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Michael Medved: Judge Barrett’s Appointment: A Triumphant Masterstroke

The appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court counts as a masterstroke, and easily one of the best decisions of Donald Trump’s presidency.

In an election season when liberals and media try to characterize conservatives as old, angry, bigoted, extreme and lacking in empathy, Judge Barrett displays the opposite characteristics. At age 48, she’s youthful, a genial consensus builder, and mother of seven–including a special needs child and two adopted kids from Haiti.

On a court dominated for decades by Yale and Harvard graduates, she’s a breath of Midwestern fresh air, beloved by her students at Notre Dame.

Most importantly, she’ll give new life to the originalist thinking of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, in stressing what the Constitution actually says, not what judges want it to say. As Americans have been losing faith in public institutions, Judge Barrett—soon to be Justice Barrett—can help to restore their confidence.

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Albert Mohler: Praying for President Trump

The Bible tells us to pray for “all those in authority,” and we ought to be praying with real urgency with the knowledge that President Donald Trump has contracted the coronavirus and was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment and care. Anytime the nation’s Chief Executive needs medical treatment, it is big news. In this case it is especially big news because the virus’s path is not always clear and the nation is also facing a presidential election less than one month from now.

Thankfully, the President is receiving the best medical care in the nation, and he is reported to be responding well to treatment.

Our nation invests so much power and responsibility in our president. Americans, whatever their politics, must join in common concern and prayer for the President’s full recovery, and for the First Lady, Melania Trump, who has also tested positive for the virus. There is far more at stake here than politics. Pray!

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Michael Medved: The Myth of “Systemic Racism”

The newly popular charge that America suffers from “systemic racism” ignores the realities of how our current system of law, politics, business and culture really works.

In legal terms, racism has been illegal for 50 years now with bans on discrimination in hiring, housing, education and much more. Yes, racist attitudes still exist, but the system and our culture now work against them, not for them.

In politics, 12 percent of the House of Representatives is now black—closely matching the black percentage of the population, and the nation twice elected a black President. In business, discrimination not only violates the law but hurts the bottom line, in hiring and customers, when 40 percent of America identifies as non-white.

Finally, a striking explosion of black creativity and success characterizes our culture, while open expressions of bigotry lead to disgrace and even ostracism. The American system has changed profoundly—far from imposing racism, it now strives to eliminate it.

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Live Not By Lies – A Manual for Christian Dissidents: Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson with Rod Dreher

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with Rod Dreher about his book, Live Not By Lies – A Manual for Christian Dissidents, which takes its inspiration from the writings of the late and great Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of many books, including The Gulag Archipelago.

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Hugh Hewitt: Article VI of the Constitution Makes it Clear

Anti-Catholic bigotry has no place in the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

It was the liberal scholar Father James Martin who wrote 20 years ago about the bane that is anti-Catholicism. It’s often called the “last acceptable prejudice.” It isn’t acceptable. Not then. And not now.

The country may be about to see who among us still harbors this prejudice.

In the 2017 confirmation hearing for Barrett, Senator Diane Feinstein infamously said to the judge, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

This open attack on Barrett’s beliefs was roundly and rightly condemned. It should not be repeated.

When it comes to a nominee’s faith—or lack of it—Article VI of the United States Constitution makes it clear: “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

That’s an absolute prohibition in the Constitution, and any senator who violates it should be ashamed—and shamed.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett ought to have a respectful hearing—and a quick confirmation.

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