Sorry, Steve, but this isn’t about what our President does or doesn’t do. It’s about making sure that protecting our First Amendment isn’t solely about pushing the envelope to see who we can infuriate in order to condemn their reaction.
We have an honorable past which dictates that common decency, as expressed by the community, effectively deters idiots from provoking others……even though they have the right to do so.
Mocking others is never the best way to make your point and my point was simply that we, as a citizenry, have somehow lost the sense of outrage that mockery used to incite in us.
 May 6, 2015 at 9:08am
Obviously, the majority here is on the same page — First Amendment rights trump all else.
Yes, in America everyone has the RIGHT to say or print whatever they believe (except Christians, it seems). What I don’t understand, though, is the mindset which says that taunting a group of people is just fine…….as long as it’s done in the name of Free Speech.
A few years ago, America was outraged that an artist would create and display a jar of urine with a crucifix in it, calling it “Art.” Was he allowed to do this? Of course. But, public outcry quickly dampened the art circles from lauding their fellow artist for his ingenuity.
Nobody condones the radical Islamic mindset which says that they must avenge the insult to their twisted religion by murder. But, what good is achieved by openly taunting a group of people?
We have so many other venues with which to argue and defend Free Speech here in America.
We have lost our communal sense of outrage that some feel Free Speech is an open invitation to taunt those they don’t agree with.
Sorry, but when our President won’t if say Muslim and Terrorist in the same sentence and call those that have guns, veterans, Christian etc. on a list then yes, we need to call them out. Those using Politically correct speech are trying to silence us. I salute those calling for free speech for all!
SCOUTS disagrees. Remember those POS who demonstrated at funerals of those killed in the middle east? We hated it, but they had a right to do it.
 February 11, 2015 at 10:31pm
Good to hear him say that he had a relationship with God. It would have been even more of a horrific existence if he was an atheist — no hope whatsoever.
 February 5, 2015 at 4:21pm
Amen, Grandma. My daughter was recently in the hospital for 10 weeks — we almost lost her twice. Her MRIs and other tests said that she would never be able to work again or communicate on a “normal” level. Forget trying to raise her two young children.
Despite these dire prognoses, after about eight weeks she was beginning to talk and follow logical thought processes — nobody could explain it. I finally insisted that a neuro-psych exam be done to try and determine her capabilities. She took the five-hour test on December 23rd and passed with flying colors, in spite of the fact that her MRIs still show she has severe atrophy of her brain. All they can do is scratch their head and say that her brain is “very elastic” and has created new pathways.
She started back to work yesterday part-time!
Yes, Grandma, PRAYER WORKS!
 August 12, 2014 at 11:46am
Same in Atlanta. I used to be very pro-bike riders until they began to think that they’re a car. They ride two-abreast and in the right lane (not the bike lane), refusing to move over to the right when a car approaches.
It seems that’s what happened here and I can’t blame the guy for getting fed up and confronting the biker. The biker’s attitude says it all.
I have been driving in Atlantic traffic nearly every day for 15 years - all over the city and suburbs - and I have never had problems with bike riders. I have had to slow down probably a dozen times in those years to wait until it was safe to pass, but that is not a big deal at all and it is the law.
 August 7, 2014 at 8:59am
It would have been nice if the article mentioned where this was located. I Googled it — the parks are located in California’s High Sierra mountains about half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
(Whooda thought anything so beautiful could be in California??)
@GrannyATL..... You're right. Think of all the fake, hokey, so-called stars in and around "Holly-Wierd" and look at the majestic grandeur of something that God created without nary a facelift one!!! There is no comparison between what is an illusion
What do you mean didn't think anything so beautiful in CA? I used to be in CA. Just kiddin. Some iconic views in the Park. Tunnel View,Half Dome, and for my bucket list, the Firefall that occurs at Horsetail falls around Valentines day if there is snow melting in the high country to from the falls and no clouds all the way to the ocean. The wall turns black and the falls turns cherry red. Photo made famous by Galen Rowell.
You get 50 miles in land from the coast and California is a pretty nice place. You would feel very welcome in the Central valley. Good conservative farm folk most of them. It's a shame the control LA, San Francisco and Sacramento has over this otherwise great state. Doesn't detract from the natural beauty though.
 August 6, 2014 at 9:50am
Hello, NotNice. It is very easy — There are certain elements that are normally necessary for fog to develop…..a certain amount of moisture aligned with the collision of warm and cold air. God can create fog when these elements are missing.
When these elements are missing, what explanation do you have other than your faith that it can’t be God?
 August 5, 2014 at 4:15pm
For those who don’t know God, of course there is no explanation other than “superstition.” For those that know God, it is further confirmation of the way He suspends nature in order to prove His presence.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (Matthew 4:9)
Dear @GrannyATL - please explain how fog is a "suspension of nature", or how fog "proves the presence" of God or a god or gods. Ascribing supernatural origins to easily explicable natural phenomena is the very definition of superstition.
Hello, NotNice. It is very easy -- There are certain elements that are normally necessary for fog to develop.....a certain amount of moisture aligned with the collision of warm and cold air. God can create fog when these elements are missing.
When these elements are missing, what explanation do you have other than your faith that it can't be God?
 August 5, 2014 at 4:06pm
These stories remind me of a great DVD series: “Against All Odds: Israel Survives.” You can rent it on Amazon. They are stories of miracles God provided to the Israelites since they became a sovereign nation in 1947. Some will make your hair stand on end!
My favorite involves an Israeli platoon who were surrounded by the enemy at night. Their only escape was to crawl through the field and hope they wouldn’t be discovered. Out of nowhere a fierce wind blew in and they had to stop and huddle until it was over. When the wind died down, by light of the moon they could suddenly see landmines everywhere. Now that the landmines were exposed, they could carefully pick their way through the field to safety.
The series of stories are well worth watching, as it becomes evident that God’s hand of protection is over Israel.
The CDC has a patent on an Ebola virus that goes back to 2010. Why would the CDC need to patent a virus?? It is patent #CA2741523A1.
Follow the money trail.
 August 3, 2014 at 4:49pm
I am pretty surprised at the comments here that condemn Brantley for returning for treatment. Emory and the CDC represent possibly the only hope for his survival.
If you are worried about Ebola coming to the USA, you need to be more worried about citizens of Liberia (and other countries) who are fleeing and could end up bringing Ebola here or into other countries. Heck, we could even have some of them slip through our southern borders. They could carry the disease without knowing it and are not under the scrutiny that Dr. Brently is.
Because the CDC is located a few miles from Emory University Hospital, there has long been a section of the hospital set aside for highly contagious disease patients wherein all contamination is strictly contained and managed. They are trying to save his life and this is his best shot.
Pray for him and Nancy Writebol. Their selflessness has quite possibly cost them their very lives.
 August 1, 2014 at 9:52pm
That’s what I have been thinking, too.
Why is it that there used to be a drug concoction that worked perfectly, every time, that is no unavailable? I know that here in Georgia there was a stay of executions for quite a while because the drug concoction was not being manufactured anymore…..or some such thing. Why is that?
Its made in Europe if I remember correctly. They won' export it because they don't believe in the death penalty.
Why it can't be manufactured here I don;t understand.
STP - Sodium Thio Pental. It's not made on Planet Earth anymore... there's no call for it since better drugs are now available. BUT... for years, State Boards have refused to let the drug mixtures be updated... so eventually the drug was simply not available. There are PLENTY of wonderful drug combinations that would send any human to their maker in a splendid fashion... except, you're not supposed to know about these things (Any Anesthesiologist will tell you.... ask one!) and it could cost you your license if you (a) Gave Advice and (b) performed the Procedure. So there is this weird "Certification" that goes on -- often leaving "Technicians" in charge of a life/death matter... and things get bungled.
July 17, 2014 at 1:59pm
Grover, my point is simply that it is a fictional movie. The excerpt from an earlier Blaze article specifically says that the movie itself does not explain how the priest fathered the child. How many people will sit in that movie theater and leave scratching their head…
There was no NEED to portray the relationship as a Catholic priest and his biological son if the premise of the movie is the prejudice against a Christian who firmly holds to his principles. That core premise would have worked just as well if the two men were brothers or uncle/nephew or a whole slew of other possible close relationships.
The movie does not explain their relationship…….it is not necessary to the plot. It fits well into the mindset which would cast priests as fathering illegitimate children rather than upholding their promise of chastity.
July 17, 2014 at 10:38am
I planned to see this movie tomorrow night when it opens. Now, forget it.
Stine has also fallen into the PC soup —
“Fred Thompson has had a multifaceted career. He’s been a U.S. senator, an attorney, a presidential candidate — and a TV actor. His latest project will bring him to the big screen, where he’ll play a Catholic priest bent on helping his biological son escape political persecution.
According to the writer of the movie, he had a son before he became a priest. How does that constitute any kind of outrage against your faith?
ASSUMPTION IS THE LOWEST FORM OF INTELLIGENCE. Therefore, maybe you had better see WHEN the Priest had his son instead of assuming the worst about the Priest. That's part of the problem nowadays about people. Their minds are full of trash and they have no analytical thinking skills. I never assume anything about anyone UNTIL I DO MY OWN RESEARCH - and no, I do not believe what others say. I FIND OUT FOR MYSELF.
So, you have made a grave assumption about a Priest, WHICH IS WRONG, btw.
July 12, 2014 at 8:02am
Whoever put these comparisons together needs to take some geography lessons. Neither of the NYC maps show NYC. The left shows New Jersey with the very bottom tip of NYC (Manhattan) at the bottom right of the picture. The one on the right shows Brooklyn and Nassau County (Long Island) with only a smidgen of NYC on the top left.
I'm a total map addict, though I'll admit to never having lived in New York. I clarified the caption a bit, but it's my understanding that Staten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn, all pictured, are part of NYC. Have I been misled?
Thanks for reading!
 June 26, 2014 at 12:36pm
Blaze, you need to change the headline…..Supreme Court Strikes Down Protest Free Zones Outside Abortion Clinics.
No, they didn’t. They struck down ONE state’s law to impose a 35′ buffer zone, which had included blocking people from being able to stand on public sidewalks. Many states have buffer zones, but they don’t impede a person’s ability to stand on the public right-of-way.
Believe each state can now cite the SCOTUS ruling individually if that's what their residents desire. I believe it's up to the electorate to decide if they want to follow suit or not.
 June 21, 2014 at 5:29pm
SoftwareBabe — Been there, too. Forty years ago for me and I spend a good part of my “spare” time helping women choose a different path, as well as counseling post-abortive women. Please check out the wonderful resources which are available to help you — one is http://www.RachelsVineyard.com.
How I honor my lost child is by standing outside a late-term abortion clinic weekly, offering these women a different choice. So often they feel trapped and I am there to tell them that people ARE willing to walk with them through their pregnancy and help them turn their lives around. We help these women in so many ways, even having baby showers for them. I have even helped deliver a few and have a phone full of photos of the babies whose mothers chose to walk away from the abortion clinic.
(We are having one baby shower today for a mother who is from China. She was here to study for her PhD. If she went home, pregnant and unmarried, she would have been forced to abort. We found a good Christian family to take her in and she is due in a few weeks. After she and the baby have had a chance to recover, she will go back home to China.)
You can turn your shame into a light of hope for women who otherwise have no hope. Your pain can become a beacon to others and a balm to your own soul.
 June 19, 2014 at 7:56pm
Bear, slaughter is the word that comes to mind. This “diplomacy” is all a ruse.
God help us.
 June 19, 2014 at 3:55pm
Bear, helicopters are the only way Embassy staff can get out at this point. (Visualize thousands of people being evacuated by helicopter……now visualize all the confiscated weaponry taken from the Iraqi military…..can you say say “sitting ducks”?)
Embassy staff are not trained military. They are desk jockeys with families back home.
 June 19, 2014 at 3:33pm
I pray that “300 military advisers” is a euphemism for 300 well-trained undercover operatives whose job is to rescue the thousands of State Department employees hunkered down at the American Embassy.
I fear, though, that they are just diplomats whose job is to try and make the Sunni and Shiah “cooperate across sectarian lines.”