'God Bless America' an expression of gratitude

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1991565" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Song composer Irving Berlin[/caption] The son of a rabbi, he was born May 11, 1888. At four years old, he immigrated with his family more…

'If God be for us, who can be against us?'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1991165" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Capture of Fort Ticonderoga[/caption] New France began in 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed, seeking a sea route to Asia. Jacques Cartier described more…

'The hand that rocks the cradle' rules the world

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1990835" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day[/caption] Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The more…

Communism based on 'fierce and terrible fanaticism'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1978995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry S. Truman[/caption] In poor health, Franklin Roosevelt wrote on April 5, 1945, to King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, promising not to recognize a more…

'Communists have to eliminate God from the system'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1978525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sailor kissing nurse on VJ Day, Aug. 14, 1945[/caption] World War II in Europe ended on VE Day (Victory-in-Europe), May 7, 1945. National Socialist more…

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…