Madeleine McCann

In May 2007, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment bedroom in Portugal while the family was on vacation. The little girl hasn’t been seen since. Madeleine would be thirteen years old now. Who’s responsible? No one knows. I’ve mostly avoided the ongoing news story of Madeleine’s kidnapping, but for whatever it’s worth, here is…

License to Drive

I recently learned about a new anti-government movement called traveling, or “the right to travel.” Included in that phrase is the so-called “right” to drive – without a valid license. Adherents of this movement claim that the right to travel, i.e. drive, is a vital part of sovereignty, “as fundamental to our existence as the right…

Dixie: The Confederate Flag

I was born and reared in Dixie. But I’m not a Confederate sympathizer. In 1862, three of my ancestors left Knoxville to join the Union army in Kentucky. They were later captured and sent to the Confederate prisons Belle Isle (Virginia) and Andersonville (Georgia), where two died. The third was paroled, hospitalized, and sent home.…

Duggar Justice

A fourteen-year-old boy sexually molests his sisters and other teen girls. Then he tells his parents. The dad obstructs justice by waiting one year to reveal his son’s felony crimes to the police. But the police don’t arrest either one. A state trooper just gives the son a stern talk. Three years later, the police conduct…

Duggar Hypocrisy

Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and a married father of three, resigned from his position at the Family Research Council yesterday after In Touch Magazine revealed sexual molestation allegations from 2006. Then TLC cancelled the Duggar family’s seven-year television program 19 Kids and Counting. In 2002, at the age…

Satirizing Islam

“If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Parents give this advice to their children in order to teach them good manners and help them avoid the repercussions of mean words. However, obeying such advice is censorship, which all too often we dislike. We want to exercise our God-given freedom of speech…

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002), from Plough Publishing, is a collection of twenty European and American Christmas tales with woodcut illustrations. Five stories came from Plough’s Behold that Star: A Christmas Anthology (1966). Some authors were familiar to me: Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlof, Madeleine L’Engle, Katherine Paterson, and Henry van Dyke.…