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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Neanderthal Art" found in Gibraltar Cave

By Rick Pearcey • September 2, 2014, 09:28 AM

From the UK Telegraph:

The first examples of Neanderthal art are thought to have been found in a cave in Gibralta.

The abstract etchings -- a series of lines resembling a noughts and crosses grid scratched into the wall of Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar -- are being cited as proof of Neanderthals' intelligence.

It was previously thought that only modern humans were capable of producing art. But the marks are being touted as evidence of artistic expression in Neanderthals as they were found beneath sediment that also hid Neanderthal tools.

"It is the last nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans," Paul Taçon of Australia's Griffith University is quoted as saying.

Taçon "told the AP news agency that the research showed that the engravings were made with great effort for ritual purposes, to communicate with others, or both," according to the Telegraph.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Farm Halts Weddings After Lesbian Tyrants Impose Their Private "Morality"

By Rick Pearcey • September 1, 2014, 08:21 AM

Breitbart reports:

Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York, used to rent out their farm so couples could get married on the grounds. They will no longer offer such services because the state ruled they had to violate their Christian beliefs and allow same-sex weddings on their property. 

"The state had fined the Giffords $13,000 when they refused to allow a lesbian couple, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, to be married on their farm in 2012. The Giffords were against a wedding ceremony for the lesbian couple but said a wedding reception would be permissible," according to Breitbart.



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 Indepedence 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 dicates 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."



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christians Not Welcome in Baton Rouge?

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2014, 11:12 AM

From Tony Perkins of the Family Research Center:

The degrading comments of a city councilman aligned with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and other prominent businesses in my hometown are sending a message to Christians and conservative businesses that they are not welcomed in Louisiana’s Capital City.

In attempting to pass a special rights measure based upon sexual behavior last Wednesday, Councilman John Delgado ironically lashed out at opponents in his closing remarks alleging that their opposition to the controversial ordinance was using the council to impose a  "Christian version of Sharia law on the citizens of Baton Rouge."

The comments came after three and half hours of public comment on the so-called "Fairness Ordinance," a measure similar to the one recently adopted by the Houston, Texas, council and now the focus of a citizen-led referendum to overturn it.

The "Fairness Ordinance" would create a new cause of action in District Court for allegations of discrimination on the basis of various categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity, something the Louisiana Constitution explicitly prohibits.

"Led by my good friend Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum, over 75 different churches and a number of prominent pastors assembled at the Metro Council meeting in opposition to the ordinance," Perkins continues, "many making the point it was not Christians and churches trying to make impositions upon the citizens but rather homosexual activists that are less than 3% of the population."

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Leading Liberal Website Falls for Fake Story About Michele Bachmann

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2014, 12:50 PM

"Think Progress, a website operated by the liberal Center for American Progress, failed to vet a phony story which claimed that Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann proposed 'Americanization' labor camps for Central American unaccompanied children," the Daily Caller reports. "Think Progress’ owner, the Center for American Progress, is populated with numerous veterans of the Clinton and Obama administrations."

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Mark Levin Shreds Fox News for Employing Karl Rove

By Rick Pearcey • July 25, 2014, 09:37 AM

"On Fox News' Cavuto Thursday, talk-radio host Mark Levin ripped into the television network for employing establishment Republican strategist Karl Rove," WND reports.

"Host Neil Cavuto asked Levin for his thoughts on Republican candidates across the nation. 'You look at North Carolina, you look at Arkansas, you look at a number of these states,' Levin said. 'Here’s the big lie that’s going on for election cycle after election cycle, advanced by, among others, Fox favorite Karl Rove'."

Levin continued, according to WND, "The fact of the matter is we've [the GOP] lost the Senate over and over again not because of [former Senate candidate] Todd Akin, not because of two or three or four tea-party candidates. The vast majority of the candidates running are your Republican establishment candidates who've never had to fight in a Republican primary."

Go here to read the entire news report.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Germany "Like 1938" as "Berlin Police Cower Before Jew-Haters"

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2014, 10:02 AM

M.E. Synon reports at Breitbart:

A surge in anti-Semitism in Germany has led Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israeli ambassador in Berlin, to say it is like a return to the Nazi era: "They pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin . . . as if we were in 1938."

His comments came as Islamists were blamed for an "explosion" of anti-Semitism that has undermined Germany’s efforts to banish racism since the Holocaust.

According to German news site dw.de, Hadas-Hannelsman said: "We have nothing against demonstrations or against freedom of expression -- that's the core of democracy. But when, as happened this weekend, it leads to violence against the police or against pro-Israeli demonstrators, then it is unacceptable. I think Germans should be worried by that, because you also hear anti-Semitic slogans like 'Jews into the gas' -- in Germany?"

"It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted 'Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone' and 'Death to Israel' at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere," according to Breitbart. "The Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel ran the headline: 'Berlin police cower before Jew-haters.'

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Go From Civil Rights Icon to Bigot in One Quote

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2014, 10:04 AM

Re Tony Dungy: "This is the price you pay when you dare to defy the fundamentalist group-think of what lesbian conservative Tammy Bruce calls the 'Gay Gestapo'."

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Our Citizens Are Under Assault": Perry Sends National Guard to Border

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2014, 11:11 AM

From Breitbart TV:

Monday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) announced he is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico, saying he can not idly sit by while "our citizens are under [assault]." 

Pointing out the tens of thousands pf unaccompanied minors only make up roughly 20 percent of those being apprehended illegally crossing the border, Perry said he can no longer wait for the president to act as gang members and drug cartels flood into Texas, causing crime to skyrocket.

"Under assault might be an understatement," Arnold Ahlert writes at Frontpagemag.com. "According to Perry, more than 203,000 illegal aliens responsible for committing more than 640,000 crimes, including 3,000 homicides, have been booked into Texas county jails since 2008. He further pointed out that the thousands of unaccompanied minors apprehended crossing the border comprise less than 20 percent of total influx and while enforcement agents are giving humanitarian aid to these children, 'drug cartels, human traffickers and individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities'."

In response, "Gov. Perry’s announcement was met with derision by Democrats who accused him of 'militarizing' the border," Ahlert writes.

"Perry rejected that notion," Ahlert notes, as did "Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX). 'Our nation is being invaded in what the U.S. Commanding General of SOUTHCOM described as an "existential threat",' he said in a statement. As articulated in Article I, Section 10, of the United States Constitution, the State of Texas has the right to defend herself, as the largest invasion is coming into Texas."



Monday, July 21, 2014

Green Shock! Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2014, 08:57 AM

From IBD:

To the shock and perturbation of the green lobby, Australians are repealing their carbon tax. But it's the right move and a big one at that -- a good way to start turning around all the silliness over climate change. . . .

[Prime Minister Tony] Abbott and Australia's lawmakers made the only rational choice. To tax carbon dioxide emissions is pointless. It is also economically harmful. . . .

Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring trace gas. Humans exhale it, plants breathe it.

It is not toxic, nor is it a pollutant, unless its atmospheric concentrations reach so high --  40,000 parts per million rather than the 400 parts per million now found in our air -- that it crowds out the oxygen humans need to breathe.

"Abbott's repeal is a handful of outback sand tossed in the grinding gears of the green lobby's carbon tax campaign. And if there's any justice, it will set a precedent for other clearer-thinking nation," IBD observes.

"That's why global warm-mongers are in such a froth. They're afraid their decades of data manipulation and scare tactics will begin to unravel."

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Friday, July 18, 2014

CBS Airs Violently Anti-Christian Song

By Rick Pearcey • July 18, 2014, 04:49 PM

Drew Zahn reports at WND:

In the early hours of Thursday morning, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS featured a guest musical performance with vehemently anti-religious lyrics, including a line wishing the mother of Jesus "would’ve had an abortion."

Kristeen Young was host Craig Ferguson’s guest, performing her song, Pearl of a Girl, which takes all three of the world’s major, monotheistic religions to task for allegedly repressing women.

"I never knew I was a girl until they stooped to tell me," Young sang in the first verse of her song. "I never knew I was disturbed until they dropped three volumes on me. But in the Bible/Torah/Quran there are really no good roles for me except concubine and wash woman. I used to be the sad one, now I just wanna stab them."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homeland Security Converges on Random North Carolina City

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2014, 09:16 AM

Eric Owens reports at the Daily Caller:

Earlier this week, the denizens of Greenville, N.C. were alarmed because several well-armed Homeland Security cops and their small fleet of SUVs abruptly appeared outside a federal bankruptcy courthouse.

Local CBS affiliate WNCT mounted something of an investigation. Turns out, the Homeland Security personnel swarmed the area . . . , they said, to make people in the community aware of the fact that they exist.

Watch "DHS Staying Busy While Borders Are Open," a news report on Youtube.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Most Plausible" Theory Explaining "Mysterious Giant Hole" in Siberia

By Rick Pearcey • July 16, 2014, 07:54 AM

Global warming. Says the U.K. Telegraph.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black Residents of Chicago Slam Obama

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2014, 09:15 AM

"Black residents of Chicago’s South Side, who recently rallied to decry a spate of violence in the city, ripped President Obama for ignoring their plight while pushing for funding for illegal immigrants at their expense," the Washington Times reports.

Said one man, according to the Times, "For the president to set aside all of these funds for immigrants and [have] forsaken the African-American community, I think that’s a disgrace. . . . He will go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African-American president."

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Monday, July 14, 2014

"Spiritual Warfare": Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson on GQ Interview

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2014, 09:02 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

The controversial GQ interview of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, which led to his temporary suspension from the popular A&E show in December -- and sparked a national debate on free speech and sexual morality -- was a form of "spiritual warfare," said Jase Robertson, who added that as the interview went on, "it felt more like an attack because our family has a prayer at the end of the show."

Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson, the second oldest son of Phil and "Miss Kay" Robertson, related his experience of that GQ session -- which was initially attended by the show’s entire cast but they eventually walked out because of its hostile questioning -- in an interview with CNSNews.com on July 8 in Washington, D.C.

Jase Robertson and his family were at the nation’s capital to attend a press conference to raise awareness about cleft palate and lip, a condition their 10-year-old daughter Mia was born with and for which she has undergone several corrective surgeries.

"Prior to the press conference, CNSNews.com spoke with Jase Robertson about his new book, Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl, where he touches on the GQ interview, stating it was the only one he ever walked out on and that he had asked his father 'to stop the interview because the questions were hypothetical, argumentative, and controversial'," CNSNews.com reports.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Flawed Study Does Not Show Children of Homosex Parents Better Off

By Rick Pearcey • July 11, 2014, 09:45 AM

Katrina Trinko writes at the Daily Signal:

There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children.

"Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows," was the headline of a Washington Post story. "Largest-ever study of same-sex couples' kids finds they’re better off than other children," proclaimed Vox, while NBCNews.com announced, "Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study."

But the actual study is a little more, well, complicated.

Or as University of Texas professor Mark Regernus put it, because of flaws in the study, "we simply cannot know whether claims like . . . 'happier and healthier' are true, valid, and on target." 



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pro-Cochran Forces Allegedly Destroying Evidence of Voter Fraud

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2014, 09:14 AM

Breitbart reports:

National conservative election integrity organization True The Vote has asked a federal judge to issue a restraining order against the Mississippi Republican Party, alleging that the state GOP may be engaged in the destruction of evidence of alleged voter fraud from the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

"Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records. Now, we think we know why," True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement. "If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election."

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Elite GOP Manure Hitting the Race-Baiting Fan in Mississippi

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2014, 10:11 AM

Steve Deace writes:

There may now be a paper trail that directly links the GOP establishment to the race-baiting attack ads used against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in his Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff against incumbent Thad Cochran.

Independent investigative journalist Charles C. Johnson has been leading the way in digging into the details of exactly who was responsible for race-baiting black Democrat voters to infiltrate a Republican Party primary runoff and save Cochran from losing his seat, and how they did it.

But now he’s been joined by Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator, who was the former political director for the Reagan White House in the 1980s.

Also, as noted in this space yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz has already weighed in, saying to talk show radio host Mark Levin, "These allegations need to be vigorously investigated, and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth."

Read more at Barbwire.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cruz to Levin: Investigate the Mississippi Runoff

By Rick Pearcey • July 8, 2014, 09:17 AM

Speaking to radio talk show host Mark Levin, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the following about the GOP Senate primary runoff between incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel:

In the past week or so, we have seen serious allegations of voter fraud, and I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud. 

But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated, and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted.

The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.

Read more at Breitbart TV.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Why Presbyterians Took Up the "Palestinian Cause"

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2014, 07:43 AM

David Paulin writes at Frongpagemag:

What has happened to America’s Presbyterians? Leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have joined ranks with the radical left in recent years. They vilify Israel, apologize for Islamic terrorists, and cheer on the Palestinian cause.

Now, these leftist elites are savoring an important victory, having pushed through a resolution to divest from U.S. companies operating in Israel: Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard. The contentious vote in the church’s general assembly passed by a narrow 310-to-303, and was a long-time goal of leftist Presbyterians, who since 2006 had submitted four divestiture resolutions that failed to muster sufficient votes.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

French Resistance Defeats LGBT Lobby

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2014, 07:37 AM

Parents in France are successfully revolting against the homosexualist indoctrination of their children in French schools, write Judith Reisman and Tom Hampson.

"Plans for homosexual marriage met with massive French opposition from the French people, and it looks like gender re-education has taken a major hit as well," say Reisman and Hampson at WND.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fox Report: Haley Barbour Tied to Race-Baiting, Anti-Tea Party Ads in Mississippi

By Rick Pearcey • July 2, 2014, 08:54 AM

At Breitbart TV:

On Tuesday's broadcast of Fox News Channel’s "Hannity," network correspondent Ainsley Earhardt unveiled one of the attack radio spots that aired on stations around the state including WMGO 1370 AM in Canton, MS.

The spot urges listeners to participate in the vote and warns if voters fail to do so, it will result in the loss of entitlement benefits and funding for black universities.

"If someone tells you that by voting today, you cannot vote in November -- it's just a Tea Party, bald-faced lie.

"Are you going to let the clock run out on today?

"By not voting, you are saying 'take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities.'

"Everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.

"Mississippi will never be the same.

"The question is, will you spend $5 on gas to vote, or allow the Tea Party to send us back to the good ol' bad days?

"Vote against the Tea Party.

"Vote Thad Cochran."

Earhart identified the group responsible for the ad to be a group called Citizens for Progress, which according to Earhart is a group tied to former RNC chair and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Law Prof. Turley: Obama Risks Constitutional Crisis With Executive Action

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2014, 08:44 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

President Barack Obama is acting like "a bad gambler at Vegas" by doubling down on executive actions less than a week after a stinging Supreme Court defeat, says George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley

A defiant Obama promised to take even more executive actions on Monday because Congress has told him it will not pass any immigration reform laws this year.

"If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Solve a problem," Obama said in a Rose Garden press conference.

"Turley, appearing on Fox News Channel's Special Report, called that 'a pretty surprising statement' considering that 'the ink is barely dry' on Thursday's 9-0 decision saying Obama was wrong to have made recess appointments when the Senate had declared itself to be in session," Newsmax reports. 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Mississippi Stinks of Gutter Republicans

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2014, 08:02 AM

Craig Shirley writes at Breitbart:

This is not the first time the corrupt national GOP power structure and the Mississippi Republican Party have betrayed conservatism.

By now, the deeply questionable practices of the Thad Cochran campaign and his apparatchiks in Mississippi are known to all. Mysterious robo-calls, unaccounted for mailings, street money, all designed to not just to defeat but ruin Chris McDaniel, because he had the temerity to take on the Establishment.

The anti-conservative forces inside the GOP even engaged and paid Democratic consultants to help destroy the campaign of a fellow Republican. . . .

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Shapiro: "No Safer Place" for a Criminal "Than Inside the Obama Administration"

By Rick Pearcey • June 27, 2014, 08:15 AM

Ben Shapiro made his remark when appeared Wednesday on "Fox Business Network and spoke with Lou Dobbs about his new book The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration and made the case that American citizens are the best defense against a corrupt president," Trey Sanchez writes at Truth Revolt.  

 



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tea Party-Backed McDaniel Weighing Challenge of Miss. GOP Senate Runoff

By Rick Pearcey • June 26, 2014, 08:15 AM

At Fox News:

The Tea Party-backed challenger who narrowly lost a GOP runoff to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran said Wednesday he is weighing whether to challenge the result of the race.

Cochran was declared the winner of the tight race by a 6,373-vote advantage late Tuesday night over state Sen. Chris McDaniel. However, McDaniel has not explicitly conceded, instead complaining of "dozens of irregularities" that he has implied were due to Cochran courting Democrats and independents.

"Tea Party leaders told Fox News earlier Wednesday that McDaniel campaign operatives are weighing the challenge on the grounds that Democratic voters allegedly crossed over from the Democratic primary to vote for Cochran. Under Mississippi law, voters in one party's primary must intend to support that party's nominee in the general election," according to the report at Fox News.

"Of particular interest to the McDaniel campaign was the turnout in Hinds County, which Cochran won by nearly 11,000 votes Tuesday. By contrast, Cochran won the county by 5,300 votes on June 3. Just fewer than 25,000 total ballots were cast in Hinds County Tuesday, while 16,640 total ballots were cast on June 3," states the report at Fox News.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bill Maher: Obama a "Drop-Dead Atheist"

By Rick Pearcey • June 25, 2014, 08:55 AM

Stoyan Zaimov reports at Christian Post:

HBO talk show host Bill Maher said in a Monday interview with the Daily Show's Jon Stewart that he does not find President Barack Obama's Christian faith to be genuine, arguing that he is really an atheist, and mocked former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent comments that the Bible is her biggest influence.

"You know who's a liar about this, is Obama," Maher said about the president's religion.

"Obama is always spouting spiritual [expletive] and I don't believe it for a second," he continued. "He's a drop-dead atheist, absolutely."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Obama Reaches Over Glass at Chipotle

By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2014, 08:52 AM

Apparently, just about wherever he goes, whatever he does, in matters large or small, micromanaging authoritarian Barack Obama overreaches. This time, at Chipotle.



Monday, June 23, 2014

Stand Up 3 Hours, Live 2 Years Longer

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2014, 08:18 AM

The U.K. Independent reports:

A leading U.K. sports consultant has said that the public should be encouraged to do more "low-level" exercise and that standing up for three hours a day can extend life span by two years.

Dr. Mike Loosemore, head of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health at University College London, said: "There is now enormous evidence that simply standing makes huge differences to your health."



Friday, June 20, 2014

Texas Man Told to Remove American Flag

By Rick Pearcey • June 20, 2014, 08:14 AM

"What really stunned me is that" the apartment manager "said it's a threat towards the Muslim community," said Duy Tran, who resides at The Lodge on El Dorado apartment complex in Webster, Texas.

Read more at Fox News.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hillary Clinton vs. Sarah Palin: 1st Week Book Sales Not Even Close

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2014, 10:11 AM

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to tour the nation, promoting her new book, Hard Choices, and a possible 2016 candidacy," T. Becket Adams writes at the Washington Examiner.

"Her book tour, filled with gaffes and missteps, has lagged and perhaps failed to live up to expectations. But that's not all. Her book, when compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political memoir, Going Rogue, has woefully underperformed in sales," Adams observes.

"Palin's book, which was released the same year President Obama moved into the White House, sold approximately 496,000 copies in its first week of release, according to figures cited by the New York Times," Adams writes. "That’s almost half a million copies in one week."

In sharp contrast, says Adams, "Clinton, with all her softball interviews and a massive amount of free publicity from an excited press, sold only 100,000 copies from its Tuesday release through Saturday, Politico reported."

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Military Blimps in Maryland Skies

By Rick Pearcey • June 18, 2014, 11:10 AM

CBS affiliate WJZ TV in Baltimore reports:

Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks.

As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put.

Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. . . .

What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats.

These blimps are a lot like a toy balloon. They are unmanned and are held in place by a very long tether. . .

With a range from Richmond to Staten Island, privacy experts have concerns.

"That kind of tracking technology raises privacy concerns, and if the military wants to test hardware they should not be testing out on the American public," said David Rocah, ACLU staff attorney.

Aberdeen’s spokesman says that’s not happening.

"There are no cameras aboard the payloads of either of these aerostats. We are not going to be hovering around our neighbors around Aberdeen Proving Grounds, seeing what they are doing in their backyards; no cameras, no spying," [Aberdeen spokesman Kelly] Luster said.

But who is to say cameras and other spy equipment would not be placed onboard these balloons -- and other devices like them -- in the future, especially in a country already bossed about by a federal establishment that has untethered itself from the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, which lay out principial and political grounds for human dignity and respect?

Loss of privacy already abounds in America -- think of NSA wiretaps, IRS prayertaps, Obamacare's invasion into our daily lives, abortion's invasion of the womb to seek and destroy millions of pre-born human beings.

But America is not alone in this. Think of the millions of human beings slaughtered by their own governments, an estimated 262 million in the 20th century.

But whether alone or not, we see that a machinery of oppression already exists in the "land of the free." This the brave question. And the brave who would be free resist.

Let there be no doubt: Sometimes what looks a lot like a toy balloon could be a toy balloon. And sometimes not.  

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Duck Dynasty" Cousin Zach Dasher Running for Congress

By Rick Pearcey • June 17, 2014, 11:23 AM

Myarklamiss.com reports that Zach Dasher, whose "mom is the sister of 'Duck Commander' Phil Robertson," has "announced that he will run for Congress in Louisiana's Fifth Congressional District."

"It is time for ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines and get involved in the political system," Dasher is quoted as saying as he officially launched his "first time to run for public office," according to Myarklamiss.com.

"For too long," Dasher said, "we've set idly by while Washington politicians slowly gain control over every aspect of our lives. I am seeking to represent the people of the 5th District in Congress so that I can effectively fight the big government intellectual elitists in Washington." 

Dasher is a Republican with a "background in the pharmaceutical industry. He also has been involved in the real estate business and with fundraising for non-profit organizations," according to Myarklamiss.com.

"Zach and his wife of 13 years, Jil, have four children," are "members of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ," and are "active in campus ministry at ULM with University Church of Christ," Myarklamiss.com reports.

In a press statement released by his campaign, Dasher also said: 

* Man is made in the image of the Almighty God. If we are afraid to say that, then we don’t have a case for liberty. Our rights do not come from a bunch of elite politicians in Washington, D.C. They come from the Almighty God. [See also the U.S. Declaration of Independence]

* We did not send people to Washington to determine our rights. We sent them there to defend our rights, but that’s not what they’re doing. They’re taking them away, day by day. They’re forcing us to purchase their healthcare insurance because they think they know better than we do when it comes to managing our private lives.

* There are many third- and fourth-generation farmers in the Fifth District. The EPA believes it knows how to run our farms better than local farmers. The federal government is trying to control every patch of farmland in Louisiana that has a ditch or a puddle. This nonsense must stop, and I’m going to lead the fight against it in Washington. 

Myarklamiss.com also reports that "Dasher is pro-life and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He favors adoption of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a strong U.S. military."

For more information on Zach Dasher, see FacebookTwitter, and his campaign website.

Election day is November 4.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Nancy Pelosi Warns Catholic Bishop Not to March for Marriage

By Rick Pearcey • June 16, 2014, 09:27 AM

William Bigelow writes at Breitbart:

In an astonishing challenge to traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. 

Cordileone is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the event, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which is consistent with his championing of Proposition 8 in 2008. Cordileone helped raise $1.5 million for the initiative, which intended to ban same-sex marriage in the state. He once said, "The ultimate attack of the evil one is the attack on marriage."

According to Breitbart, "Pelosi, who called the event 'venom masquerading as virtue,' wrote to Cordileone, 'We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco,' adding that the event would feature some participants displaying 'disdain and hate towards LGBT persons,' and asserting, 'If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?'

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Obama: Spending on Prisons Among Reasons "Tuition Has Gone Up"

By Rick Pearcey • June 13, 2014, 10:38 AM

Craig Bannister reports at CNSNews.com:

Pres. Obama says spending on "less productive" things "like prisons" is driving up tuition costs. In an interview discussing his plan to cap student loan repayments, Obama said:

"The main reason that tuition has gone up so much is that state legislatures stopped subsidizing public universities as much as they used to, in part because they started spending money on things like prisons and other activities that I think are less productive.  And so schools then made up for the declining state support by jacking up their tuition rates."

Read more.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Melinda Gates: "Gates Foundation Has Decided Not to Fund Abortion"

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2014, 09:37 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, said the international family planning and anti-poverty group founded by them, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, "has decided not to fund abortion."

This is good news. The pro-abortion agenda is anti-science, fascist, genocidal, and lucrative but immoral

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ex-"Gays" Help Texas Resist Extremist Attempts to Ban Reparative Therapy

By Rick Pearcey • June 11, 2014, 09:53 AM

David C. Pruden writes:

With the encouragement of ex-gays themselves and therapists who provide assistance to clients experiencing unwanted homosexual attractions, Texas Republicans meeting in their annual convention last weekend where their current party platform was passed have adopted language that specifically supports the right of Texas families to seek therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions.

The platform plank reads:

". . . we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle, No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

"Thank goodness for Texas!," Pruden continues. "It seems that average, sensible Americans are beginning to fight back against this kind of oppressive attempt to promote a political perspective by regulating the right of families to protect their children or even consider their options when someone in their home may be experiencing confusing or discontented sexual feelings." 

Read more from Pruden at Barbwire.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inane Feminism vs. Miss USA’s Self-Defense Empowerment

By Rick Pearcey • June 10, 2014, 09:26 AM

Mark Tapson writes at Frontpagemag.com:

For some reason, feminists who hold beauty pageants in contempt were watching the Miss USA Pageant the other night when Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a 4th-degree black belt in taekwondo, responded [see video here] to a question about sexual assaults on campus. She had the temerity to recommend that women learn to defend themselves, and the resulting outrage reveals just how badly modern feminism is serving today’s young women.

The 24-year-old Miss Sanchez was asked why a "horrific epidemic" of campus sexual assaults has been "swept under the rug for so long" and what colleges can do to combat it. The question seemed designed to steer her toward discussing the "rape culture" in which feminists believe we live, but Miss Sanchez didn’t take the bait. Instead, she replied that perhaps colleges themselves have suppressed this reputation-damaging information, and that one thing women can do is be prepared to fight back: "I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself, and that's something that we should start to implement for a lot of women."

"This message of self-empowerment for women elicited a roar of approval from the audience, but didn't sit well with feminists at home," Tapson explains. "They took to Twitter to express their horror and disappointment at what they considered, incredibly, to be 'victim-shaming'."

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Kerry Calls Concerns That Freed Taliban Will Return to Terror "Baloney"

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2014, 10:50 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called concerns that some of the recently-freed Taliban leaders could resume their violent anti-U.S. campaign "a lot of baloney," but an intelligence assessment touted by his department just days ago shows that three in ten former Guantanamo Bay detainees are either known or suspected to have returned to "terrorist activities."

"I just think that’s a lot of baloney, to be truthful with you," he told CNN’s "State of the Union," when he was asked about concerns that the five senior Taliban figures freed and flown to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to the fight and kill Americans again.

"And to whatever degree it may be true, they will wind up putting themselves at the mercy of those people who are very effective, who are there [in Afghanistan], who will deal with those matters."

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Friday, June 6, 2014

President Reagan's D-Day Remembrance Speech Still Resonates: Video, Transcript

By Rick Pearcey • June 6, 2014, 06:22 AM

Cathy Burke writes at Newsmax:

President Ronald Reagan was the first sitting president to attend a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy, and his emotional remembrance on the 40th anniversary on June 6, 1984, has been described as one of his most memorable speeches.

Joining him, 30 years ago Friday, were surviving members of an Army Rangers team that had scaled cliffs at Pointe du Hoc [Google map] to silence German guns protecting the Normandy beaches.

Here is video of President Reagan's remarks delivered June 6, 1984, and below is a transcript:

We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue.

Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon.

At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns.

The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers -- the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb.

They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to climb over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again.

They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe.

Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

Gentlemen, I look at you, and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life . . . and left the vivid air signed with your honor."

I think I know what you may be thinking right now -- thinking "we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day." Well, everyone was.

Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders?

Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren't. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.

Lord Lovat was with him -- Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, "Sorry I'm a few minutes late," as if he'd been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he'd just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.

There was the impossible valor of the Poles who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had
already seen the horrors of war on this coast.

They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.

All of these men were part of a rollcall of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland's 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England's armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard's "Matchbox Fleet" and you, the American Rangers.

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you.

Yet, you risked everything here.

Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here?

We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next.

It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew people of your countries were behind you.

The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought -- or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.

Something else helped the men of D-day: their rockhard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause.

And, so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do.

Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkenss for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."

These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that shaped the unity of the Allies.

When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured.

These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together.

There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies. The Marshall plan led to the Atlantic alliance -- a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace.

In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin.

Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They're still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost 40 years after the war.

Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent. Today, as 40 years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose -- to protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.

We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.

We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.

But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.

It's fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II: 20 million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war.

I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the Earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands.

And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.

We will pray forever that some day that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.

We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We're bound by reality.

The strength of America's allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe's democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.

Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for.

Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."

Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ronald Reagan: Fascism, "Isn’t This the Liberal Philosophy?"

By Rick Pearcey • June 5, 2014, 10:22 AM

Michael Chapman of CNSNews.com provides the following quote from a 1975 Ronald Reagan interview with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes:

Someone very profoundly once said many years ago that if fascism ever comes to America, it'll come in the name of liberalism.

What is fascism? Fascism is private ownership, private enterprise, but total government control and regulation. Well, isn’t this the liberal philosophy?

The conservative, so-called, is the one that says less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control of my own destiny.

Here is video of Reagan's comment.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Jew Incinerator Game" at Chicago Public School

By Rick Pearcey • June 4, 2014, 11:01 AM

Warner Todd Huston reports at Breitbart:

The mother of a Jewish Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student tried for weeks to get the CPS to address the anti-Semitic bullying being perpetrated against her eighth-grader, but little was done until the parent contacted local media. The bullying got so bad that kids had joined an online game with a team called the "Jew Incinerators."

On May 23, Chicago's CBS affiliate reported on the story of a student at the Ogden International School who suffered constant anti-Semitic taunts for weeks. The hate grew so bad that the bullies created a team for the online game Clash of Clans that they named the "Jew Incinerator Clan."

To describe the team, the kids wrote, "Heil! Throw Jews into ovens for a cause. We are a friendly group of racists with one goal -– put all Jews into an army camp until disposed of. Sieg! Heil!"

"It's disturbing," Lisa Wolf Clemente, parent of the eight-grader is quoted as saying. "They're using a game as a catalyst to truly spread hate."

"I’m 42 years old. I’m not new to this world," Clemente told a local CBS outlet, quoted by Breitbart. "I didn’t become Jewish yesterday. I felt naive and shocked. We are in the year 2014. Really? At a school that my son has gone to? And I shake because I watched this group grow literally from four. Kids were just joining and joining."

According to Breitbart, "Mrs. Clemente tried several times to get authorities at the school to respond to her requests for action, but it wasn't until the media began to talk about the incident that action was taken."

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sharyl Attkisson: Journalism, Media Manipulation, and "Outright Propaganda"

By Rick Pearcey • June 3, 2014, 09:53 AM

Rob Bluey writes at the Daily Signal

Sharyl Attkisson, an award-winning investigative reporter who resigned from CBS News earlier this year, says the news media are heading down a dangerous path with attempts to "censor or block stories" that don’t align with their preferred agenda.

"There’s a tendency in the news media, on the part of some managers, to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers," Attkisson said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal. "I think that’s really a very dangerous perspective to have."

In the first of three segments, Attkisson shared her views on journalism and life after CBS News. Her newest investigative report -- about oxygen trials conducted on premature babies -- was published by The Daily Signal today. She will serve as a senior independent contributor to the news organization, which made its debut Tuesday.

In this Youtube interview, Attkisson talks about becoming saavy to media manipulation and "sometimes outright propaganda."

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Sonic Restaurant Robbed Same Day Gun Ban Announced

By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2014, 11:56 AM

A.W.R. Hawkins reports at Breitbart:

Breitbart News reported that Sonic restaurants asked law-abiding "customers [to] refrain from bringing guns" to their restaurants on May 30.

On that same day, according to the Topeka Capital Journal, two individuals who may have realized law-abiding citizens were unarmed walked into a Topeka, Kansas, Sonic and robbed it. 

According to police, the suspects are two black males, both of whom were wearing hoodies and white pants. 

"This same thing happened to Jack in the Box once they asked law-abiding citizens to quit carrying guns in their restaurants," Breitbart reports.

Let us therefore ask: If criminals can read, is it entirely unexpected that gun-free zones might become crime-spree zones?

And not just in restaurants, but in theaters, schools, homes, and, well, just about any place people gather? This applies to nations, as well, which sometimes go "off the rail."

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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.

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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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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Report: Kidnapped Girls "Sold as Wives to Islamist Fighters"

By Rick Pearcey • April 30, 2014, 08:58 AM

AFP reports:

Nigerian parents lashed out on Tuesday at the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago by Boko Haram Islamists, as a local leader claimed the hostages had been sold as wives abroad.

"May God curse every one of those who has failed to free our girls," said Enoch Mark, whose daughter and two nieces were among the more than 100 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of northeastern Borno state.

The attack was one of the most shocking in Boko Haram's five-year uprising, which has claimed thousands of lives across northern and central Nigeria.

"Pogo Bitrus, leader of a Chibok elders group [said] locals had been tracking the movements of the hostages with the help of 'various sources' across the northeast," AFP reports.

"From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns, our abducted girls were taken . . . into Chad and Cameroon," Bitrus is quoted as saying.

"The girls were then sold as brides to Islamist fighters for 2,000 naira ($12) each, Mr. Bitrus added," according to AFP.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homosexual Movement’s Push for Adult-Child Sex

By Rick Pearcey • April 29, 2014, 11:39 AM

"Shocking allegations by former child actor Michael Egan against openly 'gay' X-Men director and producer Bryan Singer have stunned Hollywood into relative silence. I say 'relative silence' because, unless he’s a Catholic priest, the relativist left’s false narrative is that a 'gay' man is always the victim and never the victimizer," Matt Barber writes.

"Nonetheless, this latest episode has once again shined the spotlight on the long-established link between the homosexual lifestyle/movement and pedophilia -- a link that, despite 'progressive' denials to the contrary, is hiding in plain sight," says Barber.

Read more at LifeSiteNews.com.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

"That's So 'Gay'": Duke Students vs. Free Speech

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

Claire Healey writes at The College Fix:

A new word-discouragement campaign at Duke University has labeled phrases such as "Man Up," "That’s So Gay," and "Don’t Be a Pussy" offensive language that "delegitimizes" homosexuality and oppresses and insults people.

But as the campaign has gained national popularity, its detractors have bristled at the effort, calling it a politically correct war on words that will stifle free speech and suggesting its true aim is to redefine terms to control public opinion and -- ultimately -- public policy.

I am a proud user of the phrase "man up," but other words and phrases these students at Duke University wish to control are not part of my thinking or verbalizing.

Having said that, I wonder whether these students have thought through their position, for it seems rather easy to defend the uses of such language these days. 

As I have shown elsewhere, the "tools with which to" defend such language "are available on the nightly news, college campus, and in the elite neighborhoods of secular America."

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Tea Partiers: Sen. Thad Cochran Told Us Fighting Obamacare a "Lost Cause"

By Rick Pearcey • April 25, 2014, 09:50 AM

Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart.com:

In a video posted late Wednesday, two . . . prominent Mississippi Tea Party activists said [Sen. Thad] Cochran told them in a 2012 meeting at his office in Washington, D.C. that repealing Obamacare was a lost battle.

In the video, Mississippi Tea Party president Laura Van Overshelde said she and a group of activists visited Cochran's office on the day of the oral argument before the Supreme Court on whether Obamacare is constitutional.

"He asked us in that situation: 'What argument’s before the Supreme Court today?'" Van Overshelde said. "We were astounded that the Senator did not realize that the most important arguments before the Supreme Court for people since the Obama administration took office was the Obamacare arguments and he didn’t know that that was actually happening on that day and a couple other days. We were pretty disappointed that he didn’t realize that this very important issue was being seen by the Supreme Court."

Cindy Wilkerson, another Tea Party activist who also met with Cochran that day, also appears in this video describing Cochran’s alleged defense of Obamacare. "Thad Cochran told me that 'fighting Obamacare would be a lost cause,'" Wilkerson says in the video.

"After Cochran made such statements in his D.C. office meeting with the Mississippi Tea Partiers, Wilkerson said 'silence' swept the room," according to Breitbart.com.

As noted here previously, Breitbart also reports that Sen. Cochran "is facing a primary challenger from . . .  two-term State Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel has the support of Tea Party leaders like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, radio host Mark Levin, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, and various others."

McDaniel "dubs himself as a 'constitutional conservative,'" the Washington Times reports.

A poll taken April 3-5 shows "Cochran Up" at 52%, but "McDaniel Gaining" at 35%, according to the Clarion-Ledger, based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Perry: "It's a Promise" Texas Will Stand Against Federal Land Grad

By Rick Pearcey • April 24, 2014, 09:13 AM

"It's not a dare. It's a promise that we're going to stand up for private property rights in the State of Texas," Texas governor Rick Perry told Fox News, according to Newsmax.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Poll: Republican Voters Overwhelmingly Support Marriage

By Rick Pearcey • April 23, 2014, 10:36 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews:

Republican voters continue to be at odds with many party leaders and donors on the issue of marriage, a new national poll shows.

Over three-quarters of GOP voters support marriage being kept between a man and a woman, according to the poll, released last week by the Family Research Council and American Values.

The release came a few days after the Nevada GOP decided to drop support for marriage from its platform, and in Illinois six of seven state party committee members were replaced after they pushed back against a former chairman's support for same-sex "marriage." 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Feds Eyeing 90,000 Acres of Texas Land

By Rick Pearcey • April 22, 2014, 09:02 AM

Bob Price writes at Breitbart:

After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary.

The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.



Monday, April 21, 2014

Mourning Joe: "Asinine" Kansans Should Shut Up About Michele Obama's HS Graduation Visit

By Rick Pearcey • April 21, 2014, 10:57 AM

So says Joe Scarborough of MSNBC.

Memo to Joe: Having the 1st Lady of the United States show up to speak might have been a big deal in the past. That is no longer the case.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Rev. Graham: Muslims Who "Want to Practice Sharia Law" Should "Go Back Where You Came From"

By Rick Pearcey • April 18, 2014, 12:33 PM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

"We should be afraid of sharia law" in America, and Muslims here who want to practice sharia should go back to where they came from, "to those nations that recognize sharia law," said Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, Graham was asked, "Some say you demonize Islam, and Christians in this country have opposed building a mosque or are worried about Sharia law. Isn't it -- "

Graham, who oversees the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, said, "We should be afraid of Sharia law. We should be absolutely afraid of it. No question about it, because there’s no tolerance in Sharia law. It persecutes those that do not believe in Islam."

"And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Sharia law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize sharia law," CNSNews quotes Graham as saying. "But we have our own laws here."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shameful Day in Evangelical "Christian" Publishing

By Rick Pearcey • April 17, 2014, 12:07 PM

Dr. Michael Brown writes at Barbwire:

For many years now, publishers have been releasing books that claim that the Bible does not oppose committed homosexual relationships. That is nothing new. But it is a sad and shameful day when a major Christian publisher releases such a book and claims that it is a solid evangelical publication. This is abhorrent, disgraceful, and terribly misleading. And it needs to be addressed and exposed.

But first, the background to the story.  

In 2012, a young man named Matthew Vines, who professes to be a  "gay Christian," released a video of his talk about the Bible and homosexuality, and it quickly went viral. His demeanor was engaging and his appeal to the Scriptures very serious, but for those who know the Word well, there was nothing in the least bit persuasive in his presentation. In fact, it underscored just how impossible it is to use the Bible to justify any form of homosexual acts or to sanctify intimate homosexual relationships.

The impossibility of Matthew’s position was further emphasized when my colleague, the well-known apologist Dr. James White, put out a series of YouTube videos that thoroughly rebutted the Vines’ video. And both Dr. White and I have offered to debate Matthew and any colleague he would choose, but to date, there has been no response, although we’re still hoping that a debate (or a series of debates) will take place.

"Here is the disturbing news," Brown continues. "The book is being published by Convergent Books, which is part of a publishing conglomerate that includes much respected, evangelical publishing group Waterbrook Multnomah (also sharing some of the same staff). And the chief executive of the company, Mr. Stephen W. Cobb, is vigorously defending his choice to publish the book. In fact, he is making an extraordinary effort to publicize it and claiming that it is thoroughly evangelical."

This is the same "Waterbrook Multnomah Group" that "publishes books by authors like John Piper, Chuck Swindoll, Ravi Zacharias, David Jeremiah, Randy Alcorn, David Platt, Bill Gothard," Brown notes, "and now its sister publisher is releasing a purported evangelical book defending homosexuality? (This is not being written on April 1 as some kind of April Fool’s joke. I am being dead serious.)"

Cobb has responded "to an investigative piece written by Christian attorney Matt Barber," Brown writes. "Mr. Cobb explained that his company was publishing the book 'because we believe it offers a thoughtful examination of Scripture on the topic of same-sex relationships from a bold, young, evangelical writer whose first calling is to promote a civil, loving, and Biblically based conversation on the subject'." 

Brown agrees that the "tone of the book is meant to be civil, and it does attempt to interact with the Scriptures," but "you can no more use the Bible to legitimize homosexual relationships than you can use it to legitimize adultery. . . . To describe the author as 'a bold, young, evangelical writer' is to make the word evangelical utterly meaningless."

Brown concludes: "As things stand now, the same publishing conglomerate that released books by an evangelical author like Joshua Harris with titles and subtitles like I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Sexual Purity in a Lust Saturated World is releasing a book championing the idea that God blesses two men (or women) having sex with each other as long as they are committed.

"This is madness."

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IRS: "Have an Abortion, Get a Tax Deduction"

By Rick Pearcey • April 16, 2014, 09:43 AM

So notes the Washington Examiner, with a link to IRS publication 502.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nevada Rancher: "This Is Nevada Land," Not Federal Land

By Rick Pearcey • April 15, 2014, 09:09 AM

Erica Ritz reports at The Blaze:

Cliven Bundy, the last remaining rancher in Clark County, Nev., stands at the center of what has become a national controversy over the private use of federal land. He is focused on one big issue, he said in a radio interview with Glenn Beck on Monday: He doesn’t believe the land belongs to the federal government.

"I think this is very clarifying to people," Beck said. "Your stance is, 'I do not recognize these lands to be federal . . . I am staking out my claim that the United States government does not have any jurisdiction, and any rights to the land that [I am] now grazing on'."

"That’s right," Bundy said. "It's Nevada land."

"Bundy said he has 'no contract with the United States government,' and the federal government has 'no jurisdiction or authority' on his grazing rights, water rights, access rights, ranch improvement rights or anything else that 'belongs to "we the people" of Clark County'," the Blaze reports.

"The rancher took his argument back to the 19th century, when Nevada became a state," the Blaze continues. "According to him, the federal government did, in fact, control the land when Nevada was a territory. But, he claimed, when the territory became a state, the government turned that land over to the sovereignty of the state of Nevada, and thus the federal government lacks the power to control it today."

"At the moment of statehood, what happened?" Bundy is quoted as asking. "At the moment of statehood the people of the territory become people of the United States with the Constitution, with equal footing to the original 13 states. They had boundaries allowing them a state line. And that boundary was divided into 17 subdivisions, which were counties. Which I live in one of those counties, Clark County, Nevada."

"As a citizen of that county, I abide by all the state laws," Bundy said, according to The Blaze.



Monday, April 14, 2014

"Long-Trusted" Christian Publisher Planning Pro-Homosexual Book

By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2014, 11:00 AM

Matt Barber writes at Barbwire:

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

Is the Christian world about to suffer through another World Vision moment?

The book’s author, Matthew Vines is a homosexual activist and Bible revisionist known for manipulating Christian terminology to advance the counter-Christian homosexualist agenda.

Despite his frequent use of a Christian-like lexicon, Vines surprisingly admits to running an apostate enterprise that he calls The Reformation Project.

"An unabashed denier of Biblical teaching on sexual morality, Vines has publicly acknowledged that his goal is to 'reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity'," Barber writes. "The book is scheduled to be published on April 22, 2014."

If I may, here is another title Multnomah might consider publishing: God and Atheism: The Biblical Case in Support of the Non-Existence of Yahweh. 

There is no doubt a twenty-something author out there willing to assert that when the Bible says, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1), what is being given is culturally conditioned by ancient thought-forms in a temporal milieu shaped by the struggle for human liberation and survival against a plethora of gods and goddesses evoked by privileged elites of wealth and power. 

Further study of the living text reveals what it actually means is: "The wise man says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" 

Thus is achieved a "third way" of church reformation that transcends old dichotomies of existence and non-existence. Thus, the Bible liberates human beings from all idolatry! How cool and affirming is that! I mean, how can there be idolatry is there are no gods whatsoever?

O the joy that "honors scripture" and "those who are different." And O the wonder of being released from the shadows of idolatry!

On the other hand, April 22, 2014, may go down in Multnomah history as the date marking the decline and fall of a once-trusted Christian publisher. Time, and the choices people make in the next days and weeks, will tell. Meanwhile, intelligence revolts.

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