Monthly Archives: March 2015

Constitutional Compromise

One of the fascinating realities of the American Constitution is that it is one of the most perfect examples of political compromise in all the history of Western democracy. Political conservatives speak of the Constitution as if it were a … Continue reading

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The Church Is a Step Behind . . . Again

Indiana has recently followed the example of other states in enacting legislation to allow businesses to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Conservative Christians will applaud Indiana for standing up for religious freedom and will not be bothered that the discrimination … Continue reading

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Science, Faith, and Atheism

Imagine that three people – we’ll call them Al, Bill, and Carl –  are standing outside the corner of a building. From where Al is standing, he can see up and down the north-south street as well as both ways … Continue reading

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Republican President in 2016?

There are two kinds of questions that must be addressed to presidential hopefuls. Both are extremely important, neither of them more important than the other. One of those questions seems to be the only one contemporary Americans seem able to … Continue reading

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Robins Caught in the Snows of Spring in Minnesota

As I sit now in my study, I can here robins chatting to one another. I can even translate what they’re saying, at least well enough to get the general idea. One says to the other, “I thought you said … Continue reading

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Cruz Is Running

Ted Cruz told an audience last week that “The Obama economy is a disaster. Obamacare is a train wreck, and the Obama Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind. The whole world’s on fire.” Is any of that true? If … Continue reading

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The Deep Need for an Enemy

I often feel amazed at the mental machinations that characterize the minds of conspiracy theorists. They have an all-pervasive sense that the world is against them, a quixotic urge to find an enemy in every windmill. Their ominous and bizarre … Continue reading

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