This morning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that he had submitted his resignation to the president. It was accepted and will become effective September 17th. Gonzales’ tenure has been stormy to say the least, and with his departure and that of Karl Rove, the president’s “inner circle” of Texas confidants grows smaller and smaller. While leftwing groups and liberal politicians on Capitol Hill are cheering Gonzales’ resignation as a victory, I hope his successor will not be intimidated by Washington’s favorite pastime of “gotcha politics.” It’s obvious from a story in today’s Washington Times that political correctness is running rampant in the halls of the Justice Department.
According to the Times, the Department of Justice is co-sponsoring a convention hosted by the Islamic Society of North America, an organization listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist fundraising case. The decision to support the conference was defended by Susana Lorenzo-Giguere, the acting deputy chief of the Voting Rights Division, who wrote, “This is an important outreach opportunity, and a chance to reach a community that is at once very much discriminated against, and very wary of the national government and its willingness to protect them.”
Well Done, Dr. Kennedy
This weekend, Mrs. Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, daughter of Dr. D. James Kennedy, announced her father’s retirement as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Just days after preaching his last sermon on Christmas Eve, Dr. Kennedy suffered a heart attack and has been recovering ever since. I have had the honor of working with Dr. Kennedy for many years. He is a genuine patriot pastor, whose love of God and country made him one of the most outspoken and unapologetic defenders of faith and family in America. After more than half a century of evangelism and confronting the critical issues in our culture, his retirement is well deserved! While his courage will be missed, his legacy will continue through the work of Coral Ridge Ministries and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Congratulations, my friend, on a job well done!
Newark--A Sanctuary City for Murderers
You may remember that earlier this month three youths in Newark, New Jersey, were shot and killed by a group of men that included at least two illegal immigrants with long criminal records. The incident sparked outrage in Newark and across the country, provoking Newark officials to unveil a host of policies aimed at reducing crime in a city with a murder rate three times that of New York City. Amidst all the new proposals, however, there's one policy that's being ignored. Last year Newark designated itself a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants. Sanctuary laws defy federal guidelines by preventing local law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials on immigration matters. Newark's sanctuary policies are part of the reason these murderers were still out on the street. In my Human Events column from last Friday, I explain how Newark has become a sanctuary city for murderers, and what must be done to make sure more innocent lives aren't lost to these illegal policies.