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Stimulating Religious Repression

For many of us, any number of things were expected as part of the new President’s first month in office, including the first five Executive Orders, some of which impacted protections of the unborn and the public at large.  And Democrats increased control of Congress will doubtfully lead to more and more spending that will help maintain the poverty status quo.

But many would never have expected to see a new effort on the part of Democrats to work their way around the First Amendment, which states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to


Don’t Check Your Brains at the Schoolhouse Gate!

On August 19, 2008, I joined a panel of Christian school educators on Steve Deace’s WHO AM-1040 Radio program to discuss a recent California Supreme Court ruling which upheld The University of California system’s right to deny college credit to students who had taken Christian school science classes which used textbooks teaching the biblical account of creation.

The specific books in question were published by Bob Jones University, a long-standing Christian university, and A Beka books of Pensacola, Florida – a prominent publisher of Christian school textbooks. In the California Supreme Court ruling, the written judgment stated that these textbooks do not promote “critical thinking,” apparently because the textbooks indicate that any information which is inconsistent with biblical truth should be dismissed as falsehood. The …


The Constitution and The Next Generation

constitution_thumb_295_dark_gray_bg.jpgThe Conservative Reader is exceptionally happy to read about 13 Des Moines, Iowa students from East High School who placed first in Iowa and went to Washington, DC to participate in the national finals for “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution”.  The event hosted 1,200 students from around the country.

The contest  had students demonstrate their knowledge and application of the Constitution by acting as expert witnesses in a simulated congressional hearing.

Students were scored on their opening statements and answers to follow-up questions posed by a panel of judges, who graded the them on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness and participation.

It’s not only encouraging to hear about the 1,200 that went to Washington, but that there is such an …


Benedict XVI: Reconciling What We Believe With What We Do

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to hear (on the New York Times Audio Digest) this story about the Pope’s speech to the US Bishops on Wednesday.

It was an excellent assessment of the lives we tend to live in America where we’ve gotten comfortable compartmentalizing our faiths or belief systems away from the realities of our lives at work and in other settings in the world. Said the Bishop of Rome:

“Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs?” he asked in a lengthy address to the bishops. “Is it consistent for practicing Catholics to ignore or exploit the poor and the marginalized, to promote


Iowa: Good News and Bad News On Bottles

Good news: The Iowa General Assembly has decided that the “new” bottle bill tax proposed by Iowa Governor Chet Culver (see earlier story) is dead for 2008.Coke Bottles As you would probably think, I’m pleased. It’s not clear if the reason for the timely demise is that there’s too much confusion, the idea needs more work than the Legislature can handle during it’s 100-day session (Iowa’s General Assembly meets until April 22, or at least per diem expenses cease to be paid at that point), public sentiment has been strong enough to kill it, the grocery lobby bought enough lunches, or it’s just a stupid idea.

I’m convinced that there is room to discuss expanding the program to include water and juice bottles, although …


More Hidden Taxes

In Iowa, cans and plastic bottles get a 5-cent deposit.  We’ve had this for nearly 30 years.  Today (Saturday) the Des Moines Register reports that our Democratic Governor Chet Culver is suggesting we double it… and rework how the money is managed.  From the Register:

HOW THE CURRENT SYSTEM WORKS: Beverage distributors charge retailers the 5-cent deposit when they deliver the bottles and cans. When the distributors pick up the returned items, they must pay the retailer 6 cents — 5 cents for the deposit and a 1-cent handling fee. The distributors get to keep any unredeemed deposits. Under the new program, officials said the state would receive the unredeemed deposits.

Personally, I don’t see a need for this change.  Today, consumers get the whole …


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