Commentary

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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Medved: Why Do We Choose the Leaders We Hate the Most?

Major polls seem to agree that the two most unpopular politicians in the country are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The latest Wall Street Journal poll shows 49 percent of Americans holding “strongly negative” views of Mr. Trump—with only 11 percent who feel “strongly positive.” In other words, by a ratio of nearly five to one, more people hate him than love him.

Secretary Clinton did only slightly better—with 17 percent strongly positive, and 39 percent strongly negative. The lesson is that the current system of primaries and caucuses does a lousy job of picking candidates who can unite the country and restore public confidence. After this nasty and exhausting campaign, leaders of both parties should come together to rethink the entire process—making it shorter, more focused on issues, and less dominated by polarization, showmanship and boisterous brawling in the style of professional wrestling.

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