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Michael Medved: What, Exactly, Was Sean Spicer’s Crime?

Left-wing intolerance has infected every corner of American journalism—even the entertainment and sports pages. Kurt Bardella, writing for NBC News.com, declared that naming Sean Spicer to the new cast of “Dancing With the Stars” has served to “undermine the pillars of our democracy.”

Sports columnist Nancy Armour equated Sean Spicer to scandal-plagued pro athletes Ray Lewis and Lamar Odom, who were disgraced by an indictment for murder and a cocaine overdose in a brothel, respectively.

So what was Spicer’s crime? A rocky year as President Trump’s press secretary.

Armour also asked: “Were O.J. Simpson and Sean Hannity not available?” – as if Hannity’s outspoken support for the president somehow equates to Simpson’s likely guilt in cutting his wife’s throat. The intensity of liberal hatred for those who dissent from progressive principles has reached a level of intensity that’s not only insane, but dangerous.

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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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Religious Liberty in Kentucky Threatened: ADF’s Jim Campbell with Mark Davis

Mark Davis invites Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jim Campbell to share the latest on a case in Kentucky that forced t-shirt print shop owner Blaine Adamson to print shirts that violated his religious beliefs. The case is Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals.

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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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