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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hillary Reverses Course: I Proudly Stand With Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 31, 2015, 11:12 AM

Katie Pavlich writes:

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hilllary Clinton expressed concern over new undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors haggling over the price of aborted baby parts

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing," Clinton said in an interview with The New Hampshire Union Leader.

But just 24-hours later, Clinton has changed course, saying last night that she proudly stands by and supports the abortion giant.

"According to the Washington Free Beacon, the daughter of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is working for the Clinton campaign," Pavlich writes.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wheaton College Ends Student Health Insurance Over Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • July 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform:

Wheaton College (Ill.) will no longer offer its students health care coverage after being denied a temporary exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

"We regret that we were not able to provide earlier notice of this significant change, which affects roughly a quarter of our student body," said vice president for student development Paul Chelsen in a July 22 statement. The college will not renew its student health insurance plan (SHIP) for the upcoming school year.

"Additionally, Chelsen declared that the 'College desires that every student have access to quality and affordable healthcare' but said an 'unexpected notification' to comply with the contraceptive mandate 'did not allow the College adequate time to make alternate plans to provide student coverage in line with its institutional convictions'," Campus Reform reports.

"As previously reported by Campus Reform," Barillas continues, "Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, denied the college's request for a preliminary injunction earlier this month. If it had been granted, the college would have been given a temporary religious exemption until its lawsuit was decided."

The Chicago-area college "is currently suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because of religious objections to 'emergency contraception' coverage as part of its student health plan. The private Christian liberal arts college holds that several act as abortifacients and being required to provide them would violate its religious convictions," Campus Reform reports.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ben Carson on Planned Parenthood: "Same People Who Say It's a Meaningless Clump of Cells Are Trying to Get Livers"

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2015, 10:39 AM

Craig Millward reports at CNSNews.com:

At a rally to defund Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson criticized  Planned Parenthood, calling it "hypocritical" that "these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys."

"Well isn't it funny that these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys, because how could you have such organs from a meaningless clump of cells," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Carson was speaking at a rally organized by Women Betrayed, a project of Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future, to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood as well as defunding them. The Capitol Hill rally was one of more than 60 rallies across the nation organized by Women Betrayed," CNS reports.

"I think we have gradually slid in terms of our morals to a point where we don't really care about the killing of human beings," Carson is quoted as saying.

"That is the bad news. The good news is that I think we are changing, and I think things like this are starting to change us a lot. There are actually more people now who identify as pro-life than people who identify as pro-death, and we are capable of changing.

"There was a time in this country when people thought it was okay to own other people, and they thought they could do anything they want with them, because they belong to me. I can beat them, I can kill them, I can do whatever I want to do to them, and we fortunately, as a society matured and began to think about what the words of our Declaration of Independence and the words of our Constitution actually meant," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Well those words are meaningful today too," Carson explained, "because they talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well guess what. There can be no liberty and pursuit of happiness if there is no life." 

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cruz Defends Huckabee Against Barack Obama and Jeb Bush on Iran Nuke Deal

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2015, 11:45 AM

Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:

President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. 

Huckabee said the president's Iran policy would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

"The president bristled at what he called a 'ridiculous' comment," Starnes writes. "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad," Obama said, according to Starnes.

Obama also expressed his displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz. "We've had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We've had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party."

Cruz stood his ground and "rebuffed the president's slap," saying it was "particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics -- attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking me -- both of us for standing up against this catastrophic deal -- rather than defending [his position on] the merits," Starnes reports.

"Cruz told me he 'emphatically' stands by Huckabee and his comments," Starnes writes.

Huckabee "is exactly right to highlight the threat that the Obama nuclear deal poses to the nation of Israel. It is a sad day when the president of the United States cannot or will not see this truth," Cruz said, according to Starnes.

In addition to Obama, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush also "lashed out at Huckabee's assessment of the Obama Administration's deal with Iran -- calling it 'just wrong'," Starnes writes.

"'I think we need to tone down the rhetoric, for sure,' Bush said at a campaign stop in Florida," according to Starnes. "The use of that kind of language is just wrong," Bush is quoted as saying.

Bush said, "This is not the way we're going to win elections, and that's not how we're going to solve problems," Starnes reports.

"Cruz took exception to Bush's attack on the former Arkansas governor," Starnes reports. This is "not a question of rhetoric," Cruz countered, according to Starnes. "It's a question of speaking the truth."

Far better, in Cruz's estimation, to "direct your fire to the real threats facing America -- including the threat of an Iran-led by radical theocratic zealots who chant 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'," Cruz advised Bush, according to Starnes.

In a related development, Cruz has invited Obama to "debate the substance of the Iran deal . . . at any time and any place" of Obama's choosing. Perhaps Jeb Bush could help Obama prepare for such a debate.

"Let's do it in front of the American people any time in the next 60 days," Cruz said (see video).

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Coulter: Trump Could Win

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

Heather Smith reports at the Daily Caller:

In a D.C.-based radio interview, best-selling author Ann Coulter Friday defended GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and believes he could be a "nominee who could win" the election.

"Trump is different. We have been lied to for thirty years about immigration. That’s why Trump is striking this chord. He’s attractive. He’s tall. He’s hilariously funny. I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win," Coulter told WMAL Friday.

"She admitted in the interview she has reversed her stance on opposing candidates who were not governors," Smith writes.

"The more I see Trump talk, the more it diminishes the other candidates," Smith quotes Coulter as saying.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Remove Our Names: "Corporate Donors" Flee Sickening Planned Parenthood -- Coca Cola, Ford, Xerox

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2015, 07:24 AM

Chelsea Scism reports at Daily Signal:

Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.

The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed.

"This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations -- and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding," the Daily Signal states.

"Earlier this week, The Daily Signal used information from 2nd Vote to publish the names of 41 companies listed by Planned Parenthood as contributor," the Signal reports. "Shortly after the story was published, representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox contacted The Daily Signal to say they were erroneously listed and requested that Planned Parenthood take them off its website."

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as "Clowns"

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2015, 09:23 AM

"Brilliant," John Nolte writes at Breitbart. "Keep in mind that this is the same GOP Establishment privately and publicly lecturing Trump about 'tone'."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2015, 11:01 AM

At 7:40 p.m. EDT last night, USAToday published a Kirsten Powers column titled "Crush Planned Parenthood" with the kicker "Caught in a stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone."

Referring to two recently released undercover videos that have just exploded across the news (here and here), Powers states, "The problem is not the tone. It's the crushing.

"It's the organ harvesting of fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It's the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection," Powers writes.

"There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, 'It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them'."

Powers next deals with Planned Parenthood's unsuccessful attempts to knock down the video, such as: "It's heavily edited," it's a "humanitarian exercise," the video-maker once wrote for the Weekly Standard (!).

In addition, Powers notes that Planned Parenthood's "usual defenders are nowhere to be found." For example, "There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi -- both recipients of Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award -- have been mum."

Then there's the sad effort by "Mississippi abortion doctor Willie Parker," who "ran with the trope that direct quotes from a Planned Parenthood doctor constitute a vicious attack," Powers writes.

But this savage doctor wasn't done. "He compared Nucatola to Jesus," Powers writes.

"It's no secret that my frame of reference for the work that I do and in terms of generating compassion is related to my religious understanding and, in particular, my Christian religious understanding," Powers quotes Parker as telling Cosmopolitan magazine.

That "Christian" "religious" "understanding" reveals to the abortionist, he says, "a strong parallel between what's happening to my colleague [Nucatola] and the trial week of Jesus before he was crucified [as] he was marched from place to place, asked to answer allegations."

Total nonsense, of course. Jesus sacrificed his life for others, but abortionists kill others to advance themselves, sell aborted baby body parts over lunch, and trade blood for money to buy Lamborghinis. These and other subtle differences between the humane Jesus of history and the inhumane abortionism of Planned Parenthood abound.

Powers concludes: "When abortion doctors are elevated to gods who may not be questioned or held accountable, society has officially gone off the rails."

"The gods" should of course be questioned (a mentality I have written about in a book Foreword here).

For that matter, in matters big and small, the unquestioning mantra of "don't think, just believe" may be accepted in many circles today -- whether in church, on campus, in the voting booth, or in the boardroom, or in the fevered minds of abortion-believing fanatics -- but that mantra is totally inadequate to the free-thinking human being endowed by the Creator to think, evaluate evidence, and "test everything."

This approach, by the way, is central to Nancy Pearcey's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. If you want real-world principles for questioning the inhumane prescriptions of our age, or of any age, this book is a terrific place to begin.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"No Comment": NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2015, 09:25 AM

Julia Hahn writes at Breitbart:

[Today] the "Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Americans who lost loved ones to criminal alien violence. On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Chuck Todd made a declaration that would surprise these devastated families: "We couldn’t find a single study that links violent crime and immigration."

Apparently neither Mr. Todd nor his research staff ever thought to look up the government’s own 2011 report on criminal alien activity, published by the Government Accountability Office.

"Breitbart News emailed Mr. Todd and his show to ask why the government’s own data, and a great deal more information, which would have disproven Mr. Todd’s sweeping declaration, was omitted," Hahn writes.

"A staff aid to Mr. Todd replied: 'no comment'," according to Hahn.



Monday, July 20, 2015

Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2015, 10:55 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The Washington Post's reporting of Donald Trump's statement saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" miscast the GOP presidential candidate's words, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says.

Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter, posted a fact-check of the Post's report on her website, saying that the newspaper had left out the context of Trump's remarks, including the ongoing feud between him and McCain. McCain called Trump supporters at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally "crazies."

Attkisson also noted that although the Post reported Trump's initial statement that McCain was not a war hero, it did not report four instances immediately following in which Trump said that McCain was a war hero. . . .

"Most of Trump's 14 declared Republican presidential rivals said he was wrong, but there was one notable exception," Newsmax reports: Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas senator "didn't defend Trump's words, and was quick to say that McCain is a 'hero and a friend.' But he also said he refused to play what he termed a 'media game' of getting Republicans to attack each other," Newsmax reports.

"'I'm not going to go into the gutter with personal attacks impugning character,' Cruz told Bloomberg Politics at the Family Leadership Summit after Trump had made his controversial statement there," according to Newsmax.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

War Is Here: Jihad in Chattanooga

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2015, 09:01 AM

In a column with the kicker "Another Muslim heeds the Islamic State's call to murder military personnel," Robert Spencer writes:

A Muslim named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a Navy recruitment center and a Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday morning, murdering four Marines.

It was yet another Islamic State attack inside the United States, emphasizing once again that the U.S. is at war, and that the war is here, now, on our soil.

Final sentence: "Is there any limit to the weakness, fecklessness and refusal to face reality of America’s current leadership? Is there any limit to the willingness of the majority of the American public to put up with all this? This unreality and indifference is only going to grow more costly."



Thursday, July 16, 2015

New York Times Caves, Places Ted Cruz's Book "A Time for Truth" on Bestseller List

By Rick Pearcey • July 16, 2015, 09:00 AM

Katie McHugh reports at Breitbart.com:

The New York Times acknowledged Wednesday that Sen. Ted Cruz's book, A Time For Truth, belongs on its bestseller list and gave it a no. 7 ranking in nonfiction, after snubbing it and accusing the Cruz campaign of making "strategic bulk purchases."

HarperCollins sent an inquiring email to The New York Times last week after the book's impressive sales were ignored by the paper.

"We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold," spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, according to Politico. "This book didn’t meet that standard this week."

But the Cruz campaign smelled something rotten in New York and "furiously attacked the New York Times for their deliberate omission," Breitbart reports.

"The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response -- alleging 'strategic bulk purchases' -- is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher HarperCollins," Rick Tyler of the Cruz campaign is quoted as telling Politico.

Amazon is apparently none too pleased, as well. "An Amazon spokeswoman said that A Time For Truth was a bestselling book," Breitbart reports, and that the online giant "found no evidence of 'unusual bulk purchase activity'."

"Cruz's book currently ranks as the number-one bestselling book in 'Political Conservatism & Liberalism' on Amazon," according to Breitbart. As of this writing, A Time for Truth continues to hold that no. 1 spot.

As of yesterday, the New York Times has "backed down . . . without apology while maintaining they did nothing wrong," Breitbart reports.

"This week's NYT best seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week's -- and the week before that. That process involves a careful analysis of data, and is not influenced in any way by the content of a book, or by pressure from publishers or book sellers," Times spokeswoman Murphy is quoted as telling The Hill via email, according to Breitbart.

Unfortunately, there is no way to verify the truthfulness of the Times' claim to innocence, for the newspaper conducts its deliberations in secret.

"Our approach serves Times readers by authenticating broadly popular books through the confidential reporting of a wide range of retailers. In order to avoid compromising that process, we do not disclose who reports sales to us," Murphy is quoted as saying.

So when it comes to verifying the NYTimes' bestseller list, there's no need to think, ask for evidence, or think critically about the newspaper's results. Just believe. Blindly.

If the Times says it, you're supposed to "believe" it, and that settles it.

Or maybe not.

Let us just say: That simplistic approach to life -- in matters big or small, deep and wide, is not recommended. Far better to adopt and practice the principle of "test everything."

Meanwhile, we encourage secular fideists not to revel in their various "faith" constructs. And maybe it's time to buy A Time for Truth.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Volunteer Watchdog Group Dispatches to Western States to Monitor "Jade Helm"

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2015, 09:22 AM

Barnini Chakraborty reports at Fox News:

A controversial U.S. military training exercise known as "Operation Jade Helm" rolls out this week across several southwestern states -- but a group of wary citizen watchdogs will be keeping an eye on them. 

Pete Lanteri, a former Marine now living in Arizona, told FoxNews.com that volunteer members he's helped organize will be on the ground as part of a newly formed surveillance campaign called "Counter Jade Helm." A product of mounting suspicions across western states over the exercise itself, the group has been set up to locate, track and observe U.S. soldiers -- Green Berets, Air Force Special Ops, Navy SEALs -- training across the Southwest.

"The three-month military exercise kicks off Wednesday," Fox reports, and "Lanteri played down the notion that the 'counter' campaign could lead to conflict."

"We’re not paranoid tin-hat wearing freaks,” Lanteri is quoted as telling Fox News. "We’re not going to be out there confronting people or holding signs."

According to Fox News, "Lanteri and his volunteers will be in plain clothes, in plain sight and armed with only cell phones and video cameras, he says."

Lanteri "plans to travel to central Texas over the weekend to help kick off the 'Counter Jade Helm' project," Fox reports. "He said California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Florida and Utah also are among the states participating in the counter-missions; there have been conflicting reports about which specific states Jade Helm will be in, though the operation appears to concentrate in the Southwest."

What are Lanteri's motivations? "I did this because A: I believe in monitoring what the government does and B: I see this as a training opportunity,” Lanteri, who has spent a decade working on the Arizona-Mexico border, said," according to Fox.

"Lanteri says aside from the 'conspiracy nut jobs,' there have been others who genuinely feel that the military may be up to something not quite right. He says it's their right as U.S. citizens to be able to question motive and look for answers," Fox reports.

"Ronald Reagan said to trust and verify, and that's what we’re going to do," Lanteri said, according to Foxnews.com.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bolton: Obama Nuke Deal With Iran "an American Munich"

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2015, 11:38 AM

From Aaron Klein at WND:

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran as an "American Munich," warning the deal will not only make Iran a nuclear state but will result in "half a dozen nuclear weapons states" across the Middle East.

"This deal is an American Munich," Bolton told WND, comparing the pact with the ill-fated Munich Agreement which sought to appease Nazi Germany by annexing portions of Czechoslovakia.

Bolton continued: "Barack Obama is trying to appease the mullahs in Tehran by making one concession after another. The result will be not just a nuclear Iran, but half a dozen nuclear weapons states in the world’s most volatile and dangerous region."

"Bolton was responding to the historic nuclear accord announced early Tuesday between the United States, Iran and other world powers," WND reports.



Monday, July 13, 2015

Texas Bishop on Homosex "Marriage" Law: It's "Unjust" -- It's Our Duty to "Emphatically Oppose It"

By Rick Pearcey • July 13, 2015, 09:29 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling (5-4) that homosexual "marriage" is a civil right, the Catholic bishop for the diocese of Tyler, Texas said it was an "unjust" law "contrary to the moral order" and "not binding in conscience," adding that Christians "must now exercise our right to conscientious objection."

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, who oversees the diocese,  also ordered that no Catholic facility or employee of the church would participate "in any way" in gay "marriages," and that the church’s pastoral care of homosexual persons "cannot and will not" lead to condoning homosexual behavior or the "acceptance of the legal recognition of same-sex unions."

"Strickland was appointed bishop of the diocese of Tyler, Texas in 2012 by then-Pope Benedict XVI. The Tyler diocese covers 33 counties in eastern Texas and serves an estimated 56,000 Catholics," according to CNSNews.com.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Polls Show "President Trump" May Not Be So Far-Fetched

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2015, 10:49 AM

Geoff Earle reports at the NYPost:

Republicans who started off viewing Donald Trump as an amusing sideshow are starting to fret that the real estate billionaire is becoming the main event.

Since he defied skeptics and launched his presidential bid last month, Trump has rocketed in the polls, dominated media coverage and helped steer the debate on issues.

"I don’t know that he even knows how far he takes this," former Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), who is close to GOP candidate and ex-Gov. George Pataki, told the Post. "He has the wherewithal
. . . He has put together a pretty wholesale ground force in New Hampshire, and that has to be taken seriously."

Taken seriously? Yes -- if impact upon media is any measure. "Trump accounted for a stunning 48 percent of all social-media and tra­di­tional-media conversation about politics over the last week, according to analytics group Zignal labs for the Washington Post," Earle reports. "Trump had 1.9 million mentions, compared with just 448,000 for top Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Trump's 2016 rivals have, as expected, taken notice. But "at first," they "steered clear of his controversial comments about Mexican 'rapists' pouring into the country," Earle reports, "although several took opportunities in the last week to distance themselves from Trump."

According to Earle, "The pushback doesn't seem to have hurt Trump, who continues to poll strongly and is assured a spot in next month’s Republican debate on Fox."

"Trump told NBC’s 'Today' show on Thursday he had 'nothing to apologize for' and credits himself with raising the immigration issue in the campaign," Earle reports.

Earle concludes by noting that "Trump’s success in early polling is undeniable."

Another example of Trump's strength in the polls arrives in the news today with reporting that in the latest "Economist Poll: Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field."

According to this poll, as reported by Newsmax, Trump has a 4-point lead over Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, and a 6-point lead over Scott Walker, Mark Rubio, and Mike Huckabee.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Full House" Star Defends Christian Bakers: "I Don't Think This Is Discrimination"

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2015, 10:33 AM

Samantha Reinis reports at The Daily Signal:

The talk show The View pitted two childhood stars against each other to discuss the controversial issue of Christian bakers receiving a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a lesbian wedding cake. Candace Cameron Bure of Full House and Raven-Symoné of That’s So Raven went head to head discussing the hot topic issue, coming down on different sides of the argument.

While Raven-Symoné began the conversation by comparing the issue to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Bure quickly stopped her, claiming that was comparing apples and oranges. "I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association," Bure said, speaking about Aaron and Melissa Klein, who received the fine after they declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

"It’s about constitutional rights. It’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with," Burr stated, according Reinis. "It’s in the Constitution."

Comment: As I have argued elsewhere, "In a free country, a business would be able to sell and cater to whomever it desires -- and to reject service or products to whomever it or whatever it desires.

"Here's an example: I despise racism but would acknowledge that a black racist is within his human rights to choose to refuse to bake cakes for Caucasians (when living on Capitol Hill in DC, I was once told certain events were for Black folks only). I would take my business elsewhere and encourage others to do so -- as an ethical repudiation of his or her poor ethical choice.

"The state denial of ontological human givens (to choose, to express one's creativity via one's property) creates a bigger problem than that of specific acts of bigotry. Using the opportunity of a moral failing (bigotry) to liquidate ontological givens (human choice in the area of property) creates massive structural oppression.

"This oppression is compounded and metastasized when state power is used to impose that mistake on all people and all property. It ends with gulags and gas chambers, not just for some, but in principle for everyone.

"By denying the bakers their human free speech rights, what Oregon is now doing is attacking humanity per se, not bigotry (which it also ill-defines and then misapplies).

"No matter how pervasive the PR or how many votes might agree, or court decisions might support, state-sponsored attacks on human foundations signal collapse, not liberation.

"If you want to empower a relativistic dictatorial elite to run your lives, this is the way to go. Freedom and intelligence resists."

Update: But is it "discrimination"? No. Do you think money counterfeiters would get far by shrieking, "Discrimination!"? Well, neither should the marriage counterfeiters get far shrieking, "Discrimination!" Their crusade isn't about love of marriage, but about the end of it. More here.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Malkin: Is Your Church Abetting Sanctuary Nation?

By Rick Pearcey • July 8, 2015, 04:33 PM

Michelle Malkin writes:

It's one thing to show compassion to legal immigrants, legitimate refugees and asylees, and those abused and mistreated by smugglers.

It's quite another to conspire against an orderly immigration and entrance system that imposes common-sense limits, eligibility requirements, criminal background checks, medical screening and a commitment to assimilation. . . .

The unholy alliance between church leaders and the open-borders lobby extends from the Vatican to Rev. Jim Wallis' Faith in Public Life (FPL) network, the Los Angeles-based Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the George Soros-tied Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).

It's a web of nearly 100 interfaith committees, campus agitators and "workers centers" steeped in the organizing tactics of Saul Alinsky on behalf of millions of illegal aliens filling the pews and coffers of their abettors.

Malkin concludes, "Capitol Hill's abdication of its duties to protect and defend our borders is bad enough. But if people of faith choose to sit silently as a 'new sanctuary movement' of tax-exempt houses of worship defiantly and recklessly undermines our immigration laws, our national sovereignty doesn't have a prayer."



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Homosex "Marriage": Illegitimate, Unlawful, and a Fraud on the American People

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2015, 09:16 AM

Herb Titus and William Olson write:

There is simply no other way to say it. 

The Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage to include couples of the same sex is wholly illegitimate and unlawful. A nullity. Worthy only to be disobeyed.

Anyone who says otherwise -- that the rule of law requires recognition of same-sex marriage -- is committing a fraud.

And any State official -- like Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama -- who says that his oath of office requires unconditional obedience to the Supreme Court’s mandate to issue same-sex couples licenses to marry is mistaking his oath to the Constitution as if it were an oath of absolute obedience to five justices who happen to be sitting on the nation’s highest court.

Read more here.

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Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Tells Them to Shut Up



Monday, July 6, 2015

Confessed Murderer: I Chose San Francisco Because It's a "Sanctuary City"

By Rick Pearcey • July 6, 2015, 11:01 AM

Michelle Moons writes at Breitbart.com:

Five-time deportee, seven-time convicted felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez said in a new interview Sunday with a local ABC News affiliate that he came to San Francisco because he knew the sanctuary city would not hand him over to immigration officials.

He also claimed that he was "looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction."

Lopez-Sanchez has confessed to shooting Kathryn Steinle last Wednesday at Pier 14.

"Had San Francisco police not refused a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer request, Lopez-Sanchez may not have been in the United States and Steinle might still be alive," Moons writes.

For related analysis, please see how a "San Francisco Woman Killed by One of Barack Obama's 'New Amercans'," at American Thinker, and "The Progressive Policies That Killed Kate Steinle'," at Frontpagemag.com.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2015, 02:07 PM

From the Right Scoop:

Christian Persecution is alive and well in the fascist state of Oregon, where the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa [have] just been fined $135,000 for not making a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

But not only that, now the state of Oregon is trying to silence them from even talking about it, using Oregon law as their justification.

Here is the what an Oregon Overseer, by name of Brad Avakian, occupying the office of Oregon Labor Commissioner, handed down upon dangerous bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein: 

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders (the Kleins) to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published . . . any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations . . . will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation."

Why, how dare these people -- the Kleins -- think outside the tiny secular box imposed by Oregon fanatics holding state office. And, my word, we can't let renegade bakers actually express themselves in public! So, shut up, dangerous bakers.

"Fortunately, Aaron and Melissa Klein aren’t going to be silenced and aren’t giving up the fight," the Right Scoop writes, and then quotes this from the Kleins' Facebook page:

The final ruling has been made today. We have been charged with $135,000 in emotional damages, But also now Aaron has been charged with advertising. (Basically talking about not wanting to participate in a same-sex wedding)

This effectively strips us of all our first amendment rights. According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.

We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced.

We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL americans. We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world. If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!

The Kleins are correct to reject Oregon fascism paraded and laundered as law. To be human is to act into history in both word and deed, across the whole of life, both public and private.

This is the Kleins' moral, legal, constitutional, human, and existential right. But an ugly dictate stands in the way.

Why stand in the way? Because elements within the state of Oregon are at war with the Creator who has endowed human beings with certain unalienable rights, among them "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit as phony as Monopoly money. The Kleins are to be praised for refusing to bow to homosex phoniness and for resisting Oregon state fascism.

Shame on you, official Oregon. For your hate, bigotry, and fascism.

Bravo to Aaron and Melissa Klein. For your love, tolerance, and freedom.

Related  
Accepting Homosex Marriage Opens Door to Unlimited Statism, by Nancy Pearcey

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



Thursday, July 2, 2015

NYTimes: Cuba's Communism Was Good for the Environment

By Rick Pearcey • July 2, 2015, 10:58 AM

Michael Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller:

While Cuba’s environment may still be "pristine" as The Times describes it (ignoring the deplorable environmental record of Cuba’s chief subsidizer, the Soviet Union), Cubans still frequently experience food shortages, lack of access to electricity and poor health care.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Civil Rights Icon: "Problems We Face Don't Have Anything to Do With" Confederate Flag

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2015, 07:04 AM

Jason Howerton reports at The Blaze:

Civil rights icon and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is imploring the black community to focus on addressing actual racism and the problems negatively impacting blacks rather than the Confederate flag, which is a merely a "symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people."

"The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag," Young said in an interview with WAGA-TV in Atlanta. "The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people. So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter."

"Young, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said the 'challenge' facing the country is "not to wipe out our past history but to learn to live together in the future," The Blaze reports.