'If there is no God, everything is permitted'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1965945" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Niccolò Machiavelli[/caption] The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died May 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw more…

Six words that stopped Roman gladiator battles

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1952865" align="alignright" width="600"] Gladiators in Rome[/caption] There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries, and Emperor Diocletian's was the worst. When Diocletian had more…

Napoleon: 'Everything in Christ astonishes me'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1952145" align="alignright" width="600"] Napoleon crowning Josephine[/caption] Spain claimed most of North America by virtue of first discovery by Desoto and Coronado. Since the area had little gold, more…

'Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1947215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Capturing last Confederate stronghold in Gulf of Mexico[/caption] "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" yelled Admiral David Farragut, who had lashed himself atop the more…

Circumstances under which tyranny is impossible

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1947045" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James Monroe[/caption] Leading the charge at the Battle of Trenton, a musket ball struck his shoulder, hitting an artery. He recovered and continued to more…

'Radical' Republican president righted wrongs

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1941195" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ulysses S. Grant[/caption] Born April 27, 1822, into a Methodist family in Ohio, he was nominated at age 17 for a position at West more…

'Opinions of men are not the object of government'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1941025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Landing at Cape Henry, 1607[/caption] Thomas Jefferson wrote in his "Autobiography" (1821): "The first settlers of Virginia were Englishmen, loyal subjects to their King more…

A time when Senate affirmed faith in God

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1940835" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Prayer at First Continental Congress[/caption] U.S. Senate chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003. Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is: "Chaplain's more…

America's archive reflects America's faith

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1928335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Library of Congress[/caption] The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with over 118 million items on more than 500 miles more…

What happens when the devil quotes Scripture?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1927525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Shakespeare with his family[/caption] The U.S. District Court decision Crockett v. Sorenson (W.D. Va. 1983) stated: "The First Amendment was never intended to more…