I grew up in a small town in Kentucky, the son of — at that time — McGovern Democrats. My dad was a math professor at the local college, my mom was a public-school teacher, and neither one of them had voted for a Republican in their lives — and had no intention to.
Me? As soon as I started learning about politics, I turned towards conservatism — dramatically — and started hectoring my parents. (Just after she pulled the lever for Mondale in 1984, I remember telling my mother that the moment she voted I'd felt a disturbance in the Force akin to that felt by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the destruction of Alderaan. She was not amused.) The change had nothing to do with youthful rebellion — after all, if it was standard for professors' kids to tack right, then Cambridge Massachusetts would be practically overrun with young Ted Cruz supporters — but rather two realities that were intruding upon my young mind.
The first, of course, was the Cold War and the Soviet threat. Without going into too many details, I thought détente was simply another word for appeasement, and found it incredible that some people actually argued that the right response to an expansionist totalitarian power was timidity and disarmament. more >>
Last Thursday, Franklin Graham posted the following on Facebook about obeying the police (I respond below):
Listen up--Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It's as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority "because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account."
This is my response: more >>
Thousands of Christians clashed with police and rioted on the streets in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, following suicide bombing attacks that killed 17 people in two churches on Sunday. Reports have said that two men suspected to have aided the attackers were beaten to death and burned in the riots.
The Associated Press reported that Christians, who make up only 2 percent of Pakistan's population, clashed with police forces, blocked the highway and ransacked bus terminals, demanding the government start taking serious action to protect the persecuted minority.
At least 14 people have been killed and nearly 80 others were injured in two church bombings carried out by a Pakistani Taliban splinter group on Sunday in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad, Lahore. The Catholic faithful are marking a "day of prayer for the innocent lives of the martyrs" on Monday to honor the victims.
Reuters reported that the death toll might've been higher, if it wasn't for the quick actions of a security guard who attempted to prevent one of the suicide bombers from entering one of the churches.
"I was sitting at a shop near the church when a blast jolted the area. I rushed toward the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church. After failing, he blew himself up," said witness Amir Masih. more >>
A British organization that specializes in combating graphic sexual content on the Internet has published a study showcasing the trend in youth-produced sexual content posted online.
The Internet Watch Foundation released a report Tuesday that outlines what it calls "a disturbing trend" of "younger children … producing sexually explicit content which is being distributed online."
For its report, IWF analyzed 3,803 images and videos from September through November 2014 and found, among other things, that 17.5 percent of content depicts children who are 15 or younger. more >>
The state of Texas executed a 46-year-old gang member on Wednesday, bringing their supply of lethal medication down to one dose.
It also brings into question what the state will now use for future executions.
Manuel Vasquez was put to death in Huntsville, Texas, and pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was convicted and sentenced for the 1998 murder of Juanita Ybarra who refused to pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican mafia. Vasquez had a long criminal history, including being part of a group that killed a man by hitting him repeatedly with a crowbar then dousing him with gasoline before setting him on fire. more >>