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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

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

Anugrah Kumar reports at Christian Post:

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

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

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



Monday, January 26, 2015

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

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

John Jalsevac writes at LifeSiteNews.com:

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, January 22, 2015

When Abortion Icon Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK

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

Paul Kengor writes at American Spectator:

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

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

Pete Balinski reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Police Radars Can See Inside Homes

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

Brad Heath reports at USAToday:

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, January 19, 2015

Worship Leader: My Journey Away From Contemporary Worship Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cogan's article has garnered 254 responses.



Friday, January 16, 2015

Boy Who Claimed He Visited Heaven Recants His Story

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

Vincent Funaro reports at Christian Post:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

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

Richard Spencer reports at the Telegraph:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mona Charen: Islamists Have Made Freedom Their Target

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

Mona Charen writes: 

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

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

Read her entire column here.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

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

Adam Kredo reports at Free Beacon.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, January 12, 2015

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

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

Fox News reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Friday, January 9, 2015

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

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

Fox 10 in Phoenix reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicago Prof Defends Paris Terror, Blames "Hate Speech"

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

Kaitlyn Schallhorn reports at Campus Reform:

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gohmert Blasts Boehner Revenge

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

Alex Pappas reports at the Daily Caller:

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

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

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



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ISIS Chief Executioner Found Beheaded

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, January 5, 2015

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

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

From Rep. Steve King of Iowa:

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

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

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

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

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



Friday, January 2, 2015

Unarmed & White: Shot Dead by Cops

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

Kristinn Taylor writes at Gateway Pundit:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Islamization of Britain in 2014

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

From Breitbart London:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the entire Gatestone report here



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

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

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obama Administration Lifts Lifetime Ban on Male Homosexuals Donating Blood

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

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, December 29, 2014

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

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

Greg Richter writes Newsmax:

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, December 26, 2014

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

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

WHDH TV in Boston reports: 

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

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

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

Print and video reporting on this news story are available here



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas at Bastogne

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

Rich Lowry writes:

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

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



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

St. Louis Unrest After Black Teen Killed by Police Officer

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

BBC reports:

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

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

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



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Feminist Christmas Tale: God Raped Mary

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

Kristine Marsh writes at Newsbusters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Satanic Temple Erects "Snaketivity Scene" at Michigan Capitol

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

AP reports,

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

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

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

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



Friday, December 19, 2014

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

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

Maggie Lit reports at Campus Reform:

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

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

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

Watch the video here



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

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

Michael Patrick Leahy reports at Breitbart.com:

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Atheist Group's Nativity Complaint Backfires

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

Brittany M. Hughes reports at CNSNew.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, December 15, 2014

Jihad in an Australian Chocolate Shop

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

Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

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

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

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



Friday, December 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Student: Texas Prof Calls Ted Cruz "Bast---," Compares Tea Party to Nazis

By Rick Pearcey • December 11, 2014, 09:36 AM

Maggie Lit reports at Campus Reform:

A Texas psychology professor was caught on video last month comparing the Tea Party to the Nazis.

Dr. Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College (STC) professor, told students not to tell anybody about his assertions; however an anonymous student who had enough of the professor’s anti-Republican rants decided to record the class on Nov. 17, as reported by The Blaze.

"This semester, [Dr. Armstrong] insulted Republicans about three times before this video was recorded," the student said, according to Jason Howerton at The Blaze

The student also said the professor "called Sen. Ted Cruz a bast--- for using the last name Cruz to win his election. I didn’t know exactly what he meant, but I decided to start recording,' The Blaze reports.

"It's very easy to see that [Amstrong] has a vendetta against Republicans and religion with an emphasis on Christianity," the student also reportedly said.

The "psychology concentration" page at South Texas College provides publicly available contact information for Mr. Armstrong (email: blakea@southtexascollege.edu, phone: 956-447-6658).



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lecrae to Join Hip Hop Legends Run DMC, LL Cool J for "Christmas in Brooklyn"

By Rick Pearcey • December 10, 2014, 08:51 AM

Vincent Funaro reports at Christian Post:

Lecrae will perform alongside hip hop legends and pioneers LL Cool J and Run DMC at the Christmas in Brooklyn event, which takes place on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. . . .

 Lecrae has had a huge year with his album reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He has also been a voice in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Michael Brown case.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Limbaugh: "Real Outrage" Is "American Died" While NY Enforced Cigarette Tax

By Rick Pearcey • December 9, 2014, 11:05 AM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on “Fox News Sunday” that the “real outrage” in the death of Eric Garner in New York City is that an American died while the state was enforcing tax collection on cigarettes.

“I think the real outrage here is that an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes. This is just absurd,” said Limbaugh. “And it -- you know, people talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is. You've got to take all of it,” Limbaugh said.

“What was Eric Garner doing? He was selling cigarettes, loose cigarettes, and the police in New York -- because they're so eager for tax collection, what is being done here with regard to taxes and the state's desire to collect them no matter what, how many cops were descended on that situation for cigarettes?” Limbaugh is quoted as asking. 

How many people smoking marijuana did the cops pass by and ignore on the way to Eric Garner? You've got $13 a carton, $13 a pack in New York City, over $6 of that is taxes. And the authorities are telling the cops, you go out and you stop that, because they're so intent on collecting tax revenue,” Limbaugh said, according to CNSNews.com.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Eric Garner’s Widow: Chokehold Death "Wasn't a Black-and-White Thing"

By Rick Pearcey • December 8, 2014, 10:25 AM

The NYPost reports: 

The chokehold death of Eric Garner in NYPD custody wasn’t "a black-and-white thing," his widow said Sunday -- a stunning admission that breaks sharply from lawmakers and protesters who have seized on the racial aspect of the case.

Esaw Snipes said she believed her husband was "murdered unjustly," but said skin color wasn’t a factor behind his fatal arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island last summer.

"The statement flies in the face of demands by Snipes and others — including the Rev. Al Sharpton -- for the civil rights investigation announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week," the Post reports.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Atheists Tell Town to Keep Christ Out of Christmas Parade

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2014, 11:18 AM

The town of Piedmont, Alabama "wanted to honor the reason for the season" during their annual Christmas parade, "and that landed them in a world of trouble with a group of out-of-town atheists," Todd Starnes writes. 

"The parade committee selected 'Keep Christ in Christmas' as the theme of Thursday night’s parade. Seeing how there’s a church on nearly every street corner in town -- no one gave it a second thought," Starnes explains.

"I was totally shocked when I received the letter. It’s a small town. It’s a small Christmas parade. We didn’t think there would be any problems at all," Starnes quotes Mayor Bill Baker as saying.

"Little did the mayor know that his town was about to be infested with an ill-tempered gaggle of atheists from Wisconsin -- the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)," Starnes continues. "They alleged that a single person in Piedmont had complained about the parade theme -- and the FFRF sent the mayor a threatening letter." 

According to Starnes, the letter complains that the theme of the Christmas Parade "alienates non-Christians and others in Piedmont who do not in fact have a 'strong belief in prayers' by turning them into political outsiders in their own community." Furthermore, the "sentiment of 'Keeping Christ in Christmas' does not qualify as a secular celebration."

Comment: The atheists are absolutely wrong. Nothing in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution forbids the free people of the United States from freely and publicly exercising their respect for and commitment to the truth of Christianity.

The 1st Amendment places a prohibition on the Congress of the United States, not on the people of the United States, and that amendment forbids the Congress from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

This atheist organization is extremist in nature. Christians in America, as well as all others who value truth in governance and freedom in their corporate and individual lives, would do well to insist on practicing what is the mainstream of America -- that is, the public recognition of the Creator as the integration point of civil life in the United States.

After all, the Declaration of Independence states, "All men are created equal" and "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
. . . among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Furthermore, "to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

Live free, people of Piedmont. Reject the chains of atheists.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Boehner Plans Amnesty Sellout to Pelosi

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2014, 08:50 AM

Neil Munro reports at the Daily Caller:

Press reports say House Speaker John Boehner will ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help him overcome “snowballing” GOP opposition to the GOP leadership’s draft 2015 government budget bill.

Boehner’s draft bill funds the entire government for 2015, but makes merely token efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s agencies from implementing his unpopular amnesty, according to rank-and-file GOP legislators. . . .



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2014, 09:06 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at American Thinker:

David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him. 

As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything.

This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that -- and a lot more.

"By the time of his death, Ruenzel had accumulated many of the trappings of the white privilege he exposed: The job. The home. The intact family. And most importantly in his case, white privilege endowed Ruenzel with an expectation of safety in the Oakland neighborhood where last week two black people are suspected of killing him," Flaherty writes.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kansas Minister Defends Family, Shoots Intruder in the Head

By Rick Pearcey • December 2, 2014, 08:25 AM

"A minister in Valley Center, Kan. defended himself and his family on Sunday morning by shooting a would-be intruder in the head," Chuck Ross reports at the Daily Caller.

"The suspect, Cory Landon, sustained a graze wound to the forehead and was picked up by police while walking down the road in a rural area just north of Wichita," according to the DC.

"The minister was home with his wife and three children, one of them only six months old, when he heard his home alarm going off and found Landon trying to enter the residence through a window."



Monday, December 1, 2014

Opposition to Common Core Spurs Jump in Homeschooling

By Rick Pearcey • December 1, 2014, 07:00 AM

Perry Chiaramonte reports at Fox News:

The homeschooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum.

North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.

"If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it," Bob Lubke of the North Carolina-based Civitas Institute is quoted as telling Fox News. "They feel like they are losing control of what their kids are learning."

"The uptick in homeschooling has become a trend across the nation over the past couple of years, even in states like New York and California,” Glyn Wright said, according to Fox News. "Americans have rejected the Common Core initiative because they are tired of unaccountable federal bureaucracy, especially when it comes to their child’s education, and because they are seeing first-hand the poor quality and content of the Standards that are meant to prepare children for the workforce instead of giving them a well-rounded, superior education."



Friday, November 28, 2014

Allen West Hammers Obama, Holder for Roles in Race-Baiting Industry

By Rick Pearcey • November 28, 2014, 12:31 PM

Breitbart reports:

On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel, former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) slammed President Barack Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder for the double standard applied to black-on-white crime versus white-on-black incidents, in particular the announcement of the St. Louis grand jury’s decision not to try Ferguson, MO, Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

"Eric Holder said that he is very fine with being an activist, and this is their definition of social justice. This is once again being a part of the grievance industry and the race-baiting industry that continues to keep the black community in a situation of economic servitude, and also it is about electoral votes," West said.

"The unfortunate and sad thing is that no one is looking at is the consequences of Michael Brown, his actions and what it resulted in, tragically, his death," West continued.

"We really need a discussion in the black community about families, about families being together, about education, about young black men having respect for authority and better jobs and education opportunities. The left, the progressive socialists Barack Obama, Eric Holder -- they don't want to have that discussion."



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kevin Jackson: Race Relations "in the Toilet Since Obama Took Over"

By Rick Pearcey • November 27, 2014, 10:16 AM

"Father, author, and conservative talk-radio host Kevin Jackson, while in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, said that Geroge Stephanopoulos' ABC News interview of police officer Darren Wilson was 'terrible journalism,' and added that 'race relations have gone in the toilet since Obama took over,' aided by the actions of Attorney General Eric Holder 'and his minions'," reports Michael Chapman at CNSNews.com.

"Everybody knows that race relations have gone in the toilet since Obama took over,” Jackson is quoted as saying. "In fact, when he did his first press conference over the Ferguson deal, he was talking about how race relations have come a long way. Yes, they had come a long way until he and Holder and the rest of his minions came along."



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Not Just Obamacare: Gruber Says Abortion Is a Social Good

By Rick Pearcey • November 26, 2014, 09:08 AM

Dustin Siggins writes at CNSNews.com:

Over the last three weeks, MIT professor and Affordable Care Act (ACA) architect Jon Gruber has gone from being an academic, known mostly in policy circles, to the face of political dishonesty and manipulation. Gruber, who helped create and sell the ACA to the American people, has been caught on tape admitting -- on multiple occasions -- that the law was written to mislead the public.

But that's not all that he's done. As originally reported by Jerome Corsi, Gruber is the author of at least two separate reports arguing that legalized abortion has tremendous social benefit. His work also provided some of the foundation for the 2005 book, Freakonomics, which promoted the idea of abortion as a means of improving society's children.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

IRS Sued for Monitoring U.S. Churches

By Rick Pearcey • November 25, 2014, 10:19 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

In a lawsuit settlement with the atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation [FFRF], the Internal Revenue Service admitted it had monitored churches for allegedly illegal political activity, but the details never were released because the group withdrew its complaint.

Now, Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS seeking any records relevant to IRS monitoring of churches and other tax exempt organizations regarding alleged political activity. . . .

"The atheist organization filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the IRS ignored its complaints about the speech of churches that cite the Bible regarding issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage," Unruh reports. FFRF said the "statements violate the law, because the moral issues were being addressed in a political arena."

According to WND, "The atheists also complained of what they called 'blatantly political' newspaper ads on the religious and moral issues. Then, in June, an agreement was reached in which the IRS admitted it had been monitoring churches and other houses of worship for 'electioneering and other political activity'."

"Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Americans have 'the God-given right to both express their religious views and to engage in the political process'," WND reports.

"It is troubling that the IRS seems set to rely on a group of atheists to point them toward churches that might have criticized politicians," WND quotes Fitton as saying. 

"It is even more disturbing that the IRS would violate federal law, The Freedom of Information Act, in order to keep secret its monitoring of Americans praying together in church," Fitton also reportedly said.

"To be clear, the very IRS that abused tea partiers for Obama’s election now purports to be able to 'audit' houses of worship in order to protect politicians from criticism. I am sure the Obama administration is more than happy to use the excuse of a lawsuit by a leftist group to use the IRS to punish churches that oppose Obama’s war on religious freedom," Fitton said, according to WND.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Watch: Geraldo Slapped Down in Immigration Debate

By Rick Pearcey • November 24, 2014, 09:35 AM

Sarah Rumpf reports at Breitbart.com:

In an appearance on Fox News Channel's Hannity show, Geraldo Rivera attempted to justify President Barack Obama's executive orders protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, blaming "hard-core, tea party radicals" in Congress for forcing the President to act, but found himself repeatedly slapped down rhetorically by both the host of the show, Sean Hannity, and his fellow guest, A.J. Delgado, a National Review columnist and contributor at Breitbart.com. 

As seen in this Youtube video of the debate, Rivera is soundly rebutted by both Hannity and Delgado, who identifies herself as a Latina.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Sessions: We Must Stop Emperor Obama

By Rick Pearcey • November 21, 2014, 11:47 AM

What follows are portions of an editorial from Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama:

Americans defeated President Obama's disastrous amnesty plans both in Congress and at the voting booth. Tonight, President Obama defied an entire nation and declared that he will impose his rejected amnesty through the brute force of executive order.

President Obama's executive amnesty will provide an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress rejected, in violation of federal law. His order will grant them social security numbers, government-issued ID's, legal status and work permits. Illegal immigrants will now be able to take jobs and benefits directly from struggling Americans in a time of high unemployment and low wages. They will be able to take jobs from Americans in all occupations, ranging from truck drivers to power company workers to jobs with city government. Many illegal immigrants will also be able to obtain green cards and become permanent residents, allowing them access to almost all federal programs, to receive citizenship and sponsor foreign relatives to join them in the U.S. . . .

Only a short time ago, President Obama himself admitted this action would be illegal and unconstitutional: "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own," he explained, adding "that's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written." President Obama also said that: "The problem is that I'm the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."

Apparently, America now has its first emperor. . . .

How should a free people respond to Emperor Obama's usurpation of power? "The great task before the nation now is to resist this imperial decree and return control of this nation to its own citizens -- as our Constitution established," the editorial states. "That task begins with Congress refusing to allow a dime of money to be spent executing this unlawful amnesty. This a routine, constitutional and crucial application of congressional power."

Here is Sen. Sessions' website.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Krauthammer: Obama Like Leader of "Banana Republic"

By Rick Pearcey • November 20, 2014, 09:12 AM

"Columnist Charles Krauthammer said that President Obama's planned executive order on immigration is comparable to the actions of a leader of a banana republic on Wednesday's 'Special Report' on the Fox News Channel," Breitbart reports

"The only rationale Obama is citing in doing this . . . is not lack of resources, it's not a crisis, it's not something new, as he said, the system is broken, it has been for decades. It is one thing and one thing alone: I waited long enough," Breitbart quotes Krauthammer as saying.

"That's what caudillo says in a banana republic: I waited long enough and the national assembly hasn't acted, so I'm going to issue a decree. That is not how it works in our system," Krauthammer said.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are You Being Watched Via Your Webcam?

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2014, 10:31 AM

"A website is displaying the video streams of webcams in tens of thousands of private homes and businesses around the world to show how easy it is to intercept them if the owner doesn’t change the manufacturer’s default user name and password," Bob Unruh reports at WND.

"Last week, I sat at my computer and watched a young man from Hong Kong relaxing on his laptop; an Israeli woman tidying the changing room in a clothes store; and an elderly woman in the UK watching TV," WND quotes Joseph Cox writing at Motherboard magazine.

"All of these people were completely unaware that I was spying on them, thousands of miles away, through devices that were inadvertently broadcasting their private lives on the Internet," Cox wrote.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How President Eisenhower Solved Illegal Immigration Crisis

By Rick Pearcey • November 18, 2014, 10:22 AM

Mass deportations worked, "quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents -- less than one-tenth of today's force."

Here is how, according to the Christian Science Monitor.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Texas House Republicans Choosing Political Gain Over the Unborn

By Rick Pearcey • November 17, 2014, 10:07 AM

Brandon Darby writes at Breitbart:

Texas House Republicans are poised to show that the sanctity of unborn life is a matter they can compromise on in order to achieve legislative success on other issues in the coming Texas legislative session. 

The House Republicans are expected to choose a NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) favored candidate, current Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) over the pro-life challenger, Scott Turner (R-Frisco) in the race for Speaker of the Texas House. 

Pro-life Republicans make up a near two-thirds majority of the Texas House, which will take its first recorded vote when they convene on January 13, 2015, to select the Speaker of the House for the 84th Legislative Session.

Straus is supported by House Democrats and pro-choice moderate Republicans, while Turner has been graded one of the most conservative members of the House, and has a reputation for supporting pro-life issues.



Friday, November 14, 2014

Islam Comes to the National Cathedral

By Rick Pearcey • November 14, 2014, 10:12 AM

Diana West takes a look at the "National Cathedral's decision to host Friday Islamic prayers" today:

The service is the brainchild of the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, the Episcopal cathedral's director of liturgy, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim, who is delivering the sermon.

Invitation-only guests include Masjid Muhammad of The Nation's Mosque, representatives of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

"That's some roster if playing 'Spot the Muslim Brotherhood Front' is a hobby," West observes.

"The Episcopal Church blindly, blithely thinks the cathedral's Islamic service 'demonstrates an appreciation of one another's prayer tradition.'

"In fact, it is against Islamic law for Muslims to hold Christianity or Judaism in the same regard the Episcopal Church is now showing Islam," West writes."Indeed, Islamic law 'abrogates' (cancels) Christianity and Judaism as 'previously revealed religions (that) were valid in their own eras,' but are no longer -- not after the advent of Islam in the 7th century."



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gallup: Record 63% Say Having Gun Makes Home Safer

By Rick Pearcey • November 13, 2014, 10:42 AM

Terry Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com:

Sixty-three percent of Americans questioned in a Gallup survey conducted in October and released this month said they believe having a gun in their house makes it a safer place to be.

"A record-high percentage in U.S. say guns makes homes safer," said Gallup in its analysis of the survey. The organization has polled on this issue in five surveys going back to 1993 (although the question in the 1993 survey was somewhat different than in later surveys).

"In 1993, 42 percent said having a gun in the house makes it safer; in 2000, 35 percent; in 2004, 42 percent; in 2006, 47 percent; and in 2014, 63 percent," Jeffrey reports.

"The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this," Gallup said.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christian Extermination in the Middle East

By Rick Pearcey • November 12, 2014, 08:33 AM

Raymond Ibrahim writes at Frontpage: 

Among other things, a Christian church that had stood on the ground of Iraq for 1,800 years -- a church that was erected less than 200 year after Christ -- was reportedly torched by the Islamic State, according to numerous news agencies, including Al Arabiya.

Islamic State jihadis also stormed and took over an ancient monastery in northern Iraq and expelled its few monks, telling them "You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately." The monks plead to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s ancient relics but the jihadis refused and ordered them to walk many miles along a deserted road with nothing but their clothes. (St. Behnam monastery had stood since the fourth century and was one of Iraq’s best-known Christian landmarks.  It was built by an Assyrian king as a penance for executing his children Behnam and Sarah for converting to Christianity.)

Go here to read the rest of Ibrahim's July 2014 report on persecution that spans "different ethnicities, languages, and locales -- from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East."

Ibrahim concludes: "It should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam -- whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it."



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

David Limbaugh: A Smoking Gun for Us "Stupid" American Voters

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2014, 10:08 AM

David Limbaugh writes in his most recent column:

Recently, a very disturbing video emerged that contains the metaphorical smoking gun concerning President Obama's many lies about Obamacare. This should remove any lingering doubt that we're dealing with a fascist-type administration.

Of course, there should be no need for a smoking gun, because it is now undeniable that Obama lied on his major selling points about the Affordable Care Act. Unlike many Democrats in falsely accusing President George W. Bush of lying about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, I don't use the term "lie" lightly. . . .

"The Daily Caller reports that in a newly surfaced video [watch the video here], Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor, made some stunning admissions concerning how the administration presented the bill and how it overtly deceived the public because the bill never would have passed otherwise," Limbaugh continues.

Limbaugh then quotes Gruber:

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK? So it's written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in -- you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money -- it would not have passed.

. . . Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. . . . Look, I wish [health economist] Mark [Pauly] was right [that] we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not.

Limbaugh next makes the following points:

They Lie: "You can see the mindset that these people have. There is no mistaking it. They know better than we 'stupid' American people what is good for us, so they'll do whatever is necessary, including purposely deceiving us, to advance their political agenda."

This Is Fascism: "This is the stuff of outright tyrants -- arrogant, unaccountable, cavalier despots. This is political fascism. This is not representative government. This type of behavior nullifies the Constitution and disenfranchises the American people."

This Is Obama: "It's one thing to have strong ideological views. It's altogether another to impose those views at any cost and in derogation of the people's rights. This is who this president is. These are the people he surrounds himself with.

"Obama and his team are not chastened, much less repentant, over the recent election results. They remain undeterred, and they intend to continue using whatever means they deem necessary, in their self-assessed superior wisdom, to accomplish their political ends, beginning with immigration."

No Excuses: "If you were unaware of or in denial about Obama's character and his willingness to deceive and act against the will of the American people before -- despite other smoking guns, such as those concerning his lies on the Benghazi, Libya, attacks -- you have no excuse now."

A Time for Resisting: "Two dangerous years remain in Obama's term. Even Democrats who might agree with many of Obama's remaining agenda items have a duty to oppose his further abuse of our system, including on immigration. But whether or not they step up, it is imperative that Republicans take a hard line against any such corrosive acts against the rule of law and our Constitution."



Monday, November 10, 2014

"Scam": Christian Book Industry Sinks "Into the Mire"

By Rick Pearcey • November 10, 2014, 09:06 AM

Jim Fletcher writes at WND:

"How many of these big ministry guys actually write their own books?" he asked. . . .

"A few of them put in the work and actually write. But you’d be shocked and disgusted by how many of them don’t. It’s virtually a scam."

The real scandal though? The absolute refusal of what some call the Evangelical Industrial Complex to acknowledge and discipline the jugheads within their own ranks.

Put researchers on the church payroll to compile your next bestseller? No problem, you are rewarded with conference speaking gigs to help promote the book.

Use the tithes of hard-working congregants to puff your book through a New York publicity firm? Congratulations, son, we’re going to distribute your stuff through the Catalyst network, good-old-boy Christian retail channels, etc.

"Months ago, when Driscoll’s shoddy, plagiarism-driven books were outed by a few brave souls like Janet Mefferd, those exposing the wrongdoing were lambasted, while prominent evangelical leaders uttered nary a peep," Fetcher continues.

"Think about it. Is Rick Warren going to reign in his protégé, [Mark] Driscoll? Of course not. Did Driscoll’s outrageous behavior from the past disqualify him from speaking for Catalyst?

"Are you kidding? There’s money to be made."



Friday, November 7, 2014

Report: Weather Channel Morning Show Beats CNN, MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • November 7, 2014, 09:01 AM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart:

According to the Weather Channel, its 6am "Wake Up with Al Roker" beat both CNN's "New Day" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this month.

"This is another sign of the slow-motion fall of left-wing cable news networks. While -- thanks to great producing, on-air talent, and a willingness to cover news stories the left-wing MSM ignore -- Fox News soars, there is just no reason anymore to tune into CNN or MSNBC," Nolte writes.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Tone Deaf" Obama Vows Immigration Executive Action This Year

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2014, 10:11 AM

AP reports:

President Barack Obama's determination to act alone to change the immigration system promptly drove a wedge Wednesday into the post-election commitment from the president and Republican leaders to find common ground under the new political alignment.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sessions: "Mandate" to Block Executive Amnesty

By Rick Pearcey • November 5, 2014, 10:25 AM

Daniel Harper reports at Weekly Standard:

Senator Jeff Sessions, who [won] reelection last night in an uncontested race, says last night's Republican victory is a "mandate" to block President Obama's planned executive amnesty. 

"[T]he American people dramatically repudiated the policies of President Obama, Senator Reid, and Leader Pelosi," the Weekly Standard quotes Sessions as saying. "It was also a dramatic affirmation of the policies our GOP candidates campaigned on: controlling spending, balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, unleashing American energy, and boosting wages through pro-worker reforms."

Session also said, "Republicans in the House and Senate campaigned against the Obama-Senate immigration bill and on the pledge to block President Obama's unlawful executive amnesty. The immediate emergency facing our new majority will be fighting the President's disastrous planned actions, and we will have not only a Constitutional mandate but also a popular mandate to do so."

Sessions concludes: "The last six years of the Obama-Reid majority have been a government of the elites for the elites. Our new GOP Senators will lead the way in returning government to the loyal citizens who sent us here."



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sheriffs: Executive Amnesty Will Unleash Illegal "Tidal Wave"

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2014, 09:28 AM

"There is talk that President Barack Obama will push through an executive amnesty order after the midterm elections that would grant amnesty to at least some of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States," Newsmax reports.

"We already have our hands full because the border is not secure," Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, is quoted by Newsmax as saying. "Imagine what the situation will look like when the president gives executive amnesty to those already here. It would unleash a tidal wave of illegal border crossings, overwhelming law enforcement. It will be open season for the cartels."

"Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said if the GOP takes control of the Senate in Tuesday's midterm election, the Republican-controlled chamber would fight hard to make sure amnesty 'doesn't happen'," Newsmax reports.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Cruz Upbeat: "We Are on the Verge of an Historic Election Night" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • November 3, 2014, 10:09 AM

During a recent appearance on the Hannity show, Sen. Cruz gave his sense of tomorrow's big midterm election:

I've been on the road the last six weeks all over the country. I've been in Kansas. I've been in Georgia. I've been in Iowa. I've been in Colorado. Tonight, I'm here in Florida. I'm headed to Alaska day after tomorrow.

What I'm seeing on the ground is a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm. I think we are on the verge of an historic election night next Tuesday. I think Republicans are going to retake the U.S. Senate. I think we're going to retire Harry Reid as majority leader.

And I'll tell you, Sean, at this point, it all comes down to turnout.  It all comes down to if conservatives show up and vote, and if we get our friends and family and others to show up and vote, we're going to retake the Senate, and I think that's exactly what's going to happen.

Watch the entire interview and read the transcript here



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ted Cruz: Romney-Style Republican Won't Win White House in 2016

By Rick Pearcey • October 30, 2014, 10:21 AM

"If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day," Cruz said on CNBC today, according to Newsmax. "And if we run another candidate like that, Hillary Clinton will be president."

"The Texas Republican, a favorite of Tea Party supporters," also said "that the party needs to find a conservative candidate who can galvanize voters -- someone like former President Ronald Reagan," Newsmax reports.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Black Pastor: Homosex Mayor's Attack on Christian Pastors "Truly the Next Civil Rights Movement"

By Rick Pearcey • October 29, 2014, 10:24 AM

Penny Starr reports at CNSNews.com

The Reverend Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said the attack on Christian pastors by the openly gay mayor of Houston, who subpoenaed their sermons and other communications after they opposed a city ordinance that allows transgender people to use any public restroom, signals the need for "the next civil rights movement."

Owens, speaking from Houston, told CNSNews.com that he and other pastors in his coalition held a press conference on Tuesday to support the Houston pastors and express their concern about this threat to religious liberty.

"Attacking ministers about what they preach is way over the line,” Owens is quoted as saying.

According to CNSNews, Pastor Owens "thinks the action taken by Mayor Annise Parker, a lesbian, and the city attorney is a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion, and church leaders need to fight back."

In addition, "Owens said the gay rights movement is trying to make expressing one’s Christian views on homosexuality 'hate speech'," CNSNews reports.

"It’s not hate," Owens is quoted as saying. "We don’t hate anyone. It’s expressing our religious beliefs."

Owens also "thinks this new civil rights struggle will require the same investment by churches and church leaders that was made by Martin Luther King Jr. and others who fought to gain equal rights for all Americans regardless of their race," according to CNS.

“Churches need to rise up,” CNS quotes Owens as stating, "adding that all faiths should be concerned about efforts to silent religious speech."

"I may not agree with all religions but I will defend their right to speak," Owens said, according to CNSNews.

For more information on the Coalition of African American Pastors, see this website.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Berkeley Students Turn Against Bill Maher Over Islam Comments

By Rick Pearcey • October 28, 2014, 01:04 PM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart:

On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher and elsewhere, Bill Maher has spent more than a decade thrashing Christianity. But now that he's speaking some politically incorrect truths about the religion of Islam, some students at Berkeley have had enough. Students are petitioning the school to drop Maher as a 2014 commencement speaker. According to a just-aired MSNBC report, the petition has 10,000 signatures.
"Other than proving once again that the Left is fascistic when it comes to someone who strays off the left-wing plantation over even one issue, this movement proves the bigotry of those signing the petition and the rest of the political left that is just now angry over Maher's criticism of religion," Nolte writes.

"If you reveled in Maher's sweeping attacks against Christians but are horrified at his uncovering of some of the ugly truths about Islam, the only bigot is you," Nolte states.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Navajo High School: "Let's Go, Redskins!"

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2014, 09:00 AM

"Nearly everyone on the field and in the bleachers belongs to the Navajo Nation," Ian Shapira writes at the Washington Post.



Friday, October 24, 2014

Report: NYC Hatchet Suspect Posts Talk About "War" Against U.S.

By Rick Pearcey • October 24, 2014, 11:16 AM

At Breitbart: 

Fox News Channel anchor Trace Gallagher read Facebook posts that a man suspected of attacking NYPD officers on Thursday had Facebook posts that referenced "guerilla warfare," "war," and attacking the United States' "weak flanks" on Thursday.

Also, the New York Police Department "is reportedly investigating whether Islamic extremism played a role in Thursday's hatchet attack on city cops," according to Fox News.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

By Rick Pearcey • October 23, 2014, 10:11 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,  has sometimes criticized Islam, and in a recent Facebook post questioned whether Islam is "really a religion of peace" noting that the Islamic State, in the latest issue of its magazine, Dabiq, defends slavery and the use of women as sex slaves "as a firmly established aspect of the Shariah."



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chris Matthews: "It's Like Obama Has Ebola"

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2014, 08:51 AM

"Chris Matthews reacts to Democratic Senate candidates Michelle Nunn (D-GA) and Mark Begich (D-AK), an incumbent, dodging the question if they voted for Obama," Ian Schwartz posts at Real Clear Politics.

"That's the way people walk past guys who are trying to get a buck or a quarter from somebody," Schwartz quotes Matthews as saying last Monday on Hardball.

"It's like Obama has Ebola . . . I wasn't near him! I didn't touch him!," Matthews said.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2014, 09:53 AM

David Limbaugh writes:

Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It's time for them to start standing up for religious liberty.

The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are stewing in their apathy.

It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Paris Opera Expels Veiled Woman During Performance

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2014, 11:10 AM

AFP reports:

France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

The incident took place when a veiled woman was spotted on the front row of a performance of La Traviata at the Opera Bastille, Jean-Philippe Thiellay told AFP, confirming a media report.

"France brought in a law in 2011 banning anyone from wearing clothing that conceals the face in a public space, or face a 150 euro ($190) fine," AFP reports.

"The spectator and her companion -- tourists from the Gulf, according to MetroNews -- were asked to leave by an inspector during the interval," the AFP report continues.

"He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the room. The man asked the woman to get up, they left," Thiellay is quoted as saying.



Friday, October 17, 2014

David Limbaugh: 3 Outrages of Fascist Leftists in Houston

By Rick Pearcey • October 17, 2014, 10:19 AM

"There are at least three outrageous things about the Houston city government's recent actions pushing an ordinance to allow men and women to use each other's public restrooms," David Limbaugh, author of the new book Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, writes in his latest column.

First Outrage: "The first is the substance of the ordinance itself, which allows men and women, irrespective of their biology, to use bathrooms designated for the opposite sex. The major driver of this law was Houston's lesbian mayor, Annise Parker."

Second Outrage: "The second outrage is that the city has greatly overreached in subpoenaing the pastors of the city for copies of their sermons and their communications to their congregations to determine whether they have violated this Godforsaken ordinance. Lest you think this was a mistake, the mayor tweeted, 'If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.'

"There is no constitutional prohibition against pastors discussing politics."

Third Outrage: "The third outrage is the city's lawless disqualification and rejection of valid petitions filed by voters to challenge the law."

Limbaugh Concludes: "The extreme left, whose natural political habitat is the Democratic Party, is growing ever more intolerant, excessive, coercive, intimidating, lawless and frightening. People of ordinary sensibilities and traditional values and others are awakening to the fascism of extreme leftists in this country, which is one of the many reasons we're going to see a tsunami of voters voicing their outrage against such un-American behavior in November."

Read the entire column here



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Houston Mayor Backs Off From Subpoenas to Pastors

By Rick Pearcey • October 16, 2014, 08:32 AM

Sarah Rumpf reports at Breitbart:

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned.
Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches, and communications with church members. 
Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that seemed to indicate she would continue to fight this issue, she told a Houston radio station that she had changed her mind. 
"As reported by KTRH, Mayor Parker admitted that the subpoenas were too broad, and that the pastors' sermons should not have been included," according to Breitbart.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outlaw Bikers Fighting ISIS in Iraq

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2014, 11:34 AM

Bob Fredericks writes at the NYPost:

Outlaw Dutch bikers have joined forces with Kurdish fighters battling ISIS fanatics in Iraq -- and authorities in the Netherlands say that’s just fine with them. . . .

A photo on a Dutch-Kurdish Twitter account showed one of the men -- heavily tattooed Dutchman named Ron -- clad in military garb, holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and flashing the "victory" sign as he sits with a Kurdish comrade in a fortified bunker.

"'Dutch bikers strapping it with the Kurds has made my day,' posted one Twitter user called modn world from West London," Fredericks writes.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Houston Demands Ovesight of Sermons

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2014, 08:00 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are fighting for a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms there now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors.
 
The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons -- and copies of other communications from the pastors to their congregations -- in the city's fight over a "non-discrimination" plan that allows "gender-confused" people to use whatever public restrooms with which they identify.
 
A legal action challenging the city’s move has developed because the city allegedly violated its own charter in the process of adopting the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class.

"Critics say the measure effectively enables sexual predators who dress as women to enter female public bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities," WND reports. "And a coalition of activists that includes area pastors filed suit Aug. 6 against the city and lesbian Mayor Annise Parker after officials announced a voter petition to repeal the measure didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the election ballot."



Monday, October 13, 2014

Duck Dynasty’s Phil: "We’re Swimming in a Cesspool of Politically Correct Crap"

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2014, 10:13 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson said the news media will not even mention the name "Jesus Christ" in a straightforward or even reverential way because they are so politically correct it precludes them from referencing God, and as a result America is "swimming in a cesspool of politically correct crap."



Friday, October 10, 2014

Obamacare Sends Iowa Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocketing

By Rick Pearcey • October 10, 2014, 10:18 AM

Wynton Hall reports at Breitbart:

Thousands of Iowans are now facing double-digit health insurance premium hikes due to Obamacare.

On Wednesday, the Des Moines Register reported that the state's insurance commissioner has approved Des Moines-based Wellmark to hike its rates between 11.9% and 14.5%.

"President Barack Obama promised at least 19 times that Obamacare would lower health insurance premiums by $2,500 per family," Breitbart reports.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

School District: No More "Boys" and "Girls" -- That's "Judgmental"

By Rick Pearcey • October 9, 2014, 09:44 AM

Katherine Timpf reports at National Review:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by "gendered expressions" such as "boys and girls," and use "gender inclusive" ones such as "purple penguins" instead.

"Don’t use phrases such as 'boys and girls,' 'you guys,' 'ladies and gentlemen,' and similarly gendered expressions to get kids' attention," instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

"The instructions were part of a list called '12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness' developed by Gender Spectrum," National Review reports. Gender Spectrum is "an organization that 'provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages'."

"We don’t get involved with gender preferences. We’re educating all kids," says Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel. "We can’t be judgmental."



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Commission Tells Christian Business Owners to Leave Their Religion at Home

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2014, 12:47 PM

Todd Starnes writes at Fox News:

The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home.

"It would be safe to do so, yes," Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. "Or in this case you can find yourself two years down the road and you’re still involved in a legal battle because you did not do so."

Human beings must, of course, reject this fascism all dolled up as non-discrimination and anti-bigotry. 

What is actually occurring is that the Human Rights Commission in Lexington is pushing a homosexualist worldview -- it's a powerplay seeking to impose the feelings of an extremist minority that stands in direct opposition to the rules of freedom and of humanness -- rules so well articulated, for example, in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

The verifiable Creator set forth in the Declaration is both the originator of the human family and of human sexuality. And as Martin Luther King, Jr., recognized, this same Creator is the proper ethical basis for standing against racism.

But on this basis there also is responsibility. To avoid abuse and manipulation, it must be recognized that every call to nondiscrimination is not valid simply by the yelling, simply by the presence of media voices, or even of protest. Rather, such calls must be ethically sound as measured against He who is the ultimate ethical environment in the universe.

In fact, the human being is called to resist evil and overcome it with good. Thus, in a moral universe, an enlightened humanity knows the difference between a proper discriminating against racism (because all people are created in the image of God) and the cowardly acceptance of homosexualism (because this unfortunate dysfunction violates the "laws of nature and of nature's God").

And, by the way, attempts to use relativist "law" to run people out of business, or otherwse shut people up, is just more evidence of fascism animating homosexualism.

Real human rights, real unalienable rights, are sourced in the Creator; they are not to be found in hatred and discrimination against that Creator. This is very bad news for homosexualists and their networks of enablers.

No matter what emotional banner a politically activist group might wave ("We're Victims!" "Equality!" "Non-Discrimination!" "Human Rights!", etc., etc.), any society that rejects the rules of freedom simply cannot remain free.

The Creator is the verifiable ground of human liberty and dignity, and His liberating truth touches every aspect of life and thought, producing wonderful results in science, medicine, the arts, politics, and so on. It is a liberation inside the home, but also a liberation beyond the home. It is a liberation that rejects the trendy fascisms that now again rear their ugly heads.

The wholistic person rejects invitations to hypocrisy. For it is an invitation to hypocrisy to demand of people seeking to live in community with God and man to "leave your religion at home."

As if truth could be confined within the small mind of secularism, which preaches fragmentation, not wholeness. As if truth could be reduced to dumbed-down secularist redefinitions of "religion."

And what a misguided attack! You might as well tell people to leave love at home, leave goodness at home, leave the pursuit of excellence at home. What a blindlingly innane and inhumane philosophy these secularists are seeking to impose upon Americans. In fact, nowhere in creation is submission to inhumanity acceptable.

Or we can make the point more broadly: All of creation is "home" for the human being.

What followers of Jesus of Nazareth are seeking to practice is therefore not somebody's private little religion. Rather, what is affirmed is a comprehensive way of life rooted in verifiable information concerning God, man, and the cosmos.This is an information-rich approach to living.

Maybe it's the secularists and the humanity-denying agenda of the so-called "Human Rights Commission" in Lexington, Kentucky, that should leave their narrow-minded agenda at home. It's too small for the human being.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

U.S. Marine Corps Tests Undermine Women-in-Combat Agenda

By Rick Pearcey • October 7, 2014, 11:51 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

Faced with a January 2016 deadline for introducing women to combat units, the U.S. Marines have discovered that for every man who fails a simulated artillery lift-and-carry test, 28 women fail.

And for a test simulating moving over a seven-foot high wall, less than 1.2 percent of the men could not get over, compared to 21.32 percent of women.

The results [and more] were found in Marine Corps documentation by the Center for Military Readiness, which issued a report called "U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where Is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?"



Monday, October 6, 2014

Biden Declares China Part of North America

By Rick Pearcey • October 6, 2014, 10:15 AM

Craig Bannister reports at CNSNews.com:

Vice president Joe Biden declared China a North American country in a speech at Boston's John F. Kennedy Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday.

Biden claimed that North America -- "meaning Mexico, China and Canada" -- will contribute two-thirds of the world's energy growth over the next two decades.



Friday, October 3, 2014

U.S. Surgeon General Still Silent on Ebola

By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2014, 11:40 AM

"That silence matters," Joel B. Pollak writes at Breitbart, "because the doctors most directly involved in fighting the Ebola outbreak seem unable to explain -- or stop -- the disease. . . . Increasingly, the U.S. is beginning to resemble a third world country in its approach to the disease."



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Muslim Beheader (Who Has Nothing to Do With Islam) Demands Muslim Lawyer

By Rick Pearcey • October 2, 2014, 10:03 AM

This is "bad news for the Islamopologists," Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com.

"The system can’t afford to let" accused Islamic beheader Alton Nolen "succeed because it puts the lie to the Religion of Peace," Greenfield notes.

For "once Nolen is out there claiming that he's fighting the good Jihad in the land of the sword, the Islampologists are going to have a much tougher time explaining it away."

Greenfield predicts: No Muslim lawyer for Nolen.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Secret Service or Animal House?

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2014, 10:51 AM

Well, as Investor's Busines Daily points out, "incompetence" is "running wild" at the once-proud but increasingly inept Secret Service, "which just let a knife-wielding intruder all the way into the East Room of the White House."

But the incompetence endeth not there. Almost anywhere you look, the federal government is flatly dysfunctional -- think of the IRS, Veterans Affairs, Benghazi, the Border Patrol, DOJ guns to Mexican drug cartels, an Obama "who seems routinely ill-informed."

"In his first inaugural address, Obama promised that 'those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account.' Maybe he'll get around to that after his 200th round of golf," IBD concludes.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama Skipping Nearly 60% of His Daily Intelligence Briefings

By Rick Pearcey • September 30, 2014, 09:53 AM

Wynton Hall reports at Breitbart.com:

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

"I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria," Obama is quoted as saying.

"According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were 'flabbergasted' by Obama’s attempt to shift blame," Breitbart reports.

"Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bulls-------," a former senior Pentagon official 'who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq' told the Daily Beast," according to Breitbart.com.



Monday, September 29, 2014

British Housewife-Turned Terrorist Training Female Suicide Bombers for ISIS

By Rick Pearcey • September 29, 2014, 08:57 AM

Bruce Golding reports at the NYPost:

A British housewife-turned terrorist known as the "White Widow" is training an all-woman army of suicide bombers for ISIS, it was reported Sunday.

Samantha Lewthwaite, whose husband blew himself up in the 2005 London bombings, joined ISIS this year and is now one of its most influential female members -- dubbed the "Special One" or the "Important Woman," Britain's Daily Star reports.

"Her most powerful weapon is her use of propaganda. She may well be orchestrating the videos we have been seeing emerge from [ISIS] in the last few weeks," an intelligence source is quoted as telling the Daily Star.

"Lewthwaite, 30, has been the world’s most-wanted woman since Interpol issued a "red notice" for her arrest following last year’s deadly terror attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya," according to the NYPost.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Watch: Eric Holder Scandal Montage

By Rick Pearcey • September 26, 2014, 10:32 AM

Youtube video at Townhall.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Brits Arrest Radical Muslim Preacher

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2014, 09:01 AM

The U.K. Telegraph reports.

Radical Muslim preacher [Anjem Choudary] was arrested by police this morning, after claiming Britain will "never defeat Islamic State by bombs from the air" and that further military strikes would be a "rallying call" for Muslims.

Choudary, "the radical preacher arrested by Scotland Yard officers as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism, sent a series of Tweets shortly before his detention claiming that airstrikes on Islamic State were a "war on Islam," the Telegraph reports. "The extremist was one of nine men arrested this morning by the Metropolitan Police as part of a major Islamist terrorism investigation."



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Exposed: Twitter Conspiracy to Destroy Rush Is Small, Organized, Deceptive

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2014, 01:47 PM

Patrick Howley reports at the Daily Caller:

The recent campaign to silence conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh is led by ten liberal activists engaged in a more than four-year long effort to destroy Limbaugh by targeting his advertisers, including a Media Matters executive vice president.

A former Kent State university professor even targeted a small businessman advertising on Limbaugh’s show using her official university email account.

Information compiled by Limbaugh’s team -- and first provided to The Daily Caller --  demonstrates that nearly 70 percent of the tweets targeting Limbaugh’s advertisers come from the same ten Twitter users, all of whom are actively involved in the “Stop Rush” campaign, which keeps a database of all of Limbaugh’s advertisers.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Do Gross Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice?

By Rick Pearcey • September 23, 2014, 10:49 AM

No. For example, Walter E. Williams writes:

According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times as likely to attack and kill men than they are women. If sinister motivation is attributed for this disparity, as is done in the cases of sex and racial disparities, we can only conclude that sharks are sexist.
Another sex disparity is despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men.
Williams, who details instances of stark statistical disparities evident in education, business, sports, and more, concludes: "Courts, bureaucrats and the intellectual elite have consistently concluded that 'gross' disparities are probative of a pattern and practice of discrimination. Given all of the differences among people, such a position is pure nonsense."


Monday, September 22, 2014

Democrats Launch Campaign to Get "Rush Limbaugh off the Air"

By Rick Pearcey • September 22, 2014, 10:42 AM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart.com:

During the Bush administration, national Democrat leaders threatened to kill the ABC network's broadcast license if a miniseries unfavorable to the Clinton administration wasn't censored to satisfy Democrats. ABC complied. Earlier this year, Democrats started a push for a Constitutional Amendment to gut (literally) the First Amendment. Over the weekend, Democrats launched a campaign to get -- in their own words -- "Rush Limbaugh off the air."

"The petition to get Limbaugh off the air comes straight from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in the form of a fundraising/petition email," according to Nolte. "The idea is to use the muscle of the petition to in turn muscle Limbaugh's advertisers to drop him. The phony outrage is manifested from a toxic stew of lies crafted by the DCCC and (naturally) Sandra Fluke that take Limbaugh's recent comments about sexual assault way, way, way out of context."



Friday, September 19, 2014

Duck Dynasty’s Phil: "We Legislate Murder, That’s What Abortion Is"

By Rick Pearcey • September 19, 2014, 10:46 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson gave one of the sermons Sunday at his church, where he criticized political correctness for diminishing the reality of sin and said the "politically correct crowd" had killed 55 million babies by abortion, and that this was legislated "murder," adding that now the government is "legislating perversion."



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Democrat Election Mantra: "I'm Not Barack Obama"

By Rick Pearcey • September 18, 2014, 09:38 AM

"This year, far more than the last midterm elections, Democratic candidates across the country are fleeing the incumbent president," Joseph Curl writes at the Washington Times.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bono: "I Give Thanks Just for the Sanity of Billy Graham"

By Rick Pearcey • September 17, 2014, 10:51 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

U2 frontman, investor, and philanthropist Bono, who isn’t shy about discussing his Christian faith, wrote a poem in honor of evangelist preacher Billy Graham that describes Bono’s relationship with Jesus as a "journey from Father to friend," and how he learned of this through "the voice of a preacher," Graham, "that gave my life a Rhyme."

Also, in a separate tribute to Billy Graham, Bono said, "At a time when religion seems so often to get in the way of God’s work, I give thanks just for the sanity of Billy Graham, for the clear and empathetic voice."

"As reported at the website for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Sept. 1, and picked up by the Huffington Post, Bono has been a long-time fan of Rev. Billy Graham, and went to visit him and his family at their home in Montreat, North Carolina in 2002," according to CNSNews.com.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Inclusive" Principal Bans Sandwich Donations From Chick-Fil-A

By Rick Pearcey • September 16, 2014, 10:04 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews:

A California principal has banned donations on campus from a local Chick-Fil-A because of alleged discrimination by the fast food chain.

Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the company's "political stance on gay rights" was reason enough to prevent 200 donated lunches from being used by the school's booster club to raise money for the school's football team.

"Because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want [Chick-Fil-A] on campus," Wyatt is quoted as saying. "Her position has been backed by Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Little Arriaga, who said that 'we value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission," according to LifeSiteNews.

So, you see it's all so simple: If you agree with the extremist homosexualist agenda, then you willl be included in the "inclusivity and diversity." If not, thou shalt not be tolerated. 

People who think for themselves, who question political correctness, who affirm the U.S. founding vision of unalienable rights in community with the Creator (as opposed to pseudo-rights dreamed up by California high school principals, etc., etc.) are otherized.

Well, we'll keep our freedom. And we reject the narrow-minded secular dogma that requires moral and intellectual suicide when in the presence of "diversity" and "inclusiveness."

Meanwhile, to find a Chick-Fil-A near you, click here



Monday, September 15, 2014

NYT: "Assault Weapons" a "Myth" Democrats Created in the 1990s

By Rick Pearcey • September 15, 2014, 10:48 AM

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

On September 13, the 20th anniversary of the signing of the federal assault weapons ban, The New York Times ran a column explaining that the very term "assault weapon" is one the "Democrats created" in the 1990s in order to ban "a politically defined category of guns."

Moreover, the Times points out that the threat posed by the private ownership of "assault weapons" is mythological in comparison to FBI stats on the actual use of such guns in crime.

According to the NYT, America was "suffering from a spike in gun crime . . . in the early 1990s" so "Democrats created and banned [an entire] category of guns." The ban lasted from 1994 to 2004, and although crime fell during that time, a "detailed study found no proof" the decline was due to the ban.

The Times also notes that "'assault weapons' are not the gun of choice for criminals anyway -- and never have been. 'In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, FBI data shows.' And as Breitbart News reported on January 15, 2013, deaths in which an 'assault rifle' were involved constituted less than .012 percent of the overall deaths in America in 2011," according to Hawkins.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Police: Illegal With Kitchen Knife Stabs Woman 3 Times

By Rick Pearcey • September 12, 2014, 10:18 AM

Jeffrey A. Johnson reports at Pennlive.com:

An illegal immigrant was arrested early Wednesday in Chambersburg, after police said he stabbed a woman three times with a large kitchen knife.

Baldomero Velasco-Lopez, 37, who was living in the 700 block of Broad Street in Chambersburg, has been charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault. He was denied bail and is being held in Franklin County Prison.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ted Cruz "Booed off the Stage" at "In Defense of Christians" Event

By Rick Pearcey • September 11, 2014, 10:15 AM

Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart.com:

Reports surfaced Wednesday night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was "booed off the stage" at an event hosted by a purportedly Christian organization.

Cruz, the keynote speaker at the new "In Defense Of Christians" [IDC] organization's dinner in Washington DC, had offered the crowd -- a number of whom were Christians from the Middle East, including Palestinian Christians -- public support for Israel.

After doing so, some members of the crowd booed at Cruz, and they persisted until he left the stage, noting their hatred and saying he can't stand with them if they don't stand with Israel.

"Tonight’s injection of politics when the focus should have been on unity and faith, momentarily played into the hands of a few who do not adhere to IDC’s principles. They were made no longer welcome," said IDC President Toufic Baaklini in a press release published after the "disruption at the IDC Gala Dinner."



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pelosi Wants to Give "Regulators Sweeping New Powers Over Internet"

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2014, 09:03 AM

"The move is necessary," Pelosi said Monday, "to save net neutrality and protect Internet users," according to Brendan Sasso at NationalJournal.com.

"But Republicans and business groups warn that applying utility-style regulations to the Internet would strangle economic growth and ultimately mean worse Internet service," Sasso reports.



Monday, September 8, 2014

"Shariah Police" Patrolling Outside German Nightclubs

By Rick Pearcey • September 8, 2014, 11:11 AM

Sharona Schwartz reports at the Blaze:

The German government says it is going to crack down on volunteer patrols known as "Shariah police" recently seen walking outside nightclubs and a city train station asking passersby not to drink alcohol and gamble.

"Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the German newspaper Bild on Saturday. "Nobody can take it upon themselves to abuse the good name of the German police."

"The founder of the 'Shariah police' said the patrols aimed only to raise awareness in Wuppertal for strict Islamic traditions," the Blaze reports.

"These people’s intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology," the Blaze quote Wuppertal Mayor Peter Jung as saying.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Planned Parenthood Created for "Population Control" of U.S. Blacks: Sen. Ted Cruz’s Dad

By Rick Pearcey • September 5, 2014, 11:12 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Margaret Sanger's original goal for Planned Parenthood was to limit the nation's population of black people, says the father of a prominent senator.

Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, told the Western Williamson County Republican Club in Texas August 21, "Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. And you can Google it and look at her written statement. The purpose of creating Planned Parenthood was for population control in the black neighborhoods. Look at where all or most of the abortion clinics are: in the black neighborhoods to control their population."

"Every black . . . should be enraged," he added.

"Sanger, who began the Negro Project in 1939 and founded Planned Parenthood as a contraceptive organization, wrote in a letter that 'we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the [black] minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members'," LifeSiteNews reports.

Watch this Youtube video of Cruz's remarks, beginning at the 58:40 mark.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Belief vs. Science: Lacking Scientific Support, UN Seeks "Young Woman" to Sell Global Warming

By Rick Pearcey • September 4, 2014, 10:46 AM

Andrew Bolt writes at the Aussie Herald Sun:

Professsor Ross McKitrick says in a new paper that the warming pause has now lasted an astonishing 19 years at the surface and 16-26 years in the lower troposphere.
. . .

With the science against the faith it has so frantically promoted, the UN searches for someone who will turn the debate.

Note well: it’s looking for someone who isn’t a scientist but who can play on guilt, racial politics, gender politics and victimhood.

"The UN has outed itself with this stunt," Bolt concludes. "Its criteria ensure no leading climate scientists need apply. See, this is no longer about science at all."