Commentary

Medved: Despite Cameron’s Win, No Need For Brit Envy 5-14-15

Some Americans watched recent elections in Britain with envy because so many parties competed for power. Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party and Greens all contested seats in Parliament.

The results brought victory to David Cameron’s Conservatives, but a split electorate only gave him 36 percent of total votes. Critics insist this means a shaky government and dubious mandate. A similar result afflicted Israel in recent elections; with votes split among six parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu struggled to put together a viable government, despite the fact that he received far more votes than his principal challenger.

Those who seek new American “Third Parties” should ponder these results. Our two-party system remains vital, offering voters a clear choice between increasingly liberal Democrats and more conservative Republicans. Emergence of additional factions on the fringe would only muddy voter decisions, producing the badly fragmented electorate that now characterizes two of our closest allies.

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Hewitt: Has The West Awakened? 5-13-15

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The British people voted and a stunning result emerged: All the pollsters said that it would be a hung Parliament but in fact the Conservative Majority won a pure majority of seats in what most people found a stunning trump for Prime Minister David Cameron. Thus for the third time in six months conservatives have won huge and unexpected wins in three democracies: in the United States in November of 2014, in Israel in March and now in Great Britain.

The increasing chaos in the world has a lot to do with these results as the only consistent thing between the three winning parties—the GOP in the States, Likud in Israel and the Tories in the UK—is seriousness about the threats at home and abroad from rising Islamist fanaticism.  A crucial segment of the voting public seems to have gotten serious again about the need for all out engagement with and defeat of Islamist extremists of both the Sunni and Shia variety. The West seems to have awakened to a threat.  We hope it is in in time to prevent another 9/11.

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Mohler: “Frozen Embryos Have A Right To Live” 5-12-15

Conservatives have long affirmed the sanctity and dignity of every single human life at every point of development. One of the most crucial points of development at which human dignity is now at risk is as an embryo. That’s what makes a recent article in the New York Times so important. The op-ed is by Nick Loeb and his headline is “Frozen Embryos Have a Right to Live.”

Loeb explains that he recently filed a complaint in Santa Monica, California to protect the lives of two little girl embryos that were formed with his former fiancée, Sofia Vergara, star of Modern Family. He would like to take full custody and have the little girls brought to full gestation, but Vergara wants to keep them frozen indefinitely. He explains his concern when he writes, “Does one person’s desire to avoid biological parenthood (free of any legal obligations) outweigh another’s religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent?” Nick Loeb’s defense of his children, even in embryonic form, is unexpected, bold, and deeply encouraging.

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Medved: Do White Lives Matter 5-11-15

All decent Americans should agree with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” but new reports on killings by police raise questions on whether white lives matter too.

According to authoritative statistics from 2013 to the present, cited approvingly by the New York Times, far more white people than black people die in confrontations with law enforcement. Whites account for half the victims, African Americans only three of ten. Of course, since black people comprise 13% of the overall population, they’re over-represented as victims of police, but they’re even more over-represented in murders committed by civilians, and most over-represented of all when it comes to cop killers.

Media focus almost exclusively on incidents where the victim is black; can you think of a single recent case that received national attention that didn’t conform to this favored narrative? Why are whites who die at the hands of police somehow less worthy of obsessive coverage than their black counterparts?

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Mohler: A Revealing Interchange 5-8-15

During the recent arguments before the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, Justice Alito a very revealing interchange with President Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli—confirming for the nation what a number of cultural observers have been warning about for some time now.

Clip: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating.  So would the same apply to a  university or a college if it opposed same­-sex marriage?

General Verrilli:  You know, ­­I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito.  It is—it is going to be an issue.

“It is—it is going to be an issue.” With those words the representative of the Obama Administration before the nation’s highest court confirmed with candor the threat we have long seen coming. Verrilli’s answer has put the nation’s religious institutions, including Christian colleges, schools, and seminaries, on notice.

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Hewitt: Our Dependence Upon The Overruling Power Of God 5-7-15

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Today is the annual National Day of Prayer which will be recognized in Washington D.C. and at thousands of gatherings around the country. This special day of prayer is healthy reminder for us all. Has it ever been more self-evident that we ought to turn our hearts to God in prayer?—individually, in our communities and collectively as a nation. It’s hard to make the point better than did President Abraham Lincoln—back in 1863—when he proclaimed a day of prayer. He wrote:

 it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

Won’t you join me and all of us at Salem Media as we set our hearts toward God on this National Day of Prayer, 2015?

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Mohler: Scalia Warned Us 5-7-15

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The recent arguments before the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage marked one of the most important days in the constitutional history of the United States of America. It was one of the most important days in the moral history of our nation as well. In their presentation of oral arguments before the High Court: Two questions are on the table. The first question is whether or not the Constitution guarantees a right for same-sex people to get married in all 50 states. The second question is whether the Constitution requires a marriage declared to be legal in one state to be recognized in all 50 states.

The high court will not rule on this issue until the last business day in June, at which time a victory for gay marriage is widely  expected. Let’s not forget that we were warned about this. Justice Antonin Scalia said back in his dissent in 2013, “no one should be fooled. It’s just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.” And that other shoe may well drop in June.

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