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Defending Christianity

It's awful, this thing called Christianity, many are saying today, and my disagreement with that judgment has at least something to do with the kinds of sermons I hear on…

The case against capital punishment

The late Rod Serling might have made this case the opening episode of the Twilight Zone, punctuated by that eerie theme music that is still so identified with otherworldly experiences.…

Screening for the health dangers

The White House recently released its new homeland security strategy and, unlike the initial 2002 version, this one focuses far more on natural disasters as opposed to terrorist strikes. That's…

At least the French got it right

When President Bush was putting together his Coalition of the Willing -- or, in some cases, the Coalition of the Not Very Willing but We Better Do It Not to…

State Department may fire Blackwater

The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA's contract or awarding it to another company in…

Truth is no longer an option

I was at an academic conference recently, dedicated to the proposition that black is white. I had been invited to present the alternative viewpoint that black is really black, or…

Hiring gun slingers to fight our wars

It is difficult to believe that trying to return a two-bit country like Iraq to some sort of normalcy would so deplete this nation's military and civilian security capabilities that…

Joining the mean mom school

There are times when I tell my kids that they can't have or do something that they tell me I'm "as mean as 200 moms!" That's when I like to…

Retreating into isolationism

Polls are indicating that many Americans are yearning for another retreat into isolationism. The relentlessly grim news from Iraq, the antagonism abroad toward U.S. foreign policy, the stirrings of antipathy against…

Unmasking phony heroes

The unmasking of a half-dozen phony heroes in recent months is spurring support for the creation of a national database that contains the names of those who have received the…