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Report: White House Drafts Executive Order to Investigate Big Tech

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 18:41
The White House has reportedly drafted an executive order that would open an antitrust investigation into the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe.

California Barbershop Owner Apologizes for Hanging Kaepernick Doll from Noose

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 18:13
A barbershop in California received considerable backlash after a customer posted a photo online of a Colin Kaepernick doll hanging from a noose in the shop.

Hillary: The President 'Absolutely' Can Be Subject of a Criminal Investigation

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:55
On Friday’s broadcast of CBS’ “The Late Show,” former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued that the president “Absolutely” can be the subject of a criminal investigation. Host Stephen Colbert asked, “Do you think the president can be the subject of a criminal investigation?” Hillary responded, “Absolutely.” Hillary added that whether the president can be indicted depends on whether the offense was something that happened while the president was in office or before they got into office. Hillary continued, “If you’re not president, and you’ve committed a crime, you should be able to be indicted.” She further said that it’s tougher to say whether a president can be indicted for something they did in office. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

The Three Brexiteers: Farage, Hoey, Davis Launch Campaign to 'Chuck Chequers' and Save Brexit

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:32
MEP Nigel Farage, Labour MP Kate Hoey, and Conservative former Brexit Secretary David Davis launched the "rebirth of the People's Army" to stop the "betrayal" of Brexit.

Michigan Official: Require Mental Health Checks for Bullet Purchases

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:32
A Wayne County commissioner wants law-abiding citizens to submit to a mental health check before being allowed to purchase bullets.

World View: China Threatens Multiple Western Nations Militarily over South China Sea

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:23
Contents: China threatens multiple Western nations militarily over South China Sea; China's claims to the South China Sea are amazingly vacuous

Dershowitz: 'Needs To Be' an FBI or IG Investigation Into Rosenstein Reports

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:23
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz called for an investigation by either the FBI or the inspector general into the reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and recording the president. Dershowitz said, “There needs to be an FBI investigation or an investigation by the inspector general. Let’s call witnesses, the people who were in the room with him. Let’s find out what his tone was. Let’s find out if there were any memos. You know, he’s not categorically denied it. He just said, I never followed up on it. I never implemented it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Hillary Clinton to Stephen Colbert: FBI Must Investigate Brett Kavanaugh

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:17
Hillary Clinton told Stephen Colbert Friday that the FBI needs to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Goodlatte on Rosenstein: I Wouldn't Resign Based on NYT's Reporting, If It's True, He Should Resign

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:11
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto Live,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stated that if he was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he wouldn’t resign based on reporting in the New York Times, but if the reports are true, Rosenstein should quit and his firing would be justified. Goodlatte said, “I would not step down based upon a report in the New York Times. I think that they are serious allegations, but they’re also somewhat bizarre allegations. And I think the best way to resolve this is to produce the documents that the Judiciary Committee and others in the Congress have been requesting, most specifically, the McCabe memos.” Goodlatte added that if the allegations are true, “Mr. Rosenstein would be well advised to step aside, and the president and the attorney general would be well within their rights to terminate his employment.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Pence to Obama: Economy Booming Because Trump Administration Rolling Back Failed Obama Policies

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:02
Vice President Mike Pence had a message for former President Barack Obama at the Values Voter Summit Saturday: the American economy is booming because the Trump administration is rolling back Obama administration policies.

Faith and Reason Are Enemies? Not Even Close!

The Stream - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:00

"Reason is the enemy of faith." Atheists love that phrase. Unfortunately they're not the only ones who use it. Some churches actually teach that reason is opposed to belief in God. I've heard about it mostly from people who grew up in those churches. "Just believe," they've been told. "We don't ask questions around here." Most of the people I've met who had that experience in church are no longer interested in Jesus Christ.

It's a strange stance for a church to take. The pastor who says, "Reason is the enemy of faith," has got to expect someone to ask him why he thinks so. If he explains his reasoning he's contradicting himself right there.

He's got the same problem if he answers in terms of some Bible passage, say, Col. 2:8. It says, "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." Does that say we should avoid all logic and reasoning? Should we even avoid all philosophy? Or should we just avoid empty, deceitful reasoning? These are all valid questions to ask such a pastor. In order to answer, he's going to have to explain his reasons for opposing reasoning.

History and Reasons Behind It

Still, this anti-reason attitude prevails in some churches -- not many, but enough to do some real damage. Of course there's history behind it. One place to begin would be in the mid-1800s, when David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach and others set out to explain the Bible without God. They had a huge influence for decades. Meanwhile Charles Darwin built a purely natural theory to explain the origin of the species. Andrew Dickson White and John William Draper wrote influential books on Christianity's historic warfare against science.

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It was a powerful anti-Christian one-two-three punch, or so it seemed to many at the time. And rather than raising up scholarship to combat it, many Protestants pulled back in retreat. They were convinced the Bible was trustworthy, even if all reason stood against it -- as it seemed to be doing. They kept believing the Bible; they began distrusting reason, science and all kinds of scholarship.

It was a serious strategic error, and we're still paying the price. Atheists have capitalized on it, claiming reason as their own special territory. Faith, they'll often say, is "believing without evidence," or "believing what you know isn't true." It's "believing without thinking." Funny thing: I've asked them for evidence that Christians actually view their own faith that way, and what I get from is mostly memes like this one. Not much substance there; not much real evidence.

History and Reason Against It

Meanwhile Tim McGrew and David Marshall have written an entire chapter simply listing quotes down the centuries, showing that Christians have always considered faith and reason to hand in hand. You'll find it in True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, which I co-edited. (The title gives you a hint of what my co-authors and I think of atheists being the party of "reason.")

But this isn't just ancient history: Reason has made a strong comeback in Christian circles over the past several decades. German criticism from the 1800s has lost all credibility. Darwin has come under fire, not only from Christians but even from within mainstream science. White and Draper's "conflict thesis" has been debunked. It still gets taught in classrooms, but no historian of science believes it anymore.

Faith is trusting in what or Whom we know to be true.

Christianity has made a strong comeback in academic disciplines including history and philosophy. Atheist philosopher Quentin Smith wrote a famous paper complaining that about a third of philosophy professors are now believers in God. That paper used to be easy to find online, but the (atheistic) journal that published it seems to have taken it down. There’s another funny thing for you.

Faith isn't believing what we know isn't true; it isn't believing without thinking. It's trusting in what or Whom we know to be true. Churches shouldn't be running away from reason but toward it. For God is the God of all truth; and reason isn't the enemy of faith, it supports it, just as it always has.

Scalise: If Rosenstein Allegations Are True, He Should Be Fired, Even If It Was a Joke

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 16:54
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) stated that if reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about invoking the 25th Amendment and recording the president are true, Rosenstein should be fired, even if the remarks were a joke. Scalise responded to a question on whether Rosenstein should be fired by saying, “Well, if these allegations are true, absolutely. Even if it was a joke, there’s nothing funny about making those kind of accusations. Let’s get to the bottom of this. It’s one more thing that we’ve got to dig deeper into. But it shows you there are some real problems over there, some bad apples that have to be rooted out.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

GRAPHIC: Five Killed in Cartel Violence in Mexican Border State

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 16:24
Cartel violence in the Mexican border state of Sonora continues with five homicides registered yesterday in Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregón. The double homicide which occurred yesterday in Ciudad Obregón was the 31st of the month. Law enforcement authorities fear more cartel violence will continue in the border state that for the most part has not seen the levels of violence experienced in other regions of the country.

WATCH: Keith Ellison Claims Accuser Fabricated Abuse Allegations

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 16:16
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) claimed in a televised debate for Minnesota's attorney general position Friday that his accuser fabricated her domestic abuse allegations against him.

Mark Meadows Calls for Rod Rosenstein to Testify Before Congress About Reports He Wanted to Secretly Tape Trump

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 16:07
House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, on Saturday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein needs to testify before Congress “under oath” regarding reports that he wanted to secretly record President Donald Trump and recruit other top officials to use the 25th Amendment to oust the president.

If We Lose the Meaning of ‘Justice,’ We Lose the Gospel

The Stream - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 16:00

Our ability to explain the gospel to people in our culture depends on our culture's ability to understand the concept of justice. Because of this, over the years I've become concerned about a drift in the meaning of the word "justice" -- even in Christian circles (see here for a recent example), among respected friends I usually agree with -- as the term "social justice" is increasingly embraced and used.

I appreciated Kevin DeYoung's words on this topic last week:

I have my concerns with the term "social justice" and with all that it connotes. But what if we press for a less culturally controlled and more biblically defined understanding? Several years ago, I worked my way through the major justice passages in the Bible: Leviticus 19, Leviticus 25, Isaiah 1, Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 22, Amos 5, Micah 6:8, Matthew 25:31-46, and Luke 4. My less-than-exciting conclusion was that we should not oversell or undersell what the Bible says about justice.

On the one hand, there is a lot in the Bible about God's care for the poor, the oppressed, and the vulnerable. There are also plenty of warnings against treating the helpless with cruelty and disrespect. On the other hand, justice, as a biblical category, is not synonymous with anything and everything we feel would be good for the world. Doing justice means following the rule of law, showing impartiality, paying what you promised, not stealing, not swindling, not taking bribes, and not taking advantage of the weak because they are too uninformed or unconnected to stop you.

I agree with DeYoung's description of justice in the Bible. The word "justice" is the language of rights. As DeYoung explained, "Justice, as a biblical category, is not synonymous with anything and everything we feel would be good for the world," though our culture is beginning to use it that way. Rather, it refers to receiving what you're owed by right and not taking from others what is theirs by right.

My concern with the term "social justice" is this: It muddies the true meaning of justice by smuggling in the concept of rights where that concept shouldn't apply, turning charity into what is owed, and this has implications for the gospel (more on this in a moment).

Giving is Not a Matter of Justice

Giving your money to the poor is not justice; it's mercy. Taking other people's money by force (whether through the government or any other means) and giving it to the poor is neither justice nor mercy; it's injustice -- it's taking what someone else has earned, against his will, for either yourself or others. Does this mean giving to the poor is wrong? Of course not! Should the rich man give to the poor? Absolutely! A good man does what is good. A good man shows compassion. A good man sacrifices his comfort willingly for the sake of others. (Just look at Jesus, who is our ultimate model of this kind of love and grace.) A bad man hoards his wealth and has no compassion on the needy.

Not giving to others is wrong. But the fact that it's wrong doesn't make giving a matter of justice. This is because "justice" refers to a particular good thing, not every good thing, and giving is simply in a separate category from justice.

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Justice is receiving what you have earned or what you are owed by right -- whether good or bad. Receiving the money you have earned is justice. Taking money that someone else has earned is injustice. Giving is something different altogether. When you give, you are not giving a person what he has earned; you are graciously showing mercy out of love.

To say that giving is a matter of justice is to create a false sense in our culture that one is entitled to another person's grace -- that rich people who earned their money lawfully owe money to the poor, i.e., that it's a matter of justice. There are some categories of political ideas that do argue that wealth equality is a matter of justice (i.e., that the poor are owed the money of the rich for various reasons), but I don't think there's any biblical basis for this.

Why Does This Matter?

Why should this matter to us as Christians? It matters because one can only understand the gospel if one understands the true meaning of justice -- i.e., receiving, without bias or partiality, what one has rightfully earned, whether good or bad. We dare not confuse the categories of justice and grace because understanding the gospel depends on understanding the distinction between justice (receiving what one has earned) and grace (receiving good things one has not earned). Consider Romans 4:1-16:

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works....

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

As soon as one starts to believe that "justice" entails everyone receiving the same benefits regardless of what is earned (or, to put it another way, people who have more giving what they have lawfully earned to those who have less), one starts to presume on grace, and not just human grace. As the meaning of "justice" has changed in our culture (due to the popularizing of the particular political beliefs referred to above), I've seen this presumption on God's grace increase: "It's not fair that God saves some by grace and not others! Justice demands that He save everyone equally!"

The more the line between justice and grace is blurred, the more difficulty people will have understanding both what they deserve according to their sin and the incredible undeserved beauty of the grace of God. We can't explain either of these concepts if our culture has lost the true meaning of "justice," for we will have no distinct word to describe receiving what we have earned. And, by extension, we will also lose the meaning of "grace" since one can't comprehend God's amazing grace if receiving from God what is not earned is considered to be a matter of justice (i.e., something God owes to everyone).

The Gospel Requires a Clear Distinction Between Justice and Grace

Can you see the problem? The gospel requires a clear distinction between these two concepts. Both justice and grace are good, and they each play a distinct and necessary part in the gospel. Justice -- i.e., people receiving what is owed to them according to their works -- is a good thing in itself, but there is no hope for us there.

God's justice, on its own, can only be a cause of despair, for it demands that the punishment we've earned for every sin be meted out fully and perfectly. By contrast, it's because of God's gracious giving that we receive the free gift of salvation that we didn't earn and don't deserve, at the cost of Jesus' fulfillment of that perfect justice on our behalf. This is the message of the gospel.

But now apart from the Law [grace] the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation [justice] in His blood through faith … so that He would be just and the justifier [justice and grace, separate and distinct concepts] of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Rom 3:21-26)

In the same way, though justice in the economic realm -- i.e., people receiving what is owed to them according to their work -- is good in itself, if there were only justice, the poor would despair because they would receive only what they earned.

Thankfully, in economic matters as well as the gospel, there is not only justice; there is also grace. And because of grace, we each willingly give to the poor what they have not earned, at our own cost, and this is also good. But it is not justice; it's grace.

Confusing the two terms in economic situations leads to a confusion between the concepts -- a confusion that affects not only economics, but also Christian theology, preventing comprehension of the gospel.

Make no mistake, the two categories are separate. Grace is not justice. The gospel depends on it.

 

Originally appeared at Stand to Reason. Republished with permission.

Another Mexican Journalist Murdered: 14th in 2018

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 14:39
Two gunmen in Mexico shot and killed a journalist who exposed political corruption in the state of Chiapas. The journalist had previously been targeted for kidnapping and death. The murder raises the death toll to 14 Mexican journalists killed in the first nine months of 2018.

UN Refugee Chief Denies Migrant Crisis in Europe, Declares Mass Migration a 'Source of Progress and Prosperity'

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 14:36
Debate in Europe framing illegal immigration from the third world as a problem is “dangerous”, the United Nations (UN) refugee chief has warned, insisting that the mass movement of peoples has been "a source of progress and prosperity since people first began to migrate”.

‘I Believe It’s True But I Don’t Accept It’ — How Do You Answer That?

The Stream - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 14:30

Ever heard someone say, “I think the gospel is true, but I just don’t accept it”? Frank Turek gives a quick word on how to get to the heart of the issue.

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Nolte: Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Tanks at Box Office (I Blame Jake Tapper)

Breitbart News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 14:02
Michael Moore's anti-Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 tanked at the box office, according to Deadline.

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