When business mixed with religion

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1978335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Purchase of Manhattan[/caption] When Spain and Portugal forced Sephardic Jews to flee, some went to the Netherlands, which was Europe's center of religious toleration. more…

Our Constitution prevents bloodthirsty government

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1974885" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ferdinand Maximilian I of Mexico[/caption] Napoleon made an alliance with the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1806 and Persia in 1807. In 1807, Napoleon invaded more…

Ridiculing Founding Fathers 'is national suicide'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1967085" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William McGuffey[/caption] Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations of more…

A man appreciated for 'goodness, purity of soul'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1966765" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James McHenry[/caption] The Star-Spangled Banner was written while the British bombed Fort McHenry, named after Secretary of War James McHenry. Dr. James McHenry served more…

'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…