Month: August 2015

Auburn University should sue the anti-religious zealots harassing its students

A small Wisconsin-based organization of atheists sent a letter to Auburn University this month demanding that it abolish the football team’s chaplaincy position, and threatening a lawsuit if the school doesn’t.“Chaplains are given access to the team as a means for coaches to impose religion, usually Christianity, on their players,” reads the letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “Under the circumstances, the chaplain’s actions are attributable to the university and those actions are unconstitutional.”Auburn quickly released a brief statement explaining that having a team chaplain is quite normal and that he “isn’t an Auburn employee, and participation in activities he leads are voluntary.”Rather than going on the defensive, the board of trustees should show these anti-religious zealots what happens when you grab an Auburn tiger by its tail. They should fire off their own letter threatening the group’s officers with lawsuits if they don’t cease their campaign of harassment and intimidation that’s clearly aimed at “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion on campus. Americans are tired of being bullied by a handful of leftists, whose impact on our society far exceeds their size, any actual grievance, or any legal leg they have to stand upon. Instead of our public officials folding like cheap suits whenever these nuts mail a letter, we should start pushing back and protecting our rights. As the old football saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. Besides, we’re on solid constitutional ground, and it’s about time we started acting like we were. Our…

What can we do about abortion? Raise pro-life children.

As our nation’s abortionists brace for the next video exposing the Nazi-like horror that is Planned Parenthood, the prolife community anxiously awaits confirmation that the revelations are having a major impact on our nation’s collective conscience.“How could they not?” we ask ourselves. The videos show people sifting through mutilated limbs and organs of unborn babies, and then haggling over their quality and price as the slave traders did in centuries past.Sadly, however, no major change in our collective conscience is coming anytime soon. “The ‘sting’ video that surfaced last month of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the use of aborted fetal organs for medical research seems to have had relatively little impact either on views of abortion or of Planned Parenthood in general,” according to a YouGov survey taken after the videos were released. “Half the public retains positive impressions of the organization, though negative views have risen,” from 30 to 36 percent. Only a six percent shift? How can Americans become aware of what’s happening inside Planned Parenthood’s killing rooms without their opinions significantly changing?The answer partly lies in the values that were instilled in pro-choice supporters during their formative years. Maybe they were taught that an unborn child is just a lifeless clump of cells, as is often claimed, or that a baby isn’t really alive until it’s born. Maybe they were raised to think abortion was a form of birth control, and that unwed mothers shouldn’t be “punished with a baby,” as President Barrack Obama once infamously…

Ted Cruz will win in places like Alabama

When the junior senator from Texas announced that he was running for president last March, I used these pages to write that, “Ted Cruz could win in places like Alabama.”That opinion was based upon Cruz's unapologetic advocacy and defense of the conservative principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free markets, and his sincere desire to see those principles form the foundation for a massive shift in American governance.Five months into his campaign, however, I feel that my earlier statement must be revised: Ted Cruz will win in places like Alabama, and perhaps in even less conservative states.That prediction is based upon his impressive performance in the crowded primary thus far.First, Cruz raised more hard money in the last reporting cycle than any of his competitors – even more than Jeb Bush who is backed by the establishment’s money machine. This is a crucial indicator because, as we have learned, in this age money is indeed speech, and donating to a candidate is essentially “early voting” it is most truthful and practical form.Moreover, Cruz's cash was raised in small amounts from many individual donors, a clear sign of deep and wide support cross the nation. Usually, when a candidate claims that they’ve raised more individual donations and in small amounts, it’s meant to highlight their grassroots support and downplay the fact that they’re not raising large sums of money. Cruz is turning that typical formula on its head. He’s getting more individual contributions, in smaller amounts, and still raising the…

What can we do about abortion? First, Pray.

In the wake of videos showing abortionists haggling over prices for lungs, livers, and hearts harvested from unborn babies they’ve killed, many pro-life Americans are asking themselves: “Is there anything we can ever do to end this horror?”It’s a good question, because our goal appears daunting in light of a horrifying truth: America is a nation that values abortion.Don’t think so? Consider these facts:Nearly one in every three Americans (29-percent) believes abortion should be legal in any circumstance, and two in four (51-percent) believe it should be legal in at least some circumstances, according to Gallup. That combines to 80-percent who think abortion should remain legal in some form.Gallup’s annual survey also showed the number of pro-choice Americans has risen from 41-percent in 2013 to 50-percent today, while those identifying as pro-life has dropped from 51-percent in 2009 to 44-percent this year. Those seemingly contradictory numbers – 80-percent support abortion while only 50-percent are pro-choice – indicates that there are many who believe unborn babies are indeed alive, but don’t necessarily believe all of them have a rightto life. Meanwhile, according to data assembled from the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute and others, the site numberofabortions.com estimates that more than 644,000 abortions have already happened this year in America, with nearly 31,000 of them occurring after 16-weeks in the womb. On the evening that I typed this column, the day had already seen more than 2,600 abortions. Adding to those sobering statistics is the fact that the Democrat Party, which Gallup says…

History will condemn our inaction on abortion

As the Allied forces marched across Europe in 1945, our troops were shocked upon discovering the concentration camps. Our boys had seen killing, but nothing like that. The camps were death factories, where millions were slaughtered with assembly-line efficiency. Holding pens. Gas chambers. Ovens. And in a particularly ghoulish touch, piles of the remnants the Nazis found useful: shoes, eyeglasses.When Allied commanders demanded explanations from locals (camp overseers had fled), they either claimed ignorance or said they were only following their government’s laws. Generals like George Patton would hear none of it. Obedience to an unjust law, or ignorance of its true effect, is no excuse for inaction. He marched the townspeople through the camps and forced them to witness – to see, to smell – the holocaust that had been happening on a daily basis only a few miles from their homes. In a different way, Americans were marched through our own death factories in recent days as we learned about a series of videos released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. The recordings exposed how Planned Parenthood sells organs harvested from murdered babies.“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver,” said Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood abortionist. “So I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”Mary Gattner, another Planned Parenthood official, offered to use a “less crunchy technique” when pulling the dead baby from its mother’s womb. She then joked about…