Using Religion To Defend Slavery

My second post using clips from the Birth of Freedom video produced by the Acton Institute.  As historian Susan Wise Bauer, justly popular in home schooling circles for her superb The History of the Ancient World  and The History of the Medieval World, indicates

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Ben Franklin and the Turkey

  After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through his

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A roundup from around the web … 1.  Jay Anderson gives us a history lesson on “The First Thanksgiving”: Every gradeschool boy and girl in the U.S. will confidently tell you that their history books say that the very first

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Thanksgiving 1863

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that

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Almost Chosen People

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate of the State of New-Jersey: I am very grateful to you for the honorable reception of which I have been the object. I cannot but remember the place that New-Jersey holds in our

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New York Times Rejects Archbishop Dolans Article, Why?

The New York Times rejected an op-ed article submitted by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York.  Why may I ask would the New York Times reject an article from His Excellency?  Probably because Archbishop Dolan called out

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John Adams and the Church of Rome

John Adams, second President of these United States, was a man of very firm convictions.   Once he decided to support a cause, most notably American independence, nothing on this Earth could convince him to change his mind.  In regard to religion

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Charles Carroll: Our Catholic Founding Father

Charles Carroll of Carrollton was a delegate to the Continental Congress and later United States Senator for Maryland. He was also the only Catholic to have signed the The Declaration of Independence. One of the wealthiest men in the colonies,

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Read The Declaration on the Fourth

In my family each year we have a group reading of the Declaration of Independence.  The kids enjoy it and so do Mom and Dad.  Each year I am struck by a timeless quality of the words.  “We hold these

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Flag Day

On June 14 we celebrate Flag Day — to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Read the proclamation of President Obama on Flag Day and National Flag

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Propaganda

Various sides of our modern political spectrum often thrown around the term “propaganda”. I’ve had it explained to me by those on both the far left and far right that our news media is nothing but propaganda. In the process,

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Father of the United States Navy

1745 was a busy year in the history of the misnamed British Isles, with Bonnie Prince Charlie doing his best to end the reign of the Hanover Dynasty in England, so I guess it is excusable that no note was

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Mitsuo Fuchida: "From Pearl Harbor to Calvary"

As Donald notes, today is “the day that will live in infamy” — the anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. When I was young, I learned of the story of Captain Mitsuo Fuchida of the Imperial Japanese

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Sixty-Seven Years Ago

“War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

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Thanksgiving 1789

One hundred and ninety-nine years ago today our nation observed its first Thanksgiving under the Constitution.  The Father of Our Country’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

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Our Oldest Ally

Our oldest ally is France, the nation that proved vital in our War for Independence.  I sometimes share the annoyance felt by many Americans towards France.

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We Have No King But Jesus

Yesterday was the Feast of Christ the King, the end of the liturgical year.

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The Toleration Act of Maryland

As we celebrate the Pilgrims this week, we should never forget the Catholic pilgrims who came to these shores and helped build America..

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General Lee's Greatest Victory

“It’s a warm spring Sunday at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. As the minister is about to present Holy Communion, a tall well-dressed black man sitting in the section reserved for African Americans unexpectedly advances to the communion rail;

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Remember, Remember…

Today is Guy Fawkes’ Day in England.  This Catholic-bashing holiday is not observed in America and the Father of Our Country is largely the reason why. “As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the

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