Commentary

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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Mohler: Why The “Income Gap” Is A Losing Issue 5-6-15

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Democrats plan to focus on income inequality in the upcoming presidential election but a former advisor to Bill Clinton says they’re making a mistake. William Galston notes recent polls by CBS News and Gallup showing less than 4 percent who list the income gap as their main concern. Distance between rich and poor has definitely increased, so why isn’t the public alarmed? Galston cites the sharp rise in mistrust of government. Americans may not welcome inequality, but they have no faith in bureaucratic schemes to address the problem.

Fifty years of dubious, costly anti-poverty programs show that big government might make the wealthy less rich, but it’s not easy to make the poor less poor. Galston rightly declares that economic growth for all is the best way to create new opportunities for the impoverished and the stressed middle class. If only the Clintons could reach the same conclusion as their former aide!

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Mohler: Constitutional Drama 5-5-15

The arguments over same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court were exactly what we thought they’d be: a major day of constitutional drama with the issue of same-sex marriage at the center. Justice Anthony Kennedy–widely assumed to be the swing vote–appeared to be questioning from two contradictory directions:  challenging the authority of the court to redefine marriage at one point and then identifying the injustice of not allowing same-sex couples to wed.

One point iterated again and again was that marriage, for thousands of years, has been exclusively between a man and a woman. Justice Kennedy said, “The word that keeps coming back to me is ‘millennia.’” He pointed out that same-sex marriage has only been legal in the United States for about a decade, saying “I don’t even know how to count the decimals.” Chief Justice Roberts summed it up well when he said to the counsel for the pro-same-sex marriage side, “You are not seeking to join the institution. You are seeking to change the institution. Thank you, Chief Justice Roberts.

 

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Medved: The Wrong Candidate To Reform Big – Money Politics 5-4-15

In the rocky roll-out of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has listed four goals for her presidency: expanding opportunity for the middle class, strengthening families and communities, confronting foreign threats, and somehow breaking the connection between money and politics.

“We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all,” she promises, “even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” This last announced goal represents a cynical bid to deflect attention from the big money that Hillary herself has pocketed by exploiting her power and prominence; the Clintons have accumulated at least $140 million since leaving the White House.

And speaking of “unaccountable money,” the Clinton foundation recently acknowledged more than $2 million dollars of unreported foreign donations, as Hillary faces serious conflict-of-interest charges. When it comes to the issue of money’s corrupting role in politics, it would be hard to imagine a less suitable crusader for reform.

 

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Mohler: Justice Scalia Warned Us 5-1-15

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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