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Albert Mohler: A Revealing Walkout

Billy Graham

Students at the University of Notre Dame recently staged a walk out protest against Vice President Mike Pence who was the university’s commencement speaker.

One young man interviewed about the protest looked squarely into the camera and said, “Commencement is about us. It’s not about national politics. This is a distraction.”

Well, this is a profound misunderstanding of the commencement ceremony and it’s also a reflection of the incredible narcissism that seems now to affect so many at various age levels in American society.

The commencement is actually a celebration of learning and the dignity of education. It’s about achievement, yes, but it’s also about promise. It’s about obligation and responsibility on the part of the graduates even as they depart the campus of the university or other institutions of higher education and pursue their callings in life.

But that statement, “It’s about us,” when it comes to commencement is very revealing. It tells us a great deal about a fundamental moral shift that has taken place in this country.

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Hugh Hewitt: A 350 – Ship Navy

U.S. Senate

On Sept. 7, 2016, Donald Trump made a specific promise “to build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines.” On March 2, now president Trump added to the specificity of that pledge by promising to increase the number of aircraft carriers to 12. The recently unveiled White House budget breaks both of these promises.

A 350-ship fleet is key for both national security and international stability. China is rapidly growing its navy to fill the gaps left by the Obama-era cutbacks. Reversing those cuts is crucial to preserving American supremacy at sea and supporting allies around the world.

The president is fresh back from his very successful trip abroad. Now he needs to nominate a Navy secretary and send Congress an addendum to his budget, one with a plan to keep his promises regarding the Navy, and the funding to make that plan a reality.

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Michael Medved: Britain’s Most Serious Religious Problem

Opioid

The horrific Manchester terror attack raises uncomfortable questions about the imperfect integration of Britain’s Muslim minority.

A series of such brutal incidents in the United Kingdom involved native-born British subjects, not recent refugees. And despite some fears of Islam’s surging influence, the most recent numbers show that self-identified Muslims still comprise only 5 percent of the UK population. The far more worrisome numbers involve the declining percentage who say they are Christian—down from 72 percent to just 59 percent today.

Those who hope that America and the United Kingdom will maintain their distinctive cultural identities are right to worry about Christianity’s declining numbers. But we should remember that those losses reflect disenchantment and disaffiliation far more than the growth of Islam or any other rival faith.

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Hugh Hewitt: A Grateful Nation

U.S. Senate

The dangerous world we are looking at today serves as an appropriate backdrop for our expression of gratitude for those who have died in the service of our nation.

From the time of our nation’s founding to today, well over 1.2 million Americans have paid the ultimate price in the service of our country.

Today is a day for us to say, “thank you.” It is also a day for us to dedicate ourselves.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln called our country to an “unfinished work.” And, in many respects, we remain an unfinished work.

Our commitment—the commitment of “the living”—to the values and freedoms our honored veterans fought for makes clear that they did not die in vain.

To those who have served or are serving today: A grateful nation says, “thank you.”

To those listening who have a loved one who died for this great cause: A special thanks to you—and a heartfelt civilian salute from me (and all my friends here at the Salem Media Group).

Happy Memorial Day.

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Albert Mohler: The Crisis Of Islamic Extremism

Billy Graham

President Donald Trump is currently engaged in his first international trip as president.

The contrast between the current president and his predecessor has been immediately apparent inasmuch as President Trump has been willing to use the word Islam in connection with the struggle against terrorism whereas President Barack Obama was categorically unwilling to do so.

As the Washington Post reported, President Trump has forcefully summoned the Muslim world to confront “the crisis of Islamic extremism.”

In the president’s address in Saudi Arabia, he said “Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory—piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.”

The president repeatedly used the stem word Islam, and he also used the word in a way that as you might expect brought criticism from the liberal western press.

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Hewitt: “The Slaughter Of the Innocents”

U.S. Senate

“The Slaughter of the Innocents.”

That’s the title from the U.K.’s Daily Mail piece chronicling the latest attack from radical Islamic terrorists.

This time: It was in Manchester Arena in the U.K., in the aftermath of the Ariana Grande concert.

At least 22 are dead.

Over 100 are injured, some of them very seriously.

The horrific incident is yet another bloody reminder of the long war—yes a decades long war—that the nations of the developed world have against Islamist terrorism.

In the West, we’ve seen a reticence to label the threat for what it is, a willingness to tolerate the occasional act of terror as the price for living in the age in which we do and a general fatigue in the fight.

This week’s attack should motivate us toward two ends: Prayers and love and support to the injured, their families, and families of the fallen. And: We should steel our resolve.

As individuals, as a people and a nation: We need to fight radical Islamic terror … and we cannot tire in that fight.

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David Davenport: Tax Reform Should Not Increase The National Debt

Compromise

This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.

One more dilemma for our leaders in Washington is that we desperately need tax reform, but we can’t afford to increase the national debt.

The debt is already large and growing. Our leaders say it’s nearly $15 trillion, but that doesn’t count another $5 trillion of debt to our own government, making the real number closer to $20 trillion. And Senator Ben Sasse has recently reminded us that even that number doesn’t count entitlement bills coming due that we can’t pay, perhaps pushing the number as high as $75 trillion.

But there are reasons to worry that it’s about to get worse. First, rising interest rates could make the debt more expensive. Second, Trump’s tax reform could bring in even less revenue. He’s counting on stimulating growth, but it will take a lot of growth to pay for lower tax rates.

Senator Mitch McConnell is right to say that tax reform must be revenue neutral to keep from growing the national debt.

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