Weekly Wrap-Up 2.10.17

The travel ban falls. . . for now The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Trump administration’s halt on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries saying that the administration had not proven the threat to national security. While there are points to be made on both sides of this issue which will likely be…

Free Speech For All, Or Free Speech For None

The images from the campus of UC Berkeley were shocking. Young people dressed completely in black causing more than $100,000 in damage to the campus and surrounding businesses. The cause? A protest, apparently highjacked by a few, over the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak by a student group. Berkeley has long been the seedbed…

The Image of God and the Death Penalty

The verdict was not surprising. From the beginning, there wasn’t any question about whether or not he was guilty. Dylann Roof, the gunman who entered the Emanuel AME Church and shot African American church members during a Wednesday evening prayer meeting, had confessed to the crime and, chillingly, showed no remorse. As the jury returned…

BuzzFeed and Post-Truth Journalism

The headline in the New York Times not only told the story, but it also raised a good many eyebrows: BuzzFeed Posts Unverified Claims on Trump, Stirring Debate. BuzzFeed, a somewhat-news-more-entertainment website leaning far to the left, pushed the boundaries of journalistic ethics by publishing a dossier detailing allegations of ties between the Russian government…

Aleppo and the Injustice of Civilian Casualties

Aleppo has fallen, and in its wake, one of the greatest atrocities of our time is coming to light. Pro-Assad forces took control of the city and did so ruthlessly. The United Nations reported “summary killings” by those forces and has accused the Assad regime of war crimes. America’s ambassador to the UN asked those…

Question the Numbers

Perhaps the greatest professional failure of the past ten years came when pollsters almost unanimously assured America that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election by a landslide. The profession suffered a terrible blow to its credibility, but that doesn’t mean news outlets won’t inundate us with more numbers and more statistics. It does highlight…

Weekly Wrap-Up 12/1

Cultural Heresy Chip and Joanna Gaines found themselves in hot water because they attend a church that holds to historic Christian teaching. BuzzzFeed ran a hit piece  against the couple trying to force the couple into capitulation. A slightly more credible news outlet, the Washington Post, noted the danger that this type of journalism poses. Here…

It Has Happened Again

It has happened again. A new place, with new victims, and a new perpetrator. Unfortunately, we aren’t surprised. What is even sadder, we may have lost the ability to be surprised. We are not surprised that man used his car and a knife as weapons against innocent people. The fact that ambulances transported ten people…