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By Todd Starnes

The Obama Administration’s air embargo of Israel has ended.

The two-day flight ban played right into the hands of Hamas and had Republicans wondering if the administration had launched an economic boycott of Israel.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican from Texas, lashed out at the administration’s $47 million aid package to Gaza and the FAA’s decision to shut down air travel to Israel.

“When Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo this week his first act was to announce $47 million in additional aid to Gaza, which is in effect $47 million for Hamas,” Cruz said. “In short order, this travel ban was announced by the FAA.  Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things.  One, it helps our enemy.  Two, it hurts our ally.”

The administration’s decision was, quite frankly, suspicious. There have been no such flight bans over other war-torn nations. So why Israel?

“The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands,” Cruz said.

Last night – President Obama seemed to downplay events in the Middle East. He told a gathering at a posh Los Angeles fundraiser that Americas were more concerned about the conflict in Washington, D.C. than they were about the conflict in the Middle East.

“Obviously, people are concerned about some of the turmoil that’s taking place around the world,” the president told his Hollywood friends. “And they look at the Middle East and they see a transition from an old order to a new order, and they’re not sure how that’s going to happen, and the terrible violence that occurs as a result.”

That statement exudes arrogance. Does the president truly believe that Republican opposition to his radical policies is more egregious than the war drums beating in the Middle East?

President Obama called the crisis a transition — “from an old order to a new order.”

What’s happening, Mr. President, is the systematic extermination of Christians and Jews – in Iraq and Israel. And quite frankly – many Americans are not quite sure whose side his administration is on.

Since our president seems to be allowing moral equivalency to cloud his judgement, let me lay out the two choices the Obama Administration -they can either support Israel or they can support the terrorist thugs who want to wipe them off the face of the Earth.

This commentator stands with Israel.

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By Todd Starnes

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has become the latest American to be subjected to a public flogging at the hands of LGBT activists.

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Dungy, the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, told a newspaper that he would not have taken Michael Sam in the NFL draft.

Sam is the first openly gay professional football player.

Here’s what Dungy, now an analyst for NBC,  told a Tampa Bay newspaper about the media buzz surrounding Sam:

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

He later clarified his remarks – explaining that he gave the interview around the time the Oprah Winfrey reality show was going to chronicle Sam’s NFL journey.

He released a statement to ProFootballTalk.com. It reads in part:

I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.

I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.

I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.
I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three months and have always answered them the same way—by saying that playing in the NFL is, and should be, about merit.
The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to prove whether they’re good enough to play. That’s my opinion as a coach. But those were not the questions I was asked.
What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.

I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.

I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.

“I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization. I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately, we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.”

Dungy’s honest answer unleashed a flurry of hate.

Headlines labeled the coach as anti-gay, homphobic. An ESPN host called him the worst person of the week.

But in reality, Tony Dungy is one of the nicest men in the country. He’s a family man who loves God and is passionate about his Christian faith.

The lesson here folks – is that in the NFL tolerance will not be tolerated.

Don Jones – of the Miami Dolphins – learned that lesson, too.

He was slapped with a fine shipped off to a re-education camp after he posted an innocuous tweet about Sam.

David Tyree is learning that lesson, as well. Gay rights activists are furious that he was hired by the New York Giants. Tyree is an outspoken Christian and supporter of traditional marriage. To their credit, the Giants have decided to stand by Tyree — so far.

I address the issue of tolerance in the NFL in my new book, “God Less America.” Read chapter 12 – “Why Does the NFL Hate Tim Tebow?”

Professional sports is becoming less about the game and more about which team you bat for.

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By Todd Starnes

For the past two months I’ve said the best way to stop the invasion of America is to either send Chuck Norris or the National Guard to the border.

Texas Governor Rick Perry decided to send the National Guard.

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One thousand troops in all will be dispatched – with orders to secure the border between the United States and Mexico.

Governor Perry says the citizens of Texas are under siege — but his pleas for help have fallen on deaf ears at the White House.

The administration is secretly shuttling illegals across the fruited plain – dumping them in small towns and telling local residents to deal with the problem.

So the Lone Star State is dealing with the problem and sending a message to Central America: Don’t Mess With Texas!

Meanwhile, as Governor Perry defends sovereign American soil – President Obama is back on the campaign trail hobnobbing with celebrities in Hollywood in advance of his multi-million dollar vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.

These days the governor of Texas is being more presidential than the president.

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Burger King, the home of the flame-broiled whopper, has announced the creation of a new menu item — a gay pride burger.

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The Proud Whopper comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with the inscription: “We are all the same inside.” The burger is being sold at a Burger King restaurant in San Francisco, USA Today reported.

The fast food chain also posted a video promoting the sandwich on its YouTube channel.

The video features a Burger King cashier asking a customer: “Do you want to go with meat or without meat. We can go both ways.”

“It showcases who we are as a brand,” Burger King’s Fernando Machado told USA Today. “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.”

You might recall Burger King previously reworked their “Have it your way” slogan. Their new slogan is “Be your way.”

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The U.S. ambassador to Israel hoisted a gay pride flag over the American embassy in what is believed to be a groundbreaking moment.

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“Proudly flying the colors,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote on the embassy’s Facebook page. He posted a photograph showing a rainbow colored flag flying alongside the American flag outside the embassy in Tel Aviv.

“For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag,” Shapiro wrote. “We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.”

So the Obama Administration publicly endorses and affirms the gay rights movement. Meanwhile, American military personnel are being ordered to remove Bibles from their desks and Bible verses from their walls — lest they be accused of publicly endorsing or affirming Christianity.

Some might call that a double-standard.

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The man who wanted to be the military’s first “humanist” chaplain didn’t have a prayer.

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The Navy Chaplain Accession board rejected Jason Heap’s application. Heap had advanced degrees from Brite Divinity School and Oxford University but he did not have an endorsement from a religious organization approved by the Navy.

Heap had been endorsed by The Humanist Society and was supported by the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers.

A Navy official familiar with the process of selecting chaplains confirmed that Heap was not offered a commission but because of privacy concerns was unable to explain why.

“Due to the highly competitive nature of the board, less than 50 percent of the applicants could be recommended for a commission in the United States Navy, LCDR Chris Servello said in a statement.

Heap could not be reached for comment and telephone calls to The Humanist Group and the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers were not returned.

“I think they did exactly the right thing,” said Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council. “It’s heartening to see the military recognize the silliness of this. It’s a rather obvious oxymoron.”

Ron Crews, the executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, also commended the Navy’s decision.

“All current regulations and policies refer to chaplains as providing spiritual guidance,” Crews told me. “It is hard for me to see how someone without faith in a supreme being can provide spiritual guidance to the men and women who serve our armed forces.”

But the MAFF argues that chaplains aren’t doing enough to reach out to those who are not religious.

According to research in 2009 by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, about a quarter of military servicemembers who participated in the study said they had “no religious preference.” More than 3.6 percent identified as humanist, while a little over 1 percent identified as pagan.

Several organizations and religious scholars have pressed the U.S. military to consider naming chaplains for those servicemembers.

“Such broad-based and growing support of professionals and experts should make it easy for the Department of Defense and the Navy to open their doors to diversity of belief that includes humanists and other nontheists,” the group said in a statement last year.

Rep. John Fleming, a Louisiana Republican, told Fox News that Heap was simply missing the “main ingredient” to be a chaplain.

“By definition, if you are a person who is not a believer in God, that automatically disqualifies you,” Fleming said. “On a much more technical basis, you must be certified by an endorsing agency.”

The congressman said the military did “exactly the right thing.”

(with reporting from Fox News)

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By Todd Starnes

Folks – if you don’t already home school your children – you will after reading this item.

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A second grader in Colorado Springs, Colo. was sent to the principal’s office after he told his teacher that a cloud formation looked like a gun.

Kody Smith, a student at Talbott Elementary School, was instructed by his teacher to describe cloud formations.

The teacher told the students to use their imaginations.

So Kody thought one of the clouds looked like a firearm so he drew a picture of a gun.

The eight year old’s teacher saw the picture and apparently suffered some sort of panic attack.

She sent the child to the principal’s office – where a behavior report was filed. Television station KKTV reported that the child’s drawing was “disruptive to the entire learning community.”

Kody’s mom was furious – and pointed out that he was just following the rules of the assignment.

“He’s 8 years old,” Angel Rivers told the television station. “He was doing exactly what he was told to do for the assignment.”

The Widefield School District released a statement defending their actions — calling it an “age-appropriate reaction to an incident.” They also noted that their response was “in line with routine procedures focused on school safety.”

They said the cloud incident will not become a part of Kody’s permanent record.

Well, that’s a relief – because we all know that while guns don’t kill people – cumulonimbus clouds just might.

Idiots.

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By Todd Starnes

Google apparently did not think it was worth their time to create a Memorial Day doodle honoring the brave men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

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Many online users of the search engine expressed their outrage  over what they consider to be a patriotic slight.

Google also chooses to ignore Christian holidays like Christmas. So they have a problem with G.I. Joe and Jesus? Imagine that.

But they have no problem making doodles for Earth Day or Charles Darwin’s birthday. (He’s the guy who thinks we came from monkeys.)

Google did not comment – but late yesterday – the company added a tiny American flag and yellow ribbon to its page.

The website Search Engine Roundtable noted that  Google has a long history of not honoring Memorial Day. In 2008, they released a statement to the website explaining they feared a Memorial Day graphic could be interpreted as disrespectful.

“If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design,” the statement read.

For the record – Google is a private company. They can doodle whoever or whatever they want.

But there are also plenty of other search engines on the Internet – and many of them honored our fallen war heroes – including Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com.

So you can either use a search engine that honors America and Jesus – or one that doesn’t.

And perhaps someone should remind the folks at Google – that American heroes shed their blood – so they could have the right to doodle.

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American Christians are facing uncertain times. Our nation’s values are under assault. Religious liberty has been undermined. We live in a day when right is now wrong and wrong is now right. The vicious leftwing attack against the recent traditional marriage stance of Chick-fil-A should serve as a wakeup call to people of faith. It’s not about a chicken sandwich. It’s about religious liberty. It’s about free speech. It’s about the future of our nation.

As a commentator covering the culture war for FOX News, Todd Starnes is on the front lines of these attacks against traditional values. In God Less America, he uses both recent news stories and compelling interviews with today’s top conservative leaders to bring to light what is happening across our country. In his award-winning, satire-meets-serious writing style, he strikes an important blow in today’s culture wars.

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe the words “under God” should remain in the Pledge of a Allegiance, according to a from LifeWay Research.

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Their survey found that 85 percent of Americans want to keep “under God” in the pledge.

The survey results show little support for changing the pledge, says Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research.

“Most Americans have recited the pledge hundreds of times and are not inclined to memorize a different pledge,” said Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research. “Changing it may just feel wrong. Most Americans say they believe in God or a higher being and feel comfortable having ‘under God’ in the pledge.”

Earlier this week, the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey school district claiming the words “under God” violated the state constitution.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.”

“Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.”

LifeWay researchers did find one in four Americans (25 percent) believe forcing students to say “under God” violates their rights. But less than one in 10 (eight percent) Americans want to remove “under God” from the pledge.

The study by LifeWay Research also found younger Americans are more likely to support removal of “under God” from the pledge. Fourteen percent of those ages 18-29 want to remove the phrase, compared to five percent of those over 64.

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