Ban Russia from the Olympics?

An arbitration court confirmed that Russia’s track and field team, which was caught in a major doping and cover-up scandal, can be banned from the Olympics.  The ruling also opened the door to banning the entire Russian delegation, if the International Olympics Committee so decides.

Do you think Russia should be banned from the competition? [Read more…]

Mrs. Trump lifts from Mrs. Obama’s speech

In her speech before the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump lifted, without attribution, passages from Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2008!

Compare what was said after the jump.  (I don’t blame Mrs. Trump.  I blame whoever wrote her speech.  This is another yet blot on Trump’s campaign staff.) [Read more…]

Trump “is the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history”

Jim Hoft, founder of the Gateway Pundit, a leading conservative blog, has come out publicly as gay.  That was his response to liberals’ defense of Islam after the Orlando shootings.  He believes that Donald Trump, with his tough stance against ISIS and Islamic immigrants and his long-time friendly relationship to gays and their causes, is the best choice for LGBT voters, many of whom (20% according to the latest poll) are rallying to the Trump banner.

Trump’s gay supporters are staging a party at the Republican convention designed to highlight the man who, according to one gay activist, is “the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history.” [Read more…]

The Weimar problem

From George Will:

“Every republic,” writes Charles Kesler, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, “eventually faces what might be called the Weimar problem.” It arrives when a nation’s civic culture has become so debased that the nation no longer has “the virtues necessary to sustain republican government.”

Read my comments and questions after the jump.

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New study of Americans’ moral beliefs

Gallup has released a new study of Americans’ moral beliefs, and it’s full of surprises and good-news/bad-news.  Acceptance of abortion (43%) , same sex relations (60%), stem-cell research on human embryos (60%), and physician assisted suicide (53%) is actually down from last year.  Though a majority still narrowly support suicide by doctor, only 18% consider suicide in general to be a moral option.  While 67% believe that sex between unmarried men and women is moral, only 37% think it’s OK for teenagers to have sex, and only 10% believe marital affairs are acceptable.  And only 34% believe in the morality of pornography.

After the jump, a discussion on how stable Americans’ moral attitudes have been, despite the public policy changes. [Read more…]

Turning pride from a sin to a virtue

An LGBTQ theologian, apparently thinking of “gay pride” parades, wants Christianity to change its teaching that pride is a sin and turn it instead into a virtue.

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