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Language and Consequence

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Watching our public officialdom struggle with language through the terror events of this weekend past should be a cause for deep reflection.  There were people hurt and/or dead, property damaged, and millions more in various states of emotional turmoil and this bunch of yahoos wanted to make sure their statements did not go outside of the evidence at hand or in anyway to incite ill will amongst the populace.  The latter concern is almost laughable given the willingness of this administration to routinely make pronouncements that have fueled #Blacklivesmatter to the point of burning cities, but it is the former concern that requires the deepest reflection.

In our nation there has always been a division between law and morality.  The distance between them has varied with time, but the distinction has always been real.  The much misunderstood “separation of church and state” is in part rooted in that distinction.  For example, I know of no incident in our history where it was contemplated that keeping kosher should be legally mandated for the entire populace.  The law is a matter purely of fact and evidence.  Morality, while far more practical and reality based than many want to admit, also has considerations of the philosophical and the supernatural.  When, in the wake of attacks like the nation witnessed this past weekend our officials limit their statements, often awkwardly and uncomfortably, to staying strictly within the limits of the evidence they are speaking in an entirely legal fashion, neglecting both morality and the very emotional reaction people may have to the events. Continue Reading

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Pastor Tim Keller and “Making Sense of God”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Pastor Tim Keller of NYC’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church joined me this morning to discuss his new book Making Sense of God, and of course the events that have shaken his city:

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Audio:

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How To Ski In Front Of The Avalanche Of News: Talking With The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza joined me this morning, and we both reflected ion how the job of reporting and opining on election 2016 is being impacted by social media:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Joining me to talk about everything, including the latest NBC/Survey Monkey poll, which shows Hillary Clinton up 5 points, and the latest Los Angeles Times/USC poll, which shows Donald Trump up 5 points, a ten point swing in the two latest polls, is none other than the Fix, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, along with me an NBC News contributor. Chris, it’s good to have you back. It’s been too long. How are you, my friend?

CC: I know. You know, that’s on me. You guys are wonderful about asking, and I’ve just been doing a bunch of stuff early in the morning, so I really, I miss being on, and thanks for having me, and it’s not for lack of effort, and I promise to get it on the books more regularly if you’ll have me.

HH: Well, let’s get your, absolutely, let’s get your email out there so people can sign up for The Fix, which is indispensable in the next 50 days.

CC: That’s kind of you. Just if anybody out there listening wants to be on my email, as basically getting everything that I write on a daily basis, it’s Chris.Cillizza@washpost.com. Just put subscribe or Hugh Hewitt, or send me a picture of Hugh, and I will subscribe you. Continue Reading

The Good News When Nothing Seems New

Sunday, September 18, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Michael Barone’s Friday column was all about the fact that this political season contains virtually nothing new, but seems only to echo political seasons of the past.  As I read it, Solomon’s lament that opens the book of Ecclesiastes rang through my mind:

 That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
There is no remembrance of earlier things;
And also of the later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.

I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.  And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.  I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.  What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

While both men, Barone and Solomon, are engaged in lament I could not help but hear good news in their very accurate reflections on that which they witnessed.  If there is nothing new, if the problems that plague us today are the same problems that plagued us in decades, centuries and millenia gone by, then we do not need new solutions we just need to revisit and relearn the solutions of old – they are tried and true, proven. Continue Reading

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