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Jesus, a Militia, and a Donkey - Palm Sunday Leave a comment Read more »

Jesus, a Militia, and a Donkey – Palm Sunday

The Political World of Jesus By Joseph Ellis The gap between religion and the public sphere is pretty immense. That probably explains why Palm Sunday was difficult to understand growing up. In church we hear how Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem on a young donkey,…


Is There a Moral Case for Taxing the Rich More? Leave a comment Read more »

Is There a Moral Case for Taxing the Rich More?

Class warfare–the imbalance of entitlement. By Joseph Ellis Why should the rich pay more taxes? This is a question many people have been asking lately, and an issue recently addressed by President Obama. If a person works hard for the wealth he or she has,…


Tax Benefits: Difficult to Quantify Sometimes 1 Comment Read more »

Tax Benefits: Difficult to Quantify Sometimes

Why we need to pay taxes By Joseph Ellis There is a lot of debate surrounding taxes these days. I suppose it is unsurprising given our propensities as human beings to guard whatever we possess. This instinctive reaction is so strong it has lead some…


Conservative, Liberal, and Correctness 2 Comments Read more »

Conservative, Liberal, and Correctness

Is there room for a difference? By Joseph Ellis “If people really thought about it they would see that I am right.” There is a prevalent idea that if people thought about something logically, used just a little common sense, they would come to the same conclusions…


8 Years Old When The Terrorists Struck: Afghanistan 2001-? 2 Comments Read more »

8 Years Old When The Terrorists Struck: Afghanistan 2001-?

Let’s Bring Our Troops Home. By Joseph Ellis There are many reasons to end our wars abroad. Our men and women are in harms way, the goals are vague, and we face difficult budget decisions. However, something recently struck me when thinking about the war…


Utah, Immigrants, and a Tea Party Leave a comment Read more »

Utah, Immigrants, and a Tea Party

Utah takes a surprisingly moderate approach toward immigration. By Joseph Ellis Count me as among the surprised by the recent immigration bill passed in Utah (HB116). The tone in this state has always been negative toward illegal immigrants (overwhelmingly Hispanic) ever since I can remember;…


Obama: The Land From Which I Was Birth(er)ed Leave a comment Read more »

Obama: The Land From Which I Was Birth(er)ed

Obama, Birthers, and The Land That I Love By Joe Ellis Presidential elections have been interesting in the last decade to say the least. From Bush/Gore to Obama/McCain/Palin, the field has been rife with stories, debate, and debacle that boggle the mind. Few, however, have…


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