This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump promised to destroy the Islamic State.  Now, after years in which his predecessor fecklessly allowed ISIS to establish and brutally control territory in Syria and Iraq, its “caliphate” is no more. 

Unfortunately, many of its operators are still at large. And, according to the Nazarene Fund – a charitable organization sponsored by Glenn Beck that rescues Christians and Yazidis from such Sharia-supremacists – ISIS is engaged in yet-another horror: the murderous harvesting of organs from those groups’ children.

Yesterday, an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference heard of a new initiative aimed at helping organizations like the Nazarene Fund stop these and other outrages. The Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition has a creative campaign designed to raise awareness of such oppression, mobilize Americans against it and hold ISIS and other perpetrators accountable. 

This is Frank Gaffney.  Find out how you can help at SavethePersecutedChristians.org.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, President Trump hosted a “listening session” at the White House to hear from traumatized children and adults demanding that he “do something” to ensure that a deadly attack on a school like the one they experienced in Florida last week never happens again. 

Facing intense and mounting pressure to do something that won’t work – like banning AR-15 semiautomatic rifles – Mr. Trump proposed doing something that actually would.  

The President recognizes that schools currently are what lawyers call “attractive nuisances.”  Since these facilities packed with potential victims are required to be gun-free zones, psychopaths can target them with impunity.  That calculation would change immediately if, as Mr. Trump has now suggested, trained teachers are allowed to be armed and capable of protecting their classrooms and students. 

To secure the sort of “safe spaces” we need in school, let teachers bear arms.

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Defense Secretary James Mattis recently announced that military personnel must be deployable if they are to remain in the armed forces.  His “deploy-or-out” policy is a corrective to recent practice which saw a relatively small percentage of those in uniform bearing the brunt of the dislocations, hardships and sacrifices associated with the Pentagon’s overseas operations.

This initiative will reestablish readiness as the uniformed services’ top priority, not social engineering that impairs it.  It would apply to so-called “transgender” individuals afflicted with the clinical condition known as “gender dysphoria” who are routinely unable to work, let alone deploy, due to hormone treatments, surgeries, psychological care, etc.

President Trump has sensibly ordered the Pentagon not to recruit such people. Several federal courts have outrageously ignored his authority to do so.  Gen. Mattis has established a sound basis for rejecting such anti-constitutional and dangerous judicial interference. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Now that official Washington’s political oxygen is being consumed by the latest school shooting, it’s easy to forget abiding disagreements about immigration policy.  Yet, until supplanted by the current children’s crusade for gun control, it was the so-called “DACA kids” who had to be accommodated with a massive amnesty. 

Just as we seem determined to ignore factors in mass murders like the pop culture’s role in inculcating a lust for violence – the more, the better, what passes for debate about illegal aliens is increasingly unmoored from any discussion of their impact on American society. 

It’s time to reprise a 2003 warning by Democratic former Colorado governor Dick Lamm about a “secret plan” that is destroying our country through the combined effects of unchecked immigration, the “diversity” agenda and abandoning our national principle of “out of many, one.” This lunacy must end.

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

After the latest, murderous attack on a school, victims, parents and politicians are demanding that “something” be done to make sure this is the last mass shooting.  President Trump, who has been singled out for highly charged criticism for his past support for the 2nd Amendment, is in damage-control mode. 

He’ll be holding “listening sessions” this week.  If, as seems predictable, these events merely turn out to be platforms for denouncing him and gun rights, the pressure to ban certain weapons will only grow.  

The question must be asked:  If it is already illegal to trespass in a school and shoot children there, why does anyone think that individuals willing to break such laws wouldn’t violate one prohibiting them from having the weapon with which to do it?

Want to “do something” effective? Start protecting schools, as we do government buildings and other potential targets. 

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Several bad immigration initiatives bit the dust yesterday in the United States Senate.  None mustered the 60 votes required to be formally considered, including one mirroring three modest reforms President Trump sought in his State of the Union address in exchange for an amnesty for at least 1.8 million so-called “DACA kids.” 

Late last night, Mr. Trump issued a statement placing the blame for this legislative debacle squarely on the “Schumer Democrats [who]  are held hostage by the radical left in their party, which opposes any immigration control at all.”

The President called on the House now to take up Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s bill containing extensive reforms – including real border security and E-Verify to discourage employment of illegal aliens -- that the Trump administration correctly said last year were required.  That’s the platform to take to the voters this fall.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to offer a legislative proposal that would extend an amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. No surprise there. That’s been the Democrats’ demand for years since it would translate in short order to additional votes for their party, and perhaps a permanent electoral majority. 

While that prospect should be sufficient grounds for Republicans – if not American patriots more generally – to reject the Schumer gambit, there’s another, powerful reason for doing so: Without secure borders, such amnesties typically prompt more aliens to come here illegally seeking similar treatment.

But that’s not just a theoretical possibility in this case.  It will certainly happen if the Schumer amendment were enacted since it explicitly extends the amnesty to so-called “DACA kids” who aren’t here yet, but arrive by the end of June!   

Senators: Just say “No.”

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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February 14, 2018

Save the Persecuted Christians

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump rightly declared that “America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution.”

In particular, we must all stand against the global persecution of Christians.  A World Watch List produced by Open Doors USA has identified 50 nations in which a total of 215 million believers in Christ currently face “heavy persecution.” 

To lift up these victims and assist the many individuals and organizations courageously working to do that, a new, informal team – of which I am proud to be a part – is launching today the Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition. It seeks to mobilize the public to action – both for the purpose of assisting those doing vital humanitarian relief in the field and to expose and to hold accountable those responsible for the persecution.

This is Frank Gaffney.  Find out how you can help at SavethePersecutedChristians.org.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

It says a lot about what has become of what was once called “the world’s greatest deliberative body” that it’s news when the United States Senate begins an open-ended debate.  Instead of real deliberation, most of the Senate’s business these days involves set-piece speeches delivered to an empty chamber, punctuated by votes on massive pieces of legislation cobbled together in secret by unaccountable staff and unread by virtually any senator.

It’s not clear the debate on immigration getting underway today will produce something better.  Given the Senate’s membership, we will likely see bipartisan majorities in favor of things most Americans abhor – like amnesty for illegal aliens and continued chain-migration – and against what most want – notably, a truly secure southern border. 

If such measures can get at least 60 votes in the Senate, will the House of Representatives and President Trump demand better?

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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February 12, 2018

Now, Honor the MARSOC-7

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In March 2007, seven of America’s finest warriors were ambushed in an Afghan village.  They courageously fought their way out of the trap, but soon discovered that the men who unsuccessfully tried to kill them had nonetheless inflicted devastating harm on their reputations. 

The international press and their own chain of command claimed they had murdered innocent women and children in that village. Since there was no factual basis for that charge, these Marine special operators were soon cleared of wrongdoing. But the stigma recklessly inflicted by senior officers was not undone.  Until now.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of Rep. Walter Jones and others, the group known as the MARSOC-7 has just been fully exonerated by the Marine Corps Commandant.

The MARSOC-7’s selfless service must next be formally recognized, complemented by our help securing the gainful civilian employment these men deserve.

This is Frank Gaffney.  

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