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By Todd Starnes

I don’t play a make-believe conservative on the radio — I happen to be a conservative in real life.

I’m a gun-toting, Bible-clinging, Constitution-loving, Flag-waving American.

I am a devout follower of our Lord and the United States Constitution.

I believe we are one nation under God.

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I believe in extremely limited government. I support a flat tax. I believe we should return control of our public schools to local communities.

I believe in the Second Amendment.

I believe we should defend American sovereignty – and secure our borders.

I believe in the sons and daughters of liberty – defending our nation in the greatest military on the planet.

I believe in putting American workers first, not foreigners.

Now you may not agree with everything I have to say – but that’s okay. Because I also believe in the First Amendment – and your right to say what’s on your mind — even if you happen to be one of those hippy-dippy, pot-smoking liberal loons.

I believe in America – the most exceptional national nation in history.

All that to say – I’m a conservative — and you have a friend at the Fox News Corner of the World.

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By Dr. Everett Piper

On January 18, Jerry Falwell, Jr. welcomed Donald Trump to Liberty University to speak in the school’s chapel. As the college president who wrote the “This is Not a Daycare article that received so much national attention recently, I have been asked by the media if I would be next: Will I be inviting Mr. Trump to Oklahoma Wesleyan University to speak in our chapel service? My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not.

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In selecting speakers for Oklahoma Wesleyan, party affiliation and political positions do not matter. Personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do. In short, unless it is an open debate where different sides of the issue will be presented, we choose speakers who generally promote our university’s mission and who do not stand in opposition, either in word or deed, to what we claim to hold dear as a Christian community. I believe I owe it to our students, faculty, staff, board, donors and church to do nothing less— and frankly, Donald Trump simply doesn’t represent OKWU’s behavioral, theological, moral or political ideals.

“But, we need to defeat Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” many have said: “Your criticism of Trump only helps them. You need to stop attacking those on ‘our side!’”

My response:

Anyone who is pro-abortion is not on my side. Anyone who calls women “pigs,” “ugly,” “fat” and “pieces of a–” is not on my side. Anyone who mocks the handicapped is not on my side. Anyone who has argued the merits of a government takeover of banks, student loans, the auto industry and healthcare is not on my side. Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side. Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side. Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.

I’m a conservative. I believe in conserving the dignity of life. I believe in conserving respect for women. I believe in conserving the Constitution. I believe in conserving private property, religious liberty and human freedom. I believe in morality more than I do in money. I hold to principles more than I yearn for power. I trust my Creator more than I do human character. I’d like to think that all this, and more, makes me an informed and thoughtful citizen and voter. I’ve read, I’ve listened and I’ve studied and there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, in this man’s track record that makes Donald Trump “on my side.”

I refuse to let my desire to win “trump” my moral compass. I will not sell my soul or my university’s to a political process that values victory more than virtue.

No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

“The conservative…will not surrender to the contagion of mass-opinion or the temptations of…power… [I]f he hopes to conserve anything at all, he must make his stand unflinchingly.” Russell Kirk

Dr. Piper is president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

By Todd Starnes

A Minnesota basketball team was bounced from a league for being too good.

The coach of the Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association says his team was forced out of the Northwest Suburban Basketball League, Fox 9 reports. 

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“We found out Friday at lunchtime that we’re not going to be allowed because according to the league our girls were too talented,” coach Jason Hanauska told the station.

The team received a letter that stated the girls teams was too talented and other teams don’t want to play to their higher standards.

It would sort of be like telling the Carolina Panthers they aren’t allowed to play in the Super Bowl because they are too good.

The coach hopes the league will reverse their decision – but it’s unlikely.

“Are we supposed to play worse just to make them happy?” team member Tessa McCarthy told the station.

Welcome to the era of entitlement, folks. Everyone’s a winner. Everyone gets a trophy. No hurt feelings.

On the flip side – we’re quickly becoming a nation that celebrates inferiority. A nation of losers.

 

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By Todd Starnes

You might want to slip on a Kevlar vest and some body armor the next time you head down to the local shopping mall.

The entitlement generation is on the rampage – turning many of our nation’s shopping centers into war zones.

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Over the long holiday weekend mobs of unsupervised teenagers terrorized shoppers and pillaged department stores across the fruited plain.

As many as 2,000 teenagers rioted Saturday night at the Mall St. Matthews in suburban Louisville, Kentucky.

Officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesperson for the St. Matthews Police Department, told USA Today that most of the offenders had been dropped off at the mall or had arrived by public transportation.

“You have to give our officers some credit,” he said. “They were being cussed at, stuff was thrown at them. It could have been much, much worse. We’re very fortunate we didn’t have a police officer injured, fortunate there weren’t more innocent people hurt.”

By all accounts, it was pure mayhem at the mall. Here’s some of the scanner traffic from Saturday night:

“We need more units over here by the Cinemark. We need help. We need help over here. There’s us and three take-down officers. We need people over here. We’ve got multiple fights – crowds of hundreds. We’ve got stores going into lockdown, shutting their gates. We’ve got hundreds of kids heading to the theater. We need some units over here.”

At some point you have to wonder if mall management will provide “safe spaces” for customers.

But it’s not just in Louisville. There were more than a dozen attacks at malls across the country.

Hundreds of teenagers fought at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, according to television station KTHV. Fisticuffs broke out at the Monroeville Mall near Pittsburgh – after as many as 1,000 teens invaded the complex.

Brawls were also reported in Charlotte, N.C., Wisconsin, Long Island, N.Y. and North Riverside Park Mall in Illinois.

There were fights reported at movie theaters in Jacksonville, Fla. and Memphis, Tenn.

What happened in Louisville was made even worse because not a single person was arrested – not one.

Instead, they loaded up the little thugs and thugettes on city buses to take them back to where they came from.

Now, what kind of message does that send? Does the city have a “Pillage & Plunder & Get a Free Ride Home” policy?

It seems to me those buses should’ve hauled their butts to county lockup – all 2,000.

And then – the police should’ve sworn out warrants on all those absentee moms and dads.

But instead — they stood down.

What’s the point of having law enforcement if they aren’t going to enforce the law?

Pay attention, America. The entitlement generation is on the rampage – and they will not be stopped – not even for Dippin Dots.

By Todd Starnes

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.

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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