On this day 161 years ago, famed orator Daniel Webster delivered one of the most memorable speeches of his remarkable career.
Standing to address the Senate in support of the Compromise of 1850, the congressional effort led by Henry Clay and Stephen Douglas to resolve the issues propelling the United States toward a civil war, Daniel Webster delivered a three-and-a-half hour address wherein he described himself “not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man but as an American....”
More than 40 years after Harvard University severed its relationship with the U.S. military’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), the elite school announced on March 4 that the program would return to campus later this year. In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam conflict, Harvard officials voted to withhold academic credit from students enrolled in ROTC, and the program left campus a few years later.
The last several months have been a busy time for America’s atheists, as several different factions around the nation have launched media campaigns aimed at talking people out of their belief in God. The latest blitz comes from the New York-based atheist organization Center for Inquiry, whose multi-media ads declare, “You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live.” The group is focusing its “no God” campaign on three cities — Washington D.C., Houston, and Indianapolis.
The Presbyterian Church-USA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest mainline Christian denominations, is in the middle of a crucial vote among its leadership to determine whether or not open homosexuals will be allowed to fill the church’s pulpits. At the denomination’s General Assembly in July 2010, delegates approved by a 373 to 323 vote a measure that would allow open homosexuals to pastor and minister in the flagship Presbyterian denomination’s 11,000 congregations and serve its estimated 2.3 million members.
Census statistics released earlier this month show that 42 percent of the Texas population is white, non-Hispanic, down from 50 percent ten years ago. As white males are now the minority in the state of Texas, the newly founded “Former Majority Association for Equality” is granting scholarships to white males.