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Standing (in a Long Line) for Religious Freedom

Some of my co-workers stand (or is it sit) vigil outside the Supreme Court building.

Some of my co-workers abandon office comforts
in order to wait for a spot to a Supreme Court case.

Even now, several of my officemates are camped outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in hopes of getting seats to tomorrow’s arguments in the latest Obamacare religious liberty appeal.

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Men: Fall for Your Wives, Not Ashley Madison

When hackers first exposed the millions of men who signed up at Ashley Madison in hopes of cheating on their wives, the resulting furor overlooked a more surreal and tragic aspect of the scandal.

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Religious Freedom and the Right to Discriminate

In their haste to denounce Indiana’s religious freedom law (before it was revised) as a license to discriminate, critics not only threatened a treasured American principle, they lost sight of a fundamental truth about human nature.

To paraphrase the insurance commercial: People discriminate. It’s what they do.

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Charlie Hebdo Massacre no Redemption Story

Nothing about this is funny.

Not counting the perpetrators, some 16 French citizens lie dead, including several singled out and executed presumably in revenge for offending Islam.

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Ignore the Godless Grinches. Jesus is for Real.

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Slapping down heretics: St. Nicholas, the prototype of Santa Claus, got away with it at the Council of Nicea. But I wouldn’t recommend it nowadays—no matter how provoked you feel.

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Time: Atheist Organization Decks Billboards with Christmas Jeer

Orlando Sentinel: Ban Displays at Capitol, Close Door to Absurdities

Washington Post: Did historical Jesus Really Exist? The Evidence Just doesn’t Add up.

Washington Post: Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ?

Caesar’s Gallic Wars: How Old are the Manuscripts

Golden-throated crooners may tell us it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but informed Christians know better: The approach of Christmas also means the emergence of anti-yuletide cranks.

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Celebrated Suicide Means It’s Too Late to Rage

Brittany Maynard was young, lovely, vibrant. Now she is dead by her own hand.

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Muslim Leaders: Want Your People to Please God? Try a Little Mercy.

Dear Muslim Leaders:

You may not have noticed it, but recent news items out of several Islamic countries recounting efforts to enforce religious laws have been horrifying.

In Iran, several young men and women were jailed for making a video of themselves dancing together. In Sudan, a wife and mother has been sentenced to die for being a Christian. And in Pakistan, yet another young wife and expectant mother was stoned to death allegedly for the sake of her family’s honor.

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Classic Sci Fi Goes Deep

By Dave Dentel

Note: This was originally posted December 24, 2012.

When a good friend agreed to introduce me to classic science fiction I had long ignored, I didn’t realize how quickly his generosity would deliver a brilliant pay-off.

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Robert A. Heinlein’s 1941 tale delves into the nature of both religious and materialistic inquiry.Also worth reading:
“How Star Wars Ruined Sci Fi”

Already I’ve encountered a Heinlein story with surprising insight into one of my favorite nonfiction topics—the intersection of science and faith.

While it’s no fable of intelligent design, Robert A. Heinlein’s 1941 tale “Universe” certainly delves into the nature of both religious and materialistic inquiry. In fact, the adventure aspect of the story serves as a backdrop for exploring how human beings comprehend reality and their purpose in it.

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Lawyer’s Book Warns of Coming Police State

The government is watching you. In fact, the government may very well be watching you read this review.

To be fair, in his new book author John Whitehead isn’t quite so extreme in describing the threat to liberty posed by overreaching authorities. But he comes close.

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