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Oklahoma Supreme Court must address challenge to its ruling against Ten Commandments monument

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered that a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds violates the state constitution and must be removed.<p>In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled Tuesday that because the monument is theological, it violates the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits …

Oklahoma City

PRAGER: The Formal End to Judeo-Christian America

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redefinition of marriage seals the end of America as the Founders envisioned it.<p>From well before 1776 until …

Religion

But What Does the Bible Say?

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its sweeping ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, we can expect an avalanche of commentary, analysis, and …

Theology

“Reject judicial tyranny!”: GOP presidential field unanimous in opposing Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Short of a constitutional amendment, the decisions spells the end of “religious liberty” in America forever<p>Republican presidential contenders are, not surprisingly, echoing the bitter, bigoted opinions of the dissenting justices. To wit:<p><b>Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker</b><p>"As a result of this decision, …

The Key to Answered Prayer: Pray Like God's Friend

How often does God answer your prayers? Of course, we know that God always answers prayers, it’s just that his answer is not always what we were …

An Introduction to Satire: A Modest Proposal

by Kellie McGannI was a junior in High School when I was first introduced to satire. I had been fluent in sarcasm for some time, but it was in my AP …

Writing

FDR’s Sorry Domestic Spying Record

The Japanese internment camps comprised the worst blot on Roosevelt’s civil liberties record, but he also approved spying and harassment of other …

Surveillance

How to Exponentially Improve Your Performance

But thanks to the (newly discovered) plasticity of our brains, we can raise that bar higher than ever—and consistently reach it. How? By pushing …

The Brain

Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

The idea of “one nation under God” is a modern one — and does not date back to the Founding Fathers<p>When he ran for the White House, Texas governor George W. Bush took a similarly soft approach, though one that came from the right. A born-again Christian, he shared Bill Clinton’s ability to discuss …

The Civil War’s Dirty Secret: It Was Always About Slavery

The war was never about states’ rights, unless it was the states’ right to permit slavery, and Charles Lamar was its firebreathing poster boy.<p>Seven …

Robert E. Lee

Iran Is America’s New Iraq

With his nuclear deal, Obama is making as big a mistake in the Mideast as George W. Bush did.<p>Ten days after the Iraq War began, I happened to be in Washington on a work visit. I had the chance to observe up close the imperial capital that had just embarked on the most perilous adventure of the new …

Middle East

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 per cent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source …

Emotional Intelligence