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Albert Mohler: Yet Another Lesson From California

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The Attorney General of California recently announced that he is filing 15 felony counts against the two undercover filmmakers from the Center for Medical Progress who have exposed Planned Parenthood in a series of videos.

David French, writing at National Review, points out that this is a case of selective prosecution. Back in 2014, a group known as Mercy for Animals released an undercover video that showed widespread animal abuse, they claimed, and cruelty at one of the largest duck farms in California. The state responded by investigating the farm. Apparently, in California, the lives of ducks are more important than the lives of unborn human beings.

The reality is that California is undeniably guilty of selective enforcement. It is using a law against these two activists that is not used against others in a similar situation.

For these two journalists and for the larger pro-life movement, at least in the state of California, the trial is only beginning.

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Hugh Hewitt: A New Day At EPA

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President Trump’s new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, is bringing the rule of law back to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The core mission of the EPA is very important. There are air and water quality issues that cross state lines.

But the previous administration reimagined its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 with stationary sources in a way that just isn’t consistent with the framework that Congress passed.

And with the Waters of the United States, the EPA reimagined the definition of what a water of the United States equals so it included puddles and dry creek beds all over the country.

Scott Pruitt has begun a process to undo, rescind and dial back those unlawful actions and to provide clarity to the marketplace.

From now on rulemaking will be done in the full light of day at EPA, with notice and comment for all.

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Michael Medved: Honor The Law, Not Feelings Or Favoritism

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Democrats opposed to the Supreme Court nomination of Neal Gorsuch cite his “legalistic” failure to show consistent favor to “the little guy” against big corporations. But Gorsuch defenders insist that an impartial judge can’t allow emotion to tilt the scales of justice.

In this, Gorsuch echoes both his mentor, Justice Scalia, and the Bible. In Leviticus God commands: “You shall not commit a perversion of justice; you shall not favor the poor, and you shall not honor the great.” The prophetic books and the New Testament Book of Acts make similar points, describing God as “no respecter of persons” who applies standards equally.

Traditional Jewish commentators insist on a crucial distinction between charity—which is a personal obligation to show mercy to the unfortunate—and justice—which is a communal responsibility to honor the law above feelings or favoritism.

We must remain a nation of laws, not men; of principle, not personal preference.

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Hillary: Women are Needed for Peace

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But she didn’t specify if the person must be born a woman. Can Trump declare himself a woman during negotiations?  What if he negotiates like a woman?

Hillary claims “when women are included in peace negotiations, agreements are less likely to fail and more likely to last…We also know that women are often the first to spot conflict on the horizon, coming their way.”  Five months after losing the election, she is still using the female card.

The former  presidential candidate was giving a speech at Georgetown where conservatives didn’t protest or beat anybody up or smash any windows.

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Michael Medved: No Quick Fix On Health Care

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President Trump and Speaker Ryan failed to notch a GOP victory by repealing and replacing Obamacare, but the defeat did highlight an important conservative principle. Conservatism has always emphasized incremental, pragmatic change, based on the will of a majority; it’s progressives who favor sweeping, radical, top-down decrees that ignore the popular will.

That was the core problem with Obamacare: trying to remake our entire health care system in one ridiculously complicated, widely unpopular piece of legislation. But now that Obamacare has been the law for seven years, Republicans shouldn’t repeat these mistakes—again, trying to reshape the whole system in a single bill.

Future Republican efforts must erase Obamacare step by step, building broad popular and bipartisan support, not attempting another over-hyped, and hyper partisan, quick fix.

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Left Mocks Mike Pence for Guardrails Protecting His Marriage

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Maggie Gallagher explains “For the last ten hours, I’ve been fighting off liberals on my Twitter account outraged that Mike Pence tries to protect his marriage by not dining with women alone. They have this theory that it somehow disadvantages his women employees. I’m guessing in reality the women who work for him are grateful to have a boss who doesn’t hit on them. It’s not that hard to leave a door open or invite a colleague in” (National Pulse).  From Katie Pavlich: Men in general, but especially powerful men in public positions, should respect and learn from Pence’s boundaries. This doesn’t mean they have to make the same decisions about how to handle professional situations, but understanding why Pence behaves the way he does is helpful with navigation. He has enormous respect for his wife and the women he works with, which is why he chooses not to put any of them into a position that could be perceived as compromising (Townhall).  David French explains why Christian men do this (National Review).  From Mollie Hemmingway: All these people mocking Pence for the protections he puts on his behavior must not know the people I know or suffer the temptations I face. They must not read the headlines about marriages ending due to infidelity. I have far too many friends who found their inhibitions lowered by alcohol and distance from a spouse. The end result of their lapse in judgment has in some cases been the destruction of their marriage (The Federalist). A look at some of the crazy reactions from the left (IJR). From Jonah Goldberg: It’s a very strange place we’ve found ourselves in when elites say we have no right to judge adultery, but we have every right to judge couples who take steps to avoid it (Townhall).

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Owen Strachan: “Generosity And Respect” From Princeton

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Princeton seminary recently announced it would honor Manhattan Pastor Tim Keller for his spiritual leadership. But that announcement from the seminary drew furious criticism from their community of faculty and alumni who long ago left conservative Christian faith.

Keller’s commitment to the Bible’s very clear teaching on marriage, the sexes and human sexuality rendered his views “toxic” as one commenter said. Princeton seminary president Craig Barnes bowed to the pressure.

He announced Keller that would not receive his award after all. Barnes also noted without irony that Princeton grants generosity and respect to those of different convictions.

If the shameful treatment of Keller signals “generosity and respect,” we would fear to see what censure and hatred looks like.

You don’t have to be a theological hair-splitter to see that this rhetoric falls on its face.

Those who promote tolerance stifle it.

And those who call for charitable dialogue squelch it.

There’s a lesson to be learned when a Presbyterian seminary cannot honor the most prominent Presbyterian minister of our time.

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