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Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005

One should not have to be a Catholic to mourn the loss of a great man who happened to lead the Catholic church. One should not have to be a person of considerable strength of character to pay tribute to someone who was. One should not have to be religious...
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Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005

One should not have to be a Catholic to mourn the loss of a great man who happened to lead the Catholic church. One should not have to be a person of considerable strength of character to pay tribute to someone who was. One should not have to be religious...
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‘Merry (GASP!) Christmas!’

I found an interesting newspaper article about a local business man who "has a lot of nerve," as the columnist writes: "You say 'Happy Holidays' to him and he'll come right back with 'Merry Christmas!'" This businessman owns a local office park is fed up with the "political correctness" that...
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More on the Death Penalty

I wanted to respond to a few of the comments and E-mails I have received about the death penalty entry. A friend E-mailed me to remind me that after the Bible's first recorded murder, God punished Cain for the death of his brother, Able, not by putting him to death...
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Death Sentence

The Scott Peterson jury has recommended the death penalty for the convicted killer. This, of course, has renewed debate about the death penalty, its effectiveness as a deterrent to crime, and its place in our society. I do support the death penalty. I don't see the death penalty as society...
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On Judging Others

This entry has to do with two recent events. One of them involves a situation that came to light in the journal community on Friday; the other involves an attack against someone who commented to an unrelated entry here. If you don't want to read any more, skip this entry....
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Divided Over Marriage

Ironic title, isn't it? It's even more ironic that there can be so much division over the right of two people to live their lives as a couple in a committed, loving relationship in an institution designed to bring people together. Many moons ago, I referenced Jeff's well-researched entry at...
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Revisiting Washington

I did John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment, which asked which of our Founding Fathers we'd like to have a beer with. I said I'd like to have a conversation with George Washington to set the record straight about his views of religion and its place in our society. Many who argue...
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The Gay Marriage Debate

John Scalzi's journal round-up lists people who sound off on the gay marriage issue. This is an issue I haven't written too much about, but after reading a few of the excerpts, I decided it was time to throw in my own two copper coins. One of the posts by...
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