Browsing All posts tagged under »American history«

Immigration, Redux

February 11, 2017

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It is time to visit immigration-land once again, especially to correct many absurd and patently wrong assumptions about this hot button issue. The first immigrants to North America were, of course, the ancestors of the American Indians who arrived maybe fifteen or twenty thousand years ago. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and […]

Hypocrisy, Not Just Another Word

January 8, 2017

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I am constantly astonished, even at my age, at the “holier than thou” attitudes of many Americans when it comes to something like the alleged Russian hacking and manipulation of the American elections. We stand back in a saintly state of innocence and not only cast the first stone, but also most of the rest […]

Will the Real Moses Stand Up Please?

November 29, 2016

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Those of us with a few years behind us know that Moses was of course Charlton Heston. Spartacus, the Roman slave, was not Russell Crowe but Kirk Douglas. And the movie Exodus starred a youngish guy named Paul Newman, who was Jewish. The girls loved Newman since he was a good-looking dude. The older girls […]

Kin

November 5, 2016

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I had a dream a while back in which one of the main characters exclaimed “why we are kin!” Since he was a good character, as near as I can remember, this was ok. Kin of course is akin to clan and means people who are related in some fashion or descended from a common […]

What Are You Made of?

November 5, 2016

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We all know that little boys are made of “snips and snails and puppy dog tails,” while little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” In today’s progressive, politically correct world those stereotypes are of course sexist, demeaning, and probably misogynist as well. How dare we characterize male and females so differently? […]

Repent! Jesus is Coming!

October 15, 2016

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If you drive through Cottondale, as I do on occasional trips to Birmingham, there is a guy standing by the side of the road with his sign, “Repent!” And I think it adds, “Jesus is Coming,” or “The End is Near” or something along those lines. I guess the range of reactions is from “that […]

The Great Awakenings

October 15, 2016

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Last week we mentioned seeing the man by the side of the highway in Cottondale with his sign “Repent!” I suggested that we are all heirs or descendants, in one form or another of his message. We may think he’s nuts, or, conversely, we may think he’s the Cottondale prophet. Or, perhaps we are just […]

The Coup, or Just Another Way to Change Government

September 4, 2016

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I had to chuckle while reading about the aborted military coup in Turkey a few weeks ago. We seem to be surprised, mystified, shocked, and altogether puzzled by a people who attempted to remove their executive—the President in this case–and replace him with a general. Actually, some political commentators here in the U. S. were […]

Education

September 4, 2016

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The impact of education in this country is huge. And well it should be. It is through education that we bring our children into the world of adults with the values and knowledge and opportunities we want them to have. We all have a stake in education, from K-12 through college and beyond to graduate […]

Speak the Truth to Power

September 4, 2016

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A trend is present in this country which is disturbing. The Christian church is under attack and Christians seem to be hiding from the assailants, afraid to speak our mind and the truth for fear of “offending” someone or being attacked for being narrow-minded, religious fanatics. Let me gently suggest that we come from behind […]