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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., and Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., finishes a news conference ahead of the vote on the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pork wrapped in a stimulus

Democrats are poised to pass what the White House has declared "the most progressive bill in history," where only 9% of the nearly $2 trillion in spending is dedicated to coronavirus relief and the other 91% goes to money for the arts, humanities, transportation, abortion, loan forgiveness for students and "socially disadvantaged farmers," whatever that means.

FILE - In this April 11, 2020, file photo, a person films pastor Nicolas Sanchez, center left, celebrating Easter Vigil Mass at his church decorated with candles and pictures sent by his parishioners attached to their pews at St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood, Calif. The head of the federal Justice Department's Civil Rights Division told Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, May 19, 2020, that his plan to reopen California discriminates against churches. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Desecration nation: When churches crumble, so does respect for life

There are several ways to desecrate a church. One is to destroy it from the outside — burn it and vandalize its holy contents as a sign of disrespect. Another is to attack it from the inside — undermine its teachings and turn its congregants against their own beliefs. Christianity, for one, is under attack from without and within. As religious values fade from the social landscape, with them disappears respect for human life.

In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the morning sun illuminates the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  **FILE**

Equality Act fantasy

Equality is as American as blue jeans and beer kegs. With nearly 20 percent of us pretty sure we're living inside a computer simulation, fantasy is pretty popular, too. "To each his own" works for most people — but not for Democrats on Capitol Hill. They would force one and all to dwell inside their fantastical notion of equality.

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