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David French
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A Kentucky native, David is a 1994 graduate (cum laude) of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a 1991 graduate (summa cum laude, valedictorian) of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

David has been a commercial litigation partner for a large law firm, taught at Cornell Law School, served as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and currently serves as a Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice. He is the author of multiple books, including A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Home, Church, and School and the upcoming Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War. David is a regular contributor to National Review Online, a columnist for Patheos, and he has written numerous op-eds and articles, including pieces in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Human Events, Townhall, New York Post, New York Daily News, Boston Herald, and Philadelphia Daily News. Regularly interviewed by both print and broadcast media, David has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN Newsroom, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, and Special Report with Brit Hume, among others. A regular guest on talk radio programs, David has been interviewed on National Public Radio and by numerous hosts, including Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, James Dobson, and Michael Reagan.

David is also a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, joining the USAR in April, 2006. He currently serves with the 1st Brigade, 104th Division. From October 2007 to September 2008, CPT French served as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Diyala Province, Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

David and his wife Nancy have two daughters (ages 12 and 3) and a son (age 10). They live in Columbia, Tennessee.

Works by David French
A Nation Greater than We Deserve
David French | May 25, 2015
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I’m More Hateful Than Pamela Geller
David French | May 08, 2015
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The Vengeful and Malicious P.C. Police
David French | March 25, 2015
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How Political Correctness Improved My Life
David French | February 19, 2015
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Brian Williams: When Reality Isn't Enough
David French | February 06, 2015
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Mitt Romney, an Appreciation
David French | January 30, 2015
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The "Klanning" of Social Conservatism
David French | January 29, 2015
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Four Reasons Why America Needs "American Sniper"
David French | January 19, 2015
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The Wheels Are Coming Off the Sexual Revolution
David French | December 03, 2014
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I Thought Social Issues Only Favored Democrats
David French | November 06, 2014
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When Thugs and Liars Lose
David French | November 06, 2014
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City of Houston Attacks Pastors, then Doubles Down
David French | October 17, 2014
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The Vindication of Christian Sexual Ethics
David French | October 16, 2014
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ISIS: What You Need to Know
David French | September 10, 2014
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Why is Tennessee an "Abortion Supermarket?"
David French | September 09, 2014
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The Evil Sentimentality of the Pro-Hamas Left
David French | August 02, 2014
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The Difference Between Rescue and Ransom
David French | June 05, 2014
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How to Live a Life of Privilege
David French | May 19, 2014
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Slate Writer Endorses Firing Pro-Choice CEOs?
David French | April 13, 2014
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When Does Intolerance Work?
David French | April 09, 2014
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Best April Fool's Prank, Ever
David French | April 07, 2014
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Should Fathers Carry Guns to Protect Their Families?
David French | February 18, 2014
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Our Arrogant, Ignorant "Elite"
David French | February 12, 2014
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New York Falling; Mississippi Rising
David French | February 10, 2014
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How To Raise Christian Kids
David French | February 08, 2014
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Lone Survivor and Insufferable Anti-American...
David French | January 16, 2014
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Why Are Liberal Men Unhappy?
David French | December 30, 2013
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Stop Slandering the Tea Party
David French | December 18, 2013
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Christians Must Use Explicitly Biblical Arguments
David French | December 07, 2013
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On President Obama's 'Kindness'
David French | December 06, 2013
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The HuffPo Doubles Down on a Hoax
David French | December 05, 2013
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The Left Falls for a Revealing Poverty Hoax
David French | December 05, 2013
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The Difference Between a Hand-out and a Leg Up
David French | November 26, 2013
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The Tragedy of the Dependency Culture
David French | November 19, 2013
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Obamacare's Fifth Amendment Problem
David French | November 18, 2013
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"Gagging" Over Transracial Families?
David French | November 15, 2013
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The Attributes of a Christian Warrior
David French | November 12, 2013
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The Brotherhood of Mud
David French | November 06, 2013
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Mocking Kids into Liberalism, One Student at a Time
David French | November 05, 2013
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The Hidden Heartlessness of the Obamacare Rollout
David French | October 16, 2013
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Remembering Tom Clancy
David French | October 02, 2013
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Three Reasons Why We 'Cling'
David French | September 17, 2013
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Most Moving Commercial Ever?
David French | September 15, 2013
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You Know What's Racist? Calling Twerking 'Black'
David French | August 29, 2013
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Four Seductive Liberal Lies
David French | August 23, 2013
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Yes, There is Evidence God Exists
David French | August 14, 2013
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Three Observations About the Left and Civility
David French | July 16, 2013
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How Do You Honor Courage?
David French | July 03, 2013
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Abortion and the Idol of Self
David French | July 02, 2013
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Are the NSA and IRS Scandals the Same?
David French | June 25, 2013
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Killing Your Child for Volleyball
David French | June 18, 2013
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Oprah, Snowflakes, and Despair
David French | June 04, 2013
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We Need More 'Extremists' Like Chris Kyle
David French | June 03, 2013
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The IRS Targets Adoptive Families
David French | May 22, 2013
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The Obama Legacy: Betrayal
David French | May 15, 2013
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The Good We Did
David French | May 03, 2013
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Every Abortion Clinic is an Atrocity
David French | April 30, 2013
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The Chilling Chechen Connection
David French | April 23, 2013
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The War Was Right, but the Rhetoric Was Wrong
David French | March 20, 2013
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Harvard Crimson: Conservatives Need Not Apply
David French | March 06, 2013
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Parents These Days
David French | February 27, 2013
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Why Would We Arm Our Racist, Jihadist Enemies?
David French | February 08, 2013
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Booty Versus Beauty: How Paul Harvey Bested Beyonce
David French | February 06, 2013
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The Biblical and Natural Right of Self-Defense
David French | January 30, 2013
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Django Unchained: A Well-Acted Cinematic Atrocity
David French | January 17, 2013
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Raising Sons with Guns
David French | January 10, 2013
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When There Are No Answers
David French | December 19, 2012
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"Tolerance" is Virtue on the Cheap
David French | November 26, 2012
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Maintaining Clarity in the Debate Over Gaza Tactics
David French | November 16, 2012
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The Military Has An Infidelity Problem
David French | November 14, 2012
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Progressive Evangelicals' Epic Fail
David French | November 14, 2012
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Conservatives' Terrifying Message
David French | November 10, 2012
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The Southwest (Airlines) Way Back
David French | November 09, 2012
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No Regrets
David French | November 08, 2012
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Final Reflections As the Votes Are Counted
David French | November 06, 2012
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Who Wants it More?
David French | November 05, 2012
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The Sexual Revolution, Courtesy of Big Government
David French | October 31, 2012
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The Very Definition of Honor
David French | October 29, 2012
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Yes, Drone Strikes are Legal and Moral
David French | October 26, 2012
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Mitt Romney: Focusing on What We Can Control
David French | October 24, 2012
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Libya: Why the Cover-up?
David French | October 23, 2012
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Final Debate Thoughts: Obama's Cowbell
David French | October 23, 2012
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Three Principles for Talking About Islam
David French | October 11, 2012
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The Mitt Romney Rout
David French | October 04, 2012
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My Pre-Debate, Post-Debate Assessment
David French | October 03, 2012
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Evangelicals, Mormons, and Orthodoxy: The Glossary!
David French | October 03, 2012
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Thoughts on War, Loss, and Suicide
David French | September 25, 2012
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Houston, We Have a Dependency Problem
David French | September 20, 2012
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The Gap Between Our Capabilities and Our Will
David French | September 19, 2012
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Brian McLaren's Troubling Slavery Analogy
David French | September 18, 2012
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Top Six Newspaper Headlines if Barack Obama Were...
David French | September 14, 2012
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Three Realities on September 12, 2012
David French | September 13, 2012
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A Muslim Voice That Must Be Heard
David French | September 12, 2012
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A Classic and Awesome "Political" Ad
David French | September 11, 2012
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9/11: The Case for Controlled and Sustained Rage
David French | September 11, 2012
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How Do You Raise Pro-Life Children? Adopt!
David French | September 10, 2012
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Top 10 Public Controversies that Don't Cost 825,000...
David French | September 05, 2012
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The Choice Between Life and Death
David French | September 04, 2012
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Three Quick Takeaways from RNC Day Two
David French | August 30, 2012
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Four Quick Takeaways From RNC Day One
David French | August 29, 2012
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A Call To Prayer
David French | August 28, 2012
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"Is the God of Calvinism a Moral Monster?"
David French | August 22, 2012
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Rape and Abortion: It's All About Innocence
David French | August 21, 2012
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Paul Ryan is no Randian
David French | August 13, 2012
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Paul Ryan's Glittering Pro-Life Credentials
David French | August 11, 2012
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Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Red Dawn
David French | August 10, 2012
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Can States Give Military Voters Extra Time?
David French | August 09, 2012
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The Incredible Shrinking Bible
David French | August 07, 2012
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Attacking Gabby Douglas's Faith? Really?
David French | August 05, 2012
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The Biblical and Natural Right of Self Defense
David French | July 27, 2012
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Don't Tell Me How to Defend My Family
David French | July 25, 2012
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Are Calvinists Arrogant?
David French | July 23, 2012
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Three Reasons to Blog "The Bachelorette"
David French | July 19, 2012
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Can the "Mormon Way" Beat the "Chicago Way"?
David French | July 17, 2012
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Is Sexual Immorality "Brave" or "Courageous"?
David French | July 17, 2012
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Press the Panic Button, Protestants?
David French | July 12, 2012
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Are We Becoming a Nation of Cowards?
David French | July 05, 2012
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Faith, Freedom, and the Fourth
David French | July 04, 2012
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The Six Inches In Front of Your Face
David French | July 03, 2012
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Romney/Swanson 2012
David French | June 29, 2012
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The "Social Justice" of Abortion?
David French | June 13, 2012
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Deep Theological Thoughts
David French | May 31, 2012
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Let's Not Equate Porn and Gaming
David French | May 30, 2012
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Remembering
David French | May 28, 2012
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Graduates, It's Not About You
David French | May 15, 2012
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Race, Politics, and Adoption -- Following Up
David French | April 29, 2012
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Going Positive on Mitt and Negative on Newt
David French | February 01, 2012
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Mitt Wins Florida!
David French | February 01, 2012
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Evangelicals for Mitt: The Full Page Ad
David French | January 19, 2012
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Evangelicals for Mitt: The Book
David French | January 16, 2012
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Rethinking "Mormon Morality"
David French | December 28, 2011
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The Case For Mitt Romney
David French | December 15, 2011
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Time Takes a Swing at the Frenches
David French | December 12, 2011
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The Agony of Newt Gingrich
David French | December 07, 2011
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Are Ideological Witch Hunts Killing the Tea Party?
David French | December 01, 2011
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The Geek's Guide to the Kindle Fire
David French | November 22, 2011
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Penn State and Our Culture of Cowardice
David French | November 17, 2011
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Taking on the Freedom From Religion Foundation
David French | November 02, 2011
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If Someone Calls You an "Islamophobe" . . .
David French | October 26, 2011
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Should Anabaptists be in Afghanistan?
David French | October 24, 2011
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The "Cult" Slur is a Slanderous Leftist Tactic
David French | October 13, 2011
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Robert Jeffress's Bizarre and Unbiblical Beliefs
David French | October 08, 2011
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Remembering Steve Jobs
David French | October 06, 2011
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Are Evangelicals Moving Left?
David French | September 20, 2011
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Two 9/11 Generations
David French | September 19, 2011
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There is No Moral Equivalence
David French | September 11, 2011
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Lies We Tell Ourselves
David French | September 09, 2011
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Depravity Watch
David French | September 07, 2011
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What? I'm a Dominionist?
David French | September 01, 2011
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Poverty and Depravity: Responding to Readers
David French | August 30, 2011
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Poverty and Unemployment Facts, Collected
David French | August 26, 2011
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Poverty and Depravity: The NRO Discussion
David French | August 25, 2011
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A Marvelous Quote
David French | August 24, 2011
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Our Depraved Poor
David French | August 22, 2011
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Twin Killings and Self-Indulgence
David French | August 17, 2011
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The Impossibility of a Socialist Jesus
David French | August 16, 2011
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Christians for a Sustainable Economy: The Launch
David French | August 02, 2011
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Happy Monday -- The Reformed Rap of the Week
David French | August 01, 2011
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God Wants Welfare? My Response to Jim Wallis
David French | July 29, 2011
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Keeping Up With the Frenches
David French | July 27, 2011
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More From the 700 Club -- Our Book Interview
David French | July 26, 2011
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Defending Religion: Volume 1
David French | July 25, 2011
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Happy Monday -- Your Reformed Rap of the Week
David French | July 25, 2011
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A Marvelous Song of God's Sovereign Grace
David French | July 22, 2011
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The Cultural Importance of the Tea Party
David French | July 21, 2011
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Why the Michele Bachmann Hit Piece Was Wrong
David French | July 19, 2011
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The Cultural Reasons for Our Debt Crisis
David French | July 14, 2011
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Does the New York Times Employ Editors?
David French | July 12, 2011
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A Personal Guide to Fighting Poverty
David French | July 08, 2011
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Does More Spending Equal More Compassion?
David French | July 07, 2011
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Theology Rap
David French | July 06, 2011
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Should This Be the Tagline of Our Blog?
David French | July 06, 2011
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Progressives, Poverty, and Economic Freedom
David French | July 05, 2011
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A Mormon President: Are Souls at Stake?
David French | July 01, 2011
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Are Evangelicals Drifting Left?
David French | July 01, 2011
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A Mormon President: Are Souls at Stake?
David French | June 12, 2011
Those who believe that presidents impact our immortal souls have too great a view of......
We'd very much like to believe that a "few extremists" are to blame for the Middle......
Scott Smiley was a warrior and a hero. Today he's the Army's first active-duty blind......
Mitt Romney's Health Care Advantage?
David French | May 16, 2011
"RomneyCare" shouldn't be a liability in 2012. It should be an asset. Here's why....
On a day of great victory, we should rejoice in justice, but we cannot lose sight of the......
Three Cups of Hogwash
David French | April 25, 2011
The story Greg Mortensen told in "Three Cups of Tea" was precisely the story we wanted......
A Moral Case for Military Commissions
David French | April 17, 2011
The Left's pursuit of "moral authority" on the battlefield costs the lives of American......
It's long past time for a political revolution that could transform our culture....
The Story "Rolling Stone" Won't Tell
David French | April 03, 2011
Our soldiers are sacrificing their lives to protect the innocent while "Rolling Stone"......
Real Men Take the Lead
David French | March 27, 2011
Feminized Man, Child Man, or Real Man -- make the choice....
The Perfect Justice of Hell
David French | March 21, 2011
If postmoderns find hell unpalatable, it is not because the doctrine is wrong, but......
Are Christians Obsessed With Gays and Abortion?
David French | March 14, 2011
The numbers don't lie. American Christians pour their resources into helping "the least......
There's a good reason why jihadists seem absent from the Arab revolutions: They're dead......
All Our Destinies: Why I'm a Calvinist
David French | March 01, 2011
Control is an illusion. Dependence is the reality....
Union protests in cow country display an invincible sense of entitlement....
First They Came for the Jews
David French | February 07, 2011
Middle Eastern Christians are under siege. We've seen this movie before....
As Evangelicals Falter, Catholics and Mormons Lead
David French | February 04, 2011
Evangelical Protestants are failing the social conservative movement. Why?...
Be Careful What You Wish For
David French | January 31, 2011
Revolution can be a very dangerous thing....
Abortion in Retreat
David French | January 24, 2011
History may not have a "side," but it is trending toward life....
Just Say No to Civility
David French | January 17, 2011
Civility, by itself, is not a virtue. It often obscures truth and protects the powerful....
Three Irreconcilable Fiscal Majorities
David French | January 10, 2011
It is our people -- not our politicians -- who are leading our country to the brink of......
Christmas Skirmishes and the War for History
David French | December 27, 2010
Does it mean that you're a hero of the Republic if you find "Merry Christmas" offensive......
The Fight for Truth and the Fear of Man
David French | December 20, 2010
Either Christians stand up for what they believe in, and suffer mockery and......
The Obama Comeback
David French | December 13, 2010
In 2012, on the day after Barack Obama was elected to a second term, a pundit reflects......
Defending Sarah Palin
David French | December 06, 2010
Every time the chattering classes pour on the vitriol, it makes me like Sarah Palin......
Social Justice Begins at Home
David French | November 29, 2010
As the comforting hug and permissive counseling replace church discipline and biblical......
Carnage, Courage, and Giving Thanks
David French | November 22, 2010
In this Christian era of "your best life now," it is worth remembering when our......
The Impossibility of Appeasement
David French | November 15, 2010
Radical Islam cannot be appeased, it can only be defeated, and -- more importantly --......
Islam's Ignorant Defenders
David French | November 10, 2010
Our cultural elite knows nothing about Islam, yet they defend with it with sneering,......
It's the Culture, Stupid
David French | November 03, 2010
Elections matter, but the fate of the nation rests not in the hands of the politicians......
Stigmatizing Truth, Destroying Lives
David French | October 19, 2010
Our culture has reversed centuries of moral norms. Stigmas saved lives. Stigmatizing the......
Conservative Christians are often accused of being for government intrusion on social......
Onward Christian Soldiers?
David French | September 30, 2010
Patheos columnist David French reflects: When Christians consider giving themselves to a......