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Owen Strachan: The Critical Role of Fathers

It was heartwarming to see: many of the planet’s toughest and best athletes telling their children on social media how much they love them. In short videos, fathers played games with their kids, bearhugged them, and told them jokes—all in a tribute to dads on Father’s Day.

In a society that does little to encourage fathers, the NBA’s efforts did not go unnoticed. Families are the essential building block of society, and fathers are the essential building block of the family. A home led by a father, especially a father with a spiritual focus and strong character, places flourishing within reach.

Gender-neutral children do not need gender-neutral parents. Boys and girls need fathers and mothers bound by lifelong commitment. This isn’t a prejudicial belief. Downplaying fatherhood sets us all up for disaster.

Social-media support is great. But we need more: we need a society that celebrates, honors and ennobles fathers.

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Owen Strachan: Kobe Bryant: 1978 – 2020

The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant has shocked the world—truly the world. Bryant, one of the top five basketball players of all time by many estimates, was just 41 years old. More tragic still: his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died at his side. Seven other people perished in the crash.

Bryant soared in his career. He won five NBA championships, many awards, and became fantastically wealthy. Yet after personal trouble early in his career, Bryant committed himself to his family. He was by all accounts a doting father to his four girls, and he and his wife Vanessa worked hard to strengthen their union.

As a man, Bryant needed what many men need: he needed a family. He pursued excellence and found it in his calling.

Kobe’s days are over. This life goes fast. We must number our days, and prize what matters most.

Man knows not his time.

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Owen Strachan: A Big Loss for LeBron

LeBron James recently made headlines for his comments about China. James argued that when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supported Hong Kong democratic protestors, he was “misinformed.” Morey’s support caused “harm,” James said.

For those paying attention, there’s a revealing hypocrisy here. It’s common today among the left to speak against “immoral capitalism” and to decry unjust politics practiced by supposed American tyrants. Whatever one thinks about America, China is run by an actual tyrannical regime. Free speech doesn’t exist. Dissidents are placed in “re-education” camps.

There’s a reason NBA stars are speaking out for China here. They make tons of money from sneaker sales in China. There are many wonderful elements of the free market—but supporting tyranny to make millions is not one of them.

After the public outcry, LeBron says he’s staying quiet. But the damage is done.

Count this a big loss for LeBron … and the NBA.

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Syria, Turkey, the Kurds and the Specter of Impeachment

Townhall Review – October 12, 2019

Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton discuss Turkey’s intervention in Syria.

Hugh Hewitt and Middle East expert and scholar Michael Rubin talk about President Trump’s decision to reduce troop strength in Syria.

Sebastian Gorka and Fox Sports host Clay Travis talk about the NBA controversial support of China.

Hugh Hewitt and Kristen Waggoner, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, discuss landmark cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dan Proft talks with Margot Cleveland about a Louisiana pro-life law that is now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sebastian Gorka talks with New York Congressmen Lee Zeldin about his impatience with Congressional inaction.

Dan Proft and Douglas Murray, British author, journalist and social critic discuss his recent book, “The Madness of Crowds.”

Mike Gallagher talks with Fred Fleitz, CEO of the Center for Security Policy, about his recent lively exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

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Albert Mohler: The Intrusion of Politics Into Virtually Everything

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For the better part of the last century or more there has been something of an unspoken compact between the sphere of politics and the sphere of sports; they have basically stayed out of one another’s way.

This compact—already deteriorating—has been shattered as President Donald Trump went head to head with players in the NBA and NFL about questions of patriotism.

Regrettably, we should expect this story to expand over time because this does represent, I would argue, a major turning point in the culture. When you have sports and politics now colliding in such an explosive way it’s going to be very difficult to disentangle them.

This story provides further evidence of a very lamentable development in American culture, and that is the intrusion of politics into virtually everything, into every arena of life.

That’s not healthy, it’s not healthy for any society. It is certainly not healthy for the United States of America in 2017.

Wherever we go from here it is previously uncharted territory for the presidency, patriotism, and professional sports.

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