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Is the State Church Coming?

Last week, presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said outright that if he is elected president, he will work to eliminate the tax-exempt status for churches that hold traditional views of gender and sexuality. And O’Rourke is not the only candidate taking aim at groups that defend age-old beliefs about marriage and gender. His Democratic rival Cory [...]

All Things Considered (x3)

National Public Radio’s afternoon news program, “All Things Considered,” is about big stuff and small stuff, world-shaking events and minute ephemera. In this sense, it does approximate “all things,” indeed, and I’ve been a devoted fan since Terry, my college roomie, clued me in nearly 40 years ago. “What is this anyway?” I asked him [...]

Of Honest Labels and Down Syndrome

 “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?”—Isaiah Driving home from the hospital after late clinicals recently, I stopped at a 7-Eleven for a snack. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but I wanted something to munch on to help me stay awake. Cheddar flavored Chex Mix looked tasty, so [...]

Despite Appearances, “Reform” Has Not Come

How blessedly instructive it has been, following the installation of the first pope from the Americas, Pope Francis, to witness the world’s sheer unaffected delight in this man.  His warmth and simplicity have endeared him everywhere.  Indeed, he has disarmed us all by the spontaneity of his style. Of course—it needs straightaway to be said—none [...]

The HHS Mandate Requires You to Pay for Abortions

In a recent National Public Radio broadcast and accompanying article entitled "Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say," NPR journalist Julie Rovner reported that the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate doesn't force people to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. The article focuses on drugs commonly known as "morning-after" pills, which actually can be used to stop pregnancy [...]

NPR Versus ‘Minstrel’ Cain

National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR's Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn't even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams. The sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain aren't ruining him as quickly as the [...]

Should NPR hire more conservatives?

Over at the Daily Caller, Mark Judge looks at NPR's recent federal funding problems and offers a solution: It’s time for affirmative action at NPR. The beleaguered liberal organization, which is on the verge of losing its federal funding, can begin to get up off the canvas if it does one simple thing: hire a few conservatives. [...]

Friday Free-for-All: January 28

Good morning! Time for a few Friday links to get the day rolling: Protests against the president in Egypt are heating up -- and so is the pushback from the government and police. There are reports now of Internet and cell connections being cut off (social media sites being one of the only reliable ways [...]

Friday Free for All: October 22

Time for some Friday morning links: In the wake of Juan Williams's firing from NPR, many are again calling for an end to public funding for the news organization. Bill O'Reilly announced that Jim DeMint will introduce legislation to do just that later today, calling NPR a "totalitarian outfit functioning as an arm of the [...]

Juan Williams fired from NPR after comment on Muslims

Popular NPR and Fox News Channel political analyst Juan Williams lost his radio contract late last night after making a controversial remark about Islam. Williams appeared Monday on The O'Reilly Factor, and host Bill O'Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims…. Williams responded: "Look, Bill, I'm [...]

From the department of fabulous ideas

I sometimes think that Russia just sits around thinking, "Is there any way we can be just a little more grim today?"  According to NPR's Morning Edition, a subway mural project is stirring up some controversy: The Dostoevskaya station — which opened this summer in memory of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky — met a fair [...]

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