Editor’s Note: Army Private Andy Long was gunned down by homegrown jihadist Carlos Bledsoe (who had taken the name Abdulhakim Muhammad after training with Al Qaeda in Yemen) at a Little Rock recruiting station on June 2, 2009. After federal prosecutors declined to bring charges, the killer was convicted in Arkansas state court and is now serving 12 consecutive life terms. The two men’s fathers, Daris Long and Melvin Bledsoe, spoke at Centennial Institute on Dec. 10, 2012, to promote the new documentary film about their experience, ”Losing Our Sons.” Daris Long’s remarks were as follows: Continue reading
As 2012 departs with undeserved job security for Buffs’ top brass, says John Andrews in the December round of Head On TV debates, 2013 may come in with bungee cords as Congress’s consolation prize to Americans headed over the fiscal cliff. Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s letter to Santa, adds Susan Barnes-Gelt, should request a new ethical compass — and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s secret wish for the New Year may be a 2014 run for governor. Continue reading
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Centennial Institute honored Colorado businessman and philanthropist Jeffrey H. Coors with its annual accolade for contributions by a conservative, the Zebulon Pike Award for Colorado Leadership in Fidelity to Jeffersonian Principles, Tuesday evening at a Christmas reception in Denver. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) OK, enough already. The battle is over, and, yes, the good guys lost. Since then, everyone with a word processor or access to a microphone has joined in the autopsy.
On the right, many are looking for a smoking gun, the one thing that spelled final defeat for Mitt Romney Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow)There is a growing intensity among atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens (the four horsemen of the new atheism) and others who believe that materialism is the ultimate reality. Their writings are passionately opposed to promoting theism and specifically, Christianity.
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga states there are three reasons why philosophers accept materialism. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) In Russia, Vladimir Putin’s government is prosecuting three women for a prayer to toss the president out of office. In the Netherlands and Denmark, officials have been putting people on trial for what they have said about Muslims. In Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, mayors are aiming to stop a restaurant chain from expanding its outlets because the owner does not believe in gay marriage. Continue reading
The Washington Monument
At the conclusion of the Washington Week trip I am left physically exhausted though intellectually and civically energized! Continue reading
Washington D.C. – Monday, May 14th CCU students gathered on the top floor of the American Enterprise Institute. The room could almost be mistaken for a combat command room thanks to AEI scholars leading students into a military simulation of the March 2002 Operation Anaconda during the Afghanistan war. The operation lasted several days and resulted in a Coalition victory with nearly 100 casualties and 500-800 Taliban killed. Continue reading
Wednesday night, Washington, D.C. – American Enterprise Institute & Heritage Foundation scholars, media members, writers, donors, Congressmen gather along with 20 CCU Washington Week students & faculty. The occasion; Arthur Brooks, president of AEI, is speaking about his new book, “The Road to Freedom”. The lecture focused on the battle between conservatives & liberals in the public square. Brooks explained that as president of AEI it is clear that the truth and statistical backing rests within the conservative ideas and policies. Despite this, the left is winning the battle. Continue reading