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Thanksgiving: A Religious Holiday All the Way

On Thursday, September 24, 1789, the First House of Representatives voted to recommend - in its exact wording - the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, Congressman Elias Boudinot from New Jersey proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for "the many signal favors of Almighty God."

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Keep Your Friends Close and Specter Closer

Similar counsel was given to Michael Corleone from his father in the Godfather saga. It turned out to be very good advice. It looks like Arlen Specter is going to get the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is not as bad as it seems. Specter got the behind-closed-door message that his pro-abortion obstructionist philosophy would not be tolerated.

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The Near End of the Liberal Trump Card?

The homosexual community is seeing red. Former President Clinton is blaming Kerry's loss on the homosexual marriage issue. After an analysis of the vote in Pennsylvania, I've concluded that Bush would have won the Keystone state if Arlen Specter's conservative primary opponent had been on the ballot. Many pro-life and anti-homosexual marriage voters did not turn out to vote because they despise Specter and were upset with Bush for supporting him over Pat Toomey.

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A Jury of Your Grandchildren - Part 4

As you apprehensively await their response to your depressing analysis, the granddads suddenly (thankfully?) begin to fade away. But rather than disappearing altogether, they morph, instead, into you. As this transformation is completed, you have suddenly become a living representative of your grandparents and a respected lay member of a typical evangelical church in your town.

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A Jury of Your Grandchildren - Part 3

You agree with your grandfathers' findings while awaiting, with no small degree of dread, their obvious next question which is, "What happened? What caused all this? Were we invaded and occupied by some evil enemy force?" [Yes, we were!] "Or, did we elders leave things in such bad shape for you young people that this madness was inevitable?"

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A Jury of Your Grandchildren - Part 2

Suddenly, one day in 2004, as you continue to experience the prevailing discouraging psychological factors around you, both of your now deceased Christian grandfathers - and their fathers, too - magically appear before you, live and in the flesh. Yes, there's much rejoicing, but since their return a couple of days ago and subsequent nationwide inspection tour, it has been the catastrophic cultural decay and moral chaos engulfing the nation that has truly shocked them.

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A Jury of Your Grandchildren - Part 1

Even the most Bible-resistant are well aware, deep down, that they ought to spend at least some time contemplating life's "Big Questions." Who am I…where did I come from…why am I here…how do I know what I know…where am I going…how do I get there…what's my purpose? Sadly, the deeply penetrating nature of these challenges often leads to their being shunted aside because they require more soul searching than the average preoccupied American wants to spend, including even many preoccupied pastors

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Homosexual Marriage and the End of the West

The battle continues to rage over homosexuality. The good people of Missouri voted to ban same-sex marriage by an overwhelming majority (71% to 29%). Louisiana followed suit by an even larger margin. More than 81% of voters voted to ban same-sex marriages. These numbers are staggering and encouraging.

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Christ, Muhammad, and the Culture of Beheading

WE HAVE RECOILED in horror at the beheadings of innocent civilians by Muslim jihadists in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Americans Paul M. Johnson and Nicholas Berg and Korean Kim Sun-il were tortuously decapitated by Islamists, who shouted, "God is great!" while performing the gruesome deeds.

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Poverty: A Self-Inflicted Disease

IN THE BUSINESS section of USA Today, a story appeared that described how businesses are returning to the inner city to set up shop.1 The article is encouraging. Real estate is plentiful and prices are low.

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