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As children of God, we are more alike than different

As children of God, we are more alike than different

My friend and former student, Ashley, is marrying Kevin today. I expect that the wedding celebration will be chock full of ‘different’ sorts of people. I will encounter nonwhites, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, first-generation Americans and Americans from long-established families, Butler fans, IU fans, Purdue fans and Notre Dame fans. The list can go at length for the different people who will rejoice together. I suspect the reason for such a diverse crowd has something … Read entire article »

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My! Oh My! What a difference – now that the gavel is in the other hand.

Few southsiders can forget the brew-ha-ha created four years ago in Southport when Councilors walked out and neglected the business of the city after the former mayor omitted sectarian prayer during council meetings.  All the local TV channels showed up and citizens from both sides of the issue packed the Southport community room to see the sideshow continue.  Even a national cable program, the O’Reilly Factor jumped in to fray.  Local citizen, Charles Lynch caused a ruckus during council meetings and he ended up spending the night in jail after his arrest for assaulting a police officer outside the meeting.  It was in all the local papers. Then, Councilors Dant, (Susan) Schmoll and Harrison were most vocal in their admonitions and condemnations of the mayor.  Dant and Schmoll even promised to … Read entire article »

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Answers to prayer questions

A few years ago, the American Constitution Center conducted a poll to assess the country’s constitutional literacy and drew a depressing conclusion: Americans revere the Constitution but have virtually no idea what it says or means. If that conclusion seems a bit over the top, consider some of the more indignant reactions to two recent court opinions applying the religion clauses of the First Amendment . In a case close to home, Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled that a public high school’s graduating class could not vote to have prayer at its official ceremony. A decision with more national scope held that a presidential designation of a Day of Prayer is improper. I found the homegrown case particularly ironic, since I invented a virtually identical fact situation a few years ago … Read entire article »

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Money, riches aren’t the same

the essay writer p>”Money is the root of all evil” (often misquoted from the correct “For the love of money is the root of all evil” from 1 Timothy 6:10) sets up a bias in our thinking: the misconception that money is bad. There is nothing bad about money. In fact, money is good. Money is a means by which we can give to the poor. Think where we would be without people of wealth. Our city’s Lilly Endowment has supported hundreds of thousands of people through its generous giving. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (with Warren Buffett’s major gift) is unprecedented in its philanthropy. The Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio inform, entertain and educate us through the simple flip of a switch. People of wealth have been supporting others … Read entire article »

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Spotlight on public prayer

Two recent court decisions have once again put the spotlight on government-sponsored prayer. A federal court in Indiana issued an injunction to prevent a student-led, school-sponsored prayer at Greenwood High School’s graduation. And a federal court in Wisconsin held that, as enacted, the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. Not surprisingly, those who support public prayer have voiced their opposition to these rulings.However, it appears clear that proponents of public prayer seem to misunderstand several fundamental principles (or perhaps understand but choose to ignore them). First, it is absolutely critical to recognize that neither judge in any way prohibits prayer. Americans, including students at Greenwood, remain free to pray. They can pray in their respective houses of worship, at home, at work, on the street corner, or even in school. A student … Read entire article »

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