STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Wow! Jackie Dailey Cottrell has been with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) for 18 years. Jackie has been Roberts’ Chief of Staff since 2003 and before that served as his Deputy Chief of Staff and as his Press Secretary. But Cottrell is now stepping down from the helm of the retiring Republican senator’s staff.

Jackie Cottrell is retiring as Chief of Staff for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)(Screenshot from Facebook)

“When I accepted the job with then-Congressman Pat Roberts 25 years ago, I could never have imagined the doors he would have opened for me,” Cottrell told WIBW-13.

“He trusted me to make decisions. He empowered me to aim high and achieve results. He gave me a seat at the table early on when women were still often sitting on the back benches on Capitol Hill. There’s no way to express my gratitude for the public service career I’ve had or the history I have been able to witness,” Cottrell said. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”

Scientific Reasoning vs. Religious Faith: The Fight that Should Have Never Been

Science is King on Capitol Hill, and religion is old news, at best. At least that’s a commonly heard view. The following Here’s The Thing post is a logical, thoughtful assessment of why science and faith never should have been put in opposite corners.

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There is a common notion that science and faith work against one another. Many people believe that the more science a person understands, the less religion that person will need. The more one reasons their way through life, the less they will need faith to cope with life’s ups and downs.

While many people have found a satisfying balance between their scientific reasoning and their religious faith, Atheist author Sam Harris describes the conflict in more absolute terms.

The truth, however, is that the conflict between religion and science is unavoidable. The success of science often comes at the expense of religious dogma; the maintenance of religious dogma always comes at the expense of science.[1]

In other words, faith has no place for science, and science has no use for faith. The more we have of one, the less we can have–or should have–of the other. Therefore, there is…

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Three Secrets To The Culture Wars

Aussie blogger and pastor Kurt Mahlburg is a perceptive observer of politics and culture in America, Great Britain and Down Under. You may not agree with everything he says, but he’s definitely worth reading for those with  intellectually honest and open minds.

Screenshot from Mahlburg blog.

“It’s been many decades since the term culture wars was dubbed, and the label is now more relevant than ever. What began as a reasoned debate on issues like abortion, multiculturalism and homosexuality has turned into a hearts-and-minds battle for the soul of our civilization.

“The rapid growth of the culture wars vocab is evidence enough of this.

“We’re all familiar with terms like ‘identity politics,’ ‘white privilege’ and ‘virtue signalling.’ But have you heard of deplatformingcancel culturered-pilledsafe spacescisnormativity, or Trump derangement syndrome? Most importantly, do you know what it means to be woke?

“It’s not easy keeping up with the jargon. Actually, it would be far safer to let others fight the culture wars. This is especially true now that people make a sport of branding others with so many exotic new phobias …

Go here for the rest of “Three Secrets to the Culture Wars.”

If Jesus Didn’t Die On The Cross, There Was No Resurrection, Either

There are those who insist Jesus didn’t really die on the cross. If that’s true, then everything else claimed about the life and significance of His life is cast into doubt.

But is it the most reasonable conclusion that Jesus was not dead when His body was taken down from the cross, based upon the available evidence? Former NBC “Dateline” cold-case expert J. Warner Wallace doesn’t think so and he makes a compelling case in the following video.

Before you click on the video, though, ask yourself if you have ever touched a dead body. Odds are most of you reading this will say no. It’s not the common experience for regular folks. But it’s a VIP question, as Wallace explains:


 

Are Christians Crazy?

Well, they are often accused of being crazy for believing, among other things, that God became a man, lived a perfect life, was tried and executed for blasphemy, then rose again three days later and now sits on the right hand of God the Father.

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But how crazy is it, asks Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press, to believe something can come from nothing, naturally? Or that life can be produced by non-life without a miraculous element?

And maybe just for giggles, let’s ask ourselves how big a stretch is it, really, to believe billions of years ago fish flopped out of the water onto the land and evolved into … donkeys? And how did that original flip provide an evolutionary advantage?


 

‘Separation Of Church And State’ May Not Mean What You Think It Does

It’s found nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, yet the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state” is the core truism at the heart of most media and official discussions of religion and government.

Ideas do indeed have consequences. As Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman explains in the following video from Prager U, Thomas Jefferson’s phrase in a letter to an association of Northern Baptist churches in 1802 has been producing good and bad consequences since a 1947 Supreme Court decision.


 

Data Prompts Second Thoughts About The ‘Soulmate’ Model Of Marriage And Family

W. Bradford Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies examines the data on marital happiness and related factors since 1950 and finds that the prevailing academic view of how to ensure a happy marriage hasn’t worked.

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Think about it: Would you rather have a spouse you know will be by your side no matter what happens in life (all that “till death do us part” stuff) or a spouse who stays with you as long as the soulmate ideal works?