Commentary

Albert Mohler: New York’s Chilling New Abortion Law

New York state has just enacted a new abortion law, making it an even deadlier place for the unborn to be.

After Democrats gained control of the state Senate in 2018, they now have control of the entire government of the Empire State. They have a liberal Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo and now democratic majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

That explains why—on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—governor Cuomo signed into law an act that allows abortions right up until a baby’s due date if mothers health is at risk. The word “health” has been defined legally in such a way that it can mean anything. Eventually, it can mean everything.

This bill now defines a person as “a human being who has been born and is alive.”

That’s chilling …

And the response from the New York State legislature can only be described as macabre.

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Dan Proft: King’s Legacy Has Become a Shakespearean Tragedy

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.”

That was Rev. Martin Luther King’s appeal to work as soulcraft in his 1967 “Street Sweeper” speech at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago.

All too often, it seems like those words are something close to blasphemy to Leftist elites who invoke his name while seeking to expunge from history those names King called forth.

Shakespeare—invoked by MLK—has today been dropped by Yale as required reading for English Literature majors. And Yale is by no means alone.

King argued the purpose of education was to, “teach one to think intensively and think critically.”

Today, the politicized professoriate would rather students not think for themselves at all.

It’s a Shakespearean tragedy for black and white alike that so few of today’s students do.

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Michael Medved: The “News Business” Becomes the “Bad News Business”

Two destructive impulses distort media coverage of far too many major – and minor – events. And both of these instincts were on powerful display in the recent distortions involving a non-violent, Lincoln Memorial exchange between pro-life, Catholic high school boys from Covington, Kentucky and activists representing “Indigenous Peoples” and “Black Israelites.”

First, reporters tend to blame conservatives for anything that goes wrong, even when there’s scant evidence to back them up. Second, the media almost always exaggerate anything that does goes wrong.

Any problem—from the environment, to the economy, to the political system to schools and even foreign relations—automatically becomes a catastrophe. The idea is that the public will pay more attention if you can make them worried or scared: the news business becomes the bad news business, promoting an unduly pessimistic view of our country and the world.

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David Davenport: The Green New Deal Looks Red to Me

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Green New Deal?  It’s freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s revolutionary scheme to reinvent the entire American economy.  She calls it “the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.”

But look a little deeper and you’ll see different colors:  the blue of progressivism and mostly the red of government spending and debt.  The proposal calls for a breathtaking $90 billion in green initiatives.

Even mainstream Democrats are hesitant about this sweeping effort to reinvent the economy and eliminate income inequality.  But media darling Ocasio-Cortez will make it front and center.

The first New Deal turns out not to have solved the Great Depression as we once thought.  We hardly need a new one. Is it green? Yes. Is it utopian?  Yes.

But mostly it’s the same old liberal blue of government spending and the red of more debt.

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Michael Medved: Judge by Conduct, Not Headgear

To paraphrase Dr. King: “Judge others by the content of their character, not by the color of their …. MAGA caps.” Unfortunately, a group of pro-life Kentucky schoolboys drew savage media criticism based on their pro-Trump headgear, not their personal conduct.

The video record shows that in the face of taunts and insults, the teenagers showed admirable restraint and dignity. Internet and journalistic commentators should have learned a crucial lesson: if someone holds opinions that differ from yours, that alone doesn’t make him or her a bad person.

The kids from Covington Catholic, the “Native Elder” and Indian activists who beat drums and chanted at them, even the “Black Israelites” who hurled insults instead of rocks or bombs, all showed that vigorous expressions of First Amendment rights need not produce a meaningless melee.

Not a bad day for our badly divided country!

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Hugh Hewitt: President Trump Needs to Go Big on Border Security

President Trump could make a lot of history—good history—in the next two weeks. But he needs to reach back to his inner gambler to do so.

If he tosses aside the counsels of his usual advisers on immigration, Trump can break the deadlock, fix the border-security immigration mess, and in so doing, earn a lasting place in U.S. history among the most consequential presidents.

President Johnson—as a Southerner—relished being the president to deliver the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No fair reading of the history of those critical laws can overlook Johnson’s absolutely essential decision to throw in with a politically perilous position that ran counter to his solid supporters in the segregationist South.

But “going big” today on border security and immigration means going bigger than what Trump offered last Saturday.

Trump needs to solve the interrelated problems of border security, the Dreamers and, yes, all the undocumented.

Go big, Mr. President.

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Albert Mohler: Don’t Say You Were Not Warned


The sexual revolution is marching onward—this time in California’s new curricular framework for public education, as they draft a new curriculum for the public schools.

I downloaded all 1,000 pages—and I can simply say, there’s a lot to be concerned about here.

Just consider the guidelines on gender for 3rd graders: Gender is described as “boy, girl, both, neither, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid, gender neutral, transgender, agender, neutrois, bigender, third gender, two spirit ….” and so it goes.

We also have lesson plans on reproductive organs and the argument that they do not necessarily correspond to male and female.

You can imagine where this jumps when you’re talking about high school students.

One more dimension I should note, briefly: Parents, in the document, are clearly considered more likely to be the problem than the solution.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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