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October 5, 2006

Rejecting God in Public Schools

It's a violation of church and state to pray to God in public schools. However, the same standard does not appear to apply to those who worship Allah:The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by evangelical Christian students and their parents who said a Contra Costa County school district...
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May 25, 2006

The American Idol

The British Times Online gives a provoking, if not distressing, commentary on American priorities:A PREMATURELY greying bar singer from Birmingham, Alabama, has been named 2006’s American Idol after viewers of the talent show cast nearly 64 million votes in one night — more votes than any US president has received....
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April 13, 2006

Da Vinci Code Brings Westminster Response

Westminster Theological Seminary responds to the Da Vinci Code:The Truth will be resurrected on Good Friday when Westminster Theological Seminary, one of the oldest and most respected seminaries, will launch a robust website dedicated to presenting a factual response to the claims in Dan Brown’s runaway best-seller novel and soon-to-be-...
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November 24, 2005

Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the...
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September 20, 2005

Scientific Research and Modern Day Fables Part 1

I would bet that the most people accept the results of scientific investigations that are published in peer reviewed journals as fact. But can published research in scientific journals be trusted and should it be used to change public policy and impact our society in the profound manner that has...
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August 2, 2005

Religious Neutrality and the Supreme Court

Imago Dei writer Colby Garman has an important post on the Myth of Neutrality and the Supreme Court Nomination of Judge John Roberts which explains that the fundamental beliefs of individuals necessarily impact the decisions that are made:The views an individual carries are informed by the ways that they answer...
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July 12, 2005

Ideas, Consequences and Worldviews

In his Town Hall column Chuck Colson writes about the "birth dearth", the plummeting birth rates in most of the industrialized world. Throughout Western Europe and East Asia, the birth rate is well below 2.1 births per woman—which is the minimum needed to maintain a stable population. Environmentalist dogma argues...
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June 20, 2005

A Lesson from the Life and Death of Terri Schiavo

Amid the ongoing controversies that surround the death of Terri Schiavo is the lesson that our courts and society have taken a low view of human life, one that measures a person’s worth by the scale of the young and healthy [HT: Captain Ed]. The core values of this death...
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May 19, 2005

Eugenics in America

State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized ABC News reports that thousands of people were secretly sterilized by the state between 1929 and 1974. From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program...
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May 2, 2005

Stay-At-Home Moms Deserve High Pay

I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment behind the recent study that concluded stay-at-home moms should earn six figure incomes for the hours they work and the duties they perform. "The importance of this calculation or this estimate is just calling attention to the fact that being a stay-at-home mom...
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March 15, 2005

Activist Judge Imposes New Moral Standard on Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional — a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed. Judge Richard Kramer of San Francisco County's trial-level...
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January 17, 2005

Newt Gingrich as a Litmus Test for Moral Conservatives

Newt Gingrich is testing the waters for a possible bid at the presidency in 2008 and has become a litmus test for conservatives who believe that character counts and that what a person believes and does impacts his or her suitability for public office. You see, like former President Bill...
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Bush Backs Off Defense of Marriage Amendment

The Washington Post reports that President Bush has backed away from his push for a constitutional amendment that would "protect" marriage due to the realities of the Senate. However, Bush could not have expected a Senate with more than 67 Republican Senators back in 2004 when he previously pledged his support of DOMA. In fact, given the overwhelming nationwide defeat of referendums aimed at establishing gay marriage, if anything, Bush has more public support than before. Did election outcome divert the gay marriage "crisis" that invoked the President prior statements?

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January 6, 2005

Director Blames Audience for Film Failure

Often-controversial director Oliver Stone has blamed the failure of his epic film Alexander on the "raging fundamentalism" in the U.S. South... Some conservative groups objected to Alexander's portrayal of the famous warrior as a bisexual. - more Interestingly, the historian Plutarch, while probably embellishing Alexander's character, describes Alexander as follows,...
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December 30, 2004

Truth and Its Consequences

Donald Sensing of One Hand Clapping has published a preview of his upcoming book about the history, causes, and implications of the current conflict between the West and a powerful strain of Islam. His summary begins, This war is in fact a religious war all around, even though we of...
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December 24, 2004

Absolute Moral Truths at the Evangelical Outpost

Visit the interesting discussion on absolute moral truths at the Evangelical Outpost. Both the original post and discussion are worth perusing. Here is a useful excerpt: The secular postmodern world believes that God doesn’t exist. Ontologically speaking he possesses no Being and, obviously, no knowledge. Postmoderns do, generally speaking, believe...
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December 23, 2004

Democrats Rethink Abortion Strategy

After long defining itself as an undisputed defender of abortion rights, the Democratic Party is suddenly locked in an internal struggle over whether to redefine its position to appeal to a broader array of voters. [LA Times] While a change in the Democratic position on abortion is long overdue, a...
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December 18, 2004

Pope John Paul and Civilized Progress

Pope John Paul publicly condemned homosexual marriage as a radical and aggressive attack on the family and the fabric of society. "Who destroys this fundamental fabric causes a profound injury to society and provokes often irreparable damage," he said. [more] Commenting and homosexual marriage (an oxymoron), abortion and other issues...
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December 14, 2004

Famous Atheist Now Believes in God

An interesting article about Antony Flew begins with the revelation that the noted atheist has changed his mind: At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the...
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November 3, 2004

Values, Character, Morality and Worldview Counts

Morality does matter and character does count. In their analysis of the election results several insightful bloggers are concluding that values and voter's and candidate's worldviews played a substantial role in voter decisions. Here is a round-up of excerpts. From Joshua Claybourn: In my estimation, there is a stronger undercurrent...
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States Vote Against Gay Marriage

Gay rights activists received a rebuke from the Deep South to North Dakota as voters in 11 states approved constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage in a clean sweep for proponents of traditional one-man, one-woman unions. [more]. Predictably, gay-rights activists rejected the overwhelming vote of U.S. citizens and are taking...
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October 23, 2004

Which President? Which Worldview

The Dawn Treader gives insight into how to evaluate a political candidate. He suggests that the fundamental basis for picking an individual to lead this nation is his worldview. I concur and add that in addition to what a candidate says, his actions and record speak volumes about what he...
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October 21, 2004

Kerry's Ongoing Faith-Based Contradiction

BlogsforBush's Matt Margolis notices a contradiction in John Kerry's statement, "I will bring my faith with me to the White House and it will guide me," when compared with Kerry's prior assertion,"I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share...
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Mrs. Laura Bush Shows Grace, Class

Responding to Theresa Heinz-Kerry's gaffe that Mrs. Bush never had a "real job" (despite working for 10 years as a school teacher), the First Lady showed grace and compassion. "Mrs. Bush knows that some days are more difficult than others when your husband is running for president," said her spokesman...
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October 8, 2004

Christian Leaders Take a Stand for Morality in Election

Christian Leaders Take a Stand for Morality in Election; Focus on the Family's Dobson, Hodel Join National Call for Biblical Principles to Guide Voter Decisions

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September 23, 2004

Where to begin to combat terrorism?

An interesting post by NeophytePundit lists terrorist groups by location and discusses the strategies of Bush vs Kerry. Region # of Groups Africa 29 East & Central Asia 4 Eastern Europe 19 Latin America 44 Middle East / Persian Gulf 40 North America 32 South Asia 32 Southeast Asia &...
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September 10, 2004

Study Shows the Decline of Marriage Among Christians

You can understand why atheists and agnostics might have a high rate of divorce, since they are less likely to believe in concepts such as sin, absolute moral truth and judgment. Yet the survey found that the percentage of atheists and agnostics who have been married and divorced is 37%...
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August 31, 2004

Law and Government are Rooted in Faith

Simply put, lawmakers base their laws on something; generally what they believe to be "right". How is "right" determined? In the end, whether explicit or implicit, it is based upon beliefs that are accepted by faith. The question that follows for every government and legal system is not whether it...
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August 27, 2004

Cheney on Morality and Freedom

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with," Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. "With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone. ... People ought to be free to enter...
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August 25, 2004

Keep Pavlov's Dog (Hot Sauce) Away from My Child

An ABC News Article reports, "The practice of "hot saucing" a child's tongue as a method of discipline may seem cruel to some parents, but those who regularly use the punishment say it teaches their charges valuable and long-lasting lessons." The child discipline expert quoted in the article claims that...
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June 27, 2004

Solomon's Wisdom

Here is one of my favorite paintings from the Louvre....
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June 18, 2004

PCA Statement on Marriage and Sexuality

God's ordinance concerning marriage is binding upon all human beings in all places and at all times. The 32nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, meeting in Pittsburgh, Penn., adopted a statement on Marriage and Sexuality at its meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2004. This statement was approved...
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Captain Obvious Says We Need Dads

Stop the presses. Some new research has been released, with shocking results. Here’s the conclusion the researchers came to: “Dads make a difference in a child’s life.” As the father of six children I can’t tell you how relieved this makes me feel—especially on Father’s Day. What’s the point, you...
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June 14, 2004

The Supreme Court and Prayer

From the Family Research Council: The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to decide whether recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by public school children violates the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the High Court ruled that the plaintiff, atheist Michael Newdow, did not have custody of his daughter on whose behalf he...
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June 12, 2004

response to pro-gay clergy

Arizona Christian leaders offer definitive response to pro-gay clergy Group counters No Longer Silent with reaffirmation of traditional view PHOENIX— Nearly twice as many Arizona Christian leaders have signed a declaration upholding the traditional position on homosexuality as have signed an opposing declaration highlighted at a June 8 press conference....
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May 25, 2004

Arizona Decides Same-Sex Marriage License

Arizona Supreme Court agrees with ADF:Same-sex “marriage” license case has been decided - No reason to grant review of the case, court says - Alliance Defence Fund PHOENIX—The Supreme Court of Arizona decided today not to hear Standhardt v. Arizona, a same-sex “marriage” case brought by two single men who...
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May 24, 2004

Fight for Marriage May 24

The Family Research Council's call to protect the family is worth considering. Churches are asked to take a stand for the benefit of society and the family by applying God's Word in opposition to homosexual marriages. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, more than 500 churches and 1,500 radio stations from...
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May 17, 2004

Olmsted letter - pastoral care for homosexuals

I would like to commend Bishop Olmsted for his second letter regarding homosexuality titled, "The pastoral care of homosexual persons." Few leaders seem to be able to provide pastoral care for this needy group and at the same time stand uncompromisingly against the sin of homosexuality. The letter grew out...
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May 14, 2004

Arizona Marriage Rally

Mark 10:6-8 But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them over...
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May 11, 2004

Rejecting Wisdom and Cultural Decline

Doug Wilson provides sobering insight into the impact of abortion on education and society. In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom speaks and says that all who hate her love death (8:36). We live in a culture that has rejected wisdom, and is therefore industriously pursuing a death culture. The secularists...
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May 8, 2004

Greatness by Alexis de Tocqueville

In the early 1830s, a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to examine its civil institutions. His studies were expounded in the classic work, Democracy in America. In it, he wrote, I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers,...
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April 30, 2004

Jesus and President Bush

PBS Frontline is broadcasting a documentary called The Jesus Factor on the faith of President George W. Bush. He is, by most accounts, the most openly religious president in generations. What are the core elements of his faith? How has it affected his personal life and political career? And how...
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April 26, 2004

March For Abortion Attracts Lower Numbers Than Expected

Pro-abortion advocates rallied in Washington last weekend amid public opinion that is shifting against their cause. While organizers of the rally claimed a national record of 1,000,000 protestors, others were significantly less optimistic. In particular, Lifenews.com reports that the crowd was dismally lower than expectations (see below). Perception is important...
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April 23, 2004

Communion and Politicians

A top Vatican cardinal has publicly stated that priests should deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, "but he stopped short of saying whether it was right for John Kerry to receive Communion"(story). Meanwhile, "Democrat John Kerry was shifting his attention to women voters, underscoring his support for...
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April 21, 2004

Separation of Church and State

The Alliance Defense Fund has an excellent summary regarding the "fictional" constitutional separation of church and state. The statement suggests that America was founded on the pursuit of religious liberty, "including the liberty to acknowledge God and to pray in the public square." Since this liberty originates in a higher...
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April 13, 2004

Constructive Action

Following-up my prior post, here is constructive action Christians can take to be influential in government (from Biblical Principles for Africa). Citizens should use Prayer and Pressure to achieve Political Justice Our Lord taught that Christians should be salt and light in all areas of life. (Matthew 5:13-20) As salt...
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