These are challenging times, but times of opportunity at the same time. People want to think for themselves; not just what they are spoon-fed.
Today we wouldn’t burn a man alive for what he believes, but our ancestors did. And when you look at the pictures, see what their hands wrote, and look into the faces sleeping in stone and bronze above their bones, they don’t appear much difference from us. Yet they extirpated dissent by burning, and it was a devilish business that we do well to remember.
Do humans have the inherent ability to make free choices and judgments, or are they determined by forces outside of their control?
Taking religious practice out of the classroom may or may not have been good for the state, but it was good for the church.
The late novelist Gore Vidal spoke of America once as “the United States of Amnesia.” This condition was highlighted all too painfully by the response of many conservative Christians to a remark made by President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015.
He was faithful not just to his legal calling, but to a higher calling that he had obviously been given from above.
Every man, woman, and child in America owes their religious freedom, in some part, to the doggedness with which Lee Boothby relentlessly advocated for that freedom.
If Uncle Sam is using this power to track down the next Mohamed Atta or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who’s going to complain? The question is How many innocent people get their privacy violated in the process?