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Albert Mohler: A Statement Of Direction On Religious Liberty

Billy Graham

The President’s recent signing of his executive order dealing with religious liberty was much anticipated by all concerned with First Amendment liberties in our fast-changing nation.

An executive order is not legislation and it is never a substitute for legislation.

And yet an executive order can impact the entire executive branch for the duration of a president’s administration.

In his order, President Trump directed, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” Here’s how we should understand it: This is the president’s statement of direction.

The executive order also—and this is significant—effectively reverses the contraception mandate of the Obamacare legislation and thus addresses an immediate issue in America’s public life.

No: It’s not substitute for legislation. But it is a signal of direction and that’s significant … it’s yet one more reminder of why elections matter.

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Michael Medved: Jerusalem’s Anniversary: Time to Face the Truth

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This June marks the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem following Israel’s victory in the Six Day War.

Many Americans mistakenly believe that only then, in 1967, did Jerusalem become Israel’s capital with a clear Jewish majority. But it has always been the seat of Israel’s parliament; two-thirds of the city’s population was already Jewish at the time of Israeli independence in 1948.

In fact, Jews constituted Jerusalem’s largest religious group as early as the mid-nineteenth century and the city served as the Judean capital for a thousand years from the King David to the Roman dispersion. Meanwhile, Jerusalem has never been a Palestinian Arab capital: between 1948 and 1967, Arab forces occupied a small portion of the city, but the nation of Jordan, not any Palestinian entity, controlled that territory. This year’s 50th anniversary is a good occasion to come to terms with the true history of the holy city.

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Albert Mohler: The Unraveling

Billy Graham

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently wrote a letter to the state’s medical insurers saying that they will now be required to provide coverage for reproductive infertility to single persons and same-sex couples.

The move was celebrated by Leftists and progressives as a win for the decoupling of reproduction and the traditional family.

Bella DePaulo, an advocate cited by the New York Magazine, said the change is part “of the long unraveling of the components that all used to be tied up in the one package of marriage: sex, having children, living together.”

Now note carefully. Here she is celebrating the taking apart of what had previously throughout human history, unquestionably, belonged together.

Those things are now unraveling, she says, and that’s progress. She said, “the whole bundle is coming undone.”

And at this point, even though we lament what she celebrates, we have to acknowledge, she is exactly right.

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Lanhee Chen: Tax Reform Is Long Overdue

Tax Reform

President Trump introduced a significant tax reform proposal that will dramatically lower the business tax rate, simplify the individual tax code, and cut tax rates for many American taxpayers.

While there are still many details to be filled in, the basic contours of and principles underlying Trump’s reform plan are worth supporting.

We haven’t seen an overhaul of our tax code for over thirty years, since Ronald Reagan was president and such major change is long overdue.  And why do we need reform?  To put it simply, our tax rates are too high, the tax code is too complicated, and we have a system that disincentivizes growth and investment, two things our economy desperately needs.

The next few months will bring a lot of back-and-forth and much politicking over the president’s proposed changes to the tax code.  But Republicans and Democrats should agree that our tax system needs to be improved and modernized.  It will help American businesses compete, and American families do better.

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Michael Medved: Divisions Didn’t Begin With Trump

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Looking back on President Trump’s opening months in office, not even the most determined detractors of the president can rightly blame him for dividing the country, since the nation was already deeply divided before he came to office.

Barack Obama lost control of Congress to the opposition party, barely winning 51 percent in his re-election bid. George W. Bush also won narrow re-election and lost both houses, while leftist activists demonstrated to demand impeachment. Bill Clinton actually was impeached.

This bitter, persistent divide stems in part from changes in media: with the rise of cable news, talk radio and the internet, news sources today don’t even pretend to be up-the-middle.

Meanwhile, churches that used to draw congregants of all orientations now identify as unashamedly liberal or outspokenly conservative. Politics is polarized because the public is more polarized, with more Americans living in ideological enclaves where big majorities share the same outlook.

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Greg Thornbury: No Questions Allowed

Greg Thornbury

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens left the Wall Street Journal editorial board for The New York Times recently, the change raised a few eyebrows. Stephens, who had been very critical of then-candidate Trump, perhaps fit better at the “Old Grey Lady,” in this day and age.

Few people, however, thought the move would make national headlines. But then Bret Stephens published an Op-Ed with his contrarian and conservative view that dared to call into question the absolute certainty with which climate change advocate make their apocalyptic claims.

To readers of The New York Times, even casting the slightest doubt on the political agenda of climate change advocates sent liberal readers of the paper into a tizzy.

The message was clear, and it was Orwellian: disagree with the conclusions of the progressive left, and they will silence you, then crucify you.

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Larry Kudlow Praises Trump’s Tax Plan

Larry Kudlow

Economic analyst Larry Kudlow joined the Michael Medved Show to give his opinion on Trump’s tax plan. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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