Commentary

Albert Mohler: An Alarming New Standard


Transgender activists are now arguing that that the only prerequisite for surgery ought to be the simple desire of the patient to have the surgery … their wanting it.

The story comes from the New York Times with a headline, “Surgery, hormones but not happiness.” The author is a man who is going to be undergoing what is defined as sex reassignment or gender reassignment surgery.

He writes candidly: “This is what I want. But there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don’t expect it to,” he writes. “That shouldn’t disqualify me from getting it.”

So: He’s pursuing surgery even as he acknowledges it might not alleviate pain and that it might even lead to greater pain. He’s arguing for a medical/ethical principle that this kind of surgery and any surgery should be available to an individual simply because the individual wants it.

It’s an alarming and unsustainable new standard.

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Dan Proft: Save Asia Bibi


The most profound action related to immigration President Trump can take at present has nothing to do with walls, troops or 9th Circuit pronouncements.

It’s to extend religious asylum to a Pakistani woman named Asia Bibi and her family. You may have heard her story: Bibi survived eight years in a Pakistani gulag with the prospect of execution hanging over her head like the Sword of Damocles each day.

Her crime: being a Christian.

The Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted her, and declared her innocent.

Since being released, she and her family are under constant threat of assassination by the Islamofascists who’ve overrun Pakistan.

In a shameful episode of cowardice, self-declared pluralists in the West have turned a deaf ear to Bibi.

The administration should provide a tutorial for Trump-haters and the DC press corps on the difference between economic migrants and asylum-seekers.

We should provide her—and her family—asylum immediately.

Mr. President, save Asia Bibi.

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Michael Medved: An Occasion That Was Powerfully, Unashamedly Christian

The National Cathedral funeral service for the late President George Herbert Walker Bush was as noble and remarkable as the good man it honored. Every speaker offered words of wisdom and insight to inspire Americans for generations to come. Former Senator Alan Simpson honored the late president’s love of laughter and noted that “Humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life” while “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.” He also praised his friend’s rare character, observing that “those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.”

But beyond the eloquence and pageantry, the occasion conveyed a powerful message: the event was proudly, powerfully, unashamedly  Christian. The hymns and prayers served as a reminder that neither the Bush family nor the nation it served, has ever been secular, or in any way uncomfortable with a deep, abiding faith.

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Lanhee Chen: 2018 Elections and the Legacy of George H.W. Bush


The 2018 midterm elections were notable not so much for the so-called “Blue Wave” that washed over the House of Representatives, but instead for the way in which the results demonstrated how politically polarized we are becoming as a country.

Liberal areas in the northeast and on the west coast supported Democrats more strongly; and states where President Trump did well in 2016, like Indiana and Missouri, voted more Republican. That’s why the next Congress will give us divided government.

At a time when we mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, we also reflect on the ways in which principles like compromise, bipartisanship, and collegiality have seemingly disappeared from our modern politics.

It’s too bad, because while we have political disagreements with others, we should always remember that first and foremost—ahead of the partisan labels or political beliefs—we are Americans first.

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Hugh Hewitt: Climate Tax Lessons From France


Before he capitulated on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron had declared he would never give in to the demands of the so-called Yellow Vest protestors.

By law in France, all motorists must carry such a yellow vest in case of car trouble, but the car trouble they are rioting about for the past two weekends is not about their vehicles, but about the 5 percent hike in fuel costs that Macron had decreed as a means of combating global warming. The protests had become increasingly violent in a classic countryside versus the Capital confrontation, and had Macron not raised a white flag and rolled back the new tax, another weekend of violence was expected. He did though, and the message is clear.

As the Wall Street Journal put it: “Voters don’t believe that climate change justifies policy that would raise their cost of living and hurt the economy.” Climate change, my friends, is not an excuse to gouge tax hikes out of citizens.

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Albert Mohler: A Man of Modesty

The message went out late on Friday night: George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, had died.

He came to the presidency, of course, after serving two terms as Vice President under Ronald Reagan.

Perhaps the most illuminating moment of his leadership style came on March 30, 1981, when President Reagan was shot in an attempted assassination.

The Vice President was flying to the Southwest to speak. When he was returning to D.C., it became clear: Reagan was facing mortal danger.

Officials wanted Bush to land by helicopter at the White House, but the image of that, of course, is presidential. Bush refused.

He said: “There is one President of the United States, and he is Ronald Reagan, and he is going to pull through this. I will go by car.” And thus, the Vice President arrived at by car in a motorcade, the way he would have any other day.

That was the sort of man George H. W. Bush was: A man of modesty.

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Hugh Hewitt: George H.W. Bush: 1924 – 2018


The nation mourns the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush, our 41st President. And what a President. What, in fact, a man.

An honest to God war hero, a congressman, an ambassador to China, a party chair, a CIA Director, a Vice President and a model president, model post president and father to a president.

His greatest achievement was the careful management of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet empire. He won the war against Saddam if not the peace. He put Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court – a cornerstone of the originalist renaissance. Bush got crucial amendments to the Clean Air Act through dealing with acid rain and ozone, and he embraced Nelson Mandela on the White House lawn in the first year of that great man’s release.

Kind, gentle, far-seeing, tough as the fighters he flew, he was the epitome of leadership.

George H.W. Bush earned a country’s love and respect and we shall miss him all, all tens of millions of points of light he inspired.

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