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How foreign is our policy?

Thomas Sowell's picture

Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence.

There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama’s policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and — above all — in what seems almost certain to become a nuclear Iran in the very near future. Read More»

Our president is promoting the politics of envy

Dr. Joseph J. Horton's picture

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was, “Yeah, they’re getting rich off you.”

He was quite confused when I replied, “They should be. They make a very good product. If they are not getting rich, they are not good business people.”

The student expected me to be envious of his parents’ success rather than thankful for the product that met my family’s needs better than anything else. Read More»

Southern manners

Ronda Rich's picture

There are many things I love about the South. We’re fiercely patriotic. We’re neighborly. We’re storytellers without equal. We’re unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We’re proudly hospitable.

But here’s what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.

Now, this isn’t to say that only Southerners are well-raised or that all Yankees and other non-Southerners are rude. That would be untruthful because I have met some extremely discourteous Southerners while I know some beautifully well-mannered Yankees. Read More»

Words gone astray

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Words and phrases that have long been in circulation sometimes sneak around and bite you on the backside.
I usually celebrate the vernal equinox by watching for new words and phrases admitted to the Oxford English Dictionary long before they come into common use.
This year the chief new word was “selfie.” I thought it had to do with tittering British school girls, but suddenly I see or hear it everywhere, and it has nothing to do with young girls. It’s a comfortable word, easy to use, fairly organic. Read More»

Is your church a cult?

David Epps's picture

In the 1970s, while living in another state, my family and I began attending a church. The pastor was warm, friendly, energetic, a great teacher, and seemed enthusiastically happy to see us arrive. The church was multi-racial, something unusual in the South in those days, and was full of young adults and children. There was uplifting praise, wonderful worship, and a solid and conservative theological outlook. It was a Christian church.

It was also a cult. Read More»

Horrors of Spring Cleaning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mom had no idea what she had done. She had ruined not just my life, but my three brothers’ and sister’s lives also. It was too late to try to undo the damage. The garbage truck had already pulled away hours earlier from 110 Flamingo Street and, along with it, all of our most prized possessions. At 8 years old, it was my first encounter with the horrors of Spring Cleaning. It wouldn’t be the last. Read More»

The rewards of heaven await the faithful believer

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

A minister died and was waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him was a guy wearing sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. St. Peter addressed the guy, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The guy said, “I’m Joe, the taxi driver in New York City.” Peter consulted his list, smiled and said, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the kingdom of heaven.” Joe the taxi driver went into heaven with his robe and staff, and Peter turned to the minister. Read More»

What’s faith got to do with it?

William Murchison's picture

What a joy to find the New York Times editorial page staff on duty whenever a tough moral question arises, such as, “Can the U.S. government require business owners claiming religious liberty privileges to fund contraceptive care for employees?”

Sure, natch, you bet, returns the Times, doubtless to the relief of the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes up the question formally this week in yet another suit stemming from Obamacare. Read More»

Obamacare vs. business owners’ religious beliefs

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the businesses voting shares are owned by members of a single family — the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga has approximately 1,000 employees. Read More»

Missing: A foreign policy

Cal Thomas's picture

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

With Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaving like a modern Catherine the Great in his efforts to annex Crimea and possibly all of Ukraine, what is our policy toward Russia, which is behaving increasingly like its former, supposedly dead, communist self? Read More»

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