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Friday, August 29, 2014

Prayer for Injured Teen Sparks Atheist Outrage

By Rick Pearcey • August 29, 2014, 10:06 AM

Todd Starnes writes at Fox News:

The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches.

So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured teammate.

But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation -- a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.

An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools -- accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.

Memo to these tyrannical atheists: Nothing in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits players, coaches, teachers, cheerleaders, principals, janitors, mayors, governors, pastors, moms or dads, presidents or congressmen, etc., etc., from praying for injured football players at any time or in any venue.

The limitation demanded, by force of law, in the 1st Amendment is on the U.S. Congress. The Congress "shall make no law respecting an establishmet of religion, or probiting the free exercise thereof."

So as long as a coach, player, teacher, or pastor, etc., acting as Congress, is not making a federal law that establishes a national state church over the entire United States, well, they can pray to their hearts' and minds' content.

Equally so, as long as the aforementioned are not making a law that prohibits "the free exercise" of religion, well, they again are in the clear.

It's called freedom, under God. Just like the Declaration of Independence talks about (you remember that part about "unalienable rights" given by the Creator, don't you?). 

And, of course, the point of ratifying the U.S. Constitution was to establish a body politic that fleshed out the norms and principles of the Declaration.

Freedom under God is an everlasting norm of human freedom and dignity.

Not only is this true, but it happens to foster the creation of societies more humane and more free that what one might find in alternative approaches -- say, in the consistently atheistic USSR, the inhumane Red China of Mao, or in the humanity-hating and Christianity-hating Germany under National Socialism.

We know from logic and the evidence of history where the dictates of the likes of the FFRF lead. Go ahead and huff and puff, dear radicalized atheists. 

Meanwhile, we shall stand for freedom, for humanity, which happens to include living in community with God and man. In free America, you get to speak in public. Even to God.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Have Business, Will Travel: Dozens of Companies Leave America Under Obama

By Rick Pearcey • August 28, 2014, 08:49 AM

Ben Shapiro writes at Breitbart:

On Tuesday, Burger King announced that it would spend some $11 billion to buy Tim Hortons Inc., a Canadian breakfast food chain, then merge Burger King into it, thereby turning what was once a major American company into a major Canadian one. As the Washington Post reports, Burger King would "move the company’s headquarters to Canada, where corporate taxes are significantly lower."

This process, called inversion, has been occurring more and more often, despite the fascistic suggestion by President Obama that headquartering outside the United States represents a betrayal of God and country. Members of the Obama administration have taken to labeling business inversions a lack of "economic patriotism" -- presumably under the assumption that to stay in America, cut jobs, and lose all profits in order to pay higher taxes represents a sort of higher moral value than moving one’s headquarters and continuing to pay millions of workers and reward consumers with better and cheaper products.

"Some 25 major companies have participated in tax inversions since President Obama took office," Shapiro concludes. "That trend will continue to accelerate as President Obama ratchets up the rhetoric and threatens harsher action against companies that dare to buck his high-tax priorities."



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction, Speed

By Rick Pearcey • August 27, 2014, 10:07 AM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications" . . . .

The possible real-world result? Jeffrey concludes:

Automated automobile warning systems based on accurate data broadcast by other people's cars and roadway infrastructure can save lives.

But as vehicles become fully automated, as they surely will, and the people in them no longer have absolute control over the vehicle's movements, a key question will be: Who does?

The inertia of the post-Constitution federal government is that of denying human freedom, self-determination, and dignity while couching this denial in promises of greater safety or some other promised benefit.

Don't fall for it, America. With the ever-increasing consolidation and monopolization of federal power, who or what will protect Americans from the life-denying and inhumane "protection" of the federal government itself?



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feds Creating Database to Monitor Political Activity, "Misinformation," "Social Pollution" on Twitter

By Rick Pearcey • August 26, 2014, 09:07 AM

Elizabeth Harrington reports at the Free Beacon:

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track "misinformation" and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor "suspicious memes" and what it considers "false and misleading ideas," with a major focus on political activity online.

"The 'Truthy' database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to 'detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution'," according to the Free Beacon.



Monday, August 25, 2014

"Duck Dynasty" Star Predicts Hollywood Will Produce More "Clean" Pro-Family Shows

By Rick Pearcey • August 25, 2014, 10:16 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson said he agreed that there is a large market for pro-family, pro-Christian shows like Duck Dynasty, and "they’ll be more shows" like it because if Hollywood can get millions of people to watch and "start making money," then it will "figure out a way to reproduce it."

He added that it would "be difficult" to reproduce a show exactly like Duck Dynasty, but a program that is "something the whole, entire family can enjoy, and it's clean and good" will come, they are "on the horizon."



Friday, August 22, 2014

Self-Defense Is a Biblical Obligation

By Rick Pearcey • August 22, 2014, 11:57 AM

Rabbi Aryeh Spero writes at American Thinker:

What is our obligation to those under fire from Islamic terrorists? Prayer is good, but not enough. Words of support are welcome, but not enough. What can one do when terrorists are not moved by our prayers or words of support for the hunted? Our religious obligation is to fight. 

We fight because self-defense is a mandate from the Bible -- the Torah, called by many the Old Testament. We fight to defend life. Because life is precious, the ultimate, we must defend it. The very definition of self-defense is permission to kill the one who is coming toward you to kill you. Self-defense is not simply our right to pray or support with words, but do whatever is needed to stay alive and protect our families.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender Is "Mental Disorder," Sex Change "Biologically Impossible"

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2014, 08:03 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a "mental disorder" that merits treatment, that sex change is "biologically impossible," and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Caller Congratulates TX Democrats for Turning Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drunk-Driving Conviction Into National News

By Rick Pearcey • August 20, 2014, 07:54 AM

Jim Treacher writes at the Daily Caller

Idicting Rick Perry seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, he’s a Republican who might run for president in 2016!

But now he’s fighting back . . . with Rosemary Lehmberg’s help.

For more on the Rosemary Lehmberg saga, watch this Youtube video titled "Setting the Record Straight."



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dershowitz: Perry Indictment "Totalitarian"

By Rick Pearcey • August 19, 2014, 09:16 AM

Wanda Carruthers reports at Newsmax:

The indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry over abuse of power and coercion is reminiscent of the way that political dissent was handled in the Soviet Union, legal scholar and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV's"America's Forum."

Dershowitz, who make clear he would never vote for Rick Perry, said Monday the governor's indictment was driven by politics and is representative of "what happens in totalitarian societies."



Monday, August 18, 2014

"Cultural Vandalism": Hotel Chain Removes Bibles From Rooms

By Rick Pearcey • August 18, 2014, 07:30 AM

At Fox News:

The decision by one of Britain’s largest hotel chains to remove Bibles from its rooms has sparked complaints from Christians.

Travelodge, which operates 500 hotels, says the Bibles were removed for "diversity reasons," citing the country’s increasing multicultural influences, the Daily Mail reported. The chain reportedly said that despite the recent uproar, the decision to remove the Bibles was made in 2007.

 

The company said in a statement that the move was designed so as “not to discriminate against any religion.” 

 

"The Church of England is not happy with the hotel’s policy," Fox News reports. "[It is] both tragic and bizarre that hotels would remove the word of God for the sake of ergonomic design, economic incentive or a spurious definition of the word 'diversity,'" Fox quotes the church as saying in a statement.

"Tim Stanley, a U.S. historian, makes the point that no one ever lodged a complaint to Travelodge about the hotel room Bibles, and," according to Fox, "says in an op-ed for the Telegraph, 'It’s an act of cultural vandalism upon a tradition that goes back 126 years'."



Friday, August 15, 2014

Former NBA Star Rips Al Sharpton, Black Community

By Rick Pearcey • August 15, 2014, 07:56 AM

William Bigelow reports at Breitbart.com:

Former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas weighed in regarding the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, which precipitated riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Noting Al Sharpton seeking to involve himself in the proceedings, Arenas took to Instagram to launch an attack on Sharpton, using racially insulting language and asserting that "the racism fight has never been #blackvswhite, it's always been #blackvsblack."



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Georgia Town to Atheists: Stop Bullying Our Kids

By Rick Pearcey • August 14, 2014, 10:45 AM

Todd Starnes writes:

The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia, don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.

More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Wednesday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field.

The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents.

"The American Humanist Association said the coaches are using their positions to promote Christianity and they said it appears that such religious activity is not an isolated incident," Starnes writes.

"Guilty as charged, said Congressman Doug Collins," according to Starnes. "He represents Georgia’s ninth congressional district."

"The liberal atheist interest groups trying to bully Chestatee High School kids say they have a reason to believe that expressions of religious freedom are 'not an isolated event' in Northeast Georgia," Starnes quotes Collins as writing in a statement.

"They’re right," the congressman is quoted as stating. "In Hall County and throughout Georgia’s 9th district, we understand and respect the Constitution and cherish our right to worship in our own way."



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Carson: Many Republican Politicians "Are Just Like the Democrats"

By Rick Pearcey • August 13, 2014, 09:52 AM

From Breitbart TV:

Dr. Ben Carson, author of One Nation, argued that "a lot" of Republican politicians "are just like the Democrats" on Tuesday’s Sean Hannity Show.  

"A lot of them [Republicans] who are running are just like the Democrats," Carson said. "They put the finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing."



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Judge: Tenn. Ban on Homosex "Marriage" Is Constitutional

By Rick Pearcey • August 12, 2014, 11:10 AM

Michael Gryboski reports at Christian Post:

A judge has ruled that Tennessee's constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is legal, breaking a streak of judicial losses for the traditional marriage side.

Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. ruled last week against the claim that the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

"In 2006, Tennessee was one of multiple states in the U.S. to have a majority of voters approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage," Gryboski writes. "Known as Amendment 1, the ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly with 81 percent of voters in favor. In the same election cycle, Virginia, Wisconsin, South Dakota, South Carolina, Idaho and Colorado approved similar bans."

This win for marriage against its counterfeits is to be applauded. Tennesseans are right to protect marriage and family life, and judges who stand against homosexualist extremism are to be commended. 

The U.S. Constitution was drawn up and ratified to apply to governance and society the principles of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

That Declaration, as every schoolboy and schoolgirl ought to know, understands human freedom and dignity as rooted in unalienable rights from the Creator, who, it turns out, is also the same origin for the remarkable and liberating center of civil society known as marriage and family. 

The protection of marriage -- in Tennessee and elsewhere -- is the protection of human freedom and dignity against the ravages and discriminations of many kinds of barbarism, including that of the current faddish, but false and extremist, homosexualist movement.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

IRS in Secret Move Against Churches Again?

By Rick Pearcey • August 11, 2014, 11:40 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND: 

The Internal Revenue Service, already probably the most-feared and reviled federal agency in America’s history, is trying to live down its earned reputation for attacking conservative and church groups.

There still are multiple investigations ongoing as well as a multitude of lawsuits over the agency’s actions against those groups over the last five or six years. The IRS actions also are the focus of outrage in Congress where members are considering an arrest of former IRS official Lois Lerner for her actions to allegedly conceal information about the agency’s discriminatory practices.

Now it’s being revealed that the IRS could be launching another clandestine campaign against Christian churches, with targeted investigations and more.

Read more here.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Homeland Security Spends $450,000 on "State of the Art" Gym Memberships

By Rick Pearcey • August 8, 2014, 09:30 AM

Elizabeth Harrington reports at the Washington Free Beacon

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is spending more than $450,000 on gym memberships for TSA agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees who work desk jobs at a procurement office in Washington, D.C.

Last month, DHS bought gym memberships for ICE workers in its Office of Acquisition to boost their morale and "improve working conditions."

"DHS is not alone in providing gym memberships as a benefit to its employees," according to the Free Beacon. "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for creating new technologies for the Pentagon, spent $369,000 for Gold’s Gym memberships and $654,210 for Sport and Health memberships in May."



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson: Ebola Virus Could Be Used for Bioterrorism

By Rick Pearcey • August 7, 2014, 09:46 AM

"Dr. Ben Carson says he fears Ebola could be used for biological terrorism," Greg Richter reports at Newsmax.

"That's one reason he has said the two medical missionaries who contracted the virus in Africa should have stayed there for treatment until they were no longer contagious, he said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," according to Newsmax



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

RedState: JournoList 2.0 Discovered

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2014, 09:02 AM

From Redstate:

A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon.

Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.

The group’s existence was discovered by Media Trackers through an open records request filed with a University of Wisconsin professor who happened to be a member of the network.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Is Thinking Now Obsolete?

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2014, 08:58 AM

Citing examples from Israel vs. Hamas, Drudge vs. Geraldo, and the minimum wage vs. higher employment, Thomas Sowell observes: "Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era."



Monday, August 4, 2014

$7,060,259,674,497.51: Federal Debt Up $7T Under Obama

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2014, 07:14 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion while Barack Obama has been president. 

That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined. 



Friday, August 1, 2014

"Moderate" Iranian President Speaks of Jews as Hitler Did

By Rick Pearcey • August 1, 2014, 09:10 AM

From Investor's Business Daily:

On Wednesday, [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani showed what's behind his smile at a gathering of senior Iranian officials and diplomats from other Islamic countries.

"Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood, and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children," Rouhani told them.

"Festering tumor" is even worse than Hitler's imagery in Mein Kampf -- "the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew."