I’m all for setting up some reasonable, narrowly tailored restrictions to lessen the chance that a would-be terrorist will get his hands on a gun. But if we don’t talk urgently and seriously about dealing with the real and growing threat of Islamic terrorism on our shores–and the number of attacks is multiplying–then we’re not really serious about protecting people (gay, straight, or whatever).
By MAGGIE GALLAGHER
When in the course of human events you are separated from your fellow citizens by a set of deeply held beliefs about the nature of the good, and when the demand is placed on you to change your beliefs, decency requires that you put into words, as best you can, why you are not sorry for what you believe about human life, about sex, about marriage, and, yes, about God. You must explain why, even if they will declare culture war on you and eject you from the circle of human fellowship, you will not change.
While I don’t agree with every detail, this is a staggeringly beautiful piece.
This was going to be the Republicans’ year–and, after two terms of Barack Obama, it had to be. They had a roomful of solid, accomplished candidates, including governors, senators, and a businesswoman. They also expected to face Hillary Clinton, a corrupt, unlikable politician whose main claim to the Oval Office seemed to be that it was her turn.
Unfortunately, they also had Donald Trump, who for reasons known only to him, decided to run as a Republican. Trump was probably the only candidate who could conceivably lose to Clinton, who was the weakest Democrat in a generation. But Trump, for all his personal and professional deficiencies, had star power and an innate knack for exploiting a plurality of Republican voters’ desperate angst.
So Trump is the party’s candidate, and his narcissistic campaign already appears to be imploding. He has no money, no organization, and is fighting with party leaders. Hillary, meanwhile, is teeing up a killer ad campaign for the summer. By the time The Donald figures all this out, it will be over.
Instead of a real chance to set the ship of state aright, it looks like the country is heading straight for the progressive vortex. The lesson?
The kingdom of man, despite its all high towers and bright banners, will always crumble, eventually. The only lasting hope is the kingdom of God.
By DAVID FRENCH
We are now fully through the looking glass. A Muslim man walked into a gay nightclub and gunned down 49 men and women, most of them gay or lesbian. He paused in the middle of his massacre to call 911 and a local television station, making clear that he wanted the world to know he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. There are no dog whistles here. This is a textbook example of jihadism in action, plain and simple. Yet somehow, Omar Mateen’s massacre has put American Christians on the defensive.
I have a confession to make: I’m a Christian, and I don’t feel a bit guilty about the Orlando massacre by a Muslim terrorist. Yes, I feel sad and angry–but not guilty.
The Bible says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” If you have a wife who loves you and is committed to you and your family, do you know how incredibly blessed you are? Do you really? There are many lonely people who are better than you are who would love to be in your shoes.
No, she isn’t perfect–far from it … but neither are you. If you think you are being patient with her foibles and sins, remember that she is doing the same with you. In fact, she’s probably putting your meager efforts to shame. So be thankful, and tell her. Today.
And, as far as it depends on you, don’t even think of ending your marriage. If you tear apart your marriage, you’ll leave a gaping hole in your own soul. Your kids will never be able to look at you with the same respect.
Be a man, and lead. Work it out. The grass isn’t greener somewhere else. Rejoice in the woman God so graciously gave you, and do your best to live up to your responsibilities as the husband. Don’t depend on your feelings, but if you do what you can, don’t be surprised if the feelings start to come back.
We men need challenges. Fine; here’s yours. If you get everything else wrong in your life, get this one thing right. You know I’m right. Now do it.
— A friend.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, I’ll be able to tell my daughter that she can do anything in America and that nothing is off limits. You can win the White House even if you are a criminal with no real accomplishments after 30 years riding the political gravy train.
You go, girl!
As I’ve been saying, Christians need to pray for repentance, reformation, and revival in both church and state, and the horrific massacre in Orlando certainly bears this out. I recently started a Facebook page to facilitate daily prayer for revival.
I resolve to pray for a spiritual awakening across this very dark nation until it comes–or until God tells me to stop.
Who will join me?
Memo to progressives:
You seem to think Christians are the greatest threat to our society, but, trust me, if the Islamists ever get what they want, Christians (and Jews) will be first against the wall.
And you will be next.
— A Christian friend