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Snyder v. Phelps — A Judicial Travesty?

Mar 14, 2011 6 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Last Saturday, after speaking for a Kansas Lutherans for Life Issues Conference in Topeka, my host drove me by the Westboro Baptist Church, the home base for Fred (I refuse to call him Reverend) Phelps and his band of deranged followers as they spew forth their hatred against practically everyone and everything. The building is quite ...

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Judging Not for Man but for the Lord

Jan 31, 2011 3 Comments ›› Ben DuPré

If I supplied to you quotes from a judge that were full of scripture verses and recognitions that God was the righteous and "Supreme Judge of the World," and that spoke of the importance of a "relationship with Jesus Christ," what century would you guess those words were written or uttered? What long-gone era would ...

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Does the First Amendment Protect Governors?

Jan 21, 2011 3 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="143" caption="GOV. ROBERT BENTLEY"][/caption] Dr. Robert Bentley, Alabama's newly-inaugurated Governor, has already become controversial. On Inauguration Day, Bentley spoke for an audience at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King once served as pastor. He said he wanted to be Governor of all Alabamians and all who know Jesus ...

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Senator’s Staff Recommends Lifting Ban on Politics in Pulpits

Jan 7, 2011 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Over three years ago, Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa launched an investigation into the financial records of several well-known evangelists and ministries, demanding financial records and accountability practices.  Yesterday Grassley's office released his staff's research on the topic in this press release and at least one of the recommendations in the ...

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Memo to Congress: Read the Constitution — and Follow It!

Jan 6, 2011 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

As I write, the members of Congress are reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor. I applaud this action and hope it will become an annual tradition. It is a symbolic gesture by which Congressmen remind themselves, each other, their constituents, the media, and the public that we are under a Constitution, ...

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Christmas Is Religious, Thanksgiving Is Secular?

Dec 14, 2010 2 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Someone left a message on another website: "I’m not Christian and can’t get into the Christmas spirit. Most of my neighbours are Indian (and Hindu) and won’t be getting into the Christmas spirit either. After all it’s “Christ’s” mass. My wife is also Indian and HIndu. We celebrate Diwali (Hindu festival of lights) each year (October/November) ...

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The Geneva Bible: Charter of Pilgrim Self-Government

Nov 30, 2010 2 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Although Thanksgiving 2010 is over and the Christmas season has begun, it is still November and the Pilgrims are still on our minds. They were students of the Bible, and from the Bible they learned not only the way of salvation but also the basic principles of republican self-government. Many are surprised to ...

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Do You Want to Be Scanned?

Nov 16, 2010 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Full-body scanners at airports has become a volatile issue. Where should we stand (and I don't mean in front of the scanner)? Just a few thoughts (ok, ten thoughts; that's a dime's worth): 1. Conservative Christians, because of our high view of God and His Law, and our low view of man and his ...

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One Man’s Election Reflections 2010

Nov 3, 2010 6 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Seeds of Defeat: A Sober Reflection on the 2010 Elections John A. Eidsmoe, Colonel, Alabama State Defense Force Having been a conservative activist since my teenage days 50 years ago, am I elated at the greatest Republican comeback in my lifetime? Not exactly. This election, I must confess, interested me less than medieval political philosophy ...

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Of the Crusades, the Magna Carta, and Servicemen’s Civil Relief

Sep 7, 2010 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Back when I was an active-duty Air Force Judge Advocate, I regularly counseled military personnel and their dependents concerning the Soldiers & Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940, recently amended and renamed as the Servicemen's Civil Relief Act of 2003. The Act provides, among other things, that if a service person is sued while serving on ...

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