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Doug Newman is a New Jersey native who has lived in Colorado since 1995. He hosts a Christian, Libertarian web page called The Fountain of Truth. He writes for several pro-freedom web pages. He is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve and works in sales to support his punditry habit.

 

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It Takes a Police State to Raise a Child
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Doug Newman 2006-10-03 15:00
In the aftermath of Wednesday's hostage taking and murder-suicide at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, I can just hear all the gun grabbers proclaiming that it only goes to show that we cannot tolerate guns in -- or anywhere near -- schools. Well, one of their dream bills has just been passed by Congress.
What's Wrong With Education? It's the Government, Stupid!
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Doug Newman 2006-03-13 16:00
The recent brouhaha over Colorado high school teacher Jay Bennish is just one more in a long litany of reasons that the government needs to get out of the education business altogether. Bennish teaches geography at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver and less than a mile from where this column originates. He has just returned to the classroom after...
It's Your War! You Go Fight It!
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Doug Newman 2006-02-07 16:00
According to the Denver Rocky Mountain News, a survey of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, just west of Denver, revealed that 25 percent of them opted out of allowing military recruiters to contact them. This is up from 13 percent one year before. In highly affluent Douglas County, south of Denver, the number is 55 percent.
D.C. & Vegas: A Tale of Two Sin Cities
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Doug Newman 2005-12-04 16:00
For most of my life I had no interest in visiting Las Vegas. I do not gamble and I thought that if I had seen one neon light I had seen them all. Alas, I was wrong. I have been to Vegas twice in two years and I have enjoyed it quite a bit. While I am not morally superior to anyone, I do not partake in the city's steamier entertainment offerings. However, I do allow myself...
Civil Disobedience: A Christian Value
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Doug Newman 2005-06-21 15:00
In 1940, at Dunkirk, on the northern coast of France, a British military officer sent a telegram to London consisting of the following three words: "But if not." The person in London who read the telegram recognized this as a reference to the Old Testament (Daniel 3:17-18, KJV): "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery...
Churches Promote the Worst Forms of Tyranny
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Doug Newman 2005-06-12 15:00
The Supreme Court's recent ruling in the case of Gonzales v. Raich, asserting the supremacy of federal laws prohibiting the use of medicinal marijuana over state laws allowing such use, was reprehensible for a whole variety of reasons. (1) While I will not go into all of them here ' indeed, I could write a book on the subject ' I want to focus on the Christian response. Let...
Let's Put Military Recruiters in Churches!
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Doug Newman 2005-06-05 15:00
Joseph Sobran, with whom I almost always agree, recently wrote a column on the absence of any real contemporary anti-war movement. In it, he cited three differences between 2005 and 1968. * The casualty rate is lower. * Today's 18-21 year olds are not worried about being drafted. * The opposition to this war that does exist is not part of any larger...
Memorial Day 2005: Are We Even Worthy?
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Doug Newman 2005-05-30 15:00
It's Memorial Day in America. Officially, we set aside this day to remember those soldiers, sailors, airman and Marines who have died in the defense of our freedom. Culturally, like any other holiday, it has devolved into one more reason for sleeping late on Monday, cookouts, camping trips, ballgames and sales at the mall. Yet, while we may take a few moments in solemn remembrance of those who...
Seduced by Bush: It Must Be the Church Water
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Doug Newman 2005-05-26 15:00
When this writer last reported on the First Family, daughter Jenna was gyrating around in a thong at a Lower Manhattan night spot. Since then, First Lady Laura Bush has informed the White House Correspondents Association dinner that she, Lynne Cheney and Condoleezza Rice recently had girls' night out at Chippendales, a famous strip club featuring male dancers.
When It Is Time to Hang the Christians...
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Doug Newman 2005-05-17 15:00
Lenin once remarked that, 'When it is time to hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope.' Westerners, he maintained, were so na've about his intentions that they would provide him the means to destroy them. Some latter day Lenin, scheming to usher in a one-world government, must, at this point, be thinking that, 'When it is time to hang the Christians, they will sell us the rope.' Too many...
Dignity, Honor and 'Da Butt Dance'
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Doug Newman 2005-04-12 15:00
(Warning: what follows may appear a bit risqu'. However it is not intended gratuitously. Rather, it is to illustrate a point about the capabilities of government.) After eight years of Clintonian debauchery, the election of George W. Bush provided relief to many. How often have you heard that Our Great Christian President has brought 'dignity and honor' back to the Oval Office?
Jihad for Jesus: Faith-Based Imperialism
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Doug Newman 2005-03-08 16:00
Can fundamentalist Muslims take over the world? As we enter the Twenty-first Century, are we witnessing an apocalyptic clash of civilizations? The answer to both questions is NO. Recently, I was feeling rather wonkish, and I compiled some data on the economic and military might of the United States relative to that of the Arab and Muslim world. The results were astounding.
Just What Does 'Tyranny's End' Really Mean?
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Doug Newman 2005-01-30 16:00
The headline on USA Today's web site said, 'Bush: Tyranny's End a Major Commitment.' Cool, man! I'm down with that. Bring it on! Does "tyranny's end" mean: An end to the income tax? An end to social security?
Dumbing Down the Church
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Doug Newman 2005-01-20 16:00
In 2003, the Barna Research Group released a well publicized study indicating that only about 10 percent of Christian students possessed a biblical worldview. (1) I was reminded of this after talking with a friend recently after church. My friend is not a political person, which probably speaks well of her. However, she seemed perplexed when I calmly implied that it was an outrage that Uncle Sam...
Christian Compassion That Kills
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Doug Newman 2004-12-07 16:00
To hear a lot of Christians tell it, the re-election of George W. Bush constituted a 'mandate' for Christian values and compassionate conservatism. Meanwhile, out in the real world, Mr. Dana May of Aurora, Colorado ' where this essay originates ' surely has much to say about our president's Christian values and compassion. I have never met Mr. May, but I recently read of him in the Denver Rocky...
Is America a Sudan Waiting to Happen?
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Doug Newman 2004-07-25 15:00
Freiheit stirbt in kleinen Teilen. Freedom dies in little pieces. -- German proverb. Every now and then, I get one of those ooey-gooey e-mails about what a Wonderful Christian President we have, and how it is the duty of every American Christian to stand behind him. It is not for me to judge Dubya's relationship with his Maker any more than I would judge that of Bill Clinton...
America Is Not a Free Country
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Doug Newman 2004-06-30 15:00
Independence Day is upon us. This July 4 we celebrate the 228th anniversary of our independence from Britain and our birth as a free nation. We watch fireworks, go to barbecues, go camping (at tax-funded state and national parks), go to baseball games (in tax-funded stadiums) and hear endless talk about how goldurned wonderful it is that we live in a free country. Or do we live in a free country...
Why You Shouldn"t Disarm Crazy People
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Doug Newman 2004-06-20 15:00
Time and again, non-libertarians tell me something along the lines of the following: 'A lot of the libertarian philosophy sounds good. In fact, I agree with a lot of it. However, that whole libertarian gun thing has me a little uneasy. I mean, there are so many crazy people out there. You can't just let everyone have a gun.' Herewith is my response. I will begin by using four scenarios to...
1-2-3 What Are We Fighting For?
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Doug Newman 2004-06-02 15:00
1-2-3 What are we fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn. The next stop is Vietnam . 5-6-7 Open up the pearly gates. It ain't no time to wonder why. Yippee! We're all going to die. -- Country Joe and the Fish I write this just after Memorial Day weekend. I cannot help being reminded of the above tune made famous at Woodstock. What, pray tell, are we...
Should Christians Always Obey Their Government?
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Doug Newman 2004-05-09 15:00
Two things happened this week ' one in the news and one around lunch after church ' that centered on the following question: Should Christians always obey their government? The first event happened in Canada. The governor general of Canada signed into law a bill adding sexual orientation as a protected category under Canada's hate-crimes laws. It carries a penalty of up to five years in prison....
Pat Tillman: He Lifted a Finger
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Doug Newman 2004-04-28 15:00
Last week's death in Afghanistan of professional-football-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman was a horrible tragedy. The real noteworthiness of his death lay not so much in his occupation prior to enlisting, but rather in his willingness to do what so many in America today are not willing to do: lift a finger. Tillman's demise brought to mind two recent e-mails I have received. The first...
The Marriage Amendment: Both Sides Have It Wrong
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Doug Newman 2004-04-04 15:00
When I was growing up somewhere in the swamps of Jersey, I had a friend who said the following whenever an issue was blown out of proportion: 'Do you have to make a federal issue out of it?' Such was my reaction when I first heard about the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The text of the amendment reads as follows: "Marriage in the...
How About a National "Do Not Tax" List?
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Doug Newman 2004-03-23 16:00
Recently, I was reminded of the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry. It got my wheels turning about how silly this whole anti-telemarketing crusade really is. Telemarketers are nuisances, but they can be dealt with very easily. All you have to do is hang up the phone. If you want to tell them to #*@% off, it is your prerogative and no one can punish you for doing so. Governments are different. I...
George W. Bush: Seeing the Big Picture
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Doug Newman 2004-02-05 16:00
If you are not familiar with Pastor Chuck Baldwin, you should be. Especially if you are a Christian and you consider yourself a conservative. Baldwin pastors the Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, and writes a twice-weekly column examining political issues from a truly biblical and conservative viewpoint. Baldwin is not your typical go-along-to-get-along commentator. Rather than...
Does God Want Bush Reelected?
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Doug Newman 2004-01-04 16:00
A bumper sticker one often sees along Colorado's Front Range asks: 'If God is not a Bronco fan, why are sunsets orange?' Dallas Cowboy fans will tell you that Texas Stadium has an opening in the roof so God can watch His favorite team. This is good fun. Certainly, no one believes that God has a favorite football team. However, I cannot help thinking that a lot of people seriously believe that God...
Send in the Chicken Hawks!
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Doug Newman 2003-10-05 15:00
The recent flap over Rush Limbaugh's remarks on ESPN about black professional quarterbacks, and his ensuing resignation as a football commentator, will merely amount to one more pathetic episode in the annals of political correctness.
Send in the Chicken Hawks!
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Doug Newman 2003-10-02 15:00
I have an idea about where President Bush can find the manpower to fight his war in Iraq. Instead of hitting up the French abroad or the National Guard and reserves at home, send in the chicken hawks!
Clintonism Now! Clintonism Tomorrow! Clintonism Forever!
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Doug Newman 2003-08-17 15:00
If California's embattled Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, claimed that his Christian faith drove him to call for the largest tax increase in his state's history, don't you think that Rush Limbaugh would indeed have more fun with the subject than a human being should be allowed to have? Moreover, would the head of the Christian Coalition put her stamp of approval on such a measure?
Blinded by Dumbo
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Doug Newman 2003-08-13 15:00
If President Al Gore had committed U.S. Marines to Liberia, he would be the object of endless ridicule from Republicans. If, three months after President Al Gore had proclaimed a cessation of hostilities in Iraq, we still had not conclusively discovered weapons of mass destruction and American troops were still being picked off one by one by Iraqi forces and there was no definite timetable for...
Hey Nineteen
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Doug Newman 2003-04-27 15:00
Where is America's true constitution? Please stay with me for a few minutes, and I will answer this question. I write this shortly after April 19, the anniversary of numerous events -- positive and negative -- in the freedom movement. April 19, 1775 marked the beginning of the American Revolution; April 19, 1943, marked the start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising; on April 19, 1993, federal agents...
The Things Which Are Caesar's
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Doug Newman 2003-04-09 15:00
America's April 15 tax deadline is fast approaching. This is the date by which we are supposed to "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's." Meanwhile, people in Iraq are marrying their cousins, widows in Zambia are sleeping with their deceased husbands' relatives, and the president's niece has a drug problem.
God in Schools
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Doug Newman 2003-03-26 16:00
Last month, New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills affirmed that children in the Empire State do have a right to sing "God Bless America" in public schools. The ruling came as a result of a complaint from a Westchester County atheist who, according to The New York Daily News, "didn't want her 9-year-old son pressured into singing a song that implores God."
Famous Preachers or Invertebrate Bootlickers?
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Doug Newman 2003-02-20 16:00
Christians have an amazing ability to disengage their intellects. Let me relate an innocuous story in order to illustrate my point. I recently received a few e-mails about a White House lunch attended by several "famous preachers," including the author Max Lucado. According to Lucado, Bush attributed his strength to the prayers of the American people. Bush also asked for prayers for his wife and...