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Albert Mohler: An Alarming New Standard


Transgender activists are now arguing that that the only prerequisite for surgery ought to be the simple desire of the patient to have the surgery … their wanting it.

The story comes from the New York Times with a headline, “Surgery, hormones but not happiness.” The author is a man who is going to be undergoing what is defined as sex reassignment or gender reassignment surgery.

He writes candidly: “This is what I want. But there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don’t expect it to,” he writes. “That shouldn’t disqualify me from getting it.”

So: He’s pursuing surgery even as he acknowledges it might not alleviate pain and that it might even lead to greater pain. He’s arguing for a medical/ethical principle that this kind of surgery and any surgery should be available to an individual simply because the individual wants it.

It’s an alarming and unsustainable new standard.

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Dan Proft: Save Asia Bibi


The most profound action related to immigration President Trump can take at present has nothing to do with walls, troops or 9th Circuit pronouncements.

It’s to extend religious asylum to a Pakistani woman named Asia Bibi and her family. You may have heard her story: Bibi survived eight years in a Pakistani gulag with the prospect of execution hanging over her head like the Sword of Damocles each day.

Her crime: being a Christian.

The Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted her, and declared her innocent.

Since being released, she and her family are under constant threat of assassination by the Islamofascists who’ve overrun Pakistan.

In a shameful episode of cowardice, self-declared pluralists in the West have turned a deaf ear to Bibi.

The administration should provide a tutorial for Trump-haters and the DC press corps on the difference between economic migrants and asylum-seekers.

We should provide her—and her family—asylum immediately.

Mr. President, save Asia Bibi.

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Michael Medved: An Occasion That Was Powerfully, Unashamedly Christian

The National Cathedral funeral service for the late President George Herbert Walker Bush was as noble and remarkable as the good man it honored. Every speaker offered words of wisdom and insight to inspire Americans for generations to come. Former Senator Alan Simpson honored the late president’s love of laughter and noted that “Humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life” while “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.” He also praised his friend’s rare character, observing that “those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.”

But beyond the eloquence and pageantry, the occasion conveyed a powerful message: the event was proudly, powerfully, unashamedly  Christian. The hymns and prayers served as a reminder that neither the Bush family nor the nation it served, has ever been secular, or in any way uncomfortable with a deep, abiding faith.

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The Nation Honors George H.W. Bush


Townhall Review – December 8, 2018

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Michael Shear of the New York Times to look at the life and legacy of George H. W. Bush. Michael Medved talks about George H. W. Bush and his election campaigns against Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Dennis Prager and French media analyst Philippe Karsenty discuss the rioting in Paris against the rise in gasoline taxes. Hugh Hewitt and Pete Peterson, Dean of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, talk about the Democrats victories in Orange County California and what that trend might mean. Hugh Hewitt interviews the son of the late columnist Charles Krauthammer, Daniel, about the book, Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors, that was started by Charles and finished by Daniel. Dennis Prager asks pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton why people are marrying later, if at all, and having children later, if at all. Michael Medved asks if political speeches are being “dumbed down” for black audiences.

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Lanhee Chen: 2018 Elections and the Legacy of George H.W. Bush


The 2018 midterm elections were notable not so much for the so-called “Blue Wave” that washed over the House of Representatives, but instead for the way in which the results demonstrated how politically polarized we are becoming as a country.

Liberal areas in the northeast and on the west coast supported Democrats more strongly; and states where President Trump did well in 2016, like Indiana and Missouri, voted more Republican. That’s why the next Congress will give us divided government.

At a time when we mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, we also reflect on the ways in which principles like compromise, bipartisanship, and collegiality have seemingly disappeared from our modern politics.

It’s too bad, because while we have political disagreements with others, we should always remember that first and foremost—ahead of the partisan labels or political beliefs—we are Americans first.

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