• FBI Roundup of Bundy Ranch Protesters Continues… in North Carolina – 2 Women Detained, Questioned, Threatened with Arrest

    “Now they come for our wives and our sisters…” Gavin Seim

    In another round of arrests by the FBI over a two year old peaceful standoff at Bundy Ranch, the federal tyrants raised their ugly heads in North Carolina to arrest two your women for traveling out to Nevada in 2014 to take pictures at the Bundy Ranch siege.

    On Thursday, Beth Chelle Austin and Marie Parker (no relation to Eric Parker, who was arrested last week) were arrested by the FBI, interrogated and then released without charge over their participation at the Bundy Ranch siege in 2014. Gavin Seim has more on what happened. READ MORE...

  • I Will Raise Your Baby, Queline – Let Her Live

    This is like nothing I’ve ever written before. It’s an open plea for prayer, an open window into my heart and that of my wife, Sarah, and an open last-ditch effort to reach out to a cherished young Jewish woman in New York City who finds herself in a desperate situation.

    Most importantly, it’s a frantic attempt to save a life – the precious life of a precious person whom, though we’ve never met, we already love.

    Let me explain.

    I was thumbing through my Twitter feed the other night and came across a tweet that immediately caught my eye. A woman named Queline (short for Jaqueline), wrote, “I will terminate a pregnancy soon. These things aren’t fun or easy.” READ MORE...

  • The Myth of ‘Indispensability’ and Our Free-Rider Problem

    Christopher Preble adds to the discussion about U.S. allies and clients:

    We can see, then, that for all the talk of free riding, for all those instances when some U.S. government official expresses concern or frustration that allies don’t do more to defend themselves and their interests, it’s just that: talk. For the dominant foreign-policy community, allies are the equivalent of Facebook friends. U.S. officials count them, rank them, and occasionally thank them. But we don’t ever expect these “allies” to actually do anything for us in return. READ MORE...

  • Taking Sides: The Christian's Responsibility in Civic Affairs

    This is the first in a series of essays on the duty of Christians in civic affairs, adapted from Kevin’s weekly radio address and podcasts here.

    Let’s begin by dispelling some myths about Christians and political affairs.

    A common misconception lurks among American Christians that politics can be separated from our beliefs, and that the Church – the Body of Christ – should not be engaged in the political arena.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Elections, conventions, and politics are merely practical means for implementing a body of beliefs about the human condition. Every policy advanced, every piece of legislation passed, and every opinion rendered by a court presupposes certain beliefs about the nature and relationship between humanity and government: from whom and how you tax, to whom you choose to defend, to what you can say, think, or do, and how you spend your money. READ MORE...

  • Building human capital in charter school networks

    The number of charter schools nationally has grown significantly in the last decade and a half, and currently charters serve 6% of students – up from 2% in 2000. But there have been, and still are, major challenges to charter growth. After interviewing several people from three very different high-performing charter networks for a forthcoming paper, we found that the most significant barrier to growth is human capital recruitment and training.

    Andrew Ellison, head of upper schools for Great Hearts Academies, an operator with nearly 30 schools in the southwest, says that “the $65,000 question” is whether “you can find the people.” But finding the people is only half the battle. Training teachers is also a major ongoing challenge. To that end, Great Hearts recently announced a new “Headmaster College” that will pay future school leaders a full salary during a year of training before they run a school. The network’s leadership is also considering innovative ways of training teachers – many of whom come to Great Hearts straight out of college. READ MORE...

  • Living In Unreality

    On the Dictatorship of the Dimwits post, a reader writes:

    I teach religious education to third graders in my parish. These children are 8 and 9 years old, a mix of boys and girls who have self selected themselves at gender specific tables. Boys on one side, girls on the other. Nothing can make them sit together. Boys have cooties and so on. And yet…there is a boy in class who wants everyone to call him Princess Insert-Name-Here. When my co-teacher and I pointed out that we wanted to use our given names in class and that he would go by that, a lively discussion ensued wherein the children wanted to know why he couldn’t be called princess, he wants to be a princess, therefore he IS a princess and we should all just recognize that, and refer to him as he wishes. Apparently it’s ok for him to go by that title at school, and everyone complies with his wishes there. This could not have been more shocking to me. I tell this story only as a warning. These children have been socialized in this manner since birth. It is not going away in my lifetime. READ MORE...

  • Civil Religion—or Christianity?

    Can “exceptionalism” be made safe for America? Can exceptionalism be made safe for American Christians who desire to be at the same time patriotic and faithful to their God? As long as exceptionalism remains the test of creedal orthodoxy it has been turned into, these questions will need to be answered with all the sound historical and theological judgment at our disposal.

    To that worthy end, John Wilsey offers a timely reassessment of American exceptionalism. He sets out to discover what, if anything, in the idea of exceptionalism can be salvaged as consistent with America’s founding principles and with Christian theology. He argues that exceptionalism, and the civil religion it helps sustain, can indeed be made safe, if freed from its worst abuses and confined within ethical and theological limits. READ MORE...