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In the Aftermath of a Landmark (?) Decision

Jun 28, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

ON THE EVE OF A LANDMARK DECISION John Eidsmoe, Colonel (AL), Alabama State Defense Force  [Note: This article is written in two parts, Part One the day before the health care decision, and Part Two in the hours thereafter.] During the March 27th oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care legislation, ...

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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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So May We Pay Our Taxes in Pesos?

Apr 7, 2010 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

On my way to the office this morning, I stopped by the local office of the Internal Revenue Service to pick up some forms.   But when I asked for a copy of Publication 17, the comprehensive set of forms and instructions,  I was told that Pub 17 is out of stock. But they have it in ...

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Gopherwood, Anyone?

Dec 18, 2009 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Abraham Kuyper once said, "Culture is religion externalized." The Bible is God's Word, but Western Civilization has been permeated with Christian influence for nearly 2,000 years, and Biblical allusions and metaphors have become part of our language and our frame of reference. That is, until recently. The "Boomer" generation did not think it necessary ...

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Judging by Law or Feelings?

Jun 11, 2009 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Should judges base their decisions on an impartial evaluation of the law as applied to the facts? Or should they judge based upon the criterion set forth by President Obama -- "empathy"? Do men and women, young and old, white and black, rich and poor, have different versions of law, truth, and justice? Even ...

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Imprecation: Biblical? Christian?

Feb 10, 2009 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Dr. Robert E. Fugate, an Omaha pastor who holds a Ph.D in Christian Intellectual Thought and a Master of Divinity, has written a fascinating book called BIBLICAL IMPRECATIONS: CHRISTIANS' SECRET WEAPON. Wait a minute! Imprecation? "Imprecate" is defined as "invoking a curse upon" someone or something. It brings to mind the picture of ...

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Ban All Holy Days!

Jan 7, 2009 2 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

BAN ALL HOLY DAYS! December 25 is now history, and the combatants in the "Christmas wars" have laid down their arms until next year. But the issues are far from resolved, and the conflict is far from over. Look for the guns to sound again come next December. The problem with a ban on "Merry ...

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Spending Other People’s Money

Nov 20, 2008 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

A liberal, it has been said, is a person who believes he owes a debt to humanity and wants to pay it with your money. President-elect Obama and Vice-President-elect Biden certainly know how to talk the talk about compassion for the poor. Obama’s words to Joe the Plumber about sharing the wealth, and Biden’s statement that ...

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