Doug Birdsall

Op-Ed Contributor

'Man of Steel': What We Can Learn About Fathers

Just in time for Father's Day comes the newest film depiction of the ultimate comic-book hero: Superman. In "Man of Steel," audiences will get a look at the backstory of how a seemingly average middle-class American became the iconic hero.

Protecting Religious Freedom: A Reminder From the Ga. Bibles in State Cabins Debate

When I served as a missionary in Asia for more than 20 years, I entered a world ripe with challenges for religious freedom. Imagine being in a world where you hesitate before saying "God bless you" to the person in line behind you at the grocery store or "I'll be praying for you" to a colleague battling a terminal cancer. I learned all too quickly what this absence of the freedom for even the simplest of religious impulses feels like.

America's Easter Celebrations

Imagine for a minute being at a funeral. The casket is closed and the mourners are gathered to pay their respects. For some reason, the casket is opened for a final view of the deceased. Imagine the shock of those present if the casket, once opened, was found to be empty. Now imagine that the one who has died walks into the room, restored to life and health. Would you ever be the same?