I was recently interviewed by a Hillsdale College journalism student on the debate in Michigan over whether its state Republican Party will "inevitably" adopt same-sex marriage. Given that this is a question often trotted out to end the debate, here's how I answered the question, which I hope you'll find helpful when discussing with friends and colleagues.
Commenting as an outsider on Michigan's political dynamics, it looks like trends there are quite similar to trends happening across the country when it comes to the GOP's youth revolt on traditional marriage.
First, as to the language of the "inevitability" of the GOP's adoption of same-sex marriage, I think it's a mistake for conservatives to employ language or ideas that have typically been sacred real estate for liberals. Conservatives should not concede to the "inevitability" of any argument, much less an argument built on metaphysical fictions like same-sex marriage. "Inevitability" implies that blind, impersonal forces propel history forward, which simply isn't true. Movements and ideas are predicated on the participation of people joined to them. People aren't impersonal; they're moral actors with a conscience that can be convinced that faddish ideologies aren't consistent or aren't socially prudent. Activists always consider their ideas "inevitable," that is, until they're brushed back by principled argument. The popularity of such movements to legalize same-sex marriage are built around peer pressure—that you don't want to be a repressive troglodyte or compared to the KKK. Conservatives ought to be more principled and shrewd than to accept the categories of debate that devolve into name-calling and rhetorical flourishes. more >>
Karrueche Tran, the 26-year-old model girlfriend of singer Chris Brown, has let people know how important it is to have a relationship with God.
Tran took to Instagram to post an image that says, "Mornings are better when you talk to God first."
She paired the image with a caption speaking about the importance of having a personal relationship with God. more >>
And yet our "leaders" can't quite seem to muster up even that level of faux backbone. The House bailed on a late-term abortion ban? Really?
In a vote where lives were at stake — a vote with the overwhelming majority of the public behind them – the House GOP blinked. They blinked in the face of . . . what? Angry columns from Jezebel or the HuffPo? Cold feet from a handful of members?
If you are a Republican office holder, and you find yourself incapable of making the public case for a late-term abortion ban — for banning procedures that dismember living children who feel every agonizing tear of their flesh — then resign. Please. I can assure you that there are thousands of conservatives in your district who can make that case and would be eager to make that case. more >>
Robert Griffin III, the Christian Washington Redskins quarterback, recently explained why the theme of his new charitable organization is family.
Griffin, the 24-year-old Christian QB, and his wife Rebecca Griffin, officially launched their new charity, Family of 3 on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The organization seeks to assist three new families each year through financial aid and other means.
The quarterback spoke more about his foundation on Redskins.com recently. more >>
Russell Wilson believes God gave him a greater purpose other than just going to the Super Bowl.
Wilson, the 26-year-old Christian quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, recently wrote a blog for the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Foundation. There, the Christian athlete spoke about his divine purpose.
Although Wilson and his Seahawks have managed to secure a spot in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, the Christian athlete has been working with the Seattle Children's hospital all season. That is where he said he has found joy this season. more >>
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year, will likely not face federal charges, according to a CNN report.
The FBI reportedly concluded an independent investigation into the shooting death of Brown and found no evidence to support bringing criminal charges against Wilson. While a final Justice Department report has not yet been completed, sources say federal prosecutors are unlikely to recommend civil rights charges, according to CNN.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make an official announcement about the decision before he leaves office in the coming months. more >>