Author Archives: Greg Schaller

Prepare to be persecuted

The New Mexico State Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a Christian wedding photographer cannot refuse to provide services to homosexual couples who seek to contract with the photographer to take pictures of their homosexual commitment ceremony, even if the photographer and photography company argue that participation in the ceremony would violate the tenets of their faith. Continue reading

Gun argument now tilting left can tilt back

(Centennial Fellow) Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” He then proceeded to lay out why the American colonies would rightfully “assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature”s God entitle them.” As he wrote this, Jefferson was laying the groundwork for what ultimately would become necessary: the forceful overthrow of an unjust political regime. Continue reading

I trust Buffett with his money more than he does

(CCU Faculty) President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes by 1.5 trillion over the next 10 years in the name of “fairness” is merely a smokescreen for increasing revenue to temporarily maintain what is ultimately unsustainable government spending. As many conservatives have stated: “we don’t have a revenue problem; it’s a spending crisis.” A massive tax increase is not the solution to this problem. Continue reading

After bin Laden: Vigilance maintained & joy restrained

(CCU Faculty) On the Sunday night news coverage on the killing of Osama bin Laden, all the networks showed people gathering at Ground Zero, in Times Square and around the White House. Most of those people were in a celebratory mood: singing and chanting about the death of bin Laden. The event struck me as odd. In the few days since, two thoughts come to mind: first, some thoughts on the Christian attitude toward celebration of anyone’s death and second, the reality of what bin Laden’s death means and doesn’t mean. Continue reading

What’s so great about Islam, Mr. President?

(CCU Faculty) In a speech on Nov. 7 during his recent trip India, President Obama stated: “The phrase jihad has a lot of meaning within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations, but I will say that first Islam is one of the world’s great religions. More than a billion people practice Islam and an overwhelming majority view their obligations to a religion that reaffirms peace, fairness, tolerance. I think all of us recognize that this great religion, in the hands of a few extremists, has been distorted by violence.” Continue reading

Were 2006 & 2008 aberrations?

(Centennial Fellow) Before turning to the 2010 election results, let’s think back on the predictions made by many pundits and election scholars. According to some, from 2006 through 2009, it was explained that the Republican Party had spiraled to the point of ultimate irrelevance. Several books were published on this theme, including two by former Clinton aides: Sidney Blumenthal’s The Strange Death of Republican America and James Carville’s 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation. Scholarly studies of shifting demographics, which focused largely on the influx of Hispanic immigrants who would seemingly favor Democrat Party policies, were provided as evidence to solidify claims of Republican doom. The May 18, 2009 edition of Time magazine ran a cover story entitled “Endangered Species,” signifying that the Republican Elephant was destined for permanent minority status. Continue reading

War not being politicized in 2010 election as it was in 2006

(CCU Faculty) Consider the following two quotes summarizing two polls, one from October of 2006 and the other from October 2010. Both polls concerned American’s level of support for the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“The latest poll from CNN and Opinion Research Corporation found only 37% of all Americans favor the war, 52% say the war in Afghanistan has turned into a Vietnam.” –October 2010 Continue reading

President’s narcissism on display in NYT magazine

(CCU Faculty) Imagine a man, standing alone on the shoreline. Hours earlier, an earthquake rumbled miles off the coast, tsunami warnings blared and everyone else around fled to higher ground. All but this one man, all alone. He was determined to stand his ground, pointing his finger at the approaching tidal wave, shouting, “You can come ashore if you must, but you will not move me.”

The Sunday, October 17th New York Times Magazine includes a lengthy account of President Obama’s first 21 months in office and the recent struggles his administration has been facing, including the decline in his public approval polls from the mid 60’s a year ago to the mid 40’s today. Continue reading