The pulpit is responsible for all these problems

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2324325" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Charles Finney[/caption] Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America's founders, more…

6 million killed before this dictator found God

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_106589" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Napoleon Bonaparte[/caption] After the French Revolution, a slave revolt resulted in France's loss of Haiti (Saint-Domingue), one of the world's main producers of sugar. more…

70 years ago: Japanese emperor
announces surrender

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1978995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry S. Truman[/caption] V-J Day, Aug. 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman stated at a news conference announcing the end of World War II: more…

H.G. Wells: 'Lusty, shifty leader' unworthy of praise

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2313335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] H.G. Wells[/caption] "New Jersey is being invaded by Martians!" exclaimed actor Orson Welles. He was reading the script of a 1938 radio drama based more…

This song almost became our national anthem

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2309875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Katherine Lee Bates[/caption] "O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain ..." Almost chosen as the national anthem in 1926, "America the more…

America's fight against creeping atheism

by Bill Federer -- In an attempt to warn the nation, the Democrat congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr., read into the U.S. Congressional Record, Jan. 10, 1963, the list of more…

Things you never knew about Herbert Hoover

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2303295" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herbert Hoover[/caption] Herbert Hoover was born Aug. 10, 1874. His Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend's meetings before dying when he more…

'Race against time' to prove Oregon worthwhile

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2303125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marcus Whitman leaving home on his winter ride to save Oregon[/caption] In 1831, three Nez Perce Indians and one Flathead Indian traveled from the more…

Political corruption: When ends
justify the means

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2302755" align="aligncenter" width="600"] President Nixon during Watergate scandal[/caption] White House scandals have been motivated by greed, love of power, lust or a conviction that one's political agenda more…

'A religious awe seemed to pervade the country'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2291845" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Great Awakening[/caption] In his "Memorandum Book," Jefferson noted: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian church, more…