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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Italians Mobilizing: Want No Radicalizing Mosque Near Leaning Tower of Pisa

By Rick Pearcey • August 23, 2016, 09:36 AM

Nick Squires reports from Rome for the UK Telegraph:

Campaigners in Tuscany are fighting against a plan to build a mosque a few hundred yards from the Leaning Tower of Pisa

They are concerned that it is too close to the stone tower, one of Italy's best known tourist attractions, and fear that it could become a centre for radicalisation of local Muslims, of whom there are around 600. 

The building of the mosque in Via del Brennero has been provisionally approved by Pisa's centre-left council but campaigners are gathering signatures for a petition calling for a local referendum on the issue.

"According to a recent poll, 57 per cent of Pisans are against the mosque," says campaign leader Gianluca Gambini, the Telegraph reports. 

“It's not just that it would be built in the wrong location, just 400 metres from the Leaning Tower, but also because people know that mosques are places where there is a risk of radicalisation," Gambini says, according to the Telegraph.

Related
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Viva Diversity!!! Federal Court Blocks Obama Regime's Extremist Trans Agenda

By Rick Pearcey • August 22, 2016, 04:21 PM

Ken Klukowski reports at Breitbart:

A federal judge has ruled in favor of 13 states against President Barack Obama's directive that public schools must allow students and adults to enter whatever bathrooms or showers they choose, a policy imposing transgenderism on the nation's schools.

Among the reasons the judge ruled that Obama's unilateral action is illegal is "because it violates the meaning of 'sex' in Title VII and Title IX, making the directive contrary to law," Klukowski writes.

The meaning of "sex" in Title VII and Title IX has nothing to do with how a 3rd-grader feels on Tuesday at 10 a.m. -- whether that feeling is "girlish" or "boyish." The meaning has rather to do with the biological facts of life, such that young males are biologically boys and young females are biologically girls. It's a wonderful diversity that respects the facts of life.

Why does Obama seek to crush this diversity?

Sometimes, it seems, politicians lose their way. Especially when they lust after power. And especially when they view government power as the means to impose their very private, fact-challenged personal belief system.

What's more, if they can cloak that lust in focus-group tested propaganda ("discrimination!" "equality!"), so much the better -- for the lustful politician, that is, not so much for the people over whom the Mussolinis seek to lord it over.

But, someone has said, "Facts are stubborn things." And thank the God of facts, evidence, evaluation, and critical thinking for that.

I'll tell you a secret: There's a really wonderful kind of discrimination called noticing the differences between male and female, boys and girls, men and women.

No doubt, Obama himself practiced discrimination when he chose his wife, Michelle, discriminating not only against all men but also discriminating against all other women.

I am sure that this would be an ongoing discrimination that wife Michelle might mightily agree with and respect.

And because of that "discrimination," just one woman (Michelle) now enjoys a very unequal amount of access to a man who not only is her husband but also is the president of the United States.

Clearly: This is good discrimination performed on behalf of a wonderful diversity. And a rather large tip of the hat to the joys of inequality, too.

But Obama's extremist transgenderism is anything but good and wonderful. For it rejects the facts of life and it seeks to impose upon all America a relativistic ideology that in principle alienates a person's "gender" from that person's biological sex. 

That's not governance, it's fanatcism. And the guilty party is Obama.

That's not respect, it's alienation. And the divisive one is Obama.

Let's celebrate this victory of common sense rooted in facts over against extremist politics rooted in fanaticism.

Intelligence "tests everything" and revolts when necessary. We shall overcome.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Confirmed: Islam, Not "Grievances," Fuels Muslim Hate for the West

By Rick Pearcey • August 19, 2016, 10:11 AM

Raymond Ibrahim at Frontpagemag.com offers the following quote from the recently published article "Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You":

We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah -- whether you realize it or not -- by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him, claiming that He has a son [Christ], you fabricate lies against His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices.

It is for this reason that we were commanded to openly declare our hatred for you and our enmity towards you. "There has already been for you an excellent example in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, 'Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah. We have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone'" (Al-Mumtahanah 4 [i.e., Koran 60:4]).

Furthermore, just as your disbelief is the primary reason we hate you, your disbelief is the primary reason we fight you, as we have been commanded to fight the disbelievers until they submit to the authority of Islam, either by becoming Muslims, or by paying jizyah – for those afforded this option ["People of the Book"] -- and living in humiliation under the rule of the Muslims [per Koran 9:29].

Read more.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Young Mother With Glock Threatened by Armed Robber. That Cost Him His Life

By Rick Pearcey • August 18, 2016, 08:41 AM

Here's the news story from ABC15 about a petite young mother at a gas station in Glendale, Arizona, who defended herself in the midst of an armed robbery.

According to the news report, the robber asked Carolann Miracle "for a cigarette and a lighter before he threatened to take her life."

Her response was to channel in "what her father, a Marine, taught her about protecting herself," reports Navideh Forghani of ABC15.

"He stuck a gun to my neck and told me, 'It's loaded, don't move'," Carolann told the reporter. "I think he thought, 'She's a little girl. Maybe she doesn't know how to use her weapon'."

When asked, Carolann said she weighs 85 pounds and is 4 feet, 11 inches tall.

"I dropped my soda, released my gun from my holster, cocked it, and shot him and then we ran in the opposite way."

Carolann said, "I feel sorry for him" and that "I didn't mean to kill him" but that "I had to defend my sister and me."

How might you or a family member of yours have acted in this kind of situation? Dean Weingarten at Gunwatch offers several observations that some may find helpful.

Weingarten says Carolann Miracle "did many things right" and that her Marine father "taught her well."

Hat tip: Stacy on the Right



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Escape the Horror of Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • August 17, 2016, 11:57 AM

Betsy Mccaughey writes at American Spectator:

On Tuesday, Aetna announced it's canceling its Obamacare plans in nearly all states. Count on other major insurers to back out soon.When open enrollment starts November 1, the public will see they're going to have few plans to choose from.

Worse, they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less. Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double-digit premium hikes, in some places.

The more you know about the demonically named "Affordable Care Act," the less you like. "People who earn too much to qualify for a subsidy will be forced to pay as much as a fifth of their income for health insurance," Mccaughey continues.

In return for this joy, "they’ll get less choice of doctors and hospitals and less prescription drug coverage." Ah, yes. Obama's transformation.

But there is hope beyond this darkness. "Annual enrollment begins eight days before voters go to the polls," Mccaughey writes.

"Donald Trump is vowing to repeal Obamacare. Hillary Clinton is doubling down on keeping and expanding it. Democrats are worried Obamacare sticker shock will have an 11th hour impact on the election."

There is therefore "a way out," according to Mccaughey. "If you don't want Obamacare rammed down your throat, vote Republican in November."



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Whole Foods CEO: Socialism "Never Has Worked" and "Never Will"

By Rick Pearcey • August 16, 2016, 10:58 AM

Bradford Richardson reports at the WTimes:

The CEO of Whole Foods Market says socialism is a fundamentally flawed economic theory that never has worked and never will.

John Mackey, who debated Marxist economist John Roemer at FreedomFest in Las Vegas last week, said state-controlled economies simply don't comport with human nature.

"I want to make the world a better place. But you have to do that in a sort of pragmatic fashion, not a utopian transformation," Mr. Mackey told Opportunity Lives after the debate.

Or you can put it like this: Your economic theory about reality has got to fit the facts on the ground if it is ever to get off the ground and help "make the world a better place."

Otherwise, empirical facts falsify your theory, and no amount of "good intentions," government funding, or magical thinking is going to turn a falsified economic theory that does not work in the real world into a verified economic theory that does work in the real world.

"There's not going to be a new human being that's going to pop up [so] that human nature ceases to exist, and that's been the myth of the socialistic man, that they can change human nature," Mackey is quoted as saying.

Also, according to the WTimes, the Whole Foods CEO disagrees with the professor's belief that socialism could work but the problem is that it "just hasn’t been done right."

  "He's an economics professor at Yale who believes that he knows the best thing for society: 80 percent tax rates, entrepreneurs will work hard and still be creative for the goodness of their heart, and sins don't matter," Mackey said in critique of Roemer's position, according to the Times

In fact, "socialism has failed miserably every place it has been tried," Mackey countered.

Oh, well maybe "it just hasn’t been done right," Mackey suggested, describing an oft-used socialist-favoring reply.

Why hasn't it been done right as of yet? "Because the right people aren’t running it yet. If John Roemer and his gang were running, it would be good," Mackey said, according to the Times.

It is important, however, to understand that not even the "right people" (who are never around, it seems) can transmogrify that which is false into that which is true. If socialism is false, no amount of "right people" and no amount of government taxing and spending can change falsified socialism into something true to reality.

Magical thinking about the economic facts of life remains magical thinking about the economic facts of life no matter who does the thinking. And then imposing that fantasy, that illusion, that comforting but false ideology, upon the lives of real people does great harm and results in great evil, much pain and suffering and bloodshed. All in the pursuit of an empty opiate called socialism.

Socialism "sounds good in theory . . .  but in reality never works," Richardson quotes Mackey as saying.

Whole Foods is fortunate to have a CEO who rejects the way of a cult, who instead embraces a liberating economic theory that produces real fruit in the real world.

It is true: "Man shall not live on bread alone," and life is more than bread. The problem for socialism is that it can't even get you the bread.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Joy: That Usain Bolt Photo

By Rick Pearcey • August 15, 2016, 12:13 PM

. . . captures the joy of sport, photographed during last night's 100-meter semi-finals at the Rio Olympics. He took gold in the final at 9.81 seconds.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Attacking America: Military Court Upholds Marine's Bad Conduct Discharge Over Bible Verses

By Rick Pearcey • August 12, 2016, 12:30 PM

When Obama talks about fundamentally transforming America, what he means is fundamentally attacking America, an example of which can be seen in a news story published yesterday in the Washington Times. Bradford Richardson reports:

The highest U.S. military court has upheld the bad conduct discharge of a Marine who refused to remove Bible verses from her workstation.

That's right. Bible verses. A country whose birth certificate publicly proclaims its rootedness in the Creator now has incompetent judges who decree that information from the Creator cannot be displayed at work by people in the U.S. military.

Ahem, there would be no U.S. military apart from the founding commitment to create a nation rooted in the Creator. I think the Declaration of Independence pretty much settles that one.

The word transformation has such a nice, positive ring to it. But nothing positive is going on here. What Obama represents, and what this ruling represents, is an attack on America.

And not an attack on something peripheral, but on something foundational -- such that, if the attack succeeds, that which rests upon the foundation isn't merely "transformed." Rather, it is utterly destroyed.

Yep. Birds will still be singing. But they'll be singing amid the ruins.

Obama is about attacking America and destroying America. And that, by definition, is a move away from human freedom and dignity into human unfreedom and indignity. "A" cannot equal "non-A."

Richardson continues his report:

In a 4-1 decision handed down Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not apply to the case of former Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who was court-martialed and convicted of six offenses stemming from her noncompliance.

Political secularlists -- such as Obama -- as a matter of their worldview commitment, must find a way to remove the Creator, Christianity, the Bible, and Americans who affirm these matters from any kind of legitimate role in public life.

Oh, so there's this thing called the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." Ah, who cares? A president and a secular machine that has already disrespected the U.S. Constitution isn't going to be bothered by a law. They'll find a way around it. They'll find judges more than happy to impose their personal anti-Creator, anti-1st Amendment feelings upon whatever case happens to be before them. Rubber stamp that secularism.

The 1st Amendment of course tells Congress to "make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

The Christian consensus that gave birth to the United States was rightly worried about a power-hungry centralized federal government.

The founders were equally rightly worried not about the influence of Christianity on public life (that's what they wanted). Rather, they wanted to outlaw the possibility of a national, federal state Christian denominational church.

This was an application of Christianity, not a rejection of Christianity. Because Christianity teaches what everybody knows: People are noble and yet they are broken, fallen. And as fallen people, humans -- even the best of us -- will tend to abuse power to the degree that it is consolidated, monopolized, and not held accountable. 

Just look at Washington, D.C., today.

Thus, the rationale for the famous "separation of church and state." Not as an attack on Christianity, but as an attack on attempts to unify state power and ecclesiastical power into a massive political-ecclesiastical power monopoly.

There was to be -- as a matter of the application of Christian wisdom to the body politic -- no national Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran or some of kind of Christian denominational federal, national state church.

So when Kelly Shackelford, who is president of the First Liberty Institute, which represented Monifa Sterling, characterized the ruling as "absolutely outrageous," he is absolutely correct.

Of course Monifa Sterling can place Bible verses in her public workplace. In fact, a U.S. president could fill the Oval Office with Bible verses, if that were his desire, and he'd be totally consistent with the mainstream founding American vision that has attracted millions of people from around the world to her shores.

Christianity is a verifiable way of life meant to be lived out across the whole of life. It is decisively not a private "faith" experience by people holding hands inside irrelevant prayer closets, singing hymns until they die.

Obama would like to reduce Christianity to that kind of non-Christian nonsense (unless it's a secularized, compromised church pushing green homosexual Muslims who know for a fact the AC has got to go to save Planet Earth).

But Christ and Christianity will have nothing to do with Obama's attack on Christianity. Open the Bible and you will find a reality orientation encouraging people to challenge wisely the inhumane status quo and to do so on the basis of verifiable, knowable information concerning God, humanity, and the cosmos. Christianity is a resistance movement par excellence.

"If they can court-martial a Marine over a Bible verse, what's to stop them from punishing service members for reading the Bible, talking about their faith, or praying?"

Of course the attack on her is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on any free-thinking human being who chooses to live in liberating community with God and man.

Monifa Sterling "was court-martialed in 2014 after she refused to take down three handmade placards inscribed with various Bible verses, including Isaiah 54:17, which reads, 'No weapon formed against you shall prosper'," Richardson reports. 

How odd! A Christian woman in the U.S. military surrounds her space with reminders from the Creator about the ultimate failure of those who stand against God. Yes, there will be setbacks. Yes, there is a battle. Yes, secularists will persecute Christians for affirming what is true. The battle rages, but in the end, those who oppose the Creator will not prosper.

And if you examine the kingdoms and principalities set up by those who despise the Creator and his liberating norms for human freedom and dignity, what you see is a historical record of lies, slavery, pain, hatred, deceit. And failure. And that's just the president's cabinet.

Monifa Sterling is to be commended for standing her ground. Her stand is consistent with the 1st Amendment, with the Declaration of Independence, and with who she is as a human being of intrinsic freedom and dignity, having been created in the image of God.

Obama and his true believers are attacking America and Americans. It is not a nice "transformation." Rather it is a blatant, angry, hateful assault on America.

America qua America prospers. America rooted in love and truth in community with God and man -- that America prospers.

Obama's counterfeit? No so much. 

We have a lot of work to do. Let's repel this anti-God, anti-humanity, and anti-American attack on who we are as a people and who we are as a nation.

And Monifa Sterling, thank you for your service to our nation. You will always be one of the few. We need more like you.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Easy to Be an Atheist If You Ignore Science

By Rick Pearcey • August 11, 2016, 03:12 PM

Moshe Averick writes at Algemeiner.com:

Although the general public is disconcertingly unaware of it, it is a fact that scientists do not have even the slightest clue as to how life could have begun through an unguided naturalistic process absent the intervention of a conscious creative force.

Read more here (don't neglect the comments).

Moshe Averick is author of new book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism.



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Socialist Bernie Sanders Spends $600,000 on Another Home. His 3rd. For Summer Vacations

By Rick Pearcey • August 10, 2016, 09:32 AM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:

The great thing about being an avowed socialist is that you get to posture as a self-righteous man of the people without foregoing the benefits of wealth.

Take the case of Bernie Sanders, whose self-reported net worth was $528,014, yet who just spent a reported $600,000 on a summer "vacation home" with 500 feet of lake frontage on gorgeous Lake Champlain.

Read more.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

If Hillary Clinton "Is Elected, Vladimir Putin Will Have the Capacity to Blackmail Her at Will"

By Rick Pearcey • August 9, 2016, 10:34 AM

Saagar Enjeti reports at The Daily Caller:

Experts are lining up to imply that Russia likely hacked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Such a hack, they imply, may give Russian President Vladimir Putin key leverage, essentially to hold her as a digital hostage at any time if she becomes president.

Read more.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Shock Photos: Hillary Clinton Needs Help on Stairs

By Rick Pearcey • August 8, 2016, 10:36 AM

"In this heated presidential race where being 'fit' and 'stable' have become terms in the arsenal of both campaigns, startling photographs emerged Sunday showing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton apparently getting help in climbing up some stairs," WND reports.

"The photos, published by the Reuters and Getty news agencies, show Mrs. Clinton, 68, receiving help as she tries to ascend a staircase in front of a home. The images were actually taken in February when the former first lady was campaigning for president in South Carolina," according to WND.

As a matter of the public record and objective evidence, there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton -- by any constitutional measure and in matters of truthfulness -- is not fit to be president of the United States.

More than this, her secular, Marxist, statist political philosophy is the antithesis of human freedom and dignity. This can be said without rancor and as a matter of fact and reason, demonstrated in history. It is unfortunate for her, but true.

On top of this, if you read through this article, examine its images and videos, it seems clear that Mrs. Clinton is facing significant physiological and perhaps mental challenges.

One of the videos captures Mrs. Clinton talking with reporters, and in it she appears to lose control of her body -- her head kind of wobbles up and down almost as if in a Hollywood film about demon possession. I had no idea she was facing this kind of difficulty.

Hillary Clinton's state of being needs to be carefully examined. The release of her medical records would be a good start. For her sake. And ours.



Friday, August 5, 2016

Paul Ryan Congressional Challenger: Shariah-Compliant Muslims Should Be Deported

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2016, 12:27 PM

Dave Urbanski reports at The Blaze:

The outspoken Wisconsin businessman looking to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in the state's congressional primary says Muslims in the United States who adhere to Shariah law should be deported since the ideology is in "direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution."

Paul Nehlen gave an intense radio interview with "Chicago's Morning Answer" on Monday saying he believes Muslims in the United States should be subjected a religious test to determine if they're Shariah-compliant -- then acknowledged there's no way to "vet" that process.

Islam is a religion that encourages its followers to lie to infidels and to impose its will upon individuals and societies by force, by the sword, by acts of terror.

From the point of view of Islam, the United States is a nation of infidels founded upon the documents of infidels -- such as the U.S. Constitution, for example.

As a matter of principle, as a matter of fidelity to Shariah law, therefore, no Sharia-compliant Muslim can be trusted when taking the oath to "protect and defend" that infidel document known as the U.S. Constitution.

In such a setting, to lie under oath is linguistic and legal terror. It is the vocal parallel to Islamic physical terror.

It is a spiritual terror directed at and antithetical to the U.S. Constitution and the humanity-affirming and Creator-affirming worldview upon which this document stands, an ultimate orientation expressed so clearly in the Declaration of Independence.

The two forms of terror -- the deceit and the murder -- are united in purpose when jihadists scream "Allahu Akbar" before slaughtering men, women, and children who are unaware they are in the immediate presence of wolves. 

"Islam is not just a religion. It's a political system," Nehlen warns (watch the video). "It's got a different set of rules . . . . This isn't the Amish coming to the country."



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Socialism Always Kills: Forced Labor in Venezuela

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2016, 10:42 AM

In a video on this page, Matt Kibbe explores how "socialism always kills."

Here is a transcript of Kibbe's remarks:

People in Venezuela who have never spent a day of their life on a farm may soon be forced by the government to work the farmlands.

President Nicolás Madura has decreed that anybody could be drafted for up to 60 days to help increase aggregate food output.

Amnesty International says that this is just forced labor by some other words, but aren't we really talking about slavery here?

This is a classic socialist strategy.

As things start to unwind, governments start to enforce, by dictate, at the point of a gun, forced labor.

History repeats itself.

The same strategy was used by Fidel Castro to force his people to work the sugar fields.

It happened under the Khmer Rouge as Pol Pot insisted that production quotas were not met because farmers were being disloyal to the socialist dream.

Of course it happened in China, where Mao succeeded in starving some 45 million people by trying to manage, by trying to force, by trying to enslave his people.

Kibbe concludes: "Socialism always kills."



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Terror-Weary Germans Turn Against Merkel

By Rick Pearcey • August 3, 2016, 08:51 AM

Don Snyder reports at Fox News:

Five violent terror-related attacks in a two-week span are prompting Germans to turn on longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has continued to embrace a liberal refugee policy some say has compromised safety.

Although Germany has so far been spared the kind of atrocities that shook Brussels, Paris and Nice in the last year, there have been 15 deaths and dozens injured in attacks in Germany since July 18.

Two of the attacks have been linked to ISIS, and many suspect the others bore hallmarks of terrorism.

"Politicians from both the left and the right have assailed the once-enormously popular chancellor’s plan to integrate more than a million refugees from war zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan," Snyder reports.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

NBA, Listen Up: With Trans Regime, Say Goodbye to Women's Sports

By Rick Pearcey • August 2, 2016, 10:48 AM

Melody Wood writes at CNSNews.com:

How far does the NBA want transgender "rights" to go?

The NBA stepped into the culture war with its recent decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, citing "the climate created by HB2," the bill that requires government single-sex bathrooms be available only to people on basis of the sex on their birth certificate.

And in so stepping, the NBA may have landed upon a minefield of massive proportion. This is because, as Wood writes, "Bathrooms and locker rooms aren't the only area where transgender activists could demand changes. In fact, sports itself -- not just the bathrooms used by its fans -- could be affected."

Has the politically correct NBA actually thought through where its position leads when applied to other areas of life? Consider: "Would the NBA's sister organization, the WNBA, be willing to let any current NBA player who decides to identify as a female compete on a woman's team?," Wood asks.

Human beings in fact are physically diverse, with enjoyable differences -- attractive inequalities, one might say -- due to any number of factors, including the sexual biological given of whether one is male or female.

And if you want lack of joy, and structural unfairness, try pretending these differences are somehow unreal or simply don't matter or can be overridden by personal feelings or political dictates.

Wood notes how such a pretense would impact negatively upon the WNBA:

Of course, allowing biological men into the WNBA could be unfair to current WNBA players and the many women and girls who aspire to a career in basketball. After all, the average male in his 20s outjumps 95 percent of all women of the same age, and only a handful of WNBA players can dunk.

But if the NBA believes preferred gender identity, not biological sex, is what matters, it naturally follows that men who now identify as women, perhaps without even having any medical treatment, should play in the WNBA, not NBA.

The terminus point of transgender theorizing is clear: Denying the biological facts of life is itself a pathway to unfairness and new forms of discrimination. Surely, there's a better way to cast out old demons than by inviting in new demons.

It is crucial to understand the real-world results of this political ideology that requires an alienation from one's physicality. "If all women's sports are opened to those who identify as women, regardless of genetics, biology, muscle mass, physiology, hormones, and bone structure -- in other words, regardless of sex -- we'll begin seeing many more girls and women who won't be able to compete because of physical differences between men and women," Wood writes.

"This just isn't fair to women athletes and would reverse the long fought battles to end discrimination against women and girls in sports," she argues.

"The NBA's decision to move the All-Star Game from Charlotte is an unnecessary use of cultural cronyism to promote a political ideology currently in vogue," Wood concludes. "And the ideology it is promoting may eventually lead to the demise of women's sports as a unique venue where women can compete and win fairly."

Life precedes sport, and itself affirms a fact-based set of rules. Follow them and there's beauty -- both in life and in sport. Ignore them, and it's game over.



Monday, August 1, 2016

Boom: Campus Carry Now in Texas -- What You Need to Know

By Rick Pearcey • August 1, 2016, 10:16 AM

Matthew Watkins writes at the Texas Tribune:

After months of meetings, protests and political debates, the time has come: It's legal to carry handguns into university buildings in Texas. The state's new campus carry law, passed in 2015, went into effect Monday.

What does that mean "at schools across the state," according to Watkins?

Here are a few bullet points:

  • "Not everyone gets to carry guns; in fact, most students can't"
  • "You still can't carry at community colleges or private schools"
  • "There are still places [on campus] you can't take your gun"
  • "This law is not unprecedented"
  • "Campus carry is not open carry"

And finally, the "fight isn't over," Watkins states. "Gun rights advocates are upset about campuses trying to ban guns in dorms. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has argued that such bans violate the law. On the other side, three UT-Austin professors have sued their school and the state saying that the law violates academic freedom. A hearing on that case is scheduled for later this week."

Read the article in the Texas Tribune.



Friday, July 29, 2016

Abusive Fanatics: Drunk Men Use Trans Law to Invade Women's Bathroom

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2016, 10:35 AM

Lianne Laurence reports at LifeSiteNews:

An Alberta tavern has come under fire for banning men — whether or not they are presenting or transitioning into "women" — from using the women's bathroom.

But Medicine Hat's Corona Tavern says it did so because drunken men claiming to be transgendered have been entering the women's bathroom since Rachel Notley's NDP government passed its "trans rights" Bill 7.

"This has caused some young female patrons to feel unsafe and threatened," the bar's management said in a Tuesday press release.

Read the news report.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Protester at DNC Catches Fire After Trying to Dance on Burning American Flag

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2016, 08:55 AM

Breitbart News reports:

Protesters at the Democratic National Convention grew even rowdier than on previous nights and a U.S. flag was lit on fire -- and a protester attempting to dance on the burning flag ended up on fire. The graphic video can be seen [here].

Police and protesters attempted to treat the injuries and worked together to carry off the burned protester.

See the story.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

American Flag Avoiding Hillary?

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2016, 07:52 AM

Husband Billy showed up, trying "his best to humanize" her.

Also in view at the DNC was the Communist flag of North Korea (for the little people, and their loving dictatorial masters).

And yet the bold red, white, and blue of Old Glory has been hard to spot. Phil Shiver of CR is on the case.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Defeating Planned Parenthood: Texas Dismisses Felony Charges Against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt

By Rick Pearcey • July 26, 2016, 02:37 PM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

All charges have been dismissed against Center for Medical Progress [CMP] investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, multiple sources have confirmed to LifeSiteNews.

Prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney's office dropped the charges before the pair could pursue their legal motion to quash the charges at a hearing at 9 a.m. Central time, according to the Houston Chronicle.

This morning, CMP project lead David Daleiden called the dismissal of the charges "a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood's political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny."

Read more.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Ivanka Trump Fashion Line Made in China, Vietnam

By Rick Pearcey • July 25, 2016, 10:12 AM

A big hit at the Republican National Convention last week, Ivanka Trump touted her father as someone who fights "for his employees."

Some admirers may be surprised "to learn that the vast majority" Ivanka Trump's "clothes are not manufactured in U.S., but in China and Vietnam, two countries under the spotlight for human rights abuses and poor labour conditions," Andrew Buncombe reports at the UK Independent. "Some of the items are labelled simply as 'imported'."



Friday, July 22, 2016

"Make America Great Again?" Homosex PayPal Founder's RNC Speech Further Muddies Waters on Trump's Agenda

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2016, 12:29 PM

Lisa Bourne writes at LifeSiteNews:

Trump's mixed message on social issues was further augmented by the choice to feature [homosexual PayPal founder Peter] Thiel because of PayPal's record of support for Planned Parenthood and homosexual activism.

PayPal has spent years on Life Decisions International’s Planned Parenthood Boycott list, landing there as recently as 2015

The global payment company bowed several years ago to homosexual activist pressure to deny service to a Christian ministry and a Christian blogger because of their so-called "hate" and "extremism."

PayPal's more recent fiscal move against the state of North Carolina for enacting legislation supporting its residents’ privacy and security was a blow to both religious freedom and jobs in the area.

"PayPal pulled out of plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte in response to Gov. Pat McCrory having signed H.B. 2 into law, overturning the Charlotte City ordinance forcing businesses to give biological males access to female restrooms and showers. PayPal's move cost the area 400 jobs," Bourne writes.

Comment: If Donald Trump wants to "make America great again," he will need to reject any form of extremism that despises the building blocks of human freedom and dignity, as expressed politically and governmentally, for example, in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Despite its politically correct public relations, the homosexualist LGBTQ agenda is a prime example of such extremism, for it 1) despises the verifiable Judeo-Christian worldview that undergirds the U.S. founding, 2) despises an open, honest, fair, and fact-based analysis of its extremist viewpoint, and 3) is trying to replace the only known adequate basis for human freedom and dignity with a relativistic will-to-power agenda that has far too much in common with the brutal and bloody fascisms and socialisms of the 20th century than with any basis that could possible "make America great again."

Both intellectually and in practice, this homosexualist extremism bespeaks an agenda that is fanatical, imperious, and dangerous. Its pride is precisely the kind of pride that "goes before destruction."

Intelligence, freedom of thought, a respect for the facts of life, the affirmation of human freedom and dignity -- in a verifiable life in community with God and man, as opposed to the fear-of-facts anti-community required by homosexualist fanaticism -- this is the humane and mainstream position of the American experiment in political and human exceptionalism.

If Trump wants change that is positive and humane, this is the way to go. To share in the extremist LGBTQ agenda is to internalize the seeds of your own destruction.

This is true of individuals and of nations. But for the free-thinking person and for a liberty-minded nation, this need not be so and indeed cannot be so.

It is impossible to "make America great again" while rejecting the principles that made America great in the first place.

Surely, Donald Trump knows skyscrapers need strong foundations if they are to last, and that a mixture of shoddy work with exemplary work is a recipe for disaster -- no matter how good the PR or how shiny the press releases. May he apply that lesson to the challenge of making America great again.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Video: Defiant Ted Cruz Stands by Refusal to Endorse Trump

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2016, 11:15 AM

CNN reports:

Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, saying he's not "in the habit" of backing politicians who attack his family.

"I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said at a morning meeting where he faced sharp questions from the Texas delegation in Cleveland.

Watch video of Cruz's comments here.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Study: Children of Homosex "Parents" Twice as Likely to Be Depressed

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2016, 10:40 AM

Emily Blatter reports at CNSNews.com:

A recent study by Donald Paul Sullins, a research professor at the Catholic University of America, Department of Sociology, reveals that children raised by same-sex parents are twice as likely to suffer delayed-onset depression as their peers raised by heterosexual parents.

Specifically, "[a]t age 28, the adults raised by same-sex parents were at over twice the risk of depression as persons raised by man-woman parents," reads the study abstract.

"As the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into adulthood," says Sullins, "this exploratory study aims to contribute new information for understanding the effects of same-sex parenting through the life course transition into early adulthood."

"The research article is entitled, Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression Among Adults With Same-Sex Parents, and was published in the journal Depression Research and Treatment," Blatter reports.

"Well-intentioned concern for revealing negative information about a stigmatized minority does not justify leaving children without support in an environment that may be problematic or dangerous for their dignity and security," the study concludes, according to Blatter.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How Media Cover Up Muslim and Black Lives Matter Terrorism

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2016, 09:53 AM

In an amazing series of coincidences, "every Muslim and #Black Lives Matter terrorist is just a 'troubled loner'," notes Frontpagemag.com.

For a media that support "black nationalism and Islam . . . . It doesn’t matter that the killers were very clear about their motives," Daniel Greenfield writes. "What matters is hiding the truth."



Monday, July 18, 2016

Where to Watch as GOP Convention Opens Today Amid Heightened Tension About Security

By Rick Pearcey • July 18, 2016, 10:12 AM

Rick Moran writes at American Thinker:

Republican officials are confident that the presence of thousands of police and federal agents in Cleveland, along with barriers and checkpoints to control traffic will be enough to make the GOP convention opening tonight as safe as can be expected.

The confab will convene amid heightened concerns over security as a result of the terrorist attack in Nice and the targeted assassination of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge. But it is hoped that the overwhelming show of force by law enforcement will make any troublemakers think twice about disrupting the proceedings.

For information on "how to watch Republican National Convention 2016: Channels, times, livestream, and more," click here



Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump Picks Pence

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2016, 10:48 AM

"Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket," CNN reports, and "Pence has accepted."



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Horrors! Britain's New Prime Minister Drives a Stake Through the Heart of the Green Vampire

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2016, 05:24 PM

James Delingpole shares the stunning good news at Breitbart:

Official: Britain no longer has "the greenest government ever."

Incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has driven a stake through the heart of her predecessor David Cameron’s fluffy, faux-Conservative project by scrapping the Department of Energy And Climate Change (DECC).

"This is good news," Delingpole concludes. "Very good news. The agonised screeching of all the usual suspects in the Environmental movement will be enough to sustain many of us in lols for weeks and months to come."

So now let us say: "Happy hunting" to all the Green Vampire Killers around the world. And for the noble work that awaits you, fangs you very much.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Man Who Wants to Marry Computer Files Lawsuit Against Kim Davis

By Rick Pearcey • July 13, 2016, 09:03 AM

"A federal lawsuit was filed earlier this month against Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis for denying a man a license to marry his laptop computer," Eric Scheiner reports at CNSNews.com.

In other words, extremist secular society alienated by its idolatry from the blessings of love, meaning, facts, and humanity is a lot like computer programming: Insanity in, insanity out.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Fanatics: "Clown Show" Black Lives Matter a Racist "Facts Don't Matter" Movement Built on Lies

By Rick Pearcey • July 12, 2016, 12:31 PM

John Perazzo writes at Frontpagemag.com:

The clown show known as Black Lives Matter is akin to a paranoid maniac who: (a) dreams that his spouse is having a torrid, illicit affair; (b) then berates and beats his spouse upon waking up; and (c) finally, when reminded that it was all just a dream, becomes even more enraged at the betrayal he supposedly suffered while he slept.

There's really no point to continuing the charade of calling Black Lives Matter by the phony name it has exploited since its inception.

If black lives truly mattered to the know-nothings who comprise this movement, they would have something -- anything -- to say about the fact that approximately 5,500 of the 6,095 black victims of homicide in 2014 were killed not by white devils, not by satanic ghouls in blue uniforms, but by other blacks.

Instead, all they give us is a silent, collective yawn punctuated with a raised middle finger. So from this point forward, Black Lives Matter will be called by its correct name, "Facts Don't Matter."

"The mouthpieces of Facts Don't Matter say their mission is to demand 'an immediate end' to 'the murder of Black people' by the hordes of racists who purportedly comprise our nation's police forces," Perazzo continues.  "They tell us that African Americans are a hunted and endangered species, mowed down by blue-uniformed white sadists who are animated by bloodlust, bigotry, and dreams of genocide."

But Perazzo notes a slight problem.

"It turns out that of all the people who have been killed by police in the United States in recent years, about 42% were white, 20% were Hispanic, and 32% were black -- even as blacks committed nearly 39% of the types of serious crimes most likely to result in a violent confrontation with police," Perazzo explains.

These facts represent present history. "Last year was typical," Perazzo writes: "494 whites and 258 blacks were killed by police. And what do the race-obsessed demagogues at Facts Don't Matter have to say about this? Nothing. Facts Don't Matter."

So much, according to Perazzo, for the fable about supposed "systematic racism" in police departments across Amercica.

"The plain truth is that if you search for evidence of systemic racism in police shootings, you won't find it anywhere outside the imaginations of the Facts Don't Matter racists and the imbeciles who support them," Perazzo writes.

"The premise underlying Facts Don't Matter's mission is a lie, founded on a fantasy, stapled to a hallucination, wrapped inside a fairy tale, strapped to the wing of a unicorn." 

Speaking of lesser lights who support the "Facts Don't Matter" fanatics, "if Barack Obama were something other than a racist Marxist revolutionary, he would state clearly and unequivocally that the Facts Don't Matter movement is nothing more than a horde of know-nothing degenerates who should be ostracized as the moral equivalents of cross-burning Klansmen," Perazzo writes. 

"But that's a bit much to expect from a man who has made yet another prominent racist, Al Sharpton, his leading adviser on matters of race," Perazzo continues.

"So instead, Obama doffs his hat to the Facts Don't Matter clowns, and treats them like dignitaries. Leaders of Facts Don't Matter have visited the Obama White House many times since 2013, meeting with not only the President, but also with the First Lady and a number of high-level administration officials."

Perazzo concludes: "This is the pathetic condition to which the our nation has sunk under Barack Obama: The President of the United States openly and unequivocally supports a racist terror group that is committed to the slaughter of police officers and the breakdown of law-and-order -- and, by logical extension, to a steep and swift rise in death-by-homicide rates among civilians in dozens of cities across the country. And he's done it all in the name of 'racial justice.' People don't get any uglier -- or dumber -- than this."

Read the entire column by John Perazzo here.



Monday, July 11, 2016

Poll: Most Americans Say Clinton Should Have Been Charged

By Rick Pearcey • July 11, 2016, 10:44 AM

By a margin of 56%-35%, most Americans "do not approve of the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails during her tenure as secretary of state," Joe Crowe reports at Newsmax. These figures are from a ABCNews/Washington Post poll released today.



Friday, July 8, 2016

More Calls for Cop-Killing on Social Media

By Rick Pearcey • July 8, 2016, 09:05 AM

"Twitter takes no action," a Breitbart headline states. This inaction is occurring amid an "onslaught of highly violent calls to action" on Twitter, Mike Ma writes. These violent incitements include "calling for the mass murder of police officers."



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Justice Dept Prosecuted 4 Cases Like Hillary Clinton's

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2016, 09:04 AM

Garth Kant writes at WND:

U.S. House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., spoke for many when he said, "What bothers me about this is the Clintons really are living above the law. They’re being held by a different set of standards."

The decision by FBI Director James Comey not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information has left even former federal prosecutors wondering if there are two sets of laws: one her and one for everyone else.

"The evidence suggests that may be the case," Kant concludes, citing the prosecutions of former CIA Director John M. Deutsch (appointed by Bill Clinton, 1995), Sandy Berger (former national security advisor under Bill Clinton, former policy advisor to Hillary Clinton), Bryan Nishimura (Navy reservist), and Kristian Saucier (Navy, could see 10 years in jail).



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watch: America Isn't Great, It's Awesome

By Rick Pearcey • July 6, 2016, 10:42 AM

Matt Kibbe offers his take at CR.



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"The System Is Rigged": Trump Responds to FBI Decision Not to Criminally Charge Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Rick Pearcey • July 5, 2016, 01:16 PM

Leah Barkoukis writes:

Despite finding that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in her use of a private server, that top secret information was stored, sent, and received on it, and that hostile foreign actors probably gained access to her emails, FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday morning that the agency does not believe criminal charges are appropriate in this case.

Reacting to the news, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump reminded his Twitter followers that the "system is rigged," pointing out that Gen. David Petraeus was punished for far less.

In another Tweet this morning, Trump said, "FBI Director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!"

Update: My View, From my Facebook page . . . 

The corruption in DC is deep and wide. Anyone who thinks this corrupt system -- Obama, Hillary, the Democrats, the Republican elites, the slavlish, imperialistic, enslaving bureaucrats -- that despises the rule of law and the roots of human freedom is anything but an unmitigated disaster is in for a rude series of cataclysmic awakenings.

There is hope. There is salt and light to be applied and to guide. We are witnessing how lawlessly entrenched are the rigged politics of sleaze in places high and low. Rooting it out to protect new generations from terror without and terror within is clearly the task at hand.

This catastrophe called the federal government is in free-fall. Fortunately, there is no reason on God's good earth that America and Americans need to fall with it.

The Spirit of 1776 lives. It lives not because it is "American" or happened in 1776. It lives because it is rooted in a verifiable vision expressing eternal principles that are publicly actionable in the here and now.

The Declaration of Independence states it pretty well -- this document despised by federal elites even as political mouthpieces are only to happy to co-opt its language for their insidious designs. It is the poison stealing the labelling of the cure.

The America that lives will turn away from the idolatry of the secular elites, the comforting religion of the freedom-haters, the fanatical "faith" of the totalitarians and their extremist corrupt privilege.

The Americans who live will turn to the reason for human dignity, to the rationale for wholistic freedom, to the verifiability of a Creator who acts into history, and to publicly actionable truth that liberates any who would grasp its hand, struggle to stand, and then walk proudly and humbly anew in a once-again great and powerful and compassionate land.



Monday, July 4, 2016

Spirit of 1776: List of Grievances Against 2016 GOP Establishment

By Rick Pearcey • July 4, 2016, 09:46 AM

Jeff Kuznicki writes at CR:

With zero intention of making light of the powerful rebuke that the Declaration of Independence was of government tyranny back in 1776, there may be a festering bill of particulars against the leadership of the Republican Party, and how their actions have quite possibly ensured decades of Leftist rule in America.

Read more.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Neo-Nazi Group Names Miss Hitler 2016

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2016, 09:52 AM

No, it isn't Hillary Clinton. Though there is an emphasis on secrecy, operating in the shadows, and empowering women.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Media Fail: Concealed Carry Averts Mass Shooting at SC Nightclub

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2016, 12:18 PM

At CR:

A mass shooting attempt at a night club in Spartanburg, SC, Sunday has received little to no national media attention.

Why? Because a man with a concealed carry permit was able to shoot the attacker in the leg and prevent further carnage. A good guy with a gun isn't juicy enough for the mainstream media outlets.

Make that the "so-called mainstream media." Because whatever "mainstream" "journalists" are up to these days, it has more to do with an extremism that hides facts and information that disrupt comforting liberal fairytales than about responsibly and factually reporting the news.

If you want to overcome evil with good, you have to stand up to it. Sometimes this means employing the proper force necessary to stop violence and save lives. And, of course, it means being equipped and prepared to do so.

This kind of engagement is good, is healthy, and is humane. It is taking responsibility for your life, and it is a very concrete way of showing love for friend, neighbor, and community.

Let's have more of that -- and an honest commitment to real reporting so that other people can learn and live.

- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/unlikely-object-used-to-avert-mass-shooting-in-sc#sthash.Fxz0isbo.dpuf


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

High Court Executioners Protect "Right to Choose" . . . to Murder Your Child

By Rick Pearcey • June 29, 2016, 01:52 PM

William J. Olson and Herbert W. Titus at American Thinker discuss how "Monday's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Texas demonstrates that the U.S. Supreme Court, as currently constituted, is committed to uphold the right to abortion, no matter what."

The U.S. is of course rooted in the verifiable and liberating truth that "all men are created equal" and are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" and "that among these are Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness."

Extremists against this enlightened American mainstream reject the rules of human freedom and dignity root and branch. Thus begins a dark and inhumane descent into intellectual and moral suicide, encouraged along the way by a kneejerk fanaticism that deprogresses people at literally breakneck speed.

You can hear the snip and snap in the aborcentration camps. St. Gosnell of the House of Horrors blesses the instruments of pain and the will to power. O Satan, won't you buy me a Lamborghini.

To help make it throught the night, and to calm sheep in the presence of wolves, extremist activists and lawless courts comfort themselves chanting the language of freedom and dignity.

Oh if words could liquidate the bloody mass. If only the opiate had power to save.

The executioners reject the only known adequate foundations of freedom and dignity even as abortion smokestacks weaponize the language of liberation to turn wombs into torture chambers and law into fascist playgrounds.

The legalization of crime makes the murder of offspring a way of life. Those without eyes rejoice in what they see.

But the dead cry out. Though shredded and incinerated, yet they cry out. Let justice flow down like a river.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Socialism in Practice Kills -- Venezuela Video, Graphic Content

By Rick Pearcey • June 28, 2016, 08:51 AM

Warning, this video by Matt Kibbe contains graphic content. In the video, Kibbe states:

It started several months ago. A man was accused of stealing $5. He was surounded by a mob of people. He was slashed, he was doused in gasoline, and he was set on fire.

Things in Caracas, Venezuela, have gotten much worse today. Moms are waiting in lines, literally collapsing, hoping for food that never arrives for their children.

Men and women are literally hunting cats and dogs, looking for some way, any way, to feed their families.

"This is socialism in practice," the video concludes. "Socialism kills."

  • otten so bad that it's almost unbelievable.
  • People are hunting cats and dogs for food, and a man was literally burned alive for stealing $5.
  • This is what socialism in practice looks like. It's poverty, starvation, and desperation.
  • - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/watch-venezuela-part-2#sthash.0TGxBFqh.dpuf


    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Woodrow Wilson Center: "Giant Number of Refugees" Are Result of Climate Change

    By Rick Pearcey • June 27, 2016, 10:13 AM

    That's Right, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: "Climate Refugees."

    So says Jane Harmon, CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

    And by the way, Jane Harmon, who is a woman, also says, "Women could hold . . . the keys to solving the climate challenge."

    And so, for example, there's reportedly a woman in Indonesia who wants to save the trees. 

    "My people regard the Earth as the human body," "Mama" Aleta Baun of Indonesia is quoted as saying. "Stone is our bone. Water is our blood. Land is our flesh. Forest is our hair. If one of them is taken away, we are paralyzed."

    For the national security of this woman and her people, they might not want this information to get out to potential enemies. Invaders might cut down a forest and paralyze a people's ability to defend itself.



    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Why I Renounced Islam, Allah, and Muhammad

    By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2016, 10:23 AM

    Dr. Magid Rafizadeh tell his story at Frontpagemag.com and issues a "challenge to every Muslim."



    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Trump Meets With More Than 1,000 Evangelical, Pro-Life Leaders

    By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2016, 07:35 AM

    Lisa Bourne reports at LifeSiteNews:

    Over 1000 evangelical, pro-life and conservative leaders assembled for a closed-door meeting with Donald Trump Tuesday, ready to size up the presumptive GOP nominee and his commitment to issues of concern to faith-based voters.

    Originally planned as a private gathering of 400 social conservatives, "A Conversation About America's Future with Donald Trump" was organized by the Christian groups United in Purpose and My Faith Votes.

    Attendees of the invitation-only event were treated to a mixed bag of answers from Trump and came away with varied reactions.

    The event drew some 50,000 questions for Trump on topics such as religious freedom, homosexuality, abortion and Supreme Court appointees, submitted to organizers in advance.

    "Religious leaders heard responses to their liking from Trump in the areas of religious freedom and potential Supreme Court appointments, but some expressed concern afterwards that he didn't say enough on the life issue, and appeared to skirt other matters, including directly addressing threats to religious liberty via the advance of the gay rights agenda," LifeSiteNews reports.

    "This is the beginning of the conversation. Not the end," Tony Perkins of the Farmily Research Council said, according to LifeSiteNews.

    "Immediately after the meeting the Trump campaign announced a new evangelical executive advisory board, who will also lead a larger faith and cultural advisory committee, to be announced later in the month," LifeSiteNews reports.

    "While it remains to be seen whether evangelicals and other Christians will get behind the Trump candidacy," LifeSiteNews concludes its report, "the consensus at the end of the day was that Christians must unite and mobilize to exercise their substantive voting bloc, and conversations between them and Trump would continue over the months leading up to the election."



    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    U.K. Girls Schools Instructed Not to Call Students "Girls"

    By Rick Pearcey • June 22, 2016, 10:11 AM

    "Teachers at a conference for U.K. girls' schools last week were instructed to call students 'pupils' instead of 'girls' so as to avoid offending the gender-confused," Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews.

    No word yet on whether U.K. mathematicians should tell students that 2 apples plus 2 apples equals 4 apples so as to avoid offending the math-confused.

    There is word, however, that university physicists are instructing teachers not to tell students that "here" differs from "there" so as to avoid offending the spatially confused. 



    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Hollywood Liberals Unhinge After Senate Rejects Gun Control

    By Rick Pearcey • June 21, 2016, 11:39 AM

    The stars curse, they rant, they rave -- in utter alienation from the real world. Chris Pandolfo has the story at CR.



    Monday, June 20, 2016

    How Obama's Blackout on "Radical Islam" Leads to Dots Going Unconnected

    By Rick Pearcey • June 20, 2016, 10:10 AM

    From the NYPost:

    Here's a painful truth: Nearly 15 years after 9/11, US counterterror efforts failed to thwart the Orlando attacker. As they failed to prevent San Bernardino, Calif., Garland, Texas. Boston. Fort Hood . . .

    And yet, in every one of those cases, the feds had their chance. Is something hobbling federal counterterror efforts?

    Read more.



    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Horowitz on Hannity: Muslim Brotherhood Is Running Our National Security Policy

    By Rick Pearcey • June 17, 2016, 10:58 AM

    Chris Pandolfo writes at CR:

    Thursday on The Sean Hannity Show, Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz appeared as a guest to discuss the Obama administration's reckless refugee resettlement policy.

    Horowitz discussed the Obama administration's self-described "condensing" of the refugee vetting process -- a shortening of the time it takes to vet the refugees with the end goal of accepting as many refugees as possible.

    Not only is the vetting process not working properly, but there are Obama administration officials with ties to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood overseeing the process.

    "We are allowing the terrorist sympathizers and supporters, the foxes to guard the hen-house," CR quotes Horowitz saying on the Hannity show. .

    "Further, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president Hillary Clinton has accepted over $20 million in donations from Saudi Arabia, a regime that abuses women and kills homosexuals," Pandolfo writes. 

    How does all of this impact Americans? "The ruling class has conflicts of interest in our national security policy, and they are making Americans less safe," Pandolfo concludes.



    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Muslim Privilege Killed 49 People in Orlando

    By Rick Pearcey • June 16, 2016, 09:08 AM

    Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag:

    There is a direct line between Omar's Muslim privilege and the Pulse massacre.

    Omar Mateen's Muslim privilege protected him from consequences. While the media studiously paints the image of a beleaguered population of American Muslims suffering the stigma of constant suspicion, Omar's Muslim background actually served as a shield and excused behavior that would have been unacceptable for anyone else.

    Omar Mateen's Muslim privilege shielded him until he was actually murdering non-Muslims.

    And Omar's case is not unique. The Fort Hood killer, Nidal Hasan, handed out business cards announcing that he was a Jihadist. He delivered a presentation justifying suicide bombings, but no action was taken.

    Like Omar, the FBI was aware of Hasan. It knew that he was talking to Al Qaeda bigwig Anwar Al-Awlaki, yet nothing was done. Instead of worrying about his future victims, the FBI was concerned that investigating him and interviewing him would "harm Hasan's career."

    And we might note, Mr. Obama, that "Omar wasn’t radicalized by the 'internet'," Greenfield continues.

    Rather, "he got his ideas from Islamic clerics who got their ideas from Islam. He was 'radicalized' by the holiest texts of Islam. Just like every other Muslim terrorist. His actions weren't "senseless" or "nihilistic," he was acting out the Muslim privilege of a bigoted ideology."

    Read more.



    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Imam "Facetiously" Tells Fox News Host "Some Journalists Need to Be Beheaded"

    By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2016, 09:28 AM

    Tre Goins-Phillips reports at The Blaze:

    Imam Abu Taubah, whose real name is Marcus Robertson, believes "some journalists need to be beheaded," a bold statement he insisted was said "facetiously."

    Speaking Tuesday with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren about the deadly Orlando terrorist attack, which he condemned, Taubah suggested the fact that radical Islamists behead American reporters, like James Foley, is not the U.S.'s business.

    "I believe some journalists need to be beheaded," he said, "but I wouldn’t have done that."

    "Don’t we have our own problems here?" he asked. "Is it our business?"

    "He told Van Susteren he does not believe the U.S. should do anything about the fact that radicals in the Middle East are beheading people, to include Americans," the Blaze reports.



    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Breaking News: Obama Is Out of His Mind

    By Rick Pearcey • June 14, 2016, 09:32 AM

    As noted by the ever-subtle wallflower and radio/TV talk show host Mark Levin, here.



    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Flashback: ISIS Leader to USA: "Soon We Will Be in Direct Confrontation"

    By Rick Pearcey • June 13, 2016, 10:46 AM

    Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), issued a rare audio message back on January 21 in which he flatly stated his group's intention to march on Baghdad and move into "direct confrontation" with the United States.

    "Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day," Baghdadi said.

    Read more.



    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Explosive Video: "Trusted" Google Is Rigging Search Results to Favor Election of Hillary Clinton

    By Rick Pearcey • June 10, 2016, 12:56 PM

    Allum Bokhari writes at Breitbart:

    Earlier this week, we reported on accusations that Google is in cahoots with the Clinton campaign.

    Now, an explosive video from SourceFed claims that the company -- which holds a virtual monopoly on search -- is actively altering search recommendations in favour of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    In this video, Matt Lieberman of SourceFed presents evidence (and answers objections) supporting the finding that "Google is burying potential searches for terms that could have hurt Hillary Clinton in the primary elections over the past several months by manipulating recommendations on their site."

    The video notes a "stunning number of links" between Google and the Clinton campaign and states that these links "all stem" from "one particular person."

    That person, Lieberman explains, is  "Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, Inc."

    Schmidt is "also the former head of Google" and a "major funder of The Groundwork . . . ," which is an "investment by Schmidt to ensure that Hillary Clinton has the technological and engineering prowess to win the election," Lieberman states.

    In addition, the Clinton campaign's "chief technology officer" is Stephanie Hannon, who is a "former Google executive."

    These connections, Lieberman continues, "showcase a man who has a clear and invested interest in how our country is run and is actively funding one candidate to run it while the company he advises is warping search results in her favor.

    Does this warping, this manipulation make any real difference in election outcomes?

    "In fact, it really, really does," states Lieberman, citing the research of Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (based in Vista, California).

    With reference to what is termed "voter manipulation power," Epstein is quoted as saying that "Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections."

    "What we have discovered about Google's potential actions is shocking and deeply disturbing," Lieberman concludes. "I no longer have the trust that I once did in the company at large and what they are meant to represent."

    Go here to watch Matt Lieberman of SourceFed make the case that Google has been "actively altering search recommendations in favor of Hillary Clinton's campaign."



    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Rev. Graham: "I Hope" Schools "Defy" Extremist Obama's Promotion of "Sin of Homosexuality," the "LGBT Agenda"

    By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2016, 10:07 AM

    Michael Chapman at CNSNews.com reports on Graham's remarks:

    "Who does President Barack Obama think he is? The sultan of Washington?" said Rev. Graham on a May 13 post on Facebook

    "Does he think he can just make a 'decree' and we will bow down and simply obey?" said Rev. Graham, the son of pastor Billy Graham.

    “The decree he released . . . says that all schools across the country have to allow students to choose the restrooms and locker rooms according to 'their internal sense of gender,'" explained the evangelist.  “If schools don’t comply, he threatens loss of funding and lawsuits from the federal government."

    "What about the privacy and protection of all the other students?" Graham asked. "Isn't this discrimination against all of them? This opens up bathrooms to sexual predators and perverts. A decree does not carry the force of law -- that's the job of Congress."

    Said Graham: "I hope that school districts across this nation will defy President Obama and his administration's radical progressive agenda to promote and advance the sin of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda."



    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    "Transgenderism" Added to Kindergarten Curriculum

    By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2016, 09:00 AM

    "Students as young as five years old -- kindergartners -- are going to be taught about the ins and outs of 'transgenderism' in all public schools in Washington, beginning in the fall 2017 semester," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.

    In fact, no child of any age should be subjected to extremist "transgender" propaganda.

    But if parents really want to protect their children from systematic fanaticism now, and if they want protect their nation from the enslaving impact of systematic fanaticism after their children have been thoroughly indoctrinated and radicalized, they would do well to insist upon parental responsibility and authority over the education of those who, after all, are in fact their children.

    And that needs to happen now, if not yesterday. Forever end the monopoly and the failure of state control over education.



    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Trump Endorses Rep. Renee Ellmers, Who Led Revolt Against Pro-Life Law

    By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2016, 09:52 AM

    "Donald Trump has made his first endorsement since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, backing Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina congresswoman who led a revolt to scuttle the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2015," Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews

    "Ellmers is facing a tough primary challenge from fellow incumbent Rep. George Holding and numerous other pro-life conservatives [today]," Johnson writes.

    In a robocall Trump reportedly states: "Boy is she a fighter . . . . I need her help in Washington so we can work together to defeat ISIS, secure our border, and bring back jobs and frankly so many other things. And Renee knows how to do it. She gets it."

    Trump's endorsement of Elmers is "just another disappointment from Mr. Trump and his campaign," states president of Students for Life of America Kristan Hawkins, LifeSite reports. "Either his endorsement shows a lack of understanding of our human rights movement or a lack of caring."



    Monday, June 6, 2016

    D-Day, June 6, 1944: Eisenhower, Reagan, and What the Germans Were Told

    By Rick Pearcey • June 6, 2016, 10:30 AM

    At History.com, this on D-Day, June 6, 1944:

    During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control.

    Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region.

    The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target.

    By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

    In his speech to the Allied troops of D-Day, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower beseeched the "blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."

    Eisenhower's prayer (and not today's fanatical ACLU-type imposed secularism) reflects the mainstream of the American ethos, which as the Declaration makes so clear, is rooted in the Creator as the source of unalienable human rights, which the progressive Nazi ideology and regime had no basis whatsoever for affirming.

    On the 40th anniversary of D-Day, as shown in this video, President Ronald Reagan spoke at Pointe du Hoc, where "here in Normandy, the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history."

    This rare color video captures events from D-Day to the liberation of Paris in August 1944.

    What were the German people told about D-Day? Here is a German newsreel on the events of June 6, 1944: "The enemy encounter strong resistance and suffer heavy casualties." 



    Friday, June 3, 2016

    "Roots" Remake: Snoop Dog Got It Right

    By Rick Pearcey • June 3, 2016, 09:49 AM

    Lloyd Marcus writes at American Thinker:

    Black pop icon Snoop Dogg's comments about the remake of the Roots TV series, in essence, is what I have been preaching to fellow blacks for decades (without his profanity).

    Snoop said, "I'm sick of this s---. They are going to just keep beating that s--- into our heads about how they did us, huh?" Snoop spoke against new shows and movies such as 12 Years a Slave which "keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago."

    Snoop said, "I ain't watching that s---, and I advise you motherf---ers as real n------ like myself; f--- them television shows." Snoop continued, "Let's create our own s--- based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what's real. F--- that old s---."

    Click here to read the rest of "Roots Remake: Snoop Dog Got It Right," by Lloyd Marcus.



    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Black Lives Matter Leader Charged With Sex Trafficking Also an Alleged Charity "Scammer"

    By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2016, 08:40 AM

    Chuck Ross reports at the Daily Caller:

    In addition to being an accused child sex trafficker, Black Lives Matter activist Charles Wade is a financial "scammer," says a lawyer for a St. Louis real estate developer who lost more than $10,000 after Wade skipped town last year without paying rent.

    By some estimates, Wade, a former stylist for Beyonce Knowles' sister Solange, took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in online donations for a group called Operation Help or Hush (OHOH) that he co-founded in the wake of the Aug. 9, 2014, police shooting of Michael Brown. The group's stated mission was to provide temporary housing for protesters in the St. Louis area.

    "Wade, 33, drew national attention earlier this month after The Daily Caller reported that he was arrested on April 25 on sex trafficking charges," Ross reports. "Police in College Park, Md. say that Wade pimped out a 17-year-old girl using the website backpage.com. She told police that she gave Wade all of the money she was paid to have sex and that Wade knew she was only 17."

    Read more.



    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Ben Shapiro: Notes From a Neo-Nazi, Neo-KKK Cuckservative

    By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2016, 09:38 AM

    Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:

    Last week, California State University, Los Angeles held a "healing space" event to provide a safe forum for students and professors to unleash their feelings about my campus speech in February, sponsored by the Young America's Foundation. That speech, you may recall, was originally canceled by university President William Covino.

    After I decided to go to the campus anyway, hundreds of screaming students blocked doorways, assaulted prospective speechgoers and pulled the fire alarm mid-speech. Professors egged on the protesters; one even threatened student organizers. I was forced to enter through a back door and exit surrounded by a full phalanx of armed and uniformed officers, thanks to the near-riotous conditions outside. . . .

    "The campus left, enthused by Sen. Bernie Sanders and sought by Hillary Clinton, calls anyone who disagrees a 'neo-KKK member'," Shapiro explains.

    "The KKK, meanwhile, calls anyone who won't support Donald Trump a 'cuck.' This is what happens when basic American principles are no longer taught; this is what happens when grievance politics replace the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.

    "Speaking in favor of free speech makes you a pariah for those who would control speech in order to build their utopia.

    "So, what about those of us who despise both the KKK and the Black Lives Matter movement?" Shapiro asks. "What about those of us who think that white nationalism is despicable, and that the censorious brutality of the 'diversity' clique is gross?

    "We've got a long road ahead of us," Shapiro concludes. "We'll have to teach a new generation, from scratch, that freedom and liberty still matter, regardless of race. We'll have to attempt to restore the notion of a social fabric, rather than the tribalism that now dominates the conversation. We'll have to stand tall against authoritarianism from both sides."



    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    At Least 63 People Shot in Chicago Over Holiday Weekend

    By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2016, 10:24 AM

    CNSNews reports:

    Between Friday afternoon and Monday evening, at least 63 people were shot in Chicago, five of them killed, including a 15-year-old girl, the city's NBC-5 television station reported.

    Over the same period last year, Chicago recorded 48 shootings, 14 of them fatal; and there were 26 shootings (7 murders) over Memorial Day weekend 2014.

    "In the first five months of 2016, at least 1,400 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the The Chicago Tribune tally," CNSNews reports.



    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Dishonoring Veterans, Honoring Terrorists: Something's Wrong When Islamic Terrorists Get Better Healthcare Than American Veterans

    By Rick Pearcey • May 30, 2016, 09:52 AM

    Daniel Greenfield writes at Frongpagemag:

    We live today in an America in which the butchers of the Jihad in Guantanamo Bay receive better medical care than veterans waiting endlessly at the VA. While Obama cut off hot meals for Marines in Afghanistan, Islamic terrorists in Guantanamo Bay were enjoying lemon baked fish, honey glazed chicken, lyonaise rice, tandouri chicken breast, okra, hummus, dates, honey and seasoned lentils.

    While veterans died at the VA, the men they had fought and helped capture were gifted with a $750,000 soccer field. This treatment is an obscene echo of the days of segregation when German POWs were allowed to sit inside at eateries while the African-American soldiers who guarded them had to wait outside. This segregation no longer occurs by race, but by patriotism and creed.

    Obama denies that Islamic terrorism exists and suppresses any training materials about the role of Islam in Islamic terrorism while his administration warns of domestic terror threats from veterans. Muslim migrants from Syria receive lavish social benefits while health care for veterans is slashed. The Muslim migrants, many of whom support Islamic terrorists, benefit from job programs while veterans head for the unemployment line. This hatefully discriminatory attitude has become pervasive on the left.

    What's going on? "We are in the midst of a quiet civil war and our veterans have become its first casualties," Greenfield explains.

    "The heroes of today’s ruling class are racist rabble-rousers who tear down the flag for which so many of our soldiers died and replace it with their own militant banners of identity politics. The privileged leftist activists who once chanted 'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, the NFL is gonna win,' who even attempted to murder soldiers to aid the enemy, are in charge of the country, while Vietnam veterans sleep on the streets and groan in prisons."

    Greenfield concludes: "Obama’s disrespect for veterans and the military is only a symptom of a deeper rot. Once again a civil war is underway between those of us who love this Union and those who seek to divide it. It is a conflict fought with words and laws, rather than bullets, but it has its casualties who are all around us. It is not only the veterans who have died at the VA who are its victims, but those who have long slept under green grass and gray stone, whose graves wait to be decorated, whose courage waits to be remembered and whose cause waits to be fought once again."



    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Nancy Pearcey: Darwin's Dangerous Idea Invades the School Restroom

    By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2016, 10:28 AM

    Nancy writes at Uncommon Descent:

    The public has responded swiftly and strongly against the Obama administration’s demand that public schools admit transgender students into the showers, locker rooms, and sports teams of their choice. But to be successful, the response must also be informed. Where did transgender ideology come from, and how can we respond more effectively?

    The answer may surprise you. If we dig deeply, we discover that the turning point, historically, was Darwin’s theory of evolution. It had a lasting impact in at least three ways.

    Matter Does Not Matter

    Let’s tease out its impact through the language of the transgender movement. California set the tone in 2007 when it changed its education code to define gender as “a person’s gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”

    What’s the key word here? “Assigned.” As though a person’s sex at birth were purely arbitrary instead of a scientific, biological fact.

    What such language implies is that biological facts do not matter. The law is being used to impose a worldview that denigrates the physical body as inconsequential, insignificant, and irrelevant to gender identity. It is a worldview that alienates people from their own bodies. As Anglican theologian Oliver O’Donovan writes, transgender ideology implies that “the body is an accident that has befallen the real me; the real me has a true sex” apart from my body.

    Where did such a negative view of the body come from? From Darwin’s rejection of purpose and design in nature. Both classical Greek and Christian philosophy regarded the natural world as teleological – from the Greek telos, meaning purpose or goal. It is evident that eyes are for seeing and ears for hearing; fins are for swimming and wings for flying. The only reason molecules are arranged in those particular configurations is to achieve a purpose.

    Because the human body is part of nature, it too was recognized as having a purpose. The sexual differentiation of male and female was not some cosmic accident. It showed that the human body is oriented toward opposite-sex pair-bonding for emotional attachment and procreation. Teleology is the basis for naturallaw ethics: It tells us how to fulfill our true nature, how to become fully human.

    Darwin did not deny that nature appears to be designed for a purpose. But he wanted to reduce that appearance to an illusion, the result of a purposeless material process. The two elements of his theory, random variations sifted by the blind automatic forces of natural selection, were proposed expressly to eliminate plan or purpose.

    As historian Jacques Barzun writes, “This denial of purpose is Darwin’s distinctive contention.”

    The implication of the Darwinian worldview is that the biological differentiation of male and female is a cosmic accident. The body was reduced to raw material that can be manipulated and controlled to serve human needs and preferences – like any other natural resource. Gender identity is strictly in the mind, even to the point of overriding biological identity. Matter does not matter.

    This was “Darwin’s dangerous idea,” says philosopher Daniel Dennett in a book by that title. He describes Darwinism as a “universal acid; it eats through just about every traditional concept and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view.”

    Read all of Nancy's article.



    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe: Former Clinton Money Man Has 2 Decades of Shady Deals With China

    By Rick Pearcey • May 25, 2016, 10:23 AM

    Brent Sher reports at the Free Beacon:

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.), who is under federal investigation for a $120,000 contribution his campaign took from a Chinese billionaire, has a two-decades-long history of controversial dealings with China.

    McAuliffe, who rolled his large network of wealthy businessmen and prolific fundraising ability into a political career for himself, has been criticized for doing inappropriate business with the Chinese since the early days of his career when he was fundraising for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns.

    McAuliffe’s work with China has even been investigated by the Department of Justice before.

    "McAuliffe did not respond to a request for comment," the Free Beacon reports.

    Read more.



    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Virginia School Board Unanimously Rejects Obama Transgender Bathroom Dictate

    By Rick Pearcey • May 24, 2016, 10:30 AM

    "A Virginia school board unanimously approved an ordinance on Friday resisting the Obama administration's transgender bathroom edict and requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex," Claire Chretien reports at LifeSiteNews.

    "The ordinance, which immediately took effect, allows public school students in Grayson County, Virginia, to request to use a single-stall facility but prevents them from accessing facilities that don't correspond with their biological sex," LifeSite reports.

    Read more.

    Related
    Nancy Pearcey: Transgender Extremism -- The Inhumane Ideology Behind Unsafe Showers, Restrooms, and Dressing Rooms

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



    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Federal Agents Are Coming for Your Home

    By Rick Pearcey • May 23, 2016, 12:20 PM

    Katie Kieffer writes at Townhall:

    Your home or apartment -- and the neighborhood in which you live-- is under siege.

    "Agents" -- sans black glasses and black business suits -- who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting "discrimination."

    Read more.



    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Radio: Nancy Pearcey on "Washington Watch With Tony Perkins"

    By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2016, 10:48 AM

    Zach Dasher of the Monroe, Louisiana, "Duck Dynasty" clan will be substitute hosting for FRC's Tony Perkins.

    Nancy is scheduled to appear around 5:32 pm eastern time today.

    Here's a list of stations to listen locally in your area. And here's the main page for Family Research Council radio.


    FlushTarget Ad: Stop Targeting Women and Children -- Video

    By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2016, 10:22 AM

    Watch on Youtube the ad exposing the real-world consequences of Target's extremist, unsafe bathroom and dressing room policy.

    Lean more at FlushTarget.com.

    See also the American Family Association and its stand for the safety of women and chidlren -- and its stand against Target's socially irresponsible policy -- which absolutely opens wide the door "allowing sexual predators . . . access to their victims."



    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Now Louisiana Tells Schools to Ignore Obama's Dead-on-Arrival Transgender Order

    By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2016, 09:52 AM

    "Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the [Obama] order lacks not just the force of law, but any constitutional standing or common sense," LifeSiteNews reports.

    "In his own letter to state educational leaders, Landry said he wrote 'to reassure' them that he 'will vigorously defend the state and its citizens from unlawful action threatened on the basis of this incorrect interpretation of law'," LifeSite reports.

    "Let me be perfectly clear," Landry states in his letter, "President Obama and his appointees do not have legal authority to require our children share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the oppositive sex."

    Louisiana thus "joins the growing list of states that told the Obama administration its transgender guidelines are dead on arrival and will not be implemented in the remaining months of his lame duck presidency," LifeSiteNews states.



    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Another Journalist Murdered in Mexico

    By Rick Pearcey • May 18, 2016, 10:18 AM

    Ildefonso Ortiz reports at Breitbart:

    The murder of yet another journalist in Mexico continues to make that country one of the deadliest places for the reporters. Unlike other countries, in Mexico, journalists are often targeted not only by criminal organizations, but also by corrupt government officials.

    On Saturday, unknown gunmen shot and killed Manuel Torres in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico's Proceso reported. The slain reporter had been in the business for more than 20 years having worked at Mexico's TV Azteca, Radiover.com, as well as the daily newspaper Noreste. According to Reporters Without Borders, Torres covered court cases, police news and cartel violence. He also edited his own news website, Noticiasmt, and worked for the Poza Rica city hall.

    "Torres is the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year," Breitbart reports.



    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Lying Homosexual "Pastor" Admits Hoax After Attacking Whole Foods

    By Rick Pearcey • May 17, 2016, 08:24 AM

    A homosexual Texas "pastor" who "sued Whole Foods after he bought a cake that he alleged had a slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit against the grocer," the AP reports.

    "Jordan Brown
    of Austin dropped the suit and issued an apology on Monday. Brown said he was 'wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story'," according to AP.

    "Whole Foods vigorously denied the allegation when Brown first came forward in April. The Austin American Statesman reports the company released surveillance video that it said showed Brown was lying and filed a counter suit against him," AP reports.

    Whole Foods "said in a statement Monday that given Brown's apology and public admission his story was false, it sees 'no reason' to move forward with its lawsuit," according to AP.

    By the way, in this email to Whole Foods, Brown apologizes for just about everything except lying. Nowhere does he admit straight up that he lied and that he apologizes for lying.



    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Iran's "Moderate" Foreign Minister Laments "Martyrdom" of Top Hezbollah Terrorist

    By Rick Pearcey • May 16, 2016, 09:16 AM

    Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:

    Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister hailed by engagement advocates as personifying a supposed "moderate" element in Tehran, has expressed his condolences over the death of a top Hezbollah terrorist linked to the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Haririi.

    "Zarif sent a weekend message to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, expressing sorrow at the death of Mustafa Badreddine, saying his "martyrdom" would further strengthen "resistance" forces against the Zionist enemy and terrorism, according to Hezbollah and Iranian state media accounts," Goodenough writes.

    "Zarif, who has met with Secretary of State John Kerry on numerous occasions during and since marathon negotiations on a nuclear deal, described the dead terrorist as 'all passion and devotion' in defending the ideals of Islam and the Lebanese people," according to Goodenough.



    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Challenging "Faith": Day 2 of Nancy Pearcey on James Dobson's "Family Talk" Radio

    By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2016, 01:06 PM

    Click here to listen:

    Many people today believe that Christians have a "blind faith"” that's based on feelings and not facts. But Nancy Pearcey returns to Family Talk to continue her explanation of how Christianity is the only worldview that is consistently logical. She also shows how no other worldview answers the questions that matter the most. Don't miss this powerful conclusion here on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

    For more on the Biblical basis for challenging blind "faith," see my Foreword to Nancy's book Finding Truth.

    Here are the first few paragraphs:

    Picture It's not every day that an avowed atheist and devout hymn writer agree.

    First, from famed atheist Richard Dawkins: "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."

    Second, these words from the composer of a beloved hymn: "You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart." Pastor and musician Alfred Ackley wrote the hymn "He Lives" when challenged by the question "Why should I worship a dead Jew?" His answer is that Jesus is not dead but is the resurrected Messiah. How does Ackley know? "He lives within my heart."

    What Dawkins condemns, Ackley approves. But note: both atheist and hymnist declare that "faith" is a matter of internal realities.

    In contrast to this internalized definition of faith is the liberating call to "test everything" that infuses the Christian worldview and animates Finding Truth. In this vibrant mind-set, people are expected to think for themselves, question authority, examine evidence, and push for answers that make sense of our world.

    Read more.


    Ted Cruz Talks With Michael Berry About Cruz's 2016 Run for President -- Audio

    By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2016, 09:28 AM

    I enjoyed this relaxed, insightful interview between these two friends -- one in politics, the other in radio. Listen here.



    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Nancy Pearcey on James Dobson's "Family Talk" Radio Thursday and Friday

    By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2016, 08:35 AM

    Our editor at large Nancy will be discussing her new book Finding Truth (you know, the book with that fantastic Foreword).

    You can listen to today's broadcast here.



    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Gizzi: Newt Gingrich Tops Trump's VP List

    By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2016, 09:45 AM

    "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax," John Gizz of Newsmax reports.



    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Lynch: States Can't "Insist" a Man Is a Man and a Woman Is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    By Rick Pearcey • May 10, 2016, 10:11 AM

    Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

    The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are.

    Read more.



    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Trans-Hate Tyranny: The Queer War Against Male-Female Diversity

    By Rick Pearcey • May 9, 2016, 11:19 AM

    "The battle over men accessing women's bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week," Claire Chretien writes at LifeSiteNews.

    "It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the 'heterobinary structure' in which we live -- eliminating distinctions between 'male' and 'female' altogether."

    Or as a surgically altered extremist called Riki Wilchins puts it, "What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity . . . , but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit."

    Go here to read "Bathrooms Are Just the Beginning," by Claire Chretien.



    Friday, May 6, 2016

    White House Admits It Played Americans for Fools to Sell Iran Nuke Deal

    By Rick Pearcey • May 6, 2016, 11:27 AM

    John Podhoretz writes at the NYPost:

    In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public relations tools in the selling of President Obama's foreign policy -- and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or two.

    The White House's "greatest triumph, according to Samuels, was selling a misleading narrative about the nuclear deal with Iran -- the parameters of which were set a year before the administration claimed and which had nothing to do with the fact that a supposedly more accommodating government had risen to power," Podhoretz states.

    Read more.



    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Pale Rider: Paul Ryan's "Tea Party Sympathizer" Primary Opponent Releases Motorcycle Ad

    By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2016, 10:40 AM

    Patrick Howley reports at Breitbart:

    House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin primary opponent Paul Nehlen is out with his first potential viral video ad of the 2016 election cycle.

    Nehlen is a water filtration company executive in Wisconsin who calls himself a tea party sympathizer. He is challenging Ryan in the First Congressional District, prioritizing three key issues: government spending, mass immigration, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    "Nehlen can gain traction on those issues because of Ryan's decisions since he's been at the top of House leadership, responsible in part for crafting a national bipartisan agenda with the Democratic-controlled White House," Howley writes.

    Watch Nehlen's motorcycle ad here.



    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    "Sex Change" Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know

    By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2016, 12:10 PM

    Walt Heyer writes at Public Discourse:

    Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson.

    I know, because I suffered through "sex change" surgery and lived as a woman for eight years.

    The surgery fixed nothing -- it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.

    Come to think of it, Target could benefit mightily from this history lesson on "sex change" surgery, as well.

    Here is information on Target's leadership and contact page. For additional action possibilities, see the American Family Association website here.

    Read the entire article by Walt Heyer.



    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Trump Accuses Cruz's Father of Helping JFK's Assassin -- Video

    By Rick Pearcey • May 3, 2016, 09:40 AM

    Jeva Lange writes at The Week:

    Hold on to your tinfoil hats -- Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

    The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.

    "You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.

    "Then things get weird," Lange writes.

    "Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans," Lange recounts.

    "However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as 'another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage' by Cruz's campaign," Lange writes.

    "Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way," Lange notes.

    "Not everyone is convinced, apparently," Lange writes. 

    "Nobody talks about it . . . What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death -- before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said, according to Lange.

    The story concludes with video from Fox and Friends; Trump makes his assassination comments around the 5:10 mark.



    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Did Ted Cruz Lie About Not Knowing, Never Working Together With John Boehner?

    By Rick Pearcey • May 2, 2016, 04:05 PM

    Ted Cruz says, "I don't know John Boehner, " and "He and I have never worked together."

    By "don't know," Cruz does not mean never having met Boehner. Rather, as Cruz said to Meygan Kelly, "I've probably met him 2,3,4 times in my life. I'd be surprized if we said 50 words to each other. And everything we've ever said has been empty pleasantries like 'Good to see you, Mr. Speaker'."

    Here Cruz is drawing a reasonable distinction between knowledge of a person that is infrequent and very casual in nature, and knowledge of a person that is beyond causal and not infrequent. A possible example of the deeper knowledge could be Boehner's (as he claims) being a golfing and "texting buddy" of Donald Trump. Most of us would agree that there are very differnent levels of knowing people -- such that one would not say of a person infrequently related to that you in fact "know" that person. This, clearly, is what Cruz is asserting. To meet does not equal to know.

    To counter this, political opponents have noted that John Boehner claims that Cruz was once Boehner's lawyer. Cruz says, Boehner and I "have not worked together" and yet Boehner says: "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney." Boehner said this to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in January 2014, according to the WPost.

    According to some political observers, Boehner's assertion is supposed to help nail Cruz as a liar.

    A couple of points here. I would suppose that very many of us have hired out lawyers for professional services. In certain circumstances we could therefore say truly: "I have met the said lawyer." And yet we could also say we do not really know the lawyer in any kind of depth. We could honestly say this about any number of other people we might have hired for professional services.

    Secondly, the natural inference from hearing a statement like "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" is that Boenher and Cruz worked together directly and therefore had direct knowledge of each other in this context.

    It turns out however, that Cruz may not at all have been Boehner's attorney in this manner. Instead, Cruz is on record as being part of a legal team, in which younger Cruz was a "junior associate," and his "involvement ... didn’t extend beyond assisting with briefs and attending meetings with Boehner’s staff" -- that is, not with Boehner. This is according to a Cruz Campaign statement quoted in the Daily Mail.

    According to the Cruz campaign, Cruz "doesn’t remember even meeting Boehner" when the Texas senator was supposedly the Speaker's lawyer. "Much less" does Cruz recall "ever having had a substantive conversation with him."

    As I read and analyze the record, Cruz seems to have acquitted himself both honestly and well. If anyone might have left the wrong impression, that person may be John Boehner, whose statement, "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" seems to rather overstate what in fact was the case.

    For more from Ted Cruz on this, see this Press Conference video from Cruz in Indiana, uploaded on Youtube April 28 (he begins addressing specifically Boehner's comments at the 13:15 mark).



    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Source: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

    By Rick Pearcey • April 29, 2016, 12:12 PM

    AP reports:

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is giving Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) boost in his push to stop Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

    Pence will endorse Cruz on Friday afternoon, for the state's primary Tuesday. That's according to a Republican official with direct knowledge of the endorsement who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to share the news before the announcement.

    Read more.



    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Boehner: Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh"

    By Rick Pearcey • April 28, 2016, 01:48 PM

    Thus the D.C. Establishment hates Cruz but is "texting buddies" with Trump.

    Of the two GOP presidential hopefuls, therefore, which one is more likely to smite the heart of darkness on Capitol Hill?



    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    If Cruz Wins in Indiana . . .

    By Rick Pearcey • April 27, 2016, 08:37 AM

    The possibility of Donald Trump reaching the "magic number of 1,237 and win the nomination without a contested convention all comes down to next week's primary in Indiana and the big California primary on June 7," Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review.

    "If Cruz wins Indiana next week, he will be well on his way to blocking the path for Trump to clinch the nomination outright."

    Read more.



    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    David Daleiden: Raid on My Apartment Was Like "1984"

    By Rick Pearcey • April 26, 2016, 09:13 AM

    Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

    At hundreds of rallies this weekend, speakers called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the exoneration of David Daleiden.

    But at a protest in Sacramento on Saturday, Daleiden himself took the microphone and revealed new details of his court case, his goal, and the day that California agents raided his Orange County apartment to confiscate all his undercover footage of Planned Parenthood, including scenes that had never seen the light of day.

    The 27-year-old investigator said the day that California Attorney General Kamala Harris sent agents to his doorstep "started out a day like any other . . . except like it was 1984."

    Read more.



    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Regnerus: Media Gush Over "Gay" Parenting Study -- But It Gives Much Bleaker Picture Than They Admit

    By Rick Pearcey • April 25, 2016, 10:22 AM

    The following article by sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas (Austin) appears at LifeSiteNews:

    A new study of 6-to-17-year-old children of female same-sex households has been rushed to publication and is now making the rounds at the typical outlets, which are proclaiming that now the social science here is truly, genuinely, totally, finally settled.

    The problem is that the study doesn't really accomplish anything near what its adoring fans claim it does. In fact, it all but undermines their wish for consensus.

    "Here's what the new study claims," Regnerus writes: "No differences were observed between household types on family relationships or any child outcomes."

    But "here’s what the study actually signals," Regnerus counters: "Female same-sex parents report more anger, irritation, and comparative frustration with their (apparently misbehaving) children than do opposite-sex parents."

    And then the rest of Regnerus' 1,500-word-plus analysis articulates this thesis.

    "People think I have it in for the LGBT community(ies)," Regnerus observes. "I do not." Instead, Regnerus does "have it in for a [so-called] science that refuses to proceed honestly, and instead shelters privileged groups -- as it currently is doing -- with a protective shell of administrators, grant-makers, and editors."

    Caring about empirical science rather than politically correct propaganda outcomes may not win Regnerus high approval ratings in San Francisco, but "there are more important things in life than" popularity, the sociologist notes.

    But "about the comparative advantages of stably-married households with mom, dad, and children, I am not wrong. It will take more than smoke, mirrors, and shifty rhetoric to undo the robust empirical truth."

    As I have noted on radio, in print, and in speaking, test everything, my friends. "Test everything."



    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Atheist Artist Rejected God Until Sudden Realization Changed Everything

    By Rick Pearcey • April 21, 2016, 01:31 PM

    Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

    Artist Charlie Mackesy recently revealed the details of his journey from atheism to Christianity, telling the CBN News about how a key moment 25 years ago led him to embrace God and truly discover his artistic abilities.

    While standing in a London park 25 years ago, Mackesy said that he suddenly had a feeling that "there must be more to this than meets the eye" -- an idea that truly set him on his professional and theological paths. "Jesus quietly introduced me to a journey into finding people really beautiful, which is how my art really began," he told the outlet.

    Read more here and here.

    Here is Mackesy's website, where you can view his paintings, drawings, lithographs, and sculpture. The "About" page is here.



    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Metro Birmingham

    By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2016, 08:47 PM

    Join Nancy for a book-signing and presentation Thursday, April 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Evangel Classical Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama.


    Transfascism: Your Daughter Must Pee Next to a Man, and You Will Be Compelled to Agree

    By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2016, 10:38 AM

    Ben Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:

    The rules of bigotry according to the left represent a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of nonsense.

    This week, we learned that if you don't want your small daughter peeing next to a giant man who thinks he is a woman, you are a bigot; if you are a woman who is uncomfortable with a man who thinks he is a woman whipping out his male genitalia to urinate in front of you, you are a bigot; if you are a religious person who doesn't want to participate in an activity you consider sinful, you are a bigot.

    At the heart of this insanity is not bigotry but fascism -- the attempt by extremist secularists to use the absolutized idol of government to impose their relativistic will and aberrant desires upon the people of the United States.

    The word "bigotry" does have meaning. But unfortunately for rainbow fascists, that meaning can be understood and sustained only where there is a sufficient basis for ethical moral norms that apply across the human condition.

    You have that basis in the founding, liberating, and humane vision set forth in the Declaration of Indepdendence, which wisely roots unalienable human rights in a verifiable, transcendant Creator (not the immanent state) who has given rules for freedom.

    Very sadly, however, those gripped by transfascism absolutely hate and despise that vision -- and therefore reject the very basis upon which to defy sin and death, alienation and decay.

    Nothing but pain and suffering, tears and confusion, hatred and destruction, follow in the wake of this regressive extremism.

    Those who hate the rules of freedom necessarily love the rule of bigotry. The transfascist bigot with no basis for love is consummed by a self-inflicted hatred that he, she, or it will never understand.

    Insanity over against the basic biological facts of life regarding male and female is but the eve of destruction. And as night follows day, if sanity be not restored, there will be blood. In bathrooms and in streets there will be blood. Watch the evening news as the body politic bleeds out.

    Intelligence coupled with humanity revolts.

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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Liberty Counsel Taking Action: Bathroom Bills Put Women at Risk and Defy Common Sense

    By Rick Pearcey • April 19, 2016, 07:30 AM

    Liberty Counsel has released the following statement:

    Liberty Counsel has offered or provided pro bono assistance in 20 states regarding bathroom bills and religious liberty/LGBT issues in order to protect women and children.

    Since Governor Pat McCrory recently signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act into law, North Carolina is now one of 29 states which do not recognize "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes at the state level for purposes of public accommodations.

    These legislative actions are not to discriminate against homosexual and transgender lifestyles, but rather to protect women and girls.

    In September 2012, a police report stated that Clay Scott Francis, a 45-year-old cross-dressing man, undressed and exposed his genitals several times to minor girls in a Washington college women's locker room. Students from a nearby high school and children at a local swimming club shared locker rooms with the college.

    When a parent complained, the local district attorney did not pursue charges because he said the "criminal law is very vague in this area." Yet school officials stripped two high school girls’ swim teams of their Federal Title IX rights and they were forced to dress in a smaller room while Francis was given use of the women’s locker room.

    Recently, a 51-year-old cross-dressing male in Georgia entered the women's restroom and exposed himself. In Minneapolis, a 15-year-old boy entered the girls' locker room, where five girls were in various stages of undress, as they prepared for a basketball game. The boy disrobed in front of the frightened girls.

    When the girls and the parents complained, school authorities said they could not prevent boys from using the girls' locker room because of the so-called "transgender" policy.

    "We have no interest in discriminating against anyone," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "These are all commonsense laws that protect the privacy and safety of women and girls. Allowing men to use the women's restrooms and locker rooms is unconstitutional and very harmful," said Staver.

    Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.



    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Texas University OKs Concealed Carry in Classrooms

    By Rick Pearcey • April 18, 2016, 09:31 AM

    "Texas A&M University officials cleared the way for concealed-carry permit holders to cart their guns into classrooms with 'few major restrictions,' according to the new policy," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.

    Read more.



    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Deputy Constable Shot 4 Times in Possible Houston Ambush

    By Rick Pearcey • April 15, 2016, 10:54 AM

    At Fox News:

    A deputy constable in Houston who was shot four times Wednesday night after a suspect approached him from behind and opened fire in an apparent ambush is expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday morning.

    Alden Clopton, an 11-year veteran of the force who is married and has children suffered wounds to the abdomen and had a bullet lodged near his heart, authorities said.

    "It was completely unprovoked," a constable spokeswoman said. Both deputy constables were in uniform and had marked vehicles.

    Read more.



    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Trump's "Triumph of the Will"

    By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2016, 09:03 AM

    "Trump's policy -- to the extent he has any policy -- is all nationalist, all socialist," Robert Morrison argues in American Thinker.



    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    WPost: Cruz Likely to Block Trump on 2nd Ballot at GOP Convention

    By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2016, 11:19 AM

    Ed O'Keefe writes at the Washington Post:

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party's July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance.

    The push by Cruz means that it is more essential than ever for Trump to clinch the nomination by winning a majority of delegates to avoid a contested and drawn-out convention fight, which Trump seems almost certain to lose.

    The GOP race now rests on two cliffhangers: Can Trump lock up the nomination before Cleveland? And if not, can Cruz cobble together enough delegates to win a second convention vote if Trump fails in the first?

    Read more.



    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Rev. Graham to Bruce Springsteen: "A Nation Embracing Sin" and "Political Correctness Is Not Progress"

    By Rick Pearcey • April 12, 2016, 10:00 AM

    Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

    Reverend Franklin Graham criticized rocker Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert in North Carolina because he opposes the new state law there that prohibits biological males from using women's locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, stating that Springsteen's pro-homosexual views are not progressive, but conducive to "embracing sin" and worshipping "godless secularism and political correctness."

    Read more here.



    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Saudi Arabia Cracks Down on "Un-Islamic" Hairstyles Among Soccer Players

    By Rick Pearcey • April 11, 2016, 10:35 AM

    "Supposedly inspired by one of the teachings of the Prophet Muhamed," three football players "were banned from a match" after Saudi soccer authorities "issued a decree last week banning" a "mohawk like style" haircut called the "Qaza," the U.K. Independent reports.



    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Trump Cancels California Trip to Focus on NY Amid Signs of Campaign Trouble

    By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2016, 09:33 AM

    Loren Gutentag reports at Newsmax:

    Although Republican front-runner Donald Trump had announced his plans earlier this week to visit California and attend a press conference on Friday at his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles Times reports the trip has now been canceled amid mounting questions on whether he can capture the presidential nomination without a contested party convention this summer in Cleveland.

    "Mr. Trump has rescheduled his California trip and will be campaigning in New York," said Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman. "He looks forward to returning to California in the weeks ahead."

    "According to the LA Times, the change in plan comes as Trump and his advisers are trying to regroup after a devastating loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin," Newsmax reports.



    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Franklin Graham: PayPal Deserves "Hypocrite of the Year Award"

    By Rick Pearcey • April 7, 2016, 09:26 AM

    Billy Hallowell writes at the Blaze:

    Evangelist Franklin Graham is hitting back at PayPal's decision to cancel plans to expand to Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest over the state's enactment of a controversial transgender bathroom bill, saying that the company deserves the "hypocrite of the year award!"

    "Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: 'PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position'," Graham wrote on his Facebook page.

    Graham "said that the North Carolina law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory late last month, was advanced to help protect women and children against sexual predators, and that he applauds the effort," Hallowell reports.

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