In 2011, Evangelicals Protested GOProud at CPAC. Now They Are Silent about Milo Yiannopoulos at CPAC

In 2011, social conservatives -- mostly Christian groups -- complained about the presence of GOProud, a gay conservative group, at CPAC. Many socially conservative groups pulled out.Now, CPAC has scheduled Milo Yiannopoulos to speak. Yiannopoulos is a gay self-styled conservative who has spoken favorably of sex between young teens and adults. Thus far, (since Saturday), no major Christian or socially conservative group has come out against the speech, as far as I can determine.Individual … [Read more...]

Pressure Mounts on CPAC to Cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ Speech

The annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee is coming up next week. However, controversy has already arrived in the form of Milo Yiannopoulos. His invitation to speak at the conference is not sitting well with critics. The criticism of the invitation became especially hot after two videos surfaced of Yiannopoulos defending young teen-adult sex (as young as 13 as recorded in the interview). I am not going to embed the videos but you can listen for yourself here and here … [Read more...]

Do Evangelicals Leaders Still Care about Ukraine?

When Barack Obama was president, evangelicals and conservatives cared about Ukraine. They believed Obama was weak and unwilling to confront Vladimir Putin's expansionism into Ukraine.Now, evangelicals are largely silent about President Donald Trump's warm words toward Russia's leader and confusing rhetoric about Ukraine.An early signal of this shift was obvious at the GOP National Convention when Trump's supporters watered down a key pro-Ukraine plank in the party platform. I was told by … [Read more...]

Reagan Biographer Paul Kengor on Donald Trump v. Ronald Reagan

Recently, I asked my friend, colleague and Ronald Reagan biographer Paul Kengor to participate in a Q&A comparing Donald Trump with Ronald Reagan. It is my feeling that Reagan would not be welcome in today's GOP and that he would be especially troubled by the emergence of Trump.  Kengor agrees and will respond to questions early next week. However, in the mean time, Paul sent along a link to an article he penned for the American Spectator. I think it well-written and brings some valuable … [Read more...]

Paul Kengor: God Gets His Healthcare Bill

Note: The recent healthcare reform certainly is historic, in the sense that it most likely will be considered an important, perhaps defining, event in the Obama Presidency. Whatever eventually happens politically as a result, there are important elements of public discourse which marked the debate. One of those elements --religious rhetoric-- is the subject of Dr. Kengor's column.  God Gets His Healthcare BillBy Dr. Paul Kengor The most frustrating thing I’ve dealt with in profes … [Read more...]

Paul Kengor on President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech

My friend and Director of the Center for Vision and Values, Paul Kengor, wrote an analysis of President Obama's National Prayer Breakfast speech. As I listened to Obama's speech, I was distracted in a positive way by his reference to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. However, I also noted the President's references to civility and hope he means it as more than rhetoric. And like Paul, I loved the reference to the Imago Dei - seeing the Face of God in each other.God and Man at the National … [Read more...]

Message to Obama: We Were Greeted as Liberators

My friend and colleague, Paul Kengor, contributes these observations about Barack Obama's claim that American troops were not greeted as liberators, made again in last night's debate. I have friends who have been to Iraq and back as both soldiers and observers and they tell me that many citizens of Iraq view Americans positively and believe we have helped advance their freedoms. Thanks Paul for allowing me to post this article.--------------Message to Obama: We Were Greeted as … [Read more...]

Does abortion cancel a soul? Abortion specialist William Harrison on South Dakota's informed consent abortion law

Last week, the Eight Circuit court of appeals ruled that a South Dakota law which requires doctors to tell women seeking an abortion that "the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being" should be sent back to federal District Court to decide constitutionality. In the meantime, the state may begin enforcement of the law. According to an AP story, The court ruled on June 27that Planned Parenthood, which operates South Dakota's only abortion clinic in … [Read more...]