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Politics and the pulpit illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Indiana’s religious freedom conundrum

When Indiana’s state legislature approved a bill late last week that seeks to protect the free exercise of religion, churchmen may have been expected to bless the statute. But some won’t go there, as it appears the legislation threatens to expose an uncomfortable wound in liberal Christianity.

Illustration on Neville Chamberlain's deal with Hitler and the historical results of appeasing tyranny by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ghastly shadow of Munich

The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II.

14-month-old Zoe Buck checks out an empty voting booth as at her mother, Julie Buck, votes at left on Nov. 4 at the Alaska Zoo polling place in Anchorage, Alaska. (Associated Press)

The mandatory voting panacea

President Obama recently suggested that mandatory voting could cure some of the ills of American democracy. Mr. Obama observed that compelling everyone to vote is one way to “encourage more participation” — perhaps the same way that the specter of prison sentences encourages more people to pay taxes. While there are many good reasons to oppose mandatory voting, compulsory balloting could help Americans recognize what their political system has become.

Illustration on tragedy in the midst of Spring's renewal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When tragedy stalks the season of hope

Tragedy never takes a holiday, and the days just overflowed with fear and grief. A German airliner crashes into the French Alps, and then three buildings in the East Village of New York collapse after a basement explosion, days after a hot plate left unattended to warm food sets fire to a house in Brooklyn, and six of eight children die. Suddenly there’s no room in our hearts and minds to think about political tragedy that may be playing out in the Middle East.

U.S. manufacturing jobs illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Returning to ‘Made in the USA’

Now that the presidential race is in full swing, it’s time for robust talking about issues and creating awareness about problems, which only seem to come to light when the American public is focused choosing a new national leader.

Illustration on corruption behind Cover Oregon by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Adding corruption to Obamacare incompetence

Deception and unaccountability have plagued Obamacare from the start. First, millions of Americans found out that, contrary to promises, they couldn’t keep the health insurance plans they liked. Then a botched website rollout spoiled the law’s enrollment debut. Now, in the law’s first real tax season, the federal government sent 800,000 enrollees incorrect tax forms.

Plane passengers murdered illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When evil flies as co-pilot

Ask yourself this question: When you hear that Andreas Lubitz was “depressed” and had “mental illness,” what additional information does this give anyone about the miserable miscreant who killed 149 innocent people by setting an Airbus A320 on a trajectory to crash into the French Alps? Or how to stop the next one?

Illustration on the waning of sexual political scandals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sex among the goofballs

What is going on in American politics of late? There has not emerged a truly goofball politician since Anthony Weiner, the congressman and later New York mayoral candidate who could not resist sending pictures of his private part so frequently and to so many women, that it really was no longer a private part but rather a public spectacle. Go ahead, Google it. In fact, Yahoo it. My guess is there are dozens of pictures of Mr. Weiner’s public private part all over the Internet.

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Illustration on Obamacare's fifth anniversary by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obamacare's five years of failure

On March 23, 2010, exactly five years ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Virtually no one had actually read the law, and still fewer understood the full implications of a government takeover of health insurance markets. Now, five years later, we are experiencing these effects firsthand.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. on Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

A bureaucracy at bay

No department of the government has a mission more important than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), created after Sept. 11, 2001 to defend and protect the towns and cities, the farms and factories of the American homeland. It ought to be one of the most attractive places in Washington to work, inspired by pride and sacrifice to deliver a job well done. But it isn't. It's one of the worst.

Mandatory voting illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Vote — or else

It's not enough to propose liberal ideas. Eventually, you must use force against your fellow citizens if they don't embrace them. Coercion is at the heart of the liberal enterprise.

Hillary good news/bad news illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats need Hillary, but do they want her?

Democrats need Hillary Clinton in 2016, but increasingly are asking if they want her. Democrats need someone who can take the focus off President Obama and smooth over their growing intraparty split and Hillary is their one candidate who potentially could do both. However, Mrs. Clinton's penchant for unforced errors leaves Democrats wondering if the reward she could bring, is worth the risk she will bring.

FILE - In this  July 27, 2005 file photo, a temple to the Shamash sun god still stands over 1,750 years after the Sassanian empire razed the Mesopotamian city of Hatra, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's minister of tourism and antiquities told The Associated Press, Saturday, March 7, 2015, that the government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northwestern Iraq is being demolished by militants from the Islamic State group. The group has already looted artifacts from Nimrud, another ancient archaeological site, on Friday and bulldozed it in a move UNESCO deemed "a war crime." (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)

Islam bulldozes the past

The ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan points as he speaks to supporters in  Yola, Nigeria,   Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

Nigeria on the brink

Nigeria’s opposition candidate supports ‘agitation’ in support of Sharia law.

'Hard-line' alternative is destruction

President Obama must reconcile himself to more "hard-line" leadership from newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Imagine — Israel, a nation the size of New Jersey, elected a "hard-line" government just because it has a toxic mix of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Rape of Nanking and the Spanish Inquisition on its borders and 1.3 billion contentious, ungovernable neighbors. The morning after the Israeli election the Tunisian Parliament was shot up. Just another day in the non-Israeli Middle East.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, watches Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo demonstrate, along with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation "Miraikan" Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mori during her visit to the the museum in Tokyo, Monday, March 9, 2015. Merkel is in Japan on Monday and Tuesday as part of a series of bilateral meetings with G-7 leaders ahead of a June summit in Germany. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

On the planet of the apps

Barack Obama promised that his presidency would be a time of "hope and change," and he made good on half of it. Hope is still missing, but there's plenty of change. Mr. Obama might say that Americans are still clinging to the God and guns of the past and do not appreciate the whirlwind we're reaping. The unfolding trends are stretching the boundaries of human identity in ways Mr. Obama and his "progressives" (as liberals want to be called now) could not have imagined. Yogi Berra warned us that "the future ain't what it used to be."

Illustration on skepticism in response to fad panics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of doubt

Recently, I had the displeasure of seeing the new documentary titled "Merchants of Doubt." The film's argument is the same as virtually every other left-wing schlockumentary that pops up on Netflix these days: Evil corporate interests are standing against positive social change.

Princess land Bir Tawil illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to create a kingdom of freedom

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily wanted to be a princess. Not wanting to disappoint her, Mr. Heaton traveled from Abingdon, Virginia, early last summer to an area of unclaimed land in Africa, planted a flag and declared it the "Kingdom of North Sudan." Mr. Heaton is the would-be king; his daughter by rights would become a princess.

Illustration on Obama's assault on America by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

America’s time for atonement

Tense relations between the White House and Congress aren't unusual, and certainly not new. Yet over the past month they've hit lows not seen since President Clinton's impeachment trial.

Ensure records returned

Some 60 years ago, as the result of an automobile accident it became known that a government official was carrying secret materials in the trunk of his car. That was considered a big scandal at the time. Now we learn that the last three secretaries of state did not certify the return of classified materials in their possession ("State Dept.: 'No record' of signed document from Hillary Clinton affirming records turned over," Web, March 10).

Obama Minion Janet Yellen Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Telltale sign of a faltering economy

You could almost see the assembled press corps' faces drop when the Fed's Open Market Committee said it wanted to see "further improvement" in the U.S. labor market before raising interest rates.