Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Here’s What Those 500 Evangelical Pastors Actually Said

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

The full-page ad that appeared last Wednesday in the Washington Post was paid for by World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, and offered prayers and support by some 500 Christian leaders for President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence as they worked to craft an immigration policy:

We live in a dangerous world and affirm the crucial role of government in protecting us from harm and in setting the terms on refugee admissions….

 

As Christians, we are committed to praying for our elected officials. Our prayer is that God would grant [you and the Vice President] and all our leaders divine wisdom as they direct the course of our nation.

This is what Carol Kuruvilla, the Huffington Post’s Associate Religion Editor, thought it said:

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President Ronald Reagan’s Christmas Message, December 24, 1981

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Nancy and I are very happy to send our warmest greetings and best wishes to all those who are celebrating Christmas. We join with Americans everywhere in recognizing the sense of renewed hope and comfort this joyous season brings to our nation and the world.

The Nativity story of nearly twenty centuries ago is known by all faiths as a hymn to the brotherhood of man. For Christians, it is the fulfillment of age-old prophecies and the reaffirmation of God’s great love for all of us. Through a generous Heavenly Father’s gift of His Son, hope and compassion entered a world weary with fear and despair and changed it for all time.

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man.

The feeling is seen in the wondrous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts of cheerful givers and the souls of the caring. And it is reflected in the brilliant colors, joyful sounds, and beauty of the winter season.

Let us resolve to honor this spirit of Christmas and strive to keep it throughout the year.

Nancy and I ask you to join us in a prayer that prudence, wisdom, and understanding might descend on the people of all nations’ so that during the year ahead we may realize an ancient and wondrous dream: “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”

RONALD REAGAN

Boomers Are Retiring, Draining Pension Plans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 12, 2016:

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President Roosevelt signs Social Security Act, at approximately 3:30 pm EST on 14 August 1935.

In a moment of surprising candor, Danielle DiMartino Booth, a former advisor to the Federal Reserve, said in a Real Vision TV interview on Saturday that “the Baby Boomers are no longer an actuarial theory. They’re a reality. The checks [from their retirement plans] are being written.”

For years commentators have repeatedly asserted that “when” the Baby Boomers (that generation born between 1946 and 1964) start to retire, they will start using up funds set aside in pension plans, putting those plans into crisis. According to Booth, that day has arrived.

She pointed to the crisis in Dallas that threatens to put the city into bankruptcy, and the report from Calpers (the California Public Employees Retirement System),

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A Unique Oil Man in a Tough Business

This article appeared in print in The New American magazine as well as online, on Thursday, March 17, 2016:  

It doesn’t take long to learn that KimRay, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, is a different sort of oil company — a much different sort. Headed up by Tom Hill until his retirement last year (but who still serves as chairman), the company’s mission statement is simple: Take care of customers, take care of employees, and take care of stockholders. But it ends with this:

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One More Reason to Remove Children from the Public Schools

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 13, 2015:  

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Cornelius Van Til

For years Pastor Voddie Baucham of Grace Family Baptist Church in Springs, Texas, has been urging his flock, and anyone else who would listen (or read his blog, Exodus Mandate), to take their kids out of the public schools. He writes:

I am no fan of government education … I try to make Biblical, philosophical, and theological arguments in favor of Christian education as often as possible….

 

Our schools grow progressively (no pun intended) worse. As fall approaches, I want to appeal to those of you with children in government schools: please don’t send them back! I beg you to consider what you are doing.

He then outlines five reasons why:

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Navy Chaplain Exonerated, Cleared, and Reinstated

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 30, 2015:  

In his letter exonerating Navy Chaplain Wesley “Wes” Modder in September, Rear Admiral David Steindl wrote: “I have found the evidence of substandard performance in this case does not meet the standard of gross negligence or complete disregard of duty … Modder will not be detached for cause.”

The incident will be removed from his official personnel file. Modder has accepted an order to serve as chaplain at the Navy’s base in San Diego.

Modder’s record as Navy chaplain is impressive.

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Oregon Shooter Sought Christians to Kill

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 2, 2015: 

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North Roseburg, Oregon

“Oregon Shooting: Umpqua Community College Gunman Talked Religion,” NBC News claims in the headline for a story about Thursday’s shooting in Roseburg, Oregon. Of course the headline is misleading, to say the least. The gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer, didn’t bring a Bible to Umpqua Community College; he brought three handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. He didn’t talk about his religious beliefs; he asked who was Christian and shot in the head those who said they were while shooting others in the legs. Yet, if the only thing we knew about the tragic event was the NBC News headline, we could be forgiven for concluding that the gunman was a religious zealot as opposed to an anti-Christian hater.

As reported by numerous survivors of the murderous rampage,

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Pushback Against Supremes’ Same-sex “Marriage” Ruling Begins

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 29, 2015: 

No doubt anticipating what was coming in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced bills a week earlier to keep the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups exercising what is now left of their First Amendment rights. Called the First Amendment Defense Act, Lee asked rhetorically:

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Where Else but America?

This was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 3, 2015: 

Since 1979, editors at International Living’s magazine and website have offered indulgent fantasies for its readers, many of whom are looking to escape to places that are warmer, cheaper, friendlier, safer, and have cheap healthcare. Some of them have no doubt decided that the freedom fight is over, that freedom has lost, and it’s time to get out of Dodge while the getting is still good. It’s Playboy for the Boomers.

In its latest iteration of “The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2015,” they write:

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Small in Stature but Towering in Courage

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 29, 2015:

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One day in May, 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling’s boss entered her cubicle at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and told her to remove three Scriptures she had attached to her computer monitor and her walls. Sterling refused.

The next morning Sterling discovered them in her trash basket. She put them back up on her computer screen and walls and that’s when the trouble began. Her staff sergeant, a foul-mouthed former drill instructor, ordered her in no uncertain terms that were laced with obscenities to remove them. Sterling once again refused.

All was quiet for a few weeks, but then, during reviews, Sterling became aware that she was being written up for minor infractions which hadn’t happened before. She was written up for

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Gates to Boy Scouts: Prepare to Surrender

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 22, 2015: 

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Scarcely a year after his surprise inauguration as the new president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), former Pentagon chief Robert Gates told BSA leadership on Thursday to prepare to allow practicing homosexuals into leadership positions or face threats that could divide, splinter, and destroy the organization. He said: 

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Obituary for my beloved granddaughter, Ellie

 

English: Resurrection of Christ

Resurrection of Christ

 

On Friday morning, the 8th of May, Elizabeth Jayne Adelmann slipped from this world into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Ellie would have turned 16 on June 29, 2015. During her short life, her words and actions were marked with a genuine love for people and her infectious smile and brightness.  Ellie’s greatest joy was sharing the love Christ had placed in her heart with everyone she met.  She shared Christ through all her interests including speech club, ballet, horses, piano, camping and making things beautiful around her. She had an incredible gift for brightening the hardest days with her cheerful smile and treating everyone she knew like they were her favorite person, because each was truly her favorite.  Despite her struggles with diabetes and celiac disease, she had an indomitable spirit and an unshakeable faith in the goodness of God.  She could often be found singing her favorite hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.  Her favorite passage of Scripture was Psalm 23.  She loved much and trusted easily.

Ellie is survived by her parents, Russ and Sarah Adelmann, her brothers, Will, Tim and Tommy, and her sister Maggie.  She is also survived by her loving grandparents James and Lynne Worden, and Bob and Mary Adelmann, each of Colorado Springs. Her aunts and uncles Kelly and Chris Graves, Jennifer and Richard Babcock, Jim and Jennifer Worden, Cheryl Adelmann, Christie Adelmann, and Jeannette Adelmann.  And her cousins Cameron Graves, Tristram Babcock, Claire Babcock, and James Worden.

In the end, she suffered from a short, intense struggle with an infection in her brain. We would all like to thank the doctors and nurses at Denver Children’s Hospital for their tireless efforts to preserve her life and for their kindness and honesty throughout the course of her treatment.

Ellie will be dearly missed by so many.  We are all blessed to have known Ellie and shared life with her.  We look forward to the day when we are all reunited in Christ.  Through all of this, He is our only hope and our firm foundation.  For those who wish to celebrate Ellie’s life, a visitation will be held at Cappadona Funeral Home, 1020 Fillmore Street on Thursday, May 14 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Ellie’s funeral will be held on Friday, May 15th at Village Seven Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm. 4050 Nonchalant Circle, South.

For the same assurance in Heaven that Ellie has, please read the Gospel of John.

Ellie sponsored a child in Ethiopia through World Vision, and in honor of her we are asking people, in leu of flowers, to donate to World Vision in memory of Ellie.

Nat’l Black Church Initiative Breaks With PCUSA Over Same-sex Marriage

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of more than 34,000 churches comprising 15 denominations with nearly 16 million African-American members, announced on March 27 that it no longer remains “in fellowship” with the Presbyterian Church (USA) following its vote last summer to approve same-sex marriage.

Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI’s president, urged the PCUSA to repent of its sins and return to its former relationship with NBCI: 

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Atheist Group Fails Again to Remove “Under God” from the Pledge

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 9, 2015:

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The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty rejoiced over the decision of a New Jersey Superior Court last week to keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

This is the fifth time the Fund has successfully defended against attacks from groups such as the American Humanist Association (AHA) from demanding that the Pledge either be removed from public school classrooms, or that the offending words be removed from the Pledge.

Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund, noted:

“God” is not a dirty word. The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a prayer, and reciting it doesn’t magically create an official state religion. The Pledge — in the tradition of Washington’s Farewell Address or Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — is not a prayer to God but a

statement of who we are as a nation. Dissenters have every right to sit out the Pledge, but they can’t silence everyone else.

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Confronting the Murderer of my Father, by Rev. Francis Nigel Lee

 

The Christmas Spirit: Confronting the Murderer of My Father

Francis Nigel Lee – December 25, 2014

By Rev. Francis Nigel Lee (died Dec. 23, 2011)

In April 1994, I was invited to fly around the world and expound the Lord’s Prayer in the USA during September. Having acquired the plane ticket, I was much looking forward to visiting my parents in Barrydale (near Swellendam in South Africa) – on my way from Australia to America.

However, in July 1994 my father (almost 86) was robbed – and left for dead in his home. My mother (having lost her mind and the use of some of her bodily functions) was permanently hospitalised. One week after being assaulted, my father died from those injuries, in hospital and went to be with the Lord.

Upon my arrival in South Africa, I headed for Swellendam (where my mother is still in hospital). There, I was amazed to hear that the police had already apprehended a young man in connection with the death of my father, and that the young man had signed a statement alleging that he alone had attacked my father. I also learned that my father, before dying, had given a description to the police of the young man (which description is altogether in harmony with the appearance of the accused) – and that the latter was being held in jail precisely in Swellendam, while awaiting his preliminary trial just one week after my own arrival there.

I immediately contacted the jail, requesting permission to come and speak to the accused

(of whom it is alleged that he had also killed someone else even before attacking my father). The police warmly supported my request, but informed me that the accused had the right to refuse to see me. He, however – being told who I was – agreed and even requested to meet with me!

On 15th September I went to the jail, where I was told to surrender my camera and tape-recorder and any firearms I may have been carrying. I was escorted to a room where three armed policemen and their officer were doing clerical work. One minute later, the accused was brought through the door into the room – and stood there in front of me.

He was a strongly-built, medium-sized man, answering exactly to the description given by my father to the police. He stood there, just looking down at the ground. I silently prayed to God for guidance as to what to do next. Then I got up from my chair, addressed him politely by his full name, greeted him with a handshake, thanked him sincerely for granting me the interview and requested him to sit down before I again did so.

I then said: “Mr. W ——– , are they treating you well? Are you getting enough to eat here?” He replied: “Yes, thank you.” I said: “Have you peace of mind here?” He replied: “Sir, I am very unhappy. I have been praying to God in my cell for the last three nights, but it’s as if my prayers bounce back off the ceiling and don’t get through.”

I then said: “Mr W., I am the only child of the old man who was left for dead behind the front door of his house in Barrydale on 10th July – whom you are accused of having assaulted. I had been looking forward to spending a week with him in September, but as you can see this is now impossible.” The young man nodded, looked down, and said nothing.

I then continued: “Mr. W., for many years my father was not a Christian. But there came a time in his life when he turned from his sins and submitted to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. That is why he is now in heaven, and waiting for me to join him.

“I assure you, Mr. W., that if you make your peace with God – whether you die right now of a heart attack, or are put to death for murder, or die naturally later on – you too will go to heaven. I also assure you that my father, whom you are accused of having murdered, will be the first to welcome you there. However Mr. W., if you do not repent and if you die in your sins, I assure you that you will spend eternity in hell-fire and damnation – forever!

“Mr. W., whether you repent and become a Christian, or whether you harden yourself and die in your sins, know for sure that if found guilty by the court – I would want you to receive the maximum penalty. I fully support the death penalty for murder. I will plead no leniency whatsoever for you, even if you become a Christian. But I am offering you everlasting life in heaven after you die, if you will repent and come to Jesus Christ in faith.

“Mr. W., three men died on a little hill called Calvary. Two were guilty robbers, but the One in the middle, the Lord Jesus, was innocent. Robbers, as you know, include those who go around beating up old people and leaving them for dead after stealing from them. Both of those robbers jeered at the innocent Jesus, crucified between them.

“But then one of the robbers repented, turned to the other, and said: ‘We are being condemned justly. For we are receiving the punishment due for our deeds. But this man (Jesus) has done nothing amiss!’ Then the penitent robber said to Jesus: ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!’ So Jesus said to him: ‘Truly, I tell you, today you shall be with Me in paradise!’

“Mr. W., do you not see yourself as one of those two robbers next to Jesus on Calvary? Will you die in your sins and go to hell like the unrepentant robber? Or will you, like the other robber: repent of your sins, receive Jesus as your Lord, and be assured by Him that you will go to heaven when you die?

“Mr. W., if you wish, I will leave this jail right now. But if you prefer, I would be privileged to show you right now how you too can become a Christian. Which is it to be?”

Mr. W. then tried to look me in the eye. He said: “Sir, would you please show me how to become a Christian?” I then realised that the four policemen in the room had all put down their pens, had stopped working, and were straining their ears, listening to us. So I said: “Officer, could you kindly get us a Bible?”

The officer went galloping out of the room, and immediately returned with a Bible – and put it on my lap with great respect. I opened it at John 3:16, and asked Mr. W. whether he could read. When he so indicated, I handed him the Bible, and asked him to read it. Loudly and clearly, he read it out, and then said: “I am too big a sinner!” But I replied: “Mr. W., it says here: ‘whosoever’ – and that includes you too, if and when you put your trust in Jesus.”

The atmosphere was electric. All in that room felt the awesome presence of God the Holy Ghost. The silence was terrifying. Then I said: “Mr. W., will you come to Jesus?” He replied: “I will!”

So, two wicked hell-deserving sinners – myself and my father’s slayer – then went down on our knees in that jail together. I put my arm round his shoulder, and prayed first. I thanked God for our meeting, (re)confessed all my own fresh sins to the Lord, and then asked Him to have mercy on Mr. W., for Christ’s sake.

Mr. W. then prayed. He said: “Lord, I’m a miserable sinner! Please don’t let Satan destroy me! I am sorry for all my sins. Forgive me, for the sake of Jesus Who died for people like me.”

We then got up off our knees. I assured him: “Mr. W., if you really meant that, you are now my brother. In that case, here is my right hand of fellowship. I will help you in any way I can. Here is my address in Australia. If you write to me, I promise to reply to every letter you may write, for the rest of my life. When is your trial?”

He replied: “Thursday 22nd September.” I promised to pray for him on that day (when I would be overseas), that justice would be done and that he would continue to receive God’s grace whatever the outcome. I then again shook his hand and left the jail – to the astonishment of both the grateful police and the bewildered convicts there who just kept on staring at me in amazement.

Driving back to Barrydale, I praised God and sang His Psalms the whole time – realising anew that God is not dead but very much alive on this great planet earth. For God had revived my soul – and, I trust, all of those in that room in the jail.

Four days later, I visited the jail again. This time Mr. W. was waiting for me with a smile. He had been reading the Bible since I last saw him, and claimed to have peace. I urged him to speak to the other prisoners about what had happened to him, to tell the full truth at his trial, and to work and witness for the Lord for the rest of his earthly life (be it short or long).

He then prayed for both of us, thanked God for my visits, and boldly asked the Lord to bless me wherever I went (that same day to England, and thereafter to America).

God heard his prayer. In London, the Lord spoke powerfully – through my relating of the above events. In America, the effect was electrifying, and the tape-recording of my account is spreading like wildfire and producing awesome enquiries and results. I used it there, as an illustration, while preaching on the fifth petition in the Lord’s Prayer (“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors’.”).

My fellow sinner, how stands it with your soul? Are you certain you are right with God – for time and eternity? For Jesus assures us: “If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses!”

O that God would melt the heavens and come down, and touch and revive His hard-nosed children here on earth! Do you have the certainty that all your sins have been forgiven, for Christ’s sake? If not, settle this matter forthwith!

Sincerely, in the Lord’s service from a sinner saved by grace.

F. N. Lee,

Queensland Presbyterian Theological Seminary,

Brisbane, Australia. October 1994

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High-school Students Told They Could No Longer Pray During School Free Time

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 14, 2014:

In his sophomore year at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, young Christian believer Chase Windebank decided to put his free time — formerly called “home room” but now called “seminar” time — to better use than many of his classmates. “Seminar” is an open time available to students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to do what they wish: play video games, hang out with their friends, consult with their teachers, and so forth. He gathered a few of his Christian friends and, with the permission of the choir teacher, used his empty room to pray, read the Bible, sing, and talk about the world about them from a biblical perspective.

Soon upwards of 90 students were attending these informal meetings without one single word of protest from other students or the administration.

On September 29 that all changed. 

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Brooklyn Congresswoman “Threatened” by GOA’s Larry Pratt

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 25, 2014:

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Larry Pratt at a political conference in Reno, Nevada.

Following publication of a blatant hit piece by Rolling Stone on Gun Owners of America (GOA) Executive Director Larry Pratt on July 14, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), representing New York City’s boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, felt personally threatened, and called the cops. Maloney’s staff called the Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms, Paul Irving, to say that Pratt’s comments published by Rolling Stone could be taken as a

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D’Souza Should have Named it America: Imagine a World Without Zinn and Alinsky

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 23, 2014:

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Saul Alinsky

After viewing the movie and reading the book entitled America: Imagine a World without Her, one is inclined to suggest a new title. For starters, D’Souza, the author and producer of his first film 2016: Obama’s America, never explains what the world would look like without America’s presence. That is left up to the reader and viewer. He starts off badly, as well, naming his first chapter Suicide of Nation. This presumes that American citizens are doing themselves in deliberately, with malice aforethought.

But, as D’Souza shortly points out, that is hardly the case. There are evil forces afoot attempting to

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Latest Supreme Court Decision Already Impacting Prayers in Public Places

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East Carolina University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

On Thursday, May 1, an associate chemistry professor sent out his guidelines to his chemistry majors to use during their speeches upon graduation: 35 words max, and no mention of God. Here’s this from his email sent to his students at East Carolina University:

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Earth Day, 45th Edition

Earth Day

Earth Day (Photo credit: AlicePopkorn)

On nearly every calendar Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is denoted as “Earth Day”, putting it into the same category as “Presidents Day” or “Independence Day.” Indeed some consider it the most holy of secular celebrations, the culmination of 45 years of indoctrination of the theme that it’s moral to force people to go green. In a burst of excessive enthusiasm Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist icon and agreeable participant in several marriages as well as romantic relationships with other women, once wrote:

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