This is why America has freedom of religion

by Bill Federer -- Ten years before William Shakespeare died, the colony of Virginia was named for the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth. Virginia's first charter stated, April 10, 1606: "Greatly commending ... their more…

The man who keeps God in government

by Bill Federer -- U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003. Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is: "Chaplain's Office – Throughout the years, the United States Senate more…

This government building has shocking décor

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3142084" align="aligncenter" width="598"] 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…

How well did Shakespeare know his Bible?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1927525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Shakespeare with his family[/caption] Miguel de Cervantes fought the Muslim Ottoman Turks at the battle of Lepanto in 1571. In 1575, he was more…

Government a 'joke' long before Will Rogers quip

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3209904" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Oklahoma land rush[/caption] Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed more…

According to Mark Twain, what is patriotism?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2682095" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain[/caption] "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning 12-feet-deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Growing up on the more…

Getting expelled from Yale didn't stop this man

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1916025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] David Brainerd[/caption] Born in Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on July more…

'Best, most effective way' to enslave people

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1915875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paul Revere's ride[/caption] The sun never set on the British Empire. It was the largest empire in world history. Out of nearly 200 countries more…

The Pilgrims wouldn't leave Holland without this

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3198524" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 'Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620,' by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899[/caption] William Brewster is portrayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda holding an open Bible, more…

This famous man warned against evils of debt

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1904265" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Benjamin Franklin[/caption] On April 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and more…