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Thursday, June 16, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICK: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, JEAN

Father's Day invites us to ponder the father figures we have known—not just our biological fathers, but any man who has blessed us with fatherly action at some point in…...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP VS. REAGAN - WHAT IS A CONSERVATIVE?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at ConservativeReview.com. Many of Donald Trump’s supporters have compared him to Ronald Reagan. It is quite instructive that Trump himself picked up the 1980…...

Monday, June 13, 2016

DR. l. JOHN VAN TIL: HIROSHIMA - OBAMA VS. TRUMAN

President Obama’s address at Hiroshima, Japan on May 27 provides us with a good opportunity to examine his foreign policy attitude and contrast it with the views of one of…...

Friday, June 10, 2016

DR. ANDREW MITCHELL: BETTER HOMES AND GUARDIANS

Five score and two years ago, Robert Frost wrote “Mending Wall,” a poem seeking to extract wisdom from stony New England soil. It begins: “Something there is that doesn’t love…...

Thursday, June 02, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: VIETNAM IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

There were 2,709,918 Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Of that number approximately 850,000 are alive. The youngest is 54. Because there were senior officers and non-commissioned officers in…...

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: TRUMP’S REVISED TAX PLAN - WILL IT BE ACCEPTABLE TO CONSERVATIVES?

Now that Donald Trump has locked up the Republican nomination, we can look more closely at his policy proposals. In April, when the two candidates were still battling for the…...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DR. MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: A “WHAT IF” MEMORIAL DAY

The news could not have been worse. Starvation, malnutrition, diseases such as typhoid, smallpox, dysentery, and pneumonia, along with freezing temperatures that assaulted thousands of shoeless feet bloodying the snow,…...

Friday, May 20, 2016

DR. MARK HENDRICK: BARACK OBAMA’S BATHROOM OVERREACH

I can't believe that I'm writing an article about using the bathroom. But then, I can't believe that at a time when our country is faced with immense challenges such…...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

DR. JAMES THRASHER: “CALLING” FOR MEANING IN OUR WORK

The first job I ever wanted was to be a "garbage man," as that is what I called it at age five. I would run out to the curb each…...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: WHEN THE LEFT LIKED CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION

Do you remember the name Daniel Berrigan? Berrigan was a Jesuit priest well-known for his protests of the Vietnam War. He became a household name in the 1960s, along with…...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: REGISTERING WOMEN FOR THE DRAFT - A CHARADE

The Armed Services Committee (ASC) recently approved a measure requiring American women aged 18 to 26 to register for the draft and sent it to the full House for consideration.…...

Monday, May 02, 2016

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR JUST WAGES

There is much talk and action right now on the issue of a minimum or “just” wage. Typically, those who favor raising the minimum wage tend to the liberal camp.…...

Friday, April 29, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: WESTERN CIV IN THE CROSSHAIRS - A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Students at Indiana University-Bloomington recently went into panic mode at the sight of a Dominican friar, who they mistook for a Ku Klux Klan member. Funny? Yes, but also sad.…...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: CRUZ VS. TRUMP - COMPARING THEIR TAX PROPOSALS

As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle to become the Republican nominee for president, it is time to closely consider their policies. Although both propose cutting taxes, the details of…...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: “PIGASUS” FOR PRESIDENT - CHICAGO 1968 SPEAKS TO 2016

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.” –Diogenes of Sinope In late August 1968, two months after an assassin killed presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy and shortly after Republicans nominated…...

Friday, April 08, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: BUDGET MESS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has finally announced that he will allow the budget passed by the legislature for the 2015-16 fiscal year to become law. It is now time for…...

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TALLKING TRUMP….DEALING WITH THE MONTH OF THE REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER

With Donald Trump now such a prominent voice, many of us are confronted with the necessity of explaining him and his behavior to our children. I recently wrote of one…...

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

SELWYN DUKE: IF BAKERS CAN BE FORCED TO SERVICE FAUX WEDDINGS, SO CAN CHURCHES

As our Great Sexual Heresy continues its march onwards and downwards, state governments have forced bakers, wedding planners, florists and other businessmen to service faux weddings. This is unprecedented, as…...

Monday, April 04, 2016

DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: IS IT IN THE GENES? TRUMP AS BUSINESSMAN

Donald Trump was, of course, famous long before he began his presidential run. That fame rested on his decades-long career in real estate. Though there are heated arguments currently between…...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DR. GARY S. SMITH: EXPLAINING THE MYSTIQUE OF DONALD TRUMP

How can we explain the surprising electoral success of Donald Trump, especially in light of his lack of political experience, limited knowledge of and specificity about policy issues, and crude…...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: WHO LOST IRAQ?

My parents originally named me “Victory Japan” because my slightly premature birth resulted from mom and dad dancing in the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida on the night of August…...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: AMERICA FACES A HISTORICAL-GLOBAL CROSSROAD

The Vietnam War provides lessons in how to lose. The United States never planned to defeat its opponents, the indigenous southern Viet Cong guerrillas and their northern supporters the Peoples’…...

Friday, February 12, 2016

DR GARY SCOTT SMITH: WHY IN THE WORRLD DOES ANYONE WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day in the midst of the 2016 campaign for the White House, it is fitting that we pause to ask why in the world anyone wants…...

Friday, January 29, 2016

DR. R.B.A. DIMUCCIO: DONALD TRUMP, NATIONAL REVIEW, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE MIND

The editors and writers of National Review recently did something extraordinary. They came out en masse against a Republican candidate during the primary. Their “Against Trump” symposium and accompanying “Editors…...

Monday, January 25, 2016

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS

I expect that I confuse a lot of people at the gym where I work out. I have been asked more than once why I breathe so hard. The short…...

Monday, January 18, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND HILLARY CLINTON

In what is being embraced by Hillary Clinton as the highest praise, Planned Parenthood, America’s longtime leading provider of abortion, is enthusiastically endorsing Clinton as president. Clinton can boast the…...

Friday, January 15, 2016

DR. GARY S. SMITH: TRUMP AND EVANGELICALS - STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer, has strong support among evangelicals. Given Trump’s beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, and some…...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DR. JOHN SPARKS: BIG BROTHER VS. THE LITTLE SISTERS … OBAMA TAKES NUNS TO SUPREME COURT

The Obama administration’s lack of understanding of the spiritual depth and commitment of private religious charities is shocking. The callousness of the federal effort to compel a noble Catholic religious…...

Monday, December 28, 2015

DR: PAUL KENGOR: WHEN HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AND MARRIAGE

A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938…...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DR. MARK HENDRICKS: SECULAR FUNDAMENTALISM GOES AFTER LINUS AT CHRISTMAS

You may have heard about the Kentucky school district that ordered its administrators to scrub any religious references from its various Christmas productions. Most infamously, an elementary school in the…...

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