Author: Jacob Harmon

War on Religion

There are so many violations of our conservative values within society that picking one is a tough task. The separation of church and state has been an area of controversy in America, and while the Constitution clearly defends against a national, mandated religion, the meaning of this statement has been skewed over the years. It is important that the GOP candidates understand the importance of religion in this country’s founding principles. Countless questions have arisen about the faith of GOP front runner Mitt Romney, a proud Mormon, and one whom many feel is the Republicans’ best chance at reclaiming the White House in 2012. Newt Gingrich has picked up where Rick Perry left off, attacking the Democratic administration’s “War on Christianity.” A war that he claims has oppressed religious freedom within our nation, as he states during a recent debate. Just this week, President Obama has come under fire from the Catholic Church for a mandate that requires employers to provide their employees access to artificial contraception, sterilization services and birth control pills through their existing health plans. According to the words of Newt Gingrich, this new mandate is “another example of President Obama and his promoting of anti-religious policies.” Over the last few decades, the Ten Commandments have been removed from our federal buildings, prayer has been banned from schools and other public meetings, and marriage and life...

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When Threats Become a Reality: The Story Behind Iran

Ignorance is bliss, or at least that’s what we are told. These days, however, ignorance carries a few more consequences than most care to mention.  Since 2005, Iran, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has quickly become the biggest threat to not only the United States, but to the entire world. Their pursuit of nuclear weapons paired with their extreme views and opinions of Western culture have gone largely unnoticed.  In a recent article I wrote on the U.S.-Israel relationship, I touched on the threat that Iran poses to our nation’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. While most people acknowledge Iran as a threat to the Middle East region, we seem to miss the boat when it comes to seeing their views on the United States. Yes, it is true: America is riddled with its share of problems.  However, given our nation’s history with extremist Middle Eastern nations, it surprises me that the current administration is not a bit more cautious when it comes to dealing with Iran. Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? President Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005 and, much to the dismay of the Iranian people, “won” re-election again in 2009.  Ahmadinejad has become not only one of the most controversial leaders in Iran’s history, but one of the most controversial leaders in the world.  He has been quoted as denying the very existence of...

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How Political Correctness Stole Christmas

Like millions across the world, Christmas is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time to relax, spend time with family, and best of all receive obscene amounts of presents.  However, Christmas has changed, and as I have grown, I have begun to see how deep the roots of political correctness have penetrated society and skewed the meaning behind the holiday.  In our attempt to avoid offending others, we have lost our identity, and even though this nation is the melting pot of the world, we have strayed far from the values of our founding fathers. The Christmas holiday is simply another glaring reminder of how far we have fallen, not only in America, but across the globe. What is this truth? Why do we celebrate Christmas? Christmas has long been recognized as a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus.  The real question is: why is mainstream America so determined to take the story of Christmas away from us?  We live in a society where our government has taken drastic measures over the years to ensure no slight reference to Christianity exists within our schools, government offices, and courthouses. From the removal of the term “Christmas” from Christmas trees to businesses preventing their employees from saying “Merry Christmas,” or the banning of Nativity scenes and other Christmas related symbols, the reasoning or excuse for removing these Christmas related ideas...

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The U.S. and Israel, Friends Forever?

Why do I support Israel? Why do Americans support Israel? Better yet why don’t some Americans support Israel? Since 1948 Israelis and Americans alike have been searching for answers to these questions. I support Israel for multiple reasons. However, I am saddened to tell you I am one of the few. I’m one of the few who stand with my Jewish brothers and sisters by reaching out a hand and helping to carry the load that has been placed on their backs throughout history. From the horrors of the Holocaust to blatant betrayal from our very own President Obama, it seems like Israel doesn’t have many friends, but I can assure you I am one of them! Founded on May 15, 1948, Israel was a tiny nation no bigger than the state of New Jersey. It was established as the “Jewish Homeland,” a state for the most persecuted people in the history of the world. From the moment of its inception Israel was attacked, demonized, and delegitimized by its neighbors. Why? What has Israel done to deserve such a reputation in the world’s eyes? A trip through the history books reveals a multitude of accusations of “War Crimes” brought before the UN – an organization which has proven to be one of Israel’s biggest detractors. All people are entitled to a homeland, peace, liberty, and acceptance. So why has Israel struggled...

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