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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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THR 4/1/17: Why the Health Care Bill Was Dead on Arrival

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Dennis Prager questions the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger about who is to blame for the failure of the health care bill. Hugh Hewitt asks Senator Lindsey Graham if the Republican Party is ready to use the nuclear option if the Democrats filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch. Sam Malone, sitting in for Mike Gallagher, talks to terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel about the recent London attack. Dennis Prager takes a closer look at the surveillance of Donald Trump by Obama operatives. Larry Elder interviews Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies about the intersection of immigration policy and doing business in America. Michael Medved plays clips from the CBS News documentary: “Gender: The Space Between.” Hugh Hewitt chats with Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, about how the agency is rolling back the excesses and abuses of the agency during the Obama era. President George W. Bush joins the Michael Medved Show to talk about his latest book and paintings in support of the troops.

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Dangerous Precedent Set in Targeting Those Who Exposed Planned Parenthood

From the story: To say that this is outrageous is an understatement. To many pro-life conservatives, this is rather like if a journalist posed as a drug dealer to expose a drug kingpin, and the result was an indictment for the journalist and the kingpin getting off scot-free (The Week). From David French: It’s becoming increasingly clear that in the state of California, the right to abort a child is the chief liberty in the land, and all other liberties must bow before it. Few things illustrate this sad and morbid truth more than the decision of the California attorney general to prosecute (or, more accurately, persecute) David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt (National Review).  The truth within those videos (National Review). While most of the media is ignoring this story, Mother Jones, of all outlets, is defending Daleiden and Merritt (Mother Jones). Meanwhile, another story notes “A federal judge in San Francisco first filed the injunction against the Center for Medical Progress after determining the investigators had obtained information from the National Abortion Federation through fraud” (Townhall).

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Hugh Hewitt: After Healthcare

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The pulling of the GOP health-care bill last week was a big loss. But, President Trump had very good reason to shake off the rebuff from the Freedom Caucus, and he was loyal to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, as was Ryan to Trump. That bodes well for the party and for governing over the next 18 months.

What doesn’t bode well is the shared decision of the president and speaker to advance next on tax reform, with its twin political death traps of abolition of the home mortgage interest deduction and of state and local income tax deduction. I hope for a loss on those Beltway Holy Grails not sought by many, if any, outside of the Beltway. A corporate tax cut, yes, tax simplification, yes, but not two big intraparty squabbles and crackups in a row, please.

Better to go for infrastructure, including the border wall, and best of all, the fulfillment of the promise of a 350-ship Navy and of the general defense buildup that needs to surround that singular Trump goal.

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Gorsuch: Eminently Qualified

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New York Senator Charles Schumer recently announced that he and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate will filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

The reality is that if there is anyone qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, it is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Nonetheless, what is at stake is not the judge’s qualifications, but his understanding of the constitution as a text limited by its words and sentences and the intention of its authors, rather than an evolving text to be interpreted by contemporary judges according to their own current political understanding.

If indeed the Democrats follow through with a filibuster on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, then Republicans must change the rules of the Senate, to make certain that this presidential nominee sits on the United States Supreme Court.

The battle over the Court in this generation is not happening by accident. It is happening precisely because both sides understand just how much is truly at stake.

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Albert Mohler: Justice Alito’s Warning

Billy Graham

Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court recently delivered a bracing message to a group of Catholic lawyers.

Justice Alito said, “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.” Referencing his minority opinion in the Obergefell decision, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, he said that the decision would be used to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.”

It is clear that Justice Alito is very concerned. Those who pressed for the legalization of same-sex marriage are now pressing for the normalization of all same-sex relationships throughout the entire culture.

He went on to say that “we are likely to see pitched battles both in the courts and in Congress, state legislatures and town halls, but the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”

Here you have a justice of the Supreme Court saying that the biggest case is not the case before his court, but the one in the court of public opinion.

We cannot say that we were not warned.

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Dan Proft: Silencing Dissent

NEA, Students assult Allison Stranger

Allison Stanger, a self-identified liberal professor at Middlebury College actually suffered a concussion early this month after being assaulted by leftist students protesting the presence of eminent sociologist Dr. Charles Murray on campus.

Her assault has forced the Left to address campus culture at America’s elite universities.

What the safe space social engineers find is that they’ve lost control of the young Frankensteins whose minds they filled with agitprop rather than intellectual curiosity.

At Middlebury, Stanger was mugged by the reality, quite literally, that there is no safe space for dissent from the established campus orthodoxy. By abetting a contrarian view on campus, Stanger crossed into the enemy camp and thus became fair game.

In her description of the violence, Stanger offers the clichéd contention that we are at “a boiling point.”

Are we?

Or is it more accurate to say that thuggery is what leftist students have been taught since the ’60s—and now it’s being used to silence dissent and extract what they what?

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