Robert Knight

Curing the GOP’s infection

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By Robert Knight

March 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One of Bill Cosby's best-loved routines is "Tonsils."

Mr. Cosby relates how the doctor explained the need for surgery when he was a young boy. "Your tonsils guard your throat," the doc says. "They have hand grenades, bazookas and anything bad that comes into your mouth, they fight it off. In your case, your tonsils have lost the war. As a matter of fact, they've gone so far as to join the other side, and they're going to kill you...."

Watching the Republican Party establishment wage war on the Tea Party and social conservatives, it feels a lot like Mr. Cosby's scenario. If the GOP abandons its commitment to traditional values in pursuit of the ever-transient "youth vote," it will become the equivalent of infected tonsils. The party will cease to be an effective voice against moral and fiscal collapse, and will help facilitate America's demise.

More than 100 GOP establishment figures have joined a Supreme Court brief against California's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg observed, "at this point, the Republicans who signed the document are taking a more expansive stance than President Obama, who favors same-sex marriage but has said he would leave it to the states, as opposed to making it a constitutional right."

In the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord makes this observation in "GOP Elites and the Abolition of Marriage":

"It is fair to say that there are serious Republicans and conservatives out there who have zero problem with gays. Who, like myself, have their share of wonderful family members and friends who happen to be gay. But who nonetheless are very concerned that in this rush to political correctness, not to mention appealing for votes, the GOP elites who have signed this brief are oblivious to the idea that they are seen as signing not a Supreme Court brief-but a death warrant. The effective abolition of marriage in America."

The Republicans who signed the brief are infected tonsils. The Tea Party and other traditionalist Americans already suspect the GOP, as currently constituted, will not effectively resist the Democrats' relentless left-wing agenda. By failing to slow down the madness of Obamacare, gun control, out-of-control spending, unconstitutional appointments, bizarre nominees, unvetted "czars," and incentives for more illegal immigration, Republican leaders resemble worn-down speed bumps-in some cases, potholes.

Another case in point: On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed former White House chief of staff Jack Lew as Treasury secretary by 71-26. Mr. Lew epitomizes the "1 percent" that Mr. Obama has demagogued. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, summarized the absurdity: When Mr. Lew "worked at tax-exempt New York University, he was given a subsidized $1.4 million mortgage. Now, Mr. Lew claims he cannot remember the interest rate he paid. Does this pass the laugh test? When Mr. Lew was executive vice president of NYU, the school received kickbacks on student loans from Citigroup. Then, Mr. Lew went to work for Citigroup."

Mr. Obama has railed against investors dodging taxes in the Cayman Islands, but, "Mr. Lew is a serial Cayman Islands investor. On his watch, Citigroup invested money there, and he invested his own money there," noted Mr. Grassley, who voted no, unlike 20 GOP colleagues.

When something important happens, have you noticed that there's almost always a handy Republican or two who joins liberal Democrats to make it "bipartisan?"

John McCain and Lindsey Graham, despite all their thunder about Chuck Hagel being unqualified to be defense secretary, allowed a vote to confirm him rather than continue to filibuster his nomination. Four Republicans--Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Rand Paul of Kentucky--joined all 54 Democrats, plus Maine independent Angus King, in voting yes. 

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This, despite Mr. Hagel's disastrous hearing, anti-Israel record, naivete toward radical Islam, including a reluctance to back sanctions against Iran, and his support for nuclear disarmament. 

Last week, 87 House Republican tonsils, perhaps terrified of "war on women" rhetoric, helped Democrats reauthorize a Senate-expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a piggy bank for the left. As conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly notes, "VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the nearly a billion dollars a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations." 

Other developments, such as Obamacare's abortifacient mandate, are testing whether America will succumb to such extreme political correctness that it will extinguish the right of conscience. This assault on sanity and liberty could be blunted if the party of Abraham Lincoln found its voice. Too many in the GOP, however, are scared of the media or are listening to "conservative" pundits who tell them to be more like Democrats.

Despite winning every court case, the Boy Scouts are under enormous corporate pressure to commit suicide by allowing homosexual leaders and members. California Democratic State Sen. Ricardo Lara has introduced a bill to revoke the tax exemption of the Scouts and other youth groups that won't embrace San Francisco values.  

Where is the GOP when it comes to the Scouts? Largely silent, with honorable exceptions such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry. 

I'm hearing more and more people ask whether America is over. They say the moral rot and feckless "opposition" is landing us in a pit from which we will not escape because we no longer have the God-given values that sustained America through a civil war, a Depression and two world wars.

Pessimism to the point of paralysis is not the answer, despite the media's assurance that we're doomed to live in a socialist version of Sodom and Gomorrah. Thousands of Tea Parties all over America, plus a growing number of churches, are organizing and educating Americans about real constitutional rights. They will be a huge factor in the 2014 elections and beyond.

When the GOP is serious about regaining credibility, party leaders may want to attend some Tea Party meetings. Watching them work to save the country despite the betrayals by the infected tonsils, they could learn something about American character.

Robert Knight is a Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for the Washington Times, where this article first appeared.

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Parents say they’re now calling four-year-old son a girl

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OAKLAND, CA, July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- An Oakland, California, couple is giving their four-year old son the green light to identify as a girl.

Jack Carter Christian, the son of Mary Carter and James Christian, will now be known as “Jackie” and be allowed to dress and act as a little girl.

The family acknowledged they were already letting the boy wear his older sister’s dresses on a regular basis and also that he liked to wear pink boots. James Christian said he thought for a long time that it was a phase his son would get over.

Carter detailed in an NPR interview the conversation with her son that led to the decision to allow him to live as a girl.

“Jackie just looked really, really sad; sadder than a 3-and-a-half-year-old should look,” Carter said. “This weight that looked like it weighed more than she did, something she had to say and I didn’t know what that was.”

“So I asked. I said, ‘Jackie, are you sad that you’re not going to school today?’ And Jackie was really quiet and put her head down and said ‘No, I’m sad because I’m a boy.’”

Carter continued speaking about the details of the day she encouraged her son to act upon the emotion he’d expressed.

 “You’re really not happy being a boy?” Carter queried her son.

“I thought a little bit longer and I said, ‘Well, are you happy being you?’” said Carter. “And that made Jackie smile. And I felt like for that moment that was all that really mattered. That was ‘The Day. ”

It was then that Carter proceeded to a Walgreen’s drug store and purchase elastic hair bands picked out by her son to pull his hair into little ponytails, something that offered apparent satisfaction for mother and son.

“There she was, in these cast-off Little Mermaid pajamas and five pony tails that are sticking out of her head kind, of like twigs, and this smile on her face and I’ve never seen such a happy child,” Carter stated. “To go from maybe an hour before this, this child who looks so sad, to that- pure joy, just pure joy, right there.”

Carter and Christian are one of a number of couples turning up in media stories saying that their young children will no longer live life as their biological gender. The confusion they describe is a disorder classified by the American Psychological Association as gender dysphoria.

San Diego parents Jeff and Hillary Whittington appeared in late May with their six-year old daughter Ryland, who is identifying as a boy, at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Milk, the first openly homosexual candidate elected to office in San Francisco as City Commissioner, was also notorious for preying sexually upon underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys, and was murdered by a political rival in 1978.

Massachusetts couple Mimi and Joe Lemay have also decided to allow their five-year-old daughter Mia, now going by Jacob, to live as a transgender child, turning to NBC News with the specifics.

They said an April DailyMail.com report that it was “his” choice to become transgender, and also that they shared their story hoping to prove there is no such thing as “being too young” to identify as transgender.

“I realized he had never really been Mia,” Mimi Whittington said. “That had been a figment of my imagination.”

Author and public speaker Walt Heyer, who underwent sex reassignment surgery to become a woman and then later returned to living as a man, told the Daily Caller children cannot be born as one gender and identify as another by accident. He now performs outreach to those experiencing gender confusion.

“There’s a lot of questions here. Kids are not born transgender,” Heyer said. “Childhood developmental disorder that comes out of some event or series of events or abuse or neglect or trauma or overbearing mother or father or someone or a lot of times its sexual abuse.”

Heyer said the experience of having parents or caretakers entertain the idea of gender confusion is at issue and this is what happened to him.

“My grandmother kept cross-dressing me and loving on me as a girl and not as the boy God made,” he said.

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Utah man faked anti-gay ‘hate crimes’

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July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A Utah man who faked a series of anti-gay “hate crimes” may face charges after his actions were debunked by rural authorities.

Rick Jones said someone beat him, leaving facial and head bruising, and carved a homosexual slur in his arm, part of a series of staged attacks that spanned from April to June.

Jones, 21, told a local TV news station in June he believed he was being targeted because he was homosexual.

Jones is also implicated in spray-painting a slur on his family’s home, throwing a rock and a Molotov cocktail through his home’s window, spray-painting the family pizza business, and also breaking in and stealing $1,000 from the business.

The Millard County Sheriff’s office found discrepancies with evidence in the case and Jones ultimately admitted to perpetrating the harassment himself.

Jones could face charges of filing a false report and reckless burning.

His lawyer said the incidents were a cry for help geared toward the people close to Jones, and that Jones didn’t realize how much attention they would get.

Attorney Brett Tolman said that Jones has since begun treatment for mental health.

Tolman said his client did not have any criminal intent and praised the community’s response to the fake accusations, saying that the outpouring of support after the hate crime claims became public still was a good message.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was one who had publicly declared his support after the false accusations surfaced. Cox said Tuesday he’s relieved the allegations weren’t true, and expressed concern for Jones and his family.

Tolman also used the faked crimes as evidence that gays face discrimination.

“I think it’s such good evidence of the difficulties members of the gay community deal with,” said Tolman, “and some make better choices than others.”

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U.S. senator: Individuals don’t have religious freedom, just churches

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment applies only to churches, not to individuals, a U.S. senator said on national television recently.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI – the nation's first openly lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate – addressed the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision on June 27 on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki.

"Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married?” the host asked. “Where do you come down on that?"

Baldwin responded that the First Amendment gave Americans no right to exercise religion outside the sanctuary of their church, synagogue, or mosque.

“Certainly the First Amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. But I don’t think it extends far beyond that,” she said.

Sen. Baldwin then likened the issue to the Obama administration's contentious HHS mandate, requiring employers to furnish contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to female employees with no co-pay.

“We’ve certainly seen the set of arguments play out in issues such as access to contraception,” Baldwin said. “Should it be the individual pharmacist whose religious beliefs guides whether a prescription is filled, or in this context, they’re talking about expanding this far beyond our churches and synagogues to businesses and individuals across this country.”

“I think there are clear limits that have been set in other contexts, and we ought to abide by those in this new context across America.”

That view contrasts with a broad and deep body of law saying that individuals have the right to exercise their religion freely under the First Amendment, not merely to hold or teach their beliefs.

“At the Founding, as today, 'exercise' connoted action, not just internal belief,” wrote Thomas C. Berg, the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

That body of cases shows the First Amendment is an individual, not merely a corporate, right.

Further, the extent – and the constitutionality – of the HHS mandate is far from settled.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has won 28 injunctions against the ObamaCare regulation and lost six.

The most significant statement to date has been the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last June, when the justices ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations do, indeed, exercise conscience protections under the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"We reject HHS's arguments that the owners of the companies forfeited all RFRA protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprietorships or general partnerships," they added. "The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their business as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs."

However, the justices did not invoke the First Amendment's guarantee to freedom of religion – the “first freedom” that many say has been increasingly constricted under the Obama administration. The president rhetorically has spoken only of the “freedom of worship,” while conservatives say the “free exercise” clause grants Americans the right to practice their religion inside or outside church, in any relevant aspect of their lives, subject only to the most extreme provisions.

The RFRA holds that the government may not substantially burden any religious belief without having a compelling governmental interest.

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