Saddam, Kaddafi, Kim and the Post-9/11 World

December 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

It would seem difficult to find a negative in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Yet, a number of commentators argue that Saddam’s capture, and particularly his disheveled, pathetic appearance at the hands of his captors—he looked like a wino who … More>

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St. Nick is Good for Girls

December 18, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Given his decision making power on the gift issue, my girls made sure Santa Claus got some seriously good cookies most Christmas eves. Like most daughters, mine didn’t know much about the real Saint Nick. But girls everywhere would benefit … More>

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Dealing the Race Card in the Gay Marriage Debate

December 10, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In modern intellectual discourse, when one is short on substantive arguments, one may safely retreat to spurious analogies, personal offense or even out right name-calling. A tactic that uses all three ploys is golden. Accusing your ideological opponent of racism … More>

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Fencing With The New York Times Over Gay Marriage

December 4, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times recently wrote an article called “Lovers Under the Skin” (12/3/03) in which he sought to provide support for the idea that homosexuality, at least in men, is passed down to later generations … More>

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Misquoted and Misrepresented

December 3, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The issue of gay marriage does some strange things to certain people. The matter certainly can bring out strong feelings. For instance, I recently testified before an Ohio House of Representatives committee on the subject and there was a man … More>

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Remembering Thanksgiving’s Political Past

November 25, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Thanksgiving is a great holiday because of its cultural, religious and political heritage, and that political heritage should not be forgotten.

Most Americans are at least vaguely familiar with the cultural and religious background to Thanksgiving. The story of the … More>

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The Binary Nature of Marriage: The Point of Two

November 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“Certainly our decision today marks a significant change in the definition of marriage as it has been inherited from the common law, and understood by many societies for centuries.” (Goodridge, et al vs. the Department of Public Health, pg 11)… More>

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This Week’s Special Victim: The Truth

November 18, 2003 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

I didn’t see it. Alas, I missed the November 11 episode of Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) called “Abomination.” The show upset many of my friends and colleagues. Why were they upset? A look at the description of … More>

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Remembering Fyodor Dostoevsky

November 13, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

Fyodor Dostoevsky-one of the greatest writers of Western Civilization-was born 182 years ago on November 11th. Into his novels-works of art in their own right-he infused philosophy, theology, psychology, criminology, and a profound understanding of human nature.

Dostoevsky’s career began … More>

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Bound and Determined

November 12, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I admire tenacity. I really do. I love to see it in my children and my friends and I like stories of people who keep on trying, plodding away day after day in pursuit of an objective or excellence in … More>

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Right, Left or Free to Choose?

November 4, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

During the past two weeks I have been contacted or received feedback from over 300 people concerning the recent columns I have written concerning homosexuality and biological causes (“Homosexuality and Genes: Déjà vu All Over Again” and “… More>

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Breaking All the Rules

November 3, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

There is a time-honored tradition in American politics — a gentlemen’s agreement of sorts: Former presidents do not openly criticize current presidents, particularly on sensitive foreign-policy matters. Ex-presidents know intimately the difficulty of the job; they understand how much more … More>

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The Morality of Math

October 28, 2003 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Math tutoring for elementary school students is at the center of Pennsylvania’s continuing budget fights. The governor wants to raise taxes for new school programs, including math tutoring. The Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are not interested in raising … More>

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Homosexuality and Genes: Deja Vu All Over Again?

October 28, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

It’s like déjà vu all over again. Another study claiming to support the idea that homosexuality is directly caused by genes comes to public attention. And then there are journalists eager to trumpet the headline. Alas, as in the past, … More>

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The Rumsfeld Memo Demonstrates a Defense Quandary

October 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

More than two years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, America’s sense of security was shattered by brutal terrorist attacks. The Bush administration responded with a War on Terror. As a result, if you ask the typical American when the War … More>

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Beirut and the 20-Year War

October 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

More than two years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, America’s sense of security was shattered by brutal terrorist attacks. The Bush administration responded with a War on Terror. As a result, if you ask the typical American when the War … More>

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Of Mice and Gay Men

October 21, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Recently, Reuters and other news services reported a research study demonstrating that the brains of male mice are different than the brains of female mice. Amazingly, the news service turned this study into support for the theory that homosexuality is … More>

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Generally Apoplectic About a General’s Beliefs

October 20, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Los Angeles Times staff writer Richard T. Cooper, in an October 16th article titled, “General Casts War in Religious Terms,” waxed apoplectic about remarks made by Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. What upsets … More>

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Unique Resource for Youth Struggling with Homosexuality Released During Marriage Protection Week, October 12-18

October 15, 2003 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

A groundbreaking new faith-based resource combining original musical and spoken word tracks for high school students, college students and young adults wrestling with homosexual issues, as well as their counselors, is being released during Marriage Protection Week, October 12-18. The … More>

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Touching the Future with Peter the Great and the All Drunken Sobar of Fools and Jesters

October 13, 2003 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

As I pulled into the campus parking lot last Wednesday morning it struck me that ambushes in Baghdad resemble those that plagued our troops in the jungles of Vietnam a generation ago. While I walked from the car to my … More>

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Prime Time Spirituality

October 9, 2003 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

If you knew me, you might guess that I am excited about the prominent role of spirituality in this fall’s prime time television line-up. I am, after all, a former Baptist minister who teaches in a church-related liberal arts college … More>

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How a Virus Hurt Pennsylvania Education

October 6, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

There is a sickness that continues to afflict Pennsylvania education – from kindergarten all the way up through the state’s colleges. No, I’m not talking about the usual suspects we cite for our troubles. I have in mind two computer … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Faith, Freedom, and the Future

October 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: Faith, Freedom, and the Future is the title of a recently released book by Dr. Charles W. Dunn. We commend this book to you by giving you an introduction to the issues which Dr. Dunn and his noteworthy More>

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Video Amendment Could Increase Truth

September 29, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

In November, Pennsylvanians will have a chance to amend the state constitution to alter the nature of testimony in Pennsylvania’s courts, according to the Sept. 26 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If the amendment is approved, it would allow people to testify in … More>

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A Good Offense

September 24, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Orlando, Florida, is home to lots of sunshine, Mickey, Donald and Goofy and Exodus International. You know about the sun and Disney but you may not have known that the world’s leading referral and support organization for former homosexuals is … More>

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America: 12/8/41 to 9/12/01 and Beyond

September 15, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

On Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, my mother’s 48-year-old father and her 20-year-old brother went to the Army recruiting office to volunteer to fight Japan. The Army took my uncle but rejected my grandfather based on age.

On Sept. 11, 2001, … More>

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Hoosier Controversy

September 12, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Recently the school that hosts the Kinsey Institute temporarily removed the web log of a faculty member for suggesting gay men might not be the best teachers of young boys.

Indiana University Business Professor, Dr. Eric Rasmusen said on his … More>

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Celebrating John Milton: A Sequoia Among Shrubs

September 10, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

Periodically, brushfires sweep through the sequoia forests of California. Rangers once feared that the fires would harm the sequoias; instead, the fires not only cleared out the smaller trees and underbrush; they actually strengthened the sequoias. Such is the case … More>

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The Horror … the Horror … the Horror

September 10, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

In Francis Ford Coppola’s 1980 allegory of the Vietnam War, “Apocalypse Now,” Marlon Brando plays renegade U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, a highly-decorated soldier who had “split” from the Army by taking his band of Montagnard warriors … More>

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Hasta la Vista, State Assembly!

September 3, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

While Arnold seeks to say hasta la vista to Gray Davis, Californians should think about saying the same to their State Assembly legislators in the next election cycle.

California politics are often viewed as – how can we put this … More>

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Learning to be European: Do We Need to Import More Sexual Freedom?

August 22, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Maybe its because I’m a father of girls that I reacted viscerally to the movie, “Teens and Sex in Europe.” In the video a pharmacist sells condoms to a teen boy he obviously does not know. Then the scene shifts … More>

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The Joys of Being Private: Ex-gays Keep Out

August 20, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Gay activist groups must really want to avoid ex-gays. Now that’s a bold statement but witness the new love of the First Amendment by some gay rights organizations and their supporters.

For instance, the oldest gay activist group in the … More>

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The NEA Strikes Again: Religious Counselors Targeted

August 8, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The National Education Association is not making many friends among conservatives lately. First, it admits discriminating against the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays organization by refusing to allow them to exhibit at their annual convention. Now, I have … More>

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The Right to Divide

August 7, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

With the installation of Gene Robinson, the newly elected and openly gay Episcopal Bishop, the Episcopalians continue to do what mainstream churches seem to do best: divide their congregations. It is difficult to find a large protestant denomination, save the … More>

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At the Crux of the Matter: God’s Truth Wins

August 7, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The confirmation by the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., of Bishop Gene Robinson, a gay clergyman openly living in a homosexual relationship, is part of an immense struggle within the so-called seven “mainline” protestant denominations. In the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in which … More>

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Ex-Gay Leader’s Fall Proves Counseling is Ineffective, Right? Wrong!

August 7, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

If you haven’t heard about Michael Johnston, you probably will soon. At least the gay activist organization, the Human Rights Campaign, hopes you will hear about him.

The gay-oriented web site SouthernVoice.com today broke the story that Johnston, former head … More>

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NEA Admits Discrimination Towards Ex-Gay Group

August 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Stop the presses! After weeks of silence, the NEA on Wednesday admitted discriminating against the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX). The nation’s largest organization of educators acknowledged that it excluded PFOX from exhibiting at the 2002 and … More>

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Gephardt’s Gaffe

July 29, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Amid the several contortions in logic apparent in presidential candidate Representative Dick Gephardt’s (D-Missouri) July 22 presentation to the San Francisco Bar Association was the contention that the operational and tactical successes achieved by American forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom … More>

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What Bush Should Have Said in Africa

July 18, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

President Bush is back from Africa. His trip was intended to show that America cares about the plight of African Third World countries. However, if one views the bulk of Sub-Saharan African countries as sick patients needing treatment, then Dr. … More>

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Top Tier Dems are Civil to Gay Activists

July 18, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Well at least they were civil. Before the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) this week, seven of nine Democratic candidates for President supported some extension of marital rights to gay couples, akin to Vermont’s “civil unions.” However, were they for “gay … More>

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Ex-homophobia: The National Education Assocation’s Intolerance of Ex-Gays Continues

July 14, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

As a life long public school educator and administrator, my father, Earl Throckmorton stood for values that have long been a foundation for American education. He would be out of step with today’s NEA and their ex-homophobia.

Academic freedom and … More>

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Saigon to Baghdad: Reasoning by Historical Analogy

July 11, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

For over thirty years the American left raised the specter of Vietnam to oppose US military interventions from Central America to the Balkans to Afghanistan and, most recently, Iraq. Reasoning by historical analogy can be dangerous, as the Munich analogies … More>

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The Trouble with Arts Impact Studies

July 8, 2003 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” is as commonplace to the Fourth of July as is hearing news about a symphony orchestra that is on the brink of bankruptcy or another museum having to cut its staff.

To rally support for … More>

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National Education Association Fails Tolerance Test

July 8, 2003 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Class, let’s match wits with the NEA. Answer the following multiple-choice question:

Tolerance can best be defined as:

a. the acceptance of the differing views of other people and fairness toward the people who hold different views

b. active suppression … More>

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What Goes Around Comes Around: The Invention of a Sexual Minority

July 2, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Karl Ulrichs and Karl Kertbeny would approve. The Supreme Court’s decision (Lawrence vs. Texas) overturning the nation’s laws against sodomy closes the loop on the quest for decriminalizing homosexuality that these men started a continent away and over a century … More>

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Lotteries and Their Defenders

July 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

I was channel surfing on my car radio when I encountered the latest ad for the Pennsylvania lottery. These ads tend to be clever. This is true in many states. For instance, the ads for the Virginia state lottery are … More>

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Greens AWOL on Iraq: Why the Silence on the Marsh Arabs?

June 24, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the National Review Online and was reprinted in its entirety by the United Nations Environment Programme.

A few months ago, prior to the liberation of Iraq, we ran a piece on Saddam Hussein’s … More>

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From the Stagnant Fen in the Lost World of the Progressive Swamp

June 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“When logic and proportion
Have fallen down sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queens off with her head…”

– White Rabbit
Jefferson Airplane

Six weeks ago I entered the online conference “Spiritual Progressives: A … More>

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Up from Segregation: Coming Full Circle

June 6, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The United States Supreme Court soon will deal with whether or not the University of Michigan can use race as a determinant in admissions. I thought the courts already settled this in the 1960s. At least that’s the way it … More>

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Bill Bennett and His Critics

May 8, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I don’t know which is more shocking: the revelation that conservative icon William J. Bennett has a serious gambling problem, which resulted in his loss of millions of dollars in casinos around the country, or the furious (even scary) reaction … More>

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Ground Forces and the Future of Warfare

May 1, 2003 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was the most impressive use of combined arms to achieve a decisive victory in recent military history. Only Operation Just Cause, the hydra-like “take down” of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega in December 1989 came close to … More>

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Methodists in the White House: William McKinley and George W. Bush

April 25, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography, Faith & Society

A tyrannical regime is brutally treating its subjects. Suffering abounds and basic freedoms are denied. Congress, the press, the religious community, and the American public denounce the cruelty and butchery this government has practiced for decades and debate the best … More>

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A Politician Whose Morality is Informed by Christian Convictions

April 23, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), a devout Roman Catholic, sowed the wind to reap a whirlwind when he stated regarding a pending Supreme Court case on the Texas sodomy law, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to … More>

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Freedom: It’s Worth a Fight

April 14, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Operation Iraqi Freedom is indeed remarkable. In a little over three weeks American and British forces liberated Iraq from a despotic and murderous dictator. Iraqis and Kurds are celebrating their new-found freedom from fear and tyranny by dancing in the … More>

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April 9 — A Day for Iraqis and a Day for Bush

April 9, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The date is now historic for the people of Iraq, and possibly for the Middle East generally, especially if freedom and democracy take root and spread elsewhere in the region — a big “if” that only time will tell.

We … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Maintaining Liberty: A 21st Century Challenge

April 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Education & Schools, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: On January 25, 2003, Dr. Walter Williams delivered these remarks at Grove City College in the Sticht Lecture Hall at the dedication of the new Hall of Arts and Letters, a $21 million, 40-classroom building, which also houses More>

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Saddam’s Racism: Where’s the American Left?

April 1, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Three whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews, and flies.
— Hussein family proverb

The slogans of the antiwar movement are by now quite familiar: No blood for oil. Wage peace, not war. Drop Bush not bombs. It is … More>

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A Grover by Another Name

March 21, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

He’s 19 or 20 years old and a Marine Rifleman fighting in Iraq. His hair’s cut “high and tight” and he’s muscled, weighs about 150 pounds on average. He’d get carded in a bar and in six or seven years … More>

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The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Connection

March 19, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

With an American-led invasion of Iraq now imminent, and maybe even underway by the time this article goes to print, we continue to hear the claim that there is no proof of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. The … More>

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Have You Asked Hannibal?

March 5, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

There’s a serial killer in Louisiana who kidnaps, rapes and murders women. Another may be active in the Los Angeles area. Have the police in Louisiana and Los Angeles-and presumably the F.B.I.-gone to Anthony Hopkins for advice?

Who would know … More>

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Stalin’s Evil Empire: A Former Soviet Citizen Remembers

March 5, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Historians will judge it an appropriate … More>

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Privatization of Liquor Stores May be Answer to Sunday Sales Squawk

February 28, 2003 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

When he became governor a few weeks ago, Ed Rendell announced that he was suddenly surprised by the unanticipated size of the state budget deficit. His administration insists that that gap must be closed. Now, in a likely related matter, … More>

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Remembering Mr. Rogers

February 27, 2003 | by | Topic: Biography

I was quite saddened when I woke up on Thursday morning, turned on Channel 4 and learned that Fred Rogers had died. Mr. Rogers had always evoked sentimentality from me, though never as he did that morning.

I’ll always have … More>

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News Advisory — New Genetics Study Undermines Gay Gene Theory

February 9, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

A study to be published in the March 2005 issue of the journal Human Genetics, and available online now, actually undermines the commonly held view that homosexual orientation is determined by genetic factors.

The study’s lead author Brian Mustanski from … More>

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Saddam’s Unnoticed Genocide

February 5, 2003 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

In his presentation to the United Nations this morning, Secretary of State Colin Powell cited an expected list of Iraqi crimes. Among them, he made reference to a group called the Ma’dan, or Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq. Sadly, most … More>

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Milking the School System

January 28, 2003 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Imagine this: You are 16 years old and going back to school this fall. Like most students you purchased a backpack, a protractor, paper and pencils, but unlike most students, you did not go back-to-school clothes shopping. Why not? Because … More>

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