DePaul University President Calls Pro-Life Message “Bigotry”

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At DePaul University in Chicago, it is now impossible to be both pro-life and pro-black lives — at least according the university’s president.

Last week, Fr. Dennis Holtschneider silenced the DePaul College Republicans, halting use of their proposed “Unborn Lives Matter” campaign on campus. In a letter explaining his decision, Holtschneider claimed, “Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values. When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community to be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech.” He went on to describe the advertising campaign as “[s]peech whose primary purpose is to wound” and called it “inconsistent with our Vincentian and Catholic values.”

Holtschneider may have believed these words when he wrote them, but his accusation rests on a baseless assumption of malicious intent on the part of the College Republicans. The poster blocked by the University merely imitates a well-known, popular phrasing of a powerful message, and one that the university had a chance, and perhaps even an obligation, to promote as an avenue for unity. Is it really so difficult to consider that the group’s reappropriation of “Black Lives Matter” is more akin to others’ reappropriation of the British mantra “Keep Calm and Carry On,” for example, than it is to mocking the rallying cry of a movement seeking justice and equality for African Americans?

Furthermore, when it comes to protecting and defending black lives, it can be argued quite compellingly that the pro-life movement is at the forefront. Continue Reading

Why I Can’t Stand CNN

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I have written about why I can’t stand GOP operatives and why I can’t stand the mainstream media. Now I want to get more specific and name names. Here’s why I can’t stand CNN.

On Saturday, CNN ran a headline: “Donald Trump Dredges Up Clinton’s Use of ‘Super Predators’” Really? “Dredges Up”?

What a difference a few months can make. Back in April, CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments to Bernie Sanders, all but begging for Sanders to go on the attack. Sanders declined, “Sorry, Jake, not gonna go there,” although he did eventually relent, “I think it had race connotations.”

Both Tapper and Trump have a point in “dredging up” these comments. Watch this clip of Hillary Clinton speaking on the campaign trail in 1996 for her husband, President Bill Clinton. The money quote comes at 0:58:

We also have to have an organized effort against gangs, just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on. They’re often connected to big drug cartels, they’re not just gangs of kids anymore. They’re often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel…

“Super-predators”? “These people”? “Bring them to heel”?

Imagine Donald Trump saying any of these things. The media — and especially CNN — would insist on weeks of coverage. Continue Reading

Pro-Black, Pro-Police Reforms that Conservatives Should Get Behind

I’m pro–Second Amendment. I’m pro–law enforcement. And I’m pro-black. After the deaths of two black men at the hands of police last week, and the subsequent spate of deadly ambushes on police officers in at least four states (including a non-fatal ambush less than a mile from my home), far too many extremists on the left and right have acted as if these are opposing positions. They have seized on the violence to fan the flames of resentment.

The far Left tells people like me that in order to be pro-black, we need to support gun control and be wary of praising law enforcement. The far Right tells people like me that in order to be pro–law enforcement, we need to condemn Black Lives Matter and President Obama, and avoid criticizing police misconduct.

Neither path will stop the madness.

To heal America’s racial wounds, ease the escalating tensions, and end the violence, conservatives must lead the way on reforms that are both pro-black and pro–law enforcement, and do not entail curbing Second Amendment rights. These are reforms that have been promoted by many conservative intellectuals and elected officials, and should garner bipartisan support. There are no panaceas for the evil that runs through the human heart, but there are positive steps still to be taken:

1. End for-profit policing and reform civil-asset forfeiture

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Read the full article at National Review.

Shamed Dogan, husband and father, is a Republican State Representative from Ballwin, Missouri. Continue Reading

How Can We Move Forward After the Killings in Dallas?

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As if God wanted us to pay attention, we’ve seen in the past three days the whole crisis of race and policing recapitulated in three separate incidents.

Last night in Dallas, five cops were murdered. A CNN headline read, “Dallas Shooting Is Deadliest Attack for Police Officers Since 9/11.”

A few days earlier in Baton Rouge, an armed man was killed by police outside a convenience store after resisting arrest. The Washington Post reports the cell-phone video coverage this way:

The cellphone video of the incident began with police standing a few feet from Sterling.

A loud pop — like that of a stun gun — can be heard.

“Get on the ground!” a police officer yelled.

“Get on the ground!” the voice yelled again, followed by a second pop.

Sterling, a large man, remained on his feet.

A police officer tackled him over the hood of a silver car, then onto the ground.

Meanwhile, another restrained his left arm behind his back and knelt on it.

“He’s got a gun!” someone yelled.

“Gun! Gun!”

Both officers drew their pistols from their holsters. Then, the officers shouted something unintelligible, which seemed to include the phrase “going for the gun.”

Any killing by police ought to be thoroughly investigated. But by indiscriminately hurling accusations, the Black Lives Matter movement appears to be perilously close to establishing a right to resist arrest. This is an untenable principle for any society.

The cops are noticing.

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Carson: “All Black Lives Matter”

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Dr. Ben Carson wants to shift the focus of the Black Lives Matter movement.  This past Saturday, the presidential candidate appeared at a daylong conference at Allen University, a historically black college, alongside Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley to discuss issues concerning black communities. Dr. Carson said that the Black Lives Matter movement needs to shift its focus from police brutality to other atrocities threatening black lives like abortion and homicide:

“I believe that we ought to be talking about all black lives, not just a few,” Carson said. “The greatest number of black lives are eliminated in abortion clinics and that bothers me, and when I look in our major cities, the number one cause of death for young black men is homicide. That to me is a very serious problem. I would like them to mix those things in and let’s talk about all that rather than just one small segment.”

However, he did offer solid answers to the struggling relationship between police officers and people of color. Police should reach out to their communities. They should be “introduced regularly, so that Johnny’s first experience with police is playing kickball, not being chased down an alley… You don’t condemn the whole group, and base policies on the bad apples.” When it comes to police brutality, policies do not work in a space where individual situations are to be considered.

Carson noted the national issue can be curbed by reinforcing the respect once given to police officers, especially by the black community. Continue Reading

Carson: “The Number One Cause for Death in the Black Community Is Abortion”

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Dr. Ben Carson made an important point this week when asked about his impression of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  Carson expressed his admiration for the movement suggested a new message for its proponents going forward: an emphasis on mutual respect and a renewed focus on most pervasive causes of death in the community:

Mutual respect is a tremendous thing. I think that will help a lot with the whole #BlackLives matter issue. But it needs to be done in a way the [sic] demonstrates a way that we also understand that there is tremendous carnage in our community. The #1 cause for death in the Black community is abortion. Let’s look at what’s behind that and let’s look at Black on Black crime and teach each other how to respect and love your fellow man. I just really want to dial back the hatred. There’s so many people who come in and they exacerbate the tension.

Carson also talked about his vision for the economy, noting that stagnant growth has been a major cause of our government spending problems over the last 15 years:

I want to focus on divisiveness because our strength of our nation comes from unity. And I want to focus on economy. We’ve had a very stagnant economy. From 1850 to 2000, our economy grew at a rate of 3.3% on average. From 2001 to 2014, a rate of 1.8% and if if [sic] you project that out over the years, in terms of unfunded liabilities it creates a crisis.

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Cops’ Lives Matter, Too

Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s office, was gunned down Friday night in what can only be described as an assassination. Goforth was shot in the back by Shannon Miles, who then stood over his body and pumped more shots into him.

Investigators believe Deputy Goforth was targeted simply “because he wore a uniform.” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman condemned the killing as “a cold-blooded execution,” adding, “We found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that.”

At a press conference, Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County district attorney lashed out at the left and the rhetoric of the “black lives matter” crowd.

“We’ve heard ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘All lives matter,'” Sheriff Hickman said. “Well, cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘Lives Matter.'” He is right. But, sadly, I predict there won’t be any marches a year from now for Deputy Goforth like there were for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

By the way, another shooting has predictably fallen off the radar screen. The shootings by Vester Flanagan, a black, homosexual radical who gunned down two Virginia journalists, is quickly being forgotten because the shooting doesn’t follow the left’s preferred narrative.

The shootings in Virginia and Texas indict the left, and media are making sure that such a narrative doesn’t gain any traction. For example, ABC News reportedly has a 23-page manifesto from Vester Flanagan, but it won’t release whole thing. Why not? Presumably because it is full of left-wing rantings and cannot be used to embarrass conservatives. Continue Reading

The Three Fab Things Ben Carson Told #BlackLivesMatter

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In his column going viral, Dr. Ben Carson speaks truth as a black men to the Black Lives Matter movement. Three fab takeaways:

1. Old, white senators from rural states are not the problem:

The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy. The ‘BlackLivesMatter’ movement is focused on the wrong targets, to the detriment of blacks who would like to see real change and to the benefit of its powerful white liberal funders using the attacks on Sanders for political purposes that mean nothing for the problems that face our community.

2. Black Moms matter:

I saw bullets, drugs and death in the same places I played tag and ball with my friends. Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny. But my mother didn’t. . . she saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.

3. Hollywood degrades black men and women:

Let’s confront the entertainment industry that lines its pockets by glamorizing a life where black men are thugs and our women are trash. Let’s tell them we plan to start talking with our wallets.

Schools that don’t work, streets that aren’t safe, young people who can’t find work, Democrats who offer a handout instead of “honor and dignity,” a Republican party that simply ignores.

“There are many things to be concerned about when you are consumed by hopelessness. Continue Reading

Jeb Bush to Dems: Never Apologize for Saying All Lives Matter

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed off the stage for saying “black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter” at the Netroots Nation conference last week, and he later amazingly apologized for saying every human being has equal dignity.

Jeb Bush was asked whether O’Malley should have apologized and said forthrightly:

No, for crying out loud, no. We’re so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying lives matter? Life is precious. It’s a gift from God. I mean, I frankly think it’s one of the most important values that we have. I know in the political context it’s a slogan, I guess. Should he have apologized? No. If he believes that white lives matter, which I hope he does, then he shouldn’t apologize to a group that seems to disagree with it.

Meanwhile, Democrats are still not being pushed, in the wake of Planned Parenthood videos revealing the sale of body parts from late-term abortion, whether or not they believe all lives matter.

And by the way, a lot of those lives being dismembered and sold for medical research are black lives, too.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action. Continue Reading