Commentary

Jerry Bowyer: Tolerance Has Been Turned on Its Head

We have now seen a 180-degree turn from the “tolerance” movement in our country. First, they ordered us to be tolerant of those on the other side of the moral, political or sexual divide from us.

Now, the tolerance seekers are themselves increasingly intolerant. As Roger Kimball said recently, “The old idea … was summed up as ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ The new dispensation is: ‘I disapprove of what you say, therefore you may not say it.’”

Case in point: Greenpeace with Google’s assistance recently deleted Dr. Patrick Moore, from its list of founders. He disappeared just like ‘The Commissar Vanishes’ in Soviet Russia. Mr. Moore’s misdeed? He appeared on Fox News expressing skepticism of some recent climatology and was praised by President Trump.

Like in Stalinist Russia, history is being “upgraded.”

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David Davenport: Campus Politics Are More Dangerous Than Bribes

Parents paying to get their children into elite colleges has shocked the nation. Meanwhile, a more prevalent and more insidious problem—campus politics and intolerance—goes unnoticed.

The latest comes at Hofstra where students demanded that a Thomas Jefferson statute be removed since it represents “a legacy of racism and bigotry.”

Never mind that the author of the Declaration of Independence fought slavery and in his first draft called for abolition. Students’ ignorance of history judging leaders of the past by today’s standards create intolerance and weaken education.

Meanwhile at Oregon State came a call to ban the Veteran Student Association from using a student lounge on campus. The students said they were “vulnerable to the ideological and practical consequences” of letting veteran students meet there.

Campus intolerance may not be criminal, but it is every bit as dangerous.

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Michael Medved: Altering America Beyond Recognition

Every election, candidates claim: “This is the most important election of our lifetime” but that’s generally untrue. For better or worse, no President since Reagan has profoundly transformed the country, but 2020 could well be different.

Democrats seem determined to run on a radical, irresponsible platform that includes the Green New Deal, race-based reparations, Medicare for all, “soak the rich” Tax hikes, and free pre-school and college. Such programs would bring a vast expansion of the welfare state, strangling growth and swelling budget deficits.

Even worse, Democrats seek permanent rule by discarding the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, and destroying conservative media with some version of the discredited “fairness doctrine.” They also seek instant statehood for Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico—guaranteeing four new Democratic Senators. If Democrats sweep both White House and Senate next year, America could be altered beyond recognition – perhaps beyond recovery.

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Jim Daly: Americans Are Beginning to See Life More Clearly

Good news for pre-born babies in last weekend’s box office headlines: To the shock of many in Hollywood, the movie Unplanned opened by making $6.1 million. Unplanned features the story of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson who defected from the organization and became a pro-life activist.

Now I’m no Hollywood expert, but I was not surprised by how well the movie performed. People are growing frustrated with out of touch politicians who have overreached by allowing abortion rights right up until birth, and even after being born. Yes, that’s infanticide.

To show your support for life, join Focus on the Family in Times Square for “Alive from New York” on May 4th. We’re going to show live 4D ultrasounds. After seeing these images no one should question whether life inside the womb is a human being. Americans are beginning to see life more clearly, and maybe even Hollywood.

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Jerry Bowyer: How Important is Our Common History?

Roger Kimball was quoted recently in Imprimis Magazine, making a pithy observation on the state of higher education: “The more expensive education becomes the more it seems to lead, not to broader understanding, but to narrower horizons.”

Kimball marveled at the removal of a picture of Shakespeare from University of Pennsylvania’s English Department in favor of a photo of Audre Lorde—a black feminist writer. The Department Chairman gushed over the students’ courage to replace it: “they were committed to a more inclusive mission,” he said for the department.

But the rest of us might ask: “OK, but how long will the replacement photo be tolerated?” This trend towards erasing history is not slowing down.

What’s the next step? Bans on Broadway revivals of Neal Simon or Arthur Miller? Persecution of bookstores for selling non-PC books?

Defenders of our common history’s heroes and benefactors should speak out now. Your local libraries and museums may be the next target.

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Albert Mohler: The Social Media Revolution

A new study reveals a correlation between the social media engagement of teens and loneliness.

The headline in USA Today: “Teens aren’t socializing in the real world. And that’s making them super lonely.”

The story tells us that research into 8.2 million adolescents found that the percentage of high school seniors who said they often feel lonely has increased from 26 percent in 2012 to 39 percent in 2017.

So: In just five years we’ve seen more than a double-digit increase in high school seniors who often feel lonely in the digital age.

If this is true of seniors in high school, what must it say about their younger siblings, their cousins and their friends? There must be an even greater vulnerability as this report makes clear.

Perhaps the term “social media” has been misleading all along … and maybe the social media revolution was never merely a technological revolution, but also a moral revolution. That’s a fact we dare not miss.

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Dan Proft: “Completely Corrupt” Chicago

In 1952, Alderman Robert Merriam remarked to journalist A.J. Liebling that Chicago “is the only completely corrupt city in America.”

That hasn’t changed in the dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is one of the Socialist Spice Girls put together by Michelle Obama’s top lieutenants. That’s why Mayor Rahm Emanuel was out of the communication loop.

Why would Foxx have inappropriate ex parte communications and muck up her recusal?

Why would her office waive the customary demand for reduced sentencing by Smollett and offer no objection to the case file being immediately sealed?

Was Foxx making good on a promise?—accepting a bigger, better quid pro quo?—or just singing the tune she needed to sing to stay in the band?

That’s now a matter for the FBI to figure out.

What everyone has figured out about Chicago is that the rule of politics supersedes the rule of law.

Chicago—indeed—is completely corrupt.

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