Are evangelicals responsible for Milo?

1806225034_50df5b8ba4_oHow did the gay, profane, iconoclastic Milo Yiannopoulos get to be a poster child for conservative Republicans?  Was this due to a surge of pro-gay tolerance?  Or have conservative Republicans lost their moral compass?Ben Howe, writing in the Atlantic, blames evangelicals, especially evangelical leaders who taught that Donald Trump’s moral failings should not prevent him from getting their followers’ support.  These evangelicals used to hold politicians to high moral standards.  But in their zeal to support Trump, they have become moral relativists, at least when it comes to politics.  If morality and politics have nothing to with each other, Milo presents no problem.Now the question is, will evangelicals and this new breed of Republicans take the next step of separating morality from government?  Have they already?

Consider Howe’s argument after the jump.  He is writing from an openly anti-Trump position.  I doubt that he would criticize Milo’s gayness.  I would think that he would laud the evangelical leaders who have been giving him a pass.  But does Howe have a point anyway?  Do you see an error in his reasoning?  Didn’t Milo get taken down by a moral reaction? [Read more…]

Trump on bathrooms, immigration enforcement

512px-US-border-noticePresident Trump keeps doing what he was elected to do, thereby sending his opponents into a frenzy.  He has rescinded Barack Obama’s rule mandating that transgender students must be allowed to go to the bathroom of their chosen gender, rather than their biological sex.  And he has started enforcing immigration laws.

So far he is only following Obama’s policy of deporting resident illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.  But if border control officials catch new arrivals, define as being here for less than two years, they must be sent back immediately.  Trump has ended the “catch and release” policy, in which illegal immigrants caught crossing the border are released, pending a court date, which hardly any one bothers to attend.  Instead, they will be put in jail or detention camps until their hearings.

These new policies follow existing law, which, however, has seldom been enforced over the last few years.  But pro-immigrant groups are outraged, calling the measures a preparation for mass deportations.

As for transgender bathrooms, the Trump administration is turning the issue over to the states.

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Pluto might get promoted back to “planet”

Nh-pluto-in-true-color_2x_JPEG-edit-frameThe recent space probe to Pluto revealed it to be no mere frozen rock but a complex world.  Now NASA scientists involved with that project are proposing a new definition of “planet” that would restore Pluto to its former planetary status.

Possible problems:  The new definition would also make the Earth’s moon a planet.  Also 110 other celestial bodies in our solar system.

But read the reasoning after the jump. [Read more…]

Do foreigners have constitutional rights?

constitution-1486010_640The Supreme Court has taken up a case that will decide whether or not foreigners–even those outside of American soil–have constitutional rights.

On the one hand, how could they?  Non-citizens cannot have the same privileges as citizens.  Foreigners in this country will be treated according to this country’s laws, which means no one will be allowed to mistreat them.  But how can a nation’s laws be applied outside its borders?

On the other hand, doesn’t the Declaration of Independence say that human rights are universal?  They are “inalienable,” not granted by a government but “endowed” by God.

The case, Hernández v. Mesa, has to do with a border control agent shooting a rock-throwing teenager who was on the Mexican side of the border.

So what do you think?  Do foreigners have constitutional rights?  Is there a difference between constitutional rights and human rights?  Explain. [Read more…]

The fall of the gay right-winger

Milo_Yiannopoulos,_Journalist,_Broadcaster_and_Entrepreneur-1441_(8961808556)_croppedConservatives used to have moral qualms about homosexuality, but Milo Yiannopoulos had become a right wing celebrity.  A strong supporter of Donald Trump and defender of the alt.right, Yiannopoulos enflamed college campuses with politically-incorrect mockery of feminists, leftists, and speech codes.

The militantly gay Yiannapoulos was an editor for Breitbart News and was invited to give a keynote address at CPAC, the big conference and pep rally for conservative activists.

But a tape turned up in which Yiannapoulos defended sex between adult men and 13-year-old “boys.”  He later insisted that he was opposed to pedophilia, but in the tape he defines pedophilia as sex with young children.  He considers sex with adolescents who have reached puberty as fair game.  (The law doesn’t consider it that way.)

So CPAC cancelled his appearance, his publisher cancelled a book deal, and he has resigned from Breitbart.

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Parents who regret having children

8667992858_ef623594a5_zA new category of victims has emerged in feminist and other progressive circles:  “regretful parents.”  These are mothers and fathers (but mostly mothers) who are coming out about regretting that they had children.

This “breaking of a taboo” against admitting the feeling seems related to the attempt to normalize abortion.  Not wanting a child is portrayed as valid and liberating, even after the child is born.

Ironically, regretful parents insist that they still love the child.  Even as they wish that he or she didn’t exist.

As Alexandra DeSanctis points out, this movement shows profound confusion about parenthood, love, and life in general.  As if “having a child is valuable only as long as it is rewarding.”

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