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Robert Knight

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is a columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Columns by Robert Knight

Illustration: Family church by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: ACLU says father-daughter dance ‘contrary to federal law’

If you want to see what the new normal looks like when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) calls the shots, look no further than Cranston, R.I. That city of 80,000, the third-largest in the Ocean State, is at the epicenter of the ACLU's war on the normal. Published October 22, 2012

Illustration Obamaliar by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Buying Obama’s whoppers

You know it's bad when the president deputizes Big Bird as his thuggish surrogate. Aside from Big Bird's checkered past as a well-to-do federal welfare recipient, wouldn't Joe Biden or Oscar the Grouch put up a better fight? Published October 12, 2012

Illustration Voter IDs by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Suppressing the vote

During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations. Published September 28, 2012

Illustration: Free speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Appeasement trumps First Amendment

I was driving into Washington the other day when a radio clip of Hillary Rodham Clinton got my attention. The secretary of state was emoting hotly, using terms such as "disgusting" and "reprehensible." Published September 21, 2012

Illustration Obama's Constitution by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Trashing the Constitution

Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, so I compiled a non-exhaustive list of the ways Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. Published September 14, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

KNIGHT: Democratic convention presents the ‘new normal’

If the November election is solely about the economy, why did the Democrats boot God and Jerusalem from their platform at the Democratic National Convention only to panic and then rig a vote to put them back in? Published September 7, 2012

Floyd Lee Corkins

KNIGHT: Weighing ‘hate’ on uneven scales

When a man shot and wounded security guard Leo Johnson at the Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday morning, the shooter left little doubt why. Published August 17, 2012

Illustration West Ad by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Slinging mud from the Soptic tank

Public figures' records are fair game in political campaigns. It's not "mudslinging" unless it's untrue or employs "derogatory personal slurs," according to the Living Webster Dictionary. Published August 10, 2012

Illustration Targeting Values by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Liberals’ war on Boy Scouts, Chick-fil-A

Twelve years ago, Bryant Gumbel called me an (expletive) idiot on CBS' "The Early Show" for defending the Boy Scouts after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed their right to uphold moral standards for leaders and members. Published August 3, 2012

Illustration Marriage Cow by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: ‘Eat mor chikin’

Each day brings new evidence of the left's hatred for Christians and other traditionalists, but the smear campaign against Christian-owned Chick-fil-A sets a new low. Published July 27, 2012

Illustration: Voter ID by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan

At the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that Gopher State people aren't smart enough to be allowed to vote in November on whether to approve a voter photo ID constitutional amendment. Published July 20, 2012

Actor Andy Griffith sits in front of a bronze statue of Sheriff Andy Taylor and son Opie from "The Andy Griffith Show" after the unveiling ceremony in Raleigh, N.C., in October 2003. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

KNIGHT: Why Mayberry still resonates

"Americans loved, and still love, the notion of the small town as a manageable, non-threatening, friendly, finite community. ...The black-and-white world that Andy Griffith shaped so masterfully is there for our perusal from a distance, but it is not coming back either on television or anywhere else." - Ted Anthony, Associated Press Published July 6, 2012

Illustration Fire Door by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Court’s awful ruling taxes our patients

When is a tax not a tax? Answer: When you're busy pushing a major expansion of government like Obamacare. The tax that is not a tax becomes a "penalty" or a "shared responsibility payment" in the text of the bill. In campaign lingo, it becomes an "investment." Published June 29, 2012

Sally Quinn

KNIGHT: Media’s moral morass

The unabated moral confusion flowing through the media is stunning. It's so bad, you can't look away. But we should try. Published June 15, 2012

Illustration Millstone by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: ACLU friends sex offenders

Well, there they go again, carrying water for their army of odd men in raincoats. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana is suing to strike down a state law forbidding convicted sex offenders from using social media such as Facebook. Published June 14, 2012

** FILE ** Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, introduces a plan on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, to overhaul Medicare. The proposal would have the federal program competing with private plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

KNIGHT: Classless warfare fails in Wisconsin

Wouldn't it be awful if an important election hinged on some fat cats outspending the opposition? That was the liberals' excuse for the failure of Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to unseat Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall election. Published June 8, 2012