Author Archives: Mark Shepard

Lawmakers’ constitutional oath on line in health vote

(’76 Contributor) Ignoring constituent concerns about the constitutionality of the federal government controlling healthcare did not work. Citing Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution held no water. Claiming that he has “not heard legal scholars suggest the health reform bill is unconstitutional” is not even close to believable. So what did my congressman, Peter Welch (D-VT), do to justify his vote for the House healthcare bill? He punted … the constitutionality issue off to the court stating that the court is “ultimately responsible” to ensure policy is constitutional. Continue reading

Global warming alarmism disavowed by evangelical alliance

(’76 Contributor) If you’re someone who cherishes humanity and thus opposes human exploitation, as I do, you will welcome the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a new joint effort by conservative Christians standing against global warming alarmism. Please read the group’s formal declaration and then consider signing the declaration.

There are varying opinions on global warming and the responses being put forth by our governments (state and national). But the possible negative consequences of putting the control of energy resources in the hands of a few are beyond imagination. As I have followed this issue for years, I have noted a huge disconnect between the rhetoric and the lifestyle of some of the top promoters of human-caused global warming. This alone has generated a skepticism and recent revelations of tainted data confirm my skepticism. Continue reading

Is Christmas still relevant?

As Christmas comes, reactions abound. Since the fourth century AD, when Roman Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, church service attendance in Western Civilization is greatest at Christmas and Easter.

Prior to Constantine, Christianity was illegal and thus did not attract people who were not deeply committed. Ironically during this period of intense persecution the number of Christians grew at a phenomenal rate, with an organic underground-style network of small home-based churches (much like China has been experiencing since the rule of Mao Zedong). That amazing growth, before Constantine, laid the foundation for Christianity’s widespread acceptance leading to a more organized Christianity. Continue reading