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MORNING EDITION

June 16, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

PRAY FOR OUR POLICE

In what is being described as an act of domestic terrorism, three NYPD officers were intentionally poisoned by a worker or workers at the Shake Shake at 200 Broadway in Manhattan. They were treated after ingesting a substance that was believed to be bleach put into their milkshakes in their food order. Fortunately, they weren’t seriously harmed, but they easily could have been.

The Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA), a labor union that represents New York City Detectives, tweeted, “Police in New York City and across the country are under attack by vicious criminals who dislike us simply because of the uniform we wear. Emboldened by pandering elected officials, these cowards will go to great lengths to harm any member of law enforcement...We MUST be more vigilant than ever. We urge you to not buy food from locations unknown to you. Keep your eyes open and be alert at all times. Make sure you always stay with your partner — and back one another up. Inspect your vehicle — personal and department — before you drive…Now, more than ever, we have to be united. Together, is how we will stay safe. Protect yourself and your fellow cops at all costs — and the DEA will always protect you.”

I hope you’ll join me in praying for the safety of our police officers who are doing heroic work to maintain public safety under impossible conditions, and for a return to sanity in our Democrat-run cities. I would also pray that the cowards who poisoned these officers are quickly identified, arrested and prosecuted. But considering we know where they work and they have the entire NYPD detectives’ union after them, I assume that won’t take long.

THE SAME STANDARD OF JUSTICE FOR BOTH SIDES, PLEASE

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a protester is in critical but stable condition after shots were fired to prevent the toppling of a statue of a conquistador outside a museum. The protesters were trying to pull down the statue and swinging a pickaxe at it when an armed vigilante group called the New Mexico Civil Guard intervened to stop them.

At this writing, it’s not clear exactly what happened or who fired, but officials are denouncing the Civil Guard as a hate group and vowing to prosecute them to the full extent of the law if they instigate violence. I am all for that, and certainly don’t want to see armed vigilantes and civil war in our streets.

But let’s also apply the same standard to the other side. The statue smashers and property burners have been instigating violence in the streets for several years, and have now ramped it up nationwide, with sometimes lethal attacks on police officers and people trying to defend their businesses. If authorities are serious about not tolerating violence and lawlessness, then a great way to stop it before it flares out of control would be to start arresting people who are trying to vandalize other people’s property and give them some quiet time in a nice, safe jail to think about the consequences of their actions.

LANDMARK CASE OPENS THE DOOR TO A BIG LEGAL MESS

In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday that the Title VII ban on sex discrimination in hiring from the 1964 Civil Rights Act also applies to LGBTQ people, expanding gender employment protections to include gender identity.

Justice Gorsuch wrote, “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”

Justices Alito, Kavanaugh and Thomas dissented, with Alito arguing that "There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation,” and that’s up to Congress, not the courts. Alito wrote, “The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous. Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity.’”

I think that most people would agree that it isn’t fair to fire someone from a job just because of their sexual orientation. However, the SCOTUS, as has become its habit in cases that push the envelope of LGBTQ rights, has once again thrown a monkey wrench into the system without making provisions to settle the inevitable chaos that will ensue.

For instance, when they “discovered” a hitherto unknown right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, they added some vague words about how this shouldn’t be construed to trample First Amendment religious protections. But the ink was barely dry on the ruling before radical gay activists, who had argued that religious people had no reason to oppose it because it would never affect them, were gleefully filing federal lawsuits to force religious florists and bakers to cater same-sex weddings or else face bankrupting fines and even jail.

And now, the SCOTUS has done it again. Most people might side with the specific plaintiffs in this case, who were fired from jobs such as skydiving instructor and funeral director for being gay.

But what about churches that don’t want to hire, say, a cross-dressing gay or trans youth minister because that violates their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs? The Court has once again kicked open the door for countless drawn-out, expensive lawsuits, eating up church funds that could have been spent on things like helping the poor, and which will now have to go to lawyers. And all because the Justices can’t resist upending the long-established social order without a thought to providing clarity to head off the negative consequences. They’re like someone who throws a lit match into a fireworks factory, then walks away saying, “I’ll let the rest of you sort this out.”

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY...

When Sam Cooke sang, “Don’t know much about history…” he didn’t mean for people to take it as a life choice. For instance, the liberal leader of an “independent police advisory group” in London who, when asked about protesters vandalizing statues of Winston Churchill with accusations of racism, replied, “I haven’t personally met him.” Churchill died 55 years ago, but is probably still not as brain-dead as this person.

Some of the “erase American history” protesters seem to know nothing at all about what they’re out to destroy, they just hate anything associated with American history. But that’s no excuse for universities to knuckle under to them and show the same disregard for historical facts. For instance, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law School is thinking of changing its name because the 14th President, who never owned slaves and was opposed to slavery, didn’t end slavery because he feared it would tear the nation apart.

This prompted law Professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog to ask if this means that all law schools will now have to be renamed after Abraham Lincoln, since he was the only President who did end slavery? Good question, except last week, they vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, too. There’s also a push to remove a statue of Lincoln in Boston because it depicts him with a kneeling slave, which is being denounced as depicting an act of “submission,” even though it actually is meant to represent Lincoln freeing the slaves from having to kneel in submission.

Okay, so what if we rename all the law schools only after prominent abolitionists? Sorry, the statues of even the earliest, most outspoken opponents of slavery are also being vandalized by people who seem to think they were slave owners…

All this raises another question: would you send your kid to a law school that kowtows to people who not only don’t know much about history, but who also express their contempt for it by breaking the law?

Personally, I would be fine with renaming all the law schools after Sam Cooke, if it weren’t for the fact that I respect him too much to want him to be associated with lawyers.

HILLARY CLINTON LOSES AGAIN

Overlooked amid all the news of protests and rioting was that Hillary Clinton lost her appeal with the DC Court of Appeals and has been ordered to testify in the case against her by Judicial Watch. The Court apparently didn’t buy her attorneys’ claim that as a former high-level government official, she had an “indisputable right” not to have to testify in court. That didn’t work for her husband when he was still President, so I’m surprised she thought it would work here. As Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch put it, it was like arguing that she’s “too important to have to testify to us.” I have a feeling that’s exactly how Hillary thinks of it, and her attorneys had to find a way to couch that sentiment in legalese.

I’ll have much more about this later. In the meantime, you can read more details at the link, as Secretary Clinton begins intensive rehearsals of claiming she doesn’t recall what an “email server” is.

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

"Commit thy works unto the Lord,

and thy thoughts shall be established."

Proverbs 16:3 (KJV)

 



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  • Angela Schmidt

    06/17/2020 02:47 PM

    I'm so disappointed in Chief Justice Roberts and Gorsich. These days I seem to be in a constant state of disappointment, outrage and helplessness when I see where this country is headed. As a Christian I believe that God is in control but it sure makes you wonder when you look around at what is happening as you see the lawlessness happening around you. I live in the Seattle area where there are daily protests, an absent mayor and useless Governor and anarchists, homeless and criminals who run the city. Surely Jesus is coming soon!

  • Jerry

    06/17/2020 11:26 AM

    People will stop listening when people are whining about police just as they find the Word racist has no meaning driving while black crap tells me pity me, forget it i can say I got stoped for speeding in Illinois because i had a Minnesota lincense plate, stupid I was speeding do the crime pay the fine and shut up. I have been mistaken because I was driving a car similar to a get away car used in a bank robbery in a close by area while leaving a store with building supplies at 945 in the morning being a senior just getting supplies for the home doesn't make me a a suspect just a guy driving a car that a crook was driving that looked like mine. I can only hope the robber was white so am I the police was a woman can I say I am driving while being a man? just stupid. So I won't.

  • Joseph Orsini PhD

    06/16/2020 07:12 PM

    "More training for police" is the solution heard to police shootings of unarmed black men. Better would be:
    TRAINING FOR JR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS in high crime areas on how to deal with police when stopped out in public. Black fathers say they had to do this with their sons, but most black kids do not have fathers, so who gives them "the talk"?

  • Jerry Korba

    06/16/2020 06:47 PM

    As the police departments are vilified by the press and Black Lives Matter Antifa and the democratic leaders of cities and states it is easy to point a finger at some one else. The trouble with that IS it is under the leadership of Democratic Mayors Governors City counsels Senators AGs Representatives of state and city. With the focus of the police force being of Democratic focus I am sure corruption with it leaders and the Unions may be longer than a paragraph it may may be a novel. Lets look into the background of the people killed while resisting arrest I bet you will not find a real good resume unless you rate good as time served in Prison jail drug use abusive behavior all sorts of lawlessness including break-in robbery assaults If we could put the Bio's up on these model citizens @the public's request maybe the reasons why things turn out the way they did look at past behavior and the present behavior. George's way of death still makes me sick I would like to see his Bio maybe his past may have had trouble.

  • Paul Kern

    06/16/2020 06:38 PM

    It is discouraging to see how Marxist and demonic inspired actions.dominate even in many churches.
    Now we have the weaponized 0bama judges show their true colors I think it will get nasty
    They may side with the ICC even. Now I read where several African nations and the parents of Gworge Floyd petitioned the UN to investigate racism in this nation. Setting the stage for globalism and the AntiChrist?
    We must pray. Our leaders have proved themselves to be spineless and under Marxist control!

  • larry rippere

    06/16/2020 05:31 PM

    Hey, Mike: This is in your own back yard!
    Over Memorial Day (that is now over 3 weeks ago), great crowds of people hit the water at Lake of the Ozarks, maskless and grossly violating social distancing. We've heard 0 since. Have they ALL just died quietly... or has the msm died quietly when it looked in to how unsick they are? This needs some real exposure. You da man!

  • Janet PIngston

    06/16/2020 05:19 PM

    I vote to have all our arena and building named SAM ADAMS. Cousin to John Adams ….. he has a few books written about him.

  • Janet Pingston

    06/16/2020 05:17 PM

    I will be praying for the police. The government has hired them to do a job enforcing 300,000 laws, to be the government personal protectors to officials that are bad mouthing them to the press, to issue controversial executive orders and make the police enforce them- knowing it is the messenger that gets blamed for it, and to ask the police to stand up to bullies because government officials will not. Bullies feel that the world exists for only them.

    Yes - The USA needs to always grow. Businesses call it Quality Improvement. Everyone on the team goes to work and thinks of ways to do it better. It is continuous. Built on the procedures that went before them. A football team does not show up one day and have a championship team. It is years of hard work, negotiations to find the best, learning what plays work and which ones don't. AND it always includes a GRATEFUL WALL. Honoring the players that have gone before.

    The country needs five minute segments to bring the personal heroes of history to light Reaching the younger generation that for some reason has not been taught history. Because we all know that if we do not learn from our history, it is repeat itself. (Clinton changed the history books for our schools)

    I agree - our police need to be prayed for right now. (George Floyd was tragic). The paragraph you used to tell how the police to protect themselves right now. Travel in groups, watch your drinks...….. every lady already know that.

  • Michael Gene Langley, MD

    06/16/2020 02:39 PM

    Ignorance protected the officers that ingested the bleach. The acid in our stomachs is much stronger! As long as it does not get in the lungs, bleach causes minimal toxicity. If they tried to harm someone by putting it in their shakes...it was idiotic...typical of the left?

  • Mike Spears

    06/16/2020 02:17 PM

    Gov Huckabee: After analyzing both the Floyd incident in Minneapolis and the Brooks incident in Atlanta, it seems to me that the two incidents represent almost both extremes regarding police use of force when a suspect resists arrest: 1) In the case of Floyd, virtually everyone agreed that the police officer used excessive force and that action should be taken against the officers. (Imagine it, it seems that four officers could not get him into the police car. Strange!) This represents the excessive force extreme. 2) In the Brooks case in Atlanta, we have near the opposite extreme. After creating a serious brawl with the two police officers, Brooks fled the scene with a police taser. The key issue here is that he was fleeing with a weapon that could cause severe bodily harm to someone and this is what justified deadly force to stop him. (Had he not been in possession, they probably could have let him run.) This is not to mention that the policeman had only a split second to make a decision to resolve a situation created only by Brooks himself. This takes me to two final points: 1) The Left will now NOT accept use of deadly force for ANY reason, which I believe means they ONLY SEEK UNDERMINE LAW AND ORDER. They are NOT seeking reasonable justice. 2) Maybe we need a policy where police automatically call in back-up when making arrests? Do they need to put 4 officers on site... or do they need put 100 officers on site to make an arrest? (or something in-between -- whatever it takes). Anyway, special focus needs to be put on preventing or avoiding situations where suspects create escalating "resist arrest" situations, which are dangerous for everyone. It may be inefficient, but much could be gained by having arrest procedures that can prevent "escalating resist arrest situations."

  • Jerry Korba

    06/16/2020 01:13 PM

    I would like to know the people that are killed by police if they had a criminal record or time spent in prison or jail I have a hard time believing by the time people being questioned or being arrested they get violent resit or try to escape that they know it is possible deadly force is going to be used. Normal people that is, without illegal drugs or overuse of alcohol in their systems alone can make these people dangerous, I prefer they are not on the same area I am in. In order to defend ourselves from these predators I prefer a police man that is firm committed to protect and serve than myself self to pull the trigger against a predator that wants to harm or steal from me. Conceal and carry may be the way to go if defunding the police occurs. I am not so sure I have to conceal.

  • Lisa Ford

    06/16/2020 12:55 PM

    Our country truly has sin issues. I bet transgender people will be waiting to sue churches. SCOTUS needs an overhaul! Prayer is needed desparately. Surprised police officers aren't moving out of these cities & states that do not appreciate them & the sacrifices that they make.

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/16/2020 12:29 PM

    Boy oh boy the good and the bad SCOTUS

  • Linda Wolfe

    06/16/2020 11:56 AM

    Praise GOD for Judicial Watch ! No we need a "JESUS WATCH". Signs of the times are everywhere.
    Look up for your redemption draws nigh. OR your judgement could draw nigh.

  • Barney Flint

    06/16/2020 11:50 AM

    Gov Huckabee, I do enjoy your daily updates on our society and I agree 100%. I am just frustrated though because I will probably not be able to much short of voting in the coming election which I will be doing (all red). It is getting so that I can hardly even watch Fox news as much and I realize that they are attempting to air a balanced news program. I try to listen and learn but sometimes just have to mute the sound until the segment has passed. The good Lord works in mysterious ways sometimes.

  • William J Douglas

    06/16/2020 11:41 AM

    RESPONSE TO DEFUND THE POLICE: DEFEND THE POLICE!

  • Tommy K

    06/16/2020 11:28 AM

    Do not be surprised and shocked if we start to see hail stones failing from super cell thunderstorms the size of basketballs or even larger. Sodom and Gomorrah is here.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8273325/Worlds-largest-hailstone-wider-football-fell-Argentina.html

  • Viviana

    06/16/2020 11:19 AM

    What a horrible, sinister, criminal act of TERRORISM! to do to our police officers ! This is not just an act against our blues but against every tax prayer citizens that pays to keep peace and safety in our cities and towns these are the men and women who we hire! We need to support them with all our lives as well.

  • david huckabee

    06/16/2020 10:58 AM

    talked to a RALEIGH NC COP yesterday. seemed STRESSED OUT. he and his LE buds are trying to figure out WHAT IS THE CORRECT NORMAL action that is REQUIRED of them in this BLM/ANTIFA MESS. they do NOT trust city hall anymore. some are SERIOUSLY looking for some REAL leadership and or a CAREER CHANGE. EVIL now walks the streets of the RALEIGH DURHAM kingdoms.

  • Steve Turman

    06/16/2020 10:51 AM

    If any public leader,congressman Or representatives says we don’t need policing, They have not be living in the same communities we do. Take away Capitol police or their private security and see what happens to the comfortable feeling these people get.

  • Carrie Cole

    06/16/2020 10:47 AM

    Thank You your Honesty and for Loving the Lord Keep the TRUTH coming, and GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Lawrence Foster

    06/16/2020 10:17 AM

    I have always been opposed to the idea of a constitutional convention, because it would open up the gates for radical change, but with SCOTUS inflicting radical change on us on a whim, maybe now is the time.

    I knew Chief Justice was either a Whack Job or a left-leaning political hack when he said "there are no Obama judges!" (Just why do you think Trump has to keep coming to you to unscrew things caused by decisions of judges, almost all appointed by Obama?). If Roberts and his little cabal of "Obama Justices" want to re-write not only history, but science and logic, maybe it is time for a constitutional convention so that once again, "We, the people" are sovereign, and not some black-robed "Karens" who want to force us to accept their idiocy.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/16/2020 10:15 AM

    Defund policed city issue:
    Truckers WONT deliever supplies to defunded police cities.
    Feel for businesses & consumers trapped within for products they need
    Blame Dems & mayors for issues
    May not effect other areas of city IE Seattle vs CHOP zone.
    IE Tacoma?
    Very scary.
    All truckers long haul vs others 2.
    Major issue effecting some cities vs others
    Me I say ID total defunded cities & locales like CHOP & DONT deliever there?
    Or deliever in suburbs in area??