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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mychal Massie Calls Out Sharpton, Fauntroy on So-Called Tea Party Racism

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2011, 08:53 AM

Christopher Goins writes at CNSNews.com:

Will the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Urban League chairman Marc Morial, and former D.C. congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy show up Monday afternoon to debate talk show host Mychal Massie about their incendiary allegations about the Tea Party being racist?

Mychal Massie is also chairman of Project 21's National Advisory Council.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Obama's Homosexual Anti-America

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2011, 08:28 AM

Writing at the Washington Times, Jeffrey Kuhner responds to Obama's decision to ignore attacks upon the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act:

Contrary to the claims of liberals, marriage is not a “civil right” -- something to be dispensed at the behest of anyone who wishes it. If this were true, it would unleash the floodgates. Polygamy, “transgender” unions, bestiality, pedophilia -- all forms of deviant sexual behavior could claim discrimination. It is a recipe for moral anarchy and social disintegration. For centuries, public acceptance of homosexuality has been identified with decadence, decline and the fall of civilizations.

Throughout history, especially in the West, traditional marriage has had a distinct status. It is a sacred union between a man and a woman. Its primary -- although not sole -- role is to create and socialize children. It is the most effective means by which societies not only reproduce, but transmit the mores of one generation to the next. It is the linchpin of any stable, successful culture. To weaken -- or worse, transform -- it inevitably leads to societal collapse. Babylon, ancient Greece and Rome all withered away because of internal moral rot.

If Obama is successful in his campaign to discriminate against the Creator of the Declaration, and against the Creator's norms for human sexuality and married life, he may well go down in history as the president who delivered the final gleeful blow in the murdering of America.

But he will not succeed. He will fail, justice will be done, and America as a nation conceived in liberty, under God, will live. Those who pledge sacred honor never give up.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Coalition of 34,000 Black Churches Blasts Obama on Marriage

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2011, 09:34 AM

"A coalition of 34,000 black churches is blasting President Barack Obama's decision to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage," reports OneNewsNow.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Democracy: An Offense to Liberty

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2011, 11:17 AM

In other words, there's a reason we have the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and not the "Battle Hymn of the Democracy." Walter Williams explains.

Sarah Palin Promotes Herman Cain

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2011, 08:19 AM

"It is certainly unusual for a potential presidential candidate to promote a potential rival, so eyebrows were raised Tuesday when Sarah Palin used her Facebook page (2.8 million followers) and her Twitter account (422,000 followers) to promote an Investor's Business Daily column by Herman Cain," writes Robert Stacy McCain at American Spectator.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rep. Allen West Offers a Few Choice Words to CAIR -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2011, 06:35 PM

This video says it all. Here is a report from WorldNetDaily.

Teachers Letting Science Point to Creator

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2011, 07:05 AM

"A Christian educator is applauding a national survey that shows more than 900 biology teachers in public high schools are teaching creationism, which is thriving in the classroom," reports OneNewsNow.

"The New York Times recently brought attention to a survey published in an issue of Science magazine that shows only 28 percent of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendation of the National Research Council to only teach evolution," reports the news outlet.

"We really encourage teachers to teach multiple theories: evolution, creationism, intelligent design," says Finn Laursen, executive director of Christian Educators Association International.

"In other words," says Laursen, "just teach the science and let higher level of thinking speak for itself. . . . We know as followers of the biblical truth that if we just study science, it will point back to the Creator. And we even know the Creator's name."

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Union Fascism

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2011, 08:11 AM

"On Full Display in Wisconsin," says FrontPage Magazine.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Obama WANTS Wisconsin Mess

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2011, 07:30 AM

Quin Hillyer writes at American Spectator:

Over at NRO, Jay Nordlinger makes an incredibly good point: Barack Obama should be urging calm in Wisconsin, no matter WHAT side of the underlying issue he is on.

It is not just unpresidential of him, but despicable, for him in effect to be urging on the mass demonstrations.

But as J. Christian Adams, Justice Department whistle-blower extraordinaire, reminded me in an email accompanying this post of his, these are not only the tactics always favored by the left in general, but specifically the sorts of tactics Obama himself was trained in. . . .

"These are dangerous times," Hillyer concludes. "The Obama left will not go quietly into that good night. And they will not let their targets sleep quietly at night. They want their targets -- in the Wisconsin legislature, and at Speaker Boehner's house, and, watch, in other places as well -- to feel fear of the mob.

"I have news for them. We don't fear them."


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Video: Tea Party Activist Confronts Fleeing Wisconsin Democrats

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2011, 08:11 PM

"What's Your Name, Sir?" -- For some reason, the Wisconsin Democrats were in Illinois (according to the BGov headline).

The Wisconsin senators do an excellent impression of "Deer in Headlights." More at Big Government.

Hat tip: Mark Levin

Michelle Obama: The First Lady of Junk Science

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2011, 10:05 AM

"Just as the White House costumed Obamacare activists in white lab coats, the fashionable Mrs. O has cloaked her meddling anti-obesity crusade in medical fakery," writes Michelle Malkin.

Could someone please point out where in the Constitution Michelle Obama is authorized to live in our refrigerator? 

And speaking of anti-obesity crusades, shouldn't the fat-cats on Capitol Hill look in the mirror? And while looking, ask: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most obese of them all?"


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Egypt: Sex Assault on Lara Logan . . .

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2011, 10:28 AM

. . . Foreshadows the future of Egypt.

Orcs Beware: Pearcey Faculty Bios at Rivendell Sanctuary

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2011, 08:42 AM

We Ride to Rivendell: Here's the webpage.

Update
Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Sheriff Joe" Arpaio Leads Arizona Poll in Senate Race

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2011, 10:06 AM

Go Ahead, Make Our Day: "Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio led a field of potential Republican Senate candidates in Arizona with 21 percent in a poll of likely GOP primary voters last week," reports Roll Call.

It is "unclear how much interest he has in running for Senate versus running for re-election as sheriff," Roll Call continues. "But he is being urged by his supporters to pursue the Congressional seat, according to a GOP strategist in Arizona."

Espresso Crisis? 10 Best Coffee Machines

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2011, 08:12 AM

If you have espresso or cappuccino on the mind, think upon these machines.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Sources: GOProud Outed for CPAC 2012

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2011, 11:00 PM

"The homosexual activist group GOProud, whose inclusion in the Conservative Political Action Conference here last year and last week stirred controversy within the largest annual conservative gathering, will not be welcomed back next year, sources tell WND."

Schlafly: Palin's No Feminist

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2011, 08:47 AM

Because she's "done everything," rejects "victimology," and is a success. "Besides she is pretty," says Schlafly. More at The Daily Caller.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

New CPAC Chief: Jury Still Out on GOProud

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2011, 09:03 AM

"The jury still is out on the continued participation by GOProud, a group that openly works on behalf of homosexuals, in the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to CPAC's new chairman, Al Cardenas," reports WorldNetDaily.

"I intend to form a comprehensive vetting process on each CPAC participant, especially at the organizational level," the new chairman told WND. 

"As we develop the vetting process," Cardenas said, "I want to make sure it satisfies our friends, including those at [the Heritage Foundation]," which boycotted this year's event. "I am determined to bring back into the fold those who have been long-term conservative friends of CPAC."

Reagan & CPAC: What Would "the Gipper" Do About GOProud?

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2011, 08:17 AM

Sandy Rios writes at her new blog:

With the constant invocation of "what would Reagan do," the amnesia about what he actually did do and say about conservatism is amazing. In the midst of a grand celebration of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, many Republicans rush to claim his name while ignoring his principles. Reagan worked tirelessly to coalesce social, economic and national defense conservatives and when he succeeded he won big. It wasn’t a political tactic to him. It was congruous with clear thinking and the resulting success came not by contrivance but by nature.

But some people who claim his legacy seem to have forgotten. 

Washington Insiders have successfully convinced the Tea Party movement to stick to lower taxes and smaller government. The social issues will divide us, the Wise Men of the Beltway advise. But will lower taxes and smaller government alone save the Republic? 

Hence the activism of GOProud, a pro-homosexual group that supports "open homosexuality in the military and hate crimes." This group has a "prominent place at the influential, D.C., gathering known as CPAC and other once clear-thinking conservative organizations," Rios writes. 

"To further make the point, 'Go-Proud' issued a release blasting potential Presidential contender, Tim Pawlenty, for his opposition to gays in the military. 

"Many groups and individuals have withdrawn from CPAC for this embrace, understanding that while individual homosexuals may be conservative and welcome in the party, organizations formed around gay advocacy are at odds with the moral principles that bring sanity and clarity to it all.

"Order in government . . . order in finance . . . and order in the family produce solid foundations upon which wealth and happiness are both attainable," Rios concludes. "Ronald Reagan understood that.  And if we are going to claim his legacy, so should we."

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Trump: Obamacare Unconstitutional

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2011, 09:04 AM

And it should be repealed, said The Donald to The CNSNews.com.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

10 Questions With Tea Party Review Editor

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2011, 09:43 AM

Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller asks Tea Party Review editor Steven Allen 10 questions.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

CPAC Homosexuals vs. CPAC Conservatives

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2011, 10:40 AM

Nikitas3 at RedState explains why "homosexuality is not a conservative agenda item" and therefore why "GOProud should not be embraced by CPAC."

Comment: If American conservatism wishes to be true to the Creator of the Declaration, that entails respecting the Creator's healthy and liberating content for human sexuality and family life.

Unfortunately, the homosexual agenda of GOProud despises this emancipation and therefore by its own choice places itself outside of and against the center of the American experiment.

Homosexual activists are happy to use the terminology of freedom -- "rights," "fairness," "equality," "nondiscrimination," etc. -- but their program rejects the Creator and therefore subverts the meaning and direction of these terms.

"Rights" devolve into mere power, "fairness" becomes homosexual hegemony, "equality" becomes state-imposed same-sex privilege, and "nondiscrimination" becomes state-sponsored aggression against the Creator's norms for social life. 

Consistent with the Founding vision, CPAC should be encouraged to remain true to life in community with the Creator and should challenge homosexual activists to do the same.

Any conservatism that rejects the Creator who is the basis of unalienable rights, human freedom, and human dignity is clearly a conservatism not worth conserving. That kind of conservatism would be extremism against the enduring mainstream of the American experiment.

I hope CPAC corrects course. The alternative would be a shame and an unnecessary one at that. Don't let a GOProud moment become a CPAC fall.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pawlenty: Proud of Evangelical Label

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2011, 11:37 AM

"Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has told conservative activists in Iowa that he and his wife are proud to be identified as evangelical Christians," reports AP.

According to AP, "Pawlenty told them, 'This is a country founded under God,' adding 'that leads you to other values, starting with a respect for life.' Pawlenty also expressed his opposition to same-sex 'marriage'."

Good for Pawlenty. However, the position he advocates is stronger than his current expression of it, as reported by AP.

For a) that this country was "founded under God" is a fact, not a mere "value." The language of "value" is the language of private preference, in contrast to facts, which concerns that which is objectively true regardless of what a person might privately "value."

And b) God operates in the realm of fact and is not reducible to the realm of "value" (or feeling, belief, etc., etc.). That is the entire emphasis of the verifiable information we have in the Old and New Testaments. For more on this, please see "Christmas Spirit in Space and Time." 

Finally, c) the liberating ethical positions against social breakdown as expressed in the secular embrace of abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex "marriage" also concern matters of fact -- that is, ethical fact.

There are of course differences between that which is scientific and that which is ethical. The difference, however, is not at the point of facticity but at the point of the difference between "is" and "ought." In a unified and liberating field of knowledge both "is" and "ought" have to do with the real world and are subject to the normal canons of reason, evidence, coherence, and the need to explain the phenomenon under question.

It is crucial to recognize that the worldview of the Founding and the worldview of the Judeo-Christian position rest on the unity of truth (as opposed to the fragmentation of truth) and that this means statements of science and statements of ethical principle are both to be regarded as asserting that which is objectively the case in the external world, as opposed to casting science into the realm of "fact" and casting "religion," "faith," "meaning," and "ethics" into the realm of "value."

The escape into mere values signals breakdown and decline, not wholeness and progress. It is therefore a step forward when public figures such as Pawlenty assert publicly that this country was "founded under God." It is an even greater step forward into truth and liberation to realize that this God, this Creator, is himself a public figure. The space-time Creator who is the source of unalienable rights is the ultimate critique of statism.

For more on the case to liberate Christianity and evangelicalism from the fact/value dichotomy, please see Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcey. Her new book Saving Leonardo is a plea to liberate culture itself from secularism and its unavoidable fragmentation in thought and practice.

Here is Tim Pawlenty's "Freedom First" website.

New Magazine: Tea Party Review

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2011, 09:18 AM

The Tea Party Review debuts this week. Here's the website of the "first national magazine for, by and about the Tea Party Movement."

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Classic Video: Rickles Roasts Reagan

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2011, 01:23 PM

From Tucker and the gang at Daily Caller: "Rickles goes on a tear, making fun of President Reagan, Vice President Bush, Secretary of State George Schultz — even Nancy!" Here's the video at YouTube.

Top Planned Parenthood Flack Worked for PBS, NBC News

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2011, 09:35 AM

Stuart Schear, now VP of communications at the infamous Planned Parenthood, "may be really earning his money right now, since the networks remain silent on the Live Action exposes of Planned Parenthood," writes Tim Graham.


Friday, February 4, 2011

American Spectator Reviews "Saving Leonardo"

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2011, 12:18 PM

In "Poured Concrete for the Soul," Dan Peterson at American Spectator says Saving Leonardo is an "ambitious, synoptic undertaking, but Pearcey traces cause and effect deftly and clearly, without any sacrifice of nuance or accuracy. The breadth of learning that she brings to bear is formidable."

Peterson shows an appreciation of the cultural and moral scope of Saving Leonardo: 

Although a great portion of the book discusses the arts, in one sense that is not her real subject at all. Her subject is the intellectual underpinnings of Western society over the past 250 years, how those underpinnings have radically shifted, and how those shifts affect -- well, everything, including not just the arts, but culture, morals, and even our concepts of truth and reality. Art mirrors underlying beliefs, and is a harbinger of where those beliefs are taking us. In recent times, the news has not been good.

I am glad Peterson notes that the scope of Saving Leonardo includes a concern for human freedom and dignity, two foundational elements of a free and civil society that secularism does not have the intellectual or spiritual resources to sustain. He writes:

The book is in no sense a dispassionate history of the rise of secularism in society or in the arts. In an age drenched in false ideas, Pearcey's avowed goal is to help her readers "recognize and resist secular ideas in science, philosophy, ethics, the arts and humanities." Thinkers and artists have in recent times created "worldviews that undermine human dignity and liberty," and the only hope, she argues, lies in a worldview that is "rationally defensible, life affirming, and rooted in creation itself."

Peterson's thoughtful review also appears in the hardcopy February 2011 issue of American Spectator. In other magazine news, an article in The Economist recently described Nancy Pearcey as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual."

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Obama Invokes "Faith" in Justifying Statism

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2011, 08:17 AM

Question Authority: At the National Prayer Breakfast, liberal president Barack Obama used Biblical theological symbols such as "faith," "Jesus," and "God" to advocate a theory and practice of government at odds with the Constitution, the Declaration, and the verifiable information, rooted in history, we have from the Creator.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

AdWatch: Bush Daughter Pushing Homosex "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2011, 11:09 AM

LifeSiteNews reports:

In her 22-second ad released Tuesday, produced by homosexual rights group The Human Rights Campaign, Ms. Bush said, “I’m Barbara Bush and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us.”

That's the Madison Avenue bait and switch. Here is the message the ad is really trying to sell:  

I’m Barbara Bush and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. I am for equality and that means I am not for the slavery of "marriage" in male-female community with our Creator, because I find that definition too narrow for my political agenda. 

Some people cling to an equality that comes from being a creature of God. But that outlook is too limiting. For one thing, it does not let me or my fellow New Yorkers create our own reality as we see fit. 

I am here to take a stand. I do not want to offend the diversity of my sincere feelings. Nor do I want to offend the diversity of sincere feelings of friends of mine in New York. 

I am Barbara Bush, and I am here to say that it sounds good, and makes me feel good, to say New York is about fairness and equality. I have learned in New York to choose words like "fairness" and "equality" to sugar coat my radicalism.

Because if you understood what I am really doing and if you understood that some of us in New York hope to impose our plan upon the rest of you, you may well resist. We also understand that you may prefer to cling to verifiable wisdom from the Creator instead of listening to what we have to say. We sense that your clinging would be a distraction from our wonderful plan for your life.

I'm Barbara Bush and I believe everyone should have the right to marry the person he or she loves. After all, who are we to limit love? I believe every evolved specimen of the universe -- every man, woman, and child, and every creature of nature -- ought to be able to enjoy union with the person or persons or objects they love. Who are we to limit love, limit personhood, limit marriage, limit rights?

I am Barbara Bush, and although no human being is able to create rights or standards of right and wrong out of thin air, out of 51 percent of the vote, or even 100 percent of the vote, I am going to assert that I can do so anyway.

And I will be strong. Even if I have to discriminate against the Creator -- and against the laws of nature and of nature's God -- in order to cling to my ideology, I am prepared to do so. My feelings about "marriage" are my feelings and because they are mine they cannot be wrong. 

I am Barbara Bush, and I say "marriage" is whatever I say it is: I feel it, I believe it, and that settles it.

Uh-Oh: Canary Island Spa Recreates Life in the Womb

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2011, 07:43 AM

If accurately recreated, that could be a very scary, if not deadly, room. One word: Abortion. Here's the story.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Atlanta

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2011, 01:45 PM

Nancy Pearcey will speaking in Atlanta, Ga., on Wed., April 27, 2011, at a "Reasonable Faith Atlanta Apologetics Event." 

A recent article in The Economist describes Nancy as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual." 

More details on this event to follow. For now, please see this announcement.  

Farah Blasts DeMoss Memo Touting Romney 2012 for Evangelicals

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2011, 09:15 AM

In "My Memo to Conservative and Evangelical Leaders," Joseph Farah writes:

Recently, high-powered Christian public-relations consultant Mark DeMoss sent a memo to unnamed conservative and evangelical leaders urging support of a non-evangelical, non-conservative candidate for the presidency in 2012. . . .

The premise of DeMoss' memo is that Mitt Romney's values about life, marriage, character and integrity are shared with conservatives and evangelicals. And that is just plain not true.

Go here to read Farah's "Memo to Conservatives and Evangelical Leaders."



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tea Party Leader: Tea Party the Result of Republican Failures Under Bush

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2011, 11:48 AM

"The Tea Party movement would not exist today if the Republicans had not failed under the Bush years," said U.S. Senate hopeful Jamie Radtke of Virginia to the newly formed Senate Tea Party Caucus.  

As I wrote last year, this failure takes us back to the breakdown following the Reagan years:  

The Republican collapse began after the Reagan administration. Reagan understood that American liberty is rooted in a particular political philosophy. It's a vision that declares independence under God instead of dependence under the state. Because Reagan understood there is a vision-for-freedom, he also understood the need to be able to explain and articulate that vision-for-freedom. Unfortunately, then-Vice President George Bush (the elder), despite eight years of seeing Reagan in action, and of seeing that kind of vision win landslide victories at the polls, never seemed to appreciate "the vision thing."

And so the Reagan vision of Americans knowing the "freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers" (from "A Time for Choosing") would be lost. In addition, the rationale and ability to articulate that vision would be lost. More than that, resources to stand up against a contrary vision would be lost -- even if that contrary vision is false.

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

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

Here is the National Journal report on Radtke's presentation at the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.

Radtke is a graduate of Liberty University and in 2009 served as the secretary/treasurer of "Restore the Founders' Vision."

For additional information on Radtke, go to the Jamie Radtke for Senate website.

Ronald Reagan's America

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2011, 09:38 AM

"The celebration of Ronald Reagan's life has come not a moment too soon for a dispirited, angry country momentarily derailed into the dead end of socialism," writes Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator.