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The First Amendment: The kryptonite to America’s national security?

(By Jaimie Erker, '76 Contributor) “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (U.S. Const. Amend 1). Those potent words make up one of the most influential

Naming our Middle East enemy

(By Donald Devine, '76 Contributor) The real shock of the terrorist mass murders in Paris and San Bernardino is the lack of seriousness in the responses from America’s ruling class, on both the left and right. They

Playing jihad roulette: Which Muslims are dangerous?

(By Joy Overbeck, '76 Contributor) Whether we will see more bloody slaughter in the name of jihad depends on if we can separate the murder-bent America-haters from the innocent Muslim refugees that Obama wants to admit to our

Two tales of two places: one tragic, one ridiculous

(By Kelly Sloan, '76 Contributor) The events in France shock and anger, yes, but a little less so with each report of some new terrorist act somewhere in the world. While one would hope the act

Colorado to Obama: Keep Gitmo terrorists away from our children

(By Joy Overbeck, '76 Contributor) Islamic terrorists have no scruples about slaughtering schoolchildren and that’s what worries the residents of Florence, Colorado, when they hear the president talk about transferring up to 61 Gitmo prisoners to

Another mass shooting raises tough questions

(By Kelly Sloan, '76 Contributor) The tragedy of another mass murder is upon us — and with it the search for an answer to the motivations of the shooter. Such events provoke tendentious reactions on

Applying Lincoln to our culture’s civil wars

Last week, as radical Islamists slaughtered 148 Christian students at a Kenyan university, America’s faithful celebrated Easter and Passover in tranquility, demonstrating why religious liberty is not the eccentric uncle in the human-rights family — it’s the matriarch.

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The political left’s marriage to the Islamic jihad

This is the first of a four (4) part series on the long historical relationship between the political left/Progressives and the global Jihadi Movement over the last century and its current culmination in the attempt to bring down Western civilization in general, and the United States specifically. In this first edition, we will review the general history of the relationship between the Left and the Islamic Jihad movement, and the disconnect from reality that must take place for the Left to believe the leaders of any totalitarian movement will allow them to survive despite a hundred years of history to the contrary.

Free speech, tolerance, and security: Where’s the balance?

Free speech is often hailed among the most significant of our fundamental freedoms. In the Western world in particular, freedom of speech and press has allowed for a range of voices, including voices of dissent that seem to indicate that our democracy is in a sense working. However, free speech is not completely free. There are limits and curbs based on what may be of greater importance in various contexts – such as if the speech might endanger others. That is why we can’t yell “fire” in a theater as a joke – the potential chaos and harm it raises in that context outweighs some one’s freedom to say what they want.

Escape from Boko Haram: The girls’ story, part 3

“I jumped from the truck. But when I hit the ground I break my legs,” Sarah began quietly. “So I crawled through the bush. I knew I had to get away.”