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On the Eve of a Landmark Decision

Jun 27, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

During the March 27th oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care legislation, swing Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the U.S. Solicitor General a key question.  That question was, and is, "whether or not there are any limits on the Commerce Clause." Not only is this the key issue underlying the ...

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Grand Canyon’s Trail of Time: Must Creationists Take a Hike?

Jun 5, 2012 3 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

It's good to be back in the office again!  I've just returned from a speaking engagement in Phoenix, Arizona, and a side trip to the Grand Canyon.  This is the fourth time I've hiked the Canyon, not counting one mule trip.  True, I'm ten years older than I was the last time I hiked it, ...

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The Irony of Courage — Memorial Day Address 2012

May 27, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not ...

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Doolittle's Raid B-25 Bomber

A Toast to Doolittle’s Raiders

Apr 26, 2012 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Last night, as Trinity Presbyterian Church held a special patriotic program to dedicate five military flags (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force), I was asked to represent the Air Force and present the story of Doolittle's Raid over Japan.  The text of my speech is below.  My thanks to Justin Rojek for the ...

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Lutherans for Life on HHS: “Here We Stand!”

Feb 20, 2012 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Last Saturday 18 Feb 2012, during our Lutherans for Life Board of Directors meeting at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, the Executive Director asked me to prepare a statement concerning the recent Health & Human Services directive requiring religious organizations to provide contraception for their employees. I drafted the statement, and with a ...

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Wendell Mitchell, RIP

Feb 15, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

The first time I met Wendell Mitchell was about 22 years ago. As the Dean of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, he was interviewing me for a professorship, and he asked me, "Could you fit into the South?" I assured him that would be no problem, because I was born in the South ...

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Response to “The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers” — Who Were They Hiding It From?

Jan 6, 2012 12 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Christian Pinto and Adullum Films have produced a DVD titled The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers in which they argue that America was not founded as a Christian nation. Rather, Pinto says, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were the products of Enlightenment thinking and the influence of Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and other ...

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The Angel of Hadley and Judges Cave: A Robust Thanksgiving Tale

Nov 23, 2011 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Last weekend I made my annual “pilgrimage” to Plymouth, Massachusetts, for a Board meeting of the Plymouth Rock Foundation.  The hallowed landmarks continue to inspire: the statue of William Bradford, the statue of Chief Massassoit, the vault containing the bones of many of the pilgrims who died during the first winter, the Church of the ...

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Emory Folmar

Emory Folmar, RIP

Nov 16, 2011 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Around December 1984, the Air Force sent me to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama for a week of reserve duty.  I brought my wife and children with me, as they had never been to Alabama. One night that week, we attended a community Christmas carol fest in Crampton Bowl.  Emory Folmar, the Mayor of Montgomery, opened ...

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Otto von Hapsburg: The Prince, the Professor, and the Sinner

Jul 19, 2011 4 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Otto von Hapsburg (Habsburg) (1912-2011), the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, died at the age of 98 on 4 July 2011.  After a 13-day period of mourning, he was entombed in the Imperial Crypt under the Capuchin Church in Vienna. The funeral embodied the dignity and regal splendor that befitted the heir of the ...

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