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Presidential Proclamations: Some Chief Executive Thoughts For The Holiday

Editor's Note: Today's blog is a re-publication of an item that originally appeared on Presidents' Day 2012.

Today is Presidents’ Day. Celebrate by reading some great presidential classics of religious liberty!

Start with George Washington’s letter to Touro Synagogue, one of the most succinct statements ever issued about religious liberty.

Wishy-Washy Walker: Wisc. Governor Refuses To Answer Question On Evolution

Today is Darwin Day, which some people observe in order to celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science. So this seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that even 156 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, some politicians are still struggling with the concept of evolution – and trying to force creationism into public schools. Read more

Outrage Manufacturers: Far Right Uses Prayer Breakfast Comments To Fuel Its Ongoing Anti-Obama Crusade

Right on cue, the right wing is in high dudgeon over comments President Barack Obama made during last week’s National Prayer Breakfast that are supposedly anti-Christian and offensive.

The president was pointing out that the terror and bloodshed of groups like ISIS is hardly unique from an historical perspective. Read more

Change Of Heart: Wisc. Voucher Pioneer Grew Disillusioned With ‘School Choice’

In 1949, five domestic house cats were introduced to tiny Marion Island, which is off the coast of South Africa, in an effort to control the local mouse population. By 1977, the cat population had ballooned to 3,400, placing the local species of birds in danger of extinction.

It’s an old story: something that was intended to solve a problem instead creates a host of new ones. Read more

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