“Saftey Nets”

I believe we should all do what we can to relieve poverty, but I also think private action simply isn’t enough. Since the private sector can’t do it all, it takes someone bigger, the government, to deal with the major problems with poverty in our world. This is a common response to the problem of poverty, [...] [...]

A Nation of Lawyers

Last Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would no longer enforce a state law that requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Why? Because the majority of unlicensed drivers in that city are illegal aliens, and the policy purportedly inhibits their ability to get to their jobs. [...] [...]

Waivers for Change

The Obama administration’s announced No Child Left Behind waivers are drawing suspicion and fire from the right as states wait to hear what conditions the waivers will require. Since Congress hasn’t overhauled the nation’s key education policy, which has been overdue for reauthorization since 2007 and is now widely considered out of date and “onerous”—the [...] [...]

Narrative 057: Jethro

The 57th set of slides for our narrative study of the Scriptures are up. This week we’re discussing Exodus 18, which covers the visit of Jethro to the camp of Israel. There are several interesting points in this chapter. The first point is when this episode actually took place —before or after the giving of the [...] [...]

Notable: Higher Education and Justice

Higher education institutions bear a profound moral responsibility to increase the awareness, knowledge, skills and values needed to create a just and sustainable future.” (Boldface added.) But what is justice? Again the meaning of the term is taken for granted. Are colleges today really not interested in justice, or just not sustainability’s particular agenda of justice? [...] [...]

Why am I not Surprised?

The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report. In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to White House energy adviser [...] [...]

Evil in Our Midst

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. … Now Jacob heard that he had defiled [...] [...]

If this is Racism...

I’m a racist because I believe that blacks are fully capable human beings who are perpetually demeaned by the liberal theory holding that blacks cannot function without handouts from condescending, rich white people. I’m a racist because believe that blacks are just as academically capable as any other people in America, [...] [...]

An Eye for an Eye

But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Exodus 21:23-25 Doesn’t this statement point to a God who is retributive, angry, and even, perhaps, by modern terms, mean? The most common [...] [...]

A Challenging Thought on Justice

We have a strong sense of what justice means. A traditional view of justice states that you are held responsible for your actions, and yours alone, that you are not held responsible for the actions of a group. The “modern” view of justice (social justice) is that everyone receives the same output, regardless of their [...] [...]