Category Archives: In The News

One More (Belated) Vote Against Bombing Syria

Belatedly, I’ve decided I must oppose a strike against Syria. The purpose of the U.S. military is to defend America’s sovereignty and to protect Americans’ liberty, not to be the world’s superhero or the police arm of the U.N. (or … Continue reading

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Rape and Rationality

Anyone who knows me knows my conviction that contemporary Americans feel too much and think too little. Lack of “impulse control” isn’t just for the “poorly socialized” anymore; it’s a culture-wide phenomenon. Emotionally charged, cognitively vacuous rants and shout-downs have … Continue reading

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Manhattan Declaration: Not Perfect, But Worth Signing

Concerning the Manhattan Declaration (available on the Manhattan Project site, accessed 04 February 2013)….I have just signed this declaration). However, I thought I should note that my signing is not a blanket endorsement of all the wording found in it … Continue reading

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Mary Elizabeth “Kill ‘Em All, Let God Sort ‘Em Out” Williams

I just posted a comment on a Salon.com article by Mary Elizabeth “Kill ’Em All, Let God Sort ’Em Out” Williams. My comment should appear here, but my own testing of the link has not yielded positive results. If your … Continue reading

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LaPierre versus Paul: Realism versus Delusion

Like his typical remarks on foreign policy (remember those Republican primary debates?), Ron Paul’s response to Wayne LaPierre shows what happens when praiseworthy ideals are wedded to a weak grasp of reality. Though common grace (God’s pervasive positive influence on … Continue reading

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Homosexual “Marriage” Debate Revisited

U-T San Diego letter writers have continued trying, within the U-T word allowance for letters (125 words per the letter editor’s email to me a while back, though the paper’s posted guidelines only warn vaguely against being too “lengthy”), to … Continue reading

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Confucius Say: “Gay Marriage” Debate Not About Rights

This was created as an op-ed for the U-T San Diego, my local paper, and posted here as a draft on the same day I emailed it to the U-T (that is, 08 December 2012, the day of the U-T … Continue reading

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Metaxas’ Ewing Case: Unpersuasive Argument Against 3 Strikes

Eric Metaxas posted an article to breakpoint.org arguing, based on the story of non-violent repeat offender Gary Ewing, in favor of revising California’s “Three Strikes” law: “Enough of Three Strikes, Unjust and Expensive” (http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/%2020657). I found a key statement in … Continue reading

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Dear Obscure Candidates: Please Seek Endorsements

The East County Magazine site carried an article about an obscure race on the ballot in my area (http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/11560). It noted how some candidates in that race had rejected the idea of seeking endorsements. Since I rely heavily on endorsements … Continue reading

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Concerning Scorgie: Billy Graham Exploited or Christian Right Maligned?

Image: 2009 Christian participant in anti-Obama “March on Washington” calls for “Less Government More Jesus,” quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14. Courtesy Will Kuhns (Creative Commons license).One of my former seminary professors, Glen Scorgie, recently posted an article accusing politically conservative Christians … Continue reading

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If In Doubt, Sit The Election Out

Fox News has posted an interesting article about how some African-American Christian leaders are suggesting their followers should sit out the 2012 election because of (most notably) Obama’s newly “evolved” support for same-sex marriage: “African-American Christians waver over vote” (Associated … Continue reading

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Akin, and Achin’ for the Unborn

Rape and abortion are wrong for the same reason. Image courtesy DeviantArt user NickSeraph (Creative Commons license).The material below I originally prepared August 2012 as a letter to the Editor of the U-T San Diego newspaper. Unfortunately, I was informed … Continue reading

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