The Supreme Court on Corporate Speech: Quick FAQ

My Facebook and Twitter accounts lit up today with a wide variety of opinions about today’s Supreme Court ruling on corporate political speech. Most were disturbed the Court’s ruling, as was I, but it came as a little surprise to me. While I appreciate the Court’s strong affirmation of free speech rights in the opinion, […]

The Decade that Sucked: The Top 10 News Stories and Why They Matter

President Bill Clinton identified himself and his Administration as a “bridge to the 21st century”, and I remember all of the many hopes that were placed on this new century as the former one came to an end in 1999. There also was a sense of dread, as we did not know if a computer […]

With Charity For All, Part 4: Love Is the Only Rule

One of chief hurdles to Christian engagement in society is the long history of Christian use of Scripture as a weapon against the forces of falsehood, immorality or “unsound” theology. Scripture is used as a defensive mechanism, a proof text of one’s argument, and an excuse for all manner of violence and discrimination. “The Bible […]

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his vision for civil rights for all Americans, I offer this quote from his last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. “Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical […]

Romney on Freedom of Religion

Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican and a Mormon, delivered a speech today at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas concerning religious liberty in America. Rather than discuss his own Mormon faith in detail, Romney pointed to a larger principle of liberty for all religions in our constitutional order. There should be […]

The Constitution is Christian?

That’s what John McCain said last week on And that’s what a recent email said that my mom forwarded from Tennessee which also claimed that Barack Obama is Muslim (nothing like some mean Christians who slander in Christian love). That email stated, among other outrageous things, that the “Constitution is founded on biblical principles.” […]

There is an Establishment Clause for a Reason

The last line is worth the whole article … Critical Book by Ex-Staffer in Religion-Based Effort Is OutBy Alan CoopermanWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, October 17, 2006; Page A19 White House officials realized they had a problem, former staffer David Kuo writes in his new book, “Tempting Faith,” when they saw how a panel rated the […]

International Law.. Who Cares?

Plan Would Let U.S. Deport Suspects to Nations That Might Torture Them By Dana Priest and Charles BabingtonWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, September 30, 2004; Page A01 The Bush administration is supporting a provision in the House leadership’s intelligence reform bill that would allow U.S. authorities to deport certain foreigners to countries where they are likely […]