500 years ago today: The birth of Protestantism

by Bill Federer -- On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions on the door of Wittenberg Church, which began the movement known as "the Reformation." more…

Statue of Liberty: Still a beacon of freedom?

by Bill Federer -- The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was dedicated Oct. 28, 1886. Standing 305 feet above the pedestal base, the 450,000-lb. statue was a gift from France. Earlier more…

The 2nd Amendment's very ancient roots

by Bill Federer -- In September of 1774, Dr. Joseph Warren wrote the Suffolk Resolves.British statesman Edmund Burke cited the Suffolk Resolves as a major development in colonial animosity, which eventually led more…

United Nations: Bad outcome of a good idea?

by Bill Federer -- The United Nations officially began Oct. 24, 1945. Its name was coined by President Franklin Roosevelt. The United Nations was created to prevent future wars. Unfortunately, there have more…

How earlier presidents responded to terror threats

by Bill Federer -- Shocking reports reveal Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and Boko Haram fighters in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa beheading, kidnapping, enslaving and displacing millions of Christians, Kurds and other minorities. more…

Sam Houston: As big as legend suggests

by Bill Federer -- At age 16, Sam Houston ran off to live with Cherokee Indians on the Tennessee River in 1809. His great great-grandfather, Sir John Houston, had an estate in more…

Whatever happened to duty as a virtue?

by Bill Federer -- In 1794, British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary Islands in 1797. He captured six and destroyed seven more…