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Albert Mohler: Amy Coney Barrett and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

So, what’s really up when you hear controversy over how judges are to apply the Constitution of the United States? Actually, more than most citizens understand.

Here is the plain and simple issue at stake: In the early twentieth century, liberal justices on the Supreme Court began to argue for what they called a “living Constitution.” They meant that the Constitution had to be understood as a document that judges must make relevant for their own times. This is how they came up with a supposedly constitutional right to abortion, for example.

Conservative justices are “originalists,” meaning they read the Constitution as it was written, in its original meaning. If the judges get to make up new meanings of the Constitution and essentially legislate, we are ruled by judges, not by law.

All that is at stake in the fight for the Supreme Court, and you can see why it is so important.

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Albert Mohler: Law and Order and the Death of George Floyd

The video of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, held down by a police officer in an arrest with his knee on the back of his neck resulted—as we now know—in his tragic death.

Commenting on the video, Art Acevedo, who is the head of the Major Cities Chiefs Association said, “I haven’t heard anybody justify this.”

The sad reality is that George Floyd is now dead.

When you look at the protests and rioting in Minneapolis, it is an ugly picture everywhere you look—and now not just in Minneapolis.

But where does this story lead?

It all comes down to the importance of the rule of law. If the rule of law breaks down, there is no rescue.

Injustice documented before our eyes cries out for justice, but justice calls out for the rule of law—in the courtroom and on the streets of America’s cities.

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Albert Mohler: Ahmaud Arbery and the Rule of Law

The death of Ahmaud Arbery—a young black man in Georgia—has highlighted some big issues in the rule of law.

Last week we saw an arrest of two white men charged with murder and aggravated assault and the fatal shooting of the 25-year-old.

Once video of the incident surfaced on social media, the story rightfully exploded all over the media and the public consciousness.

Many are rightly asking why it took 74 days between the shooting and an eventual arrest.

The Attorney General in Georgia on Sunday announced doing just the right thing, that Georgia would ask the United States government through the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation—as the DOJ is uniquely equipped to do.

This is exactly what the rule of law looks like and we’ll be watching the case closely.

For now, our prayer must be with the Arbery family and with that community as they grieve their loss and as we look for justice.

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Dan Proft: Trump Values vs. Chicago Values

“You don’t hear it enough. You do an incredible job. The people of this country know it. And the people of this country love you.”

That was President Trump’s message to police officers in his recent address to police chiefs from across America.

He used the backdrop of Chicago, the most violent big city in America and perhaps its most anti-Trump, to contrast his values with those of Leftist enclaves like Chicago.

Trump recognized a Chicago police officer recently injured in the line of duty declaring, “An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.”

He also took direct aim at Chicago’s sanctuary city dogmatism announcing, “I will never put the needs of illegal immigrant criminals before I put the needs of law-abiding citizens. It’s very simple to me.”

His message was very simple indeed. Trump stands with law enforcement and the law-abiding. His detractors do not.

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David Davenport: The Coming War In Data Privacy Is From Europe Not Washington

While Mark Zuckerberg has been busy defending Facebook over data collection and privacy, a much more ominous threat is quietly coming from Europe. The European Union is implementing tough new standards on data privacy with stiff fines for violators. What many don’t realize is that these rules do not apply only to European companies, but to anyone who has data from Europeans.

For example, American universities enroll students from abroad and they will now be subject to this law.  Complying will cost millions and those who violate the new law could be subject to fines up to $23 million dollars.

Europe’s view is that the individual controls his or her data, not companies that collect it.  With an amazing overreach around the world, this now becomes a new global standard.  On top of trade wars, brace yourself for a new—and costly—cold war over privacy and data.

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Albert Mohler: Bashar al-Assad’s Abhorrent Efforts to Break the Will of His Own People

On Saturday night, dozens of citizens in Syria choked to death after what’s been reported as a suspected chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad’s way of breaking the will of this community that still opposes his rule was to use a chemical weapon, which killed not only men and women but also children.

These are the most abhorrent, murderous, and indiscriminate weapons ever invented by human beings.

What we’re seeing here breaks every civilizational rule. It breaks the Geneva Convention. It breaks every principle of the United Nations. It breaks every law of the international system. But you’ll notice that none of those arenas, none of those agencies was able to stop this murderous dictator in Syria from killing his own people.

The headline out of Syria reminds us that there is really no way to overestimate the human capacity for moral evil.

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