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Sunday, September 30 2018

I haven’t spoken or written excessively about the sordid confirmation saga of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Besides a column applauding Mitch McConnell for locating his spine and demanding an end to what has become a political theater of the absurd, and a piece expressing shocked appreciation for Lindsey Graham’s righteous indignation at the exploitation of both Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser Dr. Christie Blasey Ford, I’ve kept my opinions about the entire spectacle primarily to myself and off social media.

And there’s a pretty simple reason: I don’t know the truth.  I wasn’t...

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Thursday, September 27 2018

If you had asked me to pick what Republican Senator was going to lay into the Democrats with righteous indignation today for them callously using Brett Kavanaugh’s character, reputation, and his innocent family as collateral damage in their political games, I would have put a lot of money on Ted Cruz.  If not him, maybe Ben Sasse or Mike Lee.

But never in a million years would I have thought South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham would have a Spartacus moment that made Cory Booker’s attempt look as weak and mock-able as, well, it was.  But that’s exactly what happened...

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Wednesday, September 26 2018

No one who has any idea what has become of the Ivy League was surprised to hear that Yale Students were leaving class, sitting in, running for safe spaces, and bussing to Washington, D.C. to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote in the Senate. 

Never mind the grotesque irony of law students eschewing somewhat significant legal concepts like the presumption of innocence, evidence, corroboration of witness testimony...

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Tuesday, September 25 2018

Let’s start by re-stating how David French succinctly summarized the haze of bizarre sexual allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“There is not a single third-party witness to any claim that can corroborate any accuser or even conclusively place Kavanaugh at the location of any alleged crime.”

That factual statement does not cheapen the seriousness of sexual assault.  It doesn’t even impugn the motives or sensibilities of the accuser(s).  It simply means that...

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Monday, September 24 2018

The rallying cry of conservatives eschewing character concerns for a pragmatic calculation to support candidate Donald Trump in 2016, was often condensed to two words: “He Fights!”

It was mind-numbing to a great number of us who constantly found ourselves asking what good fighting for the sake of fighting is.  Fighting for conservatism is what we wanted, but Trump seemed willing to fight anyone, over anything, about anything.  That’s why I always found the word “petulance” to be a better descriptor for his Twitter tirades and childish jabs...

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Sunday, September 23 2018

In a way, former independent “conservative” candidate for president Evan McMullin deserves credit for pulling off one of the sickest scams in recent American political history.  McMullin exploited the desperation of a significant portion of conservatives who were unable to support a man with the character issues of Donald Trump for the presidency.  Little did they all know that by supporting McMullin in his stead, they were casting a vote with someone unscrupulous enough to pose as a conservative simply to advance his own personal brand.

They know now...

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Thursday, September 20 2018

After I had one of the most mind-numbing, incomprehensible exchanges with the president of Union Theological Seminary a few years ago, a listener to my radio program sent me a note.  In it, he included the words of the great theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who, after studying briefly at Union, wrote in his biography of the feckless seminary,

“There is no theology here... They talk a blue streak without the slightest substantive foundation... The students are completely clueless with respect to what dogmatics is really about. They are unfamiliar with even the most basic of questions. They become intoxicated with liberal and humanistic phrases, laugh at the fundamentalists, and yet basically are not even up to their level.”

If there was any question, nothing has changed at UTS...

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Wednesday, September 19 2018

Popular and inspiring Christian hip hop artist and poet Jackie Hill Perry recently courted controversy with a tweet that was both heralded and hated.  Amidst the ongoing debate over the relationship between social justice causes and the Gospel of Jesus, Perry proclaimed:

“White people are not the curators of sound theology.”

The remark garnered a couple thousand likes but struck some as unnecessarily provocative and unhelpful to Kingdom building for Christ...

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Tuesday, September 18 2018

This is simply tragic.  And infuriating.  And criminal.

For the sake of their social engineering designs, and in the name of their rigid political orthodoxy, the LGBT political lobby is actively promoting the mutilation of young girls and suppressing all evidence demonstrating the obvious reality that this is a bad idea. 

Sharia-laden Islamic theocracies promote female genital mutilation done for the glory of Allah.  The West and its fascist LGBT activism promotes female breast mutilation done for the glory of...

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Monday, September 17 2018

There’s an iconic moment from the old Saturday Night Live when Dana Carvey imitated George H.W. Bush in a debate with Michael Dukakis.  After Carvey gets done going on a tangent about “stay the course, thousand points of light, stay the course,” Jon Lovitz, playing Dukakis, looks into the screen and just mumbles incredulously, “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.”

There is a high degree of likelihood that Democrat representative Joseph Crowley said something very similar about his loss to Democratic-Socialist Alexandra Ocasio Cortez following her recent embarrassing interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper...

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Sunday, September 16 2018

It hasn’t been long since NBC’s Chuck Todd called for the mainstream press to fight back against President Donald Trump’s assault on the “free press” – a call that generated a lot of eyerolls across the fruited plain.  The eyerolls weren’t due to a lack of appreciation for the vital role a free press has in a democratic republic.  No, the dismissive attitude taken by most Americans to Todd’s theatrical battle cry is the result of realizing that Chuck and his colleagues have no one to blame for their plight but themselves.

As I have written previously...

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Thursday, September 13 2018

When most people are looking for qualified scientific opinion, the first place they’re likely to turn is Hollywood.  But as it turns out, that might not be the most reliable place to go.  One might be better suited to ask, say, someone with scientific knowledge.  Who knew?

This valuable lesson was reinforced recently when struggling comic Sarah Silverman made what could be one of the most scientifically illiterate statements while invoking science ever made...

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Wednesday, September 12 2018

Either this is proof that The Atlantic is officially out of ideas to write about, or we’re seeing the latest example of social justice insanity that I wrote recently has to be about to jump the shark in American society.  The title of the piece?  “The Racially Fraught History of the American Beard.”  I kid you not.  Beards are now to be considered an integral part of our long struggle for racial equality in America.  From the article:

“What follows is the lost story of American facial hair...

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Tuesday, September 11 2018

I was speaking at an event recently and made the statement that I am more concerned these days when Christian students of mine tell me that they are going to attend a Christian college rather than when they tell me they are heading to a secular state university.  I think that always surprises audiences until I explain myself.

If I was Satan, I would know I’m not going to win my battles against the church of Jesus on secular campuses.  Truly faithful Christian kids that go there will have their radars on, defenses up, and will be prepared for what’s coming...

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Monday, September 10 2018

By now most everyone has heard or read about former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens working as a bag boy at Trader Sam’s. 

Most everyone has heard how the photograph led to a rash of job shaming and mockery of Owens, seemingly working “below his pay grade” since he was from Hollywood.

Most everyone has heard how remarkable Owens was in response to the situation, calling for a new awareness that work is good and that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

Most everyone has heard how the woman who originally took the picture of Owens at his job regrets having done so...

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Sunday, September 09 2018

I recently read a thought-provoking, though ultimately misguided, article by Daniel Jose Camacho from the faith-oriented left-wing commentary website Sojourners.  In it, Camacho argued against the preoccupation many American Christians have with capitalism, suggesting that,

“Capitalism is so deeply ingrained in our Christianity that it is the default.  Yet, this arrangement is neither natural nor inevitable.”

Such a perspective was anything but surprising coming from a Sojourners publication.  After all...

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Thursday, September 06 2018

There’s a situation going down in my home state of Indiana that provides a good learning opportunity for people of sound mind around the country.  For years, left-leaning social activists have been attempting to push “hate crimes” legislation through Indiana’s part-time legislature and onto the Governor’s desk.  To this point it hasn’t happened, largely because for well over a decade we haven’t had a Governor who would have been silly enough to sign it.

In late July, however, vandals scrawled Nazi graffiti on the walls of a Jewish synagogue in an Indianapolis suburb and everything changed...

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

I can’t help but think we are near the breaking point.  No, I don’t mean the point at which we plunge into a second civil war – I’ll leave that kind of prognostication to others.  I mean we are nearing the point at which a majority of people finally say enough to the stupidity of this neo-political correctness wrapped in the names of social justice, tolerance, and intersectionality.

Just take the events of the last couple weeks.

First, the folks at Slate kicked things off by pointing to a recent crusade amongst SJWs (social justice warriors) at the Atlantic.  What is it?  Oh I’ll just let them explain it to you...

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Tuesday, September 04 2018

I get that the “Bill Clinton checks out Ariana Grande” moment at the Aretha Franklin funeral was what attracted the most attention from right-leaning Twitter accounts.  And make no mistake, the look on his face and the entire scene was creepy.  See for yourself.

But there was unquestionably an image from that funeral that was far worse, far grosser, and far more revolting.  And it sadly drew far less attention.  This one...

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Monday, September 03 2018

I was just out of college and really into politics when former Democrat Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash.  The Senate was tenuously balanced at the time, and with just weeks left before the midterms, the loss came at a time of heightened political tension.  None of that, however, excused what would happen at Wellstone’s memorial service. 

The New York Post explained at the time...

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