Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Best in Classical Music (for me), Part 5

For a change of pace, let me recommend some beautiful (blank) music. I had to leave the word blank because you’d probably ignore me if I had said “operatic.” YouTube makes a good way to become acquainted with good music. … Continue reading

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Bias Against Jews

A few years back, a Christian wrote a letter to the editor of the Fargo Forum, condemning the Jews for having killed Jesus. I was horrified by the letter and responded with a letter of my own. Here is that … Continue reading

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Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges Today

As I look at the challenges to civilization, I see two kinds: external and internal. Externally, climate change is already a serious challenge for us and is made worse by the skeptics who want no action. If the causes of … Continue reading

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Is “Separation of Church and State” in the Constitution???

Can someone help me here? I’ve worked hard on the questions of religious freedom in America for many years and have studied numerous Supreme Court cases about the matter. But I’m still too dense to find a doctrine of “separation … Continue reading

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Does Faith Disqualify One from Public Life?

The history of the West since the time of Constantine, fourth century Roman Emperor, has included a long, complicated, ever-changing and never-resolved debate about the proper relationship between religion and government. In America, there are three separate questions which often … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin’s Faith

I’ve just picked up Moral Minority by Brooke Allen (2006), a book with a simple thesis: The United States, insists Allen, “was not founded on Christian principles.” The bulk of this fairly brief, well-written book is devoted to an examination … Continue reading

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The Ranting Right

Politically, I see myself in an increasingly lonely position. . . in the middle of the road. I have a rapidly diminishing respect for the Democrats and a rapidly grow disgust with the Republican party. For the past month or … Continue reading

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