Category Archives: Philosophy

JFK inaugural was 50 years ago today: “Ask not what your country. . .”

John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address 50 years ago today, a speech   many analysts believe is one of the top political speeches in our nation’s history. The most famous line:  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country … Continue reading

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The need to elevate political rhetoric and to better inform our grief

I find in my grieving over the senseless loss of human life and vitality at the hands of the Arizona madman a sad recognition that it will be used endlessly for political purposes. It is inevitable and has already been … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Principle: Opinions on TSA Invading Your Personal Space

If you’ve stopped to think about it, doesn’t it seem odd that the angst over TSA’s scans and pat-downs have come frequently from conservative Republicans, and justification of the actions have come from the Administration’s liberal Democrat defenders on national … Continue reading

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The Weekend Reading: Will SF ban circumcision?, too much tube time damaging kids’ brains, Gettysburg address, Christmas meaning

Group Calls on San Francisco to ban circumcision: I thought this was a joke. It’s true (but it’s still a joke) (CNN) — In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined … Continue reading

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A good day in the long international struggle for democracy and religious liberty

The best assurances of religious freedom around the world are thriving democracies and a commitment to the rule of law. Democracy and religious freedom are inextricably related, and although there are democratically elected governments that are not working hard enough … Continue reading

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SF Mayor vetoes city council ban on Happy Meals; council may override

San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city’s ban on most McDonald’s Happy Meals with toys., CNN reports. “Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money,” said Newsom. … Continue reading

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Machiavelli Reigns: Dirty campaigns beg the question: “Is everything fair game in American politics?

After the midterm elections and after almost any major political campaign in America, we are so disgusted by the process and suspicious of both winning and losing candidates who have been thoroughly “slimed” that we question the character of even … Continue reading

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Donkey trouble

In a truly amazing two-year shift of political sentiments throughout the nation, the Democratic party is about to plummet from the heights of its 2008 conquest–with pollsters agreeing that voters will punish the party with all of the reigns of … Continue reading

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Weekend reading on words in a culture of lies, the nature of movements, God’s creatures, and an atheist’s hymn

 1. Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies  by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is praised by Alissa Wilkinson at Living Jubilee. She writes: I can say that Christians ought to learn to write well because it’s important that they communicate … Continue reading

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How can politics be more Christian?

As Christians, should we abandon the political parties that have moved to the left and right and establish a radical center? Calvin College professor Steve Monsma argues that we should, in a post at the fine new blog at Q … Continue reading

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