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Review: American Slavery, American Freedom

By | June 6, 2014

American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very nimble and clear writing for such a book packed with data and narrative. The author argues that the experience of the Virgina colonies show the natural and inevitable rise in slavery as an American solution to a very real problem… Read More »

Review: Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin

By | June 5, 2014

Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Carl Waters My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was given this book to read for this review. But I would have read it anyway–it was enjoyable, fast-moving, and clearly written. This book is the tale of George Harris, his wife Eliza (of ice floe fame), son Harry, and those… Read More »

Avoiding the Obvious

By | May 6, 2014

As Christians, we are to emulate the Lord. We are directly commanded by the Lord to assist the poor, the widow, the orphan, and those in prison. We are not told to interfere with people’s private lives (we’re directly told not to be busybodies). Millions of kids in the United States go to bed hungry… Read More »

Palin and Waterboarding

By | April 29, 2014

Palin and all those who cheered her sacrilegious jibe ought to be ashamed of themselves. For us Christians, baptism is the entry into new life. Palin invoked it to celebrate torture. Even if you don’t believe that waterboarding is torture, surely you agree that it should not be compared to baptism, and that such a… Read More »

Waterboarding As Baptism

By | April 29, 2014

“Oh, but you can’t offend [Islamic terrorists], can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” ~ Sarah Palin Well, no. This is not a Christian statement. This is an anti-Christian statement. Jesus, I must remind people, did not… Read More »