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…

How well did Shakespeare know his Bible?

by Bill Federer -- Miguel de Cervantes fought the Muslim Ottoman Turks at the battle of Lepanto in 1571. In 1575, he was captured by Muslim Barbary pirates and held as a more…

According to Mark Twain, what is patriotism?

by Bill Federer -- "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning 12-feet-deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Growing up on the Mississippi, Clemens left school at age 12 when his more…

The Pilgrims wouldn't leave Holland without this

by Bill Federer -- William Brewster is portrayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda holding an open Bible, in the painting "Embarkation of the Pilgrims." William Brewster is also portrayed in the Rotunda more…