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I like reading about stuff other people think is boring, and writing about stuff that maybe six people in the world care about. But man, those six people are cool. Follow me on Twitter @lifeofgrace224

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    Let’s Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    Let's Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    Time Magazine wasted no time in calling for the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions, with writer Mark Oppenheimer firing the initial salvo.  Oppenheimer writes the “beliefs” column for The New York Times, in which he studies religious matters with the alacrity of a medical examiner performing an autopsy: God is dead, let’s find out what killed Him. I have a different view on the | Read More »

    Response to Erick’s Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

    Response to Erick's Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

    Erick Erickson wrote a very logical and reasonable approach for a Christian to the Confederate battle flag issue, but he is barking up the wrong tree. In essence, Erickson said we should not fly that flag out of politeness, and politeness is a virtue.  Were there an award for politeness, I believe Erick would receive honorable mention, if not first place (that doesn’t always apply | Read More »

    Dissent on Gay Marriage: The Justices’ Own Words

    Dissent on Gay Marriage: The Justices' Own Words

    Five Supreme Court justices agreed that culture reigns over Constitution in Obergefell v. Hodges, as they found another emanation from the 14th Amendment–this one granting “dignity and liberty”–a phrase that most (American) third year law students would be hard pressed to find in their texts (at least before Friday). Fortunately, Americans pay Supreme Court justices for their careful legal analysis and foresight on issues like this.  Four | Read More »

    Gay Marriage at the End of a Gun Barrel

    Gay Marriage at the End of a Gun Barrel

    Now that the Supreme Court has decided that same-sex marriage is a Constitutionally-protected right of all citizens, the question that naturally arises is: What happens next? In the 37 states where same-sex marriage is already legal, nothing happens.  Things simply go on as they have. In the 13 states where same-sex marriage is prohibited by state law and constitutional amendment, things are more complicated. Court cases will | Read More »

    #SCOTUS Approves #SAMELOVE: Let’s Not Mourn the Dead

    #SCOTUS Approves #SAMELOVE: Let's Not Mourn the Dead

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court redefined marriage in all 50 states, forcing states whose citizens voted to preserve the institution as one man and one woman to accept “SAME LOVE.” This was predictable.  In fact, I predicted it, and many others also did. Next we may see something happen again in Alabama that hasn’t happened since Gov. Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door | Read More »

    Difficulty

    Difficulty

    Does God really call us to an easy life? Does the God who can do anything with a simple word from His mouth not preserve us to happiness? Why is there such difficulty in our lives even when we surrender to God?

    Obama Bids Farewell to the “Loyal Opposition”

    Obama Bids Farewell to the "Loyal Opposition"

    Since the end of the American Civil War, America has been admired around the world for its ability to remain more-or-less unified in its diversity.  But lately I’ve noticed signs of that unity breaking, in what I would call the end of the “loyal opposition.” In parliamentary governments, there’s a ruling party or coalition which gets to form the government, appoint ministers, and generally run | Read More »

    ISIS, the Confederate Flag, and Charleston: Soon and Very Soon

    ISIS, the Confederate Flag, and Charleston: Soon and Very Soon

    If seeing the new and diabolically repulsive ways the Islamic State commits murder with movie-studio quality production values doesn’t erode your sense of humanity as a basically “good” species, then you either don’t know what “good” is, or you’re hopelessly callow. I feel as if we’re living in the age of Tomás de Torquemada, where there is no Christopher Columbus to discover new worlds to | Read More »

    UN Travesty Paints Israel as Child-Abusers but Israeli Children Suffered Too

    UN Travesty Paints Israel as Child-Abusers but Israeli Children Suffered Too

    The United Nations Human Rights Council has once again leveled violations of international law against Israel, this time for its incursion into Gaza during “Operation Protective Edge” in July 2014. The report paints Israel as child-abusers for terrorizing Palestinian children. They have the story right but, they’ve got the offenders reversed. Since its inception in 2006, the UNHRC has obsessed over Israel, criticizing it 27 times–far | Read More »

    Charleston #hatewontwin How I Sold My Soul for 30 Pieces of Silver

    Charleston #hatewontwin How I Sold My Soul for 30 Pieces of Silver

    Image source: Getty Images Today I feel like I sold my soul to the devil for 30 pieces of silver. This morning, I wrote a simple piece for my part-time writing job at BPR, which shook me to the core. “Hate Won’t Win” Very few things have ever touched me this deeply writing about it. In tears #CharlestonShooting http://t.co/8jah85j9m1 — Steve Berman (@lifeofgrace224) June 20, | Read More »