Alan Keyes column
On the establishment of religion: What the Constitution really says
When he ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Supreme Court building in Alabama, federal judge Myron Thompson stated that the issue at stake involved the question of whether . . . [Click for more]
"Alan Keyes is Making Sense" ended a year ago
Award-winning show left void still felt in cable programming
June 27, 2003
RenewAmerica staff report
Today marks the anniversary of Alan Keyes' final appearance on MSNBC's acclaimed "Alan Keyes is Making Sense."
Viewers on the night of June 27, 2002, did not realize . . . [Click for more]
Robert Meyer column
My economic manifesto in response to a liberal column
This past summer you replied to a letter sent to you by my uncle. He was inquiring as to how your editorial board defines "wealth" in terms of income threshold, and regarding the appropriate levels of taxation. I took issue with one statement contained in your reply in particular, "but this country is based on those who can afford it most contributing to the national good." Where did that idea come from, and what sort of ideology does it represent? . . . [Click for more]
Jon Alvarez column
What is wrong with these people?
What is wrong with these people? I'm talking about Americans who did NOT see the capture of Saddam Hussein as being a good thing. Perhaps their anti-Bush bias is so blinding that it has gotten in the way of common sense? Regardless, we have consistently seen throughout the past year that good news for America is bad news for the anti-American left . . . [Click for more]
Judson Cox column
Courting the terrorist vote: New horizons in liberal hate
I am disappointed by the Democrats. They can usually be counted on for great Machiavellian strategies that give political junkies fodder for study and debate; this time they are just peddling liberal hate. Democrats are usually more pragmatic in election strategy. Consider Presidents Carter and Clinton, the only two democrats to win a presidential election since 1968, liberals who ran as southern conservatives . . . [Click for more]
Doug Hagin column
New Year choices
2003 is now history and 2004 has arrived. Time, they say, waits for no man and they are right. But what will the marching in of the New Year mean for this great land? Certainly there will be sorrow alongside joy. There will surely be weeping as well as laughter to share. Losses and gains will be present during 2004 as well. What, though, does the next 365 days have in store for America? . . . [Click for more]
Woe is Dean
December 28, 2003
Barbara Stock column
Dr. Dean and the hypocritical oath
Dr. Dean has found Jesus. Alleluia and Praise the Lord. He discovered him hitchhiking on some back road somewhere around the Mason-Dixon Line. After declaring that he wasn't going to talk about "God, guns and gays" down south, his handlers once again grabbed him by his nose hairs and told him "ixnay on God stuff" . . . [Click for more]
Mary Mostert column
Without the ACLU filing a lawsuit, our military freed the descendants of the Magi
A popular modern Christmas visual display in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is the Magi. According to the Bible "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'" (Matt. 2: 1-2) . . . [Click for more]
Curtis Dahlgren column
Column of the year: Grading 2003 A.D., on the curve
"Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot."
— Alexis de Tocqueville
IN "THE END OF HISTORY," an OpEd, Lynn Cheney said, "Imagine an outline for the teaching of history in which George Washington makes only a fleeting appearance and is never described as our first President . . . [Click for more]
David Huntwork column
Did you lie to your kids at Christmas?
From the moment a child is born there is probably no greater "universal truth" pounded into their head by society and culture than of the existence of a fat jolly man dressed in red who brings good little boys and girls presents each year and is rarely complete without his eight tiny reindeer. It is the one great myth that is inescapable . . . [Click for more]
Edward Daley column
It's beginning to look a lot like X-mas
Well, it's that time of year again... you know, the time when all Americans come together in the spirit of secularism to celebrate the ideals of non-spiritual, humanist enlightenment. Yes indeed, soon we'll all be joining hands and singing non-threatening, non-religious songs like "We wish you a merry vacation" and "I'll be home for the festivities" . . . [Click for more]
Sam Weaver column
You're next, Osama!
The ability to learn from one's mistakes and to improve oneself via this knowledge is a hallmark of good character. This truism applies not only to individuals, but to nations as well. A nation that learns from errors made in the past and strives to correct those failures is a nation of character. The short history of the United States of America exudes great character in countless ways . . . [Click for more]
Jonathan David Morris column
The war on Christmas hits a little close to home
Jonathan David Morris
It seems like every year at around this time we start hearing stories of this or that Christmas symbol being banned from public display. In New York this year, it's nativity scenes, even while Jewish and Muslim holidays are enjoyed in full view. Meanwhile, Disney's got a box office smash called Bad Santa, which portrays the jolly fat man as a booze-swilling, babe-swooning fool . . . [Click for more]
Fred Hutchison column
Christmas, the incarnation, and the culture war
Is Christmas an appropriate time to be discussing the culture war? Yes! Christmas is an opportune time for seeing the culture war in theological and historical perspective. Christmas takes us to the manger scene where God miraculously dwelt in the body of a helpless baby. It tells the story of how God came down from heaven to walk the earth as man — to join us in our mortal ordeal . . . [Click for more]
David N. Bass column
Freedom from offense?
David N. Bass
French President Jacques Chirac's recent announcement banning Islamic headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and Christian crucifixes in his country's public schools comes as no shock. Once again paving the way for socialist governments around the world, France is basically saying that religious belief and symbols are something dirty to be swept under society's carpet . . . [Click for more]
From Yellow to Orange: U.S. raises national terror threat level
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the national terror threat level from "Yellow to Orange" on December 21, 2003. Secretary Ridge made the announcement during a press conference in Washington, D.C.
Secretary Ridge said, "The U.S. intelligence community has received a substantial increase in the volume of threat-related intelligence reports" . . . [Click for more]
Tony DiPasquale column
Is free speech on life support?
Recently, to the dismay of many on both the right and the left, the Supreme Court of the United States, in its infinite wisdom, held that the newly passed campaign finance laws were constitutional. Apparently, stating one's political views prior to an election are no longer deemed to be a constitutionally protected right . . . [Click for more]
Curtis Harris column
What is God's gift of freedom?
As I listened to a speech by President Bush recently, I noticed he repeated his belief that freedom is God's gift to every individual. On the surface, he was talking about political freedom, such as the freedom he hopes the Iraqi people will be able to sustain through a democratic government . . . [Click for more]
Accused terrorist drafted America's public school guidelines
Abdurahman Alamoudi, arrested and accused of helping Osama bin Laden and Hamas, helped develop "Religious Expression in Public School," introduced and incorporated by President Clinton in 1995.
School districts were pressured to incorporate these "Presidential Guidelines" which were originally drafted as "Religion In The Public Schools: A Joint Statement Of Current Law" . . . [Click for more]
Hans Zeiger column
The missing Christmas tree
The other day I returned to my old high school for its annual alumni assembly, an event that always occurs the week before Christmas as an excuse for hundreds of mostly aged men and women to rub shoulders with their classmates. For decades, it has been a tradition at Puyallup High School for the current sophomore, junior, and senior classes to hold a competition to see which class can best decorate a Christmas tree in the school gymnasium for the alumni assembly . . . [Click for more]
Jan Ireland column
First you feel the rumble. It's far off and indistinct, but it gets your attention. It's out of the ordinary. Experience tells you that it's likely to become a problem. You try to carry on with everyday election activities, but the fleeting glimpses eventually paint the picture. You're being visited by the Sasquatch RINO. He's human-like, fleeting, and his stomp can be devastating . . . [Click for more]
Jerry Bowyer column
The Saddam effect
There are a lot of people who said that they were disappointed with the performance of the stock market on Monday because they were expecting something that analysts were calling the "Saddam Bounce." The bounce happened, it just didn't happen where and when most analysts were looking. The bounce occurred most markedly in the Middle Eastern stock markets . . . [Click for more]
David Hines column
No, I make no apology for the greeting. If the holiday holds no meaning for you, it is merely another non sequitur, such as "ethical politician." Wish me a happy Kwanzaa or Hanukkah; though I am of neither Jewish nor African heritage I shall accept the greeting in the spirit offered. I shall not interpret it as egregious proselytization requiring judicial remedy. Good will toward men ought not be an issue for litigation . . . [Click for more]
This week's RenewAmerica Forum
2003 in retrospect
In particular, let's ask whether the principles of the Declaration of Independence had any apparent influence on these events, whether the Constitution of the United States still remains intact after these events, and whether
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