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Big Skepticism

It’s a reasonable claim that our generation is an often skeptical generation.  We’re commonly skeptical of the motives, intentions, and integrity of people and institutions; especially ‘big’ institutions.  Big business, big firms, big advertising, big agriculture, big media, big government.  I think there’s probably some good and some bad in this.  I think approaching things with a healthy skepticism is ben ...

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Separation of Belief and State

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” The separation of church and state is one of those phrases that, because of over-use and mis-use, has basically lost any semblance of a shared and recognizable meaning.  While this represents a larger challenge of language becoming less specific and too general for effective use, this particular ...

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Judging

Matthew 7:1 1Judge not, that you be not judged. In my undergraduate days, I became a bit of an activist.  In keeping with this role, I awoke one morning, put on my corduroy jacket, plaid scarf, and walked over to the drill-field to participate in an exercise designed to raise public awareness about a socially controversial issue.  I assisted in the set-up of this event, including a table with some informati ...

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Rights

1st Amendment: All have the right to be supplied by Congress with words to say, roofs under which to assemble, and lined-paper on which to write grievances. 2nd Amendment: All have the right to be supplied by Congress with a firearm. 3rd Amendment: All have the right to be supplied by Congress with a home in which to not have soldiers quartered. 4th Amendment: All have the right to be supplied by Congress w ...

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