Commentary

Hewitt: An Open And Orderly Convention

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It’s been more than 50 years since the GOP convened a convention when the nominee wasn’t at least “almost certainly” known.

The prospect of an “open convention” terrifies some and absolutely thrills others. It will all come to order on July 18 in Cleveland. When will it end? … well, that depends.

Republicans can’t control what (if anything) will happen in the streets, but they can make the convention orderly even after this most disorderly of campaigns.

The RNC should impose a schedule of votes well before the California primary so no one can claim perfidy in the aftermath of a perceived advantage.

They should also have the Rules Committee convene early, in Washington, and make it work day in and out until the rules are settled well in advance of the convention.

Transparency has got to be the rule, or a third or more of the delegates will leave screaming, “We were robbed!”

Some will no doubt do so anyway, but minimizing damage via the maintenance of order and especially the reality of fair play ought to be the goal.

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Mohler: A Future for Christian Colleges in the NCAA?

Inside Higher Ed recently reported that over 80 lesbian, gay and transgender organizations are petitioning the NCAA to cut ties with any religious college that discriminates against transgender students by requesting a Title IX waiver.

Title IX limits or prevents federal funding to institutions that discriminate on a number of bases including gender. In 2014, the Department of Education expanded this to include transgender students.

Now LGBT organizations are moving to defund and to culturally isolate any institution that stands against the moral revolution. This kind of pressure is not at all subtle. It’s an overt attempt to try to marginalize Christian institutions.

The stage is now set for every meeting of the NCAA’s governing body to be an arena for conflict over this issue. The question is, quite honestly, whether or not they will succumb to the pressure sooner or later.

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Hewitt: Electability

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My ritual declarations of neutrality are less and less persuasive to more and more people diving into the scrum that is the GOP presidential nomination process.

But my radio show remains open to all three of the GOP candidates still in the field, and all can continue to expect fair but pointed questions, increasingly focused on their electability. After Tuesday’s contest, the race now turns to Wisconsin.

Trump’s bulldozer approach might work, but the odds against it are rising. Every institutional force in the GOP is now calculating that a Trump nomination will cost the Senate majority and maybe the House and not a few state legislatures thrown in, whereas a Cruz-Tom Cotton, Cruz-Nikki Haley, Cruz-Rubio, or a Cruz-Carly Fiorina ticket puts new demographics of age and ethnicity into play against the dreadful candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

Back to my point on how I have been directing all of my questions to the various candidates:

Any one of these four tickets could win in the fall. Which other ones could?

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The Promise of Easter

This Sunday is Easter, a great celebration day for Christians. The Church bears a mandate to proclaim the truth that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The resurrected Lord gave the Church a sacred commission to take the gospel—the message of Christ’s victory over sin and death—throughout the world.

So, as the Church gathers to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians look back in thankfulness to that empty tomb and forward to the fulfillment of Christ’s promises in us. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the promise of our resurrection from the dead, and of Christ’s total victory over sin and death.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the very center of the Christian gospel. The empty tomb is full of power.

Happy Easter to all. May the joy of the resurrection be yours.

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Mohler: Genocide

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has formally declared that the Islamic State extremist group has committed genocide against Christians and other religious minorities, including Shiite Muslims, in its rampages across the Middle East.

The Secretary of State was responding to a deadline set by Congress of March 17 and, as the Washington Post reports, “Kerry issued a finding that largely concurred with a House resolution declaring the Islamic State guilty of genocide. The resolution passed 393 to 0.”

Why does just the word “genocide” matter? In an article by Religion News Service, a pastor in Iraq explained that, “To not say the truth, this means you are giving to the terrorists a green light: Go ahead and kill the Christians.”

The Islamic State has clearly placed at the top of its agenda expunging from the Middle East all Christian witness.

It is vital that the international community recognize what ISIS has done as genocide, and it is commendable on the part of Secretary of State Kerry that he has formally done so.

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Hewitt: Terror In Brussels

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Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels provide only the latest example of the real and growing threat from radical Islam. Our hearts go out to the injured and the families of the dead and of all those impacted by what appears to be only the latest act of barbarism from the Islamic State.

In the immediate wake of the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was clear and succinct: “We are at war,” he said.

It’s the sort of clarity we need from our own President.

This conversation should have played a greater part of the discussion and the debates on both sides of the aisle in the ongoing race for the White House. I tried during the debates amongst the GOP candidates.

Simply put: The United States has to lead the effort to destroy ISIS.

From Paris to San Bernardino and now Brussels, the risks of four more years of disengagement or “leading from behind” would—there’s little doubt—be extremely costly.

Look no further than Brussels, where, according to one traveler at the Brussels airport, “everything was O.K., and then it was the apocalypse.”

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Medved: Blame Uncertainty, Not “Amnesty,” for Rubio’s Fall

Conventional wisdom says Marco Rubio’s co-sponsorship of immigration reform in 2013 doomed his presidential candidacy, allowing opponents to smear him as advocating “amnesty.” Well actually, that reform bill never authorized amnesty but it did provide a difficult path to legal status—a position that most Republicans, and even bigger majorities of the general public, fully support.

Exit polls in Florida asked GOP voters how to deal with 11 million illegal immigrants: 55 percent said “give them a chance for legal status” while only 35 percent said, “deport them to their home countries.” So why didn’t Rubio win his home state? Because he never stood proudly on his own record, and he seemed to duck the issue of immigration. The problem for Marco Rubio, a wonderful public servant and gifted candidate, wasn’t so much “amnesty,” it was authenticity.

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