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Theologian John Calvin once noted men's hearts are "a perpetual factory of idols." As people across the political spectrum move away from religion and fill the void with politics, idol worship runs rampant.

As the United States tries to survive a dangerous phase of its existence as a democratic republic, it is imperative to understand the high risk that the political movement engendered by the pro-Trump ideology may lead to a more violent, well-disciplined and radicalized organization whose dyn…

On Jan. 6, Congress met to perform a fundamental democratic duty, confirming the peaceful transfer of presidential power by acknowledging the election results. The man chosen as president in 2016 by a minority of voters spent the morning inciting a crowd he specifically called into the natio…

So, President Donald Trump has been booted off Twitter, as of now forever. Facebook also gave him the heave-ho. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have tossed the riot-friendly Parler app out of their stores.

It's the beginning of a new year. It's almost the beginning of a new presidential administration, too. In theory, now is a perfect time for some resolutions: to start fresh, fix the mistakes of the past or do what we never got around to doing. In that spirit, I offer some advice to the Biden…

It was a desecration of our government's seat of power. A sacrilege against our democracy. A shameful episode carried out by a relatively small mob of violent criminals who disgraced the otherwise peaceful, lawful assembly of thousands of earnest Americans who had traveled to Washington to e…

Not since the British stormed the United States Capitol has it been invaded by those out to end the American constitutional system. But it happened this week at the hands of American citizens. Encouraged by President Donald Trump – and let's not mince words here; he told them to march on the…

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For better or worse, we have just lived through one of the most momentous periods in our nation’s history. First, the worst, an incumbent president, defeated for reelection, conducted a false and fraudulent effort to overturn the votes of millions of citizens. The best, one of the three bran…

Like so many of you, I remember what I was doing when I first heard that insurgents had stormed our nation's Capitol.

Is it “amen” or “awoman”? According to Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, it’s both. In a recent prayer before the United States House of Representatives, Cleaver, an ordained minister with a master’s degree in divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, was reading a prepared prayer, and end…

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Joe Biden has been tweeting about his plan to implement a 100-day national mask mandate. A largely symbolic statement given the vast majority of Americans are already wearing masks and have been doing so for many months now, if not the duration of the pandemic.

When did we become so merciless? I'm not talking about the 18-year-old kid, featured in a New York Times article, who elected to torpedo a fellow student over a three-year-old video clip – though what he did was cruel. No, I'm talking about all of the supposed adults who created the world th…

As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, an extremely vulnerable group is being overlooked: millions of cancer patients. Doctors nationwide are sounding the alarm that many state governments and the federal advisory committee charged with prioritizing who gets vaccinated should move cancer…

Years from today, when historians look back at the ill-fated year 2020, they will not fail to fix upon one feature: the spectacle of a president who went to play golf at his privately owned course while 77,000 Americans lost their lives to COVID-19 in December. Donald Trump’s presidency can …

How many times have you started a home improvement project and then found your budget for said project was totally unrealistic? Sometimes, it's just smarter to stop the whole venture, take the loss and cover up the mess with some plywood or paint. Maybe you tell yourself you'll get back to i…

Two vaccines against the COVID-19 infection are now approved, and over 4,000 people, mostly health-care workers, have received the vaccine in the last two weeks here in the Shenandoah Valley. Vaccination is continuing with first responders, along with residents and staff of long-term care fa…