Schooling Liberals on America’s ‘Separation of Church and State’

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Taking center stage in our nation’s capital is the new Museum of the Bible – a massive $500-plus-million-dollar, privately funded, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the world’s most famous book.

Some in the media, most notably on CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today, seem to be trying to stir up a little hysteria by claiming that the museum opened “under a cloud of suspicion.” Because the museum is located just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, they fear that it might threaten the “separation of church and state.”

Apparently, some people are still clueless about what the phrase “separation of church and state” actually means, let alone realize that it’s nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution or any other founding document. I suppose this is to be expected from those who don’t actually read about our nation’s history from original sources.

Factually speaking, I find it fascinating that in 1800, Congress approved the House Chamber to be used for Sunday services. These religious services were non-denominational and available to everyone, including members of Congress. Public worship in the Capitol was so popular that it lasted 100 years!

Read More at American Thinker.

The Fragile Generation

By Lenore Skenazy & Jonathan Haidt

One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops.

Officers interrogated the boy, who said he was trying to build a fort for himself and his friends. A local news site reports the police then “took the tools for safekeeping to be returned to the boy’s parents.”

Elsewhere in America, preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, were thrilled to receive a set of gently used playground equipment. But the kids soon found out they would not be allowed to use it, because it was resting on grass, not wood chips. “It’s a safety issue,” explained a day care spokeswoman. Playing on grass is against local regulations.

And then there was the query that ran in Parents magazine a few years back: “Your child’s old enough to stay home briefly, and often does. But is it okay to leave her and her playmate home while you dash to the dry cleaner?” Absolutely not, the magazine averred: “Take the kids with you, or save your errand for another time.” After all, “you want to make sure that no one’s feelings get too hurt if there’s a squabble.”

Read more at Reason.

‘Roseanne’ Revival Could Finally Provide Entertaining TV For Middle America

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

After two decades, ABC’s award-winning sitcom “Roseanne” (1988-1997) will return to television for an eight-episode revival in 2018. The decision seems to have been largely influenced by a politically energized, and conservative leaning, working-class demographic that came out in droves to support President Trump and his job growth agenda. Network executives have suddenly changed their tune about ignoring this demographic, whom they now see as a lucrative built-in audience.

The original “Roseanne” series broke new ground by giving viewers a more raw and realistic perspective of the daily lives of an average working-class family—the Conner’s—and all their joys and struggles in raising three children. The show was lauded for simply taking an unlikely subject and making it widely identifiable to American audiences through honesty, warmth, and quippy humor. For fans, it was true entertainment without all the pretentious liberal social messaging we so often see on television today.

What Politicians Sound Like to Middle America

Take, for example, the following exchange between Roseanne and a slick politician who’s going door-to-door hoping to sell his constituents on a jobs plan that no one in her blue-collar town can afford:

Read more at The Federalist.

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The Democratic Party’s Ominous Shift

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Democrats have long believed they alone occupy the higher intellectual ground, regardless of the issue. Recently, their party has undergone an ominous shift. Part of this involves their staunch refusal to engage in any meaningful debate of the issues—considering everyone else as just a bunch of cultural infidels. This is a dangerous mindset, as it threatens the fundamental underpinnings of our civility, and thus the overall stability of America.

The political energy driving the Democratic Party today primarily comes from the Left’s dominance in academia, entertainment, and media. This affords them an unprecedented ability to influence what most people learn, see, and hear—carefully controlling both the medium and the message to keep certain demographics increasingly mired in grievance, fear, and hate. At the heart of it all, of course, is identity politics, producing hotbeds of victim identities that form the basis for the incredibly divisive actions we’re now seeing.

Read More at American Thinker

Mainstream News: Shamelessly Diverting Our Attention

I am one of those people who refuse to waste my time watching liberal mainstream news. Yet, I often find that it’s almost impossible to completely escape their nonsense. That’s because my own trusted news channel thinks I need to know every shenanigan that liberals and their media are up to, keeping them front and center of my news experience without actually watching liberal news.

Let me be perfectly clear. I am not calling for a boycott of my news channel. Without it, there simply wouldn’t be a reliable news source and insightful commentary with a more objective voice anywhere on television. Nevertheless, there seems to be more time spent on sensationalizing the spectacle of a joyless, melodramatic, and conspiratorial liberal culture, instead of presenting more stories that really matter to hard-working Americans, such as border security, tax cuts, and healthcare reform.

Take for example the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. This was started by Leftist crybabies who continue to entertain dangerous fantasies of taking down a constitutionally elected president. How many months has the liberal media obsessed over Trump and Russia? And where’s their evidence? Had Hillary Clinton won the election, I doubt we would have heard a peep about Russia. It’s a game of political assassination.

‘Rosie The Riveter’ Iconicized The American Women Who Truly Fought Fascism

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

This Memorial Day, as we honor all those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf, let us not forget the American women who fought on the home front during World War II, and whose efforts ultimately helped us defeat the horrors of real fascism. It all started with a fictional gal named “Rosie the Riveter.”

A Tale of Two Rosies
Whenever we hear the name Rosie the Riveter, we tend to think of Westinghouse artist J. Howard Miller’s popular image of a spirited “We Can Do It” WWII-era woman, with her hair wrapped in a white polka-dotted red scarf, rolled up sleeves, and flexed bicep.

But this originally nameless 1942 rendering, part of an early government effort to rally badly needed American female workers, was never intended to be “Rosie.” Our modern Rosie association came about in the 1980s, after the feminist movement adopted the image as a symbol of female empowerment. Today, the icon appears on everything from coffee mugs to beach towels.

Read More at The Federalist

God and the Public Square: The History No Longer Taught in School

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Our founding fathers believed that America’s birth was the work of a Divine hand. How else could a small collection of farming colonies have won it’s independence from the mighty British Crown?

The Apotheosis of Washington

The founders also understood that civic virtue and morality were absolutely essential if citizens were going to govern themselves. In the words of our second president John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Unfortunately, this important part of our history is no longer taught in school. No wonder there’s so much hostility toward free speech these days, let alone religious expression. But it wasn’t always this way.

Recently, while visiting our nation’s capitol, I was amazed to see just how much religion was front and center everywhere I went. In fact, America’s capitol is a treasure trove of religious symbolism found on canvas, parchment, stained-glass, stone, and marble. Throughout the National Mall, God in the public square really isn’t such a taboo after all, as secularists would have us believe.

The National Archives Building
My journey began at the National Archives, a repository for America’s historic documents. My mission was to see our Charters of Freedom—the Declaration of Independence (1776), Constitution of the United States (1787), and Bill of Rights (1791)—located in the building’s rotunda.

Just before entering the rotunda there’s a bronze floor inlay of the Ten Commandments. This image was intended to convey that our legal system originated in God’s law.

2016: Intolerables vs Deplorables

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

The 2016 election was about the direction of America. The battle was a spectacular culture clash dominated by two groups. On one side were the Intolerables, made up largely by the Left’s complex of academia, news media, and entertainment bent on propagandizing intolerance and division. On the other side stood the “Deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton unaffectionately called them, millions of hard working Americans who supported Donald Trump.

Intolerables vs Deplorables

The Deplorables fought hard and won. And the Intolerables spontaneously combusted!

There are now so many embarrassing images of mindless emotionalism, dysfunction, and lack of self-control littering the American landscape, it’s become the new norm. Nevertheless, we must remember 2016 as the year that exposed the deranged Intolerables for who they really are. Let’s take a closer look:

1. Half-Witted Campus Radicals: Ever since institutions of higher learning have morphed into shameful grievance industries where identity politics, victimhood, and political correctness have flourished, so have we seen more division, anger, and hatred across America. Unfortunately, many students wear their victimhood as an uncommon badge of honor. They see themselves as innocent and everyone else is out to get them.

Now, with Trump having won the presidency, their hysterics have reached a whole new psychosomatic level.

Students across the nation have expressed feeling threatened and unsafe with a President-elect Trump. To help them cope, staff have organized everything from “cry-ins” and counseling to hot cocoa and puppy petting. Some students have even worn safety pins to signal that they’ve physically offered themselves as a “safe space” for others.

The Little Seal: A Tale of Political Risk

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Sometimes you just have to give other creatures in nature credit for having more common sense than we do. A striking example of this was on display when a little gray seal desperately climbed aboard a nearby whale watching boat off the coast of Vancouver Island. Everyone on the boat was a bit shocked at the sight of their new passenger—and it was all captured on video!

Big Government Cronies vs American Citizens

So why on earth would this cute little critter risk it all by hitching a ride on a boat full of people? Instinct for survival.

You see, the little seal had just narrowly escaped a pod of 12 very hungry killer whales, that were now spouting water from their blowholes as they circled the very boat harboring the seal.

Of course, seals don’t go through life in denial. They know exactly what they need to do every day to survive—avoid being consumed by killer whales. Unfortunately, on this day, this little guy found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe he was in the right place at the wrong time. After all, a boat was in reach and that gave him options—stay in the dangerous water or take a chance on something different by seeking refuge on a boat. Given the track record of killer whales, he probably figured he had nothing to lose.

Judge Plays God to Ban ‘Unimportant’ Bible Verse

By Andrew Shirley/Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. This article was recently published at CharismaNews.com and makes clear just how dangerously brazen the enemies of liberty have become.

The military’s highest court ruled yesterday that men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can be punished for exercising their religion if judges deem the practice not religiously “important.” The ruling upholds the government’s criminal prosecution of a U.S. Marine for refusing to discard personal notes that had Bible verses on them. The case may now be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling

In 2014, Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was ordered to remove from her workstation three pieces of paper with a paraphrase from the book of Isaiah, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper,” even though co-workers were permitted to keep nonreligious messages on their desks. She declined and was court-martialed. A lower court upheld Sterling’s court martial, rejecting her argument that her faith was protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“This is a real-life example of why judges shouldn’t play theologians,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Lance Corporal. “Here, a few judges concluded that keeping Scripture nearby isn’t ‘important,’ even though more than half of the world’s population belong to religions that teach the exact opposite. Avoiding obvious errors like this is why RFRA protects all religious beliefs, not just beliefs that government officials deem ‘important.’’’

Read more at Charisma News.