Remember September 11th and Be Counted. A group of ordinary Americans have come together to affirm this country's commitment to its founding ideals of religious freedom and respect for all faiths. We are troubled by acts of bigotry and intolerance aimed at Muslims in recent months, which do not represent the America we know. We hope that … Continue reading Stand for Religious Freedom and Against Intolerance
His father was one of the greatest evangelists of this or any other age, but Franklin Graham ain't your daddy's evangelist. His work with Samaritan's Purse, particularly in Sudan, is legendary, but his $416,000 salary and $117,000 benefits package (according to the organization's 990, available on www.guidestar.org) gives one pause about his commitment to the people … Continue reading Why Franklin Graham is Wrong
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason.--William Shakespeare, Julius CaesarIn the two decades before the Civil War, America was an ugly place. The winds of war stirred across prairies and plantations. The Industrial Revolution, abolitionism, waves of poor immigrants from Europe and a rising intolerance began to threaten … Continue reading Et tu, Harry Reid?
Emerson was wrong. It is not foolish consistences which plague little minds. It is foolish inconsistencies. One of them has to do with our current notion that government is gradually encroaching on our freedoms. The NRA frets about gun rights (in spite of the fact that they have been expanded, not restricted under Barack Obama). … Continue reading The Ground Zero Mosque and the Hobgoblin of Little American Minds
I have no problem holding two opposing theological views at the same time: God created the universe and millions of years of evolution produced every form of life in it. Government is God's servant to us for good (Romans 13:1-7) and government is always ready to eat us alive (Revelation 13:1-7). The Bible is God's … Continue reading Christian and Muslim?
I don't think I've agreed with George W. Bush, since, oh, somewhere around September 12, 2001. But, yesterday, it seemed that we were back on the same team again.He told Fox News that Columbia University's giving a podium and a microphone to Iranian President Ahmadinejad "speaks volumes about really the greatness of America. We’re confident … Continue reading George Bush and Me: On the Same Team Again
When the invasion of Afghanistan was announced, there was hardly anyone anywhere who didn’t support it. It seemed pretty clear that the Taliban’s Mullah Omar was sheltering Al-Qaeda, and protecting Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network. So, when the Taliban fell, and democratic reforms began to be introduced in Afghanistan, even though Bin Laden … Continue reading Deleting The Moral Surge Against Medievalism
I swear the campaign was just over. I've still got my "I voted" sticker stuck to the console of the Jeep.Alas, it's January, and just in time for George Bush's State of the Union Address, the litter mewing in the cat bed is growing: Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama all announced the past … Continue reading Fox News Alert: "Barak Obama’s Secret Muslim Past"–It’s Campaign Time, Kiddies!
I love irony. Except when people get killed.When his election as Pope was announced, critics of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (myself among them), felt that the window of Vatican II had finally been slammed shut. For here was the Grand Inquistor himself, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nemesis of such noted … Continue reading Papal Fallibility: Benedict says he’s sorry.
Whether or not you’re watching The Path to 9-11, ABC’s controversial dramatization of the day that changed everything, you have to ask: are we safer today than we were five years ago? Who’s winning the Long War? (Full disclosure: I’m not watching it, but it’s not for partisan reasons. I just don’t have a television. … Continue reading On the Fifth Anniversary of 9-11: The Caliphate Cometh