10 Things Great Dads Do

Mark Merrill, of Family First, has given us some great advice for being a great Christian dad. With Father’s Day just two days away, I thought I’d share with you some of his thoughts.

1. Love your kids’ mother. This is the best thing you can do. A husband and wife who love each other provide a secure environment for their kids.

2. Spend time with your kids. How you spend your time with your children reflects what is important to you. No matter what you might say to make up for lost time, if your children feel you are not as concerned about them as you are with work, they get the message that they are not valuable.

3. Earn the right to be heard. That means showing a genuine interest in their views and interests. Children want to be led, but the successful father earns the right to lead.

4. Discipline with a gentle spirit. True discipline is a function of a father’s love for his children, which is why it should never be harsh.

5. Be a role model. Fathers are a role model, whether they want to be or not. Being a living example of Christ is worth more than anything you ever say to your kids.

6. Teach the lessons of life. For far too many fathers, teaching is something someone else does. But God has given you the first-line joy of instructing your kids in the ways of the Lord.

7. Eat together as a family. Most children today don’t know the meaning of a family dinner time. But this is your best time to be with your kids and listen to their hearts.

8. Read to your kids. In a world wired for sound, it is important that fathers make the effort to read to their children. Kids first learn by seeing, then by hearing and reading.

9. Show affection. Children long for a secure place in this fast-paced world. They find it most often in the warm embrace of a parent.

10. Realize it’s never too late. Some of your best parenting will come when your kids are grown. They still long for the approval of their dad. It is never too late to be a great dad.

The Rushmore Report – According to Democrats, Christians Cannot Serve in Government

On Thursday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) offered a bizarre critique of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Pompeo wasn’t sufficiently enthusiastic about homosexual sex.

Yes, this is a real thing.

Booker asked Pompeo, “Do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”

Pompeo is a religious Christian, so presumably he does. He answered, quite properly, “When I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that.” He also informed Booker, “My respect for every individual regardless of sexual orientation is the same.”

Booker was outraged by Pompeo’s reply. His time ran, however, before he could grill Pompeo on whether he enjoyed Brokeback Mountain sufficiently or cried at the end of Moonlight.

This is anti-Christian bigotry from Booker. It’s that simple. Religious people of all major faiths — Christian, Jewish, Muslim — believe homosexual activity is a sin. Full stop. The Bible is quite clear about this in both Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the New Testament is clear about it in Romans and Corinthians and Timothy. The Koran isn’t shy on the issue, either. None of that means that religious people thereby want the rights of gays and lesbians violated. I, for example, am fully libertarian on same-sex marriage, and have been for years. Religious people think lots of things are sins, and also think that people have a right to do the wrong thing. The same logic undergirds support for the First Amendment: I hate racism, but people have a right to say racist things. I may dislike sin, but a government dedicated to stamping out sin rather than preventing violation of rights is called tyranny.

But according to Booker, you must celebrate sin in order to believe there is a right for people to commit sin that has no externalities in a free society. This makes sense from a Leftist point of view, where government is the great instrument of the good, not a mere protector of rights — the same people who try to stamp out dissenting thought through “hate speech” legislation are likely to believe that religious Americans feel the same way about using government to stamp out sin. But they’re wrong. And they’re religious bigots.

Worse, Booker’s shtick is unconstitutional if it were to be applied legally. The Constitution forbids religious tests for office. What Pompeo thinks about sin has nothing to do with what he thinks about public policy, unless Booker has evidence otherwise. If not, this is simple intolerance. Ironically, Booker would go on to essentially admit that point a few minutes later when he ripped into Brigitte Gabriel for supposedly expressing bigotry for questioning the compatability between Islam and democracy.

But that’s no shock. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked judicial nominee Amy Barrett just a few months back about her religion: “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”

Here’s the real issue: when your religion is government, and government is god, you cannot tolerate any other God before it — and you assume that all those who believe in God wish to mobilize government in order to impose God’s will. The only people on the political spectrum interested in using government as a proxy for imposing heaven from above live on the Left.

About the Author

Ben Shapiro is the editor for The Daily Wire.

The Day Man Walked on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. After Apollo 11 landed successfully in the Sea of Tranquility, the two men did what no man has done for decades.

Armstrong spent 2.5 hours outside the spacecraft, and Aldrin slightly less. Together, they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the crew, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft home in a lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned it just under a day later.

Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program. The craft had three parts: a command module with a cabin for the three astronauts (and the only part that landed back on Earth); a service module, which supported the command module with propulsion; and a lunar module for landing on the moon.

After being sent toward the moon by Saturn V’s upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into the lunar module and landed it in the Sea of Tranquility. They stayed a total of 12.5 hours on the moon’s surface. After lifting off in the upper part of the lunar module and returning to Collins in the command module, they returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.

Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, Armstrong  stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as “one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.” Apollo 11 effectively ended the space race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy in a speech before Congress and repeated at Rice University in Houston. He said, “Before this decade is out, we will land a man on the moon and return him safely back to Earth.”

That is called vision. It’s called American exceptionalism. It’s called politicians keeping their word. It’s called the good ‘ol days.

The Rushmore Report: What We Learned from the Sessions Hearing

Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He was grilled for about two and a half hours. In the process, he called criticisms of Russian collusion “detestable lies.” Democrats blasted Sessions for not divulging the details of his personal conversations with the President. Republicans defended his integrity. But what did we learn exactly?

Dr. Charles Krauthammer weighed in, saying that Sessions’ testimony “exposed the absurdity of the whole exercise.” He added that by Sessions stating for the record that he had no nefarious contact with the Russians, he continued the unraveling of Democrats’ case against Trump.

“This was supposed to be about Russia meddling in our election. Then it was supposed to be about collusion,” he said. “I’m open to empirical evidence.” Krauthammer added, “Trying to tag these allegations on Sessions is absurd.”

Still, Democratic Senators railed against the Attorney General for keeping his private conversations with the President private. Their hypocrisy is notable.

When President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice refused to even appear before Congress (May, 2017), none of them complained.

When President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to answer Congressional questions about the Clinton investigation, (July 12, 2016), she said it was “inappropriate for me to comment on the underlying facts of the investigation.” And she would later refuse to answer the question as to who had approved an amazing $1.7 billion cash transfer to Iran (July 12, 2016). Again, not a single Democrat complained.

So this is where we are . . .

1. Still, zero evidence of any of Trump’s team colluding with the Russians on the 2016 election has been produced, after seven months of investigation.

2. Still, Democrats are claiming the Trump team colluded with Russians on the 2016 election.

3. Still, Attorney General Sessions has now appeared before Congress every time he has been asked to do so.

4. Still, Attorney General Sessions would not break the tradition that has been practiced for generations – by not divulging private conversations he had with the President.

5. Still, Democrats Susan Rice and Loretta Lynch have refused to even appear before Congress or answer any pertinent questions – and this will go unnoticed by fellow Democrats in Congress.

The Miracle of the Constitutional Convention

It happened this day in history, 230 years ago. On May 25, 1787, delegates convened a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presided.

Also known as the Federal Convention, the meeting lasted until September 17. The session was formed to cement the direction of the fledgling country, which had been operating under the Articles of Confederation following independence from Great Britain. Although the Convention was intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, the objective from the outset, of many of its proponents, including James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, was to create a new government rather than fix the existing one.

The result of the Convention was the creation of the U.S. Constitution, placing the Convention among the most significant events in the history of the United States.

The most contentious disputes revolved around the composition and election of the Senate, how “proportional representation” was to be defined (whether to include slaves or other property), whether to divide the executive power between three persons or invest the power into a single president, how to elect the president, how long the term was to be, and whether he could stand for re-election, what offenses should be impeachable, the nature of a fugitive slave clause, whether to allow the abolition of the slave trade, and whether judges should be chosen by the legislature or executive branch. Most of the time during the Convention was spent on deciding these issues, while the powers of legislature, executive, and judiciary were not heavily disputed.

Once the Convention began, the delegates first agreed on the principles of the Convention, then they agreed on Madison’s Virginia Plan and began to modify it. A Committee of Detail assembled during the July 4 recess and produced a rough draft. Most of this rough draft remained in place, and can be found in the final version of the Constitution. After the final issues were resolved, the Committee on Style produced the final version, and it was voted on and sent to the states.

The miracle of the Constitutional Convention is that a group of men, with little experience is such things, produced a document that has guided the greatest nation on Earth for well over 200 years, with only limited amendments. Remember that, the next time a politician tries to circumvent this great document under the guise of calling it a “living, breathing document.” That is just code for “let’s ignore the Constitution for our own political purposes.”

The men who gathered 230 years ago today were statesmen and patriots. For them we should all be grateful – today and always.

The Rushmore Report: Seven Things You Didn’t Know about Ronald Reagan

Like none other, Ronald Reagan scaled the heights of both acting and politics. The conservative icon is still the man by whom all Republican candidates are measured. He served as President of the Screen Actors Guild during the golden age of cinema, and as the 40th President of the United States. But there are seven things you probably didn’t know about The Gipper.

1. Love for jelly beans

President Reagan loved jelly beans. During his tenure in the White House, the Jelly Belly company sent tons of jelly beans to the White House. They did this because their jelly beans were on display in all the meeting rooms where cameras were present. Talk about smart advertising!

2. Incredible generosity

While Governor of California and President of the United States, he received countless letters from constituents. And he read as many letters as he could. Often, he received odd requests for personal financial assistance. Nancy Reagan said he would sit at his desk for hours, writing out checks for $5,000 to people he would never meet.

3. He wanted to play baseball

Reagan loved baseball. He even dedicated May of 1983 as National Amateur Baseball Month, in an effort to get more kids out to play the sport. His favorite team was the Chicago Cubs, though he never got to see them win a World Series.

4. Reagan was a squirrel’s best friend

The president loved feeding the squirrels on the White House lawn. They became so used to him that they’d come right up to him for their daily treats. But when Reagan’s second term neared its end, he knew his successor, George Bush, was no fan of squirrels. So he left a farewell note in his White House desk, for Bush to pass along to the squirrels. It read: “Beware of Bush’s dog.”

5. Only divorcee

Throughout history, we have had single presidents and married presidents, but only one divorced president – until Donald Trump. Known as a consummate family man, Reagan had been married to Jane Wyman from 1940-1948, long before meeting Nancy.

6. Once a Democrat

Born in 1911, Reagan lived through the Great Depression, and was impressed with President Franklin Roosevelt’s compassion for the poor. Like most of his era, he pledged his allegiance to the Democratic Party as a young man, But by the early 1960s he registered as a Republican.

7. Biggest presidential landslide ever

In his bid for re-election in 1984, Reagan won the biggest Electoral College landslide ever. While winning 49 of 50 states, the final tally in the Electoral College was 525 for Reagan and 13 for Walter Mondale.

The Rushmore Report: America’s Top Ten Conservative Universities

Conservative colleges provide an important counterbalance to the liberalism that pervades so much of American higher education. For students raised with traditional values, entering the world of higher education is too often an alienating experience. But for conservative students, there is hope. These are the top ten conservative universities in America, according to the most recent research by The Best Schools.

1. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale is a private, non-sectarian, liberal arts college. It has a long tradition of patriotism. It was the first college in America to officially prohibit any discrimination based on race, religion, or gender. Hillsdale College does not accept federal or state subsidies.

2. Grove City College

A private Christian college, the Pennsylvania school seeks to foster intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian principles. Grove City has remained independent of any government funding.

3. Biola University

Biola is a private Christian university located in the heart of Southern California. It describes itself as “a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians.”

4. University of Dallas

Located in the heart of Dallas, this Roman Catholic school is “committed to the recovery and renewal of the Western heritage of liberal education.” Regardless of their majors, all students study the great philosophers of history.

5. Liberty University

Founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, Liberty has become the world’s largest Christian university. With a mission of “training champions for Christ,” the school seeks to produce graduates with the values, knowledge, and skills to impact the world.

6. College of the Ozarks

Situated in Point Lookout, Missouri, the Christian college is dubbed “Hard Work U” by the Wall Street Journal. The school encourages patriotic growth and requires regular chapel services for all students.

7. Houston Baptist University

Founded in 1960, the liberal arts university is tied to the Southern Baptist denomination. Its stated objective is to “provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence.” HBU is home to the Bible in America Musuem and competes in NCAA Division I athletics.

8. Regent University

Regent is located on the Virginia coast, near Norfolk. It maintains a rigorous academic environment, offering degrees in divinity, government, and law. The school takes stands for smaller government and a strong national defense.

9. Patrick Henry College

A classical Christian college, the school’s motto is Pro Christo et Libertate (For Christ and Liberty). The small college focuses on the great books of Western Civilization. It does not accept federal funds.

10. Brigham Young University

Owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), BYU is the largest religious university – and third largest private university – in the country. Its conservatism is rooted in its religious heritage.

The Rushmore Report: Liberals Unhinged over Pence Loyalty to His Wife

Vice President Mike Pence probably wasn’t expecting to receive backlash when the Washington Post published a profile last Tuesday on his wife, Karen. The piece detailed the couple’s relationship and included a statement Pence made in 2002 saying he didn’t go out to dinner with another woman without his wife being present and that he didn’t attend events serving alcohol unless his wife joined him.

Though this honorable and respectful practice can logically be seen as refreshing in today’s society, which has divorce rates as high as 50 percent nationwide, liberals around the country and even Canada are attacking Pence for the dynamic of his relationship.

Friday morning, the liberal website, Vox.com, published a story called “Vice President Pence’s ‘never dine alone with a woman’ rule isn’t honorable. It’s probably illegal.” The author, Joanna Grossman, argued that Pence’s practice is illegal “sex discrimination” under Title VII with regard to employment law and a boss-employee relationship.

“The practice described by Pence in that 2002 interview is clearly illegal when practiced by a boss in an employment setting, and deeply damaging to women’s employment opportunities,” Grossman wrote.

“By law, working dinners with the boss could be considered an opportunity to which both sexes must have equal access,” she continued. “Employers are not permitted to classify employees on the basis of gender without proof that sex is a bona fide occupational qualification for a particular job. A Pence-type rule could never satisfy this test.”

Notably, the Vox.com article did not offer in support of their position a single instance of a court ruling that a rule like Pence’s constituted sex discrimination, in any jurisdiction. In fact, the only court ruling mentioned by Vox.com was an Iowa Supreme Court ruling, which held that an employer’s decision to actually terminate a female employee because of the employer’s wife’s jealousy was not sex discrimination under the law.

Vox harshly criticized this ruling as “absurd” but offered no legal precedent that would suggest that their bizarre reading of Title VII has been upheld by any court, or by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Not to be outdone, Ashley Csanady of the Vancouver National Post actually wrote, apparently with a straight face, that Pence’s care to avoid the appearance of impropriety with respect to his wife constituted an element of “rape culture.”

Csanady contended that while she believes the term “rape culture” is widely overused in today’s society, it is entirely applicable in this case.

“‘Rape culture’ is a phrase so overused, it’s become almost meaningless, like calling someone a Nazi on the internet. But it has a very clear meaning: the notion, whether conscious or unconscious, that men can’t control themselves around women because boys will be boys,” Csanady wrote.

“The explicit reasons for Pence’s restriction are religion and family, but the implicit reason is that he must avoid alone-time with women lest his stringent religious moral code fall apart in the presence of a little lipstick and decolletage. That is rape culture,” she wrote.

She ended the opinion piece in high dramatic fashion, attempting to connect dots with no real evidence other than her own assumptions.

“So, while Pence’s marriage is none of our business, his attitudes towards women are,” she concluded. “And if, in 2017, he believes they remain such fallen, lascivious things that he can’t possibly be in a room alone with them, it says less about his faith and more the fact he sees women as lesser beings.”

After the outrage extended to President Donald Trump for his derogatory comments about grabbing women, it is difficult to understand how liberals can muster the same outrage toward Pence for saying virtually the exact opposite.

About the Author

Sara Gonzales is a writer for The Blaze.

Inauguration Day – A Christian Response

Today is the day. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Whether you supported Trump’s run for the White House or spiraled into major depression with his win on November 8, he is about to be your president. The question is how we, as believers, should respond on this historic day.

One of America’s most prominent ministers has weighed in with great wisdom. Dr. David Jeremiah, the senior pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church, says he believes the 2016 election has been a “moment in history when God has reminded us that our ultimate citizenship is indeed in heaven, and not on earth.”

Rather than placing focus and inherent trust in fellow men, Jeremiah said he’d like to encourage Christians to look to God, asking for prayer for Trump and his administration, and expressing hope that God will have mercy on the United States.

“We pray that God might have mercy on our nation and that our leaders might know and fear Him, for as the Scriptures say, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” he said. “This is a time when we must hold fast to our calling to be good citizens.”

So how can we be “good citizens” on this historic day? I suggest we can do three things.

1. Pray – I learned a long time ago, I should never criticize a man for whom I have not first prayed. Pray for President Trump’s wisdom, inner circle, and total reliance on God.

2. Serve – Do your part. Do random acts of kindness. Make a difference in your own way. You don’t have to hold elective office in order to change your world.

3. Lead – Lead by example. Someone is watching you. While others are either blindly cheering our new president or outwardly hoping for his demise, stay on track. Let others see the grace and love of God in you. Jesus said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

America’s Top Ten Universities

If you want to stir up a heated debate, talk religion, politics, or – alma maters. There are unlimited lists of America’s best colleges and universities. For our purposes, we consulted the current list from Forbes, one of the most respected analyses of American institutions of higher education.

Up front, I will offer one obvious oversight – Houston Baptist University. There is no better university in the land. HBU proudly affirms, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and has great programs in nursing, theology, education, business, and the arts. HBU offers graduate programs including a Ph.D. in Education. The Huskies compete in NCAA Division 1 athletics as a member of the Southland Conference. And HBU has the nation’s best president, Dr. Robert Sloan.

I’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out where I went to college. Having gotten that out of my system, I give you America’s best universities – other than HBU.

1. Princeton – The ivy-covered campus is a private institution, located in the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was the first university to offer a “no loan” policy to financially needy students, giving grants instead of loans to accepted students who need help paying tuition.

2. Harvard – A private institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is located just outside of Boston. This Ivy League school is the oldest higher education institution in the country and has the largest endowment of any school in the world.

3. Yale – Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University offers a small college life with the resources of a major research institution. Yale students are divided into 12 residential colleges that foster a supportive environment for living, learning, and socializing.

4. Columbia – Made up of three undergraduate schools, Columbia is a private school that guarantees students housing for all four years on campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City.

5. Stanford – The highest rated non-Ivy League institution, Stanford sits in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. They stress a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

6 University of Chicago – Situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, this institution offers a rich campus life in a big city setting. Since 1987, the private university has hosted a four-day scavenger hunt, regarded as the largest in the world.

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Though MIT may be best known for its math, science, and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management, and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

8. Duke – Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke University is a private institution that has liberal arts and engineering programs for undergraduates. The Duke Blue Devils sports teams have a fierce rivalry with the University of North Carolina, and they are best known for their men’s basketball program, which has won numerous national championships.

9. Penn – The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin. It is a private institution in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Students can study in one of four schools that grant undergraduate degrees: Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Wharton.

10. California Institute of Technology – With a focus on science and engineering, the school features a low student-to-faculty ration of 3:1. The private institution is found in Pasadena, California, and is actively involved in research projects with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.