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Memorial Day in the twilight of a great republic

052916_2029_1.pngFour months after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, President Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery where many of the fallen Union soldiers were buried. At the dedication, Lincoln gave a speech for the ages, the one we now know as the Gettysburg Address. The speech is short, but the conclusion is one worth revisiting this Memorial Day weekend: Continue Reading →

“I think you are an ignorant bigot, lady.”

A friend in Washington, D.C. sent me a link to the above video just a little while ago. Don’t watch the whole thing. Fast forward to the 1:27 mark and watch for about 3 minutes. What you will see is a congresswoman of the United States berating a witness for disagreeing with the Obama administration’s transgender directive. The congresswoman says to the witness, “I think you are an ignorant bigot, lady.” And then she shouts her down until the committee chairman tells her to stop attacking the witness.

What is chilling about this video is that the congresswoman has no compunction whatsoever about attacking the witness. Her animus and contempt for the witness are obvious. She believes she is justified in shaming and shouting her down. The witness’s views don’t deserve respect or a fair hearing. They just need to be silenced.

Isn’t it precisely this kind of thinking that gave us the directive in the first place? Conservative views don’t need to be considered. Even if local school administrators and parents disagree, all must bow to the bureaucratic directive.

Eleven states say “no” to Pres. Obama’s transgender “directive” for public schools

The New York Times reports:

In a forceful challenge to the Obama administration’s stand on transgender rights, officials in 11 states sued the federal government on Wednesday, arguing that it had no authority to direct the nation’s public school districts to permit students to use the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

The lawsuit, filed in a Federal District Court in North Texas, said the Obama administration had “conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over common sense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”

The lawsuit came 12 days after civil rights lawyers from the Department of Education and the Justice Department formally issued what they described as “significant guidance” about how schools should accommodate transgender students to remain in compliance with federal law. Schools, the Obama administration lawyers wrote, “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include nine states – Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin – as well as the governor of Maine, Paul R. LePage; the Arizona Department of Education; and school districts in Arizona and Texas.

I think we all knew that there would be significant pushback against this directive from the Obama administration. Even people who are otherwise open to progressive social experiments are likely to be reluctant when the experiment involves their own children. I guess we’ll see. Read the rest here, and stay tuned.

Why the list of 10 judges does not placate the concerns of #NeverTrump

Donald Trump has released a list of conservative justices that he would consider appointing to the Supreme Court were he to be elected president. The list is an obvious attempt to win-over conservatives who are reluctant about his candidacy. But this list does not alleviate the concerns that many of us have about his candidacy.

First, Trump did not commit to pick anyone from the list! In fact he said he might pick someone who is not on the list. So the list means nothing. It’s no different from what he has previously said. And we are again being asked to trust the judgment of a man who changes his positions daily and who is a liar. Add to that his open support for Planned Parenthood and his total lack of interest in the Constitution, and it is not difficult to see why so many remain skeptical. How can he be trusted to appoint a solid justice?

Second, Trump’s would-be SCOTUS appointments do nothing to alleviate the larger issues with his candidacy. His character, temperament, and authoritarian tendencies suggest that he would be a menace to our Constitutional order. Robert Kagan explains in provocatively titled piece, “This is how fascism comes to America”: Continue Reading →

A one-legged man trapped inside a two-legged man’s body. Amputate?

At the heart of the transgender revolution is the notion that psychological identity trumps bodily identity. In this way of thinking, a person is whatever they think themselves to be. If a girl perceives herself to be a boy, then she is one even if her biology says otherwise. If a boy perceives himself to be a girl, then he is one even if his biology says otherwise. Gender is self-determined, not determined by the sexual differences that the Creator has embedded into every cell of our bodies.

Have Americans thought through the implications of believing that one’s psychological identity should trump one’s biological identity when the two seem to be out of sync? I am doubtful that we have. Continue Reading →

State GOP conventions sell their souls to destroy #NeverTrump

Politico reports that eleven state GOP conventions took extraordinary measures this weekend to browbeat members into accepting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the United States. Continue Reading →

President Obama: Accept Transgenderism or Else

By the time you read this, the news will be all over the country. The New York Times reports that President Obama has released a letter directing every public school in the country to recognize and accept transgender identities. In particular, the directive has to do with bathroom and locker room use. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the report:

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
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How Trump divided and conquered the religious right

Sarah Posner has an interesting read in Rolling Stone titled “The Religious Right’s Come-to-Jesus About Trump.” She argues that Trump has not united evangelicals as a voting bloc but has divided them. I think she’s right that the Republican coalition is breaking-up and say so in the article. She writes,

Trump has been bragging about his evangelical support since he began receiving favorable coverage, dating back to last summer, at the Christian Broadcasting Network — the media empire launched by Pat Robertson, whose Christian Coalition pioneered the evangelical get-out-the-vote strategy. But despite besting Ted Cruz among evangelical voters in several states, including in the Deep South, Trump faces a divided religious right. That means it will be harder for him to mobilize these otherwise reliable Republican voters in November. But it also means religious right leaders will have to clean up the detritus Trump has made of their movement.

Read the rest here. Continue Reading →

Russell Moore has a way with words…

Russell Moore has been on cable news the last couple of days responding to Donald Trump’s Twitter attack against him. In these appearances, not only does he make prophetic statements concerning the presidential election, he also gets to share the gospel briefly. Well done. Continue Reading →

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