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  • Coolidge in 2016

    11/11/2014 12:41:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    NEW YORK -- At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday (I am an unpaid national advisory board member), there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should "spread the wealth around" faced off against a team of American students who think government has no business doing any such thing. The theme continued when former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) debated Chrystia Freeland, a member of Canadian Parliament. While all of this was informative, civil, interesting and at times entertaining, the final speaker, CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, may have uttered...
  • A Lesbian’s Eyes Opened: ‘You Don't Hate Us!’

    09/28/2014 6:45:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Matt Barber
    This jaw-dropping revelation is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest assessment of the homosexual lifestyle. The WSJ report further warns: “Gay and bisexual men represent an estimated 2 percent of the U.S. population but more than half of all people living with HIV and 66 percent of new HIV infections. They are the only population group in the United States for which HIV infections are rising.” What do you say of an adult or adults who, for selfish political reasons, encourage sexually confused children to adopt a sex-centric identity and lifestyle laced with a 50-50 chance...
  • How We Told Our Kids About Sex

    09/01/2014 9:06:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matt Barber
    It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside café the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eatery’s open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead. We were discussing the...
  • Pope Francis: Pets Can't Replace Children

    06/10/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged. The pope criticized "these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being ... convinced us: It's better not to have children! It's better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside; you can be carefree. It might be better -- more comfortable -- to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the...
  • If Christians Are Going to Complain About The Movie Noah, Then Create Something Better

    03/30/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | Doug Giles
    The movie Noah has ironically spawned a flood of hullabaloo, eh? Personally, heretofore, I haven’t seen the flick, but I plan on watching it this Sunday. Yes, I said it. I’m going to check it out even though I’ve been warned by the brethren not to because it isn’t "biblical". I guess I’ll have to wear a disguise so my more persnickety readers won’t recognize me. I think I’ll go as Carrot Top. That’ll toss them off my scent trail. Now, when the anti-biblical criticisms began to fly against this pic in its ramp-up for release, I was like, “You...
  • Faith and Freedom: An Indispensable Pair

    10/26/2013 2:46:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Those attending the Family Research Council’s most recent Values Voter Summit heard a lot about religious liberty -- and with good reason. In ways both large and small, that cornerstone of freedom has found itself under attack at home and abroad. All Americans should be concerned about its well-being. Religious liberty is as characteristic of America as our democratic political system and our free-market economy. Nowhere in the world is there more religious diversity, with all manner of faiths existing in relative harmony in the same neighborhoods, and with different houses of worship sharing the same streets in many...
  • The Legacy of Liberalism

    08/31/2013 5:02:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    The 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's march on Washington is causing a lot of people in my generation to reminisce. In doing so, it is hard not to be struck by two puzzling facts: (a) the fall of racial barriers to success almost everywhere and (b) the lack of economic progress in the black community as a whole, relative to whites. On the one hand, it would seem that a black in America can achieve almost anything, even being elected president of the United States. On the other hand, if we compare the economic condition of blacks and...
  • Christian based movies to overtake Hollywood film industry?

    07/02/2013 9:11:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 86 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/1/13 | Martha
    There is increasing evidence that faith and family based movies and TV is making an impact on the film industry.
  • Supreme Court vs. Supreme Authority

    06/24/2013 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2013 | Matt Barber
    “I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”– Martin Luther King Jr.The U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day to release opinions on two landmark cases (Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor) that, should the court overstep its authority, threaten great violence to the age-old institution of marriage – society’s fundamental cornerstone.Also at stake is the high court’s already fragile legitimacy.Lest there be any doubt as to where the Bible-believing Christian community stands, scores of Christian leaders and clergy – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant alike – have released a...
  • Losing Your Religion

    06/22/2013 3:36:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    It was interesting to watch the state of Texas recently pass a law that allows anyone to say the greeting "Merry Christmas" in the state's public schools and buildings. Gov. Rick Perry signed the law saying he wished it wasn't necessary, but, in his opinion, protecting the words "Merry Christmas" has to be done because they are under fire from the freedom-from-religion crew. America has been heading down the secular road for decades, and a new Gallup poll reinforces that. When asked whether religion is losing its influence on American life, 77 percent said yes. Just 20 percent disagreed. But...
  • Who's Your Daddy?

    06/15/2013 3:49:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    With Father's Day on Sunday, there is good news and bad news. First the negative: Single mothers head up almost 9 percent of American households. The good news? Fathers who care are making a huge difference in this country. How do I know? It is estimated that close to 40 percent of all those incarcerated in the USA did not have a father in their childhood home. So doing the math, a responsible father seems to be a strong force for promoting righteous conduct. It was never easy being a father. Did you know that American icon Davy Crockett abandoned...
  • And the Award for Most Hypocritical Performance by a Member of Congress Goes To…

    06/09/2013 7:46:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Tad DeHaven
    Using Agriculture Department data, researchers at the Environmental Working Group found that Representative Stephen Fincher, a Republican and a farmer from Frog Jump, Tenn., collected nearly $3.5 million in subsidies from 1999 to 2012. The data is part of the research group’s online farm subsidy database, from which the group issues a report each year. In 2012 alone, the data shows, Mr. Fincher received about $70,000 in direct payments, money that is given to farmers and farmland owners, even if they do not grow crops. It is unclear how much Mr. Fincher received in crop insurance subsidies because the names...
  • Breadwinner Moms

    05/31/2013 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The headlines were misleading: "Moms are Breadwinners in Record 4 of 10 Households." Immediate thought: Wow, 40 percent of wives are primary breadwinners. Nope. If you read down to the fifth or sixth paragraph in most stories about the new Pew study, you'd discover that the number of women out-earning their husbands was actually just 22.5 percent of married couples with children under the age of 18. The 40 percent figure includes single-parent households, in which the mom is not the primary, but the sole, earner. They're always lauded, those single moms. Politicians of both parties always append the word...
  • Benjamin Franklin's 2 Questions Still Stand

    04/30/2013 4:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    In 1787, when delegates at the Constitutional Convention were divided and at an impasse regarding how to build our government and frame the U.S. Constitution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin appealed to the other delegates to pray for divine intervention to help them out of their darkness: "In this situation of this assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened ... that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning...
  • Star Parker: Kermit Gosnell is not an exception

    04/20/2013 7:43:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/20/2013 | Star Parker
    Kirsten Powers has done a national service, by virtue of her now-famous USA Today column, of putting the news of the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell on the national radar screen. This, of course, is the horror story of a cesspool in Philadelphia posturing as an abortion clinic, operating without inspection for 17 years. Gosnell, the doctor who ran the place, is formally charged with the murder of one woman and seven infants. However, the grand jury report and testimony of family and staff at the trial indicate that if there were records in this dump, where life and...
  • Lawmakers: Anti-Bullying Conference Bullies Conservatives, Christians

    03/29/2013 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A group of nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers is threatening to pull state funding from an Iowa community college unless they defund an anti-bullying program that the lawmakers say bullies Christians and conservatives. The Des Moines Area Community College is one of several sponsors of the Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth – scheduled to be held next week. The program was founded by Iowa Safe Schools. The college’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter filed a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered that tax and tuition dollars were being used to cover the costs. “It’s outrageous,” said Jake...
  • It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

    03/29/2013 11:19:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    With Easter approaching and the Astroturf groundswell for same-sex marriage at its apex, I thought I'd put in a plug for the Bible, whose integrity and timeless principles are under increasing assault in our culture. In fact, what sparked this column was a warning by a nationally prominent Republican to his party that it ought not go "Old Testament" and oppose same-sex marriage. I don't want to turn this column into a rant about same-sex marriage, but I cite this example to illustrate a common tendency to bifurcate the Old Testament and the New Testament and to paint Jesus...
  • Eagle Scouts: We’re Being Bullied by Gay Rights Activists

    03/27/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A coalition of Eagle Scouts, Scoutmasters, and parents have launched a new organization vowing to keep sex and politics out of the Boy Scouts of America. “The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture,” said John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and the founder of OnMyHonor.net. Representatives from more than a dozen states gathered in Florida to announce the opposition to any attempt to allow open homosexuality in the BSA. The BSA is expected to offer a proposal that would remove the national rule banning open homosexuality -- and replacing it with a local option. That...
  • University Bows to National Outrage, Won’t Punish Student Who Refused to Stomp Jesus

    03/26/2013 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” and then stomp on the pieces of paper. Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion – pending the outcome of a student hearing. But after a massive national outcry, the university reversed course Monday...
  • Transforming Normalcy

    03/26/2013 5:28:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Dr. Jennifer Morse recently gave a perfectly civil and thoroughly Christian talk to a group of Catholic college students in Iowa. In a speech deeply rooted in compassion, she urged students to reach out to same-sex attracted classmates and offer them friendship. She thought they could benefit from chaste friendships, and that they would not necessarily get much of that type of support from others on campus. The response to Jennifer's speech was predictable. The Gaystapo took to the internet with a series of egregious mischaracterizations of the speech - all of which were intended to intimidate those who would...
  • War on Easter? Schools, Cities Planning Another Round of ‘Spring Egg Hunts’

    03/21/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    In our increasingly politically-correct society, Christmas isn’t the only holiday too hot to handle for school districts. Easter, another holiday rooted in Christian faith, is now being marginalized by governmental entities. School districts and cities across America are holding “Spring egg hunts” and similar events, frequently omitting the word “Easter” from calendars and public announcements. Consider these: • On March 16th, Flat Rock Elementary School in Anderson, South Carolina is holding a “Community Egg Hunt.” • West Shore School District will be holding its “PTO Egg Hunt” on March 16th. • New York’s East Meadow Schools will be holding its...
  • Discounting Parents' Rights

    03/20/2013 8:11:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Ken Connor
    For people of faith in America, the Obama administration's birth control mandate represents an unprecedented assault on religious conscience. It seems that the President and his surrogates have little appreciation for the role that faith plays in the lives of many Americans, and even less respect for the Constitution's protection of religious liberty. As if to confirm this impression, the U.S. Justice Department is doubling down on the Administration's anti-faith stance with a lawsuit against a German family seeking religious asylum in the United States. According to our esteemed Attorney General, the right to choose the best education for your...
  • To Save Traditional Marriage, End State Involvement in Marriage (Bingo)

    03/20/2013 5:57:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 110 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Within the next few months, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely rule that same-sex marriage is mandated by the Constitution of the United States. The ruling will offend both common sense and Constitutional law. But it will nonetheless become the law of the land. With it, states will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages; same-sex marriage will enter the public school lexicon; religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status. Religious Americans will be forced into violating their beliefs or facing legal consequences by the government. The First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty will largely...
  • Remembering Their Chains

    03/19/2013 1:25:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2013 | Marvin Olasky
    I’d like to start off this column about apologetics with an apology. I apologize to all the people I’ve sat next to on airplanes, occasionally exchanging a few words about going to Atlanta but nary a mention about going to heaven. To be precise, I’m no master of evangelism. Any successes I’ve had in focusing the attention of others on what’s most important have been accidental (seems that way to me) and utterly foreordained (by God). So, you are getting the following from me as reporter, not the frequent practitioner I should be—and what I can report is that...
  • The Scandal of the Jewish Pope

    03/19/2013 12:24:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Michael Brown
    One of the first official acts of the newly installed Pope Francis was to reach out to the Jewish community of Rome, as his predecessor Pope Benedict had done, and he is being greeted warmly by many Jewish leaders worldwide. For most of the last 1,500 years, though, Catholic-Jewish relations have not been so warm. In fact, there was a time when the Catholic Church was rocked with a scandal: It was alleged that the Pope himself was Jewish. But that was almost 1,000 years ago, and the first order of business is to note how well received Pope Francis...
  • Vivat Papa

    03/16/2013 5:35:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2013 | Rich Galen
    In the Monday, April 4, 2005 Mullings I wrote: I am not certain why I feel as strongly as I do about the passing of Pope John Paul II. I am not Catholic. I am not even Christian. I felt the same way watching the coverage of the Conclave in the Vatican to choose a man to replace Pope Benedict I. I'm not sure why I was so taken by the process and so eager to see who would be chosen. I have proven over the past four or five months that my understanding of American politics is a little...
  • Pope Francis -- Against the West?

    03/15/2013 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith," wrote Hilaire Belloc after that bloodbath we call World War I. "Either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish." By 1938, Belloc concluded Christian Europe was done: "The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancient doctrines -- the very structure of society is dissolving." He was right. Europe is the dying continent. And looking back at the history of the Old Continent, we see the truth of G.K. Chesterton's insight: When men cease to believe in God, they...
  • ‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

    03/08/2013 6:12:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations. Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit. The decision has sparked controversy in the city – located about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore. Mark Schmutz, who pastors the Northlake Baptist Church, said if they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation. “We need to be able to speak Jesus’ name,”...
  • Gay Activists Bully Tebow, Christian University

    03/08/2013 5:57:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Gay rights activists are demanding Tim Tebow back out of a speaking engagement at Liberty University just two weeks after pressuring the New York Jets quarterback to cancel a speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Tebow is expected to speak this weekend at Wildfire – a men’s conference hosted by the conservative Christian university. His remarks will be closed to the general public. The professional football player is well-known for sharing his faith in Christ – but in recent weeks he’s come under fire from the national media and gay rights activists for speaking in churches...
  • It’s a Boy…Err...Girl…Err…to Hell With It, Who Knows

    03/02/2013 8:14:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Journey back with me, if you will, to a simpler time. To a dark and ominous period known as American history up until now. An oppressive period when society actually believed the genitals you left your mother’s womb with determined your gender. A tyrannical time when parents actually parented according to the acknowledged moral standard of the universe, rather than enabling and validating their offspring’s unhealthy tantrums and desires. Thankfully we’ve progressed past that now. We are entering a brave new world. A world where a 6-year old boy in Colorado Springs demanding he’s actually a girl isn’t thought to...
  • Faith Crucial to Life and State

    03/02/2013 6:12:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    "Here in the hall, she casts an unlikely silhouette -- unassuming in a lineup of proud stares, challenging us once more to look up and draw strength from stillness." Speaker of the House John Boehner was referring to the new statue of Rosa Parks in the Capitol's rotunda. Boehner told a Washington crowd about how Parks' strong religious faith bolstered her at every turn, and gave her the quiet yet steely courage necessary for the tough civil-rights battles that she fought, and which ultimately changed the face of American society. "Humility isn't incompatible with bravery," Boehner reflected. "When we put...
  • Teacher Tells Students to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”

    02/28/2013 7:13:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class. Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.” John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, tells me that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong. “What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education...
  • The Islamification of Texas

    02/27/2013 3:17:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Imagine browsing Facebook one day and discovered a photograph of your 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa – at school. That’s exactly what happened to a parent in Lumberton, Tex. She asked me not to disclose her identity because she fears for her daughter’s safety. Her daughter’s world geography class was supposed to be learning about the continents. Instead, they were given a tutorial in Islam – complete with authentic Muslim garments. Some of the young ladies were photographed – and the image has now gone viral. The students were told the purpose of the class was to change their perceptions...
  • When You Find Out You Married Your Sister

    02/26/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Michael Brown
    You knew it had to happen sometime. A husband discovers that he and his wife have the same sperm donor father. (Both of them raised by lesbian parents.) That means he married his half-sister, who is now the mother of their three children. What should they do? Although the story has not, to my knowledge, been verified, it was the subject of a question submitted to Emily Yoffe, author of the Dear Prudence advice column. The husband explained that when he met his wife in college, “the attraction was immediate, and we quickly became inseparable. We had a number of...
  • The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country

    02/23/2013 9:05:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.” There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual. Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God...
  • The Church Doesn't Need a Revolution

    02/23/2013 6:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    The pope has renounced the papal throne. Long live the progressive pope! Such are the rallying cries from establishment voices wanting to see the Catholic Church loosen up now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down. But maybe people should listen to the Church's actual views. Mary Hasson from the Ethics and Public Policy Center has been doing some unique work looking into what Catholic women know and want from their Church. It's scandalous and yet not entirely surprising that she found only 13 percent of Catholic women who occasionally attend Mass accept Church teaching on contraception....
  • Genderfication of Adolescence

    02/22/2013 2:52:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Not so long ago, "gender" was something mostly of interest to flirtatious nouns. But then, as the culture became both more vulgar and more squeamish, "gender" replaced "sex" as the distinction between "him" and "her." Now "date," which described how him and her got acquainted, is replaced by "hook up." Gender used to tell us about language; now, it describes behavioral roles. The word sex was unambiguous, referring to the natural biological differences. But the genderfication of sex expands to encompass the experiences of the transgendered, lesbian and male homosexuals. Whereas sex refers to two, gender creates a crowd --...
  • An Evangelical Pope?

    02/17/2013 1:03:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    The media, including some in the Christian media, throw around the word evangelical with little understanding of its proper definition. Most recently, the media has done this in referring to Pope Benedict XVI as the “Evangelical Pope.” In an attempt to say he’s a missionary-minded Pope, or a proselytizing Pope, they impart a title that would probably make him most uncomfortable. I have a deep respect for Pope Benedict. Respect for his impressive intellect. Respect for his strong stand on moral issues. Respect for his belief in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ for salvation. Respect for his levelheadedness in understanding...
  • God for Obamacare: Dr. Ben Carson's Heresy

    02/14/2013 2:18:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare—something he knows something about. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he disagreed with President Obama on healthcare at a faith venue, and in Obama’s presence.In discussing Carson’s moral effrontery, Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” asked panelists if they were offended by Carson’s comments. “He [Carson] was talking about the idea...
  • Love's Day is Long

    02/13/2013 8:57:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this a love letter to a lady I saw only for a moment. Thirty years ago. She was passing on a trolley car, and I was on a bus headed in the opposite direction. It was in a city called Leningrad back then. I wonder if she's still living. Has she changed as much as Russia has since? Or maybe she hasn't changed very much at all, as Russia hasn't. She lingers in the mind. Today an older but no wiser newspaperman in Little Rock, Ark., sits down to write 800 words about Valentine's Day and there she...
  • The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

    02/13/2013 7:51:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year old pontiff’s decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by surprise. Of course, we Americans of all people can understand what thoughts must have coursed through Pope Benedict XVI’s mind as he prayed about this weighty decision. We saw this kind of renunciation with our first president, George Washington. He did not leave the presidency before his second...
  • The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

    02/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership. Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council. I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to...
  • Phoenix Uprising

    02/12/2013 5:07:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Elon University has now ceased to be a serious institution of higher learning. In fact, it no longer deserves to be called a university in the wake of its decision to create a new Vendor Policy Study Committee. The committee, which was created by Elon's Board of Trustees in October, is part of a response to efforts to ban Chick-fil-A from the Elon campus. Its very existence shows that Elon cannot expeditiously handle simple issues concerning tolerance and inclusion. Instead, it legitimates bigotry by giving serious consideration to anti-religious zealots who would best be ignored. Elon's 15-member committee is...
  • To the Farmer in All of Us

    02/11/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Thanks to radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey's down-to-earth sense of America's heartland, Super Bowl viewers experienced an emotionally charged reminder of the values that made America what it is. The Dodge ad that honored the farmer proved to be one of the best commercials of the day. It wasn't just farmers who felt its impact, because as the ad so rightly expressed, its tribute was "to the farmer in all of us." When you take out the specific reference to farmers in the ad's script, the values remain: "On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise...
  • The Truth in Love Police

    02/11/2013 4:27:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Liberal academics have been using speech codes for years. They hear an idea they don't like and it makes them angry. But they don't quite know how to defeat the idea on its own merits. So instead of either a) taking the time to cool down and offer a rational response, or b) actually changing their view, they simply give in to the impulse to censor. That is why our campus speech codes really don't reduce so-called hate speech. They simply embolden those who hate speech. I wish I could say that this childish inclination toward censorship is unique to...
  • Britain Votes For the Beginning of the End

    02/10/2013 7:40:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    On February 5, Britain’s House of Commons voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The vote is extremely alarming. It could signal the beginning of the end for Western civilization as we know it. The idea of same-sex marriage is troubling even to some homosexuals, let alone those who hold a biblical conviction that marriage is intended by the Creator to be between a man and a woman. The vote, which was 400-175, represented a major crack in the Conservative Party. More than half of its 303 members voted against or abstained from the measure. Prime Minister David Cameron may...
  • Born on the Bayou

    02/09/2013 4:46:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    KRAEMER, La. -- Roland Torres wants you to know a few things. He lives in a rural area where life is pretty straightforward. His family has been active on the bayou for five generations, witnessing a daily battle of survival of the fittest. The birds, animals and reptiles who inhabit the vast swamps of south-central Louisiana live only as long as their wits and luck hold out. They are on their own 24/7. So is Torres. A former game warden, Torres is of Spanish descent and still speaks the language of his Cajun ancestors: French. He makes a decent...
  • Choose Life, Choose a Family

    02/02/2013 1:39:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    On the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, I felt a chill, and it wasn't the bitter cold. After Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, some 500 or so New Yorkers walked through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, in front of God, man and Grand Central Station, praying for life, love and mercy. Our prayers were not in judgment of others but that humanity may do better: that women and men may see better options than abortion and that God may forgive us for letting anyone think that she is alone and has no...
  • The Church is Not a Closet

    01/27/2013 6:34:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Michael Brown
    There are many people today who despise conservative religious beliefs, but they are quick to say, “We don’t want to restrict your religious freedoms in any way. Just keep your beliefs in the church.” What they fail to realize is that the church is not a closet, and it is our private beliefs that fuel our public acts. Shouldn’t it be this way? President Obama claims that it was conversations he had with his daughters, coupled with his interpretation of the teaching of Jesus, that caused him to take a public stand for same-sex marriage last May. Did his supporters...
  • Jesse Jackson was Right

    01/26/2013 8:41:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Steve Deace
    This week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and since state-sanctioned slaughter via judicial fiat began at least 50 million Americans have been killed. Over the last 40 years there have been some eloquent attempts to win the defining moral argument of our age, but few have come close to being as effective as the one I’m sharing with you today. And it was written by Jesse Jackson. Yes, that Jesse Jackson. To commemorate the 4th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1977, Jackson wrote an editorial titled How We Respect Life is the Over-Riding Moral Issue. What’s...