Commentary

Owen Strachan: California Pushes Seeks to Shame Religious Expression

Those who call for personal change—like Christian ministers—are now being told they need to change.

In California, the State Senate continues to push a resolution that condemns religious leaders and counselors who teach the historic positions of their respective faiths.

Such teaching, we’re told, is “harmful” towards those drawn to alternative lifestyles—including those different views on sex and gender.

But: The call to personal transformation is found at the very root of Christian theology—and Christianity is not alone in promoting the idea that people are flawed and in need of personal transformation.

America has long recognized the value of such perspectives. But today, First Amendment-protected religious liberty is under fire. Ironically, those who encourage others to change spiritually are now being told they need to change.

People are free to disagree with the message of the minister.

They ought not try to silence that minister.

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Hugh Hewitt: Let’s See a Plan for a 355-Ship Navy

For years now—long preceding the emergence of candidate Trump or now President Trump—I have been making repeated and urgent calls for the rebuilding of our Naval fleet.

The president sees that need as well—He’s made his own call for a 355-ship navy.

But there’s been little to no progress from the Navy in delivering even a bare-bones plan to realize the president’s objective.

That failure could jeopardize the president’s chances for reelection next year.

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the most surprising states that turned from supporting President Barack Obama in 2012 to voting for Donald Trump in 2016. Those three states were critical to putting President Trump in the White House. Each one of those states has infrastructure that would have benefited from an active shipbuilding program today.

President Trump may well come face to face with the consequences of his Pentagon leadership’s failure to implement his oft-promised 355-ship Navy.

The Pentagon should be presenting a shipbuilding plan now.

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David Davenport: The Death Penalty: Who Decides?

Liberals have used the courts for decades to carry out their agenda of social change. From Roe vs. Wade’s constitutional right to abortion to the more recent protection of same-sex marriage, courts have become an engine of social change.

The death penalty seems to be the next target for social change, either through the courts or by governors. When the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it would resume carrying out the federal death penalty, presidential candidate Kamala Harris attacked it as “immoral and deeply flawed” while Joe Biden reversed yet one more long-held position and said it was wrong.

Meanwhile in California, even though voters twice upheld the death penalty, Governor Gavin Newsom has suspended it.

Questions like the death penalty should be decided by the people and their elected representatives, not by elite courts and lone ranger governors who think they know better.

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Dan Proft: Trump the Burkean?

In 1774, the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke, delivered a speech to the electors of Bristol-the people he would represent in the British Parliament. He said: “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”

In other words, a legislator is not supposed to be a human weather vane—simply following the majority opinion at all times.

The same is true for a chief executive.

Whether you think it is out of hubris or philosophical grounding, President Trump is the most Burkean President since Reagan.

Most of our recent presidents have governed from the back of the parade of public opinion rather than choosing to form it at the front.

If President Trump’s example of leading with the judgment he was elected to exercise brings about a renewed understanding of proper governance then Trump will have done our representative republic a great turn.

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Albert Mohler: Planned Parenthood’s Priorities Revealed

Planned Parenthood has announced that the organization is pulling out of the federally-funded Title X programs.

It’s a move that will cost the nation’s largest abortion provider over $280 million a year. It comes after months of speculation that they would withdraw from Title X in response to a change in policy from the Trump administration—an effort on the part of the administration to reduce or eliminate federal funding for abortion and abortion providers.

What that means is that Planned Parenthood is so ardently, adamantly, obsessively committed to abortion that the organization is actively going to forego millions and millions of dollars of taxpayer funding for contraception and other family planning services provided under Title X, in order to prove its deadly commitment to abortion, above all.

Planned Parenthood has finally, honestly, made very clear what its real priorities are, as if we had any doubt. Its first priority is abortion.

And now we know.

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“Hewitt: The Pivot to Racism Fools No One”


After the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller effectively imploded its key takeaway that there was no collusion between the president, his campaign or family and Russia during Russia’s 2016 attack on the election, then the mainstream media faced a quandary. What to do next?—to both vent Trump hatred and boost ratings.

In the aftermath of the terrible carnage in El Paso and Dayton, Democrats and their supporters in media hit on a solution: pivot from Trump and Russia and instead talk endlessly about Trump and racism.

Indeed, some of the kookier Democratic candidates for president took to calling the president a white supremacist.

This pivot fools no one and enrages many, for in fact it has the consequence of branding not just the president but all of his supporters as racists and white supremacists.

There’s not a hint of truth to that accusation. Playing the race card will be bad for ratings and there’s no doubt the effort from Democrats is bad for the nation.

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