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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rick Warren's Bridge to Islam

By Rick Pearcey • February 29, 2012, 07:30 AM

Joseph Farah writes at WND:

I’ve had a number of issues with Rick Warren over the years.

But, with his latest effort to find common theological ground with Muslims and suggesting Christians and Muslims worship the same God, the man dubbed “America’s Pastor” by the secular media is getting very close to heresy -- if not crossing the line.

Here is the key to illustrating his error: Do Muslims even claim to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as Christians and Jews do?

No, they do not. They believe God did not create a covenant with Isaac and Jacob, but rather with Abraham's firstborn son Ishmael. They believe the Jewish and Christian Bibles are misrepresentations of truth. They believe the Quran accurately and faithfully represents the true personality and will of God.

This is not a minor theological difference. It is as basic and fundamental as it gets.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obama on Rev. Wright's Church: "Best education that I ever had"

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2012, 11:52 AM

And what did he learn at that church? That's a highly relevant question because a) one's worldview (religious or otherwise) shapes one's character and the direction of one's choices, and b) this is especially important politically for the man who occupies the highest and most-powerful elective office in the world, where freedom is at stake and constantly under attack. More here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rick in Michigan: Would Santorum Go After Obama?

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2012, 08:43 AM

Robert Stacy McCain writes:

Rick Santorum had been speaking for nearly an hour Sunday night in Davison. He had laid out his policies on economics, on energy, on social issues and national security. He had defended his record against attacks from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, and expressed strong criticism of President Obama's policies.

He took questions from the audience of about 400 people who packed Crystal Hall and gave lengthy, detailed answers. When it came time for the final question, a man mentioned the "kid gloves" treatment that many conservatives felt Obama received from 2008 GOP nominee John McCain. Would Santorum go after Obama?

"Well, what do you think?" Santorum answered, getting a huge cheer from the crowd.

Santorum said that he has tried to avoid personal attacks in the long Republican primary campaign and preferred to "keep it on the issues."

The former Pennsylvania senator then said, "I'm not going to go out and personally attack Barack Obama. . . . I'm going to talk about what he's done to this country. I'm going to talk about his policies. . . . I'm going to hold him accountable for every decision he's made. . . . Let me assure you, we will draw a contrast. We will talk about what's at stake in this country. We will not let you down. We will fight for your principles and we'll fight for this country. Just help us, here in Michigan, on Tuesday."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Barack Obama, Afghan Muslims, and American Catholics

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2012, 04:46 PM

In his most recent column, CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey writes:

It is plain as day: Obama is more deferential to the religious sensibilities of Muslims in Afghanistan than he is to the constitutionally protected religious liberty of Catholics in the United States of America.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Obama: Son of Marx

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2012, 09:17 AM

Jeffrey Folks writes at American Thinker:

Clearly, Obama is not the son of Islam, or of Christianity, but he is very much the son of Marx. When Rick Santorum referred to the president's radical environmentalism as a "false theology," he was perfectly correct. Obama's "religion" is not Islam or Christianity, but the leftist ideology that Obama learned as a child. If anything, this radical ideology is the opposite of both Islam and Christianity since it would supplant individual conscience, and the conscience of the church, with centralized state control of all of life's functions. No devout Muslim or Christian wishes to inhabit a Marxist state that would run roughshod over the religious beliefs of the faithful. But this is very much Obama's goal.

Within the Marxist state that Obama envisages, all sectors of the economy -- all aspects of everyday life, in fact -- would fall under the control of a centralized bureaucracy. This destruction of liberty is already coming to pass with the implementation of ObamaCare. At the direction of a small panel of "experts," standardized protocols are being constructed that will constrain the health care choices for every American. When it comes time to decide upon end-of-life care, it will not be you, your doctor, and your family who make the decisions -- it will be a computer program implementing the cost-benefit analysis arrived at by a secretive panel appointed by the president.

Moreover, Folks concludes, "The death of capitalism -- is Obama's objective. The passion that he has brought to class warfare -- not just in the current re-election campaign, but throughout his presidency -- is clear evidence of where his heart lies. It does not lie with Islam or with Christianity, but with Marx."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Walking Dead Democrats

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2012, 07:08 AM

Obama voters don't think, they just consume. Like braindead zombies on AMC's The Walking Dead.

More food for thought here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Messiah Prof Defends "Explicitly Christian" Obama

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2012, 08:28 AM

Dr. John Fea, chairman of the history department at Messiah College, writes that "Obama may be the most explicitly Chrisitan president in American history."

Monday, February 20, 2012

Books: Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2012, 06:18 PM

Richard P. Belcher, Jr., professor of Old Testament studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, reviews Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?, by C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary.

Here is Belcher's first paragraph:

Dr. C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament at Covenant Seminary, has written a book that deals with a subject that may turn out to be a watershed issue for many within evangelical and reformed groups. Although Collins argues for the historicity of Adam and Eve, the way the argument is presented raises significant concerns not only for the interpretation of Scripture, but also for the character and authority of Scripture. The purpose of this review will be to try to lay out the argument of the book and then to show the problems and implications of the argument. 

Here is Belcher's conclusion:

The interpretation of Genesis 2:7 is a watershed issue because it brings into focus whether the clear statements of Scripture are going to be accepted, or whether they are going to be denied based on scientific concerns. Genesis 2:7 is clear that God took dust from the ground from which he formed the first man. To allow other interpretations that emphasize population size approaches rather than seeing Adam and Eve as the first couple created by God affects the authority of Scripture. The clear statements in Genesis 2 by which God created Adam and Eve must not only be denied or reinterpreted, but statements of the apostle Paul concerning Adam and Eve must also be adjusted to fit a different understanding of Genesis 2. The implications of such views are grave. [emphasis added] The line in the sand must be drawn in the affirmations of the full historicity of Genesis 1-11 and the acceptance of how God created Adam and Eve in Genesis 2.

Hat tip: Keith Plummer

George Washington's Farewell Address

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2012, 08:04 AM

Among other things, the Father of Our Country wrote in 1796: "Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports."

Friday, February 17, 2012

Left-Wing Foundations Lavish Millions on Media Matters

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2012, 08:40 AM

David Martosko writes at The Daily Caller:

Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S. foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation. That sum represents 54 percent of every dollar the organization has raised in its history, making Media Matters a principally foundation-driven -- not citizen-supported -- activist group.

The list of Media Matters’ foundation funders, 120 in all, reads like a Who’s Who of the American progressive movement, including the far-left Tides Foundation ($4,384,702), George Soros’ Open Society Institutes ($1,075,000), the Ford Foundation ($966,466), the Sandler Foundation ($400,000) -- endowed by subprime mortgage lenders Herb and Marion Sandler, who once bankrolled the embattled ACORN organization -- and the Schumann Fund for Media and Democracy ($600,000), managed by longtime PBS host Bill Moyers and his son.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sarah Palin: "Game" to Run for Future Office, "All Bets Are Off" at Brokered Convention

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2012, 08:47 AM

Billy Hallowell writes at The Blaze:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t one for divulging the tactical details of her (potential) future political plans.

In fact, the 2008 vice-presidential contender is known for leaving much to the imagination when it comes to future electoral prospects.

Last year, she made fans wait quite a while before announcing that she wouldn’t be seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

On Wednesday, on FOX Business’ "Follow the Money," Palin told Eric Bolling she "would do whatever [she] could to help," leaving the door open to any and all possibilities should a brokered convention take form later this year.

The embedded video of Palin's interview with Bolling is well worth viewing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mark Levin Recommends "Articles of Impeachment" for HHS Secretary Sebelius

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2012, 08:33 AM

Jeff Poor writes at The Daily Caller:

On his Monday show, radio talk show host Mark Levin, author of Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, said “what would happen if we were living in a functioning constitutional republic is articles of impeachment would be drawn up against the secretary of [Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius]” over a slew of charges, most recently the contraception mandate for Catholic institutions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rising Black Social Pathology

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2012, 08:55 AM

Walter Williams writes:

The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place.

The Inquirer's series "Assault on Learning" (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, "690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were." The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia's 268 schools, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, or victims of other violent crimes. That doesn't even include thousands more who are extorted, threatened, or bullied in a school year."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pearceys' Work Linked to Media Targeted on "Enemies List"

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2012, 05:23 PM

While The Pearcey Report itself is not, apparently, on the Media Matters enemies list (we'll keep trying!), we are proud to report that both Nancy and I have been published or linked to at WND, which has made the enemies list.

We would note also that proud member of the resistance Nancy has discussed her latest book on "Fox and Friends" and Fox News with Lauren Green, both of which are part of the also-targeted Fox News Channel.

For some reason, the Fox people seem especially worrisome to many trying to impose a post-Constitutional, post-Declarational agenda upon the American people.

We thank all of you who have helped make this possible!

CPAC 2012: Palin Cleans Out the Washington Hot Tub -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2012, 09:23 AM

"None of the Republican presidential candidates got anything like the response Sarah Palin earned from the CPAC crowd," writes John Hayward at Human Events. "Not even close. I lost count of the standing ovations."

Here is video of Palin's full speech at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rick and Nancy Pearcey Speaking at L'Abri Conference

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2012, 07:30 AM

Today and tomorrow, in Rochester, Minnesota. Here's a website.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Santorum Raises $1 Million in One Day

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2012, 08:40 AM

Newsmax reports: "Rick Santorum's campaign confirmed Wednesday that the former Senator had raised $1 million in 24 hours after winning three contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mark Levin Challenges Mitt Romney

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2012, 07:49 AM

Yesterday, Rick Santorum swept Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, handing Mitt Romney a sound thrashing in the race to win the GOP nomination to run for president.

This morning, radio talk show host Mark Levin has sent a Facbeook message to Romney: "Conservatives have had enough of your sleazy campaign tactics."

"Run on your record," says the author of Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America. "Explain your conservative credentials. Tell us how you'll save this country."

Levin concludes: "If you have a core, it is time to reveal it. But stop your poisonous attack dogs and ads."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

States to Feds: "We Don't Need Permission to Exercise Our Rights"

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2012, 10:00 AM

Chelsea Schilling writes at WND:

“We don’t need permission from the feds to exercise our rights!”

That’s the message the Tenth Amendment Center and The Foundation for a Free Society will be bringing to the year’s biggest event for conservatives with the premiere of the explosive documentary film, Nullification: The Rightful Remedy.

The film will premiere Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Daily Poll: Santorum Only GOP Candidate Beating Obama

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2012, 09:58 AM

Fred Lucas reports at CNSNews.com:

Just ahead of three more Republican nominating contests, a new poll -- a snapshot in time -- shows former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum leading President Barack Obama in a one-on-one matchup.

The Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for one day only -- Feb. 5. -- marks the first time Santorum has held a lead over Obama in potential matchups.

It’s a small lead for Santorum -- 1 percentage point, giving him a 45-44 percent edge over Obama.

“This is the first time Santorum has ever led the president in any poll,” the Rasmussen poll said.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tyranny Watch: Obama's Abuse of Scripture

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2012, 01:05 PM

Michael Youssef writes:

Many of us who are biblical scholars have watched Mr. Obama's use, or should I say abuse, of the Bible with dismay.

Who can forget when he gave a speech mocking the ceremonial law of the Old Testament then saying something to the effect of, "How can you govern by the Sermon on the Mount?"

Well, he did it again at the National Prayer Breakfast. . . . 

The president quoted the Bible to justify punishing those who have worked hard, and most of whom are very generous givers, in order to take their money and give it to many of his constituencies who are always standing outside the doors of the White House with out-stretched hands.

Mr. Obama, in justifying his misguided policy, quoted Jesus in Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

No, you do not have to have a seminary degree to know that Jesus is talking about individual stewardship in an individual's relationship with God.

For it is God who gives each person different portions of gifts, talents, and treasure to manage according to His sovereign will. It is God who entrusts people with what they have, not the government.

Barack Obama is a serial abuser. Not only does he abuse the Bible, but he also routinely abuses the Declaration and U.S. Constitution.

But such abuse must be the order of the day and precisely what must be done -- if your agenda is to replace the rules of freedom with the rules of unfreedom.

Obama quotes Christ but breathes Alinsky and channels Marx.

Michael Youssef is an Egyptian-born American and founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. He holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. 

Hat tip: OneNewsNow

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rush: Trump Tells Us It's Romney

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2012, 02:54 PM

That's what the talkmeister said on today's show.

Source: Trump Set to Endorse Gingrich

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2012, 09:19 AM

AP reports:

Real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump intends to endorse Gingrich's GOP presidential bid, according to a source close to Gingrich's campaign.

Trump is set to announce his support Thursday in Las Vegas, where Gingrich is campaigning in advance of Nevada's Republican caucuses on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Malkin: First, They Came for the Catholics

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2012, 08:02 AM

Michelle Malkin writes:

President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next?

The cancer of abortofascism continues to spread. Pre-born human beings are being destroyed on the train tracks of the abortion industry, and now Catholics are being told they must salute and help fund the new regime and the old slaughter.

Apparently, "Christian" Obama and his iron-fisted, unconstitutional, anti-Declarational regime have ways of forcing Americans to comply with the dictates of "choice." 

In an America where an atheistic secular state demands religious obedience to its dictates, citizens are learning that privacy under God is dead, liberty under God is dead, and choice under God is dead.

To the degree that this violence against the enduring American mainstream is allowed to stand, it means America also is dead. Unless those who remember who we are rise up.