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Fewer Americans Identify as Christians – and that’s OK!

May 13, 2015

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A new Pew Research study indicates that between 2007 and 2014 the number of adults in the United States who identify themselves as Christians dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent. By any measure that’s a significant decline! But what does it really mean about the state of the Christian faith in this country? If […]

Atheist former Muslim: Christianity, Islam not equivalent

April 7, 2015

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I just heard Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaking at a National Press Club luncheon. Although she is an atheist, her comparison between Islam on the one hand, and Christianity and Judaism on the other is uncompromising and uncommonly frank. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born to a Muslim family in Somalia. She experienced the traditional Islamic practice […]

Just because you did it doesn’t mean you’re guilty???

January 5, 2015

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When I look at the message on attorney Larry L. Archie’s Greensboro, NC billboard, I have to wonder what was in the good lawyer’s mind. Is he making some deep philosophical point that I’m missing? Or does he mean exactly what his words seem to say? The message of the billboard seems to be that […]

What Michelle Obama’s white ancestors tell us about ourselves

November 24, 2014

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Using DNA testing to trace the forebears of Michelle Obama, New York Times reporter Rachel L. Swarns has been able to identify the First Lady’s white ancestors. Swarns used historical records to determine the most probable contributors to Mrs. Obama’s white heritage. Once that family was identified, DNA testing was used to confirm the relationship. […]

The NBA is right to force Donald Sterling to relinquish his team ownership

May 15, 2014

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I just read an online article that defended Donald Sterling’s right to continue as the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team after his racist rant against African Americans was made public. The author presented it as a free speech issue. “[T]he last time I checked this is still a ‘free country’, where […]

8-year-old girl who dresses like a boy is kicked out of Christian School

March 26, 2014

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Sunnie Kahle is an 8-year-old girl. But in the eyes of the staff at Timberlake Christian Schools, she dressed and acted more like a boy. After consulting by phone with Sunnie’s grandparents (her grandmom is her guardian), administrators at the school felt they had to take action, and sent the grandmother the following letter.  Dear […]

Richard Sherman’s unsportsmanlike behavior is unacceptable

January 30, 2014

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The man of the hour as the Superbowl approaches has been Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. He’s been all over TV, talked about and interviewed over and over. He’s probably gotten almost as much attention as future Hall of Famer, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. For an obscure defensive player that I, for one, don’t […]