Why Nativity Scenes Matter in the Public Square

Time to consider the law and nativity scenes! Tis the season for the heartwarming Christmas letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  You know the routine.  Each holiday season these groups send letters to municipalities threatening lawsuits if the recipient municipality will not remove a nativity display from a particular public property. Last Christmas I wrote an article explaining why it is frivolous to remove nativity Read more […]

Democracies, Republics, and Human Dignity

One of the most concerning failures of our generation is that our children, and even many of our politicians, do not know the difference between a democracy and a republic.   As a college-level ethics instructor, I always ask, “What form of government do we have in America?”  I am lucky if three out of a hundred high school graduates can correctly answer with “republic” or “constitutional republic”.  The overwhelming majority will say America is a democracy.  How do they not know?  Read more […]

Forward: The Intentional Limits to Growth

“We believe then and now, there are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams.” – Ronald Reagan Are you still trying to figure out what the President’s campaign slogan, “Forward” means? In 1798, Thomas Malthus’ “An Essay on the First Principles of Population” became the precursor to countless evils and the justification for murdering millions of people. In his essay, Malthus argues as follows: a.  Food is necessary for human Read more […]

The Nativity Versus Deifying Government

“I expect to see religious emblems at houses of worship, not in government buildings.” – Barry Lynn, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) This week a nativity scene on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina became the latest casualty in the war on Christmas. The move follows a trend of systematically removing nativity displays (and other religious art) from public property.  Just ask residents in Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, Clarksville, Tennessee, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Chambersburg, Read more […]