Vantage Points
  • Airstrikes Against Iran Are A Bad Idea

    Apr 15, 2015
    Senator Tom Cotton's suggestion that the United States launch airstrikes and a naval bombardment of Iran is a bad idea. A preemptive attack would increase rather than decrease the likelihood of Iran developing nuclear weapons.
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  • "Use Me Instead!": Christ and Church In Communion with the World

    Feb 06, 2015
    A group of clergy responded by sending photographs of themselves in ministerial dress and clerical robes to the police department, with notes that said simply “Use me instead.” It was a fascinating and powerful response to me, and made my mind jump to the passage above.
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  • A Blues Note

    Oct 27, 2014
    I have been attending the “King Biscuit Blues Festival” for many years. It gets its name and location from a flour company and a radio program that began in 1941 and continues today.
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  • On the Declaration of Independence

    Sep 16, 2014
    One of the advantages of teaching American Government is having the regular opportunity to read and discuss what has been called the grandest, bravest, and most profound political document ever written.
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  • Landmark Abortion Showdown in Tennessee Set for November

    Apr 30, 2014
    Every election cycle, there is one election race or piece of legislation that captures the attention of the nation. This year the state of Tennessee has the honor (if you can call it an honor) of having the most significant voter choice on a ballot in the form of a constitutional amendment.
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  • Sacramental Torture: Sarah Palin, Baptism, and Waterboarding

    Apr 30, 2014
    “...If I were in charge, [enemies] would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.” In these remarks that have now gone viral, Sarah Palin—author, politico, television host, and former Alaska governor—described this process (widely held to be illegal; almost universally held to be torture) in sacramental terms.
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