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The Intolerant Left

Gary Bauer · Sep. 7, 2019

Famed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is under attack by the radical left and its media allies. Why is Brees suddenly the subject of so much attention?

Did he protest the national anthem? No. Did he tweet something nasty about Donald Trump? No. For those things, he would be applauded by our cultural elites.

No, Brees’s sin was recording a brief video encouraging kids to take their Bibles to school, encouraging them to “live out your faith … and share God’s love with friends.” Oh, the horror!

The video was produced by our friends at Focus on the Family. And for that Brees is being accused of promoting hate and being “anti-LGBT.” Nothing could be further from the truth — about either Drew Brees or Focus on the Family.

I still look back fondly on my years with Focus on the Family and my relationship with Dr. James Dobson. It was Dr. Dobson who appointed me as president of the Family Research Council after I left the Reagan administration.

The overwhelming majority of Focus’s work is helping to keep marriages and families intact because that is what we know is best for children. Unlike the left, Focus isn’t trying to force its values on anyone else. It doesn’t force anyone to follow its advice. It offers it freely to anyone who seeks it.

The attack on Brees is just the latest indication of the left’s growing intolerance for men and women of faith. It is a reminder of what is at stake in the culture war raging over the values we will pass on to our children and grandchildren.

More Left-wing Nonsense

  • The Real Salt Lake soccer team, part of Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation, recently told two fans to stop waving the Betsy Ross flag or they would be ejected from the game. The team claimed the flag was a “symbol for hate groups.” Well, somebody should have told Barack Obama that.

  • Kamala Harris tweeted this Thursday: “A society is judged based on how it treats children.” This is coming from a politician who supports abortion on demand and whose healthcare scheme will force you to subsidize abortions.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigeig told Stephen Colbert Thursday night that climate change was a moral issue. Yes, environmental stewardship is a moral issue. But so too is the sanctity of life. Get that right first and then come talk to me about the environment. (The Bible also has a lot to say about marriage, but the Supreme Court thinks it knows better.)

  • As this week’s news made clear, the left is obsessed with climate change. What’s the left’s other great obsession? Russia. Well, guess what? They’re linked. Russia (and China too) would love to see the U.S. adopt policies that destroy our energy industry and cripple our military. It seems many on the left may be colluding with Russia. Perhaps another special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate climate-change collusion.

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