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Friday, May 30, 2014

Massive, Intimate, Compelled: Federal Database May Include 227 Million Americans' SSNs, Entire Credit History, "Household Demographic Data," "Total Wealth and Assets"

By Rick Pearcey • May 30, 2014, 08:35 AM

Richard Pollock reports at the Washington Examiner

As many as 227 million Americans may be compelled to disclose intimate details of their families and financial lives -- including their Social Security numbers -- in a new national database being assembled by two federal agencies.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau posted an April 16 Federal Register notice of an expansion of their joint National Mortgage Database Program to include personally identifiable information that reveals actual users, a reversal of previously stated policy.

"Under the April register notice," the Examiner continues, "the database expansion means it will include a host of data points, including a mortgage owner’s name, address, Social Security number, all credit card and other loan information and account balances."

Also included will be a "mortgage holder’s entire credit history, including delinquent payments, late payments, minimum payments, high account balances and credit scores, according to the notice," the Examiner reports.

"The two agencies will also assemble 'household demographic data,' including racial and ethnic data, gender, marital status, religion, education, employment history, military status, household composition, the number of wage earners and a family’s total wealth and assets," according to the Examiner.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Report: Planned Parenthood Enables Rape, Sex Trafficking, Child Abuse

By Rick Pearcey • May 29, 2014, 09:33 AM

Tristyn Bloom reports at Daily Caller

A just-released investigation from pro-life organization Live Action accuses Planned Parenthood of complicity with statutory rape, sex trafficking, and child abuse -- all funded by American taxpayers.

"An organization this unscrupulous and dangerous -- an instrumental prosecutor of the 'war on women' we hear so much about in the news cycle . . . should not receive even a cent of American taxpayers' income," said Live Action founder Lila Rose in a statement Wednesday morning.

Here is Youtube video of "Lies, Corruption, and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood."

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ben Carson: 2nd Amendment Needed in Case Gov’t Goes "Off the Rail"

By Rick Pearcey • May 28, 2014, 10:29 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Dr. Ben Carson, author and retired pediatric neurosurgeon, said the "real reason" the Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment was because they knew it was possible for our government to "go off the rail" and try to  "dominate the people" and the citizens would need the means to protect themselves.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pakistan Woman Stoned to Death by Family for Marrying Man She Loved

By Rick Pearcey • May 27, 2014, 10:14 AM

Mubasher Bukhari reports at Reuters

A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan's top courts on Tuesday in a so-called "honor" killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer.

Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honor. Many Pakistani families think a woman marrying her own choice of man brings dishonor on the family.

"Around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year by their families in honor killings, according to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation," Reuters reports.

However, the "true figure is probably many times higher since the Aurat Foundation only compiles figures from newspaper reports," according to Reuters. "The government does not compile national statistics."

A "few cases" reportedly make it to court, "and those that do can take years to be heard. No one tracks how many cases are successfully prosecuted," Reuters reports.

"Even those that do result in a conviction may end with the killers walking free," according to Reuters. "Pakistani law allows a victim's family to forgive their killer."

"But in honor killings," Reuters continues, "most of the time the women's killers are her family, said Wasim Wagha of the Aurat Foundation. The law allows them to nominate someone to do the murder, then forgive him."

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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Benham Brothers and "Truly Being Persecuted" in America Now

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2014, 11:02 AM

Ken McIntyre writes at The Foundry

The twin brothers who lost their reality TV show when a website attacked their Christian beliefs say they’ll not only "stand up" to bullying intolerance but also keep a commitment to six families by selling their properties without taking a cent.

David and Jason Benham, who recently met and prayed with the six families scheduled to be on their canceled show, told Dana Loesch on her online show on TheBlaze TV that Christians in other countries face far worse than losing television deals.

"We are really not being persecuted in this country yet. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for," David Benham said. "So we just remember those folks that are truly being persecuted. And it really strengthens our resolve in this nation to really stand up to this bully, this agenda to silence, and say: 'OK, enough is enough.'"

The Benham brothers are correct to stand up to bullies, but the evidence suggests that they miss the mark when they say they are not "truly being persecuted."

True enough, the brothers are not being physically attacked, but physical assault is a later indicator, not an early indicator, of persecution.

I address this topic in "Easter and Other Four-Letter Words":

The "systematic efforts by those who seek to eradicate Christian principles from our schools and the public square should be seen for what it is -- persecution," said Rena Lindevaldsen, an attorney with Liberty Counsel. "Any avid observer of First Amendment issues will recognize that the efforts made by certain groups to 'maintain the separation of church and state' are blatantly discriminatory." For "only Christian teachings and beliefs are targeted for removal," and yet "secular humanism runs rampant in the schools" and "students are regularly taught Buddhist principles and Muslim beliefs."

But haven’t we been told that real persecution happens in other countries? Besides, how can Christians possibly be persecuted here in America, where they are in the majority? A brief look at the Biblical information on the word "persecution" may help clarify what we are talking about, and help us avoid overstating, or understating, what confronts us here in the States.

Biblically speaking, "persecution" can be understood to include a range of hostile actions against Christians. Consider the activities of Saul. In Acts 8, we learn that there "arose a great persecution against the church" and that "Saul was ravaging the church." Here the persecution was "great" but did not include killing or maiming, for Saul limited himself to dragging off "men and women" and committing "them to prison."

In Acts 9:1, Saul was "still breathing threats and murder against the disciples." Here, the persecution includes "threats" and a strong desire to kill Christians, as well as Saul’s attempt to acquire the authority to carry out the threats. Later, the great persecutor would be on hand to witness the stoning of Stephen, but Saul’s own action as a persecutor demonstrates that persecution is an activity that includes but is not limited to killing or maiming.

Consider also the career of Saul-turned-Paul, for he who once persecuted Christians later embraced Christianity. In 2 Tim. 3:11,12, Paul talks about the "persecutions and sufferings that happened" to him at "Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra." When we turn to Acts 13 and 14, we discover that "persecutions" include several elements. In Antioch, Paul’s teaching was opposed by people who drove Paul and Barnabas out of the district. In Iconium, unbelievers "poisoned [Gentiles’] minds" against Christianity and intended to "mistreat" and "stone" Paul and Barnabas, but the two of them left -- thus, Paul and Barnabas suffered persecution even though they had the good sense to leave before experiencing ill-treatment in a physically intense form.

In Lystra, the opposition pursued Paul and turned the crowds against him. He was stoned, dragged out of the city, and left for dead. Here we see persecution in many of its elements: Pursuit of the Christian, stirring up anti-Christian animus, and then decisive physical action based on that anti-Christian animus. It is this range of Biblical data that led one of my former professors in New Testament Greek to conclude that there are different kinds of persecutions: "physical, social, mental, and spiritual" (see W. Harold Mare, "Persecution," in Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology).

It seems clear that what we see in contemporary America is a form of persecution. This is simply to state a fact, a fact that should always be kept in balance even as it is acknowledged. "As a boy," Os Guinness of Trinity Forum told me, "I lived through the Chinese revolution and its wave of savage persecution against Christians, so we must always keep a sense of perspective. And of course, we must always respond, not with victim-playing, but in the way Jesus taught his followers to face hatred and opposition. But there's no doubt that prejudice and discrimination against the 'old faith' are mounting and that extreme persecution may be in the wings." . . .

"Persecution is simply the clash between two irreconcilable value-systems," wrote John R.W. Stott in Christian Counterculture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount. This is not to say that the clash of irreconcilable systems necessarily always results in physical or legal violence -- and Christians especially should take care not to persecute those with whom they have theological differences, as for example occurred when pre-Reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake in July 1415 at the Council of Constance.

And yet, Stott’s comment about the clash of irreconcilable systems offers insight into much of what we have today: A smaller, but more organized and culturally powerful secular elite gripped by an anti-Christian worldview has successfully targeted the larger but less-organized and culturally less-powerful Christian community in America.

The two groups represent mutually irreconcilable worldviews, with the secularists declaring that Christianity is at best a subjective crutch that belongs in the closet and that, at worst, is responsible for just about all the ills of the modern world. A smaller group with a vision, plan, and the will to execute the plan, often has the advantage over a larger group, even a majority, if that larger group lacks these strengths and instead fears its loss of privilege, influence, or its "personal peace and affluence," as Francis Schaeffer once put it.

The Christian community as a whole has yet to mount an effective answer to the challenge of today’s low-intensity persecution in America. What is needed is an answer that says (and demonstrates, observably) that Christianity is a total way of life based on verifiable truth about God, humanity, and the universe, and that the Judeo-Christian worldview alone gives an adequate intellectual and livable basis for the dignity of man and human creativity, the fight against evil and injustice, and the possibility of substantial healing across the whole of private and public life, including government, law, and education. We have to ask ourselves: If we have yet to sufficiently challenge the milder opposition we now face in America, what makes us think we will be ready if we have to face forms of "extreme persecution” that "may be in the wings"? 

Thankfully, we in America have not yet faced the kind of systematic persecution that Guinness lived through as a boy in China and that others even now face in North Korea, China, in Islamic nations, and so on, around the globe. We should be thankful not just because friends and families are not being harmed, but also because the relative freedom we still enjoy in this land can be used to better provide aid to our brothers and sisters afflicted elsewhere around the globe.

Having said this, let us not forget that Christians in America have been subjected to a measure of lethal anti-Christian violence. We can think of the three students in Paducah, Ky., who in December 1997 were gunned down at Heath High School, where they had gathered in the lobby to pray. Five other members of the group were wounded. Then in April 1999, among the many casualties of Columbine High School in Colorado were one wounded and two murdered Christian students (the killers reportedly asked students, "Do you believe in God?").

Then in September 1999, seven people died and seven were wounded at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth after a gunman fired into a congregation gathered for a Wednesday night prayer meeting. Those who think that severe, organized persecution could never happen here may want to consider the implications of abortion in America: that secularists are willing to spill human blood, even that of the innocent unborn, if they have the power and the law behind them. Is there anything more fascist than abortion?

"Social ostracism," wrote E.M. Blaiklock in The Christian in Pagan Society, "in the early history of the church preceded official persecution." There is a pattern in the move from milder to more extreme forms of persecution: First ostracize and demonize, then destroy. How many more years of the demonization of Christians will it take before the power-centers of society feel sufficiently emboldened to act against those who refuse to bend the knee to a modern Nero-class of government elites protected by activist supporters in the press, Hollywood, and on campus?

If the church, for example, can be demonized as a kind of cancer (which happened to a local congregation in Castle Hills, Texas, as Limbaugh’s Persecution reports), do we really think that anti-Christian hate groups will not employ this kind of sentiment to justify the attempt to remove the church and other "cancerous" groups from the body of society for the health of society? Christians are being persecuted in America, admitted one critic of the Limbaugh book, and they should be, according to this person -- because we live in a multicultural society.

"If Christians do not fight for the right to express their faith, they will soon find themselves living in an America where the more severe forms of persecution become mainstream," cautioned Lindevaldsen. Clearly, resisting the spirit of Herod and Pilate is not nearly as difficult as it some day may be, should the opposition actually enjoy the support of most Americans.

I concluded at that time, in days before Easter 2004: "There’s no need to wait for the arena and the full blast of evil against good. We can act now by waging love in small ways. Easter is at the door. Let the Easter eggs roll. Enjoy the colors of the day and the rising of the sun as it breaks over the horizon and casts the darkness away.

"But we might also remember to tell a friend what it’s all about. That there was in space and time and history circa A.D. 33 a huge stone that you could touch with your hands. The rock was set in front of a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea, guarded by flesh-and-blood Roman guards whose lives depended upon making sure the body of Jesus of Nazareth remained undisturbed by friend or foe. Everything went according to plan, according to fate, the laws of life and death, the gods of Rome, and according to the wishes of the political and religious elites. Until the stone moved."

FYI -- For more on persecution in America, please see Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, by David Limbaugh. I was honored to serve as primary editor of this book.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Louisiana Passes Bill That Could Shut Down 3 of State’s 5 Abortion Facilities

By Rick Pearcey • May 23, 2014, 10:14 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

A pro-life bill that could close three of Louisiana’s five abortion facilities is expected to become law next week once it receives the signature of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

HB 388, which requires all abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic, received overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduced by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat, it passed the state House by a vote of 88-5 on Wednesday. It passed the state Senate on May 14 by a margin of 34-3.

Jindal is "expected to sign" the bill," LifeSiteNews reports.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chipotle Next? Restaurant With "No Weapons" Sign Robbed at Gunpoint

By Rick Pearcey • May 22, 2014, 12:21 PM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:

A Durham, North Carolina, restaurant with a sign on its front door reading, "No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms," was robbed at gunpoint on May 19.

Gunsnfreedom.com published a photograph of the sign on May 21, making "The Pit" restaurant a self-declared gun free zone -- the same kind of zone Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pressure other restaurants into becoming.

According to Durham's ABC 11, around 9 PM "three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor." The armed men "also assaulted two employees during the crime." 

"The suspects are still on the loose," Hawkins writes. A reward has been offered for the "arrests and convictions of the suspects responsible," according to WNCN.com.

"When Chipotle announced their intended gun ban by saying the sight of law-abiding citizens carrying guns caused customers 'anxiety and discomfort,' Hawkins continues, Breitbart News asked a "simple question": 

If law-abiding citizens caused customers "anxiety and discomfort," what will those customers feel like when a criminal enters Chipotle, now confident that no victim in the restaurant is allowed to have a gun which which to fight back? 

"Perhaps the armed attack on 'The Pit' can be of some help in answering this question," Hawkins concludes.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2007: Then-Sen. Obama Blasted Bush for "Deplorable Conditions" at VA

By Rick Pearcey • May 21, 2014, 08:27 AM

Jim Geraghty writes at National Review:

Then-Senator Barack Obama, November 12, 2007: "After seven years of an Administration that has stretched our military to the breaking point, ignored deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals, and neglected the planning and preparation necessary to care for our returning heroes, America’s veterans deserve a President who will fight for them not just when it’s easy or convenient, but every hour of every day for the next four years."

By 2012, Obama continued to compare the performance of the VA during his administration favorably to his predecessor, declaring, "For the first time ever, we’ve made military families and veterans a top priority not just at DOD, not just at the VA, but across the government."

But now in 2014, under Obama's watch, "we know the report of at least 40 U.S. veterans dying waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system is only the tip of the iceberg." 



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bible Ban Lifted in Florida's Broward County Schools

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2014, 09:58 AM

In the face of legal action threatened by attorneys from Liberty Institute, Broward County Public Schools have "capitulated and will allow Bibles into the classroom," reports Ken Klukowski at Breitbart.

"In a letter dated Sunday, May 18, first obtained by Breitbart News, the school system has completely reversed course," Klukowski writes. "The letter tells Liberty Institute Litigation Director Hiram Sasser that the school 'does not ban the Bible' and specifies that students may read it during the same class times when it had been previously barred. The letter also says that the school will comply with Liberty Institute’s demand that all teachers be trained in what the Constitution requires by way of upholding students' First Amendment rights."

"Park Lakes Elementary School teacher Swornia D. Thomas [photo] reportedly reprimanded student Giovanni Rubeo for bringing his Bible to class, according to the Institute," the Washington Times reports. The school teacher "then ordered" Giovanni "to hand the Bible over and 'get his father on the phone,' the nonprofit said," according to the Washington Times.

In this voicemail, elementary school teacher Swornia Thomas says Giovanni "is not permitted to read those books in my classroom."



Monday, May 19, 2014

Police Now "Armed For War" Against Returning Veterans

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2014, 09:42 AM

"In an interview with Fox 59, a Morgan County, Indiana, Police Sergeant admits that the increasing militarization of domestic police departments is partly to deal with returning veterans who are now seen as a homegrown terror threat," Paul Joseph Watson writes at Infowars.

"In a chilling story entitled 'Armed for War: Pentagon Surplus Gives Local Police an Edge,' we learn how a Mine Resistant Vehicle (MRAP) which was once used during the occupation of Afghanistan will now be 'patrolling the streets of central Indiana,' according to the report," Watson continues.

Infowars then quotes Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, who states, "When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today. The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques."

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Women With More Feminine Faces Do Better in Politics

By Rick Pearcey • May 16, 2014, 09:47 AM

At The Health Site:

Researchers have highlighted voters' perception of traditional femininity, political competence. According to the Dartmouth College-led study, female politicians' success can be predicted by their facial features, especially in conservative states where women with more feminine faces tend to do better at the ballot box.

The researchers used software called MouseTracker that was developed by the study's senior author Jon Freeman, an assistant professor and director of the Social Cognitive and Neural Sciences Lab at Dartmouth.

"The Dartmouth-led study demonstrates for the first time that gendered cues uniquely predict female politicians' electoral success above and beyond competence, suggesting a discrepancy between traits used to evaluate male and female politicians," Health Site states.

"Freeman said that it's important to examine how facial cues could inadvertently affect female politicians' electoral success, especially given the possibility of a female U.S. president in the near future and the rising number of women in Congress," according to Health Site.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Theaters Tonight: Nancy Pearcey in Encore Performance of "Irreplaceable"

By Rick Pearcey • May 15, 2014, 08:48 AM

"Due to the overwhelming response, Fathom Events has agreed to an encore performance for Thursday May 15th at 7:30 p.m.," Pearcey Report editor at large and "movie star" Nancy Pearcey writes on her Facebook page.

Here's our first posting in Pro-Existence on this project.

To buy tickets and find locations for tonight's event, please click here

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Banned Benham Brothers Will Let "Free Market" Decide Fate of TV Show

By Rick Pearcey • May 14, 2014, 09:03 AM

Ken McIntyre and Alissa Tabirian write at The Foundry:

Twin brothers whose Christian beliefs on marriage and the sanctity of life got their real estate show canceled by a cable network before it ever aired say they’re open to other TV offers if "the free market" will allow it.

Pressure generated by a left-wing website led to HGTV’s dropping Flip It Forward, the show that was to feature David and Jason Benham. The unstated reason: One or both twins expressed what they consider Bible-based views in support of marriage as a man-woman union and in opposition to abortion on demand.

Now, though, one or more other networks could make a play for the Benham brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A dispatch by Paul Bond identifies INSP -- a "traditional values" television outlet that reaches 75 million household -- as one suitor.

Comment (updated, from my Facebook page):  

I would like to see this show make it to the air. The Benham brothers have been attacked for remaining true to marriage (as opposed to marriage counterfeits) and respectful of all humans (even the preborn!).

Their views are consistent with science, biology, the Declaration of Independence (unalienable rights), and sound ethics rooted in verifiable information from a knowable Creator who welcomes questions and dialogue from free-thinking human beings.

Unfortunately, homosexual activists and their allies are so into their agenda that they have abandoned the rules of freedom in pursuit of what they want.

Not surprisingly, having abandoned the rules of freedom, homosexualists now impose unfreedom -- they oppress, silence, castigate, and condemn.

Not exactly "gay," if you ask me. More like victimizer than victim, if you ask me.

A people of freedom and dignity questions this.

In the face of such rage and ugliness, yes, we ask questions.

Intelligence revolts.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hollywood Hate: Meet the Anti-Christians Behind the Attack on David and Jason Benham of HGTV

By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2014, 10:07 AM

Alex Pappas reports at The Daily Caller:

Meet the well-funded advocacy network of liberal groups that orchestrated the successful ouster of the Benham Brothers from HGTV.

Until last week, David and Jason Benham were set to host a new home-renovation show on the Home and Garden Television network, called Flip It Forward.

But all that changed after an obscure website called Right Wing Watch drew negative attention to the Benham's conservative views on abortion and gay marriage. The website vilified the hosts with the headline, "HGTV Picks Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Extremist For New Reality TV Show."

"The story shed light on how the hosts' father, Flip Benham, is an outspoken evangelical minister who leads an anti-abortion group," the DC reports. "It also revealed that one of the hosts, David Benham, led a prayer rally in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention, and has spoken out against gay marriage."

According to The Daily Caller, "A number of news outlets credited Right Wing Watch with drawing attention to the Benham’s pro-life, pro-traditional marriage views."

You may be wondering "What is Right Wing Watch and who is behind it? The answer," the DC reports, is the "anti-Christian conservative effort in Hollywood."

Right Wing Watch is a "project of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, which started with an assist from the left-wing Tides Foundation," The DC explains."

"People for the American Way was founded with help from former television Norman Lear, a Hollywood executive producer credited with starting the anti-Christian-right movement in the 1980s," the DC continues.

"This left-wing network of groups -- and the people who run them -- have been connected to past campaigns to silence television personalities who have expressed conservative beliefs on social issues," according to the DC.

"The president of People for the American Way is Michael Keegan, a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)," the DC reports. "GLAAD was involved in last year’s unsuccessful effort to permanently remove Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after his well-publicized comments about gays."

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fascist Love: Meet the New Nazis -- and Their Victims

By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2014, 08:34 AM

David Kupelian writes at WND:

Remember when, a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich called the forced resignation of Brendan Eich as Mozilla CEO an "open, blatant example of the new fascism"? Charles Krauthammer called it "totalitarian," Pat Buchanan labeled it "the new blacklist" and RedState headlined it as "a fascist purge." Even foulmouthed leftist comedian Bill Maher described the perpetrators as the "gay mafia," while well-known "gay" media personalities condemned it, Andrew Sullivan saying it "disgusts me" and radio talker Tammy Bruce calling out the "gay gestapo."

As everyone knows, Eich -- the tech prodigy who created JavaScript and co-founded Mozilla, maker of the popular Firefox browser -- had committed the unpardonable sin of donating, years earlier, $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 upholding traditional marriage. And when he was forced out as CEO of his company, it seemed everyone was shocked -- shocked -- at this singularly egregious injustice.

However, in reality, what happened to Brendan Eich -- widely denounced as "fascist," "totalitarian," "mafia"-like and "gestapo"-like -- is not only not unusual in today’s America, it has become a routine and disgraceful part of the normal warp and weft of our daily lives . . . .

Read more here.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Ukrainian Jews Form Volunteer Defense Force to Combat Anti-Semitic Attacks

By Rick Pearcey • May 9, 2014, 10:27 AM

Haaretz.com reports:  

Ukrainian Jews with combat skills formed a rapid intervention force to stop anti-Semitic attacks.

The force, which was set up in recent weeks, currently is made up of eight men who served in the Ukrainian or Israeli armies or have martial arts skills, the team’s founder, Tzvi Arieli [here is his Facebook page], told JTA Thursday.

"Protect the Jews in Ukraine" is the title of the force's Facebook page

The purpose of the volunteer team from Kiev is to "combat antisemitic attacks and ensure safety of the 110,000 strong Jewish community," says the "About" section of the group's Facebook page.



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hillary Clinton Wouldn't Label Islamist Kidnappers Terrorists

By Rick Pearcey • May 8, 2014, 12:01 PM

At Newsmax:

The State Department under former Secretary Hillary Clinton repeatedly declined to add to its official list of foreign terrorists an al-Qaida-linked militant Islamist group which kidnapped 200 girls last month and another eight girls this week from a village in northeastern Nigeria.

After Boko Haram bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja in 2011, Clinton fought for almost two years against designating the group as a terrorist organization, despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and more than a dozen senators and congressmen, The Daily Beast reported.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

University Reverses Professor's Ban on Graduates Thanking God

By Rick Pearcey • May 7, 2014, 01:01 PM

Fox News reports:

Officials at East Carolina University are telling students to disregard instructions from a chemistry professor who told them they were prohibited from mentioning God during a departmental graduation ceremony.

In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Assistant Professor Eli Hvastkovs told his students to prepare "family friendly" statements for the chemistry department's recognition event. He said the remarks should refrain from mentioning God. 

"I've had some submissions that needed to be edited. So here are some guidelines," Hvastkovs says in the email. 
 
The professor's first guideline states, "You can't thank God. I'm sorry about this -- and I don't want to have to outline the reasons why."

"University officials told WNCT-TV the email was not authorized by the school and that the incident is being used to boost awareness of students' free speech rights," Fox continues.

"In a separate email to chemistry students this week, ECU Provost Dr. Marilyn Sheerer said that religious references 'of any type' will not be restricted," according to Fox.

"These statements can be your personal expressions and as such the University will only limit these expressions, as permitted by applicable First Amendment law," Sheerer is quoted as saying.

"In an interview with Campus Reform last week, Hvastkovs defended the e-mail, which he said was necessary because too many students recognized religious figures during last year's ceremony," Fox reports.

"It's not a religious ceremony," Hvastkovs is quoted as saying. "It's purely educational."

Comment: Officials at East Carolina University are correct in their decision to tell students to disregard instructions that prohibit the mention of God during a chemistry department graduation ceremony.

For one thing, there is nothing in chemical science that prohibits the Creator. In fact, it's the other way around, for God is a science-starter, not a science-stopper. Chemists or professors of chemistry who believe in materialism or naturalistic philosophy may reject the concept of a Creator, but this is their philosophy talking, not their science talking. And it is poor philosophy at that.

Second, there is nothing in the First Amendment that prohibits science students, or any student of any academic discipline in the United States, from thanking God during graduation. Again, it's quite the other way around. What the First Amendment places limits upon is Congress (not students) -- "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Needless to say, students of East Carolina University are not Congress. And whether such students decide to thank God or not, this is a matter of no Constitutional concern to the federal government.

Regarding the professor's comment that graduation is an "educational" ceremony, not a "religious" one, I should point out the Judeo-Christian worldview is in no way "religious" in the manner that the professor seems to have in view. This worldview is profoundly pro-education.

The Judeo-Christian worldview is open to verification, for example, to questioning and critical thinking, and does not ask for commitment divorced from facts, empirical evidence, or solid reasoning. That view of "faith" is sub-Biblical and speaks more of a dumbed-down secularism or age-old gnosticism that no thinking, creative person serious about the basic questions of life ought to embrace.

The thought-forms expressed in the data of the Judeo-Christian worldview encourage science, encourage the life of the mind, and encourage the wholistic, non-hypocritical application of truth across all of life.

It is the sort of thing that if true, ought to be affirmed but that, if false, ought to be rejected. I must say, as a free-thinker, this is a mentality I greatly appreciate.

The whole point is that of verifiable and knowable truth that sets human beings free -- across the whole of life and in the depths of human existence.

For what reason? So that human beings might experience substantial healing in relationship to the Creator, to our fellow man, and to the cosmos.

Nothing could be more natural than that students and professors of chemistry (and even chemistry itself) express the thankfulness that arises in response to the verifiable Ultimate Person who embedded the possibility of chemistry in the natural order in the first place.

Education is doxology. It leaves religion far behind.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Americans Now "Racist" for Waving American Flag

By Rick Pearcey • May 6, 2014, 09:41 AM

Bob Unruh writes at WND:

Americans now are being blasted as "racist" for the simple act of waving an American flag.

It happened Monday in California to a small group of protesters who waved U.S. flags in front of a school where officials had banned the practice to avoid violence threatened by Hispanic students celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The controversy developed in 2010, when school officials ordered students not to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on the Mexican holiday. The ban has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

The controversy brought a small group of protesters out Monday, and the community reacted immediately.

“What’s wrong with these white people holding up American flags in Morgan hill??? Racist a-holes,” wrote Gia Lee in a feed monitored by Twitchy.

"The report also noted the school superintendent was confirming that students wearing American flag-themed shirts on Monday 'won’t be kicked out," according to Unruh at WND. "Read that sentence again and then cringe at the fact that had to be said in the United States,' the Twitchy report said."

Unruh also writes that the "San Francisco Chronicle reported a group called Gilroy-Morgan Hill Patriots stood in front of Live Oak High School for about an hour waving American flags.

"The protest followed the decision earlier this year by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that school officials, in a dispute four years ago, were right to suspend the First Amendment rights of students who wanted to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on Cinco de Mayo."

Here is the website for Live Oak High School. The principal is Lloyd Webb.



Monday, May 5, 2014

Guns and Girls: "Love at First Shot"

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2014, 10:16 AM

Jonathon M. Seidl writes at the Blaze:

"For many women, a public range can actually be the first barrier to picking up a gun, simply because they don’t know what to expect." 

That's how the introduction to the new NRA show, Love at First Shot, begins. And if you’re a woman who’s ever been intimidated by the thought of going to the gun range, it's entirely dedicated to you.

It's a show for the female shooter, and really for the beginning female shooter, although it’s great for anybody,” Natalie Foster, an NRA commentator, new wife, gun enthusiast and blogger told TheBlaze. 

Foster hosts the show, which just launched on the NRA Women website. "There’s no content out there to help navigate the world of firearms, and it can get so overwhelming."

So the NRA and Foster set out to change that.

"We wanted to give women a starting point, a friendly face, a friendly format to where they can just click on it and say, 'OK, this is what I should expect going to the range for the first time'," the Blaze quotes Foster as saying at a recent NRA convention in Indianapolis.

The first episode of Love at First Shot is titled "First Trip to the Range" and covers a lot of ground in just over 15 minutes. Watch it here.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

"Sterling Is Being Punished for His Thoughts"

By Rick Pearcey • May 2, 2014, 10:21 AM

Ben Stein writes:

A few lowly thoughts about Mr. Donald Sterling, his private conversations with his mistress, the media lynching of him, and the actions of the NBA sanctioning him severely for those private thoughts and comments.

"It’s a slippery slope," said billionaire sports club owner Mark Cuban when asked about the sanctions. . . . he’s right.

Sterling is being punished for his thoughts. He is being punished for actions that make the NBA look bad even though they were not actions at all, but thoughts. . . .

The head of the NBA. Hailed as a hero. Brave. Decisive. I don’t get it. He was just bullied into taking the path the media demanded. He made a rush to judgment without the slightest thought to the ramifications of his actions in a Constitutional democracy. He’s not a hero. A hero would have insisted on taking some time to study the consequences of his actions. But he did what the media demanded. So he’s a hero to them.

"And meanwhile," Stein continues, "out there in America, the black person’s world is in chaos. Wildly higher school dropout rates than among whites. Demolished family structure. Terrifyingly higher arrest and incarceration rates than whites. A drug plague. These are catastrophes and the media ignores them. But one lone old rich drunk who talked too much to his mistress. . . oh, we’ll nail him and things will be great in the world of blacks."

Stein concludes: "I am telling you, we are in a bad way here. I hate racism but I love freedom and we are throwing it away with both hands."

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nancy Pearcey Appears on Film in 700-Plus Theaters May 6

By Rick Pearcey • May 1, 2014, 04:29 PM

Are families, moms, and dads irreplaceable? Or is family merely a social construct that can be removed or changed at will to suit the agendas of those who wield political and cultural power at a particular moment in history?

To help answer questions like this, Pearcey Report editor at large and best-selling author Nancy Pearcey will appear on film in some 700-plus theaters nationwide this coming Tuesday, May 6, as part of a new documentary titled Irreplaceable.

Irreplaceable is a "special event in theaters nationwide from Focus on the Family," states Irreplaceablethemovie.com.

Nancy was interviewed for the film on the campus of Houston Baptist University, where she is a professor of apologetics and scholar in residence. Nancy has an honorary doctorate from Cairn University, and her next book is near ready to be sent to the publishers. Her previous books include Total Truth and Saving Leonardo

In this new film project, Nancy is joined by radio host Michael Medved, philosopher Roger Scruton, and other thought leaders, as host Tim Sisarich (in photo above) travels around the world to "find out whether the adage 'If the family fails, society fails' is actually true," states FathomEvents.com.

"In their view of the family, Americans have been deeply affected by what is called social contract theory, propounded by thinkers such as Locke and Rousseau," Nancy states in an interview at The Family Project.

"American conservatives tend to be influenced by Locke, while liberals think more along the lines of Rousseau. But in both cases, the heart of social contract theory is the idea that the ultimate starting point is the individual, the autonomous self," she explains.

On this view, however, "where then do social institutions, like the family, come from?" she asks. Answer: "They are products of choice."

Nancy argues that the "implications" of this view "are staggering. Social contract theory implies that we agree to be in relationships when they meet our needs. Relationships are essentially redefined as products of enlightened self interest. Thus if a marriage relationship is not meeting my needs, then I can choose to leave.  If the origin of marriage is individual choice, then marriage is subject to the whim of the individual."  

No wonder," she concludes, "marriage has become so fragile in our day."

In an article published at American Thinker and The Pearcey Report, I argue that marriage "has a normative meaning. It refers to the diversity of male and female, one man plus one woman, united in love, service, and commitment for life. Its merit derives not from tradition or from being a 'value preference,' a social construct, a belief system, or a crutch of the bourgeoisie."

Rather, "marriage should be respected in terms parallel to the concept of freedom and unalienable human rights endowed by the Creator. Marriage is thereby recognized as an unalienable societal structure embedded by the Creator into the architecture of creation and into the essence of human nature. People who smash marriage end up smashing themselves as well, as does anyone who defies gravity by jumping off a cliff without a parachute."

We would encourage you to consider seeing Irreplaceable.

To find a theater near you, go here. Using the website's interactive map, I counted 12 viewing locations in the Houston area.

And to buy tickets for this one-night event, go here. 

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Video: Black Teens Assault White Student on School Bus

By Rick Pearcey • May 1, 2014, 09:36 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at Breitbart.com:  

This week near Dover, Delaware, a viral video appears to show another instance of black-on-white violence among high school students.

The shaky cell phone video shows a group of black teenage boys punching, knocking down, and kicking a white teenage boy, leaving him dazed and confused on the school bus floor.

"The attack is part of a pattern of racial violence I have documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It," Flaherty concludes.

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