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President Obama said vacationers are more dangerous than the Syrian refugees that he wants to secretly stash in your neighborhood.

“The idea that somehow they pose a more significant threat than all the tourists who pour into the United States every single day just doesn’t jibe with reality,” the president said in Manila. “So my expectation is after the initial spasm of rhetoric, the people will settle down, take a look at the facts, and we’ll be able to proceed,” he said.

“Spasm of rhetoric”?

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Islamic radicals have vowed to wage jihad in the United States and our Commander-in-Chief is ignoring the threat. And he thinks those of us who fear for the safety of our families are hysterical loons?

Is that what he told the people of Boston after two Muslim refugees blew up the marathon? Did the people “settle down” after their legs were blown off, Mr. President?

It seems to me that the prudent approach is to put Syrian refugees on hold. Let our law enforcement and anti-terrorism experts investigate the vetting process.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, issued a dire warning for Americans.

“There is simply no way to vet Syrian refugees,” he said. “There is no database in Syria against which they can run a check. They have no way to enter Syria to verify the applicant’s personal information. And we know the region is being flooded with false documents.”

And yet, Mr. Obama refuses to change his mind. He called those who oppose his outreach to Syrian Muslims shameful and un-American.

“Visceral disgust” is how the Washington Post described the president’s attitude.

He said the Republican Party is “scared of widows and orphans” and he went so far as to suggest that the GOP’s rhetoric is a recruitment tool for the Islamic radicals.

Several dozen governors pleaded with the White House to place a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees. But the president ignored their concerns. They have no choice, the administration said. They must accept the Syrians.

And Mr. Obama promised to veto any Republican legislation that would improve screening measure for Syrian refugees. Now why would the president veto something that would protect our families from would-be jihadists trying to sneak into the country?

These are very dangerous days for our nation, friends. Dangerous days.

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Statement by Melissa Click, Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication, Regarding Carnahan Quad Protests

COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Yesterday was an historic day at MU—full of emotion and confusion. I have reviewed and reflected upon the video of me that is circulating, and have written this statement to offer both apology and context for my actions. I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions. I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.


From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility. When I apologized to one of the reporters in a phone call this afternoon, he accepted my apology. I believe he is doing a difficult job, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him. His dignity also speaks well to the Journalism program at MU. Again, I wish to express my sincere apology for my actions on Carnahan Quad yesterday.”


By Todd Starnes

The president of the University of Missouri has resigned — run out of town by a rampaging mob of race agitators armed with torches and pitchforks.

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Tim Wolfe had been under fire over racially charged incidents on campus — mostly unsubstantiated incidents, I might add.

Among other things – The protesters had demanded President Wolfe acknowledge his white male privilege.

The football team joined the mob – along with the head coach and athletic director. And that pretty pretty much sealed the president’s fate.

So here’s my take. The university should’ve kept the president and fired the football coach. They should’ve revoked the scholarships of the striking players and replaced them with kids who actually want to play football and get an education.

I don’t know Tim Wolfe – but I sorta feel sorry for the guy.

As far as I can tell –the only thing he’s guilty of — is being a white man

By Todd Starnes

It’s an exciting day around the Fox News Corner of the World. We are debuting a brand new music video from Chris Tomlin’s new Christmas project, “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship.”

Folks – this new project will bless your biscuits!

The video we are debuting features a performances from Lauren Daigle. Other artists who participated in the project include All Sons & Daughters and Kristyn Getty.  It was filmed at Nashville’s historic Ocean Way Recording Studio.

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Chris is a friend of our show and he’s one of the most powerful worship leaders in our nation. He’s currently on the second leg of his “Love Ran Red Tour.”

In December he will kick off a Christmas tour featuring Crowder and Lauren Daigle.

And get this — anyone who offers to support CURE International will receive a free copy of the Christmas album! Check out Chris’ website for more info! 

By Todd Starnes

A 13-year-old Maryland boy is facing an assault charge after he kissed a classmate.

The criminal kiss happened at Pikesville Middle School between the seventh grade boy and an eighth grade girl.

The youngster tells police he stole the kiss on a dare, CBS reports. 

Now before you get too riled up at the school district — I should tell you there’s a bit more to this story.

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This was not an innocent peck on the girl’s cheek.

Police say the boy grabbed the young lady by the shirt and delivered an open-mouth slobberknocker of a smooch.

So does that merit arresting the child and charging him with second degree assault?

And if so – what other kind of childhood shenanigans could land kids behind bars?

Is it possible that one day we could read about three-year-olds getting charged with theft for taking another child’s teddy bear during playtime?

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By Todd Starnes

Office Depot is apologizing after they turned away a Roman Catholic who wanted to print copies of a pro-life prayer.


It happened in Schaumburg, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago.

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Maria Goldstein wanted them to make 500 copies of “A Prayer for Planned Parenthood.”

But a store worker told Maria no — that her pro-life prayer violated company policy.

The Thomas More Society – said Office Depot’s actions amounted to religious discrimination.

This controversy appears to be short-lived because Office Depot had a change of heart and  apologized.

“We sincerely apologize to Ms. (Maria) Goldstein for her experience and our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs,” Office Depot Chairman and CEO Roland Smith, said in a statement, the Chicago Tribune reported. “We invite her to return to Office Depot if she still wishes to print the flier.”

The Tribune reported the company prohibits “the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people,” as well as copyrighted material, company spokeswoman Karen Denning told the Tribune. The flier that Goldstein wanted to copy “contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights,” she said.

“We are grateful that Office Depot has apologized for discriminating against Maria Goldstein based on the content of her flyers,” said Thomas More Society attorney Tom Olp. “This situation is a reminder that religious liberty is increasingly under attack today, but it is a fundamental American right that every one of us should value and defend.”


I want to end today’s commentary with a question for proponents of religious liberty.

Much like Christian bakers who refuse to take business that violates their religious beliefs, don’t secular companies have a right to refuse business that violates their beliefs?

With reporting from Associated Press


By Todd Starnes

A new Miss America was crowned last night in Atlantic City — the lovely Betty Cantrell of Warner Robins, Georgia.

The Queen of Femininity – as Bert Parks once crooned in the oh-so-politically incorrect days of yesteryear.

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It was quite a night on the boardwalk where a distinguished panel of left-wing judges tested the ladies intellect on a number of the most pressing issues of our day.

They broached issues like banning guns, defunding Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis and Tom Brady’s balls.

Oh yes – one of the finalists wanted to put Ellen Degeneres’ face on the ten dollar bill – because she represents tolerance and diversity.

Nobody asked about Hillary Clinton’s email servers.

Miss South Carolina turned out to be one of the few ladies who refused to kow-tow to the judge’s agenda.

She show down an anti-gun question by saying she opposed banning firearms.

Needless to say – the Pride of the Palmetto State did not win.

Liberals frown on pistol packing beauty queens.

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By Todd Starnes

There aren’t too many places left in America where a guy can just be a guy and do guy things — like talk about sports and tell a few jokes and hoist back a root beer — or two.

But the barbershop is still one of those places — a sanctuary for manliness. Except — that is – in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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John Interval owns Barbiere – a high end gentleman’s barber shop in the town of Washington. The shop features leather chairs, beer on tap and Sinatra on the stereo.

The other day Mr. Interval was slapped with a big fine after he refused to cut a lady’s hair – $750.

The state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs said he was guilty of gender discrimination.

But Mr. Interval says it’s got nothing to do with discrimination.

“I didn’t really consider it so much a discrimination thing as — it’s a barber shop — for guys,” he told television station KDKA. 

Seems a lot of folks agree with Mr. Interval. Nearly 100 have signed a petition opposing the board’s ruling.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” customer Jeff Andrewson,” told The Observer-Reporter. “You can clearly see no women come here to get their hair cut.”

But the state says the law is the law — which makes about as much sense as a guy going to a gynecologist for a prostate exam.

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By Todd Starnes

The narrative from Roanoke, Virginia was determined within an hour of the televised execution of those two journalists

It’s about the guns. That’s what the President says. That’s what the chattering class says. That’s what the Mainstream Media says.


Remember the headlines from Charleston? “White Gunman Opens Fire on Black Church.”

It was a hate crime, they said. Ban the Confederate flag, they demanded.

The news coverage from Roanoke has been a bit more politically correct — even though the killer admitted he wanted to start a race war. They sanitized it to meet their preconceived narrative.

There were no headlines reading “Gay Black Man Guns Down White Heterosexual Reporters.” There were no calls to ban the rainbow flag. No presidential speeches or Civil Rights marches.

A black man killing white people because of the color of their skin — that’s not a narrative they wants to talk about. Because in their world — that’s not a hate crime.

But in my world – all murder should be considered a hate crime – regardless of skin color.

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By Todd Starnes

There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.

The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.

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“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper. 

In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights.

In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony.

Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000.

“Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event,” the order reads.

Word about the band getting benched spread across the town quicker than kudzu. I must have received emails and Facebook messages from nearly the entire state – from Desoto County to Yazoo City. 

Something must be done to right this wrong, people said. A message had to be sent to the likes of Judge Reeves. Locals gathered in coffee shops and garages to devise their plan. 

And what they did — would become known as the musical shot heard around the world.

During halftime of Friday night’s game – a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang. And then – something remarkable happened. 

Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance. 

“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”

She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium – a musical act of civil disobedience.

“At that moment I was so proud of my town – coming together and taking a stand for something we believe in,” she said. “It breaks my heart to see where our country is going — getting farther and farther away from the Christian beliefs that our country was founded on.”

I suspect Miss Brittany wasn’t the only one who felt a sense of pride in the Magnolia State on that warm summer night.

“We may be pictured as toothless, barefoot, uneducated people around the country, but we are far from it,” nearby resident Mandy Miller told me. “I’m from Mississippi and I’m not ashamed to take a stand.”

Oh what a sight it must have been — as hundreds and hundreds of people stood together and with one voice — sent a message to Judge Reeves.

“This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from the South,” Miss Mandy told me. “We are getting tired of being told to sit down and shut up. People are ready to fight back.”

Miss Mandy is absolutely right. The time has come to stand up to the secularists. The time has come to put an end to their cultural jihad. 

I hope the Rankin County School Board will reconsider its decision and allow the marching band to resume performing “How Great Thou Art.” 

And should Judge Reeves make good on his threat to financially punish the school district, I will personally pay the $10,000 fine.