When Sen. Trent Lott remarked in 2002 that this country would have been better off had Sen. Strom Thurmond been elected president, the resulting outcry, caused by Thurmond's history of racism, was so loud that it cost Lott his leadership position in the Senate.
Washington Post and MSNBC journalist Jonathan Capehart has been getting himself into hot water lately. First Capehart, who is African-American, wrote a piece stating that the "Hands Up Don't Shoot" meme was dishonest, which brought him a boatload of criticism, much of which was flat-out racist. Then he wrote that Sigma Alpha Epsilon Levi Pettit's efforts to atone for participating in a racist chant "should be met with open minds and open hearts." That brought him more criticism. READ FULL ARTICLE »
As you probably know, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's signing of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has sparked an outcry about anti-gay discrimination on the left, including a #BoycottIndiana movement. But what does the law really do (and not do)? Douglas Laycock, a professor of law at the University of Virginia (who happens to support same-sex marriage), explains it here, reminding us that none other than Bill Clinton signed just such a law at the federal level. Here, David Harsanyi (who also supports SSM) goes a bit more into the "historically illiterate" mindset that allows leftists to conveniently forget their own stance on religious liberty issues whenever LGBT issues are throwin into the mix.READ FULL ARTICLE »
Change in language may be inevitable, but not all change is good. Dale O’Leary makes a powerful point to this effect in her essay “Don’t Say Gender When You Mean Sex” in Crisis. She takes serious issue with our culture’s blending of the words “gender” and “sex.”
"Originally, ‘sex’ was an inclusive term, which referred not only to the biological reality of male and female, but to everything it meant to be a man and a woman," O’Leary writes. “Gender,” on the other hand, was initially used to designate words, specifically nouns and adjectives. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Over at The Gospel Coalition,Jared C. Wilson shared a quote from John Piper about a phenomenon he calls "emotional blackmail." According to Piper, it's a big problem in the church, and one ministers need to deal with head-on. What do you all think? Have you encountered or (hopefully not) committed emotional blackmail?
Many years ago, I was part of a coalition of family groups that sought to revive the FCC's enforcement bureau from its long slumber. Millions—yes, millions—of indecency complaints had been logged by concerned citizens but were not being adjudicated by the FCC, whose role it is to enforce decency standards on the nation's broadcast airwaves. Oh, we had a handful of victories, such as a fine levied against Bono's unbleeped use of a word beginning with “F.” Yet for the most part, our efforts were unrewarded.
Sadly, I find little to cheer about in the FCC's most recent enforcement action against a Roanoke, Virginia station that aired hardcore pornographyduring a news segment. On the plus side, at least we've discovered a standard again for broadcast television. On the downside, there are still more than a million complaints left untouched and seemingly ignored. Many of these are concerned about content aired on television that is too vile to describe here. READ FULL ARTICLE »
A big part of my job as editor at BreakPoint is to scan the Web, watch the news, and read the papers. And although I don’t consider myself a hothead (maybe my colleagues could set me straight on that), it is not uncommon for me to read about the latest outrage, tragedy, nonsense, or stupidity, and react with anger. And it’s not good. It certainly isn’t healthy . . . for blood pressure, stress, family relationships (weird, but no one at home watches the news with me anymore).
I'm certain this title has showed up somewhere before, but I didn't bother Googling it to find out. The point, of course, isn't my (likely) unoriginal title but the "mammoth breakthrough" itself.
The Independent, The Sunday Times and a few other British papers are reporting that scientists at Harvard have successfully spliced several genes from frozen woolly mammoths into the living cells of an Asian elephant--supposedly the mammoth's closest living relative. It's being hailed as the first step in a journey toward cloning a living mammoth, thus bringing one of the most iconic of all extinct animals back to life.