Ken Connor

CP Contributor

A Light in Dark Times

Every year the week before Christmas, St. Peter's Church in Purcellville, VA hosts a "Blue Christmas" service. The aim is to offer a message of hope and comfort to those who might not be feeling so holly jolly during the holidays. Joseph and Mary no doubt felt this way as they found themselves preparing for the birth of their son in a cold barn on the road to Jerusalem.

Please Enter and Exit through the Revolving Door

If you are the average Joe or Jane, chances are you feel your government doesn't pay much attention to you – and you're probably right. There's an easy way to solve this attention deficit problem, however: Contribute big bucks to your office holder's campaign.

Killing Them Softly?

For a glimpse of what to expect from government-controlled healthcare, we need only look across the pond to our British cousins. The gruesome practices being uncovered in Britain's medical system are the inevitable result of placing government bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions.

Restoring the Foundations of Civil Society

In the wake of President Obama's decisive reelection, the GOP is engaged in some serious soul-searching. Pundits on the Right and Left are cautioning Republicans that their party is facing extinction unless some major changes are made. They maintain it's evolve or die for the GOP. The question is, how much can an institution change without losing its identity? If "change" for the Republican Party means ceasing to stand for the conservative principles that have defined it since the time of Abraham Lincoln, is that what Republicans want? Is that what America needs?

Romney in Retrospect

One thing is certain. Neither Mr. Romney nor the Republican Party ever made the case for the sanctity of life or marriage in this election season. Sure, they mouthed their opposition to abortion and their support for traditional marriage, but they never really made their case to the American people as to why these issues are so critical to the health and prosperity of our nation.

Benghazi Baloney

The mystery surrounding the 9/11 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi continues to deepen. One of the more recent revelations in the ever unfolding story about the attack involves the suspicious departure of General Carter Ham, commander of AFRICOM.

Vote Your Vision

Much of the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren will be determined by the vision of the man who leads our country through the next four years. As the President has said, the competing visions couldn't be clearer. You should think long and hard about what you want the legacy for your children to be, and then be sure to get out and vote.

Rationing and Redefining Personhood

Government-led rationing of health care inevitably invokes utilitarian criteria which cut against the sick and dying. When couched in purely economic terms, the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill are "resource hogs" whose useful life is over and who now cost more to maintain than they produce. They are "takers" and not "makers." This attitude utterly rejects the sanctity-of-life ethic that has long prevailed in this country

The Silence of American Feminists Is Deafening

The airwaves are clogged and mailboxes stuffed with the message that the crusty old white men who comprise the GOP are engaged in a "war on women." Their goal? To blast American women back into the Stone Age by refusing to subsidize their birth control and their abortions.

Can the Islamic Faith Tolerate Criticism?

The violent response to an anti-Muslim movie has cast the subject of religious tolerance into the limelight. Is Islam a religion that can tolerate criticism? Can Muslims bear up gracefully when their religion is insulted?

Muslims Misbehaving

I am certain I speak for many Americans when I say that I can't help feeling a bit skeptical about Islam's supposedly "peaceful" nature. If, as the Good Book tells us, "By their fruits you shall know them," then what do the seemingly endless riots, protests, mobs, and murders tell us about this religion?

The Ayes Have It ... or Do They?

Prominent Democrats have tried to assure the voting public that the omission of "God" and "Jerusalem" and the vote to reinsert them were no big deal, but this begs the question: Who decided that these two little words needed to be removed when they had been part of the Democrats' platform for years, and why was the platform amended to reinsert them if their removal was inconsequential?

Pounding the Table About Abortion

The fact is, no one really likes talking about abortion, even those who are in favor of the practice. You hear plenty of vague references to the profound importance of a woman's "right to choose", but most advocates of this "choice" prefer to maintain a 30,000 foot view of the issue, where pesky moral and ethical questions are easily deflected by grandiose rhetoric designed to appeal to feminists and their sexual consorts who wish to abdicate any responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

Words Matter. Truth Counts.

Or do they in the postmodern age in which we live? We have widely diverging views of what is true, so we can't agree on which words to use in describing the truth or even the meaning of the words that are used.

Propping Up Corporate America

Conservatives are quick to criticize public welfare for the poor. But they should be no less vehement in their opposition to corporate welfare, a form of welfare that is running rampant while the taxpayers of our country are dying a slow death of a thousand payouts.

Let's See You Prove Otherwise

This guilty-until-proven-innocent approach is the new go-to move in today's politics of the 24-hour news cycle. No matter how potentially effective his political "strategy," Reid undermines his office by putting forth these accusations without providing proof.

Is Liberal Christianity Worth Saving?

Liberal Christianity embraces a series of denials: Christ is not divine, mankind is not inherently sinful, the Scriptures are not authoritative and unchanging, heaven and hell are not literal, morality and theology are not absolute, and social mores do not flow from Scripture, but are an ever-changing product of our evolutionary enlightenment. All of these beliefs allow liberal Christians to be more "comfortable" in the culture around them.

Diminishing the Disabled

The results of a recent survey of parents of children with disabilities ran cross-grain to the mentality that characterizes our society's culture of death. The majority said that caring for their child has enriched their lives.

Food Stamps: Let's Provide a Safety Net, Not a Mattress

Government provision of food stamps has become the second-largest welfare program in the country and is expanding rapidly. As a society, we have an obligation to reach out and help the poor and needy. At the same time, it is important to strike the right balance—we should provide for those in need without blunting their initiative to provide for themselves.

Conservatives Should Tone Down Criticism of Roberts

Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing of the court in largely upholding the constitutionality of The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their rhetoric has been filled with invective and they have described Roberts as "a traitor to his philosophy" who is "forever stained in the eyes of Conservatives."

Subsidizing Abortion in Connecticut

One would think that "open-minded" Connecticut liberals would appreciate and respect the personal beliefs of their fellow citizens when it comes to the highly controversial issue of abortion, but this is clearly not the case.

America's Moral Schizophrenia

We find ourselves living in a society where our elected officials see nothing strange about using the power of government to impose a morality of nutrition while shying away from using that power to protect the lives of innocent unborn children.