- - Monday, May 23, 2016

1| Christianity: An Antidote to Tyranny |by Clifford Staples Crisis Magazine

Like all modern tyrants, Karl Marx hated religion, Christianity in particular, because he understood that it was going to be very difficult if not impossible to get men to follow him so long as they continued to follow Jesus Christ, and so the first thing an aspiring tyrant in the middle of Christian Europe needed to do was to uproot and destroy Christianity. With Christ dwelling in the hearts of men there was no room for the atheist humanism that Marx and others were proposing as an alternative. But without God men could be convinced to believe anything, even Marxism.

Karol Józef Wojtyła understood this too. And he also understood that as long as the Christians of Poland, and Eastern Europe, and everywhere else, continued to follow Christ they would endure and outlast any and all tyrannies, Marxist or otherwise. As atheist humanism takes root in American culture and anti-Christian tyrants emerge from among the rich and powerful, we should pray to St. Pope John Paul II for help and guidance. He knew what was happening then in Poland and he knows the same trouble is headed to America.

2|  Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister, seeks federal ban on anti-transgender speech |Washington Times

***Looks to criminalize speech. How could this possibly not apply to sermons and religious instruction?

“Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love,” Mr. Trudeau said. “This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination,” a summary of the bill reads, The Blaze reported. “The enactment also amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression and to clearly set out that evidence that an offense was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance that a court must take into consideration when it imposes a sentence.”

3| Donald Trump To Headline Big Evangelical Event, by David Brody

Donald Trump will give a big speech to a large group of conservative Christians on June 10th in Washington DC. He’ll headline the Faith and Freedom’s Road To Majority Conference. Influential evangelical Ralph Reed organizes the annual event.

This will be an opportunity for Trump to try and convince skeptical evangelicals to get on board the, “Trump Train.” He still has work to do despite a good showing with evangelicals during the primaries.

4| Trump Looks to Evangelicals for Financial Boost |Bloomberg Politics

Burns is convinced that Trump’s ability to tap into evangelical cash will be less challenging than more traditional socially conservative donors suggests. “He’s tapping into a new wave of evangelical leaders that quite honestly the Cruz evangelical donors have ignored for years,” said Burns. “We’re ready to be part of the political process.” And while some in more traditional Christian circles have questioned Trump’s authenticity to evangelicals, Burns said he witnesses “Mr. Trump’s personal and professional connection to his faith at every rally where I introduce him.”

5| Maggie Gallagher: Conservatism: Middle-Class Appeal Is Needed

Now seems a good moment to pause and review what conservatives have been trying to accomplish through engagement in politics — what has worked and what hasn’t.

In the 1980s, conservatives slashed tax rates, strengthened the pro-child features of the tax code, tamed runaway stagflation in conjunction with the Fed, defeated Communism, and restored worldwide faith in the power of markets. That was quite a decade.

In the 1990s, we passed a symbolic ban on late-term abortions and reformed welfare to emphasize work. Much less impressive.

But better than the aughts. I am having a hard time thinking of a single conservative achievement in the last 16 years, except that this was the decade in which we figured out how to appoint constitutionalists to the Court who would not drift relentlessly leftward. We pinned our hopes on defeating the bad guys by going to war. But it is the nature of any war on terrorism that it is a war that can never be won. There will be bad guys with razor blades. Or guns. Or fertilizer bombs. And it is not the kind of existential threat Ronald Reagan faced down: an internationally aggressive Communist empire with tanks and nuclear weapons aimed at us.

…The key to the next conservative movement is to identify the reason the average American worker hasn’t gotten a pay raise in the last 16 years.



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