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Albert Mohler: Theology: Back in the Headlines

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Theology roared back into the headlines recently but in this case it wasn’t Christian theology but Islamic theology. This has to do with the tragic attack that took place at a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula, where Egyptian officials report that over 300 persons were killed in a mass attack.

What most major news outlets took days to realize is that the reason that members of the Islamic State felt theologically justified in killing other Muslims was that these particular Muslims were Sufis—a branch of Islam considered heretical by most Muslims.

You cannot possibly interpret or understand this horrible news coming out of Egypt without acknowledging the reality of the theological. The problem is that those behind the secular worldview are absolutely certain that theology will virtually disappear, everywhere, but a news story like this reminds us that it hasn’t happened everywhere, yet. And furthermore, theology hasn’t disappeared even very close to the home of the New York Times.

They just think it has.

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Hugh Hewitt: An Opportunity To Uphold A New Standard on Sexual Harassment

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As the waves of allegations on sexual harassment and sexual assault continue to roll in and as we watch various high profile figures fall, we are facing what could well be a dramatic and positive long-term shift in our culture.

I will admit this:

While I had always assumed that there were a few bad actors out there, I had always thought they were few and far between.

Perhaps I was naïve. I’m now becoming convinced—against my earlier instincts—that the bad actors may be legion.

Perhaps this period of time will be seen in hindsight as a “great purge” of sorts, where—as individuals as well as institutions—we hold perpetrators to account and collectively set up a new standard.

If I’m right—and we all have to hope that I am—the next generation of young professionals will have both a safer work environment and stronger means for recourse if faced with such assaults.

Let’s start by doing all we can to uphold that new standard in our personal and professional lives today.

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More Heads Roll as Claims of Harassment Continue

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Townhall Review — December 2, 2017

Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Gallagher, former intelligence officer for the Marines, on what to do about North Korea in light of their latest missile launch.  Salem host Mike Gallagher invites Vice President Mike Pence to also discuss the situation with North Korea. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, discusses the latest sexual harassment allegations concerning Matt Lauer, while Michael Medved and Tim Alberta share the news about Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken and how evidence needs to be corroborated before the media publishes anything. Christina Hoff Sommers, author of “The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming our Young Men,” joins Michael Medved to discuss how false allegations and claims can quickly destroy people’s lives. Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst at RealClearPolitics, discusses trends in elections and the implications they have in the upcoming Alabama election. Dennis Prager shares how the media, in particular the New York Times, has it out for men.

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Albert Mohler: Robert Mugabe – An Experiment Of The Left

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Robert Mugabe, the strongman of Zimbabwe for the last 37 years, has finally fallen from power. Although he was seen as a liberator when he toppled the government of Rhodesia in 1980, he quickly became the de facto dictator, ultimately killing 20,000 people from an opposing tribe.

Several Western universities awarded honorary degrees to Mugabe in the mid ’80s, only to rescind them when his genocide became apparent.

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal rightly affirms that the Left must be held to account. Stephens says, “Zimbabwe’s tragedy is just a fuller version of a post-colonial story of disastrous ideological experiments accompanied by foreigners who cheered those experiments and then looked the other way when they failed. The world’s poorest countries deserve better than to be the petri dish for Western experts who know too little and a field of fantasy for Western progressives who dream too much.”

On that story, Bret Stephens deserves to have the last word.

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Hugh Hewitt: Sexual Harassment And The Need For Good Reporting

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We all have to be aware that victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment are legion, and that each story about a new victim or victimizer potentially impacts all survivors. We know that stories on spouses who flee domestic abuse, for example, routinely inspire other victims to seek help and shelter. That’s why careful media coverage of the recent spate of stories matters so much.

We also have to recall, however, that false allegations do happen. The late Cardinal Bernadin of Chicago’s Catholic Archdiocese was wrongly accused of molestation by a young man who later recanted his terrible charge. The Duke Lacrosse Team was unjustly prosecuted. Rolling Stone infamously defamed a University of Virginia fraternity over an alleged gang rape that did not happen.

It’s a delicate balance between the reality of vast numbers of assaults and a few terrible false charges, a reality that can only be dealt with by close attention to facts and due process, not only in the courts but the media as well.

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Michael Medved: Trump Deserves Credit For The Strong Economy

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Why do public opinion surveys show discontent with President Trump’s handling of the economy at a time of record highs in the stock market and record lows in unemployment? The new Gallup Poll gives Trump his highest ratings on the economy, but still shows a clear majority of voters disapproving of his economic record despite the steady growth in the 10 months of his presidency.

This reflects a liberal tendency to put ideology above practical results, but it also reflects continued discomfort with aspects of Donald Trump’s polarizing public personality. The President should avoid public feuds and distracting Twitter storms while focusing on the jobs and growth agenda that got him elected in the first place. Meanwhile, his GOP colleagues in Congress must pass tax reform to keep the economy booming while giving the administration the credit it deserves for sweeping deregulation, and pro-business policies that are producing real results for the American people.

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David Davenport: Free Speech On The Decline

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One reason to be concerned about the future of America is the reduced commitment of its young people to freedom, starting with free speech.

A recent survey from the Brookings Institution indicates that 44 percent of millennials do not believe hate speech is protected by the Constitution. Moreover, 51 percent believe it is appropriate to shout down a controversial speaker, with 19 percent saying it is ok to use violence for that purpose. Mistakenly, 62 percent say the First Amendment requires one controversial speaker to be balanced by another speaker.

Today’s college students are coddled by helicopter parents and seek safe spaces on campus, not freedom. And, with little or no civic education, students do not understand the First Amendment.

Founder Benjamin Franklin said that “whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.” Wake up, America, the message from our campuses is that free speech is on the decline and, ultimately, so is freedom itself.

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