the millions of dead via the delegated authority by which a cruel U.S. government via "choice" even now allows the slaughter of preborn human beings. So much for the choices of the "least of these."

The Constitution and Declatration, by contrast, understand that legitimate power and authority in America is rooted in the people, spread across a diversity of forms of self-governance -- from the indvidual, to family, to community, to town, city, state, and so on.

The federal government has a role, and a proper one, but it is a carefully circumscribed role. That role is not defined as that of finding the smartest people and then trying to solve problems.

That understanding of one's role is common to any person in any job or walk of life who wants to do the right thing. Every parent, school board member, mayor, governor, or president ought to operate by that principle.

But do you understand what this means? It means that the principle of "solving problems" is not what defines a specific calling. It is a good and general rule that applies to all callings; but it tells you nothing about what specifically is my legitimate role in a particular job, office, or societal sphere.

The relevant question is: What is my particular job description as parent, as pastor, as professor, as judge, as president, and so on?

The U.S. president's job is not to "run America." No, a thousand times no. That is an expression of authoritarianism, no matter how nicely it is conveyed.

The U.S. president's job is to protect and defend the U.S Constitution, which was ratified to incarnate the principles of the Declaration of Independence. The point is to undercut would-be messiahs from Washington-on-high. These saviors -- whether Republican or Democrat -- do far too much damage.

To operate outside of this constitutional circle of understanding is to violate your presidential oath and, unavoidably, to court tyranny. Even if you are a nice guy, violating the presidential job description is an open door to tyranny.

In the liberating American ethos, there is no concept of a federal government with a blank check able to write for itself its own purchase on power.

In addition, to the degree that a political figure or arm of government operates outside of this mainstream of human liberty, to that degree one is an extremist against the freedom and the dignity of each man and woman. Clearly, this is not good, no matter how much you smile or even if you are married to a minority.

In contrast to Mr. Bush, the Declaration of Independence understands that what makes America "special and unique" is not that nice and smart people win elections, move to Washington, and then run the country.

Rather, the Declaration proclaims that all of us run the country, each in our own sphere of authority, upon the basis that every human being is "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" and "that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Truly, this diversity is our strength.

Here are a couple of suggestions. Let millions who want to immigrate to American first understand and embrace the rules of human freedom and dignity that make America "special and unique." At a minimum, this requires a repudiation of the cheap patriotism of illegal immigration.

And to avoid the blind leading the blind into the ditch of authoritarianism and its attendant inhumanity, those who seek office in America should respect and apply the enduring rules of freedom. Tyrants at home and abroad should fear whoever is elected president of the United States. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"We Will Not Obey": Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Legalizes Counterfeit "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • April 29, 2015, 12:02 PM

Todd Starnes writes:

"We will not obey."

That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.

"We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line," read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. "We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve."

"While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross," the pledge states.

"The signees are a who’s who of religious leaders including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse," Starnes writes.

"The pledge was co-drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon, and Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel. Also involved in the document were Rick Scarborough, the president of Vision America Action and James Dobson, the founder of Family Talk Radio," according to Starnes.

Comment: The Supreme Court should know better than to try to force Americans to submit their social order to a counterfeit concept of marriage.

Just as a refusal to accept counterfeit currency is an act of intelligence and common decency, even so resistance to the imposition of counterfeit marriage is an act of intelligence and common decency.

Trying to wrap this counterfeit in emotional sloganeering about "equality," "rights," "fairness," and "discrimination" exposes the ultimate emptiness, fanaticism, desperation, ugliness, hatred, and fear of the counterfeiters.

Intelligence revolts. Freedom resists. Wholeness overcomes.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ted Cruz Gets Specific on "Abolishing the IRS"

By Rick Pearcey • April 28, 2015, 11:57 AM

"Cruz said he envisions shifting the tracking and collection of federal taxes to 'some much smaller division' of the Treasury Department," the Washington Examiner reports. "The senator said that replacing the current, complex tax code with a simple flat tax would eliminate most of the work the IRS needs to do, making the agency obsolete and 'irrelevant'."'



Monday, April 27, 2015

First Hillary Clinton's Finances, Next Jeb Bush's

By Rick Pearcey • April 27, 2015, 08:57 AM

Breitbart reprints the following from a story first appearing in Politico:

The author raising questions about whether Hillary Clinton gave special treatment to foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state is looking into the finances of another 2016 presidential hopeful: Republican Jeb Bush.

Peter Schweizer said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that over the past four months he’s also been looking into the former Florida governor’s dealings in what could serve as a follow up to Clinton Cash, which has caused headaches for the democratic hopeful.

Specifically, Schweizer said he was investigating Bush’s land and airport dealings along with certain financial transactions with hedge funds in what he said would be a "similar mode" to his look into Clinton.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on Detroit Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 24, 2015, 11:00 AM

Nancy will appear on the Bob Dutko Show today at 1:40 pm Eastern Time (12:40 pm Central Time).

To listen live online, go here. The call-in number for the show is 1-877-828-2262.

For more information on Nancy's books, media events, and speaking schedule, please she her website www.nancypearcey.com.

Here is the page for Nancy's just-published book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.


Hillary: "Religious Beliefs" Must Change for Sake of Abortion Rights

By Rick Pearcey • April 24, 2015, 08:05 AM

Kerry Picket reports at the Daily Caller:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that "deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" for the sake of giving "access" to women for "reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth."

"Far too many women are denied access to reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth an laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice -- not just on paper," Clinton said.

"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will," Clinton is quoted as saying. "And deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.

"As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone -- and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States,” Clinton said, according to the Daily Caller.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rep. King Announces Bill to "Restrain the Judges on Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • April 23, 2015, 09:24 AM

Lauretta Brown reports at CNSNews.com:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced a bill that would block the federal courts, including the U.S Supreme Court, from hearing or deciding cases involving the definition of marriage.

King discussed his on legislation on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying that it "follows Constitutional principles" as outlined in Article 3, Section 2, which reads: "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

"King believes Congress has the authority to tell the federal courts they have no jurisdiction to hear any case on marriage," Brown reports.

"And we have the authority to prohibit any funding from being used to enforce or adjudicate any decision on marriage,” Kings is quoted as saying.

“Congress has the authority to establish all the federal courts, and we’re directed to establish one by the Constitution. That one is the Supreme Court. All the other federal courts are created by Congress at the discretion of Congress," King said, according to Brown.

What happens if King's proposal becomes law? "That would mean that the federal courts would no longer hear cases on marriage. They would revert back to the states, and the states then would define what marriage is, and most of the states have defined marriage between a man and a woman,” Brown quotes King as saying.

Comment: It should be noted that a) in speaking of courts and states "defining marriage," such governmental entities would be making merely legal definitions, and the b) such legal definitions may or may not be true to reality.

Clearly, if a court decides, or the voters of a state decide, that "marriage" allows, for example, that a U.S. president can "marry" a horse, it does not follow that marriage per se has been redefined.

Instead, what has happened is that a society has moved to a point where it cannot, or willfully refuses, to reject counterfeit "marriage" (between man and a man or a man and a horse, let us say) and the real thing (between one man and one woman).

Codifying a counterfeit never changes a sham into an actuality. "Homosex Marriage" is an oxymoronic sham of the first order. It has all the validity and purchase of Monoply money.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Replay: J. Richard Pearcey on Joe Miller Radio Show

By Rick Pearcey • April 22, 2015, 10:29 AM

If you missed my appearance last week on the "Joe Miller Radio Show," you can listen to it online at Joe's Youtube channel.

In the program we discussed my Foreword (a call to "test everything") to Nancy's new book (Finding Truth) as well as the endgame of homosexual "marriage." That endgame is not "marriage equality" (an effective but relativistic slogan) but "marriage extinction" (as admitted to by lesbian NYT journalist Masha Gessen).

Joe Miller (bio) ran for U.S. Senate (Alaska), is a gradaute of West Point, and saw combat with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm.

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Don't Think, Just Graduate: University of North Texas Students Outraged With Republican Commencement Speaker

By Rick Pearcey • April 22, 2015, 09:17 AM

Bethany Salgado reports at Campus Reform:

Students at the University of North Texas are outraged with the school’s chosen commencement speaker for next month’s graduation and more than 2,400 students have signed a petition to have him replaced.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is set to speak at the ceremony in May, but students who have signed the petition argue that he is unfit to speak because they disagree with his political stances.

"Kimberly Williams, a student who signed the petition, wrote that, '[h]e is not the appropriate person to lead our young leaders into the world,' and continued on to list specific incidents of his alleged anti-feminism," Salgado writes.

Another student, Allyson Nophsker said, accordidng to Salgado, "I'm signing because I want to attend my own graduation ceremony, but cannot due to my moral disagreements with Abbot's [sic] policies."

"According to the Houston Chronicle, University President Neal Smatresk would not budge on the school’s selection," Salgado reports.

"He's a new governor, he's supportive of higher education. Why wouldn't we want to celebrate the success of our institution in its 125th year with him?" Smatresk said, according to Salgado.

Comment: If you'd like your college student to develop the ability to think independently and to acquire tools of sales resistance to any notion of "Don''t Think, Just Believe" (whatever your college professor tells you, for example) or "Don't Think, Just Graduate," you may want to check out Nancy's new book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

Nancy wrote Finding Truth to counter the easy believism that characterizes so much of today's society -- whether in church, on campus, across media, in the boardroom, or at the voting booth.

Just off the top of my head, I can think of more than 2,400 college students who might benefit from exposure to such a book.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

12 Years Colorado Campus Carry: "Especially Good News for Women"

By Rick Pearcey • April 21, 2015, 08:11 AM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart.com:

On April 20, The Washington Post ran a column showing that campus carry has been the law of the land in Colorado since 2003, and the results have not been anything like those currently fighting against campus carry claim it should be.

There have been no mass shootings and, apart from one incident in which a gun was accidentally discharged by a Colorado University employee, there have been no crimes by permit holders.

No one was injured in the accidental discharge, and the employee was fired.

"The success of campus carry in Colorado is especially good news for women, who are able to level the playing field by being armed and better able to defend their dignity when under sexual attack,' Hawkins writes.

The National Crime Victimization Survery and Florida State University Prof. Gary Kleck's scholarly work "show that guns in the hands of law-abiding women allow those women to stop a sexual assault in its tracks," Hawkins continues, "and Colorado’s campus carry experience shows concealed carry permit holders simply aren’t those committing crimes on campuses."

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Report: Islamic State Shoots, Beheads Some 30 Christians in Libya

By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2015, 10:20 AM

Sylvia Westall reports for Reuters:

A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya.

"The video, in which militants call Christians 'crusaders' who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head," Westall reports.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on Moody Radio Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Was Angie's List Chief Forced Out?

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

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

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

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

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

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on LA Radio Today

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

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

Time: 6:30 CT, 4:30 PT

To listen live online, go here.

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



Monday, April 13, 2015

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

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

Watch this video on Youtube.



Friday, April 10, 2015

Radio Alert: Nancy Pearcey on Pittsburgh Radio

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart:

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

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

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

Kirsten Anderson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Media Alert: Nancy Pearcey on National Radio Today

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

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

This show can be heard nationally on 360 stations.

Listen live online here.

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


Flood of Christian Cash Rescuing Florist Attacked by Homosexuals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Houston

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

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

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

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

Here is the Finding Truth press release.

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

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

From Dave Urbanski at The Blaze:

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

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

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

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

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Friday, April 3, 2015

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

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

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

Here is his assessment:

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

Whether religious or irreligious, everyone has a worldview.

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

This is an immensely practical and insightful resource.

Here is the press release for Finding Truth.

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

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



Thursday, April 2, 2015

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

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

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on San Francisco Metro Radio

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

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

Here's the website. Listen live online here.

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

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

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

To see the Finding Truth press release, go here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on South Carolina Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, March 30, 2015

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

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

Dustin Siggins reports at Lifesitenews.com:

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

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

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

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Dallas-Ft. Worth Area Today

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

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

For more information, please see the conference website.

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


Wendy Davis Supporter Hurls Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers

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

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

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

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

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

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