Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and Baptism by Waterboarding

On May 1, 2014, in Christianity, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Politics, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sarah Palin has a faithful attack dog in Mark Levin. Good for her. We all need friends and allies. Recently, Levin has been in full froth, defending Palin after criticism she received for her remarks to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Comparing how liberals view terrorists and how she views them, Palin told the […]

10 Commandments of Critical Comments

On January 21, 2014, in Lying, Truth, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“If you’re catching flack, you know you’re over the target.” This has been my maxim since I walked across the threshold of public life. My public life is a modest one, to be sure, but anyone who expresses an opinion to a reading or listening audience knows that criticism comes with the territory. It’s simply […]

The First Amendment Be Damned: Evolution and the Threat to Religious Liberty

On January 16, 2014, in America, Belief, Faith, Freedom, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Truth, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

“I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, “as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” And millions of Darwin’s acolytes voiced a resounding “amen.” It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, […]

Phil Robertson, Homosexuality, and the First Amendment

On December 21, 2013, in America, Belief, Bible, Bill of Rights, Culture, Faith, Freedom, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

As fans of Duck Dynasty know by now (even non-fans know by now), Phil Robertson—the patriarch of the duck hunting, duck call-making Robertson clan—has been put on “indefinite suspension” by A&E for remarks made in GQ about homosexuality. Out of Drew Magary’s lengthy article, “What the Duck?” the offending comments followed a question about what […]

The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton

On December 19, 2013, in America, Character, Congress, History, Lying, Politics, President, Truth, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

December 19, 1998—fifteen years ago, today—the United States House of Representatives impeached President William Jefferson Clinton. It was a dark day in our history, but darker days were ahead. These are my journal entries. ✯ ✯ ✯ Tuesday, 15 September 1998 Whenever great nations reach “the summit of grandeur,” John Adams wrote his friend, Nathan […]

The New Slavery: Obama Speaks about the Zimmerman/Martin Case

On July 22, 2013, in America, Barack Obama, Rhetoric, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

As a general rule I don’t follow murder trials, especially those in other communities. My own community has enough problems to demand my time and attention without the distraction of keeping up with another’s local news story that has no direct bearing on my family and neighbors. This is all the more true when media […]

“What Is Marriage?”: A Review

On March 12, 2013, in Belief, Bible, Books, Culture, Family, Government, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Politics, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

What is marriage? This seemingly straightforward question is proving difficult to answer these days. But it’s the question the Supreme Court will have to wrestle with and answer as it considers 1996 The Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which amended the […]

What Is the Course of American Liberty?

Through the Declaration of Independence of 1776, the Constitution of 1787, and the Bill of Rights of 1791, the Founding Fathers did what had never been done in the history of humanity: they broke from the mother country and created a means for lasting liberty. In short, our brave forefathers won liberty with arms and […]

A New and Better Voice for 2013

On January 1, 2013, in Bible, Calling, Faith, Future, God, Gospel, Grace, New Year's, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. – T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” The voice I need to hear for 2013—the voice we all need to hear throughout the year—is the voice of truth. It was a voice not often heard in 2012. Yet, it is a […]

Which Is to be Master?

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.” [1] On August […]