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What Would the ACLU have said to Ben Franklin?

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a judge to hold a Louisiana school board in contempt because someone said a prayer over the PA system before a high-school baseball game.[1] During the critical days with tempers flaring in the July heat, Benjamin Franklin asked to be recognized and presented this memorable speech.

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The Crazies Have Spawned

Writing a daily column offers some advantages. I get to write about issues that interest me and hopefully interest my readers. But there are always people out there who are downright nasty in the way they express their opinions about my opinions. You’re bound to upset people when you write on controversial topics, but some of the emails I get are over the top. Here’s one example by a guy who calls himself “Grimly Fiendish”:

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Why College Professors are Liberal…

In a recent editorial that appeared in the New York Times on April 5, 2005,[1] economist Paul Krugman weighed in on the liberal bias found at most major universities across the United States. He begins by writing, “It’s a fact, documented by two recent studies, that registered Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives make up only a small minority of professors at elite universities. But what should we conclude from that?”

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Pope John Paul II and the Fatima Visions

Pope John Paul II was impacted by the 1917 Fatima prophecies. The most famous vision is said to have occurred on May 13, 1917. There it was reported that three children, Lucia dos Santos (ten years old at the time) and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco de Jesus Marto (seven and nine), in a field near Fatima, Portugal, saw “a beautiful lady from Heaven,” while others saw what appeared to them to be “flying-saucerlike phenomena.”

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Answering a Critic who Reads the Bible with One Eye Shut

Lee Salisbury believes that fundamentalists “must be challenged to defend their religion and tactics.” He writes this in an article titled “The Fundamentalist Christian Mind-Set and the Problem it Presents for America.”[1] Mr. Salisbury believes he has found the soft underbelly of the Bible by uncovering a number of “contradictions.”

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Looking Heavenward for a Savior

One of our readers wondered why we are offering Alien Intrusion, a book on UFOs. He asked it this way: “How in the world can this be a part of ‘Equipping and Empowering Christians to Restore America’s Biblical Foundation.’?”

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The “Hypocritic” Oath

A never-heard point in what has become the political circus of the battle over Terri Schiavo is the doctor’s role and responsibility. We know what both legal sides think, the Senate is split down party lines (sort of), and those who oppose re-inserting the feeding tube are essentially calling those who support it “right-wing conspirators.”

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Judges Have Lost Their Minds – But We Knew This

In March 2000, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the death sentence in a murder case because an assistant district attorney urged jurors to follow certain biblical mandates related to the death penalty. "During closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial, D. Brandon Hornsby, the assistant district attorney, cited passages from the books of Romans, Genesis, and Matthew, telling jurors ‘all they who take the sword shall die by the sword.’

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Does God Care About Nations Today?

Question: The other day, in a discussion about God’s covenant promises and their application to the United States, a guy told me that 2 Chronicles 7:14 had no application. This didn’t sound right to me and I was wondering what your thoughts were.

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Was Jesus Buried for Three Days and Three Nights?

Twenty times the New Testament tells us that Jesus will be raised on "the third day," six times in Matthew’s gospel alone (Matt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 26:61; 27:40; 27:64). This is confirmed outside the gospels (Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4). Only once do we read the following: "For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matt. 12:40).

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Is Terri Schiavo Jeb Bush’s Mary Jo Kopechne?

In case you’ve forgotten or you’ve never heard the story, Mary Jo Kopechne was a “friend” of Senator Ted Kennedy. Coming back from a cook-out for campaign workers on Chappaquiddick Island, Kennedy was accompanied by Mary Jo Kopechne who had worked for Robert Kennedy.

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The Power of Polls

Last week we discovered that 79% of those polled in a recent NYT/CBS poll believed that the government had the responsibility to provide a good retirement for them. Or did they? Is this what you actually read in last week’s article? (If not see it here, it is required reading for this article.) Or thought you read? If so, you’ve just experienced firsthand the power of polls.

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