Are conservatives starting to turn against the death penalty? It certainly appears that may be the case. Last week, former congressman Ron Paul wrote a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry urging clemency for Scott Panetti, a schizophrenic man who killed his wife’s parents in 1992. Paul, a vocal libertarian who campaigned in the 2012 Republican primary, said he used to support the death penalty but no longer does. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, has also supported Panetti’s clemency, as have many other politicians and attorneys. Several prominent evangelicals have echoed these sentiments....Read More
Author: Danny Huizinga
Editor’s Note: This article was written before the 2014 election. It has been left in its original form. I hope the prediction is right. Though Republicans have built a sizable majority in the House of Representatives, taking the Senate has remained elusive. Their improved chances this year result from dissatisfaction with the president’s policies and general malaise toward Congress in general. Voters are upset that things “aren’t getting done,” and the most obvious culprit is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate. The Senate only allows a select number of amendments on each bill, and it is customary to...Read More
Everyone likes to talk about innovation and entrepreneurship. But actually embracing these values (and the short-term pain they may bring) is a commitment that many are not willing to make. Consider Uber, a new car-service company that has changed the way people get around in big cities. Uber uses an iPhone app that lets you request a driver to your location. The app updates in real-time with a GPS indicator of how far away your car is. It also includes the name, picture, and phone number of the driver as well as the make, model, and license plate of the car. When...Read More
A criticism I often hear of Christians is that we are so “sheltered.” Public opinion today seems to associate Christianity with narrow-mindedness, intolerance, or a fear of new ideas. So I find it rather confusing that organizations like the Freedom from Religion Foundation feel the need to intervene in public schools across the country, regardless of whether there were any complaints, in order to make sure students are not allowed to hear any perspective on religious belief besides the nontheism they advocate. The Baylor Lariat’s September 5 editorial, titled “‘Chaplain’ title not vital to minister,” told the story of Pastor...Read More
People say they don’t like politics because “both sides can never agree on anything.” But is there anything that can ever achieve universal agreement? Take, for example, the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. For the past month, the internet has been completely consumed by videos of people–including many prominent celebrities, sports players, and politicians–dumping buckets of frigid water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a tragic disease that is still incurable. Clearly, everyone wants to find a way to prevent ALS. So one might think that something so seemingly uncontroversial would be universally embraced. And yet, mixed...Read More
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