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December 2005
A tiny little tidbit of totalitarianism
The growing trend in today's politics: the totalitarian impulse. Quietly, behind the scenes, it's rearing its ugly head again, this time in Oklahoma. The teacher's union are working to block democracy from taking its course.
Military chaplains told to shy from Jesus
To pray -- or not to pray -- in Jesus' name is the question plaguing an increasing number of U.S. military chaplains, one of whom began a multiday hunger strike outside the White House yesterday. "I am a Navy chaplain being fired because I pray in Jesus' name," said Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt.
How the 'Christmas Wars' Began
In a country where 96% of Americans celebrate Christmas in some form, according to a 2003 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, it’s worth exploring how “Christmas” has come to be replaced so quickly in recent years by "holiday." [12/13/2005]
The campus crusade for Christmas
Campus speech codes were not designed to preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage through an equal application of rules. They were designed to destroy it through a selective application of rules.
De-Christmasing Christmas
The annual effort to neuter Christmas, to insist in the name of "inclusiveness" and "sensitivity" that a Christian holiday celebrated by something like 90 percent of Americans not be called by its proper name or referred to in religious terms. We all know the drill by now. Instead of "Merry Christmas," store clerks wish you a "happy holiday." Schools close for winter break. Your office throws a holiday party.
The media's war
The media seem to have come up with a formula that would make any war in history unwinnable and unbearable: They simply emphasize the enemy's victories and our losses.
'Fossil fuel' theory takes hit with NASA finding
NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn's giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book's contention that oil is not a fossil fuel. [12/1/2005]
Jews who support the Christian right
Just as the left sees conservative blacks as traitors to African-Americans, so it sees conservative Jews as traitors to the Jewish people.
If you're thinking of marrying: Part I
Dennis Prager - Decades of radio counseling, personal experience, and public and private discussions about marriage prompt me to write this list of questions for anyone contemplating marriage.
Republicanism in decline
The Republican Party in Washington is in trouble not because it's overrun by crooks, but because it's packed with cowards -- and has degenerated into a caricature of the party that swept to power 11 years ago promising to take on the federal bureaucracy and liberate the creative genius of American society.
ACLU: Modern Day Scrooge
Chief among those who would sanitize the culture of any public reference to God at this time of year are the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Both have systematically sought to force the narrow viewpoint shared by the groups’ members on the rest of the country, whether the nation likes it or not. [12/12/2005]
Global Warming Is Real, So Get Over It
Yes, the Earth is warming, but human activity has nothing to do with it. The Earth’s climate has been growing warmer since the end of the last Ice Age, around 10,000 years ago, long before the internal combustion engine, Exxon, SUVs, Halliburton, Democrat congressmen, or other alleged human sources of so-called greenhouse gasses. [12/5/2005]
Bush Hatred - The real pandemic
What to do when you encounter someone who instinctively, pathologically hates President George W. Bush? Larry Elder tries to reason with a hatred-filled public school administrator and university professor.
Misplaced sympathy for killers
As cofounder of the deadly Crips street gang in 1971, "Tookie" Williams's criminal legacy goes well beyond the four murders for which he was convicted. The gang violence he unleashed 34 years ago has destroyed thousands of lives and left countless other victims scarred by rape, assault, and armed robbery.
November 2005
A war of values
Considering that America is at war with the forces of Islamofascism, and that for 25 years Americans have been bombed, hijacked, kidnapped, gunned down, beheaded, and otherwise attacked and killed by radical Muslim terrorists, the president's words about Islam were remarkably benign and uncritical.
The left hates inequality, not evil
If you want to understand the Left, most of what you need to know can be summarized thus: The Left hates inequality, not evil.
California's assault on the family
Now, in the state of California, a 15-year-old girl has full and exclusive sovereignty over the production and destruction of life. However, her 40-year-old parents have only limited jurisdiction over the values that this child learns and how she lives her life.
Parents take another hit in the culture wars
In a recent ruling, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (that be the Left Coast) determined that parents do not have a fundamental right to control when, where and how their children are taught about sex.
NCC Delegates Question Council’s Political Focus
Delegates, including Orthodox clergy, at the latest NCC General Assembly openly questioned the ecumenical body’s focus on political activism and the ways in which that activism has been expressed. [11/29/2005]
Saudi Arabia: 1.2 trillion barrels of oil, or more
Saudi Arabia now has 1.2 trillion barrels of estimated reserve. This estimate is very conservative. Expert analysis gives the world reason to be very optimistic that even more oil can be found. [11/9/2005]
The ANWR Debate
Listening to various environmental activists, one might get the impression that allowing oil drilling in the ANWR would do nothing to meet our nation’s growing energy needs, while at the same time devastate the environment. Such nonsense, though, has nothing to do with economic or environmental reality.
Who believes in American Exceptionalism?
The cultural civil war in which America is engaged is, in large measure, about American exceptionalism. Conservative America generally believes in the concept; liberal America generally finds it chauvinistic and dangerous.
The incumbent protection act
Only an unusually well-funded candidate can challenge the establishment. Campaign finance reform or, rather, establishment politicians' protection acts, has eliminated such challengers.
Opponents in capital punishment have blood on their hands
Thanks to their opposition to the death penalty, innocent men and women have been murdered by killers who would otherwise have been put to death.
When Someone Tells You He Wants to Kill You - Take Him Seriously
Last week, Iran's president talked about his "struggle" – the word translate into both Arabic and Persian as "jihad" -- his desire for revenge against America and the West, the Islamic nation's need to control more land, and the means by which his Militant Islamist movement could gain global power.
Granny deserves self-defense
If seniors are the most likely owners of firearms in this country, then they’re also the most likely victims of gun control laws. Without an equalizer, most seniors would have no chance. Because that equalizer was a firearm, many are still alive today.
China jails three for illegally printing Bibles
In atheist China, printing of Bibles and other religious publications need special approval from the State Bureau of Religious Affairs. Bibles cannot be openly bought at bookshops in a country long criticized overseas for intolerance of religion. [11/8/2005]
Are you now or have you ever been a second-rate filmmaker?
Decrypted Soviet cables and mountains of documents from Soviet archives prove beyond doubt that Lawrence Duggan was one of Stalin's most important spies. "McCarthyism" didn't kill him; his guilt did.
'Dangerously Radical'
The feminist left is outraged that judge Samuel Alito voted in 1991 to uphold a Pennsylvania law that would have required married women to notify their husbands of a decision to abort.
Black support for Bush drops to two percent
So much for the Republican "outreach" to black voters, with only 2 percent of blacks "approving" of the president's performance. If only blacks knew of the true history of the Democratic Party.
Michael Moore owns Halliburton stock!
Moor owns tens of thousands of shares – including nearly 2,000 shares of Boeing, nearly 1,000 of Sonoco, more than 4,000 of Best Foods, more than 3,000 of Eli Lilly, and more than 2,000 of Halliburton, the company most vilified by Moore in "Fahrenheit 9/11." [11/1/2005]
When Muslims attack... France
France's greater "tolerance" does not translate into peace and goodwill. Shying away from an ideological conflict does not prevent that conflict from taking place -- it only allows the enemy to run roughshod over you. [11/9/2005]
Paris Burning: How Empires End
We're witnessing the next chapter in the history of the West. The rioters are of Arab and African descent, and Muslim. While almost all are French citizens, they are not part of the French people. For never have they been assimilated into French culture or society. [11/7/2005]
October 2005
The difficulty of intellectually engaging the Left
One of the more appealing aspects about being on the Left is that you do not necessarily have to engage your opponents in debates over the truth or falsehood of their positions. You can simply dismiss your opponent as "anti."
The immorality of 'hate crimes' legislation
When it comes to crime in America, far too many lawmakers believe not all of us were created equal. In fact, thanks to the multicultural cultists in government and the federal judiciary, some Americans, it seems, are so threatened they deserve special "victim" status and treatment. [10/15/2005]
PBS Peddles New Online Leftist Indoctrination to Children
When a government-owned network spends so much of its efforts attracting an audience of children, this moral issue is magnified substantially. Telling my children what to think about political issues is just plain wrong. It should be stopped. The government should get out of the broadcasting business entirely, and let PBS be funded solely by "viewers like you." [10/17/2005]
'Us' or 'them'?
Environmentalist true believers don't think in terms of trade-offs and cost-benefit analysis. There are things that are sacred to them. Trying to get them to compromise on those things would be like trying to convince a Moslem to eat pork, if it was only twice a week.
How the Left harmed America this week
Dennis Prager - Not a week goes by that some part of the Left does not hurt America. But in the past two weeks, three examples stood out for the degree of such harm. [10/11/2005]
Dying to be politically correct
DDT can save lives, but it's "politically incorrect." So while the U.S. and Europe have escaped the ravages of malaria through the internal residential spraying of DDT, some continue to promote policies that deny DDT use to other countries. In effect, it is a death sentence for millions, made for political reasons, without any basis in science. [10/16/2005]
Class(room) Warriors
The cultural left has a new tool for enforcing political conformity in schools of education. It is called dispositions theory, and it was set forth five years ago. It uses communist tactics to silence any dissenting voices in an academic institution.
Holding Court
Some liberal commentators mistakenly view the passionate debate among conservatives over the Miers nomination as a "crackup" on the right. They are giddy about "splits" in the conservative base of the GOP. They are predicting doom for the rest of the president's term and gloom for Republican electoral chances in 2006. As usual, liberals don't understand conservatives and never will. [10/17/2005]
Pucker. Release. Pucker. Release.
In order to succeed at acquiring a sucky existence, you must remember that getting along is more important than what’s right or wrong—no matter who or what you have to sell out. Your focus should be on being cautious about preserving your reputation and social standing, not righteousness and truth.
Islam Insulted in Egypt: One Stabbed, Three Killed
The Muslim Brotherhood has threatened to kill the Coptic Pope Shenouda III. A nun was stabbed by a Muslim who burst into a Coptic church shouting "Allah akbar." Three people were killed as thousands of Muslim protestors rioted outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt. [10/27/2005]
More than 100 arrested after deadly Egypt riots
A deadly Muslim protest in front of a Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria has deepened the resentment of Egypt's Christian Coptic minority, which has long complained of systematic marginalisation. [10/24/2005]
Three killed in Egypt church riot
Three people have died during a riot outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, after a protest against a play accused of offending Islam. [10/22/2005]
Britain’s Disappearing Pigs
Pigs are disappearing all over England, but not because of some porcine variant of Mad Cow Disease: rather, the most implacable foe of the swine is turning out to be multiculturalism. Sensitivity to Islam now means any pig representations are banned at work. [10/6/2005]
September 2005
Want good kids?
Have dinner with them. Regularly. If you get the families you work with to just eat dinner together regularly, this by itself will do more good than anything else and you will have helped immensely. [9/22/2005]
First fight yourself, then society
That the Left is more concerned with social change than individual change and the Right is more concerned with individual than social activism can be seen in many areas. Judeo-Christian values have always understood that the world is made better by making people better.
Babies Show Signs of Crying in the Womb
Yet another nail in the coffin of the ACLU's and the liberal-left's wholesale support of unrestricted abortions up until the 9th month of a woman's pregnancy (even 1 day before birth) and their vigorous defense of partial-birth abortion with no restrictions. Let's hope that science will continue to add to the mountain of evidence and truth and stop this insanity once and for all.
Riding the Storm Out
Don’t curse God when things go south. Keep up your worship, confession and obedience when the stuff is hitting the fan. We’ve got to learn to be faithful storm travelers who’ll be just as on fire for Him during and after our storms as we are when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and we just got a raise.
Let's have some new thinking on fighting poverty
More than $7 trillion has been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson declared his "war on poverty" 40 years ago, with effectively zero impact on overall black poverty. Yet 40 years of failure doesn't seem to be enough to suggest to liberals, black and white, that their approach to poverty might be wrong.
The left and hysteria
If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics. Take almost any subject the Left discusses and you will find hysteria.
The Communist Holocaust Museum
Take a moment to imagine the impact of such a museum. The atrocities of Stalin could be outlined in the Stalin Room. The atrocities of Mao could be displayed in the Mao Room, and the atrocities of Pol Pot could be shown in the Pol Pot Room. Think how difficult it would be to teach communism on a campus with such a museum standing as a guardian of truth, justice, and individual liberty.
Why Christians are the 'first responders'
Christians were the first to arrive on the scene—literally the first responders—the first to help with the devastation in New Orleans, even before the first government assistance arrived. And Christians shouldn’t be surprised at this, even if reporters are.
The Wages of Socialism
Nothing warps human nature like the belief in "being owed" combined by the feeling, left by paltry welfare payments, that the debt "owed" is never paid. Thousands of welfare recipients are used to having everything given to them–albeit in insufficient quantity to be satisfying. Thousands have no concept of working for wages, much less building a business. [9/3/2005]
Pigging out
The Republicans promised to change the culture. But once Republicans were in power, they started spending money even faster than the Democrats did. So much for conservative values and limited government.
Let the market do its job
Why don't people trust the market? Schumer thinks congressionally appointed "experts" are the answer, but imagine how much gas would cost if the government produced it! At least $20 a gallon. Gasoline isn't easy to make. [9/28/2005]
We're All in the Same Bloat
Republicans have abandoned small government. Why shouldn't voters abandon them? [9/20/2005]
New Orleans Tests Moral Mettle
Fr. Johannes Jacobse - We saw the great socialist experiment that started in the 1960s come crashing down when Hurricane Katrina roared into New Orleans. The Great Society was ostensibly created to help the poor, but has in fact institutionalized poverty with the most devastating consequences reserved for the poor themselves.
They shoot schoolteachers, don't they?
What can be the excuse for so many media heavyweights continuing the cover-up now -- overlooking documented history, soft-peddling the murder of innocents by Saddam loyalists and al-Qaeda invaders, and shifting blame from terrorists to those fighting them? [9/29/2005]
Iraqi President: "We Need American Troops"
Thank you for liberating my country. Please don't leave before the job is done. While the problem of some of our neighbors supporting terrorism is bad enough, we can only imagine what our neighbors might have done if American troops had not been present. Most likely, Iraq would have been transformed into a regional battlefield with disastrous consequences for Middle Eastern and global security. [9/21/2005]
Complacency and survival
Putting aside, for the moment only, which individuals are guilty of malfeasance in office, it is undeniable that the system America established for disaster relief failed miserably last week -- and thousands of Americans died because of it.
The image of the truth
They say that one picture is worth a thousand words. No doubt this is true. But what is the guarantee that those words are truthful?
Katrina and the Poor: A Teaching Tool
For far too long, charlatan ideologues and dishonest politicians have sold the concept that government can and will make your life better. Well, if a cot in the Astrodome is the standard, maybe the promises are true. But if you expect the government to provide you comfort and protect you -- P.T. Barnum had your number when he said, "there's a sucker born every minute." [9/12/2005]
Sugar Mountain
Mike Adams - My weekend in the mountains reminded me that liberalism is not really a political philosophy. Instead, it is a state of arrested emotional development. It is a way of thinking, which leads to no place in the real world. It is a place existing only in the imagination.
August 2005
What Are the Darwinists Afraid Of?
If, we are told a forest is uninhabited and, while walking in it, come across a garden, with plots of tomatoes, beans, corn and cabbage, reason tells us someone lives here. The garden presupposes the existence of a gardener, for it reflects intelligent design. Though we know not how it was done, an intelligent being did it. [8/5/2005]
Generations of Faith
There is one glorious favor that we can do for our children, however, besides teaching them the Bible, taking them to church, and praying for them. Read Tolkien and Lewis to them. Over and over. This will suffuse their imaginations with the capacity to recognize, and to love, splendor, majesty, valor, courtesy, purity, fidelity, and, most of all, glory. [July-Aug 2005]
Designing an intelligent debate
When George W. Bush remarked to Texas reporters the other day that he thought the belief in "intelligent design" a fit subject for polite conversation, his critics accused him of trying to reprise the Scopes trial. Haven't we argued enough about God vs. monkeys?
The value of private charity
Private charity develops a sense of personal responsibility for recipients, and it does something similar for donors, too. When you rely on the government to help those who need it, you don't practice benevolence yourself. You don't take responsibility for deciding whom to help. Just as public assistance discourages the poor from becoming independent by rewarding them with fixed handouts, it discourages the rest of us from being benevolent.
Overcoming Evil
God has given us the power of Love. With His love guiding us in our lives, we are capable of everything and that includes overcoming evil.
Michael & Me -- The Movie (Larry Elder)
"Michael & Me" asks why, if America possesses "too many guns," is the murder rate among Japanese Americans actually lower than in Japan? And why, in England, with severe gun restriction, is the English murder rate growing, and the violent crime rate -- assaults, car thefts, hot burglaries -- now exceeding ours?
Exploiting the Right
As funding from its member denominations continues to decline, the National Council of Churches (NCC) is increasingly relying on support from liberal foundations and polemical direct mail campaigns. A recent fundraising letter from NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar blasts "Jerry Falwell and his friends," "hard-right fundamentalists," libertarians, President Bush, Rush Limbaugh, the Heritage Foundation, and the organization for which I work (the Institute on Religion and Democracy). [8/4/2005]
America Was Always the Best Hope for Peace
Instead of using our nuclear weapons to conquer, we offered to disarm ourselves of our nuclear weapons. We wanted to create a world where nuclear energy was used only for peace. Yet, some say, both at home and abroad, that America is militaristic and imperialistic. We are lectured that we are a nation whose only concern is controlling the world. It is said that we have a history of world conquest. That is a bold-faced lie! [8/2/2005]
Using faith to validate extremism
Those who think Islam is the only religion that gives rise to extremism and carnage need to think again. But let’s be clear, Islam is not – as has been repeatedly claimed -- a “religion of peace.” Indeed, the idea is absurd, considering that Islam’s founding prophet also was a warrior -- among the most successful in history, establishing an empire ranging from Spain to the South Pacific.
Let's face facts, Europe's being run by cowards
What atrocity must occur before the European public and its political leadership understands what is really happening in the world? There is a sort of crusade under way; an especially perfidious campaign consisting of systematic attacks by Islamists, focused on civilians, that is directed against our free, open Western societies, and that is intent on their utter destruction. [8/1/2005]
Stem cell research without limits is a bad idea
It is a good idea to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. It is a bad idea to do that without prohibiting research that uses embryos created specifically to be used in research and destroyed.
Climate change sceptics bet $10,000 on cooler world
Two climate change sceptics, who believe the dangers of global warming are overstated, have put their money where their mouth is and bet $10,000 that the planet will cool over the next decade. The pair, based in Irkutsk, at the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, believe that global temperatures are driven more by changes in the sun's activity than by the emission of greenhouse gases. [8/19/2005]
Millions all over China convert to Christianity
Chinese are embracing Christianity in a social revolution that is spreading through town and countryside to the point where Christians already may outnumber members of the Communist Party of China. [8/3/2005]
The A-bomb was a lifesaver
President Truman's decision to use the new weapons stopped a war that would otherwise have raged savagely on, and made possible the transformation of Japan from vicious aggressor to peaceful democracy. Six decades after August 1945, it is clear: The bomb made the world a better place.
Who speaks for Casey Sheehan?
Casey Sheehan's deeds were heroic. By laying down his life for this nation, he delivered the kind of message that is written in blood, that lives forever. Why on Earth would a loving mother choose to refocus the nation's attention onto her words and away from his deeds? [8/19/2005]
How to get fired
Michael Graham: "I made the one move certain to endanger my career: I told the truth about a minority group. And in the politically correct nation we live in today, that's the fast track to the unemployment line."
Michael Graham, spiked by ABC
With their firing of Michael Graham, it's clear that the timid ABC brass wasn't listening to what he actually said or defending free speech. It was listening to the Council on Islamic-American Relations, a radical lobby that fights so-called "Islamophobia" in the media.
July 2005
'Aggressive secularism' threat to freedom, says Ratzinger
God is being pushed to the margins of society, thwarted by an "aggressive secular ideology", according to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Secularism was no longer a neutral influence which opened up space for religious freedom. [7/5/2005]
Freedom breeds generosity
As we celebrate the 229th birthday of the United States, we should remember two things. First, we are the most generous nation in the world. Americans delivered $80 billion to the developing world in aid and assistance last year. Of this $80 billion, over $60 billion came from private rather than government sources. Second, Americans have the capability to provide this largesse because we are free and freedom is what produces prosperity everywhere.
Global Warming: Religion or Science?
The theory that humans are causing global warming does not work this way. No matter what the climate phenomenon, if it can in someway be presented as being unusual by global warming alarmists, it is argued to be "further evidence of global warming," even if it contradicts earlier phenomena that were pointed to by the same people as evidence of global warming. [7/27/2005]
Why we need conservative judges
In the conservative approach, the law we have is a product of the wisdom of the ages, and the only surprises today are how the law might apply in new situations. In a liberal world, we live forever in a social experiment and our reality is the result of whatever thinking happens to be in vogue among the social engineers.
Dying To Be Martyrs
The four London bombers that died voluntarily in the blasts did so simply because they aspired to be egg timers. It was, apparently, the only role in the attack that they could imagine for themselves in which they got to die. And a glorious death was the goal around which everything else was planned. [7/25/2005]
What the world owes Palestinians and the Left
In the last few weeks, innocent men, women and children have been blown up, paralyzed, brain damaged and otherwise had their lives ruined by Muslim suicide bombers in Britain, Egypt and Iraq. Who can we thank for this man-made plague? Palestinians and the Left.
Communist Threat - China Tells Congress To Back Off
The Chinese government on Monday sharply criticized the United States for threatening to erect barriers aimed at preventing the attempted takeover of the American oil company Unocal Corp. by one of China's three largest energy firms, CNOOC.
The Left doesn't support the troops and should admit it
Liberals, Democrats and others on the Left frequently state that they "support the troops." For most of them, whether they realize it or not, this is not true. They feel they must say this because the majority of Americans would find any other position unacceptable. Indeed, for most liberals, the thought that they really do not support the troops is unacceptable even to them.
We’re at War and the Left Plays Word Games
It’s only a three-letter word, but since the left gets confused over the two-letter variety, their being clueless over what "war" means is no surprise. They also can’t fathom that a megaton of munitions are enough to cause mass destruction.
Killers Not Deterred by Democracy
The terrorist attacks in London a week ago undercut two theories about Islamist terrorism: That it is caused by poverty or by undemocratic political systems. Three of the four bombers have been identified as native-born Brits. A fourth is reported to be a Jamaican-born Brit. [7/15/2005]
The Rise in Dependency
Is the American tradition of self-reliance disappearing? That’s a painful question for conservatives to ponder. After all, we’re dedicated to reducing the role of government and promoting individual freedom and opportunity. But the facts, while sad, are clear: More Americans today depend more heavily on government than ever before.
Prayers for Peace
The problem with many church institutions, especially those in the progressive wing, is that they regard war -- any war -- as the greatest possible evil. They ignore centuries of Christian teaching about the ethics of war, otherwise known as the just war tradition. It argues that governments may, and sometimes must, wage war to restrain the violence of wicked men. This is Christian realism: the proposition that evil is a fact of human nature and that, in its advanced forms, it will not yield to dialogue and diplomacy. [7/14/2005]
Dying for Liberation
The fact that PETA kills animals may surprise people. It shouldn’t. Even though animal shelters that do not kill are the newest rage in animal-welfare advocacy, PETA isn’t in the animal-welfare business. Rather, it seeks complete and uncompromising “animal liberation,” a vastly different concept from animal welfare that demands the end of any and all uses of animals by humans. [7/13/2005]
Good intentions often go bad in Africa
Africa is filled with good intentions that ended badly. Half-completed hydroelectric dams covered with weeds, empty irrigation pipes decaying in the equatorial sun and roads that literally lead to nowhere dot the continent, testaments to corruption and bad judgment. Despite billions of dollars in aid, Africa has gone backward since the 1970s on every measurable level.
Aid to Africa redux
Without question the issue at hand is poverty in Africa, but overlooked by well meaning rockers is that as long as tyrannical governments control the distribution of funds those targeted for relief never get it.
Slaking a thirst with a fire hose
Unless Europe and the West accompany aid to Africa with the kind of supervision nobody has the courage to impose, the aid will wind up in the usual Swiss banks, and 20 years from now another generation of children will die while naive hearts bleed.
June 2005
Holding the Line: The American People Must Set the Standard
One need not be a proponent of the war in Iraq or even the War on Terror to believe that Senator Durbin’s remarks are so wrong, so unfair and so damaging that he cannot be allowed to remain in office. It is time for all of us to call for him to resign or to face censure by the U.S. Senate – and continue doing it until we see results. [6/22/2005]
High Court to homeowners: Stick 'em up!
We live under a regime that can and often does grab our homes and small businesses to create what politicians call "economic development." The process is simple: the government takes our property, pays us what it thinks the property's worth, and then hands our property — in finely crafted "sweetheart deals" — to developers and big corporations that will produce greater tax revenue.
Your house could be a parking lot
Think your house is your castle? Our country's Founders thought so. They put three provisions into the Bill of Rights to protect it. But last week, the Supreme Court said the government can take away your house just because it thinks someone else could make better use of your home or business than you can.
Property rites
You may own your own home and expect to live there the rest of your life. But keep your bags packed, because the Supreme Court of the United States has decreed that local politicians can take your property away and turn it over to someone else, just by using the magic words "public purpose."
Death wish
The real outrage isn't the affront to the "dignity" of suicide terrorists being interrogated and kept alive against their will by our military at Guantanamo; the greater offense is our mainstream media's lack of context for what transpires there -- and the apparent disregard for the consequences of such revelations during a time of war.
When Justices become dictators
The Supreme Court of the United States has once again proved that it is a feckless, dictatorial and altogether ridiculous body. Its latest spate of decisions reveals legislative usurpation, disingenuous deference and silly inconsistency.
Developer seeks Souter's property
Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
High court's property decision stirs anger
We are one step closer to communism becoming a success in America. The US Supreme Court has now allowed property rights of private citizens to be subject to the whims of local bureaucrats. Our sacred Bill of Rights is being erroded away by a handful of justices who seem unable to understand what the term "judicial restraint" means anymore.
TB or not TB?
If anyone needs another reason to oppose illegal immigration, to which the Bush Administration continues to turn a blind eye, how about the spread of a deadly communicable disease?
Nigerian Corrupt Rulers Stole $380 BILLION
The scale of the task facing Tony Blair in his drive to help Africa was laid bare yesterday when it emerged that Nigeria's past rulers stole or misused £220 billion ($380 billion US). That is as much as all the western aid given to Africa in almost four decades. The looting of Africa's most populous country amounted to a sum equivalent to 300 years of British aid for the continent.
The wage gap, give me a break
"Women and men look at their life," said Farrell, "and women say, 'What do I need? Do I need more money, or do I need more time?' And women are intelligent enough to say, I need more time. And so women lead balanced lives. Men should be learning from women."
School choice threatened
Those who oppose school choice clearly have other goals than creating the best schools and turning out educated, skilled children. This is particularly sad given the obvious and massive problems we have in our inner city public schools nationwide. It is painfully obvious that anyone motivated by achieving excellence would remain open to every path that may lead to achieving it.
Orthodox Church in America (OCA) considers withdrawal from the NCC
"It is clear that these organizations [NCC, WCC] are still far from ideal venues for inter-Christian dialogue. As we look to the future, two options present themselves: a) a focused and intentional program to improve these organizations and our participation in them, and/or b) the development of viable alternatives to these organizations. [6/14/2005]
The left's war for international affection
The Left steadfastly chooses to ignore the positive, hype the negative and presume American culpability. They deny their reflexively anti-American instincts and congenital softness on terrorism, insisting they are more committed to winning the war than even the evil "neocons." It's just America's methods they disapprove of.
The myth of DDT versus the reality of malaria in Africa
Contrary to expert testimony that DDT was not harmful to humans, animals or the environment, in a raw exercise of arbitrary power in 1972 the Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT, and it has continued to be banned in most of the world. Since then, more than 50 million people have died from malaria.
Pope condemns gay marriages as 'anarchy'
Pope Benedict, in his first clear pronouncement on gay marriages since his election, on Monday condemned same-sex unions as fake and expressions of "anarchic freedom" that threatened the future of the family.
A Conservative's Journey
Conservatism is rooted in realism about mankind's capacity for both good and evil. The main political philosophies that contend with conservatism in the U.S. today ­ libertarian and modern-day liberalism ­ fail to to fully grasp the evil in human nature. For those of us who acknowledge the sinful aspects of human nature, conservatism makes sense as a political philosophy. It recognizes the need for checks and limits. [6/8/2005]
Selective Angst
Only Koran desecration receives Left's ire.
Amnesty International and moral idiocy
Like almost all international and most domestic groups, the Left took over Amnesty International, and it devolved into another predictably anti-American, morally destructive organization. That devolution was most apparent years ago when Amnesty International listed the U.S. as a major violator of human rights because it executed murderers.
Judge rules sex-education curriculum violates First Amendment
A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the teaching of a sex-education course because it violates the First Amendment. The decision found that the curriculum "presents only one view on the subject - that homosexuality is a natural and morally correct lifestyle - to the exclusion of other perspectives."
Will the real gulag please stand up?
If the Left could bring itself to take a hiatus from its hyperbole in redefining "torture" so as conveniently to encompass the detention practices of the U.S. military in Guantanamo and elsewhere, perhaps it could rediscover the true meaning of torture by perusing the pages of Solzhenitsyn's gripping account.
Rich people are government’s best friend
These entrepreneurs use their God-given talents within the Reaganesque free-market framework that deregulated, slashed tax rates, and provided the first strong dose of economic incentives since the 1920s. A rising economic tide over the last 20 years has lifted living standards, productivity, and employment throughout America.
PETA's Dirty Secret
Hypocrisy is the mother of all credibility problems, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has it in spades. While loudly complaining about the "unethical" treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, the group has its own dirty little secret.
Planned Parenthood Perversity
Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kansas is effectively fighting to protect child rapists from potential prosecution in two high-profile legal fights. That an organization devoted to the interests of women finds itself in this position is a cautionary tale of abortion-rights extremism.
May 2005
A new generation of moral leadership
Can the culture survive? Is there hope that a new generation will restore a moral framework and return America to its founding principles? Fortunately, there is a growing generation that holds firmly to a Christian worldview and desires that freedom and liberty flourish in America. [5/23/2005]
Seven 'Extraordinary' Idiots
Human life is sacred, not something to be manufactured, used, and thrown away. What matters is doing right by life itself—and we can start by not believing everything we hear on the news.
Study shows G-rated fare more profitable
While the movie industry produced nearly 12 times more R-rated films than G-rated films from 1989-2003, the average G-rated film produced 11 times greater profit than its R-rated counterpart.
A relic of the recent past
Even when they are proved wrong by inescapable facts, green zealots often fall back on runaway extrapolations, claiming that they must stop development now or there will be ever increasing population densities, more pollution, more this, more that.
The Politics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
In the public square, politicians and citizens often have to reflect upon, weigh and make decisions about great moral issues. On such clear issues like embryonic stem cell research and abortion, for example, where innocent life is being taken, the Christian Church and individual Christians have a responsibility to speak out clearly and forcefully.
Cloning for dollars
Human life is sacred, not something to be manufactured, used, and thrown away. What matters is doing right by life itself—and we can start by not believing everything we hear on the news.
Connecting the dots
Crammed upside down at the bottom of a trash bin with cement blocks piled on top of her tiny body, yet another of America's little girls was seen as nothing more than garbage. Kidnapped, raped and left to die a horrible death, the eight-year-old child is the latest in an ever-growing torrent of victims of a toxic culture.
Of Mice and Men: What it Means to be Human
Whether it’s sheep with human organs or mice with partially human brains, the creation of human and animal hybrids is the cutting edge of biotechnology. [5/26/2005]
Bordering on insanity
Getting illegal immigration under control is a key mission in the war against terror. After all, a country that doesn’t control its borders won’t be a country for long. Sadly, the government’s plans to protect us don’t inspire much confidence.
The Republican sellout: Winners and losers
Never has a majority party proved to be so spineless. Republicans, lest we forget, constitute 55 out of 100 senators and have the power to do what it right and just. Instead, they capitulated.
Bethlehem Christians Worry About Islamic Takeover
Christians in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, are concerned that their city may slowly become an Islamic stronghold following recent municipal elections in which radical Islamic groups took a number of seats.
What Left-Wing PBS Bias?
Bill Moyers, the lamented, demented former host of the PBS program “Now With Bill Moyers,” referred to the American-led war in Iraq as doing “to the people of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us.” [5/26/2005]
Report urges troops sent to border
"The tide of illegal crossings on the borders of the United States is beyond unsatisfactory; it is catastrophic. It does not ebb and flow — it only grows. It is rising without measure and eroding the very fiber of our safety, life and culture," the report said. [5/23/2005]
The Christians are at the gates, but they don't want in
All right, enough already. The Christians aren't coming to get you.
Why Islam is disrespected
Christians, Jews, and Buddhists don't lash out in homicidal rage when their religion is insulted. They don't call for holy war and riot in the streets. What Muslims in America and throughout the world" most need to hear is not pandering sweet-talk. What they need is a blunt reminder that the real desecration of Islam is what totalitarian Muslim zealots have been doing to innocent human beings in the name of Islam.
Liberals, race, and history
Many things that would advance blacks would not advance the liberal agenda. That is why the time is long overdue for the two to come to a parting of the ways.
No Riots for Hollywood
Hollywood makes lame jokes and harsh satires of Christianity all the time, figuratively and literally tossing Jesus, the Bible and church figures into the toilet. Those alleged American interrogators are pikers compared to Tinseltown. They could learn at the feet of the masters of mockery. [5/23/3005]
A seminar in old media liberal bias
It would be nice if just once, one of these old media brontosauruses would do a story on the greatness of America, the American military and democracy, including in the Middle East. They might emphasize the contrast between Saddam's (and the terrorists') brutality and the magnanimity of the current Iraqi regime.
Rebuild Twin Towers Boldly--Not Just One
Savages from a failed culture that could never have built the towers or even the jets that knocked them down sought to lower us, so that they might believe they are our equals. Please consider carefully your response to them. Show them that they must rise to our level –for we will never decline to theirs. [5/25/2005]
Zarqawi Tape Justifies Killing of Muslims
A tape reportedly recorded by terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi condemns the new government in Baghdad and claims the killing of fellow Muslims is justified in attacks against U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces. "God ordered us to attack the infidels by all means ... even if armed infidels and unintended victims — women and children — are killed together," the speaker said. "The priority is for jihad so anything that slows down jihad should be overcome." [5/19/2005]
Letting our friends down
The persecution of the Hmong Christians in Vietnam starts with confiscating Bibles and quickly escalates from there. The fortunate Hmong are “only” fined the equivalent of four months’ salary and have their livestock confiscated. Beatings, imprisonment, and torture are commonplace.
Catholic Universities and Truth in Advertising
The poet Robert Frost once described a liberal as someone who refuses to take his own side in an argument. He could have been speaking about all too many Catholic universities today, where you’d have about as much chance of hearing a commencement address delivered by a prominent Catholic who loves the traditional faith as you would Ted Nugent doing a public service announcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. [5/17/2005]
Newsweek dissembled, Muslims dismembered!
Newsweek seems to have very different responses to the same reporter's scoops. Who's deciding which of Isikoff's stories to run and which to hold?
Denominational Drift
Claiming that traditionalists have misinterpreted the gospel message over the last 2000 years is a familiar theme among revisionists, who seek a Biblical justification for actions that have historically been judged incompatible with Christian teaching. [5/10/2005]
Saudis Shred Bibles
Bibles found in the possession of visitors to Saudi Arabia are routinely confiscated by customs officials, and in some cases copies allegedly have been put through a paper shredder, according to religious rights campaigners.
The Coalition of the Evil
As Saddam Hussein sulks in his prison cell, members of his Coalition of the Evil on the outside have devised yet another grisly innovation in barbarism.
Fair Play
The Intelligent Design Controversy Returns to Kansas. Darwinists are choosing to not defend their theories and instead are demonizing the Intelligent Design scientists who are trying to bring some truth and balance to the classroom. Once again evolutionists have decided that the rules don’t apply to them! [5/10/2005]
In defense of anger
Ben Shapiro - Moral condemnation isn't only cathartic; it's the only way we can improve our society. Attacks on our basic morality should breed anger; anger breeds action. Throughout our history, Americans, driven by moral rage, have done right.
It's not just Newsweek
If you want to hear an earful, ask an American soldier how he feels about our news media. You will invariably hear an outpouring of dismay and outrage over antagonistic and reckless reporting.
A modern Auschwitz
Sixty years ago, the Allies threw open the doors to Nazi-run camps—and were horrified by what they found. Today, Auschwitz is a reality once again—in North Korea. And this time, we cannot claim we don’t know what’s going on in these camps. The only question is: What are we going to do about it?
April 2005
Liberal attitudes
Liberals may think of themselves as people who believe in certain principles but, if you observe their actual behavior, you are likely to discover that most liberals have a certain set of attitudes, rather than principles.
Drag liberals into the light
Democrats want to terrify people by claiming Bush's judicial nominees are nutcase extremists hell-bent on shredding the Constitution – as opposed to liberals' preferred method of simply rewriting it on a daily basis – but they're terrified that someone might ask them what they mean by "extremist." So let's ask!
Benedict XVI and Freedom
In his work as a theologian, Benedict XVI places freedom at the core of his teachings. He has a beautiful way of explaining creation, which according to him should be understood not with the model of a craftsman, "but the creative mind, creative thinking." The beginning of creation is a "creative freedom which creates further freedoms." [4/20/2005]
Pope Benedict XVI: Enemy of Jihad
The new Pope Benedict XVI has been more forthcoming about the reality of how Islam challenges the Catholic Church, Christianity, and even the post-Christian West. He has spoken up for the rights of converts from Islam to Christianity, who live under a death sentence in Islamic countries and increasingly live in fear even in the West. He has even spoken approvingly of Christians proselytizing Muslims. [4/20/2005]
Left never tires of Christian bashing
If Christians are to honor Christ's Great Commission of spreading the Gospel to all nations, they must engage in the political arena and governance if for no other reason than that the Gospel cannot flourish as well in the absence of political and religious liberty. Christians have a duty to be involved to promote liberty.
Abortion staff ignores baby boy born alive?
A woman who was scheduled to have her 22-week-along pregnancy ended at a Florida abortion clinic instead delivered the baby alive in a restroom and says her pleading for help from medical staff went unheeded, even when an employee saw that the tiny boy was moving. [4/25/2005]
Unheard voices
If you have been paying close attention to the rhetoric of most environmental groups, you have already discovered that human well-being is decidedly secondary. When we’re told that global warming or other “environmental degradation” can hurt people, it’s not an expression of concern; it’s more like a threat.
An Asian student confesses -- 'we work harder'
The diversity/inclusion/multicultural crowd wants not only equal rights. They want equal results. But results require hard work, sacrifice and discipline. Either that, or a really good government program.
Some profound questions during exam week
Have you ever thought that having so many liberal professors causes students to develop a skewed view of the world? Do you ever think about the consequences of teaching students that there are no absolutes and that there is no free will?
East of Egan
Mike Adams - After spending two days at this "Catholic" university, I have come to the conclusion that it is far worse than my previous articles had suggested. I use the term "worse," primarily to describe Gonzaga's betrayal of Catholic principles - all in the name of tolerance and diversity.
OCA Bishop Trivializes The Pope's Death
Bishop Tikhon: "I don't like much about our times. All this humbug about the corpse of another Pope. The world is not that much diminished by his passing. The world was, however, diminished by the passing of Ray Charles and J. Hunter Thompson."
Bishop Tikhon: Ray Charles More Important Than The Pope
Bishop Tikhon of the OCA has given us another argument for his retirement: "The world is not that much diminished by his [The Pope] passing. The world was, however, diminished by the passing of Ray Charles."
Gay bishop backs Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood should target "people of faith" to promote abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, the Episcopal Church's first openly homosexual bishop told a gathering in the District yesterday. "Our defense against religious people has to be a religious defense. ... We must use people of faith to counter the faith-based arguments against us," he said. [4/16/2005]
Stark raving mad
Is there any place in America where families are truly safe? Where children can grow up in innocence? Where moms and dads can know that it is their influence over their children's lives that will shape their values, choices, and futures?
Victims of the blackboard jungle
The horror that happened at Mifflin High School in Columbus, Ohio, is happening in public schools everywhere. While the names and ages of the young victims vary, one thing is constant across the country: spineless education bureaucrats more concerned about covering their hides than protecting innocent children from harm.
College taught her not to be a heterosexual
Dennis Prager - I interviewed Anna Montrose, a bright and articulate 22-year-old woman, on my syndicated radio show. She is a fine example of the type of thinking and behavior a homosexuality-celebrating culture -- such as that at our universities -- produces.
Bishop Hilarion Praises Pope John Paul II
Orthodox Christian Bishop Hilarion - "He was the most influential religious leader of modernity, and he made an impact on the entire human civilization. Indeed, his influence went far beyond the Roman Catholic Church. He was an ‘orthodox’ Pope in the sense of preserving traditional attitude of his Church to dogma and morality."
An anti-communist reading list
We know who the communists are and where they come from. Most of them teach at American universities. We work hard every day to pay the taxes which, in turn, pay their salaries. Meanwhile, they work hard to subvert everything we do, everything we value, and everything we love.
Persecution Begins Against Priests Opposing Gay Episcopal Bishop
Connecticut's Episcopal bishop has warned six priests in the state who opposed the election of the first openly gay bishop that they could be removed as rectors of their parishes by Friday. And so, slowly but surely, the destruction of traditional Christianity continues. What communism could not accomplish, radical secularism, leftist-liberalism, and depraved minds are gradually bringing forth.
Income Redistribution Day 2005
The present tax codes ... inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions.
Tax Freedom Day to Arrive April 17 in 2005
The report compares the number of days Americans work to pay taxes to the number of days they work to support themselves. Despite all the tax cuts that the federal government has passed recently, Americans will still spend more on taxes than they spend on food, clothing and medical care combined.
Ownership: An unalienable right
The 70-year-old Social Security structure and the 92-year-old income tax code thwart the natural, individual motivation of citizens to use their God-given talents to pursue happiness and their respective dreams. Any program that undermines an individual's liberty to create ownership is, then, by its very nature, immoral.
It's only funny until someone loses a pie
Liberals enjoy claiming that they are intellectuals, thrilled to engage in a battle of wits. This, they believe, distinguishes them from conservatives, who are religious fanatics who react with impotent rage to opposing ideas.
Pandering to the crackpot left
It looks like Teresa Heinz Kerry is rubbing off on her husband. And on Sen. Hillary Clinton. For the Republican Party, this is a very good thing.
The divorce-threatens-marriage lie
One of the most frequently offered arguments by proponents of same-sex marriage is that it is not gays wanting to marry a member of the same sex that threatens the institution of marriage, it is the high divorce rate among heterosexuals.
'The Planter of Crosses'
John Paul II—a feeding tube in his stomach—died a natural and peaceful death just days after the deliberate starvation of Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube was callously removed. God in His providence often uses events like this to teach the world the difference between Christianity and secularism.
Pope John Paul II
History will remember many of the achievements of John Paul II, particularly his zealous guarding of the church's traditional belief in the sanctity of life, not permitting it to be unmoored by the fashionable currents of thought about abortion, euthanasia and ``quality of life.'' But above all, he will be remembered for having sparked, tended and fanned the flames of freedom in Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe, leading ultimately and astonishingly to the total collapse of the Soviet empire.
The Left's battle to restore chaos
Judeo-Christian values: Part X - Good and evil: Central to the Judeo-Christian value system is that good and evil are polar opposites and "Woe unto those who call evil good, and good evil" (Isaiah). Opponents of Judeo-Christian values have made war on moral absolutes, on God-based moral values.
A Rabbinic Eulogy for The Pope
Rabbi Lapin - Without Pope John Paul II the culture of death would have made far greater inroads. For a quarter century, three ways in which the sanctity of life played the central part in the Pope's world view have inspired me
The Philosopher-Pope
He was often presented as a conservative, especially by liberal critics within the church. But this was a misreading of his character and indeed of his record. This great pontiff was essentially a defender, promoter, protector and enhancer of life: life in all its forms, as God created them, but especially human life. [4/5/2005]
Truth to the World: The Life of John Paul II
Rev. Sirico - One of the most important lessons that John Paul has left us is a renewed understanding that things are not worthless simply because they are old (whether people or values). He showed us why we do not hold to things simply because they are old, but because they are true.
The purpose-driven left
Ashley Smith saved the soul of a man on a killing spree by talking to him about Christianity and reading to him from the New Testament. But under ordinary circumstance liberals would consider this act to be a violation of the man's Constitutional rights not to be bothered by religion.
March 2005
The judicial fight against God and the people
The people are prevented from bringing their moral beliefs to bear, while the elites on our benches legislate their morality for the rest of us. These judges don't just want to prevent Americans from bringing their Bibles into jury rooms; they want to prevent Bibles from entering voting booths.
The ACLU vs. America
On April Fools' Day, the American Civil Liberties Union will show us what a joke its commitment to American civil liberties really is. As we already suspected the ACLU is biased and hypocrytical in its "defense" of freedom.
Stop The Separation Of Scouts And School!
Under threat by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Boy Scouts of America is formulating plans to remove thousands of chartered troops from sponsorship by our nation's public schools. The important partnership that has existed for 95 years between the Boy Scouts and public schools apparently is being severed - by the Scouts themselves. It would be detrimental to America's communities. [3/15/05]
Rant and chant
The question of “whether or not to welcome religion to the public square” is really about whether or not to welcome Christianity to the public square. As the rites in Boca Raton demonstrate, nobody is worried about Buddhism’s undue influence on our public institutions.
How Liberalism Failed Terri Schiavo
Instead of sympathizing with Terri Schiavo -- a disabled woman, abandoned by her husband, seen by many as a burden on society -- modern liberalism now sympathizes with Michael Schiavo, a healthy man seeking freedom from the burden of his disabled wife and self-fulfillment in the arms of another.
Killed by Euphemisms
The court-ordered killing was carried out slowly, incrementally, over days and weeks, with soft music, stuffed animals, and euphonious slogans about choice and dignity and radiance. By the time it ended, no one really remembered how many days and hours it had gone on.
Schiavo: Awakening a sleeping giant
It is just possible, contrary to my original thoughts, that the tragic Schiavo case will not usher in a slippery slope toward euthanasia but cause a double-barreled backlash against both the "Culture of Death" and judicial activism.
Meet Judge Greer's pastor
Christians can go on blaming others for the problems we face in this country. Or we can go into the churches and start cleaning up the messes we have in our own houses of worship. It's time to take back the churches. It's time to renew the idea of standards. It's time to make church membership mean something again.
Greek Orthodox Leader: Schiavo "deserves to live"
Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh has condemned the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
Barbarity in the American Heartland (Terri Schiavo)
I never believed that I would live in a country that would, in effect, execute a brain-damaged woman who never hurt anyone in her life. The story of Terri Schiavo should outrage every decent American. While our soldiers valiantly fight and die across the sea so complete strangers can enjoy human rights, here at home an American woman who suffered severe brain damage 15 years ago is being subjected to death by dehydration and starvation by order of a judge.
OCA responds to the case of Terri Schaivo
"The removal of Mrs. Schaivo from feeding tubes as a means of hastening her death can in no way be condoned or supported. Doing so constitutes a gross lack of wise stewardship of God's sacred gift of life and an extraordinary means of hastening her death by starvation."
In Love With Death (Terri Schiavo)
Why are so many liberals committed to this woman's death? They seem to have fallen half in love with death. What does Terri Schiavo's life symbolize to them? What does the idea that she might continue to live suggest to them? If you think Terri Schiavo is a precious human gift of God, your passion is explicable. The passion of the pull-the-tube people is not.
TV ads warn of Iran nuke attack
The scenario described in "Atomic Iran" shows that a 150-kiloton IND exploded in New York would reduce much of the city to rubble. Some 1.5 million people would be killed instantly, with another 1.5 million certain to die over the next few days.
An Atomic 9/11: When Evil Is Appeased
Iran Freedom Foundation - see video.
The Case for Democracy
Book Review: Democracy is a morally superior form of government because it promises the concrete opportunity to live in freedom. Free societies should deal boldly with fear regimes by linking diplomatic and economic initiatives to the lessening the grip of the tyrant's oppression. This brings moral clarity into international affairs Sharansky contends.
Diversity means teaching students not to think
Mike Adams - If you want to see how the diversity movement is eroding the critical thinking skills of college students, just pick up a copy of your local college newspaper. Recently, I picked up a copy of the UNCW Seahawk. I’m still recovering.
The Martyrdom of Terri Schiavo: Resisting the ministers of death
Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse - Terri Schiavo, in her courageous struggle against the ministers of death, is a witness for life. The public battle over whether she should live or die is a titan struggle between those who reference that higher truth, and those whose value of human life is determined by temporal expediency.
The marriage newspeak
What is underway here is not simply a tweaking of legal terminology. The crusade for same-sex marriage has never been aimed merely at adjusting the familiar boundaries of married life to make it more inclusive. The real target is the significance of marriage itself.
Starving for a Fair Diagnosis
Many people believe that Terri Schiavo has had “the best of care,” and that everything has been tried by way of rehabilitation. This belief is false. In fact, Terri has had no attempts at therapy or rehabilitation since 1992.
Lawrence Summers and the left's thought gulag
The dirty secret -- at least it's a secret to liberals -- is that political correctness, emanating as it does from a liberal mindset, is not open-minded, it's not inviting, and it's not progressive or enlightened. It is the antithesis of what liberalism claims to be all about.
Thou shalt have no others gods before the ACLU
There was a time when "fear of God" meant piety, or at least conscience. Today, it more accurately describes the worldview of secular liberals who get itchy and twitchy at any reminder of our religious roots as a nation.
The Arab Spring
"At last, clearly and suddenly, the thaw has begun," said President Bush on Tuesday. Let us pray that it continues, and that the long winter of Arab discontent is finally giving way to a summer of liberty and human rights. There will be time enough for gloating if it does.
Pushing Infanticide
Murdering babies because they are disabled or dying is a profound violation of their human rights. At least, it used to be. After all, German doctors who killed disabled infants during World War II faced the business side of the hangman's noose for their crimes. This belief appears to be changing, at least among elites. As a consequence, an effort appears to be under way to spread the Dutch cancer to our own shores.
Odd Felos
Michael Schiavo’s very strange lawyer who wants Terri starved to death, has some very strange experiences and beliefs he holds. He is indeed a very disturbed individual!
Killing Terri Schiavo
Thomas Sowell - People who say that the government has no business interfering in a private decision like removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube somehow have no problem with a squad of policemen preventing her parents (or anyone else) from giving their daughter food or water.
Iraqis Citizens Wage a Successful Battle Against Terrorists
Ordinary Iraqis rarely strike back at the insurgents who terrorize their country. But just before noon today, a carpenter named Dhia saw a troop of masked gunmen with grenades coming towards his shop and decided he had had enough.
Starved for justice
As important as it was to enforce the constitutional right to desegregated schools, isn't it also important to enforce Terri Schiavo's right to due process before she is killed by starvation?
More prayers For Terri
The more I read about this case, the more it weighs on me -- the more a creeping feeling of horror sweeps over me. If, in fact, Terri Schiavo wants to live and is going to be denied that right, the prospect of a court-ordered removal of her feeding tube is no less horrifying than that of a person being buried alive.
Blind feminists find nut, details at eleven
Feminists occasionally make smart decisions. Even blind squirrels occasionally find nuts. If you're wondering just what the world of academia is up to lately and what nuttiness and insanity you can find on college campuses, this article will give you a strong dose of the truth.
Freeze! I just had my nails done!
Ann Coulter - How many people have to die before the country stops humoring feminists? Last week, a defendant in a rape case, Brian Nichols, wrested a gun from a female deputy in an Atlanta courthouse and went on a murderous rampage. Liberals have proffered every possible explanation for this breakdown in security except the giant elephant in the room.
Maximizing the minimum tax
This Carter-Clinton tax has been creatively redefined as "Mr. Bush's" fault, even though those making this accusation are vehemently opposed to repealing the AMT.
The radical homosexual agenda and the destruction of standards
The BGLTSA, as a wing of the radical homosexual movement, is looking to broaden the definition of normality to include deviant behavior. They're not looking for passive tolerance. They're looking for active acceptance. Now, ignoring homosexuality is no longer allowable; we must instead champion it, equating it with heterosexuality.
A vote for spending
In a half-century of watching Congress, I have never seen anything like the unified Democratic stand against any reduction in entitlements or discretionary spending. For all their lecturing about restoring "fiscal integrity," Democrats in both houses of Congress support only tax increases and provide no help whatsoever in cutting spending.
In praise of honest liberals
Some liberals are willing to admit the truth! Gasp, yes it is true. The moral of this story: Keep the faith. Even in American liberals. They may be the last to get it, but they're starting to.
February 2005
California Dreaming - Stem-Cell Optimism Misplaced
It takes very little technical investigation to see that California’s optimism is not warranted by the facts we know. Most successful studies today are being done using non-embryonic stem cells. [February 2005]
Government by propaganda
In an ominous survey, a good third of students said that the First Amendment "went too far" in its language, "too far" defending individual rights. "Only half of the students," the AP story explained, "said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories."
190 Orthodox churches ruined in Kosovo since 1999
About 200 Orthodox churches, mostly 10th-13th century architectural monuments, which survived the 500 years-long Turkish yoke, have been destroyed in Kosovo since the KFOR international peacekeeping force and police units arrived in Kosovo.
Rolling back the tide of tyranny
Clearly, a new civil war is underway on America’s college campuses. It is a war between sensible freedom-loving students and politically correct freedom-hating professors.
Greek church leader seeks nation's forgiveness as scandals deepen
Greece's embattled Orthodox Church leader begged the nation for forgiveness Friday after a blitz of allegations ranging from trial-fixing to purported sex escapades battered the church's reputation as guardian of Greek culture and honor. [2/19/2005]
Academic Freedom Arriving in Ohio
Should teachers spend class time talking about their personal opinions on things other than those which relate to class material? How at all do these discussions help students learn other than affirming the view that universities are stomping grounds for liberals?
Embryonic stem cell research as an obsession
Rapid scientific advancements have made it possible to produce new human life in the laboratory. We can no longer put off the ethical questions surrounding the use of embryos and clones. President Bush was correct to address the embryonic stem cell controversy and to provide money to fund it with appropriate limitations and safeguards. His courage to address problems quickly and definitively, and not defer them to future administrations, may well be his greatest legacy.
Abstinence Education Works
Whoever coined the phrase "you can't argue with success" never ran into the folks who run the pro-abortion lobby. The representatives of these groups are willfully blind to the fact that more teens are open to the message of abstinence and to incorporating it into how they lead their lives. [2/16/2005]
Raising pit bull children
It seems that excellent and courageous kids are getting harder and harder to find nowadays. More and more, we are seeing less and less of the scrappy little Pit Bull Braveheart’s in our schoolyards and playgrounds.
So That’s What Freedom Looks Like
The report is that 60 percent of the registered voters defied threats of violence and death to exercise their newly bestowed freedom. Iraqis taking to the streets, dressed in their best clothes, served as a defiant fist in the air to the terrorists who would try to prevent this day. [2/4/2005]
The liberal cliche of the time was that Third World people care more about food than about freedom. This kind of contempt for the political and spiritual dignity of people who live in different circumstances never goes away. It simply gets applied serially to different sets of patronized foreigners.
Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech does not mean you can say or write anything without consequences. It means the government can't prevent you from speaking or writing about what's on your mind. It does not suggest there can be no penalties for doing so – particularly in an irresponsible manner.
12 Steps for Reformed Leftists
In opposing Iraqi self-rule, the left must abandon one of its core positions: freedom from tyranny for the oppressed. Those on the left cannot have it both ways, and in continually trying to do so, they expose themselves as the intellectually bankrupt people they really are. Leftists ready to recover must use what recovering alcoholics call rigorous honesty to rid themselves of the habit of "dual think." [2/21/2005]
A Campaign of Lies
The Academic Bill of Rights are specifically designed to do just the opposite: to encourage diverse views and to restrict none. They are aimed at an academic orthodoxy that currently suppresses opposition and that makes frauds like Ward Churchill – the very antithesis of a scholar and teacher – chairs of academic departments. Who could object to such legislation? Like-minded ideologues could.
Dr. Obvious goes to Springfield H.S
List of things you will never learn in college due to the excesses of the political correctness movement. All of the things covered in this article will either, a) have important implications for public policy, or b) have immediate application to your everyday lives.
CAIR condemns '24'—but it won’t condemn Islamic terrorists
Few of us need reminding that we are not simply waging a war against terror, but against the radical Islam that animates the enemy. The enemy is not coincidentally Muslim, but they are the enemy because their radicalized version of Islam tells them to be. "24," so far at least, understands that.
Job security
As in the cases of the federal judges and tenured professors, the guaranteed paycheck a federal employee enjoys reinforces nothing in him but insolence and arrogance without accountability.
Defining monstrosity down
In a society where everyone is a victim and it's not right to "judge" others, there's just not much room left for real monsters, while society itself becomes monstrous.
What if Bush has been right about Iraq all along?
Liberal Reporter: "After watching Sunday's election in Iraq and seeing the first clear sign that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people, you have to be asking yourself: What if it turns out Bush was right, and we were wrong?"
'Jane Roe' appeals to Supreme Court
The woman known as "Roe" in the landmark case that struck down all state laws restricting abortion is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 decision.
Bush's budget -- the welfare state lives
Get ready for the interest groups and beneficiaries to squeal, scream, cry and ultimately demean. The issue? Why, President George W. Bush's "lean" 2006 budget. Americans want their welfare state.
Not Crazy Horse, just crazy
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has written that "unquestionably, America has earned" the attack of 9-11. He calls the attack itself a result of "gallant sacrifices of the combat teams." That the "combat teams" killed only 3,000 Americans, he says, shows they were not "unreasonable or vindictive."
The left is worth nothing
"Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing." -- Miecyslaw Kasprzyk, Polish rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust. Since the 1960s, with few exceptions, on the greatest questions of good and evil, the Left has either been neutral toward or actively supported evil.
Kerry reminds voters why they rejected him
Ted Kennedy's contemptible foreign policy speech deliberately timed just prior to the Iraqi election was bad enough. But Kennedy didn't just come within one state's electors of becoming president. John Kerry did, and his regrettable remarks on "Meet the Press" demonstrate how scary that is.
Naysayers tight-lipped since success of Iraq vote
Skeptics of President Bush's attempt to bring democracy to Iraq have been largely silent since Iraqis enthusiastically turned out for Sunday's elections. Billionaire Bush-basher George Soros and left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore were among critics of the administration's Iraq policy who had no comment after millions of Iraqis went to the polls in their nation's first free elections in decades.
January 2005
Unsocialized Medicine
There are only two ways to allocate any good or service: through prices, as is done in a market economy, or lines dictated by government, as in Canada's system. The socialist claim is that a single-payer system is more equal than one based on prices, but last week's court decision reveals that as an illusion.
Christian Persecution Looms in the West
Despite centuries of Christian history, European countries and Western nations in general are gradually turning from their Christian roots and accepting secularistic positions, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the WEA.
Judge Scalia: Faithful live for Christ
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday that people of faith should not fear being viewed by "educated circles" as "fools for Christ."
Our Worst Enemy
Rabbi Daniel Lapin - For years the same Jewish leader has ignored Jews who flagrantly and fraudulently defame Judaism but he incessantly continues to condemn Mel Gibson. He fails to realize that it is his exaggerated attacks on Mel Gibson, whose movie recently took top honors at the 31st annual People's Choice Awards, that do considerable harm to American Jews, not the film itself.
Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy
Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University in 2003 successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. The embryos were reportedly the first human-animal chimeras successfully created. They were allowed to develop for several days in a laboratory dish before the scientists destroyed the embryos to harvest their stem cells.
The Church of the Latter-Day Leftists
The faith community has fallen prey to doubts about the NCC’s mission. Prominent religious figures have voiced concerns that the NCC is less a spiritual than a political organization, consumed less with securing the souls of its parishioners than in attaining a future in line with its leftist agenda.
Don't take the president's word for it - take Zarqawi's
Al-Zarqawi, the "prince" of Al-Qaida in Iraq, appointed by Osama Bin Laden, came out and agreed with President Bush. "We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology," Zarqawi declared in a statement. "Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion," he said, and that is "against the rule of God."
College Bans The Passion of the Christ; Launches Campaign Against Free Speech
Florida’s Indian River Community College (IRCC) is engaging in a campaign of repression against a Christian student group for attempting to show Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ on campus.
Will U.S. Law Continue to Protect Our Children?
Our society puts children in a position of far greater danger than we, their elders and guardians, realize.
The faith of a President
When the president takes the oath of office this week, he will, as 42 presidents before him have done, place his hand on the Bible. This upsets some who want no public acknowledgment that ours is a society of faith, freedom and family. Such dissent leads other Americans to think their faith is under attack by "secularists."
Professors as inquisitors
Some more bad news from our universities. Harvard came out against seeking truth, and academics throughout America came to its support.
A heartless homeland security screw-up
What on earth is wrong with our federal government? Did homeland security officials learn nothing from the dead hijacker visa letter fiasco?
Faithful Bush calls on God's blessings
President Bush mixed images of the Almighty as a just ruler, as a judge, and as a freedom-loving deity in a speech that surpassed his 2001 inaugural address in references to God.
FIRE Releases its Guide to Free Speech on Campus
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) celebrated the release of its flagship publication, FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. Legal scholars from across the political spectrum have hailed the new Guide as an invaluable resource for students.
Shameless semantics
Two major changes have occurred since those long-forgotten days when Democrats were identifying Social Security as a crisis that had to be fixed immediately: The problem has gotten worse, and Democrats have proven they weren't sincere in the first place.
Coptic Orthodox Christian Family Slaughtered in NJ
Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room. Armanious, an Egyptian Christian, was well known for expressing his Coptic beliefs and engaging in fiery back-and-forth with Muslims on the Web site
A change in the weather
Maybe it is just the mild weather, but I have noticed a change in the atmosphere of Washington. Even the press seems to have recovered from their post-election frenzy and depression.
It's our party, you can cry if you want to
Hollywood liberals could not be reached for comment on the cost of the inauguration because they were being fitted for gowns and jewelry worth millions of dollars in anticipation of Oscar night.
Publik Skule vs. Home School
It’s been eleven months since we pulled our teenage daughters out of the public school system and started to home school them, and I could kick myself for waiting so long.
A Death in the University
Instead of being nurtured, this young Christian was savagely attacked, instead of being educated, she was harassed and ridiculed and made to feel less than human because she dared to identify against the evils she saw in the society in which she lived.
Mike Adams - It doesn’t bother me that liberal animal rights activists like yourself prefer not to own guns. But it does bother me that you want to have my guns taken away by government agents wielding guns. When the assumption that rights apply exclusively to governments and not to citizens goes unchallenged, tyranny is the inevitable consequence.
Dragging America through the mud
Democrats have engaged in endless post-election analysis to determine why they are losing faith with the majority of Americans. Here's a humble suggestion: Quit condoning your party leadership dragging this nation through the mud for partisan gain.
Family of four found slain in N.J. home
The victims were identified as Hossam Armanious, 46; his wife, Amal Garas, 36; and their daughters, Sylvia Armanious, 16, and Monica Armanious, 8; all were Coptic Orthodox Christians targeted by Muslim extremists.
Slaying of Christian family may be tied to (Islamic) religious extremism
Islamic extremists may have murdered four members of a Coptic Orthodox family found bound, gagged and with their throats slit on Friday in their Jersey City home, a law-enforcement official familiar with the case said.
Dissident Arab Gets the Treatment
Week after week, I encountered a lack of intellectual and political diversity that I would have more commonly expected to have heard on the streets of pre-liberation Iraq. In this particular class I heard only one consistent refrain: America is bad.
America the stingy
Last year, American government provided 35 percent of worldwide relief aid. In private contributions, American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations gave over $240 billion to charitable causes in 2003, according to Giving USA Foundation.
Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole
America's stinginess is a long-standing leitmotif for liberals – which is getting hard to square with their love for America. When it comes to heaping insults on America, U.S. liberals are the nation's leading donors.
When love matters more than blood
This is what comes of attaching more importance to DNA than to years of devoted parenting. Only a legal system that believes ties of blood are the truest expression of parenthood could order a boy stripped of the parents who have raised and cherished him from birth.

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