Albert Mohler: The New York Times Returns to the Book of Leviticus

This past Sunday The New York Times—the most influential newspaper in the world and secular to its core—ran an opinion essay on Leviticus chapter 18.

No kidding! 

The title of the piece: “The Secret History of Leviticus.” In it, Idan Dershowitz argues that the prohibition of men having sex with men is all based on the fact that a later editor—or a “redactor”—changed the text of the Bible.

There’s really no question about the Bible’s teaching on these issues.

The whole thing is another example of how—even in this supposedly secular age—the conscience of Western civilization continues to be haunted and shaped by the Bible. It’s 2018. And the New York Times is running a piece on Leviticus 18.

That, in itself, is stunning.

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David Davenport: Is Democratic Socialism For Real in America?

One story from the 2018 primary elections is the win of candidates in Pennsylvania and New York running as democratic socialists.  In the wake of a 2016 poll showing that 43 percent of millennials view socialism favorably, this has led pundits to wonder whether democratic socialism is a viable movement in America.

In short, the answer is no. 

Young people are not interested in true socialism, which is the state owning the means of production and distribution.  

What millennials favor is a larger welfare state. In fact, when Bernie Sanders ran for president and Denmark became a hot topic, their prime minister felt the need to clarify that it was not a socialist country, but instead an extensive welfare state.

I don’t know which is more discouraging, that young people think they are in favor of socialism or the fact that they don’t know what socialism is. 

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Owen Strachan: Another Orwellian Bill from California

The best way to overhaul a culture is to change the way it thinks. Here’s one major way to change cultural thinking: stifle the free exchange of ideas.

This is what’s happening in California right now. Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” to engage in “a transaction” aimed at promoting “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

This pernicious bill is an attempt to silence those who want to help people with unwanted sexual feelings. Many religious and non-religious people agree that we flourish when we honor the basic design of our bodies for both sexual practice and personal identity. This bill is Orwellian: Silencing those who seek to provide help and wholeness to people who are reaching out.

California legislators ought to do what the people have elected them to do: protect free speech and enable people to live a free life.

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Michael Medved: An Alternative to Trump-Bashing Comedy?

USA TODAY recently hailed nine TV comedians who specialize in mocking President Trump. Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Michelle Wolf all identify as outspoken liberals.

Alternative programming from conservative comedians could earn great success by capturing just 10% of the late-night comedy audience. The purpose shouldn’t be to defend Trump–defense isn’t funny. Instead, a conservative comedy show could go after laughable libs like Pelosi and Schumer, Bernie and Hillary, while mocking politically correct comics and their predictable mockery of Trump.

If a network embraced the obvious opportunity, they could laugh all the way to the bank.

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The Good and Bad from the Helsinki Summit

Townhall Review – July 21, 2018

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, for a discussion on President Trump’s Helsinki press conference comments and the reaction to Trump’s retraction. Mike Gallagher talks about Michael Goodwin’s article on President Trump and the Russian meddling investigation. Michael Medved disputes the allegations that President Trump’s comments rise to the level of treason. Hugh Hewitt invites Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on to talk about the July 24-26 State Department event focused on international religious freedom. Hugh Hewitt and ADF counsel Jeremy Tedesco,  discuss another critical case winding its way through the court system. Larry Elder talks about the double standard between celebrity racial comments and Papa John’s. Dennis Prager tells us why the Left gets bored so they seek out causes to take on without care of the consequences.

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