Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Banner is Retreat

“Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the ‘60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven out of schools and the public square, is being whipped back into the churches and told to stay there.” Patrick J. Buchanan

“America has gone over to the [‘60s] revolution.” Ibid

The Long Retreat in the Culture War

Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org, April 10, 2015

Flower-Power_BusThe Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars.

Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse their services to same-sex weddings. And the white flag went up again.

Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the ’60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven out of schools and the public square, is being whipped back into the churches and told to stay there.

America has gone over to the revolution.

Looking back, the sweep of the capitulation becomes stark.

First came the plea of atheists not to have their children forced to participate in prayers at school. Fair enough. Americans do not believe in compelling people to do as they disbelieve.

Then followed the demand that no child be exposed to prayers or religious books, including the Bible, nor have any day or week set aside as a holiday if connected to Christianity.

Out went Christmas and Easter. In came winter break and spring break. Coaches of high school teams were ordered to dispense with prayers before games. The coaches complied. Continue reading

Hated Minority

james_dobsonIt should not take a Christian rocket scientist to figure out that same-sex marriage is a “social” experiment and not a biological (or for that matter, theological) based behavior.  In the beginning God created us male and female.  That’s Bible, that’s biology, that’s every-day common sense.  Same-sex marriage is merely another name for validating sodomy.  What interests me is that homosexuals know this, but some Christians don’t seem to know it.  Shame on us!

“James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his ‘Family Talk’ radio show Wednesday [April 22] and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a ‘hated minority’ if the U. S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex marriage.”  Bob Unruh

James Dobson: Christians soon to be ‘hated minority’

New warning of fallout from Supreme Court

Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily, April 22, 2015

James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”

“The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,” said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years.

The author of “The Case for Marriage,” Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project.

Homosexual advocates have no interest in a “live and let live tolerance,” she said. “After redefining marriage, the next thing on their agenda is to redefine Christianity.”

Under the new regimen, there will be no difference between man and woman, husband and wife, she said.

The attitude is that if you “see something different, there’s something morally wrong with you.”

Christianity, she said, “will enter a new phase, as a hated minority group.”

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HYPOCRISY

“Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the ‘deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,’ and she would know based on her taste for amenities and expenses along with her speaking fees. ‘She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas,’ the Las Vegas ReviewJournal wrote last August. ‘She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation—only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G 450 or larger will do.’ Wall Street Journal editorial

The Hillary Pay Ratio 

A new index to chart the gap between political words and deeds.

Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2015, p. A 12

Just in time for Wednesday’s nationwide walk-out by fast-food workers to demand a higher minimum wage, Hillary Clinton emailed supporters this week to complain about pay differentials in American business. According to Reuters, Mrs. Clinton griped that “the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes.”

Many of these CEOs can only wish they were rewarded for their time as handsomely as Mrs. Clinton is. The expected 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has been paid as much as $300,000 per speech.

Supporters of Wednesday’s worker rallies are hoping that Mrs. Clinton will endorse their demand for a $15 minimum wage. That’s more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25. And for the sake of argument let’s assume that $15 per hour is what event staff were paid at the venues where Mrs. Clinton spoke. We’ll also assume about 90 minutes of her time for a speech plus a question-and-answer period. Mrs. Clinton’s fee in this scenario would be more than 13,000 times the earnings of the typical worker.

Not many CEOs can come close to scoring that high on the Hillary Ratio—the difference between the highest-paid worker and the typical worker in a given situation (or you could think of this as the gap between Clinton rhetoric and Clinton reality).

Mrs. Clinton said in her Sunday campaign video that the “deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” and she would know based on her taste for amenities and expenses along with her speaking fees. “She insists on staying in the ‘presidential suite’ of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote last August. “She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation—only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do.”

There’s one more way she and husband Bill have stacked the deck in their favor. The average worker—if she could even dream of pulling down $200,000 for an hour of work—would pay taxes on this income; Mrs. Clinton often doesn’t.

By routing speaking fees through their family’s foundation, the Clintons ensure that the money won’t be taxed before it is directed to support foundation travel, meals and promotional events, among other things. The highly compensated political influence peddlers at the top of the untaxed sector of the U.S. economy have found their champion.

Hillary: The Censor

Citizens United was about the right to criticize her.

By JAMES TARANTO, The Wall Street JournalApril 15, 2015

Protected speech—for now

“I think it’s fair to say that . . . the deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top,” declared Hillary Clinton in Monticello, Iowa, yesterday. She might have added: And that’s why it is clear even now that I am going to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

National Journal reports that Mrs. Clinton was “speaking to just 22 people.” That’s true if your definition of “person” excludes corporations—specifically media corporations—and their employees, for “those [22] Iowans were far outnumbered by the dozens of reporters who were bunched together behind a thin yellow rope at the back of the room”:

Bigger yet was the press crowd outside, where reporters who weren’t admitted to the event chased Clinton’s van when it first pulled up here, contributing to the feeling of a media circus surrounding the former secretary of State’s Iowa launch.

And quite a scene that was. “MSNBC’s Clinton beat reporter Alex Seitz-Wald heroically remained in place and on camera Tuesday afternoon as the rest of the political press corps chased Hillary Clinton’s so-called Scooby Van upon its arrival at a roundtable meet and greet in Iowa,” Mediaite reports. Continue reading