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Gary Franks: Jan. 6 hearings are political theatre, that's all

What is worse — not agreeing with the election results or realizing the election results were altered? Our nation would be OK, though it is not desirable, if a large number of folks fail to believe in the election results. To a degree, that can happen in every close election. But it is quite different to know or be able to prove that an election was stolen. We could not survive that as a nation. Thus, I am confident that will never happen. ...
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Gary Franks: Offer thoughts and prayers before tragedy

We offer our “thoughts and prayers” after a tragedy like the one that occurred late last month in Uvalde, Texas. It is noble. But it seems misplaced and at times perfunctory. Why not do something that has worked in America’s past — religious observance? Let’s give thoughts and prayers before a tragedy. For decades we have been sliding in the wrong direction on faith. We are great at offering thoughts...
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Gary Franks: School prayer a good place to start

It is truly the minds, hearts, and souls of those who kill people that must be altered. Due to Supreme Court decisions rendered in 1962 and 1963 that prevented American children from doing what every member of Congress does every day — have a prayer before commencing the day or session — we need to pass a constitutional amendment. When I was a child in a public grade school, we...
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Gary Franks: School prayer could stem mass shootings

It is truly the minds, hearts and souls of those who kill people that must be altered. Due to Supreme Court decisions rendered in 1962 and 1963 that prevented American children from doing what every member of Congress does every day — have a prayer before commencing the day or session — we need to pass a constitutional amendment.
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Gary Franks: Biden can turn this all around, really

Our Democracy is strong. But I have some questions: Can a very unpopular president with a 36% approval rating lead? Can a president with 80% of Americans telling him he is going in the wrong direction still be effective? And if he cannot be, what does this do to our democracy? After all, a man walking in a forest who thinks he is leading a people is merely taking a walk in the woods, if nobody is following him. President Joe Biden should not become...

Gary Franks: Supreme Court should leave college admissions alone

As the world shifts its focus towards mourning the victims of senseless violence directed at racial and religious minorities, we should recognize that the Supreme Court actually has an opportunity to show the world where America really stands on racial diversity and race relations. The Supreme Court has held numerous times that racial diversity and inclusion is a compelling government goal that should always be sought after. But the plaintiffs in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College are asking...
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