Sunday, November 12, 2017, has been designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. I planned to write about this topic and focus on anti-Christian persecution overseas at this time. And then came this tragedy—the mass shooting in a church in Texas, killing 26 and wounding 20 on Sunday. The killer was described as one who “preached atheism” and “hated religious people.” Of course, killing Christians just […]

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The namesake of Martin Luther King, Jr. was an Augustinian monk who lived 500 years ago. On October 31, 1517, he revolutionized history by disagreeing with some corrupt practices of the Catholic Church at the time. As a guest on the recent PBS special on Martin Luther at 500, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said, “The stars were aligned for a perfect storm. And that’s what we got […]

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[Picture of David Barton, who is referenced in this piece.] I’m so out of touch with some aspects of contemporary culture that some friends have suggested I’m from a different planet—they’ve even created a name for it, the “Planet Newton,” playing off my last name. I don’t even follow football enough to know all the teams’ names associated with different cities, and I really don’t care. As I recall, just […]

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[Photo of Lila Rose, referenced in this article, by Jerry Newcombe at FRC’s Values Voters Summit, 2017] Note: the following column contains some sensitive material. Reader discretion is advised. Support for abortion can be undercut when people learn what an abortion actually is. An enterprising young pro-life woman, Lila Rose, is working hard to solve this problem. She and her team at liveaction.org have been producing powerful online videos to […]

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[Public domain image of the Battle of Lepanto, which is referenced in this piece] The Polish people have proven to be some of the greatest God-fearing, freedom-loving people on earth. Many of them proved it again just this past weekend. An article from France24.com, entitled “Polish Catholics pray at borders ‘to save country’” (Oct. 7, 2017), explains: “Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country’s borders Saturday, begging God […]

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For millions of Americans, what they spend their time on is what they think will make them happy. And being happy turns out to be good for you. TIME Magazine reported (10/2/17), “It’s official: happiness really can make you healthier.” The God-given right of “the pursuit of happiness” is even in our national birth certificate. But many people don’t find happiness and joy. Why not? Perhaps because they are seeking […]

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I’m not proud to be an American—I’m grateful. I didn’t do anything to become a citizen of this country. I was just born. But in appreciating America today, I feel like I’m a freak or something. So many Americans hate America. Why? There’s so much to love. Some would-be immigrants risk their lives to get here, so that they might have a chance to enjoy the freedom we take for […]

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Dealing with a hurricane is bad enough, but add on top of it the promotion of the myth that it’s all because of man-made climate change—that makes it worse. Ryan Maue, a research meteorologist with ties to the Cato Institute, wrote an op-ed for wsj.com (9/17/17), with the title, “Climate Change Hype Doesn’t Help.” Amen. He talks about how climate alarmists “gleefully reported that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago might be inundated […]

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On January 22, 1973, with the bang of a gavel, seven men in Washington, D.C. consigned tens of millions of future Americans to an incredibly premature death. These Americans were condemned to die before they were born by what one dissenting justice, Byron White, called “an act of raw judicial power.” I refer, of course, to the companion abortion decisions of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. […]

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With school back in full session around the country, it’s interesting to think about how the Bible is often banned directly or indirectly in schools. The 2016 PureFlix movie, “God’s Not Dead 2,” dealt with that issue so well. Yet the Bible gave birth to schools for the masses. There would be no public schools without the sacred book. The first law to mandate compulsory education for children in British […]

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