Commentary

Mohler: Candor

Well, you can say one thing for New York Times columnist Frank Bruni: He has a knack for making the position of the left on LGBT rights and religious liberty abundantly—and disturbingly—clear.

In his most recent column, the openly gay columnist criticizes Republicans, identifying them as “…playing a short game, not a long one, by refusing to acknowledge a clear movement in our society toward L.G.B.T. equality, a trajectory with only one shape and only one destination.”

Here we have boiled down to its essence the argument coming from the secular left: We simply have to get in line. Everyone will have to get in line. Everyone will be made to care. Everyone will be made to believe exactly what the new secular elites demand that we believe.

Frank Bruni is very influential, and he is only more clear and more candid than most in stating what he believes. Society can have only one shape, and history is headed in only one direction. The question—according to Bruni—is simply “when” not “if.”

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Medved: New Study Blasts Myth of “Harmless” Pot

A massive new study sponsored jointly by Duke University, the University of California at Davis and other research institutions shows that marijuana is hardly the harmless diversion proponents would lead us to believe.

The long-term focus on heavy users shows that those who smoke marijuana four times a week or more suffer serious consequences in terms of economic and career success. About a third of non-users improve their economic standing dramatically after 20 years, but only 7 percent of the pot smokers do. And a majority of the pot smokers slide down the career ladder, while only 15 percent of others do.

This doesn’t prove that marijuana is more addictive or physiologically harmful than legal substances like tobacco and alcohol, but it does indicate that long-term, heavy use—especially when begun in adolescence—carries powerful (and predictable) risks.

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Medved: Porn Addiction’s Devastating Spread

In an alarming cover story, TIME magazine is warning Americans about a new epidemic that’s devastating adolescent and young-adult males, and that’s the spread of pornography addiction. Because the internet is flooded with free porn, and young men can access it on many mobile devices in total privacy, this destructive habit is poisoning the intimate lives of American men and even undermining their ability to enjoy normal sexuality in marriage.

As with other addictions, the victims often feel powerless to resist graphic and exploitative material, spending more and more time in its consumption and demanding ever more shocking excesses to get the same thrill. Studies show that most males get their first porn exposure between the ages of 11 and 13.

Parents—and fathers in particular—need to do more to protect their children (and themselves) from this ruinous indulgence.

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Mohler: Genocide Then And Now

A very important story has received much less attention than it deserves: Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide for his actions during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Under his leadership, Serbian forces lined up in the little town of Srebrenica every man and every boy over the age of 10 and massacred them in an effort to bring an end to the Islamic population there in that city.

As the editors of the Wall Street Journal note, “Europe was incapable of acting. The killing didn’t stop until President Bill Clinton, under bipartisan pressure, committed the U.S. and NATO to an air and ground campaign that forced Serbia to negotiate the war’s end with the Dayton Agreement.”

As the Journal editors wrote, “Today the world confronts the Islamic State and its homicidal leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. That will end when the same will that stopped Karadzic’s killing is brought to bear.”

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Medved: No Real Diversity

The University of Missouri has become the latest academic institution to require all students to take three credit hours of “Diversity Intensive” instruction: classes that emphasize “inequities” facing racial, sexual, national and disability groups that have been designated as disadvantaged minorities.

While students can benefit from a broad education exposing them to unfamiliar traditions and values, universities make scant effort to provide diversity regarding political or religious ideology. It’s easy to graduate from a four-year college with no exposure at all to conservative ideas about economics and government, and no encounter with traditional Biblical teachings.

Looking at exotic cultures or persecuted victim groups may be intriguing, but (sad to say) most of today’s collegians get their degrees without firm grounding in the culture and history of their own American society.

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Mohler: Genocide Then And Now

A very important story has received much less attention than it deserves: Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide for his actions during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Under his leadership, Serbian forces lined up in the little town of Srebrenica every man and every boy over the age of 10 and massacred them in an effort to bring an end to the Islamic population there in that city.

As the editors of the Wall Street Journal note, “Europe was incapable of acting. The killing didn’t stop until President Bill Clinton, under bipartisan pressure, committed the U.S. and NATO to an air and ground campaign that forced Serbia to negotiate the war’s end with the Dayton Agreement.”

As the Journal editors wrote, “Today the world confronts the Islamic State and its homicidal leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. That will end when the same will that stopped Karadzic’s killing is brought to bear.”

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Medved: No Plausible Path to Victory

Public-opinion polls show Hillary Clinton consistently crushing Donald Trump in trial-heats but some Trump true-believers insist he could somehow still win.

In Politico, computer modeling showed he’d first need to double the percentage of black voters won by Mitt Romney—which might be possible without Obama on the ballot. Second, he’d need to do at least as well as Romney with Hispanics, avoiding the surge of angry Latinos expected to turn out against him. And finally, he’d need to win 64 percent of all of voters who identify as white—an all-but-impossible goal.

Half of all white voters are college graduates, and more than half are women—members of two big groups in which Trump’s been profoundly unpopular in the primaries, never approaching majorities (even among Republicans), let alone 64 percent.

The odds against Trump turning this around are overwhelming.

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