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2011 News Archive:

What Does the Bible Really Say?

Published by Peter Mains on December 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM

A group of friends and I were recently discussing scriptural interpretation.  How do we know that, for instance, getting a tattoo is moral or immoral?  Jewish law fairly clearly condemns tattoos, but the Catholic Church’s teaching is ... (read more)

Mitt Romney is an Unelectable Kook

Published by Peter Mains on December 02, 2011 at 07:51 PM

With the GOP 2012 primary on the horizon, it is time to get serious about the nomination process. Bachmann, Perry and Cain have all risen in the polls, only to be exposed as unelectable for a variety of reasons. Newt Gingrich was recently hit by a de ... (read more)

Why Stimulus Doesn't Work

Published by Peter Mains on December 02, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Over the past decade, America has engaged in a long experiment in economics. We have spent beyond our means in the hope of stimulating economic growth. Now, America is $15 trillion in debt, and economic recovery still appears almost as distant as in ... (read more)

Ron Paul Trumps Cain and Perry on the Economy

Published by Peter Mains on October 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Herman Cain and Rick Perry are betting on tax policy to resurrect the American economy. Cain has been pushing a 9-9-9 tax plan, while Rick Perry has been touting his plan for a flat income tax. Democrats are still focusing on stimulus as a way to jum ... (read more)

China is Not Manipulating its Currency

Published by Peter Mains on October 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Senators Kay Hagan (D) and Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina recently introduced a bill that would enlist the Department of Commerce to deal with the problem of Chinese Currency manipulation.  The accusation is a strange one.  To acce ... (read more)

The al-Awlaki Killing Threatens Us All

Published by Peter Mains on October 01, 2011 at 03:13 PM

Listening to the radio on the way home today, I heard something troubling. Conservatives were defending the al-Awlaki killing as though the president's authority to order a drone strike anywhere in the world were obvious and incontrovertible. Yet, th ... (read more)

Forgiveness and the Death Penalty

Published by Peter Mains on September 24, 2011 at 09:06 PM

The execution of Troy Davis has brought the death penalty back to the forefront of the political debate.  Some people maintain that Davis was innocent or that he did not receive a fair trial.  I do not know if Davis was guilty, nor am I in ... (read more)

John 18 (Shall I Not Drink the Cup?)

Published by Peter Mains on July 24, 2011 at 06:11 PM

John 18 takes us from Gethsemane to Pontius Pilate's praetorium. The story of Christ's passion, death and resurrection is the most familiar of Christianity, and likely the best known story in the world. What I was struck by upon reading John 18 -- in ... (read more)

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