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Military in prayer

Religious bigotry is a big problem in the military

Religious bigotry is a big problem in the military

OCALA, Fla., July 24, 2014 — For generations, our Armed Forces have been saddled by problems with proselytization. More or less, the matter boils down to superiors forcing their religious beliefs on subordinates. This comes in a multitude of ways; sometimes soldiers are subject to “witnessing” by fundamentalists, and in other cases, the display of

Both sides of the abortion fight

Abortion has saved America (Especially conservatives)

OCALA, Fla., July 22, 2014 — If you think that abortion should be legal, but lean right on other issues, do you deserve a voice in the conservative movement? The answer should be an enthusiastic “Yes!”. This isn’t because the pro-choice perspective is morally superior and therefore impervious to criticism. Not by a country mile.


Political solutions: When rational thinking just won’t do

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 21, 2014 — From the apparent shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 to the flood of immigrants across our southern border, only one thing is certain: Our response will be random rather than strategic. Since we have divorced ourselves from the concept of being a “Nation of Laws” and replaced

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Dr. Tim Elmore teaches Gen Y about leadership

OCALA, Fla., July 15, 2014 — Just what sort of future does America have? That all depends on the people living in it. At the forefront of social change, and experiencing the first traces of what will one day become our economic mainstream, is Generation Y. According to, this is “(t)he generation of people

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Why our approach to immigration ‘borders’ on the absurd

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 14, 2014 – Our political “customs” are in evidence as we see the immigration issue unfold. Recently, over 39,000 families and 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained for entering our southern border illegally. This latest surge adds to the 11-13 million individuals who are estimated to already reside in our

Debate over the second amendment is one thing you can count on in the US

The Second Amendment protects gun owners (Or does it?)

OCALA, Fla., July 10, 2014 — It is said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. While this might be true for other countries, here in America, there is a third certainty: Debate over the Second Amendment. The language in the Second Amendment seems clear enough; the right to bear arms cannot

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The Constitution and freedom: What is guaranteed, and what is implied

OCALA, Fla., July 9, 2014 — If things are going badly in a political campaign, it’s a safe bet that charges of “violating the Constitution” will soon be tossed at the opposing camp. Just what does this mean, though? People charge others with trampling their constitutional freedoms all the time. We should have a clear definition of what “freedom” means,


Do our rights come from God or the government?

OCALA, Fla., July 8, 2014 — Many conservatives believe that our rights are formalized by the U.S. Constitution, but granted by God. This creates an interesting situation, one where the faith-based self-assurance of personal religion meets the existential uncertainties of our world. It is easy to imagine all of the pinnacles and pitfalls that such a

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America should keep out of Iraq this time

OCALA, Fla., June 23, 2014 — Iraq is in dire straits. Ever since the U.S. military completed its withdrawal in late 2011, American hopes of Western-style liberal democracy in Iraq have eroded at a speedy clip. Now, the perpetually war-torn country is falling back into dictatorship. Unlike last time, though, the tyrants aren’t secular nationalists, but