Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

In 2007, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress.  During the oath, instead of using the Bible, he placed his hand on Thomas Jefferson’s 1734 translation of the Koran. This created a firestorm of criticism from conservative Christians.  When Representative Rashida Talib of Michigan took her oath … Continue reading Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

Brigham’s Wild West Humor

U.S. Capital Building Brigham Young became the second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.  Brigham also became the first governor of the Utah territory.  He led the migration of tens of thousands of saints from Britain, Scandinavia and the … Continue reading Brigham’s Wild West Humor

Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Winston Churchill is one of a dozen personal heroes in my personal Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he was the greatest statesman-leader of the 20th century. Italian Cruise Lines Late in life Sir Winston took a cruise on an Italian liner. A journalist asked why he chose an Italian ship instead of a British … Continue reading Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Ronald Reagan – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt and Cold War Victory

Historians often rank President Ronald Reagan among in the Top Ten presidents. (The rankings vary: 1/2 George Washington, 1/2 Abraham Lincoln, 3 Franklin Roosevelt, 4 Theodore Roosevelt, 5 Thomas Jefferson, 6 Dwight Eisenhower, 6 James Madison, 7 Harry Truman, 8 James Monroe, 9 Woodrow Wilson, 10 Ronald Reagan) The Life Threatening Bullet Chest Wound On … Continue reading Ronald Reagan – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt and Cold War Victory

“So Help Me God”

When I think of the petition “So help me God,” I am reminded of the phrases: “God helps those who help themselves.” “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”“God help those who get caught helping themselves.” Presidential Oath Prior to the inauguration of President Obama, an atheist filed a lawsuit to prevent Chief Justice Roberts from … Continue reading “So Help Me God”

In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

(When I was growing up, there was a separate National Holiday for Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington's birthday (Feb. 22), our two greatest presidents. Those holidays are now smooshed into one Presidents Day, and so no one remembers when Lincoln and Washington were born. Some people think that is for the best. I don't.) … Continue reading In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

“Intent of the Founders” — Separation of Church and State

The Founders Disagreed and Held Different Opinions During political arguments and constitutional debates people often cite the “intent of the Founders” to prove their point. However, discerning the “intent” is not as easy as people think. The Founders were independent thinkers with strong personal opinions. They were not united in their beliefs, statements, or actions. … Continue reading “Intent of the Founders” — Separation of Church and State

Abraham Lincoln: “True Grit”

We often assume that successful people have easy lives.  Not true. Beethoven Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the world’s greatest composers, went deaf.  It was after he lost his hearing that he composed his masterpiece Ninth Symphony with its “Ode to Joy.” John Milton John Milton (1608-1674), one of the greatest English writers, went blind.  It … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: “True Grit”

Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow

One of the most sacred and rare spiritual experiences is a personal visitation of the Lord. This is not to be confused with a "mere" dream, dream-vision, or vision.  (See: previous article on dreams and visions). This is an actual visitation where the Lord is personally present.  At least two dozen prophets, and others,  in ancient … Continue reading Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow

“The Mother of our Country”– The Unwavering Martha Washington

Most histories of America’s founding were written by men.  So, it is little wonder that the great and vital contributions of the women are often neglected.  The Founding Mothers played a crucial role in the birth of our nation. In her most famous letter to her husband, Abigail Adams pleaded for the Founding Fathers to, … Continue reading “The Mother of our Country”– The Unwavering Martha Washington