On Friday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank published a piece entitled "Antiabortion Advocates Have a Logic Problem," becoming the latest in an exceptionally long line of commentators to criticize the pro-life movement for placing too much emphasis on anti-abortion legislation, and for not being more contraceptive-friendly.
Milbank assumes that easier access to contraception significantly reduces the abortion rate and that pro-life legislative efforts — such as the recently reintroduced 20-week abortion ban — are at best marginally effective. He cites the AP's recent analysis of state abortion rates as evidence that there were large abortion declines in politically liberal states that have had no recent laws restricting abortions.
Last week's AP analysis, which showed a 12 percent decline in abortions between 2011 and 2014, was certainly interesting. But many commentators, including Milbank, are reading way too much into the numbers. Data from state health departments is not always reliable, and some of the declines could have been caused by poor reporting. Furthermore, the AP analysis would have been better if it had focused on abortion rates (measuring the number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age) rather than the overall number of abortions. Some of the fluctuations in abortion numbers might have been affected by changes in population or demographics. more >>
At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton mostly attacked her Republican rivals' economic policies until the very end, where she began to wonder about the lack of Christian compassion of other politicians.
While Clinton did not specifically call out any candidate or person by name she bewailed the lack of compassion and "mean spiritedness" of others in politics.
"Did they not go and hear the same lessons I did in Sunday school," asked Clinton. "Did they not sing the same hymns?" She continued questioning their morality and Christian theology by wondering, "Did they never hear, 'there but for the grace of God go I?'" more >>
Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives. These self-appointed Speech Sheriffs warn us that words spoken outside the imaginary perimeters they've set are judgmental, negative, racist or intolerant.
The goal of these elitists is to subtly subvert society by controlling speech. When speech is controlled, it's easy to control behavior. PC has infiltrated and corrupted just about every facet of our lives, including businesses, the news media, sports, churches, the military and universities. Universities once known as open forums for free thought are now so hostile to it, comedians like Jerry Seinfeld won't step foot inside campuses to perform. College kids are too uptight, obsessed, over the idea that a joke might offend someone. Indoctrination by far left professors and their skewed take on history and life in general has sucked the joy out of learning and truth out of reality. Black comedian Chris Rock said he's afraid to tell jokes about black kids anymore. Not kidding. It's funny how First Amendment rights threaten those whose ideologies predictably wither in the presence of true open-mindedness. Hale and hearty debate or an occasional "Thus sayeth the Lord" sends them scrambling like roaches in the light.
But, we've done it to ourselves. Frogs in a gradually heating pot we are, that we do not wince while these PC Nazis tighten the concertina wire around the freedoms granted us by God and the U.S. Constitution. Good news is though, we all go down together. The noose they've bound around our necks also circles theirs. more >>
Even though he's ahead by just a slim margin, results of the latest Monmouth University Poll released Monday shows most Republican voters want renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson as the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.
"When asked to name who they would like to see as the party's nominee for president, Republican and Republican-leaning voters are divided among commentator Dr. Ben Carson (11 percent), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (10 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (9 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (9 percent), and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (8 percent)," said a release from Monmouth University highlighting the top five Republican picks.
Physicians from North Carolina, along with some from around the country who were in Raleigh for a meeting, had a unique opportunity to chat with Dr. Ben Carson last week. We heard some original ideas—and some facts that all presidential candidates should be talking about but apparently don't dare.
It's not just the $18 trillion national debt, he says—but the 10 times greater load of unfunded liabilities—promises the federal government has made but cannot possibly raise the revenue to fulfill.
The federal government can't solve our problems, including poverty and social unrest. Only Americans, working together, can do that. After all, the government has already spent $22 trillion on the War on Poverty, and only made the problem worse. We need to remember how America got to be the most prosperous nation in history in the first place. more >>
Rabbi Jack Moline of the left-of-center Interfaith Alliance has written a letter to Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress accusing him of being "disrespectful" to victims of the Holocaust in his recent comparison of the "marginalization" faced by American Christians to the way Jewish people were treated under Nazi Germany.
"Religious persecution is a significant problem around the world. Many people live in fear for their lives because of their faith, Christians included. You and I and everyone should do more to remedy the situation," Moline said in a letter shared with The Christian Post.
"However, your recent comments on Fox News comparing your experience as a conservative Christian to Jews living in Nazi Germany show disrespect to the victims of the Holocaust, and do a disservice to the critically important cause of ending real religious persecution. The honest disagreements that people of faith in this country have about public policy issues are hardly the beginning of a path toward genocide." more >>