Top news stories of 2014 from a global justice perspective

(Centennial Fellow) Heading up a Colorado-based nonprofit that seeks to make global justice concerns present and practical to ordinary Americans, I read the headlines with a different perspective than most people. International issues have been central in news stories throughout 2014 and have had an increasing impact on our communities, our country, and our world. While there are justice concerns in every region of the globe and many significant events from the past year, I highlight the following “Top 10” news stories for their impact during 2014 as well as their implications for 2015: Continue reading

Three bombshells, one bottom line

(’76 Contributor) Three times in my life I have discovered research whose conclusions were so earth-shattering to me that they were conceptual bombshells. Their conclusions are revolutionary or can be to those who can apply them. I just recently discovered number three but here is a summary of all three. Continue reading

Twenty Fifteen: Here’s what one informed observer sees coming

(Centennial Fellow) 2014 was the year of unravelling for President Obama as his party received a historic drubbing at the election polls, his administration was plagued with scandals and incompetence, and his international diffidence troubled allies and emboldened foes. 2015 will see a further progression of the Obama legacy: an increase in the $18 trillion debt that can’t be repaid, more division within the nation and between the governing parties, more brazen defiance regarding separation of powers, and a destabilized global political environment where US leadership is woefully lacking. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s contradictory Christianity

Barack Obama has a strangely inconsistent view of Christianity. At the same time he scolds that Christian belief dictates we must not “oppress the stranger” if those strangers happen to be four or five million illegals who are new potential Democratic voters, his enforcer Attorney General Eric Holder oppresses The Little Sisters of the Poor into court. Obama’s administration thinks it’s more important to force this group of Catholic nuns to violate their religious beliefs by providing Obamacare abortion-inducing drugs than to allow them to help the elderly poor and dying unmolested by an autocratic government. Continue reading

Is torture ever justified?

As a rule, torture is wrong because it violates the dignity of human beings created in the image of God. That is the same reason it is wrong to kill someone. It is wrong to kill or torture indiscriminately. It is wrong to take a sick pleasure in torturing prisoners of war like the North Vietnamese did to Navy pilot John McCain and many other American POWs. Continue reading

Obama’s Cuban mistake

The Cuba deal is a bad deal for the Cuban people and for America. The economic argument that more dollars to Cuba will improve freedom misses the point that we caved to the evil murderous Castros right at the point of their greatest weakness. They lost the patronage of Russia years ago, they are losing their Venezuelan support due to the drop in oil prices, Russia is further weakened as an ally for them for the same reason and the Castros are old. Continue reading

Religious liberty defended at debut of CCU’s Wilberforce Society

(’76 Cpntributor) On March 21, 1804, Sister Marie Theresa, Superior of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula in New Orleans, sat down to write a letter. The Sisters of Saint Ursula were an ocean away from the violence of
post-Revolution France, but they were aware of the plight Continue reading