Separating Faith and Government

In early November, 2012, prior to the Presidential election,  I left a church I had been attending. Inside the weekly bulletin was a sheet of paper, with both political candidates named, comparing where they stood on certain issues. It was an obvious attempt by the leaders of that church to sway my vote to what they considered the moral “Christian” vote. Excuse me? My political stance is no business of any church. I walked out that Sunday, fuming, never toRead more

Equality

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, I know this, but didn’t Thomas Jefferson own slaves?” Yes he did. Mr. Jefferson grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and as an adult, owned nearly 200.  From Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: “As aRead more

The Bare Truth

TRUTH 1: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” ~Abraham Lincoln~ TRUTH 2: Some doors don’t give away what’s really inside. TRUTH 3: Some doors are just not exciting enough for Norm’s Thursday Doors. TRUTH 4: A sign always tells it like it is. TRUTH 5: Very few can resist beer and aRead more

Jefferson’s Symmetry

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a president’s memorial in Washington D.C., dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the “Founding Fathers” and the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence. I was lucky enough to walk among the symmetry of the pillars in April of 2011. The neoclassical Memorial building on the Tidal Basin off the Washington Channel of the Potomac River was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by contractor John McShain. Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completedRead more