David Davenport: The U.S. Is Right to Oppose an ICC Investigation in Afghanistan

This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for

National security advisor John Bolton caused a stir by announcing that the U.S. would actively oppose an investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court into criminal acts by Americans in Afghanistan.  Bolton said sanctions against members of the Court might be applied.

The fact is that, though the ICC was formed as a court, it is primarily a political body. Its independent prosecutor—a kind of Ken Starr or Robert Mueller with international reach—regularly makes political decisions about prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity. The court makes an extraordinary claim of jurisdiction over citizens of nations such as the U.S. that do not join the court.

American service members are asked to keep the peace around the world and, besides risking harm and death, they do not need to risk criminal prosecution by a political court.

Bolton’s move ought to be applauded.

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Albert Mohler on Kavanaugh Allegations: When the Truth No Longer Matters

Many of you have been tracking with the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s nominee to the Supreme court.

A number of voices have said—some even explicitly—that Judge Kavanaugh should step aside even if the allegations are not true, if these events just plausibly could have happened.

If—as a society—we begin to accept that it really doesn’t matter if an allegation is truthful, then we are just going to destroy one another with claim and counterclaim in which the only issue is the effect of the claim, not the truth of the claim.

In fact: Everything does hinge—or should hinge, anyway—on whether or not something did or didn’t happen.

A society that gives up on the objectivity and the knowability of truth and the mandate of truth is a society bent on moral and intellectual suicide.

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Jim Daly: Leave Jack Phillips Alone

Hi this is Jim Daly with Focus on the Family.

You know, a couple of years ago I had lunch with Jack Phillips, the owner of the now famous Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver. I found Jack to be a terrific person—not the controversial character the media has portrayed him to be.

Now Jack’s been under attack because his deeply held religious convictions prevented him from making a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. You can agree or disagree with Jack, but the Supreme Court eventually ruled in his favor.

However, that same Human Rights Commission has brought another charge against him, demanding that he now make a cake for a so-called gender transition celebration. I’m sure he was targeted.

Why do good people get beaten down in our culture for what they believe? That’s not the kind of nation we want to live in.

Don’t stick your finger in the other guy’s eye. Let them live their life according to their convictions. 

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Jerry Bowyer: The Child Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

The current crisis in the Catholic church demands a very brief history lesson.

In the ancient world, same-sex relations between men and boys was an accepted norm—among the Greeks and among Roman citizens these relations were, even celebrated. Jesus upended that, threatening child abusers with terrible punishments saying that, “It would be better for those men to have a large stone hung around their necks and to be thrown into the sea.”

Christianity ended the cultural acceptance of pedophilia.

But now, 2 thousand years later, a number of leaders who claim to act serve in Jesus name are in a scandal over exactly this.

It’s time to go back to the words of Jesus, to provide no hindrance for the children as they look to come to Him.

That will take repentance. And—only after that—a restoration of trust.

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Michael Medved: Senate Must Resist a Last-Ditch Smear

In their desperate attempt to smear Judge Brett Kavanaugh, many left-leaning commentators try to connect him to #MeToo malefactors like Harvey Weinstein.

For two reasons, this association is utterly unfair.

First, the #MeToo villains all exploited positions of power; Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old high school junior at the time of his alleged misdeeds.
Second, all the #MeToo villains were guilty of mistreating multiple women, sometimes hundreds; in Judge Kavanaugh’s case, he’s accused of mistreating only one woman, on a single occasion.
The timing of the accusations is also highly suspect.

If Senators allow this shady maneuver to succeed, they will shift our politics from merely ugly to outrageously unjust.

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Albert Mohler: Reagan’s Plea to His Dying Father-in-Law

Late in the summer of 1982, President Ronald Reagan had a lot on his mind. He faced challenges at home and around the world. But on this August day, the 40th President of the United States had something even more pressing on his mind. His father in law, Dr. Loyal Davis, was dying, and Dr. Davis was an avowed atheist. President Reagan wrote an incredible letter that day to his father in law, pleading with him to trust Christ.

He told his father in law that Jesus is the very Son of God, writing, “Either he was who he said he was, or he was the greatest faker and charlatan who ever lived.”

President Reagan went on to cite John 3:16 in his plea to his father in law.

Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post recently came across the letter while conducting research at the Reagan Library. It is one of the most remarkable presidential documents of modern times.

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