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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The politics of prayer, addressing political platforms

The Republican Platform mentions prayer twice. The first mention is on page 44-45: We will energetically assert the right of students to engage in voluntary prayer in schools and to have equal access to school facilities for religious purposes. I should note that the Democratic Platform is silent with regard to prayer. A search for […]

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Teresa Lewis

In case you haven’t been reading the news, Teresa Wilson Bean Lewis, age 41, was executed under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia on September 23, 2010, for masterminding the deaths of her husband and stepson. Leading to the execution, there have been a ton of questions raised stemming from various misconceptions about capital […]

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Blaming the unemployed

I once said that there is no dignity in taking help from the government. Admitting you need help requires a feeling of dignity at the beginning, just a little boost to keep you on your feet long enough to be able to walk on your own again. But when you are accepting that help for […]

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Advertising atheism

I have said this before: I am an atheist. I am an agnostic atheist. Approximately 5% of Americans are atheist or agnostic atheist. I am part of that minority. And our numbers are growing every day. Most atheists are good, decent, honest people. We obey the law, which includes paying our taxes, and we are […]

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Libricide and Free Speech

Ah the old art of burning books — the topic of movies and books, and the subject on more than one occasion of news articles that have caught public attention. Harry Potter has been the subject of more recent book burnings.1 2 Even various translations of the Bible have been burned.3 Now Christians are the […]

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"Ground Zero Mosque"

There has been a lot of uproar recently regarding the proposed "Ground Zero mosque". I agree that there are plenty of questions that need to be answered, such as where the money is coming from, but should the failure to answer those questions stop the construction of that mosque? In my opinion, no. There are […]

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Rest peacefully, grandpa

On September 1, 2006, four years ago this day, my grandfather passed away at the age of 72. He was one of the persons after whom I was named: Kenneth Lee Ballard. I don’t share his middle name, but there are a few other things about him I do share. Like my father, I share […]

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