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    Rick Perry’s Freedom Agenda

    This morning’s post on Texas generated a lot of commentary. I’ve talked to people close to Governor Perry and want to give some information from their perspective. Yesterday, the Texas House voted to begin the expansion of medicaid under Obamacare. Later in the evening, they rescinded the effort. Several reporters and others I talked with explained that while Governor Perry is “rock solid” on the | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Rick Perry's Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Late Thursday afternoon, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives took the first step toward capitulation on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. A few hours later, the amendment directing the Texas state healthcare bureaucracy to start preparing for the expansion was reconsidered and rescinded after a handful of conservatives scrambled to rescue the situation — but the fact that it passed at all is a wake-up call.Here’s | Read More »

    Why Not Incest?

    Jeremy Irons is making headlines for his hesitancy on gay marriage and whether it might lead to incestuous marital relationships if only to avoid estate taxes. Irons says, Could a father not marry his son? … It’s not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed… If that were so, then if I wanted to pass on my | Read More »

    Steve Penley Paintings on T-Shirts

    es I’m putting this on the front page.And yes, I’m putting this as a featured story.I get requests all the time for information on Steve Penley’s paintings. I have two of them myself. Steve is a dear friend and each year at the RedState Gathering we’ve used his paintings as backdrops for the event.They are gorgeous. You’ve probably also seen them on TV and, in | Read More »

    Considering Immigration

    David Addington of the Heritage Foundation published a Backgrounder on immigration late last week while I was on vacation. As Congress picks back up the issue, it is worth noting that Addington provides probably the most detailed definition of “amnesty” that I have seen. The term “amnesty” is often used loosely with reference to aliens unlawfully in the United States. Sometimes it refers to converting | Read More »

    Yes, Let’s Keep Government Out of Marriage

    Yes, Let's Keep Government Out of Marriage

    Last week at RedState, we spent a lot of time focusing on politics from a faith perspective because it was Holy Week. Throughout the week, many people who support gay marriage lambasted me and others that Christians were just trying to use government to legislate marriage or morality.But I agree that we should keep the government out of marriage.Last I checked, George and Martha Washington | Read More »

    I Believe

    I Believe

    Truth be told, I think the world is billions of years old, but I have no doubt God created it. I believe the same word that many interpret as “days” in Genesis can also honestly be interpreted as “phases,” which I do, i.e. a day at the beginning was not a day as we know it now. But I don’t doubt there were six phases | Read More »

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    The Third Day: Easter 2013

    The Third Day: Easter 2013

    But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they | Read More »


    You Will Be Made to Care

    You Will Be Made to Care

    Much has been said about this post, including a good bit of heat toward me for putting on the front.There is much that could be said. I disagree with a lot of the theology.In particular, I disagree with this: Is Homosexuality a Sin? I. Do. Not. Care. Luke 10 tells the story of a legal expert who queried Jesus about what was required to inherit | Read More »

    Christ in a Karmic Age

    Christ in a Karmic Age

    “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” – Confucius Every religion and philosophy has a version of the Golden Rule. Until Christ showed up on the scene two thousand years ago, the rule was almost always expressed in the negative — do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you. It is, if you will | Read More »

    1,980 Years Ago Today: Good Friday

    1,980 Years Ago Today: Good Friday

    And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  And sitting down they watched him there;  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Now from the sixth hour there | Read More »

    Christians Side With Mammon. Mammon Sided with Barabbas.

    Christians Side With Mammon.  Mammon Sided with Barabbas.

    No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 1,980 years ago tomorrow, the world put God on trial. When offered a choice, the world surrendered up God to be tortured, crucified, and killed and asked that | Read More »

    The Silver Lining

    There are many, many people denying that gay marriage and religious freedom are incompatible. Many of those who deny it are, in fact, hostile to religious freedom to begin with or, when the fight becomes more clear, will be against the church. That is a silver lining in the gay marriage fight. Many pastors in America who long ago decided they didn’t want the state | Read More »

    ‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible

    The kids these days on the right are full of a great libertarian notion that “hey, let’s just get the government out of marriage.” “Rock on,” say other libertarians. They then all smugly self-congratulate themselves, pat themselves on the back, and move on to other issues. What they ignore is that the left will never take marriage out of the hands of the government. The | Read More »

    Yes I Still Support Mark Sanford

    Yes I Still Support Mark Sanford

    I have no hesitation in continuing to support Mark Sanford. I recognize that there is greater risk in supporting Sanford. He is far more easily attacked in the general than Bostic, his rival in the runoff. He is far less able to attack his eventual Democratic opponent. But there is far more reward with Mark Sanford and it is a risk I am willing to | Read More »