Declaration of Independence

Shouldn’t We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday on July 2?

I'm a fan of Dan Lewis' book Now I Know and his daily email blog by the same name. He uncovers the "news behind the news"--the unusual facts which leave you scratching your head, and the trivia that will make you the hit at any party. Whatever happened to the flags on the moon? And when was the term "OMG" first used? (Hint: It involved Winston Churchill in 1917.)Today's entry deals with the fascinating origin of our nation's birthday celebration. Lewis contends that we really should be … [Read More...]

Confederate flag

The Stars and Bars–No Longer on Cars (Or Anywhere Else?)

The Confederate flag has to go! That's a popular sentiment among some Americans in the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings on June 17, which left nine African-American Christians dead at the hands of a deranged  and racist young man named Dylann Roof. Investigators later found the Confederate flag among photos and racist imagery on Roof's website.Indeed, the Confederate flag has been associated with racism, slavery and white supremacism.But is the connection between "racist hate" … [Read More...]

Pro-Lifers: Can You Help This Mom of Conjoined Twins?

I'd like you to meet Hannah and Olivia McCullough.These precious twins are, you may have noticed, conjoined. Hannah, the stronger of the two, has a normal heart and no other malformations, other than being conjoined to Olivia, with the exception of her bladder and colon. Olivia, though, has … [Read More...]

Hugs Up in Heaven, As Nicholas Winton Goes to His Reward

I imagine cheering crowds at the gates of Heaven this morning, welcoming Sir Nicholas Winton to his eternal reward. Winton, you may recall, was a stockbroker and humanitarian who saved 669 Jewish children during the Holocaust, finding homes for them in Britain.His obituary in the L.A. Times … [Read More...]

Chicago Jesuits Settle Abuse Claim for $950,000 – UPDATED

The Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus has settled a lawsuit with a Chicago man who alleges he was sexually abused by Father Donald O'Shaughnessy, S.J. during his years at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. The attorney in the case, Eugene K. Hollander, released a statement … [Read More...]

Back-Alley Abortions and the Russian Abortion Poster

Just a little history lesson for the day:  In 1920, Russia became the first nation in the world to allow abortion in all circumstances.From 1936 through 1955, responding to Joseph Stalin's fear of population decline, abortion was made illegal in that country; but the prohibitive legislation was … [Read More...]

Monday, June 29: Opening Day for Vatican’s New Secretariat for Communications

We knew that Pope Francis was planning a reorganization of the Vatican's wide-reaching communications offices. The nine-member Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, had recommended an overhaul. I expressed puzzlement about it here, and I questioned how the … [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Energetic Schedule for His First U.S. Trip – UPDATED

Wow, there's a lot happening on September 22-27, when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States! The Washington Post offered an exclusive look at the preliminary schedule--with the disclaimer that things could change, this is not the "official" schedule. In fact, even after the V … [Read More...]

President Obama Sings “Amazing Grace”, But Misses the Point

Perhaps you saw this: At the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, President Obama delivered a stirring eulogy. In the middle of his remarks, the President belted out "Amazing Grace"--singing a capella before being joined b … [Read More...]

When You Wake Up in the Morning, God Will Still Be in Control

June 26 was a hard day. The U.S. Supreme Court, disregarding longstanding tradition, religious belief, and the law, redefined the institution of marriage, which has throughout history been the bedrock institution upon which society is built.The 5-4 vote was hotly contested by Justice Antonin S … [Read More...]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…. Mifepristone!

On Saturday morning, a coalition of feminist groups from Germany, Russia and Poland will take their support for abortion to new heights. The group plans to fly a drone across the Ober River from abortion-loving Germany to pro-life Poland, carrying a load of abortion pills.I told this story over … [Read More...]

Dear Bristol: Thank You For Saying Yes to Life

My fellow Patheos blogger Bristol Palin made a pretty big announcement this morning:  She told her readers that she's pregnant, expecting her second child.You may recall that during her mother's political campaign, Bristol was an 18-year-old unwed mother, and she chose not to marry son … [Read More...]

FAITH MEETS SCIENCE: Vatican Enlists Tattoo Removal Lasers to Clean Priceless Artwork

An intriguing report out of England: The Vatican has hired Lynton Lasers, a tattoo removal company in Cheshire, to remove dirt from its priceless statues and paintings. The company's infrared laser beams use a gentle heat to remove pollution and dirt from statues, many of which date back to the … [Read More...]

Drug-Crazed Intruder Kills Samuel Traut, Popular Bible Teacher at NDSU Newman Center

"A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster.”At a news conference regarding back-to-back slayings in Fargo, North Dakota, Police Chief Dave Todd repeated the line he'd heard Wednesday, explaining why 24-year-old Samuel Traut had been killed. The young man, who taught bible st … [Read More...]


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