Category Archives: Media & Politics

Ben Carson’s Sharia “Slip”

I have just a short comment on Ben Carson’s recent flap over his statement that in essence a Muslim should not occupy the White House.  To begin, his comment was ripped out of context.  He had argued that a Muslim who supported Sharia Law would not be fir for president.  But in addition, he attempted to clarify his remarks on Monday: “If someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of… Continue Reading ››

Ben Carson: World Renowned Surgeon or Ignorant Rube?

Dr. Ben Carson is not your typical presidential candidate.   The fact that Donald Trump and Carson are well ahead of the pack in the Republican primary battle suggests that American are pining for a non-traditional candidate to support.  Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who, in 1987, became the first doctor to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the head.  He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some 38 honorary doctorates, numerous national merit citations, and was elected… Continue Reading ››

Why did he do it? The media say we may never know why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed four marines

And its true; we may never know.  But this is not hard, and we can be reasonably confident what the motive was–at least what the most likely motive was.  It’s the same motive that drives many people, on many different issues.  This includes most young people that currently support same-sex marriage, as well as Christian youth at CU:  we all want to be part of a cause that is bigger than ourselves. This can be a tremendously healthy thing; young… Continue Reading ››

Academics Weigh in on AP US History Controversy

Over 55 historians recently signed a letter expressing their dissent to the new Framework established by the College Board for AP US History courses all across the country.  Over 460,000 students took the AP US History exam in 2014.  Each summer, hundreds of AP US History teachers and college professors meet together to grade these exams.  I did this myself for five years in the late 1990s and sporadically until 2007.  There is nothing quite like grading essay exams for… Continue Reading ››

Confusion about the Constitution

I am sure our readers have been keeping up with the latest Islamic radicalism issue—the attempted terrorism in Garland, Texas at a Muhammed drawing contest.  The two terrorists were killed by police.  The featured participant and sponsor, Pamela Geller, was unharmed.  She had organized the event in order to promote free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacres in France.  Now it seems Ms. Geller is getting flak from the predictable quarters.  Muslim activists and imams are attacking… Continue Reading ››

Hooray for Bill & Hillary Clinton! So says Kevin DeYoung over on Gospel Coalition

I have to agree with him; Mr. & Mrs. Clinton have both spoken eloquently in defending the importance of faith and marriage between one man and one woman.  Unfortunately my previous sentence was written in past tense.  Is this not the ultimate flip-flop, finger in the wind approach to leadership?  Mr. DeYoung’s summary point of several quotes is this: So to summarize from the speeches made by Senator Clinton and President Clinton: Marriage is a sacred bond between a man… Continue Reading ››

Ted Cruz, Rights and the Media

Looks like the Media—short for Mainstream Media or MSM—are at it again, this time getting hot and bothered over Ted Cruz’s speechifying about our God-given rights, exceptionalism, and all that.  The so-called “God-made” Constitution left several of the MSM hooting with ridicule.  Their reaction of course was (predictably) to say that the Constitution and the Declaration were both written by humans, men to be precise.  The rights mentioned in them therefore were man-made.  Now let’s take a closer look at… Continue Reading ››

“True” War Stories at NBC News

New York Magazine has a superb piece on the recent chaos at NBC News. While there is little new information, the narrative’s clarity puts many pieces together. In short, trouble at NBC started well before Brian Williams forgot how to tell the truth. Deborah Turness (NBC News President), Patricia Fili-Krushel (NBC News Chair) and Steve Burke (NBC Universal CEO) are at the center of an extended effort to strengthen NBC’s ratings within the news division, chiefly by tackling and reconfiguring… Continue Reading ››

When are Non-Terrorists Terrorists

It has been reported that the Department of Homeland Security issued a paper urging its employees to be on the look-out for “right-wing extremists (Washington Times, February 21, 2015).  CNN, which originally mentioned the report, quoted an administration official: “’I don’t think it’s fair to say the (White House) conference didn’t address this at all,” an administration official said, adding that the president addresses the need to combat “violent ideologies” of all types,’ CNN reported.”  Apparently, the Obama administration believes domestic right-wing… Continue Reading ››

The Summit That Was Not

I listened to part of President Obama’s closing speech at the “Anti-extremism Summit” today.  And I have read what his associates have said about terrorism, particularly in the context of the ISIS threat.  I have reached a conclusion about the president, after hearing and reading his words.  But first, what did he say today (February 19, 2015 and in days prior)?  He said first that terrorism is not real Islam, not “representative of Islam.”  He said (and others like Secretary… Continue Reading ››