The empire Mark Twain thought 'richly deserved' destruction

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2682095" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain[/caption] Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born Nov. 30, 1835. His first popular story was "The more…

C.S. Lewis: From atheist to devout believer

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3906611" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Child reading C.S. Lewis[/caption] His death went unnoticed, as he died the same day John F. Kennedy was shot. His books are some of more…

Author asks: What is the Unpardonable Sin?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4632969" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Nathaniel Hawthorne[/caption] President Franklin Pierce placed the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1856. Born Nov. 23, 1804, Franklin Pierce, was elected more…

The rocky beginnings of modern Israel

by Bill Federer -- In 1898, Sultan Abdul Hamid II purchased rifles from Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II for use in liquidating Turkey's Armenian population in exchange for granting Germany rights to build more…

How Muslim violence shaped world history

by Bill Federer -- In 12 years after Mohammed's death, 632-644 A.D., Muslim jihadists conquered the Eastern Roman Empire, Syria, Palestine, Eastern Anatolia, Armenia, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt and North Africa. Muslim more…

Former slaves, these women had 1 thing in common

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4632063" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sojourner Truth - Harriet Tubman[/caption] Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until sold around the age of 9, more…

Why the Founding Fathers were against the feds

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2183125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Signing of the Declaration of Independence[/caption] Did anti-federalists foresee the likes of Castro, Kim Jong-un, King Abdullah, Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, more…

Days of Thanksgiving: A rare thing among nations

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4631417" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Detail of the 1914 Jennie Brownscombe painting "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth."[/caption] The Pilgrims fled England because of religious persecution and lived in Leiden, more…

What happens if Islam 'wins'?

by Bill Federer -- On Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The youngest president ever elected, being 43 years old, he was more…