Christina Martin: Boston and America Still Need Our Prayers for Life – Abraham Lincoln believed prayer was essential in the shaping of our country. Lincoln’s writings reveal his opinion that the civil war was a judgment of God because of the sin of the American people, particularly in regards to slavery. In a March 30, 1863 Proclamation for a day of prayer and fasting Lincoln wrote, “it behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Armstrong Williams: America Truly is the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – On Sept. 11, 2001 we watched in horror as terrorists toppled the twin towers in New York City. Terrorists struck again last week with twin bombings in the heart of Boston. Our response as Americans must be defiance against terrorism. We must not only deny terrorism itself as an act, but also deny the terrorists their desired victory. We can never let ourselves be cowed or collectively frozen, whether in shock or fear
Ruben Navarrette: Americans Sending Mixed Signals on Immigration – Judging from the initial public reaction to the immigration reform bill drafted by the Senate’s “Gang of Eight,” many Americans have been pretending to be moderates on this issue when they are actually closer to the extremes. They’ve been saying one thing when they really believe another. They’ve been trying to fool the rest of us into thinking they’re fair-minded and ready to negotiate when actually their positions are set and their minds are shut.
Javier Manjarres: Rubio Supports Border States Protecting U.S. Border – Rubio is right on immigration, but does anyone find it odd that President Obama, Sen. Schumer and other supporters of full amnesty for illegal immigrants, would now go along with this kind of bill? These are the same people that have, for years, fought these very same measures they are now supporting. Buyer beware.
Silvio Canto: Boston Attacks Will Complicate Immigration Reform – It goes without saying that immigration reform will get a lot harder to do. Fair or unfair but it will be that way. The Gang of 8 was hoping to focus heavily on economics and justice. The debate will now focus on domestic security. This is not where the Gang of 8 wanted to spend their time. Sorry but immigration reform is now in real trouble. And you can’t blame voters for asking for a better accounting of who is in the country and what they are doing here.
More Ruben Navarrette: Boston Bombing Shouldn’t Derail Immigration Reform - A few days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Senate’s “gang of eight” unveiled what is the most significant piece of immigration reform legislation in more than a quarter century. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 is an expertly crafted, bipartisan compromise that has a real shot at improving the lives of millions of people and fixing a broken system. Yet, because of unrelated events, the legislation could wind up hanging by a thread. Why? Because the prime suspects in the Boston bombing are immigrants.
Crystal Wright: Rep. Peter King Was Right, America Has a Homegrown Muslim Terrorist Problem – Remember when Republican Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, held hearings in 2011 and 2012 on the radicalization of Muslims here at home? “Today, we must be fully aware that homegrown radicalization is part of Al Qaeda’s strategy to continue attacking the United States,” King said. Well, the Boston marathon terrorist attack suggests King was right and Democrats were wrong.
Michelle Malkin: Reminder: Boston Bombers not the First Refugee Jihadist Brothers to Plot Against America - More details are seeping out about how the Boston jihadist brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to the U.S. and managed to stay here despite security threat red flags raised to the FBI two years ago. In case you’d forgotten, the Tsarnaevs aren’t the first set of refugee jihadist brothers to plot violence and terror against America — the land of opportunity that welcomed them.
Anthony Bradley: Journalists Bearing False Witness in Boston – There are arguably two forces that may be destroying the ethics of journalism today. The first is the competition for rankings and advertising that drives the obsession to report something “first” in a 24-hour news cycle. The second is social media exacerbates the first. These two forces make journalists vulnerable to poor, unethical reporting. We are seeing this play out in what could easily be considered unethical coverage of the tragedy in Boston by CNN…
Ron Miller: Unchartered Waters Ahead – Why, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing in Boston, were people in the media, people who have been blessed with a platform, the power to shape opinions, and the responsibility as stewards of the national trust, wishing that the perpetrators of the bombing were white, right-wing, members of the Tea Party, or some combination thereof? What could possibly have motivated that kind of thinking in the midst of tragedy?
Kevin Jackson: Racism Taught by Liberals – I have told whites that many Liberal blacks hate white people, and wish them ill will or worse. The “tolerant” Left doesn’t like discussing their racism, because their racism IS the racism they try to deflect onto Republicans and Conservatives. Racism against Conservatives of all colors is part of the Leftist system. It is taught in schools, and it is encouraged in communities, and in families.
Ken Blackwell: Egypt Persecutes Christians and Americans Pay the Bill – The Obama administration has never explained how it makes sense for Americans to borrow billions from China to give it to a government in Egypt that is rolling over its own citizens and turning a blind eye to those of its backers who are burning Coptic churches, shooting them down, and setting them on fire. We may not be able to protect the Copts of Egypt, but we surely should not be helping their persecutors.
Richard Ivory: Children and the State: Foster Care in America – While African-American and Hispanic children are in the minority in the overall child population, they comprise a majority of the children in the foster-care system. Research suggests not only that more of these children are in the system, but that they remain in the system for a longer period of time. African-American children comprise 41 percent of all children in foster care while they are only 15 percent of the population nationwide.
Alveda King: “42″ Stirs the Heart and the Conscience – While I’m often accused of finding pro-life messages behind every tree, it can’t be denied that “42″ brings an inherent message of courage, compassion and composure that prevailed in the lives of Jackie and Rae Robinson as well as Dodgers Manager Branch Rickey. These same principles are needed so much in the ongoing heated moral debates of our time.
Lauren Enriquez: Planned Parenthood’s Strategic Use of Sex – Conditioned by Planned Parenthood to seek constant sexual gratification will prompt teens and adults alike to obtain birth control, and it will eventually lead to unsafe practices that will result in a need for constant STD testing. In many cases, these sexual practices will also lead to unplanned pregnancies. Planned Parenthood makes big bucks off the services that surround sexual promiscuity: birth control, STD testing, and abortion. See the connection?
Ramesh Ponnuru: Myth Making on Abortion – The Washington Post’s “five myths” column propagates myths at least as often as it debunks them, and the “five myths about abortion” adds to that dismal record. Rickie Solinger claims, first, that abortion was generally legal in the U.S. until the mid-19th century and that restrictions on it did not reflect a concern for the right to life of unborn children but rather concern for maternal safety, obstetricians’ desire to kneecap their less-professional competitors, and so forth.