Commentary

Jerry Bowyer: A Sad Day for the Episcopal Church

The old saying that the Episcopal Church is “Catholicism without the Pope” might be obsolete. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has chosen to subvert the church at its core by penalizing the Bishop of Albany for refusing to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese.

Last year the Episcopal General Convention passed a resolution that allows congregations to have same-sex marriages despite the objections of their bishop. I attend and serve in the Episcopal Church myself—and this goes to the very heart of Episcopal government. This church is built around the authority of bishops in their diocese.  It’s in the name: Rule by the episkopos. Bishops are to rule in their diocese and not rule in other diocese. For the sake of theological progressivism, Bishop Curry and the church leadership have undermined both biblical orthodoxy and the defining feature of the church’s authority.

It’s a sad moment for the Church.

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Michael Medved: Democratic Push for Late-Term Abortion is Repulsive and Suicidal

Democrats across the country seem insanely determined to pursue a repulsive political strategy to expand access to late-term abortions, despite overwhelming opposition to the gruesome practice.

In Virginia, for instance, the law already allows women to get-late term abortions if giving birth would “result in the death of the woman or substantially and irreparably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.”

The proposed new law would remove the words “substantially and irreparably” and allow abortion with the certification of a single doctor, not three as currently required- meaning one doctor, citing concerns for his patient’s mental health, could abort the baby at the very moment of birth.

This is extreme, radical and it’s outrageous—and it’s guaranteed to unite Republicans in opposition and damage Democratic prospects for 2020 and beyond.

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Michael Medved: Northam, Democrats and the KKK

The Ralph Northam case illustrates, among many other things, the long entanglement of the Democratic Party with the Ku Klux Klan. In the same year that Northam posted his hateful yearbook photo of a clown in blackface next to a figure in a KKK hood, the Democratic leader in the US Senate was a former Klan leader: Robert Byrd of West Virginia. He led the Democrats in the Senate for 8 years, from 1981 to ’89, even though he wrote to a US Senator during World War II: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side” or allow America to be “degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

In contrast to Democratic embrace of Byrd, when former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke ran for Louisiana Governor as a Republican in 1991, leaders of the GOP, statewide and nationally, united to ensure his defeat.

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Dan Proft: The Intolerable Cruelty of Lawless Immigration

President Trump was right to declare in his State of the Union Address that the tolerance of the ruling elites’ for illegal immigration is not compassionate but cruel.

The Fortune 500 C-suite GOP donors and the open borders/Democrat Socialist crowd practice similar forms of sentimental barbarism: They both treat illegal immigrants inhumanely—as the means to their short-term ends.

For the C-suite GOP donor, the illegal immigrant is useful economically—reducing labor cost.

For the wild-eyed Marxist, the illegal immigrant is useful politically—increasing the cadre of reliable voters.

Both cohorts demagogue their respective parties with rhetoric that frightens voters away from the sort of compromise Trump proffered—a message consistent that of the Statue of Liberty.

A virtuous immigration policy puts a welcome mat in front of our golden door and opens it to new Americans who will serve the long-term interests of America for generations to come.

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Lanhee Chen: Seeing the Similarities in the Early Entries for 2020 Presidential Contest

There are a whole lot of Democrats running for the presidency in 2020.  If names like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Joaquin Castro aren’t household names today, they certainly will over the next year or so.

While these candidates will try to sound different from one another, here’s what we know. They actually have a whole lot in common.

Each of them is in favor of higher taxes. Each is in favor of some form of single-payer health care. Each wants to impose more government regulation and red tape on small businesses. And each would appoint liberal judges to the federal courts.

These are not policies that will promote American prosperity and improve our lives. So even as they try to differentiate themselves from one another, know that it’s their similarities that are worth paying attention to.

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Michael Medved: Did a Double Standard Protect Northam?

Regarding the hateful image connected to Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Democrat, it doesn’t matter whether he’s the figure in blackface, the one in Klan costume, or neither one of them.

He IS the one who chose to place that photograph on his personal page in his medical school yearbook. Among just four photos he used to define his personality, he chose one that recycles racist stereotypes while trivializing murderous violence.

In Northam’s own lifetime, the Klan had committed bombings and shootings of civil rights workers throughout the South. Conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was taken to task for stupid references to beer in his high school yearbook when he was 15; but no one in press or politics ever exposed Northam for treating racist violence like a joke when he was 25.

There’s a double standard at work that needs to end.

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Jerry Bowyer: Persecution Is an All-Around Bad Idea

We’ve seen headlines coming out of China recently about a flagging economy—and we’ve seen headlines about a government crackdown on the Christian faith. Perhaps these two are related.

Two friends who are also experts on the Chinese economy, point out how evangelical Christians in China tend to be successful entrepreneurs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is known to be a student of history. Here’s a good study topic, 300 years ago the French Royalty persecuted and drove out their evangelical Huguenot citizens, who were also the core of the entrepreneurial class. The resulting economic stagnation helped lead to the French revolution and the death of the royal class.

Chinese elites fear economic stagnation could lead to revolution. Then they should stop cracking down on tens of millions of China’s most economically productive citizens.

That’s a bad idea anytime, but especially during an economic slowdown, and has a history of bad endings.

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