Hey, Democrats, If You’re Going To Use A Religious Test, Tell Us What It Is

By Bryan Fischer | January 15th, 2019 at 7:13 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Senators are welcome to use their religious convictions as a guide to their vote on nominees. If they think it’s unacceptable for a federal judge to be a committed Roman Catholic, they are welcome to their view and certainly may vote accordingly. But then they must not criticize senators – or voters such as myself – who would politely decline to vote for a Muslim nominee on similar grounds, namely that the values of the Muslim religion are incompatible with public service in the United States.

Seed Industry Consolidation Poses Major Risks For Farmers

By Kristina Hubbard | January 12th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

BY: Kristina Hubbard / Director of Advocacy and Communications - Organic Seed Alliance

Kristina "Kiki" Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for Organic Seed Alliance, an organization that advances seed systems that are democratic and just, and support human and environmental health. Learn more at www.seedalliance.org.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Commentary, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Public Safety

Economists say that an industry has lost its competitive character when the concentration ratio of the top four firms is 40 percent or higher. The seed industry continues to exceed this benchmark not only across the entire global supply, but across crop types as well.

Dear APA: America Desperately Needs Masculine Men

By Bryan Fischer | January 11th, 2019 at 4:20 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Faith, Feature Stories, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Religion

The American Psychological Association has issued directives to counselors that they are to consider “traditional masculinity” as something that “on the whole, is harmful.” By “traditional masculinity,” they mean characteristics such as stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression. Of course, any normal trait can be skewed and cause harm. But that’s not what the APA is talking about. They are talking about the normal masculine impulses that men experience because they are men.

Locked Out Of Twitter For Telling The Truth About Islam

By Bryan Fischer | January 8th, 2019 at 10:37 am

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Faith, Feature Stories, Mississippi PEP, Opinion

Most of the people I follow on Twitter who have been incarcerated have submitted to removing “offensive” Tweets just to get their privileges back. Well, I’m not going to do it. I will not agree to remove Tweets that do nothing more than declare the truth about anything, including homosexuality and Islam.

Gov. Bryant Lacks Resolve To Practice What He Preaches.

By Keith Plunkett | January 5th, 2019 at 1:38 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Feature Stories, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics

Whether we’re talking about dependence on government or dependence on junk food, it’s more than a little hypocritical to speak of how someone else, or of how someone else’s children, should live their lives without first mustering the resolve to heed his own advice.

Toward Real Decentralization

By Andy Smarick | January 2nd, 2019 at 8:48 pm

BY: Andy Smarick / R Street Institute

Andy Smarick is civil society, education and work director at the R Street Institute.

Filed Under: Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, School Choice, Social Justice

Advocates of decentralization have long struggled with the question of how to use limited state authority to address today’s most pressing problems. A capacitating conservatism offers a vision of appropriate state authority that respects the freedom of individuals and the value of the associations they form. But it also offers an answer to the question raised repeatedly by civil-society scholars — from Berger and Neuhaus to Robert Putnam and Yuval Levin — for the last several generations: How can we lean on voluntary, intermediary associations for collective action after they’ve been allowed to atrophy for decades?

Lee Yancey Officially In As Candidate For District 74 House Seat

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 2nd, 2019 at 5:43 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Central Mississippi, Elections, Feature Stories, Lee Yancey, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Politics, Rankin County, Republican

Yancey is known as an advocate for education, a commitment stemming, in part, from the influence of his mother, who was a teacher. He also is a previous vice chairman of the senate Highways and Transportation Committee. Funding of Highways and Transportation infrastructure promises to be a big focus in the legislature in 2019.

How Do We Restore the American Order?

By John Horvat | December 1st, 2018 at 9:58 pm

BY: John Horvat / Contributor

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book, Return to Order.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Feature Stories, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics

There must be some point of unity. By definition, a nation forms when a people coalesce to form a single cultural, social, economic, and political unit. A nation does not only focus on the individual interests of those in the pluribus, but it is especially committed to the unum or the common good of all.

Remove Regulations: Parents Want Religious And Values-Based Education For Their Children In Voucher Programs

By Lindsey Burke | November 26th, 2018 at 7:45 am

BY: Lindsey Burke / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Lindsey Burke researches and writes on federal and state education issues at the Heritage Foundation where she is Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Education, Feature Stories, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

Families prioritize aspects of schooling that are less measurable, but equally or more important. Families want schools that will form children of good moral character. They want schools that will prepare their children to pursue their life and career goals. They want meaningful instruction in a safe school setting.