Articles By: Doug Carter

A nativity scene in Portland, Oregon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Why Nativity Scenes Matter in the Public Square

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he explained that our freedoms come from God. “All men are created equal,” he says, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” A nativity display on government property reminds us that all humans have unalienable rights- rights which cannot legitimately be taken away- because these rights come from God.

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Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution.

Democracies, Republics, and Human Dignity

One of the most concerning failures of our generation is that our children, and even many of our politicians, do not know the difference between a democracy and a republic. As a college-level ethics instructor, I always ask, “What form of government do we have in America?” I am lucky if three out of a hundred high school graduates can correctly answer with “republic” or “constitutional republic”.

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Thomas Robert Malthus

Forward: The Intentional Limits to Growth

Are you still trying to figure out what the President’s campaign slogan, “Forward” means? In 1798, Thomas Malthus’ “An Essay on the First Principles of Population” became the precursor to countless evils and the justification for murdering millions of people. Malthus’ ideology was kept in check in a world governed chiefly by the Judeo-Christian worldview.

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The Apotheosis of Washington.

The Nativity vs. The Apotheosis: Injustice at Christmas

This week a nativity scene on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina became the latest casualty in the war on Christmas. The move follows a trend of systematically removing nativity displays from public property. Just ask residents in Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, Clarksville, Tennessee, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Charleston, South Carolina, and Green Bay, Wisconsin about the recent controversies surrounding their public nativity displays.

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