Was America the Creation of Deism? Part 3

grgwshngtn2There are those few who contend that the big problem in Christianity vs. Deism debate, is that both sides are wrong about the religious nature of the founding fathers. Perhaps so, but again, focusing […]

Was America the Creation of Deism? Part 1

dsmA byproduct spun off from the cultural wars, is the question of what philosophical underpinnings influenced America’s founding. Ask most college educated folk with some background in America History, and they will predictably mention “The Enlightenment” and Deism.

This […]

Christianity & Civil Disobedience

kmdvs2Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to process marriage license applications for same-sex couples, offers a poignant segue into the issue of whether civil disobedience is an appropriate […]

All Education is Inherently a Religious Enterprise

schlpryrAs more support for educational vouchers gains ascendancy, the talking points against them become increasingly shrill. The epitome of this trend might well have been expressed by a writer in his recent column […]

Why Congress is Dysfunctional

dnthngcngrsWe have all heard complaints about the “do nothing congress” for the past several presidential administrations. Indeed, we frequently see that congressional approval numbers flirt with historically low positive rates. This has […]

RFRA’s do not License Class Discrimination

rlgsfrdmThe recent passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana has caused a disproportionate amount of push back considering a similar law was passed under a democratic administration at the federal level […]

Walker Derangement Syndrome Reaching Fever Pitch

sctwlkrScott Walker got elected as governor of Wisconsin without a college degree. That has the usual purveyors of snide remarks, such as democratic provocateur, Howard Dean, questioning Walker’s presidential qualifications. Funny, […]

Obama Shouldn’t Use Selective History to Minimize Current Atrocities

obmtlprmptrObama’s recent comments at a national prayer breakfast raised a host of critical eyebrows. The most offending comment from the president’s address was as follows..

“Unless we get on our high horse and think this […]

The Passing of my Atheist Friend

rbrtnrdlndrOn December 11th, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a lingering illness.

Nordlander was also once a columnist in […]

Rioting Versus Racism

dntshtThe United States has had a long history with the ugly stains of racial prejudice and institutional discrimination on its collective conscience, particularly against African-Americans

Few of us in the middle class will ever be in a position to […]

Analysis of the 2014 Elections

obmmdtrmThe public and pundits alike, tend to read too much into the results of a particular election because society has fallen for the romantic notion that the culture can be perfected and social problems can be solved […]

Government Must Not Facilitate Illegal Immigration

amnstyI participate in a forum where my local newspaper asks a group of people to comment on an issue the newspaper chooses on a rotating basis. My group of correspondents was asked what should be done about non-citizen children […]

Hobby Lobby Decision Chagrins Liberals

hbylbyfmnstsThe recent Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision has brought about a hue and cry representing a chorus of scorched cats. It becomes almost impossible to exaggerate the hysterical theatrics used to denounce the supposed […]

Religion has a Rightful Place in Public Affairs

frdmfrmrlgnRecently I read a post that stated something I have heard numerous times; “religious convictions have no place in influencing legislation in a secular society.” By the word “secular,” I can’t help wondering if they […]

Voter ID Opposition is Irrational

vtrfrd4Only a few years ago, I never imagined anyone would be opposed to verifying the identity of voters, or that the issue could be so heavily politicized. I would think that any reasonable person should be interested in upholding […]

There’s no Neutrality in Public Education

schlchcRecently, I have seen both pro and con editorial pieces regarding the proposed expansion of educational vouchers in Wisconsin. Those critical of educational vouchers keep emphasizing “accountability.” But allowing anti-choice advocates to determine standards of accountability is […]

Freedom From Religion Foundation: Smash-mouth Atheism

evolutionIn a recent local letter to the editor, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, promotes the tenor of The New Atheist movement, which contends that “religion […]

Met The Beatles Again

btls-drgsOn Sunday February 9th, 1964, I sat in my small rocking chair in the living room of my family home. An older sister was there, as were my parents, who stopped what they were doing in the kitchen to […]

The Logical Tension of Atheistic Materialism

apsthmnsMr. N is well known in my locality, as an atheist who writes letters to the editor, often making rhetorical arguments impugning Christianity. In a recent response to Mr. N’s letter, a friend of Mr. N‘s, we will refer […]

In Defense of “Fundamentalism”

crsIn the world of cultural semantics, there is probably not a phrase that rings with more pejorative innuendo than the term “fundamentalism.” It should be noted that the term comes with a lot of improper implications, misunderstand and underserved […]

War on Christmas v. Religious Liberty

wrnchrstmsWhile listening to the radio in my car several days ago, I heard about a new poll where a small majority of people said that there actually is no war on Christmas. Every year the term “War on Christmas“ […]

Pope’s Time Magazine Recognition is Ominous

ppfrncs2A big pre-Christmas news story was that Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” That happening requires an interpretation. In my estimation, it is one that is an ominous […]

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