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Blackstone Fellowship . . . Prepares Law Students To Reform Lawless System

July 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Blackstone Fellowship . . . Prepares Law Students To Reform Lawless System

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “Blackstone is not a think tank, it’s a do tank,” speaker Jeffery Ventrella, Ph.D., told Christian law students at an afternoon session of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship here, which has grown steadily in scope and participation since it began in 2000. The students’ goal is to impact and restore the legal system to sound, clearly understood moral principles instead of arbitrary declarations from legal activists who impose decisions based on their personal preferences. Attorney Ventrella is senior counsel and senior vice president of student training and development at the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which advocates for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and the family. Blackstone is an ADF ministry.

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on HHS mandate in 5-4 decision

June 30, 2014 Frontpage, World News Comments Off on Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on HHS mandate in 5-4 decision

Ben Johnson Mon Jun 30, 2014 – 10:01 am ESTUpdated on June 20 at 1:34 p.m. EST.WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning the U.S. Supreme Court decided closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be compelled to furnish potentially abortion-inducing drugs to their employees by a 5-4 decision. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) allows for closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby to maintain their religious outlook and still do business, the majority ruled in a 49-page opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The law holds that government may only impose a mandate that burdens religious business owners’ consciences if the government has a compelling interest in doing so and uses the least invasive means possible. “We must next ask…Continue Reading

But Cloward-Piven In Background . . . Obama’s “Child Migrant” Border Strategy Backfires Badly

June 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on But Cloward-Piven In Background . . . Obama’s “Child Migrant” Border Strategy Backfires Badly

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The Bible is clear about requirements to extend mercy and compassion to neighbors and strangers. Less remarked upon these days, it seems, are other clear lessons about the need to be faithful stewards for the Lord. The Parable of the Talents dramatically illustrates God’s expectation that people will develop what they have been given (Matthew, Luke). In that parable, the harsh master celebrates and rewards his servants who productively, creatively invested the money he loaned them. But he severely punishes the listless servant who merely hands back the original amount he received, even though this servant vainly tries to excuse himself by saying he feared the wrath of the master. When each of us faces…Continue Reading

Make Congress Vote On War

June 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Make Congress Vote On War

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With the Islamic warriors of ISIS having captured all the border posts between Iraq, Syria, and Jordan, we may be witnessing the end of Sykes-Picot. That was the secret 1916 treaty by which the British and French carved up the Ottoman Empire, with the Brits taking Transjordan and Iraq, and the French Syria and Lebanon. Sykes-Picot stuck in the craw of Osama bin Laden. Now his most fanatical followers have given him a posthumous triumph. President Obama said over the June 21 weekend that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seeks to create a caliphate out of the Sunni lands of Syria and Iraq it occupies, poses a threat to the United States.…Continue Reading

An Accusation Is Not A Conviction

June 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on An Accusation Is Not A Conviction

By DONALD DeMARCO An accusation is not a conviction any more than a hypothesis is a proof, or being a suspect is the same as being a criminal. This notion is indispensable for the carrying out of justice. It is associated with the use of words which can range from reckless name-calling to naming something rightly. Thus, we can sin against justice by using words unjustly. This point was brought to my attention recently when I read a response to an article I had posted on the Internet. In my article, I had said that whereas language should unify people by directing them to a common reality, words are now often used in a way reminiscent of the linguistic confusion…Continue Reading

A Protestant Views The Filioque

June 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Protestant Views The Filioque

By JAMES LIKOUDIS A recent article in Christianity Today (January-February 2014) by a Protestant of Lebanese descent, Bradley Nassif, a professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University in Chicago, attracts attention to one of the major historical and dogmatic differences between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, namely whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone (as the separated Orthodox hold) or from the Father and the Son (as Catholics believe with their inclusion of the word “Filioque” [“and the Son”] in the Latin text of the Creed). Over a thousand years of theological controversy regarding the orthodoxy of the “Filioque” has served to embitter relations between Catholics and Orthodox to this very day…Continue Reading

America Is Falling Behind In Human Rights

June 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on America Is Falling Behind In Human Rights

By DONALD DeMARCO The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), established in 2006, is a confederation of national trade union centers, each of which links the trade unions of that particular country. It has 325 affiliated organizations in 161 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 176 million people. The ITUC has specialized offices in a number of countries around the world, and has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ITUC is an international watchdog that is primarily concerned with the rights of workers. It operates under the principle that when workers enjoy the freedom of a collective voice and can bargain for safe workplaces, fair wages, and conditions…Continue Reading

No Intervention In Iraqi Civil War Without Congressional Authorization

June 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on No Intervention In Iraqi Civil War Without Congressional Authorization

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) +    +    + On January 12, 1991, with 370,000 U.S. troops already deployed near Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, and a UN deadline for Saddam Hussein to withdraw from that country only three days away, the U.S. Congress voted on whether to authorize President George H.W. Bush to use force to reverse Iraq’s annexation of its neighbor. The Senate voted 52 to 47 for war — with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa among those voting no and Democratic Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee among those voting yes. The House voted 250 to 183 for war — with three…Continue Reading

San Francisco Archbishop . . . Stands Up Against Pols Who Urge Him To Deny Marriage Truth

June 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on San Francisco Archbishop . . . Stands Up Against Pols Who Urge Him To Deny Marriage Truth

By DEXTER DUGGAN Aggressive “new morality” politicians like Nancy Pelosi who claim to be faithful Catholics may have been surprised when San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wouldn’t let them bully him out of participating in a June pro-marriage rally in Washington, D.C. When Pelosi and kindred spirits recently tried to hector Cordileone away from standing up for historic marriage, the archbishop, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, replied strongly in a June 16 letter. Noting the pressures being used against defenders of traditional, historic marriage, Cordileone wrote: “Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and…Continue Reading

Liberal Media Bias: Exhibit A, Hillary Clinton

June 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberal Media Bias: Exhibit A, Hillary Clinton

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK “Liberal media bias”: It is one of the most frequently used expressions of our time. Conservatives maintain it is real and a frequent occurrence, a fact of life. Liberals deny its existence, insisting that journalists are professional and dedicated to the pursuit of the truth, wherever it leads them. Recent weeks have given us an example of why the conservatives are right on this one, an example of how liberals in the media can shape the public’s view of an issue without actually lying. I have in mind the media’s reaction to Monica Lewinsky’s June Vanity Fair article about what happened with President Clinton and her between 1995 and 1997. The media are circling the wagons,…Continue Reading